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Go to: Translating the British

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 46 by aquilacane

I still hate them both.

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:49:25 UTC | #951159

Go to: Simply ... should I read the bible?

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 86 by aquilacane

If you want to learn what a bunch of people are talking about, yes. If you just want to learn, I would invest in different books. There is plenty to learn from the bible but it isn't worth the hassle compared to other sources.

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:46:19 UTC | #951158

Go to: A lawsuit too far?

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 52 by aquilacane

In music class, I would refuse to sing Christmas carols that made any ref to religion, which is most of them. I am not against teaching the ins and outs of music with one religiously themed piece here and there, or many if it teaches the theory, but Christmas and Christmas carols are part of an entire season devoted to the promotion of one very specific religion. I would not play along, ever.

Ultimately, if the goal of playing the music is to impress the children with your god, you are an idiot. If the goal of not playing the music is a fear that any mention of god will impress your children, you are an idiot.

On this point, my daughter came home from daycare one day and mumbled something about thanks for the food, at dinner. I asked her to repeat what she said and who taught her to say it. She started counting to seven and then became a bit confused. Is there a prayer that involves counting? Count your blessings?

I fear a rogue religite is teaching the kids at a secular daycare to thank god for their food. I am arming her with a list of the appropriate people to thank when you are given food. And I know my daughter like myself, she will instruct whomever it is accordingly.

I can't wait to hear what they come up with for Santa; there is no Santa in our home.

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:38:43 UTC | #951157

Go to: Religious Olympics

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 31 by aquilacane

Comment 27:

Closing ceremony ideas anyone?

Well there is the obvious. Rock and Rapture Blast Off

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:31:20 UTC | #949959

Go to: Religious Olympics

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by aquilacane

In the spirit of haste, the religious customs and order in which they appear on this list have been completely ripped off.

The Religious Olympics Decathlon:

  1. Wearing of the Temple Garments—Who can put their magic undies on the quickest?
  2. E-Meter Auditor Session—Conduct a successful E-Meter audit
  3. Exorcise—Heads will roll but we're still waiting for the perfect 360
  4. Kaparot Swing Off—swing that chicken round and round, cut off its head and feed it to a poor guy
  5. Shaman 100 (Upper or Lower world)—first to contact the spirit world
  6. Dowry Giveaway—How much comes with your little girl in the window?
  7. Baptism of the Dead—Find a Jewish grave and mumble some words. Hand gestures earn style points
  8. Jainist Digambaras—How long can you pretend you are wearing clothes, when you are not
  9. Niqab shuffle—How long can you run until you collapse from overheating
  10. Refuse a Blood Transfusions—Slice open a major artery then refuse the life saving transfusion

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:20:01 UTC | #949956

Go to: Secular wedding ceremonies - Canada

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by aquilacane

"trying to find a marriage commissioner willing to do a ceremony with no mention of god or use of the bible"

Try finding a marriage commissioner willing to do a ceremony with no mention from the marriage commissioner or use of the marriage commissioner.

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:56:49 UTC | #949411

Go to: Why do we find mountains beautiful?

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by aquilacane

Most of us are biggests, we are overwhelmed by size. It's a psychological failing. It's why we are in awe of the size of the universe. Oh my gosh, it's so big, I just can't comprehend it so it must be grand and important.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:18:50 UTC | #948979

Go to: Refugee visa for Alexander Aan?

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by aquilacane

Comment 1 by jel

While it may be a good idea to give Alexander Aan refugee status, I think it would be far better to pressure the authorities in places like Indonesia to recognise atheists and to protect their rights (easy to say, living as I do in the UK).

Giving refugee status to Indonesians would mock their claim of democracy and shame them on the world stage. Make them pay for the disgrace of offending reality.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:13:35 UTC | #948978

Go to: Refugee visa for Alexander Aan?

