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Progress bars

myatheistlife:

I know that it sounds silly but think about it a design that allows us to measure progress, something that measures the progress of the patterns in your head and lets you know it’s working or not. Sounds like a reasonable thing for intelligent designer to have provided? amirite?

Originally posted on Cubik's Rube:

Argument against the human body being the product of intelligent design #234978: lack of progress bars.

I’m bad at a lot of things I’d like to be less bad at. Now, the part where that takes hundreds of hours of effort to make tiny incremental improvements to your skill level, I get. But I’m also painfully aware of the possibility that, after putting hundreds of hours of effort into something, I won’t have achieved anything worth crowing about at the end of it all. That has to be possible as well, right?

My base level of talent at, say, drawing, is so low that, even if I worked really hard at it, to the same degree as other people who’ve practised long enough to get really good (which, let’s face it, is unlikely), I’m not convinced I’d make anything like enough progress for it to be worthwhile. Because that incremental…

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Belief does not create two religions

myatheistlife:

Here is something that shouldn’t be argued with though I know that there will be those that do. sigh.

Originally posted on Kids Without Religion:

Early in the morning, before anyone else is awake, before the birds are even stirring, I walk down to the edge of the stream behind my house. I kneel down and call to my water nymph. She answers.

Not everyone can see her. Not everyone believes I see her. But I worship her. I promise her that I will love and revere her above all others, above my parents, my spouse, my children, myself. I request her help, ask her to carry out acts of mischief on others. Find money and treasure for me. Help me attain my goals. She bends to my will. She exists through me, for me.

Those who don’t believe in my water nymph are a-nymphs. (Not to be confused with nymphos.) Their a-nymphism is a belief system, too, which, through contrast, helps validate my conviction.

This idea of belief and unbelief in nymphs is a…

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SNAP responds to new UN report blasting Vatican (Geneva)

myatheistlife:

It’s difficult to say it better than this. I can’t wait for the world to see the numbers involved – they’re staggering!

Originally posted on The Iniquitous Church Crimes:

For immediate release Friday, May 23, 2014

Statement by Miguel Hurtado of the U.K/Spain, SNAP leader (+44 7787 638245, michael_uk_1982@hotmail.com)

For the second time this year, an international panel of experts is harshly criticizing the Catholic hierarchy for endangering children. We are grateful that more secular authorities are finally stepping up to safeguard children from powerful Catholic officials who commit and conceal devastating and widespread sexual violence against children. We hope this trend continues.

http://ccrjustice.org/files/CAT_C_VAT_CO_1_17271_E.pdf

Most significantly, the UN panels clearly finds numerous acts by Catholic officials, in cases of child sexual assault, to constitute torture and trigger the Vatican’s duty to prevent, punish and remedy torture.

We are also grateful that the UN panel isn’t buying what the Vatican is selling – the patently absurd and self-serving claim that top officials in this powerful global monarchy lack real power or responsibility to protect kids from predators (and must only rely…

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Why don’t we have Hindu scriptures?

myatheistlife:

Triple face palm … you’re welcome

Originally posted on What comes to my mind...:

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For those who can’t read the text, it says:

Because the Bible is written in American and all that… but then we learned in History class that the Indians came in America first so why don’t we have Hindu scriptures?

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Ask Peggy Mason Anything!

myatheistlife:

Well, if you’re wondering what I do in my spare time (all three minutes of it each day) I am proud to inform you that I have signed up for a course. For those who might be confused I am not talking about medicine.

The course primarily will cover neuroanatomy, neural communication, and neural systems. Mason will supplement her online lectures with discussions of the underlying neurology of topics that her students select from current events or YouTube videos.

I will am time a travelling armchair neuroscientist and you want too.
That covers dyslexics and Brits. Now a moment of silence for the blind readers.

I’m looking forward to this.

Originally posted on Science Life:

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A MOOC in progress

Ask Peggy Mason, PhD, professor of neurobiology, anything. Ask her about her research on the neuroscience of empathy (spoiler: rats have empathy!). Ask her what it’s like to run her upcoming free, massively open online course on neuroscience for the lay-person, where more than 31,000 students are already enrolled. Ask her what she means when she refers to herself as a “neuro-evangelist.”

