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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 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

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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

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Questions......

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   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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 25, 2016 at 7:06am

Finally, back on A/N. My dog, Dot, (Molly was my old dog, hit by a vehicle, Joan) is back, safe and sound. She was "rescued" by a farmer, put in a pen for safekeeping overnight. Dot would have found her way home, I imagine, but couldn't "escape". I went house to house to find her--and did! Thanks for the kind words.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 22, 2016 at 11:17pm

Hope your dog turns up soon, Randall. I know it must be a worry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2016 at 2:08pm

Grinning Cat, I like your statement, "A super­human AI would likely not be either "good" or "evil" but rather ALIEN."

Carl, I didn't know the sax was invented by a Belgian, Adolphe Sax. I wonder if my Dad knew?  His father was from Belgium; my Dad played sax and clarinet in a dance band. They played the grange circuit before WWII. After that, he played for his pleasure. 

Ian, sorry to learn of your stepmom's death. My solace to her family and friends.

Randy, I am sorry to learn of Dolly, I think, or was it Molly? I forget. I surely hope she finds her way home. I like your stories about your time with her. Also, Randy, I love your photos of Greece. Such an amazing country and history. I hope Greece gets out from under its debt to NMF. 

I am packing up books and stuff to go to Volunteers of America. This is a good thing, I am sorting out 41 years of accumulation and won't have to leave it to my kids. I pretty much know what they want because we already boxed it up and took it to Newport when I moved up there. 

I expect to have ten more years here and then provide food for the worms. If Eighty-years-old is hard, I don't want to know what 90 will be. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 22, 2016 at 1:44pm

Randall - here's hoping your doggie shows up soon. It's awful when that happens.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2016 at 1:10pm

Hope your four-legged buddy shows up soon, Randall, alive and well!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 22, 2016 at 7:08am

I'm a wee bit concerned--well, maybe somewhat more than a wee bit--about my missing dog. While going on our daily walk, she hung back to explore something. I kept walking as usual as she catches up eventually. Not this time. I went back to look for her, asked about her at several farm houses close by. Nothing. I've peered out the windows hundreds of time hoping she found her way back home.  I'll go out again today to look. She does have a "chip", so if she winds up at the Humane Society, I can be notified. Dang.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 22, 2016 at 1:50am

Thanks, Carl.

I've been in touch with the family and won't be leaving until Wednesday. They've already sorted out the funeral and there's nothing I can do to help.

I visited the Musical Instrument Museum which was very interesting and included saxes. It was also very warm and humid, for the sake of the wooden instruments I presume. Almost everything is closed on Mondays except for the Atomium. Perhaps you were there on a Monday?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2016 at 3:07pm

Ian, sorry to hear about your stepmum.  My condolences to your family. 

I've been to Brussels only once back in 1998 and it was only for one day.  I wanted to visit their saxophone museum but it was closed that day.  The saxophone was invented by Belgian Adolphe Sax in 1846.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 21, 2016 at 8:00am

Hello all. Have just returned from Brussels, which was nice but to the news that my stepmum has died so I only have time to turn round and get off again to England.

I visited Athens with my daughter a few years ago. I loved it. She thought - as teenagers do - that I was daft, getting excited over old stones.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 17, 2016 at 10:12pm

Catching up... sounds like you had a wonderful trip, Randy!

About "What to think about machines that think", the discussion "Terminator movies too comforting" is worth revisiting! A super­human AI would likely not be either "good" or "evil" but rather ALIEN.

 

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