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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

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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 3:49pm

The year was 1959, Time magazine came out with an article about the African witch doctors that used eyes of newt, tails of lizard, bones of ancestors and slime from the brackish waters and danced around the person infected with some deadly diseases. 

Modern medicine came to the African countries to try to eradicate those awful diseases, and no one would come to them.

So, the western medicine people and the African elders got together and devised a scheme whereby the African medicine man would cast his magic spells over the suffering person and the western medicine man would do a differential  diagnosis, develop a treatment plan and administer modern medicine or techniques. The person who suffered got better, the African dignity was maintained and the modern methods did their job. Over time, the medicine man cast his approval on western medicine and he could bow out. It took years and it worked. 

My husband was in dental school at the U of WA and I wrote many of his papers for him. I had first hand knowledge of modern methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. I looked at the photos of African medicine man and women, their tattoos, their body piercings, and their magic and just decided I would not insult my body with tattoos or body piercings, nor would I accept, without skepticism, any medical technique.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 18, 2014 at 3:42pm

Tardigrades, the half-millimeter-long "water bears", do seem like something straight out of science fiction!

They "can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for more than 10 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 3:37pm

Well, Mindy, this took a little searching and this is what you might mean 

tardigrade

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 18, 2014 at 1:05pm

I've never been a tattoo or piercing kind of person.  I'm not knocking it for other people, but for myself I can't think of anything that is so important in my life that I want a representation of it permanently enshrined on my skin.  I'm not into wearing rings, necklaces or jewelry either.

Comment by Plinius on June 18, 2014 at 12:54am

That ís a tragedy, to be stuck with a bad tattoo. I wonder how many people hate their tattoos after a few years?

Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2014 at 10:39pm

Awlays find a tattooist who can spell.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 17, 2014 at 2:38pm

That's a great story, Chris.  Nice surprises are wonderful.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2014 at 1:57pm

Randall, I had to look it up. I assume you know all about it but here is what I found. 

Ménière's Disease

Is your father able to live alone? 

I don't know what "Wet and Forget" is and Googled it. What odd instructions! The internet site only says, "just spray and walk away!" Why would anyone have to read a whole lot of instructions if it is that easy and harmless? Keep us up-to-date on the outcome. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2014 at 1:44pm

Plinus, Oh how special! This gift from your students is a real testimony to your gentle and kind and wise nature. I can't wait to see it, even as I know your time is full now. Whenever you are ready I will be watching. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2014 at 1:00pm

What a lovely gesture.

 

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