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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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Grinning Cat liked Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)
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Idaho Spud replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Off the subject:  I noticed when I went to Amazon to check-out The Better Angels of Our Nature, that the Kindle and paperback books are less than $14, but Hardbacks are $500 to $600.  I've seen things overpriced like this before and…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"The news people certainly reports bad news many times as much as good news, and I know it affects my view of how bad the world is.  Something I don't need, as I have a tendency to notice the negatives of humans much more than the…"
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Loren Miller replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"It's a fact that humankind is less violent now than at any point in our history, per Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature.  I wonder if our perception of events reflecting those with a dearth of empathy is because reportage…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"It appears to me that we haven't changed in a negative direction.  In fact, it seems to me that humans have become more kind compared to 500 years ago or more.  My guess is that we will continue to progress in a positive direction,…"
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Andrew replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Personally, I don't think people have changed all that much, and the author is lacking context. There has always been cruelty, selfishness, and lack of empathy for others. There has also always been love, compassion, and mercy. People have…"
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Loren Miller commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"An atheist doesn’t have to be someone who thinks he has a proof that there can’t be a god. He only has to be someone who believes that the evidence on the God question is at a similar level to the evidence on the werewolf question.--…"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"This is Riane Eisler's work. Her first book, detailing how she came up with the distinction from her Cultural Anthropology work, was The Chalice & the Blade."
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tom sarbeck replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Ruth, I went to the 'Dominator Culture' link you provided and saw the charts that compared the dominator and partnership systems. In those charts I saw the terms "power over" and "power with" and right away remembered…"
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"Bertold, I HAVE to follow your quote with this one: When has justice ever been as simple as a rulebook? -- Cmdr. William T. Riker"
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Bertold Brautigan replied to Loren Miller's discussion Birdology by Sy Montgomery (Delanceyplace.com) in the group Birding, Birders and all things Birds
"I love birds. We have a constant parade of various hummers, scrub and stellar jays, flickers, thrushes, Oregon juncoes, towhees, crows, robins, lbjs, etc. Have seen pileated woodpeckers around a few times."
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Birdology by Sy Montgomery (Delanceyplace.com)

This morning's vignette from Delanceyplace struck me as being worthy of mention here ... so here I am, mentioning it!  Enjoy. ===================== Birds are the only wild animals most people see every day. No matter where we live, birds live with us. Too many of us take them for granted. We don't appreciate how very strange they are, how different. We don't realize what otherworldly creatures birds are. Their hearts look like those of crocodiles. Birds are covered with modi­fied scales -- we…See More
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"To understand via the heart is not to understand.-- Michel de MontaigneYet how many believers want us to look at their bible that way?"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I've thought a lot about an underlying dynamic of our monstrous nature. As I see it, Dominator Culture, our male Hierarchical culture based on taking from those "beneath" by force or "right", has always required us to be…"
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"I've watched enough RT to recognize that it is no better than Fox News (and possibly worse) as regards anything resembling objectivity or integrity in reportage ... and I will have nothing to do with it."
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Joan Denoo replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I warned my three two-year olds not to touch a hot pipe and explained why. When  I wasn't looking, each one, over time, touched the pipe. As I treated the burns I also re-warned them that is what "hot pipe" means.  Try that…"
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Loren Miller replied to Loren Miller's discussion Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I will admit to not being horribly empathetic with Drumpf supporters, but then it's difficult to bring myself to that with people who don't seem to be willing to THINK ... and think past the superficial BS which is Donnie's stock in…"
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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!

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 3:32pm on April 19, 2016, Neal said…

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

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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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The Politics of Distraction

Posted on April 14, 2017 at 10:15am 12 Comments

Variations on the following have just been sent to the feedback sites for CBS, NBC, and ABC News:



I may be mistaken regarding your current journalistic focus, but a bunch of ineffectual cruise missiles in Syria, then one large bomb goes BOOM in Afghanistan and any attention the media may be paying to the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged complicity on the part of Donald Trump's campaign seems to have been distracted.  Insofar as I'm…

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The World Is Not Safe

Posted on March 1, 2017 at 7:00am 28 Comments

I was teased as a kid.  Some days were better than others and some others weren’t so great, but the fact is that from the time I entered first grade through high school graduation, there was something in me which drew the jibes, catcalls and slanders from my fellow students.  Somehow I was different, though exactly how I had no idea back then.  This whole business was made worse by the fact that for a great deal of that time, I was hyper-sensitive to that kind of abuse and could not…

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