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Since the Renaissance, a concept called 'progress' has been baked into our society. Progress - founded on an accumulation of knowledge through experience (and in the case of science, through experiment). To build on the past rather than endlessly relive it. That's what separates us from the beasts.
~Seth Shostak
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6/27/16 10:29 A

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Scientists - who prefer explanations subject to laboratory tests - figure that everything we see today was as inevitable as wrinkles, once the Big Bang established physics. Stars and planets were cooked up as huge clouds of matter collapsed and coalesced.
~Seth Shostak


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6/27/16 10:11 A

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The math is dead simple: it seems that the frequency of planets able to support life is roughly one percent. In other words, a billion or more such worlds exist in our galaxy alone. That's a lot of acreage, and it takes industrial-strength credulity to believe it's all bleakly barren.
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6/27/16 10:05 A

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“When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

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6/26/16 9:12 A

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"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
~ Kurt Vonnegut


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6/26/16 9:12 A

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"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."
-- H.L. Mencken

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“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
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6/26/16 9:07 A

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“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”
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6/26/16 9:07 A

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"If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees."
- Lao Tzu

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6/25/16 11:11 A

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“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.”

~Dalai Lama XIV
can you imagine ANY other religious leader saying this?

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Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well being and respect is non-violence.
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Compassion is the radicalism of our time

~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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6/24/16 12:53 P

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“Often people of faith assume that because atheists don’t believe in a master plan or an afterlife we have no purpose in life, but I couldn’t disagree more. I find the fact that there is no external force in charge of us all makes the life we do have much more interesting. We get to derive our meaning, and create our own purpose, and that makes it a much richer experience than playing out pre-written scripts for the amusement of an omniscient almighty. That we all just get one life to live means we don’t have the safety net of a do-over, and it makes the time that we do have more meaningful to me.

“It also means that because there is no ‘right’ answer to life, there are far fewer wrong answers – if you’re doing something you love, and you aren’t harming other people, you’re basically on the right track. I find compassion in atheism: It makes me want to help people, because the idea that I stood by and watched someone’s one shot at life go badly in a way I could have prevented makes me enormously sad. It’s also why I reject the idea that atheism leads to a selfish mentality; it leads me to the feeling that we all have the same vanishingly short time to enjoy, so it’s incumbent on us all to try to make society work for everyone.

“It’s true that in a century or two my existence will be forgotten, but I find it comforting to know that everything we stress over will be lost in the merest blip of cosmological time. The universe doesn’t care about my mortgage; our obscurity and irrelevance can be a blessing as well as a burden.”
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6/24/16 12:50 P

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“Life is a personal struggle. Grieving is never an easy road to travel. It’s painful and lonely at times but I use what I know to try to help when I can. I try to be loving and caring with my family and friends, and have fun. I will cry with friends in distress and hear other people’s stories and be kind because it does me good as well. I listen and I learn. It helps me to be better. Life without God is not a life without meaning. Everything, each and every interaction, is full of meaning. Everything matters.”
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6/24/16 12:45 P

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“It says in the Bible that, ‘When I was a child I played with childish things, and when I became a man I put away those childish things.’ And one of those childish things is the superstition that there’s a higher purpose. Christopher Hitchens said it’s time to move beyond the mewling childhood of our species and deal with reality as it is, and that’s what we have to do.”
~Jerry Coyne hey, a twofer!

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6/24/16 12:42 P

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Perhaps I was created by a God who got bored and who was seeking some way to entertain himself. He came up with the idea of creating a planet and populating it with people who he [programmed to] have a strong disposition to accept religious teachings without question. He then went to different groups and said, “You are God’s chosen children. You have a right and a duty to rule over the world. All others are infidels who should be either converted or killed.”
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Let’s leave the world of make-believe behind. Let us look instead to discover what the real world has to offer us. If there is meaning and purpose to life it is there to be discovered. And if there is no meaning or purpose to be discovered, let us not pretend that there is. Let us admit this fact and move on with our lives.
~Luke Muehlhauser

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6/23/16 9:52 A

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“I wonder how appropriate it is to try to 'argue someone into the kingdom.' Many apologists hotly deny any such charge, but I don't believe them. The tenor of almost all apologetics literature makes it plain that this is their intent.”
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6/23/16 9:47 A

