Thursday

CJ WERLEMAN - "THE NEW ATHEIST THREAT"



FROM CJ Werleman "The New Atheist Threat (The Dangerous Rise Of Secular Extremists)" (Dangerous Little Books: 2015) Chapter 3 - The Echoe Chamber p 36 ff

Generally speaking, New Atheists attend the same events; listen to the same podcasts and speakers; read the same books and blogs; download the same YouTube videos; and follow the same public personalities (atheists) on social media. All of which makes for a high-pitched echo chamber; thus providing those within its orbital spin a perpetual positive feedback loop. ...

The echo chamber also makes fertile soil for ignorance, bad ideas, false assumptions, and groupthink. ...

Many New Atheists are victims of this kind of echo chamber speak. In 2014, I shared a bus ride with popular New Atheist Matt Dillahunty. We had a great chat and he’s a terrific fella, but he told me, “As atheists we have to be experts in theology, anthropology, cosmology, geology, and biology.” Two thoughts came to mind: why? and you’re not. That’s not a slight on Dillahunty. It’s merely an observation that one would have to be smarter than Stephen Hawking to be considered a bona fide expert in each of these respective fields. And the only reason I could think as to why he would believe an atheist has to be an expert in all those fields is if he believes atheists need to evangelize their atheism to religious believers. Worryingly, many New Atheists I have debated or spoken to actually boast that they are experts in many or all of those respective fields even when it’s obvious they have no more than a Wikipedia level understanding of theology, for instance. ...

Fundamentalism, whether it’s religious or secular, is a mindset. It means the ‘Other’ doesn’t need to be investigated or enquired upon. It means believing your worldview has the answers to all of life’s questions. It serves to diminish voices and opinions that do not share the adherent’s worldview, while alternative views are dismissed as unworthy of consideration. “It [fundamentalism] provides a binary world of absolutes, of good and evil,” writes Hedges. “Those who oppose the fundamentalist are dismissed as savages, condemned as lesser breeds of human beings, miscreants led astray by Satan or on the wrong side of Western civilization.” All fundamentalists are hostile to new information and intellectual investigations. All fundamentalists seek out information that only confirms their assumptions and worldview. All fundamentalists otherize in a way that reduces the other to a one-dimensional cartoon caricature. Fundamentalism is the antithesis of intellectualism. ...

an interesting exercise is to visit some of the more popular atheist blogs. What you will find is an intellectual black hole, for there really are only three kinds of New Atheist blog articles:
- Attack critics of New Atheism
- Defend leaders of New Atheism
- Ridicule the religious.
And there’s a reason for this. No celebrity or broadly popular New Atheist is qualified to comment with any authority on politics, geo-politics, history, the Middle East, religious scholarship etc. Thus New Atheists are left with only three avenues to make sense of today’s headlines: attack, defend, ridicule. They call this “intellectualism.”

Sunday

ATHEIST FLAME FORM


Dear Bwight Afeeist

I am refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view. You make silence a wonderful thing to look forward to. However I took exception to your recent scribble

I note that:
[X] You were speaking outside your area of expertise
[X] You demonstrated no knowledge of philosophy which is the domain of logic and reason
[X] You demonstrated no knowledge of philosophy of religion which is what you are participating in every time you mention God
[X] You demonstrated no knowledge of the 21st century concepts of the religion that you mentioned

Your attention is drawn to the fact that:
[X] You mindlessly posted the same boring thoughtless cut and paste answers of other atheists with no qualification in the subject area
[X] You repeatedly assumed unwarranted intellectual superiority
[X] You used logical fallacies such as category error, strawman fallacy and special pleading
[X] You have no positive argument for atheism

It is recommended that you:
[X] Get an education in philosophy
[X] Devote your life to converting people to atheism in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
[X] Start up an Atheist Weason Wally to support other people with your unfortunate affliction

QUESTIONS TO UNDERSTAND YOU BETTER:
[X] Are you able to read religious texts in any manner other than identical to a Christian fundamentalist?
[X] Exactly how relevant to daily life is your atheism compared to a-invisiblepinkunicornism, a-fairyism, a-flyingspaghettimonsterism, a-santaclausism, a-toothfairyism and a-leprechaunism?
[X] How does your adopted empiricism, scientism and humanism directly and logically flow from a lack of belief in a God?
[X] How does one physically measure a non-physical God?
[X] Were you in the special class at school?
[X] Are you from the shallow end of the gene pool?
[X] Do you want fries with that?
[X] Are you able to answer in something other than grunts or swear words?

