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If we don't talk about it, how can we solve it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 4. 3 Replies

So many times we hesitate to talk about beliefs of Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Freethinkers, Humanists, Rational Responses, Secular Humanists, Skeptics, Spiritual Humanists, missing opportunities…Continue

Tags: Rational, Humanists, Responses, Secular, Spiritual

Entitlements, Who is entitled to the land?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Sep 18. 14 Replies

"Israel is our homeland  ...  we had  no homeland for thousands of years...."Does this statement give anyone else a sick feeling? I have no intention of determining who is right or wrong in the…Continue

Tags: killed, children, Palestine, Israel

Secular Meditation & Mindfulness

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Have you ever been at a family gathering where everyone in the group sits and waits for others to get a meal together, the tables set, the chairs assembled, and the food cooked and prepared? There…Continue

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Joan Denoo replied to Athianarchist's discussion So What Made You First Start To Doubt?
"The stumbling block for me was Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV) "22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentlenesses and self-control. Against such things,…"
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Joan Denoo replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Atheism and the Holocaust: Primo Levi and Os Guiness
"Spud, as to the sound of the computer being of poor quality, I share your experience. My daughter suggested ear buds. Mine has a volume regulator on the wire that I can adjust to achieve a pleasant amount of sound and can understand Hitchen's…"
17 hours ago
Grinning Cat commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"From a Public Citizen email, new words to "Frosty the Snowman":In this fall’s midterm elections — the most expensive ever — the Koch Brothers’ extremist network intended to spend upwards of $300 million. Of course,…"
18 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Ian, wonderful cartoon!  "
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I'm having a most delightful visit with Laura and Larry. They worked all day each day so far and I enjoy cooking dinner each night and preparing mid-day snacks to keep their strength up. They enjoy my cooking ... thankfully.  I spent an…"
Joan Denoo replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Leopard and Baby Impala become Friends in the Wild - Video in the group Wildlife
"An amazing video, even if the out come may not have turned out well for the impala. One can hope, though. "
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Felaine, a very moving story of your blind cat, Mr Devil and your Dad's passing. I have not heard of hydrostatic shock from jumping from great heights. I suppose Mr Devil jumped a lot, or was it a few terrible jumps? Dreadful to watch a…"
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Felaine, I am so very pleased you received this gift from your real estate agent! Your great spirit shines so brightly, others want to share with you. I cry with you in pure joy at the care and compassion of those around us.  "
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Loren, I like the Herb Alpert's Let it Snow. A great winter song. I've enjoyed everything you share with us.  "
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Carl, I enjoy the Kronos String Quartet, Songs From Liquid Days, and saved it.  I like the photo of you in 1983. You must have very special memories of your musical years, too.  I couldn't remember which sax you played and the…"
Joan Denoo replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Atheism and the Holocaust: Primo Levi and Os Guiness
"Grayling and Hitchens had a discussion about this point.  A.C. Grayling, author of Among the Dead Cities, examines the morality of Allied air attacks on civilians during WWII. Christopher Hitchens, author of Love, Poverty, and War:…"
Joan Denoo replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Atheism and the Holocaust: Primo Levi and Os Guiness
"This is the crux of the argument that without god there is not meaning. An assertion that holds water for many in despair. For me, the bucket has so many holes it loses its nature of carrying water.  First of all, the old man bore witness to…"
Joan Denoo liked Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Atheism and the Holocaust: Primo Levi and Os Guiness
sk8eycat replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The Bible is not Great by Soren Sagan in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The barbarians who wrote it couldn't write their way out of a tissue-paper bag.  I detest horror fiction, but I have read a few stories by H.P. Lovecraft, just to see what all the shouting was about.  He and his evil creation,…"
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Ring Out Solstice Bells Song by Jethro Tull Now is the solstice of the year,winter is the glad song that you hear.Seven maids move in seven time.Have the lads up ready in a line. Ring out these bells.Ring out, ring solstice bells.Ring…"
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Questions come up from time to time, asking if there is an afterlife. “I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.” ― Carl Sagan, …See More

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I changed from faith to science. I am a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a survivor of breast cancer thanks to the fine diagnostic work and treatment at Cancer Care Northwest, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Dreadful stuff, but a wake up to living each and every minute. Life is to remember the past, live in the present and remember a preferred future. One can be good without god! My family demonstrates it

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China’s crop of outrageous new hotel designs

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 6:01pm 1 Comment

I was in Chin in the 1980s. I saw spotlessly clean streets with women out early each morning sweeping. I saw butchers slaughtering animals in open-air markets, blood streaming into the streets. There were no flies. I saw small rooms open to the street where people constructed electric irons for the world trade, even U.S. trademarks. I talked to people taking care of babies while their parents worked in factories. Mothers were allowed to take time to nurse their babies and it was not time…


