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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

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Ed replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Capacity for Love - cross species bonds....'
"Some of my closest friends are non-human!"
yesterday
Ed replied to Stuart VanDyke's discussion 'Family Issues.'
"Stuart, It would be a stretch of the imagination to believe your Baptist family is going to engage in civil conversation with you regarding your atheism. We are emotional beings and they will not respond well to reason and logic when their faith is…"
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Ed replied to K_R's discussion 'Punishment as a parenting strategy'
"I come from a background where corporeal punishment was the default behavior modification technique during my childhood. Fear and intimidation seems to be a poor motivator IMHO. Standing a disobedient child in the corner to study paint particles is…"
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Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"Have you considered re-location? "
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Ed replied to Carol Foley's discussion 'Cats are Anti-Christian and Other Strange Tails(Tales)...'
"At that same link, lower on down, this was said in regard to dogs (the akita in particular): Imported by Japanese hedonists, these dogs are one of the reasons why the USA decided to purge the Japanese mainland from their wicked ways through…"
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Ed commented on ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's blog post 'Solid light could compute previously unsolvable problems'
"Very cool...."
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Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"Electro-convulsive therapy should work for you Unseen. We can scan everyone for the tale-tale signs and implement mandatory participation. [sigh] "
Saturday
Ed replied to Dave Core's discussion 'A New Atheism Themed Podcast'
"Thanks for the heads up Dave! It's great to see airtime finally coming to the atheist sector of society. We are under represented and grossly misunderstood. Hopefully your podcast will shed some much deserved light on the ever expanding world…"
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Death With Dignity -the Gillian Bennett story.

Deadatnoon.com is a website created by Gillian Bennett, 84, diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer's) three years ago. Her disposition about choosing the right time to terminate is both admirable and sobering. I truly hope her blog can be an inspiration to others who feel it important to die with a morsel of dignity. See More
Sep 9
Ed commented on Ed's blog post 'U.S. Air Force Does Away With Enlistment Oath Option.'
"What surprises me is that our military leadership even gives such consideration. Religion is not at the forefront of military life for most in uniform. "Nondenominational" was the best I could do when my dog tags were issued.  "
Sep 9
Belle Rose commented on Ed's blog post 'U.S. Air Force Does Away With Enlistment Oath Option.'
"I start to wonder if they do this just to piss people off. Or.....maybe they're doing their share to ramp up for the upcoming presidential election. If they piss off enough secular groups they can (try) use that as leverage for the GOP's…"
Sep 8
Ed posted a blog post

U.S. Air Force Does Away With Enlistment Oath Option.

Until October 30 of last year there was an option to omit the words "so help me God" from the enlistment oath required by recruits/re-enlisting veterans of the USAF. Now they have dropped this option and made it statutory to pay homage to a god during enlistment/re-enlistment.http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/5/atheist-airforceoath.htmlTwo steps forward, one step backwards.....sheesh...See More
Sep 8
Ed replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"I don't believe most theists are interested in exploring any doubts as to the veracity of their particular belief system. Why would one be interested in discovering that life is anything but everlasting? Death/fear of dying is such an…"
Sep 6
Ed replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"Atheism's value to humanity is that it forces our civilization to, at the very least, pause but for a moment and consider that what we presently believe could be shrouded in error. That tiny amount of doubt has great potential."
Sep 6
Ed commented on Dave Anonymous's blog post 'A Bible Club won't offend anyone!'
"The ignorance of religious followers is a tall mountain to climb. Come to think of it, hand them a copy of Climbing Mt. Improbable (R. Dawkins). "
Sep 6
Ed replied to Physeter's discussion 'Testing the waters—and the waters aren’t good.'
"It can be helpful to discuss with others you consider a friend what is the important elements of that friendship. There is much more to the bonds of a strong friendship than simply possessing similar thoughts about religion & gods. Friends who…"
Sep 6

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rare atheist in the Bible Belt of the South
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biblical themes are at odds w/ science-logic-reasoning
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Death With Dignity -the Gillian Bennett story.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Deadatnoon.com is a website created by Gillian Bennett, 84, diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer's) three years ago. Her disposition about choosing the right time to terminate is both admirable and sobering. I truly hope her blog can be an inspiration to others who feel it important to die with a morsel of dignity. 

U.S. Air Force Does Away With Enlistment Oath Option.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 8:26am 2 Comments

Until October 30 of last year there was an option to omit the words "so help me God" from the enlistment oath required by recruits/re-enlisting veterans of the USAF. Now they have dropped this option and made it statutory to pay homage to a god during enlistment/re-enlistment.

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/5/atheist-airforceoath.html

Two steps forward, one step…

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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.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/07/14/town-greece-dan-courtney-prayer-athiest/12650143/

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…

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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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