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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 17 hours ago. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 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

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by kathy: ky on February 7, 2017 at 9:34pm
George Orwell's 1984 is having another big run too.
Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 8:30pm

Malcolm Gladwell wrote some interesting books.  "Blink, the Power of Thinking With out Thinking" has a couple of interesting chapters about police shootings. "The Tipping Point" is another of his books about society.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 7:28pm

I'm quoting a friend:

I read in the StarTrib today that sales of Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here" are up 1100% since November! Amazon sold out in December, and the publisher ordered another run of 45,000. May I recommend this book to you? Lewis predicted our future with uncanny accuracy, right down to the smallest detail. You can get the ebook for free from the link below. I remember reading it as a lad of seventeen and thinking the premise totally unbelievable. Well! But now I have a suggestion for a promo to run on the front cover of it:
"Make 'It Can't Happen Here" fiction again.

[Feedbooks]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 7:16pm

I agree with you, Thomas. While history is what we've done filtered through the lenses of the victors, literature is what we think we've learned from what we've done. Ignoring the canon of English lit, a couple of my favorite novels are Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess and Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Berniers. Illuminatus by Robert Anton Wilson is quite a hoot too.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 7, 2017 at 6:48pm
My all time favorite is still probably To Kill A Mockingbird. For atheist reading Sam Harris tops the list. His book Letter to a Christian Nation is wonderfully written. Dan Barker, Darwin of course. To many others to recall right now.
Comment by Thomas Murray on February 7, 2017 at 5:41pm

Hi Everybody,

I like reading and watching documentaries. I do not have a long list favorites and the books I pick to read are from doing researching the authors background and a college degree on the givin subject is a plus. On top of that, the authors own history is and can be just as interesting as the book she/he wrote.

I read anything and almost everything.

I personally believe that literature should be taught at beginning  elementary school level. Literature can and does expand young minds into world views, not the narrow religious view so many have learned. I even go so far to encourage my sons to read once banned books and have discussions about them and why they were banned.

So without further ado, my questions is...

Who is/are your favorite authors?, or What person or people you have read about that inspired you? What are the list of titled books your cherish?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2017 at 7:08am

That was some good football game (Super Bowl) last night. Most everybody in Indiana dislikes New England--the Colts rival--so Atlanta losing was tough to take. But, it's just a game. I did enjoy many commercials, a feature of the event. I even tolerated the half-time show. I must admit, Lady Gaga is talented.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 4, 2017 at 10:53am
Randall, we're about 45 minutes from hopkinsville. Less than that as the crow flies. The time difference on totality will be a matter of about ten seconds according to a science website I looked at a year or so ago. I'm lookin forward to it.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 4, 2017 at 7:22am

Coincidently, I just stayed at a Best Western motel in Hopkinsville on my return trip from Florida to Indiana! It's about 5 hours away from me. But it's just a little over an hour, maybe two, from Kathy.

When I was teaching science, there was a partial eclipse occuring during school hours. I used a telescope to indirectly "see" the eclipse. Kids made boxes with pin holes to "see" it. I often wonder if they ever remember the occassion.

Comment by Chris on February 4, 2017 at 2:53am

Ian,

I just read the best place to see the eclipse is Hopkinsville Kentucky on August 21. Hopkinsville KY is about an hour drive from Nashville TN.

I recomend having welding goggle filters to watch the event.

Hopkinsville and Nashville should have professional and amature astronomer solar parties to witness the event. Hopkinsville will probably have more tourists for this event than any time in history.

Where & When Is the Maximum Point?

The eclipse will begin at 15:45 UTC. The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 18:20 UTC. Totality will last for 2 mins 40 secs.

 

 

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