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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 Lillie on September 17, 2013 at 9:49pm

Melinda, I would like to meet your mom.  Sounds like my kind of woman.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2013 at 9:04pm

A great, groanworthy pun, Mindy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 17, 2013 at 3:28pm

Grumpy Cat Cake Pops

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 16, 2013 at 2:29am

Saw an old (1971) TV appearance of Santana a couple of years ago and Carlos played with his back to the camera. I heard that he did that to stop people stealing his licks.

I love music too, all kinds except banal pop, and have a considerable collection.

Have returned from holiday with a few additional pounds around the middle. The first step to removing them was running a local ½-marathon yesterday. My times nowadays are about 15 - 20 minutes slower than 15 years ago, something I've had to learn to accept. While on Crete I was asked, for the second time this year, if I wanted a pensioner's ticket. Will have to learn to accept that too, it seems and train myself to say "yes" when it happens. I'm 56 by the way.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:53am

Hi, Tony.  Haven't seen you in a while.  I hope you're well.  I really like the Japanese art video. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:51am

Patricia, Santana?  You sound like one cool lady!  :)

They were wildly popular and had a very unique sound.  I didn't know that were still performing as a group.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:49am

Chris, I'll have to scan and post a photo I took in Zaandam, outside of Amsterdam when I was there in 1998.  It contains windmills, a cat and a grey, blustery sky.  Beautiful   

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2013 at 12:40am

Thanks for the Japanese video, Tony!

Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2013 at 9:18pm

Comment by Ian Mason on September 15, 2013 at 1:48pm

Really nice pics Melinda and Chris. Thanks.

Joan, I saw a documentary on Danish TV last year on thr subject of depression, a debate between a retired consultant psychiatrist and a younger psychologist. The retired consultant bemoaned modern society, saying it was too "horizontal" and claiming that a "vertical" society where everyone knew their place was more conducive to human happiness. What an addled, bitter old fart, eh?

Donny and Marie: I've never understood why they didn't marry each other. It seemed like a match made in Heaven (or Utah)

 

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