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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 28, 2016 at 5:06pm

Ian - I'd be proud of that description. My doctor recently asked me, among a bunch of other questions, whether I'm irritable. I answered truthfully - it depends on who you talk to.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 28, 2016 at 12:34pm

Hello all. I've just returned from a few days in England. A good time was had by all. Here's what my family think of me:

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 28, 2016 at 11:31am

Daniel, that sounds like an apt description of our new "normal"!

(Not that worship with sacrifice is so great either...)

And more and more, that pseudo-entomologyetymology that you shared in Politics, Economics, and Religion is applicable: "politics" coming from poly, many, and ticks, bloodsucking parasites.

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2016 at 8:51am

I posted a new group for quotations, awaiting approval. Meanwhile,

"The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles" - Mahatma Gandhi

Comment by Randall Smith on December 28, 2016 at 7:22am

Wow, GC, amazing stats! Thanks for the research. If I remember right, it was an elementary teacher that gave us that info. It's stuck with me all these years, but I had no evidence. Now I do!

Have you all looked at Bertold's photos on his profile page? I love his scenic ones. 

Chris (Plinius), I'm sure you're trying your hardest to convince your fellow Dutch there is no god. Keep "ruffling"!

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2016 at 3:23am

But they're still trying, Quiana! The last one was quite ruffled when I told her that I don't believe in fairy-tales.

Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 1:21am

~4% chance.

Biththday aniversaries are fun so there is a ~100% chance that others want to eat cake drink champain and celebrate with others.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 27, 2016 at 2:54pm

Daniel, Qiana, thanks for the heads-up.

Randy, I just tried some numbers for the probability of two people in a group sharing a birthday.

For a rough calculation, we can ignore leap days, and pretend that people were equally likely to be born (and prospective parents equally likely to have gotten busy) on any day of the year. You can calculate the probability of everyone having different birthdays: 364/365 (for the second person) times 363/365 (for the third not matching either of those) times 362/365 (fourth different from first three) * 361/365 * 360/365 * ...  Subtract that from 1 to get the probability that at least two people have the same birthday. Multiply fractions by 100% to get percent.

Turns out that in a group of 14, there's a 25% chance two will share a birthday; 50% in a group of 22; 75% in a group of 31, and 90% in a group of 40, practically 100% in a group of 60.

(And absolutely 100% only in a group of 366 or more. :-)

Comment by Daniel W on December 27, 2016 at 1:46pm

Just a heads up.  I was on another Ning site and there was a 500 error.  I don't know if that means we will be getting the same.  It's a concerning sign.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 26, 2016 at 11:55pm
I was in elementary school with five others named Kathy.We were called our first name and last initial.
 

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