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That's Just Your Opinion

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Kelly Oct 23, 2011. 4 Replies

I haven't posted a blog in a while here due to personal reasons, and apologies to some, as I couldn't reply to a previous thread that I had started, ( you know who you are). But anyway, the following…Continue

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Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Aug 29, 2012. 161 Replies

The idea that there is a perfect match out there for everyone seems to be nonsense to me. Where is the evidence for this? And even if it were true that doesn't necessarily mean you will find that…Continue

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Respect the person or the belief?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derek Aug 1, 2011. 9 Replies

This is a quick one while it's on my mind. When it comes to talk of respect, the standard line seems to go something like "I will respect the person and their right to believe whatever they want, but…Continue

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How do you deal with tragedy?

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Boyd Jul 16, 2013. 5 Replies

I know this topic might seem a bit more personal than usual for this site. A few months ago my older brother committed suicide, it was tough as you might expect. At the time I remember not turning to…Continue

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William Boyd replied to Derek's discussion 'How do you deal with tragedy?'
"That's just so deep Marisol. You are so right. I have also lost a child but not to suicide. I couldn't begin to put myself in your shoes. But I hope that somehow you find your happiness again. Even though that enormous part of you has…"
Jul 16, 2013
Marisol Martinez replied to Derek's discussion 'How do you deal with tragedy?'
"Derek, I know this is an old post, but I wanted to reply anyway.  I lost my son Danny, age 26, to suicide last year.  Not once did I turn to prayer or the "supernatural".  I face my loss straight on, and redirected my grief…"
Jul 11, 2013
Simon Paynton replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"You could say the kitchen is where the heat is. "
Aug 29, 2012
archaeopteryx replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"RE: "I think she's heavily damaged and maybe doesn't have an easy time with people." - which is basically what I said, and was accused of "kitchen psychology" - welcome to the kitchen, Simon!"
Aug 28, 2012
Simon Paynton replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"You're probably right.  I actually find her rather endearing.  But [to talk about Maruli behind her back] I think she's heavily damaged and maybe doesn't have an easy time with people. "
Aug 28, 2012
kOrsan replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"You can't generalize her as being uncaring only because of a handful of people she was talking about."
Aug 28, 2012
Simon Paynton replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"Maruli, we like you, but to be so brutally uncaring is not an attractive quality. If you don't care about people, people aren't going to care about you."
Aug 28, 2012
Simon Paynton replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"It's interesting that we say that bad behaviour "stinks"."
Aug 28, 2012
Simon Paynton replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"I think it's good that it remains a vague term. I'm not talking about a precise entity. Rather, a collection of related things. My internal history and the history of what I have made."
Aug 28, 2012
Unseen replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"...and has a tail like a beaver, it must be a platypus."
Aug 25, 2012
Unseen replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"So, for you, your "soul" is what is more commonly called your "conscious mind" combined with your memories."
Aug 25, 2012
archaeopteryx replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"Actually, Maruli, you boasted that you and an associate ridiculed those who came to Lourdes in the hope of being healed of infirmities, no one accused you of that. As for the monster part, if it walks like a duck --"
Aug 25, 2012
maruli marulaki replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"Somewhere down this thread I was accused of being a sort of a monster ridiculing cripples.   As this was out of the scope of this topic, I have started a new thread: …"
Aug 25, 2012
Simon Paynton replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"By "soul" I mean my internal self, and my life: the bed I have made for myself and which I lie in.  I'm not talking about a self which lives on after we die (although i believe in this too).  I like this idea of…"
Aug 25, 2012
archaeopteryx replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"-- as well as a great deal of the smell --"
Aug 24, 2012
Unseen replied to Derek's discussion 'Do Atheists believe in soulmates (in general)?'
"I believe they determined the body had  a soul on that basis, but later it was learned that gases leaving the body accounted for the slight change."
Aug 24, 2012

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Israel – Palestine – United Sates

Posted on October 8, 2011 at 1:01pm 13 Comments

This blog is a reaction to the nonsense of "Propaganda Pat Condell" and his latest video. I wrote this a while back.

 

Israel – Palestine – United Sates

 

"The main danger which Israel, as a 'Jewish state', poses to its own people, to other Jews and to its neighbours, is its ideologically motivated pursuit of territorial expansion and the inevitable series of wars resulting from this aim...No Zionist politician has ever repudiated the idea that Israeli policies…

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Turkey & Europe

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:23pm 6 Comments

With Turkey's population set to be 100 million by mid-century, and given its deep Islamic roots and how it is so distant culturally from Europe, do you think it's a good or bad idea to bring Turkey into the EU? Do you think it would work?

'Jesus loves nukes' course is struck out

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 10:29am 0 Comments

Based on certain biblical passages, such as Revelation 19:11 among others, which says "Jesus Christ is the mighty warrior", the course was taught to U.S soldiers. Soldiers had to sit through a PowerPoint session of "Fundamentalist love for the apocalypse."

 

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Having it our way for a change

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 9:31pm 1 Comment

Theists claim atheists believe in nothing, but on closer examination, it’s the theist who believes this life is nothing but a stopover for the next life - a non-material life spent in endless grovelling worship towards a monster in the clouds. Thinking this way devalues this life - the real and only one. 

 

Our brains have evolved to think faithfully. This may have served us well in the past, but now it's nothing but an unfortunate relic. With faith, there is no check system,…

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At 7:44pm on June 14, 2011, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…
Hi Derek more good quotes here
At 10:57pm on April 25, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

Welcome to Think Atheist, Derek! We are happy to have you here.



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