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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 Ian Mason on September 18, 2016 at 2:24pm

Chris, I have a brother-in-law with Menieres and he does quite well with hearing aids. The dizzy spells have diminished now he's had both hips replaced! In England it's said that "a lame dog lives long." Something like your quote in intention.

Comment by Plinius on September 18, 2016 at 12:09pm

Randall, cleanup and trail maintenance sounds good, but what's wrong with knapweed that you have to remove it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2016 at 11:13am

I've not heard that saying Plinius.  It's amusing in a way.  

This thread reminds me that my mother has many health problems and is still alive at 96 years.  My dad died at 95.

Comment by Plinius on September 18, 2016 at 9:03am

Thanks Randall! I've always been sickly and it doesn't worry me anymore, it's just one more ailment on the list, but deafness affects my job and my social life - I don't like that at all.

You know what they about sickly people? You have to shoot them, or they'll never die... ;-)

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2016 at 7:55am

I returned yesterday from a wonderful week camping along the shores of Lake Michigan. We (Wilderness Volunteers) worked on trail maintainance, beach cleanup (litter and dispersing old campfires), and knapweed removal. Tiring work, but satisfying. Nice to be back in my own soft bed!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2016 at 7:51am

My father suffered from Meniers for 50 years. He'd be bed-ridden for a day or two. So I know how you must be suffering, Chris. He never found a treatment. However, he didn't go deaf and lived to 97--good news for you.

Comment by Plinius on September 17, 2016 at 10:21am

Thanks, Spud! Ear specialist shortly, and we'll see what advice I'll get there.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 17, 2016 at 7:06am

Sorry you have health problems Plinius.  When you start with hearing aids, I'll be interested in hearing your results.

Comment by Plinius on September 17, 2016 at 1:34am

No treatment so far, Quiana. What worries me most is that I'll slowly get deaf, and I had planned to go on teaching for years. But in time we'll see what hearing aids can do.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 16, 2016 at 11:28pm
They are all excellent!
 

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