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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on October 27, 2017 at 1:35am

Waving to you Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on October 27, 2017 at 12:05am

Thank you Joan, We are in our motel room now & I am about to get in the tub with my beautiful shocking pink surgical soap.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2017 at 11:50pm

Patricia, it sounds as though you are well prepared for the procedure and the follow-up protocol. No advice needed from us! We will eagerly await your report on your adventure into the hip-replacement department. The plans for your return home sound just right for your needs. 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2017 at 7:39pm

Tomorrow is the big day! I've been thinking of you as you prepare to do what is necessary to end/reduce the pain you experience. I'm thinking of Rick too, realizing how stress can be high for the loved ones. 

Comment by Patricia on October 26, 2017 at 2:19pm

ICK!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 26, 2017 at 1:37pm

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 26, 2017 at 11:47am

Thomas, their consternation could be very little more than a reaction to science's more confident approach to knowledge.  The thing to keep in mind is that religion at its core is VERY insecure.  That's why the constant tattoo of "I believe, I BELIEVE!"  Meanwhile, science says, "We know ..." thus-and-so, at least to within certain boundaries and can demonstrate that they know it, while no religion on the face of this earth can even demonstrate the existence of their god.

Science is, has been, and continues to be a threat to religion.  Thus the upset.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 26, 2017 at 11:37am

   A nagging question I've been meaning to ask.

  What, who, or how caused religious people to renew their attacks against science? Why did this seemingly sudden burst of arguments, discussions and panel debates between science and creation occurred?

 I was thinking that maybe this all started after Richard Dawkins famous publication of "The Selfish Gene". It is akin to when Charles Darwin published his "On the Origin of Species" and the religious temper tantrums that followed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2017 at 11:01am

Carl, that's funny!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2017 at 7:54pm

Ruth - excruciatingly interesting stuff. In school I was captivated by Heidegger's claim that the essence of technology is nothing technological. I suspect we're beginning to see what he meant. What you're describing is at its core the commodification of human desire. As there's a pretty much infinite supply of humans (for the time being anyway), any specific individual human doesn't mean shit in the overall scheme. And in terms of "surveillance capitalism," who needs big brother when we're doing it to ourselves? Welcome to feudalism 2.0.

 

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