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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 sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 3:43pm

Oh, I believe Santayana's remark about repeating the past. 

There was another observation that I read last night that a culture that worships the past is decadent.  I'm sorry that I can't give you a reference...I was scanning quotes on the net, and doing the same with several different books, including a couple of fantasy novels.  It may have been a Heinlein quote...I just don't remember.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2014 at 2:00pm

sk8ey, the only way I would amend Kennedy's statement is to recognize that we do have to look behind, at least to know and acknowledge what has happened before us.  Too well do I know the famous statement made by George Santayana about those not knowing the past being condemned to repeat it.  I think we have to act with the consciousness of the past and awareness of the present in order to address the future.  We can't afford the blinders that others would superimpose on us.

And I think I speak for all here when I say we won't wear 'em.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 12:32pm

Mindy, I don't know what "spirituality" means anymore...and I'm sure that most people who use any form of it don't know what they're talking about, either.  Here's a more concise version of the same statement:

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 12:30pm

Randall, I want daylight in the morning so I can see where stuff is without turning on every light in the house...(It doesn't "save" energy...it just shifts the time of peak usage.)

I really want to know the rationale for the whole thing...

Do farm animals set their internal clocks ahead on someone's say-so?  Of course not!  Same goes for wild animals, and the ones who live with us...."Why are you feeding/walking me now?"  (Of course most dogs I've known will eat and go "walkies" any time.)

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2014 at 8:28am

Indiana succumbed to DST a few years back. I hate it. I'll skip all my reasons, but basically, it has to do with me being a morning person. And I want daylight in the morning, darkness after supper. It's the opposite now.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2014 at 9:21pm

Elaine and Joan, love the information the two of you posted about cats.  Those are beautiful creatures, both the wild and domestic cats. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 9:19pm

Patricia, Arizona doesn't change their clocks, either.  Sensible.

50+ years ago, when I was with Holiday, we toured by rail 90% of the time, and ALL the railroads everywhere in the US stayed on Standard Time all year.  Now that all passenger travel is via AMTRAK, they follow the crowd.

Disgusting.

(My first year with HOI, we rehearsed in Minot ND, and they were trying Daylight time...it was twilight till almost midnight.  The local yayhoos drove around and around the town all bloody night.

We hated it; we had to be on the ice at 8:30AM....that meant getting up around 6AM if we wanted to get any breakfast in the hotel's tiny coffee shop.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2014 at 8:24pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2014 at 8:19pm

Felaine, I enjoyed the photos of those cats very much. The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) rang a few bells in my head, so I looked them up and went back and reread the information about the Bengal cat. They look alike, their characteristics are alike. Here is a little blurb on Bengal cats, the domestic kind. Notice the markings on their heads and their love of water. 
Domestic Bengal Cats: an Exotic Cat Breed

Notice its facial markings and compare them to the Fishing Cat. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 8:04pm

I'm still trying to get used to Daylight Squandering Time; I have always hated it.  I mean, HOW are we "saving" anything, and what good does it do, except give after-work golfers an extra hour to play? All it ever did for me was blind me as I was driving home from work...facing directly west.

 

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