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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck 16 hours ago

Postscript. Physical exercise bores me; mental exercise enlivens me.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck 16 hours ago

Quiet?

Consider this hypothesis: What we don’t talk about is how we can be taken advantage of or controlled. (I learned it in politics.)

Illustrated: Suppose I don’t talk about A. Some people do and become knowledgable. I’m not and they, knowing more, can take advantage of me.

Ok, I can despair and drop out. I can learn about A and not be disadvantaged, or learn about B, and hopefully not take advantage of others (teach them). 

No longer quiet?

Comment by Patricia 17 hours ago

Have always loved Mr. Bacharach's music....must have been wonderful, live.

Have wondered about Carl too, after Joan's last message months ago about his computer issues.

Yes Randy, this site seems to have gotten so quiet.

Comment by Ian Mason 18 hours ago

A late night yesterday but worth it to see Burt Bacharach with singers and band live. There's not many 90 year olds still performing and writing. A lot of oldies but a few brand-new songs too. Time to dig out my old Dusty Spingfield LPs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL0tW9YSc2I

Comment by Ian Mason 18 hours ago

Happy birthday, Carl.

Comment by Randall Smith 22 hours ago

Wherefore art thou, Carl? We miss you. And we miss so many other "old timers". As many members A/N has, I don't understand why there's so little involvement. Thanks to the few of you who continue to participate.

Comment by Plinius yesterday

Congrats, Carl, and a happy day to you!

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Carl (The Flying Atheist) if you read this know I/we think of you often and hope all is well with you. We wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. May your day be full of splendid health, loving family and friends, and joy! 

Comment by Patricia on Sunday

Yes Joan, I sewed, knitted, cooked from scratch, canned/ froze things from the garden, & taught myself most of it. Things were repaired, not replaced until necessary, & looked after for as long as possible.
Our boys are pretty good with most things, & our daughter is good at landscaping & cooking, but does none of the others. I even gave her my sewing machine when she began having her kids, but doubt she ever used it. I have a different sewing machine now as I'd never ask for that one back. She tends to just go buy things, & most of the grandkids now don't seem to have much other than cell phones. Our eldest granddaughter is due for her first baby next month, but they are all religion soaked so I guess gawd is supposed to provide.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Patricia, I worry about the generation just coming up (my great-grandchildren). They will need the skills of my grandparents and have very little interest in learning how to survive and make-do with what one has. I know my children will do well, my grandchildren not so well, and my great-grandchildren know and want to know nothing more than what is on TV or the cell phones and have no interest at all in growing their own food, making their own clothes, and fixing and inventing their own tools. 

We decided the best way to teach them is to give them simple chores geared for their age and ability, expect them to participate in preparing soils, planting seeds, managing crops, canning and freezing foods, and participating in making delicious, well-balanced meals. By observing the processes of each stage, perhaps they will recall the skills when they need them. 

 

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