Human beings have a powerful sense of free will
, and in at least one important sense, they are responsible for their actions. Despite this, however, the concept of free will
as it is commonly understood is baseless and incoherent. It is certainly true, of course, that when beings make choices, it feels to them as though a variety of outcomes are possible. In fact, however, only the actual outcome was ever really a possibility. For a different choice to have been… Continue
Added by Causal Crunch on April 21, 2009 at 1:30pm —
These are the basic premises intended to define Beingism. Beyond the content of the text here, Beingists may come to a variety of different conclusions. Other texts on this site, such as the essays
, blog posts
, and message board postings
, may contain ideas widely shared among Beingists, though this cannot necessarily be… Continue
Added by Causal Crunch on April 19, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Just in case you missed the news, yesterday was Easter and atheists were “up in arms” over it, according to the Exception Magazine.
Daughter Denied Chocolate Bunny Due to Mother's Atheism
Atheists are up in arms over Easter. A user of the social bookmarking site Reddit, which often features an atheist perspective on… Continue
Added by Pam on April 13, 2009 at 8:44am —
This past Sunday I had the pleasure of hearing Massimo Pigliucci give a presentation titled, “What’s Science got to do With It? When Scientists talk Nonsense about Science and Religion”. Pigliucci is a professor of ecology and evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is an outspoken critic of creationism, an advocate of science education, and has a doctorate in genetics, a Ph.D. in botany, and a Ph.D. in philosophy. He writes for the Skeptical Inquirer,… Continue
Added by Pam on April 8, 2009 at 8:13am —
January 3rd, 2009 - In the first incident, a father and his 2 sons (both younger than 11) emerge from their home to view the damage done by a tank round that struck near-by. As they exited their home all 3 were shot and killed by IDF forces while the man's daughter watched in horror. In the second reported incident from the same day, IDF forces stood in the doorway of a home in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City. The soldiers ordered the male head of the household to come out. As he was… Continue
Added by SabreNation on March 24, 2009 at 10:00am —
I recently got into a fairly heated debate with one of my children's aunts regarding religion. She was apparently appalled by the fact that I've been doing my best to shield them (ages 4 and 2) from religion and that I took issue with her teaching them about the Bible while watching them one day. When I learned about it I told her, pretty bluntly, that I did not want her shilling her religious beliefs off on my children and if she wished to babysit them in the future to please respect those… Continue
Added by SabreNation on March 20, 2009 at 2:43pm —
Religion is like a very large dog. Comforting when it's yours, terrifying when it's not, and absolutely must be kept away from the children.
Added by Philip Norton on March 13, 2009 at 4:05pm —
Hey gang, here are some highlights from my column at Examiner.com
over the past week!
* I insist that it's okay to be judgmental
about things really are bad
* I worry over… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 7, 2009 at 8:48pm —
I am so glad I found this community; so glad I have joined.
Already I am seeing other like minded people on this website that think just like me; yep we atheists actually use our brain for thinking unlike non-atheists who just go along with what the church tells them.
I am so sick of religious bullshit going on in the world; we need to not ban religion but take religion out of governments, schools and other places where they can be harmful to the human… Continue
Added by Scott Ferguson on February 26, 2009 at 7:33pm —
A few weeks back I posted a blog
on how theists fear of the unknown is what causes them to oppose science. The author I pulled the source material from, Paddy Shannon, points out that reason and logic are pushing superstition out the window, but leaving behind an empty room. "What we need to do … is recognize the emotional vacuum this is creating, and strive to fill it, before… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 18, 2009 at 2:09pm —
Added by Samantha on February 16, 2009 at 11:30pm —
What is Valentine's Day to you?
A special day with your sweetheart? An excuse to wear red and pink? A chance to eat chocolate all day? A day to exchange gifts with the special people in your life? Just another Hallmark-Holiday?
For me personally it's a day to do something special for my sweetheart. I do also feel that it is a bit too… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 14, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Why should we care about the separation of church and state? Is the division of government and religion a good thing? What does this concept even mean?
The term “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the US Constitution. What does appear, however, are these words in the First Amendment, stating that “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
So, people are… Continue
Added by Pam on February 11, 2009 at 11:21am —
I have already posted this article on my regular blog: 1azylizzie.wordpress.com however because of the subject matter I thought it was worth sharing here too, so here it is:
As you all may know, Australia is in the middle of its most tragic and devastating peacetime disaster in it’s history. Bushfires are raging in our southeast state - Victoria, with many of them believed to be started by arsonists.
Whole families have lost their lives, and entire communities have been… Continue
Added by 1azylizzie on February 10, 2009 at 4:00pm —
""The law must recognize that the right of children to live supersedes the rights of their parents to free expression of religion.""
When Parents Call God Instead of the Doctor
Just read this story a few minutes ago and thought those of you that have been following this case might be interested. That quote above really sums up the whole argument as well as anything I've read about it. What else… Continue
Added by SabreNation on February 9, 2009 at 8:40am —
To people who have been tainted by the insidious hand of religion, the human body is a monstrously evil thing that can only be contained by conservative clothing and tamed by marriage. Entertainment containing scenes of gratuitous sex get an "NC-17" or “X” rating. However, just as the Bible is brimming with acts of genocide, rape, murder, and other various atrocities, so are half of the movies we all go to see. Minus snuff films, violent movies and video games get a measly rating of "R" or… Continue
Added by Andrew the Fluffer on February 8, 2009 at 6:00pm —
When I was five years old I remember getting dressed for church and standing in the large walk in closet with my mom talking to her in normal jabber that kids usually annoy parents with when they are working on something. I was talking to my mom about the bible and what it all meant. I kept asking her about different things that the church did every sunday and what they meant. I remember asking her "What is a bag-tism?" yeah it took me forever to get it right back then. She explained the… Continue
Added by Dema on February 6, 2009 at 3:40am —
Even as a young child, I despised church. Church meant itchy dresses, uncomfortable pews, and two hours I could have better spent playing outdoors. Being a child, I never understood gOd in the way Christians want gOd to be understood. To me, gOd was like a friendly old man in the clouds, the same way Santa Clause was a friendly old man in the North Pole. And I don’t remember a thing about Jesus. As far as I knew, Jesus was Starbuck to gOd’s Ahab.
Religion was never my turn-on.… Continue
Added by Pam on February 1, 2009 at 10:19am —
professor Daniel Dennett
compares “religious ideas to viruses, which thrive by replicating and passing themselves from one generation to the next.”
Dennett is the co-director of Tufts’ Center for Cognitive Studies. On Tuesday he lectured at Dartmouth Hall on his recent study: Religion as a “Natural Phenomenon.” He… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 22, 2009 at 3:00pm —
The link between spirituality and happiness is pretty well-established for teens and adults. More spirituality brings more happiness
Now a study has reached into the younger set, finding the same link in "tweens" and in kids in middle childhood.
Specifically, the study shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships — both measures of spirituality, the researchers claim — are… Continue
Added by Pam on January 14, 2009 at 8:00am —