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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

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 8:50pm

Joan, I agree with you about alcohol.  If it has any benefits, I think they are outweighed by it's harm.  

When I quit mormonism, I decided to give some a try, just to see what the fuss was about.  I knew a lot was bad for me, so I never did try enough to feel a buzz or anything at all, and most of it was horrible tasting.  

Haven't drank any for years and don't intend to drink anymore.  I see no reason to, and good reasons not to.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2017 at 8:46pm

from cheezburger

Caption mine, captures how I feel today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 8:38pm

As to marijuana

After reading the following article, I don't like what it does to the brain and body, and I continue to have no interest in using it. The scientific evidence that it produces panic and paranoia slows reaction time, impairs coordination, reduces memory, alters thinking,  judgment and sensation, produces what I do not want in my body and brain. 

I worked at boys' ranches where many of the boys had school problems, i.e., failure to remember tasks, problems learning arithmetic and spelling. We conducted achievement tests on the residents and discovered the boys having the most difficulty were also using marijuana during their home visits. Many parents used marijuana to quiet their rambunctious sons while they were at home. I discussed the problems the boys had in learning and invited parents to partner with the ranch to see if the boys did not use the substance at home on weekends or holidays if the kids would improve in their school tests. 

The results of the tests were astounding. For those boys who did not use the substance, they did not have math and spelling problems. They followed the same assigned tasked and had significant improvement. Some of the boys were successful in sneaking marijuana, and it showed up in their test scores. We tested those boys, and they tested positive for marijuana use. 

We observed panic attacks and paranoia in some of the boys. We tested those youngsters and found evidence of marijuana use. 

It became apparent to me that young boys should not use marijuana. I don't know the effects on young girls. We must not assume the same effect on girls as on young males. We could find results on both genders with properly designed studies.   

The Science of Marijuana: How THC Affects the Brain

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 8:35pm

As to alcohol

Alcohol offers no benefit as far as I can tell. It may make an individual feel "good"; booze does not improve reasoning, communicating, or bonding. It certainly does not make the tongue work more efficiently or effectively. 

Alcohol’s effects on the brain and body 

Drinking too much, on a single occasion or over time, can take a serious toll on your health.  


Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.  


See Nation Institute on Alcohol Abuse &Alcoholism

All that recorded, I love the taste of alcohol. It improves the taste of food, if used judiciously, it stimulates conversation with some, and I like the tingle of my scalp when I drink it. 

Sadly, my body doesn't like it, and I feel physical pain even with a small amount. Being a diabetic I can't drink alcoholic beverages. 

Furthermore, I have better conversations if I don't drink. It used to make my controlling Dad a really nice man. He was a teetotaler and rarely took even a sip. When he drank a glass of "Longevity wine," something I brought back from China, he was funny. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 8:26pm

On! Oh! Chris ♂ I will be more specific in the future.  

I have no doubt National Geographic Magazine will become another megaphone for the beliefs of a few imposed on the many. I will be watching to see if the magazine stays true to its mission. 

"National Geographic, a global nonprofit membership organization, motivated by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling, to change the world." 

• Our Human Story: Exploring where we came from, how we live today and where we may find ourselves tomorrow;
• Critical Species: Revealing, celebrating, and protecting the diverse creatures that share our world;
• Our Living Planet: Understanding the intricate and interconnected systems of our changing world;
• New Frontiers: Searching for the “new” and the “next” — using the latest technology and science to visit places no one has ever been and find answers no one has ever found."

(emphasis mine)

I will be watching for any signs of biblical stories that tell of the 6,000 or 10,000-year-old earth, or of humans co-existing with dinosaurs. The supernatural stuff may appear, and if so, I intend to be a firebrand opponent. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2017 at 8:14pm

My husband had a knee replacement. It's great now, all fixed. Just surgery recovery to endure and physical therapy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 6:11pm

Plinius, like Joan said, I'm sorry about your walking troubles.  I can relate a little because my knees are giving me a hard time going up & down stairs.  Not nearly as bad as yours, but I may get there someday.

My dad's knees gave him a great deal of pain in the last few years of his life and so he mostly just sat.  He didn't want to have his knees replaced with artificial ones, as a friend scared him about it.  But dad had a hip replaced and it gave him good pain-free service.

If my knees get bad, I'll definitely consider artificial ones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 6:04pm

Carl, I was looking for a phrase to use instead of "I hope", and I like what you said: "my best to you".

I don't like using "I wish", and other such terms anymore because since leaving religion, I don't really wish anymore, but have a hard time thinking of what to substitute for them.

I hope is not as bad as I wish, but still sounds a little too much like daydreaming.  Maybe I'm wrong.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2017 at 5:52pm

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your continuing problems with your knees, walking, and climbing stairs. You are wise to see an orthopedic specialist. Hopefully, they will find a remedy for you. 

If I remember correctly, you have an elevator to your apartment. Do you have to use a stairway to climb to get to your garden?

Life seems to offer more stairs as we get older than when we were youngsters.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 20, 2017 at 5:35pm

Pinius....Lets hope you do not have kneasles....crossing my fingers for you....


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