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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 11:54pm
Thanks for sharing, Lary9. You might consider sharing this in the Wonderism group too. ;) I've had transcendent experience that literally alters my consciousness too, mostly from connecting ideas from very different fields, but I can't seem to communicate my ideas to others.
Comment by Lary9 on May 16, 2011 at 9:58pm
I wanted to share this personal vignette with you. From time to time, when I've finally grasped some set of complex, unfamiliar ideas about a theoretical subtlety of science (e.g; how natural selection operates like Yahtze dice selection but in evolution for example), I have a kind of transcendent experience that literally alters my consciousness, not just my view of nature's mechanics. In other words, my journey toward understanding, when successful, actually reconfigures the way I perceive the world and think about it. For one thing, my skeptical resistance to illogical nonsense is palpably sharpened. For another, the exquisite grandeur of the natural world is revealed more clearly in all its glory.
Therein lies my "secret spirituality"---science education, when it's done right, is palpably transformative!
I expect that faith-based believers will find this odd or incomprehensible but it's real---I've experienced it. Also, I can report that, for me, the benefit of this naturalistic worldview is more lasting and cumulative than religion ever was.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 7:34pm
Thanks, Eric but not for me. Ever so long ago I was a Lutheran. No paperwork, just stopped going. If you want to create a discussion, which will last longer than a comment and get more attention, try sharing your personal story and adding a link to your group. Others who've had similar experiences can then reply, or just people who sympathize. Nice of you to join us. :)
Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2011 at 1:59pm

Thanks Ruth. A good suggestion. Actually, Google have been treating AN as spam recently, which I've now corrected.

 

Recently single again, own choice. The plants on my balcony are doing well: honeysuckle, mint, lavender and tomato. It's been raining here in Denmark, which is good as he farmers have been spreading pig slurry and it stinks. Off to work soon. My first night-shift alone in a new job. Should be interesting.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 11:48am
Hi, paul babcock. Yes, sharing stuff from our lives is one of the things we do here, but I'd really rather people started a discussion about whatever their topic is the way Colby Whitlock started "Showing of my little herb garden." That way people can reply specifically to her, and the reply will pop up in latest activity on her page. The replies will stick together, and become part of our group culture. People can add to them much later and bring them to the front of the discussion list. If you post here in comments it's a grab bag and stuff gets lost as soon as it moves off of the front page. We also share silly stuff, and quite serious topics too. We are whole, complex people. :)
Comment by paul babcock on May 16, 2011 at 10:34am
So I joined this sub group just this minute and I have this question. So the idea here is that we post things like,"Hey. How are you? What are you up to? I have been doing this and that.", as in I donot have to have anything of any great impotence or significance than that to make a post.?

And if so, am I doing it correctly in the correct spot and everything?
Comment by Tara on May 16, 2011 at 10:17am
Thank you for the invite, Ruth. :)
Comment by Brent Feeney on May 16, 2011 at 9:48am
Nice to be here - from St. Louis myself. Love to talk and meet new folks and see what's on their minds and what makes them tick. Hope to get to know everyone!
Comment by Sarah Rizzuto on May 16, 2011 at 12:40am
Nice to meet you all!  I love people who have both insightful comments and like to stir the pot, where nothing is taboo.  Tacky not welcomed, but breaking down taboos is great.
Comment by Marissa Michael on May 15, 2011 at 10:22pm
Hi all, from gorgeous Denver, Co. :)
 

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