In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

Mr. Hooper’s Dead - Sesame Street Teaches Kids How to Deal with Loss

Here’s the cast teaching Big Bird what death means, and it’ll break your heart about fifty times in one viewing. I’m not sure what’s the best way to talk to kids about death, but this seems like a pretty good start.

I like that they didn’t use any euphemisms. Dead is dead. I’m not sure why people started saying things like - gone to be with Jesus or up in heaven, or passed away. I especially dislike using the word “passed” without any qualifiers. Passed what? Their death exam. I suppose it’s because dead sounds so harsh. But, particularly with children, being calm, clear and concise is the best way to approach most things - including death.

(Source: jezebel.com)

hatefulatheist:

Anyone familiar with the movie “Jesus Camp” knows exactly what kind of disturbing person Becky Fischer is. Literally abusing children in the name of her “holy crusade”. I had a friend send this video to me of her working with children in Singapore and teaching them how to “raise the dead”. She at one point actually tells the children that she has seen children pray for recently deceased pets and they actually come back to life.

This woman travels the world and makes tons of money to torture and lie to little children. She should be considered a criminal and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near children. This type of abuse is more common than most people realize in the United States. Many bible camps across the country are just as horrible, she is just willing to put her face out there and unashamedly lie, abuse, and brain wash impressionable young children entrusted to her care.

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.

Christopher Hitchens (via atheismfuckyeah)

This is a fucking beautiful quote. I almost forgot about it. <3 you Hitchens

(via princedarwin)

underthemountainbunker:

futurejournalismproject:

Fox News Twitter Feed Hacked, Claims Obama Assassinated
Via the BBC:

The @foxnewspolitics feed stated: “BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much.”
More than two hours after the malicious postings appeared, they had still not been removed.
A group or individual, calling themselves The Script Kiddies appeared to claim responsibility.


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You know, it’s not Fox’s fault that they were hacked. IT IS FOX NEWS’ FAULT THAT 7 HOURS LATER THESE TWEETS HAVEN’T BEEN DELETED. 

underthemountainbunker:

futurejournalismproject:

Fox News Twitter Feed Hacked, Claims Obama Assassinated

Via the BBC:

The @foxnewspolitics feed stated: “BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much.”

More than two hours after the malicious postings appeared, they had still not been removed.

