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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 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

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 27, 2016 at 6:43pm

Randy, that's a great accomplishment.  Congrats!

Joan, when I had a muscle biopsy earlier this year I decided I wanted to put on my big boy pants and watch the procedure.  However, the staff made me turn my head and not look.  They even put up a barrier sheet.  The possibly of me fainting or freaking out was something they didn't wish to contend with if they could avoid it. I guess I can't blame them.  At least there was dialog between us for the duration of the procedure with explanations and updates. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 5:58pm

Spud, thank you for the lead to the story of Katharine Blodgett Gebbie; she was quite a remarkable woman. I am particularly interested in learning that four of the scientists under her leadership earned Nobel Prizes. 

Thanks for the lead. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2016 at 5:07pm

I appreciate the good news about your surgery Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 5:04pm

Congratulations, Randy. That is a marvelous feat, and I bet you will be running for another 20 years. Those who keep running seem to run until they "square the morbidity curve"! 

What part of you takes the most wear and tear as you run all that distance? Did you celebrate afterwards, and what does celebration look like for you? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 4:58pm

Oh! My Gosh! The surgery went so well I failed to write about it. Not one instance of pain, no aches, just a big bandage that I can take off but I am doing some chores and don't want to break the wound open. 

Covered, except for a tiny hole through which the surgeon did his magic, he did his "slit, slash, blood, and gore"  task.  Before he closed me up, he had the nurse take my "tent" off so I could see the incision. No blood, just a tiny little hole where he showed me the muscles, tendons, and whatever else was under the incision. Then, the nurse covered me again, he sewed me up and bandaged me with what looks like a very impressive wound, and I came home. No pain even now! The surgery itself only took 15 minutes. It was all the prep work that took up most of the day. 
I am getting some circulation into my fingers; my fingernails turned pink. I have trouble typing because of the bulk on my hand but no discomfort. 

I'll have my right hand done Sept 12.

Laura told me carpel tunnel syndrome surgery is the latest fad; it may be a fad, but it feels so good to begin to have the feeling return in my fingers again. 

Thanks for asking, Qiana and Carl.

Carl, I love the concept of being a matriarch. The best part of it is I have a longer memory than most people, and I can remember wash tubs, boiling water on the stove, wringing out hot sudsy laundry and hanging wet fabric on a clothesline. I also remember the task of going to the forest to cut wood, bringing it home and while the men cut it into pieces to fit the stove the women prepared a huge meal. That was very festive to me, but I would not go back to that unless I just had to. 

I am most grateful for having lived this long so that I can have access to all kinds of information; I can do the kind of research that is fun, not the old routine of sitting in a library with stacks of books around me trying to follow a thread.  

I also love economics, and it is easy to follow lines of thought and learn new ways to collect and analyze data. 

Gardening is still the love of my life even as there are things I no longer can do. 

Carl, feeling happy and content is just about the best thing I can feel; your happiness and contentment pleases me greatly. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2016 at 3:46pm

Congrats Randy.  I'm not going to mention how far I can run.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 3:40pm

Every once in a great while a tornado forms over eastern Washington and when it did, it was a major news item. 

On JULY 23, 2014, huge thunderstorms hit Riverside, WA, on Hiway 2, destroyed 20 trailers in a trailer park and left behind large swaths of downed trees. We see the effect today as we drive on Hiway 2. I can't even imagine what the central states experience when such terrible winds blow each year. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 27, 2016 at 3:06pm

Whooee--I made it! On a whim, I signed up for a 5k run a month ago. I don't know what made me do it. I haven't seriously run in 3 years. I guess I just wanted to prove I still could do it. I'm a little crazy that way. Well, in the month of training (so-called), I never could run the full 3 miles without stopping. But I did today! I had a time goal, too, which I met. Won my age group (65+)! However, I was the only entrant, tee hee. I guess old people just don't run anymore. There weren't even any walkers in my age group. All in all, it was pretty exhilerating. And no heart attack!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 3:01pm

I found an interesting piece on weather science that intrigues me. 

Atlantic 'weather bomb' opens new window on Earth's interior

"Earthquakes aren’t the only things seismologists listen for. Over the past decade, they have honed their talent for detecting the seismic waves generated by severe storms, including the echoes of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Ocean swells from these storms rattle around, creating waves that drum the ocean floor and move into the mantle. They can even be picked up by seismometers on the other side of the world. Until now, this circuitous weather tracking system has mostly been limited to high-speed P waves, which pass through rock with straight compressive force; S waves, with their distinctive perpendicular sashay, have remained elusive. In a new study published this week in Science, however, researchers tracked a 2014 North Atlantic "weather bomb"—a cold-weather cyclone seen here pummeling the United Kingdom—with a pattern of P and S waves, picked up by an array of 202 borehole seismometers in Chugoku district in Japan. The technique, if repeated for other storms, could give geologists a new tool for studying Earth's deep structures."

Comment by Daniel W on August 25, 2016 at 8:59am
Randy i wish you safety and no tornadoes. I think there were some there when I lived in W. Lafayette. Very scary. I slept through one once when I was in high school. Blew a tree over in the front yard, and blew the neighbors' garage into our back yard, and I didn't even wake up.

My vision is so bad. I keep reading that as tomatoes.
 

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