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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 The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2014 at 9:25am

Ha!  Good one, Mindy.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 26, 2014 at 9:20am

"Optirectomy". What a great word! I'll try to work that into every conversation now.

Yes, I could develop an aversion to verse instead of versus.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 26, 2014 at 7:50am

How about (gritting teeth) "wellness"?  Whatever happened to "health"?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 26, 2014 at 7:18am

I'm far from perfect, and a lot of things annoy me, but I usually refrain from criticizing people, except when they can't hear me, like when I'm watching TV.

One of the worst annoyances that has developed in the last few years may not even be incorrect, but it tasks me.  It's used a lot in documentaries.  When talking about what someone did, instead of saying "He became the third president"  they say "He was to become the third president."

Never remember hearing that most of my life, but in the last 25 years, I've noticed it more and more.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 26, 2014 at 6:50am

Thanks for all the "anguished langwitch" laughs!

We had a good discussion last year on the "Decline in Writing Accuracy".

Comment by Plinius on August 26, 2014 at 1:35am

I'm sure I make lots of mistakes, especially in Dutch, but in English I correct what I've written most of the time. I see other's mistakes but I don't like to play the teacher when I'm not at work.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2014 at 12:08am

Hello, Nick.  Thanks for chiming in with your interesting post.  Please feel free to do so more often.  We have some good times here in this group.  Be part of the fun!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 26, 2014 at 12:04am

Mindy, one of the funniest quasi-medical words I ever heard was/is "optirectomy."  It is the surgical severing of an extra nerve between the eye and the...uh...anus, to cure a person's sh*tty outlook on life.

I think I may need one of those.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2014 at 11:47pm

I bought and read a book recently, "Grammar Rules", written by a senior British army officer. His point is that good grammar avoids misunderstanding, essential in the armed forces. He also recognises the difference between formal and informal language and regards it as legitimate. I agree heartily, as I wouldn't like to give up my London/estuary spoken English.

I've also mis-read all my life, putting letters in the wrong order even when I've understood a word: halycon for halcyon, charbanac for charabanc and many others. I don't know if that's mild dislexia or not.

Some of the best British comedy uses the misuse of language. If you can, seek out episodes of "Only Fools and Horses". Del-boy's French and English blunders are very funny.

Have a pleasant day, one and all.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2014 at 9:22pm

What drives me crazy (because I'm mildly dyslexic) is running into gross misuse or misspelling in professionally printed material: "different than,"  "it's" instead of "its."  "Alright."  Things like that.

I'm not exactly a speed-reader, but I do read at a good clip, and when I run across something in a hardcover book (that I may have paid more than $25 for), or  the Los Angeles TIMES, it's like slamming nose-first into a brick wall.  Totally destroys my concentration.

I know damn well that I'm a better proofreader than Spell Check, but I can't get a job with anybody....I've been trying for more than 20 years.  Too late now, anyway; I'm losing my eyesight, and Medicareless doesn't pay for eye care.

 

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