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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 Idaho Spud on August 17, 2012 at 11:05am

Bad Vet!

Ian, I like Russell's fishy teapot.

Comment by Steph S. on August 17, 2012 at 10:39am
What a cool hobby Ian! Do you have your teapots in a display case?
Ian that cat picture made me LOL! So funny!
Thanks for starting my Friday with a smile.
I hope all of you are having a good day!
I'm drinking French Vanilla coffee today.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 17, 2012 at 10:30am

Those we have lost :(

Comment by Ian Mason on August 17, 2012 at 9:54am

So many good things here today :-D Just when I neede cheering up. Thanks, everyone. Here's my contribution.

 By the way, I collect teapots and have over 80.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2012 at 9:40am

Tara, thanks for the link to the uncompassionate rich study.  It reminded my of what I observed when I "moved on up" to a little more affluent neighborhood in California.  My new commute took me through a wealthy neighborhood, and I immediately noticed the drivers were much more uncaring and selfish.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2012 at 9:12am

I find your found bone to be humorous.

Comment by Steph S. on August 16, 2012 at 11:19pm
Oh that's a great pun Grinning cat! Wonderful! I'm adding that to my collection.
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 16, 2012 at 9:55pm

@booklover - that's great! Make no bones about it. I can only respond with something that isn't humerus at all:

@Tara - thanks for that article. The researchers did more than note correlation (maybe naturally-selfish people become wealthier?) : they also observed people's behavior after being primed to feel more or less well-off:

In order to figure out whether selfishness leads to wealth (rather than vice versa), Piff and his colleagues ran a study where they manipulated people’s class feelings. The researchers asked participants to spend a few minutes comparing themselves either to people better off or worse off than themselves financially. Afterwards, participants were shown a jar of candy and told that they could take home as much as they wanted. They were also told that the leftover candy would be given to children in a nearby laboratory. Those participants who had spent time thinking about how much better off they were compared to others ended up taking significantly more candy for themselves--leaving less behind for the children.

@Ruth and Paula - I had no idea there'd be a need for replacement feet for Darwin fish, evolve fish, and similar emblems! (Of course, Christian fish could "evolve"... but I wouldn't be the agent. I respect people's right to have beliefs that I don't respect. @sk8eycat, that was a great idea for business cards that you mentioned on August 4!)

It was good to see some positive, non-"response", non-fish emblems there too, such as the Happy Humanist and the Atheist Atom.

(They also have political statements, including a Republican Party elephant with crosses instead of stars.)

Comment by dr kellie on August 16, 2012 at 9:20pm

@booklover- A few weeks ago, I handed a like-minded friend a cat's humerus, and told her, "I thought you might find this a little humerus."

She laughed and laughed.  Never gets old.  To me, at least.

After that, I challenged her to figure out if it was the right or the left.  She did.  The one in your pic is the left.

Comment by Steph S. on August 16, 2012 at 8:32pm

I agree with that Tara - I put a quote from the article you linked for us.

How Wealth Reduces Compassion

As riches grow, empathy for others seems to decline

By Daisy Grewal

Who is more likely to lie, cheat, and steal—the poor person or the rich one? It’s temping to think that the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to act fairly. After all, if you already have enough for yourself, it’s easier to think about what others may need. But research suggests the opposite is true: as people climb the social ladder, their compassionate feelings towards other people decline.
 

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