Groupthink Eliminates Open-mindedness…

It has been said that organizing atheists is like herding cats. They are all so independent. There are no doubt many reasons for this.

Many left the church and aren’t too keen on joining another group.

No two atheists are 100% alike.

The phenomenon known as groupthink causes groups to develop or adopt ideological irrational beliefs for the purposes of getting along.

This last one, groupthink, is the culprit in my opinion. Though it may not deter the formation of atheist groups, it does lead to their demise. As the number of independent thinking atheists abandon ship, those that accept the adopted irrational ideologies become more of a majority. Then the group becomes the ideology, and what was an atheist group becomes something else entirely.

This is in process of all humanist groups. Soon, quite soon I fear, they will be ideologues for feminism. It is already a requirement for membership in that group that you support the edicts of feminism.

I remain an atheist. I am independent. I will never join another belief system… including those that are in danger of becoming one. An “army of one” has new meaning for me.

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Fifty Years? November 13, 2017

Fifty years?
I am not entirely sure that humanity will endure another fifty years.

There are too many factions pushing this way, or pulling that way… consensus that anything is wrong at all, is also not available.

One group makes strides in curbing pollution, another erases that progress by insisting that it won’t hurt to pollute a little more.

Another group negotiates away a perceived Armageddon, it is negated by a group that wants Armageddon.

The only thing at all positive is that the march to annihilation slows a step or two before a headlong rush is resumed.

Some people still retain their idealistic hopes, they recycle, reuse, or go green in some other way. Yet, all of their efforts are for naught, their neighbors throw their trash in the street, keep driving smoke belching old cars, or burn up our planet and its resources in some other way.

A helpless paralysis is observed by an indifferent spectator.

The whole of humanity is doomed… by the whole of humanity.

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Why Do Atheists Argue Against Religion… November 12, 2017

The main reason as I see it is that religion is everywhere and the religious proselytize it constantly. I have been told by Christians that their moldy tome exhorts them to spread the word of their faith. Whenever you see a public meeting starting with prayer, they are proselytizing. Whenever you see someone praying in public, in direct conflict with what their tome dictates, they are proselytizing. If you seen a nativity scene at a church, or read in the paper about prayers being requested for so and so, or a deceased person’s obituary claiming that they have gone to heaven, Christians are proselytizing. They may not see it as such, but it is on public display and promotes their belief system. 

When you accept faith in place of science all inquiry by science is stunted, sometimes halted entirely. Why search for answers to questions about origins of life and its proliferation once you’ve been told “God did it”?

There are monied special interests attacking the curricula of high schools and colleges on a daily basis attempting to insert faith into science. Agencies like the Discovery Institute and Answers in Genesis. In addition there are many fundamentalist groups working feverishly to install their particular brand of belief upon the schools.

Evolution is depicted as “just a theory” by these groups using general public understanding of the word theory and ignoring the fact that the Theory of Evolution is just as secure as the Theory of Gravity. When a scientist says “theory” it is totally different from the public understanding. To scientists a theory has to withstand intense scrutiny for long periods and is always susceptible to new information. Evolution has withstood this scrutiny for over 150 years. It stands as the best explanation for the myriad life forms that have arisen over many millions of years.

Let’s look at those millions…. a million years is one thousand thousand years, 1,000,000. A billion is a thousand million years, 1,000,000,000. The human mind finds these huge numbers impossible to imagine. There has been ample time for evolution to work but the human mind is incapable of grasping the numbers.

Atheists argue against the proliferation of ignorance. They fight to insure that the coming generations of young minds are aware of what is real and what is imagined. They argue against the continuation of ignorance spawned by a nomadic tribe in the depths of barbaric times when the most simple scientific principle was unknown. They attempted to explain phenomena without the benefit of science… they used their imagination to explain events.

Christians claim their ancient tome was inspired by god. Yet, it was written totally as one would expect a human being of the time to write it. Full of errors and contradictions and obvious insertions by the rulers of the time in order to control the people. It is a patchwork of different writings by writers whose identities cannot be verified. It has undergone many rewrites, editing, and even had books excluded because those particular books did not teach what they had decided was true.

