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What 3-8 traits do you value most in a potential lifetime partner? For instance, do you value ...
evestrat comments on Feb 21, 2018:
1. Intellectual. I adore intelligence ... it's a turn on 2. Witty -- dry sense of humor is best; they at least smile at some of my dorky jokes and puns ... I'm hooked 3. Kind/Respectful 4. Engages in Reciprocity, and understands why this is important 5. Liberal, or at the "left-side of the ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 21, 2018:
All of these!
How do you handle talking to a parent when they are politically opposite of you?
UrsiMajor comments on Feb 18, 2018:
A conservative friend and I had a code phrase when things got heated. We would say, I like soup." And the other would reply, "I like soup, too." We knew not to even try talking politics.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 18, 2018:
That’s AWESOME to remind eachother in an inside joke kind of way that you have things in common!
How long did it take you to get over your divorce? I am in the process of serving my husband, but ...
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 17, 2018:
I am almost 3 Years out from a very toxic marriage. I am still recovering, less from the divorce than from the 20 years of emotional abuse in the marriage. My ex moved on immediately (actually had been carrying on a relationship in secret while telling me we were trying to reconcile) and is already...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 18, 2018:
@UrsiMajor that is actually something I have thought a lot about. We constantly get the message that marriage is a lifelong commitment, that divorce is a failure, that you should do whatever you can to make your marriage work. And in most situations I generally agree with that. But society does a disservice when we fail to say that none of that applies in cases of abuse - physical or psychological abuse.
How long did it take you to get over your divorce? I am in the process of serving my husband, but ...
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 17, 2018:
I am almost 3 Years out from a very toxic marriage. I am still recovering, less from the divorce than from the 20 years of emotional abuse in the marriage. My ex moved on immediately (actually had been carrying on a relationship in secret while telling me we were trying to reconcile) and is already...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 18, 2018:
Thanks everyone for your kind words. I am actually really happy now. Still figuring out who I am without a narcissist telling me who to be. Enjoying having friends and interests and not feeling bad about not making my whole life about another person. I’ll date if someone comes along who really enhances my life. Until then, I am happy that every other aspect of my life is better than it ever would have been in that marriage. @tiffanny @bingst @ursiMajor @theIrishTexan @sciencebiker
How do you feel about (boy) scouting?
Marcie1974 comments on Feb 16, 2018:
Being a woman and having daughters I don't know as much about them as I maybe should. That being said, I won't buy their popcorn due to their discrimination.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 18, 2018:
Girl Scouts is a totally separate organization and a great one. Aims at instilling skills and knowledge and independence and self esteem in girls.
How do you feel about supplements? Do you take them? Are you leery of them? The FDA doesn't ...
Paul628 comments on Feb 16, 2018:
One of my docs wrote me a prescription for a high-dose Vitamin D supplement. Insurance stopped covering it and the out of pocket cost was unreasonably high so I just started taking over the counter stuff. The doses are lower, but something is better than nothing I suppose.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 17, 2018:
Yes, I think the current advice is to NOT try to meet vit D needs with unprotected sun exposure for that reason @FrayedBear
Unusual expressions. I once had a very nice boss who was from rural southern Illinois. It took a ...
stinkeye_a comments on Feb 17, 2018:
"I'll be go to hell!"
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 17, 2018:
That sounds like something a kid says when they are trying to learn how to swear, and they don’t know where the swear words go.
Another f@!king mass shooting here in America! At least 17 dead, 23 injured. What would it take to...
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 14, 2018:
It will never happen. If 25 dead little white kids didn’t move the needle on gun regulation, nothing ever will. People will continue to send empty “thoughts and prayers” and it will just get worse and worse.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 17, 2018:
Uh huh. It’s racist to point out racism. Ok. Done with you. @Jack-of-scythes
What is your take on the 2 party system?
snytiger6 comments on Feb 12, 2018:
I really wonder why voters have to be registered with a political party to vote in the primaries. My ideal, would be that only politicians register as party members. Voters themselves would not be officially a part of any political party. In the primaries all voters would get to vote for the ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 16, 2018:
Voters don’t have to be registered with a party to vote in primaries in Michigan. You do only get to vote for one party in the primary, though. Last year a neighbor and I talked about whether we should cast party ballots for a republican (anyone other than Trump) just to try to keep a terrible candidate off the ballot. I also proposed (mostly joking) that we should be able to trade our regular vote for a negative vote. That is, rather than cast a ballot for one of the dozen other candidates, to use our vote to cancel one vote for Trump.
