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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 10. 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. 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 Michael Penn Jan 20. 34 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

World of Batsh!t - #5: Space Denial (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 4, 2015. 3 Replies

So ... maybe you thought the space-happy idiot-children had gone on vacation?  Not a chance!  YouTube producer CoolHardLogic has done his homework and once again has found another exemplar of the…Continue

Tags: space, fake, Earth, Dunning-Kruger, Photoshop


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I'm a semi-retired / involuntarily unemployed 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 replied to Christopher Cosgrove's discussion Sports and the whole thanking god thing - aargh!
"The idea of some deity helping some hotshot athlete hit a home run while kids are starving in Darfur and elsewhere by the millions to me is the height of absurdity."
Loren Miller commented on Jack B. Nimble's blog post Litany of Gendlin
" No amount of belief makes something a fact.-- James Randi"
Loren Miller replied to Atheists read the bible.'s discussion How can any moral person justify the bible?
"The short answer is: YOU CAN'T.The bible is lousy with violence to the point of genocide, misogyny, homophobia and blatant patriarchy (when Yahweh doesn't enforce theocracy!), its system of laws is frequently utterly illogical with…"
Loren Miller replied to Daniel W's discussion Famous Intellectual Michelle Bachmann to be Trump Advisor in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Well gee ... with friends like these, who needs enemas?"
Kelly liked Loren Miller's blog post Reason Rally 2016 – Photo Album
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"As it comes to atheist manifestos, Sam Harris has written a brilliant one.  Brian Dalton, a.k.a. "Mr. Deity," has as well, and I think both are worth your time.  I should note as well that both are relatively brief but loaded…"
Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The evolution of work in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"A long time ago I opined that the age of unskilled labor was coming to an end.  That hasn't quite happened, though a great number of "grunt-work" jobs and some highly skilled jobs (welding comes to mind) have been supplanted by…"
Loren Miller commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"Why Cats Aren't Republican."
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"Cavs. In. Seven. Yeah, I can live with that."
Grinning Cat replied to Loren Miller's discussion How to Write a Post or Comment Offline in the group How To Do It!
"On the Windows side, I've been pretty happy with Notepad++ as a feature-rich plain-text editor. The only caveat is that you might want to tone down the color for highlighting the (entire!) current line. (If you like regular Notepad, no reason…"
Daniel W commented on Loren Miller's blog post Faith Is Not Curious
"Nicely written, Loren. Intellectual curiosity, a quest for knowlege, reading the bible, revised standard version, reading science, and viewing the mendacity of christians - both the Baptists in my church, and christians at large in US culture and…"
Loren Miller replied to James's discussion Book Dropping
"A good idea ... but does anyone listen to the radio anymore?  [grin!]"
Michael Penn commented on Loren Miller's blog post Faith Is Not Curious
"Faith is not curious but it needs a constant reinforcing to keep it valid. The faithful are constantly in church, at least once weekly. If this is not so, they "play along" with ideas of faith, at least as long as they can. Faith needs…"
Loren Miller replied to James's discussion Book Dropping
"One thing to keep in mind in the midst of that is: when and how these belief systems are introduced, especially that they are aimed at CHILDREN most times, before an age when they can competently examine and analyze said beliefs for…"
Loren Miller replied to James's discussion Book Dropping
""You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink."The operant problem remains: is your audience open to new ideas or aren't they?  Are they thoughtful about what they believe or knee-jerk or indoctrinated? …"
Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Atheism isn’t enough, and it isn’t very satisfying in the group Atheists who love Science!
"From where I sit, atheism, especially deduced atheism, is a starting point.  It is the point where irrationality and woo get dropped and rationality and reason are pressed into service to deal with life as it is.  From atheism may come…"
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post Reason Rally 2016 – My Impressions
"Sorry we missed you, Future.  Catch you next time!"
Jun 17
Future commented on Loren Miller's blog post Reason Rally 2016 – My Impressions
"I missed it this year, because I didn't even know it was scheduled. Oddly enough, I drove right past the Lincoln Memorial that morning on the way to meet friends in Alexandria. I was really bummed when I found out about it, since I attended the…"
Jun 17
Grinning Cat commented on Loren Miller's blog post On The Incident In Orlando – Seth Andrews and Kaveh Mousavi
"Orlando Shooting: The Sinful Executioner was definitely worth a read -- thanks! And I've used listentoyoutube.com to grab the podcast audio, to listen to in the car later."
Jun 17

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At 3:35pm on May 22, 2016, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

I was just soliciting advice, Loren.

