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Go to: Chilean miners: Rival churches claim credit for the miracle

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I'm sure they're going to build churches on the site, and one day... after many years... one of those churches will collapse, maybe during an earthquake, and the circus will begin again.

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 22:00:07 UTC | #532674

Go to: Druidry to be classed as religion by Charity Commission

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This action might help dilute the image of Religion in society, helping people view it as a hobby, rather than a serious way of life. The more diversity there is, the less important the big ones are; like market share. The sad part is that it's another tax break, a hypocrisy.

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:41:39 UTC | #528835

Go to: How to spot quantum quackery - interview with Lawrence Kauss

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"The Secret" authors are a bunch of MLM-ing assholes. I didn't need quantum theory lessons to figure out their line of lies. Their most important "wish" is prosperity, money, but it so happens that they become rich by selling a book which tells people that they can make money by wishful thinking and another book which tells people the same thing all over again. That's Multi Level Marketing (pyramid/ponzi scheme) and it's all bullshit (to quote Penn & Teller)!

Another "funny" issue with their mind over quantum field theories is that just believing really hard in something will make it happen, but you have to believe with all your "heart", no hold backs, no doubt. ...... Well, we have such people, and you can visit them in mental hospitals and asylums. There are people who believe 100% in really strange stuff with powerful visions and feelings. What about them? Why isn't The Universe making their reality happen? No Peter Pan effect?

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:57:59 UTC | #522817

Go to: Catholics demand that atheists apologize for Hitler

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@Comment 27 by ComradeFrana

Actually Hitler wasn't even a vegetarian. In fact he was avid for sausages. He might have fasted, but that's another story. (And even he was one, that still doesn't change the domain of vegetarianism... )

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 18:03:03 UTC | #520748

Go to: Catholics demand that atheists apologize for Hitler

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@GPWC , tweeted it all day :)

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:11:19 UTC | #519980

Go to: Catholics demand that atheists apologize for Hitler

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I think that, to the average catholic reader, the truth doesn't really matter; The Catholic League just serves the purpose of feeding the chauvinism of its faithful readers. It's the hormones produced by the feeling of belonging to a group + fear hormones. Most cults base their ideology in the chauvinistic mentality.

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:05:23 UTC | #519969

Go to: Catholics demand that atheists apologize for Hitler

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Here's a large collection of photos of Nazis and their catholic ways:

Updated: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:58:29 UTC | #519943

Go to: This Video is Frightening…

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I bet J. Goebbels would be proud of such video clips.

Infants shouldn't be exposed to any form of TV...

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 07:20:52 UTC | #515226

Go to: Senior Catholic blames UK's 'moral wasteland' on equal rights

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I'm sure he would love to bring back the Inquistion!... Those were the moral days.

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 08:03:11 UTC | #509008

Go to: Michael, we hardly knew ye

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Isn't this belief in the magic spirit of the market a kind of religion? ...just one more apologist.

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:52:46 UTC | #508209

Go to: Atheist doctors 'more likely to hasten death'

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Even better headline: Religious Doctors afraid of gods, won't help terminally-ill out of suffering.

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:40:57 UTC | #506297

Go to: Are we phalluses?

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I'm with M M... G.C. helped me clear up my mind and be more outspoken about the absurdities of religion. Carlin was a good example of being a dick! he helped push the line (or noose) tighter around the christian religion. Bashing and tearing up beliefs made talking about beliefs and their absurdity easier for timid religiously indoctrinated people and moderates.

Phil Plait, well his strategy might, maybe, work on family members or colleagues, but that's about it.

One of the great advantages of being an aggressive skeptic is that you give inertia to thoughts, so when people understand, they may find the urge to tell others. That's important and most necessary. Emotion is needed to combat emotion-based beliefs.

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:23:34 UTC | #503954

Go to: North Dighton Bible campers answer phone calls from God

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Deceit. A trademark!

I wonder how will they react when they grow up and find out it was a hoax...

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:18:21 UTC | #500590

Go to: Just a picture

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I read someone here considering that blue isn't a normal color for the burqa or chadri or whatever they call it.

Here are more photos from Afghanistan:

Sat, 14 Aug 2010 06:45:03 UTC | #500154

Go to: Just a picture

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Bin liner theory confirmed.

This isn't photoshopped, right?

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 19:32:50 UTC | #499956

Go to: Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress Vaccine

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18 @chseesedoff17

Here are a few quirks, small and large:

What if it becomes really popular? I mean it would probably be more effective than current pills.

How would people react to the problems of life if just the stress was gone?

Would apathy become conventional?

What are the political implications in democracies where such a vaccine would be in large scale use? What about despotic regimes? Would the vaccine-companies have moratoriums against selling to governments which want to stop social unrest?

There's no historical precedent for responsible usage in such cases...

Also, I would like to add that the your observation concerning the usage of anti-depressives is not proof that they work, just that they're highly addictive. From what I've read about the SRIs and my encounters with people which are on them, they have a short positive effect, since the brain slowly reacts to the increase in serotonin by decreasing the numbers of serotonin receptors on cells and by decreasing the serotonin production (which leads to serious mental problems unless you up the dosage regularly; I know such cases from personal experience).

P.S. I'm not against vaccines; and I would actually love to see a vaccine which increases the efficiency of human digestive system and metabolism, so humans would need less food (SF...?)

