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“...Threats to the Special Place of Humanity Caused Uproar and Resistance”*

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 7, 2018. 2 Replies

The first threat might have been the discovery that the earth was not the center of the universe. Did the first known uproar and resitance occur in ancient Egypt?Another early threat was the…Continue

Tags: resistance, uproar, fear, threat, superstition

Social Power Can Be Hurtful. Has Anyone Not Been Hurt By Its Use?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Mar 15, 2018. 26 Replies

A single mother told me she would teach her son that power is evil.Her manner told me someone had hurt her, so I did not ask what kind of power she would use to produce that result.The shortest…Continue

Tags: politics, power

The Three Happinesses — Money, Power, and Sex — and Religions Try to Take Them Away

Started this discussion. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever Mar 20, 2018. 3 Replies

Back when I was in college and comparing world religions, I might have dallied with Tantric Buddhism for a while. I liked that Tantra held sex to be a spiritual good. But then I found that it too…Continue

Tags: religion, sex, power, money, happiness

Politics. Where Can People Better Perfect Their Ability to Fool the Innocent (the Naive)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Mar 4, 2018. 7 Replies

Donald Trump doesn’t try to conceal his lies. Most politicians do. For one instance of many, JFK.“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”Who debunks…Continue

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Grinning Cat replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Cold-brewed Coffee! in the group learnerscoffeeshack
"Room temperature for 24 hours or so in a French press works for me. (I need to go out and buy a bigger French press...)"
Jan 30
Tom Sarbeck commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Joan, where do you see DCtoT? I don’t see it in anything I wrote."
Dec 12, 2019
Joan Denoo commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Tom, I understand TOC is Table of Contents, but I am not able to discover what  DCtoT means. Help me outy, please "
Dec 12, 2019
Tom Sarbeck commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey will tell you what academics know. Few others know the story because monks destroyed most of it."
Dec 12, 2019
Plinius commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"I finally found a book about transgenders' partners and their experiences. In Dutch. Een bijzondere liefde."
Dec 12, 2019
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Here's another good book to add to your "must-read" list: Sacred Liberty (Americas's Long, Bloody, and Ongoing Struggle For Religious Freedom), by Steven Waldman. I think it's a fair assessment of the subject. I learned…"
Dec 12, 2019
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Just finished a fascinating book: Unfollow (A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church), by Megan Phelps-Roper. You might remember this church as the one that demonstrated with signs and taunts at soldier funerals, mass…"
Oct 31, 2019
Tom Sarbeck commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Randell, I reread some of what I read decades ago, partly to see how my take now differs from what I took then. Politically, I was more idealistic or cynical, less pragmatic, than I am now. I like pragmatism better; I take dissent calmly,…"
Jul 26, 2019
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"I ran out of library books to read, and have been too busy (i.e., lazy) to return for more, so I've been pulling old books off my own library shelf to read (or more like peruse). I've been enjoying rereading the "classics" by…"
Jul 26, 2019
Joan Denoo liked tom sarbeck's discussion The USA Is Becoming More Secular in An Important Way (Despite the Pessimism of A Few of Us)
May 11, 2019
kathy: ky replied to tom sarbeck's discussion The USA Is Becoming More Secular in An Important Way (Despite the Pessimism of A Few of Us)
"Chris,  I'm not in Mo. I'm in Ky.  In God We Trust is imprinted in the license plate.  Or,  The Bluegrass State.  I chose the latter. "
May 10, 2019

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Born Dec 1930. Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 9:41pm on December 6, 2017, Patricia said…

No, I don't really discuss it, I just like to try to learn something.

Thanks for adding me.

At 8:10am on May 16, 2017, Loren Miller said…

Tom, regarding how to add pix, all I can tell you is how I've long since done it on my "How To Do It" page.  If you can show me a specific instance where you want to add a picture and it isn't working, I can look at that.  Otherwise, I have nothing to go by.

At 2:11am on February 28, 2017, Diane Berlin said…
Well I have a good friend who just moved to Nolensville. She loves it there but she is very Christian and has already joined a church. So that will be her social life. I want to be able to fit in and make friends without having to join a church. She knows that I'm not religious but doesn't know about my growing hostility with religious Bible thumpers who seem
M to be getting more judge mental than ever. My mom is Evangelical and has stopped trying to save me. I hate living in Southern California because it is so crowded and expensive and there is no nature but I'm not sure if Tn would work. It would be a place to retire to. Husband is in the music business
At 7:34am on February 26, 2017, Jean Larsen said…

I was initially raised Catholic by my grandmother. My father hated the Catholic church. Its good to be in touch with like minded folk instead of biting my tongue.

At 8:50pm on February 17, 2017, Dorsite Doe said…
Thank you for the nice welcome. My area of geophysics is seismology (earthquakes), but I onow you can find seashells in the Sahara. That would be a fun field trip.
At 10:04pm on February 9, 2017, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Thanks for friending me.

At 10:02am on June 2, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Tom! Glad you could join us. :D

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