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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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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 10 hours ago. 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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2016 at 11:55pm

I love the shirt, Ian!

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2016 at 5:55pm

Ian, wear it with pride!  Curmudgeons unite!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 28, 2016 at 5:06pm

Ian - I'd be proud of that description. My doctor recently asked me, among a bunch of other questions, whether I'm irritable. I answered truthfully - it depends on who you talk to.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 28, 2016 at 12:34pm

Hello all. I've just returned from a few days in England. A good time was had by all. Here's what my family think of me:

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 28, 2016 at 11:31am

Daniel, that sounds like an apt description of our new "normal"!

(Not that worship with sacrifice is so great either...)

And more and more, that pseudo-entomologyetymology that you shared in Politics, Economics, and Religion is applicable: "politics" coming from poly, many, and ticks, bloodsucking parasites.

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2016 at 8:51am

I posted a new group for quotations, awaiting approval. Meanwhile,

"The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles" - Mahatma Gandhi

Comment by Randall Smith on December 28, 2016 at 7:22am

Wow, GC, amazing stats! Thanks for the research. If I remember right, it was an elementary teacher that gave us that info. It's stuck with me all these years, but I had no evidence. Now I do!

Have you all looked at Bertold's photos on his profile page? I love his scenic ones. 

Chris (Plinius), I'm sure you're trying your hardest to convince your fellow Dutch there is no god. Keep "ruffling"!

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2016 at 3:23am

But they're still trying, Quiana! The last one was quite ruffled when I told her that I don't believe in fairy-tales.

Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 1:21am

~4% chance.

Biththday aniversaries are fun so there is a ~100% chance that others want to eat cake drink champain and celebrate with others.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 27, 2016 at 2:54pm

Daniel, Qiana, thanks for the heads-up.

Randy, I just tried some numbers for the probability of two people in a group sharing a birthday.

For a rough calculation, we can ignore leap days, and pretend that people were equally likely to be born (and prospective parents equally likely to have gotten busy) on any day of the year. You can calculate the probability of everyone having different birthdays: 364/365 (for the second person) times 363/365 (for the third not matching either of those) times 362/365 (fourth different from first three) * 361/365 * 360/365 * ...  Subtract that from 1 to get the probability that at least two people have the same birthday. Multiply fractions by 100% to get percent.

Turns out that in a group of 14, there's a 25% chance two will share a birthday; 50% in a group of 22; 75% in a group of 31, and 90% in a group of 40, practically 100% in a group of 60.

(And absolutely 100% only in a group of 366 or more. :-)

 

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