Posts in category "Rationalist"

The agnostic philosophy of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived. He was also a great philosopher. He didn’t believe anyone should be indoctrinated to a specific style of fighting. Treating a specific style as gospel caused crystallization of the mind, making change difficult. One needs to be flexible and have the ability to... Read more »

There has never been a word of god

In Australia a Muslim man was asked what was more important, Australian Law or Islamic Sharia Law. He answered Sharia Law because it comes from god, but this isn’t true. It comes from a man claiming to speak for god. The distinction is very important and needs to be repeated over and over again. Whenever... Read more »

Gays – Married in America, murdered in Iraq

The difference between good and evil isn’t always a grey area. Sometimes it’s easy to understand what side to fight for. We often associate Adolf Hitler as the greatest representation of evil; someone responsible for extreme hatred, intolerance and murder. That is a clear black and white definition. The opposite would be someone capable of... Read more »
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Blame Genesis, not Plato, for delays in evolutionary science

When fellow biologists read Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species in the 19th century, some outspokenly questioned why they didn’t think of it themselves. The evidence was all around them, especially in human guided breeding of animals such as pigeons and dogs. So why was something so obvious not discovered and well defined centuries if not... Read more »

Debunking the probability argument for god

We live in a universe of trillions of stars that after billions of years was able to support carbon based life forms on a miniscule fraction of planets. Most places make life impossible because of the amount of radiation, cold or heat and yet since life isn’t impossible everywhere, theists argue that everything must have... Read more »

James Kirk Wall responds to Intelligent Design and NDE argument for faith

First I would like to thank Rajiv Sobhee for his willingness to engage and publicize this discussion. Rajiv represents many people who believe in a greater intelligence but don’t subscribe to Christianity or any organized religion. In his essay Mr. Sobhee uses the classic complexity argument for design, has a brief blurb on quantum physics,... Read more »
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Should we celebrate Christopher Columbus?

Should we celebrate historical figures that murdered and enslaved innocent people, or should idolized men such as Moses and Christopher Columbus be labeled as criminals? In regards to Columbus, there is no doubt his ambitions played a tremendous role in history, but should he be herofied? There is much controversy over this issue and two... Read more »

Blasphemy laws lead to dictatorships and theocracies

Once it is illegal to criticize or mock a religion, all a man has to do is associate themselves with that establishment to receive the same protection. Throughout history religion and power have gone hand in hand. It’s one thing to assert authority through a family name or abilities, but quite another to claim an... Read more »

No fear or special treatment for Islam

I am a United States citizen. I am free to criticize or mock any religion if I choose to do so. There are no religions more sacred or divine than any other according to the First Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,... Read more »
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Defining the perfect gentleman, perfect lady and perfect parents

Confucius was obsessed with defining the exemplary person. What is the standard we should all strive to achieve? Some argue that honesty is the highest virtue of character while others claim it’s courage. These are philosophical questions. They fall under the Socratic Examined Life. None of us are perfect human beings, but it’s important to... Read more »