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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 Grinning Cat on November 23, 2016 at 11:42am

...Is this supposed to be... the lake of fire?...

There was a "proof" using physics and Bible quotes showing that heaven is hotter than hell!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 22, 2016 at 3:26pm

Grinning Cat, I'll tell you one thing....that geekier person is not me!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 22, 2016 at 3:23pm

Spud, I doubt it too, especially since those temperatures are some 70 times hotter than the core of our sun! (Fahrenheit works for estimating ratios at such extreme temps that dwarf the difference between 0°F and 0°K.)

Someone geekier than I could undoubtedly tell us exactly what sort of data type overflow or misinterpretation we're seeing on that map.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 22, 2016 at 3:08pm

2 Billion degree temperatures in Portland?  I've got some doubts.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 22, 2016 at 3:05pm

Just finished reading Malamud's 'The Fixer'. More frightening than Kafka. I also have a suspicion that anti-semitism, particularly in Russia is still alive and as foul as ever.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 22, 2016 at 3:02pm

Well done, Kathy. Great that you show your true colours.

Joan, what you write about depression is wonderful. I'm going to keep a copy and I'm sure it will bring sunshine into my bad days.

News is something a take very lightly so as not to feel crushed under it all.

Comment by Plinius on November 22, 2016 at 1:50pm

You're special, saving things from your mother's time! I don't, but I treasure the things I bought and found forty years ago when I started  on my own. That was such an exciting time! Even the garlic press I bought then and still use reminds me of it. All the rest disappeared, the hand-me-downs of course but even most of the old pictures. Nice, that feeling that there's nothing left rotting in corners!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 22, 2016 at 12:42pm

Daniel, I can't believe the nonsense you're having to go through with your kitchen.  I do like NIng's suggestion to modify your ruler.  That gave me a laugh.  Yes, you appear to be taking this whole situation in stride.  So much so that it sounds like you're actually looking forward to the project!  Though I could be wrong.

Joan, the videos you posted are beautiful.  Love the scenery!  How wonderful that you have your mother's pie pan.  Family heirlooms like that mean so much and continue the bonds of family through the generations.  

Chicago has had a dramatic 40% rise in the rat population this year because of last year's mild winter.  Many people and groups are using feral cats to stem the tide, but I'm a bit suspect on how effective they will be.  Easy food-pickings are available any place there are dumpsters, garbage cans and litter.  Why would a cat chase down a rat if there's stationary food available?  Plus, a lot of people here put out food regularly for feral cats.  In reality, Chicago also has an overpopulation problem with feral cats!

Like a lot of people in this group, I'm also avoiding much of the political news.  I'll look at the headlines to see what's going on and only read a story if it seems utterly important.  Trump has already flip-flopped on so many issues on a daily basis that it's actually a waste of time to follow his antics in depth.  To be honest, as horrible and frightening it is to have Trump as president, I'm more scared of the people he's choosing to have around him.  I think they can do the most damage in the long run. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2016 at 2:41am

Kathy, angry, disgusted, fed up, and concerned. Yes, that sounds like my feelings, too. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 12:11pm

Kathy, I admire your boldness as well.

Randy, I'm like you in that respect.

 

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