Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I was doing some research and was looking for the University of Minnesota study on atheism from a few years ago as I couldn't find the copy I'd saved. So I ran across an about.com article about it which I thought was pretty slick. But then I saw that the StumbleUpon designation for the article was Pornography!
This is nothing new. It happened to numerous articles (and my blog!) a while back including several articles of mine and articles by quite a few by others. The articles and blogs in question were about atheist issues and GLBT issues.
It's a nasty thing to do - it counters the positive effect of social bookmarking and also makes the articles show up as pornography on search engine results.
I put out the word today to report the about.com article as not porn so it should be fine in a day or two. But if you have a StumbleUpon account, it couldn't hurt to check it out and while you are at it, check any atheist or GLBT articles you may have bookmarked to see if they've been similarly re-categorized.
The category has now been changed to atheist agnostic.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I have a tool on my Squidoo account which tracks where my page views come from. One portion of it is dedicated to search engine traffic. Every time a phrase is used in a search engine which brings a surfer to my pages, that phrase is recorded in that dashboard utility. I've been collecting some interesting ones on my atheist relevant lenses for the last month.
Here are a few of those phrases, unedited for your pleasure:
*atheist dont believe something came out of nothing
*atheist explain how the human race came to be
*i don't believe in god. so where did we come from
*an atheist's view on how we came to be
*atheistic views on the origins of the universe
*how atheists explain big bang
*an atheist`s view of the origin of evil
*atheism view of after life
*why atheist dont believe in god
*how many people in america dont believe in god
*non believer in god/denies god beliefs
*why do atheists have morals
*why atheist attack other religions
*questions you would ask an atheist
*was hitler an atheist
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
After getting in a few (heated) discussions about what spirituality is I decided to write a Squidoo page on it. So, I've created a Squidoo lens called Atheist Spirituality. It's a little rough yet but I'm hoping to show that the intense emotions often associated with belief are not exclusive to theists.
I think it's all a matter of how your beliefs frame your experiences. Religious people will likely find religious significance in life changing experiences. Non-religious people will have the same, profound experiences but won't attribute them to the supernatural.