Saturday, January 16, 2010

The problem with god is: We don't know what we don't know until we know that we don't know it (Rumsfield's axiom). That is, to assume the unknowable exists, presumes a definition (which is contradictory), but to refer to it as a coherent self aware entity, is psychopathic (so the contradiction is beside the point).

However, that same tendency (to animate a concept with anthropomorphic properties), also drives conspiracy theories, motivates and supports politicians, and draws people to churches and monster flicks. This mental loophole has become a gateway to an industry that exploits our ancient reptilian mental wiring. It's also curious that the same industrialists, also demand blind adherence to their particular dogma as defense against it: If your faith is strong enough, your dreams come true. If ______________ (fill in the space) then the terrorists have won.

Dick Cheney is a war criminal who belongs in jail (Atheist Review)

Devil replies to Pat Robertson

Tired of political whitewash? Go to Angry Voters & sign their list of petitions.

How Group Think Rules What We Like (Clive Thompson, Wired)

Ten More Blasphemous Quotations and a lot of good comments.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Ireland just passed a law prohibiting blasphemy with a fine of €25,000, so Atheist Ireland publishes 25 blasphemous quotes (with salt).

The attorney of a Minnesota marketer of communion-wafer dispensers, said in a telephone interview that the lawsuit “comes down to a pure business issue, even though it is the dispensing of the embodiment of Christ that we are talking about.” (Wired)

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged? (Psychological Science) New Kellogg School Research Explores 'Moral Hypocrisy' in Powerful People

Paraphrasing Rumsfield: We don't know what we don't know until we know that we don't know it.