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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago. 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

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 Ian Mason on April 20, 2016 at 12:39pm

Those are good principles, Bertold.

Randall, doing nothing is sometimes the best treatment.

We're having a couple of sunny days at the moment before Winter gives a little encore at the weekend so I've been making the most of it and going jogging in the woods. The anemonies are flowering and the trees are in bud; there fore a little topical tune. The Flower Duet from Lakme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9NK-EbUAao

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 19, 2016 at 9:08am

The seven tenets of The Temple of Satan:

Valerie Tarico contends that these are ethically superior to the ten commandments!

Anyone who is familiar with the Ten Commandments will immediately recognize that these seven tenets offer an easier path to equanimity than do the famous Ten. The first of the Ten Commandments—Thou shalt have no other gods before me—asserts the primacy of a single deity rather than the primacy of compassion and empathy. It prescribes competition between religious worldviews, the very antagonism expressed by Christian students in Bremerton and Christian callers from across the country. More broadly, the seven tenets emphasize positive, pro-social values rather than bad behaviors to be avoided. They largely express egalitarian values that transcend tribal boundaries, in contrast to the Ten Commandments, which endorse the view that women, slaves and livestock are possessions of men. They invite inquiry rather than certitude and individuality over tribalism.
Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2016 at 6:59am

"Frustrating" doesn't begin to say it, Randall.  I'm just hoping we're back to being able to post comments!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2016 at 6:53am

The fish and puppy photo reminds me of all those other unusual animal "pal" stories. Pretty amazing.

I'm hoping A/N is back to normal now. It got very frustrating.

My hips are 95% healthy now. Everybody kept telling me to go to the doctor or chiropractor, but I knew that time was the best healer. I know my body better than anybody.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2016 at 12:20am

Ruth, I love this photo of fish and puppy, nose to nose. 

Comment by Jayanthan on April 18, 2016 at 10:53pm
Lovely and Beautiful
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2016 at 10:36pm

This is what I wanted to share.

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2016 at 10:34pm

Joan, thanks for introducing me to hugelkultur beds. I'd never before heard of them.

Randall, the railing sounds like a good idea. Falls can be serious.

Yeah, Qina-Maieev, problems getting here have been upsetting to me. I seeing things to share. Oh that's a funny LOL. But wait, I can't share it at AN.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2016 at 10:06pm

Yay!  Finally back on line.  10pm Monday night.  Now it's time for bed.  lol

Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2016 at 1:52am

Joan, I'm afraid that hips are the bones that experience the most wear and tear through the years. When I trained as elderly helper I was told that the only way to avoid problems was to die young!

Just come home from a weekend in Copenhagen visiting my daughter and her bloke. She still loves showing off her engagement ring. They're both well and thriving and that's nice to see.

After a spell of proper Spring weather in DK, the year seems to be going backwards: frost at night and a forecast of sleet to come. I think that you in the US have experienced something like this and now it's reached Europe.

 

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