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Coming back from a slumber

Posted in News, Skepsos by skepsos on January 26, 2017

In these times, of ‘alternative facts’, we must stand up and spread the truth as much as possible. So I decided to revive this blog. This site used to be just a way for me to gather my own personal thoughts and pull out some atheist jokes, but the stakes are higher now. With a United States president that is prohibiting scientists from their work, my first action will be to inform:

Government accounts that are on gag order went rogue. They are now posting their factual, scientific tweets under new, non government controlled names, promising to tweet real facts and climate change news. Follow them on Twitter:

Alternative NIH – @Alt_NIH https://twitter.com/Alt_NIH
Alt HHS – @AltHHS https://twitter.com/AltHHS
Alternative CDC – @Alt_CDC https://twitter.com/Alt_CDC
AltUSForestService – @AltForestServ https://twitter.com/AltForestServ
AltFDA – @alt_fda https://twitter.com/alt_fda
altEPA – @altUSEPA https://twitter.com/altUSEPA
AltUSDA – @altusda https://twitter.com/AltUSDA
AltUSNatParkService – @AltNatParkSer https://twitter.com/AltUSNatParkService
Rogue NASA – @RogueNASA https://twitter.com/RogueNASA

The movement on Twitter first began when the National Park Service was forced to shut down its Twitter activity temporarily after retweeting two tweets — one about the attendance of Trump’s inauguration and the other about the disappearance of some pages on WhiteHouse.gov. This week, the Trump administration instituted a temporary media blackout at the EPA. Also, the Badlands National Park in South Dakota tweeted out multiple facts about climate change. These tweets were later deleted.

It’s hard to keep up with the pace of accounts sprouting up on Twitter, but as of writing there are now unofficial accounts for the Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Agriculture.

The importance of being effective

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on August 18, 2010

Who could ever believe in a deity who created all the huge things in the entire universe AND is also watching all the little things you’re doing in your bedroom?
Seems the deity doesn’t quite know how to set priorities here.

Such a waste

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on July 28, 2010

I’m sure the number of trees that were cut down to make those silly crucifixes, is enough to generate oxygen for our entire planet for at least a hundred years.

Shake yer Mohammed

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on May 21, 2010

I don’t like offending, but sometimes you just do things and at the same time cannot help offend someone… it happens every day.
This is my submission for Everybody Draw Mohammed Day http://twitpic.com/1ph8sq

The blog I was hoping to submit this to, seems to have mysteriously disappeared? What happened?

Come on you fuckers, I can take you.
Here is a great archive on all the depictions of Mohammed.

Unbelievable

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on April 30, 2010

The fact that Richard Dawkins gets so much attention in the media is actually worrying: it proves it is apparantly rare and noteworthy that one cannot believe in a god.

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Out of time

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on April 24, 2010

Today, when I was shitting in the toilet, I had quite a marvellous idea.
I don’t think time exists. At least: not in the way we percieve it.
For example: we sometimes ask: what was there BEFORE the universe came into being? The latest reply is that it’s quite possible a multiverse exists and that we are only one of many. Our universe may even have come about because of two different universes colliding, and therefore the collision of two different sets of laws-of-physics.
This makes me think that the nature of our universe and the nature of time as we know it, is not a definate.
We might never be able to test this hypothisis, since we and our instruments are made up of a  certain mass, weight, energy and… time. We cannot step outside of our own linear time.
This is another thing: if time DOES exist, perhaps time is not linear at all. It may be repetitive or spiral shaped.
In quantum physics we’ve found out that there are particles who can be in a different location at exactly the same time. But what if that ‘exactly the same time’ is not the same time at all? I’d like to see astronomists, physists and mathmeticians putting that into their equations and something beautiful might come out.
If time is not linear, our universe has no beginning or end. And that means we could be living in an infinitely small unmeasarable segment of time.

And if there is no beginning, there is no creation or creator either.

The atheist evolution

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on April 23, 2010

Atheism should be the next step in human evolution.
We can’t judge cave men (and women) for having invented religion. Consider these poor big brained creatures: they were naturally inclined to have investigative minds. They couldn’t help but wonder about the cause of everything surrounding them. I think it’s a type of questioning that is inevitable once a living organism becomes superconscious.
When you become aware of yourself and your surroundings you cannot help to ask where sunshine, rain and death comes from. The explanation will at first be: someone did this, a god.
Only if you investigate further, one can find: sunshine comes from a star, rain comes from the clowds and death is corrosion.
Now, since we are not cave men (or cave women or cave transgenders) anymore: isn’t it time we set aside our first hypotheses completely?

Godconscious

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on April 16, 2010

This is a true personal confession: whenever I hear someone mention god, I feel embarressed on their behalf.
I’m not sure if there are other people who have this as well, or even understand what I’m talking about. I’ve never heard anyone else mention it, but I’ve had this deep feeling of silly shame whenever the word ‘god’ gets mentioned, ever since my childhood.

At the time I didn’t quite know what it was and I have to think really hard on where and how it started and I can’t remember.
Which is unfortunate: because if more people would feel a slight humilitation about religion, perhaps there would be less believers.
I grew up in a completely secular family and secular society. But in school it was compulsary to learn about religion – the christian one. I do remember we had our first lessons when I was about 7 or 8 and I actually started believing the stories, but a lot of it didn’t make sense. I sometimes could see the teachers struggle whenever I or other pupils asked questions like “but if god flooded the earth during Noahs time, all fish must have survived? Were fish considered to be without sin? Then… why were all the other animals killed?”

Seeing grownups struggle with bad explanations, such as the eternal killer “he works in mysterious ways” is quite painful. It gave me a feeling that was similar to selfconsciousness with the same awareness of not being allowed to say everything.
Fortunately my mother, who is a non-theist ex-protestant, put me right in my place the minute she started noticing I was about to believe in this god thing. But even today, after all those years, I still feel godconscious.

Creative writing

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on April 10, 2010

I haven’t posted anything extensive for a while, since I’ve been mainly twittering my ass off.
Or, as I said to a friend of mine: “I have been twittering the lower part of my body into oblivion.”
I propose a more creative use of common expressions.
Please respond with your own, prefarably sexpositive queer atheist liberal perversions and involving robots, if possible.
Thank you.

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Less fun?

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on March 29, 2010

I just had a funny vision:
playing a ‘Ouija board’ with skeptics and being fucking bored, because ofcourse the glass never moves 🙂
But there’s plenty of fun in life without believing in ghosts!