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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

 

Faith is NO Reason ... Truer words were never spoken.

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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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Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Religious apologists complain bitterly that atheists and secularists are aggressive and hostile in their criticism of them. I always say: look, when you guys were in charge, you didn’t argue with us, you just burnt us at the stake. Now what…"
11 minutes ago
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"“Bishops are like pigs. If you poke one, they all squeal.”-- Thomas Huxley (known as Darwin’s bulldog)"
13 minutes ago
Patricia commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Distance is a good teacher, Thomas."
12 hours ago
Thomas Murray commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"  What I noticed is that the more time passes from the day I decided to stop believing, the more weird, strange, and corrupted I see and understand what religion is."
12 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"I hear you, Idaho, and with you 100%.  My only saving grace here is that it's not much in my face in Cleveland, so it's less of an irritant.  Your mileage may vary."
16 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Looking forward to the day when Zappa's prediction comes true.  Probably won't be in my lifetime, but my guess is 100 years from now.  I definitly don't have the time.  Not much patience either."
16 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"One day, atheism will disappear as a concept. Instead, there will be normal people AND some weirdo believers. -- Frank Zappa A lovely thought, but sadly not one for the near future. Believers continue to persist in their delusion and that everyone…"
21 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Tom, I look forward to reading your essays! Especially, “When I’m pissed at someone I don’t feel alone.”"
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Re Welles’ views on aloneness, I have several short essays brewing. I can start one of them with, “When I’m pissed at someone I don’t feel alone.”"
yesterday
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Very blunt and very true, Joan."
yesterday
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.  ~ Orson Welles"
yesterday
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Not quite a native son.  Born in Cleveland, moved to Winnetka, IL in 1961 when my dad was transferred, then came back to Cleveburg to go to school at Case (YUK!).  Winnetka was okay (ridiculous rich!), but Cleveland has been and is HOME…"
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The Flying Atheist commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Loren, I didn't know you were a native son of Illinois. :)  "
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"New Trier West, Northfield, Illinois, Carl.  That's crowding 50 years ago, too.  I'm debating whether I want to do the reunion coming up.  And yeah, I saw what you did there!  [grin!]"
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The Flying Atheist commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Loren, there's something deviously satisfying about a nun getting decked for good reason.  (...for good reason.  See what I did there?) You went to high school in the Chicago area?  New Trier West?"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make…"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Tom, it's a fact that the catholic church was utterly determined to teach their charges WHAT to think rather than HOW to.  Though I didn't realize it at the time, my first real girlfriend, one Carmen Allegra Willis, personified that…"
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Tom Sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"It’s firmly in mind, Loren. About 65 years late, I now know I was reading books of quotations because I wanted a non-Catholic moral order I wasn’t hearing from my silent parents. Today we can say it’s a humanist moral order."
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Atheist Pig's Take on Mass Shootings
"They're not just in it, Michael. They're driving it. They're driving the agenda, and what's even scarier is that Trump is taking their lead. Of course, he has to take their lead because he has no original thoughts of his own."
Sunday
Michael Penn commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Atheist Pig's Take on Mass Shootings
"Dominionist christians are in this bunch that is in power right now. Mike Pence is one and there are others too. These days I find them disgusting in every way."
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At 3:35pm on September 26, 2017, Joan Denoo said…

I'm trying to remember how to get a video into comments without losing height or width. Will you please remind me of the dimensions that work for video? 

Thanks. 

At 11:55am on September 11, 2017, Teresa Roberts said…

Who's your muse? LOL

At 11:56am on September 7, 2017, John Elder said…

Thanks Loren, I am giving it some thought. Staying I mean. Truth is I am really sick of the abuse and trolling some people who will remain unnamed have done for years with no consequence even though the "Nexus Rules" do prohibit such. If we are going to tolerate constant abusive behavior towards anyone who doesn't buy into pseudoscience and dares to return sarcasm in defense, well, I find it hard to believe the Nexus is a site for rationality as claimed. Maybe I'll cool off and stay, but I am really offended by being chided for not playing nice with an aggressive ranter who is well known to be over the top by many. Best always, John 

At 1:38pm on August 30, 2017, Patricia said…

Thanks Loren. Hugs back!

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.

Loren Miller's Blog

The Atheist Pig's Take on Mass Shootings

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 9:20am 18 Comments

Is this the new normal?  Over 500 mass shootings in the past year, more in the past decade possibly than in all the 20th century.  The trend gives no appearance of abating, indeed, quite the opposite.  Frequently, gun sales surge in the wake of the more publicly reported shootings, owing to the mistaken impression by the gun lovers of the US that maybe, just maybe, THIS TIME the government will clamp down ... and yet they don't.  The push to regulate the bump stocks which were used in the…

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Canaries and Coal Mines and What to Do About Them

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 9:00am 13 Comments

... your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one! Bees and butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, algae blooms.  All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint!  In every moment there's the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it.  And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this…

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God Bless Texas?

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 9:00am 12 Comments

I was driving home after celebrating my wife’s twin sons’ 32nd birthdays, having enjoyed excellent lasagna, salad, and homemade ice-cream-cake, in the company of some very good people.  Cruising north on Ohio I-77, the powerful, easy grace of my Mustang GT thrilled my senses as we charged north toward Cuyahoga County and home.  What was totally unexpected was the display proffered by an electronic billboard, off to my left.  In bold primary colors, it displayed the Lone Star flag…

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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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