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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

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 15, 2013 at 1:48pm

Really nice pics Melinda and Chris. Thanks.

Joan, I saw a documentary on Danish TV last year on thr subject of depression, a debate between a retired consultant psychiatrist and a younger psychologist. The retired consultant bemoaned modern society, saying it was too "horizontal" and claiming that a "vertical" society where everyone knew their place was more conducive to human happiness. What an addled, bitter old fart, eh?

Donny and Marie: I've never understood why they didn't marry each other. It seemed like a match made in Heaven (or Utah)

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 15, 2013 at 1:16pm

Contemporary Japanese art. Really beautiful.

Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2013 at 12:44pm

cute video Ruth

That is a cool picture Melinda - very nice

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2013 at 12:03pm

Here's a few dog tricks to lighten your Sunday. Enjoy!

Comment by booklover on September 15, 2013 at 10:45am

This is my husband and me at the Bean in Millenium Park in Chicago.  It's the same park as the fountain Carl showed you guys.  It's shaped like a giant bean, and is reflective, do you know what it's made out of Carl?  People take their pics in it, etc.  Really fun.

Comment by booklover on September 15, 2013 at 10:31am

Ian, that's a great picture!

Carl, did you show them a picture of the Bean in Millenium (sp?) park?  On FB there are a million pictures of people taking their pictures at the Bean. I have a pic of hubby and I there, I'll try to find it. It is cool, isn't it!  Chicago really is a neat city!

Chris, awesome pics out your window! 

We had a nice dinner last night, and the band was good.  Have a good Sunday friends.

Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2013 at 10:01am

I love that Al Capone picture Melinda and that is a wonderful picture of you Ian.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:54am
Your mentioning Koyaanisqatsi reminds me of a discussion with Michio Kaku, physicist, in which they discuss being ready for the coming challenges.

Dr Michio Kaku Are We Ready For the Coming 'Age of Abundance?'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp76w5ujzcU&list=PLPblR4bWCoxkA3...

Having grown up in an Age of Authority, with hierarchical systems, knowledge that flows from top management down to obedient workers, and finding many flaws in the system, I am grateful to see a new vision of leadership and participation and a new Age of Team building. This new age, represented by the development of huge projects, such as space exploration, requires a more democratic form of leadership, with information flowing in all directions, from the source of problems to the cooperation of team members. I hope the process catches on.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:31am

WOW! Carl, that is an amazing water park, beautifully designed, brilliantly engineered, and complex beyond my imagination. I marvel at the designer, and wonder at the engineer who made it happen. 

Chris, beautiful photos from your home! The unique shapes of buildings such as in the painting by Johannes Vermeer, The Little Street, painted in 1658, and the windmill.  

Koyaanisqatsi is a memorable piece, haunting in its theme, enhanced by Glass's music.  An oracle's tale such as told by the oracles of Delphi, Greece.  

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2013 at 1:35am

That fountain is really special, Carl, I enjoyed the info too! Life out of balance and Koyaanisqatsi - the same film I think. And the music by Philip Glass is beautiful!

Grey days belong to this country, most people don't mind it, provided the gloom is not weeks on end. And yes, I often photos from my window. This is how today looks:

 

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