Apr 16, 2014
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Why we've never made contact with intelligent life...anywhere else in the universe...

TEDxKC 2013: Peter Mulvey taps the world of astrophysics to offer one of the most straightforward explanations as to why we’ve never interacted with intelligent life…anywhere else in the universe…

Also told at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPl10L40pBM

Apr 15, 2014
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The religious have one book…and then thousands of books designed to bolster belief in that one book…that patronize those that claim to believe in that one book…books designed to patch over and distract those that claim to believe in that one book, from all the ridiculousness, the immorality, the deliberate deceit, the false claims, the empty promises, the fabricated history, the ignorance and the mistakes…contained in that one book…and worst of all…designed to fleece those good natured, naive and gullible enough…to entertain the possibility that some entity just might look out for them…

The religious have one book…and then thousands of books designed to bolster belief in that one book…that patronize those that claim to believe in that one book…books designed to patch over and distract those that claim to believe in that one book, from all the ridiculousness, the immorality, the deliberate deceit, the false claims, the empty promises, the fabricated history, the ignorance and the mistakes…contained in that one book…and worst of all…designed to fleece those good natured, naive and gullible enough…to entertain the possibility that some entity just might look out for them…

Apr 15, 2014
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During the religious dark ages…the average life expectancy at birth was 25-30 years (thank you Religion…!)

But then the science Gennie escaped the religious containment bottle…and now, in countries with both advanced medical science…and…universally available affordable health care…average life expectancy at birth has grown to around 80+ years…

Refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_expectancy

Apr 15, 2014
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Whenever religion manages to maneuver into a position of absolute power…the world does not become a better place…it becomes a very evil…dark…insane…place…!
Full of torture…slavery…rampant intimidation and fear…controlled information…curtailed freedoms…subjugated women…abused children…oppressed minorities…stoning to death for the most subjective infractions…instructions for genocide…dashing babies against walls…burning the frivolously accused, alive at the stake…and an almost endless list of immoral debauchery…by religious leaders…
See…
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican29.htm
http://readingshouts.wordpress.com/2008/05/12/most-painful-20-torture-devices-in-the-history/
http://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/10-medieval-torture-devices.htm

Whenever religion manages to maneuver into a position of absolute power…the world does not become a better place…it becomes a very evil…dark…insane…place…!

Full of torture…slavery…rampant intimidation and fear…controlled information…curtailed freedoms…subjugated women…abused children…oppressed minorities…stoning to death for the most subjective infractions…instructions for genocide…dashing babies against walls…burning the frivolously accused, alive at the stake…and an almost endless list of immoral debauchery…by religious leaders…

See…

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican29.htm

http://readingshouts.wordpress.com/2008/05/12/most-painful-20-torture-devices-in-the-history/

http://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/10-medieval-torture-devices.htm

Apr 14, 2014
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It is an insult to humanity’s intelligence…to have to openly patronize dishonest* religious believers…and create a label, “atheist”, to identify those who do not choose to play along with religious delusions…
Much more honest fantasies require no formal labels for non-believers.
There are no:
aleprechaunists
asantaclausists
atinkerbellists
atoothfairyists
afrostythesnowmanists
agennieinabottleists
acartooncharacterists
acomicsuperheroists
___
* to “honestly” believe in religious beliefs, means to blindly believe in religious beliefs, and usually involves considerable effort to avoid all proven facts that undermine the religious belief…as well as to blatantly refuse to acknowledge that there is no verifiable evidence which actually supports the religious belief…or to undertake any effort to actively pursue the reality about their religious beliefs…all behavior which is not, actually, very honest, at all… 

It is an insult to humanity’s intelligence…to have to openly patronize dishonest* religious believers…and create a label, “atheist”, to identify those who do not choose to play along with religious delusions…

Much more honest fantasies require no formal labels for non-believers.

There are no:

aleprechaunists

asantaclausists

atinkerbellists

atoothfairyists

afrostythesnowmanists

agennieinabottleists

acartooncharacterists

acomicsuperheroists

___

* to “honestly” believe in religious beliefs, means to blindly believe in religious beliefs, and usually involves considerable effort to avoid all proven facts that undermine the religious belief…as well as to blatantly refuse to acknowledge that there is no verifiable evidence which actually supports the religious belief…or to undertake any effort to actively pursue the reality about their religious beliefs…all behavior which is not, actually, very honest, at all… 

