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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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2018 at 6:35pm

Christina, if you're looking for appropriate apparel to confront said "religious b.s.," may I suggest something like this?  Evolvefish.com has all sorts of stuff like that!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2018 at 4:13pm

Ian, I like your spring pictures.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2018 at 4:13pm

Bertold, excellent post about the difference in theists and atheists.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2018 at 12:10pm

What an irritation, Christina. Luckily that doesn't happen too much here in Denmark although sooner or later I seem to run into people (mostly women) with daft 'new-age' ideas.

Comment by Christina Scribner on April 26, 2018 at 11:32am
Sitting at my local small town coffee shop without my headphones. Sigh. Having to listen to religious b.s. behind me. I need a jacket with the FSM on the back...
Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2018 at 9:24am

Have fun in the woods, Randall. Is it the mosquito season yet? Stay well covered if it is.

Joan, I remember talking to economics students during my time at university. Some were barely literate but knew all the right equations. They told me that anyone who could come up with a mathematical model of the economy that was correct 50% of the time won the Nobel prize. That means that 'our' best people are only right half the time. Political economy, the kind of things Adam Smith, Ricardo, Bentham, Marx etc discussed with words was seen as out of date.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2018 at 9:17am

There are a lot of good teachers out there but they don't get the support they need and deserve any more. Those I know have become disheartened over the last few years. At university level there are many who know their stuff but are not always good at teaching others. The important thing for them is getting published in the right journals.

Comment by Plinius on April 26, 2018 at 8:51am

The best teacher I had watched me with a pleasant sort of surprise in her face - the message was clearly; "Wow, what else can you do?" After that - I was twelve at the time - I taught myself. I always considered it a great gift that she helped me take hurdles, and I never forgot to pay it forward to my own students. At the end of this season I'm going to quit teaching, the firm I worked for is going to close and after almost 30 years of teaching it's about enough. I only keep one group in another place for now.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2018 at 8:11am

Seconded, Randall, regarding teachers.  I've had my share of great teachers over the years, even at Case Tech, where education techniques were far less valued than expertise in the specific field.

For myself, I taught maintenance and troubleshooting on the systems I worked on, and the feedback I got from my students was almost universally positive.  The thing is, I taught less out of any book (which I probably wrote anyway!) than from my own experience with those systems.  My goal was to empower those customers who attended my courses so that our communication could be better and more efficient when I couldn't travel to their sites to solve their problems.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 26, 2018 at 7:55am

Now for an FYI: I'll be gone for a week. I'm doing a Wilderness Volunteer service trip, camping and working in the Buffalo National River (park) in Arkansas.

 

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