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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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Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck 7 hours ago. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

FFRF's 2018 National Convention: John de Lancie

Started by Loren Miller Nov 30. 0 Replies

John de Lancie is a lot more than just the infamous "Q" of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He has portrayed characters as diverse as Clarence Darrow, Donald Trump, and Nazi administrator Hans Biebow, as you will learn when you watch this video.  He…Continue

Tags: Clarence Darrow, John de Lancie, Freedom From Religion Foundation, FFRF

Peak Prosperity, We are at the peak

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 26. 3 Replies

The world is at the peak and tipping point in many different factors, i.e. global warming, monetary growth, insect collapse. I don't intend to be an alarmist and scare people, my purpose is to inform you. Please block me if you don't want to read…Continue

New Rule: Win or Go Home (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 4. 5 Replies

In case you hadn't noticed, we have a mid-term election coming up in three days, and it's more than a little important.  With it we can take back at least one if not both houses of Congress from the Republicans and send a message to Donald Trump…Continue

Tags: election, vote, millennials, Hitler, Donald Trump

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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.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 26, 2018 at 7:51am

Tom, I couldn't disagree more with the old saying about teachers. And I really take offense to it.

I was a science teacher. I never wanted to do anything else. My mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were teachers. I was born to teach and loved it. 

Yes, I know there are poor teachers, but from my years of association with educators, I'd say 90% were good teachers--certainly dedicated to the profession.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2018 at 1:40am

If you include teachers of economics, I agree with you. I had to unlearn much of what I learned in those courses. It becomes clear to me that citizens and politicians do not know how to develop fiscal policy in a way that benefits those who produce goods and services. The widening gap between rich and poor occurs as a result of the deliberate fiscal policies written by and for the wealthy. 

 

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