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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 10:00pm

OK, Felaine, let's designate some dates of celebrations worthy of our attention. I think I have these dates correct. Feel free to correct my mistakes, add and/or subtract whatever you feel is worthy of note. 

1980 - The World Health Organization (WHO) certified that smallpox had been eradicated from the planet in 1980.

03-26-1953 - Polio vaccine discovered.

04-14-2003 - Human Genome Project Completed

07-04-1997 - Mars Pathfinder spacecraft landed.

07-20-1969 - 1st moon landing.

08-20-1977 - Voyager 2 launched.

09-02-1945 - Japan's surrender in 1945.

09-05-1977 - Voyager 1 launched.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 10:00pm

Sk8eycat, my niece who was a biology major in college found it and passed it along.  I love how it's full of both humor and facts.  That's a great way to teach science.  

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 9:58pm

I have an e-mail notice that Joan posted something in here about "faith," but I can't find it.  Has it been moved, or deleted?

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 9:55pm

Oh, Carl, that's SO cleverly written and narrated.  How did you find it?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:39pm

Hey, folks.  Here's your science lesson for today.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:30pm

Well, my new avatar picture shows a new addition to my everyday life:  glasses.  I'm really glad I have them as now I can read small print and also see things clearly in the distance.  Now.....getting used to bifocals for the first time ever! 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 7:14pm

Ian, I'm one of those SF-nerds who thinks we should celebrate the first Moon landing, Japan surrendering in 1945, the end of smallpox, or just the discovery of vaccination in general, and the completion of the Human Genome Project.  And on and on.  (The unmanned Mars landers have thrilled me, too.  Plus the Voyager project back in the 1980s.)

One thing that hardly anybody seems to know is the FACT that the manned space program has paid for itself by a factor of 10 times its original cost....particularly in miniaturization in electronics, and medical monitoring. 

I have heard neo-Luddites still harping on "throwing money away on space," when the exact opposite is true....and we let our elected a##holes cut the funding time after time. 

Tricky Dick cut NASA's funding while he was talking to the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon.

Aaaarrrrrgh!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 7:02pm

Carl, I like your statement, "All I can do is to realistically take one day at a time and to meet each challenge with logical thinking and actions.  To me, the biggest peace of mind comes from knowing what is real and acting accordingly.  I also know I have a wonderful network of family and friends to rely on."

From personal health problems to national disasters such as this day in history calls for the same kind of wisdom as you evoke. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 3:13pm

Felaine, I've heard an idea somewhere that we remember bad things better because evolution meant us to learn from mistakes, back in the era when making a mistake could lead to being eaten by something big and hungry. Unfortunately the same process doesn't seem to work in a social context: one stupid war follows another with far too people protesting. I agree with you, though that there is too little celebration of acheivement. Here's a link to something that does.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIMNXogXnvE

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 3:11pm

Although 9/11 greatly affected me personally, I've never had the desire to attend a public memorial service.  When I've been to New York City, I've never had the desire to take the subway downtown just to visit "ground zero."  I will never forget what happened that day, but I like to do my grieving in private and move on.  What the future may hold seems more important because it appears, to me, to be more fragile than ever before.  I want to strive to make the world a better place for all humanity.    

 

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