Author: Bill Flavell

How to prove you have a soul

The human brain has many functions. Some functions keep our bodies working such as controlling our temperature, breathing, moving muscles, providing balance and so on. Other functions relate to our personalities, such as memory, desires, language, learning, emotions, problem-solving, planning and much more. Neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered that brain regions are highly specialized...

The AAI interviews: Amaka Rea

Amaka is the founder of the NIGERIAN Atheist/Humanist/FreeThinkers Sanctuary Facebook group. Amaka talks to John Richards about this active group, which has over 16,000 members, and much more.

Justice or Bigotry?

PART II Having struck out the Atheist Society of Nigeria’s (ASN) case on grounds of locus standi (standing), Chief Justice Godwln Abraham’s job was done (however imperfectly). He had concluded, in his own words, “the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case”. But that did not deter him from hearing the case anyway! Did he do a better job teasing apart the evidence and the ...

Justice or Bigotry?

Photo: ASN officers at Uyo awaiting the judgment. Front row from left to right: Isaiah Akorita (Public Relations Officer); Freeborn Amadi (Secretary); Opadeyi Adebayo (President) PART I The case brought by the Atheist Society of Nigeria (ASN) against the Governor of Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria came to a conclusion on Friday, July 26th when Chief Justice Godwin Abraham handed down his judgment. The ...

What did our ancestors know?

It is undeniable that human knowledge has advanced exponentially over the past few hundred years. Two keys enabled us to unlock this knowledge: the first was a willingness to put aside some of the superstitions that our forefathers handed down to us; the second was discovering reliable methods to uncover the universe’s slippery secrets—the scientific method. These keys have allowed us to see...

If evolution needed faith

Imagine I argued evolution must be true because it makes me feel wonderful when I think about it. Or, when challenged to explain why I believe in evolution, I simply ask “What do you think created you?” Or maybe I would say, “It’s a matter of faith. I don’t expect you to understand if you have no faith.” I could ask you to TRY to believe in evolution.  If you re...

How to Read The Bible

The Bible starts with a creation myth. The universe did not begin in the way described, nor were the Earth and solar system formed in the way described, nor did life come about in the way described. Furthermore, the description of the Earth, sun, moon, stars and firmament are wildly wrong. I suppose, we could forgive this myth, once you realise it was a guess made by people who did not even have a...

How to spot invented gods

As far as I can see, every one of the thousands of gods humans have worshiped have one thing in common—they all initially revealed themselves to just one person. And scripture, if it was written, was written in that person’s local language. For gods who earnestly wish every single human to be aware of them, that must be the worst possible way to become known. The initial problem is for the f...

How religions die

The genes that are dominant in any population, are those that are most successfully passed from one generation to the next. Eventually, the most successful genes will be found in almost every member of a population. The same is true of religions. Changing environmental pressures can disadvantage previously successful genes, reducing their transmission to the next generation thus causing them to be...

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I used to be an atheist…

I bet every atheist has heard Christians claiming that they used to be an atheist. When I hear that, I always ask them why they were an atheist and invariably discover that they were not really atheists at all—they were lazy Christians. Instead of praying/going to church they preferred drinking/sex/drugs/gambling or other self-indulgent pursuits. Then I ask why they changed their minds and they al...

Akwa Ibom Government files its defense

It is a truism that the wheels of Justice grind exceeding slow. This is certainly the case in Nigeria where our affiliate, The Atheist Society of Nigeria (ASN), is suing the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Emmanuel Udom. The background The governor, an outspoken Christian, has played a leading role in promoting and supporting the building of an 8,500 seat ultra-modern worship center. We believe the s...

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