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Poverty: Secularism’s True Enemy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Plinius Jun 8. 2 Replies

Poverty: Secularism’s True Enemy - from The Autarkist Blog ***In recent weeks, there has…Continue

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ESCAPING THE PROPHET - New ex Mormon series - TLC

Started this discussion. Last reply by Plinius Jan 9. 2 Replies

TLC has a new series on people who escape the Mormon polygamy ranches and cult. It's titled ESCAPING THE PROPHET, and barely started last night.This is a great opportunity to educate ourselves and…Continue

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Sentient Biped commented on Hiram's blog post "Against the Charlatans" Philodemus quote
"Hiram, than you for the quote.  I have noticed that manipulative style in other interactions, such as in work settings.  I bet it can happen in schools and families too. I wonder if Machiavelli thought on the same lines.  I've…"
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Hiram commented on Hiram's blog post "Against the Charlatans" Philodemus quote
"Jack Denoo says: Precisely Epicurus, Philodemus and the other masters in our philosophical tradition argued that we should take care of the health of our souls. These vulnerabilities are real, it's pointless to deny them, but we have to accept…"
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Joan Denoo commented on Hiram's blog post "Against the Charlatans" Philodemus quote
"Religious charlatans come with care and compassion for those who feel inadequate, or afraid, or without meaning, of alone, or unable to accomplish their goals, or emotions that overwhelm them. The attention, followed by promises of someone who…"
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Michael Penn commented on Hiram's blog post "Against the Charlatans" Philodemus quote
"That quote fits most relgionists who came out of the Abrahamic faith. I doubt they will recognize it as such, and they still want to fight about which one is right."
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"Against the Charlatans" Philodemus quote

“Men who are charlatans, too, divert many, seizing them after some stress and enchanting them with their subtle kindness.”— Philodemus, On Frank Criticism, Fragment 60(From our tumblr feed)See More
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MB replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"Fair enough I would probably raise questions dressed like that, but there is nothing to stop me doing so legally. If you want to institute such a law then I think you're giving the government much more power than it should. My point is that…"
Jul 14
Luara replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"ps   It's uncommon for people in our society to go around with totally disguising coverings or costumes.  They would be treated weirdly if they did; approached by security when they're in stores, and so on.  I…"
Jul 14
Loren Miller replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"Worthy of note: committing a crime in a burqa has been done, at least once in France in 2010, and that's just after a quickie Google search.  It wouldn't surprise me that the same dodge has been used on other occasions and…"
Jul 14
Luara replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"So whats to stop me wearing a full length poncho and a balaclava with a assault rifle underneath? If you go around with a ski mask covering your entire head and a loose body covering police are likely to ask you at least to show your face. …"
Jul 14
Michael Penn replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"A woman in a burqa. How would you know? It might be a man or a woman under that burqa."
Jul 14
Ted Foureagles replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"If it's OK to walk around in the park wearing a Mickey Mouse mask, but not a burqua, that's discriminatory to a particular religion.  If a restaurant bans bare feet, that's not; though someone of a barefoot religion might feel it…"
Jul 14
MB replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"So when the precedent you set when banning the Burqa is used against you by Christians will you still be so happy? Education of the indoctrinated will be a slow dripping erosion of religion that will take generations to work. But its the only one…"
Jul 14
Loren Miller replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"Nice idea.  Problem is that it's difficult, sometimes approaching impossible, to educate the indoctrinated and the willfully ignorant.  Indeed, I've heard muslim women argue that the burqa is liberating because of some vacuous…"
Jul 14
MB replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"So whats to stop me wearing a full length poncho and a balaclava with a assault rifle underneath? Or a bomb in my underpants (ladies)? I'm not aware of any act of terrorism on US soil perpetrated by a woman in a Burqa but plenty done by men in…"
Jul 14
Loren Miller replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"A nun's habit is closer to a hijab, which covers the body but leaves the face exposed.  The burqa and the niqab are closely related in that both cover EVERYTHING but the eyes, and I see neither as acceptable to western society or ANY…"
Jul 14
Luara replied to Hiram's discussion France Bans the Burqa: The Humanist Poll
"The banning of burquas should not be a political action, but a matter of social education But how about the security issue?  We can't have people going around totally anonymized by a loose covering of their entire body.  They could be…"
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"Against the Charlatans" Philodemus quote

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 3:40pm 4 Comments

Men who are charlatans, too, divert many, seizing them after some stress and enchanting them with their subtle kindness.”

