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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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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan 22 hours ago. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Steph S. on May 1, 2013 at 6:14pm
Joan the definition of hump day is :The middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week.
After hump day, the weekend gets closer.
Comment by Tony Carroll on May 1, 2013 at 5:47pm

And this is him with his first band, Dare. On the far right. No video, couldn't find one. But a good pic.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 1, 2013 at 5:26pm

Joan. Here is Brian Cox and D:REAM on TOTP 9Top of the Pops).

Band is so-so, but Brian is rockin' the long hair!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 5:23pm

 Sidney M. Gonzalez, I agree wholeheartedly with your statement, 

"I do not believe that science alone can give purpose and direction for human life."

There is no quarrel there at all. People find a sense of meaning, purpose and direction many ways. If someone believes some power gives them direction, that is perfectly OK with me. Just don't impose it on me, or judge me by those lights. I am pretty good at rejecting such impositions. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 5:20pm
Melinda, Isn't it fun to be with people you don't have to self-monitor in order to have a good conversation. Good for you.
Please define "hump-day". I have not heard it before.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 5:11pm

Melinda, Can you imagine, a grown up adult has many options. 

1. Follow the teaching of a Bronze Age, desert goat herder; 

2. Look at the evidence: 7,113,921,600+ humans alive on the planet and quickly running out of food growing capacity; 

3. Consider getting tubes tied and a vasectomy.

Our response to them: 

I think it would be perfectly appropriate to hold them accountable for overpopulating the Earth. They should be ashamed of themselves.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 3:38pm
Patricia, that is the best video I have seen in a very long time. If lower animals can do it, so can Homo sapiens.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 3:35pm

"Patricia, Brian Cox on his days as a rocker...... http://youtu.be/buL6ATRHFqk?

Thanks Patricia. Oh this is hilarious, "Rock-star physicist" Brian Cox works on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, looking for the Higgs Boson, and he can't find a red car in a parking lot at Disney Land. I suppose that story trails him wherever he goes. 

Now, can you find any of his music?

I like the idea of music and science being very closely related. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 3:26pm

Sidney M. Gonzalez, a fair and good question and one I happily address. 

"why should anyone care about other people’s illusions?"

I don't care or have any interest in what others believe. However, when people or institutions express disagreement, I have the responsibility and opportunity to express my thinking, and do so without hesitation. When their beliefs intrude upon mine, when they want to bring their beliefs into public education or into marriage laws, or into family planning laws, I will not only challenge them, I do so with every bit of thought and action I can muster. I was not born to follow other's ideas, it is my responsibility to think through issues and arrive at conclusions I am willing and able to defend. I have paid a heavy price for my independent thought; It was worth it. 

"And what method does Dennett use to determine that complete strangers, people he, you and me, don’t know have dedicated their lives to an illusion;"

Dennett used his ability to think, reason, compare, contrast, discuss, and all the other critical thinking tools he, and everyone has. It is his responsibility to speak his truth; whether others agree or disagree is up to him to think about and arrive at his conclusions. If Dennett observed a person putting filthy, dirty hands into a wound, would he not be obligated to intervene?

"an illusion about what?"

There are so many delusions we encounter in life: the young Earth, a personal god who answers prayers, virgin birth, god, angels, resurrection, sun standing still in the heavens, a man created from dust and woman created from a rib, to start populating the world, a flood where everything died except what was on a boat, god giving tablets to some sheep herder on a barren desert mountain, god parting the seas. Oh, I am getting tired and I haven't even started on Buddha yet. 

Let's just cut to the chase. We live on an incredibly beautiful Earth that exists because of natural forces beyond our control. Human beings now have the power of destroying all this vast life as we know it. Human will probably not survive, and sharks and cockroaches  have already survived five known extinctions. 

Human beings continue to use power-over instead of power-with, to our detriment. We are no better than the eagle catching a rabbit or a snake eating a rat. We continue to act like humans are made only of claw-and-beak power, instead of realizing we have a frontal lobe in our brain that means only 1% different than the DNA of our closest primate in the super family Hominoides, Apes. That one% should be recognized as being capable of moving beyond apes into a whole new realm. Instead, we dead-end at Hominoides, Apes. There will have to be more evolution in the Homo sapiens sapiens family if we are to  see the end of Obama-GW Bush-Clinton-GHW Bush, Reagon and other war mongers. 

We have a gift given to us without any intervention on our part. It is our responsibility to take care of it or lose it. 

"why should anyone care about other people’s illusions?"

That is why!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 2:51pm
It appears my favorite physicist, Brian Cox, plays or played keyboard in Labour's favourite band, D:Ream. I Googled those names and find nothing. Anyone from here know how to listen to Brian on keyboard?
By the way, I encourage you to watch his "Wonders of Life series. He acknowledges the role religion played in history and how it is necessary and positive to replace the information part with science. I doubt he would deny people the comfort they receive from prayer and belief in god, but quite frankly, I don't know how a scientist can be a believer in delusions. He does not.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqJxOWzr88Q&feature=share&li...
 

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