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Five Pieces of Career Advice I Would Give My Autistic Self

Autistic people deal with the uncertainties of life’s events in markedly differing ways. Quite frequently it is often only after significant time has been spent reflecting on a given “problem” that its core elements and distinctive characteristics become clear. My job at a TV golf style network in Hartford, CT, provided the patterns and lessons that made this blog possible.

1. Ask to be told in straightforward language. As an autistic person, one of the first challenges…

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Added by Claudia Mercedes Mazzucco on October 28, 2014 at 3:39pm — No Comments

In Praise of Mentorship

I WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE severe autism by retreating to the safety of a Library. Look deep into the nature of this complex neurological disorder, and then you will understand that autism is the mysterious inability of the mind to order things in sequence. What characterizes it most is the disregard of reality and the withdrawal into a certain ritualistic life. Behind this insistence for sameness and order there is a striving for predictability, which is not possible without sequential…

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Added by Claudia Mercedes Mazzucco on October 28, 2014 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Ohio Police Killing

The 911 caller of this event misrepresented the account and should be tried for a false 911 call. http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/25/no_charges_in_ohio_police_killing

Added by Chris on September 26, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

The Argument from Incorporeality

The Argument from Incorporeality



So, I have been using this counter-apologetic for a while now on Twitter:



1. A being is a thing has the ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human (including consciousness and sentience).



2. All known beings exist in time and space.



2. God is immaterial (outside time and space).



3. Therefore, god cannot exist.



What do you reckon?



I am…

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Added by workmx on September 23, 2014 at 9:31pm — No Comments

My atheism is about a lack of need for gods, not just a lack of belief in gods.

As a sociologist, I can not rely on naturalism or materialism (especially methodological naturalism).



The study of social life would be impossible from any of those positions.



Thus it is important to understand the epistemological and ontological basis of all worldviews, even if they do not lead to truth. It is enough that people believe them to be true (because sociology is not about truth, but about how people make sense of the world.



Having said…

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Added by workmx on September 23, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Quest for the historical Jesus

Here is a challenge that seeks answers to the age old question of the historicity of Jesus. A question that was at the centre of debate in the early years of Christianity and still goes on to this date.

I have here added just a few more questions to the…

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Added by Onyango Makagutu on September 7, 2014 at 4:38am — 2 Comments

how many types of atheism are there ? or should we define atheism just as a form disbelief in supernatural ?

i d like to get your ideas about the  types of atheism and if they all are justifiable form of atheism. Because if you make arguments about the non- exisistance of god or gods , counter arguments are soon forged against your rational arguments. My question is  shoud we base our atheistic views on evindence or arguments ?  

Added by ali aslan on August 14, 2014 at 6:14am — 8 Comments

Maybe I'm soft but this made me cry

This magician who started out with a prank gave a homeless man a thousand dollar lottery ticket , but was so overcome by the emotion of the man  he carried on with the donation and also set up a fund for him which so far raised six thousand dollars and rising. I know it started out as a magician stunt  but it left me crying what do you think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsb9q0sUbH4

Added by Stephen Brodie on July 28, 2014 at 4:33pm — 2 Comments

Struggling to Keep Afghan Girl Safe After a Mullah Is Accused of Rape

This is the trouble, I've always said and believed that the vast majority of Muslims are decent hard working people and i still believe this but it does get harder when you hear stories like this one

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Added by Stephen Brodie on July 21, 2014 at 4:41pm — 4 Comments

The Fabricated God

 

    Did God create brain or did brain create God. Witout doubt Brain created God. But It is impossible   to make billions of people  understand it. But there is someting more interesting. Who fabricated God and religion? I mean it is for sure all belief sytems, all religions around the world are bullshits. the problem is why billions of people can't get it. It is really a mystery for me. I have a book which ı haven't read yet that tries to explain the religion and why it has so many…

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Added by hakan barut on July 8, 2014 at 4:05pm — 2 Comments

Is Atheism “A Lack of Belief”? Not to An Atheist



It's a mistake for atheists to define atheism as a "lack of belief in gods." Why?  Because that’s the theists' definition of the word.  Many dictionaries offer this definition, I know--but dictionaries are largely written by theists who fail to recognize their implicit bias.  The word "lack" carries the unmistakeable connotation of deficiency, the sense that what is lacking is something to be desired. So, by definition, to lack something is to be in want of whatever…

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Added by Don on July 8, 2014 at 8:34am — 46 Comments

Islamic Extremists Now Crucifying

Can you have any idea what sort of message ISIS is trying to get across with these photographs, because what they are really getting over is that they are barbarians and insane.

Added by Stephen Brodie on June 23, 2014 at 11:02pm — 6 Comments

Creationism banned at all public schools in the UK

I've only just heard the good news that the UK government have issued a ban on the teaching of creationism in all existing and new Academies and public schools in the UK, this is great news and a victory for the Humanist community. You can look it up online yourself but here is a link to the article i first learnt the news.

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Added by Stephen Brodie on June 21, 2014 at 10:27am — 11 Comments

How are we Atheists seen to the world

Nearly half of all Americans said they would hate it if they had an Atheist in-law, apart from showing how fucked up Christians are in America, this also shows how far the secular movement has to go in convincing people of the validity of their argument. But I would like to turn the proposition around and ask how would you as Atheists feel if someone in your family proposed to marry a “bathed in the blood of Christ, fire and brimstone, Bible thumpers”. Because that I think is the equivalent…

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Added by Stephen Brodie on June 15, 2014 at 8:43pm — 5 Comments

The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

In its original form it read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of…

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Added by Leroy Watkins Jr on June 10, 2014 at 3:05pm — 3 Comments

When a Jehovah's Witness Grows Up to be an Atheist

After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.

The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 6, 2014 at 8:20am — 5 Comments

5 quick and easy way to relieve stress.

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra

Our last blog addressed the dangers of stress to your health, and briefly touched on the importance of exercise to individual well-being. We received notes from friends afterwards, asking about other ways to relieve stress in our daily lives, so we compiled this quick “cheat sheet” for some easy ways to help reduce…

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Added by Lizz Huff on June 5, 2014 at 1:59am — No Comments

Christian inequality and discrimination

If a country like the UK which is called a Christian country with an a established church with two thousand years of religious control, how can it accept such gaps between the rich and the poor in our society without the churches and Mosques going out onto the streets to complain and campaign about such injustice. Apart from a few notable exceptions the religious establishment doesn't say a word about it, how do we change things for the better.  Would more Atheists in positions of power…

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Added by Stephen Brodie on June 1, 2014 at 8:19pm — 7 Comments

Are religious people less intelligent than Atheists

Studies from around the world and going back many years have come to the conclusion that education is the number one factor in weather a person believes in a Deity. I've always known this but never used it in my argument against so called revealed religions,I've always thought it rude to mention it but maybe its time we did …

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Added by Stephen Brodie on May 22, 2014 at 10:40am — 8 Comments

Thinking of you

When last year my sister was dying of cancer I would get some people come up to me and say they are praying for her, and I would politely thank them not thinking it was the best time to tell them I and she were Atheists and didn’t believe in prayer and I would like to have said that people who pray only do so because it gives them the sense that they are doing something constructive. But as Atheists what do you say to people  in that situation I myself just say I’m thinking of them. Have you…

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Added by Stephen Brodie on May 19, 2014 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

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