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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

World of Batsh!t - #4: Fake Planets (CoolHardLogic)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 21, 2015. 4 Replies

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Solar System ... planetary mechanics expert [coughBULLSHITcough] Stars Are Souls proclaims that Pluto doesn't really exist, Saturn is really the…Continue

Tags: CoolHardLogic, shadow, Dunning-Kruger, Photoshop, Mars

 

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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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Bertold Brautigan commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"Here's an excellent lecture by Dawkins where he shatters arguments for design, leaving room, by the way, for a reconciliation of atheism and pantheism. He also neatly dispenses with the notion that design is the only alternate explanation to…"
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Bertold Brautigan commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"--Thus Spoke Zarathustra"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"While I don't think of humankind as sacred, I DO see us as having the kind of potential that the likes of Gene Roddenberry gave expression to in Star Trek.  One scene in Next Generation speaks to what we might accomplish if we could get…"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"I suppose I'm sometimes Skinnerian. I saw Ted's comment and couldn't help myself! "
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Ted Foureagles commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"When I stump my toe and say "goddamnit!" that has nothing to do with any imaginary deity, but it's a cultural artifact from a time when it did for whoever taught me the word, or whoever taught them...  There's a lot…"
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Michael Penn commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"Spud, many of us have used that phrase "ugly as sin." Just to show you how dumb the believers are, the term "sin" as referred to by Paul is illustrated as an archer shooting at his target bullseye and missing the mark. Then you…"
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Idaho Spud commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"I don't think anything is sacred.  Loren, I don't know if it's a trope, but I still sometimes say to myself "Ugly as sin" when I see something very ugly.  It was a phrase often used in the Mormon community I…"
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Idaho Spud liked Loren Miller's discussion How to Write a Post or Comment Offline
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"@ Tom - As it comes to cliches and having only ourselves to blame, a couple things: Like it or not, we are the authors of our actions, which means needing to accept culpability for their products.  Believers like to shuffle that responsibility…"
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tom sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"That's an essay that rewards readers, Loren, and it inspired posts that also reward readers. I too like Neitzsche's thought; religion is pathological. Quitting it does make freedom possible. Your second definition of sacred -- to be set…"
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tom sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"Re Ruth's To me the bottom line is: avoid human extinction. Not for a split second do I believe that an extinction event will result in the demise all humans. The species with the arrogance to name itself homo sapiens (or more arrogantly, homo…"
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Grinning Cat liked Loren Miller's discussion How to Write a Post or Comment Offline
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Grinning Cat commented on Loren Miller's status
"My introduction was an audiobook of Nomad -- she needs to be more widely read and heard!"
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tom sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's blog post Is Nothing Sacred?
"Those words in the OP all but jumped into my face. Are there "cliche genes" in the human brain, genes that block words such as "I have only myself to blame? Or do religion-infected cells survive long after we (or I) discard religion? "
10 hours ago
Qiana-Maieev commented on Loren Miller's status
"I purchased Infidel as soon as it came out, my introduction to her."
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's status
"Haven't read her books, but have heard her speak ... and she's a kick in the teeth!"
14 hours ago
Qiana-Maieev commented on Loren Miller's status
"One of many favourite authors."
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group How To Do It!
"The Add as Plain Text box does not occur in these comments (obviously).  You're best served to use an editor rather than a word processor for offline comments, since an editor should not have much if any code overhead, unlike Word, which…"
16 hours ago
Daniel W commented on Loren Miller's group How To Do It!
"OK, thanks Loren for the tip. My situation is different, but entire comment below was written using UX-Write on I-Pad, with add on keyboard. Simple copy and paste. Much easier than using the native Ning function. For some reason, the comment box did…"
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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.
At 7:42am on December 17, 2015, Randall Smith said…

Well, I figured the odds were against there being another "Loren Miller for Ohio", although I didn't know you attended the FFRF gathering. I've thought about going, but since they publish all the speeches, I stay home.

At 7:28am on December 16, 2015, Randall Smith said…

I'm assuming it was you that submitted a letter I read in FFRF's magazine. I said, "I know that crazy guy!"  I've had one letter published before.

At 5:11pm on October 8, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the video link. He plays a lot better than I do, but I could say that about almost anyone.

At 3:23pm on October 6, 2015, Bertold Brautigan said…

OK, you've been given another chance. Don't be asleep at the wheel again this time, guy! This could be the last end of the world you ever get to witness.

Christian group says the world will be permanently ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday

At 12:10pm on July 9, 2015, Jackson Roykirk said…

Ah, good, one of the rare few to get the reference in my name.  :)

Loren Miller's Blog

Is Nothing Sacred?

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 12:58pm 33 Comments

Hmmm, good question. First thing we would need to do, I suppose, is define “sacred.” At least initially, I will defer to dictionary.com:

  1. Devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated
  2. Entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.

That second definition seems to be the most on-point here, but it also begs a question: what entitles anything “to veneration or religious…

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Purposeful Stupidity and Jurassic World/Park /Whatever

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 8:00am 2 Comments

Last Saturday evening, I took in the last hour or so of the HBO premiere of Jurassic World, and while I have not seen the entire film, I’m not certain I have to. Jurassic World, like the original and its offshoots, is a paean to stupidity, oblivious, inadvertent, and purposeful, and the consequences it spawns. There are the predictable side elements of self-assured arrogance and presumed authority on the part of those who want to embrace the stupid, be the stupid, and the…

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A “Strange” World or the World We Live In?

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 9:15am 6 Comments

A long time ago, I was something of a fan of Marvel Comics, and among my favorites was Doctor Strange. By way of introduction, Steven Strange started out as a medical doctor who was forcibly introduced to the idea that objective reality as we know it was only one such reality, that there were others which had the potential to interact with ours, both for good and for ill. Figuratively slapped in the face with this revelation, Strange set about to learn all that he could about this new…

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The Need for Humankind to Grow Up

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 9:00am 11 Comments

If we’re to grow up as a species, we need to address the systems that infantilize us.

-- TheraminTrees



I recently posted a question to Steve Shives for his “You Had to Ask” series, wherein I asked for his thoughts regarding population growth and the problem it poses for our continued existence on this planet. No great surprise, Steve had no solutions among his musings, but he noted importantly that, as a problem, population growth is far more obvious and blatant than…

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