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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2014 at 1:38am

Thanks for the cello suite, Joan! I grew up with Bach and can still sing along with his Kaffee Kantate. I read about Justin Bieber just now, and I'll forget it a.s.a.p. - non-famous people are much more interesting to me. Early Saturday here: we'll be busy with our two patients today - a beautiful spring day! Have a good time!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 5:22pm

Gabriela does have a unique style.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 4:27pm

I found some of Tina S's acoustic guitar work, but so far, it's from 2 to 5 years ago when she wasn't as good.  It looks like she's practiced more on the electric, and so is more amazing on it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 4:11pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 4:06pm

I would like to hear her play an acoustic guitar without electronic amplification.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 4:05pm

Tina is remarkable.  I actually accumulated a tear listening to her, probably because of her talent more than the music, but I don't dislike the music either.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 3:50pm

Spud, I agree about Tina S. I turned off the sound on the second listening and watched her right hand fingers, the third watching I watched her left hand. She is remarkable. I wonder what the sound would be if she were on a fine guitar without all the electronics?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 3:45pm

I gave my TV away several years ago and have never regretted it; except when I have to wait for Cosmos to come online.

I wonder where that young man's mother and father were while he was a minor? Children learn how to behave, and unless there is some brain disorder, i.e. Tourette's syndrome, a neurological condition that is often characterised by outbursts of cursing words, as well as other behaviors that startle one. We don't know what is going on in the brain and can only deduce intent from behavior. Listen to words in order get an idea of the thought behind the words. 

In addition the mind has the power to frame a single situation in very different ways. Some say, "I have to go to work," while others say, "I get to go to work". Very similar words but with very different meanings. My job was to help reframe thinking into positive, healthy ones. 

The cause of behavior, i.e.  naming, swearing and politeness are the tools with which we organize the flow of raw information. Metaphor in particular helps us entertain new ideas and new ways of managing our affairs. That is what framing is all about. 

The behavior you describe stands outside the bounds of acceptable public behavior. As a therapist who worked with such troubled minds, I know it is difficult to know what is happening inside the brain in these people, and there is a way to train them to behave in public. The work involves the parents. If he grew to beyond his majority behaving as an immature child, his parents have a lot to account for. If he is neurologically impaired, he should not be let off the hook when he does something obscene or illegal. He needs to be held accountable or be put in a place where he can't disturb others or their property. 

Carl, I have Bach cello suites on CDs as well. A real treasure! 

Patricia,  wonderful news you are able to out and about on your motorized vehicle. I love the photo of your vehicle of some months ago. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 3:27pm

Patricia, congratulation on rolling out of prison : )

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 3:18pm

Joan, that gal knows how to make her guitar do her bidding.  Not my favorite kind of music, but I can tell she's got talent.

I don't know much about Justin Bieber, but as I watch some comedians on TV, I can't help hearing about him.  I don't pay any attention to him, but I just know his actions are great comedic fodder for the stand-ups.  You've probably not heard of him because you don't watch TV.

 

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