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Equuleus - the little horse

Equuleus is the ancient designation for this small constellation. Even Claudius Ptolemy included it on his maps as the little horse. It's the second smallest constellation, the record for smallest being held by the southern cross. It's usually drawn as just a horses head,…
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Added by Brad Snowder on July 9, 2017 at 1:08am — No Comments

Horrified

I'm  horrified the way you believe you have the right to judge people and trash them at will 

You believe in god. You see them everytime you look in the mirror. You have cast off all restraint and

Falsely believe that puts you into a safer position. Truth is the rock on which to stand and hope is the 

Anchor of the soul. Where is your truth and hope ?  

Added by Mary smith on July 2, 2017 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Eridanus - the river

Eridanus is a long narrow constellation winding like a river from Orion's kneecap to points farther south. It is probably named after Eridu, an ancient city in in old Babylonia. Over the ages various cultures have given it various names and backstories, almost all of them…
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Added by Brad Snowder on July 1, 2017 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Fornax - the furnace

The constellation Fornax is one those created by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the mid 1700's to commemorate the enlightenment's greatest hits. It represents the little furnaces that chemists use in the laboratory to cook things you shouldn't eat. I'm sure you can order one on…
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Added by Brad Snowder on June 25, 2017 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Gemini - the twins

The constellation of Gemini represents the twin sons of Jupiter, whose names are Castor and Pollux. Those two boys are also represented by the bright stars that are drawn as the heads of the figures when you connect the dots. Ptolemy added Gemini to his maps a couple of…
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Added by Brad Snowder on June 18, 2017 at 1:58am — No Comments

Grus - the crane

The constellation Grus represents a crane. Please note that we mean the large gangling-legged fish-eating bird, not the big load-lifting construction machine. We're basically talking three stars here so you can sketch just about anything with a…
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Added by Brad Snowder on June 11, 2017 at 12:39am — No Comments

Hercules - hercules the hero

Hercules is a major constellation and its story goes all the way back to when the ancient Greeks did a major reboot of Gilgamesh. Ptolemy included Hercules in his collection a couple thousand years ago which is how I heard about it. …



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Added by Brad Snowder on June 4, 2017 at 9:44am — No Comments

Horologium - the clock

The constellation Horologium represents a clock and usually is portrayed as one of the old-timey types. Nicolas Louis de Lacaille created it and drew it as a grandfather hall clock with a pendulum and weights. Lacaille added 14…
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Added by Brad Snowder on May 28, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Hydra - the water snake

The largest of all 88 constellations is called Hydra, the water snake. It's huge. It forms a line that wraps around the sky all the way from the stars of Cancer to those of Libra. If you go out and see the toothy business end just starting to rise in the east, you will wait…
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Added by Brad Snowder on May 21, 2017 at 11:22am — 2 Comments

Hydrus - the male water snake

watersnake There is a southern constellation called Hydrus which is not to be confused with the constellation Hydra. They are both water snakes but Hydrus it the lesser water snake in both size and mythical importance, and also it is male. Having two slithering sky serpents confirms…
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Added by Brad Snowder on May 13, 2017 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Post Atheism

I have been on a philosophical journey since I learned the world is knowable. I take every opportunity to learn new skills, practice old skills and improve my knowledge to better understand myself, my perception, the subjective world, the objective world, other perspectives and how all of that seems to work together for what seems like eternity; 13.8 billion years is approximately eternity compared to a single human life.

My step father invited me to join his church bible study. I…

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Added by Andrew Brown on May 12, 2017 at 5:44pm — 16 Comments

Indus - the indian

The source of the name for the constellation Indus is a bit confusing. Many say it celebrates the indigenous tribes of the Americas. But there is some indication it originally referred to tribes in Madagascar. There are also indications it's about the tribes of the East Indies, or…
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Added by Brad Snowder on May 7, 2017 at 1:52am — 1 Comment

Lacerta - the lizard

lizard There is a small constellation near Cassiopeia which looks like her but is a smaller "W" shape. It is Lacerta, which means lizard. It is considered part of the Perseus Group even although there is no lizard in that story. Johannes Hevelius named it in the late 1600's, I guess…
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Added by Brad Snowder on April 30, 2017 at 1:52am — 1 Comment

The First Lie

Hi there, everyone.

I need to tell you about the first lie.

You are not God.

Seems obvious. I am a human. I live a human life which is fragile and temporary. I have human powers which make me normal among my other humans. Some humans have more powers than others, some less, but we are all human and all humans are equal.

God is incredible! God is everything? God is love...how does that work? God is the greatest ultimate so therefore, God is. God is apart from us;…

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Added by Andrew Brown on April 24, 2017 at 12:46pm — 11 Comments

13 April

On 13 April 1919 dirty tactics were used by British Raj in Subcontinent. On 13 April General Harry Dyer ordered to shoot the unarmed people in Jallianwala Bagh. On 13 April General Harry Dyer proved his lewdness & again the same day this lewdness was repeated by Muslims in Pakistan. …

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Added by Noon Alif on April 24, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

Leo - the lion

lioncut The constellation Leo shows up in the early spring, when frogs wake up, the crocuses start blooming, and pudgy old guys begin meandering around Lowes in cargo shorts and birkenstocks. These stars dominate the spring sky the way Orion dominates the winter. In the weeks before the…
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Added by Brad Snowder on April 23, 2017 at 1:25am — 2 Comments

When did this happen?

It has been so long since I went to the think atheist group that I did not know it it was back.  The new one was never very satisfactory, so I stopped visiting the site.  Glad to see the old format back.

Ron H. 

Added by Ron Humphrey on April 17, 2017 at 4:24am — 1 Comment

Leo Minor - the smaller lion

leominor_01 There is a constellation called Leo Minor that represents a lesser lion, just north of regular Leo. Johannes Hevelius added it in 1687. He sort of squeezed it in between Leo and the Big Dipper where there was a bit of unoccupied interstitial space. It's like how Idaho was…
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Added by Brad Snowder on April 16, 2017 at 12:33am — No Comments

Freedom

Understanding freedom has only come through the sum total of my entire life of learning crossed by meditation in which I can focus on a single idea and explore it from all sides.

I first learned of freedom through patriotic songs, but I didn’t understand it; I had only taken the first step.

I first declared atheism during my twelfth year of life which freed me from the god concept, but I still didn’t know freedom; I…

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Added by Andrew Brown on April 13, 2017 at 3:07pm — 14 Comments

God of the Nudges

Obviously everyone's just been guessing what God must be like, and the conclusions people come up with depend 90% of the time on what the culture they grew up in tell them is true. Fortunately, enough people have enough smarts to realize how well science explains a growing number of past mysteries, which additionally leads us to better predictions of the future. Especially predictions like "if I do X, I've learned that Y happens". You know, a scientific method, or something like… Continue

Added by Pope Beanie on April 10, 2017 at 5:30pm — 17 Comments

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Equuleus - the little horse

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