— Philodemus, On Frank Criticism, Fragment 60
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Burqa Back to Babylon, Boo: This is the West

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 4:30pm 5 Comments

This week, The Humanist posted a poll on whether we support France’s ban on women publicly wearing burqas.

Bill Maher jokingly says that Arab men keep their women in beekeper suits, but this is no joking matter. Women are silenced, made invisible daily in many parts of the world and the incursion of Muslims into Europe is bringing many unwanted traditions, such as honor killings, arranged marriage of…

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Tending the Epicurean Garden

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:12pm 0 Comments

My new book Tending the Epicurean Garden is now live on amazon. I am very thrilled that, after the many months of hard work that went into the book, I'm finally able to take others on this adventure with me to discover Epicureanism on its own terms.

There are sources on Epicureanism, but many are indirect and some are hostile. It's important for us in the Epicurean movement that…

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The première of #Cosmos featured Giordano #Bruno reading Lucretius' On the Nature of Things! Learn more: http://t.co/ifAAgwPMcT — Society of Epicurus (@SocietyEpicurus) March 10, 2014

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At 5:06pm on June 12, 2014, Sentient Biped said…
Thank you Hiram for your friendship. I admire you for the work you do and your always thoughtful postings here.
Daniel
At 3:39pm on December 23, 2013, Hiram said…
Happy Humanlights everyone!
At 8:22pm on August 3, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Hiram,

Thank you for your thoughtful posts and comments.  Without exception, you always have something intelligent, well reasoned, and informative, to contribute.

Thank you.

Daniel

At 12:04pm on May 30, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, Hiram! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D

At 12:53pm on October 21, 2010, Ian Mason said…
Good luck and a pleasant weekend.
At 2:34am on October 21, 2010, Ian Mason said…
Hi Hiram and welcome to Socialist Atheists. Any luck with the job situation yet?
At 7:23pm on October 4, 2009, Sentient Biped said…
Hiram,

Welcome to the Gay Atheist's discussion group. Please feel free to start discussions, leave comments on existing ones, and comment on the comment wall.

To be notified of new discussions or comments, click on "follow".

To see previous discussions, click on "View All"

We're trying to increase the 3 of displayed discussions, consolidate the gay groups, and keep the group timely. The Social Networking platform is a bit slow to get us there, but I hope that we eventually get there.

Once again, welcome!
At 3:07pm on September 12, 2009, A Former Member said…
Hiram, welcome to Atheist Nexus. Be sure to check out the GROUPS page to find like-minded people.

I've started nine groups here, so please join any you think you might be interested in. We’d love to have your contributions.

HERCULANEUM: A PLACE FOR MEN is a group where men can discuss and explore the ideas, goals, demands, ethics, sexuality, and nature of manhood and masculinity. It is a place where we are free to be ourselves, and discuss the issues most important to our identities as men.

FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO: American history, politics, and culture: A non-partisan look at our past and how it influences our lives today.

THE KNIFE & FORK is a group for anyone who has a strong interest or mild curiosity in food, cooking, eating, drinking, and nutrition.

HUMANE ATHEISTS is a group for people who are interested in trying to live a humane life by understanding the issues surrounding animal welfare.

CONSUMER ETHICS was created to help us understand how our purchasing power can help or harm the world around us.

LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS is a group for people who love languages, words, and grammar.

ARS POETICA is a group for those who love poetry, anyone who is just curious, and everyone in between.

LOVERS OF SHAKESPEARE is a group for fans of the Bard. Topics are open to just about anything Shakespeare.

ODDITORIUM is a group dedicated to the all that which is bizarre and unusual in the world.
At 1:10pm on September 12, 2009, Stephen Goldin said…
I haven't read that, but Octavia was a wonderful lady and we all miss her. Hopefully our group can help you navigate all the wonderfully strange experiences science fiction and fantasy have to offer.
At 12:38pm on September 12, 2009, Stephen Goldin said…
Welcome to the SFF group. Hope you have a lot of fun here.
 
 
 

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