Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 10:04pm

Agreed, Felaine. There are happy milestones to be celebrated. The bad ones should be warnings.

Carl, that's great! If only science was taught like that in school.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 10:00pm

OK, Felaine, let's designate some dates of celebrations worthy of our attention. I think I have these dates correct. Feel free to correct my mistakes, add and/or subtract whatever you feel is worthy of note. 

1980 - The World Health Organization (WHO) certified that smallpox had been eradicated from the planet in 1980.

03-26-1953 - Polio vaccine discovered.

04-14-2003 - Human Genome Project Completed

07-04-1997 - Mars Pathfinder spacecraft landed.

07-20-1969 - 1st moon landing.

08-20-1977 - Voyager 2 launched.

09-02-1945 - Japan's surrender in 1945.

09-05-1977 - Voyager 1 launched.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 10:00pm

Sk8eycat, my niece who was a biology major in college found it and passed it along.  I love how it's full of both humor and facts.  That's a great way to teach science.  

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 9:58pm

I have an e-mail notice that Joan posted something in here about "faith," but I can't find it.  Has it been moved, or deleted?

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 9:55pm

Oh, Carl, that's SO cleverly written and narrated.  How did you find it?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:39pm

Hey, folks.  Here's your science lesson for today.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:30pm

Well, my new avatar picture shows a new addition to my everyday life:  glasses.  I'm really glad I have them as now I can read small print and also see things clearly in the distance.  Now.....getting used to bifocals for the first time ever! 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2014 at 7:14pm

Ian, I'm one of those SF-nerds who thinks we should celebrate the first Moon landing, Japan surrendering in 1945, the end of smallpox, or just the discovery of vaccination in general, and the completion of the Human Genome Project.  And on and on.  (The unmanned Mars landers have thrilled me, too.  Plus the Voyager project back in the 1980s.)

One thing that hardly anybody seems to know is the FACT that the manned space program has paid for itself by a factor of 10 times its original cost....particularly in miniaturization in electronics, and medical monitoring. 

I have heard neo-Luddites still harping on "throwing money away on space," when the exact opposite is true....and we let our elected a##holes cut the funding time after time. 

Tricky Dick cut NASA's funding while he was talking to the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon.


Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 7:02pm

Carl, I like your statement, "All I can do is to realistically take one day at a time and to meet each challenge with logical thinking and actions.  To me, the biggest peace of mind comes from knowing what is real and acting accordingly.  I also know I have a wonderful network of family and friends to rely on."

From personal health problems to national disasters such as this day in history calls for the same kind of wisdom as you evoke. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 3:13pm

Felaine, I've heard an idea somewhere that we remember bad things better because evolution meant us to learn from mistakes, back in the era when making a mistake could lead to being eaten by something big and hungry. Unfortunately the same process doesn't seem to work in a social context: one stupid war follows another with far too people protesting. I agree with you, though that there is too little celebration of acheivement. Here's a link to something that does.


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