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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Patricia on March 24, 2018 at 1:24am

Allergy free topiary.

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2018 at 1:19am

Thanks all! When I left the hospital the dermatologist was fighting the allergologist, but still - listening is a rare quality.

The medicines seen to do something, so perhaps I'll be back to normal in some time.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2018 at 1:07am

Chris, that's horrible. Itching like that must be horrible. I think a lot of these problems come from doctors (and others) doing things 'by the book' instead of by the patient, following standard routines instead of listening.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2018 at 6:03pm

Plinius, what at awful experience! I wonder why she didn't pay heed to your caution about nickel; I am certain she will listen more carefully from now on.

Comment by Patricia on March 23, 2018 at 5:48pm

The 6 inch height really threw me......

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2018 at 5:45pm

Patricia, no, I had not read about it and am glad you called her to our attention. Reading the DNA report just about blew my understanding of human anomolies. Here is just part of the report:

"The Ata specimen carried a strange phenotype—6-in stature, fewer than expected ribs, elongated cranium, and accelerated bone age.

"We previously reported that it was human by DNA analysis with an estimated bone age of about 6–8 yr at the time of demise."

"Ata is a female of human origin, likely of Chilean descent, and its genome harbors mutations in genes (COL1A1, COL2A1, KMT2D, FLNB, ATR, TRIP11, PCNT) previously linked with diseases of small stature, rib anomalies, cranial malformations, premature joint fusion, and osteochondrodysplasia (also known as skeletal dysplasia). Together, these findings provide a molecular characterization of Ata's peculiar phenotype, which likely results from multiple known and novel putative gene mutations affecting bone development and ossification."

I had to go back and read the report twice to make sure I understood what I read, she was 6 to 8 years old and 

"a six-inch mummified skeleton revealing its small stature and multiple bone abnormalities were caused by mutations for dwarfism, scoliosis, and other musculoskeletal" features. 

Whole-genome sequencing of Atacama skeleton shows novel mutations l...

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2018 at 1:29pm

That's horrible, Plinius.

I itch all the time, but nothing close to what you experienced.  

I would fire that dermatologist.

Comment by Patricia on March 23, 2018 at 1:26pm

I've been the skin shredding itch route so I do know what its like, & its just an expression.

I have often said my pains with different issues were driving me mad.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2018 at 1:18pm

Thanks Patricia! I don't know about driving mad, but it's very hard to concentrate while itching. 

Comment by Patricia on March 23, 2018 at 1:10pm

Oh it must be driving you mad! Lets hope they get it solved or at least livable!

 

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