de Botton’s Atheist Temple

Alain De Botton has a new book out, so what better time to be in the news making controversial statements? The negative press he has received over the idea of an “atheist temple” is deserved I think, because having a place to reflect quietly on all things secular, the beauty of the universe, and the incredible unlikelihood of our existences already exists, and we call them “museums” and “art galleries”. Call...

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About.com Awards Are Back!

It’s that time of year again, when About.com hold the annual Readers’ Choice awards, and this year I’m hoping to make the top 5 nominations as I did last year. The final result of 4th place was a great testament to the passion of my readers, with my blog receiving 10% of the votes. If you like my blog, and would like to see it get a larger readership (I sure would) then take a moment to go nominate this blog on the nominations...

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Atheists Are Less Evolved Than Theists

EDIT: I wrote this article a few weeks back, and the article has since been removed. I’m not sure why it was removed, whether it slipped through their moderation processes, or whether it was in fact a POE article, and was detected. I will post this article anyway, as I have seen similar discussions about similar topics, and this may add to the conversation. There is a transcript of the article on the JREF forums. Thanks to @NereadersDigest...

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Fear and Loathing in Indonesia

Australia’s neighbour Indonesia, home to one of the largest armies in the world, is a fiercely religious place. It officially recognises 6 religions, the largest of which is various forms of Islam making up 87% of the population. The rest is a combination of Protestantism, Catholicism, Hindu, Buddhism and Confucianism. Atheism and agnosticism are not recognised and it is illegal to blaspheme against any religion. The anti-blasphemy law...

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Obsolescence of Ideas

Historically there are certain human inventions have helped catapult humanity forward at an unprecedented rate; from the invention of simple tools, to the advent of steam-power, the harnessing of electricity through the burning of coal, the printing press, and the information super-highway, to name a few examples. Also historically we see many of these ideas in their simplest or more advanced forms superseded by a newer technology or idea as...

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