All Blog Posts Tagged 'reason' (27)

El sueño de la razón produce monstruos

This is a title of an etching by Francisco Goya. “The Sleep of Reason brings forth Monsters” Christopher Hitchens has the picture on the inside cover of his book “God is not Great”. I only discovered this recently as I have only ever known the book as an audio book. It was a serendipitous discovery for me as I have had those same Spanish words…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 4, 2014 at 5:30pm — 18 Comments

If You're the Smartest Person In The Room... You're In The Wrong Room.

I wanted to contribute my current day-to-day experience which shares much in common with those posting and agreeing that "They Can't  Live On This Planet Anymore!" and to offer what helps me through it every day.

When I'm not developing lectures and multimedia pieces for Innerspace Labs, (please see my profile for fun bits about that!), I pay the rent working as a supervisor in a print center.

It is, indeed a struggle, as my workplace is made up of proudly fundamentalist…

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Added by innerspaceboy on May 5, 2013 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." Galileo Galilei

I don't believe that this is a quote that can readily be overlooked. Indeed, if there is a god, and he created us in his image, then wouldn't he use his intellect, reason, and continuing knowledge to question himself as the great french philosopher Descartes did when he wrote,"I think, therefore I am."? Why shall we ever believe in something so profound as to never question it, and to blindly follow it with such fervor?

It is too easy to speak of such things with confidence on…

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Added by Samuel Spraker on October 1, 2012 at 3:58am — 1 Comment

Two Distinct Ways of Leading One’s Life

There are two distinct ways of leading your life. The first is to follow someone else into obscurity – blind, cold, and full of false promises. All over the world, there is a plethora of false prophets ready to abuse your faith and trust, ready to betray you at the next moment if it is to their own advantage.

The second, then, is to enlighten the way in front of you by your own lights – take reason as your guide, and it shall never betray you. You may be wrong from time…

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Added by ichbindaswortistich on March 28, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Josephine

(If you would like to visit my blog or would like to read this posting in its original formatting:  Josephine)

“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more…
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Added by Godless Poutine on March 23, 2012 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Just Another Voice (My personal history of disbelief)

Copy of my first entry at my personal blog: http://godlessgospel.blogspot.com





Just Another Voice

My name is Jack Lawrence. And I am an atheist.

Speaking for myself, I'm not sure I really know what it's like to believe in god.
I wasn't raised in a…
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Added by Jack Lawrence on February 10, 2012 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Reason Rally Road Trip!

I will be attending the Reason Rally with a group of fellow atheists and free thinkers from Mississippi State University.  If there is anyone in the north Mississippi/Alabama area that would like to travel with us let me know ASAP.  We are considering renting a van and/or carpooling to Tuscaloosa to "get on the bus" with the group there.  The more the merrier, especially when it comes to logic and reason!

Added by Sean Dyess on January 30, 2012 at 12:43pm — No Comments

From the 'Why do I even bother' file...

Me commenting on some moron’s insistent splattering of idiocy at a HuffingtonPost.com article related to Christopher Hitchens that isn’t worth linking here:

“You lack a grasp of logic and don’t even understand what you yourself are saying, Harley.

You’re claiming not having proof of something somehow positively supports what you…

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Added by Kevin Leroux on December 19, 2011 at 6:36am — No Comments

Should Be A Crime

It should be a crime to teach children anything other than reason. A child has a few years in which their thinking pattern is laid down for life and to corrupt that process is sentencing that child to a life of ignorance. We wonder why places like China and other eastern civilizations have begun an explosion of knowledge. Has anyone made the connection between not teaching kids crap and those kids studying math and science. I use the word crap but would rather substitute Jesus or any other…

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Added by TDM on October 13, 2011 at 9:45pm — 5 Comments

Amusing Pumpkin Analogy

I was attending Thanksgiving service last Sunday at a Lutheran church with my wife and two sons. I only attend church at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas eve to appease my wife and in-laws, although I don't actually participate in any of the rituals. Anyway, one of the flock was making announcements when she added at the end a bit of religious wisdom, which went something like this: "We are like pumpkins. God plants the seed, nurtures the growth, and when harvested, lops of the top and…

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Added by Gordon Myers on October 13, 2011 at 11:34am — 2 Comments

