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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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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

grooming minds (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 20 Replies

There are likely very few among those who frequent Atheist Nexus who would argue against the idea that indoctrinating children with religion is at minimum less than moral or ethical and more likely considered child abuse. Personally, I have aligned…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, child abuse, indoctrination, education

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Aug 2. 2 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2014 at 5:26pm

Whoa, someone else who didn't love Lucy?!?  EEEEEEK!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 5:20pm

James, "D'oh" is the way Homer Simpson pronounces his exclamation.  It doesn't necessarily mean, "Duh, I (or you) did something stupid."  He uses it constantly for everything.  Pain, surprise, shock...

My Aspie sister watches "The Simpsons" reruns every effing night, and I have to go into my room, shut the door, and put on a soothing CD.  It's all about Homer yelling about something... always. 

Nobody ever understood why I hated "Lucy" and "the Honeymooners" back in the '50s....same reason.  People yelling at each other over everything. 

Comment by James M. Martin on June 2, 2014 at 1:58pm

Minor cavil with the Simpsons illo, Flying Atheist. Whatever happened to the "old" spelling: Duh! When a mentally challenged person says something obvious, we say, "Duh!" ("D'oh" is not only awkwardly spelled, its pronunciation sound like mention of a play putty or what you roll out to make a pie shell.)

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 10:26am

Not just climate-change deniers...climate and ecological change are what drive evolution...

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2014 at 7:31am

Carl, your quote reminded me of the last words of the liner notes on the first Eric Whitacre CD I ever got:

The effect is often like the one the great Mozart described upon hearing Johann Sebastian Bach's incredible motet, Singet dem Herrn: "it was as if my entire soul was in my ear."

So maybe souls don't exist ... but there is a lot of music out there which can stir us to our core, and I find the choral work of Eric Whitacre, the composer of "A Boy and a Girl," to be emphatically in that set.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2014 at 7:27am

Since I hardly ever watch FOX, I keep forgetting to tune in Cosmos. Homer says it all.

Comment by Plinius on June 2, 2014 at 12:04am

Beautiful Loren! I'll be very sorry to lose music when my hearing gets worse, but there are years left..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:49pm

I fell asleep and didn't wake up until 8:30......half way through Cosmos.  So rather than watch just the second half, I'll watch the whole intact episode tomorrow on my laptop. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2014 at 11:41pm

That is so beautiful Loren.  Thanks for posting.

I will repeat a quote that I made up myself just a few months ago:

"If there is an entity in existence that truly is the human soul, it's music and art."  --Me (The Flying Atheist)

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2014 at 10:07pm

Just listened to the following ... and as many times as I've heard this piece, I don't know as I've ever been so moved.  Honestly if you don't leak at least a little hearing this ... well, I don't know about you!  [grin!]

 

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