Philosophy & Meaning

Anyone else ever wonder what percentage of "religious" people are simply faking it to fit in?
By AgnoLulu 4 38 comments SC Mar 23
Aside from the obvious similarities between organized crime and organized religion, and the churches money making racket in the US, I thought about how religion also has worked as a filter on progress and innovation. From a theoretical perspective, ...
By BrentMBA2004 4 9 comments FL Mar 23
The Logic of Indecision: If you say you are agnostic, you are saying that you do not know, but the implication is that you believe there is insufficient evidence and that no one else should claim to know either. If you say that you are ...
By WilliamFleming 7 20 comments AL Mar 22
SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION With SCIENCE, assertions not only have to be reasonable, they also have to be supported by empirical evidence. With PHILOSOPHY, assertions only have to be reasonable. With RELIGION, assertions neither have to be ...
By permanwilson 7 5 comments NJ Mar 21
Howdy Folks, I am new and desperately in need of kindred spirits for discussing mutual beliefs. Being as we are smothered in the bible belt surrounded by "believers" its hard to find support outside religion. Is it just me or does anyone else ...
By Coyote1 3 24 comments MO Mar 21
Some of the most truly nasty people I ever met, and fortunately there were not many, espoused extreme altruistic doctrines like Christianity. Such subcultures become easy feeding grounds for hypocrites and criminals because they rarely call people to...
By Fernapple 7 9 comments UK Mar 21
Many with religious viewpoints say that religion makes them better as people,so it must be true. That's a fallacy. Yes I have no doubt that people became better morally ,but does that make Mormon ism true or any other superstition true? I could ...
By Dogpound10 2 11 comments OK Mar 21
Atheist spotlight.. Musician and composer Danny Elfman has been atheist since the age of 12. He was the lead singer and songwriter of the popular band Oingo Boingo that was based out of Los Angeles. He wrote songs challenging socialism and communism,...
By repubatheists 7 10 comments CA Mar 20
LINK PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING | An Atheist with a Tall Hat On: The Forgotten History of Agnosticism -
By zblaze 7 8 comments OR Mar 20
I don't know about you but when I was quite young, I thought I had failed if I were to change an idea, plan or decision I made. I must have chosen wrong to begin with, right? I'd fight changing my mind, I didn't want to be wrong. But this is ...
By BeeHappy 9 12 comments NV Mar 20
LINK 151 - Will We Destroy the Future?
By zblaze 7 6 comments OR Mar 19
What is your idea of a good death?
By MarikaHandakas 3 57 comments PA Mar 19
Which of the following persons really existed?
By Matias 7 10 comments Germany Mar 19
POLL Was jesus entirely made up
By Shanemonty4 3 17 comments FL Mar 18
Does the Phrase "Sunday best" (usually applied to clothing and widely used in the UK at least by christians and others) mean anything to you now. What use did it serve within Christianity ? What use could it be to the non religious including you? ...
By Mcflewster 7 13 comments UK Mar 18
Ok, time to talk about hipocrisy, but this time in our own site. One would think that a site that only has adult people who voluntarily join to be among free thinkers and non believers, who are by now free of the usual hang ups that religion loves to...
By Mofo1953 7 31 comments FL Mar 18
Illogical atheist requires supernatural proof?
By Antifred 7 10 comments TX Mar 18
Question for the group. A man walks into a store with a gun and points it at a child. Two men move to stand in the way. A Christian man and an atheist. The Christian man believes if he dies this way he will be rewarded with heaven if he dies. The ...
By Randalltague 4 15 comments MN Mar 17
LINK Moral Zealotry and the Seductive Nature of Evil - Quillette
By zblaze 7 5 comments OR Mar 16
Pride. This world would be better without so much pride. I know I'm guilty of it. Often. You don't need religion to be moral. And you don't need commandments to point out what is right or wrong. Pride. Stupid, pig headed, stubborn pride. ...
By James00346 6 12 comments NV Mar 16
Do we know if Socrates was a historical character or a literary device used by Plato?
