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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 May 17. 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 k.h. ky on April 12, 2015 at 11:26am
Maybe he's just taking it easy and following doctors orders. I'm sure that's what it is.
Comment by Plinius on April 12, 2015 at 11:16am

I think he didn't, but I hope someone will write....

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2015 at 7:28am

I'm also hoping for a good report from Carl.  Did he say he would have someone else give us an update if he was unable to?

Comment by Plinius on April 12, 2015 at 1:25am

Carl posted last on March 24, so it's been three weeks. I do hope he's allright.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 8, 2015 at 12:46pm
Does anyone know if Carl has posted lately? My signal is unreliable and I've only been able to get on sporadically. I am wondering how he is.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2015 at 6:25am

I knew there would be problems I didn't see, but I would still like to see us try to be more logical in the US, even if it caused problems for 2 or 3 generations.

There is another thing that bothers me more, and that's not going to the metric system.  It's very much easier to work with and reduces mistakes greatly.  For years now, I've tried to purchase tape measures that have metric marks on them, and often use metric when doing woodworking.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2015 at 6:15am

Spud, we have had a series of spelling updates in the Netherlands, all with the idea that spelling should be easier and the written word should represent the spoken word in a logical manner. It doesn't work at all. Even in this small country there are so many dialects that the written word NEVER represents the spoken word. I notice that people are confused about spelling, try to find out the correct spelling from the old and new dictionaries that hang about, and in the end they fall back on the spelling they learnt when young. It's a mess. Every spelling update costs money, new dictionaries, etc. Official texts should be spelled correctly but they aren't. And every spelling update means a breach with history: it becomes more and more difficult to read the texts from our own past - to me that's really a bad thing. I like the conservative spelling in Great Britain: it enables people to keep in touch with their past, and you know what they say: Forget your past and you'll have to repeat it...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 7, 2015 at 2:25pm

@ Spud - It's interesting that Spanish and German are completely orthographically consistent -- the same letters and combos always make the exact same sounds. Definitely can't say that for English, I guess partly because we're such a mongrel hybrid, but that's also what makes it such a rich and pliant language, so no complaints.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2015 at 1:53pm

I would love to see pronunciation and spelling change to be logical and easier to remember.  I think most people would like to see that, so why don't we do it?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 1:06pm

Randy, safe and pleasant journey. What a beautiful way to see that part of Europe. Can't wait to read your description. 

 

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