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American Atheists National Convention -2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Aug 2. 1 Reply

Well it appears that the 2015 American Atheists national convention will be held in a city not too far away - Memphis, Tennessee. And it happens to coincide with my birthday! …Continue

Tags: convention, Atheists, American

Redirecting One's Life

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Aug 1. 21 Replies

As I approach retirement there has developed an undercurrent of change in my philosophical perspective of life, reality, and, most of all, what constitutes happiness. I had always felt a compulsion…Continue

My faith is in our youth.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Jul 10. 25 Replies

According to a recent Gallup poll (…Continue

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Origins of Religion- Another Angle?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jenna Garcia Jun 12. 16 Replies

The origins of religion are thought to be rooted in animism and other primitive notions which our pre-literate ancestors chose to accept as part of the explanation for our very existence.…Continue

Tags: origin, numinosum, Wasson, hallucinogenic

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Ed commented on Caila Rowe's blog post 'Birthday Present'
"Gallup's angle is a very good one as it is hard to find fault with the basic philosophy of humanism. Our world would certainly be a more hospitable place if humanism "ruled the roost." Love is not conditional and your stance as an…"
Ed replied to David Smith's discussion 'Help Think Atheist!'
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Ed replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'How do you cure Insanity???'
"Have you tried professional counseling?"
Aug 24
Ed replied to Ari's discussion 'Warning!-The Drug We Americans Willingly Consume' in the group Hygiene & Cosmetics
"Enriching food? I always laugh at that. The processing of certain foodstuffs strips them of many of the nutrients they originally contained. Some of these are replaced at some point but certain aspects like fiber contained in bran & germ, which…"
Aug 13
Ed replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"No. That would require an investment of money/resources. Just stay out of it, completely. We can't stand to remain neutral. Given the lobbying influences exerted on our government by the pro-Jewish element that is not surprising."
Aug 9
Ed replied to Ari's discussion 'Warning!-The Drug We Americans Willingly Consume' in the group Hygiene & Cosmetics
"There needs to be an entire shift in the mindset of Americans regarding nutrition. Instead of relying on others for many foods we can simply grow the foods ourselves. I grow an amazing amount of garden vegetables in a relatively small area of raised…"
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Hygiene & Cosmetics

Believe it or not, hygiene is so important that ignoring it can be highly debilitating in the long run. Most of us go through life more miserable because we simply find it too embarrassing and/or time consuming to face our irritating bodily issues. This group is intended to advise and promote solutions to prevent and/or cure particular hygiene issues. You can ask those embarrassing questions and maybe you can find someone who has a nifty solution that is simple, affordable, and effective.…See More
Aug 9
Ed replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"After more than fifty years of failed peace settlements/negotiations why is it so difficult for outsiders to stay out of the fray and just let these people kill one another? This is what they do. It's in their DNA it seems. The loss of innocent…"
Aug 8
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Ed commented on Scott Kaelen's blog post 'Religion, Science, The Afterlife, Reason, The Universe, Existence, Arrogance & Compassion - A Rant.'
"When dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, failing vision, and the host of other maladies we confront with increasing age the prospect of an eventual long siesta is possibly a welcome state of affairs. Living in the guts of an android or having my…"
Aug 8
Ed commented on Scott Kaelen's blog post 'Religion, Science, The Afterlife, Reason, The Universe, Existence, Arrogance & Compassion - A Rant.'
"@ Scott Isn't it a little greedy to want to live forever? If you stand back and look at our place as a species on this planet we can see that all living things have a beginning and an end. The problem with homo sapiens is that they developed a…"
Aug 5
Tom Sarbeck left a comment for Ed
"Napa County is indeed wine country, Ed, as is Sonoma County just to the west. My dad and his friends made beer and wine during the Prohibition years when we lived in Ohio. He was in the grocery business and I heard him tell people they can make wine…"
Aug 4
Ed replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Christian school 4th grade "science" quiz'
"The bliss of ignorance. The last question's answer encapsulates the theist mentality perfectly. "
Aug 4
Ed replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Christian school 4th grade "science" quiz'
"It would be interesting to ask your friend sometime what he believes the foundation of a true friendship should be predicated upon. If he says truth, compassion, and honesty then remind him of those qualities as you tell him your position on…"
Aug 4
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American Atheist National Convention at Peabody Hotel

April 3, 2015 to April 5, 2015
http://atheists.org/convention2015April 3-5Memphis, Tennessee - Peabody HotelAmerican Atheistsgeneral admission non-members: $329See More
Aug 3
Ed replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion '15% off for praying in public?'
"So my question is what would happen if a nonreligious person feigned a prayer at their facility and it was obvious to the establishment's owner that the customer was insincere? Could they refuse to offer the discount? Possible consequences?"
Aug 2

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Atheist gives 'historic' invocation in Greece

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 7:29am 0 Comments

Dan Courtney of Hamlin became the first atheist to deliver a secular opening invocation before the Greece (New York) Town Board.


