Why All the Atheists?

Why All the Atheists?

There are 80 comments on the Psychology Today story from Apr 27, 2012, titled Why All the Atheists?. In it, Psychology Today reports that:

I am in the process of writing a book tentatively titled, How God Inspires Us: Religion , Personality , and the Contradictions of Human Nature.

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“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#62 May 4, 2012
havent forgotten wrote:
<quoted text>another interesting difference among and between skeptics, atheists, and agnostics on here. I agree entirely with the emphasis you put on diversity of opinion on finer points. It is interesting to see them and discuss them. Some points are basic, and even there we may disagree - between the socalled hard atheists who claim to know there is no god, God,gods of any kind, and the socalled soft atheists (I prefer the term agnostic atheist, as I describe myself) who do not know and also do not believe. Skeptic seems to be a hard atheist.
However, there is an important difference in style sometimes, that seems to reveal a big difference in the amounts of tolerance for other views. I am very put off by the insulting style. I can understand comments in retaliation - it is difficult to take provocations forever without striking back. But to be the first to be nasty seems improper to me - except in the case of an absolutely brilliant attack of some sort - a Colbert at his best style mockery, or equivalent. Then if it is really funny, or brilliant, or especially if it is both, then I am tolerant of a strong strike against a particularly ignorant assertion. I always like your style and substance - and even in comparison with others of our fundamental view, I find you most agreeable to converse with, both for myself, and in how you respond to others. That is high praise, since I find many others who seem to be agnostic-atheists whom I like a lot. including even folks who disagree on the nuances, including aint necessarily so.(Obviously I am disgusted with Skeptic from London, and do not regard him as a skeptic at all - but as a "true-believing hard atheist").
I've found that the most effective way to deal with insults and provocations is to ignore them. That way I don't get caught up in pointless tit-for-tat verbal slugfests. Instead, I look to see whether there is an actual idea worth responding to and limit my comments to that--if I respond at all.

My basic point of view is that if I've expressed myself well enough in the first place that there is nothing to add or clarify, I wait to post until I have something new to add. I think of that as a courtesy to the overall readership of the forum--why should I bore them by writing variants of the same post over and over again? I trust the readers I care about to remember ideas for at least a page or two.
screen

Roseville, CA

#63 May 5, 2012
yon wrote:
Does being turned into a cockroach better than oblivion?
Hey! don't knock the cockroach, it's structure has been used as inspiration for robotic legs. Cockroaches are among the hardiest creatures on the planet. Some species are capable of remaining active for a month without food and some can go without air for up to 45 minutes. In one experiment, cockroaches were able to recover from being submerged underwater for half an hour.

It is popularly suggested that cockroaches will "inherit the earth" if humanity destroys itself in a nuclear war. Cockroaches do indeed have a much higher radiation resistance than vertebrates, with a resistance to lethal doses perhaps 6 to 15 times that of humans.

Furthermore, a cockroach can live up to one week without its head!... can you???


wolverine

Greeley, CO

#64 May 5, 2012
NightSerf wrote:
<quoted text>
I've found that the most effective way to deal with insults and provocations is to ignore them. That way I don't get caught up in pointless tit-for-tat verbal slugfests. Instead, I look to see whether there is an actual idea worth responding to and limit my comments to that--if I respond at all.
My basic point of view is that if I've expressed myself well enough in the first place that there is nothing to add or clarify, I wait to post until I have something new to add. I think of that as a courtesy to the overall readership of the forum--why should I bore them by writing variants of the same post over and over again? I trust the readers I care about to remember ideas for at least a page or two.
Blah, Blah, Blah.....You Think Highly Of Yourself.....Thats Arrogance And Unwarrented

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#65 May 5, 2012
yon wrote:
<quoted text>
Your source of inspiration?
Mein Kamph?
It doesn't matter what my source of inspiration is. I'm not trying to force you to believe it, nor am I quoting it to try(and failing) to prove some silly point. I can tell you this much though. Whatever it is, it isn't some make-believe story about a heaven-gremlin that I have zero proof is real. LOL!!

