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Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen 4 hours ago. 14 Replies

We have received news of a very sad nature. Our long time member and friend Archaeopteryx has died. There is not much information available, nor is it necessary to delve into details, but he was…Continue

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How is killing young girls considered "honour"?

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A mother and father in Pakistani-administered Kashmir have been arrested for murdering their 15-year-old daughter by dousing her with acid "in the name of an honour", police say.The article on the…Continue

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Unseen replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"Yeah, he was like that. Definitely set up a perimeter keeping one from getting too close. Who knows what his life had been like?"
4 hours ago
Belle Rose replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"He was my first friend on TA. Without him I probably would not have stuck around long because initially it was very scary. I thought I was in the devil's clutches and all of that. Privately we were friends - I think. But our friendship was full…"
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Adam replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :("
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Unseen replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"While it may have seemed from our posts here that archie and I were constantly at odds, privately he was a friend who reassured me not to worry about surgery I was about to have. In private, we griped and joked about Gallup's Mirror. I'm…"
17 hours ago
Belle Rose replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"I am so sad. Will write more later about him....."
onyango makagutu replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"It was a pleasure knowing him. I will miss him"
Pope Beanie replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"He had a website, but it seems it hasn't been up for a couple years. Here's a link to the most recent website archive that the wayback machine has."
_Robert_ replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"I think it was Arch who once gave me pancakes....."
Pope Beanie replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"I have that guilt feeling now that I should have communicated with him more, because I wanted him to come back more often. "
Stephen replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"well said Reg."
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"I missed him when he stopped posting here though we were in contact offline. What I liked most about him was his acerbic wit. He took no prisoners when discussing a “dangerous idea” and he always had his information referenced. He would…"
Original Syn replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"I was sad to hear of Arch's passing. He was kind, and he made me laugh. I didn't know him well but I knew him enough to know that he accommodated a lot, questioned more, and voiced enormously. Right on...!"
Strega replied to Unseen's discussion 'What is the most dangerous large mammal in the US (besides humans)? You'll probably guess wrong.'
"It's a bit of a mystery to me as to how they manage to police this in the UK, but this link is to the UK government site regarding 'banned' dogs."
Stephen replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"Very sad news.. I loved reading his posts."
JadeBlackOlive replied to Strega's discussion 'Archaeopteryx'
"Sad news indeed. I knew of him from another site, so maybe I'll mention this if it hasn't been done already.."
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We have received news of a very sad nature. Our long time member and friend Archaeopteryx has died. There is not much information available, nor is it necessary to delve into details, but he was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away two weeks later, four days ago.I am sure many of you will join with me in reflecting on the cantankerous, eccentric, humorous, argumentative and oftentimes quietly caring and supportive man that we knew under the nic Archaeopteryx.Goodbye, Arch, it was truly a…See More

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The Psychology of Prayer

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 11:56am 14 Comments

Before I start, let me emphasize this is opinion without source evidence other than general personal experience and you can dismiss it at will, although it would be nice to hear why you choose to do so.

We are faced with people of faith who claim their prayers work and they receive guidance from their deity. Further, it doesn't seem to matter how profound or minuscule the subject matter of the prayer - the claim remains that these prayers work.

Now we can easily refute… Continue


Posted on September 9, 2012 at 7:36pm 83 Comments

A while back, I had a long chat with my niece, trying to explain what I believe is the inevitability of events and the consequent contradiction of the concept of free will.  She puttered off and posted on her page/site/whatever, what was probably a two hour conversation condensed into a short explanation.  I post that here to give the benefit of brevity to anyone who is interested.



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At 8:36pm on May 21, 2016, Gunay Kayahan said…

yes - I was uncertain - have changed it now to name

At 8:22pm on May 21, 2016, Gunay Kayahan said…

Thank you.

Just finding my feet in here right now.

At 3:08am on May 17, 2016, Muhammad Naeem said…

Thanks strega for your friendship

At 1:25pm on March 8, 2016, Michelle Sandall said…

Hi Strega, a fellow Brit I think :)

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At 10:22am on December 16, 2015, Dustin S. said…
hello, thanks for the connection! congrats on the green card.
At 12:37pm on December 6, 2015, Alan Stark said…

Howdy there, Thank you so much for letting me get in on membership. I aand my str8 brother are atheists my mom who was very religious and brought up my brother and I going to Christain church our whole childhhod like is a free thinker and I am happy that my nephews are also leaning towards Atheism. but whatever they decide I will support them I still have Christian friends and jewish friends and muslim friends actually of friends of all faiths but I always like to let them know How and why I feel about religion.

Thanks again for including me! sincerely Alan

At 1:09pm on December 5, 2015, Gregg RThomas said…

I'mmmmmmmmmm.....BACK.  :)

At 10:02pm on December 4, 2015, Jennifer Moreira Dinzey said…

Thanks you!

At 1:13pm on November 24, 2015, Myah said…
Thanks for the welcome. I am a very weird Christian in the fact that, though I'm very religious, I have this almost fascination with other religions. I also have several Athiest friends, but any time religion comes up, we end up fighting. I guess I'm hoping this website will help me not only clear up some misconception about Christianity ( of which ere are many ) but maybe gain inside into how to talk to an Athiest about religion without fightin with them.


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