Atheism Rising

Dec 5, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Houston Press

It's a warm fall morning near the Texas State Capitol's south steps, and there's a fight brewing.

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“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

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Givemeliberty wrote:
His religion helps him get through the day instead of dealing with reality. His Christianity is like make believe for adults.
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Yes.... apart from the fact that his maturity has not passed that of your average 2 year old's....

.... what with the egocentric need to be Cosmically Significant™.

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Like Tracy on the atheist experience once said, we are made up of star dust billions of years old. What could be more amazing and awe inspiring than the reality of it all?

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Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>Yes.... apart from the fact that his maturity has not passed that of your average 2 year old's....

.... what with the egocentric need to be Cosmically Significant™.

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Givemeliberty wrote:
Like Tracy on the atheist experience once said, we are made up of star dust billions of years old. What could be more amazing and awe inspiring than the reality of it all?
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Damn right-- we are StarStuff. There needs be no more "magic" than that.

We are made of the stuff of which the Universe is made-- the 4 most common elements, make up the majority of >>our<< elements.

In fact? The representation of the various elements in our bodies is a pretty good approximation of the distribution of the elements in the universe itself, in order of rarity.

And that's pretty cool too.

“I Am No One Else”

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Givemeliberty wrote:
Like Tracy on the atheist experience once said, we are made up of star dust billions of years old. What could be more amazing and awe inspiring than the reality of it all?
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I love way someone else said it: We are star stuff.

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That's cool.

There is a sublime beauty to the nature of reality that often is missed by the theists who think some Jewish sky wizard poofed everything.
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<quoted text>I love way someone else said it: We are star stuff.

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Givemeliberty wrote:
That's cool.
There is a sublime beauty to the nature of reality that often is missed by the theists who think some Jewish sky wizard poofed everything.
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I think it was Neil deGrasse who first said it. One Dawkins said that I also like:

Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you.[paraphrased]

“It's just a box of rain...”

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Carl Sagan used the expression repeatedly in the PBS production, "Cosmos."

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Nicely put indeed :)
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<quoted text>I think it was Neil deGrasse who first said it. One Dawkins said that I also like:

Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you.[paraphrased]

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Carl Sagan used the expression repeatedly in the PBS production, "Cosmos."
Sagan had too many quotables to list in one post, he had a great way with words and poetic concepts. Drugs may not be a good idea, but they sure gave him some inspiration. lol

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Givemeliberty wrote:
Nicely put indeed :)
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People can disagree with Dawkins all they want, but he has a very wonderful view on the real world that most theists simply cannot fathom, stuck in their dark caves huddled about that tiny little candle called religion, they simply do not see the beauty and grandeur in the real world. It's no wonder why Dawkins enjoys reading from Darwin, the two share a passion for the wonder of nature.

I see the beauty and wonder in even the human-made world, especially our technology. The connections, timelines, and tree of technological evolution is almost as complex and glorious as that of biological evolution's tree of life. The way our technology works though, even more complex and grand than the systems of life, something no religious nut would ever admit to, in the matter of organized poetry and systematic beauty, our technology beats nature a million times over. The efficiency in which our computer technology works is absolutely amazing, when you understand it. I have a very difficult time believing that our machines do not yet count as living, we have created a marvelous new world within the natural world, and it's a world that contains almost as many worlds as our own galaxy. We can now fit all the information the human brain can hold in the palm of our hands, a single SSD storage device can hold as much as any human can memorize, not because of how many bytes it can store, but because of how much more efficient our technology is in storing this data. Our video technology can display images ten times faster than the average eye can see, and we could even go faster, just no need to. We can produce, detect, and analyze sounds that our ears cannot even hear using a common, household, computer now.

We may be a pretty stupid and easily scared species, but we do one thing right, and we do it better than nature, we can build better than anything in nature.

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KittenKoder wrote:
We may be a pretty stupid and easily scared species, but we do one thing right, and we do it better than nature, we can build better than anything in nature.
Without a doubt-- in many ways, "nature" is the low-hanging fruit.

Of necessity, too: what else from a random process blindly flailing away?

But if one can see ahead? There is no need for blind thrashing around in the ignorant darkness.

And I agree: religion is a stone-age idea. Long past time to put that childish silliness aside, in favor of adult philosophies.

Were it not for people willing to ignore the prohibitions of religion? We humans would >>still<< be huddled around wood-fueled campfires, quaking in our rawhide boots, afraid of the noises in the outer dark.

Fortunately? There exists in each generation a group who is not gullible enough, nor satisfied enough to be content with religion's non-answers. Rather instead, grabs up that flaming branch, and ventures into the outer dark, away from the dubious safety of the wooden campfire, to ...

.... SEE.

Religion would keep us huddled around the dimly lit campfires; living in perpetual fear of the unknown.

Science? Wants to light the dark, and SEE-- rendering the unknown... known.
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You really seem to be a presumptuous fool!
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People can disagree with Dawkins all they want, but he has a very wonderful view on the real world that most theists simply cannot fathom, stuck in their dark caves huddled about that tiny little candle called religion, they simply do not see the beauty and grandeur in the real world. It's no wonder why Dawkins enjoys reading from Darwin, the two share a passion for the wonder of nature.
I see the beauty and wonder in even the human-made world, especially our technology. The connections, timelines, and tree of technological evolution is almost as complex and glorious as that of biological evolution's tree of life. The way our technology works though, even more complex and grand than the systems of life, something no religious nut would ever admit to, in the matter of organized poetry and systematic beauty, our technology beats nature a million times over. The efficiency in which our computer technology works is absolutely amazing, when you understand it. I have a very difficult time believing that our machines do not yet count as living, we have created a marvelous new world within the natural world, and it's a world that contains almost as many worlds as our own galaxy. We can now fit all the information the human brain can hold in the palm of our hands, a single SSD storage device can hold as much as any human can memorize, not because of how many bytes it can store, but because of how much more efficient our technology is in storing this data. Our video technology can display images ten times faster than the average eye can see, and we could even go faster, just no need to. We can produce, detect, and analyze sounds that our ears cannot even hear using a common, household, computer now.
We may be a pretty stupid and easily scared species, but we do one thing right, and we do it better than nature, we can build better than anything in nature.
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joe billy wrote:
You really seem to be a presumptuous fool!
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That is one creepy fool.

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"WARNING," it reads, in five-inch-high orange letters. "Drunks, homosexuals, abortionist [sic], adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, witches, idolaters, HELL AWAITS YOU."

No wonder people are leaving the church.

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You really seem to be a presumptuous fool!
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Stating facts in a poetic manner is "presumptuous" to you? Explains why you prefer archaic texts behind the times.

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joe billy wrote:
You really seem to be a presumptuous fool!
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Projection from the cowardly True Believer™ who is too afraid to leave the "safety" of the wood-fired, stone-age campfire of faith.

Pitiful.

But-- you have no fear of a raging zombie hoard do you? They are in search of brains....

.... they'd starve, if you were to be their fare.

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