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First year


So, this blog finally hit it’s first year while I move onto my second year of being an atheist. 777 hits right on the dot (midnight). Hmm.. math… 7 – 1 = 6. So, 777 – 111 = 666. OMG! It’s a sign! Haha, yea right.

Anyways, it’s been a decent year for this blog. Very few hits, very few regulars, but either way it doesn’t matter to me. Popularity has no bearing on me, probability does. That probability being the fact that this blog exists and has the opportunity to help the atheist community, and maybe help someone deconvert from their religion. There’s even the chance that this blog can bring religion and atheism closer together as partners, but I don’t see that chance happening at all since this is such a minor spot on the internet.

Either way, thanks for the year, and thanks for being patient with the slow times. Hope this next year is better not only for the blog, but for everyone else out there, too!

Reddit Gem


So, I’ve been getting quickly addicted to Reddit lately… I found this nice little meme gem some made and posted.

To any follower of creationism and holds the idea of “original sin”, try explaining the reasoning behind that one. Definitely a very good argument to try and beat, all summed up in one quick image.

View from Mercury


That bright white dot with the little dot next to it is one of the most precious things in our galaxy. That, right there, is earth. The Messenger Space Probe took this picture while on it’s way to orbit the planet Mercury. It never fails to amaze me at how tiny we really are, yet how huge we really are. To know that that there are whole other galaxies out there with itty bitty stuff in them like this is absolutely awe inspiring. To further that awe, it takes the power of an uncountable amount of molecules and atoms to create those massive galaxies, stars, planets, and even you. Embracing that awe has really changed how I think about everything around me, and even the own value of my life.

Why?


Phew, it’s been a while, but here it goes.

Why do I debate faith and engage against the theist community? Simple, I want to study people. Religious people are one of the most dynamic people out there that subscribe to one group and maintain a unified group. You can see the same in politics, but you will also see a lot more division on bigger issues. You do not always see that division when it come to the religious. Once they stick to that denomination of their faith, they tune themselves  to the harmony of that group. I then like to study and research how that group then interacts with the rest of society.

By debating with my atheism, I can bring out the emotions of that person and ultimately unravel their whole selves and their ideologies of the world. If I directly attack their a portion of their religion, most will immediately take it as a personal threat and defend not only their religion, but also themselves. Then, the exact same result if I praise their religion. This shows me how passionate someone can be with their beliefs, and the more passionate they are with their beliefs, the more they strive to interact with society; ultimately adding whole new twists and turns to the future of society.

The one thing that I do find disturbing with belief and faith, is that it is solely dependent on emotion. It’s the difference between feeling you’re right, and knowing you’re right. If you feel that you’re right, your feelings can generally be manipulated, controlled, or even flat out false. To know that you’re right, means that you have analyzed everything in that area and, even if it goes against your own feelings, can know that what you’re doing or what you believe in is both right and true.

Update


Yes, I’m aware that I haven’t posted in almost a month. I’ve hit a bit of a slow spot. Not sure if this is a writer’s block or not, but basically I start a post and end up straying away from the topic because I have so much running through my mind all at once. I think I have my anti-depressants to blame for this. My depression keeps my thoughts occupied and helps me keep everything in line. When my depression goes down, my mind starts scrambling in multiple amounts of directions at the same time. So, this makes writing tough sometimes. I would love to not be on anti-depressants, but it is a must to control my handful of phobias that keep me locked up in my house.

Right now, I am working on a rebuttal towards an old classmate. I will be posting that onto here once I do finish my argument, but don’t expect it over night because of my writer’s block.

Further news, I have added a few more links onto the “links” page. I am also opening up my Skype name to the public for live messaging. Feel free to add: GreatEighthSin Finally, we’ve hit 700 hits on this site (yay?)

Folding @ Home


Have you ever been interested in helping scientific research but don’t have the money or skills to donate? What if I told you that you could donate a portion of your computer to help research cures for alzheimers, parkinsons, and more. Would you be interested?

