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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 The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2016 at 12:59am

You're absolutely right, Donald.  Hospital stays have gotten much shorter because it's actually healthier to leave than laying around in a hospital bed.  Plus, surgeries and other medical procedures are much less invasive than they used to be, cutting down on recuperation and healing time.  The same day as my kidney transplant they had me out of bed and sitting in a chair.  Walking and sitting up are crucial to the healing process for that type of surgery.

Chris, all my best to your partner for a speedy recovery.

Randy, so Trump was in Indiana.  The winds were strong from the south that day.  I thought I was just smelling the fertilizer from the fields.  :)

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2016 at 2:10pm

Sound good, Donald! I need knee replacements too, but I keep postponing it, because it takes so long to get back to normal and I want to continue my work... If I can find a hospital that can do the operation so efficiently, I could plan it in the summer holidays...

Comment by Donald L. Engel on July 13, 2016 at 12:55pm

A couple of years ago, my wife had her knee replaced.  She walked that afternoon, and went home the next day after showing she could walk 20 meters.  They're finding out that the sooner you can get back to normal activity, the faster the healing process.  She had her other knee replaced in 2005, and it took a few months for her to get back to normal.  This time it was just a week or two.

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2016 at 12:38pm

How long are you hospitalized for a groin rupture operation in your country?  It was usually three or four days here in the Netherlands, but heavy cuts in medical care etc. have brought some changes.

Partner went this morning. There were more people in the waitingroom for similar operations - every ten minutes one of them was placed on the 'assembly line': form, blood pressure, medicine, pajama and within an hour in the OK. A few hours later their homes were called, when the patients awoke they were checked and given a meal - "Yes, you can go home." That was exactly SIX hours after admittance. I really admire the efficiency, but I'm also a bit startled...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2016 at 9:32am

Sounds like a nice trip Randall.  I was way off in guessing how many pounds of blueberries you were going to get.  600 lbs is a lot of blueberries.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2016 at 6:32am

Nothing much going on around here, although "The Donald" was nearby (30 miles away) doing his shtick in Indiana with our goofy governor (Pence) at his side. It all makes me want to puke.

I rode up near South Bend, about 100 miles, with my farmer daughter to pick up 600 lbs of already picked blueberries to sell to customers back on the farm, CSA, and farmers market.  Buy for $2.80, sell for $5.50. Not bad. We had a good time talking all the way.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2016 at 7:40am

So ... what happens when you cross belief in a deity with a children's book author?  You really had to ask, didn't you?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 4:00pm

I can't think of a better starburst than Cat's Eye Nebula. Happy 4th of July dear friends. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 3:47pm

Ruth, I am very glad to learn you are feeling better! It was cheeky of me to give you information because you know so much about healthy attitudes. You understand what works for you as much as anyone I know. I am comforted to realize that you have your husband as a sounding board, and Grinning Cat has such good insights and a great sense of humor. 

There is only one thing of which I am sure; I will have a down time, and I have you and the Atheist Nexus community to shore me up. 

The political news is enough to drag all of us into the Black Hole!

Comment by kathy: ky on July 4, 2016 at 12:54pm
Ruth, happy you're feeling better. I also get depressed from bad news overload. I swear it's used as a distraction from the crappy political front. Climate change disturbs me more than other news.
On the good side the ozone layer is beginning to heal. I try to stay away from the news for a few days at a time but it's everywhere.
 

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