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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 38 minutes ago. 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

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

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Comment by Chris Brockman on February 22, 2015 at 3:32pm


What to Think About:  Philosophy for a Thoughtful Younger Generation, by Chris Brockman is up on Amazon. Brockman uses his own definition of “philosophy” as a “systematic study of who I am, what’s out there, and what should I do about it,“to arrive at suggestions for things to think about.  Each chapter ends with scenarios and questions challenging the reader to think. This book is “written from a humanist perspective,” and may offend some religious sensibilities.  It is recommended for young adults.  Chris Brockman is the author of the classic of religious skepticism for children What about gods?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 3:27pm

Carl, I am so happy to receive your news. Of course, you had a terrible shortness of breath. It really was inevitable. Now that you start dialysis and get some cleaner blood pumping through your veins you will be feeling better. And that does mean some resolution with your heart. The heart has to do the pumping. I don't know what role dialysis plays in getting your cleaner blood flowing, but I surely hope that issue is resolved very soon. Do take care of yourself ... I don't have to tell you that. I know your family is your greatest team and couple that with an excellent medical team, you have the possibility for renewed energy. I'm going change possibility to probability for renewed energy. 
Here's a motherly hug and a big fat kiss on your cheek. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2015 at 3:13pm

Glad you're feeling better Carl.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2015 at 3:07pm

Just got released yesterday after spending three days in the hospital.  I went into the emergency room Wednesday evening with terrible shortness of breath.  I had fluid in my lungs and they ended up starting me on dialysis.  I've had two sessions of dialysis and I already feel better.  Starting Monday I start a regular three-time a week schedule.  Still waiting for an evaluation from the cardiologist about what to do regarding my heart issue.  I've been avoiding dialysis, but now, to be honest, I'm glad I'm doing it because I'm feeling better. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 2:55pm

Life is what happens while you're doing something else, for some anyway. Nice one, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 2:26pm

This is just too funny! Missing out on life with a cold piece of machinery glued to his ear!

Comment by k.h. ky on February 21, 2015 at 5:43pm
Temps are fluctuating wildly.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 21, 2015 at 5:42pm
Cat, we were -12 last night. It warmed enough to rain today. Back to the cold tomorrow night.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2015 at 11:56pm

Grinning Cat, I guess it is just as well I didn't get BDSM, not exactly my cup of tea. Now Loren's cartoon looks funny. Thanks. 

Ruth, that storm shouts out, UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERNS! Maybe people deny weather change but they can't deny this.

Going from 7 degrees tonight to 46 degrees on Sunday ... OhOh that spells flooding in my neighborhood and if I remember my Washington  DC years, there is a lot of @ sea level ground. 

I think it is time for me to stop complaining about not having enough snow. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2015 at 10:54pm

Yup... going down to 7 degrees tonight. Some snow tomorrow afternoon; but 46 degrees on Sunday.

 

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