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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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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 sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 2:54pm

Many thanks to all of you who have offered virtual shoulders for me to cry on.  Especially Joan; You really undderstand.  Well, so does anyone in here who has ever had to deal with this kind of situation.

I wish we could have caught Jerry's tumor early  enough for it to be removed and treated, but I think it was already too late when I adopted him 2 years ago.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 2:47pm

Welcome, John Kennedy opiyo!  We need people like you in this group; I love exchanging thoughts and "coversation" with people from all over the world.  So, join the party, and don't be afraid to speak out.  You may have seen my latest rant...I have a cat who has untreatable cancer, and I'm already beginning the grieving process. And dumping my feelings on my friends.  (I have heard people elsewhere say, "But he's only a cat." But he is a sentient, feeling being as far as I'm concerned, and I don't know if it's time to let him go yet.)  That's what I'm struggling with now.

But I'm not always like this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 10:53am
john kennedy opiyo, I am very happy to see you joined this group. I know so little about your culture and hope to learn from you. We can share our experiences and lives in this group and I look forward to reading your comments.
My bald head is because I am half way through cancer therapy and I expect my hair will grow out as white and lush as ever.
Comment by john kennedy opiyo on July 20, 2013 at 9:53am

Kenyan atheist looking for atheist friends abroad to  exchange information, hi you are a lot important to my growth in free thinking , let us work hands in gloves,l need you more than any other time before

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 8:20am

sk8eycat, sad to learn you face difficult decisions concerning Hairy Jerry. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 8:16am

Changes in the weather, challenges in the political sphere, uncertainty in the economic domain, conflicts in the spiritual sphere, all these and more changes make life chaotic. The good news is that chaos generates the energy needed to make necessary changes. We certainly need to make many changes in life styles and expectations and processes of living. Flexibility and adaptability are key to survival.

Just think of scorpions and sharks; I found fossils of both in the Devonian strata in central Texas. There was a massive blooming of plants, animals and insects during that period and a massive extinction at the end,

Devonian period 419.2–358.9 million years ago.

Thankfully, we do not face the mass movement of tectonic plates. Our challenges are much more economic, political, religious and social. We can do something about these hurdles. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2013 at 3:49am

Big HUG Sk8eycat.

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2013 at 1:37am

Love to you and Hairy Jerry, Sk8eycat!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 12:06am

Hi.  Sorry I haven't been around lately.  I'm facing a difficult decision about what to do about Hairy Jerry, and I feel like I'm standing atop one of those tall, skinny stone needles out in the wilderness, with no way to get down.  I'm just in Brayne Freeze mode.  I've been here so often, but it never gets any easier.

I cherish all of you, and I WILL be back when I get over myself. I promise.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 19, 2013 at 11:59pm

The story about a cat dying in a couch and being found a month later  isn't totally surprising. When Misty died we couldn't find her body for three days, no matter how closely we looked over the entire house. Grinning Cat ultimately found her corpse for us. This also makes me think about pets dying in vehicles during the current heat wave, or animals both domestic and wild being killed  by the Western Wildfires right now. Death is there, but we don't like to dwell on it when nothing can be done.

On a more cheerful note, here in eastern PA we're "enjoying" tropical climate lately. Over the past two weeks we often get short intense showers, quite unlike the rain events I remember over the past 68 years. Instead of starting slowly and tapering off slowly, it's a sudden 5 minute intense deluge that ends abruptly. And a few minutes later the roads are dry again. The showers have been a daily event, too. It's like Jamaica. This surreal pattern has been going on about two weeks. It feels as if Philadelphia has been relocated in the Caribbean.

Maybe I just need a rum punch.

 

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