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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2014 at 4:37pm

We had a tremendous lightning, thunder and rainstorm yesterday. Today is beautiful blue skies with tiny puff balls of cotton-clouds. It is 2:30 here in Spokane and the temperature is a lovely 77 degrees. Perfect for puttering, reading, writing, and napping. All big project are completed and I have some little projects in the planning stage. Autumn is the perfect time to make changes.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 23, 2014 at 4:18pm

Speaking of body transplants, one bit of SF I wouldn't mind having in the real world is the medical technology in John Varley's Steel Beach. Not only are most ailments handled as uneventfully as when we take a car to a (competent, honest) mechanic, but in that world many people routinely get new bodies every decade or two in adulthood.

But Wait, There's More! It's not uncommon for people to switch genders when they simply feel like a change. In addition to getting "original equipment" with full sexual and reproductive functionality, they obviously benefit from tech to successfully shape gender identity too. Anyway, it's noteworthy that in that society you're only considered a full adult once you've lived as a woman and as a man. (Goodbye sexism!)

(One short story set in that world featured a teenage boy with the knack of recognizing people across body changes, by their mannerisms, speech patterns, and so forth. One day his doorbell rings and he finds someone he's never seen before... except he recognizes her as his best friend, who'd been a guy but managed to get a body and gender change earlier than usual. Now she's intent on getting into the sack with him, and he's freaked out by the prospect, having never thought of his friend in those terms!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 3:37pm

I try to look decent when I leave the house as well.  I do have some self-respect. 

I see people at the airport ready to board planes in outfits I wouldn't wear to walk out to the alley to take out the trash. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 3:34pm

Carl, The Big Bang Theory makes me laugh out loud quite often, something that rarely happens with other shows.  The first season was especially hilarious.  Knee-slappers one after another the whole 20 minutes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 3:31pm

It's been raining a lot here as well.  That is, a lot for Pocatello.  One inch in the last 2 days, and another the 2 weeks before that.

Ordinarily, I like rain, but it's also been cool for the last 2 weeks, and my watermelon don't respond well to cool weather.  I've got some big ones, but if this keeps up, they won't ripen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2014 at 3:24pm

Thanks for the great offer, Patricia.  Sounds like a good deal to me.  Hope your PC connectivity issues clear up quickly. 

Spud, that's a funny Big Bang Theory clip.  I really like that show a lot. 

Mindy, the deluge of rain just finished up here in Chicago.  Wow!  What a rainstorm!  Very intense with lots of lightening.  The lights in my apartment flickered on and off several times.  I was worried about loosing my power, but all is well in the end.    

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 2:21pm

I'm with sheldon.  It looks like I'm going to miss "when man will be able to transfer his consciousness into a machine and achieve immortality." by "that much."

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 2:07pm

Patricia, I want a new body transplant too!  I'd even be willing to pay full price.

I was going to ask if someone knew where you were, as I hadn't heard from you in a week.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 2:04pm

Mindy, if you find a place to buy a new digestive system, let me know! :)

Comment by Ian Mason on August 23, 2014 at 11:58am

True, that. Looks and appearance give positive reactions. I once saw my ex-dentist and her receptionist reduced to giggling schoolgirls by a "handsome hunk". They didn't even care that his credit cards were rejected and he couldn't pay. The dentist looked very disappointed when she saw that I was the next patient.

 

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