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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2012 at 12:52pm

O, wow!  How purrfect!

Did you know that all the lyrics and a great deal of the dialog for "The Wizard..." was written by Yip Harburg, a lifelong atheist?  (He wrote that classic scene where Toto exposes the god-like wizard as a fraud. Among other things.)

Comment by Steph S. on April 22, 2012 at 12:00am

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Comment by Debbie Deal on April 11, 2012 at 10:35am

Love the video!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 11, 2012 at 1:51am

Ruth, I hear Mom say my name. 

I took care of her off and on for the last 9 years of her life (she made it to 87, despite metastatic cancer, and various other ailments after she was cancer-free), and I also still simetimes wake up thinking I have to go in her room to check on her before I'm completely awake.

Another weird thing...in the fall of 1957 I was 17, and on my first tour with HOI, and about half the show had come down with the first wave of Asian Flu.  I did NOT write home about that.  By my 18th birthday, I was pretty sick, but I decided to splurge and call home, anyway (from Macon, GA. Remember how much long distance calls cost back then?).  The first thing mother said when she picked up the phone was NOT "Happy Birthday!"  She said, "What's WRONG?"

Spooky. 

Comment by Barend van der Merwe on April 11, 2012 at 12:45am

Beautiful video sk8eycat - wish it didn't end...

:-)

Comment by Barend van der Merwe on April 11, 2012 at 12:42am

Hello - I think that is just awesome Ruth.

Always something new and amazing about the natural world and ourselves.

Thanks everyone - love the discussion.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 11, 2012 at 12:19am

Sk8eycat, I'd like to reply to your hearing your mother's name. We have language only in the higher brain, with one exception, recognizing the calls of mothers to children. Just like the penguin who can find her chick in a colony of tens of thousands by recognizing his cry, mammals know their mother's call with the lymbic system. I had a similar experience once, when I was lonely, and just as I was falling asleep I thought I heard family quietly moving about in the house (as if I were not alone). It was comforting. We have these primitive brain memories of being loved, and can call them up involuntarily with an inner voice. I've learned to be comfortable with these primitive parts of myself.

Comment by Steph S. on April 10, 2012 at 11:36pm
Hello everyone! How are you doing? Cool discussions here.
I'll check that vid out sk8eycat.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2012 at 10:40pm

I don't mean to interrupt the discussion about "supernatural" feelings and illusions, but a friend just forwarded this to me, and I think it's GA-LOR-IOUS!

ss video done by Alberta, Canada. I’m stunned by the quality of the video. You’ll probably watch it several times. This is fast paced but the hi def scenery is awesome in what is as close to 3-D without wearing special glasses.
 
 
Comment by Sarah Walton on April 10, 2012 at 6:52pm

What about the feeling one gets when  experiencing something uncanny or strange? That feeling of being so weirded out you're not sure how to react? And I mean, really weirded out.

I'll give you two examples. Once, when I was about 5, I saw an opossum on a neighbours' back patio. They are not native to the region I grew up in, and he was likely an escaped pet. I had never seen an opossum before, and it was like seeing a freaking unicorn. It was so bizarre, and I'll never forget how weird that felt. This must be how people feel when they think they've seen Bigfoot.
 

The second time, I was 12, star gazing with my family at my aunt and uncle's house and we saw a UFO. No really--it was flying, it was in the sky, I didn't know what the heck it was. Now I know I probably some sort of US stealth or flying wing aircraft, but at the time I was unfamiliar with them. Mix in the fact that it was night, flying very high and UFO themes were popular on TV at the time, and well, there's yer problem. ;)

I'd sort of like to be able to have that experience again. I see things that confuse and astound me, but I haven't been put in my place by weirdness in a long time.

 

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