So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You’d better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can’t rearrange the universe.Isaac Asimov (via divineirony)
Do you know about this site, atheistcensus.com? Atheists Alliance International is trying to gather data on atheists worldwide, and they’ve generated reports for each country so far. Pretty interesting stuff. I thought you & your followers might want to participate in the data-gathering :)
I’ve posted a link to this already, but it certainly won’t hurt to post another one. Thanks. :)
Atheist and Agnostic Statistics
Overwhelming White (82%) - Black 3%, Hispanic 6%, Asian 4%
Have at least one college degree (44%) - compared with 28% general public
Annual income of at least $75,000 (38%) - compared with 29% general public
More likely to be a male (64%)
Tend to be located in the West (30%) – with the South (28%)
Tend to be young (42%) with ages between 18-29
Tend to be unmarried (40%) – less than 12% of those ages 18-29 are married
Correlation does not imply causation
“In this type of logical fallacy, one makes a premature conclusion about causality after observing only a correlation between two or more factors. Generally, if one factor (A) is observed to only be correlated with another factor (B), it is sometimes taken for granted that A is causing B, even when no evidence supports it. This is a logical fallacy because there are at least five possibilities:
In other words, there can be no conclusion made regarding the existence or the direction of a cause and effect relationship only from the fact that A and B are correlated”
And to answer your question: No.
ARGUMENT FROM EINSTEIN
(1) Einstein said that God does not play dice with the universe.
(2) Therefore, even Einstein believed in God.
(3) Therefore, God exists.
(original from Internet Infidels)
“We all cope with the loss of loved ones in different ways, often depending on our ideas about what lies beyond life. For believers in an afterlife, it’s not such a bad thing to die. After all, death is just the beginning of another journey. Whether that’s to heaven, hell, your next bodily incarnation, or maybe close to the bosom of the flying spaghetti monster and his noodly appendages, death is merely an exit from one type of existence to another. It’s kind of a nice thought, that we continue on somehow, that the very essence of who we are is preserved and manages to exist in an altered state. For believers in an afterlife, death is still a mournful affair, but there is hope there, a silver lining that offers a little light. Death isn’t the very end.
For atheists, it’s a bit of a different story. The loss of life is the end. There is no continue, you do not get an extra life to carry on playing the game in any form. When you say goodbye to someone you love, you really say goodbye forever. It’s a difficult thing to deal with for everyone, but for atheists, it has a great deal more weight. When you lose someone, you will never see them again. All you have left are memories.
There’s something sad in that, but also something appreciative…”
Keep reading at happletea
Bill Maher on Atheists
Theory (via SMBC)