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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2015 at 9:59pm

A really stunning book: "A Delicate Truth" by John Le Carre. In the 'global war on terror', British intelligence and special forces end up being the underlings of American private defence contractors, all thanks to the Neocon policies of New Labour. Le Carre's best book in years: no punches pulled, no holds barred, no prisoners taken. Read it in an afternoon/evening yesterday.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 9, 2015 at 4:57pm
With this unbearable heat l find myself looking forward to fall. Fall has always been my favorite season. That's the time l venture into the nearby woods and look for compostable leaves and tiny transplantable dogwood trees. Or just go for a nice walk without the worry of ticks and chiggers.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 8, 2015 at 12:53am

I grew up on a diet of mostly radio. It created a love of language that has never died. If there's a negative side to that, it's that I don't find visual humour very funny. Chaplin and Mr. Bean for example.

It seems that, after a rather grey and wet season, August will be the month that Summer comes to Denmark. We will toast gently in the sunshine with temperatures of around 20-25 degrees. Nice and comfortable, I think.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2015 at 5:54pm

You didn't miss a thing, Chris.

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 4:22pm

I grew up without radio or TV, and always wondered what I had missed..

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 3:10pm

Spud, I like it, too. I love the look of inquiry. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 2:41pm

I like that image of the girl inspecting the snail.  I'm saving it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 2:15pm

Magic occurs in a child's mind when left to their own devices. I feel concern when the children coming along have every minute of their lives filled with some planned activity. I know parents feel that keeping a child busy will keep them from mischief; however, that special way of being when interacting  with events such as flowing water or web spinning of a spider activates the brain in ways that nothing else can. 

"Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail."
~ E. O. Wilson 
Photo credit: © Renee Lee/istockphoto.com

Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, Wilson argues. They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail. Photo credit: © Renee Lee/istockphoto.com

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 12:43pm

You're another dreamer, Spud! I could watch a spider weaving a web for so long that I felt like the spider.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 7:53am

Randall, I think some peoples idea of sizes is way off as well.  I think I have large hands, but not excessively large compared to the average person, but I've tried on gloves labeled "large", that were very tight.  I would have labeled them "small".

 

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