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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 6, 2015 at 8:15am

@ Ian - I think it was scag mixed with acid. I was motivated to read it back in the 70's because of a line in a Firesign Theatre album, "Out of sight, buried under ten thousand hard-bound copies of Naked Lunch." Joyce reads like a hymnal in comparison. Not necessarily my cup of tea on a literary front, but definitely another perspective heard from!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2015 at 8:06am

Just finished "Naked Lunch" by William Borroughs. James Joyce on scag. "Ulysses" meets "Trainspotting". I can see why it caused a fuss in 1959.

Super (non-blasphemous) selfie :-D

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2015 at 7:14am

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2015 at 2:20am

@Joan - nobody worries very much about a storm; we have good organizations who constantly monitor the water, the weather and the sea walls. But this country is slowly sinking, of course, because of the rising sea and the emptying gas fields in the north. The first climate change is more rain, the rivers are swollen much more often and work is in progress there to deal with the extra water.

storm pics: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=storm+10+januari+2015&qpvt=...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2015 at 2:01am

Great story!  What a calm, sensible woman! 

Did you notice that nobody mentioned any imaginary friends till you scroll down to the comments? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2015 at 11:51am

@Chris, I just watched a news report of a storm in Norway on Jan 10 that showed houses, streets, trees, and seawalls falling into the sea. Did the Netherlands get hit by that storm? Even though you have the dikes, what problems do you experience from the change in climate?

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2015 at 2:42am

Good info, Ian, thanks. It seems to me that at least part of the problem comes from people claiming land, a nationality and privileges because of ancestors  who could perhaps have lived in an area. I wouldn't think of doing that, even if I knew where my ancestors camped 3500 years ago. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:11pm

I also want to say that I think it is time we get over nationalism. After all, we all part of the planet, we have the same threats of weather, drought, famines, epidemics, natural disasters and we all can benefit by working together in a partnership way. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:09pm

Ian, thank you for that information. It just seems so odd to me that peopl from that area must be at least cousins. I like your statement: 

"Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2015 at 10:55pm

Chris, thanks for the solidarity. There have been a few famous non-drivers, John Entwistle for one who(!) like me, also collected tea pots.

During my trip to Israel last Spring I went to the Israel Museum and found out the following: the Hebrews were, in the "Mosaic" period, an east.Canaanite tribe living as herders in what is now Jordan. They took advantage of a power vacuum when the Hittite empire collapsed and invaded what is now Israel. The Philistines were the notorious "sea people", a bunch of pirates who ravaged the eastern Med. before settling in Gaza. They brought with them knowledge of iron working and were dominant in their little area for some years. All of this happened about 3,500 years ago, according to current archeological/historical thinking. Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

 

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