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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 Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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 Randall Smith on Tuesday

I'm happy A/N is back. I almost used it while the debate was going on (which I refused to watch), but I got watching something else.

It really cooled down overnight. I even turned on my furnace--mostly to see if it would work. I'll still burn wood this winter.

Comment by Ian Mason on Tuesday

You're never too old to rock 'n' roll (and lots of other things). And it's true that a PC helps people stay more in touch with the world. There's a lot of information out there just waiting to be gathered in.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

It is a relief to be able to get Atheist Nexus again. I feel my interesting life evaporated without our little chats and momentous discussions!. 

Chris, happy to learn you are back in "work mode", even if it is limited. Grasp the good days, enjoy the down days, and life's journey becomes even more of an adventure with unknowns and unknowables. 

Randy, I like the idea of placing yourself in the middle of the universe; I can observe, participate, and have a few laughs along the way. 

Spud, I love you cartoon! That is how I feel when I wake up each morning and seeing the computer just eager to pump out all kinds of interesting things about nature, gardening, the physical sciences, and applied sciences. I am alive at exactly the right time. 

Kathy, The temperature for your part of the country sounds like a real relief from heat and humidity. 

Spokane is 74 degrees F at 3:45 PM. Perfect weather. 

Comment by k.h. ky on Monday
Temperatures are in the low 60s. I love it.
Comment by Qiana-Maieev on Monday

That's a good one Idaho Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on Sunday

Ruth, I like your "Never Too Late" picture.  Here's what my welcoming computer feels like to me:

Comment by Randall Smith on Sunday

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Joan, regarding living a "real life", as you put it. Perhaps I'm being a bit selfish, putting myself in the middle of the universe, but it makes me less of a misanthrope.     And rock on, Ruth!

Comment by Plinius on September 25, 2016 at 1:35am

Thanks, Joan, I'm back into work mode and very busy because I lose so much time. My two days of work are followed by two bad days in which I dare not leave the house - even the stairs are difficult. So in general I have three days left to shop, cook, clean etc. and for meeting people, but most of the time I can't manage all that. I've fallen a few times but I haven't hurt myself very much. We both never had a drivers license, so we picked a place to live close to public transport. On good days I can walk in town as if nothing is wrong. Thanks for the info on the device! I still have to go to hospital to have my ears checked.

And you're right, Ruth, where would we be without our computers! Our physical world is getting narrower but we can still live in a wider world and meet friends!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 8:44pm

I can't think of a better way to spend time than on the computer, learnings about other nations and governments, seeing fantastic photos of nature, learning about the new physics when we are still working to understand previous ideas, finding out that not all nations are as violent as ours, and some have better health care than we do. 

It feels better than sitting in front of a screen watching other people's lives. Real life is a whole lot more challenging and interesting than love affairs and financial ruin of some "let's pretend of commercial TV. 

I like your photo, Ruth, "Never too late!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 24, 2016 at 6:41pm

Ian, us senior citizens don't use rocking chairs any more. We're parked in front of our computer screens.

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Otherwise, "I resemble those".

 

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