At 7:44pm on May 18, 2016, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

That might be related. Later I had to stop my flash plugin because it gave me problems.

BTW, I put my psychological reaction to climate news in the Psychology group. It' really for psychological discussion, isn't it. I wasn't sure where to put it, as I already overload Ecological and Climate Concerns. Have you a better suggested location to post such things in future?

At 5:43pm on May 18, 2016, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Thought you might want to know. I selected the Noam Chomsky group after searching for it in my groups, and my computer froze up. The message telling me what was loading said something about read Twitter.com. Had to do a hard reboot. Couldn't find anything like that in my task manager.

At 10:02pm on May 16, 2016, Winona said…
No, I haven't heard of it. I will check it out though. Thanks!
At 4:26pm on May 16, 2016, Winona said…
Awesome! Thanks :)
At 3:32pm on April 19, 2016, Neal said…

I think AU's been invaded by AN. =)

At 2:16am on April 19, 2016, John Jubinsky said…

I'm not so sure that A/N is going to stay up either. One thing that I have noticed for some time now is that A/N will no longer allow tags to be added  to discussions that are posted. That makes me suspect that it has been over burdened. Someone needs to connect with the originator of it and tell him or her about the problem. I think Dr. Meaden would be a very logical choice to do this. He likes Joan Danoo so maybe she should be the one to connect with him. 

At 3:13pm on April 16, 2016, Qiana-Maieev said…

Thanks, Loren.

At 12:40pm on April 16, 2016, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Thanks for friending me, Loren!

At 9:11pm on March 18, 2016, Matthew Shepherd said…
I thank you for the greeting good sir.

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On The Incident In Orlando – Seth Andrews and Kaveh Mousavi

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 10:05am 3 Comments

Every now and then, Seth Andrews will ignore his to-do list and publish an unscheduled podcast when his mindset or an event demands it.  It should surprise no one, then, that Seth has produced a piece couching his own thoughts regarding what happened at the Pulse nightclub and all the reactions, reasonable and otherwise.  The YouTube version of that podcast follows here.

I wanted to draw attention, though, to an important segment of that piece.  Toward the end, Seth reads the…


Reason Rally 2016 – Photo Album

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 8:30am 6 Comments

There are lot of people I've met online since I became an atheist, many of them I am glad to call, "friend."  Still, it's something altogether different to MEET these same people in the flesh, or at least be close enough to photograph and hear them speak live.  Being able to do that a few times this past June 4th was as valuable to me as being able to attend the Rally itself, and I am glad to share with you some of those very neat moments here.

Here's Daniel and I.…


Reason Rally 2016 – My Impressions

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 8:20am 6 Comments

Driving 360 miles with a lousy cold isn’t ordinarily my idea of fun, but this was the Reason Rally, and those don’t happen every day. So I added zinc and Hall’s Mentholyptus to my overnight bag and set off a touch after 8 AM Friday. Turns out the drive was pretty easy, and I got in around 2:30. There wasn’t a lot going on at the time, and I wanted to decompress after the drive, so there wasn’t much to do other than collapse! I DO want to note, however, that one thoughtful provision had been…


Meditation on Belief, Knowledge, and Facts

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 9:01am 2 Comments

Anything can be a belief. A person can believe that the sun orbits the earth or that trolls live under bridges. One can believe that a bearded man in a red suit flies from the North Pole and in one night out of the year gifts all the good children of the world with presents. Alchemists once were convinced of the possibility of turning lead into gold. The vast set of the believable also includes the idea that there was once a reserve of oil which was only supposed to last a day, yet it lasted…



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