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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 Randall Smith on November 17, 2017 at 7:13am

Interesting, Ian. I've thought about tracing my ancestry through DNA. However, I pretty much know "where I came from" through my genealogy research--at least going back 500 years.
The only exception is definitively tracking down my surname (Smith). My great x 3 grandfather came from Germany; that's all I know. "Smiths" (or Schmidt?) aren't easy to discover.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 17, 2017 at 3:14am

Ian, I'm curious, is there any part of your ancestry result that you found surprising, or is it basically what you expected?   

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2017 at 3:07am

Chris, "90-years old woman made it to the top"?! I couldn't do any of that, oh, maybe a block of walking but certainly not to the top. The information about that area brought back lovely memories. I bought a pretty necklace at the Great Wall made of fine porcelain with some Chinese writing that looks pretty to me; I suspect someone can decipher words out of the images. 

What was your feeling about how the Chinese treated you? Did it seem as though you were their friend? Or were they suspicious of you, or skeptical? How do you describe the ways the Chinese people responded to seeing you? 

Comment by Chris on November 17, 2017 at 1:09am

Here's a neat place to visit in China.

There was a cable car to get part way to the top.  A guy  in our group fainted while climbing the  rest of the way from heat stroke - though a 90year old woman made it to the top.

Comment by Chris on November 17, 2017 at 12:33am

When I was walking the wall a couple of kids (teenagers) began running down the steps, which were rounded.  One of them fell and cracked her head open.  Unfortunatly she was seriously injured.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2017 at 11:26pm

Randy, an interesting photo. Getting to meet the man who discovered the site is something I didn't do; how fortunate! I assume he was happy to share his find, after all these years.

Yes, I had not noticed the word "xian." If I were one who believed in such things, I would claim it was an omen. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2017 at 11:13pm

Carl, I am sorry you missed this exhibit!  What a  beautiful brochure!              

To my Atheist Nexus friends, do take a look at the brochure, you will be amazed at its design and as well as the story it tells.

"China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, planned to spend his afterlife buried in a palatial tomb, surrounded by all his worldly treasures. To guard his mausoleum, he commissioned an army of terracotta warriors unlike anything seen before or since."

Thanks, Carl, I am happy to have both sites. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2017 at 10:49pm

No Adam, Thomas although I am fond of fruit.

I've seen a couple of documentaries about that tomb,Chris. It sounds like it would require the combined expertise of Laura Croft and Indiana Jones to get in there. I wonder if oral transmission over generations has led to the stories of booby-trapped tombs that began to turn up in the West a few centuries ago and which Hollywood loves so much.

Comment by Chris on November 16, 2017 at 9:43pm

My understanding is some teach that no one should board a train.  That way  no one has to jump off before hitting the stop at the end of the terminal.

Is It  (Political) progress?  "Accidental' procreaction  may feed an empire of workers and soldiers, while prohibiting freedom from the burden of pregnancy and raising children couples may not have the resources for.

I'm often crurious why birth controll is banned.

Comment by Chris on November 16, 2017 at 8:35pm

Interesting Mercury river.

“Mercury was used to simulate the hundred rivers, the Yangtze and Yellow River, and the great sea, and set to flow mechanically”, wrote the ancient Chinese historian Sima Qian about the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang built 2200 years ago.  He also mentioned that the ceiling was decorated with heavenly bodies and the ground modeled after the regional geography.  Furthermore, “workmen were instructed to make automatic crossbows primed to shoot at intruders”.

The Chinese have been hesitant to open the tomb even though they have known about it for years.  But their reasons may be other than fearing a booby-trapped tomb navigable only by an ‘Indiana Jones’.  Recently they sent probes into the tomb and determined that Sima Qian’s writings could be true – mercury levels were 100 times the normal level, an atmosphere which could prove dangerous to archeological excavators.

Famous to most people are the terracotta warriors, 0.9 miles east of the tomb, a clay army mandated for construction by the emperor to protect him in the afterlife.  Although mostly unexcavated, by 2007 estimates they are an ‘army’ in formation, of 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry mounted horsemen, along with musicians, acrobats, officials and even muscle-men – but the astonishing aspect is that craftsmen designed the facial features to match each living soldier.  Delicate ornamentation was added to their armor and colors such as purple, yellow and red were meticulously painted.

But when they were first excavated the great colors flaked off and faded within seconds and minutes upon exposure to air – yet another reason why the Chinese may not yet be opening the tomb.

There are even more outstanding facts about the tomb.  It is thought to be about a soccer field in size, the interior space appears to be hermetically sealed, and evidence points to it likely still being fairly intact.  The pyramid-shaped mountain is at the foot of Mount Li which is said by Sima Qian to be rich in gold on its north side, and in jade on it’s south side.

And once one makes it past the rigged crossbows, according to Sima Qian, there are palaces, scenic towers, generals (clay figurines?), “treasures” and “rare artifacts”.  He went further to explain that Qin Shi Huang had also buried alive his wives that had not produced sons and sealed off any exit for the craftsmen and other people who had knowledge of the treasures inside so that the details of the hidden world would never be known.


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