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where are the Christians when you need them?

myatheistlife:

I too would like to see the answers and thoughts of believers to this challenge. It’s a challenge issued long ago. The answers are always interesting.

Originally posted on Random thoughts:

I think it’s a problem that people are considered immoral if they’re not religious. That’s just not true…. If you do something for a religious reason, you do it because you’ll be rewarded in an afterlife or in this world. That’s not quite as good as something you do for purely generous reasons.

LISA RANDALL, Discover Magazine, July 2006

It has been argued, often, by the religious that, one who does not believe as they do, in an invisible overlord, has not the capacity to act morally. Many a religious apologist have filled the internet with this type of banter. Many sheeples seem to believe this as true and often ask the atheist how or on what ground does he claim to act morally.

The atheist in her defense has pointed the theist to the Euthyphro Dilemma[pdf] in the slim hope that the theist may spend a few minutes of…

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The Truth About Mother’s Day

myatheistlife:

Sometimes learning the history of our customs reveals a lesson that we should by now have learned yet have not.

Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Jarvis

Originally posted on See, there's this thing called biology...:

You know I can’t help myself, right? I’m simply a master at how to “win friends and influence people.” Alas, I am compelled to share the truth about Mother’s Day, thereby wilting the flowers at all those mother-daughter teas and destroying precious moments for families everywhere.

Apologies, as usual…

Mother’s Day in America actually began with Anna Jarvis in 1905, who wished to create a holiday in honor of her own mother, who had worked tirelessly to nurse wounded Civil War soldiers on both sides of the battle. She had created mother’s work parties to address public health issues and to minister to the needs of the poor.

Anna Jarvis campaigned for this national day of recognition of her own mother amid great resistance. Many people thought it was an absurd idea, but eventually in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed the first Mother’s Day Proclamation.

Immediately Anna Jarvis began to…

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This is SOOOOO important…the brain…a TED talk. Please watch this one

myatheistlife:

If you look up SPECT on the Internet you can indeed find people who do not believe it of any real use however there are those that do http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149839/ this paper (author is the speaker in the video) concludes:

There are a number of important areas where SPECT has the potential to provide relevant information to help personalize treatment to patients’ specific brain system pathophysiology rather than rely solely on general diagnostic and/or therapeutic categories. In this paper we described 7 such areas. Furthermore, in the authors’ experience, another immediate benefit of using brain SPECT imaging is that the patient’s and family’s guilt, shame and stigma are significantly reduced as they see their illness as medical rather than moral with concurrent improvements in treatment compliance. In the authors’ opinion, brain SPECT or any other neuroimaging modality should always occur in conjunction with clinical assessment since it is not the isolated diagnostic accuracy that has greatest importance but rather the value added to routine clinical assessment.

It appears to be used by the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/spect-scan/basics/definition/prc-20020674

The brain is more mechanical than people like to think. We need some good debuggers and diagnostics tools. I wouldn’t mind having a SPECT scan!

This is what the future looks like; people finding new and curious ways to analyze what is between our ears. This can’t help but bring us a better overall result for society and individuals.

Originally posted on Rethinking Life:

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Addicting Info – Man Builds Homeless Woman A Tiny Home Because ‘Everyone Should Have A Right To Shelter’ (VIDEO)

myatheistlife:

Now here is something to support. Help those around you to make a life better than they have. You don’t have to give them diamonds and caviar, just a chance and a hand up.

Originally posted on Scotties Toy Box:

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Monday Meeting — An Act of Ultimate Respect and Humility

myatheistlife:

If you read my previous blog, this one will bring tears to your eyes. The possibilities in humanity are great. That we waste it most of the time is very discouraging. To excel and rise above the animal that we are we must ignore or break the rules our bodies are born with and do what is not normal. We must care for one another, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, demand of the rich that they do so too. That we do not makes us all complicit in the things we like to think are inhumane but, as it turns out, are all too human.

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:

This is the poignant moment when a man rescued from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis met his saviour almost 70 years later.

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Joshua Kaufman first saluted his rescuer Daniel Gillespie. Then he kissed his hand and finally, he fell to his feet, exclaiming: ‘I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much…’.

Kaufman, now 87, was a ‘walking corpse’ on April 29 1945 when U.S. Army soldier Gillespie, 89, marched in with his comrades to liberate the charnel house that was the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.

Gillespie, a machine gunner with the 42nd ‘Rainbow Division,’ moved to block 11 of the infamous complex which was the first camp built by the Nazis to house its enemies in 1933.

By the time it was liberated more than 35,000 people had been murdered there – in executions, in…

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A Uyghur Muslim Child Beaten And Abused By Chinese Adults

myatheistlife:

We’re apes. Not long out of the trees apes. All that makes you human also equips you to do what these adults are doing. It equips you to treat people not in your group like this. It equips you to hate and be psychopathic in cruelty. Your humanity equips you to be this way.

It is the human mind’s ability to reason and raise us above this behavior that we usually think of as the part that makes us human, but that’s not true. These are humans doing what humans are wont to do. Sure, maybe you wouldn’t but I bet you know people who would act this way. They are all around you. The WWII holocaust is no real mystery, it was perpetrated by apes on other apes through hate and fear, the social currency of religion. Watch this video closely. That is your cousins acting normally. What you think is normal civil human behavior is actual NOT normal. Watch your cousins at play, then try to sleep at night without thinking about which of your cousins has their finger on a button of mass destruction.

Originally posted on Discover The Truth:

Adults in the video are terrorising a Uyghur Muslim child like a wild animal by kicking, stepping on his fingers, and dragging him, while the child is screaming in a traumatised state. He was accused of ‘stealing’.

Viewer discretion is advised. Some may find the following distressing:

Source: Doamuslims.org

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Mark Twain on Slavery and the Church Taking Credit for Society’s Corrections After the Fact

myatheistlife:

This might make you wonder what they’ll take credit for next. Remember to not let them.

Originally posted on Jericho Brisance:

Posted in an excellent article by Ryan Bell today, a quote worth sharing all by itself:

The methods of the priest and the parson have been very curious, their history is very entertaining. In all the ages the Roman Church has owned slaves, bought and sold slaves, authorized and encouraged her children to trade in them. Long after some Christian peoples had freed their slaves the Church still held on to hers. If any could know, to absolute certainty, that all this was right, and according to God’s will and desire, surely it was she, since she was God’s specially appointed representative in the earth and sole authorized and infallible expounder of his Bible. There were the texts; there was no mistaking their meaning; she was right, she was doing in this thing what the Bible had mapped out for her to do. So unassailable was her position that in…

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