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Lived in Northern Ireland until I was 26. Brought up Presbyterian, but parents were quite liberal and church-going intermittent. Church was OK; Sunday School was awful. After a short period of mental agony in my teens, decided the whole scene was not for me. Spent three years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then came to live permanently in Australia. Married to an Australian; two adult children.

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Ever wonder, for no particular reason, if you will make it through the night?
Coffeo comments on Apr 26, 2018:
I suppose I vaguely wonder this every night, but I'm never really surprised to wake up. I suppose one day I'll be surprised not to. :S
Hello, figured I'd check this site out . I often ask where I can meet atheist chicks, so here I am
Coffeo comments on Apr 26, 2018:
I'm not in the USA, and I'm not a chick, but welcome anyhow!
"Remember Rosetta? That comet-chasing European Space Agency (ESA) probe that deployed (and ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 26, 2018:
Excellent!
Philosophy vs Religion...
Coffeo comments on Apr 26, 2018:
So true!
Are you a skeptic?
Coffeo comments on Apr 26, 2018:
Definitely. Question everything. Things that haven't an adequate explanation are at best working hypotheses.
I trust most of us here have studied the Bible more thoroughly than those who profess belief; if ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 26, 2018:
I found the bible incredibly boring.
Here are a few of my favorites. The damselfly was taken at Chicasaw National Recreation Area in ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 25, 2018:
I especially like the owl. I'd like one in my yard.
Paul Bragg his theory about starving
Coffeo comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Care to provide some links?
Racing into the sunset. The boat in the distance is the Spirit of Buffalo. It takes people out on ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Excellent photo!
Sorta sad that I had to give up my religion in order to find this site and meet some amazingly ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Yes it's great. Don't be sad!
I see sometimes people using the term;Tough Love;. which has always botherd me. To me it is just the...
Coffeo comments on Apr 24, 2018:
I prefer "firm love".
A question for you mathematicians.
Coffeo comments on Apr 24, 2018:
This is a very silly question to have attracted so many comments.
I took this photo at the Buffalo Canoe Club on Lake Erie last summer. The sunset colors in the sky ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Love the towering cloud in the distance.
Life is like a highway. Various roads throughout the So California deserts; 1st one is near Lake...
Coffeo comments on Apr 23, 2018:
I especially like #4
Selfies and pics
Coffeo comments on Apr 23, 2018:
I look like a leprechaun in most photos of me these days.
I shed a tear for John Keats.
Coffeo comments on Apr 22, 2018:
Ok I'll bite. Why?
What’s the longest you’ll allow dirty dishes to be in the sink?
Coffeo comments on Apr 22, 2018:
I get them rinsed with hot water as soon as possiblr before residue hardens. Washing with detergent can then be delayed until next day.
Mixelplix pics
Coffeo comments on Apr 22, 2018:
Creative!
Summer Vacations
Coffeo comments on Apr 22, 2018:
As a child: by the sea. As a teenager: car touring in the UK. As a young adult: touring in various European countries. As a slightly older adult: touring in North America. As a family man: touring in Australia. Now: just brief visits to various places, preferably __not__ in summer.
When it comes to nationalism, I say fuck all flags and anthems, we should be free and united as ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 22, 2018:
I've often wondered why people put their country before all else.
I have identified as an atheist/agnostic for a long time. While studing for my bachelors (not that ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 22, 2018:
For some reason I don't find religion — any religion — in the least bit interesting.
I scream, you scream!
Coffeo comments on Apr 21, 2018:
I dissolve a teaspoonful of instant coffee in a small amount of cold water (i.e. make very strong coffee) and pour it over vanilla ice cream. I stir it in as the ice cream gradually softens. __Nice__.
I've been pondering for a few years on what we mean by the word "soul." I don't believe in the ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 21, 2018:
I never use the word 'soul', because I've bever understood it.
I I am leaving room for the possibility of a god that produced The Big Bang. However I am often ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 21, 2018:
I also allow for the possibility of a creator god (not an Abrahamic one). But the possibility seems remote. It what sense would it explain things? If time and space both originated with a big bang, how could there be a being that pre-existed? And where did that being come from? Still, one never knows...
Ashley is 18. I don't do clothes for cats, the purple is a cloth diaper so she can sleep with me ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Dear old cat!
Let’s see pics of your pets!
Coffeo comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Here's Darcy spending some time being a rabbit.
I’ve often wondered how the term “'New Atheism”' gained such currency. It is a misnomer. There...
Coffeo comments on Apr 21, 2018:
So who, when and what was the __old atheism__?
