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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 18 hours ago. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2013 at 3:49am

Love all the cats and dogs and boxes.

Carl, I really like that sound generator. 

Joan: she's not a member of a fixed religion, just a vague Intelligent Design type. For her, billions of years of evolution is THE proof of God's existence. Peace be with her, as she doesn't preach an orthodoxy. I just found her reasoning a bit of a shock. Another collegue, however, is soon to visit Stonehenge to take part in some mystical "energy circle". That pisses me off because these "new pagans" are allowed IN the circle while those of us who are interested in our history have to view from behind a barrier several yards away. For me ancient momuments are an irreplaceable treasure and I would never remove a gram of dust from one but I have to stay away. Because I can't plead "religion" I'm not trustworthy :-(

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2013 at 8:24pm
Ian, and furthermore, her god did all this 6,000 years ago! Well let's look at some data:

Dinosaurs first appeared during the Triassic period, (about 230 million years ago) and were the dominant land vertebrates for 135 million years, ending during the Cetaceous (65 million years ago).

Humans first began to evolve nearly 200,000 years ago.

Important Early Modern Homo sapiens Sites
http://anthro.palomar.edu/homo2/mod_homo_4.htm

“ it is certain that we will continue to evolve until we reach the point of extinction.“
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2013 at 7:36pm

Ian, Now there is the rub! "She thought that the fact that scientists discovered things rather than inventing them was proof of a creator/designer. I was just a touch speechless and didn't pursue the point."

Scientists discover 2 + 2 = 4; and evolution occurred; and the Earth goes around the sun; or woman and men exist as equal and different; and knowledge comes from questioning and she perceives these facts as proof of a creator/designer while religious go to the book written by sheep herders in order to claiming rights over women and property while denying the reality of scientific discovery. There is a whopper of an example of fallacious thinking. 

Another one is religious doubt something comes from nothing, yet her god created the Earth, light, dark, flora, fauna, not in that order and not in the correct order, then created man out of dirt and woman out of man's rib. Now, who is delusional here? 

It is really laughable. 

Now, the good news. I have been reading up on the middle Pliocene and Early Pleistocene [~ 3.6 to 2.2 million years ago], and haven't found usable information yet. It is there, I just have to find it. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2013 at 6:17pm

Thanks for the cat Ice Hockey story, sk8eycat.

Booklover, I always enhoy your stories of your family The dog outgrowing its favorite cubbyhole is so “aww”

Napoleon, I think the toilet was supposed to be a video. I got a play button, which doesn’t work.

Chris, your cat game story is so precious. It would have been wonderful to have videos. You would have had millions of likes.

Flying Atheist, your feline overlords comic was scary, hilarious but scary. I tried to make a sound generator file, but it's all flying blind. You can't listen to samples, unless I did it wrong.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 6:05pm

Love the cat stories Chris and Patricia!

Box cats are always a treat Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 11, 2013 at 3:09pm

Thinking about animals in boxes:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2013 at 2:33pm

Here's a fun sound generator to play with.

http://naturesoundsfor.me/SoundGenerator

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2013 at 2:31pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2013 at 2:06pm

Comment by Plinius on May 11, 2013 at 12:36am

I love the story of the cat who didn't want to be laughed at, Sk8eycat!  But in some cats the sense of humor is so strong you can hear then giggling aloud. Luna plays Gotcha! when I open the wardrobe; she knows cupboards are forbidden but she loves to run into the wardrobe, out the next second and then laugh at me because she is quicker.

Last generation MauMau loved a chase. First I had to say something like: "I've had enough, get into the pan, then I'll make black soup of you." Then she began to run around with the happiest face you've ever seen on a cat, giggling and calling out:"I'm quicker! You can't get me!"  All ending in big hugs. These are games they thought of themselves and I love it when they play with me.

 

 

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