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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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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by dr kellie on May 17, 2011 at 1:52pm
Hey Solo Lobo.  Nice to see you again.
Comment by El Solo Lobo on May 17, 2011 at 12:39pm
Hi all. Please pardon my barging in, I just stumbled across the group and decided to check it out. Mind if I sit in?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 17, 2011 at 12:24pm
Hi, Linda Wagner. Please consider adding your 2 cents to the Introduce yourself discussion, to get started. :)
Comment by linda wagner on May 17, 2011 at 11:45am
OK here I am.
Comment by Patrick Moore on May 17, 2011 at 8:33am

I LOVE Greek yogurt!  Especially FAGE brand-and dripping in honey! (Or for that matter just about anything Greek dripping in honey! hehehe)

Oh-sorry!  I didn't mean to get sidetracked, but I am a bit of a foodie!  Allow me to introduce myself!  My name is Patrick Moore and I'm still fairly new to the Nexus-although I've already met quite a few interesting folks.  I'm divorced, have one child-a daughter (a red-headed one at that), named Abby, and I live in a town (Starke, Florida) where the general greeting is "Brutha (or Sista) have YOU found Jesus..." If this sounds familiar to you then you already know why I love being a part of the Nexus and why I'm so quick to pull up a chair at this table! 

I love animals-and have met a number of my most cherished furry aquaintances starving and near death.  Once in my home, they just become a part of the family-and spoiled rotten ones at that!  Oh well, I do anything for my kids, be they two or four legged.  I hardly ever complain.  The love they all bring me makes it all worthwhile.

Well let's see, did I mention that I love food! Oh yes-I think I did.  And playing the fiddle (not very well yet but I'm learning). Oh and there is also discussions concerning math and science and critical thinking-and darn near anyhing else you want to bring up (unless it's a copy of the Watchtower-oh who am I kidding, I'll discuss that too-I'm a fool for conversation and I really don't think that there exists that many things that cannot be discussed intelligently-except maybe the fall t.v. line-up this year!)

Cordially yours,

Patrick     

Comment by paul babcock on May 17, 2011 at 7:02am
Thanks Ruth. I ll tell you what I am looking for. A while back the wife and I used to post regularly at a site that constantly had a thread going for just that purpose. In fact, they had three of them depending on the time of day. It was a site for a tv show. So on they days of the week where there was not a new episode to discuss plenty of the posts were posted that thread.

While it lasted, I quite enjoyed and appreciated the contact I had with everyone there. I quite liked that there with other fans of that show. And figure I would also like doing the same with other nontheists.

I donot want to be presumptuous and start doings this with out your ok, in case you think it would be a waste of space or whatever. But if it is ok, I could do something similar here. Basicly I would just start up a thread everyday. And that is where the days socializing takes place.(Other than that which takes place on other threads)

Anyway, it is just a thought.
Comment by paul babcock on May 17, 2011 at 6:42am
Thanks Ruth. I ll tell you what o am looking for. A while back the wife and I used to post regularly at a site that constantly had a thread going for just that purpose.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 11:54pm
Thanks for sharing, Lary9. You might consider sharing this in the Wonderism group too. ;) I've had transcendent experience that literally alters my consciousness too, mostly from connecting ideas from very different fields, but I can't seem to communicate my ideas to others.
Comment by Lary9 on May 16, 2011 at 9:58pm
I wanted to share this personal vignette with you. From time to time, when I've finally grasped some set of complex, unfamiliar ideas about a theoretical subtlety of science (e.g; how natural selection operates like Yahtze dice selection but in evolution for example), I have a kind of transcendent experience that literally alters my consciousness, not just my view of nature's mechanics. In other words, my journey toward understanding, when successful, actually reconfigures the way I perceive the world and think about it. For one thing, my skeptical resistance to illogical nonsense is palpably sharpened. For another, the exquisite grandeur of the natural world is revealed more clearly in all its glory.
Therein lies my "secret spirituality"---science education, when it's done right, is palpably transformative!
I expect that faith-based believers will find this odd or incomprehensible but it's real---I've experienced it. Also, I can report that, for me, the benefit of this naturalistic worldview is more lasting and cumulative than religion ever was.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 7:34pm
Thanks, Eric but not for me. Ever so long ago I was a Lutheran. No paperwork, just stopped going. If you want to create a discussion, which will last longer than a comment and get more attention, try sharing your personal story and adding a link to your group. Others who've had similar experiences can then reply, or just people who sympathize. Nice of you to join us. :)
 

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