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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 7:21pm
Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2015 at 3:06pm

The probing was really just a few uncomfortable minutes. I know I'll have to get used to these things as I get older.

I've given up on the driving. My inner voice said "don't like this, don't want to do this" so I listened to it. Spent most of the time looking at the dashboard clock,getting into a worse and worse mood and wanting the lesson to be over. Me and machines don't get on well. Such is life.

I hadn't heard the cat quote before. I like it a lot. Thanks.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 2:09pm

Ian, it's great to hear about your good health report.  Despite the invasive intrusion, it's good to have peace of mind by being proactive against possible problems. 

By the way, how is your driving coming along?  You haven't mentioned it.  Are you ready for the Grand Prix? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 1:59pm

Patricia, I can't recall who said this or where I read it, but they altered a famous quote to read:  Curiosity killed the cat, but what a way to go. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:26am

Pat, I am very glad you are able to haunt the halls of the courtroom and contribute to the pages of A/N. 

Ian, those probings in "a place that doesn't usually get probed, manually and with an ultrasound device", miserable as they are, do give a sense of comfort, knowing all is normal. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:20am

Kathy, I very much appreciate indications of teasing and joking when writing. I am the last of the crowd to get sarcasm and teasing and jokes. People very kindly and gently let me know, "It's a joke, Joan!". I have been known to go off on a giant rant when I take something seriously, only to have egg on my red face.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:16am

Carl, Your snow fall and travel conditions present such formidable barriers to getting your tasks done, it would be easy to become discouraged. Do keep your spirits up, especially with such uncontrollable factors. 

I have never driven in the Chicago area except on the freeways. Where I-90 and I-80 come together, from north of Chicago going east, driving presents nightmares, even now just remembering it. I wonder if the nerves ever get used to such chaos? 

I wonder if there is a way to reframe the delays into something that gives you calm? What is that big word that I can never remember? ... oh yes, equanimity. I'm not sure I could do the reframe for myself, but that would be my goal if I were in your shoes. 

I know it gives you no comfort to know that we have had only 66% of our needed snow pack in the mountains and virtually none at lower levels. If this isn't climate change, I don't know what evidence one needs. 

I used Chris' video with audio to get to sleep last night. A very pleasant experience. Thanks, Chris. 

Here is another, "I wonder" if sleeping will help pass the time. I used sleep throughout the worst of my cancer treatments and it helped me. Perhaps it will help you pass the time. Certainly, going for long walks is not an option. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 10:18am

Patricia, you wrote that you are not "well educated". From my perspective, there are different kinds of education.

Some have a formal education, and not all formal education is healthy or supportable or intelligent. The madrasas, for example, or the church schools that teach dogma instead of the inquiry. These people live in the answers. 

Some people have an informal education based on an inquiring mind and a skeptical nature. They doubt and want evidence for a concept. These people live in the questions. 

Some people have a deliberate ignorance and have no interest in evidence. They consciously reject data if it conflicts with their dogma. They live in the answers. 

Patricia, in my humble opinion, you have a natural inquiring mind and will not settle for dogma. That is one of the reasons why I admire so much. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2015 at 10:15am

I feel like I've been abducted by aliens :-) I've been to the hospital and been probed in a place that doesn't usually get probed, manually and with an ultrasound device. The good news is that there doesn't seem to be anything abnormal, taking age into account, so no tissue sample taken for biopsy. A new blood test in 6 months is advised. I am relieved.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2015 at 10:46pm

Wow, Chris.  Eleven hours!  It's very relaxing.  I've been listening off and on all day.  Thanks!

 

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