Greetings, Aleksandra! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
The songs you have here invoke rising energy and increase neural activities in me. I have studied NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and I believe #1 and #2 can be used as a trigger/anchor for deep thoughts. :-) Since you are a psychology student, have you done any research or come across any research paper or project on the topic of psychological states and music?
People often don't want to accept the fact that death is a permanent irreversible cessation of life. Often they go through several stages before accepting it. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross explains those stages in her book. Religion, in my view, was invented by people who are in denial.
Hi Aleks! I'm Kris - I host the Aussie/Kiwi group here on Nexus. I'm also the media and communications consultant for the forthcoming "Rise of Atheism" Global Atheist Convention to be held in Melbourne in March 2010. The Convention is being organized jointly by Atheist Alliance International and the Atheist Foundation of Australia.
I wonder if you could let your members know that tickets for the convention are now available online at the Convention website. We are expecting nearly 3,000 delegates, so this convention is going to be huge.
Confirmed speakers include: Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling, PZ Myers, Dan Barker, Peter Singer, Taslima Nasrin and many more.
Anything you can do to help us get the word out would be greatly appreciated.
Back in the '80s, I would sometimes refer to myself as an 'anarco-feminist', and had feminists get very angry at me. As for me calling me a wimp, I just laugh at them as no one who knows me would say any thing like that other than as a joke. When I was a child, I would hear other boys saying things like "girls are dumb and weak", to which I would reply, "Oh, so you've not met my sisters?" By the time I was a teen, bully's would try to bug me with "you gonna get your sister to beat me up?", as by that time several of my older sisters had gotten reputations for beating up boys, but I never needed their help as my one brother (#3 in line and 9 years older than me) thought me to fight, usually by beating me up! To put it simply, I have never be afraid to demand equality between the sexes, and have a tattoo on my right arm that is a joined male/female symbol with an anarchist 'A' in the circle it's in my photos).
As for growing up in such a large family, like I said, I was mostly raised by my sisters. In age they go oldest boy born 1950, oldest sister, 1951, #3 - brother 1952, #4 - sister 1954, #5 - sister 1955, #6 - sister 1957, #7 - sister 1959, then me , in 1961. # 6 and #7 were the closest to me (Muggsy and Jewels), and when I got out of the Canadian army in 1980, the three of us went to England to meet out Aunts , Uncle, etc., and did a hitch hiking tour of France, Switzerland and Italy. Muggsy (#6) and I are the only ones with no kids, and only one of our other sisters isn't a grandparent. (#5). But it gets better, our father (DOB 1921), who immigrated from England in 1948, left a wife and child back there because he couldn't stand her parents (baptists) and she insisted on living with them. So that makes my mother his wife #2, and he stayed with her until she died suddenly (32 years). Last year my father buried wife #5, and the only one of his wives still alive is the one he left in England!
Any way, I babel. I hope that was a little entertaining.
Thanks for these friendship requests. I checked out the Atheist Feminist group just now, and I see that there are men in it. I wounder if that's appropriate. During my youth as a political activist in Vancouver, no men were allowed within feminist groups, which always bugged me as I was mostly raised by my older sisters (I'm the last of 8 - 5 sisters and 2 brothers), and never understood sexism. Ah well, I'm having problems keeping up with it all any way, as my job and hobby keep me so busy.