When did you realise you were an atheist?
Coffeo comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Also brought up in the UK, the change for me was a good deal more gradual. I'd never been led to believe in either the Easter Bunny or the tooth fairy, but I did believe in Santa, so discovering that I'd been hoodwinked there was quite a shock to the system. But doubts about God arose more gradually, and it's only relatively recently that I've been comfortable thinking of myself as an atheist. I consider the possibility of an Abrahamic-style god to be as close to zero as to make no difference, though I don't totally rule out some kind of creator/designer. But even that does seem a tad far-fetched to me now.
Let’s see pics of your pets!
Coffeo comments on Apr 21, 2018:
This is Mia.
This is the image I was referring to the other day to @LetzGetReal, which is shot right around the ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Brilliant! Almost post-apocalyptic.
Down the lane
Coffeo comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Like an impressionist painting!
Help! Trying to upload photos and I get a clear square with an X. What am I doing wrong? Thanks
Coffeo comments on Apr 19, 2018:
If you have a way to do it, maybe make sure your photos aren't too big. I generally reduce mine to about 1000 pixels on the long dimension if I'm posting them anywhere.
If it were possible, would you live on the moon or Mars?
Coffeo comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Not as a pioneer. As part of an established colony, maybe (but at my age that's not going to happen!)
I live in the Rocky Mountains where viewing the night sky is limited Recently I went camping in ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 19, 2018:
My first good view of the Milky Way was from the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Since coming to Australia, I've seen it beautifully from country Victoria, with the added bonus of the Magellanic Clouds (southern hemisphere only!)
Is it ok to like religious music but disagree with the words. I love Lisa Loeb What if god was one ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 19, 2018:
I like heaps of religious music. I even sang in a church choir for a while, long after I lost my faith, simply because I liked the music (traditional Anglican) so much.
This might come as a surprise to many of you. "Ultra-conservative radio host Jesse Lee Peterson ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 18, 2018:
Beating each other being, of course, totally unheard of in male-female relationships.
How Would We Know If Intelligent Life Existed on Earth Before Humans?... [livescience.com]
Coffeo comments on Apr 18, 2018:
I don't think there would have been time for one to evolve before ours. And they would have left traces — possibly not obvious ones, but we'd have found them.
Beware the irrational however seductive. The wisdom in this sentence makes the Old Testament look ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 18, 2018:
What is seductive about being irrational?
Cocktail time
Coffeo comments on Apr 18, 2018:
Wine tonight. Occasionally beer. Very occasionally vodka (it's expensive).
Thoughts....
Coffeo comments on Apr 18, 2018:
A very good quote.
Some of the posts here are serious in tone and beg a serious response. Some, on the other hand, ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 18, 2018:
I might be concerned if the wise-ass reply was the _only_ reply.
Great Atheist Bomb Drops! - YouTube
Coffeo comments on Apr 18, 2018:
A very good compilation. But as usual, it will not be heard by those who need to hear and understand it.
Life and Death decision This may seem silly, but trust me, I'm going somewhere with this! If ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Fine by me, but I don't see it happening.
Earth - better off when humans go extinct?
Coffeo comments on Apr 17, 2018:
I voted YES, but it might depend on which species is making the judgement.
This morning I am grateful that the sun, moon, stars alligned to allow evolution. My son works for ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 17, 2018:
The sun has been vital, of course. I don't think the (other) stars had anything at all to do with evolution, but the moon's role in stabilising the Earth's axial tilt might have helped somewhat.
TV Commercials
Coffeo comments on Apr 17, 2018:
I never watch the ads. My TV has a mute button and I have a crossword.
This jewel, one more time, fall into my hands and SINCE IT WAS WRITTEN IN 1966 I think it fits ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 15, 2018:
According to this prediction, we have eleven centuries left. Such optimism!
Hello. New kid on the block.
Coffeo comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Hi! Welcome from Australia, home of the dingo( dog )s.
I'm new here, but I've posted a few times to see what it was like and I am so floored by how amazing...
Coffeo comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Yes, we exist! (Unlike someone else I could mention.)
Hi, I am a new member and have already been welcomed by a couple of people, which is really nice....
Coffeo comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Welcome from the remote southeast!
Terrorizing Children in the Name of God is Legal in the U.S.
Coffeo comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Is that the scariest picture of a bear they could find?
It's so hard to find Canadians here??
Coffeo comments on Apr 14, 2018:
I thought you'd have been surrounded by them where you live. :)
Baby Bun
Coffeo comments on Apr 14, 2018:
We no longer have rabbits, but when we did we got several litters. The babies ('kittens') were so cute.
