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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 15, 2014 at 1:47pm

Yes, Loren, I've noticed that, but thought it was my old computer with old software.

Comment by Plinius on April 15, 2014 at 1:47pm

This was Poeka. She liked to sit on shoulders and she did so between 1992 and 2006 whenever she had the chance. No problem when she weighed a few hundred grams, but a real problem when she was over four kilos. Take care of your shoulder, Loren; mine has never been the same when Poeka was finished with it.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 15, 2014 at 1:44pm

BTW, has anyone else noticed that clicking on "replied" or "commented" links no longer takes you directly to the comment or reply?  Seems like older links work while the newer ones don't.  I've fired off a note to Richard about it, but wanted to make sure I'm not hallucinating.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 15, 2014 at 1:43pm

Joan, when I pull up the home site for Cosmos on TV, the menu I get looks in part like this:

The second menu item below the banner - Full Episodes - should get you there, though obviously, you're ALREADY there!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2014 at 1:29pm

Spooky, welcome to Atheist Nexus and a whole group of people who love cats. We celebrate your new family and can only imagine the fun all of you have together. Hope the older cats take you in and offer gentle kindness. Your human family members will keep an eye on you so that you don't get overwhelmed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2014 at 1:27pm

Loren, on my computer, the CosmosonTV   link gets me to the trailers of all the episodes, the Blog and background. There is no place that I can find to get the whole episode.

This link 

http://www.cosmosontv.com/watch/183733315515

gets me episode one through six. I don't know if this will get the future ones or not.

I just watched episode six and it is dynamite! Anyone, even very young, can get an image of what happens in very complex systems. I like the way they divided up the story. In this one, I wondered why the lilacs played such a big part at the beginning. At the end, the episode fleshed out smaller and smaller through the fragrance of lilac and the role atoms, molecules to the tiniest particles. WOW!

Link these kinds of ideas with the notion that before the Big Bang, there was no time and space. Now that was hard for me to get my mind around.  It makes sense now. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 15, 2014 at 11:55am

Spooky is two months old, is alleged to have some Egyptian Mau in him ... and likes to sit on shoulders!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 15, 2014 at 11:30am

Hello Spooky.  How old are you?

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2014 at 9:13am

Hello, spooky...sweet little face!  Kissy-kissy!

Comment by Plinius on April 15, 2014 at 9:10am

Hello Spooky!

Have fun, Loren!

 

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