Thursday, July 28, 2011

Science and religion: God didn't make man; man made gods -

"Before John Lennon imagined 'living life in peace,' he conjured 'no heaven … / no hell below us …/ and no religion too.'

No religion: What was Lennon summoning? For starters, a world without 'divine' messengers, like Osama bin Laden, sparking violence. A world where mistakes, like the avoidable loss of life in Hurricane Katrina, would be rectified rather than chalked up to 'God's will.' Where politicians no longer compete to prove who believes more strongly in the irrational and untenable. Where critical thinking is an ideal. In short, a world that makes sense." Read More

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Don’t Mess with Mother Nature: On Marriage and Driving Licenses. - Lawrence M. Krauss - -

"Many of us in the West tend to feel some smug superiority when we witness the medieval debate in Saudi Arabia over the right of women to drive. It is hard to imagine in the 21st century that any technologically modern society can be so backward.

At the same time we have recently witnessed a great debate in the New York Legislature over the right of same sex couples to marry. Much hand wringing, and recourse to moral, religious, or legal considerations was devoted to the lengthy debate that ended up in a last minute very close vote on this historic issue.

There remains an intimate connection between these two events, and 100 years from now I expect that both will be looked upon with the same kind of wry disdain, as our descendants once again wonder how their ancestors could have been so out of touch with reality." Read More

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Brain Creates Religion-Big Think Interview With Lionel Tiger

"It is of course a very vexing issue because people who believe devoutly in religion will tell you that there is no question there. It is already answered, which is that we’re obligate to respect and believe and follow the word of God however that word is determined. I did with a colleague of mine who had been at the UCLA Medical School, head of the Psychiatric Research Institute, Michael McGuire, a book called God’s Brain in which we were I think able to suggest, if not demonstrate that religion is really made by the brain." Read More

Sunday, July 10, 2011

50 Atheist Quotes - Born Again Pagan

"1. Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money." Read More

The Bible Should Be Banned

"So many worthwhile books have been banned over the years. The Grapes of Wrath was banned especially in California because it was partially set there and made the residents look bad. Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man was banned in the UK and Paine was charged with treason for supporting the French Revolution. It was also banned in Tsarist Russia. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was banned in the southern US during the Civil War, then in Russia. (full list here)." Read More
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

12 Questions I Wish Christians Could Answer » Heaving Dead Cats

"My original title for this article was 12 Ruminations of a Godless Heathen. I don’t expect christians to read these questions and give me answers. I’ve read the bible. This isn’t about wanting to debate anyone over minutiae. These are questions that I would have if the christian god existed. Since I’m fairly confident that no gods exist (due to lack of any evidence of anything supernatural in all the known universe), I’m merely throwing out some food for thought. You might find them interesting or challenging." Read More

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Fallacy of Miracles

"The Fallacy of Miracles

By Colin Flannery

After a tornado recently tore through Joplin, Missouri, the same thing happened that happens after every such natural disaster: people saw the hand of God all over the incident—the Christian God, of course.

The badly injured proclaimed it a “miracle” that they had survived, the slightly injured saw a miracle in the fact that they were not more severely hurt, and those outside the path of the tornado saw God’s hands all over the event, as he lovingly directed the twister around their homes (and, therefore, by definition, into their neighbors’ homes). Each person basically looked one circle in closer to the tragedy and declared it a miracle that they were one circle out. So many miracles, overlapping and inconsistent." Read More