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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 9 hours ago. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:30pm

Well, my new avatar picture shows a new addition to my everyday life:  glasses.  I'm really glad I have them as now I can read small print and also see things clearly in the distance.  Now.....getting used to bifocals for the first time ever! 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 7:14pm

Ian, I'm one of those SF-nerds who thinks we should celebrate the first Moon landing, Japan surrendering in 1945, the end of smallpox, or just the discovery of vaccination in general, and the completion of the Human Genome Project.  And on and on.  (The unmanned Mars landers have thrilled me, too.  Plus the Voyager project back in the 1980s.)

One thing that hardly anybody seems to know is the FACT that the manned space program has paid for itself by a factor of 10 times its original cost....particularly in miniaturization in electronics, and medical monitoring. 

I have heard neo-Luddites still harping on "throwing money away on space," when the exact opposite is true....and we let our elected a##holes cut the funding time after time. 

Tricky Dick cut NASA's funding while he was talking to the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon.

Aaaarrrrrgh!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 7:02pm

Carl, I like your statement, "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."

From personal health problems to national disasters such as this day in history calls for the same kind of wisdom as you evoke. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 3:13pm

Felaine, I've heard an idea somewhere that we remember bad things better because evolution meant us to learn from mistakes, back in the era when making a mistake could lead to being eaten by something big and hungry. Unfortunately the same process doesn't seem to work in a social context: one stupid war follows another with far too people protesting. I agree with you, though that there is too little celebration of acheivement. Here's a link to something that does.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIMNXogXnvE

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 3:11pm

Although 9/11 greatly affected me personally, I've never had the desire to attend a public memorial service.  When I've been to New York City, I've never had the desire to take the subway downtown just to visit "ground zero."  I will never forget what happened that day, but I like to do my grieving in private and move on.  What the future may hold seems more important because it appears, to me, to be more fragile than ever before.  I want to strive to make the world a better place for all humanity.    

Comment by kathy: ky on September 11, 2014 at 2:51pm
@sk8yecat, I believe we remember the bad more vividly because it's always so unexpected.
@Carl the glass half full/half empty always puzzled me. All I ever see is half a glass. I could never figure it out. Then I had a chance to asked a psychiatrist about it after a lecture one night . She said a person who only sees half a glass is non judgemental.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 2:22pm

What IS it about humanity that we memorialize disasters/attacks, but not the GOOD things?  Very few Americans understand the significance of 7-20-1969, for one thing...

I'm thoroughly sick of being reminded of the faith-based mess that was caused by 19 nobodies on Sept. 11, 2001....  We have made those religious fanatics immortal by remembering their treachery.  Just what their nitwit boss wanted. 

We memorialize Dec. 7th...when Pearl Harbor was attacked, NOT the day the official surrender was signed.

November 11 was changed from Armistice Day to Remember Maimed/Dead Veterans Day.

What is the MATTER with us?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2014 at 1:46pm

Carl, I hope your upswing continues!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2014 at 1:45pm

The Sam Harris quote is what I wish everyone would take to heart. I remember Bill Maher got into big trouble for saying they weren't cowards.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:42pm

It's hard to believe that thirteen years have already passed since the attack of September 11, 2001.  So much has changed since then.  It seems like lifetimes ago but at the same time, for me, the horrible events and raw emotions from that day still linger and can bring me to tears.  I didn't know anyone personally who died on that day, but it was my co-workers from my company who were the first to be murdered on 9/11.  Flight attendants had their throats slashed so that the hijackers could gain access to the flight deck.  There hasn't been one singe day in the past thirteen years that I haven't thought about what happened that day.  It totally changed my life and my career. 

 

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