When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.

Tao Te Ching

Are Homo sapiens (human beings) at the pinnacle of the evolutionary process?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 13 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
The term 'pinnacle' is problematic. What do you mean by it?  I think this question suggests a misunderstanding of the evolutionary process because it assumes that there is some sort of a design, a thinking process that culminated to us. As though something -  a book - has been written and we are at its final chapter. It is  a question that I  expect coming from a religious perspective. 
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Web Development: How do I make my own website step by step?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 14 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Just broadly, if you are to create a website, these are the steps: Step 1: Answer these questions 1. Know what type of website is it? How does it make money? 2. What features does it need?  3. What will the user experience and information flow be like?  4. Who is your target market / audience?  5. How are you different to your competitors? What are you offering your audience? 
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How do atheists respond to Pascal's wager? Isn't it safer to believe in God just in case he does exist?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 03 Sep 16 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
It's not really clever. Not really. If you were talking to a person from centuries ago, where everyone was pretty much ignorant about the things we know today, he or she was likely to gamble with their lives with that logic.  Today though, with everything we know, sacrificing 100% of my life, praising and fearing a being, that has no chance of being true, while hurting and discriminating against other people in the process, is a sad, sad waste of a life. 
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How do I prove to somebody that evolution is true?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 12 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
There is not  one evidence you can use to convince deniers. There are many that put together, they back up the theory.  Richard Dawkins had tackled this very question in his book The Greatest Show On Earth. I have summarised my understanding in my book The Tyranny of God: Liberating Ourselves... 
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How does life change after becoming an atheist?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 13 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
For me, being comfortable with being an atheist happened in two stages of learning. The first stage of learning is that stage where I have learnt enough to no longer believe. The second stage was when I learnt enough to be comfortable with no longer believing that there is a god. 
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Atheists: Do you tell people at the hospital that you have no religion?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 08 Jan 16 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Hospitals ask this because certain religious beliefs require doctors to,  or not to,  consider forms of treatment that go against their beliefs. So yes, I  answer I am Atheist because I want doctors and nurses to consider all possible ways to help me.
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This one is for atheists only. Is mother nature indifferent (nihilist)?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 08 Nov 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Mmm The term Mother Nature personalises nature, which I don't like to use because it pre-loads nature with consciousness. It is a biased term, and a Christian friend of mine uses it to actually refer to her god.  In this context therefore, there is no mother nature. Just nature or the universe,which are not conscious in the way that we define consciousness. 
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What does it take to set-up a simple website that you can put up information products in pdf or word format? (So you can sell them to people)

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 12 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
You will need hosting, domain and Web Development costs. Hosting for small sites can be anywhere from $10 to $20 per month. This should provide you with unlimited professional email addresses within your domain name as well. Domain could be around $10 - $15 a year. Development is the one that's got a lot of variation which I will discuss below.  
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How do people who don't believe we came from monkeys, respond to the fact that evolution teaches that those monkeys came from plants?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 19 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Haha! Yes indeed, people will definitely lose their minds trying to accept all that.  We should first be accurate however. Evolutionary theory does not say we came from monkeys and monkeys came from plants. Rather, we shared a common ancestor with monkeys who like us, share a common ancestor with plants.  Monkeys are our cousins. Monkeys and plants are cousins. For us humans, plants are more distant cousins than Monkeys.
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How could you fall in love with someone you never see?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 19 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Religious people do this all the time. They love gods they never see. But I think this question is referring to another concept of the word love and i think that is what this boils down to: what is your definition of love?  If I am talking to someone or messaging and developed a feeling for that person even though I haven't seen them and i haven't been with them in person, I would call it attraction or attachment. I would not call it love. 
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How many steps do we need to make an idea happen?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 19 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Yes you're right, the answer depends on the idea. However, we can make certain assumptions. Let's say, we need to build a product or a service.  I think the steps then are: 1. Create/Develop the product or Service 2. Sell it.  These are two seemingly simple steps, but to accomplish them require you to think, do and have what you need to make an idea happen. 
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I am a 13 year old atheist from a devout Muslim family from South Asia. How can I tell my parents that I am an atheist and then hopefully make them atheists too?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 09 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
The world needs more people like you: people who are seeing the folly and falsities of religions.  However at your age and in your circumstance as you've described, it may be better to not declare that you're an Atheist mainly because it sounds to me like there is a risk of it disadvantaging you severely and worse, have you persecuted for it.
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I've heard about startups who have CEOs who basically have the idea and implemented the business until it was a wealthy startup, only for board members / investors to then fire that person. Is this true? How could I avoid this happening to me?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 27 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
When Shareholders invest their money,  they invest in your company, not you. They would want that investment to succeed,  with or without you. If they think you're no longer the right man for the job, that's fair enough, right? All you can do is to continue proving that you are the right man for the job. 
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How does one get out of the deciding to the planning, to the implementation stage of a business? I decided to start but I don't seem to be able to get past the planning stage!

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 26 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
From your own assessment, it seems to me you're done planning and you're ready to take action. This means that you're  now really just procrastinating from executing your plans.
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If science proved that belief in a religion increased a person's happiness, would atheists consider believing in God to reap the benefits? How about increased "quality of life"?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 26 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
If science proves that believing that we have big diamond buried in our backyards makes us happier,  should I force myself to believe that there is indeed a diamond in my backyard? No!  Believing in things you know to be false just because it makes you feel good or happy is delusional and is a form of mental disorder.
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Are there universal truths?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 25 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Truths should be things that remain true regardless of someone's beliefs,whether they are Muslim, Christian,  Buddhist, Atheist and so on. Otherwise they are not really true. Are there truths like these? Yes there are. Scientific truths because their truthfulness can be verified and proven by anyone regardless of their religious beliefs.
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According to atheists, what happens after death? What do atheist think happens to humans after they die?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 24 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
The same thing that happens  when other animals die. Our remains would be no more special than the remains of anything alive today. We would decompose and be reabsorbed by the earth. Parts of us eaten by living bacteria, insects or animals so are then eaten by other living things.
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Have any atheists actually read the Quran before debating with Muslims?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 12 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I haven't read the Koran in its entirety, but I researched it when I was writing the Tyranny of God. I read about how it is structured and the main verses and its claims.  However with regards to this question, it seems to suggest that Atheists should read the Koran first before debating Muslims.  I have 2 responses to this : 1. Why should they when many, if not most, Muslims have not read the Koran themselves. 
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Can love, compassion, and peace lead in the business world?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 28 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Have you ever heard of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett? They have given most of their wealth away to charity.  So long as consumers are educated and they have access to the information they need to reward the businesses that serves their purpose and buy from them, I'm confident business and businesses are a tool for good. 
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What is the difference between a self employed person and a business owner?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 13 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
At the start of a Business, when there's only one person doing  everything, I suppose there is not much to distinguish between the two. 
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