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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 Plinius on May 22, 2014 at 12:44am

Thanks for the Bill Evans link, Loren, wonderful music with my first cup of coffee!

Congrats, Patricia!

I've got an old cell phone, so people can find me when necessary, but I use it perhaps once a month. I never got attracted to the endless babble and restless texting and gaming I see around me.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2014 at 12:17am

Loren, my computer isn't working properly right now and I am unable to access a search. Is there a story behind the music of Bill Evans? His music is soulful, almost haunting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2014 at 12:05am

Patricia, very good news about your diagnostic mammo this month being clear! Those are mighty fine words to hear after all you experienced. Not only a survivor, but a thriver! Happy life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2014 at 12:02am

Ian, your photos tell a story of Istanbul that many do not see. The Turkish coffee with a treat looks so good. Your photo of the Bosporus that separates Europe from Asia presents a lovely scene, beautiful and peaceful. It's beauty exists in spite of the history of Gallipoli Campain and the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) losses in the battle commemorated by the beautiful Lone Pine Monument. Thank you for sharing these sights with us.  

Comment by kathy: ky on May 21, 2014 at 10:47pm
Lovely photos Ian. Sounds like you enjoyed yourself.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 21, 2014 at 9:08pm

This is something I heard courtesy of a friend and colleague of mine, quite a few years ago.  Bill Evans brings a deft, soulful touch to a classic George Gershwin song from Porgy and Bess: "My Man's Gone Now:

Comment by sk8eycat on May 21, 2014 at 6:17pm

Well, using a hand-held phone, or texting while driving is illegal in California, and has been for several years, but there still are people who think what they have to say is so effiing important that they either break the law, or get no-hands phones for their cars.  It's still a distraction.

I never liked it when a passenger would babble at me when I was trying to drive and watch the road at the same time.  I try to give anyone else the same courtesy of shutting up when they are doing the driving.

Maybe it's just me...I could never give complete (necessary) attention to two things at once.

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2014 at 9:49am

Ian love your pictures - beautiful !

How is everyone doing? I have seen many texting at restaurants and ignoring their partner or family sk8eycat. Now I hear people drive and try to text at the same time and cause many accidents.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 21, 2014 at 9:36am

Patricia, I just signed the petition.

Idaho....I was disgusted with cell phones when they first came on the market back in the 1980s, but texting...?  I don't understand what could be so important that a person would totally ignore whoever they are with (dinner guests?), or what's happening around them, to tap silly messages on a tiny screen. 

I still remember a deadly local train wreck that happened because one engineer was texting instead of paying attention to the signals he should have been keeping an eye out for.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 21, 2014 at 6:55am

Joan, thanks for your explanation of why we don't have free will.  I'm starting to grasp what's meant by that.  Since getting rid of religion, I'm getting better at using my reasoning mind to determine what's true and what's false.  My stress level is also reduced, and I'm trying to reduce it further.

 

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