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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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White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

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There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

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If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2014 at 2:51pm

I invite my "Hang with Friends" to join "Origins: Universe, Life, Humankind, and Darwin" where Dr. Terence Meaden leads another fine group of writers. A current discussion occurs there based on "The Bible is not Great by Soren Sagan". 

Sagan tells the story of why the bible and religion spew out toxins. 

I toured Turkey, Greece and Crete with Riane Esler and Marija Gimbutas. During lectures at each site, Riane and Marja stressed that the opposite of patriarchy and the dominator society is not matriarchy and dominance but partnership. There exists a very different language between the styles, a different organizational design, and different values.   

We have to understand the matrix into which into which we enter the world and define and create a pattern of preference.   

Riane Eisler, in her earlier book, The Chalice and the Blade, speaks of the shift from matrilineal social structures of the Neolithic Age to patriarchal rule of the Bronze Age.

Her later book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics defines wealth in terms other than money. 

The Power of Partnership describes why partnership creates a more powerful way to work as a community than working alone or as a cog in the wheel. 

We now can see our history in precise terms defined in ways other than religion, and a plan to create a healthier, more responsible way of perceiving humankind and our place in the universe. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

Welcome, Soren.

Comment by Soren Sagan on December 18, 2014 at 11:31am

Hi Randal! Soren Sagan is my pen name. I used Sagan in my name because I am a big fan of him.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2014 at 10:47am

Glad to hear your good news Carl.

Comment by Pat on December 18, 2014 at 8:27am

Randall, I did book one about 5 years ago. One of the best getaways I've ever been to. I'm just concerned that the place will get overrun with KFC's, McDonalds and Burger Kings. Glad I saw it before that happens.

Then again, who am I to bitch. They've got as much right to obesity and type 2 diabetes as any red (and cholesterol thick) blooded American.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 18, 2014 at 8:03am

Soren, son of Carl?!! I had no idea. What an honor to have you join us!  Again, welcome!

Has anybody booked a flight to Havanna yet?! Can you believe those myopic Republicans?

Comment by Pat on December 18, 2014 at 6:04am

Glad to hear that Carl.

Comment by Plinius on December 18, 2014 at 1:10am

Good news, Carl! And wonderful that your sister wants to be your donor!

Welcome Soren!

And thanks for the Moose in the maple tree Patricia, it makes very good teaching material!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2014 at 1:01am

Carl, happy to learn you returned home from the hospital. Good news that one of your sisters may be a kidney donor for you. You fill my thoughts throughout the day, just as so many of us feel connected to you in a very personal way. Our tight little virtual family radiate care for one another. Each moment gifts us with the opportunity to participate in life.    

May I recall a line from Soren's piece, Lessons of Immortality and Mortality from my Father, Carl Sagan
"You’re connected to the generations through DNA — and, even farther back, to the universe, because every cell in your body was cooked in the hearts of stars. We are star stuff".

The mystery that comes from realizing we are star stuff, also reflects the mystery that comes from realizing we are connected to each other. 

Comment by k.h. ky on December 17, 2014 at 11:58pm
Just a little blip on the road Carl. The good news is your kidney should come through. My youngest sister in law had a very successful kidney transplant from an anonymous donor many years ago. I'm certain yours will be equally successful.
If kind thoughts and well wishes can help you have it made.
 

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