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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 kathy: ky on February 7, 2017 at 6:48pm
My all time favorite is still probably To Kill A Mockingbird. For atheist reading Sam Harris tops the list. His book Letter to a Christian Nation is wonderfully written. Dan Barker, Darwin of course. To many others to recall right now.
Comment by Thomas Murray on February 7, 2017 at 5:41pm

Hi Everybody,

I like reading and watching documentaries. I do not have a long list favorites and the books I pick to read are from doing researching the authors background and a college degree on the givin subject is a plus. On top of that, the authors own history is and can be just as interesting as the book she/he wrote.

I read anything and almost everything.

I personally believe that literature should be taught at beginning  elementary school level. Literature can and does expand young minds into world views, not the narrow religious view so many have learned. I even go so far to encourage my sons to read once banned books and have discussions about them and why they were banned.

So without further ado, my questions is...

Who is/are your favorite authors?, or What person or people you have read about that inspired you? What are the list of titled books your cherish?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2017 at 7:08am

That was some good football game (Super Bowl) last night. Most everybody in Indiana dislikes New England--the Colts rival--so Atlanta losing was tough to take. But, it's just a game. I did enjoy many commercials, a feature of the event. I even tolerated the half-time show. I must admit, Lady Gaga is talented.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 4, 2017 at 10:53am
Randall, we're about 45 minutes from hopkinsville. Less than that as the crow flies. The time difference on totality will be a matter of about ten seconds according to a science website I looked at a year or so ago. I'm lookin forward to it.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 4, 2017 at 7:22am

Coincidently, I just stayed at a Best Western motel in Hopkinsville on my return trip from Florida to Indiana! It's about 5 hours away from me. But it's just a little over an hour, maybe two, from Kathy.

When I was teaching science, there was a partial eclipse occuring during school hours. I used a telescope to indirectly "see" the eclipse. Kids made boxes with pin holes to "see" it. I often wonder if they ever remember the occassion.

Comment by Chris on February 4, 2017 at 2:53am

Ian,

I just read the best place to see the eclipse is Hopkinsville Kentucky on August 21. Hopkinsville KY is about an hour drive from Nashville TN.

I recomend having welding goggle filters to watch the event.

Hopkinsville and Nashville should have professional and amature astronomer solar parties to witness the event. Hopkinsville will probably have more tourists for this event than any time in history.

Where & When Is the Maximum Point?

The eclipse will begin at 15:45 UTC. The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 18:20 UTC. Totality will last for 2 mins 40 secs.

 

Comment by Chris on February 4, 2017 at 1:55am

Telemarketers are crafty at getting through.


I usually don't answer the phone until the caller leaves a message on the answering machine and I recognize the voice.


If I'm expecting a call and answer prior to the answering machine and hear clicking noise (automatic transfer) I hang up.


"This is Rachel from Credit Card Services" seems to bother a lot of people. The do not call list is a place to start as is call blocking though it doesn't help much. They use multiple telephone numbers.  I filed several complaints with the FCC about that company  whoever they are. I don't know how many resources the FCC has to prevent telephone solicitors.


Telecommunications is probably going to become worse with the FCC c...


Ning is hanging again. To complain to Ning the email for the CEO is CEOtalk@ning.com

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2017 at 2:39am

Daniel, yes, I have been having hit-or-miss posting ability on different sites and so jumping over to this site seems to be one way to get my comments along its way. I am too lazy to check back and try again. I hope I'm not messing up communication too much by doing so. If so, just say so, and I will be more patient. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2017 at 7:25pm

Thanks Joan.  That's about the same information I found.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2017 at 7:02pm

This would not post from Godless in the Garden. Here it is, Spud:

Corn, treated with Thiram and Captan protects the seeds from rot, fungus and insects. 

Thiram is a fungicide used to help ensure seeds don't rot in cold, wet soil. It is a common seed treatment that my Dad used when planting early crops of corn, beans, peas, etc. 

You can wash the coating off of the seeds to avoid getting fungicide in your soil if you wish. Once planted the corn or beans are said to be safe to eat.

If you want to grow strictly "organic" produce, you probably would prefer untreated seeds.

 

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