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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 Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2014 at 6:45pm

Absolutely. Dumbass keyboards should KNOW what we MEANT to type!!!!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2014 at 5:26pm

I hate when I do that, and it seems to increase with age. As the (not so) old saying goes, Good grammar has went.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 4:31pm

Your home improvement sounds very nice, MIndy.  There's nothing like a screened-in porch to enjoy in the nice weather.  That, and the roof, are good investments if you want to sell the home later on down the road.  Don't feel bad about taking a loan out for something like that. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 4:16pm

Patricia said, "at least I'm still among the breathin'......I hear this is a good thing"

You got a good hearty laugh out of me with that one, Patricia.  That truly was a LOL. 

I just need to look at my 79 year old father to see what I'm going to look like at that age.  People definitely know my dad and I are related when whey see us together.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2014 at 7:47am

Ian, it's nice to see what you look like! Thanks.

Carl, my "new" avatar was taken by a fellow passenger on Amtrack's Zephyr (Chi to Oakland), from two years ago. That's why the background curtain. Wonder why Napolean left us?

Did you all see Joan's blog on Lake Mead?

I'm off to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned (and checked). My daughter (#3) is the farmer/hygienist, the latter being part time for now. And yes, Ruth, they live only 5 miles from me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 12:37am

Found the article, Ruth.  Here it is from the BBC News - Science and Environment.

Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

This article mentions many of the points you make about the oceans heating during this supposed "slowdown."  I'm curious what your opinion is of this article.  The author certainly appears not to be a climate change denialist.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 12:25am

Ruth, your points about our climate heating are well taken.  You obviously have a lot more background in studying this topic than I do.  I believe the point of the article I read (I'll try to find it and pass it along to you) was that our surface air temperatures only were plateauing for about 10 years but would then increase quite exceptionally after that time. 

It's a complicated topic.  Like I said, I'll try to find the original article for you.  Thanks, Carl

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2014 at 11:07pm

Flying Atheist, I take great exception to the current framing of Climate Change taking a break. Journalists talk about a steadily heating water world (Earth), as if heating oceans don't count. Just because the heat is going into the deep Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans doesn't mean Climate Change has slowed down.

I used to expect another rapid acceleration of air and land temperatures when the El Nino comes. That tuned out to be a simplistic, too linear, take on what's happening. The way excess heat effects the planet has been changing. We pass invisible tipping points, and the heat begins to go new places instead of where we expected. For example we discovered that rising hot air over the warmer Atlantic, after it cools aloft, comes back down as higher air pressure in the Eastern Pacific, which changes trade winds and slows down the El Nino's development and strength. Warmer ocean water is destabilizing methane hydrates now, in the East Siberian Sea and Beaufort Sea of the Arctic and also off the US East Coast. I expect that hindsight will tell us that Climate Change wasn't in a hiatus at all during this period, we were too narrow-minded to recognize a complicated climate destabilization process.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2014 at 10:40pm

I have to hand it to you Carl, that's a good one. The music's fun too, in a silly way.

Hope you don't melt, Cathy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 9:34pm

In honor of Napoleon, here's some just plain awful music.  I liked Napoleon but I didn't care for his taste in music.  I wish he was here to hear this.  This is my retribution.  Don't enjoy........

 

 

 

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