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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2016 at 8:59pm

Nice, Flying Atheist! Idaho Spud, I too noticed his skulking and taking domineering postures behind Hillary as she was talking.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 7:32pm

For your pleasure here's some cool photos of Paris, old and new, juxtaposed.  http://golem13.fr/paris-fenetres-histoire/

A sample:

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2016 at 5:21pm

I haven't watched the debates for the same reason you gave Ian.  Oh, out of curiosity, I did scan through the channels to see how many had the last debate on, and saw a few seconds of it.  I saw Trump standing half way between the podiums glaring at Hillary while she was speaking, and thought what a juvenile bully!

If I were Hillary, I might just say "What are you doing skulking around behind me?  Trying to intimidate me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2016 at 5:12pm

Welcome April.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 10, 2016 at 2:19pm

I haven't watched the debates - too afraid of kicking the TV and breaking it. The thought has occured to me though: what happens if a substantial minority vote "independant"? If no candidate gets a clear majority? Can there be a president who only gets 45% (or whatever)?

I do try to have fun and good experiences. It's panic before closing time. I'll be 60 next birthday. I'm also aware of all the time that's been wasted during all those years as a depressive alcoholic.

Today I've been to an event at the local library, part of Mental Health Day and it's been great seeing so many young people who are coping with their problems and living full lives despite a psychiatric diagnosis. There are still a lot of problems with the health service in that area but the subject is no longer taboo so many more are seeking help at an age when help is more effective. There was even a high-school class that turned up and were invited to ask the panel of three any question at all. So much openness was unheard of when I was a teenager. And there was live music, coffee and cake (Big Smiley Face)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 1:56pm

Glad the site is back online.  These outages are frustrating and more frequent these days.  Something needs to be done.

Hi, April.  Welcome to our friendly group and to Atheist Nexus.

Randy, my high school class had a ten-year reunion and it was pretty much a waste of time for me.  We haven't had another reunion since.  At the time I was still in contact with my classmate friends and didn't much care to mingle with the folks a didn't like in high school. 

I agree with others here.  Ian, you're always doing fun, varied and interesting activities. 

Kathy, the dismal state of our political race is beyond words.  When the debate ended last night I actually felt sorry for Hillary Clinton for being subjected to such a maniacal display.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2016 at 1:50pm

The debate disappointed me too. I'd expected Hilary to wipe the floor with him.

"The language and content of one of Trump’s debates during the Republican primary season was scientifically analyzed and determined to be at the fourth-grade level. One of his public news conferences was determined to be at the third-grade level."

 "If Trump were a person of high intelligence who was only playacting to appeal to voters of low intelligence, he would still be able to communicate at a higher level as well. But Trump has never been able to communicate at a sophisticated level." From Alternet

I didn't expect they'd talk about pussygate up front and then just move on as if case closed, nothing to see here folks.

Also barely any mention of Climate Change.

Comment by Plinius on October 10, 2016 at 1:41pm

A very quiet weekend without you all! And the debate was really appalling, I've seen just enough to be disgusted and wouldn't see more. Once upon a time there were politicians who discussed their plans for the well being of the people in an educated manner and you can fill in the rest for yourself.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 10, 2016 at 1:22pm
We're back! The debate last night was sad. Trump skulking around behind Hillary on stage. Seems he likes stalking and intimidating women too.
Comment by Plinius on October 8, 2016 at 8:26am

Have fun, Randall! I stopped going to reunions after one - in which my former classmates made a spectacle of themselves, showing off husbands, jobs and whatever they had. Rather disgusting I thought, but I shouldn't have gone in the first place. I hope you have a nice meeting!

 

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