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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 16 hours ago. 39 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 8, 2014 at 7:46am

Carl, wonderful listening to Mildred. My mother sang in jazz bands while at Indiana U. back in the late 30's and was influenced by Ms. Bailey. Thanks for the memories.

Comment by Plinius on December 8, 2014 at 5:20am

Hanging from the window to catch this pic. I think the pot of gold is in the next street.

Good music, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2014 at 5:12am

I am sorry for your loss, Ian. Peace and comfort to your family. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 7, 2014 at 9:12pm

Catching up... I'm sorry to hear of your family's loss, Ian!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 7, 2014 at 7:33pm

re: the Marshmallow Test....that last little red-headed girl (who ate her single marshmallow right away) looks and act exactly as my sister did when she was that age....and older. 

Still does.  But every doctor and therapist I've told about her agrees with me; she has Asperger's.  (And I still have scars where she bit me when she was 5 or 6 years old.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 6:57pm

Some Sunday evening easy-listening sounds from a fantastic singer from days gone by.  I hope you enjoy......

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 10:57am

Randall, I've also seen video footage of the Marshmallow experiment.  Like Mindy said, it's interesting to watch the kids faces as they ponder what they should do. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2014 at 10:52am

Sorry to hear of your family's loss, Ian.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 7, 2014 at 7:40am

Sorry, Ian. Evidently it was the grandfather on your daughter's mother's side?

Speaking of books, I just finished The Marshmallow Test, which goes into detail about the evidence that kids postponing the gratification of eating one marshmallow immediately by waiting  for two of them later gives an indication of self control later in life, which leads to bigger and better things. It's really a "no duh" socialogy thing, but it's now substantiated. (There's much more to the book than that.)

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2014 at 1:25am

I'm sorry for your loss, Ian.

 

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