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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 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

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 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

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

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

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Comment by Loren Miller 11 hours ago

Daniel, I'm nowhere near the totality zone, but my butterscotch tabby, Garfield decided he wanted my lap and for a considerable time ... and he NEVER does that!  Can't say that I minded him at all, but then, he's a nice kitty!

Comment by Daniel W 11 hours ago

The eclipse here wss very cool to experience. I had made a wrong turn on my morning hike and rushed somewhat to get home on time. The temperature dropped, the sky darkened considerably, and there was just a sliver of a crescent as viewed through the cheap eclipse glasses. My dog did not howl or bite me but then I had just given him his treat.  Altogether enjoyable. I am kind of jaded about many things, but enjoyed this. 

Comment by Loren Miller 11 hours ago

I've been watching eclipse coverage on The Science Channel, and they've laid out a number of projects in process:

  • A number of amateur astronomers in the eclipse path, all calibrating their telescopes in the same way to record observations in the eclipse totality.
  • Two specially equipped WB-57 aircraft chasing the moon's shadow across the US at 50,000 feet, making specialized observations which are not possible any other time.
  • A number of weather balloons with cameras and other instrumentation being released to do studies of "Bailey's Beads" and other effects from 100,000 feet!

The excitement about the eclipse is palpable, and what is REALLY encouraging is the total LACK OF WOO TALK in evidence ... at least so far!

Comment by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago

"Religion is an idea, and, as an idea, it should be eligible for criticism, discussion, and yes, mockery. The only reason so many believers demand special exceptions be made for religious ideas is because they know full well that their ideas don’t hold up well under scrutiny."

~ Amanda Marcotte

Marcotte is a quotable lady, thanks for finding her for me, Bertold!

Comment by The Flying Atheist 12 hours ago

Cloudy and overcast skies by me so I'm doing the next best thing.  I'm watching live coverage by NASA on my computer.  

Comment by Idaho Spud 12 hours ago

From Pocatello.  Neighbors were out with their glasses.  I with my welding goggles.  The neighborhood became dim for a few minutes.  At only 99% eclipse, it was no big whoop.  For one thing, the sun was much smaller than I expected.  If I ever see one again, I'll use my telescope with a sun-safe filter on it.

Comment by Joan Denoo 12 hours ago

Eclipse report from Newport, Washington: the light from the sun turned yellow, the yard light went on; the sun light returned to full force and the yard light went off. Birds seemed a little "twittie" and Dominic gave out a series of "woffs!" It was all over.

Comment by Plinius 17 hours ago

I love that quote, Loren! 

And the 20s eclipse video!

Comment by Loren Miller 18 hours ago

And, thinking of Ms. Marcotte's quote (though this is NOT the quote of the day group!):

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Comment by Loren Miller 18 hours ago

Bertold, your Amanda Marcotte quote is freaking BRILLIANT ... and I'm stealing it! [grin!]

 

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