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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 Ian Mason on May 13, 2013 at 1:13am

Thanks, Tony. That's a really good version of the song.

Napoleon, it's true. Your Duchampesque video doesn't move.

Comment by Plinius on May 13, 2013 at 1:02am

Thanks for posting, Tony, I enjoyed it very much!

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 13, 2013 at 12:26am

     Commander Chris Hadfield of the ISS remade David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' from the ISS. I really enjoyed this, hope you all do too.

 

Comment by Steph S. on May 12, 2013 at 9:35am

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.

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.

 

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