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  • do we self-destruct if we don’t flourish?

    – I’m contacting James K A Smith with my repost to his unreadable 10000 word essay: this is what I was able to make sense of without going mad:

    The Good is defined as physical and psychological well being, we are motivated by goals, or “anti-goals”, which are whatever we like, however, evolution has g…[Read more]

  • The ABCD guide to making better ethical decisions

    – I’ll be honest, I can’t argue with most of those things, however, it’s extremely long-winded, and nobody stands a chance of remembering all those things in the heat of the moment.  They should have made each one short and snappy.  Also, it includes that famous duff blooper from Kant:

    Would i…[Read more]

  • Thanks, Reg!

  • Have a great week everyone!! Sorry for delay in posting today as I was at work.

    “One day when I was praying, it suddenly occurred to me that I was talking to myself.”

    Peter O’Toole, actor.

  • Transgender children are banned from the Scouts as they were not indoctrinated into a religion.

    New Mexico is to reconsider changing its education policy and may not now allow the teaching of delusional lies to children. Over in Biloxi you cannot say “Boo Radley” to snowflakes.

    Texas may soon have a tremendous District Court app…[Read more]

  • RIP the Standard Model–the Big Bang with Its Many Untested and Untestable Hypotheses

    “It’s a mystery to me how comets work at all.”
    –Donald Brownlee, principal investigator of NASA’s Stardust Mission

    Nothing in the observed Universe has surprised astronomers and astrophysicists more than comets. Their “dirty snowball” hypothesis, for decades the…[Read more]

    • Thanks, Tom – you always seem to give me a healthy skepticism for ‘scientific announcements’.

      • Strega, when government departments have done what Congress funded them to do, Congress cuts their budgets and they have to reduce their payrolls. This time it’s NASA’s turn.

  • Tom Sarbeck posted an update in the group Group logo of Atheist HumorAtheist Humor 1 day, 1 hour ago

    Donald Trump. Because there is no god.
    Nerves in teeth. BTING.
    Aging. BTING.
    Hollywood makes movies for 13 yo boys. Because there is no god.

  • Robert for President!

  • mike replied to the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 1 day, 21 hours ago

    Atheist are just willing to accept the nature of the universe. The Laws of Physics dictate reality and not our hallucinations or wishful thinking; resurrection or re-animation, unassisted flight (ascension), reincarnation, virgin birth, a personal God…these are things of delusion; of make-believe…

    Ideas approaching a greater understanding of…[Read more]

  • I made a few mods….

    Washington, 21st November, 1864.
    Dear Madam,
    I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
    I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 2 days, 5 hours ago

    Atheists are certainly unusual, willing to give up life everlasting and social acceptance for what we see as the truth. It took me a long time and I still bite my tongue almost every day.

  • mike replied to the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 2 days, 6 hours ago

    I wrote that as my exorcism after our families thanksgiving get-together; where my niece handed out Bible verses for everyone to read after dinner… I read mine like a champ (chump) and then needed to expel my demons…
    It came directly from my bible studies (know thy enemy) :/

  • Strega replied to the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 2 days, 6 hours ago

    Chuckles

  • mike replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 9 hours ago

    … engaging the frontal cortex (thinking logically) reduces anxiety. Perhaps this is to do with how picking up factual information reduces ignorance of the unknown.

    I would agree with that. I would add that thinking illogically also reduces anxiety: blind faith serves the same purpose. Unfortunately, disinformation and maintaining ones i…[Read more]

  • mike replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 9 hours ago

    Do you think that human primates are/were any more alert to danger than other species of animals?

    We had a common ancestor: a cousin that survived because of that trait…my guess is that this organism might have looked fish-like before it had the amount of neurons necessary to make cognitive predictions. I would bet that the trait developed w…[Read more]

  • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 13 hours ago

    I don’t know if you can pick this up where you are, you might have to register your e-mail address or some old crap that they’re asking you to do now.  Somewhere it talks about how engaging the frontal cortex (thinking logically) reduces anxiety.  Perhaps this is to do with how picking up factual information reduces ignorance of the u…[Read more]

  • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 13 hours ago

    Do you think that human primates are/were any more alert to danger than other species of animals?  I would have thought that life is dangerous for any creature living out in the wild.

    There is a thing called the “smoke detector principle” which means we are alerted to potential threats “just in case” they turn out to be dangerous.  I believe we t…[Read more]

  • mike started the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 14 hours ago

    Speaking of anxiety; think for a second about the life of our common ancestor Lucy, three million years ago. She was diminutive and weak, compared to other primates at the time: she had no claws, no vicious teeth and soft, easily damageable skin. Her body hair was disappearing: looking like she was going through a case of mangy,…[Read more]

  • mike started the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 2 days, 21 hours ago

    A LETTER TO GOD
    Dear God,
    I know you are very busy: your inbox must be quite full of prayers. Luckily you do the “all knowing”, telepathic thing, so not all people have to write you…because five billion sheets of copy paper; that would form a stack 306 miles high, is a bit tough to get through in any day. Considering there are around two trill…[Read more]

  • Mike, if you post that letter as a blog rather than an update we can reply to it (and theists can help explain it to us!!)

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