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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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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2013 at 3:12pm

Joan, that's a beautiful paean to life and the next generation. I will cheer you on (from here, in spirit) in your project. Go blast those cells!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2013 at 3:07pm

Tony, as usual, an excellent video with so many beautiful images. Looking at Earth from space and seeing no political boundaries or religious demarkations refreshes an image of human rights for all, and challenges the false notion that Homo sapiens have supremacy over all.

We are part of a network. What impacts one aspect of the net, impacts others. 

Indra's Net

Indra's Net

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2013 at 2:00pm

My son, Craig and his family sent a beautiful and delicious arrangement of pineapple, strawberries and grapes and we ate it for dessert yesterday. It was so nice to have each of my three children  represented by that delightful presentation and Laura, Larry, Laurie, Cary and I picked it apart with gusto after dinner on Mother's Day. 

We had a beautiful couple of hours in the garden, and then came inside for Larry, Cary, and Laurie to fix dinner while we moms sat and watched. Craig, Mindy, Luke and Austin,you were definitely present in spirit. 

Life is such a gift, full of wonder, pleasures come from so many things, and especially having loving family and friends, close by and far away. All the special memories of Mother's Day past fill me with incredible joy, adding to my memory bank. I feel great; low energy, and each family member fills in the gaps that I once did. It is odd sitting and watching Cary do the chores in the garden that I once did, for 38 years. A lovely sight. I experience great comfort knowing each family member grows in integrity and compassion for others, that the Earth is in such capable hands as my descendants contribute. I woke up this morning at 10:00 and feel refreshed and ready.  

Laura, Michelle and Laurie go with me for appointments with my oncology surgeon and medical oncologist today. My project is getting rid of all those aggressive cancer cells. 

I stopped drinking my morning freshly squeezed lemon juice and pay attention to acidity in my diet. Cary shops for groceries with the list  Craig and Mindy provided me. This is definitely a team effort. Please keep any information you find coming to me. I read and listen to it all, and then have options from which to choose. I have heard so many conflicting things, and in the end, I am the one to decide. I especially like my physicians because they tell the research numbers on each protocol, including the homeopathic options, so I make choices in a way that I feel comfortable. 

I have been thinking about the women I met and interviewed in 32 nations of the Earth, and deeply wish they, too, could have the comfort of family and a society that supports them and keeps them safe from harm. I know, it is not reality, but it could be. As women become free, living in a just world, so do men. Keep that thought alive; it can only happen if we imagine it, and then do the thinking and acting that brings it to reality. 

Symphony of Science - 'Our Place in the Cosmos' (ft. Sagan, Dawkins, Kaku, Jastrow)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vioZf4TjoUI

 Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Richard Dawkins' Genius of Charles Darwin series, Dawkins' TED Talk, Stephen Hawking's Universe series, Michio Kaku's interview on Physics and aliens, plus added visuals from Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, History Channel's Universe series, and IMAX Cosmic Voyage. The themes present in this song are intended to explore our understanding of our origins within the universe, and to challenge the commonplace notion that humans have a superior or privileged position, both on our home planet and in the universe itself. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 13, 2013 at 1:40am

Wow, Tony.  That's a cool video!  Thanks for posting.  I enjoyed it as well.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2013 at 1:13am

Thanks, Tony. That's a really good version of the song.

Napoleon, it's true. Your Duchampesque video doesn't move.

Comment by Plinius on May 13, 2013 at 1:02am

Thanks for posting, Tony, I enjoyed it very much!

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 13, 2013 at 12:26am

     Commander Chris Hadfield of the ISS remade David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' from the ISS. I really enjoyed this, hope you all do too.

 

Comment by Steph S. on May 12, 2013 at 9:35am

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 12, 2013 at 5:23am

In the final math course I took before the University of Florida gave me a final piece of paper, the professor one day opined that "even mathematics is founded on faith."

I enjoyed his sense of humor. He announced one day that even flies have been known to do derivations. He was referring the tiny dots we were seeing over terms in some equations. He'd chosen a text that in footnotes remarked that "For people who must live life the hard way, ...." I understood his words about faith as referring to my faith in my ability to solve math problems. Though I sometimes threw pencils at the door, my faith helped me keep at some problems long enough to find their solutions. I don't recall inventing any solutions.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2013 at 4:11am
 

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