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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 19, 2014 at 4:04pm

I'm an incurable reader too. Can't imagine life without books.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 19, 2014 at 4:01pm

Great concert this evening. Aarhus symfoniorkester playing Adams's "Doctor Atomic" symphony, Bartok's "The Wonderful Mandarin" and Berstein's "Age of Anxiety". Music full of tension and fear, a stirring experience.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 19, 2014 at 1:33pm

Patricia, have you seen the movie Matilda?  You remind me of her.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 19, 2014 at 1:09pm

Sorry I haven't been with you lately, booklover. There have been health-related challenges in my life, band drama in my husband's life, a visit from relatives for two days, and lots of stress from keeping up with Ebola news. Here's an estimate, for example, of the expected infections and deaths in Liberia. The graph gives details when you roll over data points. Exponential growth, not everybody gets what that means.

(a non-interactive copy of the graph)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2014 at 9:53am

Joan, I certainly wouldn't call you a snob.  I would say you are a serious person, but by no means snobbish.  You don't display any snobbish qualities to me.  On the contrary, you appear passionately caring about others and about justice for all. 

For me, I like my science fiction more sciency than fictiony.  I really like the idea of "what if" in terms of using real science.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 19, 2014 at 9:46am

For some reason I have a hard time focusing on audio books. Before I know it I've zoned out again and have no idea what the narrator's been saying.

That book of Mailer's was amazing.

Comment by Future on September 19, 2014 at 9:33am
I don't have time to read, but I love audiobooks - can't get enough of them. I spend enough time in the car by myself to finish two per week on average. Some narrators are much more interesting to listen to than the voice that reads in my head.

Recently I finished Castle In The Woods, by Norman Mailer. It's about the Hitler family during Adolf's upbringing, as told by a demonic minion of Satan who was put in charge of influencing the boy. Very entertaining mixture of history and fiction. Sometimes I didn't want to get out of the car so I could keep listening.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 19, 2014 at 8:31am

I guess I've been reading everything I could get my hands on since childhood...starting with Kipling's "Just So Stories"...not to have strong feelings about books in general, and fantasy and SF in particular..

Forrest Ackerman's "invention" of the term "sci-fi" (he came up with that excrescence in the 1950s when high fidelity sound systems hit the market, and became "hi-fi") horrified SF writers and fans, and still does.  But then, Forrey (who often signed his name 4-E) was more of a movie fan and hanger-on than a reader.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2014 at 7:29am

As for my two cents worth: Except for Asimov and maybe Jules Verne, I was never a Sci-fi fan. I liked "real" science. Although written in 1949, Michener's "The Fires of Spring" was an inspiration to this young teenager in about 1960. I also loved "Caravans" ('63) and "The Source" ('65). "Hawaii" long and good, but I couldn't finish "Centennial".

Bertold, I enjoyed your eclectic photos on your home page.         Joan, I'm with you--an admitted "snob". I no longer read fiction, love biographies (reading about Robert E. Lee now), science and history. Unlike you, however, I do like music (classical and jazz).        

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2014 at 2:00am

I read the Covenant by Michener - about South Africa. A very enjoyable genre; fiction fragments against a historical background.

 

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