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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 Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 1:23pm

Carl, I'm getting sceptical about doctors. I think research has outstripped them to the extent that even the best (and they're not all good) can't keep up. Second opinions will have to be more commonplace in the future so a second doc. has a chance to spot what the first one didn't think of. 

How are you feeling just now and how far are you in the dialysis process? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:07pm

Joan, I tend to be a "glass half full" type of person.  I have a very positive outlook in life.  That being said, I am also a realist and fully know the seriousness of my condition and the importance of carefully following medical advice.  Having a positive attitude is important but also knowing that Pollyanna thinking and denial is harmful both physically and mentally.  All I can do is to realistically take one day at a time and to meet each challenge with logical thinking and actions.  To me, the biggest peace of mind comes from knowing what is real and acting accordingly.  I also know I have a wonderful network of family and friends to rely on.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:32pm

As a tree develops with many twists and turns, so does life. Find the balance in each part of life, and make it a thing of beauty. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:26pm

Use the reality of what is to find a new balance in living. 

Equanimity

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:20pm

Carl, the body is such an amazing structure. It will send out messages that we can ignore, only to realize that they were signals our body sends us that something is not working quite correctly. It is amazing to me, that we have much encouragement to not pay attention. We do need to attend to these symptoms and take action, even if the experts tell us there is nothing wrong. I am advocating paying attention to these things, doing things, such a keeping a diary of unusual events, noting pattern changes in one's body, mentally, physically, and emotionally.  That is not being a hypochondriac, that is being prudent.

This change in your life can be a destroyer of happy living; it can also be an opportunity explore your mental power over adversity. I am not suggesting a Pollyanna approach to this terrible news. I do mean to explore all the opportunities for growth and development.

It helped me to take a participant observer stance, observing the changes in my body, noting them, and realizing these are all a part of the process, in my case of cancer, in your case, of liver failure. 

Share the good and bad with us; we are up to the challenge of walking this walk with you. Just as we can't do anything to make you well, we can do everything to be with you through the bad and good times.  

My thoughts are with you dear friend. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 9:17am

An atheist bat.  Who would have thunk it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 9:14am

Interesting Carl.  Hope you get that new kidney soon.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:02am

Believe it or not, I've fallen quite a few times in the past two years.  My knees have been quite weak and I've fallen getting off buses or tripping and not being able to stop myself from falling.  I had been worried about this and had an MRI done on one of my knees.  The results showed all was well.  The physical therapist was also skeptical of my claims that my problem was in both knees. 

Long story, short, I just discovered that my weak knee problem is real and is related to the issues I'm having with my kidneys.  Apparently the kidneys are responsible for regulating an enzyme which is causing weakness in my leg and hip muscles.  Once I get a kidney transplant, my doctor says this problem will correct itself.       

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 7:38am

Felaine, falling:  what a bummer, but hopefully that's where you land most of the time.

I think the new (serious) "I've fallen, and I can't get up." advertisements are weird because over the years, so many jokes have been made at the expense of that phrase.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 7:33am

Patricia, glad your husband got no bad news, but sorry to hear he can't taste much.  Too bad he can't taste much of what he grows.  

He must get most of his love of gardening from watching things grow that he had a hand in, plus seeing others enjoy the fruits of his labor.

 

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