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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 12, 2013 at 5:23am

In the final math course I took before the University of Florida gave me a final piece of paper, the professor one day opined that "even mathematics is founded on faith."

I enjoyed his sense of humor. He announced one day that even flies have been known to do derivations. He was referring the tiny dots we were seeing over terms in some equations. He'd chosen a text that in footnotes remarked that "For people who must live life the hard way, ...." I understood his words about faith as referring to my faith in my ability to solve math problems. Though I sometimes threw pencils at the door, my faith helped me keep at some problems long enough to find their solutions. I don't recall inventing any solutions.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2013 at 4:11am
Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2013 at 3:49am

Love all the cats and dogs and boxes.

Carl, I really like that sound generator. 

Joan: she's not a member of a fixed religion, just a vague Intelligent Design type. For her, billions of years of evolution is THE proof of God's existence. Peace be with her, as she doesn't preach an orthodoxy. I just found her reasoning a bit of a shock. Another collegue, however, is soon to visit Stonehenge to take part in some mystical "energy circle". That pisses me off because these "new pagans" are allowed IN the circle while those of us who are interested in our history have to view from behind a barrier several yards away. For me ancient momuments are an irreplaceable treasure and I would never remove a gram of dust from one but I have to stay away. Because I can't plead "religion" I'm not trustworthy :-(

Comment by booklover on May 11, 2013 at 9:04pm
Thanks Ruth! That is so sweet of you to say! Hugs to you! BTW Shauna really enjoyed The Great Gatsby.~Melinda
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2013 at 8:24pm
Ian, and furthermore, her god did all this 6,000 years ago! Well let's look at some data:

Dinosaurs first appeared during the Triassic period, (about 230 million years ago) and were the dominant land vertebrates for 135 million years, ending during the Cetaceous (65 million years ago).

Humans first began to evolve nearly 200,000 years ago.

Important Early Modern Homo sapiens Sites
http://anthro.palomar.edu/homo2/mod_homo_4.htm

“ it is certain that we will continue to evolve until we reach the point of extinction.“
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2013 at 7:36pm

Ian, Now there is the rub! "She thought that the fact that scientists discovered things rather than inventing them was proof of a creator/designer. I was just a touch speechless and didn't pursue the point."

Scientists discover 2 + 2 = 4; and evolution occurred; and the Earth goes around the sun; or woman and men exist as equal and different; and knowledge comes from questioning and she perceives these facts as proof of a creator/designer while religious go to the book written by sheep herders in order to claiming rights over women and property while denying the reality of scientific discovery. There is a whopper of an example of fallacious thinking. 

Another one is religious doubt something comes from nothing, yet her god created the Earth, light, dark, flora, fauna, not in that order and not in the correct order, then created man out of dirt and woman out of man's rib. Now, who is delusional here? 

It is really laughable. 

Now, the good news. I have been reading up on the middle Pliocene and Early Pleistocene [~ 3.6 to 2.2 million years ago], and haven't found usable information yet. It is there, I just have to find it. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2013 at 6:17pm

Thanks for the cat Ice Hockey story, sk8eycat.

Booklover, I always enhoy your stories of your family The dog outgrowing its favorite cubbyhole is so “aww”

Napoleon, I think the toilet was supposed to be a video. I got a play button, which doesn’t work.

Chris, your cat game story is so precious. It would have been wonderful to have videos. You would have had millions of likes.

Flying Atheist, your feline overlords comic was scary, hilarious but scary. I tried to make a sound generator file, but it's all flying blind. You can't listen to samples, unless I did it wrong.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 6:05pm

Love the cat stories Chris and Patricia!

Box cats are always a treat Loren.

Comment by booklover on May 11, 2013 at 5:06pm

LOL the alien cartoon knowing the cat is smarter than the human Carl!

Ruth, the sound generator is really fun!!

Yes Loren, cats and boxes-a natural attraction!

My daughter went to see "The Great Gatsby."  I didn't feel like seeing it, I don't know why.  She started her new job (seasonal), and she is going to get a LOT of hours.  I think my son is jealous!  He wanted to make a ton of money this summer, but he's only getting about 18 hours a week.  If I were him I'd take advantage of the summer!~Melinda

Comment by Loren Miller on May 11, 2013 at 3:09pm

Thinking about animals in boxes:

 

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