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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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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 Donald L. Engel on March 14, 2016 at 4:51pm

Carl, the windstorm went mostly north of us and hit Seattle hard.  One person was killed up there, and when I went to bed last night they said 250,000 were out of power.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2016 at 3:31pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 14, 2016 at 2:49pm

Donald, I hope you made it through the wind storm OK.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2016 at 2:48pm

It is Pi Day 3/14. Let's celebrate! 

"ancient Babylonians calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius, which gave a value of pi = 3. One Babylonian tablet (ca. 1900–1680 BC) indicates a value of 3.125 for pi, which is a closer approximation."

Notice that is ca. 1900–1680 BC

Babylonian Mathematics

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2016 at 2:37pm

Cute, Pi day Grinning Cat!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2016 at 2:24pm

Chris, my ancestor, left Plymouth, England, for Leiden, then to Plymouth Colony. We visited Belgium because my father's ancestors came from there. I didn't know about my Leiden connection and am sorry I missed such a beautiful city. 

Mayflower 400

Leiden, 

http://www.leidenamericanpilgrimmuseum.org/PageF1X.htm

Chris, sorry I do not know my history of The Netherlands. Is it Leiden Holland or The Netherlands?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2016 at 2:22pm

Ian, sorry to hear about your stepmum! I hope she's comfortable.

Chris, many of us hope that Bernie Sanders can spread that very Partnership Culture outlook that "all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together."

And on a lighter note, mostly for folks in the U.S. and Canada -- happy Pi Day! (3/14)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2016 at 12:49pm

Six thousand dollars in car repairs, ouch k.h. ky!

Plinius, I've recently seen optimistic reports of falling religious affiliation in the US and Europe. But the wave of migrants is so huge, those statistics will be invalid soon if they aren't already.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 14, 2016 at 12:23pm
Good one Chris : )
Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2016 at 8:35am

I hope Bernie Sanders can spread his outlook, the USA needs it from what I can see. Now and then I pass the memorial plaque about the religious nutters you're stuck with, how they travelled from  Delfshaven via Plymouth to the USA. Then I think that we should have kept them in the nuthouse.

 

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