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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 22. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 4:27pm

I found some of Tina S's acoustic guitar work, but so far, it's from 2 to 5 years ago when she wasn't as good.  It looks like she's practiced more on the electric, and so is more amazing on it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 4:11pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 4:06pm

I would like to hear her play an acoustic guitar without electronic amplification.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 4:05pm

Tina is remarkable.  I actually accumulated a tear listening to her, probably because of her talent more than the music, but I don't dislike the music either.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 3:50pm

Spud, I agree about Tina S. I turned off the sound on the second listening and watched her right hand fingers, the third watching I watched her left hand. She is remarkable. I wonder what the sound would be if she were on a fine guitar without all the electronics?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 3:45pm

I gave my TV away several years ago and have never regretted it; except when I have to wait for Cosmos to come online.

I wonder where that young man's mother and father were while he was a minor? Children learn how to behave, and unless there is some brain disorder, i.e. Tourette's syndrome, a neurological condition that is often characterised by outbursts of cursing words, as well as other behaviors that startle one. We don't know what is going on in the brain and can only deduce intent from behavior. Listen to words in order get an idea of the thought behind the words. 

In addition the mind has the power to frame a single situation in very different ways. Some say, "I have to go to work," while others say, "I get to go to work". Very similar words but with very different meanings. My job was to help reframe thinking into positive, healthy ones. 

The cause of behavior, i.e.  naming, swearing and politeness are the tools with which we organize the flow of raw information. Metaphor in particular helps us entertain new ideas and new ways of managing our affairs. That is what framing is all about. 

The behavior you describe stands outside the bounds of acceptable public behavior. As a therapist who worked with such troubled minds, I know it is difficult to know what is happening inside the brain in these people, and there is a way to train them to behave in public. The work involves the parents. If he grew to beyond his majority behaving as an immature child, his parents have a lot to account for. If he is neurologically impaired, he should not be let off the hook when he does something obscene or illegal. He needs to be held accountable or be put in a place where he can't disturb others or their property. 

Carl, I have Bach cello suites on CDs as well. A real treasure! 

Patricia,  wonderful news you are able to out and about on your motorized vehicle. I love the photo of your vehicle of some months ago. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 3:27pm

Patricia, congratulation on rolling out of prison : )

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2014 at 3:18pm

Joan, that gal knows how to make her guitar do her bidding.  Not my favorite kind of music, but I can tell she's got talent.

I don't know much about Justin Bieber, but as I watch some comedians on TV, I can't help hearing about him.  I don't pay any attention to him, but I just know his actions are great comedic fodder for the stand-ups.  You've probably not heard of him because you don't watch TV.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 21, 2014 at 2:39pm

I'm glad everyone has enjoyed the Vivaldi music.  He's a favorite composer of mine and his Four Seasons is one of my favorite Baroque compositions. 

Joan, I have the Bach cello suites on CD.  It's great lazy morning music to enjoy while sipping coffee and eating bagels.  I find this particular music to be relaxing and introspective. 

Patrica, glad to hear you're getting your mobility back.  Do you have much snow still on the ground where you live?  Despite the record snow amounts we had here, it's almost completely gone, with just a few stubborn patches that have yet to melt.  These are in places where the snow was previously piled high to chest-level.  Temperatures are in the 40's today and the sky is cloudless, blue and sunny.  It truly feels like spring, which is great because I have some errands to run. 

Also Joan, I was actually shocked that you've never heard of Justin Bieber.  He's someone who is hard to miss even is you don't follow his career or entertainment news in general.  But another part of me wants to give you a big hug and tell you how lucky you are!  Who is Justin Bieber?  In a nutshell, he a young, teen-idol singer from Canada who was discovered during his teenage years and became a HUGE international sensation.  He is now 20 years old and is living the life of a HUGE, arrogant, spoiled brat in Los Angeles who, in recent years, has continually been getting into scrapes, brushes, and arrests with law enforcement for his juvenile behavior.  News about him has been hard to avoid despite my best efforts. 

Patricia, is that an accurate summary?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2014 at 12:05pm

Oh! I like this one! Cary's likes Tina S. I wonder if it is a generation thing.  

 

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