It amazes me that this book, the bible, is still used and promoted. We know so much about our environment, our beginnings, how things work, and yet…. a very badly written book still commands many into action. How like a virus this religion is. As insidious as any computer virus it lurks in wait to oppose science and drag us back to the Dark Ages.

This adequately explains the difficulty atheists face in the struggle to dispel this grip of ancient times. Once the virus of religion is instilled, once the person has been indoctrinated, it is difficult to inject reason to eradicate it. The virus has many safeguards and provides enormous incentives to the infected to perpetuate it. How difficult would it be to explain to someone they will not be seeing Aunt Petunia again in a rosy afterlife? How do you articulate the fact that when you die you are gone, your body will rot, and your consciousness will never see the light of day again? How do you tell a dying relative who is afraid of death that there is nothing beyond this life… especially if they have already wasted this life in steady service to a bogus belief system?

Christians are not persecuted. They never have been. They have been resisted… which occasionally ended in their deaths, but that is their own doing as they had insisted that their way is the only way and that you will either believe or die a thousand deaths.

Atheists, on the other hand, have faced persecution from the religious and still do today. Very few atheists have been elected to public office because the religious have demonized them. Many non-believers have made it to public office by pretending faith, by providing lip service to religion. I contend that no religious should hold public office and they contend that no atheists should hold public office. Their numbers are greater as a result of the very successful parasitic virus of belief. Nevertheless, humanity will never become civilized until the grip of religion is broken.

As an atheist I know of human origins. Science has provided the best explanation to date. That explanation is more grand than any presented by the religious crowd. A sentient conscious being arising from much more primitive forms is a greater miracle to me than a deity snapping humanity into existence with his mighty fingers. The magnificence of the accomplishments of human beings is a sight to behold. I only weep that humans might have been much more advanced had religion not held humanity back like some nightmarish anchor.

Looking up at the sky at the stars above, reality, is much more splendid than the prospect of spending eternity worshiping and placating some vain and terrible deity. I hope for the day I can see the wonders of the Grand Canyon, created by slow erosion over many many years. I have already seen the wonder of this world’s oceans while serving upon a Naval ship. Ever walk a pine forest? There’s serenity!
Enjoy life… it’s the only one humans get.

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Science and Religion Do Not Mix… November 5, 2017

Ignorance continues to be spread here in the U.S. Various religious factions are vying to spread their particular brand of ignorance daily.

Science is constantly under attack as it rips back the veil of ignorance. The origin of humanity as well as its evolution are brazenly attacked daily by those who would substitute folklore for fact and god in place of knowledge.

Although the particulars have yet to be gleaned, abiogenesis is our origin. Whether here, or in some distant place, abiogenesis seems most logical. Instead of this growing body of knowledge, the mobs that harken back to earlier ignorance would substitute creationism for both this and evolution. It boggles the mind of any thinker… how, in light of both DNA evidence and fossil evidence, someone could still attempt to apply the imaginings written by barbarians during a barbaric period where sacrifice was present, war was constant, and ignorance treasured.

Evolution has withstood scientific scrutiny. It has prevailed against attacks by groups of religious factions using monies generously given by their promoters. Is it perfect? New things about evolution are constantly being discovered, new questions, new answers. That is the way of science. Meanwhile, despite new information, fundamentalist religions never change.

Adam and Eve, no more real than Mickey and Minnie Mouse, are still promoted among some circles of fanatics.

Children are used to transmit this mental virus to new generations. The violence, the eye for an eye philosophy, the inflexible laws of the bronze age are carried forward. Progress is not only stunted but sometimes reversed.

There is only one correct place for both the Bible and the Koran… in bonfires nationwide. In any case, if retained, only used for study of how things were, not as they should be.

