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Go to: Can we at least demand 'Secular Communion'?

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I might laugh if I didn't think this issue revolves around something that is deadly serious: as we are unable to persuade people into atheism, the world suffers terribly.

And being dicks to those whom we wish to persuade only extends the anguish.

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 14:01:00 UTC | #83004

Go to: Can we at least demand 'Secular Communion'?

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"I think we all know where a policy of appeasement leads.... "

Wow, this sounds like President Bush talking about his reasons for invading Iraq. I find people here strongly believe in the myth of Pure Evil.

And I find it idiotic that PZ cares too much about SQUID to call himself a humanist. For such a retarded statement as that, I doubt he's even seriously thought it through, and just doesn't like humanists and would rather nanny-nanny boo-boo them.

PZ seems upset initially because of a skewed perspective. Little does he understand that the very idea of perspective demands that you come from a specific angle. Skewed is just his code word for "biased," but since he doesn't have any evidence towards that claim, he disguises it as skewing.

Next, he insinuates that this article encourages religious moderates. Bullshit. In a situation where there the only practical choices are "evil," we must pick the lesser of the two and work with our strange bedfellows. They wouldn't be atheists if they wanted to encourage people to become religious moderates. It's simply a stage in a process towards leaving religion behind, and PZ is too wrapped up in his idealism to be practical and choose the correct, moral approach which is picking the lesser of two evils so that we can eventually create a godless world.

"Here's a better idea: work together on common causes without silencing our disagreements." You cannot work together while focusing on disagreements. That doesn't mean we should forget we have serious disagreements, it means at times we should censor ourselves in the moment to achieve a socio political goal.

Diplomacy is a dance of give and take. We are very much engaged in a type of diplomacy here, and if we are unwilling to give a little, we cannot get concessions of our own. All this means is BITE YOUR DAMN TONGUES SOMETIMES and sit at the table!

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 11:14:00 UTC | #82936

Go to: The Turning of an Atheist

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Well, perhaps a potent argumentum ad verecundium, but a fallacy none the less. I'm not that worried. Especially as a younger atheist, Flew isn't really anybody to me, so no chords are struck.

"I wish there were some way for Varghese and the publishers to be taken to court."

What!?!!? Richard, I hope you're not serious. Be careful what you wish for, especially in this case, or you might find yourself on the end of a blowback.

Sun, 04 Nov 2007 09:34:00 UTC | #81075

Go to: What's Good About Religion?

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What a prick. lol

Fri, 26 Oct 2007 10:33:00 UTC | #78669

Go to: Sam Harris at AAI 07

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As much as I enjoy Sam for talking about it, I don't think he is very persuasive to atheists about mindfulness and meditation. The whole experience of losing what we call "I" is his main talking point, but it is ungraspable to someone who hasn't even pursued meditation in a sustained manner.

He would be more successful if he chose to start at a more understandable goal: being happy.

What does it take to be happy? Well, one aspect is that you must BE. You must live, and the more fully you live/experience life, the happier you can be. Meditation is a wonderful tool to increase our capacity to "be"

Studiously trying to maintain awareness of ALL our sensory input, all our experiential faculties, can be another definition of meditation. The difference I can experience in the quality of my day can be astounding between a day when I begin with 15 minutes of meditation vs. not. Granted, I have been doing this for some time, it makes me a more integrated, informed, smart, and happy individual.

Thu, 25 Oct 2007 16:52:00 UTC | #78341

Go to: Atheistic Denomination Struggles To Fill Void Left by Founder's Death

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Oh boy. Here it comes. The "Epstein makes me uncomfortable because he SEEMS like a theist" rabble. You all have automatic "anti-fluffiness" defense mechanisms, all of you.

It seems to me that most of the Epstien-haters have problems with their own self-judgements of intimacy and compassion. It's just too uncomfortable for you to stop the self-vitimization you've got going on to move on to the community building Greg is doing.

Thu, 18 Oct 2007 16:44:00 UTC | #76133

Go to: The Nonbelievers

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I applaud what Epstein is doing. Yes, he used the wrong word in his press release. He should have used "extremist atheist." But regardless, he is building real community, real alliances, without compromising on fundamentals of what it means to be atheist. Humanism has been bogged down with what atheism has taken over: debating believers. Humanists have been meant to DO, and I'm glad Epstein is making that trend. More power to him

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 16:33:00 UTC | #67565