Arkansas Legislative Update

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 7:40am 0 Comments

The signature submission deadline is over for legislative initiatives to be included in the fall ballot and the results:

1. Statewide sell of alcoholic beverages: well over the required 63,000 signatures were obtained.

2. Increase of mandatory minimum wage: same as 1. Arkansas is only one of four states that has a minimum wage below federal level and this legislation would increase it to a paltry $8.50/hr. Last raise was 8 years ago.

3. Medical marijuana initiative only…


The Catholic Hierarchy Continues To Crumble.

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 12:58pm 4 Comments

Well, well. The cleansing spread of toppling Catholic aristocracy has claimed it's latest victimArchbishop Jozef Wesolowski! He should be more than just defrocked.…


Cosmos Television Series

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 9:03am 4 Comments

I thought the latest Cosmos Series with Neal  DeGrasse Tyson was entertaining and successful. It was professionally done and I believe Tyson presented the material in a well thought out manner. Getting the viewer to understand the vastness of time and space in our universe helped reinforce the fact that our little orb called Earth is truly a fairly insignificant rock in the overall scope of things. His references to historical figures and their impact on our understanding of the cosmos and…


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At 12:23am on August 3, 2014, Tom Sarbeck said…

Napa County is indeed wine country, Ed, as is Sonoma County just to the west.

My dad and his friends made beer and wine during the Prohibition years when we lived in Ohio. He was in the grocery business and I heard him tell people they can make wine from anything that rots. My wife and made wine during our marriage but not from grapes. I now make my own liqueurs.

At 8:54am on July 2, 2014, Seraphina said…

Thanks, Ed!

I'm up the walls with study this week but once my exam is over I intend to be more active in these parts :D

At 2:24am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Thanks Ed!  

At 10:04pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks for the message.  I will definitely check out that book.  I am always looking for a new read.  You seem like you might have a good opinion on this; Do you think that as a race we are de-evolving by catering to the ignorant masses by creating welfare states for people who are too stupid or lazy to do for themselves and then give them tax credits which equates to thousands of dollars just for having children?  This is going to sound really bad, but wouldn't it be better for our species if we neutered anyone with an IQ under say 100?  There are too many people on earth anyway.  Why is it someones human right to reproduce?  I think it should be a privilege that is earned.  Only the best and the brightest should be allowed to carry on their genetic lineage.  Also there should be a strict guidelines and quality requirements for parenting.  I realize this will never happen.  People are to corrupt by nature to use a system like that for good.  Sometimes I think we are all doomed.

At 6:25pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks :) I'm enjoying it already.  It's nice to be able to communicate with people even if every thought is not seen eye to eye.  The internet is full of people trolling and sniping at one another, its good to finally find a place for civil correspondence.

At 6:08pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

"Indifference to the needless suffering and plight of the very beings it (god) is supposedly responsible for creating is testament to the convoluted thinking of it's followers. "

I'm sure that it is, but not only followers of a specific ideology but the human race as a whole.  For that matter every species and the whole of nature.   It's a dog eat dog world.  When a lion commits infanticide its not evil its just the natural order of things.  Human beings are fickle emotionally unstable creatures.  For some reason we have the ability to think abstractly and outside of the basic survival instincts if only for a moment or two.  The formation of religions over the coarse of human history was only natural for a creature with this capability in order to reconcile its advanced cognitive status to a deaf playing field.

At 10:41pm on December 7, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

I'm surprised we weren't already friends on here.  Anyway, if you don't use a copper bowl then you need to add a little cream of tartar - essentially to drop the PH a little.  You also need to ensure you don't have a single drop or smear of yolk in those whites.  After that it should be easy.

At 11:17am on December 28, 2011, bob spencer said…

got it cheers


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