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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 Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 3:09pm

Here is a treasure from Terrance Meaden, 

"Has the face of the creator of Stonehenge been staring at us unrecognised for more than 4,000 years?

A British archaeologist claims to have seen a face carved into the side of one of the mighty stones at Stonehenge.

[ image: The face can be seen on the side of a standing stone]
The face can be seen on the side of a standing stone

It is the first face ever seen on the Neolithic monument and one of the oldest works of art ever found in Britain.

It was recognised by Terrence Meaden, an archaeologist with a fascination for the ancient standing stones of the British Isles.

"I just happened to be there at the right time of day because only when the light is right can you see it properly. During the summer months it is only obvious for about a hour each day around 1400."

~ Terrence Meaden 

Sci/Tech Stonehenge face mystery

"Several papers in this collection demonstrate how certain, well loved, traditional symbols and practices have a noted tenacity for surviving the ages of time. The concept of Earth Mother—or ‘Goddess’ or ‘Dea Madre’, using related definitions encountered in the Mediterranean lands—is associated with some sites and symbols for which we have knowledge through historical scholarship or anthropological interviews with current believers. For others, an Earth Mother attribution—as similarly with ideas of a Universal Ancestor—is for many prehistoric sites only a theoretical concept. This explains why the Earth Mother hypothesis has been put to the test by some of the researchers in this book. Indeed, a new era of rigorous testing has begun. Prof. Gheorghiu closes his timely essay by concluding: “the processes of anthropomorphization, as well as that of epiphany and hierogamy, which were specific for traditional societies, were not totally withdrawn by Modernity, and still could exist unrevealed within contemporary imageries”."

G. Terence Meaden, "Sanctuaries through the Ages: Rethinking symbols and images, art and artefacts from history and prehistory"

http://www.stonehenge-avebury.net/Meaden1.pdf

Comment by Ian Mason on April 21, 2013 at 2:22pm

Home at last from the nation's capital. Here's a pic of the "Human Banner" organised by Greenpeace. I'm near the point of the "M" at the top of the heart, bright blue jacket and bright red cap.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 21, 2013 at 1:00pm

The dolphin birth was interesting Patricia.  I was surprised that the baby could swim immediately, and amazed at how quickly the baby was able to swim by the mother's side.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 21, 2013 at 10:44am

Thanks for the dolphin birth, Patricia. Lovely way to start today.

Nice vacation flavor picture, Ian.

Yes, please do share a picture of your cat tea pot, sk8eycat. *sips tea*

Hugs to all

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 10:29am

Ian, speaking of musicals, if you have the opportunity, DO see "Billy Elliott - the Musical."  The Northern UK accents were difficult for me to understand, but it didn't matter...it's one brilliant feelgood show.  I was on clouds for weeks afterward, felt like dancing, myself, and I have difficulty just walking these days. (Maybe I could do the opening number from "The Producers" with my walker...heh!)

I love the Ocean Advice; and added  "Whistle a Happy Tuna" in my head.

PS: I'm such a lazy slouch...I need to photograph my only cat teapot, and post it here.  I saw it in a store window years ago, and couldn't bear the thought of somebody else owning it, so I bought it.  I've never actually used it; I just look at it and smile. A LOT.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2013 at 10:12am

Oh, I wish I could go to this symposium, but it's all the way on the other side of the  USA from where I am, and I can't afford even the train coach fare (I refuse to put up with the airport insecurity paranoia). Anyway...have a look:

http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/Calendar?id=103301&view...

I have a very dear e-friend who lives in DC, and I'm going to try to twist his arm...not really...I think he would be interested in the subject, too.  (I "met" him 12 years ago on another atheist web site.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 2:08am

Ian, a good collection of puns. 

Patricia, I am surprised how close she was willing to be to the humans. A very special video.

Ruth, I have never seen Cyriak before and it is quite a treat.

Loren, thanks. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 21, 2013 at 12:11am

A little advice for lovers of puns.

Comment by Plinius on April 20, 2013 at 11:38pm

A good reaction, Patricia, I'll remember it the next time someone starts again.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 20, 2013 at 7:49pm

It’s great to hear you’re not in pain, Joan.

Patricia, rat hygiene moment, cute!

Hey Loren, I loved the thousand years of music. Cyriak is always fun too. But the giant teddy bears carrying and eating pedestrians was creepier than usual. The walking-tire cars were a hoot. Cars jumping to an upside down  air-street, Inception inspired? Funny I feel a bit dissociated after watching that.

 

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