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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. That article about the computer praying for you is DANGEROUSLY close to Douglas Adams territory.

    In the first Dirk Gently book, there was a civilization that made electric monks to believe things for them so they could get on with their lives. I hope that’s the next step here, as well!

  2. @Expatria: “close to Douglas Adams territory”

    Also Roger Zelazney who had a praying machine in Lord of Light. He also penned the still wickedly funny Agnostic’s Prayer:

    “Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which you may be eligible after the destruction of your body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure your receiving said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen. “

  3. One of the major premisses behind the requirement to report suspected child abuse is that people who are emotionally involved in such a situation make lousy investigators. Nothing in this story tells me the girl lied. It wasn’t the preacher’s call, and the judge should have held him accountable.

  4. When I read the headline about the pastor I mistakenly thought it would be about spanking in the Paul Reubens sense. Definitely more serious.

    I’m not too sure about the atheist day thing. The only reason to be proud of being an atheist is because others are so fucking loud and obnoxious about their religious beliefs. I’m not proud to be an atheist, I’m proud to be an analytical thinker with an open mind living an examined life. It’s this quality that has led me directly to atheism and, I believe, keep me there forever.

    I wish there were a way to have the uber-religious shut the fuck up without having to resort to the same tactics used by every religious and nationalist group in the history of mankind.

    Perhaps smashing them over the head with baseball bats while yelling, “Where’s your God now, byatch!” would be more appropriate.

  5. They have computers for prayer, but why do I still not have a computer that will complete my work for my one true Lord and Master: College?

    @SloFox: Perhaps smashing them over the head with baseball bats while yelling, “Where’s your God now, byatch!” would be more appropriate.
    This is always appropriate in my book.

  6. For the last few years that I was a parole officer I was the sex offender officer. Right near the end I had a man in his early 20’s get out of prison. He had molested his sister when she was 5 or 6 years old and he was 17 or 18. The rape went on for a few years before it came out. He was released to his grandmother since his victim lived with his parents. The grandmother came in with him and told me that she new the victim was a liar and that the rapist hadn’t done what he had plead guilty too. It came out that they had been blaming the victim for the four years that the rapist was in prison. I reported it all to CPS and did my best but I doubt the girl ever received the help she needed.

  7. If I landed the job of putting together the album art for Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat out of Hell IV’ I would totally stick Brian right on the cover. Brian’s far more awesome than I can ever hope to be.

  8. I’m not proud to be an atheist

    Yes, it reminds me of Phillip Larkin saying something along the lines of his not being a poet so much as someone who wrote poems. Atheism isn’t really an ontological state.

    For the largely American audience who maybe don’t know Larkin’s writing, I recommend for the skepticla audience, Church Going

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/church-going/

    and then for fun, This be the Verse:

    http://www.artofeurope.com/larkin/lar2.htm

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