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If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Loren Miller 1 hour ago. 22 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist 7 hours ago

Thomas, feel free to call Carl.  

I'm not sure what the library system is like where you live, but many communities are able and willing to shuffle books back and forth between branches as a service, since not all libraries stock the same materials.  That may be worth asking about.

I liked "The Believing Brain" and feel comfortable recommending it.  Of course taste in books is subjective, and I'd hate to have you spend your money and then not feel the same way I do.  Most of the atheist books I've purchased have occurred after I've heard an interview with the author, or the book has been recommended by other prominent or notable peers of the author.  Michael Shermer is well known among atheists and puts out quality material.

Comment by Thomas Murray 12 hours ago

The Flying Atheist ( Do you have another name?),

I checked my library and they do not have "The Believing Brain". However, I do like buying books and so is this book worth buying?

Comment by The Flying Atheist 17 hours ago

Thomas, yes, I enjoyed "The Believing Brain" very much.  It discusses a laundry list of common beliefs that people hold without any rational evidence, and explains why we are prone to believe them.  The book is an easy read about how our brains work.  I found it very interesting.

Comment by Thomas Murray 17 hours ago

Thanks to all who answered about wearing the atheist logo apparel.

The Flying Atheist,

Is the "The Believing Brain" a good read?

Comment by The Flying Atheist 18 hours ago

I've always loved June Foray's work.  She was a cast member on Stan Freberg's 1957 radio show, which is one of my favorites.  It was on for only one summer with fifteen episodes.  Great stuff!!

https://archive.org/details/stan_freberg_show

The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons are definitely on my top five list of all-time great cartoons.

Comment by Idaho Spud 22 hours ago

I remember all those voices of June Foray, but didn't know who did them.  However, I did know who Mel Blanc was.

Comment by Loren Miller 23 hours ago

We lost a giant yesterday, a giant in the world of voices: June Foray.  Being the cartoon nut that I am, I became aware of June a long time ago, seeing her credits on innumerable Warner Brothers cartoons, and of course as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale.  She and Mel Blanc were the queen and king of such voices back to World War II, and her voice credits on radio likely date back even further.

Certainly there are still women who do such work ... but how many do it exclusively, as she did, and are as successful?  None that I know of.  She will be missed, but I can't imagine she'll be forgotten, though, not as long as we have Rocky and Witch Hazel and Nell Fenwick and Granny and too many other characters to count.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Ummm, Joan?  How about:nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope ... you get the picture, right!  [grin!]

Comment by Plinius yesterday

'Those were the days' - such an earworm! It stays and jingles and irritates me. Apart from that, it's a very sad sentiment, longing after long past schooldays. Truth is - I've never been as happy, well-balanced and carefree as I am today. I really feel that I'm at the right side of sixty.

Do you long for past days?

Comment by Plinius yesterday

You remember right, Spud! No children, one cat and a transgender husband. 

 

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