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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2017 at 8:42am

Great article in aeon--

Why bullshit is no laughing matter

  • . . . Across four studies and with more than 800 participants, we found that people consistently rate blatant bullshit such as this as at least somewhat profound. More importantly, this tendency – which we referred to as bullshit receptivity – was more common among people who performed worse on a variety of cognitive ability- and thinking-style tests, and who held religious and paranormal beliefs. Put differently, more logical, analytical and skeptical people were less likely to rate bullshit as profound, just as you might expect.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 22, 2017 at 5:59am

Glad you saw the big event, Kathy. Kimberley was the first person I've met to mention religion in any form. Perhaps 'God' has held His hand over me!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2017 at 4:38am

Ian, I also like your photo of the eclipse.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2017 at 11:36pm

Kathy, I'm glad you got to see the eclipse!  

Comment by kathy: ky on August 21, 2017 at 11:08pm
I drove the nine miles and saw the eclipse in totality for one minute. I saw the diamond ring effect but no Bailey's Beads. The sky was clear and the humidity had dropped it was 93° but not bad at all.
@ Ian, religion is an everyday all day long affair in the South. There is always someone willing to thank god and ask where you go to church (not if). In the waiting room at Vanderbilt University while my husband was having treatment I was sitting with a large group because there was no place else to sit. A man came to our group (surgery waiting) and asked if we had a minute to hear how the Lord had saved his wife, just three weeks prior, at that very hospital. Me and my godless heathen t-shirt just got up and walked away :)
Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 6:30pm

The photo doesn't do it justice.

I tried to write a post here but it wouldn't upload. Joan seems to have recieved it somehow.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 21, 2017 at 5:48pm

Ian,

That is a cool photo of your eclipse.

Here we only experience a tint darkness. Though, the shadows from the tall trees seemed to cast from the wrong direction.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 3:45pm

Had a pleasant experience yesterday in Capitol Hill park. A woman was struggling with putting a yellow ribbon round a tree so I gave a hand. Her name was Kimberly and she told me that 'the love of her life' was coming home from a tour of duty as an eco-warrior. We had a nice chat about the way of the world and its future. She talked about 'meditating and praying' for a better world but I didn't discuss the issue as her nearest and dearest were out and about doing real things.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 3:41pm

Ian, I'm happy you had a gap in the clouds after coming all this way to see it. Lots of other things to enjoy, especially friendly people.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 3:16pm

There was a little gap in the clouds here in Nashville, just enough that I can say 'I saw it'.

 

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