What is your take on the 2 party system?
WilliamCharles comments on Feb 12, 2018:
I would like to get money out of politics (publicly financed campaigns), and if ballot integrity could be ensured, some sort of ranked choice voting system. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 16, 2018:
I’ve heard about ranked ballots as a solution to the extreme positions that result from the current primary system.
How do you feel about supplements? Do you take them? Are you leery of them? The FDA doesn't ...
ChrisJones comments on Feb 16, 2018:
There are a few I take. I drink chamomile tea on a fairly regular basis. I do that for headaches. I have also used holy basil as well. It has a calming effect. There are a few others I have used. Won’t necessarily swear by any. Other than the two I mentioned. I have seen the effects on me ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 16, 2018:
@ChrisJones that’s great! Do you drink it daily for migraine prevention or use to treat when they onset?
How do you feel about supplements? Do you take them? Are you leery of them? The FDA doesn't ...
Paul628 comments on Feb 16, 2018:
One of my docs wrote me a prescription for a high-dose Vitamin D supplement. Insurance stopped covering it and the out of pocket cost was unreasonably high so I just started taking over the counter stuff. The doses are lower, but something is better than nothing I suppose.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 16, 2018:
Nice thought but for those of us up around the 42nd latitude we just can’t get enough sunlight! @silvereyes
Another f@!king mass shooting here in America! At least 17 dead, 23 injured. What would it take to...
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 14, 2018:
It will never happen. If 25 dead little white kids didn’t move the needle on gun regulation, nothing ever will. People will continue to send empty “thoughts and prayers” and it will just get worse and worse.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 16, 2018:
No way to know if your ignorance is intentional or not. The unfortunate reality is that many people assign the lives of white children more value than the lives of children of color. THAT is racism. Pointing it out is not. @Jack-of-scythes
Anyone here a psychotherapist?
RavenCT comments on Feb 15, 2018:
You might want to start with an "Intro to Psychology" book from your local library? Psychoanalysis goes strongly into Freud and was not a big turn on for me in the 1980's - I doubt there are any Freudians left in the US? But you never know. If you read an intro. book you'll have a good grasp ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 15, 2018:
Freud was a perv!
Another f@!king mass shooting here in America! At least 17 dead, 23 injured. What would it take to...
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 14, 2018:
It will never happen. If 25 dead little white kids didn’t move the needle on gun regulation, nothing ever will. People will continue to send empty “thoughts and prayers” and it will just get worse and worse.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 15, 2018:
Not every mention of race is racist. In particular, pointing out that our society takes crimes against white children much more seriously than crimes against people of color. For example, every few years a story about a missing pretty white girl dominates the news for weeks. When was the last time you saw a follow up story about a missing black woman? So yes, if anything was ever going to compel lawmakers to make a change, it was the murder of a bunch of white kids. That doesn’t make ME racist. @Jack-of-scythes
Belief in god
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Not by itself. People have different reasons for their beliefs, including, usually, childhood indoctrination. A mental illness is defined as “associated with present distress.” But many people do hold onto harmful delusions, behave in dysfunctional ways or experience distress because their ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 15, 2018:
and what exactly did you accomplish by bullying a co-worker because her beliefs are different from yours? Do you think she’ll reconsider her belief in god? Or just what she thinks of you? @SingTheGuitar
Belief in god
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Not by itself. People have different reasons for their beliefs, including, usually, childhood indoctrination. A mental illness is defined as “associated with present distress.” But many people do hold onto harmful delusions, behave in dysfunctional ways or experience distress because their ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 15, 2018:
Religion evolved in some form in pretty much every society going back many thousands of years. The fact that religion arose separately in many different places, times and cultures, indicates that it was a *functional* trait. Humans carry many traits and behaviors that were once favored by evolution because they served a functional purpose. Many of those traits are no longer functional, or are functional in some circumstances but not others. But it isn’t easy for people to discard behaviors simply because they no longer serve a logical purpose. And for many people, religion is still functional. Maintaining faith serves a purpose for some people: to provide a sense of purpose, or a set of ethics, or a community, or comfort in the hope that life does not end at death. Even if they do those things by maintaining a belief that you and I consider to be “obviously” false. As long as their belief does not cause any DYSfunction, harm to them self or others, it does not meet the criteria for mental illness. Further, there is little to be gained by declaring that the vast majority of human beings going back as far as we have records, were all “mentally ill” simply because some of us have started to overcome that now-vestigial belief. @SingTheGuitar
Belief in god
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Not by itself. People have different reasons for their beliefs, including, usually, childhood indoctrination. A mental illness is defined as “associated with present distress.” But many people do hold onto harmful delusions, behave in dysfunctional ways or experience distress because their ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 14, 2018:
Wow you just make all kinds of assumptions about people. I have never been religious. I smelled bullshit in church at 8 years old and never believed in god. And AGAIN it is the American Psychiatric Association That defines mental illness as involving “impairment or dysfunction.” @SingTheGuitar
Belief in god
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Not by itself. People have different reasons for their beliefs, including, usually, childhood indoctrination. A mental illness is defined as “associated with present distress.” But many people do hold onto harmful delusions, behave in dysfunctional ways or experience distress because their ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 14, 2018:
So you think i’m naive because I refer to knowledgeable sources and decline to accuse 80% of the population of mental illness? @SingTheGuitar
In my latest updated post, I mentioned my bestie, Patty, and that her kids (an 18-year-old son and a...
