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CRITICAL THINKING, SCEPTICISM & ATHEISM

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CRITICAL THINKING, SCEPTICISM & ATHEISM

SECULAR SANCTUARY

This Group is specifically for those who prefer to apply Critical Thinking rather than follow blind faith, those that are natural Sceptics, and true Atheists.

Members must be approved.

Administrated by Alannah and Pagan

Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/criticalthinking.skepticism.atheism/
Location: Global
Members: 8
Latest Activity: 24 minutes ago

FOR ALL SERIOUS THINKERS

CRITICAL THINKING:

The mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion. 

SCEPTICAL:

Inclined to question the truth or soundness of accepted ideas, not easily convinced.

ATHEISM:

The disbelief in the existence of god or gods. From the Greek, atheos - a 'without', theos 'god'.

This Group is to all intents solely for those that fall into the above three definition areas. It is not a place for Non-Atheists to debate with Atheists, rather it is a secular meeting place and for those of a like-mindedness to discuss freely their thoughts and ideas pertaining to these things in an atmosphere of acceptance, camaraderie, fellowship, and mutual respect. It is to protect these ideals that membership in this group is either by invitation or by approval.

Thank-You.

Discussion Forum

Report Says Atheists Persecuted on a Worldwide Scale by Dean Lawrence

Started by Alannah. Last reply by Alannah yesterday. 2 Replies

Report Says Atheists Persecuted on a Worldwide Scale    Dean LawrenceFriday, 12 December 14 7:49 AM PSTReddit  Tumblr StumbleUponAccording to a report issued on December 3 by the International Humanist and Ethical…Continue

Tags: Freedom-of-Thought, IHEU, Persecution, Atheism, Atheist

The Barnum Effect

Started by Pagan Trillanie. Last reply by Pagan Trillanie Dec 11. 2 Replies

The Barnum effect is named after P.T. Barnum, the showman who declared "there¹s a sucker born every minute." He found many ways to separate "suckers", as he called gullible people, from their money.The Barnum effect in psychology refers to the…Continue

Tags: psychology, magicians, healers, faith, psychics

The Best Atheist Books of 2014 by Hemant Mehta

Started by Pagan Trillanie. Last reply by Pagan Trillanie Dec 11. 2 Replies

For the past several years, we’ve seen a large number of atheism-related books hit the market. Unlike the books written by the “New Atheists,” however, the more recent releases aren’t just about why you should stop believing in God or how religion…Continue

Tags: Hemant Mehta, atheist books

The stigma of being an atheist in the US By Aleem Maqbool

Started by Alannah. Last reply by Alannah Nov 22. 2 Replies

The stigma of being an atheist in the USBy Aleem Maqbool BBC News, Columbus, OhioAtheists in the US are rallying together, launching a new TV programme and providing support for those who go public with their beliefs."Sometimes things need to be…Continue

Tags: Atheist-Activism, Church-&-State-Separation, Atheist, Atheism

Why Karma Is The New Hell by Michael Foster

Started by Alannah. Last reply by Alannah Nov 22. 4 Replies

Why Karma Is The New Hell by Michael FosterKarma… karma, karma, karma,…Continue

Tags: Hell, Karma-is-bullshit, Karma

Atheism Has Health Benefits

Started by Pagan Trillanie. Last reply by Pagan Trillanie Nov 13. 2 Replies

"Why is leaving religion good for your health? Jon Fortenbury explores that…Continue

Tags: religion, non-belief, health, Atheism

Conspiracy Theories

Started by Pagan Trillanie. Last reply by Pagan Trillanie Nov 12. 2 Replies

What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and why do they tend to proliferate? Why does belief in one conspiracy correlate to belief in others? What are the triggers of belief, and how does group identity factor into it? How can…Continue

Tags: skeptic, Pat Linse, Michael Shermer, Conspiracy theories, "Pat

Determining the Attributes and Effects of Gods by Tracie Harris

Started by Alannah. Last reply by Pagan Trillanie Nov 8. 3 Replies

Determining the Attributes and Effects of GodsSo, I was on The Thinking Atheist the last two weeks with Matt. And before going on the final night, the show’s host, Seth Andrews, submitted a very long, well organized e-mail that he’d received from a…Continue

Tags: Conceptual, Tracie, Harris, Attributes, Deities

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Comment by Pagan Trillanie 24 minutes ago

By Robert Ingersoll 

"If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves.