A group or individual, calling themselves The Script Kiddies appeared to claim responsibility.

~~~

You know, it’s not Fox’s fault that they were hacked. IT IS FOX NEWS’ FAULT THAT 7 HOURS LATER THESE TWEETS HAVEN’T BEEN DELETED. 

(Source: futurejournalismproject)

For the record:

I’m not feeling any sense of joy over the killing of Osama Bin Laden. After all, he is just a man, a bad man, but just one, sickly old man. His death will make little to no difference in this war on terror. It will not lead to the end of our wars or to the increased security of our country or citizens abroad. That’s because he accomplished his goals 9 years ago and that’s all he had to do to remain a figurehead and inspiration to extremists all over the world for generations to come. Plus, I would have greatly preferred a capture to a kill. But…

What I AM over joyed about however, its that after years of Republicans claiming that “Democrats are soft on terrorism”, Obama is looking LIKE A FUCKING BOSS right now. My joy is all less “hurray he’s dead!” and more “In your face, republicans”. Just another one of their campaign slogans proven to be complete bullshit.

If Bush had gotten him, they would’ve made it into the theme of the whole campaign but, of course, they will try to say that we “shouldn’t play politics” with this (because it doesn’t benefit them). But I’m sure we will hear all about how it was the policies of Bush that led to this, how Obama did nothing, and even that it’s all staged for the election or it’s a diversion to hide the fact that Obama himself is an undercover Muslim terrorist. Let the republican back peddling begin!

Someone is the most fulfilled soldier in the world right now. Soldiers have been having wet dreams about pulling that trigger for 9 years.

Someone is the most fulfilled soldier in the world right now. Soldiers have been having wet dreams about pulling that trigger for 9 years.

(Source: apsies)

vinegarwilliams:

moshed:

princessoftumblr:

alotlikedeath:

thewhitechapelmurderer:

shipswithholes:

monsterslurkhere:

johnnyderp-:
Only in Indonesia (especially Toraja), a corpse is usually being carried up to the grave, but in Toraja, the corpse is woken up letting it to walk to its grave (it is rarely performed anymore).The corpse is woken up using black magic. This is done because in Toraja the graves/cemetries are placed above limestones mountains.The corpse walks by itself, and it’s guided by an expert in black magic behind it. The corpse then falls down and isn’t able to walk again.



WHAT.

Hold the fuck up what is this shit.



WHOA WHOA WHOA
dat’s cool.

NO. WHAT. NO.

 LOLOLOLOLOL

O_O.

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Answers

vinegarwilliams:

moshed:

princessoftumblr:

alotlikedeath:

thewhitechapelmurderer:

shipswithholes:

monsterslurkhere:

johnnyderp-:

Only in Indonesia (especially Toraja), a corpse is usually being carried up to the grave, but in Toraja, the corpse is woken up letting it to walk to its grave (it is rarely performed anymore).

The corpse is woken up using black magic. This is done because in Toraja the graves/cemetries are placed above limestones mountains.

The corpse walks by itself, and it’s guided by an expert in black magic behind it. The corpse then falls down and isn’t able to walk again.

WHAT.

Hold the fuck up what is this shit.

WHOA WHOA WHOA

dat’s cool.

NO. WHAT. NO.

 LOLOLOLOLOL

O_O.

.__.

UHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhHHHHHHHhhhhhhhHHHHHHHhhhhhhHHHHHHhhhhhh…….

Answers

Pre-Moses morality, The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Long before Moses people people knew not to do certain things:
No killing
No stealing
No adultery
No lying

It even seems that the Israelites watered down existing morality in order to make room for some monotheistic rules. So instead of, for instance, protecting children, they went with rules like “take no god before me” kinds of things.

The oath of Osiris, that every dead soul was supposed to take before getting access to the afterlife:

I have not reviled the God.
I have not laid violent hands on an orphan.
I have not done what the God abominates …
I have not killed; I have not turned anyone over to a killer.
I have not caused anyone’s suffering … I have not copulated (illicitly); I have not been unchaste.
I have not increased nor diminished the measure, I have not diminished the palm; I have not encroached upon the fields.
I have not added to the balance weights; I have not tempered with the plumb bob of the balance.
I have not taken milk from a child’s mouth; I have not driven small cattle from their herbage …
I have not stopped (the flow of) water in its seasons; I have not built a dam against flowing water.
I have not quenched a fire in its time …
I have not kept cattle away from the God’s property. I have not blocked the God at his processions.

GODDAMNIT, STOP KILLING ALL OF MY BIRDS.

sixtyforty:

gadgetry:

My favorite part of all this are the cries of the UPCOMING APOCALYPSE. I am pretty sure that there is a better explanation for a bunch of birds dying than God wanting to scare the living shit out of some Southerners.

Didn’t the first set get killed by blunt trauma? I admit it is a strange and fascinating phenomenon. Imagine driving along the highway and SUDDENLY, BIRDS. YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS CANNOT SAVE YOU NOW.

I saw one jackass saying this is SO OBVIOUSLY the apocalypse because “dead fish are symbolic of famine, dead birds are symbolic of pestilence” etc. Yes, instead of just wiping us off the face of the earth or smashing the shit out of us with his mighty hand or appearing as a great booming voice from the sky, God has chosen to terrify a very small handful of his most idiotic human creations while giving those with a curious mind something to do for a couple of days and is just hoping we are smart enough to interpret it as the harbinger of the apocalypse.

Natural phenomenon that will almost certainly be explained after a little studying = APOCALYPSE.

I’m glad this post came up. I’ve been meaning to comment on the recent fish and bird deaths in Arkansas. Of course a bunch of bible thumpers are rejoicing! We told you! The end is nigh! And all that, but instead of doing my share of mocking these apocalyptic idiots (for the reasons already outlined by my tumblr brethren above) I’d like to do what I do and point out the irony of the situation. Could you imagine such a phenomenon occurring in the bronze age middle east? A thousand fish wash up on a river bank or a thousand birds drop dead from the sky? Nowadays we’ve got this great thing called science to figure shit out. If not, we might be leaving a story of an angry god and a death plague to scare the shit out of future generations. Also, imagine that you’ve never ventured outside of your immediate geographical area (or that you are not even aware that other areas exist), a sudden swarm of locusts or frogs, or a sudden disease related death of a thousand fish might make you believe that the whole world and all of humanity is being affected. Its events like these that put biblical bullshit in perspective.

There’s an old saying that God exists in your search for him. I just want you to understand that I ain’t looking.