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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 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

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 10:59am

Felaine, excellent articles. Thanks for the lead.

"And thus we find, at the root of our political dysfunction, a classic nurture-nature mélange. The penchant for selective exposure is rooted in our psychology and our brains. Closed-mindedness and authoritarianism—running stronger in some of us than in others—likely are as well.

"But nevertheless, it took the emergence of a station like Fox News before these tendencies could be fully activated—polarizing America not only over politics, but over reality itself."

~ Chris Mooney, The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Real...

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 9:32am

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 9:32am

Babble indeed!

Comment by Plinius on October 26, 2014 at 7:58am

I don't understand this, Randall. Does the idiot think Switzerland is in Asia? And who is allowed to have what done?

Comment by Randall Smith on October 26, 2014 at 7:40am

Has anybody ever read the "crank mail" in FFRF's monthly newspaper? It's the most vile, profane, and ignorant garbage from so-called xtians you've ever read. Enjoy this final sentence from one idiot: "So here is my advice too you go over to Switzerland where youth in Asia is allowed to have it done on youselves."      Get it?!!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 25, 2014 at 4:14pm

I want to read THIS book!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/23/1338538/--The-Science-Of-F...

The Core Thesis: Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.

Insights from Chris Mooney’s book The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Real...

Now I know this is going to raise all kinds of hackles but I find the book fascinating and the article referred to here does a reasonable strong job representing a research heavy 336 page tome. The Amazon Link provided provides  more insights in the reviews there. Here is one of them: "Drawing on a growing body of empirical research, he provides an intelligent, nuanced and persuasive account of how conservatives and liberals tend to differ at the level of psychology and personality" (Financial Times, April 2012)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 25, 2014 at 1:12pm

Thanks for that wonderful quote Mindy!  One of the best I've ever heard!

Saving it of course!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 25, 2014 at 10:43am

The Muscato quote should be nailed to the foreheads of every proselytizing idiot who thinks they have a right to shove us into their preconceived mold of normalcy.

Very good stuff, Mindy - thanks for posting it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2014 at 10:35am

That absolutely hits the nail on the head. But of course that means WE'RE persecuting THEM because we'll no longer shut up and take their BS.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2014 at 9:50am

Yes!!!

I'll repeat that quote to make it googleable:

"I would love to live and let live, as they say, but religious people won't let us. It's a two-way street. Stop trying to control other people's access to birth control, abortions, marriage, proper science education, proper sex ed, etc. and we'd be happy to simply go on with our lives. I want you to understand that everything we do is a response to what you do. If you stopped trying to take away our freedoms and force us to be part of your belief system, we would gladly leave well enough alone. But you don't, so we can't."

--Dave Muscato, PR Director for American Atheists

 

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