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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 Idaho Spud 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2014 at 2:08am

I hope Napoleon is all right as well.  I like him because he's a rebel and a lightning rod for tender emotions.  lol 

Comment by Plinius on August 6, 2014 at 2:03am

Good you're back Ian, and I like the poem!

Napoleon has disappeared from AN. I hope he's all right.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2014 at 11:52pm

Loren, I hope you aren't in danger of having water problems like they are having in Toledo.  They were even testing the water here in Chicago from Lake Michigan as a result. 

Hello, Ian.  I noticed you've been absent, but you have redeemed yourself with a thought-provoking poem.  I hope all is well with you.

Seems we haven't heard from Steph or Napoleon in quite some time.  Perhaps they have been active in other groups on Atheist/Nexus, but I haven't seen their names popping up elsewhere. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 11:00pm

Patricia, there is whimsey in the pictures you share. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 10:57pm

Carl, thanks for the memories! 

My very favorite cat was black, named Ebony. She came to our door as a very young cat, malnourished, had infected eyes and had been mauled by something. We nursed her back to health and she turned out to be the best cat I ever enjoyed. She was an excellent mother and adopted all the kittens that our calico cat abandoned at birth. Ebony and Calico made the journey with us 2,000 miles, each with a new litter of kittens. They seemed to have kittens at the same time and Ebony nursed both litters each time. Ebony became very cranky and after I had her spayed, she was a playful cat again. Too much raising young can be hard on cats as well as human women. We never had problems finding good homes for all the kittens. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 10:48pm

Patricia, it is so much fun seeing your new computer's abilities and you doing so much that is interesting. You would make a good graphic designer! 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 5, 2014 at 10:32pm

Hello folks. I hope all are well. I've been doing other things for a while so haven't been here.

Found this poem that I'd like to share.

Humanity by Gregory Corso

What simple profundities 
What profound simplicities 
To sit down among the trees 
and breathe with them 
in murmur brool and breeze — 

And how can I trust them 
who pollute the sky 
with heavens 
the below with hells 

Well, humankind, 
I’m part of you 
and so my son 

but neither of us 
will believe 
your big sad lie

Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2014 at 8:55pm

Meant to put this up earlier today, but what the heck.  Here's something to wake you up Tuesday morning - a little Don Ross:

Comment by sk8eycat on August 5, 2014 at 8:26pm

Dog prejudice goes WAYYYY back in history, and perhaps prehistory. Especially against black dogs.  The Romans of the Republic era believed that black dogs originated from the "underworld," and  of course black cats were believed to be witchs' "familiars.  Whatever that means.

Some shelters refuse to adopt  out black cats and dogs from late September to early November because some superstitious idiots torture and kill them....especially here in SoCal where there is a large Latino population.

I currently have an orange cat and a fat black cat ....perfect for Halloween, but they are strictly indoor cats.  Funny thiing is that the Black Blimp has totally adopted my red-headed sister.  They make a very striking "couple,". 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2014 at 7:29pm

So, k.h., are you on a jury or did you get released? 

 

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