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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 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

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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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.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 16, 2012 at 8:29pm

Thanks Paula for the evolvefish link. Who knew we'd need so many replacement feet for vandalized emblems. I especially liked

My only problem is that the evolvefish meme is derivative of the Xian meme, and perpetuates it through mockery.

Comment by Tara on August 16, 2012 at 8:28pm

Aw, but we should be sympathetic towards the plight of the rich guy: he can't help that his wealth is making him socially and emotionally inferior to the rest of us.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-wealth-reduces...

:P

Comment by Steph S. on August 16, 2012 at 8:18pm

Romney is super rich and gets tax breaks - can you believe he won't release his taxes? He has something to hide. I bet he pays hardly any taxes at all. He is getting loopholes. He was quoted as saying that he only pays like 13% or something like that. He is getting off cheap. He's a big liar like all the rest of those politicians. I think that's all they do now - just lie to everyone.

Comment by Lillie on August 16, 2012 at 8:09pm

"How many people think the poor live".......Apparently, Romney does because he said he wasn't worried about them.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 16, 2012 at 7:17pm

American Myths...not really funny, but true:

American Myths

Comment by Steph S. on August 16, 2012 at 7:06pm

That's real funny Patricia - I love the comic you posted.

Thanks.

 

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