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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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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 Joan Denoo on June 8, 2013 at 8:21am

Remembering how hard I tried to please others, and how miserably I failed, it isn't difficult to realize my belief system kept my mind bound. I thought I was created to please others and to serve them. Life has a way of tossing bombs in on a belief system that shatters it all to pieces, and one has to rethink what is true and what is delusion. Examining beliefs is what good therapy is all about, or good education, for that matter. 

Learning how to think for oneself, to pay attention to what is happening, remembering what happened in the past to cause one to form a belief, anticipating what will happen if nothing is changed, and then forming new ideas into new beliefs that can be based on reason, has a higher probability of leading to healthy, happy functioning. If one discovers the new idea does not lead to a flourishing, then rethink the beliefs and try again. Nothing is set in concrete or made certain in scripture. 

Conformity

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2013 at 3:19am

Returned in the early hours from a really good holiday on Crete. Too tired to catch up now but will be back with you soon. Me and fellow travellers in Impros gorge.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 8, 2013 at 1:46am

The internet & phone spying began with Dubya and the unconstitutional Patriot Act; we're just finding out the details now.

You'd think we were surrounded by armed enemies.  Or  (senior moment...I've forgotten the title) as the comic strip said (OH! it was "Pogo"!)..."We have met the enemy, and he is us." 

We have become so paranoid since 9-11 that we ARE our own worst enemy.

I'm glad I'm old.

Comment by Plinius on June 8, 2013 at 12:03am

Internet spying - I'd have thought it was more more like George W to do things like that. Time to put up a picture of my bare bottom: that's for you, NSA!

Comment by Steph S. on June 7, 2013 at 11:30pm

Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 10:21pm
I'll be careful to not say anything that could be used against me in a court of law. ;)
Comment by sk8eycat on June 7, 2013 at 9:48pm

Comfortable?  NOT!

The revelations of spying on telephone (Verizon) customers are extraordinary -- but it gets even worse.  The government is spying, in real time, on all Internet users. From the Guardian:

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 3:23pm
Now there's an excellent idea! I like talking here better also. I don't feel the need to censor myself.
Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 1:29pm
I deal with it also. I need more atheist friends. If someone posts repeated god this and god that I usually just hide them from my timeline. My list is getting long! Haha
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2013 at 1:07pm
I understand the frustration with Facebook, and the way I handle it may or may not work for anyone else. Anyone who sends me one of those sappy stories about god's interventions, I write them and express my dislike for those obviously contrived, foolish stories, such as god kept my oil bottle full, god spared me from the ... whatever. Bull shit. The real fecal matter type of substance. I then tell them I am blocking them. My beloved cousins, my dear fiends, my neighbors, it doesn't matter who sends these cockamamie stories, they get a block. I don't like the "I'll pray for you" nonsense either, or "Trust in the Lord" delusions. I am 77 years old, and I don't want to read and hear any more self-deceptions.
What I do like to read and hear are expressions of care and compassion. Ideas offer alternative suggestions that may or may not help. If I haven't thought of something, and someone else offers the idea, we both benefit.
People can pray or trust in their created illusion all they want, but it didn't seem to help a lot of people in the tsunamis, earthquakes, volcnic eruptions, land slides, floods, tornadoes. It is so simple, "DOES IT WORK?" If yes, good for you, if no, too bad. Think about the threat and do something productive.
 

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