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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 23, 2015 at 11:07am

Did you teach at Chaffey High in Ontario?  My dad went there 100 years ago.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 23, 2015 at 7:32am

Holy smokes, Spud--you're up and out early! Good for you.

Felaine, I never saw the movie. I know many LA area schools have been featured in various movies. I taught in two junior highs and one high school in Pomona (incl Diamond Bar) from '66-'73. They hadn't changed when I visited them 10 years ago.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2015 at 6:37am

Good morning.  5:37 AM, and I'm off to plant in the garden.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 23, 2015 at 2:31am

Randall, many things come to mind, especially when kids are home-schooled through 12th grade.  Dealing with crabby teachers, dealing with outstanding teachers, team sports, orchestra, chorus, class plays, dance performance, PTA nights..... Art and crafts equipment, print shop...and on an d on.

Auto shop....if you've ever seen "Corvette Summer" with Mark Hammil and Annie Potts, most of the school interiors were shot at my alma mater: Auto Shop, Burbank High School - 902 N. Third Street, Burbank, California, USA" and

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Since that film was made, the entire school was rebuilt.....I don't recognize the place AT ALL///except the bulldog mascot over the main door.  BFD.

Comment by Plinius on May 23, 2015 at 1:51am

Saturday morning, not yet 9 o'clock. Good morning all and have a nice weekend! Has anyone heard from Carl?

Comment by Randall Smith on May 21, 2015 at 7:21am

Felaine, you had better stay! I miss Mindy (Booklover, who left in a huff), and Carl, who's dealing with health issues. (I wonder how he's doing?)

I have many reasons for opposing home schooling, but they aren't really "the socialization" reasons, although that's important. For one, science (my subject) has access to tools for many lab experiments--not found at home. Teachers are trained in and have greater knowledge of their subject matter. If I home schooled my kids, I would be deficient in art, history, and other areas. Plus, no sports, no school plays, no band, etc.

One of the biggest reasons parents choose home-schooling is the religion factor. They don't want their children exposed to the truth--evolution, in particular. (There are many other reasons: bullying, eliteism, antisocialism, etc.) 

Comment by Plinius on May 21, 2015 at 12:46am

I wasn't homeschooled but I was just as isolated as homeschoolers because of my parents' religion. I feel children should interact with all sorts of people and learn to stand their own ground. I tried to find positive sides of homeschooling to complete the picture but I didn't hear many positive comments.

Thanks Gerald, I'm glad of it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2015 at 3:24pm

Back in the 1940s we used to play in the street and vacant lots around here after school..."Kick the Can" and "Statues." 

Now, I NEVER see or hear kids playing outdoors in the neighborhood, unless someone is having a private pool party.  Everything else is so over-organized that I often wonder when kids get to use their imaginations.  If they have any.  (I took ballet lessons 5 days a week after school, but I still had time to play invent-your-own games with the other neighborhood kids....or row all over Balboa Bay by myself when we went there for the summers.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 20, 2015 at 3:04pm

Sometimes kiddos homeschooled  through grade school show up in high school and earn a black belt in promiscuity with lightening speed. Missing all that socialization, even such as it is, may not be an entirely good thing.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2015 at 2:40pm

Randall...I'm with you on the subject of home schooling.  Even if it's NOT religion-based, there's something anti-social about it.

In science fiction from the 1950s and '60s, there were a lot of stories about kids "going to school" on computer-like devices at home.  If it was an important part of the story, I always felt sorry for the isolated kids.  (Where's the playground?  Or the level spot where the girls always played jacks during recess?  Hell, WHEN and where IS recess?  Assemblies?  Sock hops in the gym?  What gym?)

 

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