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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 7 hours ago. 12 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 10:34pm

Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science

 http://symphonyofscience.com "Ode to the Brain". Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding. 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (http://mystrokeofinsight.com ) at TED.com 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2013 at 9:42pm

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2013 at 12:49pm

Nice to see Richard Dawkins getting some support.  I have much respect for him.  Hello, Melinda.  Yes, we got snow here in Chicagoland last night.  Not too much.  Still sooooo cold, though.  Enjoy your visit with your daughter.  I have a feeling that the two of you do much giggling when you're together.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 12:26pm
Spud and Tony, like you, the church signs bring a giggle, a frown and then a question as to their authenticity. I hope people will indicate the "real" signs" that reflect such narrow-mindedness.
I heard an interview this morning where a man said religion brings order to the world. I didn't know if I was going to choke or spit my coffee. He must not look at the order of the sky, or seasons, or days, or processes of life. I guess he sees only the wars between Israel and Palestine; jews and christians against muslims and muslims against blasphemers. Religion seems to be the common thread.
Some people don't know about, or care about or believe in evolution:
http://visual.ly/onezoom-tree-life?view=true

To use this tree, watch the opening evolution and then click on a branch or leaf, or zoom in and out.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 12:03pm

Melinda, Great billboard; I have not seen it before and I like the wording. Glad your daughter is home; do you have anything special planned or just a good old fashioned chin-wag? My cousin from New Zealand calls me for "chin wags"!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2013 at 11:10am

Thanks Joan.  First time I've heard the No Z in Boise song.  Cute.

I feel the same way as Melinda.  There's too many good things posted here to comment on them all, but I save most of the pictures.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 2, 2013 at 12:30am

Thanks, Patricia. That's a great article and I've shared it on FB. Never thought that would happen with something from the Telegraph! Had a good chuckle over the description of Daniel Dennett:

" a man who looks like the love-child of Father Christmas and Charles Darwin"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 1, 2013 at 11:43pm

Thumbs up to that, Steph! Your grumpier reflection gave me a much needed laugh. Flying Atheist - 5 degrees! That's so cold. Take care. Throw a couple of extra cats on the bed at night.

 

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