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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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Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"That Mark Twain comment is great! Thanks, Bertold."
47 minutes ago
Bertold Brautigan commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Tom, you reminded me of the scene in Meaning of Life when the organ donation guys come after Terry Gilliam's liver-- But, I'm using it. Don't muck us about!"
4 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Seems as though there's Nature and there's Nature, depending on the issue at hand."
4 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Tom and Loren, your points are well taken. On the other hand, the farther I get from nature, the more I feel disconnected from myself. There are times, such as when the tree fell over an electric line and cut power for miles around, it was nice to…"
4 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Bert, a prosperous and moderate Twain said that. I say: Patriotism is defending your rights all the time. Or, "No, you can't have my rights; I'm still using them!""
5 hours ago
Bertold Brautigan commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Patriotism is defending your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. --Mark Twain"
6 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Loren, to Gladstone's insights, add: Progressivism is trust of the people tempered by anger. FYI: I'm well to the left of Liberalism."
6 hours ago
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Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.See More
6 hours ago
Loren Miller replied to Mel Quay's discussion Weekly Sunday Get-together...
"Well, if you ever DID get stuck with the duty, you could pull an "Atheist Pig" on 'em:Sometimes I just LOVE that porker!"
11 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. -- William E. GladstoneThe above was spoken over 150 years ago, yet I can think of no time when it was more evident or applicable than…"
11 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Actually, nature leaves a lot of things around which are pretty useless.  My appendix, for example, never mind the gallbladder I had to get rid of (you don't EVER want to have gallstones!).  And when nature does change something, it…"
11 hours ago
tom sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Joan, do you believe the Nature’s Way piece? I don’t. Nature does what Nature does. Two recent instances: Harvey in Texas and Irma in Puerto Rico. What had P M Dunn been drinking?"
14 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Loren, a great piece by Dan Rather. Thanks for calling it to my attention. I reposted it on Facebook with thanks to you. "
14 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous”, “Nature does nothing uselessly”, “If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.” ~ P M Dunn Aristotle (384–322…"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Just for fun, I Googled the Dan Rather quote Ruth put up, and I found the following on Facebook: I have come to expect that Donald Trump will attack the press. We know why he does so, because the threat of exposed truth, of investigative reporting,…"
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Loren Miller commented on Teresa Roberts's blog post Why Liberal Christians Annoy Me
"The Kalam Cosmological Argument also fails in that it does not / cannot account for the possibility of a spontaneous event.  If Uranium 235 can decay into Barium and Krypton (and two neutrons) with no external stimulus, why couldn't the…"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"And indeed to Trump, himself, Ruth. Good stuff!!!"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"via Equality PAC"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Wow, Ruth! Andy just said a mouthful there!"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Andy Borowitz Ethical Culture talk"
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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.

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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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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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