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Life: The (Incomplete) Prologue

myatheistlife:

I have been wanting to do an article like this for awhile now but have not had time. There seems little point when I can point you to this fine article on the topic. Life exists exactly because of the 2nd law of thermodynamics! Think that one through.

If the universe we know is merely the disipation of energy in a medium, it only makes sense that matter would organize to disipate it as efficiently as is reasonably possible. Life is one of those reasonably possible methods.

Originally posted on KINsightful Science:

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In an earlier post here on KINsightful Science, I promised an article dedicated to Darwinian theory. While that promise is extant, there is a topic that I would like to address first, if not purely for the sake of chronology. I believe what follows will serve as an appropriate and exciting preface to a discussion on evolution.

In fact, this topic I have chosen to address is quite literally a prerequisite to evolution. By definition, it is a form of evolution itself; the evolution of the inanimate to the organic: abiogenesis. In layman’s terms, this is the origin of life.

Our beloved planet Earth is home to an incredible diversity of life. From the Amazon rainforest to the depths of the ocean to the African plains – you are sure to find life in just about every nook and cranny of the globe. What’s more, is that Earth is the…

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Ballerina Scientist

myatheistlife:

Science is not just for those in lab coats, it’s for all of us. Join the party.

Originally posted on Erica in California:

Phoebe spotted a mossy branch the other day and pointed it out.

“Yeah,” I said, “You can take that home and examine it with your magnifying glass.”

“What does ‘examine’ mean?” she asked.

“To look closely and make observations.  You know what observations are,” I replied.  “You’re learning a lot of scientific terms.”

“That’s because I am a scientist,” she asserted.  “I’m a ballerina scientist.  Do you know what ballerina scientists do?”

“No, what do they do?”

“They dance all around through the forest and when they spot something interesting, they stop and take it home and observe it.  They do that again and again and again.  That’s what they do.”

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The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy – Hitler, Stalin & Pol Pot

myatheistlife:

I like this. You might as well. It puts things in their proper perspective.

Originally posted on Michael Sherlock Author:

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In Memory of Christopher Hitchens

Religious apologists, particularly those of the Christian variety, are big fans of what I have dubbed, the atheist atrocities fallacy. Christians commonly employ this fallacy to shield their egos from the harsh reality of the brutality of their own religion, by utilizing a most absurd form of the tu quoque (“you too”) fallacy, mingled with numerous other logical fallacies and historical inaccuracies.  Despite the fact that theatheist atrocities fallacy has already been thoroughly exposed by Hitchens and other great thinkers, it continues to circulate amongst the desperate believers of a religion in its death throes.  Should an atheist present a believer with the crimes committed by the Holy See of the Inquisition(s), the Crusaders and other faith-wielding misanthropes, they will often hear the reply; “Well, what about Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler? They were atheists, and they killed millions!”

Given the obstinate nature of religious…

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There’s No Low Too Low: They’re Trying to Terrorize Parents Now.

myatheistlife:

I read a lot of blog posts and some of them make me sit back and think “hell yes, that’s exactly right” … this is one of those posts.

“This Christian god must be terribly weak if a little mockery and sardonic poking from an atheist is enough to turn someone off of his truth forever. Oh hey, maybe they just need to pray more.”
That needs to be said more often and more loudly. Enjoy

Originally posted on Roll to Disbelieve:

Sometimes I find myself simply astonished by the lows to which some Christians will stoop. Every time I think I’ve found the new lowest-low, one of them shows up with a shovel and a pick to prove me wrong yet again.

Thankfully, I am a skeptic at heart, which means that I am always willing to amend my position when presented with conflicting but clear evidence.

Today we look at a blog post called “The horror of atheist indoctrination”, which I’m donotlinking to here because frankly I do not like the idea of rewarding someone who wrote something so obviously manipulative and mean-spirited. In it, the writer in question declares that atheist parents “indoctrinate” their kids just like Christians do, making those kids far less likely to become Christians later–which of course means those kids are at risk of Hell.

If you are an atheist parent, like Wally was…

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10 Reasons Why I Care What You Believe

myatheistlife:

I was thinking of a post like this but this one says it so well that I don’t need to say it now… go give her props and likes

Originally posted on hessianwithteeth:

*Keep in mind, I am not accusing anybody of actually holding these beliefs. These are if-then situations of reasons why I might care what you believe.*

1) Your beliefs affect me
If you believe that I’m immoral because I don’t share your religious convictions, then your behaviour towards me changes. It suddenly becomes okay to treat me as though you believe in ‘guilty until proven innocent.’ If you believe that my being female doesn’t affect how people treat me, then it becomes easier for you to ignore the incidences where I am treated as a second-class citizen simply because I am female. If you believe that my femaleness actually makes me a second-class citizen, then that makes it impossible for me to interact with you safely, especially if you are male, because suddenly my femaleness makes it okay to disregard my personhood. If you believe that my gender identity or…

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Christian Pastor Offers Atheists $100K to Prove God Doesn’t Exist

myatheistlife:

Well, I’m tempted to say that Feuerstein is an idiot. He has thought this through but didn’t do enough research. Towards the end he prattles on about how god ‘wrote morality onto our hearts’ which, despite the fact this demonstrates a bad understanding of what a heart is, begs the question of why YHWH had to write down that murder is wrong, twice, in stone for his chosen people. Shouldn’t that have been selfevident if it was truly written on their hearts? Something is definitely wrong with this thinking and I’m going to go with ‘there is no god’ so this terribly confused hogwash Feuerstein is spouting makes no sense because he’s making it up or copying from people who made it all up.

Originally posted on Believers vs Non-Believers:

Evangelical pastor and Internet celebrity Joshua Feuerstein lives in a bubble. It’s a bubble so encapsulating, he can’t see how ridiculous he looks challenging his ideological opponents to prove a negative.

In a recent video that’s blowing up the Internet, mainly in Evangelical circles, Feuerstein challenges atheists to provide “proof or evidence” that God does not exist. If they can, he will give them $100,000.

Here it is:

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