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Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Cracking the Fortune Cookie

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

A Response to John Searle's Chinese Room Analogy John Searle. "Minds, Brains, and Programs." Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 3, p. 417-424 (1980). In a famous 1980 paper titled "Minds, Brains and Programs", the philosopher John Searle proposed a notorious thought experiment, now known as ...

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Life Without Superstition

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

It is a common misperception, promoted and sustained by religious leaders, that atheism has nothing good or positive to offer the seeker. Nothing could be further from the truth. It will be one of the major purposes of this weblog, and more specifically of this category, the Garden, to explode that ...

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Administrivia

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

Daylight Atheism has now been up and running for several days, and I'm extremely pleased with the response so far. Already the site logs show over 1500 hits, representing over 250 unique visitors, and there have been some excellent comments and discussion. My humble thanks to everyone who's read ...

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Better Left Unsaid

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

Mahatma Gandhi said, "All religions are true." If you think about it, they all serve the same purpose: comfort the afflicted, explain the unexplainable, provide moral guidelines for living a good life. The differences are primarily cultural — language, place of origin, traditional elements — not ...

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Know Everything

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

Richard Feynman's blackboard at Caltech at the time of his death in 1988. The text in the lower left reads, "Know how to solve every problem that has been solved." From Stephen Hawking, The Universe in a Nutshell, p. 83. Since I was very young, I have been fascinated by the findings of ...

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An Atheist's Creed

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

Before launching into the weightier topics which this blog will cover, I thought it would be helpful to first establish who I am, what I believe and where I am coming from. This, then, is an atheist's creed - not in the sense of a dogmatically imposed set of standards, but rather a set of general ...

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A Guided Tour

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

Since this weblog is, in a sense, my home on the Internet, it seemed a useful metaphor to divide it into categories symbolized by the rooms of a house, with each room encompassing a specific set of topics. At least to begin with, there will be six categories, which will be as follows: The Foyer ...

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Comment Policy

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

Anyone who knows me, either in real life or through e-mail correspondence, should be well aware that I am a steadfast defender of freedom of speech. I consider it to be the most important right any democratic society can have; it is, in a sense, the right upon which all other rights depend. That is ...

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Welcome to Daylight Atheism

Dabanner
over 8 years ago

Welcome, one and all, to Daylight Atheism! This will be the official weblog and annex of my other website, Ebon Musings, and will contain discussion threads for the articles posted there as well as original essays and writings. In this inaugural post, it seems fitting to explain what led to the ...