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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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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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by k.h. ky on February 26, 2017 at 11:45am
Ruth I hope the DR's find a quick resolution to your health problems. I underwent four gallbladder scans over an eight year period. Every one showed the gallbladder was fine.
Long story short, the pain and nausea turned out to be a very rare side effect of a heart medicine that I had been on for.... eight years :(
I finally researched it out myself.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 26, 2017 at 7:33am

That's much better--hearing from you all! Good news (Ian's vacation, Chris' birthday party) and not-so-good (Ruth's health issues). A/N is important (for lack of a better word) to me--connecting with people I'll likely never meet yet consider them good friends. Like Daniel said, so many people sign up here, but don't contribute or simply fade away. I know I appreciated the welcome I got when I first joined.

We often (silent "f") talk about the weather. I've thought about starting up a new group on weather and climate, but I think it would be rather boring.

Comment by Plinius on February 26, 2017 at 5:34am

I hope you feel better soon, Ruth!

I´ve been busy celebrating my birthday - very unusual for me. The neighbours had talked me into cooking chili sin carne y con fruta for them and after they had found out my date of birth they made a very nice party, which I enjoyed very much.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2017 at 11:00pm

Ian, thank you for the spectacular artist's renditions of "NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star. " 

These discussions and videos sparkle in my imagination. What will my great-grandsons and daughter see that I cannot even imagine? I hope they are free of the fascist movements.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2017 at 10:54pm

Ian, where on Earth is Fuerteventura? ... Canary Islands! Would not a nice little piece of land with a small shelter on it and walking distance to the local farmers' market be just paradise? If you find such a place, let me know and I will join you. Winter is getting very old.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2017 at 10:50pm

Ruth, I am sorry to learn you have not been feeling well and hope the remedy is fast and complete. 

Also, Ruth, thank you so much for the excellent guidance you give is for writing letters to our Senators and Congress. I haven't received responses yet and I will just keep calling, writing, and sending email statements of the problems evolving and what my position is on each one. Perhaps, one day, they will give me a credible response, not just a propaganda piece. When/if they respond I will let everyone know.  

Comment by Loren Miller on February 25, 2017 at 8:05pm

Ruth, been there done that regarding the gallbladder. Your best bet: get rid of it!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 25, 2017 at 5:57pm

Only an hour to go and I start making my way to Fuertaventura. I've had enough of the rain, sleet and clouds so I'm heading to where the sun shines gently on a comfortable 20 degrees C.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 25, 2017 at 5:54pm

Sorry to hear that, Ruth. I hope your doctor finds some relief for you soon.

New continents and new planets. We live in fascinating times.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-b...

Comment by Daniel W on February 25, 2017 at 10:17am

Randy, thank's for keeping up with everyone! 

By the way, it looks like the "members" tab is back.  I know that you use it to welcome new members, as do I as well on occasion..  I wonder if doing so helps people become more active.  I suspect is does, maybe one out of 20 or less but better than none.

Weather here is typical maritime Pacific NW rain / chill / fog / near-freeze / some nice days.  I feel reassured that this year is somewhat normal here, so far.

 

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