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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 11:29pm
Patricia, I like and am reposting Separation of Church and State.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 10:34pm

Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science

 http://symphonyofscience.com "Ode to the Brain". Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding. 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (http://mystrokeofinsight.com ) at TED.com 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2013 at 9:42pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 4:42pm
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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2013 at 12:49pm

Nice to see Richard Dawkins getting some support.  I have much respect for him.  Hello, Melinda.  Yes, we got snow here in Chicagoland last night.  Not too much.  Still sooooo cold, though.  Enjoy your visit with your daughter.  I have a feeling that the two of you do much giggling when you're together.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 12:26pm
Spud and Tony, like you, the church signs bring a giggle, a frown and then a question as to their authenticity. I hope people will indicate the "real" signs" that reflect such narrow-mindedness.
I heard an interview this morning where a man said religion brings order to the world. I didn't know if I was going to choke or spit my coffee. He must not look at the order of the sky, or seasons, or days, or processes of life. I guess he sees only the wars between Israel and Palestine; jews and christians against muslims and muslims against blasphemers. Religion seems to be the common thread.
Some people don't know about, or care about or believe in evolution:
http://visual.ly/onezoom-tree-life?view=true

To use this tree, watch the opening evolution and then click on a branch or leaf, or zoom in and out.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 12:03pm

Melinda, Great billboard; I have not seen it before and I like the wording. Glad your daughter is home; do you have anything special planned or just a good old fashioned chin-wag? My cousin from New Zealand calls me for "chin wags"!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2013 at 11:10am

Thanks Joan.  First time I've heard the No Z in Boise song.  Cute.

I feel the same way as Melinda.  There's too many good things posted here to comment on them all, but I save most of the pictures.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 2, 2013 at 12:30am

Thanks, Patricia. That's a great article and I've shared it on FB. Never thought that would happen with something from the Telegraph! Had a good chuckle over the description of Daniel Dennett:

" a man who looks like the love-child of Father Christmas and Charles Darwin"

 

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