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 13, 2018:
Personally, I would find the environment of a religious institution very uncomfortable and would not want to spend those formative years pretending to be something I’m not.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 14, 2018:
Really! I’m surprised. A lot of religious institutions require students to accept their dogma. @Sarahroo29
Belief in god
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Not by itself. People have different reasons for their beliefs, including, usually, childhood indoctrination. A mental illness is defined as “associated with present distress.” But many people do hold onto harmful delusions, behave in dysfunctional ways or experience distress because their ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 13, 2018:
accepted definitions of mental illness refer to “impairment or dysfunction.” An adult who believes there are magical 6-foot bunnies living under their bed probably can’t function in society. But a child who believes in the Easter bunny probably can. If 80% of a population shares a belief and we are the ones who don’t, who do you think is going to be labeled as mentally ill? Just saying, maybe we don’t need to label people disagree with us as “mentally ill.” @SingTheGuitar
I find myself questioning the critical thinking skills of anyone I meet who I find to be religious. ...
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 8, 2018:
My mother is one of the smartest people I know. She had a long, successful career, respects science, and is highly logical and reasonable. She also believes in god and attends church regularly. People have faith/religion for many reasons. It does not mean, necessarily, that they lack reasoning ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 13, 2018:
I understand that many people have very painful experiences associated with religion. And I certainly find many things done In thename id religion to be trrrible, despicable and abhorrent. My personal experience with religion wasn’t bad. It just all seemed very strange and illogical to me, and that is reason enough for me to reject religion. But given that my experience includes knowing really wonderful people who happened to be religious, I won’t begrudge them their right to their faith. AS LONG AS THEY ARENT HARMING ANYONE. @bootaski
Belief in god
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Not by itself. People have different reasons for their beliefs, including, usually, childhood indoctrination. A mental illness is defined as “associated with present distress.” But many people do hold onto harmful delusions, behave in dysfunctional ways or experience distress because their ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 13, 2018:
I actually am not a member of the American Psychiatric Association @SingTheGuitar
Why conservatives are more susceptible to believing in lies.
BD66 comments on Feb 12, 2018:
I think both liberals and conservatives are highly susceptible to believing lies: https://i.pinimg.com/474x/7a/f8/7c/7af87cdcb301b9157861da6f5def52ee--economics-humor-taxes-humor.jpg
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 12, 2018:
He did not say that. At all. He said that policies that help families get ahead are creating infrastructure, making sure that women are paid fairly and that people can pay off their college loans. He said that raising the minimum wage helps families get ahead. He did NOT say that raising the minimum wage would create jobs. He said it would benefit people who HAVE jobs that pay them so little that they qualify for food stamps (I am paraphrasing on that). @BD66
Why conservatives are more susceptible to believing in lies.
BD66 comments on Feb 12, 2018:
I think both liberals and conservatives are highly susceptible to believing lies: https://i.pinimg.com/474x/7a/f8/7c/7af87cdcb301b9157861da6f5def52ee--economics-humor-taxes-humor.jpg
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 12, 2018:
Ok, two things. First, the article is about why conservatives are MORE LIKELY to hold onto erroneous beliefs even in the face of proof to the contrary - not that they are the only ones who ever believe lies. Second, I have never heard anyone claim that raising taxes or the minimum wage will CREATE jobs - the argument most often made is that LOWERING taxes and the minimum wage will create jobs. There doesn’t seem to be much evidence that actually happens though.
