Atheist Exile's Blog (71)

Rare Carl Sagan (1969): Mr. X

All images in this post are from Wikipedia and linked to Yves Tanguy.…



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Added by Atheist Exile on April 20, 2010 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Wiki: Moral Hazard

I stumbled across the following wiki at Wikipedia and thought it very interesting. I copy it here for your convenience. Full wiki links are also provided.



Moral hazard

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Added by Atheist Exile on April 19, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

BigThink.com: Acid Flashback, with Nostalgia

Over at bigthink.com, there's a short article called "Acid Flashback, With Nostalgia". Read about it here. Here's my reply to the article . . .




LSD, acid, Mr. Natural, Orange Barrel, Orange Sunshine, Green Pyramid, whatever you want to…

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Added by Atheist Exile on April 8, 2010 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Free Will and the Bible

Free Will and the Bible



Some assert that man has free will. Some assert that all is determined. Some say (as I do) that free will is compatible with determinism. The debate has raged, unabated, for millennia.



Clearly, an interceding God presents problems for free will. However, a cosmic God - a Creator who does not intervene in human affairs - might be compatible with free will if he keeps his omniscience and omnipotence to himself. I,…

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Added by Atheist Exile on March 3, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Solved: The Problem of Free Will



An ambitious blog title, I know . . . but you be the judge.




From his high-rise Miami condo, an aspiring photographer sees dark clouds gathering in the distance. He remembers that a thunderstorm had been forecast for the evening. He sets up his camera and tripod on the balcony, checks the battery in his remote control, and waits for lightning.



A young couple have 10% of their paychecks automatically deposited into a savings account… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on February 20, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Free Will is Self-Determinism

Determinism Versus Free Will: The Difference is Options

In the determinism versus free will debate, determinists believe causality and choice are mutually exclusive – while compatibilists believe they are intimately intertwined. I will attempt to present a rational argument for my particular brand of compatibilism. Mine is a unique (I can’t find my central tenet repeated by anybody else on the Internet) and forceful argument that explains how free will is compatible…

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Added by Atheist Exile on February 6, 2010 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Determinism: A surrogate religion

I'm cross-posting this piece in the Rational Integrity group forum as well.



In atheist forum discussions about free will, determinists overwhelmingly outnumber compatibilists (those who say free will is compatible with determinism).



As I'll explain below, what always strikes me as curious is how dogma, denial and simplistic faith seem to be shared by both religious… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on February 1, 2010 at 3:30am — 8 Comments

Strawmen, Sock Puppets and Infinite Regressions

Don't worry. This post will not list and define the many types of logical fallacies that exist. I’m not expert enough for that and I’m too lazy to Google the research necessary. What I hope to do is describe some observations about logical fallacies garnered from blogs and forums from around the Internet.



Logical fallacies have a legitimate function in formal debate. If you can persuade your audience and win your point with an invalid argument, then good for you. You’re a clever dude… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on January 11, 2010 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

New Scientist: Dear God, please confirm what I already believe

This article in New Scientist is right up our alley. Copyright forbids reproducing the article, so here's the link.…



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Added by Atheist Exile on December 5, 2009 at 1:51am — 1 Comment

Prayer my ass

My stepson is a devout Catholic. It bothers him that I have an atheist website and a presence on several atheist forums. He has an account on my member forum, at AtheistExile.com, and follows the conversations there as a lurker instead of a participant.



He told me I should try prayer, just for a little while, to see if they come true or not.



I never approach my family members on the subject of religion but if they approach me about it, I don't hold back unless I see them… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on December 2, 2009 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

An Objective Source for Morality?

Nature is, as Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “red in tooth and claw”. It has no morals. Morality is a human construct that usually reflects our social norms. As such, morality is formed by an amalgam of influences from family, religion, culture, evolution and the arts. This amalgam of influences varies from person to person and is relative to our exposure to, and experience with, these influences.



Almost half the human race subscribes to a religion that claims morality is objective… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on November 27, 2009 at 5:21am — 9 Comments

Obscure scripture reveals 10 new commandments!

This video says it all . .… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on November 21, 2009 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Modern Islam and the Quran: Living like Muhammad

The following is from a discussion, elsewhere, about Islam. Johnny, is confusing Muslims with Islam and is concerned about hatred in the world. My response clarifies my position about as well as I've ever clarified it, so I'm posting the exchange here in my blog.

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First, there is a rational justification for not hating anyone. One day I think we can eliminate hate if we don't blow up the earth first.



Second, I… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on November 10, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Atheists trounce Catholics in BBC debate, yesterday

Did anybody watch the Intelligence Squared debate, on the BBC News channel, yesterday? There's a video of Christopher Hitchens, at the debate, below, at the bottom of this post. The Catholics got trounced by the atheists. I’ve been waiting for the transcript but, so far, none has materialized. So I gathered the stats instead.

Before I continue, I should describe the Intelligence Squared debate format. Each debate has a proposition. In this case, the proposition is: “The Catholic…

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Added by Atheist Exile on November 9, 2009 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

From Ali Sina: The Problem is Islam, not Muslims

I just ran across this essay from the eminent ex-Muslim, Ali Sina: the founder of FaithFreedom International. It expresses my own feelings on the subject better than I could. Note: I edited the essay for grammatical errors (Ali Sina is an Iranian and English is his second language).



The Problem is Islam, not Muslims

By Ali Sina

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We have to make a distinction between Muslims and Islam. Muslims are people, human beings like… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on November 9, 2009 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Video: Why Muslims Hate Us -- Netanyahu Answers

Admittedly, one doesn't expect an unbiased answer from a Jew about why Muslims hate us. But in this congressional hearing Netanyahu gives an answer with the ring of truth. What do you… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on November 9, 2009 at 1:12am — No Comments

The Universe from NOTHING: Amazing video

This amazing summary of our latest understanding of cosmology, by Lawrence Kraus, will blow your mind. It's what the majority of physicists now believe about the universe. It's the most informative hour I've ever spent in my life. You've GOT to see… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on October 26, 2009 at 11:11pm — 10 Comments

The Holographic Universe Part 2

In my previous blog entry, I posted the first half of a lengthy article that starts off (ostensibly) scientific, then degenerates into New Age subjects like ESP and other "psychic phenomena". I cut out the less-than-scientific parts.



This blog entry posts (by request) the last half of the article. To appreciate the second half, below, you'll really need to read the first half as well.



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More than that, some believe it may solve some mysteries… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on October 24, 2009 at 8:00pm — 10 Comments

The Holographic Universe

This is an old article I saved about a decade ago. Because of the impression it made on me, it's managed to survive one PC after another and is still on my hard drive (I just happened upon it, again, a few minutes ago). It's a pretty cool idea and pretty thought provoking. Not that I buy into everything it says . . .

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The Holographic Universe



In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on October 23, 2009 at 12:22am — 4 Comments

Stop Light and the REAL Spin Doctors

There was a fascinating article, by Eugenie Samuel, at NewScientist.com. It explains an experiment in which they stopped light dead in its tracks, then released it, letting it speed off, as usual.


Stop Light: The REAL Spin Doctors



Scientists have stopped light in its tracks in two landmark experiments. In doing so they have overcome a…

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Added by Atheist Exile on October 18, 2009 at 8:53pm — 3 Comments

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