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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 3 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 18 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 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

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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 22, 2016 at 7:08am

I'm a wee bit concerned--well, maybe somewhat more than a wee bit--about my missing dog. While going on our daily walk, she hung back to explore something. I kept walking as usual as she catches up eventually. Not this time. I went back to look for her, asked about her at several farm houses close by. Nothing. I've peered out the windows hundreds of time hoping she found her way back home.  I'll go out again today to look. She does have a "chip", so if she winds up at the Humane Society, I can be notified. Dang.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 22, 2016 at 1:50am

Thanks, Carl.

I've been in touch with the family and won't be leaving until Wednesday. They've already sorted out the funeral and there's nothing I can do to help.

I visited the Musical Instrument Museum which was very interesting and included saxes. It was also very warm and humid, for the sake of the wooden instruments I presume. Almost everything is closed on Mondays except for the Atomium. Perhaps you were there on a Monday?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2016 at 3:07pm

Ian, sorry to hear about your stepmum.  My condolences to your family. 

I've been to Brussels only once back in 1998 and it was only for one day.  I wanted to visit their saxophone museum but it was closed that day.  The saxophone was invented by Belgian Adolphe Sax in 1846.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 21, 2016 at 8:00am

Hello all. Have just returned from Brussels, which was nice but to the news that my stepmum has died so I only have time to turn round and get off again to England.

I visited Athens with my daughter a few years ago. I loved it. She thought - as teenagers do - that I was daft, getting excited over old stones.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 17, 2016 at 10:12pm

Catching up... sounds like you had a wonderful trip, Randy!

About "What to think about machines that think", the discussion "Terminator movies too comforting" is worth revisiting! A super­human AI would likely not be either "good" or "evil" but rather ALIEN.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 17, 2016 at 12:48pm

Hi, Randy.  Welcome back.  Sounds like you had a great trip.  I would love to visit Greece and experience the food and the rich culture. 

It was frustratingly quiet on A/N while you were gone because of the prolonged connection problems, so you didn't miss much.  It seems to be working OK now.  Hi, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2016 at 6:59am

Q-M, perhaps it was Yanni. Soprano sax by anybody grates (on) my ear, brain, and senses. That's especially true of so-called "smooth jazz".

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2016 at 3:08am

We'll see. I've spent hours trying to post messages this week, I hope thing will go back to normal.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2016 at 2:37pm

And once again, Atheist Nexus is back up.  Question is: how long will it STAY that way???

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2016 at 2:07am

I share this book cover with you, not because I have read it, but the cover makes me laugh! Looks like some great contributors to the edited volume. 

What to Think About Machines That Think

 

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