I would have all the nobility crop their titles and give their lands back to the people.

I would have the Pope throw away his tiara, take off his sacred vestments, and admit that he is not acting for God -- is not infallible -- but is just an ordinary Italian.

I would have all the cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests and clergymen admit that they know nothing about theology, nothing about hell or heaven, nothing about the destiny of the human race, nothing about devils or ghosts, gods or angels.

I would have them tell all their "flocks" to think for themselves, to be manly men and womanly women, and to do all in their power to increase the sum of human happiness.

I would have all the professors in colleges, all the teachers in schools of every kind, including those in Sunday schools, agree that they would teach only what they know, that they would not palm off guesses as demonstrated truths.

I would like to see all the politicians changed to statesmen, -- to men who long to make their country great and free, -- to men who care more for public good than private gain -- men who long to be of use.

I would like to see all the editors of papers and magazines agree to print the truth and nothing but the truth, to avoid all slander and misrepresentation, and to let the private affairs of the people alone.

I would like to see drunkenness and prohibition both abolished.

I would like to see corporal punishment done away with in every home, in every school, in every asylum, reformatory, and prison. Cruelty hardens and degrades, kindness reforms and ennobles.

I would like to see the millionaires unite and form a trust for the public good.

I would like to see a fair division of profits between capital and labor, so that the toiler could save enough to mingle a little June with the December of his life.

I would like to see an international court established in which to settle disputes between nations, so that armies could be disbanded and the great navies allowed to rust and rot in perfect peace

I would like to see the whole world free — free from injustice — free from superstition.

This will do for next Christmas. The following Christmas, I may want more."
Comment by Alannah yesterday

I personally couldn't give a flying fuck what people celebrate, just enjoy yourselves in whatever way you do, and have a great one!!! marK, Pagan, and everyone else, salutations to you all and enjoy yourselves!!! :-)

Comment by THE LIAR on Friday

@ Pagan

Thanks for the Hitchens and a very MERRY AXIAL TILT to thou and thine.  marK 

Comment by Pagan Trillanie on Thursday

Comment by Pagan Trillanie on December 15, 2014 at 8:34am

Remembering Hitchens on this day. 

Comment by Pagan Trillanie on December 12, 2014 at 2:45pm

This one gave me a giggle with the video camera on the fireplace. LOL It reminds me of when I was a kid and questioning at the age of 4 to 5 how all this could possibly be and grilling my dad for answers.   

@Mark I don't think I would mind carolers coming to the door if they did. I went out by myself one time to the neighbors singing at their door as a kid and they gave me a tin of cookies. Totally worth it. :-) I also remember going to the nursing home and giving out candy canes and cards to the old folks. 

Comment by THE LIAR on December 12, 2014 at 12:18pm

I am pretty much able to ignore Christmas for the most part although if carolers come 'a caroling at my door it would not go well.  Anyway, here is another all purpose, non-sectarian greeting card that is sure to please or deeply offend.

Comment by THE LIAR on December 9, 2014 at 3:43pm

@ Pagan LMAO  !!! Spiritual Duct Tape indeed.  The girl doing the " signing " was every bit as hilarious.  Thanks for bringing this laugh to my day.   marK

Comment by Pagan Trillanie on December 9, 2014 at 3:02pm

OMG you guys have to watch this. Cracked me up. :-)

Praise Jibbers 

Comment by Pagan Trillanie on December 6, 2014 at 12:11pm

 
 
 

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