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by aquilacane

Sure he can. He has been prosecuted for his beliefs and can prove that he will be facing more government sponsored prosecution if he continues to express his beliefs. When this happens to a Muslim, Christian or Jew, it's open arms in Canada, so he should be fine here. If not, fuck this country.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:10:50 UTC | #948977

Go to: A past Muslim . . . now an atheist in Pakistan

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by aquilacane

At comment 10, Sometimes, I don't know is better than I'll make some shit up.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:08:10 UTC | #948903

Go to: A past Muslim . . . now an atheist in Pakistan

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 6 by aquilacane

I would have been killed in your country before my eighth birthday. I don't know how to deal with your problem because I have always challenged everyone openly who has had issue with my atheism. I was known for my lack of religious belief to the point that teachers were warned not to get into it with me. I may have even given some of them the balls to challenge their own beliefs; why not, if an eight year old can, so can I.

I would normally say just be yourself but this isn't the case. At least you know you are not alone in the world. Perhaps finding more like yourself within Pakistan is your best bet. You could leave the country for Europe or North America, much more accepting of atheists. Running away doesn't always work; however. Coming here a lot will help.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:09:58 UTC | #948856

Go to: The raw deal of determinism and reductionism

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 1 by aquilacane

Maybe it can only be about the experience of will and not the generation of it. We do not control the direction and speed of a roller coaster but we still get on and enjoy the ride. Your life is a roller coaster that has never been ridden. We don't know how many loops there are, how fast it is, where it goes or for how long but you're on. Are you going to enjoy the ride or wonder if you can steer? Steer where?

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:01:18 UTC | #948854

Go to: Why smart people are stupid

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 39 by aquilacane

MadPuzzler, you sound crazier than me.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:20:26 UTC | #947608

Go to: Why smart people are stupid

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 32 by aquilacane

Comment 28 by All About Meme

How long does it take to cover 7/16 of the lake with lily pads?

How does your brain see that one?

7/16

7x12.5=87.5

87.5 X 0.1=8.75

8.75+46=46.875

Stupid guy who can't do math gets 46.875 ?

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:39:48 UTC | #947599

Go to: Unbelieving preachers get help to 'come out' as open atheists

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by aquilacane

The only thing worse than a preacher who mistakenly preaches falsehood is one who does it knowingly. That being said, this may be the very thing we need to push religion underground and turn it on itself. Authoritarian followers who see their leaders turn away from religion may do the same thing out of habit. This is not a good reason to follow but it may expose many to the ideas that start one on the path to recovery.

The mob mentality of the organized religious may also play a large role in outing preachers (whether atheist or not). They will witch-hunt among themselves and turn on each other. New members will think twice. Old members will raise the bridge. They will fracture under their own paranoia.

What needs to run in tandem with the clergy project is a youth rebellion project. “Are you a teen and want to have total hand over your parents?” “Just beat them down with facts and evidence!” “You can hold command over your parents by pointing out the fallacies almost as fast as they can spit them out.” “Best of all, you’re right and therefore superior to your parents!” “Want to leave home but your parents won’t let you?” “Tell them you’re an atheist… just pack your bags first!”

Youth are key

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:16:59 UTC | #947571

Go to: Why smart people are stupid

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 25 by aquilacane

Comment 1 by jameshogg

Got the question right first time. I'm quite trained in maths, so I don't fall for that sort of thing easily:

x = bat y = ball

(all in cents for now, makes it easier)

x + y = 110 (total)

x - y = 100 (difference between them is 100 cents)

Second equation => x = y + 100, sub that into the first equation:

y + 100 + y = 110

2y = 10

y = 5

=> x = 105.

feels vilely smug

Okay. I'll get back to reading the rest of the article now...

I can't do the letter number thing:

110-100=10 10/2=5

Comment 7 by All About Meme :

Lily Pads, anyone?

(248)A = L ; A = initial area of lily pads; L = Area of lake (2n)A = L/2 ; n = number of days Substituting:

(2n)A = (248)A/2 (2n+1)A = (248)A 2n+1 = 248 n+1 = 48

n = 47

I don't know math for shit but this is how my brain sees it:

1=100% 50%=-1 48-1=47

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:50:33 UTC | #947564

Go to: Three Developments in British Education

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by aquilacane

Squeak the wheel

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:41:15 UTC | #947220

Go to: My Journey

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by aquilacane

What the hell is an arts filter? Is that something that shuts the artist's mouth and allows us to enjoy the visual work?

