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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 29, 2017 at 8:21am

Randy, I look forward to your report on the solar eclipse, as any trail stories you want to share.

As much as I like science and information about the universe, you might think I was pumped up about the solar eclipse as well, but I'm not much interested.

I just can't believe I would be amazed enough to make it worth my time and money to travel 2 hours.

In my younger days I would have been immensely interested, but I've seen so many images and videos of the universe that seeing something like that in person isn't as compelling as it once was.

Besides the time and money, my vehicle has been acting up lately.  The trouble is either the starter, starter relay, or battery.  I don't want to go far until I get that resolved.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 29, 2017 at 8:01am

I'm beginning to get pumped up about the upcoming solar eclipse (Aug 21). Finally found and booked a motel room in southern Indiana, an hours drive or so from the totality (about 4 hrs from my house). I plan to spend some time hiking trails in S. Illinois while down there.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2017 at 12:13am

Thomas, feel free to call Carl.  

I'm not sure what the library system is like where you live, but many communities are able and willing to shuffle books back and forth between branches as a service, since not all libraries stock the same materials.  That may be worth asking about.

I liked "The Believing Brain" and feel comfortable recommending it.  Of course taste in books is subjective, and I'd hate to have you spend your money and then not feel the same way I do.  Most of the atheist books I've purchased have occurred after I've heard an interview with the author, or the book has been recommended by other prominent or notable peers of the author.  Michael Shermer is well known among atheists and puts out quality material.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 28, 2017 at 7:02pm

The Flying Atheist ( Do you have another name?),

I checked my library and they do not have "The Believing Brain". However, I do like buying books and so is this book worth buying?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2017 at 2:19pm

Thomas, yes, I enjoyed "The Believing Brain" very much.  It discusses a laundry list of common beliefs that people hold without any rational evidence, and explains why we are prone to believe them.  The book is an easy read about how our brains work.  I found it very interesting.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 28, 2017 at 1:48pm

Thanks to all who answered about wearing the atheist logo apparel.

The Flying Atheist,

Is the "The Believing Brain" a good read?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2017 at 1:00pm

I've always loved June Foray's work.  She was a cast member on Stan Freberg's 1957 radio show, which is one of my favorites.  It was on for only one summer with fifteen episodes.  Great stuff!!

https://archive.org/details/stan_freberg_show

The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons are definitely on my top five list of all-time great cartoons.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2017 at 8:21am

I remember all those voices of June Foray, but didn't know who did them.  However, I did know who Mel Blanc was.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2017 at 7:36am

We lost a giant yesterday, a giant in the world of voices: June Foray.  Being the cartoon nut that I am, I became aware of June a long time ago, seeing her credits on innumerable Warner Brothers cartoons, and of course as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale.  She and Mel Blanc were the queen and king of such voices back to World War II, and her voice credits on radio likely date back even further.

Certainly there are still women who do such work ... but how many do it exclusively, as she did, and are as successful?  None that I know of.  She will be missed, but I can't imagine she'll be forgotten, though, not as long as we have Rocky and Witch Hazel and Nell Fenwick and Granny and too many other characters to count.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 28, 2017 at 7:13am

Ummm, Joan?  How about:nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope ... you get the picture, right!  [grin!]

 

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