Freethought & Religion
  • We're going to have to figure out some way to combat his gifted way with words.
Is it even possible? Should we just give up? Maybe Islam really is the one true religion. I'm thinking of converting. Maybe you should too.

    Guess What? Muslims are Offended by Pat Condell

    We’re going to have to figure out some way to combat his gifted way with words.

    Is it even possible? Should we just give up? Maybe Islam really is the one true religion. I’m thinking of converting. Maybe you should too.

  • I was wondering if the Out of Body Experiences, Near Death Experiences and Spiritual Experiences associated with the God Module might also happen in our sleep: particularly while dreaming.

    TLE Syndrome: The God Module, OOBEs, NDEs and Spiritual Experiences

    I was wondering if the Out of Body Experiences, Near Death Experiences and Spiritual Experiences associated with the God Module might also happen in our sleep: particularly while dreaming.

  • Rational integrity assumes you know the difference between an opinion and a fact. If you don’t know the difference . . . how do you know what you know? Let’s leave certainty to the believers.

    Atheism, Agnosticism and Absolutism

    Rational integrity assumes you know the difference between an opinion and a fact. If you don’t know the difference . . . how do you know what you know? Let’s leave certainty to the believers.

  • Whoever you are, mystery person, I would appreciate it if, the next time you visit my site, you comment on a post or send me an email to identify yourself. I am REALLY curious to know who you are.

    Is That You, Miss Lebanon?

    Whoever you are, mystery person, I would appreciate it if, the next time you visit my site, you comment on a post or send me an email to identify yourself. I am REALLY curious to know who you are.

  • The greatest believers are the greatest tyrants. If the freedom rather than the tyranny of faith is to better the world, then the betterment lies in the hands of the unbelievers. I take my stand with them.

    Oldie but Goodie: Why I Am an Unbeliever

    The greatest believers are the greatest tyrants. If the freedom rather than the tyranny of faith is to better the world, then the betterment lies in the hands of the unbelievers. I take my stand with them.

  • Most atheists are reasonably grounded in logic and there's no chance in hell they'll ever renounce logic in favor of superstition -- not even for an 11th-hour, or death-bed, conversion.

    Where Ex-Atheists Come From

    Most atheists are reasonably grounded in logic and there’s no chance in hell they’ll ever renounce logic in favor of superstition — not even for an 11th-hour, or death-bed, conversion.

  • Occam’s Razor suggests a creator God is less likely than no creator Got at all but it doesn’t rule out the possibility. The fact is, we still don’t know how (or if) the universe began.

    Atheism and the Illusion of Certainty

    Occam’s Razor suggests a creator God is less likely than no creator Got at all but it doesn’t rule out the possibility. The fact is, we still don’t know how (or if) the universe began.

  • As much as we hear about U.S. Christians pushing I.D. in public schools and building multi-million dollar creation-themed parks, it's good to be reminded that people know which side their toast is buttered on.

    Global Maps: Contrasting Beliefs

    As much as we hear about U.S. Christians pushing I.D. in public schools and building multi-million dollar creation-themed parks, it’s good to be reminded that people know which side their toast is buttered on.

  • Either God is the source of morality or he isn't. Even a believer, if he’s honest with himself, must admit that if God's morality grows outdated, it was never perfect and timeless to begin with.

    Slam Dunking God

    Either God is the source of morality or he isn’t. Even a believer, if he’s honest with himself, must admit that if God’s morality grows outdated, it was never perfect and timeless to begin with.

  • It's easy to understand the allure of an objective moral system. It offers a simple way to resolve complex issues. And it makes it easy to judge others with the self-righteousness of certainty.

    Religious Thinking and Simple Minds

    It’s easy to understand the allure of an objective moral system. It offers a simple way to resolve complex issues. And it makes it easy to judge others with the self-righteousness of certainty.

  • Existence . . . whether it's God's, the universe's or ours -- is an ineffable mystery; the greatest mystery of all. Certainty is an illusion and a claim that science is careful to avoid.

    Aligning Atheism

    Existence . . . whether it’s God’s, the universe’s or ours — is an ineffable mystery; the greatest mystery of all. Certainty is an illusion and a claim that science is careful to avoid.

  • All you have to do is love and care. Whether it's friends, family or strangers; you grow, personally, when you love. And you don't need God for that.

    Nowhere Man: You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

    All you have to do is love and care. Whether it’s friends, family or strangers; you grow, personally, when you love. And you don’t need God for that.

  • We need to keep in mind that the source of Islam is Allah and that we only know him via the Quran. And in the Quran, Allah repeatedly makes it abundantly clear that if you shirk the battle for Jihad, you’re a scum-ball in his omniscient eyes.

    Islamism: Penetrating the Apologist’s Skull

    We need to keep in mind that the source of Islam is Allah and that we only know him via the Quran. And in the Quran, Allah repeatedly makes it abundantly clear that if you shirk the battle for Jihad, you’re a scum-ball in his omniscient eyes.

  • 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 by governments.

    God in the Constitution

    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 by governments.

  • 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. If death is the end of everything, then living is everything.

    Perspective on Heaven and Hell

    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. If death is the end of everything, then living is everything.

  • The religious/legal/political ideology of Islam needs to be reformed before change (much less, peace) can come. The first thing that needs to change is the subjugation of women.

    Islam and the Subjugation of Women

    The religious/legal/political ideology of Islam needs to be reformed before change (much less, peace) can come. The first thing that needs to change is the subjugation of women.

  • If there is a God, does anybody really think we can hoodwink him into thinking we believe in him when we don’t?  Making any concession to God AND thinking you can fool him is just plain nuts.

