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I feel so lucky to have been raised by Secular Humanist parents!
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I was raised as both, if one can believe it's possible, as a catholic and a believer in science, so I have always questioned everything I was told to be a complete truth. Since my Mother Graduated in Philosophy and used to teach History, she taught me to question the reasons of everything and that helped me not to become a believer, but still have faith - as awkward as it can be.
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Ha ha ha! LOL
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It ain't Friday yet!
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Next step in Evolution coming? :-)
Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they perceive weakness, they will amass an army and invade the land, too.
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That's what you get when you kill sharks😐
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And that's exactly the problem with religious fanatics!
"It's hard for a fanatic to admit a mistake.. Everything is the 'Lord's will'." - Lord Varys #GameofThrones #GoT · Embedded image. 6:52 a.m. - 24 May 2016. 111 Retweets167 likes. Reply to @GodlessUtopia. Replies. Sauron. May 24. Sauron @Lord_Of_Gifts. @GodlessUtopia Varys isn't actually a lord ...
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Game of Thrones is a fantasy world where gods (multiples!) actually do exist, next to magic, and dragons. 😉
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Great post by +Eitan Blumin. Worth the read!
 
Why does God take credit for the good things but not the bad?

Well, first of all, god doesn't "take" anything, because god doesn't exist.
It's the people who assign to him the credit.
But why do they do that?

In the past, when polytheism was prevalent, people used to assign the bad things to the gods as well, not just the good things. Gods were often seen as capricious, erratic, and even irrational in their "behavior". And while it better matched the reality of how nature "behaved", it would instill a strong sense of inconvenience in the hearts of people. Imagine having your life governed by a bunch of capricious, erratic and irrational powerful beings. Doesn't seem very nice, does it? Quite depressing, even. It can make you feel powerless and helpless in the face of such odds.

Enter Christianity: Here we have these new 'preachers' who go around talking about an "all-loving" and "perfect" god. Such that always has our best interest in his heart. Such that even 'sacrificed' his own life for our benefit.
After years living under the tyranny of capricious and sadistic beings, now all of a sudden it appears that it wasn't these powerful beings who were at fault at all... Because they didn't even exist. But it was us the humans who were at fault.

Now, all of a sudden the "power" to "fix" the world lays in our hands. And all we have to do? All we have to do is to "fix" our belief system. Just believe in a different god who is "the one true god". Suddenly the people don't feel powerless anymore. Suddenly the good fortunes and benefits are right behind the corner, and it's super easy to get there! All you have to do is say "I accept Jesus Christ as my lord and savior" and ABRACADABRA you are now without illness or sadness and you are "saved", if not in this life then in the next.

It's almost like voting in political elections:
You vote for the candidate who promises you the best things.

If people had not assigned the good things to their god, then their god is redundant and unnecessary. Such a belief system would simply not survive as a religion.

If people had assigned the bad things to their god, then it makes their god capricious and undesirable. You wouldn't want to "vote" for such a "candidate". It also makes the people feel powerless to fix the bad things that happen in their life.

Bottom line is:
People assign the good things to god, and the bad things to themselves, due to wishful thinking.
They wish to have the power to change things for the better (using minimum effort as possible), and they wish that the god they worship would be a good god - and therefore worthy of worship.

To this effect, Christianity is the result of "religious evolution" where the religion that sounds better to the people (i.e. tells them what they want to hear) is the religion that survives better than the rest (and not because it's more "true" than other religions).

Special thanks to +Atheist Republic for the inspiration to this post.

http://bigheadatheist.blogspot.com/2016/05/why-does-god-take-credit-for-good.html
Well, first of all, god doesn't "take" anything, because god doesn't exist. It's the people who assign to him the credit. But why do they do that? In the past, when polytheism was prevalent, people used to assign the ba...
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It is said that men are not the dreams of Gods, but rather Gods are the dreams of men.
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The TIE Fighter is the worst spacecraft in the Star Wars Universe

While I do think the TIE Fighter looks great in a menacing way, the author of this article is absolutely right that the design is pretty ridiculous for how the spaceship is supposed to handle.

