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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2012 at 6:43pm

Thanks for the Hand With Friends LOLcat, Steph. And thanks for the beautiful video, sk8eycat. Us having minds "developed enough to contemplate our existence" means a lot to me too.

Beware .....Flight of fancy...

I wish we had a video with that aesthetic quality to show the moral/evolutionary challenge humanity faces today, in the context of all other possible sentient species who may have developed and faced exactly the same test. A visual glide through the our historical expanding moral/intellectual horizons, splintering into an infinite number of future scenarios fluctuating, quantum-like, with the moral vision of each. Internet connections such as ours would sparkle as small networks, pulsing on the same frequency. Meanwhile the Koch brothers squat like dark spiders at the center of other vast networks, poisoning the possibilities for survival with frantic purple tugs toward blinking out in a few hundred years.

Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 6:38pm

This is a GIF from one of the ICanHazCheezburger sites.  I still laugh like crazy when I watch it and somewhere there is a longer version AND one in slow motion.  Enjoy!!

Blargh I am Dead.

http://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/2010/8/1/fb1d43c7-e6cd-4306-9350-...

Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 6:23pm
Ruth, I love your cat picture :) I have 2 rottweilers and it never fails...when they are laying down in the middle of everything and I try to step over them, they HAVE to lift their heads. At least I am prepared to grab onto the wall or piece of furniture so break my fall! lol
Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 6:10pm

I made this Lolcat for the group!

Hugs to you my friends!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2012 at 6:02pm

@Flying A -  "I actually feel even more special, and dare I say more privileged, because I can clearly see how lucky we are to be here.....AND, by chance, we also have minds developed enough to contemplate our existence"

Exactly!  I also feel lucky that I've been living in a time when we went from propellor-driven aircraft to jets...and I've seen with my own eyeballs 1) Northrop's "Flying Wing" and 2) a U-2 coming in to land at Lockheed....flew very low over most of Burbank, almost silently. The wings actually flexed visibly.

Then there was the first moon landing, and now all the gorgeous stuff coming in from the Hubble Telescope.

And a vast number of Americans still believe the whole universe was "created" 6,000 years ago.

Whatta buncha maroons!

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Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 5:57pm
Awesome video, sk8eycat, thank you for sharing!

Thank you all for your kind words about my Dad. I wasn't trying to 'one-up' Patricia's situation. I haven't shared this with many and actually feel a bit guilty that I haven't actually grieved yet. It's like it still hasn't hit me, except at times when I think certain things or when looking at old photos of him, some I had never seen. In one, as a young man, he looks SO much like one of my sons, it shocked me. I knew that by sharing with all of you here, I wouldn't hear "I'll keep you in my prayers" or "he's in a better place". Thank you all very sincerely. Your support means the world to me :)
Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 5:38pm

I just watched the video sk8eycat - it was wonderful!

I love to see space videos.

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 5:36pm

I love the attitude your cats have Ruth!

They sure are beautiful!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2012 at 5:04pm

My cats share your attitude, sk8eycat. Our living room has a narrow passage between the TV and fan (to the right) and the seating (on the left). This is our Great Wall.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2012 at 4:46pm

LOL   Patrica, we both said "stunningly."  Do two people make a consensus?

 

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