Vegan vs non-vegan diet for babies
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 11, 2018:
Every child must consume food and it’s up to parents to decide how to feed them, within reason. At some point, dietary choices can be abusive. If you feed a small child a diet of 100% fast food, is that abuse? What if you feed a child nothing but bread and water? Failing to provide your child with...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 12, 2018:
Well I was ASKING the question. Since vegans do not consume “any animal products” it is not a ridiculous wuestion @TerriCity
Why conservatives are more susceptible to believing in lies.
irascible comments on Feb 12, 2018:
A pathetic inability (or is it a downright refusal?) to use their grey matter!
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 12, 2018:
I think it’s more like refusal. People decide what they think and then choose the facts and rationalizations that support them and disregard the rest.
Vegan vs non-vegan diet for babies
Lysistrata comments on Feb 10, 2018:
You all know vegans breastfeed, right?
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 11, 2018:
Yes, for medical reasons, and also for whatever other reasons. While I agree that breast milk is the perfect food for infants, there are a range of reasons why it’s not a good option for everyone. Mothers sadly die in childbirth, babies are adopted, mothers don’t produce adequate milk and sometimes people decide for their own reasons that breastfeeding isn’t right for them. This is something I feel the need to say because like the issue of abortion, it is easy to defend on principles of medical necessity, and that is an important point. However, that argument alone fails to acknowledge the right of women to make decisions about themselves, their families, their bodies without having to provide a reason that others deem “good enough.” @RavenCT
I find myself questioning the critical thinking skills of anyone I meet who I find to be religious. ...
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 8, 2018:
My mother is one of the smartest people I know. She had a long, successful career, respects science, and is highly logical and reasonable. She also believes in god and attends church regularly. People have faith/religion for many reasons. It does not mean, necessarily, that they lack reasoning ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 10, 2018:
Wrong again. She is one of the toughest people I know. Her parents were very religious, weekly church attendees at their moderate Methodist church and the VERY best people I have ever known. Their faith was a source of strength and they were kind, wonderful people who raised three happy, successful adults who all believe in god. My mother started attending church again after her parents died - I believe because it makes her feel closer to them and because she takes comfort in the possibility that death is not the end. In spite of my strong belief that there is no god or afterlife, I would never challenge her faith because it is good for her. Look, there are a lot of people who take the worst from religion. Who use it to justify hate and judgment and misogyny and all kinds of other terrible things. But there are also very good, intelligent people who believe in god and choose to embody the values that religion SHOULD promote - kindness, forgiveness, generosity. And if that works for them, and they are not hurting anyone, that is good with me. @bootaski @ReadyforaChange
What is your favorite meetup group or organization?
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 3, 2018:
There is an atheist meet-up group in my city. I met my best friends there!
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 3, 2018:
You are correct, sir! We always rank at the top of the “smartest cities” and I like living in my little liberal bubble! . @EricTrommater
Do you like it when people give you false hope? I don't.
A2Jennifer comments on Feb 1, 2018:
I lived a 20 year relationship/marriage on nothing but hope. Believing that things would get better when.... when we lived together, got married, etc. then many, many years of excuses and promises broken and commitments unkept. Hoping that he would come through for me. hoping if I loved him hard ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 2, 2018:
It is so much better to be alone than to be dedicated to someone who is not capable of giving back @Rugglesby
Atheists at the Ark Encounter... [youtube.com]
birdingnut comments on Feb 2, 2018:
But we modern Americans are judging religious beliefs with our modern, rational, western ideas. Nobody does that to other world religions..who tries to find scientific evidence for Hindu beliefs? Or tries to prove Buddhist ideology? They are just traditions that give people something to worship,...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 2, 2018:
The issue is that evangelicals hold tight to the Bible as LITERAL truth in spite of all evidence to the contrary, ignoring or distorting science in order to hold on to beliefs that were invented to explain things at a time when humans did not have the knowledge to explain them.
Dating dealbreakers
irascible comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Any one of the following: Body odour. Smoker. Theist. Right-wing nut job. Brainless. Narcissist. Psychopath. Sociopath. Gaslighter. Dominatrix. Bully. Insecure. Liar. Cheat.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 2, 2018:
At least 9/14! @irascible
Do we really value free speech anymore?
