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If we can find atheist ET's in the cosmos like the Elohim why not in the hollow Earth.
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"Its age has made Ribe a main tourist attraction. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribe"
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Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"Faith is mental poison! It kills thinking cells and prohibits positive change. "
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Stephen Brodie commented on Adriana's group Science!
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Quote Of The Day

A place to post favorite quotes about atheism and other significant topics

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I have been an atheist, and likely much longer.  There is a fascination in me of those who are sufficiently skilled in language that they structure words into concepts and ideas and proposed actions which grab my attention and interest, whether it is John F. Kennedy's unabashed statement: "We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," Robert A. Heinlein's blunt expression: "If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it.  Talking doesn't prove it. SHOW people," or Captain Kirk's subtle yet important tactical observation, having encountered and been challenged by the dauntingly huge First Federation vessel: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... Poker!"

Certainly, atheism has had its share of skilled spokespeople, whose words have inspired and driven us, whether it was Madalyn Murray O'Hair, saying: "An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church," or Sam Harris, who noted that: "The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam," or Aron Ra's far more succinct: "If you can't SHOW it, you don't KNOW it."

Consciously or unconsciously, I suspect all of us have learned and grown from such words and many others, becoming stronger and more mature, not just in our atheism but in ourselves, having heard such words as these, and that is the point of this group: not to just deal in quotes which praise and promote atheism but which advance the cause of knowledge, self-understanding and self-ownership.  Each of us have likely heard someone say something and think, "Wow!" and resonated to the significance of what they heard.

That's what I want to do here: share, learn, and grow, not just from THEIR words, but our own.

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One suggestion for the main comment area of the group: Please keep your quotes to under 20 lines or 200 words.  That way, one entry won't dominate a given page of the comment area.  If you have a longer quote or speech which you think is significant, create a separate post in the group.

Please enjoy!

Discussion Forum

Brandi Carlile almost dies -- 7/30/21 (Delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B yesterday. 6 Replies

To be honest, I have NO idea who Brandi Carlile is (though I suppose I could Google her), but the following brief story of her illness, coma, and recovery are pretty striking. As my friends from…Continue

Tags: Jesus, coma, Baptist, Catholic, meningitis

Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Davy Jun 20. 1 Reply

The Australian Western Desert and the High Arctic could hardly be less alike, and both differ sharply from the rainforests of the Congo basin. Even so, in crucial ways, their social lives are…Continue

Christopher Hitchens – "The Only Conversation Worth Having"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 8. 3 Replies

There may be no one whose words in favor of freedom of thought and in opposition to the mind-binding effect of religious belief were quite so powerful as those of Christopher Hitchens.  His repeated…Continue

Tags: debate, the only conversation worth having, poisoned chalice, William Dembski, Christopher Hitchens

WAR is a racket.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 27. 7 Replies

WAR is a racket. It always has been.By Major General Smedley Butleronline at: https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html"It is…Continue

Tags: skills, interpersonal, &, personal

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Comment was by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2021 at 3:15pm

"We are in the greatest bubble of all time!"

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on June 19, 2021 at 10:46am

Thomas Jefferson was exactly right on that one.

Thanks, Loren I've not heard that one before.

Comment was by Chris B on June 19, 2021 at 9:52am

I love that one, thanks!

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 19, 2021 at 7:17am

Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.
-- Thomas Jefferson

He knew that over 200 years ago, and there are people out there who either cannot or will not learn this critical lesson.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 18, 2021 at 7:57am

I don't want to believe; I want to know.
-- Carl Sagan

Perhaps among the most powerful things Sagan ever said, particularly in making the distinction between the potential vagaries of belief versus the more established and verified concept of knowledge. And even as any scientific understanding is provisional, it has gone through a gauntlet to be called, "scientific," whether it's an axiom, a law, or a theory.

Comment was by Davy on June 17, 2021 at 6:19am

"Accustom yourself to the belief that death is of no concern to us, since all good and evil lie in sensation and sensation ends in death. Therefore the true belief death is nothing to makes a mortal life happy, not by adding to it infinite time, but by taking away the desire for immortality. For there is no reason why the man who is thoroughly assured that there is nothing to fear in death should find anything to fear in life. So, too, he is foolish who says that he fears death, not because it will be painful when it comes, but because the anticipation of it is painful; for that which is is no burden when it is present gives pain to no purpose when it is anticipated. Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist. It is therefore nothing either to the or to the dead since it is not present to the living, and the dead are no longer are"

Epicurus


He describes religious people quite well.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 17, 2021 at 6:10am

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
-- Salman Rushdie

Offensive speech may be problematic, but it remains NECESSARY speech. Otherwise, everyone would be stuck parroting the government (or religious!) line.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 16, 2021 at 6:41am

If you're an atheist, you know, you believe, this is the only life you're going to get. It's a precious life. It's a beautiful life. Its something we should live to the full, to the end of our days. Where if you're religious and you believe in another life somehow, that means you don't live this life to the full because you think you're going to get another one. That's an awfully negative way to live a life. Being a atheist frees you up to live this life properly, happily and fully.
-- Richard Dawkins

I believe you said it all, Dr. Dawkins.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 15, 2021 at 6:36am

Knowing what we are, knowing how it is, knowing the worst that may come, Atheists must speak.
-- Madalyn Murray O’Hair

And I have been. A LOT of us have been.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 14, 2021 at 6:41am

It is time we admitted, from kings and presidents on down, that there is no evidence that any of our books was authored by the Creator of the universe. The Bible, it seems certain, was the work of sand-strewn men and women who thought the earth was flat and for whom a wheelbarrow would have been a breathtaking example of emerging technology. To rely on such a document as the basis for our worldview - however heroic the efforts of redactors - is to repudiate two thousand years of civilizing insights that the human mind has only just begun to inscribe upon itself through secular politics and scientific culture. We will see that the greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself.
-- Sam Harris, The End of Faith

It's been time for a while, and yet there are evangelical Christians and orthodox Jews and Salafi Muslims who are convinced that their holy books were authored by something or someone more than human. Disabusing them of such beliefs amounts to a Sisyphean task. Even worse are those "cultural and intellectual accommodations" Harris mentions, especially in a government which is SUPPOSED to be SECULAR. The termites have been let in purposefully, and the exterminator is stuck with a LOUSY job.

 

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