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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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

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

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 Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 6:55pm

Thanks Patricia.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 5:10pm

Patricia, what low priced delta theta wave aid would you recomend to start with?

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 5:07pm

Those ice crushes are interesting, but would be a slow-motion distress for the owners of the houses they trash.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2014 at 3:09pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2014 at 2:44pm

Patricia, I remember several months ago when you were discussing the topic of delta theta waves.  I had never heard of it, so out of curiosity I did a Google search and educated myself a little bit.  In doing so, I found a plethora of sleep and relaxation soundtracks on YouTube.  Since then, I've been listening and falling asleep to some chosen favorites of mine that play on my laptop in my bedroom.  I've also been using them in hotels with a small portable speaker hooked up to my smartphone when I travel.  I thank you for introducing me to something new and very beneficial.     

Comment by Ian Mason on January 10, 2014 at 1:38pm
—the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast
Macbeth.
Glad to hear that your sleep is improving, Patricia
 I've had depression/angst related sleep problems over the years and have tried various (sensible) remedies: relaxation massage, relaxing music (a CD series called Musicure) and small doses of Mianserin, a tetracyclic antidep. med. All have helped. Also had to wear a heart monitor for 48hours because of irregular beating. The problem is now gone but the cure was, unfortunatly, a return to tobacco. Feel a bit "damned if I do, damned if I don't" with that.
Have a great weekend, lovely people.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2014 at 11:20am

Mindy, I guess you forgot about that 50 bucks you owe me. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 10:29am

Glad you can get more sleep now Patricia.  I'm going to look into those CDs as I only get 5 hrs a night. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 7:13pm

Patricia, getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep is indeed a vast improvement.  I'm glad to hear the cd's are working for you.  I understand your apprehension of using drugs to help you sleep.  Getting that additional sleep certainly must make you feel better throughout the day.  Hopefully over time you'll be able to extend your sleep to longer periods.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 6:57pm

Mindy, I've had to wear a heart monitor a couple of times in the past.  Throughout the years (starting in my early 20's) I've had periods of tachycardia (fast heart rate).  In later years I experienced anxiety and occasional panic attacks.  Through it all, and after having stress tests and EKG's, it was extremely reassuring to learn that I have a normal, strong heart.  And starting on high blood-pressure medication a few years ago has pretty much eliminated any problems I was having. 

 

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