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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2013 at 9:58pm

I hope to attend some if my schedule allows it. I am lucky to live in Austin.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 6:50pm

Hi, Steph.  Are you attending any of the American Atheist events in Austin this weekend?  You're lucky to have their conference in you city. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2013 at 6:48pm
Oh cool - Melinda I love Star Trek and I love the Vulcan death grip picture! Awesome!
Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2013 at 6:47pm
Wow - snow Melinda and in spring time too. It's chilly here - got to freezing temperatures last night - but no snow.
I love that dog and cat photo Melinda! Flying Atheist thanks for the music. I can't wait until it warms up and I can go and do things outside. I love to hike and be in nature. So how is everyone?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 5:36pm

Patrica, since I don't have any cats, I would LOVE to visit a coffee shop filled with cats.  What fun! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 4:46pm

Thanks for the book recommendations, Ian.  Sounds like some very interesting and varied topics.  I haven't read The Scarlet Letter since I was probably 15 years old.  I should really reread it. 

I purchased eight books on-line that just arrived a few days ago.  I have a LOT of reading ahead of me.

Stephen Greenblatt:  "The Swerve.  How the World Became Modern".

Susan Jocoby:  "The Great Agnostic.  Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought".

Bart Ehrman:  "Lost Christianities.  The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew". 

Oliver Sacks:  "Hallucinations".

Guy P. Harrison:  "Race and Reality.  What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity".

Adam Hochschild:  "King Leopold's Ghost.  A Story Of Greed, Terror, and Heroism In Colonial Africa".  (Recommended by Sentient Biped, one of our fellow A/N members.)

Steven Pinker:  "The Blank Slate.  The Modern Denial Of Human Nature".

Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson:  "Mistakes Were Made (but not by me).  Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, And Hurtful Acts". 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 25, 2013 at 4:14pm

Longing for Spring, I am. I love running on forest paths when the first green buds are bursting and the anemones are flowering.

However, Winter has caused an attack of reading. I can recommend:

Carsten Jensen: "We, the drowned", the story of a maritime town in Denmark from mid-1800s to mid 1900s. War, peace, the transition from sail to steam etc. and their effects on everyday life. Written by a journalist, the language is uncomplicated (except for a some nautical terminology) but very moving.

Phillip Pullman: "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ". One of a series where established authors are commissioned to re-tell various myths. Pullman describes his book as being about "how a story becomes a story", the distorting jump from a few simple events to a told account of them that spreads and spreads.

An oldie, Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Scarlet Letter". Love and lust, religion and revenge among the Puritans.

Now reading "Gangland", the story of the London criminal underworld from 1880 to 1990. The "Good Old Days" weren't really that good and there were always places where it wasn't safe to walk the streets at night.

Also listening to a little Bach before bedtime. This is a very good thing that I can also recommend.

See you tomorrow, one and all. Sleep well and sweet deams.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2013 at 2:44pm

This has been an especially fine morning hanging with friends, and I have to get to some chores. I look forward to having a conversation with you later this afternoon. This is a beautiful day, sunny, cold and a 27 degree F low last night. My ground continues to be too chilly for gardening.
it's a wonderful world - Louis Armstrong 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 2:19pm

"A café in Budapest offers customers the chance to relax and play with cats while sipping their coffee or tea. The owner says she thinks it helps take the stress out of a typical day and creates a more homey atmosphere."

Reuters news video

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 12:35pm

Melinda, I just discovered that Wikipedia has the entire Four Seasons available to listen to in each of its separate movements under the 'media' section:

Wikipedia: Vivaldi's Four Seasons

For me, what makes the Four Seasons so enjoyable is also reading the four sonnets, possibly written by Vivaldi himself, that accompany and explain the musical 'meaning' of each Season.  

Wikipedia: The Four Seasons Sonnets 

 

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