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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on Wednesday

It's well worth it, Randall. Just remember to take waterproofs or a brolly. Sooner or later it WILL rain.

Comment by Randall Smith on Wednesday

It's been awhile since I've been to England: 20 yrs ago in Liverpool and the Lake country; 50 yrs. since London, etc. (when I biked through the country). You've got me thinking about returning, Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 12, 2018 at 10:00am

I've been in England for a long weekend. Mostly just relaxing with the family but also took a day trip to London to see some art and 'The Two Noble Kinsmen' at The Globe.

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/thomas-cole...http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/the-two-noble-kinsmen

Comment by Patricia on June 6, 2018 at 3:02pm

Yes, I found several of the countries percentages rather shocking. Glad we did well, but am still boggled about the numbers on the sun revolving around the earth thing.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 6, 2018 at 7:12am

Thanks, Patricia, for sharing the quiz
about public knowledge of science
.

10/10 here, plus noticed a typo in
in Question 5. :)

It was interesting that the US did significantly worse on the last question, and Israel also did noticeably worse, than their top-group performance on the other questions might suggest. Maybe connected to enough of the population taking a certain Abrahamic religious teaching literally?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 6, 2018 at 2:54am

9/9 in the quiz.

Re Question 7.

Some of you know I say there’s no evidence that the universe started with either an explosion or an expansion.

Its being supported by taxpayers, it is the best-funded theory. The funding pays for the advertising that results in the theory’s being the best one known to those who make the NSF’s test.

Comment by Plinius on June 6, 2018 at 12:53am

9/10 in the quiz...

Comment by Ian Mason on June 5, 2018 at 11:18pm

Thanks, GC. I doubt that anyone is going to look for this group with the intent of stealing anything.

10/10 in the quiz. General knowledge, although I might have got a couple wrong when I was younger. Knowledge accumulates through the years.

Comment by Patricia on June 5, 2018 at 9:28pm

Ten simple science questions & how different countries did.....I got 9/10.

https://www.businessinsider.com/science-questions-quiz-public-knowl...

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2018 at 10:03pm

Ian, your grandson looks happy; thanks for sharing those pictures!

Turns out Hang With Friends is not a closed group. (I checked by looking at it from a private or incognito window without logging in again; our comments and pictures and stuff are still visible.) You might decide it's ok to keep the pictures up, since they're identified only by "Ian Mason" and "grandson".

 

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