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11.22.2009

Mad Atheistic Ramblings

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As an atheist, I am cursed by objectivity.

As a result, I can't help but observe that it seems like a lot more people convert to JESUS than convert to ATHEISM.

Why is this?

Maybe it is just that "new born" atheists don't feel an imperative to broadcast their new status to anyone who will listen. After all, they have no ALL POWERFUL Lord and Savior to parade before the heathens and infidels not so blessed with pure objective reality.

All the atheists have is reality. And there is a lot of it. So they probably want to spend most of their time taking in as much of it as they can, not wasting their time on mythical deities. The followers of mythical JESUS are not encumbered with all this messy...REALITY.

But maybe there is another reason why more people appear to gravitate toward JESUS than away from him. He is CHARISMATIC, at least as he is MARKETED by the institutions whose very existence depends on his absolute and total coolness (especially among the lepers...).

The followers of JESUS are an imaginative bunch, to their credit. They have to come up with some pretty elaborate schemes to explain how a dead prophet is still working his vision in the modern world.

Atheists don't have to be very creative. A lot of them aren't. Some are downright dull. But they see that the "will of JESUS" is a self-fulfilling prophecy carried on by the "will of (albeit well-intentioned) mortal men." That's so dull and boring though.

So maybe that is why more people go toward JESUS than toward ATHEISM. JESUS is just way more exciting than ATHEISM.

Even this blog post, for all of its relative depth and wit, is rather banal to the awesomeness of mythical JESUS. Isn't it a lot more fun to follow an all-powerful super-hero savior guy who shoots healing powers from his fingertips? Atheists are just average Joes. What fun are they beyond REALITY TELEVISION.

But that begs the question. If people are always bored and compelled to escape reality, why do so many people crave REALITY TELEVISION with is mediocre mortal human contestants. Is it because it is someone else's reality (and misfortune usually), so it is less banal than their own?

Actually, REALITY TELEVISION is anything but REAL. It's a fabrication by TV producers to suggest how REALITY should be. In that way, it's no different than the way religious institutions SELL JESUS. People are just worshipping someone else's BELIEF IN REALITY.

Success of any institution, a CHURCH or an ADVERTISING FIRM, depends on predictable human behavior. Ironically, the entire HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON is based on generating predictable human behavior based not only on MARKETING PRINCIPLES, but also the teachings of Lord, Savior, Super-Hero JESUS. It is done using the "cognitive dissonance" (a tenet of Marketing 101) in the form of the GUILT caused by the imbalance between rational behavior (what we do most of the rest of the year) and fabricated beliefs (which burden our bank accounts at the end of the year).

CHRISTMAS is nothing more than NICHE MARKETING of JESUS. He's the ULTIMATE NICHE PRODUCT.

Comment please.

10.07.2009

Dawkins' New Evolution Book (Discussion)

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HERE is a LINK to a HUFFINGTON POST editorial on Richard Dawkins' newest book "The Greates Show on Earth" about evolution.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-mooney/how-richard-dawkins-commu_b_312208.html

Fascinating.

Evolution is great show, but it is a very difficult show to sit through...LONG!

8.07.2009

You Heard it Here Second...

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Reprint: President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse. Honest. This isn’t a joke. The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from God.

CLICK HERE for the report.

5.05.2009

Unintelligent Design: Rabbits

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Also, does anyone else find it remarkable that in the few days just prior to menstruation (aka, ovulation), the female human is almost impossible to be around (aka, PMS), making reproduction an extremely labor intensive process. What was God's logic there? Almost makes you think God is a woman.

Also, when you realize that almost 25% of ALL pregnancies SPONTANEOUSLY ABORT, isn't it difficult to be PRO LIFE, given that this statistic makes God one of the greatest abortionists of all time?

Hey, I know it's controversial, but I'm just pointing out the facts. WIKIPEDIA says so: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontaneous_abortion#Prevalence and Wikipedia is GOD.

Bibles 'n' Stuff

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Here are some high tech Bibles.

I dare you to buy one. I DOUBLE dare you...



Don't buy this one...

