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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 1 hour ago. 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

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

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Comment by k.h. ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:52pm
I just realized you had answered the question I have just asked :)
Comment by k.h. ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:50pm
Chris, before oil it was gold that forced people from their homes. Before that the railroad. Before that... you know the history.
So doesn't it all boil down to greed?? When something is deemed valuable men go out of their way to aquire as much of the product as they can. Killing an entire ethnic section of the population to achieve their goals doesn't seem to be a consideration.
Is that tribalism or just greed? Can the two ever be separate?
Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2017 at 9:30pm

Agreed, Chris. The Arabs can get away with murder (literally) because of the oil. Russia is heading the same way because of natural gas. The contortions our politicians go through to justify all of this would be comic if the state of the world were not so serious.

Comment by Chris on June 13, 2017 at 7:29pm

Daniel W.

Resources seem to be more devicive than tribalism.

If Oil didn't drive the world economy would there be less war?

Looking at the KSA ( Kingdome of Saudia Arabia), or Russia makes me think the West is addicted to Oil.

Technology/science  ie. Wind Power, Solar Power, Wave power and other power generating techniques should ween the world off Oil and prevent climate change.

Comment by Lilac on June 9, 2017 at 6:38pm

Seems fairly true to me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 9, 2017 at 4:16pm

The people who voted for tRump...

Comment by Daniel W on June 7, 2017 at 8:11am

Ian - thanks! So THAT'S what happened!

Chris, I think tribalism is the underlying source of many if not most of our troubles as a species. Probably also a source of our success, at dominating an entire planet, too. The question that I see, is what next? Will it also be our end? I think that's possible. I also think tribalism is a bigger explanation for the current political state of liberals and conservatives, evangelicals and progressive christians, muslim sectarianism, and a host of other social phenomena. That's the only explanation that I have for why knowing one thing about a person, such as who they support politically, means knowing their point of view on a host of issues.

Comment by Chris on June 7, 2017 at 4:58am

Ancestory (and religion) was a basis for the Rwandan Genocide (1994), and the Bosnian/Kosovo war  ~1998's. 

The same thing happened after the Iraq debacle and continues today with the multiple conflicts between the Shia, and Sunni's.

The Middle East is a firestorm.

One doesn't have to go back to WWII and Hitler to see how tribalistic humanity is.

Without the need for oil  and the West's imposted artificial boarders of the Middle East and Africa perhaps the cultures would be able to establish their own boarders without the West's military intervention.

Comment by Chris on June 7, 2017 at 4:37am

I agree with what your are saying Chris (P).

Pre-existing conditions are a big deal for medical insurance here in the States.

I  wonder if DNA testing and new the data collection is may result in medical insurance companies proclaiming subscribers have a 'pre-existing condition' because of DNA results. 

A while back I read an article about a guy who had DNA showing he would be bald. He wasn't bald

It wasn't  long ago where ancestory was used for Progroms

Comment by Ian Mason on June 6, 2017 at 3:38pm

Just for fun.

 

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