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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 11 hours ago. 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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 22, 2016 at 1:50am

Thanks, Carl.

I've been in touch with the family and won't be leaving until Wednesday. They've already sorted out the funeral and there's nothing I can do to help.

I visited the Musical Instrument Museum which was very interesting and included saxes. It was also very warm and humid, for the sake of the wooden instruments I presume. Almost everything is closed on Mondays except for the Atomium. Perhaps you were there on a Monday?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2016 at 3:07pm

Ian, sorry to hear about your stepmum.  My condolences to your family. 

I've been to Brussels only once back in 1998 and it was only for one day.  I wanted to visit their saxophone museum but it was closed that day.  The saxophone was invented by Belgian Adolphe Sax in 1846.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 21, 2016 at 8:00am

Hello all. Have just returned from Brussels, which was nice but to the news that my stepmum has died so I only have time to turn round and get off again to England.

I visited Athens with my daughter a few years ago. I loved it. She thought - as teenagers do - that I was daft, getting excited over old stones.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 17, 2016 at 10:12pm

Catching up... sounds like you had a wonderful trip, Randy!

About "What to think about machines that think", the discussion "Terminator movies too comforting" is worth revisiting! A super­human AI would likely not be either "good" or "evil" but rather ALIEN.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 17, 2016 at 12:48pm

Hi, Randy.  Welcome back.  Sounds like you had a great trip.  I would love to visit Greece and experience the food and the rich culture. 

It was frustratingly quiet on A/N while you were gone because of the prolonged connection problems, so you didn't miss much.  It seems to be working OK now.  Hi, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2016 at 6:59am

Q-M, perhaps it was Yanni. Soprano sax by anybody grates (on) my ear, brain, and senses. That's especially true of so-called "smooth jazz".

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2016 at 3:08am

We'll see. I've spent hours trying to post messages this week, I hope thing will go back to normal.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2016 at 2:37pm

And once again, Atheist Nexus is back up.  Question is: how long will it STAY that way???

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2016 at 2:07am

I share this book cover with you, not because I have read it, but the cover makes me laugh! Looks like some great contributors to the edited volume. 

What to Think About Machines That Think

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2016 at 7:43pm

 

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