Why is Religion Harmful in Politics? A case study

  Many people say that atheists spend far too much time worrying about what others believe, and tell atheists that people should be able to believe whatever they want as long as it does no harm to anyone. To a point this is true; The only harm passive belief (i.e. belief in a god that made the universe without preaching) does is deny the believer certain facts, and clouds the reasoning process. Passive belief only affects the believer, and...

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Imaginary Friends Show #172

  Imaginary Friends Show #172, a pastiche of unrelated things, with @JakeFarrWharton and @Askegg. It was heaps of fun as usual, and I’m sure you will enjoy hearing us 3 Aussies crap on about whatever. WARNING: May contain traces of Australian politics! VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote...

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Dear Mr Abbott

  Dear Mr Abbott, Last year, when this insignificant country in the southern hemisphere went to the ballot to decide the party that would run the country, I knew you were not my choice. Your promises then, as now, rang as hollow as a blowfly in an empty VB can. Your policies read like the reactionary rhetoric of contradiction simply for the sake of opposing past policies. The bandwagon that carried you and your cronies, snake-oil salesmen,...

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The Dull Insistence of Gravity

  “What did it mean to fly? A tremor in your soul, To resist the dull existence of gravity.” On this, the completion of my 42nd circumnavigation of the sun, on this little satellite we call home, spinning through the seemingly infinite darkness of space, it gives me reason to pause and remember that we are only held in place by the gravity of the earth and the sun. Tied to the dirt, the only home I will ever know,...

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Climate Change Debate is Now Officially Over

  Yesterday I was pointed to a video titled “The Most Terrifying Video You Will Ever See“. While this video is now nearly 7 years old, the message it outs forward is even more relevant today than it was in 2007. The man who made the video, Greg Craven, has since turned this analysis of the problem of debating climate change into a book called “What’s the Worst That Could Happen? A Rational Response to the Climate...

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Are You A Humanist?

  The definition of “humanism”, like many “isms”, is hard to pin down. Every self-described humanist has their own idea of what constitutes humanism, and even stronger opinions about what humanism “is not”. What is striking though is that the definitions of humanism seem to stem from whatever the describer’s own interests are. For instance, many humanists also identify as atheists, agnostics or...

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