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American Atheists National Convention -2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan 2 hours ago. 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

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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?

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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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American Atheists National Convention -2015

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! http://atheists.org/convention2015Is anyone here at TA a current or former member of AA? Have you attended one of their conventions in the past? The non-member general admission is $329. This is a little steep for this Ozark hillbilly but I may have to scrounge up the extra…See More
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Ed replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
""Do what you love most, and for however long you are able to do it you will love life." Unfortunately for me I was well nigh forty before I discovered my passion for woodworking. Time flies effortlessly by when the wood shavings are…"
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Ed commented on Carol Foley's blog post 'The Void of Silence'
""I had passionate discussions about the nature of god with my mother." Carol, Do you feel your mom has a better understanding of your position as an atheist? Did she acknowledge any points you may have made? How has your lack of religious…"
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Ed commented on Scott Kaelen's blog post 'Religion, Science, The Afterlife, Reason, The Universe, Existence, Arrogance & Compassion - A Rant.'
""The prospect of there being no afterlife absolutely terrifies me." Why?"
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Ed commented on Scott Kaelen's blog post 'A very brief look back on the history of cosmic understanding.'
"Current theory: The Actual Universe may be infinite. If it continues to expand, and the popular consensus is that expansion is still ongoing, would this not make the universe infinite at present?"
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Belle Rose replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"RE: By not contributing to a solution and remaining disconnected are we in a way partly responsible for their demise? Yes, but we cannot solve everything. I love the quote by Jonathan Kozol, "Pick battles important enough to matter, small…"
Ari E. S. replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"I'd like to hear the details. Please enlighten me. ^.^"
Ed replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"I am basically the same age as you are Noel. I am not going into full retirement but work part time (1 day a week) and continue to make product as a woodworking artisan here at home. I have a very peaceful existence here in the backwoods of the…"
Ed replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"This is an example of how I sometimes feel. With regard to the plight of many animal species the situation could grow worse if not for those who do become activists and draw attention to the problem. It's a huge commitment and you have to…"
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"Your words stir a memory. I found an Einstein quote that said (as I recall it, not as he said it) "Do what you love most, and for however long you are able to do it you will love life." It worked wonderfully for me. (Details available upon…"
Ron Humphrey replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"I feel much as you do.  When I find myself becoming agitated about current events, I try to step back and not let myself become embroiled.  I am 70 years old and know without a doubt that there is little I can actually do. One of the…"
Cesar Deicide replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"I have the same issue as you, usually it all boils down to 'I have no time'. I work full time, go to college part time, I'm engage and marrying next year, as well as paying a previous student loan and paying my current enrollment in…"
Noel replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"ED: Congrats on your up comming retirement. I have another ten years to go. I'm 56. About twenty years ago I was set to attend my sister in laws wedding. I grew up from the school of 'lets put money in an envelope and give it to the bride…"
Ari E. S. replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"Good job, reaching retirement. :) I'm 18 and by the time I get to the age of retirement, there probably won't be a retirement at all. I think staying informed is a good thing and I think you can make things a little better by helping out…"

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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 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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