Archive for the ‘Reality Trumps ‘God’’ Category

In the interest of fairness…

…I took on a few other icons. Behold Jesus of Nazareth… …Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha… …and one Chas. Darwin of Down House. Wanna guess who gets pissed off? SPOILER: It won’t be the athe­ists, and prob­a­bly won’t be the Buddhists.

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I drew Mohammed!

If this makes you angry, you’re a moron. Via the fun folks at SP-​​​​Studio, for­merly Planearium.

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The thing that made the things for which there is no known maker

A nice lit­tle some­thing for the run-​​​​up to Easter.

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This is difficult to understand

I’m an athe­ist, and com­fort­able with it in the same way that I’m com­fort­able about being a left-​​​​handed, bisex­ual male. But one of the hur­dles I had to jump dur­ing my slow sur­ren­der of reli­gios­ity was the con­cept of after­life. It’s hard some­times to tol­er­ate the real­ity that this life is all there is. There are plenty of […]

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Bishop: There was no Holocaust. Pope: ZOMG FTW

Right, the excommunication-​​​​then-​​​​redemption of Bishop Richard Williamson is all over the news, the lat­est being that he can get back into the fold if he recants his denial of the Holocaust. The Vatican demanded Wednesday that a bishop who denied the Holocaust recant his posi­tions before being fully admit­ted into the Roman Catholic Church. I can […]

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God and U.S. Airways flight 1549

From CNN: The pilot aboard U.S. Airways Flight 1549 came over the speaker sys­tem and told pas­sen­gers “brace for impact.” One pas­sen­ger turned on his cell phone so his body could be found with its GPS track­ing. Others reflected on their lives. Everyone sur­vived. Said pas­sen­ger Andrew Jamison, “God was cer­tainly look­ing out for all of us.”

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I like the direction this is going

A Muslim scholar in Germany has ques­tioned the valid­ity of the exis­tence of Mohammed. Muhammad Sven Kalisch lumps the alleged recip­i­ent of the recita­tion in the same cat­e­gory with Jesus, Abraham et. al., to which can prob­a­bly be added Siddhartha Gautama: He told the [Toronto] Star in a recent phone inter­view that his research leads him […]

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In Which I Officially Become a Member of Social Networking

Facebook? Friendster? ThingyOfTheWeek? Fie. Atheist Nexus. Do it. I did.

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Traffic Woes and Light Derailments

A Drama in Two Acts Act the First: Two PERSONS and a GODBOY in an ele­va­tor. Person 1: The other day I was stuck in traf­fic for nearly two hours. Sheesh! Person 2: Yeah, it’s a real night­mare since the con­struc­tion began. GodBoy: When I’m stuck in traf­fic I like to pray to Jesus! Person 1: I won­der if the plans they have […]

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Stranger than we Can Imagine

Sir Arthur Eddington said this of our cos­mos: “Not only is the uni­verse stranger than we imag­ine; it is stranger than we can imag­ine.” I was reminded today of that fact by an image I’d for­got­ten. In an effort to reduce the bare­ness of the walls in Yoshi’s bed­room (as well as in an effort to […]

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Yet More Evidence of Retardation Among the Religious

There’s sim­ply no way that we can extend the con­cept of tol­er­ance to any prac­ti­tion­ers of the fol­low­ing exam­ples of egre­gious stu­pid­ity: Officials at Nepal’s state-​​​​run air­line have sac­ri­ficed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, fol­low­ing tech­ni­cal prob­lems with one of its Boeing 757 air­craft, the car­rier said Tuesday. Yep, goat […]

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Reality Check? (4 of 5)

We’re not tech­no­log­i­cally capa­ble — yet — of lit­er­ally destroy­ing the world. What we are capa­ble of, how­ever, is ren­der­ing its sur­face utterly inim­i­cal to human life. From that rather self-​​​​centered per­spec­tive alone, then, we should be care­ful about what we develop, deploy and refine. It doesn’t mat­ter if we use atom­ics or fusion weapons. […]

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