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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 sk8eycat on August 26, 2014 at 7:50am

How about (gritting teeth) "wellness"?  Whatever happened to "health"?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 26, 2014 at 7:18am

I'm far from perfect, and a lot of things annoy me, but I usually refrain from criticizing people, except when they can't hear me, like when I'm watching TV.

One of the worst annoyances that has developed in the last few years may not even be incorrect, but it tasks me.  It's used a lot in documentaries.  When talking about what someone did, instead of saying "He became the third president"  they say "He was to become the third president."

Never remember hearing that most of my life, but in the last 25 years, I've noticed it more and more.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 26, 2014 at 6:50am

Thanks for all the "anguished langwitch" laughs!

We had a good discussion last year on the "Decline in Writing Accuracy".

Comment by Plinius on August 26, 2014 at 1:35am

I'm sure I make lots of mistakes, especially in Dutch, but in English I correct what I've written most of the time. I see other's mistakes but I don't like to play the teacher when I'm not at work.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2014 at 12:08am

Hello, Nick.  Thanks for chiming in with your interesting post.  Please feel free to do so more often.  We have some good times here in this group.  Be part of the fun!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 26, 2014 at 12:04am

Mindy, one of the funniest quasi-medical words I ever heard was/is "optirectomy."  It is the surgical severing of an extra nerve between the eye and the...uh...anus, to cure a person's sh*tty outlook on life.

I think I may need one of those.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2014 at 11:47pm

I bought and read a book recently, "Grammar Rules", written by a senior British army officer. His point is that good grammar avoids misunderstanding, essential in the armed forces. He also recognises the difference between formal and informal language and regards it as legitimate. I agree heartily, as I wouldn't like to give up my London/estuary spoken English.

I've also mis-read all my life, putting letters in the wrong order even when I've understood a word: halycon for halcyon, charbanac for charabanc and many others. I don't know if that's mild dislexia or not.

Some of the best British comedy uses the misuse of language. If you can, seek out episodes of "Only Fools and Horses". Del-boy's French and English blunders are very funny.

Have a pleasant day, one and all.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2014 at 9:22pm

What drives me crazy (because I'm mildly dyslexic) is running into gross misuse or misspelling in professionally printed material: "different than,"  "it's" instead of "its."  "Alright."  Things like that.

I'm not exactly a speed-reader, but I do read at a good clip, and when I run across something in a hardcover book (that I may have paid more than $25 for), or  the Los Angeles TIMES, it's like slamming nose-first into a brick wall.  Totally destroys my concentration.

I know damn well that I'm a better proofreader than Spell Check, but I can't get a job with anybody....I've been trying for more than 20 years.  Too late now, anyway; I'm losing my eyesight, and Medicareless doesn't pay for eye care.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 8:33pm

Well, Mindy, you've done a good thing.  The first step is admitting you have a problem.  The second step is to notice that other people have the same problem and then make fun of them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2014 at 7:46pm

Even grammer check doesn't catch everything. I am really embarrassed, a teacher, not knowing correct grammer!

I have a darling relative who lives in France and speaks absolutely correct English. She will occasionally correct me and I wish she would do it more often. I'm not too old to learn She also gives me the grammer rules that apply.

Oh, my favorite poor English that someone wrote to me, "that was well wrote".  

 

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