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Can we be sceptical about scepticism?

AtheistEgbert - 20 August 2011 311 Comments

A few have suggested that we have a discussion about discussing, or in other words, a more philosophical meta-talk about what it means to be reasonable, or to be a free thinker. I think an informal...

TAGGED: REASON

A different interpretation of religion?

AtheistEgbert - 08 August 2011 40 Comments

The recent article published on the BBC and reposted here on RD.net about the phenomenon known as 'somethingism'--or a very liberal form of Protestantism--tends to support an alternative view of...

TAGGED: RELIGION

How would you define morality & justice?

AtheistEgbert - 19 July 2011 173 Comments

One of the biggest problems I find in any discussion involving morality, is that no one has any clear idea about what exactly morality is. I also notice that all such discussions confuse morality...

TAGGED: DEBATE POINTS, MORALITY

The Atheist Rapture

AtheistEgbert - 25 May 2011 26 Comments

Human suffering is fundamentally what motivates us. Our goal-orientated human existence is engaged in always attempting to create a better world, or our work today is for our enjoyment tommorrow. ...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Finding the Faithless: Perceived Atheist Prevalence Reduces Anti-Atheist Prejudices

AtheistEgbert - 22 April 2011 0 Comments

This research paper is linked from the website of Chris Mooney, who calls it ' Psych Evidence that Supports New Atheism '. I found it interesting. I also like the word prejudice in the title,...

TAGGED: ACCOMMODATIONISM, ATHEISM

Bishop admits that church schools succeed because of selection

AtheistEgbert - 21 April 2011 1 Comments

The Church of England’s new head of education, the Bishop of Oxford, Rt Rev John Pritchard, is the first high-profile Anglican to admit that church schools get their league-topping results by using...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, FAITH SCHOOLS, SOCIETY

A Brave New Non-Religious World

AtheistEgbert - 19 April 2011 20 Comments

If we were to live in a majority non-religious society, then what would its basic values be? I think the rate of change from religion to non-religion in America and parts of Europe is...

TAGGED: SECULARISM, SOCIETY

Ex-Soldier Jailed For Burning Koran in Carlisle

AtheistEgbert - 18 April 2011 117 Comments

A former soldier has been sentenced to 70 days in prison for setting fire to a copy of Muslim holy book the Koran in the centre of Carlisle. Andrew Ryan had previously admitted religiously...

TAGGED: ISLAM, POLITICS

Michael Gove 'Crystal Clear' Creationism is not Science

AtheistEgbert - 22 March 2011 56 Comments

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has confirmed that creationism will not be taught in free schools because it is "at odds with scientific fact". The Department of Education responded to a...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EDUCATION, EVOLUTION

Microscope with 50-nanometre Resolution Demonstrated

AtheistEgbert - 02 March 2011 5 Comments

By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News UK researchers have demonstrated the highest-resolution optical microscope ever - aided by tiny glass beads. The microscope imaged...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Meet Your Meat, The Barbarity of Halal Slaughter

AtheistEgbert - 21 February 2011 16 Comments

Moderators: This is highly distressing to watch but I thought It might be important enough to shock viewers into realizing and stopping this practice.

TAGGED: ISLAM, LAW, POLITICS

News Flash: Taliban Violate Human Rights by Christopher Hitchens

AtheistEgbert - 14 February 2011 18 Comments

The human rights community finally notices the Taliban's war crimes . Even in a week that concentrated all eyes on the magnificent courage and maturity of the people of Cairo, a report from Kabul...

TAGGED: CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM, TERRORISM

Poll Shows Egyptians Favour Democracy and Stoning for Adultery

AtheistEgbert - 13 February 2011 91 Comments

Egyptians reject radical Islamists, but want Islam to play a large role in politics and think democracy is the best political system, according to poll data collected in Muslim countries last year....

TAGGED: ISLAM, POLLS

Do We Perceive Reality? The Checker Shadow Illusion

AtheistEgbert - 09 January 2011 27 Comments

From Jerry Coyne's Blog: I recently finished Steve Pinker’s The Blank Slate (recommended!), and in one chapter was taken by his discussion about whether human senses perceive a real, external...

TAGGED: PSYCHOLOGY

A Philosopher of Religion Calls it Quits

AtheistEgbert - 05 January 2011 33 Comments

Keith Parsons announces that the "case for theism" is a fraud, and sparks a firestorm. By JULIA GALEF When philosophy professor Keith Parsons posted an announcement on his blog, The Secular...

TAGGED: PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION

A need for atheist fiction?

AtheistEgbert - 04 January 2011 82 Comments

Novels are one of the best ways to get information out to the public, and yet atheists have simply not exploited such a market. Of course, the selecting process for novels goes through editors...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BOOKS, EDUCATION

Genetic Breakthrough In Fight Against Honeybee Killer

AtheistEgbert - 23 December 2010 7 Comments

A breakthrough in the battle against a deadly mite responsible for decimating the honeybee population has been welcomed by conservation groups. The varroa mite is the biggest killer of honeybees...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, GENETICS, SCIENCE

Pope to deliver Thought for the Day on Christmas Eve

AtheistEgbert - 22 December 2010 25 Comments

UPDATE: Listen here and read the transcrip t It will be the first time that Pope Benedict XVI has presented material specifically written for a radio or television audience, and the first time...

TAGGED: POPE, RELIGION, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Tired of religion in the music industry

AtheistEgbert - 13 December 2010 77 Comments

Take That are probably the biggest boy band at the moment. They recently re-formed and have a huge following, but what people may not realise is their overtly religious messages within their latest...

TAGGED: RELIGION, TV

Atheist Speakers Assaulted at Hawaii State Capital for Objecting to Senate Prayer

AtheistEgbert - 08 December 2010 85 Comments

On April 29, 2010, activists Mitch Kahle and Kevin Hughes were assaulted by Ben Villaflor, the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms, and State Sheriff’s Deputies, for objecting to unconstitutional Christian...

TAGGED: LAW, POLITICS, RELIGION