I am new to this site, so I will have to learn how it goes. My wife died five months ago, and now I have more free time to go online to commune with fellow travelers. I don't have any like-minded people in my life. Well, there's my friend, Dave, who also thinks religion is bogus, but we don't really talk about it, and just about everyone else believes in some fashion or other. I am also a closet CD so I really have to put on a different face for the world. Anyway, I am into neuroscience and the Tao Te Ching--as much of it as I can understand--and existentialism and Stoicism and cognitive behavior therapy and artificial intelligence and just this whole business of what it is to be human. I think that the universe just is, and it is up to us rational human beings to use our reason to make the best of it and to help each other along the way. I hope to meet some of you in the coming weeks.