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Sep 16

The Holy Ghost; Some people shun it, some are afraid of it.... like I was.. Some have no Idea what it is or where it came from. Or even if were supposed to associate with it today or not ....... From: Pastor Steve Farmer Sr. Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 07:01 More in People & Blogs

Sep 16

This video was made by Jane Kuria. She visited Heaven and Hell in the year 2012, and shared what she saw and experienced in this video. Please feel free to upload this video again to youtube,... From: SoundReasoning07 Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 35:42 More in People & Blogs

Sep 16

Atheism has finally found its spiritual leaderQuartzThe Godless have had a real PR problem for centuries. Up to this point in human history, atheism has lacked the wide, warm and consoling embrace that mystics, sages and religious leaders have been able to provide. Not that not believing in God has gone

Sep 16

An introduction clip to the new 2014-launched “Atheism Reviews” channel, focused on analyzing, breaking down, and critiquing atheism vs religion debates and science vs religion debates,... From: Atheism Reviews Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:34 More in People & Blogs

Sep 15

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism From Fellow Atheists At YaleHuffington PostReaction from the broader atheist community has been sharp. Commenting on the Yale students' statement on Facebook, Gregory James, a Milwaukee atheist and humanist wrote, “I am ashamed to hear of this anti-intellectual and absurd position. I expect

Sep 15

Evolution doesn't read any rules and feels no obligation to conform to any norms, so we should expect the unexpected. If we didn't get the occasional surprise it would start to look just a little too predictable. If things were as the creationist loons and frauds like to claim, we would expect an intelligent, perfect designer, to at least show bit of consistency. After all what perfection is there in randomness and how does no pattern at all look like design according to a plan? No doubt though the frauds will fall back on the traditional woo-woo excuse of ineffability and mystery and beyond human comprehension which renders their crackpot notion redundant as a predictive or explanatory tool and shows it up for the simple answer for simpletons that it was designed to be. Take for example an unusual pattern of evolution leading to speciation published in Cell a few days ago. It involves a symbiotic complex in the cells of a species of cicada. Cicadas are large, sap-sucking insects characteristic of hot parts of the world. They seem to be almost characteristic of the Mediterranean coast - my children called them wizzers as they seem to sit in trees and on telegraph poles and wizz all day long. Cicadas, like several other species, depend on symbiotic bacteria to help with their digestion. The species in question has a 'normal' arrangement with two different bacteria living inside its cells - Sulcina and Hodgkinia. Their contribution is to make histidine and methionine which the cicadas need. However, in some cicadas Hodgkinia exists in two distinct forms which clearly split from the 'normal' type at some point in the evolution of this symbiotic complex. Highlights Some cicadas have three obligate endosymbionts instead of two This third endosymbiont resulted from a speciation event in an existing bacterium The ancestor to this new endosymbiont had a highly reduced genome This added complexity seems driven, in part, by nonadaptive evolution Summary Mutualisms that become evolutionarily stable give rise to organismal interdependencies. Some insects have developed intracellular associations with communities of bacteria, where the interdependencies are manifest in patterns of complementary gene loss and retention among members of the symbiosis. Here, using comparative genomics and microscopy, we show that a three-member symbiotic community has become a four-way assemblage through a novel bacterial lineage-splitting event. In some but not all cicada species of the genus Tettigades, the endosymbiont Candidatus Hodgkinia cicadicola has split into two new cytologically distinct but metabolically interdependent species. Although these new bacterial genomes are partitioned into discrete cell types, the intergenome patterns of gene loss and retention are almost perfectly complementary. These results defy easy classification: they show genomic patterns consistent with those observed after both speciation and whole-genome duplication. We suggest that our results highlight the potential power of nonadaptive forces in shaping organismal complexity. Sympatric Speciation in a Bacterial Endosymbiont Results in Two Genomes with the Functionality of One Van Leuven, James T. et al.; Cell , Volume 158 , Issue 6 , 1270 - 1280. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2014.07.047 The surprise is that this arrangement seems to be non-adaptive i.e offering no particular advantage over the 'normal' form but what it has allowed is for the two forms of Hodgkinia to evolve on their own paths provided they remain synchronised so that one is complementary to the other. This is only possible in the special conditions where all four members of this symbiotic complex are inter-dependent. It seems to be an example of an accidental duplication allowing one of the pair to then lose genes provided the other member retained it, so we have ended up with two forms being almost mirror images of one another. In many ways this replicates the situation of accidental gene duplication within a cell nucleus, freeing one copy to mutate and evolve without harming the organism, but, as with parasites, the tendency with symbionts is not to increase complexity but to reduce it, so each form of Hodgkinia has become less complex as a result, losing between them a total of 64 genes from the original 137. The difference here is that each form of Hodgkinia occupies its own cell type within the cicada but they are all so mutually interdependent that they behave more like a single species with a distributed genome. A fascinating example of non-adaptive evolution by genetic drift in the highly specialised, special environment of an advanced symbiotic complex and totally incomprehensible as the product of an intelligent designer of course. Why do the same thing two different ways, even using the same organism to do it in, when there is no detectable benefit from one way over the other? It's beginning to look more and more like this notional intelligent designer's plan is exactly like the plan of someone who hasn't got a plan. If you've enjoyed my blog please show your appreciation by giving to a great cause - Oxfam Be Humankind. Feed the world.

