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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 Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 1:52pm

How stressed are you Sk8eycat? Stress could cause all that - as I experienced...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2013 at 12:54pm

I meant to comment on "memory problems" last night, and forgot to do it. I forget words that I know I've known for years...usually in the middle of a conversation, or when I'm trying to write something.  It's maddening, and frightening.

Or sometimes I'll go into another room (usually the kitchen) and forget what I went there for. 

Is it age?  I'm terrified of developing Alzheimer's even though nobody on either side of my family has ever had anything like it. 

I try to do as many crossword puzzles as I have time for...especially the "cryptic" (British-style) ones.  That's supposed to keep the brain/memory tuned up, but I still forget names and technical words, and have to stop and try to dig them up.

Frustrating.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2013 at 12:38am

sk8eycat, Oh yes! great song by Eric Idle and documentary by Brian Cox. 

"Earth is significant to those of us who live here, and we need to take care of it, but thinking we are the center of all creation is totally beyond ignorant and arrogant."

~ sk8eycat

Is it not strange so many people foul our planet and give no thought of consequences. One person, alone, can make little difference. Many people with a common concern can bring about change. 

ORGANIZE 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2013 at 8:11pm

ROFL, booklover. That FSM argument is great. Sorry about not knowing where you live. I forget a lot these days.

Someone asked about my mother's maiden name and I had to stop and think a while.

Comment by Steph S. on December 8, 2013 at 5:05pm

Yes Mindy - no going to church here!!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2013 at 2:30am

Eric Idle wrote a special version of his "Galaxy" song to demonstrate the wonders of life and evolution. (I love him!)

http://io9.com/5971938/eric-idle-rewrites-monty-pythons-galaxy-song...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2013 at 2:20am

One of the most comforting and liberating events in my life was when I finally realized how tiny and insignificant our planet is, and I am, when compared to the entire universe.  Earth is significant to those of us who live here, and we need to take care of it, but thinking we are the center of all creation is totally beyond ignorant and arrogant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2013 at 11:12pm

sk8eycat, your comment and video merit mindfulness: 

"If You thought you knew what "big" meant, wait till you watch this video with sound.!!"
Comment by Steph S. on December 7, 2013 at 9:54pm

Booklover and Joan - love your photos and sharing with us.

Hope everyone has a good weekend

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 7, 2013 at 9:40pm

Thanks, Patricia. The Google map part is neat, jumping to show you the destination. My husband and I loved your Parachute Club, Nativity Scene, and apple juice/urine cup jokes. It’s good to hear that you are sleeping. The information about delta & theta brain waves put to sound is interesting.

Booklover, great quote! I went back to Facebook recently too. I’d resigned many months ago and thought my account was inactive. But apparently it had been active all along despite my intent, with cross-posts from “likes” I’d done elsewhere.

Aren't you glad you don't live in the US Midwest?

 

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