I'm going to go over a few instances of such and then explain why I think it's a problem.
It seems that one constant in humanity has been that we have always thought we were...special.
You and I, right now are living in a special time. It is the peak of human civilization. Many realize this and feel that ultimately something special is going to happen. Such as the 2012 predictions that the Mayans may or may not have made. Perhaps Jesus is coming back. Perhaps,…Continue
Added by dragotron on January 14, 2013 at 2:11am — No Comments
I'd love to know ThinkAtheist's opinion on this topic...
The video linked below... entitled "My Spirituality as an Atheist" has gotten a lot of attention from atheists lately. And although I respect that he points out he doesn't believe in the supernatural and that he states he uses the word "spirituality" for a lack of a better word. I find the message to be misrepresentative or disingenuous. Let me explain why:
When arguing almost any point one of the biggest obstacles with…Continue
Added by dragotron on December 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
At one point in my life I realized I was agnostic but acknowledged I would still like some sort of guideline on how to live my life. In a sense of the word, a religion. However, I don't call it that.
I decided to look at commonalities of all biology and life on Earth and see if I could imagine a purpose from it. Being that I believe evolution, to me, ALL life on this planet is related. So we are all one. Much to the dismay of many humans. But…
I don't believe in spirituality. In fact I dislike the word. The word spirit is in most intents and purposes synonymous with the word "soul".
To me the idea of "the soul" or "the spirit" is the cause of religion. A precursor to religion. All of the major four religions and most others are based on the idea of "passing on to another life". The afterlife. That's what they're selling.
The idea of the soul is the core of this. The fact that man fears most which he doesn't…
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"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the…Continue
I think its probable that humanity or our evolutionary descendants could survive throughout the remainder of our universe's life. And if we can last that long we will probably have learned enough to hop over to a neighboring universe before the death of our own.
I realize many people here aren't worried about strengthening Atheism. Many people here, it seems, just want their families and social groups to be OK with their more rational beliefs. And so they should.
I'm here for a different reason. To me humanity is held back in so many ways by theistic beliefs that I feel it's important to somehow weaken theism in my time here. I'm not sure how i'm going to do that. Right now my means of doing so is constantly arguing against the soul. On a…Continue
I don't often use the word soul. Please allow me a moment to gargle... :)
Religion seems to demonize science and technology and I was thinking today. One thing that keeps people religious is this idea that their thoughts, feelings and consciousness could "live forever" with their "eternal-soul". They really don't want to let this comforting idea go. Despite this, I believe that one day most people WILL be atheist. Who knows how long…
Added by dragotron on February 4, 2012 at 6:33pm — No Comments
I'm a recent Atheist. Most of my life I was agnostic as I felt I didn't have the ability to prove there was no god... However, eventually I realized if I want to create a model in life on which to come to new discoveries I need a framework in order to do so. I had to make a solid decision on something so important. So I did and decided, no, there is no god.
Semantics to me are the biggest problem with arguing religious topics as everyone has their own definition of every word. God,…Continue
Added by dragotron on January 24, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments