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Talks, Speeches & Interviews
Thursday, 28 August 2008 09:51

Disabled siblings hidden for 40 years

A Palestinian couple locked their disabled son and daughter in two stinking, urine-stained rooms for four decades out of fear they would ruin the marriage prospects of a healthy child if discovered, police said today... Last year, a 17-year-old youth with mental disabilities who was thrown into a large garbage bin. The boy had scars on his stomach, neck, hands and feet where he'd apparently been tied up...The siblings' father, Ibrahim Musalmeh, married his first cousin decades ago and had eight children - five disabled children who died in childhood, Nawal and Bassam, and another son, who has since married... Arab communities often favour marriages between first cousins as a way of keeping inheritances within the family. It is not considered incest, and there is little awareness that marriage between close relatives increases the chances of having children with disabilities. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Friday, 08 August 2008 08:37

What Some People Believe

Sam Harris talks about the beliefs of many Americans.
Friday, 01 August 2008 08:03

Martian soil 'could support life'

Martian soil appears to contain sufficient nutrients to support life - or, at least, asparagus - Nasa scientists believe. Preliminary analysis by the $420m (?210m) Phoenix Mars Lander mission on the planet's soil found it to be much more alkaline than expected... "We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life, whether past, present or future," said Tufts University's Professor Sam Kounaves. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Friday, 01 August 2008 08:01

Nasa's lander samples Mars water

Nasa's Phoenix lander spacecraft has for the first time identified water in a sample of soil collected from the planet's surface...Scientists will now be able to begin studying the sample to see whether the planet was ever, or is, habitable. (Source) PERSONAL COMMENT: This is a breakthrough. Water, one of the most crucial ingredients of life, is actually found on another planet!
Published in Scientific Advances
A DEADLY 17-bomb terrorist attack on the Indian city of Ahmedabad just one day after eight blasts rocked the southern city of Bangalore has left Indians wondering which city will be targeted next. Up to 45 people were killed and about 150 injured in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the western state of Gujarat, when bombs went off across the city over 70 minutes on Saturday night. This followed a 35-minute series of bomb blasts across Bangalore on Friday afternoon which left two dead. (Source)
Wednesday, 25 June 2008 16:16

Muslim Polygamists In Western Societies

Polygamy is illegal in western countries, including Australia. Marriage is between a man and a woman: not a man and many women. But some muslims have more than one wives. Attorney-General Robert McClelland asserts that this is not to continue. Sheik Khalil Chami says, 'Why not change the law?'. (Source)
Monday, 23 June 2008 20:53

Ice Found On Mars

A breakthrough in space exploration: Ice may have been found on Mars. The implications of this, if it is indeed ice opens up a lot of possibilities, considering that water is vital to life. If there is water in Mars then we ask: how abundant is water in terrestrial planets, in our solar system or in others? [youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=t2ssGtZjtkk[/youtube]
Published in Scientific Advances
So, the Anglican church conducted its very first gay wedding in the UK. "An Anglican church has held a homosexual "wedding" for the first time in a move that will deepen the rift between liberals and traditionalists. Two male priests exchanged vows and rings in a ceremony using one of the church's most traditional wedding rites - a decision seen as blasphemous by conservatives." (Source) The day finally came for gays to be able to wed in church. Not only that, the first couple to be wed were two priests! Who would have thought. Religion is evolving.
Monday, 16 June 2008 21:58

Earth-Like Planets Discovered

Scientists have spotted three earth-like planets in a nearby solar system, making them wonder whether earth-like planets are very common in the universe. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Saturday, 14 June 2008 07:34

US bishops reject stem cell research

Scientists say stem cell therapy holds great medical promise, including treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's...but US bishops stop them from doing their research. (More)

Book On Reason

The Tyranny Of God by Marquez Comelab - Book on Religion, Science, Reason, Faith, Atheism and Reasonism

The Tyranny Of God


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Is there a God? Where do the animals, plants and human beings come from? Are scriptures the words of gods? Does religion teach us to live moral lives? Why do so many people kill and are killed over it? How should we live our lives if God exists? How should we live it if God does NOT exist?

This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.

The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang.

REVIEW

"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."

- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)

Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea. 

How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict  but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.

I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.

- J. A. (Indonesia)

This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.

-FISHPOND REVIEW