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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 6 hours ago. 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

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

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Comment by Steph S. on May 13, 2013 at 6:55pm

Thank you so much booklover. That's so nic eof you to day.

Tony - that is a wonderful video. Thanks

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2013 at 3:13pm

OOPPSS The Hawthorne tree does not belong in Indra's Net Album. I shall make corrections later. Now I am off to get started on chemo. 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2013 at 3:12pm

Joan, that's a beautiful paean to life and the next generation. I will cheer you on (from here, in spirit) in your project. Go blast those cells!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2013 at 3:07pm

Tony, as usual, an excellent video with so many beautiful images. Looking at Earth from space and seeing no political boundaries or religious demarkations refreshes an image of human rights for all, and challenges the false notion that Homo sapiens have supremacy over all.

We are part of a network. What impacts one aspect of the net, impacts others. 

Indra's Net

Indra's Net

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2013 at 2:00pm

My son, Craig and his family sent a beautiful and delicious arrangement of pineapple, strawberries and grapes and we ate it for dessert yesterday. It was so nice to have each of my three children  represented by that delightful presentation and Laura, Larry, Laurie, Cary and I picked it apart with gusto after dinner on Mother's Day. 

We had a beautiful couple of hours in the garden, and then came inside for Larry, Cary, and Laurie to fix dinner while we moms sat and watched. Craig, Mindy, Luke and Austin,you were definitely present in spirit. 

Life is such a gift, full of wonder, pleasures come from so many things, and especially having loving family and friends, close by and far away. All the special memories of Mother's Day past fill me with incredible joy, adding to my memory bank. I feel great; low energy, and each family member fills in the gaps that I once did. It is odd sitting and watching Cary do the chores in the garden that I once did, for 38 years. A lovely sight. I experience great comfort knowing each family member grows in integrity and compassion for others, that the Earth is in such capable hands as my descendants contribute. I woke up this morning at 10:00 and feel refreshed and ready.  

Laura, Michelle and Laurie go with me for appointments with my oncology surgeon and medical oncologist today. My project is getting rid of all those aggressive cancer cells. 

I stopped drinking my morning freshly squeezed lemon juice and pay attention to acidity in my diet. Cary shops for groceries with the list  Craig and Mindy provided me. This is definitely a team effort. Please keep any information you find coming to me. I read and listen to it all, and then have options from which to choose. I have heard so many conflicting things, and in the end, I am the one to decide. I especially like my physicians because they tell the research numbers on each protocol, including the homeopathic options, so I make choices in a way that I feel comfortable. 

I have been thinking about the women I met and interviewed in 32 nations of the Earth, and deeply wish they, too, could have the comfort of family and a society that supports them and keeps them safe from harm. I know, it is not reality, but it could be. As women become free, living in a just world, so do men. Keep that thought alive; it can only happen if we imagine it, and then do the thinking and acting that brings it to reality. 

Symphony of Science - 'Our Place in the Cosmos' (ft. Sagan, Dawkins, Kaku, Jastrow)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vioZf4TjoUI

 Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Richard Dawkins' Genius of Charles Darwin series, Dawkins' TED Talk, Stephen Hawking's Universe series, Michio Kaku's interview on Physics and aliens, plus added visuals from Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, History Channel's Universe series, and IMAX Cosmic Voyage. The themes present in this song are intended to explore our understanding of our origins within the universe, and to challenge the commonplace notion that humans have a superior or privileged position, both on our home planet and in the universe itself. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 13, 2013 at 1:40am

Wow, Tony.  That's a cool video!  Thanks for posting.  I enjoyed it as well.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2013 at 1:13am

Thanks, Tony. That's a really good version of the song.

Napoleon, it's true. Your Duchampesque video doesn't move.

Comment by Plinius on May 13, 2013 at 1:02am

Thanks for posting, Tony, I enjoyed it very much!

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 13, 2013 at 12:26am

     Commander Chris Hadfield of the ISS remade David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' from the ISS. I really enjoyed this, hope you all do too.

 

Comment by Steph S. on May 12, 2013 at 9:35am

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.

 

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