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Is having a purpose in life of paramount importance?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Jan 7. 94 Replies

Theists will say that a life without divine purpose is futile and worthless. They make the claim that there is little to live for if we are not following the spiritual purpose their god arranged for…Continue

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Mass extinction and loss of biodiversity.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Nov 30, 2014. 15 Replies

I saw some startling statistics regarding the downward spiral of our planet's biodiversity. In the past century, and particularly in the past 50 years, there has been a tremendous increase in the…Continue

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Colonizing Mars- Any Volunteers?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ludwik Kowalski Nov 19, 2014. 57 Replies

Many in the realm of space exploration believe a manned mission to Mars is possible within the next twenty to thirty years. One issue is that currently it will not be feasible to carry the extra fuel…Continue

The increasing religiosity of China

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Nov 6, 2014. 6 Replies

Christian religious membership has continued to grow in China for the past 30 years at a rate of about 10% per annum according to one researcher at Purdue University. Should this trend worry…Continue

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Ed commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Planets'
"Brad, Are there instances of planetary discoveries where the object is nowhere near what could be considered a sphere? I always thought the effect of gravity on evolving celestial bodies resulted in the common shape of most planets."
Monday
Ed commented on Ed's blog post 'Arkansas legislative proposal to remove state's dual celebration of Lee & King'
"The racial animosity runs a little deeper than a "finger in the eye." Whenever the opportunity presents itself I ask anyone who believes it is still important to honor Mr. Lee whether they would actually be in favor of reverting back to…"
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Unseen commented on Ed's blog post 'Arkansas legislative proposal to remove state's dual celebration of Lee & King'
"Why do they celebrate Robt E Lee, anyway? Just to stick a finger in the eye of black people in Arkansas?"
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Arkansas legislative proposal to remove state's dual celebration of Lee & King

Little Rock, Ark. • Two Arkansas legislators said Wednesday it is inappropriate to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the leader of the Confederate Army on the same day and proposed ending the state's decades-old tradition of honoring Robert E. Lee.Arkansas is one of just three states to jointly celebrate King, the black civil-rights leader, and Lee, the white Confederate general, on the third Monday of January. Some have labeled the practice incongruous, and most public celebrations center on…See More
Sunday
Ed commented on Davis Goodman's blog post 'Who didn't see this coming? :('
"@Davis "The age at which someone can make these decisions for themselves is decided through a democratic process. It's no different than with sex or smoking." hmmmmm..... Would I be an irresponsible parent if I was aware of and not…"
Saturday
Ed replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Bob, I am beginning to think that you really aren't entirely sure of what your concept of god entails. Caring for a person's needs and being an example what is moral and ethical is worthy of praise. But that still doesn't address the…"
Jan 23
Ed replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"He's an adept apologetic, maybe...."
Jan 23
Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"Sounds like a shitty recipe to me....I never liked cake much anyway...I'm a pie guy...."
Jan 23
Ed commented on Davis Goodman's blog post 'Who didn't see this coming? :('
"I understand the feeling of outrage by some that this ended up like it did. To play devil's advocate for a moment though. At what chronological point in a cancer victim's life do they get to make the decision to continue or abort with…"
Jan 23
Ed commented on Carol Foley's blog post 'Fruit of the Womb (Loss Edition)'
""My mother feels that this is the time I should turn to god." It's curious how theists subconsciously use personal tragedy as a tool to reel in the lost flock. Is it because we appear vulnerable? When life is butterflies and…"
Jan 23
Ed replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Perfect Irony'
""We attended a Baptist church for about 2 years before she divorced me." I admire your conviction to keep your marriage in tact. Sorry 'bout the divorce. What actually happened with your wife that led to her conversion?"
Jan 21
Ed replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Funerals'
"The preacher flapping his/her gums instead of people who had anecdotes about the deceased never made sense to me either. "
Jan 21
Ed replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Funerals'
"You do realize that the theists in attendance really do believe this stuff about eternal life? It is their hope. They are not content with just living out a peaceful existence for a short period of time and making the most of it along the way. They…"
Jan 21
Ed replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Perfect Irony'
"Captain,  There you go asking those 'difficult' questions. If you don't keep your head bowed in reverence and chew on the cud of religious ideology like the rest of the herd you will be summarily banned to the grass barren sector…"
Jan 21
Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"My Chicago example was an example of the gun buying underworld that flourishes today. Everyone in this discussion hopefully realizes that the vast preponderance of legal American gun owners do not pose a threat to our society. The overwhelming…"
Jan 21
Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Davis, you know as well as I that the real problem in America is not with the 99% of responsible registered gun owners. It's the saturday night specials being sold on the streets of southside Chicago for forty bucks so somebody can…"
Jan 20

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rare atheist in the Bible Belt of the South
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seek communicaton/information from like-minded individuals
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Why you left your religion.
biblical themes are at odds w/ science-logic-reasoning
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Arkansas legislative proposal to remove state's dual celebration of Lee & King

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 9:00am 2 Comments

Little Rock, Ark. • Two Arkansas legislators said Wednesday it is inappropriate to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the leader of the Confederate Army on the same day and proposed ending the state's decades-old tradition of honoring Robert E. Lee.

Arkansas is one of just three states to jointly celebrate King, the black civil-rights leader, and Lee, the white Confederate general, on the third Monday of January. Some have labeled the practice…

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The Hive & The Honey Bee

Posted on January 17, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Sometimes we can be surprised by the comments of an author when reading a book. I am currently reading a book first published in 1878 concerning the inner workings of a honeybee hive. The author, L.L. Langstroth, was one of the first individuals to propose using what is today the 'frame and box' method of housing honey bees; a movable comb hive, if you will.

In the book much discussion is presented about the impregnation of the queen and the ratio of drone to worker bee eggs that are…

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Pabst Blue Ribbon to the rescue!

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:33pm 1 Comment

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fla-atheist-places-festivus-pole-capitol-building-article-1.2046226

A "Festivus Pole" has been erected & warmly received at Tallahassee's capitol building for the 2nd straight year. Chaz Steven's likes keeping the religious displays in check. He has an upbeat cheery attitude about it all. And this is in…

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Finally, a cool billboard in Arkansas!

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 8:21am 2 Comments

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/atheists-launch-anti-religion-billboards-bible-belt-article-1.2042909

My state of Arkansas, and Tennessee & Missouri were fortunate enough to be targeted for this season's Yuletide message! The Bible Belt needs all the help it can get. I am almost ready to drive the 125 miles one way to Fort Smith just to see…

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At 9:06am on November 23, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

I sent you an email Ed...

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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