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Pulling in Different Directions… or, Diversity Isn’t What it’s Cracked Up to Be… November 4, 2017

As an atheist I do not believe in any deities. I accept the results of scientific investigation. I, therefore, accept the correctness of the Theory of Evolution. For me evolution is a fact. I assert that evolution is a fact for everyone, whether they accept it or not.

Not all that evolution has imparted to humans has been positive. Reciprocity and social groupings have promoted survival, but has also promoted fierce competition between groups. This competition between groups now threatens the survival of the entire human species. Unless humans are able to overcome the restraints of evolution it is inevitable that the species will extinguish itself.

The limitation of groups is that it makes the members beholding only to other members. Caring and empathy for strangers who are parts of other groups either does not exist or is weak. Evolution has rendered altruism a fictional word. Either humans must evolve into one group caring about the whole or face extinction. Is this possible?

There are thousands of competing groups. Even among those groups there are other groupings. Consensus seems impossible considering the multitudes of conflicting viewpoints. Even if the major groups were brought into alignment there would exist a constant struggle among the smaller groups which could lead to total failure.

Evolution has made it possible for humans to survive. Now it seems bound to destroy them. Evolution promoted the very diversity which will ultimately destroy humanity.

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The Lowest Forms of Human Life… October 29, 2017

Sometimes it seems that humans are vying for the Dastardly of the Year Award. The way they work feverishly to be the most fiendish compares to many other competitive endeavors.

There are many levels of “how low can you get”. There are the politicians who once voted into office enact the desires of their highest donor, or outright take bribes, and work against the very voters that gave them office. They hide behind assertions of ethics but the densest of humans can see through that thin cloak.

There are the gangsters, who, even though they exhibit high intelligence, choose instead to lie, cheat, and steal. They make many things cost much more as they skim heavily from the bottom line of many.

There are those of the medical industry who feed directly off the miseries of the sick and debilitated. With costs way out of proportion to their services they add to the pressures of inflation.

There are the street thugs, or punks, that will blow your head off if the mug-money you must carry is insufficient. Depending on how they feel, they might blow your head off anyway, as they have little regard for life.

Many make up the ranks of the hordes that commit immoral behavior. Murder, theft, and general mayhem runs rampant because of them.

The lowest of the low, those that feed upon the children, the families. The scum about which this post came to be… the drug pusher. The fiend who gets you hooked on stuff you just have to have that brings you back even if you have to crawl. The stuff that will cause you to kill your own grandmother just to get your next fix. This human garbage that society seems to tolerate by giving short sentences which bring them back again and again to the streets. This is the lowest of life forms, they only look human. Even comparing them to rats simply does an injustice to rats. Believe it or not there is even a form of life nearly as low… those that say drugs should be legal.

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Inferior Cookies… October 28, 2017

Grandma is not in the kitchen. She forsook that post to work in the office or other career oriented locale. In fact, women everywhere have abandoned the traditional role of motherhood and the subsequent role of grandmother in favor of careers.

Not only that, but women are ridiculed now for wanting to be mothers and housewives. All are told to become “empowered” and work toward careers high and mighty, so that they can boss men around here and there in difference avocations.

Men, meanwhile, are encouraged to forsake a college degree so that they can learn trades, to work for women who have the degrees.

Cookies are now made on factory lines, by men commanded by women. The cookies are born stale with scrimpy ingredients to maximize the bottom line. No child need waste his/her time dunking these in milk, they are so hard and dry they shed water like stone.

Cakes are made in great big stores by people who do not care… it’s just a job, you know. The frosting is so artificial it would withstand a thousand years of prolonged exposure to the desert sun… even a rat passes on this stuff.

Grandma? Grandma is no more.

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Religion is for the Living… No… Really! …

I simply must post about a recent incident, one which typifies my difficulty in dealing with humans. I will tie this post in with how silly Christianity, or any religion, appears in relation to it.

Upon taking a trip to a nearby town, Bucyrus, on a street where Wendy’s is located, I pulled up to a stop light. There was a sign that I did not see that said I should not block the exit to the Wendy’s. This fellow, upon exiting became agitated and felt the need to lambast me for blocking the exit. At first I believed heangry man must be talking to someone else, but then the realization was that he was pointing at me.

