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A Visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

It was in late December of last year that I visited St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City for the first time. It was a cold, wet evening, alternating between rain and flurries of snow, and a friend and I had gone downtown to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. But the cathedral was on ...

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The Devil Cannot Abide Mockery

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

The recent fiasco over the cartoons of Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper shows that free speech is still very much under threat. Though this basic human right has long been guaranteed in the Western world, this controversy should remind us that there is still a large section of humanity ...

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How Big is the Library of Babel?

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

One of my favorite short-story authors is the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. Many of his stories deal with mind-expanding themes, including "Blue Tigers", about a handful of stones that do not obey the rules of mathematics, "The Book of Sand", about a book with an infinite number of pages ...

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Damned If You Do

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Has anyone else ever noticed that, as far as theists are concerned, atheists just can't win? Every single thing we do, or don't do, is interpreted by believers in such a way as to give aid and comfort to their beliefs. Consider: When theists commit evil or criminal acts, it just goes to show ...

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March Site Announcements

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Daylight Atheism is now officially entering its second month of operation, and so far I couldn't be happier with the way things have been going. In my first post, I wrote that I planned to update this site twice per week to begin with. You can all see for yourselves how that worked out - I've been ...

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Book Review: Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Daniel Dennett is one of my favorite philosophers. Few write with his clarity or liveliness, and the topics to which he turns his attention - evolution, religion, free will, the human mind - fall squarely within my area of interest. His explanations are often brilliantly clever, and his conclusions ...

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The Cathedral and the Garden

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

One of the most fundamental differences between atheism and religion is that a religion is, by definition, a group of followers, while atheism is a collection of individuals. Each religion is built on some body of myths and rules that was compiled long ago and is now set in stone, inviolate ...

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On Presuppositions

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

Malcolm Gladwell. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Little, Brown and Company: New York, 2005. D.L. Rosenhan. "On Being Sane in Insane Places." Science, vol.179, no.4070, p.250-258 (19 January 1973). In 1973, the peer-reviewed journal Science published a now-classic study in ...

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A Personal Journey to Atheism

Dabanner
about 8 years ago

One of the questions I am frequently asked is how I came to be an atheist. Personally, I don't place a high emphasis on the details of deconversion - whether it happens gradually or in a Damascus Road-like flash is not relevant to me - and since I did not have an intense religious upbringing to ...