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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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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.
Should politicians face criminal charges for campaigning on as issue then once elected they do the ...
Coffeo comments on Apr 17, 2018:
I voted 'other'. They should make their election promises under oath. Then my answer would be 'yes'.
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.
Anyone can parent.
Coffeo comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Lovely!
Just got asked what atheists do on Easter. My answer is in the comments. What would you have ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 30, 2018:
We get an extra hour on Easter Sunday because daylight saving is ending here. Haven't decided yet how to use it. Read the paper? Piano practice? Work in the garden?
For those of you suffering from separation from the lab [youtu.be] Yeah I'm looking at you ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Nobody can really do Freddie's voice justice, but even so, this is a very clever, slick production! Enjoyed it a lot. :)
My music for the day. Francesco Bonaparti. Italian Baroque composer. [youtu.be]
Coffeo comments on Mar 29, 2018:
A very fine choice! Quite unfamiliar to me (although I tend to listen more to music of a later era).
Watched "The 5th Element" again recently. No end to the fun. Some of my favorite Gary Oldman ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 29, 2018:
That is one of the _very_ few movies that I'm happy to watch more than twice (and there aren't that many that I'd watch twice).
Hey I just joined the site I am looking to meet new friends and possibly that special someone
Coffeo comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Can't help with the special someone, but a big welcome anyway. :)
What do you look forward to in spring time the most?
Coffeo comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Blossom everywhere, fluffy clouds. But hang on, we're only just into autumn here!
Swear to tell the truth "so help me god?"
Coffeo comments on Mar 29, 2018:
So you tell a lie and get charged with perjury. Your defence? "God was supposed to help me but didn't"
I am new here and just wanted to say hello to everyone
Coffeo comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Hello and welcome!
What is something your parents told you as a kid that you realized later it was an outright lie?
Coffeo comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Just Santa. Everything else they told me, even if wrong, was something they believed, so not a lie.
Catholicism seems to be more of a ritual. Follow the rules and everything will be ok. Evangicalism...
Coffeo comments on Mar 26, 2018:
92 virgins won't last for eternity. What next?
Everybody is waiting for the Messiah....Happy Easter. [youtube.com]
Coffeo comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Everybody? Hardly.
Bathing
Coffeo comments on Mar 26, 2018:
When I was little, we only had a bath tub. Well, there was a shower over it, but it didn't work properly. So when I eventually moved to a place with a shower that worked (49 years ago), I used it all the time. The number of baths I've had since then would be barely into double figures.
I used to think that "fools"day comes every first April before Easter,now its going to be same day ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 26, 2018:
It's the date of Easter that shifts around. The calculations are arcane. Easter is on Aprl 1 this year, again in 2029, and again in 2040. After that it won't happen again for 68 years.
Are you more a cat or dog lover?
Coffeo comments on Mar 26, 2018:
I've known a few lovely dogs, but basically I'm a cat person.
What cats and dogs understand. A lot more than we think. Sacha is a unusual cat in that he ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Our two cats communicate with us a lot. We don't always understand them, though we often do. We talk to them a lot. They understand heaps.
To believe or not to believe. That is the Question...,...,.. ugh.... think I have that wrong.
Coffeo comments on Mar 25, 2018:
Well it is _a_ question. Isn't it what you wanted to ask?
For the men on site. Agree or disagree? "Writing for conservative website The Federalist, he ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 25, 2018:
We need to have people (and I guess men will usually be in the majority here) who can use violence when it is really needed. I'm thinking particularly about policing. But it is certainly possible to be a 'real man' without it. There are many non-violent men whose 'manliness' is not in doubt.
Why are we hated for hating xmas?
Coffeo comments on Mar 25, 2018:
I like many things about Christmas. I went on liking Christmas long after I stopped believing.
I'm very careful about who I talk to about being atheist . It insults people of religion and I hate ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 25, 2018:
If religious people feel insulted when you simply state your position, it's kind of their problem, isn't it? It's not as if your intention is to be insulting.
Growing up, & how we often destroy scientists before they start.