And another issue not even mentioned by the author: should a pilot land the TIE Fighter anywhere except in a controlled space port, how is the pilot ever going to get from the cockpit to the ground or back into the cockpit again?
I’m sure there’s going to be lots of people who disagree with me on this. Sure, TIE fighters look cool, I get that. And this isn’t about politics — I’m not an Empire-voter, but they did at least provide a good system of academies, for example. This is about the TIE fighter being a stupid design, even in the fictitious reality of the Star Wars universe.
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Wasn't the entire point of the TIE Fighter that it was ridiculously cheap to manufacture? Kind of the like Sherman tank of the Galactic Empire. ;)
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And how is a non-Muslim to know what version of Islam is the 'right' Islam? A similar question can be asked when putting a Muslim and a Christian together who both claim the other one isn't following the correct faith.

The only conclusion to make is: all religion is false.
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Once and for all ... Are you a geek or a nerd (or as in my case, showing traits of both) ? :-)
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From the illustrations, I infer this is a quiz in which only white guys are invested in discovering the answer.
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I took the test at https://www.politicalcompass.org/test and got this nice certificate to show for it. :-)

So, where do you stand on the political compass ?
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Economic: -7.63, Social: -6.31

So what am I doing in the US?
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Do you know the difference between TORTUOUS and TORTUROUS? Do you know when to use DISCREET and when to use DISCRETE?
You may very well learn something by reading this interesting list!
 
English vocabulary is full of pitfalls that you might not be aware of. Don't let them trip you up.
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Calvin and Hobbes... Brilliant!
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Mostly your very average guy with a wife, a son and a daughter. Working full time to provide a decent living and enjoy a good life in my spare time.

A little bit of a geek, a little bit of a nerd, a little bit of a gamer, definitely a movie-lover. But I also love to read good books (sci-fi and fantasy mostly) and take long walks in nature (preferably in the mountains of Austria and Switzerland).

My Google passion
I love to keep updated on new technology and the ongoing developments in social media. I'm a big fan of all things Google: Gmail, Google+, Android, Nexus devicesIngress, and I use all of it on a daily basis. In Ingress I chose the Enlightened faction because it suits my progressive outlook at life and my sense of optimism for the future of Mankind. :-)

Travel
I like to travel to new interesting places to experience different sights, sounds and cultures. But I also love to return to my own cosy comfy home again. Countries I've visited so far are: Belgium, Germany, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Singapore and The Philippines.

Photography
Late 2011 I bought a mirror-less interchangeable lens camera, the Sony NEX C3, which sports an excellent APS-C sensor. Some nice photos taken with it are shared in this G+ photo album here. Please feel free to visit the album and leave comments on my photos there.

My old hobby: pencil drawing
Some 20 years ago I had a hobby of making pencil drawings of beautiful women. Recently I scanned them and put them in an album. A selection of these drawings are visible publicly here. The full album is not publicly visible because of some nudity. Anyone who likes to view all of the uncensored drawings can just ask me for full access to that album.

Belief, or rather lack thereof
I've been born and raised into a Humanist family. I've attended a Protestant-Christian elementary school, not because of the religion but because their education quality was higher than that of the Catholic and the Public elementary schools situated next to it. 
For the same reason I attended a Catholic secondary school because it was better than the Public secondary school. During my teenager years I got involved with the Pentecostal Church but realised it's not for me. I've also studied about Zen Buddhism which is more a philosophy than a religion. More recently I read an abridged Dutch translation of the Quran to know more about that religion as well. 
But all these ventures into different religions make me realise only more that I am an unbeliever to the core of my being. I can't accept or believe in something that denies or conflicts with scientific findings and generally accepted scientific theories. I also don't entertain superstitions or other irrational fears. I prefer rationality. :-) So if you want to classify me, I'd say I am a Secular Humanist.
For any theist (religious believer) who has questions or doubts, this is a good website to visit and read up about it: God is imaginary.
I'm also not interested in engaging in debates/arguments about religion, for all the possible arguments that theists can come up with have already been countered by far greater minds than me, and in a much better way than I ever could. So, any theist who feels like arguing about his/her faith, please go here instead: So you're a theist who wants to comment on an atheist blog, read this first. 
Bragging rights
Read The Lord of the Rings (in Dutch) when I was 12. Was an early adopter of Google (Search) when everyone else still used Altavista, of Gmail when everyone else still used Hotmail, of G+ when everyone else still used Facebook. Proud owner of an Android phone and an Android tablet.
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