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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 yesterday. 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 sk8eycat on February 7, 2014 at 7:06pm

Patricia, it probaly wouldn't work.  I signed up with the US National Do Not Call registry years ago, and that did work for a while, but now all those telemarketing outfits use automatic diallers.  My phone starts ringing at 9 AM sharp...and keeps going till 7PM. 

I have to ask myself what damn fool would give a major household repair job to a stranger on the other end of the phone line?  As IF I were contemplating such a thing in the first place.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 7, 2014 at 4:09pm

Patricia, re: Flakebook: I'm with you,  who needs it?  And now I think I'm seeing "Like us on...." in print advertisements!  Arrrgh!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 7, 2014 at 3:11pm

Steph, I love the cute & touching "Friends to cheer you up when you're in your little box of sadness"

I'm thinking seriously of quitting Facebook.  I have the minimum amount of personal into on it, and only have it so I can access a private ex-mormon site.  

However, I only find something on that site that I can use about once a month, and there is something that annoys me about once a day, so it doesn't seem worth it.  

One big annoyance is some people there gave-up on moronism, just to jump into another religion, or woo.  Ugh!

Comment by Steph S. on February 7, 2014 at 11:27am

I am so glad I don't use Facebook. So very glad.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 6, 2014 at 11:00pm

Hi, Ruth.  Haven't seen you in a while.  How are you?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 6, 2014 at 9:38pm

Great quote to keep around, Patricia.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 8:08pm

That's what Dan Barker briefly wrote about in one of his essays on the simplistic mind-set of Xianity...what if you love back rubs but your spouse or significant other hates them?

In other, older, traditions every similar religious or moral version  of the Brassy Rule IS stated in the negative "Do NOT do..."

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 6, 2014 at 7:19pm

Patricia, that motto is a good version of the ethic of reciprocity, that doesn't go into the thought-policing of "love your neighbor". What we can ask of ourselves is to extend the actions of consideration and courtesy, that we'd presumably like for ourselves, to others.

George Bernard Shaw did warn against taking the golden rule too literally: "Do not do unto others as you would expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same." (from Maxims for Revolutionists, #1)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 6, 2014 at 6:34pm

Good kitchen post Patricia.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2014 at 5:13pm

DID you?!!!?  We used to have a "place" on the ocean side of the Bay when I was a kid....NOT one of the big expensive houses...just large house trailer in a trailer park. (Now you know...I'm Trailer Trash!)  But I loved the whole Bay. Spent my summers exploring the place by bike, boat.  We sold it before I was old enough to drive (by a few months), or I would have done even more.

Didja have fun?

 

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