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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 1:31pm

Arpan, Exactly, we value DIVERSITY. We really are like a herd of cats, with no one able to the lead and everyone leading from their perspective. It really is a very stimulating place to participate. 

This is also a place where you can express your ideas and get feedback from others who may or may not agree with your statement. We don't do the usual name calling and put-downs. The power of feedback is it gives you a reason to rethink an issue. You may continue to think as you do and you have a strong reason to back up your thinking. 

There is no belief or faith here. There is thoughtful consideration of whatever topic in which you are interested. 

Jump in, the water's fine, the participants are thoughtful and funny. I think you will enjoy sharing your thoughts.  

Comment by sk8eycat on April 1, 2014 at 12:03pm

The Earth MOVES!  An intelligent review of a play about Copernicus

.http://thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/and-the-sun-sto...

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 1, 2014 at 11:56am

Welcome Arpan. I can relate to the complication of Atheist Nexus.  It took me quite a while to find my way around.

Comment by booklover on April 1, 2014 at 9:49am

Thanks Chris.  This one was easy.  There's another that'll never happen, but I kind of feel like it's not worth it anyway.  I'm just don't have the energy to avoid the people that I've broken-up with. LOL  There aren't a ton of them, but it's easier to just let bygones be bygones in cases where it was nothing really horrible that led to the break-up.

Comment by Plinius on April 1, 2014 at 9:36am

Congrats, Mindy! It's often not possible tp patch up old friendships, but I'm glad you succeeded!

Comment by booklover on April 1, 2014 at 9:15am

Thanks everyone. :)

I love "Every time you make a typo, the errorists win!"  My daughter will appreciate that one!

I made-up with my oldest friend last night.  We don't agree on exactly why we broke-up, but decided to let bygones be bygones.  I'm getting too old to be upset with the people I am upset with.  Oh well, I do have a broken friendship with someone that will never be able to be repaired, but you can't fix everything. 

Arpan, join right in here!  There is a lot going on on AN, but this is a nice place to be. :)

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 2:56am

Hello people, just wanted to say hi!

Actually, I find Atheist Nexus much more complicated than I thought initially with so many groups, blogs, and a vast number of members. It is such a diverse network. Reminds me of the diversity of life!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 11:58pm

Here is a badly worded sentence that does not say what I intended to say. 

" It seems proofreading fails to catch those mistakes when the material is old."

I meant to say, when I proofread something, I assume all the right words are in place and express my meaning. It is only later, when re-reading something I have written, I realize the wrong word or the wrong phrasing does not reveal my intention. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:52pm

Joan, sometimes I too catch misteaks after submitting the comment... and if it's soon enough, I might copy-and-paste, fix it, add it as a new comment, and quietly delete the old.

"A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother."

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:49pm

"Alright" is alwrong, indeed!

Following the (sometimes arbitrary) conventional rules of spelling and grammar and such doesn't make our ideas any more or less worthy. It's just that we're so conditioned to language that follows the rules that breaking them is, simply, a noticeable distraction!

In recent times, there's a parallel of sorts in our power to choose fonts and other aspects of presentation. It used to be only print shops and artists that had this visual power.

Following in Ruth's footsteps, here's a graphic:

 

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