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  • Is free will an illusion?

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    by alistair.scott.71 posted: 06 May 2013 Category: Science 218

    For this topic I came up with the following thought experiment: Imagine we were able to clone the early universe, an absolutely perfect clone, right down to the exact position of all its particles...

  • Lifelong atheist: How to live without despair?

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    by Merrick posted: 05 May 2013 Category: Atheism 98

    I'm in my 30s, and have been an atheist since I remember thinking about these issues. I suppose it is because my parents did not expose me to religion prior to the age or reason?...

  • Gender evolution

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    by Schwarzbach posted: 04 May 2013 Category: Education 32

    I have great respect for Richard Dawkins read a number of his books and some of Darwins. I am wondering if someone could answer this question?1.)How did gender evolve at the beginning of life on...

  • The Possible Evolution of the DNA Molecule

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    by LightSeeker posted: 03 May 2013 Category: Science 6

    My understanding is that all living things on earth contain the DNA molecule. As Dr. Dawkins has so eloquently revealed over the course of his studies, one can trace the evolution of...

  • The Contest: Creation and Evolution

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    by Stephen of Wimbledon posted: 30 Apr 2013 Category: Science 60

    I was intrigued by Joseph Mastropaolo's suggested contest, which he charaterizes as a way of "improving the quality of arguments between creationists and evolutionists".  His characterization, of course, immediately begins to set out the agenda...

  • How To Introduce Your Atheist Partner To Evangelical Parents

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    by The Unicorn Delusion posted: 26 Apr 2013 Category: Atheism 9

    So, I found this video on howcast, and it made me laugh. I though some of you guys may enjoy it, so here:http://www.howcast.com/videos/9347-How-to-Introduce-Your-Atheist-Partner-to-Your-Evangelical-Parents So... Discuss meeting your partners religious parents, I guess?

  • I'm New!

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    by Austin Purdy posted: 24 Apr 2013 Category: Atheism 22

    I hope that I'm allowed to post this, for this isn't really a debate or an argument (I'm unsure exactly what to post on this site), but I just wanted to say that I'm a...

  • Master thesis: Popular Science in Social Media

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    by larstee posted: 24 Apr 2013 Category: Science 10

    Hello everybody, My name is Lars and I’m a student at the University of Darmstadt in Germany. I’m currently preparing myself for my forthcoming Master thesis with the potential working title “Popular Science...

  • Religious Exemption Example In QLD News

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    by Dawnrazor posted: 24 Apr 2013 Category: Politics 18

    Hi all, Long time reader first time poster. I've just seen this situation play out in Australia and I'm frankly a bit annoyed by it, and unsure where to take this. I...

  • Irreducibly Complex

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    by karatematt posted: 23 Apr 2013 Category: Religion 14

    I basically just need some quick references to some works on the NOT SO irreducibly complex bacterial flagellum. 

  • Isn't our culture tainted by religion?

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    by benoniboy posted: 23 Apr 2013 Category: Politics 23

    So what if hypothetically, in the best of all possible worlds, belief in the nonsense of religion would disappear? Say the Roman juggernaut would shut down; the Pope, cardinals and priests would all get real...

  • Debate stumped

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    by GilliReason posted: 22 Apr 2013 Category: Science 43

    Hello fellow reasoners. I was hoping you could help chip away at my ignorance. I found myself stumped the other day while having a friendly debate with a religious person about evolution. They were clearly...

  • Utilising Religious Practices

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    by utopia posted: 20 Apr 2013 Category: Atheism 41

    Recently I've begun practising meditation for about 40 minutes a day, as often as I can anyway. My interest in religious experience and spirituality was cut short when I was quite young, as I realised...

  • Rebirth and past life experiences

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    by Logical Thinker posted: 19 Apr 2013 Category: Pseudoscience 62

    Hey everyone..!!! I'm an atheist brought up in an atheistic Buddhist environment. Everything I learned in my religion or better call it a philosophy, were more like logical stuff and everything was about reasoning, and nothing to...

  • Religious fanaticism into schools on a false premise

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    by StuM posted: 19 Apr 2013 Category: Education 11

    The Australasian school in which I work has offered to host a presentation by Academy Conferences http://www.academyconferences.com/ that will be attended by some of my school's students and others from around the city.  This is...

  • promoting science

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    by siwel.trebor@bighpond.com posted: 18 Apr 2013 Category: Science 35

    I just saw the RD representative on our show Planet America here in Australia  I am fighting mad.  I do not believe in religion but would never stop anyone from having a personal belief in god.  This does...

  • A question of succession

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    by MrJB posted: 18 Apr 2013 Category: Education 54

    Maybe succession isn't the right word, and maybe this sounds like a silly question, but I've been wondering where the younger spokesmen are for the subjects that men like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher...

  • Why identify as atheist and not nihilist?

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    by Happy Nihilist posted: 17 Apr 2013 Category: Atheism 49

    What would you say is the distinguishing criteria to draw the line between atheist and nihilist? I consider myself an existential nihilist and yet when I read much of the arguments made by self-labelled atheists...