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Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul 13 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Death Is Just Like Not Being Born Yet

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheism does have comfort to offer in the face of death. Among other things, most atheists think that when we’re dead, it will be just like it was before we were …

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Jul 12 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Popularity Isn’t a Good Measure of Truth

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “Lots of people believe it” is not a good reason for thinking something is true. Including religion. If you ask a lot of people who have never seen the Emperor, “How …

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Jul 09 2010

After You, My Dear Alphonse

Please note: This piece includes some passing references to my personal sexuality. Family members and others who don’t want to read that stuff may not want to read this one. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. “Oh, I don’t know. What do you want to do?” It took me way too many …

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Jul 09 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Being Open Minded Means Acknowledging What Isn’t True

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Yes, it’s important to have an open mind. Is your mind open to the possibility that there is no supernatural, and the physical world is all there is? Being open-minded means …

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Jul 08 2010

Do You Care Whether The Things You Believe Are True?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. What do you say to religious believers who don’t care about reality? I don’t mean people who unconsciously don’t care about reality. I don’t mean people who unconsciously resist or rationalize evidence when it contradicts the things they believe. I get that. That’s universally human. Everybody does that. …

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Jul 08 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Consciousness Is Not Supernatural

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! We are only beginning to understand consciousness. But an overwhelming body of evidence strongly suggests that, whatever it is, it’s a biological product of the brain, with no supernatural component, and …

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Jul 07 2010

How Sexism Hurts Men: “Undateable”

If you were to read a book, written by men, giving straight women advice on how to turn themselves into acceptable romantic partners – a book consistently advising women to adhere to a rigid, narrow window of traditional gender roles if they hope to find and keep a man — what would be your reaction? …

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Jul 07 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists See Life as Having Meaning

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheists do see life as having meaning. We simply see that meaning as something we create for ourselves — not something handed to us by an invisible god who supposedly created …

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Jul 06 2010

6 (Unlikely) Developments That Could Convince This Atheist To Believe in God

Atheists often point out that religious faith is closed off to evidence that contradicts it. What evidence would persuade atheists that their atheism was mistaken? If I’m such an open-minded atheist — if I really am an atheist because I think the God hypothesis is unsupported by the evidence — what evidence for God would …

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Jul 06 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Some Atheists Being Jerks =/= Atheism Being Bad or Mistaken

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Yes, some atheists are sometimes jerks. Some people in every group are sometimes jerks. That doesn’t make atheism an inherently jerky worldview. And it doesn’t make atheism wrong. Pass it on: …

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