Just-interesting [youtu.be]
Coffeo comments on Apr 13, 2018:
Yes, interesting. I'd heard of him, but that's about all.
Does it annoy you when you realise you posted something with misspellings or the wrong word?
Coffeo comments on Apr 13, 2018:
Yes it does. Like @AMGT if I notice it, I fix it.
Married to a Christian.
Coffeo comments on Apr 13, 2018:
In some cases. My wife and I have just celebrated our 40th anniversary. She describes herself as a Christian (specifically Anglican), and wants a religious funeral service in the event that she pre-deceases me. But she is no longer a church-goer and can't stand fundamentalists any more than I can, so she's a pretty easy sort of Christian to get along with. A while back she wanted to find a particular psalm, but had to go online because she couldn't find the bible. (I found it later.) Some Christians are OK. :)
What do you know about Crypto currency?
Coffeo comments on Apr 12, 2018:
One thing that bothers me a lot about this cryptocurrency thing is the huge amount of energy needed to mine it and to maintain blockchains, all of which is essentially wasted as heat, and will soon be (if it isn't already) a significant contributor to global warming.
Are Atheist hateful towards spiritual people?
Coffeo comments on Apr 12, 2018:
A lot of religious people feel justified in bashing atheists, too.
I'm having anxiety about going back to Missouri to visit my southern baptist Uber conservative hell ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 12, 2018:
My suggestion (as someone who has never faced this situation and whose advice might therefore be somewhat suspect), is to talk normally about everyday matters but as soon as religion comes up, be completely silent. (Might take some will-power, especially if they ask direct questions.)
So my fundy daughter has just told me I'm not allowed to post pictures of my grandson on social ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 12, 2018:
My immediate reaction is to worry about the fate of your grandson. Sorry if that sounds alarmist.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and am some what of an imbecile when it comes to biology. What do ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 12, 2018:
I'm not a biologist either, so much of it is beyond me. But it makes me wonder if other advanced species (primates, other mammals) also have a high proportion of microbial DNA, and whether they (and we) could even have evolved without it.
Here's a poem I wrote on the subject of Theism. Hope some members appreciate it. [mojacar.ws]
Coffeo comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Very well written and thoughtful.
Worst navigator ever
Coffeo comments on Apr 11, 2018:
GPS was a lot less reliable back then.
A cosmology question. Every single star we see at night unaided is within our own Milky Way galaxy. ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 10, 2018:
I think we would see both the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way at roughly equal brightness, and the Magellanic Clouds also. Without instruments, we would see very little else. Furthermore, there are some enormous voids among the galaxies. If we were in one of these voids without instruments, I don't think we would see a damn thing. We would see neither stars nor galaxies — the sky would be utterly black.
Men, do you agree with this quote from Christopher Hitchens?
Coffeo comments on Apr 7, 2018:
It may be true of a lot of men, but I think there are probably so many exceptions that this has to be considered a massive over-generalization. I count myself among the exceptions.
Problems NOT a result of religion
Coffeo comments on Apr 6, 2018:
I think there are plenty that are not _directly_ caused by religion; not nearly so many in which religion plays no part.
No problem.
Coffeo comments on Apr 6, 2018:
It is also important to recognize the point at which your masterpiece is complete, and further editing will ruin it.
Do we have a partner?
Coffeo comments on Apr 6, 2018:
I voted "happily married" because a) we've just celebrated our 40th (ruby) anniversary, and b) recently acquired our first grandchild. It hasn't been all smooth sailing, though...
Is assisted suicide proper for terminally ill people
Coffeo comments on Apr 6, 2018:
Yes.
What Is really Important?
Coffeo comments on Apr 6, 2018:
In the sense, perhaps, that it will be remembered by others.
I’m new to the site and I’m looking forward to meeting some new friends and maybe more. Is ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 6, 2018:
Hi! I'm a married man living in Australia, so all I can offer you is a warm welcome to the site. I hope you have fun here.
Sorry it is a little blurry:
Coffeo comments on Apr 6, 2018:
Yep. That's how to do it alright.
Well fancy that
Coffeo comments on Apr 6, 2018:
Some people will believe _anything_.
I've been exploring the idea that we do not have free will and it's kind off fucking with my mind. ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 5, 2018:
I think we have free will, but I haven't the faintest notion how it works.
Would you rather work at a place you love where you make very little money or a place you hate where...
Coffeo comments on Apr 5, 2018:
Have you nothing in between? :)
How about a childhood photo?
