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...

Variations of Human Interaction: ethical, unethical, good, bad, or evil?

To me, ethical or good and bad, unethical or evil are variations of human interaction not in any way in reality attached to some other worldly opinions. Good, Bad or Evil to me have nothing to do with superstition nonsense like sin or violations of some arbitrary religious obligations. In the age of reason we are not limited to myths or religion moral theorizing. To better grasp a naturalistic morality one should see the perspective of how there is a self-regulatory effect on the self-evaluative moral emotions, such as shame and guilt. Broadly conceived, self-regulation distinguishes between two types of motivation: approach/activation and avoidance/inhibition. one should conceptually understand the socialization dimensions (parental restrictiveness versus nurturance), associated emotions (anxiety versus empathy), and forms of morality (proscriptive versus prescriptive) that serve as precursors to each self-evaluative moral emotion. As atheists or even the scientific evidence minded we can realizing the bad unethical or harm behavior which causes moral outrage (what I deem as evil) no longer should be confused as tied to mystic religious questions with their superstition answers or even left as questions only for philosophy. . But more rightly the questions of good, ethical or bad, unethical and evil behaviors must also involve formal axiology, psychology, sociology, neurology, biology as well as should be viewed from an evolutionary perspective. I hope I am always strong enough to put my morality at the forefront in all I do, so much so, that it is obvious in the ways I think and behave. All religions have some form of self-shaming institution such as “sin” or its equivalent such as karma or something else often...

Anti-religion not Anti-people

Anti-religion not Anti-people I want to make sure everyone knows where I stand, I am against all religions and all gods but I am not against the people who believe in such nonsense. I am not trying to attack them to destroy them or anything like that. Instead I care for them for I too was once so lost in indoctrination. I am not at war with them rather I feel I am fighting for them against the lies that trap and cage them, often from birth. I don’t see myself as an executioner killing off their beloved beliefs, I see myself as emancipator assisting them in finding their own freedom out of the shackles of being belief blind, back to natural reality which presents itself as godless devoid of magical powers. Attack Thinking and Not People When I say attack thinking and not people. Some people seem to think I am relatively saying we should not hold people accountable for any beliefs. I most definitely hold people accountable for hateful thinking against other people which can motivate bad or harmful behaviors. Furthermore, while I may strive to not attack people I do hold all people accountable for their bad or harmful behavior. Beliefs are mental objects not in the world and relatively are not at much a threat as behavior which is an external interaction in the world that has a large chance to be a threat and possible harm. I Feel Good doing Good Some people seem to require threats of hell or rewards in heaven to be good to others or to even care. But I...