4.21.2009

A Gaythering Storm

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Colbert already tapped this gay-phobic negating spoof. But it is so dang funny it was worth posting some more about it:

4.19.2009

Atheist of the Week

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Mark Elliot Zuckerberg [b. 1984].

In 2008, Time Magazine named this American computer programmer one of the "World's Most Influential People" for developing the social networking site FACEBOOK. Although born Jewish, he identiifies himself as an atheist.

Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room in 2004, and with the help of his roommate Dustin Moskovitz, he quickly brought it to many university campuses. Despite a controversial law suit over the social networking platform (later dismissed), Zuckerberg sold a 1.6% stake in Facebook to Microsoft, which had a $15 billion market value at the time (Forbes).

The idea for Facebook sprang from an artificial intelligence program Zuckerberg developed while attending Phillips Exeter Academy. The original program was called SYNAPSE.

4.02.2009

Interesting Use of Bible

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Hide your drug recipes where no one will look...in the nether regions of THE BIBLE. Oh the SACRILEGE!

Here is a redemtive message from Edward Current:

3.30.2009

Belief in Dog

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I stumbled across the Mad City Skeptics via Facebook. Well, actually, I stumbled across them on MeetUp.com, but was then directed to the Facebook group.



Are atheists worse than Satanists? Please comment.

3.29.2009

How Atheism Can Bring You Closer to God

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I know. I know.

I thought long and hard about whether to tackle this one. But I have a solid logical case and I'm now going to explain why I think religious believers who want to get closer to GOD should consider converting to ATHEISM.I even think it is quite possible that you are "damned if you don't." But since there is an inherent catch-22 in being damned by a non-existent being, I'll leave that alone. This is my basic thesis...

Let us assume, as most religious believers do, that GOD is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, or put simply all-powerful, ever-present, and all-knowing. Would it not then be fair to say that GOD is everywhere in all things at all times? And if so, then is not GOD = EVERYTHING?

So, if you agree with that, then we have established that EVERYTHING is GOD. So isn't the worship of GOD then also the worship of EVERYTHING (i.e., the entire universe)? And if the universe is infinite, then isn't GOD also infinite, as most religious believers would agree?



That's fairly straightforward. Here is where it gets a little hairy if you can't keep your mind open...

Most religions like to "define" GOD using a set of beliefs unique to their particular faith. But there is a problem with defining INFINITY as most mathemticians will tell you. And in short, trying to define GOD is basically like trying to "count to infinity" or "divide" infinity by something. There is really no good way to define infinity. It is something beyond human comprehension.

But that doesn't stop religions from trying to define GOD, and once you do that, then you are no longer defining the infinite. You then have something FINITE, which based on the logic above must be something LESS THAN GOD.

Conversely, atheists fully accept the notion of an infinite universe, full of an infinite number of very real things moving through time in a consistent logical way FOREVER (i.e., infinite time). We atheists have no problem with that and since we believe in and accept the INFINITE EVERYTHING that is the UNIVERSE, we essentially believe in the ONE TRUE GOD as defined above.

So, religious believers, I ask you to consider if you can ever truly be close to GOD until you throw off the burdensome definitions imposed by your faiths and stop trying to pigeon-hole GOD into a box of your FINITE liking.

You see, as soon as you INSTITUTIONALIZE God (and I don't mean that in the sense of some bearded old white guy in a straight jacket being dragged into a padded room by orderlies), as your religious institutions would have you do, you have essentially made GOD finite and less than ALL-KNOWING, EVER-PRESENT, and ALL-POWERFUL. Thus, not really GOD but something less than GOD.

So, give it some thought. We atheists are pretty decent folks and we always welcome converts.

1.29.2009

Religions Don't Kill People. People Kill People.

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Dear God,

I'd like to challenge you to a duel.

I'll try to smite you (via this blog), and you try to smite me, with whatever tools we have at our disposal (Yes, I realize this makes me the under dog).

And let's be clear...me dying of old age is NOT a legitimate smiting. Neither is sending some crazy fringe religious zealot to gun me down. No, to be fair YOU must directly smite ME (and only me...no collateral damage) in PERSON. And likewise, I cannot take credit for smiting YOU if all the organized religions of the world exterminate themselves (and everyone else) in a global thermonuclear war.

Deal? Cool.