Apr 14, 2014
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Awesome acts of nature…disregard prayers to storybook gods…and the primitive authors of storybook gods, have been repeatedly exposed…by their limited understanding of, and blatant disregard for…the laws of nature…
“The suggestion that the Bible is lacking a scientific foundation is nothing less than a colossal understatement. The Bible has failed fair, impartial, and universally applicable tests in multiple fields of science. If God truly is the inspiration behind this purportedly divine declaration to the world, he shows absolutely no interest in its understandability or accuracy in astronomy, cosmology, zoology, botany, anthropology, geology, ecology, geography, physiology, and several other disciplines not covered in this chapter. In fact, the Bible handicaps those who use their “God-given” talents of reason and logic to settle blatant biblical problems. Nothing can be more detrimental to the authenticity of a statement than contradictory phenomena that we readily observe and experience. With no other evidence to consider, these natural manifestations should always override what we might hope and think to be correct explanations for unignorable discrepancies. Such is the power of science and reason. They are the impartial pursuit of an answer to a question, not the search for supplements to a predetermined answer.” http://www.biblicalnonsense.com/chapter5.html 
Also see…
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Scientific_errors_in_the_Bible
http://biblebabble.curbjaw.com/bible.htm
http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/science/long.html
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071225112417AA9EfsL

Awesome acts of nature…disregard prayers to storybook gods…and the primitive authors of storybook gods, have been repeatedly exposed…by their limited understanding of, and blatant disregard for…the laws of nature…

The suggestion that the Bible is lacking a scientific foundation is nothing less than a colossal understatement. The Bible has failed fair, impartial, and universally applicable tests in multiple fields of science. If God truly is the inspiration behind this purportedly divine declaration to the world, he shows absolutely no interest in its understandability or accuracy in astronomy, cosmology, zoology, botany, anthropology, geology, ecology, geography, physiology, and several other disciplines not covered in this chapter. In fact, the Bible handicaps those who use their “God-given” talents of reason and logic to settle blatant biblical problems. Nothing can be more detrimental to the authenticity of a statement than contradictory phenomena that we readily observe and experience. With no other evidence to consider, these natural manifestations should always override what we might hope and think to be correct explanations for unignorable discrepancies. Such is the power of science and reason. They are the impartial pursuit of an answer to a question, not the search for supplements to a predetermined answer.” http://www.biblicalnonsense.com/chapter5.html

Also see…

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Scientific_errors_in_the_Bible

http://biblebabble.curbjaw.com/bible.htm

http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/science/long.html

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071225112417AA9EfsL

Apr 13, 2014
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A putrid cesspool of immoral and financial impropriety…politically plastered over…with a thin veneer of respectability…
Watch at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/secrets-of-the-vatican/
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365187642/

A putrid cesspool of immoral and financial impropriety…politically plastered over…with a thin veneer of respectability…

Watch at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/secrets-of-the-vatican/

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365187642/

Apr 13, 2014
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There have always been atheists…whose rational and inquiring minds were moving humanity steadily towards a greater understanding of reality…just as there were always those inclined to insanely outrageous superstitious assumptions…
" Will Durant explains that certain pygmy tribes found in Africa were observed to have no identifiable cults or rites. There were no totems, no deities, and no spirits. Their dead were buried without special ceremonies or accompanying items and received no further attention. They even appeared to lack simple superstitions, according to travelers’ reports. The Vedahs of Ceylon only admitted the possibility that deities might exist, but went no further. Neither prayers nor sacrifices were suggested in any way.”     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_atheism
***
    It was sometime during the summer of the year 7AF (After Famine, about 400,000 years ago). Having observed lightning create bush fires, many times, from his youth onwards, Contemplative set about to see if he could learn how to deliberately start a fire, himself. He enjoyed the warmth at night, and had eaten roasted rat, found in the embers of the pepper tree, and frankly, enjoyed the taste better than raw. What I need, he said, is fine wood shavings and a heat source.    You can’t do that! claimed Squeamish. Only the heavenly gods can give us fire, by holy lightning together with awesome thunder. Oh grow up, said Contemplative, or you’ll hinder progress, and the understanding of reality, for thousands of years.    As darkness approached, the slightest sound grew in potential consequence. What was that noise? gasped Squeamish. That was just a gust of wind in the tree tops, said Contemplative. What about that, then? Squeamish squealed. That is a warthog, running through the thicket, Contemplative explained. Now shut the fuck up, so I can concentrate! he stated, accidentally dropping his flint onto a rock, and seeing a spark launch a glowing ember into his wood shavings. He quickly bent down to blow the ember out, only to watch the shavings pile erupt into flame. Fuck me, he shouted, desperately trying to comprehend what had just  happened.     Squeamish went pale and exclaimed…you have stolen fire from the heavens. Quick, we must burn our rabbit alive, as a peace offering to the lightning and thunder gods. As the smoke of their souls ascends into the heavens, the gods will be pleased, as that is obviously what the gods desire, witnessed by the number of charred animal carcases following any lightening strike bush fire.    Contemplative laughed. These are purely natural events, and although we do not understand them fully for now, we should not jump to the far fetched conclusion that there are gods who desire animal sacrifices and burnt offerings.    A scream from Squeamish made Contemplative spin around, to see Squeamish hacking at his foreskin with the flint. What the hell are you doing? exclaimed Contemplative. Lest the gods require us as human burnt sacrifices, I am offering them a part of my body, to appease them.    You are insane and superstitious, said Contemplative. Oh well, said Squeamish…looking at his bloody sacrifice…It seemed like a good idea, at the time…
***
See also… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_of_fire_by_early_humans