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#66 May 5, 2012
havent forgotten wrote:
<quoted text> excuse me,it is not a sky-pixie! any more than the Bible is a fairy tale. you folks need to stop insulting pixies and fairy tales! The God of the Bible has some horrid aspects that I would not accuse any pixie of. Nor are many fairy tales as complex and full of interwoven horrid scenarios and appalling philosophical points of view as is the Bible. None are,that I know of.
Good point.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#67 May 5, 2012
wolverine wrote:
<quoted text>
Blah, Blah, Blah.....You Think Highly Of Yourself.....Thats Arrogance And Unwarrented
Don't you think highly of yourself?
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#68 May 5, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
<quoted text>
It doesn't matter what my source of inspiration is. I'm not trying to force you to believe it, nor am I quoting it to try(and failing) to prove some silly point. I can tell you this much though. Whatever it is, it isn't some make-believe story about a heaven-gremlin that I have zero proof is real. LOL!!
Then what are you doing on a religious forum?
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#69 May 5, 2012
Romans 1

28 "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them."

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#70 May 5, 2012
yon wrote:
<quoted text>
Then what are you doing on a religious forum?
Actually this thread also shows up on the Atheism Forum.

Topix sometimes cross-posts threads. You can see which Forums any thread is in by looking at the bottom of the thread's page where it says "Related Topix Forums:...."

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#71 May 6, 2012
yon wrote:
Romans 1
28 "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them."
God sounds like a sociopathic controlling pr*ck. Thank reality he's not real.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#72 May 6, 2012
yon wrote:
<quoted text>
Then what are you doing on a religious forum?
This thread is shared by the atheist forum and the religion forum. There are people posting from both, but I suspect that more post from the former than from the latter.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#73 May 6, 2012
yon wrote:
<quoted text>
Then what are you doing on a religious forum?
I come in on the atheist forum. It is to discuss points of view with my fellow atheists, and to laugh at the theists like you who still believe in the fairy tale about god.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#74 May 6, 2012
yon wrote:
Romans 1
28 "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them."
Quoting your lord again I see. LOL!!!

Here is an excerpt from a book that is a bit better written, and just as believable: "Harry, said Dumbledore, I believe that when Lord Voltemort attacked you and failed to destroy you, a part of his soul became attached to you. That is why you two have a connection."

LOL!!! Do you believe in witches and wizards now?? LOL!!!!
wolverine

Greeley, CO

#75 May 6, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't you think highly of yourself?
Of Course.....LOL

But Never Do I Think Im Above The Fray.....Or That Ill Ignore Those Who Belittle Me.

When You get To The Point That You Cannot Fathom The Possibility That You Are not All That.....Is Called Elitism...And The Doctor And Nightserf Have Reached That Level....Its Sad
Amused

Lowell, MA

#76 May 6, 2012
screen wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey! don't knock the cockroach, it's structure has been used as inspiration for robotic legs. Cockroaches are among the hardiest creatures on the planet. Some species are capable of remaining active for a month without food and some can go without air for up to 45 minutes. In one experiment, cockroaches were able to recover from being submerged underwater for half an hour.
It is popularly suggested that cockroaches will "inherit the earth" if humanity destroys itself in a nuclear war. Cockroaches do indeed have a much higher radiation resistance than vertebrates, with a resistance to lethal doses perhaps 6 to 15 times that of humans.
Furthermore, a cockroach can live up to one week without its head!... can you???
Q. What two creatures will survive after a nuclear exchange?

A. Cockroaches and Keith Richards.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#77 May 6, 2012
wolverine wrote:
<quoted text>
Of Course.....LOL
But Never Do I Think Im Above The Fray.....Or That Ill Ignore Those Who Belittle Me.
When You get To The Point That You Cannot Fathom The Possibility That You Are not All That.....Is Called Elitism...And The Doctor And Nightserf Have Reached That Level....Its Sad
That is merely your opinion. Since you are clearly biased, it is hard to take that opinion seriously.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#78 May 6, 2012
Meaning is what we choose it to be. THAT is why I am an atheist. I do not need another human telling me what meaning my life "should" have, I will decide what meaning my life "will" have.
screen

Citrus Heights, CA

#79 May 14, 2012
Amused wrote:
Q. What two creatures will survive after a nuclear exchange?
A. Cockroaches and Keith Richards.
It figures in that they both even look alike.
:)
http://www.musictimes.com.au/images/keith-ric...
Amused

Lowell, MA

#80 May 14, 2012
screen wrote:
<quoted text>
It figures in that they both even look alike.
:)
http://www.musictimes.com.au/images/keith-ric...
He outlived 2 Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis and Whitney Houston. Betcha didn't see that coming.
screen

Roseville, CA

#81 May 14, 2012
Amused wrote:
He outlived 2 Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis and Whitney Houston. Betcha didn't see that coming.
Taking into consideration his lifestyle, I doubt very much that anyone saw this coming.

Now that Dick Clark has passed on, give me odds... and I'll put my money on Betty White.
;)

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