RoboGraham comments on Jan 30, 2018:
When a college decides not to host a political speech, that does not limit the speakers freedom of speech. They are under no obligation to provide a platform for anyone to speak from. It's not like the college is putting a gag order on the speaker. Colleges can freely choose which speakers they feel...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 2, 2018:
So, we are dealing with this now in my area. Richard Spencer is making the rounds demanding a forum to speak at Michigan’s college campuses. Because they are public universities, receiving taxpayer funding, there is some argument that refusing him is “the government” restricting his right to speech. On the other hand, many students feel that campus is their home and they should not be forced to host someone who advocates treating them as less than fully human. What these young people don’t understand is that the protection of free speech exists specifically to protect unpopular speech. oppressors quickly co-opt the language of oppression for themselves and claim to be victims of discrimination. But if we fail to protect ALL speech, it is the voices of the minorities, the oppressed, that will ultimately be silenced. We see this already with religious folks claiming that speech or policies protecting the rights of, for example, transgender people, are tantamount to hate speech against their religious beliefs. So we must protect the right to say terrible, hateful things in order to protect the right to say that they are terrible and hateful.
Are you for tipping or anti- tipping syndrome? I grew up in a culture where tipping is not common ...
josh_karpf comments on Feb 1, 2018:
It's common to tip US mail carriers at Christmas, but I have known a (retired) Postal Service manager who goes postal about it, saying that the carriers are a tiny percentage of all postal workers, the rest of whom get nothing.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 2, 2018:
Haha “goes postal”!
Are you for tipping or anti- tipping syndrome? I grew up in a culture where tipping is not common ...
noworry28 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
I do not know if it has changed today, but waiters and waitresses were exempt from the minimum wage laws when I used to be a waiter in the eighties.Waiters and waitresses got less than minimum wage in Florida and the tips were counted as wages. So I tip as well as I can, because I know what it is ...
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 1, 2018:
That is still true - they are paid an hourly wage of like $3/hour and absolutely depend on the whim of patrons to make enough to survive. There are lots of problems with this system.
Dating dealbreakers
irascible comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Any one of the following: Body odour. Smoker. Theist. Right-wing nut job. Brainless. Narcissist. Psychopath. Sociopath. Gaslighter. Dominatrix. Bully. Insecure. Liar. Cheat.
A2Jennifer replies on Feb 1, 2018:
So you’ve met my ex
What should we do with Republican atheists/non-believers?
A2Jennifer comments on Jan 23, 2018:
So, can we keep attacks focused on ideas on not individuals? There is a difference between telling someone they are wrong because their logic is flawed or their facts are erroneous, and telling someone they are wrong because they are a stupid a$$hole.
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 31, 2018:
Nope that’s not been my experience here either. Just suggesting a general approach to handling differing views. @BlueWave
Dating dealbreakers
AzVixen52 comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Deal breakers: Repukelican, not circumcised, bad teeth, lives with his parent(s), jobless (unless retired), cat hater, adamant home body. I'm sure there are more; hence, why I'm single!! Thank goodness I ADORE my own company!! ;)
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 31, 2018:
Yeah, you don’t have to LOVE cats but you have to be ok with mine!
A universe from nothing? Anyone knowledgable about Physics?
splittingzero comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Actually, astrophysicists believe that space is something, because it actually does have a single property, volume. And I can conceive of a concept of a nothing that has no properties at all. And if you believe the universe began as an explosion of unimaginable intensity, then you must ask what ...
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 24, 2018:
Just because we can’t know everything now, or maybe ever, doesn’t diminish the value of what we do know and the pursuit of knowledge!
Discussion about the latest site footer It reads "Agnostic.com is a non-profit organization ...
A2Jennifer comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I would not expect an agnostic site to present a “balanced” view of belief/non-belief. I would expect it to be a supportive community for non-believers. Really, you don’t need to look hard to get a religious perspective, this is the other side of the coin. I assume “agnostic.com” was ...
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 23, 2018:
@TheMiddleWay I am in no way assigning certainty to agnostics. I am attributing lack of faith to people who declare that they don’t have faith.
Question from a newbie to this forum, but not a newbie Atheist. :-) I have asked many people this, ...
JWDiaz comments on Jan 22, 2018:
First of all, welcome! Now to address your question: I am spiritual but not religious. Nothing wrong with that.
