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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 Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 1:46am

Climate and social ills often make me worry far beyond what I can do about them. Then I skip 4 billion years and think of the collision milke Way - Andromeda.

Wonderful music, Loren! I love harmony!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 12:53am

Loren, that's an amazing arrangement -- and par for the course for the King's Singers! (I actually got to sing that arrangement in a community choir last year.)

Joan, (and Chris and Ian), I'll echo that we are all on this spaceship together. I just discovered Isaac Asimov's 1988 interviews on Bill Moyers' World of Ideas (transcripts: Part I, Part II; videos: Part I, Part II 1/3, 2/3, 3/3). In Part I, he talks about religion, science, and many other things including the global population explosion, and how equality for women worldwide is essential to our survival:

MOYERS: Why did you say that the price of survival is the equality of women?

ASIMOV: Because if women have full ability to enter into all facets of the human condition, if they can enter business, if they can enter religion, science, government, on an equal basis with men, they will be so busy that they won't feel it is necessary to have a great many children. As long as you have women under conditions where they don't feel any sense of value, no self-worth except as mothers, except as baby factories, they'll have a lot of children. Because that's the only way they can prove they're worth something. [...] if you could somehow raise the status of women, I am certain the birth rate would fall drastically through the choice of the women themselves.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 3, 2015 at 11:58pm

Loren, I love The King's Singers.  My parents purchased one of their vinyl albums at a garage sale back in the late 70's/early 80's.  I've been sold on them ever since.  They perform such a large variety of music genres.....and always so eloquently. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2015 at 11:46pm

Loren, this beautiful harmony amazes me. I close my eyes and pretend am one of the singers. (Ha! I can't carry a tune in a bonnet). Thanks!. "And so it goes!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 3, 2015 at 9:28pm

Pardon me if I'm breaking into a conversation here ... but if any of you enjoy Billy Joel and/or the King's Singers, permit me to submit the following for your consideration:

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2015 at 3:40pm

I know how you fell, Ian. I want to become a street corner shouter as well. If it worked, I would do it. No! It takes something more than shouting! However, what else works. 

Ruth, knowledge about the changing weather patterns does not hit the wealthy or the poor, the educated or uneducated. 

Felaine, population reduction is necessary! We will destroy the plant by our ways of living, even as the population grows so fast. 

Carl, misuse of water, by the wrong people for the wrong purposes just spell disaster for many people. Nestle has never revealed a concern for the health of people. They are concerned about making wealth for themselves out of a scarce commodity. 

Randy, California has always led the way in new technology and behavior. Sadly, they lead us into drought, as well. 

Chris, you and Ian reveal to us USA folks that we are all on this spaceship together. We will all go down with the ship or we can all survive. Change has to occur. It is the new imperative. 

The words "obedience and control" need to be transformed into the words "cooperation and reason". 

Anyone know how to transform words from one to another? 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 3, 2015 at 1:53pm

It's appaling how the message of climate change hasn't sunk in yet with so many people and how the profits of the powerful come before common sense. I saw DeGrasse Tysons's "Cosmos" on Sunday, the episode where he makes the case quite clearly. It made me feel like standing on street corners and berating passersby to change their lives.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 3, 2015 at 12:30pm

I appreciate that parts of North America and Europe are unseasonably chilly. However, I'm more concerned about the larger picture. Arctic Amplification has slowed the Jet Stream and made it have deeper waves (Rossby waves). While we get chilly Arctic air, the Arctic is expected to warm.

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Comment by sk8eycat on June 3, 2015 at 8:50am

Randall, I was born here, so I didn't have much choice.  (My dad grew up in Chino - went to Chaffey High in Ontario.  I think he would have preferred New England.)

@ Flying A....IMO the people on the whole planet ought to prioritize how many children  they can afford to raise decently, and make contraceptives available to everyone FREE till we get the population back down to maybe 3 billion.  7 billion is obscene.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 3, 2015 at 8:29am

I hear you, Felaine.  The water shortage is already severe.....and getting worse.  I've signed petitions against Nestle about the way they have privatized water rights.  Overall, people on this whole planet need to seriously reevaluate how we use our natural resources. 

 

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