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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago. 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

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

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Comment by Pat on December 18, 2014 at 8:27am

Randall, I did book one about 5 years ago. One of the best getaways I've ever been to. I'm just concerned that the place will get overrun with KFC's, McDonalds and Burger Kings. Glad I saw it before that happens.

Then again, who am I to bitch. They've got as much right to obesity and type 2 diabetes as any red (and cholesterol thick) blooded American.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 18, 2014 at 8:03am

Soren, son of Carl?!! I had no idea. What an honor to have you join us!  Again, welcome!

Has anybody booked a flight to Havanna yet?! Can you believe those myopic Republicans?

Comment by Pat on December 18, 2014 at 6:04am

Glad to hear that Carl.

Comment by Plinius on December 18, 2014 at 1:10am

Good news, Carl! And wonderful that your sister wants to be your donor!

Welcome Soren!

And thanks for the Moose in the maple tree Patricia, it makes very good teaching material!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2014 at 1:01am

Carl, happy to learn you returned home from the hospital. Good news that one of your sisters may be a kidney donor for you. You fill my thoughts throughout the day, just as so many of us feel connected to you in a very personal way. Our tight little virtual family radiate care for one another. Each moment gifts us with the opportunity to participate in life.    

May I recall a line from Soren's piece, Lessons of Immortality and Mortality from my Father, Carl Sagan
"You’re connected to the generations through DNA — and, even farther back, to the universe, because every cell in your body was cooked in the hearts of stars. We are star stuff".

The mystery that comes from realizing we are star stuff, also reflects the mystery that comes from realizing we are connected to each other. 

Comment by k.h. ky on December 17, 2014 at 11:58pm
Just a little blip on the road Carl. The good news is your kidney should come through. My youngest sister in law had a very successful kidney transplant from an anonymous donor many years ago. I'm certain yours will be equally successful.
If kind thoughts and well wishes can help you have it made.
Comment by Soren Sagan on December 17, 2014 at 11:35pm

Thanks Carl I am happy to be a part of this friendly community here. I wish a very good health to you in the future! :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2014 at 11:07pm

Hi everyone.  Came home from the hospital today.  Thanks for all the well wishes.  I'm feeling well and, as I mentioned earlier, medication should prevent further strokes.  It turns out this was kidney related and not due to heart or blood clotting issues.  That's a big relief for me.  As far as the kidney transplant, lots and lots and lots of tests are being performed on me with more to come.  It looks fairly certain that one of my sisters will be a donor.  It's looking more like February or March now for that surgery.  Everything is on track.  It's just a slow and very deliberate process.  I'm getting great health care.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2014 at 10:54pm

Hey, Soren.  A hearty welcome to you.  Glad you could join us.  --Carl

Comment by Soren Sagan on December 17, 2014 at 6:43pm

I will check out books by fellow authors here.

 

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