Hang With Friends

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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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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 10:34pm

Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science "Ode to the Brain". Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding. 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor ( ) at 

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2013 at 12:49pm

Nice to see Richard Dawkins getting some support.  I have much respect for him.  Hello, Melinda.  Yes, we got snow here in Chicagoland last night.  Not too much.  Still sooooo cold, though.  Enjoy your visit with your daughter.  I have a feeling that the two of you do much giggling when you're together.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 12:26pm
Spud and Tony, like you, the church signs bring a giggle, a frown and then a question as to their authenticity. I hope people will indicate the "real" signs" that reflect such narrow-mindedness.
I heard an interview this morning where a man said religion brings order to the world. I didn't know if I was going to choke or spit my coffee. He must not look at the order of the sky, or seasons, or days, or processes of life. I guess he sees only the wars between Israel and Palestine; jews and christians against muslims and muslims against blasphemers. Religion seems to be the common thread.
Some people don't know about, or care about or believe in evolution:

To use this tree, watch the opening evolution and then click on a branch or leaf, or zoom in and out.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2013 at 12:03pm

Melinda, Great billboard; I have not seen it before and I like the wording. Glad your daughter is home; do you have anything special planned or just a good old fashioned chin-wag? My cousin from New Zealand calls me for "chin wags"!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2013 at 11:10am

Thanks Joan.  First time I've heard the No Z in Boise song.  Cute.

I feel the same way as Melinda.  There's too many good things posted here to comment on them all, but I save most of the pictures.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 2, 2013 at 12:30am

Thanks, Patricia. That's a great article and I've shared it on FB. Never thought that would happen with something from the Telegraph! Had a good chuckle over the description of Daniel Dennett:

" a man who looks like the love-child of Father Christmas and Charles Darwin"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 1, 2013 at 11:43pm

Thumbs up to that, Steph! Your grumpier reflection gave me a much needed laugh. Flying Atheist - 5 degrees! That's so cold. Take care. Throw a couple of extra cats on the bed at night.


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