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 22, 2018:
But what does that mean to you, “spiritual but not religious”?
Question from a newbie to this forum, but not a newbie Atheist. :-) I have asked many people this, ...
David1955 comments on Jan 22, 2018:
The word spiritual is not one I like to use myself. Some people use it in a good sense to mean an appreciation of the wonders of the universe and respect for all we don't know. Carl Sagan used it like this. Others use it poorly to mean nonsense, things they can't prove, or to pretend they are on "a ...
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 22, 2018:
Right. Does it mean you believe in god but not religion? That you believe that people (and maybe animals) have a “spirit” separate from their physical body? That you believe in crystals or psychics or ghosts? That you meditate? That you feel “connected” to people or to nature? Who knows?
I have a question for people who describe themselves as agnostic. Are you agnostic about the ...
PeterJohn comments on Jan 21, 2018:
I do not believe in any gods until I see solid evidence of its existance.one was not needed to start the universe and one was not needed to start life on earth,energy matter and chemistry was all that was needed to start life .
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 22, 2018:
That doesn’t mean it has to be a god, though, @Megjewel . And if energy, matter and chemistry have to “originate from something,” wouldn’t the thing that they came from also have to originate from something?
I have a question for people who describe themselves as agnostic. Are you agnostic about the ...
LennyP49 comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Simple, there are NO gods or a single god. End of discussion!
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 22, 2018:
I think that makes you an atheist, not agnostic!
If you could wipe 3 words from existence, which would you choose?
Druvius comments on Jan 20, 2018:
chihuahua
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 21, 2018:
Punting dogs!
Discussion about the latest site footer It reads "Agnostic.com is a non-profit organization ...
Coffeo comments on Jan 19, 2018:
There are a lot of comments on this post, and I must confess to not having read all of them in detail. So if what I'm about to say reiterates anything in an earlier comment, I apologize in advance. If it is really the case that an agnostic regards the existence or non-existence of god as ...
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 21, 2018:
I would make broader categories for believer vs agnostic vs atheist. Believers have faith that there is a god, even though they may sometimes doubt their faith. atheists believe there is no god, even in the absence of certainty. Agnostics lack a faith in god but don’t feel strongly that there is not a god. I’d be curious among agnostics if they are open to the possibility of many gods or subscribe only to the possibility of a single god, either of the Judeo-Christian variety or if the non-interfering creator type. Dawkins’ scale is interesting to gauge people’s perspective, but is a bit specific for everyday labels.
If you could wipe 3 words from existence, which would you choose?
ByronSmith comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Your You`re Jennifer
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 20, 2018:
Ouch
Discussion about the latest site footer It reads "Agnostic.com is a non-profit organization ...
A2Jennifer comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I would not expect an agnostic site to present a “balanced” view of belief/non-belief. I would expect it to be a supportive community for non-believers. Really, you don’t need to look hard to get a religious perspective, this is the other side of the coin. I assume “agnostic.com” was ...
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 20, 2018:
@kensmile4u I agree. I do not define agnosticism as a balanced “middle point” between belief and non-belief. Belief in god depends on faith - agnostics aren’t willing to declare certainty one way or the other, therefore they lack faith and thus fall on the spectrum of “non-believer.”
When should anatomy/health/sex education be introduced into a child’s life?
Jack-of-scythes comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Sex ed? That is a tale to tell. Note: my mom was a nurse. Sex Ed for me was a single class period in 6th grade. It was taught by Mr. Sikorski...ex pro football player. A film projector slide show, and questions afterward. That was in 1978. Kids are going to have sex? I think it's a load of ...
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 20, 2018:
There is no way you can no that no one got pregnant, had an abortion or miscarriage. There don’t have to wear a sign.
"GOD" IS? GODIS When people Tell me that I'm simply ignoring evidence there is a God I usually ...
azzow2 comments on Jan 17, 2018:
I like t say what deity are you referring to seeing through history there has a numerous amount.
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 17, 2018:
Maybe I should start saying, “no I don’t believe in any gods.”
State Representative Steve Alford from Kansas revived a Jim Crow era myth that African Americans are...
markdevenish comments on Jan 8, 2018:
3% of the entire population are allergic to massive quantities of MJ. resulting in full permanent psychosis if you're unlucky !!!!!!!!
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 11, 2018:
Reefer Madness anyone? Total BS.
