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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Lilac on May 7, 2017 at 12:31am

I would love to stroll through that park, Daniel W. Beautiful.

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2017 at 12:10am

A beautiful park, Daniel! Thanks!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2017 at 10:14pm

Beautiful photos, Daniel.  Lovely grounds.  Looks like it was just a nice day as well.  

Comment by Daniel W on May 6, 2017 at 9:55pm

Chris, I like Portland, but there are some flaws too.  Traffic is horrendous.  The roads are rush hour standstill almost all day long.  When I lived in Portland proper, there almost wasn't a rush hour.  Now it's throughout the city and is dawn to dusk.  Gentrification has driven out working class people from some neighborhoods.  It's becoming more expensive by the minute.  There is a housing shortage.  I do like some of the planning efforts, but the city has lost also much of its character, and sometimes it seems like just another suburb of LA.  It's the whitest major city in the country, and I suspect it will become whiter with the gentrification.  I live in the north suburb, Vancouver WA, which is slower but quickly growing into a 'Portland mini-me".

Comment by Daniel W on May 6, 2017 at 9:49pm

Today Ning and I went to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens in Portland.  It's more a botanical garden and park, than just rhodies.  Every direction is just plain beautiful. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2017 at 6:40am

Bertold, I love your story about Bud Clark.  I've said before, if I absolutely had to be religious, I'd choose to be pagan.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2017 at 6:38am

Interesting information about Portland.  I really like the building model of retail/office/apartments you mentioned, Chris.  It makes perfect sense if you're trying to design walkable cities.  I think most large cities have a natural design to be walkable, but this is a concept that should be used in future developments of any community size.  

Comment by Chris on May 6, 2017 at 1:42am

I worked on the USS Blueback submarine while it was in commission. It's available for tours at OMSI. I'd like to see OMSI produce a virtual tour of the sub. It likely would enhance ticket purchases.

Here's a link to a virtual tour of a submarine.

Comment by Chris on May 6, 2017 at 1:35am

Bertold,

I haven't lived in Portland Oregon but visited and went there many timew while living in NE Oregon. I heard good things about the Mayor, Bud Clark.

Portland Oregon has some great fountains (including drinking fountains) and public art.

Powells book stores are a great resource.

The  Oregon Musium of Science and Industry (OMSI) is also interesting to explore.

Good cities have public transportation, art, and science facilities for citizens.

Portlands metro is better than many cities I've been to. European cities probably have better public transportation than Portland  and most cities in the U.S.

Portland  had free parking for battery powered cars in the early 1990's. 

The TV Program Portlandia doesn't do the city justice- but at least it can  take a joke.  I understand the Mayor of Portland (while Portlandia was being produced) appeared on the show occationally.

One of the thins I like about Portland is that the first floor of buildings downtown are for shops, the second, or more floors are for offices, the third and additional floors are apartments.  That is also a kind of European model.

The city planners in Portland Oregon did a good job making the region comfortable. It's a good model for other American cities.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 5, 2017 at 10:02pm

Chris,

When it comes to plays, I tend to catch them on youtube. 

The figure in the poster you posted is Bud Clark, former mayor of Portland  He ran for mayor against a total dick who was practically a dead ringer for Frank Burns in the MASH tv series. They tried to brand Bud as a "born again pagan," but being Portland it backfired and Bud won. To this day I'm proud to declare myself a born again pagan. 

 

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