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:15:25 UTC | #947070

Go to: Church accused of 'scaremongering'

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by aquilacane

All church ceremonies are to be considered theatrical in nature and non binding. Only a state witnessed certificate of civil partnership will be accepted. Furthermore, it is unlawful for a charitable organization to refuse service to a member of the public due to race, religion disability or sexual orientation. All churches must make imaginary rituals available to the public with equal opportunity for all. Thank you. That would nice.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:47:54 UTC | #947062

Go to: Unsung Heroes, Obscure Scientists

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Comment 33 by raytoman

Ernest Rutherford hasn't been mentioned yet but was instrumental in the discovery of the power of the atom. He is arguably one of the greatest Scientists and was awarded a Nobel Prize.

If you're bringing up Rutherford then don't forget about the Cockcroft/Walton Accelerator

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:38:17 UTC | #947047

Go to: Major Threat to Religion? Clergy People Coming Out as Atheists

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by aquilacane

Exit strategy: Quit

Solved, move along.

Always worked for me when I came up against moral issues.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:01:08 UTC | #946896

Go to: Unsung Heroes, Obscure Scientists

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 37 by aquilacane

Comment 32 by Roedy

You have extra credit to a scientist who has the guts to present an idea that will be ridiculed and hated.

No argument from me but there has been plenty of data lying around for all of humanity. I could easily accept that evolutionary based theories have been floating around the brains of humans for millennia. I remember, when I was very young, that I thought monkeys and people must be related like different dogs; we look too alike to not be the same. I don't think I had any evolutionary amo at that age, though I may have. It must be common. Everyone who looks at a great ape up close marvels at how much we are alike. Evolution's greatest enemy is the human superiority complex.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 04:37:20 UTC | #946501

Go to: Petition to defend Indian rationalist from false accusations

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by aquilacane

Comment 23 by stellier68

Quebec happily ignores international Human Rights laws every

time they arrest people for making signs in their own language.

hahaha! Our jails are filled. Call Amesty International!

I think they've actually been involved.

Here is a more recent issue Amnesty has been involved with in Quebec

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:36:57 UTC | #946410

Go to: Petition to defend Indian rationalist from false accusations

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by aquilacane

Comment 7 by Nairb

India is not a secular state- its a multi religous state. Therefor ridiculous situations like this. And it happily ignores international Human Rights laws.

Quebec happily ignores international Human Rights laws every time they arrest people for making signs in their own language.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 23:03:07 UTC | #946234

Go to: How religion promotes confidence about paternity

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 6 by aquilacane

Religious practices that strongly control female sexuality are more successful at promoting certainty about paternity.

of course,

Religious practices that strongly control human thought are more successful at promoting certainty about opinions.

and we must also consider

All practices that strongly control female sexuality are more successful at promoting certainty about paternity… unless they are lesbians.

while,

Scientific practices that strongly control studies are 100% successful at promoting certainty about paternity.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:50:08 UTC | #946201

Go to: How religion promotes confidence about paternity

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by aquilacane

The man is expendable, no real need to know.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:37:29 UTC | #946198

Go to: Stop female genital mutilation in the UK! - Avaaz.org petition

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 62 by aquilacane

Stop all genital mutilation

A fund for children to sue their parents for genital mutilation would be a great way to scare the crap out of them.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:34:57 UTC | #946158

Go to: Unsung Heroes, Obscure Scientists

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by aquilacane

Maybe it is someone who reached Darwin's conclusions 100, 200, 300 years before him but never bothered to write it down.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:32:34 UTC | #946157

Go to: Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by aquilacane

She doesn't want kids and this is how she justifies it to herself and everyone else. It's ok to not want kids but making up bullshit reasons and then wasting peoples' time telling them, just seems selfish. I think she really wants consoling for her depression if anything. Sham article.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:27:27 UTC | #946156

Go to: Spanish artist faces prison over 'how to cook Christ' film

aquilacane's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by aquilacane

The claim of god offends my religious feelings. It suggests religion is true and I feel otherwise. So 90% of Spain can fuck off.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:15:37 UTC | #946154