The Greeks’ Christian successors rejected the idea that the universe is governed by indifferent natural law… …and religion a far worthier study than the phenomena of nature. Indeed, in 1277 Bishop Tempier of Paris, acting on the instructions of Pope John XXI, published a list of 219 errors or heresies that were to be condemned. Among the heresies was the idea that nature follows laws, because this conflicts with God’s omnipotence. Interestingly, Pope John was killed by the effects of the law of gravity a few months later when the roof of his palace fell in on him.

- Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow in The Grand Design

I have yet to see a successful prediction about the physical world that was inferred or extrapolated from the content of any religious document. Indeed, I can make an even stronger statement. Whenever people have used religious documents to make detailed predictions about the physical world they have been famously wrong.

- Neil deGrasse Tyson (via divineirony)

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The pet peeve to end all pet peeves.

"But what was there BEFORE the big bang?"

This sentence is very probably the most ignorant and stupid question a creationist can ever ask me. First off I can retaliate with “What was there before God?” and that’s possibly the best way to answer it. It may turn out that the big bang theory wasn’t correct but it is a lot more probable than the hypothesis that some sentient being made the universe.

My second great problem with it is there was no “before the big bang”. Time and space cannot exist independently of one another, this is why it’s called space-time. As soon as space began so did time. There was no time before the big bang and therefore no before! The idea that there was a before is really just an illusion brought about by human perception.

When I get a time machine this will be one of the first people I visit. This brilliant woman is Hypatia of Alexandria (Yes the Alexandria with the library) and to me she represents all the beauty and power of mathematics. Hypatia lived around about 400 AD and is known as the first prominent female mathematician, she worked at the museum of Alexandria as a director and probably wrote several books on mathematics, philosophy and astronomy. However these were all lost when the great library was destroyed. From what we do know she invented the plane astrolabe, the graduated brass hydrometer and the hydroscope.However Hypatia met with a horrible end akin to that of the Library of Alexandria and is a reason why deep down I will always abhor religion. Hypatia was by all accounts a pagan (Atheist) and her role both within the sciences and in society (She wore scholarly robes rather than traditional woman’s wear and drove her own chariot) placed her in opposition of Christian thoughts and traditions. One day her chariot was overcome by Christian monks and Hypatia was dragged from it, she was then stripped, flayed with broken pot shards rendering flesh from bone and then burnt alive. The man who preached against Hypatia, Cyril, was then made a saint.

When I get a time machine this will be one of the first people I visit. This brilliant woman is Hypatia of Alexandria (Yes the Alexandria with the library) and to me she represents all the beauty and power of mathematics. Hypatia lived around about 400 AD and is known as the first prominent female mathematician, she worked at the museum of Alexandria as a director and probably wrote several books on mathematics, philosophy and astronomy. However these were all lost when the great library was destroyed. From what we do know she invented the plane astrolabe, the graduated brass hydrometer and the hydroscope.

However Hypatia met with a horrible end akin to that of the Library of Alexandria and is a reason why deep down I will always abhor religion. Hypatia was by all accounts a pagan (Atheist) and her role both within the sciences and in society (She wore scholarly robes rather than traditional woman’s wear and drove her own chariot) placed her in opposition of Christian thoughts and traditions. One day her chariot was overcome by Christian monks and Hypatia was dragged from it, she was then stripped, flayed with broken pot shards rendering flesh from bone and then burnt alive. The man who preached against Hypatia, Cyril, was then made a saint.

On the existence of the soulThere’s something that has always bothered me about how we are simply the result of various electrochemical interactions and resulting neurological pathways and that is that even if you were to copy me detail for detail the result would still not be me. You could argue that from the moment my copy came into being it would diverge from me, but that still implies there was a point in time where there were two versions of me.A lot of people have taken this argument to push the concept of a soul and that’s something we’ve seen throughout human history in almost all myths and stories, we’ve even had complex burial rituals before we became Homo sapiens. I’ve often stumbled across rational and quite sensible people who believe in souls and I personally cannot see the appeal. Quite often people view the mind to be equivalent to the soul though I feel the key difference is that the mind can be traced to set biological and physical processes while the soul has no grounding. So back to the original problem, a perfect copy of me would still not be me and I feel that this is simply because my conscious is not within the copy, there is something about me that would seem fundamentally lacking from my perspective. This suggests that something was not transmissible, which to most people would seem to be the very essence or soul of me. However I think that it really just is a matter of perception.So what do you guys think about souls?

