All Blog Posts Tagged 'death' (64)

Fear of death

Since the fear of death is the most primal fear that humans have, I have always thought that the major impetus for believing in Christianity and Islam, is that it helps to mollify this fear. If you have ever been in, or seen someone in, a full phobia induced panic attack, you know that reason and logic are worthless in alleviating that panic. May not, this explain the intractability of belief in the afterlife? Being an atheist I know that death is oblivion, and since I will not know anything… Continue

Added by Doug Reardon on October 23, 2010 at 3:06pm — 5 Comments

The Making of an Atheist

This is a fiction story I wrote that was originally featured on my fiction blog,, which features a new fiction story daily. Enjoy.

The painting of Jesus on a square eight by ten by half inch piece of ply wood looking out into the distance, with his hair in the wind, and love on his face; the only one he had ever seen where Jesus was portrayed as a real man, not like…

Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on October 2, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

I fear nothingness

I fear nothingness

"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries, we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with

color, bountiful with life. Within decades, we must close our eyes

again." -
Richard Dawkins
Since I've entered the atheist blogosphere, I've come across a number of posts… Continue

Added by Raithie on September 19, 2010 at 1:10pm — 12 Comments

"Scared of Death" from Atheist Climber blog

from Atheist Climber Blog

What happens when we die? Well I've thought over this one a few times and the conclusion is always the same. I am not afraid of the conclusion I reach.

The Horsehead Nebula

Don't worry, I'm not dying any time soon. What made me want to write about this was a FaceBook comment left for… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on August 9, 2010 at 10:41pm — 2 Comments

Death of an Atheist.

My grandmother, bless her tiny, uneducated, bigoted, soul, once told me that the most terrible (pronounced ter

- ible) thing she ever saw was the death of an atheist. My grandparents had a friend who was an atheist. When he was dying, in the hospital, they went and spent his last hours on earth, trying to save his soul from damnation in hell. They prayed, admonished, begged, pleaded, and cajoled him to accept Jesus Christ as his savior and lord. And I have always thought about this poor… Continue

Added by Doug Reardon on June 23, 2010 at 11:57pm — 16 Comments


Way back in the early 1900's when I worked on an ambulance as an EMT and was a newbee we delivered a Premie with very underdeveloped lungs. Kid was breathing but not to well. We hitem with some 0's and ran calling in a standby at the hosp. We get to the hospital hand off and report to the Nurse and leave. 15 minutes later we come back in to check on the Kid. The curtain is drawn. Maybe the kid bought it? I open the curtain and the baby is having agonal respirations with deep retractions and… Continue

Added by Nurse Reality on May 19, 2010 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

The Death Penalty: A Case for Abolition

The death penalty is a brutal hangover from primitive legal systems and has no place in modern society. The United States stands alone among the world’s democracies in its use of capital punishment. This form of punishment has no place in a nation founded upon reason, justice, and liberty. Reason dictates that the death penalty can only further incite violence in this culture as legal authority condones retributive killing. Justice sees nothing valuable in a punishment… Continue

Added by Shine on March 1, 2010 at 9:00pm — 17 Comments

Can Humans Comprehend Death?

The human brain is a fantastic piece of hardware that can run countless calculations at once and analyze both short and long term situations and consequences. An interesting theory was posed in my elective philosophy class (before winter break) about the very nature on understanding death. My professor told us that it is impossible for the human mind to mentally comprehend "death" because death itself is the absence of consciousness, the absence of calculated thought processes that form what we… Continue

Added by Filippo on December 27, 2009 at 11:48pm — 8 Comments

Once again an atheist is a rotting corpse.

I poke and prod at people about their religion.

I post atheist quotes and videos on my facebook page.

The people on my list can, ignore, comment, agree, disagree, whatever, but it will get them thinking.

Last night I posted this:

"What happens when we're dead? The irony is that all our questions will be answered after we die. We spend our whole life trying to figure out the truth and the only way we'll find out what it is, is to get hit by a bus. And the only comfort that… Continue

Added by Jay Catt on December 6, 2009 at 12:19pm — 4 Comments

Experiencing Death?

One of the hardest parts about being an Atheist is accepting that there is no afterlife.

Someone once asked me what death would be like, and the only answer that I could give was that it feels the same as forcing yourself to remember a period of time before you were born. In other words, it feels like nothing. It didn't hurt before you existed because you lacked the pain receptors to feel pain, and the pain of dying will only last as long as your body remains alive to feel the… Continue

Added by Philip Laureano on November 16, 2009 at 7:46am — 21 Comments

The Ramon Tragedy - Dealing with death and mythicism.

