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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 The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2013 at 10:09am

No apology necessary, Ruth.  Besides, if you feel the need to "take it out" on us, that's perfectly fine.  That's why we're all here under the label:  friends.  I hope you can finally get some relief from your pain.      

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2013 at 8:49am

toothache is horrible, Ruth, not trivial at all! I hope the problem will be solved tomorrow!

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2013 at 1:18am

I love those Grumpies! And I'm still doing the rain dance, temperatures are still around 30, that's over 80 for you, so far too hot! But there's a thunderstorm rumbling in the distance, yippee!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 24, 2013 at 11:58pm

That's a hotlink, not my work, booklover.

I've been absorbed today reading the controversy over how likely a methane release from the East Siberian Ice Shelf will be in the next ten years. If it comes out all at once from that shallow marine area the estimated cost is the equivalent to the global income in 2012. My discussion summarizes it.

Friday morning I'll get a tooth extracted. An old root canal failed and the tooth can't be saved. I've been in a soap opera for the past four months involving my regular dentist, three specialists, five X-rays, pain whenever I eat, and plenty of money out of pocket. When my regular dentist's office called this afternoon asking me to cancel the extraction and consult again with her before doing anything I shouted at the receptionist. I've been so angry about the delay in treatment for a third of a year, while a low grade infection smouldered in my jaw, that I had trouble sleeping last night. Sure enough I was shuffled to another specialist (twice more). This has been spoiling my mood for months, and is probably why my recent posts have been so gloomy. Repressed anger. Sorry I took it out on all of you.

It's so trivial compared to your challenges. I feel small being so petty. Most of you are far greater and wiser than I when it comes to coping with health. You present role models to which I aspire but fail in this regard.

Comment by Lillie on July 24, 2013 at 6:13pm

Grumpy cat's owner must be getting rich.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 24, 2013 at 3:43pm

Thanks for the laugh, Flying Atheist. Yes, Grumpy Cat seems to be the new avatar for some deep seated Jungian archetype.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2013 at 3:24pm

At least Grumpy Cat is real.  :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2013 at 3:24pm

He's everywhere, just like Santa:

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2013 at 3:21pm

Feh ... both of 'em can take a long walk off a short pier, for all of me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2013 at 3:11pm

Loren, I was actually thinking about you and snickering to myself as I posted that photo.  I know how you love Grumpy Cat. 

 

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