Friday

Uncle let me esplain you - Azah Usman


Uncle let me esplain you - Azah Usman



America's Muslim Comedy Stand Up Azhar Usman


Azhar Usman in a questions and answers session.

Thursday

Get back to reality with the rest of us and start caring for humanity.



If there is a god, and he made everything, then no matter what, he is in you and exists in your whole being, even if you don't believe he exists. So get with the program, leave god to be god - he's def big enough to look after himself - and come back down to reality with the rest of us and start caring for humanity instead.

NO god worthy of the title needs to hint at his existence in books. Look at the universe. Just look at it! Is that the work of a being who drops subtle hints or needs to express himself through the ravings of a desert people that were trying to throw off an oppressing force and ideology? How can you consider your god so trite? He hung the entire universe around you and you think he gives a SHIT about whether you covet your neighbours ox or face in a certain direction on a round fucking globe?? he's god!! He's pretty much literally above such ridiculous notions!

If he created us then he created better than himself, me. I'm intelligent enough to know (so by definition so must god be) that if you just let the folks know without question that you are around, then everyone knows, everyone is good, no need for the devil, the universe lives happily ever after. No, he doesn't need to test us, that's utterly redundant since we are completely him anyway in this context. I'm intelligent enough to know this, so should god be, much more so in fact. Am I presuming to know the mind of god? No. This is a logical progression of rational thought, of which god, again, must be the ultimate proponent of. This is nothing but a meme that has piggy-backed on the evolutionary imperative of social evolution, traceabley and provably, it is precisely because of that fact it doesn't need to make sense, it infects you in a clearly demonstrable way, and it needs to stop before it eradicates our species just at the moment our species spreads out in to space and never dies. And that would be a real shame.


Nice one Chris. Thanks. 

Monday

Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil - Antitheist Blog



Nietzsche  Beyond Good and Evil. : He wrote about religion, morality, culture, philosophy and science.  Advocating self thinking and shaping one's own destiny.  The idea of absolute freedom. No absolute truths. He finally went mad in his forties. 






Religion spreads by a process known as viral memetic infection - Chris South


 Religion spreads by a process known as viral memetic infection - Chris South

Religion spreads by a process known as viral memetic infection, which is reinforced by psychological conditioning from the various religions themselves until the belief (which itself is based on a process of circular logic) becomes "hard wired" into the brain, at which point the brain accepts certain irrationalities at a fundamental, hard wired level. This is the reason why people of deep faith can't "think"  their way out of it, it literally becomes impossible to question certain fundamental beliefs.

Asking a person of deep faith to accept the concept that there are no gods and their religion is nothing more than a control system is like asking you or I to accept the notion that we don't have to breathe or our hearts don't need to beat - it's such a fundamentally accepted concept that it is beyond questioning. This is also the reason why you cannot have a completely rational conversation with a religious person about their religion, there are certain concepts they simply can't accept. This is due to it become hard-wired neurologically through repetitious thinking and the psychological reinforcement that religions employ.

It is also the reason why religious people deal better with stress - the actual biological make-up of the religious brain differs in it's wiring, and one of those differences is a severe reduction in activity in the anterior cingulate cortex, which is a part of the brain dealing with error recognition and critical thinking (explained in this article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090304160400.htm).

For more information on Viral Memetic Infection see Diane Benscoter's excellent Ted talk

Plainly, because of the above, we cannot hope to "convert back" or open the eyes of those already caught in deep faith, their neurological programming prevents it. They are simply incapable of having a totally rational discussion on the subject, even though they will be convinced they are, and nothing short of a traumatic event in thier lives which causes them to question their thinking as a whole down to a very fundamental level can start that process. All we can hope to do is teach these facts to the young to educate them as to how these things work and thus prevent them of falling into the trap of organised religion before they succumb to it.

How cults rewire the brain-

Sunday

Intelligence Squared Debate -The motion - The Catholic Church is a Force for Good (Antitheist playlist)


The Catholic Church is a Force for Good. Opposing the motion, Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry, whilst  for the motion Anne Widdecomb and Archbishop Onaiyekan. A slightly shorter version below:



Stephen Fry's twenty minutes.



For the complete series of talks visit:http://www.intelligencesquared.com/events/catholic-church

Intelligence Squared Debate -The motion - We would be better off without religion.


For the motion  "We would be better off without religion" there's Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Anthony Grayling.  Against the motion are Dr Nigel Spivey, Roger Scruton and Rabbi Julia Neuberger.


Friday

Douglas Adam's Madagascar Audio Book - Antitheist Blog


Last chance to see Douglas Adam's Madagascar Audio Book. Including the infamous flightless bird the Kakapo.  Sadly, however, it seems that not only has the kakapo forgotten how to fly, but it has also forgotten that it has forgotten how to fly. - - Douglas Adams, "Last Chance to See"




Amazon People. "Very funny and moving...The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams'] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Join bestselling author Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Hilarious and poignant--as only Douglas Adams can be--LAST CHANCE TO SEE is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth's magnificent wildlife galaxy.

Tuesday

Totally Bill Hicks - It's Just A Ride



A look back over Bill Hick's career.  He was arguably one of the greatest comedians ever. A tribute made to him shortly after his death in the UK house of commons even. Great mix of material and commentary in this short but sweet 45mins.

Monday

Louis Theroux - America's Most Hated Family in crisis. Follow up to 2007








Louis Theroux's follow-up film to his 2007 original expose of the Westboro Baptist Church; "The most hated family in America".  It's an irony that Madalyn Murray O'Hair dubbed "The Atheist" and alsoback in 1963 was dubbed the most hated woman in America, 40 plus years on it's an extreme religionist.  Congratulations Shirley Phelps.  The woman's hypocrisy is staggering as a mother out of wedlock.  Personally respect all mothers married or otherwise, Shirley attempting to preach the moral high ground whilst not living up to the same standards she preaches, her rules not ours, makes her a hypocritical hate filled individual.

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Flock of Dodos (Intelligent Design Vs Evolution - Documentary)



Filmmaker and evolutionary biologist Randy Olson tries to figure out if it is the Darwinists or Intelligent Design supporters who will become a flock of dodos.  Comic and controversial feature documentary(IMBD)