Morgan Matthew's Blog – December 2008 Archive (10)

How about best atheist cake design? NO actual cake required.



Hey guys! I am planning to have a contest on who can make the best atheist cake :) I just need some input what you guys would think would be good rules.



Prizes would be a free item from either the clothing stores or amazon store.




Help me flesh some ideas :) For example you could make the cake out of anything you can think of. It has to say "Think Atheist" some place on the… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 31, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Sadly, an Honest Creationist

by Richard Dawkins



The following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 21, Number 4.



Creation “scientists” have more need than most of us to parade their degrees and qualifications, but it pays to look closely at the institutions that awarded them and the subjects in which they were taken. Those vaunted Ph.D.s tend to be in subjects such as marine engineering or gas kinetics rather than in relevant disciplines like zoology or geology. And often they are earned not… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 30, 2008 at 6:18am — 1 Comment

Abolish the Federal Reserve?

On June 15, 2007, Ron Paul introduced HR 2755: Federal Reserve Abolition Act. There were no co-sponsors, no further action was taken, and the legislation was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and effectively pigeonholed and ignored.



It's a bold and needed measure to "abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes."



The bill provides for management of… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 26, 2008 at 1:43am — 1 Comment

Our unconscious brain makes the best decisions possible

Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that the human brain—once thought to be a seriously flawed decision maker—is actually hard-wired to allow us to make the best decisions possible with the information we are given. The findings are published in today's issue of the journal Neuron.



Neuroscientists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky received a 2002 Nobel Prize for their 1979 research that argued humans rarely make rational decisions. Since then, this has become… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 25, 2008 at 1:59am — No Comments

The science of the hangover



Thumping head, dry mouth, bleary eyes, patchy memory - the hangover fug is familiar to many. But why does alcohol make us feel so dreadful? Even though human beings have suffered from hangovers for thousands of years, we're still largely in the dark as to exactly why they happen, and how to cure them. Researchers this week revealed that many hangover cures simply don't work. The only sure-fire cure, they say, is not to get drunk in the first… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 22, 2008 at 12:56am — 1 Comment

5 Questions on the Origins of Christmas



The traditions we associate with Christmas have evolved over the centuries. Here are answers to five questions about these traditions, from the date we choose to celebrate to the origin of Santa.

1. Why do we celebrate on December 25th?



The Bible makes no mention of Jesus being born on December 25th and, as more than one historian has pointed out, why would shepherds be tending to their flock in the middle of winter? So why is that… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 20, 2008 at 7:18am — 1 Comment

If programming languages were religions...

C would be Judaism - it's old and restrictive, but most of the world is familiar with its laws and respects them. The catch is, you can't convert into it - you're either into it from the start, or you will think that it's insanity. Also, when things go wrong, many people are willing to blame the problems of the world on it.



Java would be Fundamentalist Christianity - it's theoretically based on C, but it voids so many of the old laws that it… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 16, 2008 at 9:19pm — 2 Comments

Islamic Censorship and the Growing Threat to Western Values



The below is taken from a Wall Street Journal article on the upcoming Durban II conference.



"The draft declaration… goes after the West’s freedom of speech and antiterror laws under the guise of protecting religion (read: Islam) from “defamation.” The entire West will be in the dock for allegedly persecuting Muslims. “The most serious manifestations of defamation of religions are the increase in Islamophobia and the worsening of the… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 10, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How does atheism

im writing a piece on atheism and I got presented with these questions. How does it impact our physical world? How has it changed of sense of perception or space? Is it a place where we can live or otherwise exist? What would the media landscape look like without it? How does it impact the natural world? What is the next logical evolution of it?

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 7, 2008 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

Hell: As Explained by a Chemistry Student



From an email forwarded to me:



Setting: a college chemistry exam.



Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?



Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:



First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 3, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

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