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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2014 at 10:29pm

Hi, Mindy.  I'm doing well, thank you.  Was out tonight for some wine and dinner with my best friend.  I had a delicious hamburger topped with American cheese, grilled onions and BBQ pulled pork on a pretzel roll.  Carrot cake for desert.  Very nice! 

Loren, that's a great clip of the Muppets.  What a great cast of characters.  I was a big fan of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson but strayed away when Jay Leno came on board.  I've heard that Jimmy Fallon is getting good reviews and that the show is now, once again, filmed in New York.  I happened to see a clip earlier today of his first Tonight Show and his guest Jerry Seinfeld.  It was funny and fun to watch.  I'm happy for Jimmy Fallon, he has a good personality.

One of my favorite memories from a trip to California back in 1988 was being in the audience for a taping of The Tonight Show.  That was such a great day.  Johnny Carson was a class act.  And you just couldn't get any better than Doc and the band.    

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2014 at 8:28pm

Not a big fan of Jimmy Fallon or The Tonight Show ... but I AM a big fan of the Muppets ... and I thought this was fun:


Comment by sk8eycat on February 20, 2014 at 5:20pm

Oh, my! I DO empathize with your son!  I know only too well that an excess of fluid in ANY joint can be extremely painful (as I sit here waiting for the gout in my feets to go away.  There's no quick treatment for that.  I just hobble from one room to another...my walker doesn't help much, so I just hang clothes on it....)

Hoping all of us are much better soon, and ready when spring rolls around.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2014 at 5:18pm

Mindy, I hope your son will quickly find an end to the pain, with his knee staying fully functional!

(Years ago I had my own minor scare with a resonance in one ear, where the doctors didn't know why it happened, and the ENT would have tried cortisone if it didn't go away on its own. Fortunately, it did and stayed fine.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

Good news for your son, Mindy.  Hopefully draining the fluid and the cortisone shot will be the end of it.  Sometimes weird things just happen to us.  I hope YOU are doing well also.  :)  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 7:29pm

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 3:35pm

The problem with believers is that they are so wrapped up n their fantasy world(s) that fact fall on deaf ears...they just don't GET it.

When I was heavily involved in Trek fandom, I met people who lived Trek 24/7...ne guy changed his name to James t. Kirk, and wore the uniform.  His roommate had a Spock haircut, wore pointy rubber ears, and wore the blue Science Officer shirt. They were effing serious.  (I met a few sane people, too, including the couple who ran the conventions, John and Bjo Trimble....we're still friends. I adopted Fred, our black cat from them last year when they couldn't keep her.)

One reason I love them...they walked the walk:

http://www.startrek.com/article/bjo-trimble-the-woman-who-saved-sta...

Fans around the world are gearing up to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Star Trek next month, but the truth is there might be nothing to celebrate, or certainly a whole lot less, were it not for the efforts of Bjo and John Trimble. Longtime fans surely know the story, but newer fans may not, and it’s time to re-tell the tale for the old-timers and pass it on to younger ones. For the record, when NBC seemed to be on the verge of axing Star Trek after a low-rated second season, the Trimbles devised a grassroots letter-writing campaign that saved the show and resulted in a third season. Though the network dropped Star Trek after its lackluster third year, enough episodes had been shot for the show to enter syndication and, in syndication, Star Trek emerged as such a phenomenon that it was resurrected as an animated series and, in 1979, a big-budget feature. And from there the franchise grew and grew,...

and so on

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2014 at 2:52pm

Mild weather here in Denmark too, Chris.

LOVE the poster Napoleon. One of the things that, after I've read it, wish I'd said it. 

I agree with you, Patricia. I have a "John MacEnroe reaction" to beleivers: "You CAN NOT be serious!?"

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 2:23pm

Joan, I absolutely love that last photo of "Lunar Earth-rise"!  I have a large poster of that one, and haven't had the money to get it framed and hung.  It just takes my breath away.

I agree with both Weinberg and Harris; it's time to take the gloves off and challenge religious fables and fantasies, and stop the TB's from tampering with science education in the public schools.  You all do know that US high school students scored second WORST in science and math among the industrialized nations. 

That's ghastly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 1:59pm

Grinning Cat and Joan, thanks for calling our attention to the Steven Weinberg video.  I'm in total agreement with him.  Religion, in any form, fundamentalist, mainstream, or innocuous new-age B.S. have no valid purpose in our modern society.  Using any type of religion as a foundation for belief is just building a house of cards.    

 

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