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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 29, 2016 at 2:06pm

The Social Security Administration publishes statistics about popular baby names in the U.S. in different years and decades.

They also have "Top 5 names in each of the last 100 years", all on a single page.

Parents would do well, I think, to give their kids names that are not unheard-of, and with a normal spelling, so the kids don't have to go through life (or at least a decade or two) explaining it to everyone -- but also considering carefully before giving their kids an extremely common name like (for babies born this year) Emma or Olivia, or Noah or Liam, with a high chance of namesakes in every class or group.

Comment by Daniel W on December 29, 2016 at 9:53am

Ian, you name and Fred are excellent names.  What could be better than "Peaceful Ruler"? 

My dad's boss was named Daniel.  My parents wanted to give my brother the name, but didn't want the boss to think it was for him.  When I came along, they decided they still wanted to use the name so I got it.

I was thinking about "Im glad I'm not named...." and the first thought was "Edsel".  Then I looked it up and it's a good name, just wound up being an unpopular car.  My friend's sister was named "Sylvania" because her parent's liked the name of the TV set.  I always thought it was a pretty name but the origin of the name was unfortunate.   Then I looked it up and "Sylvania" is nice too.  Almost perfect, and no bible implications.  Maybe "Sylvan" or "Sylvanus" for a boy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2016 at 9:46am

Except mine would have to say 75 year old ....

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2016 at 9:45am

That curmudgeon T-shirt fits me also.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 29, 2016 at 12:15am

I got my name because my mum wanted one that couldn't be shortened. My father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all 'Fred', diminutive of Frederick (peaceful ruler). At school, most boys seemed to be called Steven/Stephen or Keith. They were the 'in' names of the decade.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 29, 2016 at 12:02am

I like it too. We tease each other a lot in my family, which is a lot of fun.

I hope everyone here has been enjoying the holiday season. I will try to catch up.

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2016 at 11:55pm

I love the shirt, Ian!

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2016 at 5:55pm

Ian, wear it with pride!  Curmudgeons unite!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 28, 2016 at 5:06pm

Ian - I'd be proud of that description. My doctor recently asked me, among a bunch of other questions, whether I'm irritable. I answered truthfully - it depends on who you talk to.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 28, 2016 at 12:34pm

Hello all. I've just returned from a few days in England. A good time was had by all. Here's what my family think of me:

 

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