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Don’t Spend Your Life Chasing Invisible Shadows

Don’t Spend Your Life Chasing Invisible Shadows Belief in gods are proof that one has stopped looking for answers in reality. Generally, they favor a conceived reality which is a misrepresentation, confusion, denial, and delusion of reality from what it is to what they wish, to what they think, or to what they are told to think about “reality.” However, the conception of reality they arrive at or welcome is but a misrepresentation, confusion, denial, and delusion of reality. These such “worldviews” are made of what they think, not what is, or what they are led to believe about reality and not what actually is found in reality. Often, such flawed thinking includes what they are limited to believe, which positions one’s reality conceptions on a distorted path that under such confusion could be understood by then as real (blended fantasy with reality) even if it’s not, rather than the real truth of what reality actually is. No, instead, they have joined the world of fantasy, horribly meshing the real world and the world of make-believe. Such “worldviews” are like their own rabbit hole to know were land, in which they have become confused about what truly is or could be true and in the process of such thinking they generally see their chosen make-believe and what is true as one and the same, when they are not at all. All gods are make-believe, a blight of our own creation and yet still too many believe it was these made up gods that did the original creating, which demonstrates part of an extreme confusion about what is real. What...

Utilizing Dignity?

Utilizing Dignity   Dignity Enrichment: 1. acceptance of thinking or behavior, 2. show understanding, and 3. offer support for who and what they are.   Dignity Attacks: 1. critical challenge of thinking or behavior, 2. expose confution or irrationalism, and 3. offer rebuttal or rebuke of who and what they are. Attacking the Person? I strive to attack thinking and not people but I sometimes may use dignity attacks or character attacks about behavior or thinking people are doing. I only say things they can quickly fix or change. Then I will pressure them to change it. My point in doing this is help mirror the bad or errored thinking or behavior so they can change if they wish I try to never do it to hurt anyone as I see this as not a productive and potentially abusive. However, if I only spend my time pointing fingers have I not wasted times I could have also offered helping hands. Thus, even though somethings things need to be harshly pointed out so to is there a need to be involved in the benefit of helping where we can. May my drive to help not be somehow silenced just because there is a need to fight all that is wrong. I want to thank everyone throughout my life that have treated me with compassion and kindness. From something as simple as a smile or comforting word, to things that create impacts so big they were life altering; you have written with the pen of love across my heart and have helped me be a person who strives to also show...

Satanism More or Less

  I see satanism as kind of having three main divisions: philosophic-atheistic, mystic/animistic, and theistic. I am sometimes asked by religious/theists if I am a Satanist thinking all atheists must actually be a satanist, possibly thinking if one does not believe = just don’t like, thus working for some anti-god (satanist to them), rather than the antitheist that I am, no satanism required and for most antitheists they to will likely not be satanists. I will speak for myself that I have nothing to do with satan nor do I follow satanism at all but here go, I will offer the general explanations to inform those who don’t know or are interested. Damien Marie AtHope: Axiological Atheist, Anti-theist, Anti-religionist, Secular Humanist. Rationalist, Writer, Artist, Poet, Philosopher, Advocate, Activist, with schooling in Psychology and Sociology as well as an Autodidact in Science, Archeology, Anthropology, and Philosophy. Damien Promotes Science, Realism, Axiology, Liberty, Justice, Ethics, Anarchism, Socialism, Progressivism, Liberalism, Philosophy, Psychology, Archaeology, and Anthropology; advocating for Sexual, Gender, Child, Secular, LGBTQIA+, Race, Class Rights and Equality. Satanism is a belief or social phenomenon that features the veneration or admiration of Satan or similar figure for some brands of Satanism but not all nor always in the same way or not necessarily always the same figure. Satanism may also refer to: LaVeyan Satanism, the movement founded by Anton LaVey Theistic Satanism, the worship of Satan as a deity Our Lady of Endor Coven, a cult founded by Herbert Arthur Sloane The Satanic Temple, a religious political activist group promoting secularism and bodily autonomy Satanic ritual abuse, a moral panic that occurred near the end of the 20th...

