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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 9, 2014 at 7:07am
Chris, what an absolutely wonderful first day of class! How appreciative your group is. You must be great fun to be with.
Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2014 at 7:02am

Ian, I never ate one of my grandmothers..

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2014 at 6:44am

How exciting to have started my first lessons of the season! I hadn't even hung up my coat before I got a bunch of carnations and a beautiful card (Russian tradition), someone else brought chocolates from Austria, there was a CD with songs and lyrics I can use in the lessons, there were big hugs, someone brought the cooking pear harvest and shared with us all - I brought enough home to share with some neighbours. Wonderful, all these people who are glad to see me! I even had some time left to do some teaching...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2014 at 6:02pm
I wish your husband well, Patricia. Nice to have family available upon arrival.
Comment by Grinning Cat on September 8, 2014 at 1:35pm

A collection of "English as she is well spocken" (sp?) signs had one, "We serve tea in a bag like mother."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 8, 2014 at 1:00pm

For all of you with grandchildren:

Comment by kathy: ky on September 8, 2014 at 11:36am
That's my kind of liberal.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2014 at 11:34am

Glad to help, Joan!  Please go to the JIBO website and have a look for yourself.  They apparently aren't out YET, but I have to believe they have the winter holidays in their sights.

I'm intrigued as well, but don't really have the money to spend right at this moment.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 8, 2014 at 11:00am

Loren, that photo shows a use of "liberal" that's new to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2014 at 10:16am

Jibo actually exists? It acts like intelligence lives within a machine. I can see all kinds of uses that would facilitate my #1concern, family violence. If episodes could be recorded, perhaps both the abuser and abused would see the idiocy of dominator and victim; perhaps others would believe how bad a situation is; perhaps a professional could unwind the triggers and demonstrate ways to make healthy changes. 

Now, as to fun! Oh boy! I could get all the photos I want and from the events I want to record. l could show you that flock of goldfinch without startling them away by my movement. 

Where did you find this Lore? Wherever, I want to subscribe. 

 

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