Heather Spoonheim's Blog (28)

Flies & Freewill

Yesterday, while seated, I began to reach down for my backpack when a fly landed on my knee.  My reach was instantly interrupted as my hand froze beside me just slightly higher than my thigh. All my intention became focussed on swatting that fly, and my hand began to move ever so slowly and evenly towards the fly on my knee, maintaining a perfectly consistent distance above my thigh of about three inches.

As my hand slowly glided forward I realized that…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on July 14, 2014 at 11:41pm — 89 Comments

Christianity Refutes Itself

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

Christianity is an intellectually repugnant worldview. To subscribe to it is to abandon all reason – and that is why it is so difficult to extract from the psyche of those infected by its doctrines. Once one has thoroughly abandoned reason, they are no longer sentient beings in any meaningful sense of the phrase; they become nothing…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on December 23, 2012 at 11:00pm — 84 Comments

Disciples of Change

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

I often encounter people who find it offensive that I haven’t subscribed to the Climate Change bandwagon. To be frank, that is where the conversation typically ends, because such people rarely have anything more to bring to the discussion than the average theist. The problem that always arises in those situations is the…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on July 13, 2011 at 8:30am — 14 Comments

Rational Thought - An Atheist Hymn

Rational Thought - An Atheist Hymn by Heather Spoonheim

(Sung to the tune of Amazing Grace)



Rational Thought, how pow-er-ful

That saved an ape like me

I once was lost but now am found

Was blind, but now I see



T'was Thought that freed my mind from fear

Free Thought, just so relieving

How precious did my own thoughts appear

The hour I stopped… Continue

Added by Heather Spoonheim on July 7, 2011 at 11:33am — 14 Comments

An Argument Against Allah (1)

An epistemological review by – Heather Spoonheim

In the case against the existence of gods I would like to submit the Gettier Problem. Essentially the Gettier Problem postulates that even if claimed knowledge turns out to be true, it may not…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on June 16, 2011 at 6:22pm — 31 Comments

The Islamic Threat

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

 

 

It has, of late, become impossible to compare or contrast the Abrahamic religions without encountering the theatrics of fear-mongering Islamophobes. Coherent dialogue rapidly becomes a phantom as emotional pleas propel themselves up slippery slopes, launching into nationalistic…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — 18 Comments

What is Reality?

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

 

Recently I have run into a string of theists who suggest that I am unable to perceive reality, or that my notion of reality is as much a fairy tale as I suggest theirs to be. These assertions are most aggressively made when I tell them that creationism and/or intelligent design are not scientific models and therefore…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 28, 2011 at 4:52pm — 14 Comments

Non-Cognitive Survival

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

War stories often relate extraordinary tales of soldiers who have survived the grimmest of odds. As we zoom in on a soldier hanging on for dear life in the belly of a landing craft headed for Omaha Beach we can hear the screams of those being blown to bits in the landing crafts around his. As the front wall of the craft drops…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 23, 2011 at 7:03pm — 6 Comments

Prophecy FAIL!

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

It is now 6 P.M., May 21, 2011 in Kiribati (Time zone UTC +14:00) and the rapture has begun, according to imminently-debunked, eschatological-prophet…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 20, 2011 at 11:30pm — 19 Comments

Philosophy is Alive and Well!

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

In The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and fellow physicist/co-author Leonard Mlodinow declare that philosophy is dead because it has not kept up with modern…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 19, 2011 at 2:21pm — 15 Comments

Iraq War Civilian Fatalities

A report by – Heather Spoonheim

With estimates for civilian casualties in Iraq ranging from one hundred thousand to one million, one must wonder – what the hell is going on? For the most part, it seems, the parties producing these numbers are making no attempts whatsoever to mislead anyone. The reason such a wide discrepancy exists between the highest and lowest numbers…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 18, 2011 at 6:58am — 6 Comments

The Rule of 72 and Doubling Time

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

The drunken haze that I refer to as my ‘first year in University’ instilled within me three distinctly poignant lessons: that I did not want, in any way, shape, or form, to become a teacher; that one should never add water to a jar containing sodium just because there doesn’t seem to be enough fluid covering it; and that…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 16, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Crystal Assurances

A conceptual proposal by – Heather Spoonheim

Crystal Assurances is an emerging concept that is sure to make waves is the well established yet burgeoning sector of intangible\unfalsifiable goods and services. The Crystal Assurances concept is so fresh that a full prospectus has yet to be developed and so, in lieu, this rough conceptual disclosure is being released in…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 13, 2011 at 6:43am — 5 Comments

I'm an Atheist, NOT a Scientist!

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

As a ‘strong’ Atheist, I believe there are no gods. That is a belief that I am very comfortable, if not enthusiastic, to have challenged. The thing that irks me, however, is that those who try to challenge that belief almost never challenge it at all, but instead lay out a challenge to science. Now, I have an…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 11, 2011 at 6:40am — 43 Comments

Ticking Time Bomb Fallacy

A research essay by - Heather Spoonheim

 

Yesterday I started doing some research on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on America.  It has always bothered me that reliable information about a man at the center of those attacks has remained so elusive: like the exact location and date of his…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 5, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Risk Management for Skeptics

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

As an Atheist, I am often presented with Pascal’s Wager – essentially a postulation that one can optimize expected value by subscribing to Christianity. To be frank, although…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 3, 2011 at 7:30am — 25 Comments

The Bitterness of Loss

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

I have a gambling problem – a very serious one. I have never lost so much money that I couldn’t pay the bills or had to sell prized possessions, but it is still a serious problem. The reason I think it is serious is because I have such a clear and perfect understanding of the futility of ever truly earning a…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on April 30, 2011 at 11:27pm — 3 Comments

The Atheist Debt

An essay by – Heather Spoonheim

I used think there was an inherent justice in the way that I was able to simply look at the evidence for the existence of Yahweh and recognize it as nothing more than a collection of superstitious notions that, when combined, had coalesced into a misleading but compelling emotional appeal. That other people were captivated by…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on April 7, 2011 at 4:44pm — 14 Comments

An Argument Against 'G'

An essay by – Heather Spoonheim



The habitual capitalization of the word ‘god’ is evidence of one of the most insidious mind-games ever perpetrated by the cult of Yahweh. To understand why, one must first understand that language, as a…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on March 30, 2011 at 10:44am — 11 Comments

Theory of Mind

An essay by – Heather Spoonheim



A solid understanding of theory of mind (ToM) is extremely important to understanding some of the fallacies that derive from its misapplication. ToM “is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires and…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on March 28, 2011 at 3:00am — 15 Comments

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