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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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2014 at 6:46pm

Carl, I am so very sorry to learn of your stroke, mild or otherwise. Will this delay your transplant? 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 16, 2014 at 1:35pm

Sorry to hear that, Carl. You've got enough on your plate already. My sister-in-law recently had what the hospital called a "mini stroke" which was quite a fright but she was told that it was unlikely to happen again so I hope you're in the same position.

A great lesson plan, Chris. I can imagine it was very popular.

Today I had my first try at driving a car. NOT a success. I think someone kept changing the pedals round and someone had left some bloody silly plastic cones on the track and I couldn't avoid hitting them.

Comment by Plinius on December 16, 2014 at 1:31pm

Carl, no! As if you had nothing to worry about! Sending good vibes your way...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 16, 2014 at 12:04pm
Hello, friends. Just checking in and adding to all the medical news here. I have a bit of bad news. I had a very mild stroke on Sunday. I'm feeling well and having lots of tests done. The good news is the stroke was very small and no crippling damage. I also do not appear to have any coronary disease. Medications should be able to control this from happening again. Cheers and happy thoughts to all of you.
Comment by sk8eycat on December 16, 2014 at 8:48am

Oh. Brav-O, Chris!  I love that song, too.

Comment by Plinius on December 16, 2014 at 5:57am

Thanks for posting Kraftwerk! It's been a long time since I heard Autobahn, I enjoyed it very much!

I hope your husband can live with a different medicine regime, Patricia! It's often such a delicate balance!

I'm doing the last lessons of 2014, two this morning. They expected me to do something xmaslike, but instead I gave them a text on our neolithic ancestors' winter solstice, followed by The Beatles' Here comes the Sun. They loved it, even the xtians! 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 16, 2014 at 12:40am

Patricia: I was a guinea pig in a BP study starting 20 years ago.  It was a form of double-blind study, the only difference was that they were testing 3 different med, and nobody got placebos.  We just didn't know which drugs we were given until it was over.  Happened I was on Ateolol and chlorthalidone, and it worked for me. I'm still taking both of them, and my BP has been low to normal for 20 years now.  Before I started the tests it was dangerously high, and I am terrified of having a stroke and surviving it....my dad and his mother both had horrendous strokes....and I don't want to be that helpless, or a vegetable for months before I die.

My "new" MD suggested that I cut the pills in half, and take a half every 12 hours.  That regimen seems to be working better than ever, my pulse is slower, and my BP is usually 110 (or less) over 60.  Haven't checked my glucose lately....I have a meter, but I havte this new one...the strips are in a circular insert...like contraceptives used to be...but the damn things are expensive! 

DON'T EVER GET A BAYER METER!!!  Not even if it's "free."  They aren't selling meters, they are selling the strips....like Kodak and Polaroid were in the business of selling film, not cameras..

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2014 at 10:15pm

Too bad on your Bowel problem and arm scrape, Randall. As an IBS sufferer, I "live" on oral rehydration some days.

Sorry about your husband's heart, Patricia. I juggle numerous health challenges, but my blood pressure got better a couple of months after I started taking MitoQ. In rodent studies, it helped the vascular epithelium become elastic again, normalizinging high blood pressure. This version of coenzyme Q-10 designed to penetrate mitochondria well seems to have helped me in the same way. It's from New Zeland. Apparently healthy mitochondria improve the vascular epithelium elasticity.

BTW, we've signed up to participate in a local HumanLight celebration. Don't forget, it's coming soon.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 15, 2014 at 9:12pm

Patricia, I hope that helps your husband without too many side effects.

Joan, a mistake in my last post. the ferry sails to Sjælands Odde, not Kalundborg. That was another route from a long time ago. Since the bridge opened in 1997 a lot of ferries have stopped. I don't know the capital very well. When I'm there it tends to be for a definite purpose and I don't stay that long.

I've had problems sleeping lately. I fall asleep feeling tired and then wake up early, between 3-4 a.m. from what feels like a long narrative dream that leaves me more tired than when I went to bed. The only solution seems to be to get up and move about, have some tea to clear my head and then relax on the sofa where I finally nod off again with a book. Strange.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 15, 2014 at 7:24pm

Patricia - sorry to hear your husband got a less than encouraging report. Hopefully the suggested juggling of dosages will help.

 

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