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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 2:01pm

Randy, what a fine specimen of a dog you chose. Beautiful, looks like she is in charge of keeping you and yours safe, can give and take love and attention. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2014 at 12:14pm

Beautiful dog, Randy! 

K.H., seriously?  Is there a study that shows actual prejudices against black dogs?

Comment by kathy: ky on August 5, 2014 at 8:07am
She's beautiful Randall. I'm glad you got a black one. Have you read the study on the prejudice against black dogs? Interesting.
Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2014 at 7:25am

She looks like good company, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 5, 2014 at 6:34am

Dot's "selfie"! All tongue and slobbers.

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2014 at 2:03am

Thanks, Joan! I've lost all my relatives but I've learnt to find my family in people I happened to meet, and they have taught me a lot of things I needed and they brought happiness! Part of my family is here on AN. ;-)

I love the ice sculptures, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 9:01pm

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your brother's condition. You lost a brother all those years ago. Your comment, "Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol" tells a sad story. 

Your gentle, kind, caring character reveals your very different track, and I am so very glad you are with us. Your a real treasure. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 8:57pm

Randy, glad to learn that Dot is settling in and you get along. Looking forward to photos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 8:56pm

Carl, a very interesting way to commemorate WW I soldiers and victims. I see lots of cameras taking the scene for posterity. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2014 at 6:29pm

I happened upon this article about an art installation put up in Birmingham, England to commemorate the soldiers and victims of World War 1.  I thought it was so moving and thought-provoking that I wanted to share it with you.  This is what I love about art:  it visually displays that which words cannot fully express. 

5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures In Birmingham Commemorate Victims Of WWI

 

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