Please save this message and review it occasionally to determine your progress toward being;
[X] a tolerable afeeist
[X] a fully-functional human being
[X] integrated into humanity
[X] re-integrated into the wild

If what you don't know can't hurt you, you're practically invulnerable.

Thank you for taking the time to read this flame form.

"It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims to be an atheist, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane." - Dick Dorkins

Thursday

MARK TINDALL "I LOVE YOU (FOR BEV)"

My latest song "I Love You (For Bev) " from the 2016 album "The Place" - original rock available for free download.  http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13373781

LYRICS

I love you
I love you with all my heart
I love you
I love you with all my soul
I love you
I love you with all my strength
I love you
I love you with all my life

I want you
I want you

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Monday

MARK TINDALL "EVERYTHING'S CERTAIN"



My latest song "Everything's Certain" from the 2016 album "The Place" - original rock available for free download.

SOUNDCLICK http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13319113

YOUTUBE https://youtu.be/2KSB3VwdmVE

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Friday

MARK TINDALL "THAT URBAN GROOVE



My latest song "That Urban Groove" from the 2016 album "The Place" - original rock available for free download. http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13292490

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LYRICS

CHORUS:

I’m city bred, I love that urban groove
Constant change, always on the move
Meet with friends, view the sites
Dance all night under neon light
I’m city bred, I love that urban groove

VERSES:

Keep your hat, your rusty ute
Keep your bale of hay
Keep your hut on your outback farm
Living far away

Keep your twang, your way out west
Keep your cowboy dream
Keep your barn, your broken fence
Keep your old world steam

BRIDGE:

Whatever your taste, whatever your creed
Whatever your faith, whatever your need
It’s in that urban groove

Keep your flanno and nasal drawl
Keep your yodel noise
Keep your dog and cattle poo
Keep your band of boys

Keep your tractor and your banjo
Keep your fading past
Chew your wheat, milk the crowd
Keep your horse and cart

Sunday

MARK TINDALL "JUST A SIMPLE SONG"



My latest song "Just A Simple Song" from the 2015 album "The Place" available for free download.
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LYRICS

Just a simple song to let you know I’m here
Just a simple song to let you know I’m near
One love to stay
Two hearts in play
Just a simple song to let you know I’m here

CHORDAL SEQUENCE

1.
F Dm / C / F Dm / C
F Dm / C / F Dm / C
G / Am / G / Am
F Dm / C /G / C

2.
6/8 F dim7 / Ab dim7 / B dim7 / C

3.
//:C Em / F G:// 4x
//:C Csus4 C:// 4x

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Tuesday

WHAT IF I'M WRONG?

Some very basic philosophical questions: "What really matters to you? How should you then live?" You can find out the answer by measuring the time you spend on certain activities. This is relevant to atheists, theists, agnostics and non-theists. If any person associated with those groups spends the majority of their time telling other people how they should live their lives then they probably don't have much of an "authentic" life ( to quote atheist Jean-Paul Sartre). They are, instead, totally consumed with ensuring everyone else has the exact same world-view as themselves and are thus "inauthentic".

I'd rather live my own life and enjoy it than spend my life consumed with telling others what to do and how they are wrong because they don't share my worldview.

An "inauthentic" life becomes worse when, if you follow some of the new atheists, you are supposed to spend at least part of it mocking the views of others. Mocking is not a logic argument. Therefore my question is: "Is it far more important to spend the vast majority of your limited time telling others that they are wrong rather than living your own finite life? What is the benefit of such a life both to oneself and to others?" Whatever your answer, it is equally relevant to atheists, theists, agnostics and non-theists.

Of course, the other huge philosophical question is: "What if I am wrong and I have spent the majority of my finite life telling people to follow my error?"