Greetings, Parallax! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D As to suggestions for your profile style, I found it kind of hard to read dark grey on dark green, and virtually impossible to read the time of posting, so tiny and no brightness contrast with the background.
We've organized our group online with meetup.com. You can start a group, or at least join and list your interests, i.e. atheism, etc., and if someone starts a group the site will email you.
I don't see anything going on in Central Point or even Medford, but The Jefferson Center is in Ashland. In fact, they're having a potluck tomorrow. You can check them out at thejeffersoncenter.org.
If you can make the drive up to Portland for the worshop we'd love to have you. You can even stay in my guest room. Is that weird to offer my guest room to someone I've never met before? For some reason it doesn't feel weird at all. I'd love to meet you!
Our Secular Parenting Meetup is http://www.meetup.com/CFISPM/. We're sponsored by CFI, centerforinquiry.net/portland. A parent from Salem has literally just started Secular Parents of Salem, copying our format. Our hope is that we can form supportive communities for everyone that wants one. It's especially nice to have a group of friends that my kids can also speak with freely without any fears.
Have you checked to see if there are any groups in your area? You could start one so that you could find each other. I found mine with an Internet search. You might not be the only one searching for one in your area.
Cental Point? I feel for you! My husband has been traveling down there about once a month for work, selling hospital supplies, for about 15 years now. Are there ANY othere atheist parents to hang out with down there?
I help lead the Secular Parenting Meetup here in the Portland area. I would love to invite you to a parenting workshop we non-religious are having up here in Portland. We are hosting Dale McGowan on the 18th, another Nexus member, and it would be worth the trip to come meet with a whole room full of other secular parents! Dale is presenting a workshop on his book, Parenting Beyond Belief. It's now one of my all-time favorite books and I think everyone should read it so I'm kind of evangelical about it now : )
You can find out more information on this event by going to centerforinquiry.net/portland. I would love to see you there!
Just to let you know, I finally made an Objectivist group (and don't know why there wasn't one before). Not sure if you yourself are an admire of Objectivism, but do know that you're knowledgable about it. And to be honest I'm just curious as to the Objectivist-Atheist percentage.
Parallax........I have made a life long commitment to Never listen to an Evangalist either in person or on radio or T.V.
Those that I came into personal contact with are as much Atheist as am I, the only difference is their ability to convince folks of their sincerity and convert that talent into cash.
I have never thought that god needed a private jet, but many preachers own one..........
The American public are such gullible IDIOTS that for some unknown reason they actually believe that God supports them and the politicians are working in their best interests. Actually the politicians are working the OWN best interest.
What you said about congress not representing you is the unvarnished truth. I have been advocating NEVER VOTE FOR AN INCUMBENT for almost 50 years. Let them do a term, then get them home before they build a power base and get rich on your dollar....
Just got your reply over on my page, when I have been unable to find the reply buiion I have just used the comment box and the reply has shown up somewhat close to the intended target. I have enjoyed your thread.. thanks..
Parallax, you are awesome! Thanks so much for the picture from Landover Baptist of the genital free turkey. I only buy my dead animals from them because they think of the things that really matter to me as a fundamentalist xian!
I feel like I owe you a good pic in return....
It goes with your new topic of conversation over at The Other Free Thinkers.
Thanks for the friend thing! I once climbed Mt Siyeh in Glacier National Park in my mountain climbing days on my way back East to finish medical school in Buffalo NY years ago.
Always a skeptic, I once asked a Rabbi, "If the universe always existed there would be no need to hypothesize a god to create it!" I was a reader of Asimov, Sir James Jeans, George Gaylord Simpson, and Harzanyi's The Star Gazer about Galileo.
Years later encountered a fellow who said, "No man's need constitutes an obligation on the part of another man to fulfill that need!" I agreed! He recommended Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, read it yearly as well as her journal, The Objectivist Newsletter, and books by Ludwig von Mises which Rand had reviewed.
Still working full time so its off to sleep now. Will keep in touch.
hi Parallax, thanks for your reply! Music-Pics correlation? I didn't mean to!!! Supercool, if it looks that way! Ha, I read the bible at the age of 13 (required for the German Protestant 'Konfirmation' - my parents were only cultural Christians BTW - outcome: I turned apostate officially... the bible sounded like Grimms' Fairy Tales, nothing to take seriously. Atheist since then. Never believed, just followed convention. Not any more! Did you experience an 'apostate-epiphany' or did the disentanglement take a long time? Astronomy (just bought Sagan's 'pale blue dot', gonna read it in the near future) + medical field = interesting combo. I wish I know a lot more about these sciences. See you!!!
hi Parallax (just consulted wikipedia: distance measurement in astronomy, cool name!), thanks a lot for adding me. Saw your profile on women atheists, interesting history, I dig Carl Sagan too. Greetings from Germany!