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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 May 3, 2014 at 4:21pm

Patricia, is there a quiet, private place where you can duck inside, sit down, close your eyes, think of nothing but your breathing, and do some slow, deep breathing for a minute or two?  You know, inhale for a count of 4, hold it for the same anout of time, exhale for another count of 4, and hold that for a count of 4...repeat as needed.  It doesn't really take long, and helps immensely.  IMHO

It has worked for me, even when I am feeling suicidal (which is often)...

Comment by Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 1:52pm

Joan, the best SF revovles around "what if?" ideas. As an example, a Star Trek episode where Lwaxana Troy falls for a man who's culture expects self-administered euthanasia when a person reaches a certain age. This is considered a preventative measure, ensuring that no-one suffers the indignities of dementia and the like. The burgeoning romance leads to a conflict of course but the main point is "what if?" How do we cope with situations where the rules and norms are different? Writers like Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K Dick, Ursula LeGuinn and Iain M Banks are masters of this and are well worth reading. Launch yourself into a new adventure - it's worth it, I promise.

Hope you have a pleasant time indoors with the family, Patricia. Drinking hot cocao while looking at a snow-covered landscape is a simple but sublime pleasure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:14pm

Ian, I should have said there is a lot of bunk in OUR culture that needs debunking. Sorry for my mistake. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:11pm

OK! OK! OK! My education is stunted. You guys sure know how to wake up an uneducated old woman who wears diabetic shoes, shaves her head, and likes "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and Judy Garland. 

I have made a list of your music likes, am downloading them into iTunes and will commence my musical education. 

Now, as to sci-fi and other outrageous fiction, you might have something to offer me; I am even willing to give that damnable fiction a try. It seems you wise men and women enjoy it and there must be some reason for all your wisdom. But this! You have to be kidding!

Hehehe 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 9:16am

Just got through the local ½ marathon. A slowish time but there are lots of hills and a strong headwind. My son-in-law also took part and now he, my daughter and her mother are going to eat here. Very nice.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2014 at 8:47am

My wife and I finally got around to trying Piada last night, and I have to say ... not bad at all!  I had a Steak Piada (a "piada" might as well be an Italian burrito!) with diavolo sauce (not too hot, but nice character!), chopped romaine and Parmesan - excellent!  My wife had their Chicken Fritte Pasta bowl, also with diavolo sauce and some other accents - also pretty darn good!  I should also mention that my side dish was their Lobster Bisque - not much lobster, but the proper bisque taste was absolutely there.

If you've got one of these places within shooting distance, I'd say absolutely give 'em a try!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:35am

Ian, Yes, you have talked about Randolph before, but not this story, if I remember correctly. In any event, there is a lot of bunk remaining in your culture that needs de-bunking. 

I like the way you put it, "A 'stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy' day is something we don't value enough."

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2014 at 11:41pm

Lots of really good posts that make me smile. Thank you very much.

Joan, I might have mentioned this before but here goes: Randolph Churchill (Winny's son) once read the Bible for a bet. His reaction: "Isn't God a shit?!" Even as a child I wondered about that Egypt story. Why did God harden Pharao's heart? Wouldn't it have been easier to soften it and avoid all the deaths? While there might be some semi-pleasant platitudes scattered through That Damn Book there's f-all common sense most of the time, only generous amounts of malice.

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your Day of Reason, doing the things that give you pleasure and giving yourself the time to soak up the everyday beauty of your surroundings.A " stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy" day is something we don't value enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 10:12pm

Seeing pain and suffering is not an invitation to turn away, but to reach out and offer a hand of kindness.

~Joan Denoo

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 10:10pm

Now, on to the celebration of living with reason as a guiding force, an energy that resides within us, for our benefit, and for the health of civil society and public affirmation of a national day of reason. 

The National Day of Reason, a secular celebration for 

Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Freethinkers, Humanists, Rationalists, Secular Humanists, Skeptics, Spiritual Humanis. 

Celebrated on the first Thursday in May of every year.

Activities include food drives, blood donations, call for an end to prayer invocations at government and public meetings, public schools meetings and graduations. 

I spent National Day of Reason in my garden clearing tiny little spots at a time, doing more sitting that clearing, listening to birds and watching them tend their nests. The squirrel has figured out how to eat from the birdfeeder and the good news, the feeder is still hanging from a blue spruce limb. He watched me secure it so he couldn't just lift the feeder off the hanger. He couldn't throw it to the ground to eat at his pleasure. He sat in the mugho pine and scolded me for stopping his theft from the birds. 

 

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