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Do Atheists have Superior Thinking Skills?

I would assert that not all atheists have superior critical thinking skills. Some, perhaps even the majority, are people who do not believe in any god because they’ve been brought up in a household where religion is never discussed: it’s just not on their agenda, so it is something they have not thought about. Many … Continue reading »

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Atheist Ethics and Abortion

Some atheists seem to have strongly held beliefs about a whole host of things that have nothing to do with the existence or non-existence any deity/god/supreme being. And they are not always as clear about the evidence behind  those beliefs as they could be.  For example, there is the ‘supernatural’. Most atheists do not believe in any form … Continue reading »

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The Spirit of Enquiry

Doubt is the basis of all scientific progress. Without doubt, there is no enquiry, and without enquiry, there is no progress. Every scientific advance we have made is because of the spirit of enquiry. We have to question ourselves constantly. Even with an expected result in an experiment, the scientist thinks, “Perhaps this is not … Continue reading »

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Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias Following the blogs, there has been a lot of discussion lately about the effects of confirmation bias on the thoughts and behaviour of those people of a religious bent. Confirmation bias causes people to seek out information that confirms their world view, and avoid information that conflicts with that view. It is effectively … Continue reading »

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There is nothing wrong with religion…

There is nothing wrong with religion… Except their belief systems, their perpetuation by pedophile preachers, their teachings, bigotry, insane prophets, murders, holy books, (and I mean there are a lot of holes in them), lack of critical thinking and logic, tortuous histories, anti-science outlooks, indoctrination of the young, claims to be any kind of guide … Continue reading »

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Animal Treatment

One of the major issues that I see as a bad thing about religion – at least within the three main Abrahamic traditions, is the speciesism that is integral to the belief systems. Whilst it is true that there are some ‘laws’ laid down for the treatment and slaughter of animals in these belief systems, … Continue reading »

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On Fish and Faith

It may not be immediately obvious that faith is a bad thing about religion, but some thought on the subject makes it clear. We hear of someone being called a man or woman of faith, and that brings a certain amount of respect in religious circles. They may even be given that respect in secular … Continue reading »

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Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism in religion is to believe absolutely in the central tenets and the earliest tenets of the religion. It goes back to the beginnings of the religion and gets rid of the subtleties of modern thought that may have made the religion more acceptable to people living in today’s world. So a fundamentalist Christian believes … Continue reading »

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The Bliss of Ignorance

The Bliss of Ignorance is directly responsible for religious reverie, and that sublime state of infuriating superiority and pity that those of religious bent take towards non-believers. The thinking person can never have such certainty, because we realise how little we know about anything; that much of what we think we know will be revised … Continue reading »

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Religion Convinces People to do Bad and Stupid Things in its Name

A few years ago a story hit the newspapers. A ten year old girl from a strict Muslim family lifted her veil to wipe the sweat from her face in the Turkish summer heat, and thus broke Islamic law. Her parents consulted an Imam as to how to punish the girl. He told them that, … Continue reading »

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