Coffeo comments on Mar 24, 2018:
I wonder if your family's crushing reaction would have been the same if you had been a boy? There are some very successful women astronomers (better represented there, I think, than in the other physical sciences). I was about 11 when I told my parents I wanted to be a research scientist. I went on to do just that. My mother thought I would make a lot of money. I didn't, but I made enough. I really wasn't all that ambitious, there just wasn't anything else that appealed to me to the same extent. I hope your children marvel at the stars. I hope you still marvel at the stars.
Well if religion has a pope then non religious should have a council to debunk all the untruths in ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 24, 2018:
An agnostic pope, assumed infallible, would have to assert (infallibly, of course) that god is in a quantum superposition of existence and non-existence.
Would you ever tell your kid to 'get the hell out'?
Coffeo comments on Mar 24, 2018:
Didn't have to, but seriously can't imagine doing it anyway.
Astronomer Announces He Has Discovered ... Mars... [space.com]
Coffeo comments on Mar 24, 2018:
Face palm? ... or publicity stunt?
Anyone find it ironic that this year Easter and April Fools Day is the same day?
Coffeo comments on Mar 23, 2018:
I've been looking at the years in which Easter Day (the Sunday) falls on April 1st. There's a bit of a pattern to it. The last time it happened was 62 years ago, in 1956. But we only have to wait 11 years for the next one in 2029, and then another 11 years until 2040. After that, there's a massive 68 year gap until 2108. So if you want to play pranks on Easter Sunday, just three opportunities this century! (It happened 3 times in each of the 17th, 18th, 20th and 21st centuries and 4 times in the 19th century.)
NZ Police recruitment Video... [facebook.com]
Coffeo comments on Mar 23, 2018:
I want to join up! Is 74 too old?
If Antarctica wasn’t so cold I’d move there. Hardly no people.
Coffeo comments on Mar 23, 2018:
Thing is, if it wasn't so cold, there'd be lots of people there.
How do you cope with infatuation?
Coffeo comments on Mar 23, 2018:
I would be one of those "several people".
When I awoke Sunday Morning, I turned on the TV, and a preacher was using "Amen" as a question - ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 23, 2018:
For so little brain, he has a very big head.
Oh dear: [m.youtube.com]
Coffeo comments on Mar 23, 2018:
:O (Sorry can't be more specific than that.)
What?? I see english, but I don't understand. Something with mercury affecting us,but a cristal ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 23, 2018:
This happens three times a year (occasionally four). It really isn't a big deal.
Technology - coffee drInkers Is thIs you?
Coffeo comments on Mar 22, 2018:
Here's a guy waiting for a train. __Just__ waiting for a train.
Does the ends justify the means?
Coffeo comments on Mar 22, 2018:
Not usually. There may be exceptions, but not many.
Have you ever been asked, "What Church do you go too?' by your boss?
Coffeo comments on Mar 22, 2018:
None of my bosses ever showed the slightest interest in such matters.
Agnosticism step 1: prove a universal truth
Coffeo comments on Mar 22, 2018:
Pooh Bear!
Tea
Coffeo comments on Mar 22, 2018:
With milk and no sweetener. How would I vote if I took both? (But I prefer coffee anyway.)
Comets and asteroids shower Mars with organics
Coffeo comments on Mar 22, 2018:
I'm surprised too.
A Star Grazed Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago, and Early Humans Likely Saw It... [space.com]
Coffeo comments on Mar 22, 2018:
While early humans might have seen it, it would hardly have aroused their interest. It would have taken generations to change perceptibly in position or brightness.
Well if religion has a pope then non religious should have a council to debunk all the untruths in ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 21, 2018:
An agnostic pope would, of course, have to be infallible. (H)
Which way do you lean politically and why?
Coffeo comments on Mar 21, 2018:
I voted far left, but definitely not communist.
Can you imagine being Gods PR, ? Scratch head and think "this guys a nut"
Coffeo comments on Mar 21, 2018:
I'd be doing so much spinning I'd fall down.
As a side note from the "dating a spiritualist" post and the "Harry Potter "house member" ...
Coffeo comments on Mar 21, 2018:
I find real science much more interesting.
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