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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by k.h. ky on August 7, 2014 at 5:58pm
Spud, I felt the same way. Not only did we have to render the verdict we had to impose the sentence. Two of the jurors were in tears when it was over. A third made the remark that she would never serve on a jury again.
It was a tremendous weight on all of us. It bothers me a lot more than I expected.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 3:46pm

I like that video Ruth.  Good to see people helping each other once in a while.  I focus too much on the negative for my own good.

Talking about Jury duty, I was called 2 times.  The first time, I was in the backup group and was not needed.  The 2nd time, I was old enough that I got out of it by stating my age and asking to be excused.  

Both times, I was conflicted.  I would have liked to have seen what it was like to be on a jury, and I think I could have been of help in rendering a proper verdict.  On the other hand, I'm glad I never had to have someone's fate even partially depend on me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 7, 2014 at 3:27pm

That's a great video, Ruth.  I honestly believe we would do the same here.  We are all human, and most of us have empathy.  A large group of people anywhere in the world I think would be prompted to act in such a heroic manner.  Just my 2-cent opinion. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 7, 2014 at 3:13pm

In Australia, a man's leg slipped in the gap between the platform and train. Everybody helped tip the train, to rescue him.

I wonder if US commuters would have been as quick-thinking and helpful.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 7, 2014 at 7:16am

In all my years, I've never had to serve jury duty. My hat's off, k.h., for your service. 

Joan, how often do we see a volunteer or good Samaritan die or get killed trying to save someone? How do god believers explain that?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2014 at 12:16am

Laura had this comment on Facebook: 

"Laura Smith-Johnson via Volunteer Firefighters

"This is why we do traffic control at incidents - to protect the ones who are helping others by preventing accidents like this one. It might be inconvenient for motorists, but it saves lives and prevents injuries to responders."
These were volunteer firefighters. 
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2014 at 11:50pm

I just posted a piece on dyslexia on my "Brain Studies Discussions" titled "Dyslexia: Scribbled Stunning Portraits of Famous Dyslexics" that you may like to read. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2014 at 9:30pm

Well, k.h., you did your civil duty and now I'm sure you're glad you don't have to do that again for a while.

For you pet lovers out there.  Check out these adorable pet trailers.

http://www.feeldesain.com/pet-trailers-judson-beaumont.html

Comment by k.h. ky on August 6, 2014 at 9:00pm
Carl, brought in a guilty verdict today. A 38 year old woman disappeared in 1993. Last seen leaving work with her bil. Her body has never been found. This case was against the mans wife. Google Patsy Calloway if you want the many, confusing, details.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 6, 2014 at 8:52pm
Booklover that's a keeper.
 

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