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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 Plinius on September 18, 2014 at 8:50am

Now and then I still return to The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The stories are as beautiful and meaningful as fifty years ago.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:48am

@Spud - Yeah, the primitives end up messing big time with the crew's perception of reality, 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:41am

That Bramble sounds interesting.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:33am

No, in this one a crew lands on a planet that seems to have some "primitive" caveman-like creatures living there, but the "primitives" turn out to be powerful beyond imagination. I've also been looking for a story titled The Day After the Day the Martians Came I think by George Alec Effinger. It's one of the most hilarious things I've ever read.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:26am

Betrold, I haven't read Bramble, if it's the one where a giant of a man comes to metropolis and death walks beside him.

I mostly like adventure Sci-Fi, without BEMs or scary stuff.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:13am

@Carl - thanks, and top of the morning to you.

@Spud - I used to love sci-fi as a kid too. I still remember a story called Bramble, I think, in the Orbit series that was way creepy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:00am

Thanks Carl.  I've bookmarked that site.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 18, 2014 at 7:48am

Bertold, ever since you posted a pic of yourself in your avatar I've been meaning to say, "Hello.  Nice to see you." 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 18, 2014 at 7:47am

Spud, I recently discovered audio books on this website:  https://archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetry

They are free because they are in the public domain and are read by amateurs.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 7:40am

I loved reading books when I was young.  Had many awards from school for the number of books I'd read.  In my teenage years, I devoured stack of Science Fiction books.  

Because of my bad eyes, and bum that doesn't like sitting too long, I don't read much anymore, but do manage to read some on evolution and some atheist books.

Reading is not as necessary as it once was, due to audio books and Youtube.

 

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