Sep 15

"We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity. Our movement is Christian."

Sep 15

If atheism had a sound and appearance, this is probably what it would look and sound like. Don't get too butthurt with this video atheists, I'm just testing out Sony Vegas. (And yes, that really... From: Atheists Exposed Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 00:47 More in Education

Sep 15

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism From Fellow Atheists At YaleHuffington PostReaction from the broader atheist community has been sharp. Commenting on the Yale students' statement on Facebook, Gregory James, a Milwaukee atheist and humanist wrote, “I am ashamed to hear of this anti-intellectual and absurd position. I expect

Sep 15

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Sep 15

Ayaan Hirsi Ali draws criticism from fellow atheists at YaleReligion News Service“We do not believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents the totality of the ex-Muslim experience,” members of Yale Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics posted on Facebook Friday (Sept. 12). “Although we acknowledge the value of her story, we do not endorse her

Sep 15

Clearing up a few misconceptions of atheismTriCities.comClearing up a few misconceptions of atheism. Story

Sep 15

News Nation with Tamron Hall, MSNBC, 9-15-2014, "Should atheists who refuse to say 'so help me God' be excluded from the Air Force?" http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014... From: CRUClEFICTION Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 03:01 More in News & Politics

Sep 15

TheBlaze.comFormer 'Militant Atheist' Reveals What Totally Changed His Mind About Death ...TheBlaze.com“One of the usual byproducts of being a militant atheist is knowing what you're militant against.” While Coren had a good command over the contents of the gospels before, though, he said he's now reading them through a very different lens: by viewing ...

Sep 15

Atheists Seen as a Threat to Moral ValuesPacific StandardThe fact that their belief systems defy the national consensus, along with “negative cultural stereotypes of atheists as cynical,” leads to the assumption that “atheists are unlikely to follow important group-based value norms” such as reciprocity and ...Atheism has finally found its spiritual leaderQuartzall 2 news articles

Sep 15

ChicagoNow (blog)27 Definitions of AtheistChicagoNow (blog)3. Atheist – We don't know how the universe began, but we're really sure it wasn't that guy. 4. Atheist – Far more interested in glorifying life than glorifying death. 5. Atheist – At a certain age belief in Santa is cute. At a certain age it's not. 6 ...

Sep 15

Stefan Molyneux speaks about the strength which can be gained from adversity and the freedom one can feel after staring into the dark abyss of death. Freedomain Radio is 100% funded by viewers... From: Stefan Molyneux Views: 9 0 ratings Time: 19:30 More in News & Politics

Sep 15

A new Satanic religious group that debuted in Detroit this month already has encountered outspoken opposition: other Satanists. The Rev.

Sep 15

There are some major warning signs i spotted tell me im wrong and im concerned about nothing please, If your a mental health staff or professional or know more then me about it please tell... From: Stephen Bachman Views: 6 1 ratings Time: 13:37 More in People & Blogs

Sep 15

Summary Answer:The Qur'an contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Qur'an are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Qur'an. The context of violent passages is more ambiguous than might be expected of a perfect book from a loving God, however this can work both ways. Most of today's Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book's call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence. Apologists cater to their preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact and generally do not stand up to scrutiny. Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology.Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. Muhammad's own martial legacy - and that of his companions - along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Qur'an have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history. LINK.For a list of the top ten hateful verses in the Qur'an see here.

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