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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 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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Is there an afterlife?

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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Jimmy McCann commented on Joan Denoo's group Is there an afterlife?
"I am just glad that a bit of the universe became me, shame it is a short visit but so far enjoyable, at the end I will just go back to what was before I was born and that didn't do me any harm. I am sure that someone or something will be using…"
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Jimmy McCann replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The Bible is not Great by Soren Sagan in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The Bible is no more than a little blood soaked book of horror. "
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Daniel W replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil in the group Godless in the garden
"That's very nice! My own gardening style is...  no style at all!  I could use having them to come over and impose some limits. I like the awareness of the local environment. Like you Joan, I need the vegetables and fruits.  Maybe…"
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Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Chris, a wonderful group hug and Yuletide greeting!  Felaine, a great idea to include those "Down Under".  Carl, very seasonal images to get in the mood for the season.  Patricia, such beautiful winter scenes! We have no…"
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Joan Denoo replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil in the group Godless in the garden
"My gardens were for vegetables and fruits, so I needed the humus and rich soils that cow manure provided. Both styles of gardening can be accomplished. "
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Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

I grew gardens in El Paso near Ft Bliss, at Ft Hood, and Fort Sam, all in Texas. We lived in each site for two years before being reassigned to other military bases. The soils of Texas were a challenge for me, an eastern Washington state born and raised kid. Growing up in a part of the nation with naturally rich loess soils, subirrigated from mountains to the east, and a world renowned farming area for wheat, barley, oats, peas, and lentils. Breaking through the "pan" of Texan soils required a…See More
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"If someone in a group makes a statement having to do with things religious, I feel it is my right and responsibility to express my point of view. I have no interest in converting anyone. I just don't want my silence to imply that I share the…"
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"Sadly, a true statement. Christians do have a way of finding wedge issues to get away from facing the absurdities of superstition. "
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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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