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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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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 Tony Carroll on September 15, 2013 at 1:16pm

Contemporary Japanese art. Really beautiful.

Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2013 at 12:44pm

cute video Ruth

That is a cool picture Melinda - very nice

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2013 at 12:03pm

Here's a few dog tricks to lighten your Sunday. Enjoy!

Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2013 at 10:01am

I love that Al Capone picture Melinda and that is a wonderful picture of you Ian.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:54am
Your mentioning Koyaanisqatsi reminds me of a discussion with Michio Kaku, physicist, in which they discuss being ready for the coming challenges.

Dr Michio Kaku Are We Ready For the Coming 'Age of Abundance?'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp76w5ujzcU&list=PLPblR4bWCoxkA3...

Having grown up in an Age of Authority, with hierarchical systems, knowledge that flows from top management down to obedient workers, and finding many flaws in the system, I am grateful to see a new vision of leadership and participation and a new Age of Team building. This new age, represented by the development of huge projects, such as space exploration, requires a more democratic form of leadership, with information flowing in all directions, from the source of problems to the cooperation of team members. I hope the process catches on.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2013 at 4:31am

WOW! Carl, that is an amazing water park, beautifully designed, brilliantly engineered, and complex beyond my imagination. I marvel at the designer, and wonder at the engineer who made it happen. 

Chris, beautiful photos from your home! The unique shapes of buildings such as in the painting by Johannes Vermeer, The Little Street, painted in 1658, and the windmill.  

Koyaanisqatsi is a memorable piece, haunting in its theme, enhanced by Glass's music.  An oracle's tale such as told by the oracles of Delphi, Greece.  

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2013 at 1:35am

That fountain is really special, Carl, I enjoyed the info too! Life out of balance and Koyaanisqatsi - the same film I think. And the music by Philip Glass is beautiful!

Grey days belong to this country, most people don't mind it, provided the gloom is not weeks on end. And yes, I often photos from my window. This is how today looks:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2013 at 12:38am

Hi, Chris.  Glad you liked the Chicago videos.  You mentioned Koyaanisqatsi.  He directed the film Life Out of Balance.  I saw it a few years ago.  Stunning cinematography.  And the film soundtrack is by Phillip Glass.  I've always admired his music ever since I saw him perform live when I was in college mid-80's.  What a grey, gloomy day you've had.  Was that photo taken from your window?   

Ruth, I don't blame you for not wanting to watch Donny and Marie. LOL  It was posted 99% as a joke and 1% for the nostalgia factor.  That "green light building" in the video isn't a building.  It's actually a hi-tech fountain/art display that illuminates in many colors and several images.  Here's an interesting video on how it works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Fountain

Welcome back, Ian.  Sounds like you had what I call the perfect holiday.....where you get to explore and learn.  Those are the most rewarding excursions that you always remember.   

Hey, Steph.  Hello and thanks for popping in.  You seem to be eternally busy.  When do you sleep?

Mindy, thanks for all the cute pics.  :)  Are those your two cats on top of the sofa?  They are cute.   

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2013 at 11:10pm

Great pic, Ruth. Stealing it.

That's what I think too. Do things while you can. There's an Irish toast that says something like "enjoy life while you can because you're a long time dead". BTW, the oldest member of the group I was travelling with was 87! She didn't walk the gorge (only one other of the bunch did) but kept up with the rest in every other activity, including drinking and smoking!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 14, 2013 at 9:50pm

Patricia, the wife fed his hamster of course. Probably grumbling under her breath too.

Thanks everyone for the entertaining LOLcats and gifs.

Sorry, Flying Atheist, couldn't bring myself to listen to the Osmonds. That green light building in Chicago is interesting, as well as the fountains and sculptures. How can it be so clean-looking? Where's the air pollution?

I didn't know that story about the cat hotel, sk8eycat.

Hope you enjoy the new restaurants, booklover.

Ian, thanks for the picture of you in Crete. You give me travel envy, but that's partly youth envy. I couldn't walk a 10 mile gorge any more. I'm glad you can and you get out there. Carpe Diem!

 

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