There have always been atheists…whose rational and inquiring minds were moving humanity steadily towards a greater understanding of reality…just as there were always those inclined to insanely outrageous superstitious assumptions…

" Will Durant explains that certain pygmy tribes found in Africa were observed to have no identifiable cults or rites. There were no totems, no deities, and no spirits. Their dead were buried without special ceremonies or accompanying items and received no further attention. They even appeared to lack simple superstitions, according to travelers’ reports. The Vedahs of Ceylon only admitted the possibility that deities might exist, but went no further. Neither prayers nor sacrifices were suggested in any way.”     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_atheism

***

    It was sometime during the summer of the year 7AF (After Famine, about 400,000 years ago). Having observed lightning create bush fires, many times, from his youth onwards, Contemplative set about to see if he could learn how to deliberately start a fire, himself. He enjoyed the warmth at night, and had eaten roasted rat, found in the embers of the pepper tree, and frankly, enjoyed the taste better than raw. What I need, he said, is fine wood shavings and a heat source.
    You can’t do that! claimed Squeamish. Only the heavenly gods can give us fire, by holy lightning together with awesome thunder. Oh grow up, said Contemplative, or you’ll hinder progress, and the understanding of reality, for thousands of years.
    As darkness approached, the slightest sound grew in potential consequence. What was that noise? gasped Squeamish. That was just a gust of wind in the tree tops, said Contemplative. What about that, then? Squeamish squealed. That is a warthog, running through the thicket, Contemplative explained. Now shut the fuck up, so I can concentrate! he stated, accidentally dropping his flint onto a rock, and seeing a spark launch a glowing ember into his wood shavings. He quickly bent down to blow the ember out, only to watch the shavings pile erupt into flame. Fuck me, he shouted, desperately trying to comprehend what had just  happened.
    Squeamish went pale and exclaimed…you have stolen fire from the heavens. Quick, we must burn our rabbit alive, as a peace offering to the lightning and thunder gods. As the smoke of their souls ascends into the heavens, the gods will be pleased, as that is obviously what the gods desire, witnessed by the number of charred animal carcases following any lightening strike bush fire.
    Contemplative laughed. These are purely natural events, and although we do not understand them fully for now, we should not jump to the far fetched conclusion that there are gods who desire animal sacrifices and burnt offerings.
    A scream from Squeamish made Contemplative spin around, to see Squeamish hacking at his foreskin with the flint. What the hell are you doing? exclaimed Contemplative. Lest the gods require us as human burnt sacrifices, I am offering them a part of my body, to appease them.
    You are insane and superstitious, said Contemplative. Oh well, said Squeamish…looking at his bloody sacrifice…It seemed like a good idea, at the time…

***

See also… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_of_fire_by_early_humans

Apr 13, 2014
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True bible believers are few and far between…while religious hypocrites abound…who pontificate that the bible is their god’s literal words…and then don’t even bother to read them…let alone follow them…!

1. The top graphic shows that true bible fundamentalists…Americans who read the bible at least 4 times a week…have fallen to a measly 19% of the population…and are matched precisely, by skeptics who hold the most negative or non-sacred view of the bible…

2. The lower graphic reveals the amazing reality…that whereas 56% of Americans disingenuously and hypocritically give lip-service to the claim that the bible contains the actual words of their god…a pathetic 37% of Americans bother to read these “divine” words, even once a week…let alone follow them…!

From http://www.christianpost.com/news/state-of-the-bible-survey-bible-skeptics-on-the-rise-117696/

Apr 12, 2014
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Whereas conflicting beliefs (an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially without proof) and even worse…faith (strong belief in the doctrines and dogma of a religion, based on blind allegiance rather than proof) leads to worldwide chaos…exchanging sectarian alliance for secular morality/humanism…leads to the establishment of mutually applying equal rights…and thereby, peaceful coexistence…

Whereas conflicting beliefs (an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially without proof) and even worse…faith (strong belief in the doctrines and dogma of a religion, based on blind allegiance rather than proof) leads to worldwide chaos…exchanging sectarian alliance for secular morality/humanism…leads to the establishment of mutually applying equal rights…and thereby, peaceful coexistence…

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