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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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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 8:16pm
Joan I love your owl picture and statements you posted.
Cool Booklover I remembered. Dale is a beauty!
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 8:02pm

There are some people with whom I have no interest in discussing ideas!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 7:57pm

There are some people with whom I have no interest in discussing ideas.

If an individual or group insists something to be true when, in fact, it is possible for it to be wrong.   

If you can't prove that god doesn't exist, then that means he must exist.

If you hold onto a belief because it makes people happy or feel good, even as it has the potential to oppress.

If you believe that saying something that is false is true and repeat it so often that it becomes "normal". 

If you believe something is right because it is new, different or novel. 

If you believe something is true because a majority of people believe the same thing, as if might-makes-right. 

If you believe there are only two options, when in fact there may be many options in a situation. If one option is wrong, the other must be right. 

If you use the bible as the word of god because it says it is; the bible can't be wrong because it is the word of god. 

If you assert that events that occur together must be causally related; i.e. using global warming as a sign god is punishing us. 

If you claim a simplistic answer to a complex problem; i.e. if god didn't create the universe, then who/what did? 

If you believe ends justify means. 

If you declare one event will lead to harmful consequences; i.e if you let gays get married, it will destroy family values. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 7:06pm

Write4U  "Impeccable logic, wrong premise." 

Great statement! Can't wait to use it. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 7:05pm

Just got back from riding my bike!

Happy Friday everyone!

Have a great weekend!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2012 at 7:01pm

 Loren Miller, Now here is a man contented and enjoying the fruits of his labor. A handsome pair. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 4:33pm

Good new indeed sk8eycat.  I like this statement:  "Actually, there have always been many more nonreligious than Jews, Muslims, Mormons or Eastern religions' adherents, currently respectively at 1.2%, 0.6%, 1.4% and 0.9% of the U.S. population, according to ARIS. “Most minority religions, however tiny in numbers, are treated with respect, inclusion and sometimes deference. It’s time public officials and the American public wake up to the changing demographics and stop treating atheists and agnostics as outsiders."

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 4:22pm

Ahhh.  Here's some encouraging news:

“Nones” climb to 19%

July 20, 2012

America’s “Nones” — the nonreligious — are at an all-time high, now comprising nearly one in five Americans (19%), according to a new study by the Pew Center for the People and the Press. The 19% count is based on aggregated surveys of 19,377 people conducted by the Pew Research Center throughout 2011 and reported by USA Today

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 4:12pm

I agree sk8eycat, and I like the space-cat.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 4:09pm

Good day for me also.  Took a mile walk, watered my garden, and noticed some cucumbers & beets nearly ready to eat.  How are you doing Steph?

 

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