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I’m always slightly amused when my atheism gets me categorized as a follower of satan. I mean, it is like the easter Bunny crew getting all wound up and calling out the tooth fairy for just being a children’s story. So we wind up with this:
Yeah. I have to admit, I’m flagging when it comes to the DWR Sunday Disservice – the absolute wrongitude of the magical notion that religion somehow concurring with reality is just so darn obvious. Why does one continue to bang on about such a no-brainer??
Oh yeah… So… See you next week. :(
Rather than referring to a one musty-tomb or another why not consider what life actually is and base our questions about existence (or not) on that basis?
This video asks some great questions. What is your take on the questions it asks?
“No single part of the cell is alive everything inside is dead matter moved by the laws of the universe.”
Is life the aggregate of all of these reactions taking place?
Living things can evolve into dead things as long as it is beneficial in forwarding their genetic code in the evolutionary process (mitochondrial DNA).
Is life simply information that manages to secure its continued existence?
This vid might make some of the deep thinking philosophers mad. :)
It is always nice to find a well put together video, and this one titled ‘The Beginning of Everything’ does a wonderful job of laying down the fundamentals of how our universe began.
How untruth becomes truth; a good bit of insight into how religion becomes codified into society.
A good talk on some of the problems facing people who wish to debate sensitive topics in society.
“No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity. And what I mean by that is that no idea in Islam, like any other religion and any other philosophy and political thought and creed, is an idea. An idea is by definition adopted voluntary and therefore should be subject to scrutiny. And so I don’t subscribe to any form of blasphemy or censorship when it comes to an intellectual and rigorous debate around any idea. On the other hand, no people are beneath dignity.
So no idea is above scrutiny, no people are beneath dignity. And what I mean by that is, it’s very easy when understanding it in this way to recognize, and you can recognize it in your gut, the difference between somebody who is saying I don’t like the religion of Islam. Let me scrutinize it, you know. I think this whole thing about the literal word of God doesn’t sit comfortable with me. That’s very different to someone saying all Muslims are terrorists and they are a disease in America we must expel them. Your gut can recognize the difference between those two. I think Muslims as a people deserve every dignity like any other human being. But every single idea – Charlie Hebdo is a case in point. People have the right, the absolute right to scrutinize and satirize.”
When arguing with religious, one runs into many interesting aspects of the human character. Close to the top of the list is Confirmation Bias – or the idea that we tend to cultivate and seek out views and standpoints that we agree, often at the expense of the truth of the matter.
Qualia Soup illustrates the process with religious arguments he’s faced in the past.
The challenge we all face is being charitable and arguing with what people have said/are saying, not what we think they are saying. (Easy to say, hard to do, especially in the heat of the moment.)