Hang With Friends

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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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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2017 at 6:52am

You make me LOL, Joan! You can't mean that you don't like rain?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2017 at 6:07am

Chris (Plinius) In my several visits to the Netherlands, I have always had sunshine and blue skies. My goodness, am I ever glad!

Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2017 at 4:31am
Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2017 at 3:25am

Foreign? Are we THAT different? ;-)

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 17, 2017 at 2:13pm

 Patricia and Loren,

 Thank you for answers.

 I already have shared a few emails with members of A.N., but not personal information. It seems so foreign to share personal stuff thru emails.

Thanks guys.

Comment by Patricia on November 17, 2017 at 1:34pm

I just accepted your friendship request Thomas, & private messaged you as well, so yes, you can.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 17, 2017 at 1:19pm

I've done it frequently, Thomas, here and outside of A|N.  If you're "friends" with someone here, you can exchange private emails at your leisure and therewith also trade private email addresses as well.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 17, 2017 at 1:10pm

 Is it permitted to correspond personally on A.N. ? and with A.N. members ?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 17, 2017 at 11:03am

One of these days I'm definitely going to have my DNA tested.  I've been interested in doing it for years.  I know I'm mostly northern European (Scandinavian, English, Scottish, German) but I'd like to know the percentages and also the Neanderthal part.  I have recollections from years ago of family members speculating the possibility of a Jewish ancestor or two (on both sides of my family.)  If true, that would be equally interesting as well.  

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2017 at 7:13am

Interesting, Ian. I've thought about tracing my ancestry through DNA. However, I pretty much know "where I came from" through my genealogy research--at least going back 500 years.
The only exception is definitively tracking down my surname (Smith). My great x 3 grandfather came from Germany; that's all I know. "Smiths" (or Schmidt?) aren't easy to discover.


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