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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 Idaho Spud on January 21, 2017 at 10:22am

Daniel, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2017 at 10:20am

It seems most of you peeps are younger than me, but have more physical problems than me.  Not fair is it?  

The response to that sentence is usually "Who said life is fair?"  Well, not me.  But it should be.  If there were a loving god, it would be.  People could make life a little more fair if they wanted to.

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2017 at 10:19am

Nice way to make contact!

Comment by Chris on January 21, 2017 at 9:59am

I started using treking poles to walk. It helps me excercise. The treking poles excercize my upper torso sholders and back as well.

What I find is walking along flat ground with the trecking poles helps.

My neighbors look at me wierd  for using the treking poles.

That's okay.

The good thing about it is the treking poles only cost about $35 and I get to know the neighbors.

Comment by Daniel W on January 21, 2017 at 9:15am

Plinius, I hope your knees get some relief!  This aging thing is tough!

On the marijuana issue, with decriminalized pot in my state I gave a try with some edibles.  The hope was for relief from so much pain and stiffness that I feel every day.  I tried several doses.  I experienced all of the side effects from Joan's list, and none of the benefits.   I didn't like feeling dopey, spacey, clumsy, sleepy, and there wasn't that much pain relief.  Different people are affected differently by medications and other substances, so I don't take that as a blanket condemnation of marijuana, but I wont be trying it again.  Didn't like it at all.  That was both the THC and CBD versions.  Joan, I also have informally seen what you describe, as negative effects of marijuana on young men's brains and I suspect young women's.  Still, I support decriminalization.  It is not as harmful as alcohol in the scheme of things.  The main gateway drugs to heroin, these days, is oxycodone, hydrocodone, and other prescription opiates.  That is why Everett WA is suing Purdue-Pharma for their role in the oxycontin epidemic.

By the way, I lost a dog yesterday.  Baigou was suffering so bad.  I cried after I buried him.  There is still Charlie.  After him I don't know if I will get another one.  It's too hard at the end.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 21, 2017 at 8:30am

I don't do marijuana, but I do enjoy a glass of wine every day. "They" say one glass is beneficial to one's health because of resveritrol found in grapes (and other fruits). For me, sitting down about 5 o'clock with a glass of wine and a piece of cheese is a good way to relax, reflect, and think about supper.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2017 at 4:40am

Ruth, sorry your day didn't go well. Maybe a day sprawled on your back, with you arms spread wide and giving out a sound expressing your feelings could bring relief. 

Life is too short for bad days. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2017 at 4:24am

Plinius, sadly, you have a formidable challenge that faces your daily living with those stairs. After surgery, if you have one, I imagine you will move your bed closer to the bathroom and kitchen. Do be careful; getting rich suddenly would be helpful. 

I heartily agree with your comments about both alcohol and marijuana; especially the latter. While in cancer treatment, I saw many patients who found comfort and relief from pain.  

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2017 at 1:42am

Thanks for the kind comments! There´s a lift in this building, then five steps up, one down, one up, two up - you get the picture, it´s an old building. And I have a two floors apartment, terrace, kitchen and bathroom downstairs, living upstairs. So I must be careful or get rich suddenly.

The pros of alcohol - not really important. It helps people lose their restrictions, but who profits from it? In this famous gin producing town a lot of glass is broken as a result..

Pros of marihuana - it works as a painkiller. Our friend Patricia uses it but she´s never high.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2017 at 8:54pm

I've never tried marijuana, and like you, have no interest in trying it.  I would like to see it be lawful, but not because I think it's benign. It many have more negatives than positives.  

I'll just wait until science teases-out the specific chemicals that have more benefits than harms, then try any of those that a doctor I trust thinks would benefit me.

 

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