On the existence of the soul

There’s something that has always bothered me about how we are simply the result of various electrochemical interactions and resulting neurological pathways and that is that even if you were to copy me detail for detail the result would still not be me. You could argue that from the moment my copy came into being it would diverge from me, but that still implies there was a point in time where there were two versions of me.

A lot of people have taken this argument to push the concept of a soul and that’s something we’ve seen throughout human history in almost all myths and stories, we’ve even had complex burial rituals before we became Homo sapiens. I’ve often stumbled across rational and quite sensible people who believe in souls and I personally cannot see the appeal. Quite often people view the mind to be equivalent to the soul though I feel the key difference is that the mind can be traced to set biological and physical processes while the soul has no grounding. So back to the original problem, a perfect copy of me would still not be me and I feel that this is simply because my conscious is not within the copy, there is something about me that would seem fundamentally lacking from my perspective. This suggests that something was not transmissible, which to most people would seem to be the very essence or soul of me. However I think that it really just is a matter of perception.

So what do you guys think about souls?

Religious people scare me.

I’m sorry, but there is no difference between having severe delusion and believing in a God. I don’t know why people are so tolerant of it, we should be taking these people and giving them the help they need rather than letting them persist in their self-destructive delusions. They should be locked up in mental institutions or getting therapy or something. If I claimed to have a friend who could read thoughts, communicate telepathically, controlled the universe, punished people, oh and created the universe from nothing, you’d think I was batshit insane, but if I claimed to believe in God (You’d still think I’d gone nutty if you knew me) you may be more tolerant of that.

Looks like it’s geology time again!This here is seraphinite which earns it’s name due to it’s resemblance to feathers through the term “Seraph” which in the Hebrew Testament is comparable to an angel.

Looks like it’s geology time again!

This here is seraphinite which earns it’s name due to it’s resemblance to feathers through the term “Seraph” which in the Hebrew Testament is comparable to an angel.

Discovery Rocks Creationists’ Claim That Humans Lived with Dinosaur

Ancient images that creationists claim are evidence of humans living alongside dinosaurs are at best just smeared pictures, scientists find.At the site of Kachina Bridge in Utah — an immense sandstone formation resembling an arch more than 200 feet (60 meters) high and wide that was formed by the undercutting of a rock wall by flowing water  — prehistoric cultures decorated the  walls with paintings and engravings known as petroglyphs. Among them are what young-earth Earth creationists, who believe all life was created on the same day about 6,000 years ago, have said are depictions of dinosaurs, claiming these images as proof of their beliefs. [Scientists Hunt for Signs of Earth’s Earliest Life]Now, closer investigation reveals these ideas are just wishful thinking.

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Discovery Rocks Creationists’ Claim That Humans Lived with Dinosaur

Ancient images that creationists claim are evidence of humans living alongside dinosaurs are at best just smeared pictures, scientists find.

At the site of Kachina Bridge in Utah — an immense sandstone formation resembling an arch more than 200 feet (60 meters) high and wide that was formed by the undercutting of a rock wall by flowing water — prehistoric cultures decorated the walls with paintings and engravings known as petroglyphs. Among them are what young-earth Earth creationists, who believe all life was created on the same day about 6,000 years ago, have said are depictions of dinosaurs, claiming these images as proof of their beliefs. [Scientists Hunt for Signs of Earth’s Earliest Life]

Now, closer investigation reveals these ideas are just wishful thinking.

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This picture sickens me. They think its funny to degrade Jesus.

ordinaryrevolutionary:

anonymousatheist:

giraffesruledood:

They decided to spell out YMCA when standing next to this painting. The Y is supposed to Jesus’ arms spread out on the cross…

Pretty hilarious actually. If I ever go to that museum I’ll be unoriginal for once and do the same. Blasphemy FTW!

What about this one? It’s called Piss Christ. Andres Serrano (the artist) peed all over Jesus on the cross. :-O Personally, it’s one of my favorites.

BTW. What was it that the Bible said about worshiping idols…? Oh yeah, it said not to do it.

 ”You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
Exodus 20:4-6

Turns out I’d been getting this one wrong for years… And apparently so has Christianity.

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Thermodynamics > God

1st Law paraphrased: energy cannot be created or destroyed. But then God goes and creates all energy. Which means he doesn’t obey the laws of physics. Ergo he cannot exist in our universe by physical laws. Which means he must exist outside of our universe. However our universe is an isolated system, which means that energy and matter cannot move in or out of this universe. More specifically, neither can information such as prayers. This means that even if God does exist, he cannot exist in this universe nor have any effect over it.

I think anyways.