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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

A person refuses to profess a faith in God will never achieve the nation's highest office



Atheists and agnostics are the only two groups of people in the US against whom discrimination is not only expected, but acceptable.



A black man may become president. A woman may become president. In short just about anybody may become president, but I guarantee that, in my lifetime, an person refuses to profess a faith in God will never achieve the nation's highest office.



As an atheist, I believe that a Muslim has a greater… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on November 10, 2008 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Utah faces boycott after Mormon work for Prop 8

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah's growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay rights activists and others seeking to punish the Mormon church for its aggressive promotion of California's ban on gay marriage.

It could be a heavy price to pay. Tourism brings in $6 billion a year to Utah, with world-class skiing, a spectacular red rock country and the film festival founded by Robert Redford, among other popular tourist… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on November 8, 2008 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Pull the curtain...

A atheist friend brought this up and I thought I would share it. "Atheists need to come up with a fake religion and convince hundreds of thousands of people to join it. When we gain hundreds of religious members, we pull the curtain and let everyone that joined know that it was all made up, and show people how easy it is to be convinced to live a certain reality, even if that reality is not real. Just a thought."

Added by Morgan Matthew on November 6, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Atheist buses ready to roll across country after making £31,000 in a day

Atheist adverts declaring "there's probably no God" could be placed on buses across the country after a fundraising drive made five times the target amount in just one day.



Even religious groups donated money to the cause in the belief that the campaign, highlighted in The Daily Telegraph, would encourage people to think more about faith and could actually enhance support for Christianity.



Organisers needed to raise just £2,750 from supporters in order to pay for adverts… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 23, 2008 at 3:40am — No Comments

Creationists declare war over the brain

"YOU cannot overestimate," thundered psychiatrist Jeffrey Schwartz, "how threatened the scientific establishment is by the fact that it now looks like the materialist paradigm is genuinely breaking down. You're gonna hear a lot in the next calendar year about... how Darwin's explanation of how human intelligence arose is the only scientific way of doing it... I'm asking us as a world community to go out there and tell the scientific establishment, enough is enough! Materialism needs to start… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 23, 2008 at 2:58am — No Comments

Five steps to happiness

Five steps to happiness



Connect



Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support



Be active



Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness



Be curious



Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 23, 2008 at 2:51am — 1 Comment

Forgotten Experiment May Explain Origins of Life



Originally considered a dud, an old volcano-in-a-bottle experiment designed to mimic the conditions that may have given rise to life may have been right on target.



After reanalyzing the results of unpublished research conducted by Stanley Miller in 1953, chemists realized that his experiment had actually produced a wealth of amino acids — the protein foundation of life.



Miller is famed for the results of experiments on amino… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 17, 2008 at 1:54am — 1 Comment

McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president. And Palin is simply a disgrace. By Christopher Hitchens



I used to nod wisely when people said: "Let's discuss issues rather than personalities." It seemed so obvious that in politics an issue was an issue and a personality was a personality, and that the more one could separate the two, the more serious one was. After all, in a debate on serious issues, any mention of the opponent's personality would be ad hominem at best and at worst would stoop as low as ad feminam.



At my old English… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 13, 2008 at 11:21pm — 1 Comment

Professor explores 'the God gene'



Why do so many people believe in God?



St. Augustine thought he knew the answer.



“You have created us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”



But since the Darwinian revolution and the human genome project, biologists increasingly have suggested another answer: Natural selection and genetics have hard-wired us for religious belief.



After all, we attribute everything… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 7, 2008 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Atheist group sues Bush over National Day of Prayer



MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — The largest group of atheists and agnostics in the United States is suing President George W. Bush, the governor of Wisconsin and other officials over a federal law designating a National Day of Prayer.



The Freedom From Religion Foundation sued Friday in U.S. district court, arguing that the president's mandated proclamations calling on Americans to pray violates a constitutional ban on government officials… Continue

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

The Power of Unconscious Thought: Does It Result in Creative Problem-Solving?



No doubt many of us have all experienced a situation where, after long hours of trying to solve a certain problem, we give up, and go get a break, only to come back and solve the problem within moments. This appears to be a somewhat commonplace situation. However, the science behind it is much more complex.



According to the authors of the study – Professor Adam Galinsky of the Kellogg School of Management, Chen-Bo Zhong from the… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 5, 2008 at 5:57pm — No Comments

How to Persuade People With Subconscious Techniques



Persuasiveness is one of the most important skills anyone can learn because it is useful in countless situations.At work, at home, and in your social life, the ability to be persuasive and influence others can be instrumental for achieving goals and being happy.



Learning about the tricks of persuasion can also give you insight into when they're being used on you. The biggest benefit of this is that money will stay in your pocket as you… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 30, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

How To Write To Congress



Writing to Congress is the single best way to express your view on public policy. The average consumer has a surprising ability to influence legislation by crafting a well written missive. Let's find out what the common mistakes to avoid are, how the process works, and the best ways to ensure your letter has the greatest impact.



Why Personal Letters Beat Form Letters

Don't get suckered in by the quick and easy "Write to Congress!"… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 25, 2008 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Evidence of evolutionary selection found in 544 genes



(PhysOrg.com) -- By comparing the genomes of humans and five other mammals, Cornell researchers have identified 544 genes that have been shaped by positive selection over millions of years of evolution.

"To our knowledge this is the largest and most comprehensive analysis of positive selection to date," write the researchers in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal PLoS Genetics, reporting on research mainly funded by the National… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 17, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Here's a nifty list of funny bumper stickers, aphorisms or atheist slogans about religion

Whats your fav?



* Darwin loves you



* Blasphemy is a victimless crime.



* Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers



* Honk If Your Religious Beliefs Make You An Asshole



* Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church.



* Intelligent Design Makes My Monkey Cry



* Thank God I'm an Atheist.



* Too Stupid to Understand Science? Try Religion.



* There's A REASON Why Atheists Don't Fly Planes Into… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 12, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Creation Story

As time and technology march on, belief systems slowly reinvent

themselves to keep pace with popular culture. Perhaps it is time

for a new creation myth... This one - unfortunately unattributed -

has been circulating on the Net.



IN THE BEGINNING

(To justify God's ways to the 21st century)



#In the beginning was the computer. And God said



:Let there be light!



#You have not signed on yet.



:God.



#Enter user… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 8, 2008 at 4:32am — 1 Comment

21 Easy Hacks to Simplify Your Life

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” - Henry David Thoreau



I use these “hacks” myself (in this case, “hacks” refers to workarounds or tricks to reach your goal), and I’ve found them to be effective in many cases. Please note that you might have read some of these once or twice (or thrice) on this blog before, but I thought it… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 7, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Atheists Who Speak out are not "railing Against God"

I cannot rail against that which I disbelieve. I can only rail against the actions of those who use their belief as motivation to infringe on my rights.



Many times, more vocal believers who misunderstand what ‘disbelief’ entails, accuse atheists of “railing against god”. I hold no faith in ‘god’, I do not absolutely claim non-existence, only that there is insufficient proof to sway me to follow such Bronze-age myths. I do not believe your claims of a ‘god’ to be valid, and as such… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 7, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

The 'Atheist' Quota Is Full... Say What?

As I was relaxing on the couch last night watching some T.V. and reading the news online, it was just after dinner and the phone rang. Normally, if it is a number on the caller i.d. that I do not recognize, I can safely assume that it is some sort of telemarketer/pollster/charity. I am on the "Do Not Call" lists but every once in a while a solicitor squeaks through and I have to tell them they will be reported unless they remove me from their call logs. If it is a pollster, depending on what… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 7, 2008 at 2:28am — No Comments

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