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@Kevin SolwayActually Kevin, I watched this unfold, I saw it for what it was, I've
spoken to many involved and am even "friends" with some of them. What
makes you think I don't know? The description I gave above is precisely what they founded themselves upon.
As I said above: "The former group, dubbed “Atheism+”, started from a suggestion by Jen
McCreight as a way to refocus the activities of the atheist movement,
because of the fact that many of the types of activism that people
participate in cross over into the realms of feminism, humanism,
equality, environmentalism, et al. At the time this suggestion came
about, she had been subjected to all manner of abuse online, and even
quit the movement for a while. Because of the support shown by
Freethought Blogs, particularly by PZ Myers, the name FTB has become
conflated with Atheism+, and in some people’s minds, the two are one
This was the true driving force behind A+. Whatever it has evolved into is a different beast.
As for the Block Bot - I have spoken to oolOn about this. Have you?
2 months, 1 week ago on Walking A Thin Line – The Perils of an Online Voice
@Sam @Graham1 Good points, but there doesn't appear to be anyone running in my electorate from The Secular Party
3 months ago on Tales From The Upper Left-Hand Side – #AusVotes
@ds80If you would like to tell your story, even anonymously, please go to
this form on the Not Alone site and submit it. I would be glad to
publish it. http://notaloneproject.wordpress.com/stories_comments_questions/
4 months ago on Announcing The “Not Alone” Project
"Qualia" is our reactions to stimuli. It is observable, and although subjective in a sense, it is universal enough that we can say it's "objective"in that brain regions react the same way in most people. This is why we can agree that "red" is "red" and salt is "salty".
"Now" is actually past. our brains and our bodies constantly are behind in our evaluation and actions in time, and "now" is simply what we call any given moment. The "now" doesn't exist.
"Homunculus" is an alechemical term and means very little in today's understanding. If it's the "inner voice" or the feeling of "being inside our bodies, then it is simply an illusion that is caused by our brains.
All perfectly explainable, and to some degree worthy of dismissing.
4 months, 1 week ago on Is “Spirituality” Necessary?
@askegg I still wouldn't call it "spirituality".
@lynchj678 Unfortunately no, It would be nice to transcribe these podcasts, but unfortunately it's very time-consuming, and time is not something I have in abundance these days. I hope you were able to get something from it though :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Imaginary Friends Show Podcast #144
@Mork Actually, not necessarily. Some claim that organic foodstuffs are better for you based on the fact that they are more nutritious. This is not necessarily so, but what organic farming DOES is ensure that you are not eating masses of pesticides, and that pesticides which are harmful to the beneficial creepy-crawlies around the place aren't being used.
It is about treating your world with a little
respect. While the chemicals used in mass crop farming may not harm
humans, they are bad for the environment.
For instance, a chemical used in the drenching of lettuce is only
slightly toxic to humans, and only in large doses. However, according to
the report on Confidor's active ingredient, Imidacloprid, "It is highly toxic to earthworms and very highly toxic to bees by oral and contact
routes." Organic foods are not only about human health. They are about
the health of the environment AND humans. Without our environment, we
die. Link to PDF report: http://www.apvma.gov.au/registration/assessment/docs/prs_imidacloprid.pdf
My latest conversation: TheGreatFlood2
8 months ago on Transubstantiation, Halal and Kosher – How Food Becomes Magical
No it's nothing like that at all. It is much more like ignoring the wrongdoings of a banana manufacturer and buying their products in spite your knowledge of their behaviours and denial of human rights to their workers.. It is quite simple to buy from people whose behaviours you agree with, and boycott those with whom you disagree. BSA is a brand whose behaviours I disagree with, and the franchisees seem able to make their own decisions about how to enact these behaviours.
Don't make excuses for BSA's wrongdoings simply because the money goes to the troop themselves. The troops themselves need to stand up for what is right, and if they don't then they are either ignoring or backing the prejudice of the the BSA themselves.
