Atheist Exile's Blog (71)

Help Save the Planet: Die

Martin Azua, of Spain, has come up with an eco-friendly way to dispose of your corporeal remains after you die.  He is marketing his design as the Bios Urn.

The Bios Urn is a biodegradeable urn made from coconut shell,…

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Added by Atheist Exile on June 9, 2011 at 2:33am — 5 Comments

A Question of Life or Death

This blog post stems from a reply I made to a T|A discussion about death.



The prospect of death doesn't worry me.  But the prospect of physical suffering and pain certainly does.  When I die, I just hope it's as painless as possible.  The brevity of life doesn't bother me either.  It's nature's way of telling me to enjoy myself or achieve something or help somebody in need.



The way I see it, it took hundreds of millions of years before the first stars died; coughing up…

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Added by Atheist Exile on June 4, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Self-determinism: Expressions of Causality

The problem with free will, as I see it, is that people have the wrong impression of what it means. Free will is not all it’s cracked up to be but there’s no doubt we have a modest form of it. I prefer to call it “self-determinism”. This self-determinism is empirically proven every time we conceive and execute a plan. I've found this is hard to explain because so many people assume that any free will must contradict causality and, thus, determinism. I claim that the only free… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on May 19, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Major Fail: Pascal's Wager

Over on Facebook, a Christian, named Shawn, attempted to challenge my atheism.  He said: “The way I look at it you have a 50/50 chance of being right. So what happens if you are wrong? I will even ask you this: what happens if you are right?”

The following is my reply . . .


 

You’re paraphrasing Pascal’s wager, Shawn.  According to Wikipedia . . .

Pascal’s Wager (or Pascal’s Gambit) is a suggestion posed by the French philosopher,…

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Added by Atheist Exile on April 10, 2011 at 9:58am — 10 Comments

No to kosher/halal slaughter: Political extremes unite in the Netherlands

I thought this story was interesting because of the alliance between parties on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

 

AP: Dutch consider banning religious animal slaughter

by Staff

The Associated Press



One of Europe's first countries to allow Jews to practice their religion openly may soon pass a law banning centuries-old Jewish and Muslim traditions on the ritual slaughter of animals. In the Netherlands, an unlikely alliance of an animal…

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Added by Atheist Exile on April 10, 2011 at 3:36am — 6 Comments

Do Clergy Believe Their Own Bullshit?

 

 

According to an article, by Nick Rees, in The Daily Telegraph, the Catholic Church conducted a conference in Rome to combat the dangers of Satanism.…

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Added by Atheist Exile on April 2, 2011 at 12:00pm — 14 Comments

The Amniotic Universe and Birth Dreams

The Amniotic Universe and Birth Dreams

The following is a bit longish but it deals with a topic that has fascinated me for decades.

It is as natural to man to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.  ~Francis Bacon, Of Death

“Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.”  ~Jesus Christ John 3:3

“Was blind, but now I see.”  ~John…

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Added by Atheist Exile on January 19, 2011 at 7:10pm — 3 Comments

Mental Feedback: The key to consciousness, intelligence, and free will.

Free will can be a very contentious topic. People can't seem to agree on what it means, exactly. Much of the difficulty arises from the use of the word, "free", in the term, "free will". To be truly free would require supernatural agency. We CAN'T act contrary to natural law, so we are constrained by nature.



Free will, therefor, exists in context of the most basic of natural laws: causality. Free will constrained by causality? To those who believe…
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Added by Atheist Exile on November 24, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Supernatural Gobbledygook and Pretension.

My main approach to explaining atheism is not to deny God but, rather, to deny any knowledge about the supernatural -- and I think we can all agree that God is as supernatural as it gets.



A common response to the above assertion goes something like, "What IS the supernatural, anyway?", or "That depends on what you mean by supernatural".



So let's clearly delineate the difference between the natural and supernatural realms.



The natural realm is the entire universe… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on November 23, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

Angela Merkel and Multiculturalism

Now that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pronounced multiculturalism a failure, it's time to look at why. I don't think it's any mystery that what she's really talking about is Muslim immigrants. When she speaks of integrating into the community and adopting German values, she's speaking of Muslims. It's about time she's recognized that Muslim immigrants, as a whole, don't really care about Germany or it's values -- other than its welfare programs, of course.