Welcome to our Semi-Dark Age: The Darkness Strikes Back

I've begun a series of video-essays on YouTube titled "Welcome to our Semi-Dark Age". The first episode is now up (in three parts, due to time-length restrictions by YouTube) - hopefully, my skills at video recording/editing will improve as I make more videos. Similarly, my pronunciation of English words remains a work in progress ... In any case, I've embedded herein the three videos of this first episode of the series, titled…
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Added by Pierre H. Vachon on September 8, 2011 at 7:56pm — 3 Comments

What Atheism SHOULD Mean

“A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.” ~José Bergamín
Many people mistakenly believe that dictionary definitions tell us what words mean. But it’s the other way around. We, by our actual usage of words, tell dictionary lexicographers how to define words. English is a fluid language, constantly changing. Definitions come from us, not dictionaries.



This is an important point when it comes to distinguishing agnostics… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on July 17, 2011 at 9:20pm — 9 Comments

A Thinking God

What if there is actually a god? Not the god from the Bible or Koran but a thinking God. A creator who doesn’t just reward someone for doing what He says but for using the gifts that He gave them, their free will, intelligence and their own sense of right and wrong. Imagine if this thinking god had decided that a test was needed to try to sort out the innately good from the others in the world. Thus deciding who it was that really deserved the reward of paradise.

It is quite plain to…

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Added by Andy O. Williams on June 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

My reasoning

So, this being my first blog, I guess it would be adequate to assign it to my reasons for being an Atheist.

Being a new member to this site, as well as just recently meeting other atheists for the first time in my life (Both in real life and on the internet), I am open to any input on this list. I also don't expect this to be new to anyone, I am sure these reasons have been repeated PLENTY of times. These are just my own spin on the them.

 

I'd like to list reasons that…

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Added by Peter on April 15, 2011 at 9:08pm — 11 Comments

Faith and Reason: One Way or the Highway?

I thought this might be a good place for my last blog entry from http://www.commonground.net. So, here are some of my thoughts on faith and reason.



Another Common Ground blogger, Ian Kluge, directed our attention to the new atheists position that there is an inherent and irreconcilable conflict between faith and reason.



Christopher Hitchens sums up their position this way: “All attempts to reconcile faith…

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Added by Maya Bohnhoff on December 3, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Atheists - The New Panda Bears

(note: This is a re-print of a blog from my own site. It is a response to a conversation that I had on Facebook with a very well-meaning Christian. You can definitely respond here but if you'd like her to see any comments then please see the link to the original blog at the bottom. The original has working links to the original sources - I didn't have time to re-format them for this blog).



You may not have known this but Panda Bears were the Bigfoots (that just sounds weird. I wanted… Continue

Added by Pesci on September 17, 2010 at 2:12pm — 5 Comments

First Post

I am new here. I am a new atheist. I need a new outlet for my rants because too many feelings are getting hurt on the venerable FB.



I have one question for veteran atheists. How can so many of you be able to have escaped the mind traps of religion and still be mired in the government's mind trap of the 9-11 false-flag attack? It baffles me. Granted most people simply haven't looked at the evidence, and they have no way of knowing one way or the other, and so are generally swayed by… Continue

Added by Peter H. Boling on May 13, 2010 at 2:36am — 51 Comments

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 Closest Thing to Faith, for Atheists

Whenever something bad happens for a theist, one thing that I often hear from some (or if not all) of them is "it's God's plan". At first, it sounds like rubbish, but if you analyze the intent behind why they believe in such nonsense, what they're actually saying is that they need a reason or justification for believing in themselves and believing that there is some order to the relative chaos in their lives.



As Atheists, we don't have the same supernatural kind of reassurance. We… Continue

Added by Philip Laureano on November 26, 2009 at 6:24pm — 8 Comments

Car Wash

Normally, I wash my car on Saturday mornings when I venture out for quarters. As I rely on the laundry room at my apartment complex , I blow through a pile of coins every weekend to rid my clothes of the week’s grime. The closest change machine happens to be at a self-serve car wash a few blocks away. With just a few minutes and six quarters, I gain a bright shiny black car.





However, I am anticipating a Saturday too busy to include leisurely domestic duties. The dirty… Continue

Added by Shine on October 30, 2009 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

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