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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.

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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 4 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Patricia on September 17, 2018 at 9:42pm


I don’t believe in a deity or deities
I find belief in a deity or deities to be an utter nonsense; and religion to be nothing more then a place for charlatans to con people out of their hard earned money by using fear tactics and brainwashing people to believe in nonsense.
Just because you believe in a deity or deities, doesn’t mean that you are more moral then me.
If you are moral only because of reward and the fear of punishment by a deity or deities; then you’re just a person who lacks empathy, not religion.
Morals have no deity or deities.
Morals have no religion.
No one, no religion and no philosophy has a monopoly on morals, right or wrong, just or unjust, bad or good.
It is better to be morally empathetic and an atheist, then to lack empathy and be a theist.

------Alex Blue

Comment by kathy: ky on September 16, 2018 at 11:30am

I don't do fakebook either.  Or alerts other than reminders I set up. 

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2018 at 9:30am

So you live in an area without light pollution, Randall. Great! I love astronomy shows, but there's nothing near here so I make do with internet.

I am on facebook using another name, and I use it to read some self help groups and do games when I'm tired. The cell phone only for emergencies. Quiet and silence are of great value to me and very rare around here, so I don't allow noisy gadgets.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 16, 2018 at 7:21am

Speaking of which:

I went with my daughter and her family (husband, 2 teens) last night to an astronomy show with 4 telescopes directed to the big display of the moon and 4 planets. People were lined up to see them all up close--craters, rings, moons, etc. (This observatory is only 5 miles from my house--out in the country--"Camp Cullum" by name if you want to look in up--Clinton Co, Indiana.)

Anyway, my son-in-law and his kids are addicted to their cell phones. He had an app that could tell us where a passing airplane was headed. He obnoxiously told us about every one. I was tempted to grab and stomp on his device.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 15, 2018 at 12:33am

Ditto with my Samsung. The best advice I read was that you have control over apps interrupting you with notifications (or not). You don't need to be beeped or buzzed whenever you can make another move in that addictive game, or whenever one of the people you follow posts a tweet, or whenever your carrier is promoting a great new app you absolutely have to have, or whenever your favorite news site has an ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT BREAKING NEWS STORY YOU SIMPLY MUST READ RIGHT NOW!

You might choose to keep reminders to exercise, or to learn another vocabulary word, or whatever... but the vast majority of notifications are intrusive and not really necessary. Would you want a robot calling you on the phone to tell you whatever it is? (Ring... ring... "Hello?" "You've got mail!") If not, it can wait, and you can check it yourself, at your own convenience.

I've kept sound and vibration notifications on only from a chat program I use with a handful of people I know face-to-face. (In addition to the usual alerts for phone calls and texts, and utilities like calendar reminders or alarm clocks that I've initiated.)

And Loren, like you, I am not on Facebook, and feel like I'm better off for it!

Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2018 at 10:45pm

Exactly.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 14, 2018 at 10:30pm

I have a very competent Motorola (Lenovo) smart phone, but here's the difference:

  • I am NOT on Facebook.
  • I do NOT obsess about who's commented about what in the last 30 seconds.
  • I Have Other Things To Do!

I run my phone.  My phone does NOT run me!

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2018 at 10:09pm

I'm the contented owner of a simple Nokia that's several years old.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2018 at 3:27pm

I'm with you, Spud. I hate doing internet crap on a phone, or even a tablet.

Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2018 at 2:00pm

I think these phones do have a place, especially for seniors who may need help, but it does not control my life. I am also a late smartphone starter & I really like it for texting with my kids, neighbours, reading weather conditions, news headlines, etc., but seldom for actual phone calls, as I am not a phone person. I don't like to talk if I don't have to.

 

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