The Muslim mindset is… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on October 18, 2010 at 7:00am — 29 Comments

Watch Goddard team building the James Webb Space Telescope

Michio Kaku, on Big Think, has posted an entry about the satellite that will serve as Hubble's replacement once it's launched in 2014 on top of an Ariane 5 rocket.



Here's a teaser from that Big Think article:




The main problem with the James Webb Space Telescope is that is going to be over 900,000 miles from Earth, so if it breaks we cannot just send… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on October 2, 2010 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Cooperation: An Objective Moral Principle/Standard?

I wrote a blog post, a few months back, that wondered if nature's prime directive (survival) could be used as the basis for morality. Since then, I've realized that I missed the most important point of all: survival of our species depends on cooperation. Survival is the purpose of cooperation, so survival is still the basis of morality but the operative principle is cooperation. This is because we are intelligent social animals who can choose to cooperate instead of fight or kill. Nature may be… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on August 9, 2010 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Islam: Why the Separation of Church and State Must be Absolute

With license from God to wipe out cities, kill all the males and take all the females, the Old Testament is every bit as violent and hateful as the Quran (if not more so). But modern Judeo-Christian religions and their adherents ignore these antiquated verses. Islam, on the other hand, has not enjoyed the same kinds of reforms that Christianity and Judaism have. Extreme violence might be shared by both scriptures but, as a percentage of text, the Quran exhorts the faithful to violence more than… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on August 5, 2010 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

God in the Constitution: by Col. Robert G. Ingersoll

I ran across this (rather long) public domain essay by Robert Ingersoll (a 19th century atheist) and found that it's still contemporaneous. I kept thinking of Islam as I read this, even though it's really directed at Christians. There are some really good points covered: particularly the secular nature of our constitution and the the break it represents from the divine authority previously assumed…
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Added by Atheist Exile on July 23, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Fun Quiz: Who's that Fundamentalist?

How's your trivia skills where quotes from religious leaders are concerned? I just created a new quiz that tries to show how difficult it is to know which fundamentalist said what -- because they all think alike in some very essential ways. Check it out, here.

Added by Atheist Exile on June 4, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Musical trends?

The following blog entry developed out of an online discussion elsewhere. I wondered how others felt about the subject, so I'm blogging it.
It's funny how there's a virtually infinite number of ways to combine musical notes into a song, yet only a select few styles and genres dominate popular music at any given time. Until the advent of free (or pirated) .MP3 music files, I used to think the limited variety of popular music was due to record labels and… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on May 23, 2010 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Informed is Forewarned: Read the Quran.

I’m almost half-way through my second reading of the Quran and find myself wondering what it would take to make Westerners understand Islamic ideology. I could explain how Islam is a religious, legal and political framework for life . . . but others have already written books about that. So I decided I’ll just frame the problem of Islam as briefly as I can and let the reader consult the Quran if they doubt me. If this leads to just one person… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on April 28, 2010 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

Per prior blog post: Pat Condell takes on Anjem Choudary

If you're unfamiliar with Anjem (Andy) Choudary, then check out my prior blog post before reading this one. Anjem is every Muslim apologist's nightmare . . . a real piece of work. I first learned of him a day or two ago when Ayaan Hirsi Ali introduced me to him, via FaceBook. Suddenly, I'm running across him everywhere.



I haven't watched any Pat Condell videos for awhile, so I went to YouTube… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on April 22, 2010 at 8:42am — 5 Comments

YouTube video posted by Sam Harris: Listen to this idiot!



The "clash of civilzations" is often denied by Islamic apologists. It is, in fact, for real.





Here's the FaceBook intro from Ayaan Hirsi Ali:



Hat tip to my friend Sam Harris for posting this video - "British Islamist Anjem Choudary: Freedom and Democracy Are Idols That Must Be Destroyed and Replaced with Obedience to Allah." In my upcoming book Nomad - release date May 18th in the U.S. - I discuss how the power of Dawa – in English, that is the… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on April 21, 2010 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

The Strong Correlation Between Religiosity and Intelligence

The article, copied below for your convenience, is from Wikipedia.



Religiosity and intelligence



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The topic of religiosity and…
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Added by Atheist Exile on April 20, 2010 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

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