Scientific Realism & Scientific Anti-Realism?

Though scientists are likely to hold philosophic scientific realism & anti-realism conclusions they may hold such opinions without understanding they actually hold such a stance. This mainly is because many scientists rarely become philosophical about what their equations mean for reality.   The following two theses will help us in the formulation of realism and anti-realism: The observable thesis: We can have knowledge of the observable aspects of the world. The unobservable thesis: We can have knowledge of the unobservable aspects of the world.   Here is the scientific Realism & scientific anti-realism theories more defined:   Scientific Realism   Scientific Realism: We can have knowledge of the observable aspects of the world. Likewise we can have knowledge of the unobservable aspects of the world. Or we have very good reason to believe that the unobservable entities postulated by well-confirmed theories exist. Scientific Realism: Science aims to produce, and has succeeded in producing, true/approximately true claims about both the observable and the unobservable aspects of the world.   Scientific Anti-Realism   1. Scientific Anti-Realism “Constructive empiricism”: We have no good reason to suppose that such entities exist. The evidence which supports scientific theories supports only the claim that such theories are “empirically adequate” – that what they say about observable entities is true. We have no reason to suppose that what they say about unobservable entities is true.   2. Scientific Anti-Realism “Instrumentalism”: This is a thesis about the meaning of “theoretical” terms (i.e. terms which appear to refer to unobservable entities). Instrumentalists claim that such terms don’t really refer to any such entities. A theory employing theoretical terms...

Grief While Having Atheistic Disbelief

“Damien, I have a question for you. I am a hospice nurse. I am an atheist. What is the best way to comfort my patients after the priest visits…and questions their ability to “go to heaven”. This has happened more than once. While religiosity is a sign of delirium, calming a patient from that state is extremely difficult, no matter how much haledol you have. They are still convinced they will burn in hell because a priest told them they ” don’t know” what will happen. What can I say? The priests tend to horrify them with the Lazerus story. What can I do…to comfort them….which in turn..comforts a family?”   My response, I would check out: http://www.griefbeyondbelief.org/ “The aim of Grief Beyond Belief is to facilitate peer-to-peer grief support for atheists, Humanists, and other Freethinkers by providing spaces free of religion, spiritualism, mysticism, and evangelism in which to share sorrow and offer the comfort of rational compassion.”   As far as my advice, well try to have eyes of love. You don’t have to compete with religion, instead show what is real, care and compassion. I value humanity, so I strive to put people over beliefs or disbeliefs, we are all valuable humans needing kindness in times of trouble. I would just be human, comforting, listening, understanding and accepting them as a fellow being of dignity and try to share my humanity as best I can. I may also not focus on morning the suffering or possible loss but would celebrate their life talk about their value to you and others or to the world or just what they...

To Find You Must First Look

If I never look, I will always find only what I am looking for, which is, simply, nothing if I never looked. However, if I truly seek truth, I may find more than I could imagine. If you only look for nothing, you will find nothing. However, to look earnestly, you will always find a new truth waiting to be found. Be willing to look and be a truth seeker. When you believe you can have little or no facts and need only faith, you demonstrate no real love of truth. I implore you be a rationalist and accepting nothing but facts upon facts connected to reality. Faith is a proclamation of belief in the absence of or contrary to evidence. Faith is not a reasoned virtue; it is the vice of emotionalism. If it requires faith to see a thing as real, then you are admitting such a thing has nothing to do with reality. Can you not see that in the acquisition of knowledge faith, as a method is not worth believing in? Critical thinking requires you to work on your thinking continually, to make your thinking the object of thought, to make your behavior the object of your thinking, and to make your beliefs the object of your thinking. For example, take your religious thinking: All over the world, there are many belief systems and each is certain of its truth on the evidence devoid property of faith. As such, on average if you are raised where buddhism is most common, then you become a buddhist. If you are raised where hinduism is most common, then...