By Geoffrey51 7 19 comments Australia Mar 14
I found this idea of classifying moral behavior fascinating so I thought I'd share it to discuss. Reciprocity and social exchange for example, are some of the more interesting behaviors: gift giving, being 'fair', resolving made me ...
By mojo5501 6 9 comments WI Mar 12
Morality without God
By AaronW 3 12 comments TX Mar 11
Does the concept of human dignity need to be justified?
By Matias 7 28 comments Germany Mar 10
Be kind. Be relevant.
By Marcel3405 6 13 comments WA Mar 10
The two lies
By 48thRonin 8 12 comments NC Mar 5
It's not our differences that are th problem, it's our inability to accept and celebrate them. Audre Lorde.
By Jolanta 8 24 comments Australia Mar 4
POLL Which group of people would be more likely to help those in need... theists, agnostics or atheists? Why?
By stillsy 3 45 comments UK Mar 3
Intuition is a constant. We believe, we heal, we are reborn. You and I are dreamweavers of the totality. We must learn how to lead internal lives in the face of greed. Where there is discontinuity, fulfillment cannot thrive. You must take a ...
By celticagent 7 20 comments MA Feb 28
“It is our suffering that brings us together. It is not love. Love does not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. The bond that binds us is beyond choice. We are brothers. We are brothers in what we share. In pain, which each of us must ...
By KenChang 7 16 comments WA Feb 24
Darwin Day 2019 Youtube
By ToolGuy 7 5 comments Canada Feb 24
Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure. Neil deGrasse Tyson
By ChristophRobin 4 13 comments TX Feb 23
LINK Salvation by Words: Iris Murdoch on Language as a Vehicle of Truth and Art as a Force of Resistance to Tyranny – Brain Pickings
By tnorman1236 8 4 comments WV Feb 22
I was raised in a Mormon family and I currently attend a Unitarian Universalist. I feel l can not definitively call myself an atheist because I still question the lack of evidence for or against the notion of the divines exist. I feel ...
By Queerskeptic13 3 27 comments TX Feb 21
What are your thoughts on transhumanism? Should we try to improve ourselves through technology?
By Metahuman 5 25 comments MO Feb 21
MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION “Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.” Jean-Paul Sartre MY THEORY: Anyone can self-motivate; but it takes ...
By permanwilson 7 7 comments NJ Feb 18
LINK Death
By JackPedigo 8 6 comments WA Feb 18
“Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.” -Abbie Hoffman
By toxdoc 5 7 comments NC Feb 17
I visited my mother as I have every year on her birthday . It was January 19th, and she was 96 years old ( picture to follow). She was only alert for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, but I brought her a vanilla McDonalds milkshake. She smiled and said it...
By Bigwavedave 7 16 comments NC Feb 13
Do you find most people too selfish - or much more rarely too giving?
By UrsiMajor 8 12 comments MD Feb 12
In the Bible where Jesus says "He who is without sin the first stone" Two questions come to mind:Why did she cheat and why didn't the man whom she cheated with get punished?
By PatrickKerr 5 32 comments Canada Feb 7
Magical thinking: the belief that one's ideas, thoughts, actions, words, or use of symbols can influence the course of events in the material world. "Magical thinking can be plotted on a spectrum, with skeptics at one end and schizophrenics at ...
By AwarenessNow 7 7 comments CO Jan 30
Interesting concept - not sure about its name. EMOCRACY NIALL FERGUSON january 27 2019, 12:01am, the sunday times Feeling beats truth in our indignant ‘emocracy’ niall ferguson Even grand US newspapers ...
By Mcflewster 7 4 comments UK Jan 27
"For the sight being sent upwards by light and beholding the nature of the stars and their harmonious movement, and the well-ordered revolutions of the fixed stars, and of the planets, some always revolving in the same manner and coming to the same ...
By Ragamuffin 6 6 comments Canada Jan 26
So, today I was called emotionless. I think the person who said it is right. Perhaps I cannot externalize my emotions, with the exception of deaths. Things that some see as "issues" just dont get me fired up. In the grand scheme of things, it is ...
By SoullessHeathen 6 20 comments MI Jan 23
Hello my beautiful heathen friends. I have a question. What is the scariest part of being an atheist? For me is that nothing comes after death. See I have a daughter who I love dearly, I would love to spends an eternity with her. It scares me that ...
