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Monday, November 30, 2009

Militant Atheism

I just read the CNN article suggested by my brother. "Darwin and the Case for Militant Atheism."


Richard Dawkins continues to be the champion of outspoken Atheism but he raises some good points in this article/interview.

First and foremost I am glad that I'm not the only one who recognizes that Atheism and Religion can't really coexist and shouldn't. In a world that is rapidly facing real consequences of action, having a majority of the population base their reality off of a sky god is simply the greatest injustice for the survival of a homeostatic population of homeosapiens on the planet.

Dawkins: Evolution is almost universally accepted among those who understand it, almost universally rejected by those who don't.

This point is backed up by study. The more education a person has the more likely they are to recognize its reality, and less religious they are. Biblical literalism is possibly one of the most debilitating mental deficiencies American's could contract. I say contract because religion is a mental virus that prays on the youth.

Dawkins: "We are survival machines -- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes."

People just don't want to believe that we are actually expressions of cooperating genes and not the product of some sky hero that controls all matter time and space. once you begin to understand how you fit into the real world, you can begin to live a life of logical reasoning (and satisfaction), while still enjoying emotions, sentiment, and dualistic ideas as is your evolutionary birthrite as a human, it doesn't mean you should base your reality off of it. But a true understanding of Darwinian evolution by natural selection is one of the most destructive ideas to religion because it renders biblical literalism completely ridiculous.

Where this is all going is to simply agree with the artical in its call for all Atheists to stand up and be proud, you are right and also you are part of the solution.

Like the article says, Great Britain has Darwin on the face of their money, and America has "In God We Trust." At fourteen percent, Atheists are on the rise, help educate the believers to evolve beyond it.!

Monday, November 16, 2009

O.C.A. Volume 2

Organism of the Day

Pleurotus ostreatus or the common oyster mushroom. Very delicious with white wine and in stir fry and also recently being researched for use in the cleaning up of oil spills. Using them in "Mycoremediation" could be a new step in cleaning up some of the skrewed up shit we do to the earth. Go fungus.

What God Allowed to Happen Today:

Bon Jovi will be going on tour "The Circle Tour" to support they're new album "The Circle. Despite the fact that this already horrible band has gone godly did we really need more of this noise pollution?

Organization of the Day

American Atheists. Now in its fourth decade, American Atheists is dedicated to working for the civil rights of Atheists, promoting separation of state and church, and providing information about Atheism.


Atheist Quote of the Day:

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."
[Thomas Jefferson]

My Thoughts:

I've been thinking a lot about the propagation and replication of ideas in a biological sense, or that religion itself is a biological agent much like the gene for fur on mammals or the behavior of fluffing feathers to attract a mate. Just like the expressed features of the replicating genetic code manifest in the phenotype of organisms and a species so do the ideas of religion and faith based belief systems. The religions that survive time are the ones that are best at replicating themselves. Mistakes in the replication/interpretation of ideas/beliefs can account for all the diversity of religion that we see today (just as the mutations in the genetic code can account for the diversity of life on earth). The most successful replicating ideas/beliefs are ones that persist because of the human slavery to replicating duality ideas (separating our souls from our body). Some false ideas that seemed to survive and replicate in many diverse forms of religion and people's beliefs are:

You will survive past your death (when you don't, your mind is part of your body and you just die)
Believing in God is a Virtue (but why isn't not believing)
Faith is a virtue and the more you have the more virtuous you are (I think reason is a virtue too)
Everyone must respect virtue (except that the virtue has nothing to do with good)
We aren't meant to understand things (upon investigation we can)
Beauty is the result of religion and religious ideas (rather than simply being beautiful)

Its because of persisting dualistic ideas such as these that we continue to be afflicted as a species with the false sense that being religious is good, right and correct and any opposition to this is evil and amoral.

If you can realize that these kinds of ideas and beliefs are not actually true or even a good thing but rather the result of their own replicating biological vector then maybe you can start to evolve your own mind past such falsehoods.

Evolve Beyond Belief.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

O.C.A. Volume 1

The First Volume of O.C.A. today:

Amazing Organism of the Day
Argentavis magnificens or the Giant Flying Bird
With a 21 foot wing span and a body mass four times the largest bird today this 6 million years ago organism was capable of flying over 100 miles an hour while also having the ability to pick up human sized pray. I guess the global legends of man eating birds is possible

What "god" Allowed to happen Today:
Police removed two more bodies on top of the six already found in Cleveland rapist Anthony Sowells yard today. Where is god's wisdom in this one by the way?

Organization of the Day
Freedom From Religion Foundation
This is one of the most important support organizations for Atheist/Agnostic/Freethinking/Separation of Church and State in the United States. They have a weekly radio show on Air America and have a plethera of many resources and news articles pertaining to the state of Freethinking in the world.

Atheist Quote of the Day
"Man is a Religious Animal. Man is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion -- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven.... The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste." ----Mark Twain

This is the first O.C.A. Volume and look for improvements and more features to come.

Evolve Beyond Belief

O.C.A (Out Of The Closet Atheist) goals.

Alright, now that we've stirred up a little discussion about some major issues, lets try to focus what this blog is gonna be about.

In this blog I would like to present why religion is so bad for the world, why science and reason are necessary as consciousness raisers and sustainability as a species, and why you should join the Atheist revolution.

I will have special posts on specific topics pertaining to Atheism and Religion in the world.

I will inform people about organizations that can help further your understanding in science, reason, secular humanism and politics.

I will have weekly features such as "Famous Atheists In History" "Organizations" "Amazing Creatures" and "What 'god' allowed to Happen today"

Here are some ideas for future posts:

Jesus Christ, real or made up individual?
Evidence for evolution for beginners.
Jesus Christ found buried in a tomb with wife and kid
How Religious belief might actually be bad for your biological fitness and survival
Why Christmas and Easter don't even make religious sense.
Who Is Richard Dawkins and why should you hear what he has to say.
What is the Freedom From Religion Foundation and other organization supporting Atheism, Scienc, and Reason.
Charles Darwin
Famous Atheists In History
Why only a moron would teach creation in biology class.
Why Intelligent Design is so stupid.
What "god" allowed to happen today.

If you have any ideas for posts that you would like to hear about please comment below and I'll do my best to cover them in time.