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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 6 hours ago. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 6:50pm

I think an atheist disaster relief charity  was started by Richard Dawkins' Foundation after the earthquake in Haiti a few years ago, but it wasn't Atheists Giving Aid. 

The reasoning is that people don't see us as charitable donors, and they don't know that organizations like Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are entirely secular.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 6:08pm

Ruth, I am not in the earthquake area and I submitted the earthquake maps knowing sk8eycat lives in Burbank, CA. I am concerned because of that area being such a quake prone place and kind of keep an eye on it through Google Earth. She and her sister's safety concern me.

I live in eastern Washington state, Spokane, and we get little jolts now and then but not like the Pacific Coast rim. We were closed down by Mt St. Helens for a day or two and we all have little jars of ash as souvenirs. I had a potter make me pots using ash for my mother's and father's cremains. Mt St Helens ash makes beautiful glaze for pottery, a lovely brown that looks like soil.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 6:00pm

Patricia, http://www.weareatheism.com/atheists-giving-aid/ looks like a perfect solution. How did you find out about them? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 5:59pm

sk8eycat thanks for the alternative view of earthquake activity. I have it Bookmarked. 

I am very relieved you are not in the hard shaking and are OK. Your sister is very fortunate to have you there even if you can't do anything about power outages. You can comfort her and reassure her. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 29, 2014 at 5:51pm

Sorry, Napoleon, but the video of "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" is uncomfortable for me. It continually evokes orienting responses. I never like to surrender control of my mind ( control of attention) that much. I even find that their less frequent use, as in CSI Miami, crosses my threshold for being manipulated.

Joan, I'm glad the earthquake didn't harm you.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 4:33pm

Joan, I use this web site because I find it easier to  navigater, and this page has a lot more info right up front:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

To change the details, click the gear wheel in the upper right corner to get another drop-down menu, select your choices, and click the wheel again.

WE, my sister and I, did not feel anything.  That's unusual because Brea/La Habra is less than 35 or 40 miles from here as the proverbial crow flies.  NObody in the Valley seems to have felt much. 

BUT at about 2AM my sister woke me out of a sound sleep, all freaked because the power was out. (As if there was anything I could do about it.) It took her a while to look out a window and see that the whole neighborhood was dark. Everything was back on by 3AM, and I came in here, and went right to the link above to see if there had been a quake.

There was also something on Yahoo "News" but since there was no photogenic damage (blood & guts and fallen-down buildings), they pushed it to a back page, and went for the usual gossip and unscientific diet "advice" after a couple of hours.

I went back to bed.  [shrugs]

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

The former version of Google Earth had a date and time stamp on the photo. I don't see one here. This shows the large quake, but it was more than an hour ago. Todays are in orange, the past week is yellow. The size of the dot indicates the size of the quake. Press on the dot and it should tell you its Richter scale. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:32pm

Red dot means within last hour

Orange dot: past day 

Yello dot: past week 

This photo was taken at    ?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 10:21pm

How intriguing! Mary had twins, Jesus (Good) and Christ (Scoundrel).

I like the idea of re-telling myths. I wonder how long it will take for someone to tell the new myth and a group forms in support of that story line. Oh Jeez, then we'll have another one to refute. 

I wonder, Mother Mary was a prostitute and didn't know who the father was, and .... Oh! it's too late to imagine. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2014 at 10:13pm

While looking for something else, I found Ian Mason's comment a year ago recommending a few books.

I'll heartily second the one for Phillip Pullman's book "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ". In this retelling, Mary has twins, Jesus, who teaches, comforts, and does good works, and Christ, who's more intent on starting a powerful institution than on recording the truth.

As Ian described it: "One of a series where established authors are commissioned to re-tell various myths. Pullman describes his book as being about 'how a story becomes a story', the distorting jump from a few simple events to a told account of them that spreads and spreads."

 

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