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Sep 14, 2010
 
Altruism - People sometimes say that without a god there would be no altruism, that evolution only rewards selfish behavior.

However, it can be argued that there is no such thing as altruism, that people always do what they want to do. If they are only faced with bad choices, then people choose the thing they hate the least.

Our choices are based on what gives us (our genes) the best advantage for survival, including raising our reputation in society.

“Altruism” towards family members benefits people who share our genes.“Altruism” towards friends benefits people who may someday return the favor.

Even “altruism” towards strangers has a basis in evolution. This behavior evolved in small tribes, where everyone knew each other and a good reputation enhanced one’s survival. It is now hard-wired in our brains as a general mode of conduct.

"Faith means not wanting to know what is true." - Friedrich Nietzsche

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Sep 15, 2010
 
"A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all‐knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they controlled. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified." – Karen Armstrong

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Sep 16, 2010
 
Dr. Hawking:

"God did not create the universe, evidence is clear"

From Sept 2

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100902/lf_nm_lif...

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Sep 21, 2010
 
I like pop tarts.

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Sep 22, 2010
 
All the biblical miracles will at last disappear with the progress of science. – Matthew Arnold

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Oct 1, 2010
 
BuddahAllahZeus wrote:
I like pop tarts.
Chocolate is awesome...bad for you, but awesome.

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Oct 4, 2010
 
There should be more boards like this one.

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Oct 5, 2010
 
It is not as in the Bible, that God created man in his own image. But, on the contrary, man created God in his own image. – Ludwig Feuerbach

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Oct 9, 2010
 
ashtray, really should be two words...not one

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Oct 18, 2010
 
Atheists will celebrate life, while you’re in church celebrating death.

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Oct 23, 2010
 
Splash was a decent movie. At least you got to see her butt.

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Oct 25, 2010
 
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it. – Mark Twain

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Oct 27, 2010
 
God is Imaginary - Altruism

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Oct 29, 2010
 
neighborhood

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Nov 23, 2010
 
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination. – Edward Abbey

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Dec 6, 2010
 
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. – Steven Weinberg

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Dec 7, 2010
 
Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have. – Penn Jillette

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Feb 22, 2011
 
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men. – Francis Bacon

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Apr 7, 2011
 
"It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand." Mark Twain

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May 19, 2011
 
Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men. – Voltaire

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