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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 6 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2016 at 7:13am

One of my wife's sons got married yesterday in an outdoor ceremony.  As I listened to the celebrant, I couldn't escape the feeling that something was very different here, and I was in no ways mistaken.  He was a secular celebrant ... And an Atheist!!!

Talking with him afterward, he told me that he's seeing a LOT more demand for godless weddings of late.  He's done around 10 himself and expects to do many more.  I'd call that a cause for celebration!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 6:39am

Kathy, that's the way it is here:  "It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them."  That applies to my family as well.

Sad.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 3:50pm
Daniel, I feel more at home in this group than around the people I live around. Most are not curious about any aspect of life that doesn't involve them outside this tiny community.
Ninety-nine % are white. Almost all believe in god and the whole spiel. It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them.
Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2016 at 3:36pm

As if they can't handle the fact that you accept your condition!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2016 at 2:59pm

Grinning Cat, your 'tumor' meme reminds me of the following conversation  I had about two weeks ago when I ran into my upstairs neighbor.

Him:  How are you doing Carl?

Me:  I'm doing OK.  Hanging in there.

Him:  Getting better?

Me:  Well, actually the way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  No.  You'll get better.

Me:  No.  In fact my muscle condition will deteriorate very slowly over time.  The way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  Well, that's what doctor's say.  There's always God.

Absolutely maddening!  I'm left speechless by such ignorant statements.  It makes me angry and laugh in contempt at the same time. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 20, 2016 at 2:27pm
Pat has a history of heart disease and has had a heart attack in the past. I dont know why he's absent now.

One of the major flaws of this website is we so often lose people, and we never know why. Not long ago I discussed with someone, Hugh Kramer, who used to be very active, then vanished. So had Dr. Kelly. In the groups, so people drop off the face of the earth and we are left thinking, did they just lose interest? Greener pastures? Found Jesus? In Jail? Dead?

To be honest, I genuinely care for folks here. It's difficult when some just disappear.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:42pm
Loren, this has been going on at least ten years. But I've never had an attack that I've gone to the er for. Rate it's going it can't be long. Drank a cup of tea two nights ago and it started with the pain and vomiting.
But I had an ectopic pregnancy twenty years ago and the doctor said I wasn't in enough pain for that. The test proved otherwise. Straight into surgery.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2016 at 12:27pm

I've been missing Pat's great sense of humor and way with words.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:23pm
GC, I love the cartoon. Reminds me of my sisters. One's baby gson just had open heart surgery and she said he came through fine 'thank the lord'. I asked'and the doctors'? She didn't reply. Lol.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 20, 2016 at 12:23pm

I was hit twice, Kathy.  The first time was in November of 2015, which was unpleasant enough.  The second was on a Monday morning in March of this year, and that was MISERABLE.  I went to the University Hospitals Ahuja Center Emergency Room, just north of us, and they took care of business.  That Tuesday morning, I was lighter by the weight of one gall bladder!

 

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