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:55:18 UTC | #499818

Go to: Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress Vaccine

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@cheesedoff17 I know... and the process and technology is fascinating, but still, it would only treat symptoms, which is a form of long term abuse. What would be next? A vaccine for treating realism? There's already a procedure for that... induced coma.

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:34:51 UTC | #499404

Go to: The War on Brains

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Shouldn't it be called the crusade against brains ?

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:22:21 UTC | #499398

Go to: Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress Vaccine

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This is ridiculous. There already are a lot of methods to reduce stress... from physical exercise, to drugs, to good food and to any form of sex. It's a waste of time and, being a vaccine which basically pacifies people, it has a really large potential for unethical practices and dangerous consequences for society.

Why not try to reduce the social and environmental factors which continuously sustain stress?

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 19:02:42 UTC | #498601

Go to: Transubstantiation

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This seems like "bio-alchemy".

Also, let's not forget to mention the underlaying issue of cannibalism produced by this ritual...

I never had a first communion (the equivalent in orthodox christianity), since the morning in question I forgot to not eat anything, and had a nice omelet. I still went to church, but I didn't have to do confession and the priest gave me the "privilege" of distributing the crackers to the other kids, which was probably when I realized this whole thing is a social tradition, having little to do with gods and saviors. Me, the sinner, handed out the holy crackers... that was an interesting glance into the "big picture" .

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 09:28:52 UTC | #497381

Go to: Talibanisation of British Childhood

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This excuse of being uneducated is very cheap and highly irresponsible.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 12:26:39 UTC | #496671

Go to: Freedom is my religion

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I think Pat forgets to recognize that most people rebel against the system that's around them, so for many of us, that was christianity. In the West, with it's christian background, most atheists sharpen their critique on the christian realm. I know if I would've been born in Egypt or India, my skills for tearing down islamic and hindu bullshit would be much better. Sadly, not many western atheists have the time to study in detail all those fairy-tales and follow the news from those other parts of the World...

On the other hand, when we come up with superficial critiques of the islamic world, some of the arguments might end up being used by christians to justify blind hate and violence... which defeats the purpose; there needs to be more essence and quality in the arguments.

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 10:59:15 UTC | #495325

Go to: British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws

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Not too many centuries ago, human sacrifice, cannibalism and animal sacrifice were part of many cultures and part of many religions. The practice should be stopped based on that same principle of removing harmful traditions.

If those sick women in the video feel like its necessary, let's see them try to convince an adult woman to have it done. Mutilation is still part of the modern culture (ex. piercing of different parts of the body), but children should be excused completely from such acts.

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:38:35 UTC | #493050

Go to: School Board might OK teaching creationism

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Board President Keith Martin, while reminding the members that a decision had been made in the past not to teach creationism, suggested that now might be the time to re-examine the issue. Martin said that one problem with the teaching of creationism versus evolution is that, “You don’t want two different teachers teaching two different things.”

Why would now be a better time? Did Jesus visit the Treme? ... or is it now the best time to make sure the young generations remain ignorant?

Updated: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 09:47:34 UTC | #492693

Go to: How facts backfire

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This phenomenon has been known for many years. The basic problem is not only the fear of being wrong, but also the paranoia... the believers actually end up classifying facts as a personal attack on their beliefs, like any cult mentality. From my experience, the only way to reach some of those people is not by facts, but by empathy and emotions.

People invest too much in institutions like industries, universities, governments and religions, and when the other probabilities manifest and the society changes, they lose the bet and they don't know how to react, to adapt... so they sink to useless paranoid jingoistic cult-like beliefs. Realism is needed...

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 08:41:54 UTC | #488863

Go to: What happens when you display "Forbidden art"

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I hope all atheist writters will allocate more attention to the Eastern Orthodox Church, which is a shadow of the former USSR (with which it collaborated on all levels to uncover spies and rebels during the Soviet era)... The Putin regimes have been a center-right-wing nationalist influence which has been reviving the influence of the OC along with older jingoistic mentalities. This is also happening in many countries from the former USSR, including Romania, where I live. The christian orthodox church is crazier than the catholic one, but less wealthy, and much closer to the fundamentalism of middle-eastern societies and to feudalism.

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:22:56 UTC | #488377

Go to: Adult Breastfeeding Establishes "Maternal Relations"...

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I'm not going to hijack this thread with some other subject, because what those saudis are doing is highly imoral... but I can point you to where you can find a lot of information on that subject.

Updated: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:52:42 UTC | #488219

Go to: Adult Breastfeeding Establishes "Maternal Relations"...

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The woman has to pump her breast milk into a glass

What about the baby? What does it eat?

First of all, this is fantasticaly disgusting. Even though breastfeeding your own child does build a strong hormonal relation, it probably doesn't work on adults. Maybe playing some card games toghether works better...

Also, MILK protein can not be absorbed by humans after a few years after birth (usually less). The enzyme responsabile for digesting it stops being produced as the stomach gets used to solid foods. By the way, drinking milk from some other species is even more weird and causes powerful hormonal imbalances.

Updated: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:18:38 UTC | #488212

Go to: First flea for TGSOE

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Right after the "the intellectually superior position" I couldn't hold it and burst into hysterical laughter...

PS. it's probably just a scam to sell more books; they have a well established tradition for scamming. Don't finance the crazy people...

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:54:38 UTC | #488012

Go to: An honest peek into the brain of a Christian conservative

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The most disturbing christian feature is the repressed sociopath who craves genocide and torture of all the others.

On the same subject, from another source:

And some trivia here

And something NSFW drawing

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:55:44 UTC | #487758