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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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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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 Idaho Spud on March 23, 2014 at 11:09am

Waking dreams do sound very scary.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2014 at 7:40am

Carl, thanks for the tapes on Django. Too bad I can't actually hear him--I need a new sound card evidently. I'm surprised anybody else has actually heard of him.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 2:04am

Chris, don't we wish we could communicate with our pets in words? Find out what goes on in their heads?

About "waking dreams," or "sleep paralysis"...it's sort of half and half...you are neither 100% awake nor 100% asleep, and you are usually coming out of a scary dream..(I thought there were prowlers outside) .and you can't move because your body is still in REM (dreaming) mode.  Everybody is paralyzed when they're in REM sleep.  It's a fascinating subject, but NOT when it's happening to you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2014 at 1:27am

One of my cats did the same in his sleep: twitching, running and clearly busy with an opponent. He usually woke up in the same mood, and then wondered where they all had gone and where the fight was.

Scary, waking up and unable to move!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 12:20am

Spud, I used to take care of a German shepherd who had gran mal epilepsy, and that last dog looked kind of like Nunie did when she would have a (very) rare seizure in her sleep.  Except that her hind legs would be tucked up tight against her body.

I found that part of the video kind of disturbing, and should have warned everybody.

I don't know if muscle twitches happen when dogs dream; humans can't move at all during REM sleep. 

I've had what are called "waking dreams" a couple of times, and it was very frightening.  I could NOT move, and couldn't even make a coherent sound to yell for help.  Once my sister heard me making hoarse groaning sounds, and called 911.  By the time the EMTs and police got here (less than 5 minutes), I was wide awake, and very embarrassed. *:"> blushing

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2014 at 9:05pm

Cute, however, some of those pets didn't seem very relaxed.  That one dog must have been chasing a rabbit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2014 at 8:32pm

Yup, very cute, sk8eycat.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2014 at 8:27pm

*cackle!*

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

This is cute, and relaxing.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/VRgQaOOZRo4

Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2014 at 1:34pm

I don't Carl, it's what I get from being too busy - I can't concentrate and express myself precisely enough. Still struggling to do the necessary organising for our two grown-up children.

 

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