Green Roofs: Saving the Planet One Building at a Time

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 3:59pm 5 Comments

Advantages of green roof gardens: 

Aesthetic Improvement

Waste Diversion

Landfill Diversion

Stormwater Management

Moderation of Urban Heat Island Effect

New Amenity Spaces…


Fractal History

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 10:05pm 5 Comments

Do you ever wonder, as I wondered, why a broccoli or cauliflower looks as it does? Why do animals have two legs or four legs, two eyes, or two nostrils? Why are rivers formed into dendritic patterns? Why do some crystals have dendrite patterns in them? What causes a snowflake to form into patterns? Why is every fingerprint different from every other one?

One day I heard a lecture and the speaker used a word I did not recognize. I discussed the word with the speaker afterwards and she…


Capstone video: Rich ideas of substance: Chris Martenson, "Crash Course", economics.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 1:41pm 0 Comments

Over the years, I ran across people and ideas that have important messages that we need to know about and understand. These are individuals and concept who look at the reality of our current situation and have ideas for solving problems and conflicts. The subjects range from economics, education, health care, permaculture, politics, religion, spirituality, and beyond. 

The first one I call attention to is Chris Martenson and his "Crash Course" in which he defines the state of the…


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At 2:18pm on December 17, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Joan, I'm so looking forward to finding a publisher for THE LOST WORLD. It is written in diary format, chapter by chapter reporting the discoveries of the day and giving away my thinking and consequent excitements. The other books are being prepared more like standard textbooks--as they need to be. All the best to you, Terry. 

At 10:42am on December 17, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Dear Joan, Thank you. In your message you suggest that Atheist Nexus could be a suitable place to mention the discoveries that I have been reporting on Facebook? Let's see. Here's some background information: I am an archaeologist and simultaneously a strong atheist.  Because of this I have been able to observe, dissect, and analyse the archaeological record deeply and dispassionately which no Christian archeologist has ever been able to do, most of them being religiously biassed. That explains why I have discovered so much about the lost religion of our Neolithic ancestors---my eyes wide open, brain alert, all senses active as I move about the places where the first farmers lived and worshipped. The people were illiterate but they made use of symbols and images---and I have been exploring their world, unlocking secrets . . . and writing papers and books and lecturing. My problem is that I have discovered so much, and started several books---- about 6 on archaeology and 4 on atheism (the latter 4 are finished), and what with the prostate cancer my days seem to be numbered to probably 5 years left. This is why I do little on Atheist Nexus . . . there's so much to do. It will be a tragedy if I don't get all my knowledge published first. So I work and work, maybe 60 hours a week as I always have done . . . and I love it. Ever optimistic though. So as I reflect while I write this, I conclude that I don't want to open up something else, another outlet, that will take time away from the main job. I know you understand that. Affectionately, Terry

At 7:43am on November 24, 2014, David Behrens said…

Learning, for me, is  constant throughout life.  I welcome the opportunity to be taught.

At 11:17pm on November 14, 2014, Lemual Poot said…

You're in good historic company as a radical.  I was following the Talpoit Tomb, boy did the Jews shit at the thought of pissing off the witch burners!  It blows their whole fairy tale out of the water.  I can't understand how people can look around the fact, "Jesus...the organization that bears his name is history's greatest contradiction to his doctrines


At 1:22pm on November 14, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Joan!

Here's a little something in re: the last election which I suspect you should see.

At 8:18am on November 14, 2014, Alison said…
Thanks! I'm still trying to figure the site out. I'm so excited to find it!!
At 4:54am on November 4, 2014, John B Hodges said…

Greetings-  You asked if you could cite "my piece on morality" on Twitter and Facebook; certainly you may. Please note that I have a number of such pieces, admittedly putting across the same idea to different audiences at different lengths. The longest piece is the first one I posted, so it is at the bottom of the last page of my blog. Pieces related to ethics are on all three pages. See

At 3:35pm on October 26, 2014, Jasmin Mc said…

Thank you Joan! A lot of what you said are some of the things I've come across in my search of educating myself so when I do find myself in a conversation I will have the proper tools to back up what I'm saying and how I feel. I know that with time and continuing to learn more I will be more confidant and content in my stance. Thanks for your words I really appreciate it.

At 2:26pm on October 22, 2014, eric stone said…

Thanks Joan.  Your comment about our insults helping him out was a very helpful reminder.

At 11:53pm on October 21, 2014, Deidre said…

One of the most inspiring people I know. <3 Have a good one, Joan. Everyone should have a flower cupcake... :)


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