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Face to Face Coercion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Spoonheim Oct 24, 2013. 34 Replies

Several times in my Christian life, I noticed that certain members of the church were very adept at changing the opinion/view of a member of the congregation.  In my working career I've occasionally…Continue

Ultimate DNA Modifications

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Adams Nov 5, 2013. 98 Replies

Interesting idea raised by Jimmy in another thread - if an advanced race fully understood their DNA they could recreate themselves as they saw fit.  Topic for discussion: What would be the ultimate…Continue

What are the benefits of Atheism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by _Robert_ May 1, 2013. 61 Replies

Recently, in chat, someone pointed out that there are fewer female than male Atheists.  That prompted a comment on sexual differentiation of intelligence.  I suggest that most women make the best…Continue

Allergy Season 2013

Started this discussion. Last reply by Belle Rose Apr 24, 2013. 37 Replies

I've been hit really hard by my pollen allergy this year.  I'm curious if there are many other spring allergy suffers here and what you do to fight back.I've tried the various anti-histamines over…Continue

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Flies & Freewill

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:41pm 89 Comments

Yesterday, while seated, I began to reach down for my backpack when a fly landed on my knee.  My reach was instantly interrupted as my hand froze beside me just slightly higher than my thigh. All my intention became focussed on swatting that fly, and my hand began to move ever so slowly and evenly towards the fly on my knee, maintaining a perfectly consistent distance above my thigh of about three inches.

As my hand slowly glided forward I realized that…


Christianity Refutes Itself

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 11:00pm 84 Comments

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

Christianity is an intellectually repugnant worldview. To subscribe to it is to abandon all reason – and that is why it is so difficult to extract from the psyche of those infected by its doctrines. Once one has thoroughly abandoned reason, they are no longer sentient beings in any meaningful sense of the phrase; they become nothing…


Disciples of Change

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 8:30am 14 Comments

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

I often encounter people who find it offensive that I haven’t subscribed to the Climate Change bandwagon. To be frank, that is where the conversation typically ends, because such people rarely have anything more to bring to the discussion than the average theist. The problem that always arises in those situations is the…


Rational Thought - An Atheist Hymn

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 11:33am 14 Comments

Rational Thought - An Atheist Hymn by Heather Spoonheim

(Sung to the tune of Amazing Grace)

Rational Thought, how pow-er-ful

That saved an ape like me

I once was lost but now am found

Was blind, but now I see

T'was Thought that freed my mind from fear

Free Thought, just so relieving

How precious did my own thoughts appear

The hour I stopped… Continue

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Oct 28
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Christopher Hitchens Day at Anywhere that one might find a glass of Johnnie Walker Black

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Celebrating and remembering the life of Christopher Hitchens on the date of his birth, April 13th.  Let's lift a glass of Johnnie Walker Black, with a splash of Perrier, to the Bard of Atheism. If you smoke, a standard cigarette will do but a fine Cuban Cigar would be a tribute.See More
Jul 28
Heather Spoonheim commented on Quincy Maxwell's blog post 'Labels'
"Except when I think of Alan Alda, I do not think in labels.  The first thing that comes to mind is the sound of his voice - same thing for Hitchens, actually.  The next thing that comes to mind is the passion with which he argued for…"
Jul 25
Heather Spoonheim commented on D.M Barrera's blog post '1500 Year old bible found in Turkey'
"Any updates on this old bible?  Did the Vatican disappear it?"
Jul 25
Heather Spoonheim commented on Quincy Maxwell's blog post 'Labels'
"Labels are just linguistic symbols.  When I think of I think of Alan Alda, I don't start thinking, "White, tall, American actor," but those might be the words I used to describe him (linguistic transfer of concept) to another…"
Jul 25
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Jul 25
Unseen commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"@Tom Sarbeck - And who goes to prison is the result of the brain processes of those with the prisoner's fate. We may call them mental processes, but mentality is just a way of talking about what goes on in peopole's brains. @Davis Goodman…"
Jul 22
Ed commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"@ Unseen Free will is often employed without consideration of praise or blame. In fact, free will can be used outside of a social context. You can utilize free will alone with no one around so I don't buy into the praise/condemnation…"
Jul 22
Davis Goodman commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"So then you are certain it is irrelevant."
Jul 22
Tom Sarbeck commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"How do we edit Shakespeare's "sound and fury signifying nothing" to apply it to written stuff?Anyway, consider it applied to this discussion. Political activity persuaded me that whether behavior is chosen or determined, what counts…"
Jul 22
Unseen commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"So you are certain it is irrelevant? If something that's not true can really be relevant, there is a great argument for believing in religion."
Jul 21
Unseen commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"It's ironic that the people who blame "bad people" for the "bad" things they do, are blaming people who can't have done otherwise, are bound in exactly the same way. If by "free" we mean free of external…"
Jul 21
Tom Sarbeck commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"So true. For 12 years nuns and priests told me people have free will. They did a lot of blaming; almost no praising. "
Jul 21
Davis Goodman commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"So you are certain it is irrelevant?"
Jul 21
Unseen commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"The reason most people care about free will (think it's relevant) is because they feel it's essential to praise and blame."
Jul 21

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Each day I become more convinced that it's time for people to demand a return to more basic liberties.
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At 8:28pm on February 21, 2014, Davis Goodman said…

Hey no problem. It was my pleasure. I like your posts.

At 9:58pm on November 3, 2013, Thomas Blood said…

I don't think I thanked you for adding me as a friend. I am clueless on social media and am still figuring out protocols and out to make this actually work without losing things in virtual hyperspace. Don't think I mentioned this: I have been in the middle of a divorce for the past year, but before the current unpleasantness forced me to suspend operations, I also brewed my own. I hope to resume someday soon. I tend toward the extremes: big malty stouts and IPA's. 

At 9:09pm on October 28, 2013, Thomas Blood said…

I always thought of myself as a climate change disciple but after reading your post I discovered that I am a climate change heathen. I am a big fan of Stewart Brand and believe that the only rational answer is nuclear energy. I know that we in the west are too stupid to figure this out but I am confident that the Chinese or Indians will save us. Or maybe the Norwegians - they're working on a thorium MSR. Hope you don't mind me posting on your page but you were a "featured" member, and hell, you brew your own. How could I resist?

At 8:07am on October 14, 2013, Beth said…

No probs!

At 12:49am on August 16, 2013, P V Pleasant said…

Hello Heather. Thanks for adding me too :)

At 1:55am on May 27, 2013, JD Stockman said…

thanks for the welcome back


At 1:33am on May 9, 2013, Mercedes said…

I dont know what you mean by misrepresent in scripture. i think they are all One. I dont know why or how but that is just left to faith i think. I have to put my daughters to bed. I'll talk to you more tomorrow. good night :)

At 1:18am on May 9, 2013, Mercedes said…

with God theres 3 - father, son and espiritu santo. - La Trinidad. 

At 1:12am on May 9, 2013, Mercedes said…

Jesus and his Father and the Holy espirit are the same. thats what i believe.

At 1:07am on May 9, 2013, Mercedes said…

I believe in Jesus


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