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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

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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

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2014 at 7:29am

As for my two cents worth: Except for Asimov and maybe Jules Verne, I was never a Sci-fi fan. I liked "real" science. Although written in 1949, Michener's "The Fires of Spring" was an inspiration to this young teenager in about 1960. I also loved "Caravans" ('63) and "The Source" ('65). "Hawaii" long and good, but I couldn't finish "Centennial".

Bertold, I enjoyed your eclectic photos on your home page.         Joan, I'm with you--an admitted "snob". I no longer read fiction, love biographies (reading about Robert E. Lee now), science and history. Unlike you, however, I do like music (classical and jazz).        

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2014 at 2:00am

I read the Covenant by Michener - about South Africa. A very enjoyable genre; fiction fragments against a historical background.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2014 at 1:29am

I know, Felaine, my education is sadly lacking. I don't like fiction, don't care much for music, art shows don't appeal to me,  I don't like movies, I have no time whatsoever for games and I hate small talk. Snob is a good descriptor for me. It fits, I suppose, even though I have a few good qualities. (I'm laughing). I think we can add boring to a label for me. I don't think I disparage fiction. I just don't enjoy it. 

Anyway, I like your comment and you are probably right. 

Comment by k.h. ky on September 18, 2014 at 11:33pm
I've gotten to check out Mitchner again. I remember enjoying his books but don't remember which ones. I can read the same books and not remember how they end. Same thing with movies.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2014 at 10:51pm

I have never trusted people who disparage fiction. When I hear someone say, "Oh, I never read fiction," I hear a snob.

It's the best way to get a handle on human psychology , for one thing, and Fantasy and SF are wonderful at exploring "What IF..."  As in what if we returned to the moon and established a permanent base after the Apollo program?.  Or "What if Einstein was wrong, and we will be able to travel faster than light?"

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2014 at 10:34pm

Mindy, those Mitchner books were great! I didn't read The Source. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2014 at 9:51pm

Count me among the non-sci-fi enthusiasts. Fiction just holds no interest for me. I very much liked To Kill A Mockingbird, and some biographies and histories. James Mitchner held my attention because he included so many elements, including geology, history, politics, and stuff like that. 

I love the writing of Carl Sagan, Brian Greene, Jared Diamond, Brian Cox, David Suzuki. Well, it is obvious that I like science. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:26pm

@Nick - Back in the day, I thought Harlan Ellison was one of the finer writers in the genre. William Gibson's Neuromancer upped the ante for its time as well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 1:00pm

Yes, A Fall of Moondust was by Arthur C. Clarke.  I just looked-it-up on Wikipedia, Read the very condensed story, and didn't remember one bit of it.  I should read it again one day.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2014 at 12:42pm

"sci-fi" (pronounced "sigh-fie" or "skiffy") usually means "cheap Japanese monster movies."  The good stuff, beginning with Robert A. Heinlein's 1939 short story "Life-Line," is always people stories.

Lately I've been feasting on the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey...she's one of the few writers who uses humor to flesh out her characters...as did Heinlein.

I still haven't made up my mind about Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels; they start out as SF, but have a great deal of what I classify as fantasy (mind-reading, psi, etc.)

Anyway, SF and Fantasy (and mysteries) have been my choice of reading for entertainment since I was a teenager.  I also like biographies of famous, or interesting, atheists.  And Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series.

I haven't read any new books in about 5 years because I can't afford them, and I have no way to get to any of the local libraries.  There used to be a small branch a few blocks from my house, but they enlarged and moved it over by the airport....and didn't make the parking lot big enough.

So...I just re-read my (enormous) collection every few years.

PS: I think A Fall of Moondust was by Arthur C. Clarke.  I read a condensed Readers Digest version of that one years and years ago.

 

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