If there's one thing religion does very well, it's dealing with death and the afterlife. And I'm not talking about death itself, or rather life after death as a concept, but of the way religion helps people deal with the loss of their loved ones. The idea of life after death appeals to the child in us, the… Continue

Added by Elad Avron on September 13, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Doctors Say Yes To The Public Option

On August 20th, a collection of doctors in Santa Rosa, California, assembled on a corner and lobbied the public to support the public health care option. reporter, John Stiffler, interviewed some of the doctors and created a video. What do you think?

Doctors Demonstrate for a Public Option in Health Care Reform!!! from Jon Stiffler on…


Added by LaRae Meadows on August 23, 2009 at 6:33pm — 1 Comment

Eternal Consciousness and Eternal Unconsiousness

Throughout my few years of existence, I've pondered about which is worse: eternal unconsciousness or eternal consciousness. A Christian (or any other person that believes in an eternal afterlife) would say that eternal unconsciousness (what most atheists have accepted) is far, far worse.

But is it really?

Consider this- imagine existing for an eternity. Eventually, you would have experienced and/or thought about everything possible, and impossible.… Continue

Added by William on July 30, 2009 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Mohel Ritually Kills a Baby


You may have heard the scenario... a Mohel is Rabbi who performs circumcisions. During the practice the Orthodox (read particularly fucked up and delusional individuals) ones will suck out the blood with their mouths. Yes, a blow job in Judaism begins shortly after birth, but it's from a dude who is ritually ugly.

A Rabbi in New York has performed the act on at least four babies. One has died due to complications of his… Continue

Added by Gaytor on July 12, 2009 at 2:20am — 11 Comments

Respect to Dead People and Life

While browsing ThinkAtheist, I encountered a blog post that called my attention; it was this one, called "Billy Mays... Dead. Four "Celebrities" in a week WTF". While the post itself had nothing wrong in it, the comments seemed more controversial, including jokes about Billy Mays that I considered to be bad tasted. Reggie Hammond replied: "Respect the dead? Why? Will they haunt me? No,… Continue

Added by Andres Kazan on June 29, 2009 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Choosing a religion

I had posted something a long the lines of this on a random site asking questions about religion... and well lets say it was picked apart by um well everyone... but...

I think it is 100% wrong for children to be baptized and forced in to a religion when they cant even sit up on their own.

Choosing a religion is something that should mean something to the person choosing entering which religion they choose.

I was baptized in the Catholic Church because my Mother… Continue

Added by fixedentropy on June 6, 2009 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Why Fear Death?

The Greek philosopher Epicurus thought that we are afraid of death mainly because we fail to really grasp nonexistence. Creatures of consciousness, we can only picture it as "me-floating-in-darkness-forever." Is it really suprising that that horrific idea sends people racing to the kneelers to pray to someone who is said to have conquered it for us? Heck, if the darkness was really the thing, I'd be wearing out my own knees. But it isn't. The key, Epicurus says, is to really get that death is… Continue

Added by jen o on May 29, 2009 at 11:41pm — 14 Comments

Death, Drink, and Deference

My Catholic grandmother passed away recently and I was chosen to be a pallbearer along with other of her adult grandchildren. I wasn't particularly close to her and knew next to nothing about this side of my family. There were awkward greetings as I struggled to introduce my fiancee to family members whose names I could not quite recall now that I found a desperate need to. I worked out a deal with her after a couple of such greetings. I would play the uncouth and absent minded partner that… Continue

Added by Reggie on May 27, 2009 at 1:40pm — 7 Comments

First Assisted Suicide in Washington State

Washington State Legalized Assisted suicide last November. This last week the first person to choose this option died peacefully.

Linda Flemming was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in the 4th stage. As anyone who has been around Pancreatic Cancer would tell you, it's generally a painful disease. Wikipedia has survival listed as generally 3 to 6 months (painful months) from diagnosis with a 5% survivability rate past five years. It's aggressive and debilitating.

Opponents… Continue

Added by Gaytor on May 27, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Judge Rules Family Can't Refuse Chemo for Boy

I posted earlier this week and Gaytor posted last week, about Daniel Hauser, the thirteen-year-old boy in Minnesota with Hodgkin's lymphoma who is refusing chemotherapy for religious reasons.

Innuendo on a few sites this week has indicated that Daniel is well below the IQ average… Continue

Added by Johnny on May 15, 2009 at 3:30pm — 21 Comments

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