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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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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 Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 1:55pm

Long ago Loren recommended this TV series and I was able to find it on the internet. This commentary strikes a bell not often played on commercial TV. Enjoy! ... that isn't the right word, well, anyway, thanks Lore. Are there any new programs of that quality on the air/internet? 

If Only All News Anchors Were Like This!

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2014 at 12:31pm

Dido & Luna would do the same. When we have a visitor the cats don't like I sometimes find them under my duvet after the visit, hot and upset, poor cats. I never taught them to be frightened, but it seems they want only the usual quiet of two bookish people...

Comment by sk8eycat on July 5, 2014 at 11:41am

The City went ahead with the annual fireworks show last night, even though the hills are drier than dust.  I sat on the front lawn with our neighbors and enjoyed the whole thing....spectacular stuff....and there were NO brush fires!

I wish I knew how the pyrotechnicians put those shells together to get such a variety of shapes and colors....the same goes for stage illusionists....."How the H3ll do they DO that?"  Drives me crazy!

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2014 at 10:10am

I love that one, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 8:44am
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 12:48am

Carl, 50 is a good year ... for me and for others I care about and love. Cary was born in 1963 and we saw him for the first time when he was 5 days old and brought him home. Five months and 13 days later, my twins were born. All three are 50 years old now and their lives have smoothed out nicely after some bumpy years. 

It feels so good to get through all the stressors of growing up myself, and raising the kids to adulthood. I, too, am getting more progressive as I grow older and can relax more. 

Do you have special plans for the 50th b.d.? May it be full of shared experiences with people you love and who love you, and that there be interesting conversation, delicious foods, and joy all around!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2014 at 9:07am

Thank you, Chris.  Right now I'm still 49 but my big day is coming up on the 16th.  

Comment by Plinius on July 4, 2014 at 8:35am

Happy birthday, Carl! From my 40th birthday the years grew better every year and that development hasn't stopped yet. I hope it's the same for you! Conservative? No, why should we?

Comment by Randall Smith on July 4, 2014 at 7:28am

Chris, I KNOW I've gotten more liberal as I've aged. Feels good to be progressive. I usually liked Herb Alpert, mostly because his music was upbeat. Haven't heard "What Now My Love" in awhile, but can still feel that beat during all his pauses.

sk8, I've seen two live Buffet shows, but that was 24 years ago. What an entertainer! Remain ever young!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2014 at 2:35am

I get The Daily KOS as well, Felaine.  Great updates on what is happening in politics and social issues.

Here's the Wikipedia page for Daily Kos.  It explains the name: 

Daily Kos was founded by Markos Moulitsas (Kos from the last syllable of his first name, his nickname while in the military) in 2002.

This is my birthday month and I turn 50 this year.  I honestly can not see myself getting more conservative as I age.  If anything, I've actively been getting more progressive and vocal about it throughout the years.

 

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