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Monthly Archive: May 2010

May 21 2010

Why Prayer is Nonsense – part 3

2 – Know your deities This is part 3 in a series of posts on prayer. Please use the links at the top and bottom of each post to navigate through the parts. but everyone knows prayer works! Everyone prays when your time comes or when you get into trouble, even atheists — or so …

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May 20 2010

Update on DanJ of Relatively Unrelated, Donation Link

His wife reports on Dan’s current status. And it’s not great news. We got the results of the biopsy today. RelUnrelated has stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is not the news we wanted to hear, but at the same time I do not think it is as bad as it could be. It really isn’t. …

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May 20 2010

Draw Muhammad Day – May 20, 2010

Thunderf00t explains why you should participate: And I explain why drawing Muhammad isn’t even all that bad, unless you’re some sort of complete nutter that values fan-fiction over the canonical fiction that started your religion. Yes, this is like those children on the internet who prefer their Fox Mulder / Jean Luc Picard slash fiction …

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May 19 2010

Why prayer is nonsense – part 2

1 – First, define prayer This is part 2 in a series of posts on prayer. Please use the links at the top and bottom of each post to navigate through the parts. know your deities In the monotheistic religions that make up the bulk of religions in the Western world, the variety of qualities …

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May 18 2010

Dio is dead

Ronnie James Dio, one of the most influential heavy metal rockers of all time, apparently succumbed this weekend to the stomach cancer he’s been fighting for the better part of a year. Dio rocked out with Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio, having chosen the name knowing it means “God” in …

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May 17 2010

Why I do what I do, and where I get my moral code

James Carey, whom I know from university out there in meatspace, asked a few questions that were well off topic on the prayer post, and questions about prayer itself that will be, I hope, adequately answered in the course of the series proper. I decided to post my response as a full blog post of …

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May 17 2010

Why prayer is nonsense – part 1

0 – Master post This is part 1 in a series of posts on prayer. Please use the links at the top and bottom of each post to navigate through the parts. first, define prayer It’s always important to define your terms. Especially in debate with someone that believes in a particular religion — it’s …

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May 17 2010

Why prayer is nonsense – part 0

By no means is this intended to be an exhaustive list of every theological discussion, every argument and counterargument, with regard to prayer’s efficacy. My aim with this series is to show why prayer is an ultimately useless endeavor, either devoid of any merit when defined narrowly, or if defined vaguely, indistinguishable from other mental …

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May 16 2010

Tim Minchin: The Good Book

A bit of Tim Minchin as blog filler. Since I’m working on something huge, my brain tubes are a bit clogged, but I’m hoping it’ll be ready tomorrow. Tim’s song ought to get you thinking about the circular, self-perpetuating nature of the memes called religion, in making fun of the one you personally, statistically by …

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May 15 2010

That helpless feeling.

Was chugging along at a pretty steady pace on that promised post when I got the news that my friend Dan J of Relatively Unrelated likely has lymphoma. He’s been getting the runaround from a clinic for the past two weeks in that country with “the greatest health care system in the world”, America. Naturally. …

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