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Nik Gervae replied to Roy The Infidel's discussion The Raven - Interpreted by Christopher Walken in the group QUOTH THE RAVEN
"That's a pretty impressive reading. Too bad it's got all the goofy sound effects muddying it up."
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Finnish Atheists

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QUOTH THE RAVEN

The Life, Death, and Words of Edgar Allan Poe
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Pantheism- Naturalistic Spirituality

A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.See More
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Objectivists

For those who admire the philosophy of the great novelist Ayn Rand.
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MYTHOLOGY

One man's religion is another man's mythology!! A group for comparative mythology/religion. Discover the origins of religions, and see just how similar they all are. They all have one thing in common - they rely on faith and belief!!See More
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Psychology

This is a group for psychologists and those interested in psychology, mental processes, intelligence, behavior, cognition, emotion, perception, relationships, personality or consciousness.
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Joseph Campbell Modern Myth

For people wanting to learn more about Joseph Campbell's writings."When you see the earth from the moon, you don't see any divisions there of nations or states. This might be the symbol, really, for the new mythology to come." -- Joseph CampbellSee More
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San Francisco Atheists

A place for atheists in the San Francisco area.
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Vegetarian/Vegan Atheists

This group is here to provide a sense of community for nontheist vegetarians and vegans.Share experiences, thoughts, philosophy, recipes, other issues relevant to the group.See More
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We need an Atheist Headquarters!

A place as ornate and beautiful as any mosque or cathedral where atheists can meet, educate, celebrate life events, and organize would be a perfect addition to our society.
Mar 3, 2010
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Secular Sexuality

(NSFW) A no-taboo approach to sexual education and health.
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Gay Atheists

Nontheist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people & friends.See More
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Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was 'ARRRRGH!'" - PIRATICUS 13:7
Mar 3, 2010
Nik Gervae replied to Loki's discussion How did the Neo-Pagan communtiy react when you proclaimed your athiesim? in the group Ex-Wiccans and Pagans.
"An actual generator: http://www.fjordstone.com/fjo/generator.html A hilarious insider article about "craft names": http://www.widdershins.org/vol3iss4/m9710.htm"
Mar 3, 2010

Introductions

Hello! I'm new to this community so I'll take a bit of time to post an introduction.

I'm a queer pagan-ish atheist living in San Francisco and working as a software engineer at Apple. Well, I have lots of pagan friends anyhow; I'm still not sure I qualify for the P-word myself. I've always been fascinated by and enjoyed myth and fantasy, and exploring nonrational experience is a growing interest of mine, but in the end stories are stories and experiences, however esoteric or fantastic, have to be analyzed and integrated into daily life. Basically I'm using esoteric techniques from a purely psychological perspective. If you can get past the woo-woo (and that is often very difficult indeed), the practices themselves can be surprisingly rich. The nice thing about pagans is they're incredibly tolerant and open-minded, and a surprising number are secretly nor not-so-secretly atheists.

On the flip side, I've read nearly all of Ayn Rand's published works and a broad spectrum of science writing on psychology and evolution (Daniel Dennett is a particularly good writer). Ms. Rand was a big influence for a long time, for both good and bad, but in the end I got tired of dealing with both the cult of Objectivism and her knee-jerk opponents, and pretty much gave up on discussing her work critically with anybody. I don't spend much reading time on these topics any more, as I'm already convinced, and am more interested in practical self-development than general theory.

I look forward to meeting folks on this site, but I'll say in advance I don't go adding everybody I meet to my friends list. If we find ourselves chatting a lot or interacting in forums, then we can make a relationship formal. ;-)

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At 8:46am on March 5, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Nik Gervae in California and welcome to this great meeting place
where religion is recognised for the superstition and populace-control fraud that it is and for its inexcusable oppression of women
--- and that God and gods are merely fictions inside human heads.

Terry Meaden
founder of "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 250 discussion topics.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
At 2:45pm on March 3, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
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