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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 February 22, 2015 at 6:08pm
Joan, I enjoyed the photos. I bookmarked it to show my gdaughters. But the comments that followed from religious nuts were, well,.. nutty. Lol
Comment by k.h. ky on February 22, 2015 at 4:42pm
Good news Carl.. Glad you are feeling better.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:41pm

Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11?

Learned helplessness is associated with subsequent depression, anxiety, phobias, shyness, and/or loneliness.

Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11? Learned helpl...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:38pm

Animal communicator anna breytenbach documentary film

http://www.4shared.com/video/ekJZ4monba/the_animal_communicator__an...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:35pm

Have you ever been annoyed at those who complain about not mattering? Or that their problem is so huge that they are the only ones who suffer? But the ones that really gets me boiling are the ones who claim superiority over others or even animals.  Well, this series of photos shows how small we are ... and how large we are. Whether we like it or not, we matter and so do a lot of other things matter. 

18 Photos you will question your existence. 

http://www.trueactivist.com/after-viewing-these-18-photos-you-will-...

Comment by Pat on February 22, 2015 at 4:25pm

Carl, I don't post on here all that often, but please understand I'm rooting for you. It's good to see you active here on A|N. Take care, my friend.

Comment by Chris Brockman on February 22, 2015 at 3:32pm


What to Think About:  Philosophy for a Thoughtful Younger Generation, by Chris Brockman is up on Amazon. Brockman uses his own definition of “philosophy” as a “systematic study of who I am, what’s out there, and what should I do about it,“to arrive at suggestions for things to think about.  Each chapter ends with scenarios and questions challenging the reader to think. This book is “written from a humanist perspective,” and may offend some religious sensibilities.  It is recommended for young adults.  Chris Brockman is the author of the classic of religious skepticism for children What about gods?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 3:27pm

Carl, I am so happy to receive your news. Of course, you had a terrible shortness of breath. It really was inevitable. Now that you start dialysis and get some cleaner blood pumping through your veins you will be feeling better. And that does mean some resolution with your heart. The heart has to do the pumping. I don't know what role dialysis plays in getting your cleaner blood flowing, but I surely hope that issue is resolved very soon. Do take care of yourself ... I don't have to tell you that. I know your family is your greatest team and couple that with an excellent medical team, you have the possibility for renewed energy. I'm going change possibility to probability for renewed energy. 
Here's a motherly hug and a big fat kiss on your cheek. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2015 at 3:13pm

Glad you're feeling better Carl.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2015 at 3:07pm

Just got released yesterday after spending three days in the hospital.  I went into the emergency room Wednesday evening with terrible shortness of breath.  I had fluid in my lungs and they ended up starting me on dialysis.  I've had two sessions of dialysis and I already feel better.  Starting Monday I start a regular three-time a week schedule.  Still waiting for an evaluation from the cardiologist about what to do regarding my heart issue.  I've been avoiding dialysis, but now, to be honest, I'm glad I'm doing it because I'm feeling better. 

 

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