This is the fourth in a series of six essays by St. Cloud freethinker Joel Bartos.
There is no afterlife. Once you are brain dead you are in permanent blackout.
Everything that makes us conscious is in our brains. There are neurotransmitters, chemical-electrical impulses generated that make all of our thoughts, imagination, comprehension and memory, etc. When we die, all of this chemical-electrical activity comes to a halt. It ceases to exist. How can anything go on?
Your heart can stop, but your brain can still be functioning. You are not dead until a part in the brain stem shuts down and you die at that moment with no recovery.
A lot depends on how one dies. For example one can die suddenly in their sleep. One can get hit by a car, have a heart attack, pneumonia, etc.
Near death experiences involve feeling peace, seeing a tunnel, seeing relatives, etc. Generally a pleasant experience for those you have experienced it. Even an atheist had a near death experience and saw aliens and a red light. But you are not conscious of dreams nor near death experiences until after you start to wake up/regain consciousness. So if you never wake up or regain consciousness, you would never know you had the dream nor near death experience.
This is the third in a series of six essays by St. Cloud freethinker Joel Bartos.
Religious fantasy: Life is fair because heaven rewards good people and suffering, while bad people get punished with hell. But no crime is worth getting punished with torment forever. And some people suffer more than others on earth in the same number of years, then get equal rewards in heaven.
Life is more complicated. Some people, in their lifetime, do 99 good things and one bad. Some do 70 good and 30 bad. Some do equal amounts good and bad. How do you divide people up to go to heaven or hell? Rich people can be good or bad. Poor people can be good or bad. There is everything across the board.
For religious people there must be a disconnect with what they believe and what they observe in reality. This probably trips them up fairly often.
This is the second in a series of six essays by St. Cloud freethinker Joel Bartos.
In 400 years of science, no legitimate scientist or scientific instrument has ever detected anything other than matter, energy and space. No legitimate scientific instrument has ever detected anything supernatural. No scientific instrument can detect a God particle. How can there be something where there is nothing?
In 400 years of science, nothing has defied the theories and Laws of science. No miracle has taken place that has defied any of those theories or Laws. All throughout the Universe the Laws of Nature (science) are the same. The Laws of Science do not allow for a God.
Randomness. In our world and in the Universe, almost everything is random. Particle motions and collisions are random. Car accidents are random. Animals eating each other is random. When people die or get sick is random as a whole. The galaxies in the universe collide on random. The list goes on. There is no rhyme or reason. One can try to make sense of things by making up rules, but there will always be things that do not make sense. But...as soon as one sees that it is all random, then it ALL makes sense. There is no room for a God in the randomness of the Universe.
This is the first in a series of essays by St. Cloud freethinker Joel Bartos.
I am an Atheist because I know too much about science, reality, and the way the brain, world and universe operates to be anything else. The Laws of Science do not allow for a God, an afterlife nor anything supernatural.
As an Atheist my belief system (in my brain) agrees with what the outside world (external reality) is dictating. Nothing throws me a curve ball nor throws me for a loop, so I tend to be more stable mentally.
I tend to feel superior because I know things that most people do not know. They say religion is mass delusion, and I can see that.
I am an Atheist because it is better to know the truth. I am awake now. If I went back to believing in God and supernatural phenomenon, it would be like going back to playing with Legos and Hot Wheels. I could, but I would know it is not real life.
On October 20,2014 the Central Minnesota Freethinkers are proud to present a program by Greg Laden, noted writer about climate change, evolution, science education and more at National Geographic, Science Blogs and other venues. His presentation will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall in St. Cloud at 7:00. The admission is free and the program is open to all who wish to attend.
While trained as a biological anthropologist and archeologist and having research experience at many locations in the United States and in the Congo and South Africa, and, having taught at several colleges and universities, today he mostly engages in climate change related science communication.