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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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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 31. 66 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

Tags: E Pluribus, Unum, in god we trust, petition

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

Tags: Lesbian, agnostic, gay, atheist, TheraminTrees

If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

Tags: religion, YouTube, god, DarkMatter2525

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 17, 2012 at 11:44am

Ruth, I think the xians stole the fish meme/icon from a much older Goddess religion. If you stand the fish on its "tail" it's a simplistic diagram of female genitalia.  Maybe.

I like Evolve Fish because we did evolve from sea creatures who developed special fins that allowed them to crawl up on the land.

The one that made me laugh when I first saw it was the Evolve Fish holding a wrench in its fin/hand/paw/whatever.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2012 at 11:05am

Bad Vet!

Ian, I like Russell's fishy teapot.

Comment by Steph S. on August 17, 2012 at 10:39am
What a cool hobby Ian! Do you have your teapots in a display case?
Ian that cat picture made me LOL! So funny!
Thanks for starting my Friday with a smile.
I hope all of you are having a good day!
I'm drinking French Vanilla coffee today.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 17, 2012 at 10:30am

Those we have lost :(

Comment by Ian Mason on August 17, 2012 at 9:54am

So many good things here today :-D Just when I neede cheering up. Thanks, everyone. Here's my contribution.

 By the way, I collect teapots and have over 80.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2012 at 9:40am

Tara, thanks for the link to the uncompassionate rich study.  It reminded my of what I observed when I "moved on up" to a little more affluent neighborhood in California.  My new commute took me through a wealthy neighborhood, and I immediately noticed the drivers were much more uncaring and selfish.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2012 at 9:12am

I find your found bone to be humorous.

Comment by Steph S. on August 16, 2012 at 11:19pm
Oh that's a great pun Grinning cat! Wonderful! I'm adding that to my collection.
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 16, 2012 at 9:55pm

@booklover - that's great! Make no bones about it. I can only respond with something that isn't humerus at all:

@Tara - thanks for that article. The researchers did more than note correlation (maybe naturally-selfish people become wealthier?) : they also observed people's behavior after being primed to feel more or less well-off:

In order to figure out whether selfishness leads to wealth (rather than vice versa), Piff and his colleagues ran a study where they manipulated people’s class feelings. The researchers asked participants to spend a few minutes comparing themselves either to people better off or worse off than themselves financially. Afterwards, participants were shown a jar of candy and told that they could take home as much as they wanted. They were also told that the leftover candy would be given to children in a nearby laboratory. Those participants who had spent time thinking about how much better off they were compared to others ended up taking significantly more candy for themselves--leaving less behind for the children.

@Ruth and Paula - I had no idea there'd be a need for replacement feet for Darwin fish, evolve fish, and similar emblems! (Of course, Christian fish could "evolve"... but I wouldn't be the agent. I respect people's right to have beliefs that I don't respect. @sk8eycat, that was a great idea for business cards that you mentioned on August 4!)

It was good to see some positive, non-"response", non-fish emblems there too, such as the Happy Humanist and the Atheist Atom.

(They also have political statements, including a Republican Party elephant with crosses instead of stars.)

Comment by dr kellie on August 16, 2012 at 9:20pm

@booklover- A few weeks ago, I handed a like-minded friend a cat's humerus, and told her, "I thought you might find this a little humerus."

She laughed and laughed.  Never gets old.  To me, at least.

After that, I challenged her to figure out if it was the right or the left.  She did.  The one in your pic is the left.

 

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