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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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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 Grinning Cat on November 23, 2016 at 11:42am

...Is this supposed to be... the lake of fire?...

There was a "proof" using physics and Bible quotes showing that heaven is hotter than hell!

Comment by Daniel W on November 23, 2016 at 11:34am

Spud, all of those temps are the same.  Where did the map come from?  Is this supposed to be after Armageddon when we are all in the lake of fire?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 22, 2016 at 3:26pm

Grinning Cat, I'll tell you one thing....that geekier person is not me!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 22, 2016 at 3:23pm

Spud, I doubt it too, especially since those temperatures are some 70 times hotter than the core of our sun! (Fahrenheit works for estimating ratios at such extreme temps that dwarf the difference between 0°F and 0°K.)

Someone geekier than I could undoubtedly tell us exactly what sort of data type overflow or misinterpretation we're seeing on that map.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 22, 2016 at 3:08pm

2 Billion degree temperatures in Portland?  I've got some doubts.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 22, 2016 at 3:05pm

Just finished reading Malamud's 'The Fixer'. More frightening than Kafka. I also have a suspicion that anti-semitism, particularly in Russia is still alive and as foul as ever.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 22, 2016 at 3:02pm

Well done, Kathy. Great that you show your true colours.

Joan, what you write about depression is wonderful. I'm going to keep a copy and I'm sure it will bring sunshine into my bad days.

News is something a take very lightly so as not to feel crushed under it all.

Comment by Plinius on November 22, 2016 at 1:50pm

You're special, saving things from your mother's time! I don't, but I treasure the things I bought and found forty years ago when I started  on my own. That was such an exciting time! Even the garlic press I bought then and still use reminds me of it. All the rest disappeared, the hand-me-downs of course but even most of the old pictures. Nice, that feeling that there's nothing left rotting in corners!

Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2016 at 1:33pm

Carl, Ning is still trying to get me to just drill a hole in the wall and run in a line from a gas grill tank.  No, no, no!  Oh well.

There are aspects that Im not looking forward to.  Demolition is my least favorite thing.  Most of it in this case is careful deconstruction so that I can reconstruct it hopefully without breaking anything.  After that, it's OK.

I also love that Joan has her mother's pie dish.  Maybe that's part of why I go to yard sales and second hand store for pyrex bowls and baking dishes.  They are not from my mom, but of that time.  I love those old bowls and dishes and use them every day, literally. 

Carl, I think you are right about the feral cats not eating rats.  They might eat mice and birds, and scavenge scraps keeping them from rats, but rats are too big and vicious for a rat to eat them.  You reminded me of when I lived near a cemetery, about Western and Peterson on the North side of Chicago.  I rode my bike every day down Western to UIC.  Some nights,  people would be standing by the cemetery fence with loaves of bread, throwing bread into the cemetery.  I looked, and saw a pack of gigantic, obese raccoons grabbing the bread.  Very strange.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 22, 2016 at 12:42pm

Daniel, I can't believe the nonsense you're having to go through with your kitchen.  I do like NIng's suggestion to modify your ruler.  That gave me a laugh.  Yes, you appear to be taking this whole situation in stride.  So much so that it sounds like you're actually looking forward to the project!  Though I could be wrong.

Joan, the videos you posted are beautiful.  Love the scenery!  How wonderful that you have your mother's pie pan.  Family heirlooms like that mean so much and continue the bonds of family through the generations.  

Chicago has had a dramatic 40% rise in the rat population this year because of last year's mild winter.  Many people and groups are using feral cats to stem the tide, but I'm a bit suspect on how effective they will be.  Easy food-pickings are available any place there are dumpsters, garbage cans and litter.  Why would a cat chase down a rat if there's stationary food available?  Plus, a lot of people here put out food regularly for feral cats.  In reality, Chicago also has an overpopulation problem with feral cats!

Like a lot of people in this group, I'm also avoiding much of the political news.  I'll look at the headlines to see what's going on and only read a story if it seems utterly important.  Trump has already flip-flopped on so many issues on a daily basis that it's actually a waste of time to follow his antics in depth.  To be honest, as horrible and frightening it is to have Trump as president, I'm more scared of the people he's choosing to have around him.  I think they can do the most damage in the long run. 

 

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