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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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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 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

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by sk8eycat on February 20, 2013 at 8:11pm

Beautiful performance!  And I love to see videos and still pics of Her Majesty genuinely enjoying herself.

Wowie-wow-wow!  Thanks for posting that!

Now I have to scroll back and check out all the other video links in here that I've skipped. 

I'm trying to get caught up on the Pet Press Events Calendar, and every time I think I'm finished, I go to my e-mail box, and find 3 or 4 new events....  *sigh* It's due tomorrow night, so I may be glued to this keyboard for a while, but this was a very welcome break.

;>)

Comment by Ian Mason on February 20, 2013 at 2:25pm

The world is awesome when you take time off from the hurly-burly of everyday life and really look at it. Then you can apply the (excellent) secular creed.

Love the contortionist cat :D

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 20, 2013 at 2:04pm

Carl, I thought the same as you about NOVA's show Earth from Space.   Amazing indeed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:57pm
The Flying Atheist, I just watched your recommended video and it thoroughly appreciate its messages. Such a precious Earth, giving everything we need to survive and flourish. I can only say "I am filled with awe!" Thanks.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:49pm

Watching this video I became conscious of being part of a far larger existence than my little corner of USA, Washington State, Spokane County, Spokane City. The notion of a power answering my desires remains ludicrous. To even imagine a power that created Earth and all its inhabitants 6,000 or 10,000 years ago remains simply silly.

I am conscious of maiming and killing people who disagree with our Executive and Legislative branches of government and the Judicial does not respond to laws based on compassion and justice. I direct my thoughts to living things from the sea, from the soils, and from the air. 

"A feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment."

Overview Effect.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2013 at 10:51am

Beautiful video, Tony, with an important message.  Along the same train of thought......did anyone see the the most recent NOVA show on PBS that aired last week?  Here's the link:  NOVA: Earth from Space

It's an awesome overview of earth from space and how, with the use of our satellite technology, we can monitor the different ecosystems on our planet and how they all relate to each other.  We live in an incredibly complex and fragile environment.  And I'm amazed at really how smart our species has become to be able to develop such advanced technology.  

Melinda, I'm stealing the Secular Creed.  It's great.  I was just having a phone conversation the other day with a new friend and I was explaining to him what exactly is a secular humanist.  The Secular Creed really boils it down to the basics.  I wish I had it available a few days ago.  

When explaining secular humanism to someone who doesn't know anything about it does anyone else, like me, feel as though they sound like some hippie trying to explain the advancement of some utopian world society?  I do.  Secular Humanism is a philosophy;  a way to live, and I think most people don't view the way in which they live their lives as 'a philosophy.'  Am I making sense?  lol

And yes, chocolate overrules licorice.  But both together.......?   Ahhhhhhh.    

Comment by Tony Carroll on February 20, 2013 at 7:36am

http://vimeo.com/planetarycollective/overview

Astronauts talking about being in space. Just wow!

Comment by Plinius on February 20, 2013 at 5:42am

Thanks for the ´secular creed´pic, Melinda, I'll copy it.

`Saltlakrids` sounds very similar to ´zoute drop´ Ian. And I like dark chocolate too; it's even considered as health food when the cocoa is over 80 percent.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:11am

Three little kittens, they lost their mittens, and they ...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:10am

Cat and Dog!

 

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