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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 1:55pm

Thanks Idaho Spud, Patricia and Joan Denoo. I'm glad to be a part of this place.

From your comments, I find this place extremely warm and friendly. If the whole human society was like this, the human civilization would be progressing at a much faster rate. Each of us would have been able to witness much more new stuff in our short human lives than we currently do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 1:31pm

Arpan, Exactly, we value DIVERSITY. We really are like a herd of cats, with no one able to the lead and everyone leading from their perspective. It really is a very stimulating place to participate. 

This is also a place where you can express your ideas and get feedback from others who may or may not agree with your statement. We don't do the usual name calling and put-downs. The power of feedback is it gives you a reason to rethink an issue. You may continue to think as you do and you have a strong reason to back up your thinking. 

There is no belief or faith here. There is thoughtful consideration of whatever topic in which you are interested. 

Jump in, the water's fine, the participants are thoughtful and funny. I think you will enjoy sharing your thoughts.  

Comment by sk8eycat on April 1, 2014 at 12:03pm

The Earth MOVES!  An intelligent review of a play about Copernicus

.http://thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/and-the-sun-sto...

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 1, 2014 at 11:56am

Welcome Arpan. I can relate to the complication of Atheist Nexus.  It took me quite a while to find my way around.

Comment by Plinius on April 1, 2014 at 9:36am

Congrats, Mindy! It's often not possible tp patch up old friendships, but I'm glad you succeeded!

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 2:56am

Hello people, just wanted to say hi!

Actually, I find Atheist Nexus much more complicated than I thought initially with so many groups, blogs, and a vast number of members. It is such a diverse network. Reminds me of the diversity of life!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 11:58pm

Here is a badly worded sentence that does not say what I intended to say. 

" It seems proofreading fails to catch those mistakes when the material is old."

I meant to say, when I proofread something, I assume all the right words are in place and express my meaning. It is only later, when re-reading something I have written, I realize the wrong word or the wrong phrasing does not reveal my intention. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:52pm

Joan, sometimes I too catch misteaks after submitting the comment... and if it's soon enough, I might copy-and-paste, fix it, add it as a new comment, and quietly delete the old.

"A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother."

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:49pm

"Alright" is alwrong, indeed!

Following the (sometimes arbitrary) conventional rules of spelling and grammar and such doesn't make our ideas any more or less worthy. It's just that we're so conditioned to language that follows the rules that breaking them is, simply, a noticeable distraction!

In recent times, there's a parallel of sorts in our power to choose fonts and other aspects of presentation. It used to be only print shops and artists that had this visual power.

Following in Ruth's footsteps, here's a graphic:

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 11:27pm

Felaine, I am so glad you pay attention to such details. I try really hard to do a better job of writing and don't see my errors until after I press Add Comment. Sometimes I don't see them until much later. It seems proofreading fails to catch those mistakes when the material is old. I assume all the correct words are in the copy, even when that is not so.

It is kind of fun to see the slip of the finger typos; sometimes it makes very interesting reading. One wonders if they are Freudian slips.  

 

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