LEARNING SOME LIFE LESSONS: Grief

LEARNING SOME LIFE LESSONS: Grief

By William Olkowski 6.2.12/7.25.12

Well this morning I am going to take on my current main daily subject: grief. The take will be conceptual rather than emotional although the emotional is the stronger, especially right now. That’s because grief can overwhelm the senses including the so called sixth sense of conceptualization. Some people think the sixth sense is telepathy which is a lot of fun to think about. Fun is great, if you can find it, in yourself and others. But the evidence for telepathy is rather weak, if there is any good evidence at all. Continue Reading →

Reason, Religion and Ecology

Reason, Religion and Ecology
republished 11/15/14, originally published in Oct 2012

Reason is based on linking evidence to form a valid explanation. There is no evidence that a god exists. There are no answers to prayers, there is no supreme being ever seen or heard. The Universe may be infinite but no one knows for sure, but it’s much greater than any religion ever said. The big bang is only one explanation for how the universe was created, but its based on evidence. Astronomers and now physicists are finding evidence that may point to still other explanations. That’s the nature of science, theories explain facts until new facts are not explainable with the earlier theory. Science is a continuous discovery process. Religion, in contrast, offers no evidence, and assumes mythical beings exists who no one has ever seen or perceived. It’s a static view which cannot be challenged. Continue Reading →

Reason and Religion can Coexist?

Posted as a comment on Coeur d’Alene Press, FFRF in the News

August 3, 2012

Reason and religion can co-exist

August 2, 2012

http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_ed344ede-dcff-11e1-bc68-001a4bcf887a.html

The article on this website indicated above received this posting from me today, 8/3/12.  This article indicated above claims that reason and religion can co-exist.  The article reasons that there are only three explanations for the Universe, two are scientific, which the article claims are false, and the third, is therefore the only reasonable explanation: which is that a supernatural being called god did it.

DearCoeur d’Alene Press (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho),

Reason is based on linking evidence to form an explanation.  There is no evidence that a god exists.  There are no answers to prayers, there is no supreme being ever seen or heard.  The Universe may be infinite but no one knows for sure, but it’s much greater than any religion ever said.  The big bang is only one explanation for how the universe was created.  Astronomers and now physicists are finding evidence that may point to still other explanations.  That’s the nature of science, theories explain facts until new facts are not explainable with the earlier theory.  Science is a continuous discovery process.

Religion, in contrasts offers no evidence but assumes the that mythical being(s) who no one has ever seen or perceived, created the universe.  There is an “s” on the word being, because almost every religion has its own god or gods who are deemed responsible for the creation of the Universe.  Can they all be right?  Not unless they assume they have all the same god. And that would be heresy.

Religions offer a static view of the Universe which cannot be challenged.  There may be new explanations for the construction of the Universe, but they will not ever be supernatural as claimed by religion.  Religion and science cannot coexist in explaining natural phenomena, with one exception, the study of hallucinations induced by propaganda and repetition, particularly on young forming individuals before they have the capacity for critical thinking.  And no church teaches critical thinking.  Reason and religion are at best two ends of a pole with a big gap between.  Science is based on reason, religion is based on myth.

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Bill Maher: “Atheism Is a Religion Like Abstinence Is a Sex Position”

Bill Maher: “Atheism Is a Religion Like Abstinence Is a Sex Position”

Excerpts by William Olkowski, PhD

7.28.12

 

During a New Rules segment, Bill Maher noted that “Until someone claims to see Christopher Hitchens’ face in a tree stump, idiots must stop claiming that atheism is a religion.” He goes on:

Not only is atheism not a religion, it’s not even my hobby. And that’s the great thing about being an atheist — it requires so little of your time….

There is a growing trend in this country that needs to be called out, and that is to label any evidence-based belief a “religion.” Many conservatives now say that a belief in man-made climate change is a “religion,” and Darwinism is a “religion,” and of course atheism — the total lack of religion — is somehow a “religion” too, according to the always reliable Encyclopedia Moronica.

To believers he says, “You don’t get to put your unreason up on the same shelf as my reason.” Then he un-baptizes Mitt Romney’s dead father-in-law, because hey — if religious people get to do wacky things like that, why not atheist Bill Maher?

Watch the segment below, via Mediaite:

By Lauren Kelley | Sourced from AlterNet

Posted at February 4, 2012, 8:33 am

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