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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 13 hours ago. 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 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

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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

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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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 19, 2014 at 9:46am

For some reason I have a hard time focusing on audio books. Before I know it I've zoned out again and have no idea what the narrator's been saying.

That book of Mailer's was amazing.

Comment by Future on September 19, 2014 at 9:33am
I don't have time to read, but I love audiobooks - can't get enough of them. I spend enough time in the car by myself to finish two per week on average. Some narrators are much more interesting to listen to than the voice that reads in my head.

Recently I finished Castle In The Woods, by Norman Mailer. It's about the Hitler family during Adolf's upbringing, as told by a demonic minion of Satan who was put in charge of influencing the boy. Very entertaining mixture of history and fiction. Sometimes I didn't want to get out of the car so I could keep listening.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 19, 2014 at 8:31am

I guess I've been reading everything I could get my hands on since childhood...starting with Kipling's "Just So Stories"...not to have strong feelings about books in general, and fantasy and SF in particular..

Forrest Ackerman's "invention" of the term "sci-fi" (he came up with that excrescence in the 1950s when high fidelity sound systems hit the market, and became "hi-fi") horrified SF writers and fans, and still does.  But then, Forrey (who often signed his name 4-E) was more of a movie fan and hanger-on than a reader.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2014 at 7:29am

As for my two cents worth: Except for Asimov and maybe Jules Verne, I was never a Sci-fi fan. I liked "real" science. Although written in 1949, Michener's "The Fires of Spring" was an inspiration to this young teenager in about 1960. I also loved "Caravans" ('63) and "The Source" ('65). "Hawaii" long and good, but I couldn't finish "Centennial".

Bertold, I enjoyed your eclectic photos on your home page.         Joan, I'm with you--an admitted "snob". I no longer read fiction, love biographies (reading about Robert E. Lee now), science and history. Unlike you, however, I do like music (classical and jazz).        

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2014 at 2:00am

I read the Covenant by Michener - about South Africa. A very enjoyable genre; fiction fragments against a historical background.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2014 at 1:29am

I know, Felaine, my education is sadly lacking. I don't like fiction, don't care much for music, art shows don't appeal to me,  I don't like movies, I have no time whatsoever for games and I hate small talk. Snob is a good descriptor for me. It fits, I suppose, even though I have a few good qualities. (I'm laughing). I think we can add boring to a label for me. I don't think I disparage fiction. I just don't enjoy it. 

Anyway, I like your comment and you are probably right. 

Comment by k.h. ky on September 18, 2014 at 11:33pm
I've gotten to check out Mitchner again. I remember enjoying his books but don't remember which ones. I can read the same books and not remember how they end. Same thing with movies.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2014 at 10:51pm

I have never trusted people who disparage fiction. When I hear someone say, "Oh, I never read fiction," I hear a snob.

It's the best way to get a handle on human psychology , for one thing, and Fantasy and SF are wonderful at exploring "What IF..."  As in what if we returned to the moon and established a permanent base after the Apollo program?.  Or "What if Einstein was wrong, and we will be able to travel faster than light?"

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2014 at 10:34pm

Mindy, those Mitchner books were great! I didn't read The Source. 

Comment by booklover on September 18, 2014 at 10:12pm
I love fiction, Joan, just not science fiction or fantasy fiction. I also like James Mitchner. I loved reading Alaska and Hawaii, because he literally started at the bèginning, and brought them up to present day. Well, present day at the time he wrote them. I've read many more of his, but those two stood out for me. Oh, also The Source.
 

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