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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 February 23, 2016 at 12:05pm

Oh, boy, Chris!  That is a terrible week!  Glad to hear that Dido is OK and that you're back online.  Next up:  taking care of that broken molar.  I wish ALL of you well.

Comment by Plinius on February 23, 2016 at 11:51am

What a week! Dido just survived an infection in the liver, while I was running to and from the vet the pc crashed so badly that we scraped some money together to buy a new one. So we´re running around getting the thing working and trying to find the programs we need, etc. Rien breaks a molar... This will be the end of my piggy bank! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 11:33pm

Now, we need to work to get universal health coverage. Preventive care cuts down on too-late-diagnoses. A simple test of blood can catch so many things before symptoms appear. My being anemic was a total surprise to me because I take my daily iron pills, as directed. The doctors now look for the cause of my anemia. 

I feel fine, just overwhelming fatigue. But then, I am entitled! I worked very hard all my life. I  enjoy my lethargy.  

Carl, I am happy you have such excellent care. What an experience for you, your sister and family! I hope you can do what you know how to do, or can retrain into something interesting. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 10:19pm

Joan, I have had excellent care throughout all my recent medical episodes.  In addition to my kidney surgery there is a tremendous amount of post-surgery after care and treatment, so it continues.  When I left the hospital in November I had a two-page list of all my future scheduled appointments going all the way into 2017.  I just had my 3-month follow-up kidney biopsy last week.  Constant monitoring of my condition is critical.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 7:57pm

Randy, which day will we ring out celebrations of your birthday?

I am very grateful for our modern medical care. I have regular checkups and had early diagnoses of any of my ailments that in my parent's day would have caused their deaths much sooner. My doctors have all been outstanding educators, explaining options, pros and cons, and had data to show effectiveness. I made informed choices; I was in charge of my health care. They also offered information about alternative treatments. I feel very confident in my medical care, both from the doctor's diagnosis and choices of surgeries, radiation, chemo and medication, and the outstanding care of the nursing and assisting staff members. 

Carl, how do you feel about your care? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 5:44pm

In Darwin's era living to 73 was quite an achievement.  Just think about the difference in available medical treatment between now and in the 1800's.  There's no doubt Darwin died a sickly man at 73.  He was born in 1809.  Life expectancy was approximately 40 years at that time.

Randy, I'm sure running a farm kept you quite physically active.  Although I've always read that farming ranks high as one of the most dangerous professions. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 22, 2016 at 7:34am

I try not to think about my age (or my children's). However, I just read that Charles Darwin died "a very old and sick man" at age 73. Guess who will be that old in one month?  State of mind, right?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 8:57pm

Agreed, Joan. Western capitalism seems to have reached its moribund stage. Let's hope that coming generations can find solutions that benefit the people rather than the elite. For the time being, enjoy your nesting.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 21, 2016 at 8:09pm

Joan, you know I'm the same age as your kids.  I'll be 52 in July.  Hard to believe. 

Thinking about you as you settle into your new surroundings. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 21, 2016 at 7:53pm

Good luck in your new home, Joan. It should be quieter than Spokane  Our oldest is 56!!

 

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