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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 21 hours ago. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on June 22, 2015 at 9:30pm

That "Blame straight couples...." makes so much sense it baffles me that the bigots don't GET it....  It's been driving me crazy for decades.

And whenever some really insane hater starts talking about killing or internment camps (Lyndon LaRouche was campaigning for those when some of my friends were dying of AIDS in the 1980s), it makes me so effing mad that I want to hit them with a baseball bat.....and I don't have one.  =8 > (

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 9:04pm

Randy and Joan, I think Control-click on a Mac is like right-click on a Windows computer. (Right-click is how I get those dropdown menus.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 8:52pm

Gerald, too many of the right-wing religious nutjobs would think that song is totally serious!
(BTW, I also like the sign, "Against gay marriage? Blame straight people: they're the ones having gay babies.")

And Felaine, thanks for the "Fins" music video!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 22, 2015 at 6:55pm
Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 6:03pm

That video captures it smack on GC. It should be broadcast on the religious channels.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 5:49pm

A bit from the parody song "Bögarnas fel":

In the name of religion we engage in wars, kill and fight / But we bear no responsibility for this...Another translation: "On religious grounds we still fight and kill and maim / but we are good and innocent and not the ones to blame."

(The song continues with its title theme, "it's the gays' fault!" Youtube -- Swedish with English closed captions; Another performance, with the second translation I quoted)

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 5:45pm

Only joking GC.

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 5:38pm

Is that because we don't get many sharks on the road GC?

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 5:25pm

Or perhaps the beaker is twice as big as it needs to be. :-)

I don't have your education, Joan, but do appreciate the power of framing! For example, at the senior center where a local community group holds contra dances, a poster offered free workshops with one-on-one help to "Update your computer skills". (It listed a wide range of areas, along the lines of email, web, Facebook, smart­phones, and ebook readers). That title caught my attention as a way to invite people at any level of familiarity and expertise, even if someone's never had a computer or never used email before. It did not mention "beginners" or "seniors", no implication of "we'll help you geezers join the 21st century."

Another example: if you're trying to reassure someone that shark attacks are astoundingly rare, and not something to be afraid of, saying that you're 3 1/3 times more likely to drown than to be attacked by a shark is small comfort if it evokes fear of drowning. But we generally aren't afraid of deer, and don't worry about deer accidents. Yet you're 300 times more likely to be killed by a deer (if your car hits it) than by a shark.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2015 at 3:24pm

We have an eight-ounce beaker with four ounces of water in it.

Is the glass half full or half empty? 

Yes, the way we use language makes a big difference on how we experience life, does it not?!

Do you remember in college learning about neuro-linguistic programming? It was part of my training in education, to phrase my comments in positive frames. 

So, Summer Solstice means the beginning of summer and the days starting to get shorter. My neuro-linguistic programming didn't work for me with that thought. If I had depression it was on the day that began to get shorter. I didn't have depression on the shortest day of the year, I knew spring was on the way. So much for fancy words and ideas. 

 

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