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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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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Lilac on April 20, 2017 at 2:24pm

Enjoy, sir!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 20, 2017 at 2:19pm

FYI, gang: the wife and I are going for a little vacay out to Sun City, where we intend to as much NOTHING as is humanly possible for about a week.  I'm taking my laptop, and will be touching base daily, though.

SEEYA!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 20, 2017 at 7:14am
Like so many comedians (Jon Winters, Bob Hope, Robin Williams to name a few), Johnny Carson had a complex personality--almost Jekyll and Hyde-ish. But I loved watching him (and them).
Comment by Lilac on April 19, 2017 at 8:56pm

Yes, I watched the Tonight Show every night.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 19, 2017 at 8:47pm

So, Carl, are you a member of the Fugawi tribe?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 19, 2017 at 8:22pm

Is anyone here a Johnny Carson fan?  I always was and still to this day I miss his presence on television.  His show always had an air of class.  One of my favorite memories is the time I was in Los Angeles and I went to a taping of The Tonight Show.  I was in California in August 1988 for the wedding of a college friend.  Several of us waited in line 2-1/2 hours beginning at 5:30AM for free tickets.  We were near the front of the line, so when the ticket window opened up at 8AM we excitedly obtained our cherished reward.  We returned to the studio later that day at 4:30PM to be seated for the 5:30 taping.  It was a real thrill to see Johnny, Ed McMahon, and Doc Severinsen and the Band (a true class act themselves) live.  Guests included Richard Pryor and clarinetist Pete Fountain (again, Pete Fountain being a class act in his own right.)

Today I stumbled upon the following random funny clip and was reminded of all those fond memories.  But in addition, it reminded me that Johnny was a fierce skeptic.  He was a friend of James Randi and often had Randi on his show.  In fact, Johnny had once given a $100.000 donation to Randi's skeptical foundation.  He was also a big supporter of Penn and Teller and of people who exposed frauds.  Interestingly, he had atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair as his guest several times.  Of course Madalyn was known as "the most hated woman in America" because of her groundbreaking atheist activism.  I think that is important to note, since Johnny's show was never a show intended to cause controversy.   

Comment by Lilac on April 17, 2017 at 12:53pm

Social clubs with strings.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 17, 2017 at 8:24am

While walking in the dark again this morning, which I am want to do, I went by the Mormon church building where I attended many years ago.

I noticed it had bright lights on the building.  It was even more lit-up than the Catholic school.  Does that mean they have less faith than the Catholics?

While mormons talk a good talk, from my experience, I conclude most don't really have as much faith as they claim.

My dad went to church "faithfully" all his life, read the scriptures often, and read all the church literature constantly.  However one day, when Mom was in the hospital, he ask me to go with him to help him give Mom a blessing.  At that time, I was fairly certain that mormonism was false, so I told him I has almost no faith to help with the blessing, and he said "Welcome to the club."

I was pleased to hear that, and have since concluded that he went to church mostly for the social life.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2017 at 6:16pm

Again, I cannot post on your site, Chris; here is my response: 

As to Marijuana, minors should not be able to buy it. I had experiences with boys' ranch school age boys and they could not hold short-term memory when using it. We had to wait until they were not under the influence of MJ before we could get any resemblance of learning from them, either from ranch activities or school. They simply could not remember. 

Imagine trying to advance in education or employment with memory impairment! We worked hard to get them self-sufficient in the management of their choices. It wasn't up to the parents, teachers or the ranches to keep them from using, it was up to us to make it clear using was not an option. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2017 at 5:35pm

I am unable to post quotes, so I am posting here. 

Loren, thanks for your quote: 

"A hallucination is a fact,"

Belief and faith are like that; they are facts. "what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it (them)."
-- Bertrand Russell 

Bertrand Russell. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bertrandru385737.html

 

 

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