Coffeo comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Here are four: ages 8 months, 2½, 3½ and 9.
Preposterous, I say! Pshaw.
Coffeo comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Certainly is crazy. It's not gradual!
How do Believers become Non-Believers
Coffeo comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Finding out about science helped enormously. Also finding most aspects of religion unutterably boring (good quality music excepted).
I’m guessing everyone on here knows this very fine bit of Monty Python [youtu.be]
Coffeo comments on Apr 4, 2018:
I think _Galaxy Song_ and _Every Sperm is Sacred_ are the best bits of that movie by far, but Mr Creosote is just disgusting. Overall, I like _Life of Brian_ better.
A couple in St. Pete Missouri is facing ten years in jail and a one hundred and eighty thousand ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
I suppose, if a waiver can't be obtained, maybe a $50 fine might be understandable. Ten years in jail seems harsh.
What made you stay here?
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
I've spent most of my life in the company of people who basically didn't give a damn what my religious beliefs were (mother and aged relatives excepted). Coming here to see how many folk seem totally oppressed by immersion among Christians has been a real eye-opener. But I think I stayed mainly for the interesting conversations about philosophy, science and family.
Easter holiday
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Stayed home Easter Sunday, but visited son, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter the day before. But that really had nothing to do with it being Easter.
Hey I'm new how is everyone?
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Fine thanks! Welcome! Enjoy the site — I do.
So why do people assume that there was only one big bang in the universe?
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Um, not really.
Does anyone here also enjoy a dark sense of humor? It oft crosses my mind that folks seem to get ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
The Spanish Inquisition was fair game for the cheeky Monty Python crew. https://bit.ly/1WsFJPa
Sorry, I don't know all the protocols for this site...please excuse any transgressions or missed ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
As long as you're polite, it's hard to go wrong. Welcome!
This was posted on FB Marketplace!
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
At least there isn't little figure of a dying man attached to the cross. Now that would be _very_ off-putting.
My baseline for human acceptability is just don't kill or rape people. I really don't care what ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
I think it is possible to do considerable harm to people without killing or raping them.
Hmmm....
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Vonnegut was right about so much. I was powerfully affected by his novel _Slaughterhouse Five_, and by some of the essays in his collection _Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons_. Two of the essays in particular, _Biafra: a People Betrayed_ (about British and Russian genocide in Nigeria), and _Address to Graduating Class at Bennington College, 1970_ are particularly powerful. WARNING: do not read these if you want to be cheered up.
I thought I was an atheist till I went to an atheist service. Oddly the service was on a Sunday ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Seems to me it was an antitheist service you attended.
Avocat retraité; retired attorney
Coffeo comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Bonjour! Retired scientist.
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Coffeo comments on Apr 2, 2018:
G'day from Australia!
Can you provide a label for my belief system?
Coffeo comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Seems to me that __atheist__ is as good as any, if you really need a label.
Are there any on this site that are anti-vaxxers?
Coffeo comments on Apr 1, 2018:
I haven't had flu since 1980. I never bothered with flu vaccinations until I turned 65 and they were free. But I'm very strongly in favor of vaccinations for children. It protects the rest of the community, most particularly babies who aren't yet vaccinated.
From the inimitable Neil DeGrasse Tyson [facebook.com]
Coffeo comments on Apr 1, 2018:
Excellent!
Ok, here's a challenge for you in this time of holidays: Anyone got a movie special effect that ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 1, 2018:
It was very advanced for its time, but at age 12, I was unimpressed.
Newbie here ?
Coffeo comments on Apr 1, 2018:
Two comments so far and neither of them a welcome. Pretty poor! So — __welcome__!
Are you patient?
Coffeo comments on Apr 1, 2018:
My mother said I wasn't. My wife says I'm not. My daughter says I'm not. So — probably not.
Do Atheiests/Agnostics Celebrate Easter?
Coffeo comments on Mar 31, 2018:
Nothing special. I had an extra hour this morning with the end of daylight saving and I was hoping to put it to good use but it disappeared.
Art & Culture in a truly agnostic or atheist society? I am curious about what everyone believes ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 31, 2018:
While it would be wonderful to live in a world free of religion, we must never destroy our history. Imagine taking a wrecking ball to the Rose Window at Chartres Cathedral, or the soaring spire at Salisbury. Imagine smashing Michelangelo's Pietà (though someone tried) or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Imagine never hearing again Bach's St John Passion or Fauré's Requiem. You don't have to be a believer to cherish these things. They will not last forever, but we must keep them as long as we can.
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