By Infinito_rex 5 41 comments IL Jan 22
Quote from Douglas Adams
By RhettRogers 3 6 comments OK Jan 22
Are morality and empathy basically the same?
By Matias 7 27 comments Germany Jan 22
LINK The problem of dogma. – Possumpipesup
By OpposingOpposum 8 11 comments FL Jan 21
Makes life so much easier !
By evergreen 8 6 comments FL Jan 20
LINK How Can Someone be an Agnostic and an Atheist at the Same Time? | Courtney Heard
By HippieChick58 9 29 comments NE Jan 19
Which would be harder to prove...
By micmorgan6 3 14 comments CO Jan 17
Nobody actually chooses Christanity. They default to it for fear of the alternative. Passive Aggressive Salvation!
By SPRapp 4 7 comments TX Jan 17
Praise for local libraries; the most powerful engine of democracy and social equality I can think of. My local library celebrates its 5th year in in its new building.
By schmiedeskamp 4 6 comments MT Jan 17
The night is a well,from which I once drew the courage to face the next day.but now it has become the mirror of all my past mistakes and the regrets of my youth almost blot out the light of the day.oh wisdom,the gift that has arrived almost too late.
By StevenRPrice 3 4 comments WA Jan 17
Brave? Heroic?
By SoullessHeathen 6 7 comments MI Jan 17
I have heard people say that the world needs more love, it will save us all for most of my life. I do not believe this even though it sounds good. Love will not save us because people can love all kinds of things usually selfish things. Empathy is ...
By JesseBoren 7 11 comments IN Jan 17
POLL Why does justice exist?
By Beowulfsfriend 8 6 comments PA Jan 11
My favorite short description of Humanism. "Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science inspired by art and motivated by compassion. Free of theism and other supernatural beliefs, Humanists reside in the natural world and thus ...
By rogueflyer 7 4 comments OR Jan 1
Question: How do humanity and its social structures evolve in history? 1. according to the intentions and plans of human beings, or 2. as self-organizing quasi-natural processes (i.e. determined by nature but not by humans) or 3. according to the ...
By Matias 7 8 comments Germany Dec 27, 2018
What quality(ies) of the opposite sex do you appreciate the most?
By Darius77 6 26 comments Iran Dec 20, 2018
My dog passed away on Friday... wish that ppl around me could undstand that I need comfort. I had her eleven years.
By anonymous 7 69 comments Online Dec 18, 2018
Which path do you prefer?
By skado 8 16 comments AL Nov 30, 2018
Is there an afterlife? of any sort
By Albert_Camus 5 25 comments Philippines Nov 30, 2018
Hands up all those who have had a discussion with a deeply religious friend, colleague or family member or even a complete stranger (ie the preacher on the street) and actually produced such a compelling argument as why religion is fake and god isn't...
By darien75 7 8 comments UK Nov 28, 2018
Who do atheists thank on Thanksgiving? Youtube
By CuriousCreature 7 23 comments NY Nov 22, 2018
What has been your experience with humanist/agnostic/athiest groups that meet in person?
By RationalThinker 4 12 comments Canada Nov 21, 2018
Open minded?
By WeaZ 7 12 comments MO Nov 20, 2018
What's your belief?
By JosiahHendr 2 15 comments WA Nov 18, 2018
What is your moral compass?
By Gaiana818 4 56 comments VT Nov 15, 2018
Submit a haiku
By Dazeypanda 4 20 comments NY Nov 13, 2018
Is knowledge only probabilistic? Rene Descartes is probably the most famous of philosophers for limiting knowledge, but many others have come to the conclusion that everything and anything we have knowledge of can only considered to be true to a ...
By BeerAndWine 7 6 comments CA Nov 13, 2018
Agnosticcoms who have lived in multiple US states, what are some cultural differences you weren’t prepared for?
By celticagent 7 4 comments MA Nov 13, 2018
Illegality against morality
By Paddypereira 6 6 comments Ireland Nov 12, 2018
POLL Do you display any symbols of your humanist philosophy?