I am pretty new to this site, but is christian slamming a normal part of things here?
marmot84 comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Not me... I would argue that though I am an atheist/agnostic I hold Christian values and culture. That is something that I am proud of. I don't mean fundamentalist crap. I mean love thy neighbor and honorable moral stuff like that.
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 2, 2018:
I heard Dan Barker(FFRF) speak and he talked about how some values are universal to all religions - helping people who need it, not killing people, taking care of your children, etc. These, he says, are HUMAN values, not religious values. This is why we don’t need religion to tell us to be good people.
How do you deal with Door-knockers?
VirginiaMan65 comments on Nov 12, 2017:
I try to be nice cause I am a door knocker myself-as a campaign volunteer for the Democratic Party I do neighborhood canvassing.....People are usually pretty nice-but not everyone is....I try to be nice to everyone who knocks on my door.....I dont like being hateful or people being hateful to me
A2Jennifer replies on Jan 2, 2018:
That’s funny - I am much more likely to take a survey now that I collect survey data!
I become very annoyed and furious when I here politicians,Government officials or anybody ...
Varn comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Same here. ...I remain a fan of President Clinton (guess I’ll never know how we’d have distinguished between ‘the two’ ), and was thrilled to listen to a live address in Seattle during his initial run. There was even a question about state/ church separation that he answered ‘expertly.’...
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 30, 2017:
More people would vote for a child molester than an atheist. And that is based on a poll from BEFORE Roy Moore.
Are you the same person you used to be? Is personality static or changing?
ksmartines comments on Dec 28, 2017:
When I was getting my BA in psychology, there was always a big fight between nature vs. nurture. It is my belief that everyone is born with predispositions. If an event happens in our lives, it can trigger these predispositions and we may see change. I have never seen the human mind as static. ...
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 29, 2017:
I also have a bachelors in psych and thought it was weird to debate nature OR nurture. They interplay together, effect each other. The brain is constantly shaped by experiences so our “nature” adapts to our environment.
Opinions wanted: my now ex has suddenly converted to Christianity??
ASTRALMAX comments on Dec 27, 2017:
As previously mentioned on here, I once knew a woman who told me that she had found god. I asked her where he had been hiding. She never spoke to me again...LOL
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 28, 2017:
I thought god must be in prison because everyone there finds him!
Any booklovers on this group? What authors/genres/topics do you like reading?
PrincessMilky comments on Oct 5, 2017:
I love reading any chance I get! Personally my favorite book might just have to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I read it during my senior year of high school and it was the basis for encouraging me to really focus on historical fiction as a central theme for my own writing. Currently trying to ...
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 26, 2017:
Jane Eyre is next in my list!
Are atheists and agnostics intolerant?
Eazyduzzit comments on Dec 26, 2017:
I'm very tolerant of other beliefs. The people I love most are all Christians. I don't love the fact they're Christian, but they are. I hate the way Christians try to push the rest of us around. Trying to put up religious idols on public property, trying to tell women what they can or can't do with ...
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 26, 2017:
I understand the concerns that people have about including believers here, but I suspect that many people who identify as believers and join a site like this are questioning their faith and wanting to explore that. I would not want to create any barriers for people who are considering leaving religion.
Life-Destroying Beliefs. Yeah, yeah, we know god is not real. But what other beliefs have we been...
MrLizard comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I happen to think some people ARE born with talents. Perfect pitch may be genetic, for example. This does NOT mean that I think people should depend on that. It doesn't mean I think people shouldn't try to better themselves in talents they enjoy.
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 23, 2017:
Wow KevinJohnston thanks for your totally unhelpful and “irrelevant” comments.
One thing I hear with tedious regularity as an Atheist from Christians in particular are ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
For the born again evangelical christians, persecution is built right into their scriptures and they are taught this from an early age. This is not quite so prevalent in mainstream christianity, but it is still there. There is a little of that in Judaism, but not much. To the best of my ...
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 13, 2017:
I would say yes, there is a war on family values - being waged by “conservatives” who fight to eliminate health care for children and programs to feed the hungry, while defending pedophiles and rapists as “good people.”
For Online Dating sites... Do you list yourself as Agnostic/Other or pretend to be Christian?
MrLizard comments on Dec 2, 2017:
I selected "Spiritual but not religious." Then changed that to something like "Neither Spiritual nor Religious."