    Pascal’s Wager

    If there is a God, does anybody really think we can hoodwink him into thinking we believe in him when we don’t? Making any concession to God AND thinking you can fool him is just plain nuts.

  • Maybe intelligence PRECEDED the universe. After all, information was structured into the universe from the beginning – not a billion years later.

    A New Argument for God?

    Maybe intelligence PRECEDED the universe. After all, information was structured into the universe from the beginning – not a billion years later.

  • The Quran weaves Jihad against infidels inextricably into the fabric of Islam. It is more than a tenet of belief, it’s the moral responsibility of all Muslims. The terrorists ARE following the Quran. Islam is a rabid dogma.

    Confusing Morality with Religion

    The Quran weaves Jihad against infidels inextricably into the fabric of Islam. It is more than a tenet of belief, it’s the moral responsibility of all Muslims. The terrorists ARE following the Quran. Islam is a rabid dogma.

  • If Jesus was right about judging a tree by its fruit, then it can be fairly asserted that the Abrahamic religions have been the most persistently divisive influence in the history of mankind.

    How Likely is God?

    If Jesus was right about judging a tree by its fruit, then it can be fairly asserted that the Abrahamic religions have been the most persistently divisive influence in the history of mankind.

  • By overruling biblical morality, we decide what is religiously worthy. WE decide what is religious: so, why do we need religion in the first place?

    True Morality

    By overruling biblical morality, we decide what is religiously worthy. WE decide what is religious: so, why do we need religion in the first place?

  • It seems that temporal lobe epilepsy creates electrical storms in the brain that stimulates an adjacent area (now identified as the God Module). Many of these epileptics are hyper-religious.

    Epilepsy, the God Module and Muhammad

    It seems that temporal lobe epilepsy creates electrical storms in the brain that stimulates an adjacent area (now identified as the God Module). Many of these epileptics are hyper-religious.

  • Most people believe that dictionaries define words for us.  But it’s the other way around.  We, by our actual usage of words, tell dictionary lexicographers how to define them.

    What Atheism SHOULD Mean

    Most people believe that dictionaries define words for us.  But it’s the other way around.  We, by our actual usage of words, tell dictionary lexicographers how to define them.

  • Traditionally, any priest could perform exorcisms to cast the Devil out of a possessed person but 3 years ago the Vatican decreed that such purging should be left to professional exorcists.

    The Vatican Battles Satanism

    Traditionally, any priest could perform exorcisms to cast the Devil out of a possessed person but 3 years ago the Vatican decreed that such purging should be left to professional exorcists.

Politics & Philosophy
Science & Technology
  • Teams of physicists from the U of C and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have independently demonstrated that a squeezed vacuum can be stored for some time and retrieved when needed.

    From Stopping Light to Storing Voids

    Teams of physicists from the U of C and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have independently demonstrated that a squeezed vacuum can be stored for some time and retrieved when needed.

  • If you value freedom  and hate censorship, let Google & YouTube know that you will not tolerate our inalienable rights taken away so cavalierly. They're establishing a history of cowardice that will come back to bite them on the ass.

    Google and YouTube: Too Big for Their Britches

    If you value freedom and hate censorship, let Google & YouTube know that you will not tolerate our inalienable rights taken away so cavalierly. They’re establishing a history of cowardice that will come back to bite them on the ass.

  • Dr. R. G. Sachs, with whom I discussed the empirical law of epistemology, called it an article of faith . . . and it is surely that. However, what he called our article of faith can be well supported by actual examples.

    The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics

    Dr. R. G. Sachs, with whom I discussed the empirical law of epistemology, called it an article of faith . . . and it is surely that. However, what he called our article of faith can be well supported by actual examples.

  • I’m not even asking you to believe in any kind of crazy new physics. All you need for a level I multiverse is an infinite universe—go far enough out and you will find another Earth with another version of yourself.

    Is the Universe Made of Math?

    I’m not even asking you to believe in any kind of crazy new physics. All you need for a level I multiverse is an infinite universe—go far enough out and you will find another Earth with another version of yourself.

  • Google+ can require our real names for their internal records but they do not need to display our real names against our will.

    Google Plus Requirement for Real Names

    Google+ can require our real names for their internal records but they do not need to display our real names against our will.

  •  Sagan thinks we might be recalling this embryonic period when we describe feeling “at one with the universe” during a spiritual experience, out-of-body experience or near-death experience.

    Carl Sagan’s ‘Amniotic Universe’

    Sagan thinks we might be recalling this embryonic period when we describe feeling “at one with the universe” during a spiritual experience, out-of-body experience or near-death experience.

  • 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.

    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 fact that we humans have been able to understand so much about how the natural world works, in our incredibly limited region of space over a remarkably short period of time, is a triumph of the human spirit.

    Does the Universe Need God?

    The fact that we humans have been able to understand so much about how the natural world works, in our incredibly limited region of space over a remarkably short period of time, is a triumph of the human spirit.

  • Scientists have stopped light in its tracks in two landmark experiments. In doing so they have overcome a fundamental obstacle to the development of quantum computers.

    Scientists Slow Light to a Stop

    Scientists have stopped light in its tracks in two landmark experiments. In doing so they have overcome a fundamental obstacle to the development of quantum computers.

  • Looking at fires when high, by the way, especially through one of those prism kaleidoscopes which image their surroundings, is an extraordinarily moving and beautiful experience.

    Carl Sagan in Marihuana Revisited

    Looking at fires when high, by the way, especially through one of those prism kaleidoscopes which image their surroundings, is an extraordinarily moving and beautiful experience.

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