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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.

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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by dr kellie on December 20, 2012 at 1:42pm

Here in Texas there is a cold wind blowing.  I was in the yard yesterday to cut down a dead tree and I was sweating up a storm, and bitching to myself about why it was so damn hot in December.  All that changed overnight.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 1:29pm

Hi, Steph.  Thanks for asking about us.  You're so nice!  Hope all is well with you in Austin (the one place in Texas I enjoy going to......oh, and the river walk in San Antonio.)  We're supposed to be hit with a snow storm later tonight here in Northern Illinois.  First snow of the season.  We've actually set a new record for number of days without snow.  The effects of global warming?  Whatever the case, this situation is not 'normal.'  It will be interesting to see how intense this storm will be.....the media usually has a way of over-sensationalizing these events, especially the first big snow of the season.  The worst part is supposed to be the high winds.....30 to 40 miles per hour with wind gusts 50 to 60 MPH.  Chicago is only supposed to get 1 to 3 inches, but Northwest Illinois, where Booklover lives (Hi, Melinda!), may get considerably more. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2012 at 12:19pm

While writing my last post, it dawned on my that I should put "Atheist Nexus" after my subject in the box.  I just did, and it appears to work.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2012 at 12:15pm

Steph, you're in Texas, right?  That probably means your posting during your lunch-hour.  I've got a question for you (or anyone that knows).  How can we search Atheist Nexus?  Several times I've tried that box on the right that's labeled "Search Atheist Nexus:" but I get results from everywhere except Atheist Nexus.

I often want to post something on Nexus, but with my bad memory, I can't remember if I've already posted it here or somewhere else.

Comment by Steph S. on December 20, 2012 at 12:02pm

Patricia thanks for the cute cat video.

Will miss you sk8eycat - enjoy reading your books. We will be thinking of you.

Cute lolcat Tony. Love the dog lol booklover.

So, how is everyone?

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 20, 2012 at 5:45am

Comment by Ian Mason on December 20, 2012 at 3:29am

Have a great bibliophilic time, Felaine.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 1:05am

O, hai!  I found splits of one of my favorite brands at the grocery store!  Yum-yum-yum.

Comment by Plinius on December 20, 2012 at 12:59am

Nice to find de Montaigne here, Joan! I loved to read his essays, they give you the feeling of a friend who tells you about his world during a walk - quite something, that the Montaigne is able to bridge 400 years in such an easy going manner.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 19, 2012 at 4:39pm

Hey, y'all!  I'm not leaving YET!  I'll be right here till some time Saturday afternoon.  I just wanted to give you advance notice that you won't be hearing from me for a couple of weeks, and that it's nothing purr-sonal.

I am a little busy, doing laundry and trying to figure out how much I can squeeze into my smallest "wheelie" suitcase.  I always do this, and then end up only using about half of what I've packed.

As I said before, Sue doesn't have a computer, BUT she has more books than I do (and that's saying something), so I think I'll reread my way through her Tony Hillerman and Dick Francis collections.  (I miss both those men SO much!)

I will be snooping in here as much as I can before I leave. I've "disconected" myself from all my other AN groups for the time being; I just couldn't keep up with all of them.

Now I have to e-mail all my friends who aren't AN members, and and ask them to PLEASE not fill up my in-box while I'm gone.  A couple of them keep lists that forward stuff automatically to everyone they have addys for...gets to be a bit much after a while.  I "tailor" the joke and photo emails I send out to people I know will enjoy them.  Not everyone laughs at the same things.  Not even Kitteh-pics.  Of course.

 

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