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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

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The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 28, 2016 at 7:22am

Wow, GC, amazing stats! Thanks for the research. If I remember right, it was an elementary teacher that gave us that info. It's stuck with me all these years, but I had no evidence. Now I do!

Have you all looked at Bertold's photos on his profile page? I love his scenic ones. 

Chris (Plinius), I'm sure you're trying your hardest to convince your fellow Dutch there is no god. Keep "ruffling"!

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2016 at 3:23am

But they're still trying, Quiana! The last one was quite ruffled when I told her that I don't believe in fairy-tales.

Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 1:21am

~4% chance.

Biththday aniversaries are fun so there is a ~100% chance that others want to eat cake drink champain and celebrate with others.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 27, 2016 at 2:54pm

Daniel, Qiana, thanks for the heads-up.

Randy, I just tried some numbers for the probability of two people in a group sharing a birthday.

For a rough calculation, we can ignore leap days, and pretend that people were equally likely to be born (and prospective parents equally likely to have gotten busy) on any day of the year. You can calculate the probability of everyone having different birthdays: 364/365 (for the second person) times 363/365 (for the third not matching either of those) times 362/365 (fourth different from first three) * 361/365 * 360/365 * ...  Subtract that from 1 to get the probability that at least two people have the same birthday. Multiply fractions by 100% to get percent.

Turns out that in a group of 14, there's a 25% chance two will share a birthday; 50% in a group of 22; 75% in a group of 31, and 90% in a group of 40, practically 100% in a group of 60.

(And absolutely 100% only in a group of 366 or more. :-)

Comment by Daniel W on December 27, 2016 at 1:46pm

Just a heads up.  I was on another Ning site and there was a 500 error.  I don't know if that means we will be getting the same.  It's a concerning sign.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 26, 2016 at 11:55pm
I was in elementary school with five others named Kathy.We were called our first name and last initial.
Comment by Plinius on December 26, 2016 at 8:31am

I think that happens quite often.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 26, 2016 at 7:32am

Along the same lines (as identical names), I once heard that in a school class of about 30, two children will have the same birthday. Probably a falsehood, but it happened to me.

Comment by Plinius on December 26, 2016 at 3:40am

You're kind, Chris, but don't worry, it will sort itself out.

Keyboard and mouse were dead without warning this morning, now I'm writing on old ones from the basement. I wonder what this pc will do next...

Comment by Chris on December 26, 2016 at 1:31am
Comment by Plinius on Friday

You and I have the same first name.

Since I'm new here and people are used to calling you Chris maybe Chris G. would be a good way for people to refer to me.

 

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