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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2015 at 2:53pm

Astronomers take the heat out of sunspots theory

"Forget the sunspot connection. Scientists say that rising global average temperatures cannot be attributed to them as there has been no long-term upward trend in solar activity since 1700."

Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2015 at 9:59pm

A really stunning book: "A Delicate Truth" by John Le Carre. In the 'global war on terror', British intelligence and special forces end up being the underlings of American private defence contractors, all thanks to the Neocon policies of New Labour. Le Carre's best book in years: no punches pulled, no holds barred, no prisoners taken. Read it in an afternoon/evening yesterday.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 9, 2015 at 4:57pm
With this unbearable heat l find myself looking forward to fall. Fall has always been my favorite season. That's the time l venture into the nearby woods and look for compostable leaves and tiny transplantable dogwood trees. Or just go for a nice walk without the worry of ticks and chiggers.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 8, 2015 at 12:53am

I grew up on a diet of mostly radio. It created a love of language that has never died. If there's a negative side to that, it's that I don't find visual humour very funny. Chaplin and Mr. Bean for example.

It seems that, after a rather grey and wet season, August will be the month that Summer comes to Denmark. We will toast gently in the sunshine with temperatures of around 20-25 degrees. Nice and comfortable, I think.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2015 at 5:54pm

You didn't miss a thing, Chris.

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 4:22pm

I grew up without radio or TV, and always wondered what I had missed..

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 3:10pm

Spud, I like it, too. I love the look of inquiry. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 2:41pm

I like that image of the girl inspecting the snail.  I'm saving it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 2:15pm

Magic occurs in a child's mind when left to their own devices. I feel concern when the children coming along have every minute of their lives filled with some planned activity. I know parents feel that keeping a child busy will keep them from mischief; however, that special way of being when interacting  with events such as flowing water or web spinning of a spider activates the brain in ways that nothing else can. 

"Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail."
~ E. O. Wilson 
Photo credit: © Renee Lee/istockphoto.com

Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, Wilson argues. They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail. Photo credit: © Renee Lee/istockphoto.com

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 12:43pm

You're another dreamer, Spud! I could watch a spider weaving a web for so long that I felt like the spider.

 

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