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“The answer is simple: if you cannot find meaning inherent in life right now, as you live it in this visible world, the addition of an infinite amount more of the same isn't about to somehow make it any more meaningful! Add a whole string of zeroes to a zero and watch what happens.”
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There is none! I defy someone to come up with one statement in the Old Testament that is specifically fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that can legitimately be understood as a prophecy and singularly points to Jesus as the Messiah using today’s historical-grammatical hermeneutical method. It cannot be done. An expressed hope for a future savior is not to be considered a prediction, unless along with that hope are specific details whereby we can check to see if it was fulfilled in a specific person.
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"We would be 1,500 years ahead if it hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best minds at the stake"
~ Catherine Fahringer

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6/23/16 9:39 A

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"It's almost as if the bible was written by racist, sexist, homophobic, violent, sexually frustrated men instead of a loving god. Weird."
~ Ricky Gervais

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Does it mean, if you don’t understand something, and the community of physicists don’t understand it, that means God did it? Is that how you want to play this game? Because if it is, here’s a list of things in the past that the physicists at the time didn’t understand [and now we do understand] [...]. If that’s how you want to invoke your evidence for God, then God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on - so just be ready for that to happen, if that’s how you want to come at the problem.

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"People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers."
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"A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets."
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"One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now people assume that religion and morality have a necessary connection. But the basis of morality is really very simple and doesn't require religion at all."
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"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"
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"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right."
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“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
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“When you believe in things that you don't understand, Then you suffer, Superstition ain't the way”
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"Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself..Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you."

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“I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.”
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“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”
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“To you, I'm an atheist.
To God, I'm the loyal opposition.”
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"Religion will eventually become as offensive and unacceptable as racism."
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“... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.”
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'If you’re not comfortable with the unknown, then it’s difficult to be a scientist… I don’t need an answer. I don’t need answers to everything. I want to have answers to find.”
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'Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that you be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be right.'
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"There is in every village a torch - the teacher; and an extinguisher - the clergyman"
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"It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong."
- Thomas Jefferson, (letter to Rev. James Madison)

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He who has made great moral progress ceases to pray.
-- Immanuel Kan

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Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It's the absence of religion, and that's a wonderful thing.
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Behaving morally because of a hope of reward or a fear of punishment is not morality. Morality is not bribery or threats. Religion is bribery and threats. Humans have morality. We don't need religion.
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"The intensity of your religious conviction is inversely proportional to your grip on reality."
- Michael DeRousselle

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“My point is, however, that churches do promote beliefs that would more appropriately find a place in a context of intellectual debate. They wind up cheerleading for highly dubious opinions on historical, scientific, and metaphysical matters, simply on the bases of emotional preference and the inertia of tradition. They demand conformity to these beliefs, and if you cannot swim with the current, then, well partner, maybe you'd be happier in another pool, another lake in fact, the one ablaze with burning sulfur.”

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“Real morality is not the product of fearing a spanking. But what does fundamentalist hell-belief encourage? It retards any developing moral judgment by freezing moral maturity right at the most primitive, most childish, stage: the fear of retribution-and fundamentalism threatens one hell of a spanking.”

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"What evangelical apologists are still trying to show...is that their version of the resurrection was the most compatible with accepting all the details of the gospel Easter narratives as true and non-negotiable...[D]efenders of the resurrection assume that their opponents agree with them that all the details are true, that only the punch line is in question. What they somehow do not see is that to argue thus is like arguing that the Emerald City of Oz must actually exist since, otherwise, where would the Yellow Brick Road lead?....We simply have no reason to assume that anything an ancient narrative tells us is true."
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"So evangelicals in the USA are no longer demanding bible thumping from their elected officials. They're now willing to settle for a decidedly unreligious individual who simply hates the same people they do."
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"The prophets of every major religion understood perfectly well how tribalism works, so it was never about beauty and love, but simply a means of control, and a powerful weapon to be used against their enemies."
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If your religion requires you to hate someone, you need a new religion

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It is very hard not to see extensive and basic similarities between these (Pagan) religions and the Christian Religion. But somehow Christian scholars have managed not to see it, and this, one must suspect, for dogmatic reasons.
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The born-again gospel promises joy and peace of mind, but it does so by prolonging childhood.
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Who needs Satan when you have a God like this?
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"The Beatles might not be bigger than Jesus... but at least we know they really existed."
- Alan Harvey

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"You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?"
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When they asked what religion I was I said I was non-delusional
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...no one wants to die but making up stories of an afterlife wont change anything.. the goat herders guide to the universe has caused more pain and suffering for mankind than any plague
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"Some people can learn your entire story, and have no empathy."
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"I suppose technically, you'd have to put me down as an agnostic. But if there is a God, and he is as the Christians describe him, then he deserves to be put down and rebelled against".
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