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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 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 on Tuesday. 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 Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:37pm

Joan, I got some rain & snow here as well (1/2 inch H20), but the snow is mostly melted now.

About setting weight-loss goals, with my personality, It seems to be counter-productive for me to set goals.  I've not set any goals for many years now because I often fail to meet them, and it depresses me when that happens.  That depression makes me quit trying, so it seems to me to be better to just try my best without any goals.

If you want to do something like brag to each other about what we've accomplished each week, I'm willing to try that.  I imagine it would be best to do it in the health section of Atheistnexus.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 1:27pm

I think you should be proud of kicking the cigarette habit Chris!  I've read that it's harder to kick than any other drug, so I'm glad I was raised in a non-smoking family and never touched any tobacco product.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 12:35pm

! Good news for you, Booklover, I'm glad! I hate those mammograms.

You're lucky never to have started cigarettes, Joan! I grew up among chainsmokers - they probably thought that the temple of the lord must be tarred inside and outside - but I kicked the habit at last and haven't smoked for over twenty years, I'm still proud about that.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 11:50am

Truly amazing. Thousand Hand Guan Yin.

http://youtu.be/7vs-H7xLnrs

Comment by booklover on November 9, 2012 at 11:33am

Thanks Ian.  Actually they just called me to let me know they're normal.  I wasn't worried, but nice to get confirmation.  Have a great weekend.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2012 at 11:29am

Hope the mammogram went well, Melinda.

Sagan's experience with MJ fits almost exactly with my first experience with tobacco! I experienced synaesthesia -I could SEE music - and felt that, for the first time I really understood harmony deep down in my soul. Probably why I got hooked for the next 39 years.

As far as mj goes, I loved the first few times and wanted to stay stoned all the time but then it turned nasty on me and caused severe panic attacks. That was probably for the best, otherwise I would have become a chronic stoner.

Weather here typical autumnal: mild, wet, windy and changes twice an hour.

Good weekend all.

Comment by booklover on November 9, 2012 at 11:27am

Comment by booklover on November 9, 2012 at 11:26am

Tony, that IS a beautiful picture!  I'm glad you put it up!

Steph, I love the sarcastic cat. :)

Wow Joan, snow already?  It's in the 50's here in Northern Illinois, and it's supposed to be 60 and sunny here tomorrow.  My husband is going to take his Corvette for one more spin tomorrow before he puts it away for the winter.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2012 at 10:55am

It is now official, my winter hibernation starts today; we had 2+ inches of snow last night and the garden is absolutely gorgeous! 
I have never had a cigarette in my mouth, nor have I tried MJ. My only experience with it was while in graduate school, every night students got high and acted so silly I just didn't want to participate. I still don't like second hand smoke, whether tobacco or MJ. That old victorian upbringing holds a tight hand, but at least I can disregard its chatter when I want to. 

I really am looking forward to winter, even if it predicted to be a "cold/hot" one. Last time we had such a winter I lost a couple dozen roses to the freeze/thaw patterns over and over. Everything was well protected, but it could not stand up to the fluctuations. So, perhaps more will die this winter. It's OK because it will open up room for more vegetables and fruits. 

Hope everyone is warm, well fed, doing something you like to do with someone you like to be with, and content. 

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 10:43am

It's true, I had the same experience with cannabis; it's really wonderful to smoke a joint and look at art. But I've also seen a lot of people who used whatever they could find as an escape from the problems they should have faced, and there are more reasons to be careful with cannabis. Tobacco is a much nastier addiction, by the way.

 

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