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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 March 23, 2014 at 2:53pm

Carl, did you make that gif? It's great. Do you like it, Napoleon? Oh so many clever people.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2014 at 1:36pm

Just for you, Napoleon......

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2014 at 12:53pm

Randall, I'm a big jazz fan as well and have always seemed to gravitate more toward the traditional or pioneering figures in jazz, no matter what era or genre, so Django Reinhardt is no stranger to me.  I hope you get your audio fixed quickly!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2014 at 11:09am

Waking dreams do sound very scary.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2014 at 7:40am

Carl, thanks for the tapes on Django. Too bad I can't actually hear him--I need a new sound card evidently. I'm surprised anybody else has actually heard of him.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 2:04am

Chris, don't we wish we could communicate with our pets in words? Find out what goes on in their heads?

About "waking dreams," or "sleep paralysis"...it's sort of half and half...you are neither 100% awake nor 100% asleep, and you are usually coming out of a scary dream..(I thought there were prowlers outside) .and you can't move because your body is still in REM (dreaming) mode.  Everybody is paralyzed when they're in REM sleep.  It's a fascinating subject, but NOT when it's happening to you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2014 at 1:27am

One of my cats did the same in his sleep: twitching, running and clearly busy with an opponent. He usually woke up in the same mood, and then wondered where they all had gone and where the fight was.

Scary, waking up and unable to move!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 12:20am

Spud, I used to take care of a German shepherd who had gran mal epilepsy, and that last dog looked kind of like Nunie did when she would have a (very) rare seizure in her sleep.  Except that her hind legs would be tucked up tight against her body.

I found that part of the video kind of disturbing, and should have warned everybody.

I don't know if muscle twitches happen when dogs dream; humans can't move at all during REM sleep. 

I've had what are called "waking dreams" a couple of times, and it was very frightening.  I could NOT move, and couldn't even make a coherent sound to yell for help.  Once my sister heard me making hoarse groaning sounds, and called 911.  By the time the EMTs and police got here (less than 5 minutes), I was wide awake, and very embarrassed. *:"> blushing

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2014 at 9:05pm

Cute, however, some of those pets didn't seem very relaxed.  That one dog must have been chasing a rabbit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2014 at 8:32pm

Yup, very cute, sk8eycat.  :)

 

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