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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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 9:30pm

Joan and Mindy, I'm glad to read that things are going well!

Foreground and background, or figure and ground, remind me of the two word puzzles in one of the Dialogues between Achilles and the Tortoise in Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he". (Presumably Achilles had a longer word than "he" in mind!)

...and...

Find a common English word that contains "adac" (as a substring: there can be letters before and/or after it, but the "adac" can't be broken up or rearranged). "abracadabra" doesn't quite work because it contains "adac" backwards, not forwards.

The answers are not obscure Scrabble words like "zyzzyva"!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 20, 2013 at 8:01pm

Comment by Steph S. on June 20, 2013 at 7:52pm

Joan I glad that your treatments are going well.

I'm thinking about you.

Melinda it sounds like you had a nice trip. I am glad you have an Atheist friend to spend your time with.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 6:02pm

Welcome home Mindy! So very happy to read of your adventures, rest and renewal. Can you describe some of your taste treats? Food seems to be foreground for me now. 

What is foreground and background? 

"Positive space refers to what the eye perceives as in the foreground. Negative space is what the eye perceives as in the background (for example as sky). Notice that negative space does not necessarily have to be white. As you are seeing, good designs often use more than one visual design cue at the same time. In addition to rhythm, this drawing of Maurice Escher skillfully plays with your perception of what is the foreground and what is the background."

Well, for me, food is foreground. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 2:28pm

Good morning everyone, it is 11:30 AM and 51 degrees F, with heavy rain. Cold, wet wind, and a very nice warm room to  read, write, and nap. 

Yesterday was Chemo Light and took only about 1 1/2 hours to drip all that killer poison into my body. Laura and her husband, Larry, took me out for the fish soup afterwards and it is so good at Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe. It is the only thing that tastes good, is full of the right kinds of nutrition, and Gordy and Jamie, help me select what I can and can't eat. They also help me with figuring out how to use different ingredients, such as coconut and cooking time for the fish.   

Jamie, Gordy's co-owner, thanks so much. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 2:14pm

Ruth, I hope you and yours are getting well.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 2:13pm

Felaine, the "holy" books are the world's most dangerous enablers for those with a tendency to violence and fanaticism.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 2:09pm

Yet another non-sequitur:

"The London Sun newspaper has apologised to aliens for linking them with the Church of Scientology."

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 12:52pm

Sometimes a friend I'm with is surprised when I do a bit of "unlittering": picking up someone else's trash.

That venerable momily applies: what if everyone (or a lot of people) did it, leaving a place they pass just a little cleaner?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 11:50am

Ian, thanks for the descriptions. "The Dragon is "Evidence - The Trail Continues" and is made of bottle tops and plastic lids. It's a symbol of the trail people leave behind them, like slugs leave a trail."

It reminds me of when the kids were small we often camped and the first thing I had them do was go around our campground and pick up anything that could hurt them, like bottle caps, aluminum pull tags, cans and glass. We had a contest to see who could bring in the most "treasures". Then they each would make strings out of the aluminum pull tabs and had a peg for each child where they hung their strings. They developed a habit of keeping an eye out for such treasures and their strings revealed their own interests in bring in more. At the end of the camping trip, we had a camp fire and celebrated the winner as champion "Treasure Tracker". I see my great-grandchildren have the same tradition. I wonder where they learned that!?

"Sputnik Returns" is an image of how dangerous it can be to rely too much on technology."

These images you shared have great imagination and ingenuity. Thanks for sharing. 

 

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