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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by Plinius on June 30, 2013 at 1:20am

Good morning! I'm early for a weekend day, got up at 6.30 to take care of the neighbour's cats, then my own cats, made breakfast, drank coffee while reading what you did while I slept - I hope this group never stops! In another hour I'm off to a bookcross meeting, to see friends there and find new books. Anyone who wants to join is welcome at strandpaviljoen Zoomers, Castricum, the Netherlands. Have a nice day!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:06pm

Patricia, Thanks for you valuable information. It appears there are no certainties in diagnosis and treatment. We have to remain flexible. I am very glad your son grew out of his diabetes and is living a life without having to take shots. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:03pm

You might want to check out my discussion:

I do not honor people who stop thinking. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:01pm
I have a lovely young squirrel visiting my feeders, and it has no tail. I haven't seen "Notched tail" yet, nor "Fluffy tail".
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:00pm
Mindy, I apologize for not reading further into the article to realize it was about Diabetes II. I do hope breakthroughs come for Type I.
About anti-depressants, there are far too many unknowns to make any good judgments as a non-professional. We have to put our faith in medical experts, ask a lot of questions, talk to others, and go from there.
The great value of this kind of site is the ability to compare experiences, even as they may mislead. But then, so does medical opinion sometimes mislead. Sho knows? We have to do our homework.
Comment by Steph S. on June 29, 2013 at 1:09pm

Melinda that squirrel is so cute  - I love it !!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 12:03am

"long-term antidepressant use may be an invitation to diabetes."

According to a recent paper by Andersohn et al. inAm J Psychiatry 2009; 166:591–598,

Depression, Diabetes, and You

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2013 at 12:46pm
 28 June 2013 at 10:20 AM  I feel vibrantly alive with all my senses alert to the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, touch and emotions of life's energy. My passions of thought and action spring from my basic animal nature. These strengths ground me to the Earth and the universe beyond. I am part of all that exists in this web of life, begun in the primordial soup of evolutions and passing through me to future generations.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2013 at 8:12am

Loren, that Buzzfeed link it great.  It is definitely being passed around to my friends. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 28, 2013 at 7:51am

Not my graphic.  Buzzfeed found it and posted it as a part of the collection they put together.  [Hell, if I was THAT good at graphic design, I wouldn't be an engineer!!!]  I just thought that of all the images Buzzfeed found, THAT one was a CLASSIC ... and it may be that Glinda herself would approve!

 

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