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Sep 16

Hemant Mehta (http://www.friendlyatheist.com, http://www.patreon.com/Hemant) http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/06/13/should-babies-be-considered-atheists-depen... From: The Atheist Voice Views: 301 262 ratings Time: 02:29 More in People & Blogs

Sep 16

God may have done a plethora of miracles in the ancient past and may do so again in the future, but as Hittell argued in 1857, following David Hume, there isn't any reason for us to accept these miracle claims unless miracles are taking place today. This is the only reasonable conclusion. People who believe anyway are not being reasonable. To the question of whether miracles happen today, which ones are convincing to outsiders? Which ones have solid objective evidence for them? Which ones are not performed by tricksters and/or magicians? Which ones can be understood as self-healing via the placebo of faith? Where has an amputee's leg ever been made to grow back? Which ones are merely the result of chance? Required reading on the chance factor is David J. Hand's book, The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day.As yet, not one religious apologist worthy the name has dealt with Hand's book. They would prefer building intellectual deductive castles in the sky unrelated to the actual statistical analysis of rare events, which happen every single day. LINK.

Sep 16

SalonWATCH: Bill Maher Reveals the Whole Atheist Thing Is an ActMediaite“Everybody in the business knows, I play an atheist,” Maher says, explaining that he only made his documentary Religulous “because that's where the money was.” And when “stupid atheists” pay to see him do comedy all over the country, he says he gives ...Funny or Die: Bill Maher's just using this whole atheist thing to raise money ...Raw StoryBill Maher Mocks Jesus Christ and Stephen Colbert in 'Funny Or Die' Skit (Video)TheWrapBill Maher's “dirty secret”: He's deeply religious and prays with Ann CoulterSalonEmpty Lighthouse Magazineall 5 news articles

Sep 16

NPR (blog)Is Atheist Awe A Religious Experience?NPR (blog)My joke about the gods aside, was there anything religious about the feeling I, an atheist, felt looking across that vast expanse of river, stone and still blue air? During the last week we've been having a fascinating conversation here at 13.7 on ...

Sep 16

Is Atheist Awe A Religious Experience?NPR (blog)"Where were you?" my beloved asked as I walked through the door caked in mud and sweat. "I was communing with my gods," I responded — and proceeded to tell her about the exquisite hike I'd had that morning in New York's Letchworth State Park (the

Sep 16

George P. Simmonds :Dieting and Atheism: Is Thin the New Chaste?Huffington Post UKWhat need has an atheist of these limitations? 2014-09-16-6301037872_8dfb794c9f_m.jpg The opposite of asceticism isn't overindulgence--it's the simple enjoyment of what this world has to offer. And what could be wrong with that once we pull Heaven,

Sep 16

Frank Turek (with his Bazooka-Joe "PhD") says Atheism isn't proof God doesn't exist. He forgets, however, to give an example of a single "ism" that IS proof for ANYTHING! Oops...! Support me... From: Armoured Skeptic Views: 301 452 ratings Time: 23:04 More in People & Blogs

Sep 16

Discovery InstituteThe "New Atheism" Has a Problem with WomenDiscovery InstituteA long and fascinating article at Buzzfeed ("Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?") is worth reading if you don't mind a lot of crude language. Reporter Mark Oppenheimer describes the misogynist culture of the atheist-"skeptic"-materialist

Sep 16

STAR talks actress Daniele Watts being detained in Los Angeles by Police, Floyd Mayweather beating Marcos Maidana in their rematch, the New York Giants (NFL) off to a 0 – 2 start, the nonexistent... From: SHOT97 RADIO Views: 22 2 ratings Time: 20:38 More in Comedy

Sep 16

In a confluence of ideologies that should worry everyone, Ken Ham (of Answers in Genesis

Sep 16

Our Blessed Lord will not be mocked. {CHURCHMILITANT.TV} {RETREAT AT SEA 2015 - CATHOLIC UPRISING} {REAL ESTATE FOR. Theology of the body (TOTB) is a reference to 129 lectures that Pope... From: Kemal Zagor Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 06:10 More in Film & Animation

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

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