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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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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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason 57 seconds ago

What an irritation, Christina. Luckily that doesn't happen too much here in Denmark although sooner or later I seem to run into people (mostly women) with daft 'new-age' ideas.

Comment by Christina Scribner 38 minutes ago
Sitting at my local small town coffee shop without my headphones. Sigh. Having to listen to religious b.s. behind me. I need a jacket with the FSM on the back...
Comment by Ian Mason 2 hours ago

Have fun in the woods, Randall. Is it the mosquito season yet? Stay well covered if it is.

Joan, I remember talking to economics students during my time at university. Some were barely literate but knew all the right equations. They told me that anyone who could come up with a mathematical model of the economy that was correct 50% of the time won the Nobel prize. That means that 'our' best people are only right half the time. Political economy, the kind of things Adam Smith, Ricardo, Bentham, Marx etc discussed with words was seen as out of date.

Comment by Ian Mason 2 hours ago

There are a lot of good teachers out there but they don't get the support they need and deserve any more. Those I know have become disheartened over the last few years. At university level there are many who know their stuff but are not always good at teaching others. The important thing for them is getting published in the right journals.

Comment by Plinius 3 hours ago

The best teacher I had watched me with a pleasant sort of surprise in her face - the message was clearly; "Wow, what else can you do?" After that - I was twelve at the time - I taught myself. I always considered it a great gift that she helped me take hurdles, and I never forgot to pay it forward to my own students. At the end of this season I'm going to quit teaching, the firm I worked for is going to close and after almost 30 years of teaching it's about enough. I only keep one group in another place for now.

Comment by Loren Miller 3 hours ago

Seconded, Randall, regarding teachers.  I've had my share of great teachers over the years, even at Case Tech, where education techniques were far less valued than expertise in the specific field.

For myself, I taught maintenance and troubleshooting on the systems I worked on, and the feedback I got from my students was almost universally positive.  The thing is, I taught less out of any book (which I probably wrote anyway!) than from my own experience with those systems.  My goal was to empower those customers who attended my courses so that our communication could be better and more efficient when I couldn't travel to their sites to solve their problems.

Comment by Randall Smith 4 hours ago

Now for an FYI: I'll be gone for a week. I'm doing a Wilderness Volunteer service trip, camping and working in the Buffalo National River (park) in Arkansas.

Comment by Randall Smith 4 hours ago

Tom, I couldn't disagree more with the old saying about teachers. And I really take offense to it.

I was a science teacher. I never wanted to do anything else. My mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were teachers. I was born to teach and loved it. 

Yes, I know there are poor teachers, but from my years of association with educators, I'd say 90% were good teachers--certainly dedicated to the profession.

Comment by Joan Denoo 10 hours ago

If you include teachers of economics, I agree with you. I had to unlearn much of what I learned in those courses. It becomes clear to me that citizens and politicians do not know how to develop fiscal policy in a way that benefits those who produce goods and services. The widening gap between rich and poor occurs as a result of the deliberate fiscal policies written by and for the wealthy. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck 11 hours ago

Joan, I'm not so sure that fear breeds hate, unless there's something else that's either present or absent.

Around 1980, in a book on hormones I read that:

1) exposure to a danger results in the body's producing epinephrine, which energizes the body for flight, while

2) repeated exposures to that danger results in the body's producing nor-epinehrine, which energizes the body to fight.

It explained well my experience while doing some dangerous politics, but much has been learned in neuroscience since 1980 and that relationship may now be less certain.

Is there a hormone, or a region in the brain, that's associated with responses such as hatred?

 

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