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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 November 6, 2015 at 11:17am
I'm really happy to know that you're getting your vision back, Kathy.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 6, 2015 at 9:48am
I'll be able to see the birds again!!
Big bonus.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 6, 2015 at 9:47am
Ky set a record nighttime high at 68°. It was 80° yesterday. I'm ready for cooler temps. Just a little cooler. Low sixties would be nice
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 9:09am

I grew up in a household with two parents who were birdwatchers and who kept lists of birds seen in our backyard.  Their bird books are well worn and still used today.  You may be surprised at the vast array of birds there are in a major urban setting, especially during migration times. When I was a kid I could identify many birds myself, but like most things if you don't continue to use "it" you lose "it", which is were I am today.  

I also have to say that one of the benefits of back yard bird watching is the added joy of watching squirrels.  Yes, those cute rats with the fluffy tails are very comical and can provide outright laughter at times.    

Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2015 at 7:22am

What, no bird book, Joan?! You gotta get one. I use mine (and trees) all the time. The Sandhill cranes should be flying overhead to their winter homes pretty soon. Love that sight and sounds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 12:03am

I woke up this morning to snowflakes as big as quarters that quickly covered the forest and ground. Jared left for work when it was 21 degrees F, or -6 C according to my handy gadget. I bundled up to get to the greenhouse and found it quite pleasant, altho I forgot to look at the temperatures while there. I won't be filling birdfeeders when it is this cold. I just scattered bird seeds around under the big red fir outside my window. A new bird flock arrived today. I still don't have a bird book. The one I have in Spokane is for Texas birds. It remained cold all day and I sat and read for a big part of the day. The snow was all gone when I went out to gather salad greens at about 5:00 PM.  

I tell Dominic I am going to the greenhouse and he leads me there, or I tell him I am headed for the tool shed and he leads me there. 

I wonder what our new normal will turn out to be, if there ever is a normal season again. Spokane had a snifter of snow this morning that didn't stick, according to Cary. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2015 at 1:02pm

Oh, CLASSIC cut, Pat.  Always liked Spirit, myself.  They were a fun band!

Comment by Pat on November 5, 2015 at 12:37pm

22 °C, or 72 °F here at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Like Cleveland, that's unusual for this area at this time of the year. It's normally around 11 °C cooler or 22 °F cooler than it is today. While I'm enjoying it, in the back of my mind, I keep hearing that song from the 60's group "Spirit." Natures Way

Comment by Plinius on November 5, 2015 at 11:21am

Here it's about 4 °C warmer than usual...

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2015 at 10:58am

77° F here in Cleveland, which is CRAZY for this time of year.  I think come next week the other shoe will drop and the temps will fall into something more normal.

 

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