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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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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Loren Miller on February 25, 2015 at 8:26am

Happy-Happy, Chris!  All the very best of the day to you!

Comment by k.h. ky on February 25, 2015 at 7:30am
Chris, happy birthday.
Joan. I enjoy Sk8eycats stories very much too. In fact I envy her the life she has led. She struck out on her own when it was a rare thing for a woman to do. That is a very brave thing. I think I would have liked that life very much.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 25, 2015 at 6:59am

Happy birthday, Chris!

Comment by Plinius on February 25, 2015 at 2:22am

Sixty-one turns around the sun today, and I still get better at flying now that I am more familiar with the route to follow. Are you ready for another turn? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2015 at 1:19am

Thanks, Grinning Cat:

The very concept of sin comes from the Bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?”

― Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist"

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 11:55pm

Spud, I'm glad the images didn't make you feel insignificant. I know you have seen this video before, but I just want to share it again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 11:14pm

Kathy, I think Felaine knows we all treasure her good sense of humor and ironic viewpoint. I am known as the humorless one in the group and if anyone can make me laugh it is Felaine. 

Have you seen any of Felaine's professional skating videos or pictures? She was a remarkably talented professional skater and had many unusual experiences. She doesn't brag, and every once in a while she will tell some incident that boggles my mind, and I think others as well. 

One thing I can say about Felaine, she is the most optimistic pessimist I have ever known. She will hate that statement because she hates labels. 

Sorry, Felaine. just sayin'. 

Comment by k.h. ky on February 24, 2015 at 10:17pm
We all perceive things very differently. I took Sk8eycats remark to be a humorous one. Facetious, poking fun at one's self. It's some l do often because I, apparently have, a slightly odd sense of humor.
It causes no end of grief between me and my daughter. She always reads something into my remarks that baffles me.
Perfect example, I was going to give her a key chain l found very funny. It said 'Put your big girl panties on and deal with it'. With an engraving of a large pair of panties. She hated it and gave it back. I didn't know until five years later she thought I was implying she was fat. The thought never crossed my mind. I just thought it was very funny. We do not seem to 'get' each other. Never have. But we're very close and love each other dearly. Speak on a daily basis.
Sorry to have ran on so long.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 24, 2015 at 9:56pm

sk8eycat, nobody's worthless. Especially Hang With Friends folk! I don't see that idea as liberating. What about all of the great stuff you've shared with us for so long? That counts.

Anyway, you don't have to "fish" for validation. You're presumed to be worthwhile here.

While I acknowledge that human beings are small in the physical context of the entire universe, that doesn't mean we're insignificant. I take a quantum fluctuation view. Remember experimenter effect. One person viewing a physics experiment  makes the difference between a photon taking one path or both paths at once. We make the universe real, by our perceptions and actions, instead of it being in quantum flux.

Anyway, you insult my intelligence by claiming to be boring, since you never bored me.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2015 at 9:47pm

Whoops!  I forgot to exit this group.

Joan, My life has been worthless, useless, boring. I am nobody, and I like it that way. 

I have nothing else too say.

 

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