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Lauren Becker’s Commentaries
Posted: 09 April 2006 08:23 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m a new poster and fairly new listener to the podcasts.  I enjoy them all for different reasons.  But the one thing I always anticipate is a Lauren Becker commentary.  I especially enjoyed the Sack/Evolution one about how to find a way to look at a situation when it is 1) New and 2) Uncomfortable/troubling.

My favorite part is when she said that Darwin gave us company.  We have the universe, thanks to Gallileo, Kepler, et al.  It is huge, but at least we know our real place in it.  Darwin gave us the knowledge (thanks to all the Darwinian research since Darwin) that we are a family.  We are all one people.  And, beyond that, we are all connected with every thing else on the planet (yeah, DNA!!).  Company, indeed.

Anyone else have a favorite part?

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Posted: 09 April 2006 08:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Lauren Becker’s Commentaries

I’m a new poster and fairly new listener to the podcasts.  I enjoy them all for different reasons.  But the one thing I always anticipate is a Lauren Becker commentary.  I especially enjoyed the Sack/Evolution one about how to find a way to look at a situation when it is 1) New and 2) Uncomfortable/troubling.

My favorite part is when she said that Darwin gave us company.  We have the universe, thanks to Gallileo, Kepler, et al.  It is huge, but at least we know our real place in it.  Darwin gave us the knowledge (thanks to all the Darwinian research since Darwin) that we are a family.  We are all one people.  And, beyond that, we are all connected with every thing else on the planet (yeah, DNA!!).  Company, indeed.

Anyone else have a favorite part?

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Posted: 14 April 2006 01:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Kudos for Lauren Becker

We have received about five dozen gushing emails about Lauren Becker’s occasional segments.

I like her metaphor of believing in heaven being like living in a starter home or renting, as opposed to owning your home. I think it beautifully contrasts living in this world, making it better, or living for the hereafter, ignoring today’s problems.

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Posted: 15 April 2006 08:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks, DJ

I was feeling aa little un-loved by the silence.  Imagine how Lauren feels!  smile
You are no slouch, either.  I enjoy your thoughtful questions.

There is a church I pass on the way to work that posts pithy phrases.  It reminds me of Lauren’s commentary on “Drive by faith, not by sight.”  That was a good one, too.  The rest of us have had to clean up the messes of those who live and legislate by faith.  And it dovetails nicely with some of the comments made by Sam Harris in last week’s podcast (which I finally got around to listening to!).  Why do some laws exist—to further a religious idea or agenda.  :x

It is important for the rest of us to bring this up whenever possible.  Even if we sound odd.  It has been my experience that whenever I criticize some religious ideology (even seemingly innane ones like buying beer on Sundays), I get the “eye-roll” from friends.  You know—I’m overreacting again!  Don’t get me started on discussions about “fetal ensoulment”!  Everyone thinks I make that one up!

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Posted: 21 April 2006 08:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day to all.
Or as I just heard Lauren Becker say, “Happy Human Day.”
Bob

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Posted: 28 April 2006 10:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Just heard the ‘Earth Day’ commentary.
Marvellous! If only I was articulare as Lauren!

Does anyone know if it’s possible to get a text versions of her commentaries?

M.

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Posted: 28 April 2006 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Re: Lauren Becker’s commetaries

Akmenzies,
Welcome to these forums!
I agree,“marvelous!” I love her voice.
I believe it’s possible to get a text version of her commentaries. Try the CFI web site.
Bob

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Posted: 15 July 2006 09:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Lauren’s commentaries have been favorite segments of mine on the podcasts.

I enjoy what she says. I enjoy the way she says it. And I dig the sound of her voice.

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Posted: 15 July 2006 09:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Agreed with all youse guys. Lauren is great. They’ve got a wonderful thing going with these podcasts.

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Posted: 16 July 2006 06:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Youse? A Paisano named Smith? Fogetaboutit!  LOL

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Posted: 16 July 2006 09:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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LOL

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Posted: 21 July 2006 03:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Lauren’s Analysis of humanists- herding vs solitude

Brilliant analysis Lauren on the psyche of humanists! Self congratulating, fox and the grapes, defense mechanisms, we didn’t really want thay any way, pride in being different, groups are for sheep, I’m too smart to follow the shephard, why didn’t I think of all that?

I have been searching of such analysis of the humanist personality for over a 15 months now to now avail. I really think Lauren has nailed us humanists bang on. This is absolutely critical information for each us to understand so that we can learn to socialize more effectively.

I really hope to one day have the chance to meet Lauren.

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Posted: 24 July 2006 12:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Re: Lauren’s Analysis of humanists- herding vs solitude

[quote author=“sbieda”]Brilliant analysis Lauren on the psyche of humanists!....(snip)...

I agree. This gave me something to chew on during my commute to work today. I do have to point out that Lauren was observing the behavior of humanists who were attending the conference. It may be (and this is what I would believe) that people who attend the conference are more “in need” of socialization and group dynamics than people who didn’t go to the conference. So, in a way, humanists who need/desire this type of human interaction and want to feel part of a group were the most likely to attend the conference in the first place.

I feel like I’m nitpicking, and I do agree with Lauren. But I thought I’d just like to point this out.

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Posted: 31 July 2006 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I know that for myself, I got out of the habit of joining anything.  Being an aetheist in my circles, particularly at work, makes me persona non grata - I’ve usually concealed my beliefs, but feel phony when I do so, so I tend to just opt out.  Religion is this country is unbelievably strong right now - you can really be treated as an undesirable if you don’t conform.  I really enjoyed Lauren’s commentary, and felt a lot better after hearing it.

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Posted: 03 August 2006 07:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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[quote author=“Riley”]Lauren’s commentaries have been favorite segments of mine on the podcasts.

I enjoy what she says. I enjoy the way she says it. And I dig the sound of her voice.

I agree 100%. She’s got a fantastic voice! I always look forward to hearing more from Lauren.

Keep up the great work, Lauren! :D

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Posted: 08 August 2006 02:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Appreciation for Lauren’s commentaries.

The POI podcasts positively fill the void on my commute to work. I just wanted to add to the praises for Lauren.  She makes very persuasive cases for her points and is eloquent. She is refreshing and I look forward to her spots. Please encourage her to continue to speak her mind.  I am personally encouraged that those of us who may not have the gift of public speaking have her representing our causes.


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