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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 57 minutes 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 Idaho Spud on April 25, 2013 at 5:20am

Napoleon, thanks for the dig pix from me also.  And, the evolution of god is excellent.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 25, 2013 at 5:02am

Napoleon, thanks for posting the dog pix. I've heard of non-human doing things like this but have never seen pix like these. My wife and I owned and trained two German Shepherds and they showed us they had more capabilities than I'd ever expected.

Thanks too for the evolution of god pic. Though there is no widely-accepted icon for power, the dollar sign represents part of the motivation well.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 25, 2013 at 4:07am

Joan Denoo, what I was thinking in terms of sport is that when people who otherwise would be in conflict learn to work together to an end, differences take second place. When a team is selected of the basis of ability not background a change in atittude is the result. Personally I think that sport is THE place for competition. In other fields cooperation should be the dominant factor but there should be room in human life for competing. By the way, there was a joke going around in Britain after the Olympics: a red-head, a mixed-race and a Somalian refugee walked into a pub. Everyone wanted to buy them drinks. It was a rather pointed tribute to the athletes who competed in British colours and a criticism of the usual stereotype, racist "jokes".

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 2:52am

Ian Mason, you led me on a most interesting search for West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. I made up a playlist, and am working on another on this exceptional group. This is exactly what I meant when I described my desire. There is an old saying that change won't occur until the last coffin of the last generation is covered with dirt. Well, here is a new generation coming on, and I hope we can find a way to convince them warring is not the answer to anything and here is one alternative. West-Eastern Divan Orchestra certainly makes a start. Here is the first playlist:

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

http://www.west-eastern-divan.org/videos/ 

Conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim (who made headlines performing Wagner in Israel) and the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said, co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as “a human laboratory" to reveal to the whole world how to participate with each other.

 

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians between the ages of 15 and 36, established in 1999, is made up of young musicians from countries engaged in war. The orchestra includes musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Spain.

 

The word “Divan” comes from a collection of Persian, Arabic, and a suite of poems about the Middle East by Goethe. It also is the name for a couch. It refers to the privy council of the Ottoman Empire,

 

Barenboim and Said brought young Middle Eastern artists together who might not, outside of their music-making, feel comfortable sitting together.

 

The work can be seen as a symbol for stimulating exchange and mixture between Orient and Occident. The word "west-eastern" does not only refer to German-Middle-eastern, but also Latin-Persian and Christian-Muslim. It mirrors the attempt to bring together Orient and Occident.

 

Ending of “Knowledge is the Beginning”

http://www.mvly.com/articles/2008/08/the-ramallah-concert-knowledge...

 

 

 

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ruth, your cats here fit my mom's description well: sovereign kingdoms with tails.

She occasionally called them self-emptying mouse traps.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 11:06pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 11:04pm

Hi, all. I'm a new fan of shironeko cat.

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 6:28pm

Heh.. maybe I am still a bit of a literalist, need to break that...

Personally I love coffee, but only if it's good quality stuff... or has a ton of milk and chocolate in it :3

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 6:22pm

Joan, do you want a long or a short answer?

The short: The questions came from within me as a young teen about the contradictions/illogicality of the teaching of the LDS church.

I'd be happy to elaborate, but it would be kinda long and idk if the comment wall is the best place to put it.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 5:48pm

Okay, Grinning Cat isn't a literalist!!!

About coffee's taste. When I went into the Navy the old salts (Navy lifers) told me that if I don't drink coffee I couldn't go on coffee breaks. To make coffee, they threw several handfuls of coffee grounds into about ten gallons of water and put the business end of a steam hose into the pail until the concoction boiled. New and naive, I learned to drink coffee but only with four spoonfuls of sugar.

 

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