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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 Plinius on May 31, 2013 at 1:21am

Have a good trip, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2013 at 12:37am

Bye for now, good people. In an hour's time I'll be leaving for Crete. Stay well and look after each other. I'll be back next weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 10:52pm

Ruth, the dietitian not only affirmed your comment about Vit D, but gave me material with science non-biased research to demonstrate its effectiveness. 

She also gave me a website for evidence-based research for information on herbs and cancer. 

MSKCC.org

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 10:38pm

Napoleon, you can judge me a prude, a Victorian, a Tight Ass, or any other word or phase you like. I don't like sex talk. If I like it, I know where to go to see all kinds, every position, using every orifice imaginable. I left GLBT because they have every right to discuss sexuality and I don't like to read or watch it although I support their efforts. I can support them in other ways. 

I don't apologize for being who I am, nor do I judge you for being who you are, or anyone else. Sex is a personal thing and private. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2013 at 8:56pm

The 'Filthy Habits' video might violate the AN standard of not posting something inappropriate for a 14 year old, since it's sexually explicit. While I have no objection to masturbation video in general, I can see how that's doesn't further our purpose. Leaving it here would just give ammunition to critics who view sex as filthy. I'm personally sex-positive. I consider consensual sex among adults as normal healthy behavior, no more morally reprehensible than eating. However AN has to function within a larger Dominator culture in which sex is taboo.

We're not really stitched up, as I see it. You can load up on sexually explicit material from the internet all you want. It just doesn't fit with our purpose here.

We have to pick our battles, Napoleon.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2013 at 6:27pm



For your enjoyment ... a couple of music legends share a song together ... and we're goin' to Graceland!

Comment by Lillie on May 30, 2013 at 4:10pm

Love the cat scan.  Wonder how on earth they got the cat to stay there.  Mine would have rebelled.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2013 at 1:44pm

Here I was feeling sorry for Philadelphians because there's a heat wave at the end of May. Then I learned that

Heat wave conditions have claimed the lives of over 500 people in India since April.

... 524 people have died of sunstroke since April 1.

... the state of Hyderabad’s 500 sunstroke deaths in just three days is the highest such death toll in recent history. New Delhi saw 43 degrees C (or over 109 degrees Fahrenheit) today, western states such as Gujarat saw highs between 116-118 degrees Fahrenheit, and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh hit 45 C (113 F). [emphasis mine]

Now the low 90s doesn't seem so bad.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 1:31pm

Mindy, "He also texts her to remind her to study and do her homework! If I did that she'd have a fit! :)"

I know what you mean. The know-it-all age is a tyrant that keeps cropping up with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I  got it recently from one of the youngest of our generations, and thought, "Oh here it comes again." Well, leave them to their devices and it doesn't take long before they run, not walk, back to get some information to get them out of some problem they create for themselves. Not an "I told you so" person, I think, "I told you so!"

Well, it happens so often, I guess it is normal. Realize normal does not mean healthy or functional, it means it happens a lot. We all just hope they don't do any permanent damage to themselves, others, or the next generation.  

Glad to learn she is getting help with math and who know, she may grow to love it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 1:24pm

Ruth, thank you so much for the information on Vitamin D. I do take a daily 1,000 IU and will include the dosage question with my cancer dietitian today. 

I recognize a lot of skepticism exists about scientific research, even as skeptics exist about whole and natural remedies and foods. Somewhere in there is true information. Sorting it all out presents a challenge. If there are research reports, based on double-blind studies by people who don't have an investment in the outcome, it is relatively easy to find truth in the fog. 

Monsanto is not a researcher worthy of reading, nor are the tobacco companies, or the pharmaceutical or the energy industry. I like to know where the conflicts exist and then go on the hunt. 

Thanks for the heads up. 

Cancer patients with high vitamin D levels live longer

"The patients were allocated to four groups, based on their vitamin D levels, ranging from high, medium-high, medium-low and low. When the researchers compared them, they found that the risk of dying from cancer was the highest for patients in the low-level group."

I'm upping my dosage unless given evidence that I should not. 

 

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