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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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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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 26, 2016 at 11:07pm

You're never too old to rock 'n' roll (and lots of other things). And it's true that a PC helps people stay more in touch with the world. There's a lot of information out there just waiting to be gathered in.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2016 at 5:45pm

It is a relief to be able to get Atheist Nexus again. I feel my interesting life evaporated without our little chats and momentous discussions!. 

Chris, happy to learn you are back in "work mode", even if it is limited. Grasp the good days, enjoy the down days, and life's journey becomes even more of an adventure with unknowns and unknowables. 

Randy, I like the idea of placing yourself in the middle of the universe; I can observe, participate, and have a few laughs along the way. 

Spud, I love you cartoon! That is how I feel when I wake up each morning and seeing the computer just eager to pump out all kinds of interesting things about nature, gardening, the physical sciences, and applied sciences. I am alive at exactly the right time. 

Kathy, The temperature for your part of the country sounds like a real relief from heat and humidity. 

Spokane is 74 degrees F at 3:45 PM. Perfect weather. 

Comment by k.h. ky on September 26, 2016 at 4:48pm
Temperatures are in the low 60s. I love it.
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 25, 2016 at 8:26am

Ruth, I like your "Never Too Late" picture.  Here's what my welcoming computer feels like to me:

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2016 at 7:47am

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Joan, regarding living a "real life", as you put it. Perhaps I'm being a bit selfish, putting myself in the middle of the universe, but it makes me less of a misanthrope.     And rock on, Ruth!

Comment by Plinius on September 25, 2016 at 1:35am

Thanks, Joan, I'm back into work mode and very busy because I lose so much time. My two days of work are followed by two bad days in which I dare not leave the house - even the stairs are difficult. So in general I have three days left to shop, cook, clean etc. and for meeting people, but most of the time I can't manage all that. I've fallen a few times but I haven't hurt myself very much. We both never had a drivers license, so we picked a place to live close to public transport. On good days I can walk in town as if nothing is wrong. Thanks for the info on the device! I still have to go to hospital to have my ears checked.

And you're right, Ruth, where would we be without our computers! Our physical world is getting narrower but we can still live in a wider world and meet friends!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 8:44pm

I can't think of a better way to spend time than on the computer, learnings about other nations and governments, seeing fantastic photos of nature, learning about the new physics when we are still working to understand previous ideas, finding out that not all nations are as violent as ours, and some have better health care than we do. 

It feels better than sitting in front of a screen watching other people's lives. Real life is a whole lot more challenging and interesting than love affairs and financial ruin of some "let's pretend of commercial TV. 

I like your photo, Ruth, "Never too late!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 24, 2016 at 6:41pm

Ian, us senior citizens don't use rocking chairs any more. We're parked in front of our computer screens.

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Otherwise, "I resemble those".

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 5:23pm

Oh! my goodness, no, I have not seen anything from Carl! 

Comment by k.h. ky on September 24, 2016 at 5:10pm
Anyone heard from Carl lately? He's usually around more.
 

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