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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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 Thomas Murray on July 13, 2017 at 7:44pm

Grinning Cat,

You know, it should be called Sleepless Study so it can have broader range of study than just focusing on apnea.

The difficulty with me is physiological  ... when I put the mask on I get claustrophobic which is something I've never experience before then. One of the way I overcome it is wait until I am over tired to care.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 13, 2017 at 7:15pm

Tom, I hope you get some relief! I know a few people for whom using a CPAP consistently has done wonders.

(I'm told that the sleep studies are better named "sleepless" studies, even if you don't have sleep apnea or another condition interfering with sleep!)

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 13, 2017 at 5:40pm

Anybody here suffer from sleep apnea? I've had three sleep studies and all results the same... Severe sleep apnea with not breathing for 20 to 45 seconds. I also had deviated septum which surgery corrected and did help some. I use a Bi-Pap but not every night.  At worst for me is sleepy all day, weak legs, confusions and lack of concentration. I do get headaches but not as bad as before surgery. I could go on but this is the gist of it.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 12, 2017 at 9:50pm

Spud, it seems that the US shows some of the symptoms of a 3rd world country.

Bertold, the cry was taken up in the UK too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N69SQfoOBfo

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 12, 2017 at 3:33pm

Joan, are you sure the second premise in your syllogisms below is quite true? :) :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2017 at 2:51pm

Plinius, you fairly caught me in another overgeneralization. Thanks! One would think I am over that by now! But NO! I keep segmenting them into categories. I hope I am the one to catch me next time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2017 at 2:41pm

@Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday 

"I depend upon sensory evidence. All scientific evidence depends upon use of the senses. Insistence on using the senses, excluding for example "evidence" from dreams and faith, is fundamental.'

I am glad you caught me on my statement about the use of senses. I use dreams when searching for an answer to a question. Usually, a day or two of pros and cons thinking, then I have a dream that makes the answer seem clear. 

I was raised to deny my senses; I developed an "I can't be right!" mentality and it was corroborated by parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We had a family system that relied on ancient texts for guidance and family traditions. That was until I stopped thinking as a child, at 37 years old, and started thinking as an adult. 

I have stronger techniques now on how to make a decision and a stronger sense of self and a growing sense of competence. I take responsibility for the consequences of my decisions and take pride in my growing skills. I rely on authority figures too much even as I have a higher criterion for making choices. I like double-blind research and look for flaws in research design. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 12, 2017 at 1:06pm

I just found-out the state I live in lets more children die because of faith-based medical neglect than in any other state.  Disgusting! 

http://idahochildren.org

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 12, 2017 at 7:06am

The Fugs are back, with a vengeance!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 11, 2017 at 10:12am

Joan, I just tried to post a comic in Politics, economics & religion and the link to it didn't work. So here it is instead.

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