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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 4 hours ago. 21 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 on Wednesday. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2013 at 10:41pm

Ran into this while tooling around youtube. Have watched it over and over again. Wanted to share with you all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 10:17pm
Loren, This is what I watched the first time I opened your site:
SEAN FAIRCLOTH – “YUGEN” (WITH ZEN PENCILS)
http://skeptisketch.com/
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 10:10pm
Oh, this is funny! I just rewatched the video and it is of two goofy people on a trapeze. that is funny!
I don't see the video I watched the first time I opened this link.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2013 at 9:33pm

And now for something COMPLETELY different:  aus Deutschland, die Maiers!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 8:27pm
Loren, I love it! Perfect. Exactly what I need to be saying! and hearing! I have goose bumps!
Word of the Day: Yūgen (幽玄)
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems.

Yūgen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.

Yūgen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience.

(Ortolani, 325). Ortolani, Benito. The Japanese Theatre. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1995
Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:07pm

Those are cute and funny pictures Flying Athiest, Booklover and Loren. Yes, new week has started already. Can you believe how close the holiday season is? wow - where did the year go?

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:06pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2013 at 7:01pm

Here you go: two minutes and twenty-nine seconds of inspiration, courtesy of Sean Faircloth, Zen Pencils and SkeptiSketch:

Comment by booklover on November 11, 2013 at 11:34am

Usually true!

Comment by booklover on November 11, 2013 at 9:28am

Cute kittens Tony. :)

Carl, lol about the week.  I'm sure my husband would agree.  My son has to work 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day this week.  Ugh!  But the paycheck will be nice!

Have a good week friends!

 

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