Atheist Exile's Blog – August 2009 Archive (5)

Clueless is as clueless does?

I'm not sure if it's clueless or masochistic . . . but on our forum there's some Christian guy challenging atheists and Christians to make belief videos and pit them against each other on YouTube. If he's never watched a Hitchens or Harris debate or if he's never debated against an atheist himself, then I guess he must be clueless. But if he has . . . then he must be a masochistic glutton for punishment.



I have no intention of making such a video -- at least not for this guy's… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on August 24, 2009 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Free Agency in a Material Universe

Introduction:

Humans are essentially conscious minds, bound to material brains and bodies, exploring a material world. The mystery of consciousness has remained a mystery despite all the best efforts of philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, neurophysicists and neurophysiologists. There are many theories of consciousness but no consensus.

Because we are self-aware and conscious of our choices, people usually assume we have freewill: that is, until they…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 21, 2009 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Atheism, Free Will and Scientific Paradigms

Atheism, free will and scientific paradigms

To me, free will is not absolute or limitless. Free will is constrained by physical laws, ethics, and circumstances.

There is evidence that thoughts arise from diverse modules within the brain. These diverse sources of thought, within the brain, are integrated somehow (i.e. in the brain’s electromagnetic field) and passed back for a decision. It’s the decision – yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, not yet, if…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 21, 2009 at 1:25am — 30 Comments

Morality, Religion and Terrorism

Morality, Religion and Terrorism

Ex-President George W. Bush was wrong when he said the terrorists have hijacked Islam. In fact, it is Islam that has hijacked the terrorists. Bush and those who agree with him insist that the terrorists aren’t “true” Muslims; that violence in the name of Allah is counter to the Quran and Islam.



Examine that sentiment closely: compare it to what the Quran actually says. The Quran does have a paltry few verses…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 20, 2009 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Creation and the conservation of energy

Creation and the Conservation of Energy

Creation stories are universal among religions, through the ages. The ineffable mystery of life compelled us to explain our existence. In our primitive ignorance of the world, religion was the best we could do to provide the explanations we craved.

Thanks to science, we’re learning more about the universe and illuminating the dark corners of what was once our ignorance.

The word, "create", means: to…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 8, 2009 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

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