My latest conversation: BSA_Header2
1 year ago on Boy Scouts America: Anti Gay, Anti Atheist (BSA Blog Carnival)
@blamer Be that as it may, it just goes to show the hypocrisy with which people deal with their faith. The monotheistic religions of Islam and Christianity both implicitly state that their way is THE ONLY WAY, and all others are doomed to hell. The modern Christian may say that "there are many paths to God", but unfortunately their bible says otherwise.
My latest conversation: ManyFacesOfGod2
1 year, 1 month ago on The Many Faces of God
@Jaros No I'm not conflating issues, simply
showing my support for this campaign. It is not my campaign, I didn't
start it. I am merely showing support. If you want an anti-violence
campaign of your own, go ahead ans start one. I will support that too.
You act as though this is the only campaign I support. I don't get it. I
agree with your version of the oath also, but this is *specific to this
My latest conversation: WhiteRibbonDay2
1 year, 1 month ago on White Ribbon Day – Calling for an End to Violence Against Women
@Jaros There is no doubt that individualised violence against all people should stop. But this campaign fights at a dual level against sexism and misogyny AND violence. Men are the ones causing the problems in most cases, so to say "It's not alright" to men, and to have men stand up, sometimes against what their society and upbringing might have taught them, is of paramount importance.
I think this campaign, given its origins in the Montreal Massacre of 1989, highlights not only inequity between the sexes, but the fact that women are treated like second-class citizens from the outset, and that many could feel threatened by empowered women, or equal women, or women garnering respect.
I see your point, and I agree to the premise, but that is not what we are talking about here. What's the old adage? "Think global, act local"? Women have been disenfranchised worldwide, but I cam make a larger difference here among people I actually come into contact with than with people in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan.
So I take it that you think the issue of ending violence against women excludes men? It does the very opposite, since most violence against women comes from men. Change the attitude toward violence toward one, and I think you'll find the change is carried on to other areas of a person's life.
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1 year, 1 month ago on Must read – Online Essays and Blogposts
@innomind Yes that certainly is an interesting project. It shows to me that "truth" is more subjective than I showed in my blog.
My latest conversation: TheTroubleWith2
1 year, 1 month ago on The Trouble with Facts
@AlbertJ OKAY ALBERT. This is my FINAL WORD on your posts. I gave you the benefit of the doubt in that you may actually be trying to prove something here. Turns out you are nothing but a delusional spammer. You have posted 71 comments on this piece, and are yet to make a point. Because of this, I am BANNING YOU PERMANENTLY for commenting at my blog. Goodbye.
1 year, 1 month ago on Yes, Another Post About Atheism
@Celia Jane I have changed the wording of that section to read:
Many defenders of Mr Abbott have claimed there’s no way he could actually be a misogynist, with rhetoric like “Misogynist is a term which describes the hatred of women, and clearly Mr Abbott doesn’t hate women, he has a wife and daughters!”
I hope this makes my intention clearer.
1 year, 1 month ago on The New Misogyny
Hi @Celia Jane , thanks for your comment. I think you are misreading this post. The comment about Tony Abbott in parentheses was meant to be an example of a comment coming from the defenders of Abbott, not my opinion at all. I see Tony Abbott as pretty much the definition of patriarchal disregard and contempt for women. Sorry if it didn't read like that.
@AlbertJ Albert that statement is not about GOD it's about KNOWLEDGE. You are shooting yourself in the foot by using it. Don't make me ban you again.
AlbertJ has been unbanned, but only so you could see what he's writing and facepalm along with me. @AlbertJ please, you conflate so many unrelated things to suit your notion of a god that it's embarrassing. seriously, yours is the ultimate conspiracy theory, and you're starting to sound like a certain Canadian psychopath I know...
@AlbertJ Albert. I banned you from commenting, but you didn't notice. You just kept on posting. So here's the deal. I'm going to let you post whatever you like here. But I will not stand up for you if someone here decides to take you to task for your beliefs and strange interpretations of life, science and the universe.
@D4M10N Well there it is in black and white
1 year, 2 months ago on Yes, Another Post About Atheism