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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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Discussion Forum

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 17 hours ago. 37 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by k.h. ky on August 24, 2016 at 3:20pm
Good luck with the new computer Spud. I'm not tech savvy and it's difficult for me to make changes in computers or cell phones.

The first computer I ever saw was in 75 and had to be housed in a room that was probably 14x14. And all it did was collect data on toll collected and the change machines that collected it. That was on what, was then, named the Green River toll road. Things certainly have changed. Lol
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 12:06pm

I purchased a $449 new Mac Mini computer a month ago to replace my 9-year-old iMac.  It's not as wonderful as I thought it would be.

A large number of things have changed in those 9 years, so I'm on a steep learning curve.  A lot of things are more inconvinient than my old one, and I haven't figured-out how to reconfigure them yet.  For one thing, everything is much smaller, which is not pleasant for my eyes.  Hoping I can change enough to feel comfortable with it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 11:58am

Thanks Randy.  I'm spending a lot more time online now, probably too much.  My garden is suffering.

Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2016 at 11:56am

Thanks Carl! I knew she was coming, the Natural History Museum in Leiden gave her a lot of publicity in the last few years. We'll have to wait some time until she's put together again, but I'll be in Leiden when the show opens!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 24, 2016 at 11:47am
Yes, Carl, my physical (and mental) well-being improved dramatically when I retired from teaching middle school. It was very stressful. I know where you're coming from. It's great you're doing so well.
I also concur that Joan (along with Ruth) is the "matriarch of A/N". She is so knowledgable. But best of all, she's understanding and compassionate.

Spud, it's wonderful you're able to comment all the time now!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2016 at 11:43am

Chris, you have a new immigrant arriving in the Netherlands today.  She's from our state of Montana, and flew out of Chicago yesterday.

Trix the Tyrannosaurus Rex is about to fly from Chicago to the Neth...

A T. Rex Is Flying From O'Hare To The Netherlands Today

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 11:39am

Carl, I can imagine the stress of dealing with the crazy public.  That's why I've never went for that kind of a job. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2016 at 11:34am

Joan, thank you for the very heartfelt expressions toward me.  You know, you're a very special person at Atheist/Nexus, not only for me but I know for others here as well.  Personally, I highly regard you as the matriarch of A/N. 

I hope your recent surgery went well and that you will have positive results.  

Regarding my positive outlook, to be honest I feel quite happy and content at this time despite all the hurdles I've been through (or should I say 'over'?)  Now that I'm not working, I no longer have the incredible stresses of strict timetables, ever-looming security issues, and dealing with the crazy general public.  It was a fun job which I loved but it was indeed stressful.  I feel as if I can now relax and enjoy life much more. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 10:18am

Joan, I thought you might appreciate this article and videos.  It's about a female scientist that just died.  The was in a leadership position for a time and those she led had wonderful things to say about her.  Made me tear-up.

http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/gebbie-physics-visionary-and-men...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2016 at 12:25am

Loren, grand news about your wife's son's wedding. You must have enjoyed the secular nature of the ceremony. I feel encouraged that the celebrant reported more requests for godless ceremonies. 

Did the father "give" his daughter to her husband, or did she present herself as joining with him for life's journey? I hate that property stuff. 

 

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