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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.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 31. 66 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

Tags: E Pluribus, Unum, in god we trust, petition

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

Tags: Lesbian, agnostic, gay, atheist, TheraminTrees

If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

Tags: religion, YouTube, god, DarkMatter2525

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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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. :)
Comment by Chris G on May 15, 2011 at 9:52pm

Thanks for the invite. 

 

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