Folding @ Home is a program that you run on your computer in your own free time. You can run it while surfing the web, or while you’re away from your computer. It was developed by Stanford University, and has been a success in many areas so far. “Folding” is the term used for when proteins of amino acids assemble themselves for biological purposes. A protein “folds” in ten nanoseconds (1/10,000,000,000 of a second) and takes a computer an entire day to simulate even a tenth of this process. Now imagine doing this for an entire bit of RNA. It could take a modern supercomputer over 30 years to complete! By offering a part of your computer, you can have your computer download a small portion of this “folding” process and have it contribute to the large spectrum. When people offer portions of their computers, they help cut down on the time it takes to “fold” a simulated protein; therefore,   the process can be completed considerably faster.

If you’re interested, go to: http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Main

Understanding “Militant Atheists” and “militant Christians”, and why they’re a bad thing.


Many Christians like to use the term “militant atheist” to describe an atheist that uses aggressive tactics and belittling comments to attack their religion and get them to see reason. Now, Christians aren’t out of this hot water, either. Atheists use the term “militant Christian” for any Christian that is literally hell bent to stop their fellow man from going to hell, and will use just as nasty threats and aggressive comments as well. As scary as it sounds, both of these groups have nearly identical intentions.

The “militant atheist” stems from a sense of revenge. Many are past members of cults, or even past preachers of the gospel, and feel that they have wasted their money, time, and all around lifetime tending to mindless dogma. They do partially want to destroy belief, but this is not the main drive for their actions. Though they use aggressive tactics like pointing out the strong fallacies and immoralities of the bible, the hypocrisies of the church, and then follow through with  personal character attacks, amazingly enough, they want the same outcome that many “militant Christians” want.

The “militant Christian” is deep into their faith to the point where they become hypocritical and then begin to hate. Generally, this hate is more driven upon what their pastor says, than what their holy book says, and therefor is seen as hypocritical. To them, atheism is viewed as either the inner workings of  the devil or their lack of presence of the “holy ghost”. The promise of hell and eternal tormenting pain is always in their arsenal of attacks and then is followed by either a belittling remark based on their pride in Jesus, or a personal attack. Scary that “militant atheists” pair so well with this group, right?

I can prove that both parties want the same exact outcome. They both want to “save” the other party from either their religious zealotry, or “save” their fellow man from hell. Ultimately, both of these actions are directly geared towards the bettering of human kind. It is interesting to think that two nearly radical groups could have the same exact basis for their actions, but it is there. In the end, though, both of them are completely wrong with how they handle themselves, and how they assert their beliefs.

Back in the days of my elementary school, I was forced to take an anger management course. Now, in all reality, I didn’t need this course at all since my “anger” was rooted in the fact that I had childhood depression, but the idea that children could be depressed, too, was not formed until long after those school days. Either way, I came out with a bit of wisdom from that course. I learned that it’s “OK to be mad, but not OK to be angry”. In other words, it’s OK to feel mad, but it’s not OK to act aggressive because you’re mad. I have a personal theory that when people act aggressive towards one another, they are not actually being aggressive towards that other person, per-say, but rather being aggressive towards themselves.

A “militant atheist’s” aggression lies in the fact that they both want to “save” humanity from dogmatic practices, but this aggression stems from their past dealing with how they were treated in church, or how they personally view their experiences in the church. This then creates a feeling of desperation within themselves since they want to both “save” that person from their dogma, and better humanity. For a “militant Christian”, they want to save humanity from the eternal torment of hell, but this aggression lies in the fact that they have a misplace form of self-righteousness; they literally want to do God’s work for either brownie points, or self gratification.

How do we get past this? Well, we need to stop with the direct attacks and start actually using words, reason, and facts; instead of turning a simple argument into nothing more than a sizing up of genitalia. The key to removing aggression is to practice patience. The moment you can calm down and actually think, is the moment that you have taken one step closer to winning that argument. If you can take some time to step out of the room room or away from the computer to cool down, you are then the “bigger man” in the battle. You can also then go back into battle with a newly refreshed and clear mind.