Scared of Death

What happens when we die? Well I’ve thought over this one a few times and the conclusion is always the same. I am not afraid of the conclusion I reach. Don’t worry, I’m not dying any time soon. What made me want to write about this was a FaceBook comment left for me today: “UNLIKE you Marty I KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT WHERE I AM GOING…” Yes this came from a religious person, angrily (and in quite an...

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I am part of the universe

I saw this over at Secular Dentist and it made me think of a quote by D.H. Lawrence that my lovely partner sent me yesterday. First, the video. Next, the quote. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. There is not any part of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of...

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Can we beat the strawman?

So often, when in debate we can encounter an immovable opponent, who, no matter what you say or write, is convinced that their position is right. There is nothing more frustrating than taking the opponent’s side into consideration, but getting none of the same in return. This can be due to several different circumstances, for instance: the opponent may not understand what you are saying; the opponent has an opinion which they hold to be...

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Morals and Atheism

Believers in god often ask “Where do morals come from?” They expect the answer to be “from God”, mostly because they can’t imagine that something so much at the heart of human interaction can have risen naturally. Well the answer is reasonably simple, but long. So let me see if I can be as brief as possible with this. As I understand it, morals and empathy all come from the same place, as survival mechanisms. Bear...

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Our future

Many may ask “Why have you got a problem with other people’s religions? It doesn’t affect you, so why don’t you just leave them alone?” Well the fact is it does affect me. In fact it affects everyone. While religious fervour is not as bad in Australia as it is in many countries around the world, the trappings of religions are present in our everyday lives. Some of these are more insidious than others, and some...

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