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 3, 2017:
It seems like a lot of people post “spiritual but not religious” and I always wonder what that means. I suppose it probably means widely different things for different people.
(Un)Believers and President Trump
BucketlistBob comments on Dec 1, 2017:
He's pushing back on the north korea missile proplem and i like that. I do not support him.
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 1, 2017:
If you have a bear problem, you don’t fix it by trying to piss off the bear.
(Un)Believers and President Trump
Travel1 comments on Dec 1, 2017:
A non believer can not support this man. He was voted in by the religious right and is trying to pass laws to help them.
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 1, 2017:
It’s weird though because conservative politicians have to pander to TWO groups with very different interests - conservative Christians and people who are rich and powerful and intend to stay that way at the expense of others.
What do you all make of kneeling for the anthem?
BucketlistBob comments on Dec 1, 2017:
If a crippled war Vetern crawled out of a wheel chair and got to his knees. Then yes on that kneeling. There's a time and a place to protest. Not on a ball field. Thats not only a disgrace to my flag, but to me and everyone on the field that has to see it.
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 1, 2017:
They are not protesting the flag, and certainly not the military. They are protesting systemic injustice that undermines what the flag stands for and the fredom and justice the military fights for. People are recasting the protests as anti-American in order to distract from the very real problems in our society.
What do you all make of kneeling for the anthem?
Bucky12 comments on Dec 1, 2017:
They absolutely have the right and I agree they have a cause worthy of protest. I do disagree with their timing.
A2Jennifer replies on Dec 1, 2017:
It’s not a protest if it doesn’t make people uncomfortable.
Thoughts on Satanism?
BobLang comments on Oct 23, 2017:
My ex-wife used to say that she didn't believe in God but did believe in Satan. I tried to explain that if she believed there was a Satan then there had to be a God. Good & evil, positive & negative, etc. I don't believe in either.
A2Jennifer replies on Oct 26, 2017:
Actually you can believe in whatever you want. People are free to believe in God or satan or Santa Claus. Or any or none of the above. You can’t apply rational logic to faith anyway.
For atheists - what makes you believe no deity exists?
SteveGee comments on Oct 19, 2017:
First we should define some terms. Atheist does not necessarily believe in the non-existence of a deity or a god[s]. Most atheists are what lay people call agnostics. Let's try it like this for defining terms: Hard Atheist- Believes no god or gods exist Soft Atheist- Does not accept that the ...
A2Jennifer replies on Oct 25, 2017:
I consider myself a “hard atheist” - I believe that there is no god. But I don’t claim to have proven it. I also don’t believe there are unicorns. I can’t prove that there aren’t any unicorns anywhere. but given that there is no evidence that they actually DO exist, and it is abundantly clear that the idea was created from the imagination of people, I am as sure as anyone can reasonably be that neither unicorns nor gods are real, given that it is impossible to prove that something does not exist.
Do you actively represent Atheists (in person or on the web)?
veRONicaMeower comments on Oct 24, 2017:
To actively represent a "disbelief" in something sounds a bit silly. If you like Metallica you wear a Metallica t-shirt, tattoo, etc. If you DON'T like Metallica do you wear an Anti-Metallica shirt?? Do you brand your skin in some kind of protest against something? No, you promote what you like or ...
A2Jennifer replies on Oct 24, 2017:
Dan Barker (Freedom From Religion Foundation) talked about how those values that are shared by all religions, like helping the needy and being kind to others, are actually HUMAN values. On the other hand, rules about what you can and can’t do or eat (that are different for each religion) are religious values.
Hello, I just signed up and am excited to join the group. I do need to start off with a question. We...
Jenn comments on Oct 23, 2017:
In Muncie there is a unitarian universalist church; I've not attended but have considered it for the community aspect. I have a neighbor who is a freethinker and seems to like it. You could try it or see if there is something like it closer to you.
A2Jennifer replies on Oct 23, 2017:
I have (atheist) friends who tried one a non-religious service at a church- they thought it was weird. It followed a church-like format, with pop songs instead of hymns and non-religious speeches instead of sermons.
did you loose faith, or gain a sense of reality?
Paul comments on Oct 22, 2017:
it was Christopher Hitchens who said you don't 'become' an atheist, you simply discover that you cannot believe god claims. I can't help it that I turned out atheist - it's just the way God made me.
A2Jennifer replies on Oct 23, 2017:
Haha!

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