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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 6 hours ago. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 4 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2013 at 2:16pm

Then what would you do, outbreed them? The best I can think of is contact their children and make them think. And refusing immigration doesn't help either, the young are thrown into the world, in this country or another. Here is better of course, then you can help them with their education and the second-generation immigrants have fewer children than their parents. More immigrants lessens the religious pressure of the xtian fundies. If there's one thing I don't like, it's a monoculture, so put on the mixer... 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:53am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:52am

It's May 1st, 68-degrees and sunny.  It finally officially feels like Spring!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 7:45am

I know the topic of population control is a touchy subject, especially for many religious people.  Having children is not only their god-given right, it's their god-given command.  I don't think we could ever legislate population control in the Western world the way it's done in China, but studies show that people who are more educated, monetarily viable, and less religious have less children.  It also helps if you don't have government trying to shut down women's health care clinics and denying access to birth control, as is the case in the US A particularly strong effort for birth control needs to take place in poorer communities and in 'third world' countries. 

Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2013 at 6:05am

Flying Atheist, talking about population control touches people's personal freedom, and it's a very emotional subject, perhaps more so than the horrible right to bear arms. When I ask people WHY they want to have children, I never get a rational answer - perhaps I shouldn't ask.

Years ago I was hospitalized and was sent into a ward with women who were treated for fertility problems. When asked I told them that I was there to have my tubes tied - they started to talk to me as if I wanted to steal something from them. When they couldn't convince me that I should have children they shut me out and wouldn't talk to me any longer.

I've always been happy not to have children; like any person I want to love and to take care of other beings, but there's no need to spend it only on my own family, or on my own species.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 1, 2013 at 2:15am

Flying,

"...encourage more people to have less children.  Sadly, that topic never seems to be seriously mentioned as part of the equation."

China has for decades been dealing with it. Their solution: one-child families.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2013 at 12:06am

Joan, I really like that quote from David Attenborough.  When it comes to our environment and the earth's resources, there's always one big pink elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about:  population control.  In addition to wisely using the limited resources we have and finding ways to make them more efficient, we should also be discussing how we can encourage more people to have less children.  Sadly, that topic never seems to be seriously mentioned as part of the equation. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2013 at 11:06pm

Symphony of Science - "Children of Africa" (The Story of Us)

Featuring Jacob Bronowski, Alice Roberts, Carolyn Porco, Jane Goodall, Robert Sapolsky, Neil deGrasse Tyson and David Attenborough.

"This most successful of all mammals has exploited the environment to produce food for an ever increasing population. Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population perhaps it's time we controlled the population to allow the survival of the environment."

~ David Attenborough
Comment by sk8eycat on April 30, 2013 at 10:24pm

Megan...Go to EvolveFish for all kinds of satirical variations of the xian stick-on fish.

About religion & public schools, IMO Comparative Religions should be taught everywhere, and I don't mean just the big-name ones.  High schoolers, at least, should be made to scrutinize the similarities of all the sun-godmen who were born of virgins, had 12 disciples (the signs of the zodiac), died and were reborn (the winter solstice and the vernal equinox)....and so on. Christianity is just another form of plagiarism.  Except they got the "golden rule" bass-ackward.  The older religions all stated it as : Do NOT do unto others that which you would NOT want them to do to you.  Makes more sense that way.

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 30, 2013 at 9:14pm

Haha I love all the cat pics!

I think I'll just put up a "Beware of Atheist" sign on my door, or maybe just Skeptic.. Atheist might get my house egged. But that should stop any BS sharers :p

Debra,

"If students want to become religious, spiritual or non-religious when they are older than that is fine.  Manipulating a child into believing what you believe against their own wishes is wrong.  Teach a child how to think, not what to think."

I totally agree with that statement.

 

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