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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2016 at 11:08pm

Daniel, if you're happily pleased with the result of your sun tunnels then they have paid for themselves already.  Sometimes certain things are "just worth it" for their everyday pleasure. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2016 at 10:59pm

I know how much you care for your dogs, Daniel, and I have a deeper understanding of that with my bonding with Dominic. Charlie's age is an important factor in your concern. I hope your intention of Charlie's days being filled with companionship and love is realized. 

Your photos of Charlie and Baigou delight me. 

Good for you! Installing another sun tunnel in your home. The thought of you climbing on your roof gives me shivers, even if it is a one story structure, I think. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2016 at 10:48pm

Elgin Park, Michael Paul Smith

I ran across this video of an interesting fellow who turned dark memories of being bullied and alone into a place where he is never lonely.

Elgin Park, is a beguiling photography series featuring 1/24th-scale models of quintessential Americana that Smith describes as a ‘dreamlike recreation’ of his past. In Elgin Park, Smith describes how he’s found redemption through the project after bouts with suicidal spells, creating a world that has pockets of darkness, but where he is never lonely."

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 28, 2016 at 9:37pm
Wow - Randy I missed your dog trial and tribulation! Glad you are reunited!

Last summer Ning lost Charlie on an evening walk. My biggest fear was Charlie's final days in misery. He has an implant and that was how we were reunited. At 15, with poor hearing, bad hips, bad skin, rheumy eyes, and forgetfulness, I wznt his days to be filled with companionship and love.

On a brighter note, today I did a 2-hour project - per instructions - that took me 6 hours, installed a sun tunnel in the dining room ceiling. Last weekend I installed one in the kitchen. Very nice result, much brighter and filled with daylight in two formerly gloomy areas. Probably never pay for itself, but I like it snyway.
Comment by Randall Smith on May 27, 2016 at 6:56am

It never ceses to amaze me that so many people accept "Noah fables" and the like (Jonah...) as the so-called Gospel truth. Of course, they reject evolution.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 8:25pm
We already have nonhuman autonomous entities operating in our society with the legal rights of humans. These entities - corporations - act to fulfill their missions without love or care for human beings.

That's for sure, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 26, 2016 at 7:33pm

Joan - Thanks for the tip the other day on the book What to Think about Machines That Think. It's quite a fascinating read. One of my favorite quotes so far:

  • We already have nonhuman autonomous entities operating in our society with the legal rights of humans. These entities - corporations - act to fulfill their missions without love or care for human beings.
  • . . . The corporate boards of the future will be circuit boards.
  • . . . Of course, the first superintelligent machines probably won't be corporate; they'll be operated by governments. And this will be much more hazardous.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 26, 2016 at 6:53pm

Ruth, you remind me of the guy having a Rorschach test who says, "But doc, you're the one with all the dirty pictures!"

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 26, 2016 at 6:36pm

Hehe....could be.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 6:35pm

Does the right end of that ark resemble a hairy scrotum, or is that just my imagination?

 

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