One atheist’s view on eating meat
When it comes to a topic like eating meat, you have to be able to separate what is viewed as food and what is not. We evolved as being omnivores, meaning we hunted for our food when the opportunity arose. We share many aspects with predators, forward facing eyes for added depth perception, an intestinal tract with enzymes specifically designed to consume meat, the ability to think strategically (higher intelligence), canines and incisors for tearing meat, the list goes on. Continue reading One atheist’s view on eating meat
Logic, reason and pseudscientific nonsense
Originally published on www.answers-in-reason.com as Logic, reason and pseudscience
|The tripartite definition of knowledge states that propositional knowledge , i.e. knowledge that p , has three individually necessary and jointly sufficient conditions: justification, truth and belief. In short, propositional knowledge is justified true belief. The belief condition requires that anyone who knows that p believe that p. The truth condition requires that any known proposition be true. And the justification condition requires that any known proposition be adequately justified, warranted or evidentially supported.|
The power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgements logically.
I guess we should define logic and a few other terms also
Reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity. Check or prove the validity or accuracy of,
“all analytical methods should be validated in respect of accuracy”
demonstrate or support the truth or value of.
That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
A thing that is known or proved to be true.
Following through the above list of definitions to reason we need facts, which have been validated as such to show they are true. We have seen historically how a good premise can still present a faulty conclusion. For instance Aristotle concluded that the testicles were weights attached to the voice box because when a man’s testicles dropped his voice deepened. This is obviously not the case which has been verified by biological experimentation which has shown this factually not to be true. Continue reading Logic, reason and pseudscientific nonsense
A possible link between the ultra religious and low IQ’s
A study from 2013
A study from Gallup Polling found religiousness across the U.S. in 2013 remained similar to previous years. With 61% of its residents classified as very religious, Mississippi held on to its position as the most religious state.
% of Population With Bachelor’s Degrees or Higher: 20.4%
Median Household Income (2013): $37,963 (51st)
Average SAT Score (2013): 1673
Average IQ and Ranking: 94.2 (50th)
Mississippi is the state of a bygone era. Prior to the Civil War, Mississippi’s agricultural economy — and reliance on slave labor — made it the fifth wealthiest state in the country. However currently it is near the bottom in most economic and educational measures. Mississippi residents received $2.02 in federal spending for every dollar they paid in taxes. The state has the highest poverty rate in the country at 20.1%.
Facts are Facts!
When the facts and evidence contradicts ones beliefs then you need to change your beliefs because facts are facts regardless of what you believe.
-Fact: We evolved from a common ancestor that we share with other great apes.
Evidence: Fossils found in Africa and DNA studies have consistently shown us this and is even part of the basic foundations of biology.
-Fact: The earth is roughly 4.6 billion years old.
Evidence: Radiocarbon dating and Lead Uranium Dating, this process focuses on the ratio between the number of carbon-14 and carbon-12 isotopes and is very reliable. Lead Uranium Dating method relies on two separate decay chains, the uranium series from 238U to 206Pb, with a half-life of 4.47 billion years and the actinium series from 235U to 207Pb, with a half-life of 710 million years. It can be used to date rocks that formed from about 1 million years to over 4.5 billion years ago with routine precisions in the 0.1–1 percent range. There are also very old zircon rock from Australia that are 4.374 billion years old.
-Fact: The universe is roughly 13.4 billion years old.
Evidence: The age of the universe is determined by using two different methods, by studying the oldest objects within the universe and measuring how fast it is expanding.
Saying “I feel something” or handing someone a religious text does not count as fact or evidence.
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The Closet Atheist
Going to work and doing the normal routine comes simple for some people. They socialize, enjoy time with friends and try to live out their normal routine. For other people, life is a little more complex, and for some, live in the shadow of fear.
In the religious world people are free to flaunt their idealism, regardless of how eccentric or unfounded their beliefs are. There is a widely held view of acceptance to those who delve into the realm of beliefs in a higher power. At first glance, it is very soothing to think there is something beyond yourself and that there is more to life then can be explained. Continue reading The Closet Atheist