Andy Hoke's Blog (18)

Props to Reg the Fronkey Farmer!

I'm not the most frequent or popular member of this forum, but I would express thanks and encourage the same among others for 'Sunday School.' I think it's a great feature of this site.

Many on this site share my view that religion reduces the quantity and quality of human life. Reg has kept us up to date on current affairs, and I think that deserves recognition. His 'Sunday School' reduces human suffering, even if I cannot point to all tangible results across the world and to our…

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Added by Andy Hoke on June 8, 2015 at 12:00am — 17 Comments

Russian-Americans are Asian-Americans, right?

Russian-Americans are by definition Asian-Americans, right? Or is Russia not part of Asia?

Added by Andy Hoke on June 2, 2015 at 1:00am — 15 Comments

Non-traditional Marraige

For all of those in favor of gay marriage, what are the feelings on polygamy?

Added by Andy Hoke on May 25, 2015 at 10:57pm — 35 Comments

Prepositions

It recently dawned on me that although the English language has around 1,000,000 words, only about 150 - 170 of those words are categorized as prepositions. To wit:

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Added by Andy Hoke on June 4, 2014 at 4:30am — 28 Comments

Anyone ever check out the Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU)?

One of the smartest men in the world is Chris Langan apparently, and he developed this theory and wrote a book that is now on my reading list. Anyone on ThinkAtheist ever look into this work?

(By the way, please do not join this thread to argue about who the smartest person in the world is. If you want to discuss that, please just start another discussion.)

Anyway, here's an interview with Chris:…

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Added by Andy Hoke on June 2, 2014 at 9:24pm — 14 Comments

Is government a more powerful force than love?

I didn't join this site to take other people's words out of my mouth.

I attempted to emphasize the importance of love amid the current trend of legalized gay marriage. I'm not anonymous, so anyone can go to Facebook to verify my support of my gay friends' new marriage intentions.

Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one, and marriage is younger than love. Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?

Added by Andy Hoke on May 25, 2014 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

The American Neitzsche

"To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride."

  • "Coda" from Smart Set (December 1920)

H.L. Mencken…

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Added by Andy Hoke on May 17, 2014 at 11:01am — 5 Comments

Instruct and Forbid the Same, with Exceptions

The holy doctrine I and so many others were asked to swallow says I must do certain things that are forbidden. Confusion, right?

There's killing and stealing, love but also hate your family and friends. Good deeds get you into heaven, but no, you just have to really believe. You're responsible for your behavior, no you're not because Jesus takes that away.

Confusion brings fear, that brings hatred, that brings suffering.

For it's several thousand pages, the Good News…

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Added by Andy Hoke on May 7, 2014 at 1:00am — 7 Comments

Origin of Religion, a Wikipedia Entry

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See also:…
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Added by Andy Hoke on May 6, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

I invite anyone to beat me to the punch on this idea

Simple: a Family Tree of Religions

You start with ancient Greek, Egyptian and Zoroastrianism stuff, show the (basically) separate beginings of the Bhagavada Gita, Upanishads, all the eastern stuff. Other early religions in other places, yes include those.

I'm talking about an illustration of the EVOLUTION of religion. A picture is worth 1,000 words, and I think such a thing would in general reduce the chances of thermonuclear eschatology. 

Added by Andy Hoke on May 5, 2014 at 11:34am — 3 Comments

Mystery and Music

I love mystery. It stimulates the mind. It keeps us busy, makes us useful and therefore meaningful.

I'm reminded of the fact that most numbers are irrational. Most of human experience is irrational, and only a small amount may ever make sense to us.

I've made music since I was 5, and now I'm 44. What keeps it interesting? What keeps it interesting is that one can always improve; the only limit is the ability to be honest about shortcomings. You must be able to honestly assess…

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Added by Andy Hoke on May 5, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

It is impossible for anyone to be a Christian

When you consider that the Bible is above all, contradictory, it's actually impossible to be a Christian.

A passing thought...

Added by Andy Hoke on April 30, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Luke 14:26

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple." ~ Jesus

This explains a lot of the occidental self loathing.

 

Added by Andy Hoke on April 30, 2014 at 11:59am — 7 Comments

Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks out on Brandeis decision to withdraw degree

It's rather interesting that a mostly Jewish university offered and then withdrew an honor to a woman speaking out against Islam. A former member of Dutch Parliament, Ali was herself a victim of misogynistic theocracy.

This interview was conducted yesterday on Fox news:…

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Added by Andy Hoke on April 10, 2014 at 6:08am — 3 Comments

Capote on Art

  • Any work of art, provide it springs from a sincere motivation to further understanding between people, is an act of faith and therefore is an act of love.”

  • Truman Capote: Conversations

Added by Andy Hoke on April 7, 2014 at 6:23pm — 4 Comments

Strassman's Biological Research on 'Religious Experience'

Many have no doubt heard of Dr. Rick Strassman's research into biological explanations for 'religious' experiences. Birth, puberty and death are the most predictable elevations of endogenous DMT.

The bright light, the out of body sensation and other experiences could be no more than predictable effects of the human pineal gland. Only the subconscious mind can handle this, and I'm a big fan of the idea that the conscious mind can handle this. Superstition may be the philosophical…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 18, 2014 at 3:39am — No Comments

Youthful Skepticism

A very early memory of mine was the United States' Bicentennial, 1976. I remember feeling so good about this country. A few years later, another prominent memory was created - the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

I will not make a case for the US' installation of the Shah as being just. I will not make a case against Iranians wanting to pursue their own destiny with less Western influence. I will however ask you to consider and also consciously identify the concern that religious…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Good Works of the Church?

Any of us brought up unwillingly in a religious environment has always had to square our contempt for the church with its 'good works.' Doesn't this redeem its bad works, and don't these good works offset the ridiculous but well intentioned mythology? Since this is a decidedly and demonstrably positive characteristic of religion, shouldn't atheists recognize this positive aspect of religion?

 

I utterly disagree, and I'll share my argument with the first respondent to this…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 16, 2014 at 3:13pm — 33 Comments

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