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maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by Sarah on July 19, 2012 at 11:49pm
Honestly, book lover, I wouldn't respond to you again as you seem like a judgmental person. But you don't get to tell me who I can and can't respond to. Sheesh, I'm starting to think this kid is lucky that you won't talk to him again. I fail to see the difference between saying you see no value in talking to him again versus you won't talk to him again. I don't think I have read anything into your comments or misinterpreted them, so I guess we'll have to agree to disagree about what you've conveyed.

I'm sorry I had the nerve to speak up and think it wasn't very nice to trash a kid by calling him an egotistical know-it-all when most 17 yos probably also think they have all the answers.

I really thought this site would be a welcoming spot where diversity of opinion and free thinking would be valued. But I'm finding it's a closed clique where newbies aren't welcome and people tune out anyone who doesn't fall lock-step in line with their thinking.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2012 at 3:50pm

The Flying Atheist, thanks for the link to Hitchens on Falwell.  I've not seen it before, and also love it.  Hitchens was great.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2012 at 2:56pm

Booklover....I remember myself when I was seventeen and into my early 20's.  I thought I was on top of the world and knew it all, however I don't recall being overly egotistical.  That's a personality trait I've never really had.  (At least I think so.)  However, some people are just plain egotistical at ANY age and express it openly.  This young man may grow up, become wiser about the ways of the world and still be obnoxiously egotistical.  I hope the remainder of his visit with you goes smoothly.        

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2012 at 2:30pm

Sk8eycat.....was Jerry Falwell a used car salesman at one time?  Or where you just implying that he sounded like one?  BTW, I loved what Hitchens had to say about Falwell after he died.

I'm reminded again about how much Hitchens is missed.  Absolutely no other person would dare go on television and say the things he said with such conviction and eloquence. 

Comment by Sarah on July 19, 2012 at 2:26pm

Booklover, I'm sorry you found so much offense in my comment. You did, though, convey here, at least, that it was egotistical of him to think he has all the answers and that you found no more value in talking to him as a result. And that much of this view is based on his age versus yours. I don't think it's unreasonable to surmise that it's at least possible he felt that attitude and responded to it. And really, if you read my comment carefully, you would note that I wasn't suggesting that is what happened, but that I would have responded that way at 17.

You're certainly not making me feel like my views are at all worth considering or have any merit, simply because I disagree with you. Aren't we supposed to be free-thinkers? As such, shouldn't we at least be open to the idea that other people might have different ideas and different views that are worth hearing? I don't want to go through life shutting out everyone who says something I disagree with.

Again, I'm sorry you were offended by my comment, but you haven't exactly helped your case by writing me off as someone to ignore based on one comment.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2012 at 12:05pm

Yes, booklover, It doesn't sound like you were unreasonable.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2012 at 11:56am

I think I sound selfish, and I am to some extent, but I'm just not emotionally up to talking to people that are so self-assured about their religious ideas.  The conversation plays over in my mind all night, disrupting what little sleep I get now days.  Sometimes it affects me for a week.

I do feel sadness and some empathy for those with religious ideas, and I'm glad some (mostly younger) people have the patience and fortitude to discuss things with them, giving them new thoughts that may someday bring them out of religion.  After all, I wish someone would have gotten through to me when I was young.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2012 at 10:46am

Well put Ruth.  He is doing well for 17, especially considering it took me 50 years to overcome my brainwashing.  Also, I would probably be a happier person if I could be more tolerant.

However, my personality is such that I quickly get annoyed with dumb.  I'm kind to everyone, but I have no desire to waste what few years I have left trying to reason with the unreasonable.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 19, 2012 at 10:04am

Atheism is diverse. There are lots of individual religious claims to challenge that were pounded into us (who grew up in them). Obviously he hasn't challenged the "you can't be good without god" meme yet. Deconversion can be an incremental process, and some atheists will continue to carry particular religious "teachings" as part of their world view to the grave. I think it's best to tolerate stepwise growth, and accept them as people who are atheist, instead of feeling "atheir than thou". Appreciate them for the mental freedom they have achieved instead of focusing on the annoying bits left undone.

It takes some of us 45 years to shake off supernatural entities. He's doing well for 17.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2012 at 9:37am

Perhaps I'm a little hard on teenagers, but after 71 years I'm so very tired of so many of them acting like they know it all.

Personally, I've never been nearly as egotistical as most people I've met, even when I was 17.  I was brainwashed to be sure that Mormonism was true, but still didn't argue with anyone about it.  I've always been a lover of science, and so couldn't understand why someone could be so sure of anything without lots of good evidence to support it (with the exception of Mormonism, of course).  Therefore, I have little patience with someone that claims to be an atheist, and still defends religion.  The religions I'm familiar with do accomplish good things, but In my opinion, the bad things they do far outweigh the good.

I don't know a lot about Asberger's sufferers, but I read that they have normal reasoning abilities, so I don't think his illogic deserves a pass because of his condition.


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