All Blog Posts Tagged 'free' (19)

I've left church, and I'm concerned with some things now.

Hello to all TA inhibitors. Hope everyone is having a great 2012 so far. 

Late last month I posted a blog about me thinking about leaving a church group I was attending for almost a year. Well, I've left. I haven't ditched anyone's friendship since I still enjoy their company very much. I've told a few people whom I were close to in the church group about my departure. Some of the things they've said to me are things I'm very curious in learning about. One of my friends stated the…

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Added by Branden Ballard on January 10, 2012 at 1:50am — 27 Comments

Three Conundrums of Free Will

Introduction:

I've grown disappointed with philosophers on the subject of free will. The great philosophers of the past knew nothing about the brain. Modern philosophers contradict each other. What I've been trying to do is to stick with the knowledge we have and avoid philosophical entanglements and conjecture as much as possible. However, certain philosophical conundrums must be addressed, such as: (1) the false dichotomy of free will versus causality; (2)…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 17, 2011 at 1:41am — 2 Comments

Self-determinism: Manipulating events

The Internet is amazing. It hosts media of all kinds. Anybody can communicate with anybody. And you can find out anything you want to know. It's huge and complex but we don't need to understand how it works to know that it does. In the same way, we don't need to understand how the brain works to know that it does. Its electro-chemical machinations, while interesting, aren't necessary to understand in order to know that the brain deliberates. That's what it does.

Neuroscience can't yet…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 12, 2011 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps

Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps

Free will, in the form of self-determinism, is only a big mystery if you allow your thinking to be governed by the centuries of philosophers who have never managed to figure it out. They've been arguing in circles because they've defined "free will" to fit their premises. This is because they…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 9, 2011 at 7:00am — 20 Comments

Thankful For

I would like to give thanks for all of those that have made this comfortable life possible. For all who had the ability to forego the dogma of their day and think freely. For these are the people who have made possible our freedom from oppression, our freedom from persecution our freedom from a primitive existence. True freedom only happens when the mind is free from preordained modes of thought. Embrace your mode of thought no matter who may condemn you. Ask yourself if the way you think…

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Added by TDM on November 25, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

Please sign petition defending a free and Secular Middle East and North Africa

Defend a free and Secular Middle East and North Africa.

Manifesto for a Secular Middle East and North Africa.

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Added by Hope on November 18, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

GOD MADE vs MAN MADE

God Made vs Man Made 
 

God Made the germs and diseases that sicken or kill you

Man Made vaccines and cures that treat you…
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Added by noramoss on October 12, 2011 at 4:22pm — 1 Comment

Free Quran!

Hi Everyone,

    Discovered this morning that mypeace.com.au are giving away free English translations of the Quran to any and all non-muslim visitors who want one. Might only be valid in Australia but they did ask me what country I was in... Might be able to get the Quran anywhere in the world for free. Hopefully it will be good for those people who are interested in studying holy books for arguments sake. Could also be useful if you dont feel like paying for rolly papers for a while…

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Added by matt.clerke on July 5, 2011 at 10:49pm — 7 Comments

Wilders: my message to Muslims

Wilders: my message to Muslims…

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Added by Sassan K. on June 24, 2011 at 1:46am — 4 Comments

Do we fear determinism for the same reason we fear atheism?

A rambling post today. Fuzzy brained and foot loose!

 

  I was recently thinking about the concept of free will. It's an idea that has always bothered me, like a tickle at the back of the throat. I firmly believe in cause and effect. I firmly believe in the laws of physics and what they imply. So without an outside force, it makes sense that everything is controlled very directly by these laws. Including us. The logic behind it is fairly simple. I'm guessing it's the complexity…

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Added by Kirsten on June 12, 2011 at 5:04pm — 68 Comments

My Father's Funeneral, An Atheists's Funeral...

   A few weeks ago my father passed away. Like me he was an Atheist. Like me he had been one since he was a young man. I was six when I “became” one, or rather realized, like with Santa, the Easter Bunny,

ghosts and all, it was all made up.

  So in keeping with my father’s wishes we had a non-religious funeral.  I gave the eulogy. I spoke about his life.  What he had…

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Added by Rick on March 4, 2011 at 5:10pm — 6 Comments

Omniscience

Omniscience: the capacity to know everything infinitely, all knowing, infinitely wise...

 

This is a trait often attributed to deities. The Christian god is no exception. Yet is seems that the words of believers and their own holy book fly in contrast to this claim, as I will illustrate.

 

Free Will: Many a theist will tell you that God has a perfect divine plan for us but that we also have free will. Meaning that we may make choices that go…

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Added by James on January 16, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Atheist and want to hold Public Office? GO FOR IT!



Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark, Jr. (born November 11, 1931) is an American politician from the state of California. A Democrat, he has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1973 (37 years), currently representing California's 13th congressional district in southwestern Alameda County. Currently he is the sixth most senior Representative as well as 8th most… Continue

Added by Rick on June 20, 2010 at 5:39am — 1 Comment

Delirium

Delirium is a common and severe neuropsychiatric syndrome with core features of acute onset and fluctuating course and attentional deficits. It also often involves other cognitive deficits, changes in arousal (hyperactive, hypoactive, or mixed), perceptual deficits, altered sleep-wake cycle, and psychotic features including hallucinations and delusions. - Wikipedia…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on April 12, 2010 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

The "We Say So" factor of Religions and Beliefs

I’m constantly amazed by the “flexibility” of “religion.”

If you’re a homosexual then certain charity or faith based charity medical will deny you medical help.

I’m sure “Christ” asked before he laid his hands on people what their sexual persuasion was.

And that “Gays” and “Lesbians” can’t go to heaven. I was under the impression that there was some guy with a book at the front of heaven that directed you where to go.

Silly… Continue

Added by Rick on December 6, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

FREE Scanning Electron Micrographs of Just About Anything

An interesting offer from ASPEX

November 10, 2009 2:54 PM - by PZ Myers



I had my doubts about this; I got an offer from ASPEX corporation to let people get free scanning electron micrographs of just about anything. They make a…

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Added by Johnny on November 10, 2009 at 5:38pm — 3 Comments

Who here has been attacked by a religious nutcase?

I have been verbally attacked on a number of occassions, i was yelled at by a christian who said i need to join a religion to be saved, i said saved for what and yep you guessed it my SINS.



I was told my cousin was going to hell because he is a homosexual and can only be saved if he accepts jesus and starts dating women lol.



I had a rip roarer argument with a 2 christians that said i believe in nothing because god is everything and cause i dont believe in him i believe in… Continue

Added by Shermon Burgess on June 2, 2009 at 1:54am — 9 Comments

What first made you become an Atheist?

I went to a place called the AOG (Assembly Of God) it was here that i thought i would give religion a try

however i had everyone coming up to me with this big hollywood type smile, old ladies hugging me young guys shaking my hand etc.



The preaching started and certain verses like you can be saved were spoken to which the pastor would look right at me when saying those certain types of verses, then the collection plate came around and people were flipping money in it all over the… Continue

Added by Shermon Burgess on May 31, 2009 at 11:56pm — 1 Comment

Prayer Chain

I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter if what you're saying makes sense.



Example #1: One evening I was watching Extreme Home Make Over. (I know, bad idea.) An entire city was devastated by a horrible tornado. One part of the show centered around this old woman whose house had been completely demolished but the heart warming part was that God spared her rose garden. Really? That line of thinking seems a little backwards to me. Ok, so God was like, "I need to destroy this… Continue

Added by Erica on March 2, 2009 at 11:05pm — 7 Comments

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