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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago. 0 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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2015 at 5:45pm

My dear friends, this is difficult to say after just posting a joke, but I sadly inform you that our beautiful friend Elaine, affectionately known as Felaine and Sk8eycat, died this past weekend.  

I just spoke with her sister since I wasn't able to reach Elaine at the hospital.  I was told she passed away on Saturday.

I'm so glad I was able to speak with Elaine previously to let her know that all of us were thinking about her and cared about her.  I'm glad she left us knowing that.

Although I live in Chicago, I asked her sister if there's anything I can do.  She said to just give a donation to an animal shelter or adopt a pet.  "Elaine would like that," she said. 

Like many of you, I know I'm going to miss Elaine very much.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2015 at 5:00pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2015 at 2:53pm

Astronomers take the heat out of sunspots theory

"Forget the sunspot connection. Scientists say that rising global average temperatures cannot be attributed to them as there has been no long-term upward trend in solar activity since 1700."

Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2015 at 9:59pm

A really stunning book: "A Delicate Truth" by John Le Carre. In the 'global war on terror', British intelligence and special forces end up being the underlings of American private defence contractors, all thanks to the Neocon policies of New Labour. Le Carre's best book in years: no punches pulled, no holds barred, no prisoners taken. Read it in an afternoon/evening yesterday.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 9, 2015 at 4:57pm
With this unbearable heat l find myself looking forward to fall. Fall has always been my favorite season. That's the time l venture into the nearby woods and look for compostable leaves and tiny transplantable dogwood trees. Or just go for a nice walk without the worry of ticks and chiggers.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 8, 2015 at 12:53am

I grew up on a diet of mostly radio. It created a love of language that has never died. If there's a negative side to that, it's that I don't find visual humour very funny. Chaplin and Mr. Bean for example.

It seems that, after a rather grey and wet season, August will be the month that Summer comes to Denmark. We will toast gently in the sunshine with temperatures of around 20-25 degrees. Nice and comfortable, I think.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2015 at 5:54pm

You didn't miss a thing, Chris.

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 4:22pm

I grew up without radio or TV, and always wondered what I had missed..

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 3:10pm

Spud, I like it, too. I love the look of inquiry. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 2:41pm

I like that image of the girl inspecting the snail.  I'm saving it.

 

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