Category: god

  • Vipassana – vaguely sensational.

    Two weeks before Christmas I went on a 10 day silent retreat on a former farm in Hereford. Or, as one friend describes it, Meditation Boot Camp. It certainly was tough but now I’ve had a few weeks to recover and to see the effects in everyday life I think it was definitely worth it.…

  • The best essay on the meaning of life I’ve ever read.

    As you may know I once asked every philosopher in the UK about the meaning of life. It was a slightly depressing experience. Only 22 out of a possible?644 replied . Those replies were great. Being philosophers they didn’t actually have any answers but they certainly questioned my question. There was plenty to think about…

  • Emily Dickinson proved wrong by science twins!

    Emily Dickinson proved wrong by science twins!

    Emily Dickinson was a remarkable genius but one of her most famous observations has just been blown sky high by a pair of 14 year old twins. Emily wrote: CXXVI THE BRAIN is wider than the sky, For, put them side by side, The one the other will include With ease, and you beside. The…

  • What Einstein really thought about God..

    “The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. It was the experience of mystery – even…

  • Saint Horatio’s kidney and the J2 Project

    Charlie Stross has been talking on his blog about another book he won’t bother writing. This one would be about a plucky investigative reporter who upsets a billionaire, is poisoned and receives a kidney transplant from a priest. The priest dies shortly after  and is beatified in double-quick time. So now the poor chap is…

  • Sterile Motherfather Mary and Intergalactic Jesus

    http://www.flickr.com/49503002139@N01/83937429/ created on 2006-01-08 13:46:18 Ari MooreCC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Searching through some old emails for reflections on the topic of absurdity..  I found a wonderfully topical article from Dec 2001 edition of the London Review of Books. Jerry Coyne was reviewing one of Michael Ruse‘s convulted attempts to reconcile science and religion. Can a Darwinian…

  • Papal Ice Nine

    I thought this recent Facebook vignette is worth saving for posterity or pitching to Roland Emmerich. Although, since it was on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg now owns alls rights to this idea so it’s his call. Caspar Addyman is wondering if the pope is always on duty. and if so does that mean that every bit…

  • Atheist scum, 1871 vs 2007

    Artist George Cruikshank, 1871 via BibliOdyssey: 1870s Caricatures. Artist Martin Rowson, 2007 via New Humanist magazine

  • Irish bishop is first to quit over child sex abuse scandal – Europe, World – The Independent

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    http://www.independent.co…al-1836062.html The heads are finally starting to roll in the Irish church.. An Irish bishop flew to Rome yesterday to hand in his resignation after days of angry and intense pressure over his handling of cases of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. Donal Murray, Bishop of Limerick, gave every sign of acting with…

  • Kings II K-edgeree

    http://blog.newhumanist.o…whats-your.html My old mates at the New Humanist tried and largely failed to interview Genesis P-Orridge for their last issue but it’s not all bad news because it has spawned a new game and competition: combine your favourite book of the Bible with your favourite breakfast food (must take the same hyphenated form as “P-Orridge”)…

  • Catholic guilt

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    http://nickcohen.net/2009…e-of-the-godly/ Speaking after the publication of the report of decades of almost unbelievable abuse in Catholic-run institutions in Ireland, Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society said the report “shone a spotlight on an attitude of systemic secrecy and callousness towards child abuse that has been endemic in the Catholic Church for…

  • Everyone’s got problems

    An excellent card from indexed today.

  • The Universe As Hologram

    http://science.slashdot.o…446238&from=rss I am certain that the ‘holographic’ theory is misleadingly named as far as we the general public are concerned but that does not stop it from being a potentially interesting discovery. But mostly I am loving the quote in the last line of this slashdot story Several readers sent in news of theoretical work…

  • New Humanist Advent Podcasts

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    My old friends over at the New Humanist are doing Christmas in style this year. Not only are they hosting several Festivals of lessons and Carols for the Godless. They are giving you a little podcast advent calendar. Day 1 is Stephen Fry and they have Alexei Sayle, PZ Myers and a few surprises over…

  • Blasphemy is a victimless crime!

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    After something like 50 years the British Blasphemy laws have been repealed. Link Seems like a good time to repost one of my own attempt at blasphemy 😀 Operation Clone Jesus Click for more..