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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 9 hours ago. 0 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 Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 4:07pm

Sorry about you peeps vision problems!  I can partially understand because I've had to wear glasses since the first grade, when I couldn't see the teacher's writing on the blackboard, from the front row.

After 52 years of wearing glasses, eventually, without them, I could only see clearly what was 4 inches from my eyes, and needed to carry 4 pair so I could see at various distances.

I finally got tired enough of them to have an operation.  I was going to get laser surgery, but the doctor talked me into getting my lenses replaced instead, not telling me that would likely cause big floaters in my eyes which now make reading a chore.

He also didn't tell me the artificial lenses would let in a lot more Ultraviolet radiation than my natural lenses, so I now have to wear annoying sunglasses outside, or get retina damage.

But, I'm still not as bad as you guys.  My left eye sees reasonably clearly at around 2 feet, and my right eye at distance, so between them both, I can see reasonably well from 1 foot to infinity.  I now only need glasses to read a book or the computer without straining too much.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:54pm

I was riding with my sister when she sort of froze-up.  She started sliding on a snowy road, heading toward the river, so what did she do?  Threw her hands-up in the air, and screamed, instead of trying to control the vehicle.  My bad memory doesn't tell me what happened after that, but I know we didn't end up in the river!

Since that day, I try my best never to ride with her.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:44pm

Joan, thanks for the offer of reading material.  I have a mountain of books here to read, so I'm set in that department. 

I'm so glad I have glasses now so I can see what's written on the page!  Having to wear glasses was completely new to me starting this past September.  I thought there was going to be a long period of adjustment but the transition has been very easy.  I'm quite used to wearing them now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:27pm

I can't understand my mother's viewpoint, because I'm a lot more nervous with someone else driving than when I have control.

Whenever I've driven with her in the car, I can see how scared she is, so I reduce my speed dramatically, and drive very cautiously.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Carl, I am sorry to learn what you experience. My thoughts go with you, hoping for a fast and complete recovery. Are there any reading material that you enjoy now that we can send you? Do you like sports, nature, poetry, prose? I can't think of other genres right now. You name it, we will find something.  

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Ian, have you never driven before?  Is it because you never had a reason, or because you didn't want to?

I don't know any males here that don't drive, but some of my sister in laws didn't want to, but were forced to by their spouses, who didn't want to chauffeur them for the rest of their lives, and my mother has never driven.  She's too afraid of traffic, and dad was kind enough to not force her.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:13pm

Sorry for you're troubles Carl.  Hope you get better.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:11pm

I'm with you Mindy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:09pm

Just checking in.  I've been feeling really "out of it" lately.  My energy level is very low and I'm very tired.  Despite my tiredness, I've been suffering from terrible insomnia.  My doctor just prescribed a sleep aid this week, so the last two nights I've been able to sleep soundly.  I'm on three high-blood pressure medications but my blood pressure readings are still sky high.

This has been a busy week with two doctor appointments plus a face to face interview with the Social Security Administration regarding benefits. 

This coming Monday, the 8th, I'm having umbilical hernia surgery.  The kidney transplant team wanted me to have this completed before having my kidney transplant.  The surgery will be done Monday afternoon and I'll be released from the hospital that evening barring any unforeseen circumstances.  It's not very invasive but still, I'll be under general anesthesia and have about a two week recovery period.  

I have kept up with all the goings-on here but quite honestly I haven't had the energy to be more active and engaged.  I miss my usual interaction.  

Cheers to all of you, my friends!    

    

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:27pm

The second article of mormon faith says " We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.  That seems contradictory to why they think innocent children have to suffer.

 

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