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Decoding Jesus: Separating man from myth (CNN - John Blake)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 16. 6 Replies

Timothy Freke was flipping through an old academic book when he came across a religious image that some would call obscene. It was a drawing of a third-century amulet depicting a naked man nailed to…Continue

Tags: Richard Carrier, Robert Price, mythicist, Jesus

World of Batsh!t - #7: Gravity (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 10, 2016. 3 Replies

Oh, dear ... CoolHardLogic has found another one!  We now have "B S Detector," a flat-earther holding forth on why he's right and everyone else is wrong.  This particular scientific "genius" seems to…Continue

Tags: Einstein, gravity, Dunning-Kruger, CoolHardLogic

World of Batshit - #6: Sphereless (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15, 2016. 2 Replies

The flying mouse feces spreaders are BACK ... and CoolHardLogic has GOT 'em!  This time he's got some wingnut named Jeranism, who seems to think that there are no spheroidal objects in outer space,…Continue

Tags: Tycho Brahe, parallax, sphere, batshit, Dunning-Kruger

David Silverman – Fighting God & Firebrand Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 7, 2016. 58 Replies

I love David Silverman. Why? Because he has the brass cojones to call a spade a spade, he doesn't soften his approach and he doesn't back down.  Recently, in Zurich, Switzerland, David gave a talk on…Continue

Tags: firebrand atheism, Fighting God, David Silverman

 

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I'm a semi-retired electrical engineer who has a rather eclectic background, never mind a few miles on the odometer. I suppose I was an "apatheist" for quite a while - largely indifferent to the whole issue of gods - but after 9/11 and the more blatant appearance of evangelicals and Dominionists on the scene, my atheism has finally come to the fore.

Other interests include high-end stereo and home theater (and with that, CD and DVD collecting), BMWs and general car enthusiasm, single-malt whisky and biking.

I flatter myself that I know my way around Atheist Nexus at least reasonably well (I've been here since November of 2009), so if you need a hand with something, please don't hesitate to give a shout.

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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Mostly I watched the eclipse on The Discovery Channel and CNN, but seven years from now, I'll be watching it live and in person, 'cuz the next one has Cleveland in its sights!  How neat is THAT?"
11 minutes ago
Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam -- good people, yes, but any religion based on a single, well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race…"
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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I'd love to know what's so profound about being able to lie extemporaneously, and perhaps with a bit of flair?  That eclipse yesterday was infinitely more profound and it was REAL!"
23 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"We are all slaves to our histories. If there is to be a ... bright future, we must learn to break those chains. -- Mimbari Ambassador Delenn, Babylon 5 Mira Furlan as Delenn brought a wonderful quality to that series, and never more so than with…"
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Loren Miller replied to P.'s discussion Euthyphro - how to argue how someone can be moral without God watching
"My question is simple: how moral is a god who says, "Thou shalt not kill," then turns around and demands the deaths of more human beings than I would care to count, amounting to genocide, and for no other reason than that they are…"
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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Daniel, I'm nowhere near the totality zone, but my butterscotch tabby, Garfield decided he wanted my lap and for a considerable time ... and he NEVER does that!  Can't say that I minded him at all, but then, he's a nice kitty!"
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"I've been watching eclipse coverage on The Science Channel, and they've laid out a number of projects in process: A number of amateur astronomers in the eclipse path, all calibrating their telescopes in the same way to record observations…"
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"I've said it multiple times, Daniel:No one – no one, No One NO ONE – has the right not to be offended."
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"Lilac, to answer your question, we're not getting the kind of spectacular turnouts you see at, say, The Amazing Meeting or FreeOK, but we do effectively fill the venue (Lions Park Lodge) which we've been using to date, and our books are…"
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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"And, thinking of Ms. Marcotte's quote (though this is NOT the quote of the day group!): If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.-- Leo Wolf"
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Loren Miller commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Bertold, your Amanda Marcotte quote is freaking BRILLIANT ... and I'm stealing it! [grin!]"
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Loren Miller replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Ridicule Fascism
"Okay, gang, fasten yer seat belts and return your seat backs and tray tables, et cetera!  Here comes a genuine Blast from the Past!!! Whatcha think of THAT one, Schicklgruber?!?"
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"If men were the automatons that behaviorists claim they are, the behaviorist psychologists could not have invented the amazing nonsense called 'behaviorist psychology."  So they are wrong from scratch -- as clever and as wrong as…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Thanks, Carl. To be honest, I've wanted to go bigger with what NOFS has been doing to date. We've had Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor during previous fundraisers, and I want to keep the pattern of A-list guest speakers going."
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"BTW, that should be FFRF, and NOT FRFF!  [grumble!]  FFRF is, of course, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and NOFS is its local chapter, the Northern Ohio Freethought Society."
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At 5:08pm on August 15, 2017, Joe said…
Thank you Loren
At 9:15pm on August 9, 2017, Cristy McGowan said…
Thank you I'm excited to be a member
At 3:02pm on July 2, 2017, Robert Franklin said…
Thank you Loren, I will enjoy myself where I can.
At 9:48pm on June 29, 2017, Jennifer Miller said…

Thank you.

