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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 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

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by tom sarbeck on May 12, 2013 at 5:23am

In the final math course I took before the University of Florida gave me a final piece of paper, the professor one day opined that "even mathematics is founded on faith."

I enjoyed his sense of humor. He announced one day that even flies have been known to do derivations. He was referring the tiny dots we were seeing over terms in some equations. He'd chosen a text that in footnotes remarked that "For people who must live life the hard way, ...." I understood his words about faith as referring to my faith in my ability to solve math problems. Though I sometimes threw pencils at the door, my faith helped me keep at some problems long enough to find their solutions. I don't recall inventing any solutions.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2013 at 4:11am
Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2013 at 3:49am

Love all the cats and dogs and boxes.

Carl, I really like that sound generator. 

Joan: she's not a member of a fixed religion, just a vague Intelligent Design type. For her, billions of years of evolution is THE proof of God's existence. Peace be with her, as she doesn't preach an orthodoxy. I just found her reasoning a bit of a shock. Another collegue, however, is soon to visit Stonehenge to take part in some mystical "energy circle". That pisses me off because these "new pagans" are allowed IN the circle while those of us who are interested in our history have to view from behind a barrier several yards away. For me ancient momuments are an irreplaceable treasure and I would never remove a gram of dust from one but I have to stay away. Because I can't plead "religion" I'm not trustworthy :-(

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2013 at 8:24pm
Ian, and furthermore, her god did all this 6,000 years ago! Well let's look at some data:

Dinosaurs first appeared during the Triassic period, (about 230 million years ago) and were the dominant land vertebrates for 135 million years, ending during the Cetaceous (65 million years ago).

Humans first began to evolve nearly 200,000 years ago.

Important Early Modern Homo sapiens Sites
http://anthro.palomar.edu/homo2/mod_homo_4.htm

“ it is certain that we will continue to evolve until we reach the point of extinction.“
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2013 at 7:36pm

Ian, Now there is the rub! "She thought that the fact that scientists discovered things rather than inventing them was proof of a creator/designer. I was just a touch speechless and didn't pursue the point."

Scientists discover 2 + 2 = 4; and evolution occurred; and the Earth goes around the sun; or woman and men exist as equal and different; and knowledge comes from questioning and she perceives these facts as proof of a creator/designer while religious go to the book written by sheep herders in order to claiming rights over women and property while denying the reality of scientific discovery. There is a whopper of an example of fallacious thinking. 

Another one is religious doubt something comes from nothing, yet her god created the Earth, light, dark, flora, fauna, not in that order and not in the correct order, then created man out of dirt and woman out of man's rib. Now, who is delusional here? 

It is really laughable. 

Now, the good news. I have been reading up on the middle Pliocene and Early Pleistocene [~ 3.6 to 2.2 million years ago], and haven't found usable information yet. It is there, I just have to find it. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2013 at 6:17pm

Thanks for the cat Ice Hockey story, sk8eycat.

Booklover, I always enhoy your stories of your family The dog outgrowing its favorite cubbyhole is so “aww”

Napoleon, I think the toilet was supposed to be a video. I got a play button, which doesn’t work.

Chris, your cat game story is so precious. It would have been wonderful to have videos. You would have had millions of likes.

Flying Atheist, your feline overlords comic was scary, hilarious but scary. I tried to make a sound generator file, but it's all flying blind. You can't listen to samples, unless I did it wrong.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 6:05pm

Love the cat stories Chris and Patricia!

Box cats are always a treat Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 11, 2013 at 3:09pm

Thinking about animals in boxes:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2013 at 2:33pm

Here's a fun sound generator to play with.

http://naturesoundsfor.me/SoundGenerator

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2013 at 2:31pm

 

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