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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

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Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 3:50pm

Spud, I agree about Tina S. I turned off the sound on the second listening and watched her right hand fingers, the third watching I watched her left hand. She is remarkable. I wonder what the sound would be if she were on a fine guitar without all the electronics?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 3:45pm

I gave my TV away several years ago and have never regretted it; except when I have to wait for Cosmos to come online.

I wonder where that young man's mother and father were while he was a minor? Children learn how to behave, and unless there is some brain disorder, i.e. Tourette's syndrome, a neurological condition that is often characterised by outbursts of cursing words, as well as other behaviors that startle one. We don't know what is going on in the brain and can only deduce intent from behavior. Listen to words in order get an idea of the thought behind the words. 

In addition the mind has the power to frame a single situation in very different ways. Some say, "I have to go to work," while others say, "I get to go to work". Very similar words but with very different meanings. My job was to help reframe thinking into positive, healthy ones. 

The cause of behavior, i.e.  naming, swearing and politeness are the tools with which we organize the flow of raw information. Metaphor in particular helps us entertain new ideas and new ways of managing our affairs. That is what framing is all about. 

The behavior you describe stands outside the bounds of acceptable public behavior. As a therapist who worked with such troubled minds, I know it is difficult to know what is happening inside the brain in these people, and there is a way to train them to behave in public. The work involves the parents. If he grew to beyond his majority behaving as an immature child, his parents have a lot to account for. If he is neurologically impaired, he should not be let off the hook when he does something obscene or illegal. He needs to be held accountable or be put in a place where he can't disturb others or their property. 

Carl, I have Bach cello suites on CDs as well. A real treasure! 

Patricia,  wonderful news you are able to out and about on your motorized vehicle. I love the photo of your vehicle of some months ago. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 3:27pm

Patricia, congratulation on rolling out of prison : )

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 3:18pm

Joan, that gal knows how to make her guitar do her bidding.  Not my favorite kind of music, but I can tell she's got talent.

I don't know much about Justin Bieber, but as I watch some comedians on TV, I can't help hearing about him.  I don't pay any attention to him, but I just know his actions are great comedic fodder for the stand-ups.  You've probably not heard of him because you don't watch TV.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 21, 2014 at 2:39pm

I'm glad everyone has enjoyed the Vivaldi music.  He's a favorite composer of mine and his Four Seasons is one of my favorite Baroque compositions. 

Joan, I have the Bach cello suites on CD.  It's great lazy morning music to enjoy while sipping coffee and eating bagels.  I find this particular music to be relaxing and introspective. 

Patrica, glad to hear you're getting your mobility back.  Do you have much snow still on the ground where you live?  Despite the record snow amounts we had here, it's almost completely gone, with just a few stubborn patches that have yet to melt.  These are in places where the snow was previously piled high to chest-level.  Temperatures are in the 40's today and the sky is cloudless, blue and sunny.  It truly feels like spring, which is great because I have some errands to run. 

Also Joan, I was actually shocked that you've never heard of Justin Bieber.  He's someone who is hard to miss even is you don't follow his career or entertainment news in general.  But another part of me wants to give you a big hug and tell you how lucky you are!  Who is Justin Bieber?  In a nutshell, he a young, teen-idol singer from Canada who was discovered during his teenage years and became a HUGE international sensation.  He is now 20 years old and is living the life of a HUGE, arrogant, spoiled brat in Los Angeles who, in recent years, has continually been getting into scrapes, brushes, and arrests with law enforcement for his juvenile behavior.  News about him has been hard to avoid despite my best efforts. 

Patricia, is that an accurate summary?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 12:05pm

Oh! I like this one! Cary's likes Tina S. I wonder if it is a generation thing.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 11:55am

Here is a way to get your day started with a bang:

Comment by Randall Smith on March 21, 2014 at 7:29am

I love Vivaldi! And today is J.S. Bach's birthday. He was heavily influenced by Vivaldi. Baroque music swings. Better than anything out there (esp. Bieber types).

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2014 at 8:37pm

Carl, lovely music and images to start spring! We have definitely had a change in weather ... I hope it holds for a while.

I have never heard of Justin Bieber. I guess I live a sheltered life. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2014 at 2:40pm

Nice music Carl.

 

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