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(Washington Post)   Meet Sigfried Gold, an atheist who credits losing 110 pounds and saving his family with praying three times a day to a "spiritual being" he created that he named "God." "That's a big hole in atheist life. Some atheists are saying, 'Let's fill it.'"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 216
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2013-06-25 02:59:05 PM
In related news, the placebo effect is a real thing.
 
2013-06-25 03:24:38 PM
He is an Atheist heretic!

The streets will flow with the blood of the non-believers of non-believing...I mean those who believe that non-believers should believe something...you shouldn't be a non-believer who b...you know what, could you just make your non-believing be a little less believ-ey?
 
2013-06-25 03:39:11 PM
I remember listening to Camille Paglia on the radio a few years ago and getting very upset at her suggestion that humans need some form of spirituality in their life in order to be happy. I still don't agree with her, but within my own life I've recognized that there might be some benefit from pursuing something akin to spiritualism. I've begun meditating, and I've learned to seek and cherish experiences that other people might describe as spiritual as part of an effort to bring joy and peace into my life. I don't believe in anything that might be described as supernatural, but I wouldn't assert that all human experiences that have been traditionally associated with religion or spirituality are useless.
 
2013-06-25 04:33:23 PM
We're not laughing with you, we're laughing at you.
 
2013-06-25 05:30:35 PM
If you "need" to worship and pray to something, why not just do like George Carlin and worship the sun and pray to Joe Pesci? At least they both exist!
 
2013-06-25 05:49:19 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: I've found vigorous exercise burns more calories than vigorous prayer, but maybe I'm just not lifting enough spiritual weight or giving my faith enough recovery time.


Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains, that's a lot of calories burned.
 
2013-06-25 07:12:57 PM

nocturnal001: In related news, the placebo effect is a real thing.


Yep, a real thing with a neurological basis that been shown repeatedly in neuroimaging papers.  Just because God may not be real doesn't mean you can't trick your brain into believing it.  I've already explained this earlier in the thread, but people like flinging poo more
 
2013-06-25 07:17:48 PM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: Voiceofreason01: SphericalTime: What in the 72 hells? My gods that makes no sense to me.

This has to be fake

Atheism has a distinct lack of spontaneous expressions of disbelief and incredulity. Christians have "Jesus Christ", Jews have "Oy vey", punk rock Jews have "Oi vey", Muslims have something that probably translates to "where is my bomb/vest". Atheists open their mouths and have nothing. It can be very frustrating.

I've taken to exclaiming "Knights of Columbus!" and "Great Odin's beard!"


I used to use "My God!" But I've traded up to "My gods!" just to make it more clear that I don't believe in the gods that I'm exclaiming on. The 72 hells thing was a joke though.
 
2013-06-25 07:59:52 PM

RobSeace: If you "need" to worship and pray to something, why not just do like George Carlin and worship the sun and pray to Joe Pesci? At least they both exist!


Because there's that one in a million chance that Pesci might overhear my prayers and take it as an invitation to start hanging around my house. To get the guy out, I'll have to start praying to DeNiro, and to get rid of DeNiro, I'll have to pray to Pacino, and I'm not sure what happens after that but I think it involves the old lady swallowing a horse to catch the fly and then she explodes and everyone's dead. That's a pretty drastic outcome just for making my usual prayer for a decent parking spot outside the Five Guys.
 
2013-06-25 08:43:35 PM
Wow.  I know this guy but haven't seen him in years...
 
2013-06-25 10:01:35 PM

Farking Canuck: untaken_name: Atheism is the worst religion ever.

Anvils are the worst boats ever.


Yes, which is why people who are ACTUALLY rational don't try making anvils into boats. Because it's stupid. Like atheism.
 
2013-06-25 10:48:18 PM

untaken_name: Farking Canuck: untaken_name: Atheism is the worst religion ever.

Anvils are the worst boats ever.

Yes, which is why people who are ACTUALLY rational don't try making anvils into boats. Because it's stupid. Like atheism.


Woosh
 
2013-06-26 12:19:03 AM
How interesting.
 
2013-06-26 01:22:03 AM
*sigh*

OK, miracle proven.

We shall now all obey the nonsensical arbitrary edicts of any pudgy middle-aged man who claims to speak for the Creator of the Universe.

Can I send you some money?

You know, to help out our Lord the Eternal Omniscient All-Powerful God, the poor financially-naive creature?
 
2013-06-26 02:27:38 AM

Alonjar: As an atheist, I must say I am highly confident that I would lead a much happier more fulfilling life if I could convince myself that there was a god, my place in the universe was "meant to be",  and that I should be doing things for a higher purpose than stimulating my bodies receptors until they cease to function.

Oh well.


Really? I've known so many people who seemed to genuinely believe that, yet were still nasty, envious, bitter wastes of breath.
 
2013-06-26 11:21:42 AM

letrole: Atheism is a Religion.


God evolved.
 
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