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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Joan Denoo on February 7, 2016 at 10:40pm

Ruth, I look forward to your total and quick recovery from those things that hold you from full comfort and pleasure. Spring will be popping in the forest, if not the vernal equinox, yet. 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 7, 2016 at 7:14pm
Loren, I like the quote from Isaiah. More proof that, if god exists, he rigged the game from the word go. Much like the idea of original sin.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 7, 2016 at 7:46am

Cool, Ruth! Your husband in the band, that is, not your dizziness. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

That D-K Effect sounds like a good description of one of my son-in-laws. I won't say which one, but he lives in Honduras. Irritating, to say the least. His attempt to impress me is unimpressive.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 6, 2016 at 9:55pm

Hi, all. I've been a bit brainless the last few days. Yesterday and last night I was dizzy and lightheaded. Finally I  figured out that the steroid creams prescribed by my dermatologist for a persistent rash sent my blood pressure way up. <sigh> Always something. Now I have to wait for my body to flush them out and BP to return to just elevated. Maybe in a day or so my brain will come back, and I'll have more to contribute socially.

Right now my husband is performing with his new band "Smooth Transitions". Their first gig since he joined. He's the one with the beard.

What a shock that liberal means something so different in Netherlands politics.

Bernie Sanders has moved the Overton Window in "Socialist" lately in the US, Plinius.

So what does crocodile meat taste like, Ian?

I'm familiar with the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

While it resembles a Sophomore's wisdom,

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 12:17pm

Who? Oh! I have never heard of that, at least I don't remember. 

Dunning-Kruger Effect

"The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others."

I've known people like that, people who know it all and think everyone else is stupid. They are loud, opinionated, arrogant, domineering, while others who can get things, done, school came easy for them, they have people skills as well as mental skills and assume life is as easy for everyone. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 6, 2016 at 12:00pm

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell

Dunning-Kruger, anyone?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2016 at 11:22am

Charles Darwin

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. 

― Charles DarwinThe Descent of Man
Comment by Loren Miller on February 6, 2016 at 6:45am

Joan, we shouldn't be surprised at all that some deity is supposed to be the source of both health and disease.  If it is, indeed, omnipotent, omniscient, et cetera and created the whole schmeer, then it's responsible for the whole nine yards.  Besides, their own holy book says so:

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
-- Isaiah 45:7

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2016 at 3:42am

Joan, I admire your ability to keep moving forward. It may be at a slower pace but you've kept your will and your direction.

Chris, the politics in NL sound just like those in DK. "Liberals" are often to the right of traditional conservatives. The former left-wing parties worship at the shrine of St. Tony Blair and his policy of privitization at all costs.

Went out to eat with some former colleagues yesterday. Quite nice although the huge restaurant was too noisy for conversation. One novel thing: crocodile meat. No, it doesn't taste like chicken.

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2016 at 3:00am

The Green Party is a bit elitist and has lost the contact with common people. Our old socialist party, the Partij van de Arbeid has watered down from red to vague pink. (Red is the socialist colour.) I go for the Socialist Party - I know Americans don't like the word socialist - they are the left wing party with sound ideas that could benefit the 99%. Most of the other parties mouth ideals but do nothing to realize them.

 

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