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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 Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 2:24am

BLAST! I did it again. I wrote in response to Daniel's home fires and calculated increase of US population and the decrease of home fires. Then I looked for some other information and in the process, I deleted my comment. It is late, and I don't want to recalculate it. I have to get up at 4:00 AM to get ready for my right-hand surgery. 

I know that will go well; the doctor is a pro and a prince!! He is so young! 

Goodnight everyone. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 1:23am

Ruth, you have had enough experiences with fire. I assume you have a smoke alarm in your bedroom and that it is loud. I'm glad you were able to awaken your husband. Did you have any permanent lung damage? 

When dad came to live with me after he broke his hip, my greatest fear was fire. He was 79s when he came; his weak muscles wouldn't hold him. He had to walk with a walker.

I had an alarm system installed that tied in with the smoke alarm business, and it had contact with the fire department. 

Dad had many falls the seven years he lived here. I was still working the first few years and then had to stop because he needed constant attention.  

When he fell, I could not get him up; he weighed over 200 pounds. So I called the fire department and told them I needed help picking Dad off the floor. I assured them they need not come as fast as they usually came. Dad was OK, and I could not lift him. The Alarm company and the fire department became friends, on a first name basis. 

We had an alarm that he wore in case he needed attention. He got along fine with it until he got lonesome if I wasn't home. I never locked the doors while he lived with me, the firefighters knew it. When Dad got lonesome, he pushed the button, and the firefighters would come in through the front door and find him happy to see them and ready for a chat. We had to take the alarm away from him.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 12:53am

Carl, what is the protocol in such an incident? Have you ever been in a flight accident during your career? Is there a safest part of the plane to fly? How would you manage such an incident?

I learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) at Whitworth 37 years ago and used the techniques when I started having heart problems, cancer,a blocked bowel, and carpel tunnel surgery. Doctors and nurses have been surprised at how well I endure the procedures. I explained to them that I have 37 years of daily practice of TM. 

I wonder if that training would work so well in a plane crash. Would I be able to be calm and focused when everyone around me was chaotic?

What do you think. 

Comment by kathy: ky on September 11, 2016 at 11:18am
I would venture smoke detectors have contributed to fewer fires.
Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2016 at 4:24am

Many textiles for the home take longer to catch fire, due to new regulations.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 11, 2016 at 2:02am

I'm up in the middle of the night, thinking about what it means to have to leave 3 to 4 minutes after a fire starts. When our smoke alarm goes off, the two cats head to the basement. We would die if we tried to save them. We had an apartment fire decades ago. We were at ground level in a garden apartment, so had easy escape through the sliding patio door. Still, it took us a long time to evacuate. No pets yet. I had a terrible time waking my husband up. We both got some smoke inhalation, and left shoeless in our bed clothes. I'm sure our belongings today would produce toxic smoke.

Given my state, I'm not going to watch the passenger video. I'll have enough trouble getting to sleep again.

Yes, Plinius. In an emergency we operate from our primitive brains, not our higher brains. That's why fire escape doors can't have door knobs.

Comment by Plinius on September 10, 2016 at 11:58pm

Strange how frightened people cling to the things they'd normally do.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2016 at 11:01pm

Remember the Emirates airplane that crash-landed in Dubai last month on August 3rd?  I shake my head in disbelief at passengers retrieving their luggage while the plane is on fire.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2016 at 10:48pm

Randy, enjoy your time up in Michigan.  That's a beautiful area.  I used to go to Boy Scout camp a bit south of there.  Of course that was in the 1970's.  We used to pick and then make sassafras tea. Make sure you have your mosquito repellent!

Ruth, we are using many more made made products to build homes these days which are full of toxic chemicals, especially when ignited and burning.  If you cannot escape you'll most likely die from asphyxiation from deadly chemical fumes before the actual fire reaches you.

Flight attendants are trained and required to be able to evacuate a full airplane using only half the exits in 90 seconds or less.  This is for the same reason.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2016 at 5:52pm

Happy vacation, Randall.

Here's disturbing "trivia", today's houses and furniture are so flimsy we have only 3 to 4 minutes to escape a fire.

 

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