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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 9:49pm

Best wishes to your folks, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2016 at 8:22pm

I've been very busy lately.  This past weekend we celebrated my parent's 60th (!) wedding anniversary.  Family started arriving in town the Wednesday before from Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, California, and Washington states.  We had a very nice Italian buffet on Saturday and then dessert at an Aunt's house afterward.

My out-of-town family are Cubs fans, so attending a game is often on the agenda during the summer.  The Cubs won 9-2 over the Cincinnati Reds.  Wrigley Field is always a fun and festive ballpark.  We walked there from my sister's house which is only four blocks away.  Convenient with no transportation worries. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2016 at 7:57pm

Hello and happy Autumn to all of you.  I'm finally catching up here.  I think I've been missing in action for about one week.  I did try to sign on a couple days ago but was getting an error message.  I see that's already been discussed here.

Chris, I'm very sorry to hear about your recent health issues.  Is this all newly diagnosed?  I don't recall any mention of this in the past.  Of course I wish you well. 

I'm in the same situation of trying to avoid any falls.  I just saw my neurologist yesterday and he was quite surprised at my confidence, "normal" gait, and the speed of my walking.  I don't use a cane indoors because all the surfaces are flat.  However, I never go anywhere outside without it.  And I purposefully walk slower outside for safety.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 29, 2016 at 1:58pm
Thank you Loren. You always answer my question
Comment by Ian Mason on September 29, 2016 at 1:12pm

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 11:39am

My apologies if I wasn't more clear, Kathy.  By "browser-dependent," I meant that the site may behave differently when accessed by different browsers, whether MS Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or some other application.  Right now, the more I look, the less I think that's the case, though I am not 100% sure.

I should also say that I don't think this is a malware issue.  I think that there are problems with the Ning engine (Ning is the base site which supports Atheist Nexus and a LOT of other websites).  A week or so ago, the problem got so severe that it took Ning.com down, which took us and everyone else with it.  Right now, I think we're still looking at the fallout from that original incident.  Indeed, our little home here is currently behaving better, POSSIBLY because Ning woke up and smelled the coffee.  My problem is that I remember this past May, when things were a LOT worse.

All I ask is that, if you experience a problem, use the "Report an Issue" link and give me a shout as well.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 29, 2016 at 11:33am
Loren, can you please add more information. Browser dependent is? Is this like a virus thing or troll thing? I'm not tech savvy.

Is suspicious when a member goes through and 'likes' everything to the point that's all I can see in the Latest Activity? A member im not familiar with did that a week or so ago.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 10:45am

Joan, A|N's behavior recently has been bad enough, but more than one person is having problems with these Error 500s.  It seems to be logged-in and possibly browser-dependent as well.  If you see ANYTHING ODD going on with A|N, please give me a shout!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 10:39am

Loren, I was able to get. in this morning. No error messages!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 10:08am

For those of you who may still have access, be aware: Error 500 is back, only more conditional and frustrating (and pissing me off!).  If anyone is seeing this, drop me an A|N note or comment and I'll forward your observations to Brother Richard.  Indeed, if you can, use the "Report an Issue" link ... presuming it works!

 

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