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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 The Comfort of There Being No God
">(And :-) to the footnote!) Yes - I won't ask if it was an invitation."
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Grinning Cat commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Comfort of There Being No God
"Tom, well said about not being a doormat! "I have only two cheeks..." (And :-) to the footnote!)"
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Loren Miller replied to tom sarbeck's discussion America's founding moment brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong?
"What went wrong?  I suspect we underestimated the desire of the church not to have to suffer any form of cognitive dissonance when confronted with opposing beliefs or lack thereof.  They don't like disagreement, nor do they tolerate…"
14 hours ago
Michael Penn commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Comfort of There Being No God
"That's true, Loren. Exploiting things reminds me of idiots on Fox Noise that dismiss climate changes with words like "he's still up there." What comfort do I find in that? The world needs to understand that nobody is praying for…"
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tom sarbeck commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Comfort of There Being No God
"Michael, your first paragraph describes well some people I meet. What can be done about them? I have only two cheeks so I don't endlessly turn them.* Similarly, my supply of empathy is limited. I've told a few "I hope your…"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Comfort of There Being No God
"Michael, there are people out there – perhaps the woman you cite is one such – who are simply FRIGHTENED.  They're scared of what might happen, of what they do not know, or of irrational consequences to simple actions, or…"
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Michael Penn commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Comfort of There Being No God
"Granted that there may be a problem with accepting the above propositions of comfort: they are all predicated on a person WANTING to own themselves and their lives, taking pride in their contributions to the world at large and not wanting to defer…"
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Loren Miller replied to Qiana-Maieev's discussion Putting the science of Harry Potter’s universe to the test
"As with any proper science, you have two contributing elements to the learning process: lecture and lab.  The lecture outlines the principles, benefits and liabilities; the lab allows the student to confirm for him- or herself that said…"
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Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Comfort of There Being No God
"I'm glad you liked it, Ruth, because that's how I feel about it, and I'm pretty sure that's how it IS.  The problem now, of course, is getting that concept acknowledged by those who would rather it weren't the case, and…"
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Qiana-Maieev commented on Loren Miller's group How To Do It!
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Comfort of There Being No God
"I especially like your last point, "Our lives, our planet, indeed, our reality is in OUR HANDS." Despite the fact that we're making a terrible mess of our planet, "We are the actors.""
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Loren Miller replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Difference between beliefs of one religion and another is more than difference between an atheist and a theist
"I wonder if the difference is in that the mad variety of irrationalities makes such radical differences and divergences of beliefs possible.  Rationality, by comparison, is downright stodgy ... and I for one can live with that!"
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"And simultaneously, a considerable portion of the US will either double over with laughter or engage in immediate reverse peristalsis!  Frankly, though, I doubt Drumpf is that stupid."
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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.

Loren Miller's Blog

Faith Is Not Curious

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 10:00am 5 Comments

“Faith is no reason.” That was the winning entry in the Center for Inquiry’s 2009 Blasphemy Contest and it’s been the headline to my Atheist Nexus profile page since I joined here. I think that faith and reason are antithetical qualities; they have nothing to do with each other and are effectively mutually exclusive by their very nature. Upon recent reflection, I realized that there are other positive qualities which are at odds with faith and which show it to be the false value which it is.…

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Is Nothing Sacred?

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 12:58pm 39 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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