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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

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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

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 20, 2014 at 11:57pm

I've had a very good week away: seen the sights of Istanbul - Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Museum of Archeology. Mosaics Museum, Museum of Modern Art - plus taken a couple of trips, to Gallipoli and to the ruins of Troy. Also took a walk to Taksim square where many demonstrations have taken place. When I tried to get close to the monument in the middle to see what it was I was politely told to leave by plain-clothes coppers. When I lookes round I could see that there was a large police presence around the square. The penny dropped. They were afraid that the coal-miner protests were going to spread.

Gallipoli was very moving.  It made me think of Hamlet:

"We go to gain a little patch of ground/that hath in it no profit but the name"

1,500 ANZACs and 3,000 Turks died in 3 days of fighting for a position the size of 3 football pitches at Lone Pine; at The Nek 450 ANZACs died trying to capture a piece of ground the size of 2 tennis courts. In all, 37,000 Allied troops and over 80,000 Turkish were died in a pointless campaign, Churchill's biggest f*** up in the meat-grinder that was WW1.

Lone Pine Memorial:

Comment by Ian Mason on May 20, 2014 at 11:28pm

That particular cake is almond, eaten with tea while looking out over the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace museum.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2014 at 7:17pm

Gaaaaaahhhhh!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2014 at 6:57pm
Spud, it is important that we understand that we do NOT have free will. That is a construct of religious dogma telling people they have choices in how they feel, think and act. Their god gets off the hook when people behave in ways unacceptable to their clan rules.
There are influences in our genetic code of which we are not aware that create feelings that are based on things from our historic past. We have no control over those feelings because they come from the code.
I am not saying a person is not responsible for their actions, I am saying people are not responsible for their feelings.
Robert Sapolsky speaks to these influences from each individual's past. When his statement sturck a nurve in you, it was a perfect example of which he speaks. In the case of Holland's Winter of Hunger, there was a genetic change that can be documented through DNA tests. Who knows how many of us have stress related DNA changes caused by things that happened in generations previous to ours.
The skill required is to recognize the stress and anxiety that we feel that comes from the brain's amygdala, learn how to manage the stress with our reasoning mind, and make decisions and take action with those cognitive processes.
Sam Harris speaks to this,
"Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life."
Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2014 at 6:02pm

The only tricksters I enjoy are stage magicians, illusionists, and sleight of hand artists.  I love to sit there wondering, "How the *bleep!* did they DO that?" 

People who pretend, or believe, they can contact spirits, or read minds, or whatever annoy me.  Especially so-called pet psychics. 

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Welcome back, Ian.  Now please tell me what that dish is; I'm hungry.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 20, 2014 at 3:09pm

Hello everyone. I'm back from a week in Istanbul. Had a great time and here's the reason why:

Comment by kathy: ky on May 20, 2014 at 1:23pm
Good one Booklover.
Comment by Plinius on May 20, 2014 at 9:41am

No, I can get fascinated by frauds too - and their audiences. The world is full of idiots doing senseless things and getting exited about it, like buying wedding dresses or other useless things. I can enjoy watching them. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2014 at 8:49am

Patricia, I think this is what you were trying to post ... and I'd rather watch grass grow than waste my time with something like that!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 20, 2014 at 8:42am

I couldn't get Patricia's psychic flops pointer to work either, so I saved it and pasted it into google search.  It was the first thing google came up with.

 

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