By Diogenes1972 6 20 comments NY Nov 9, 2018
LINK Believing without evidence is always morally wrong | Aeon Ideas
By tnorman1236 8 11 comments WV Nov 7, 2018
What is your ideal self? What does it mean to be your highest self?
By Zackalberto 5 34 comments IL Oct 31, 2018
LINK Neuroscientist Sam Harris on Our Misconceptions About Free Will and How Acknowledging Its Illusoriness Liberates Us Rather Than Taking Away Our Freedom – Brain Pickings
By tnorman1236 8 10 comments WV Oct 31, 2018
LINK How a Jellyfish and a Sea Slug Illuminate the Mystery of the Self – Brain Pickings
By tnorman1236 8 5 comments WV Oct 31, 2018
Is there anyone here that values the teachings of the bible, but rejects it's supernatural elements?
By Wrain62 4 85 comments FL Oct 30, 2018
There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything ...
By Markwilliams 3 31 comments South Africa Oct 27, 2018
Who's a person who inspires you? I don't just mean politicians - I mean activists, writers, organizers, communicators, media figures - everybody in every field. Who gives you hope?
By Flettie 7 58 comments UK Oct 26, 2018
LINK Philosophers Name the Best Philosophy Books: From Stoicism and Existentialism, to Metaphysics & Ethics for Artificial Intelligence | Open Culture
By tnorman1236 8 5 comments WV Oct 23, 2018
Why is the label African Americans used to describe black Americans
By paul1967 8 33 comments CA Oct 23, 2018
An interesting way to talk to theists: I'm a probation officer. Part of my job is to meet with lifelong criminals and in meeting that last less then an hour maybe every other week we need to use simple talking to get them to stop commiting crimes....
By Adamhayes_1986 4 13 comments Canada Oct 22, 2018
"Providing people with more and better information is unlikely to improve matters. Most of our views are shaped by communal group-think rather than individual rationality, and we hold on to these views out of group loyalty. Bombarding people with...
By Matias 7 10 comments Germany Oct 20, 2018
What would you consider "The meaning of life" to be?
By Infomaniac 4 58 comments CA Oct 19, 2018
Outside Time and Space?
By paul1967 8 45 comments CA Oct 15, 2018
LINK What Would Happen If Everyone Truly Believed Everything Is One? - Scientific American Blog Network
By tnorman1236 8 17 comments WV Oct 14, 2018
Validity of a theory
By Williamrj17 4 32 comments UK Oct 13, 2018
Political correctness was not even the original term it was called Alternate insert target here. It's purpose was the recognition of prejudices that had become so normalised that they had become unnoticeable. It called for an end to social ...
By LenHazell53 8 16 comments UK Oct 13, 2018
Is the solution to "hate speech" more speech or less speech?
By IamBane 6 53 comments TX Oct 12, 2018
Whenever you egaged in an angry altercation with someone else, haven't you invariably thought that the other person was absolutely wrong, and you were absolutely right? Why do we think so?
By Noyi 6 26 comments India Oct 10, 2018
Are there any special purpose in our life other than eating, drinking, sleeping, making merry, quarrelling, amassing wealth, criticising others and such other silly things?
By Noyi 6 48 comments India Oct 9, 2018
What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?
By WeaZ 7 42 comments MO Oct 8, 2018
I just left Christianity, and they talk a lot about this "darkness" that Jesus delivered them from. I've been wondering, what is this darkness? Is it other religions as well as Satan? When the British tried to colonize the other nations, they ...
By BongoCat 4 20 comments TX Oct 7, 2018
POLL Does evil exist? As non-believers do we still accept the concept of evil in its pure form?
By 273kelvin 8 67 comments UK Oct 7, 2018
One of the arguments made by the religious, is that religion/scripture is the source of our morality. I haven't seen the argument made against it that, scriptures are written documents, by humans, therefore any (if) morality contained in ...
By rob2691 4 15 comments MD Oct 6, 2018
How many of you attend services, but are agnostic?
By Adam_Gaha 4 45 comments IN Oct 4, 2018
The existing/non existing Universe
By Eldovis 7 18 comments VA Oct 3, 2018
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