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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.

The wonder of fossils

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on March 2, 2010

When i was a geology student and dug up my very first fossil i realised that this little gracious shell had not seen sunlight for twohundredfifty million years and that i was the first living creature to set eyes on it since then, i was hit with the meaning of time, it hit me as something deeply wonderful, spiritual, poetic – sadly though none of my fellow students seemed to be in the same wonder and the majority of them was religious, but were aparantly less spiritual then me.

Hello nontheist world!

Posted in News, Skepsos by skepsos on March 1, 2010

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