Just click here and join her as she hosts an AMA (ask me anything) today, at the science section of the social media site Reddit.

As a researcher, Mason spent decades studying the underlying biology of pain. More recently, she’s turned her attention to the neuroscience of empathy. In 2011, Mason and her colleagues demonstrated the first evidence of empathy in rodents. They found that rats would repeatedly free trapped companions, even when given choice of chocolate instead. In January of this year…

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The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013

myatheistlife:

I find this interesting. Note that they’re not working on how to detect consciousness rather they are working better, more convenient ways to measure it more accurately.

Originally posted on Changing your mind:

The traditional functions of the two halves of the brain

The traditional functions of the two halves of the brain

From David DiSalvo at Forbes.com

Putting it mildly, 2013 was an eventful year for brain science. This Top 10 list isn’t meant to be exhaustive (given how many studies are published each year, it never could be), but it’s a sturdy sampling of incredible work being conducted around the world, moving us closer to solving some extremely vexing puzzles about brains and behavior.

1. How the Brain Takes Out Its Trash While We Sleep

In 2013, layers were peeled back from two interrelated mysteries: the function of sleep, and how the brain removes its waste byproducts.

While it’s been known for some time that the brain doesn’t directly use the body’s lymphatic system (our body-wide filtering and waste removal system) to dump its toxic waste, the mechanism that it does use wasn’t identified until 2012. The research team that made this…

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Brew Ha Ha Erupts At Annual Heaven/Hell Easter Gathering

myatheistlife:

This is why we can’t have nice things…

Originally posted on The Arm Chair Pontificator:

When I entered my office this morning to sit in my arm-chair and pontificate, I found it was already occupied by an exhausted and disheveled looking Jesus. I was, of course, rather surprised by this, and, after first asking him to please sit on the couch because only I sit in the arm-chair, I asked why he was there. This is what he said.

 Jesus Tells Me His Story

Jesus Tells Me His Story

“First of all, let me please apologize for my appearance and my unannounced visitation, but, after last night, I really just needed a quiet place to chill for a few hours. You see, just prior to coming here, I squelched the flames of a wild brew ha ha between Heaven and Hell. Yesterday, we held our annual Heaven & Hell Easter party at the McCormick Center here in Chicago. It was really a fun party, too, at least for the first…

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Comparing 3 things, to show what is demonstrable…

myatheistlife:

There really isn’t any way for the believers to get around this problem… without the god making himself as present and accessible as a mother.

Originally posted on What comes to my mind...:

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Meditation: Reduce Stress and Pain, Trigger Genetic Changes, and More

myatheistlife:

The power of the mind is something science is only beginning to understand. Perhaps the best overall health advice is the simplest: slow down and sit in silence daily.

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

Meditation: Reduce Stress and Pain, Trigger Genetic Changes, More : Natural Society .

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http://naturalsociety.com

byElizabeth Renter
April 15th, 2014

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know of a way to help you relax after a long day, reduce your stress and chronic pain, help you focus better on what really matters in your life, and improve your health overall? While Big Pharma is working on that pill, there is a solution that is free and offers no side effects; it’s meditation.

A recent survey of 23,000 households in the U.S. found that about 38 percent of individuals use complementary and alternative medicine, and many of these people use meditation. The popularity of meditation is growing, and even doctors are getting in on the move—prescribing meditation to people who suffer from pain, stress, high blood pressure, and more.

The benefits of meditation have to be experienced first-hand to be fully…

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Why would God “create” us to begin with?

myatheistlife:

This is an interesting take on it… and making the point about what we can choose to believe or not believe.

Originally posted on The Iranian Atheist:

If god is all knowing then surely he knows that many people will not believe in him and he will send those people to hell, but why? Why would someone do that? Purposely create humans and then punish us for not believing in him?

The Christians would likely say something to the extent of, “God gave people free will to accept Christ as their savior and if they choose not to believe, then it’s their fault.” Meanwhile, the Muslims will say something under the lines of, “Allah gave us free will, it is up to us to accept his existence and by not believing you are destined to go to hell”, and many other religions will make similar claims.

But “believing” is not really a choice. It is not as if I chose not to believe. It’s not a choice like something physical, such as choosing not to hurt people, or…

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