First of all, this man, no more important than you or me took it upon himself to tell me in no uncertain words where I had erred. He proceeded to give me the finger, which I promptly returned. Then he stopped his car and through his back window I could see him vigorously gesturing that I should pull over and engage him physically. Having already being delayed by his idiocy and the light turning green, I proceeded away. There was some concern that the agitated man would follow, but we never saw him again.

He had no right to tell me what law or sign I had disobeyed. His temper was such that being an older fellow he might have blown a vessel in his head and died. We can only hope that he did later.

What if he were a Christian? Doubtful, but what if he was? There was something Jesus said about someone holding something against you should you die before being forgiven. Well, if this man were a Christian he most certainly would be headed for the fictional Hell of his faith, as I will never forgive the man. Then one must consider… what if he were a Catholic? All he need to helldo is confess, I would always have a grudge against him, but he would spend eternity in paradise nonetheless. What if he didn’t confess? Well then there is Purgatory. During that period his relatives and friends could beseech their fictional deity and lo, he would spend eternity in paradiseheaven without forgiveness or confession.

I assert that religion is more for the sake of the living rather than the dead, especially Catholicism. No one can be sure he went anywhere, and heaven not need exist at all, as long as everyone still alive believes he went to paradise. Everybody feels good. More money goes to the church. As an atheist I know he’s just plain old dead, but there the believers are, smug and righteous, knowing, just knowing, he is in heaven and they will see him again. No wonder those of organized crime are usually of the Catholic faith. They can do whatever crime, commit whatever atrocity, confess… and spend eternity in paradise… or so they believe.

As long as you believe, are forgiven for your sins, you go to heaven. Hitler claimed to be a Christian, you know. Now that would be a surprise for the believer to arrive in heaven and find that monster is there to greet them. Yes, it’s been said before, but what is true, is that by their own beliefs… they cannot denyHitler it. Assuredly there will be those who will put up the “No true Scotsman” argument and claim he wasn’t a real Christian… but they would then have to prove they are. No one can do that, they can only claim to be.

 

 

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Surreptitious Invaders… October 15, 2017

Quietly, indiscreetly, they move into neighborhoods, cities, and congregate in areas. They propagate… that is why they have come. The numbers increase yearly. Soon they are the majority in an area. They think a majority matters… in the same way many Americans think a majority matters… they intend to use that majority to make everyone comply with their demands.

The above is the manner in which Islam invades. They come innocently enough, but their religion is paramount to them. They obey their Imams. They fear their Imams. The people do not come bearing weapons. They come to propagate. They come to outnumber you. Your laws are irrelevant to them. Only their religion is paramount to them. They think you should obey their laws too. They think they are doing you a favor by making you convert and obey. It is an insidious religion, even more so than Christianity.

When the time is right they begin the demands. They want Islamic law to prevail in their areas, and for everyone in their areas to be made to submit to it. They vote on it.

It is happening now in many U.S. cities. It has already happened in many western countries in Europe. Nothing can stop it because there are those politically correct nitwits who will not act and deter others from acting against this oh so patient and quiet invasion.

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Prominent Boy’s Club to be Feminized… October 12, 2017

I fail to see why every organization of males must be feminized. Now the Boy Scouts of America under the pressure of the politically correct society has decided to feminize. Previously, all men organizations have faced similar demise nationwide. They may change the name to “Scouts of America”.

What does this mean? There will be changes in the male programs to please incoming feminists. Will there be the same denigration of and marginalizing of males? That awaits to be seen, but if other organizations are any model… it is inevitable.

There will be sporadic charges of sexual harassment and sexual assault as feminists act to remove men from the upper echelons of the organization. Entrapment may become common place.

If this is simply an economic move, then that is one more strike against the capitalistic system of this nation.

In the past my lack of support for the Boy Scouts has been solely based on their religious slant. Now, they may become a true enemy of boys and men everywhere. Now they may become a true enemy I must oppose.

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