October 30, 2019

This was what I posted to my GoFundMe page the other night: As most of you know, I have PPMS (Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis), had stem cell treatment (HSCT) six months ago in Russia (Moscow), and have returned for my follow-up MRI scan. Which I had today, and met with the doctor on the same day to discuss the results. So the news is good – Dr F. gave my brain a clean bill of health – no new lesions… Read more

October 30, 2019

Aggressive behavior does not appear to be strongly related to religiosity, although those with higher religiosity self-report as being less aggressive than those with lower religiosity. Similarly, as will be covered in greater detail in the following chapter, the nonreligious have the lowest levels of racial, ethnic, and sexual minority prejudice among the major religious and demographic groups. One of the reasons for these relationships is low authoritarianism, a trait sharing a substantial correlation with both religiosity and negative attitudes… Read more

October 29, 2019

I posted a piece the other day asking, given the continuing trend towards less religiosity in the modern developed world, how you would (not that we would want to) reverse that trend towards greater societal religiosity. Here are a number of thoughtful comments amongst many: Anthrotheist – I have been toying with a hypothesis on how to differentiate liberalism and conservatism, and to the degree that I feel it could offer an answer here, I thought it appropriate to roll… Read more

October 29, 2019

I wrote this article several years ago, but I don’t think I have ever posted it on this blog. Even though it is ancient, I think it is at least as relevant as those ancient passages in the Bible that are still reverently quoted. Please feel free to quote from what follows, and…who knows…in a thousand years you may be remembered as a prophet! An extraterrestrial approaching Earth on the dark side would be astounded. What life form, she would… Read more

October 28, 2019

This is from the American Humanist Association: Attorneys at the American Humanist Association (AHA) have joined with other organizational legal teams to submit an amicus brief in support of adoption services free from religious discrimination. In December 2018, New Hope Family Services, a child welfare agency that receives public funding, filed a lawsuit arguing that a new regulation mandating nondiscrimination in adoption practices violated the agency’s religious freedom. Their complaint was dismissed by a district court in New York in… Read more

October 28, 2019

The other day, I wrote about how religion is on the decline in the United States. This is a long-term trend that doesn’t look like being reversed any time soon. Indeed, it is a long-term trend throughout the developed world. There are many reasons for this, not least the growth of (scientific) understanding of the world and information available to the general public. The Internet has certainly revolutionised the transference of information between people, organisations and the world as a whole…. Read more

October 27, 2019

As my regular readers will know, I have recently undergone HSCT (stem cell) treatment for my primary progressive multiple sclerosis that I was diagnosed with last November. This took place over a month in Moscow, back in March and April. Initial indications are that the treatment has been successful, as far as my subjective evaluation of my symptoms is concerned. However, there’s nothing quite like a brain scan. And, like a true scientifically-inclined skeptic, I would very much appreciate a… Read more

October 26, 2019

I have to put this whole article up. It is so important! When individuals who see wrongdoing are persecuted and punished for bringing it to the attention of the public, our nation will have made the final descent into totalitarianism and oppression. That is where Trump is leading us. It is from this web site: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/we-represent-the-whistleblower-their-identity-is-no-longer-relevant/ar-AAJmyvA?ocid=spartandhp   “Our client’s whistleblower complaint about President Trump’s efforts to solicit interference from Ukraine in the 2020 U.S. election was publicly released a month… Read more

October 25, 2019

It’s time for a little bit more Trumpian politics. I recently reported and commented on Trump’s highly controversial military withdrawal from Syria that directly led to Turkish forces bombarding the Turkish-Syria border, killing and displacing a large number of Kurds, important allies to the Americans in combating terrorist threats in the Middle East and ensuring some kind of stability. I was fascinated to see some of the defences of Trump’s decision from some of the usual suspects here at ATP…. Read more

October 25, 2019

Christians are often quick to accuse atheists of having no grounding to their moral frameworks; however, the reality is that their own groundings are fraught with terminal issues. One such problematic moral framework is Divine Command Theory. The basic premise is this: morality does not exist independently of God, it is instead reflected (or perhaps determined) by God’s commands. God commanded it; therefore, it is good. Of course, Socrates, in Plato’s Euthryphro, asked, “Is the pious loved by the gods… Read more

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