At 9:57pm on April 20, 2017, Marjorie Blegen said…

Sounds like you have a great bunch of fur-babies. Let me tell you about mine:

1. Samwise Gamgee Moonglow-16 yo: lilac point Siamese mix I picked up at a 3-M plant in Ontario, CA while I still drove semi. He is the BEST!

2. Chloe Rose-approx. 18 yo: tortoiseshell. Got her from a college woman who could not keep her.

3. Cappuccino Java Hopper Enigma Little Bitch - almost 9 yo: Mostly white with black splotches. A friend brought her to me when she was about 6 days old. She never grew so is still my baby (Java for short).

4. Majik Curious Destiny - approx. 3 yo: A friend (same one who brought Java to me) found Majik at a PetSmart up for adoption. I received pictures of her and told my friend to get her for me as I had been searching for a calico like her since my last calico died (Maggie was 19 when she died).

5. Solveig5-6 yo: Eastern Gray tree frog. One fall, when I was still putting plants outside during the day, this little frog kept coming in with the plants every night. I would find her in the morning when I placed my plants outside. After the third time, I said, "Well, I guess you want to stay." I bought a large habitat with front glass doors, put in plants and logs, plus a pond. I have to buy crickets (Yuck) to feed her. She is the mellowest frog I've ever come across.

So, that is my family!

At 8:18am on April 20, 2017, Marjorie Blegen said…

Thank you,Loren, I will scritch my cats and tell Solveig (the frog) ribbit. Soveig is an Eastern Gray tree frog - chirp chirp.

At 10:05am on January 21, 2017, Daniel W said…

Another famous someone ALMOST from Cleveland

At 10:51am on September 8, 2016, Elisabeth Christina Mathes said…

Thanks for the welcome, Loren!

I´ve already found many awesome vids and topics in this group, so I will definitely have a great time here! Cheers, Eli

At 6:41am on July 3, 2016, Scarlet StormBreaker said…

Thank you. 

At 3:25pm on July 2, 2016, Kelly said…

Hi Loren! Yes I love podcasts! They were a big help after my divorce the comedy ones helped me laugh again. The variety and content of podcasts is better than anything on cable. I do love the Thinking Atheist podcast, it's well produced and that voice is amazing, I could listen to him for hours!

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A Never-Ending Battle?

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 8:00am 10 Comments

I have no illusions that there’s an endgame.  These problems never go away.  You have to educate every single generation about this and make sure it doesn’t creep back into our society.  There’s no sense in which the job is ever done.

-- Tim Gill



Just for the record, Tim Gill is a software engineer and rights advocate, who has been an integral part of the thrust for LGBTQ equality.  His influence spans from the 2003 Goodridge v Dept. of Public Health case to the…

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Holy Books – All Things to All People

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 8:00am 16 Comments

These are puzzlements!

-- King Mongkut of Siam (allegedly)



How is it that Christianity and Islam are both sources to claims of peaceful intent and despicable savagery? Jesus Christ is regarded by some as the “Prince of Peace,” yet the religion bearing his name spawned the Crusades, the Inquisition, the usages and practices of the Malleus Maleficarum, and too many other atrocities to count. Muslims worldwide declare that Islam is “a religion of peace,” yet…

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Grover's Corners and Dancing in Hurricanes

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 8:30am 15 Comments

Back in college, I was invited to participate in a production of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, which was being put on by the drama department of Notre Dame College.  It was a nice diversion from my engineering studies for one thing, as well as causing me to gain two really good friends from the then-all-female enrollment of that school.  I don’t recall ever actually reading for any one particular role, but I wound up with the part of George Gibbs, who starts out as a wide-eyed kid…

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Dear Mr. President: Regarding Climate Change...

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 11:30am 2 Comments

Rigorous science is critical to my administration's efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection.  My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks. As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.

-- President Donald Trump, commenting on the March for Science…

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