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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 March 16, 2014 at 12:21pm

Napoleon, Naturalism:  turn shit into fertilizer! 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 11:52am

I'd be a Rastafarian, except that "shit" clogs my sinuses.

I'd be a PASTAfarian, except I'm diabetic, and pasta is pure carbohydrate.

Guess I'd best be an atheist, and tell them all to bugger off.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 12:05am

Mindy, like your "coned cat" picture. He appears to be well content. 

Felaine, your Duncan cat story sounds funny. Love your Gervaise piece and am reposting. Thanks. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 15, 2014 at 11:58pm

Comment by sk8eycat on March 15, 2014 at 11:50pm

Mickey's lampshade made me laugh.

Duncan, a friend's cat that I sometimes stay with, had a couple of benign tumors removed from his back a few months ago, and they put one of those semi-flexible collars on him afterwards.  Of course he hated it, and one afternoon he waltzed into the den, very proud of himself.  He'd managed to push the thing halfway down his body, and turn it inside out.  Sue said he looked like he was wearing a ballet skirt.  Of course she had no camera handy.....

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:29pm

You're right, Spud, those are the practical unofficial systems. When I work on the sewingmachine I mostly use my fingers or nails instead of a tape measure to make reasonable seams.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 15, 2014 at 1:18pm

Chris, I still quite often use a couple of old systems of measurement and think they're practical when I don't have a measurement tool with me and want a quick approximate answer.  Most of my shoes are very close to one foot in length, and the distance between the knuckles of my little finger are very close to one inch.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 15, 2014 at 11:30am

I heard someplace that a majority of men would like to be taller. I'm in that group.

Great poster, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2014 at 11:04am

Carl, all three of my kids are 50 this year. Seems like only yesterday!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 15, 2014 at 8:01am

I had heard that your final height would be twice your height at 3 years of age (or 2?). According to my parents, I would be 6' tall. During my growth spurt years, I measured myself every month, eagerly anticipating the day I'd reach that magic number. Sigh. Never got remotely close--5'9" rounded up! Now, at age 71, I'm barely over 5'7". And hanging on bars didn't help!

 

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