Death By Trolley: What does it mean to be openminded?

A few weeks ago I was considering going to a dinner party called “Conscious Collective Gatherings: Non-Denominational Conversation”. It sounded pretty new age hippie-esque, which is totally not me, but I figured “hey, I might meet a few people there that are intellectually curious and not necessarily the left-wing equivalents of young earth creationists”. Since ...

Death By Trolley: Most misunderstood idea of all time – Nominations?

Every year, Edge.Org asks prominent thinkers a big picture question on thought and knowledge. In 2005, they asked What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it? In 2006 it was What is your dangerous idea? In 2008, the big question was What have you changed your mind about? Why? In 2009, ...

Death By Trolley: Is belief in God a choice?

The following satirical video, “Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene”, pokes fun at the concept of a “gay gene” and religious opposition to homosexuality. The proportion of people who believe that homosexuality is chosen is decreasing. That’s not to imply that homosexuality is the phenotype expressed by a “gay gene”. Just that whatever makes one gay ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Burn Victims

TW for squick. Tell me again about your just, kind, and loving god…   Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Belief, Christianity, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

The Scott Ross: Belief of Action

An idea is not important because you think it; an idea is only important because you make the world think it. There is an egotism in the world today that is responsible for the decline of political activism, and that egotism is from the misconception that all our ideas and beliefs are of equal value ...