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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.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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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. :)
Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2011 at 1:59pm

Thanks Ruth. A good suggestion. Actually, Google have been treating AN as spam recently, which I've now corrected.

 

Recently single again, own choice. The plants on my balcony are doing well: honeysuckle, mint, lavender and tomato. It's been raining here in Denmark, which is good as he farmers have been spreading pig slurry and it stinks. Off to work soon. My first night-shift alone in a new job. Should be interesting.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 11:48am
Hi, paul babcock. Yes, sharing stuff from our lives is one of the things we do here, but I'd really rather people started a discussion about whatever their topic is the way Colby Whitlock started "Showing of my little herb garden." That way people can reply specifically to her, and the reply will pop up in latest activity on her page. The replies will stick together, and become part of our group culture. People can add to them much later and bring them to the front of the discussion list. If you post here in comments it's a grab bag and stuff gets lost as soon as it moves off of the front page. We also share silly stuff, and quite serious topics too. We are whole, complex people. :)
Comment by paul babcock on May 16, 2011 at 10:34am
So I joined this sub group just this minute and I have this question. So the idea here is that we post things like,"Hey. How are you? What are you up to? I have been doing this and that.", as in I donot have to have anything of any great impotence or significance than that to make a post.?

And if so, am I doing it correctly in the correct spot and everything?
Comment by Tara on May 16, 2011 at 10:17am
Thank you for the invite, Ruth. :)
Comment by Brent Feeney on May 16, 2011 at 9:48am
Nice to be here - from St. Louis myself. Love to talk and meet new folks and see what's on their minds and what makes them tick. Hope to get to know everyone!
Comment by Sarah Rizzuto on May 16, 2011 at 12:40am
Nice to meet you all!  I love people who have both insightful comments and like to stir the pot, where nothing is taboo.  Tacky not welcomed, but breaking down taboos is great.
Comment by Marissa Michael on May 15, 2011 at 10:22pm
Hi all, from gorgeous Denver, Co. :)
Comment by Chris on May 15, 2011 at 9:52pm

Thanks for the invite. 

 

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