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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 May 17. 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 Pat on April 9, 2013 at 12:57pm

Steph, please don't take this the wrong way, but I'm not glad you got excused. I do a fair number of jury trials, and oftentimes, we are let with a selection of jurors who are retired and and don't mind doing something that simply gets them out of the house, are unemployed and have no intention of getting a job, or can't wait to find someone guilty because they perceive themselves as the "law and order" type.

Juries need people like you. Smart, logical, compassionate, and a willingness to listen to consider all points of view before you make up you mind.  In the "for what it's worth" category, and in the interest of getting a fair trial, I'd have kept you on.

Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 12:09pm

Well I was excused from jury duty - I am glad because it was a Capitol Murder Trial seeking the Death penalty.

I just approached the bench and explained to the judge that I was enrolled and paid for summer classes.

Anyway, everything is back to normal.

Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 12:08pm

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 12:03pm

Summer holiday (part 1) now booked. One week on Crete, the first week of June so the weather is not too hot. Part 2 will, I hope, be Greenland in August to run a ½-marathon but the date for the run hasn't been confirmed yet. I've been there before and taken part in the run spent a week in the capital, Nuuk. This time I'd like to see more of the country.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 9, 2013 at 11:33am

lol Chris.

But, the nit-picker in me wants to say that I hear smell is the most important part of taste, so there you go.

Comment by Plinius on April 9, 2013 at 11:24am

I'd eat it too, but how does he know what cat poop tastes like?

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 9, 2013 at 11:01am

I'd eat it, no worries.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 10:55am

Here's a funny "slice of life" story.  I don't think I would have had the guts to follow through with the same actions as this writer. 

I Ate My Sandwich Out Of The Garbage And I Feel Fine

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 4:26am
Yes, I realize Anita was pregnant at the end, and was disappointed that she continued to be in denial about her husband. I hoped she would kick him out. Melanie's last scenes, with her morbid look, smoking and drinking after her grand flirtation with religion also surprised me; she could have come out on the other side with strength and self confidence in her own wisdom. The story of going from lonely to lonelier, pessimistic even as there were laughs, probably tells of the human condition more than my happy ending wishes.
Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 4:13am

Such good videos, Joan. The one about Ryan Air is only slightly exagerated. They have been trying to find a legal loophole that will enable them to have pay-toilets on board.

At the end of the play Anita was pregnant for the second time and Melanie had switched from God to booze but a lot was left open. The one review I read before seeing the play, in the Times Literary Supp, said that the casting was inspired, the acting superb but that the original play was in need of a good editor who could tighten it up a bit. Does that help?

 

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