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There is no agnostic vs. atheist! The peeve I have...
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Read and I'll try not to rant...much... Honestly, I like a lot atheists I've meet here but a much greater percentage of atheists who are renowned scientists or otherwise directly involved in research. Why? There seems to be a direct correlation to their education and intelligence levels down to those of the dogmatic "science worshipers" who deify science as irrefutable and immutable truth; in their levels of hostility, inflexibility and intolerance. A truck driver who knows everything about everything? Please. Anyway, good rant...much better stated than the many I've posted on the subject. Carry on.
Is there a UNIVERSAL morality?
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
*You can surrender Without a prayer But never really pray Pray without surrender* - from *Resist* by Neil Peart, author and atheist Even agnostics, and apparently atheists, can be "redeemed". I know I have. It took getting sober then a lot of restitution for me but it gradually happened. Today, my basic universal morality is summed up nicely in your first bold statement. Well said.
Hi. I'm new. I invest, blog, am writing my second book, and love to live in diverse locations. I've ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Hi Jaded! Welcome! What do you write? Most of my work is in fantasy fiction genres...I have several samples in my photos. Pleased to meet you! *bows gallantly*
Does anyone have experience writing TV episode scripts?
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
The link provides a clear "how to" I seldom use in that my scripts convey a few simple ideas for usually interactive audiences, be they there for entertainment or education. Perhaps 10% of each of these shows are scripted with the rest being improvised from the interactions between actors and audience. I haven't tried the app but a basic word processor; if not hastily scribbled lines, cues and directions; have always fit my needs. https://screencraft.org/2016/01/05/the-screenwriters-guide-to-formatting-television-scripts/
Poly/open relationships
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
I'm "there" already. It took three disastrous engagements for me to discover I'm just not the marrying type. Apparently, I was born "married" to my arts. During and since I've met many "loves" with wildly varying intimacy from completely platonic to insanely sensual. So...I'm pleased to see you see me on a higher evolutionary plane! heh
Am I the only one that falls in love too easily?
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Well, except for the get married part, yeah.
Oh wow... I signed up here, browsed a bit, and then didn't log back on for several days. I didn't ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Beauty...a blessing and a curse! I had to rush to my messages to see if I was among those and was surprised I wasn't, seeing how close you are... But "dating" me would involve deep discussions of the nature of the universe and hopefully the parts you could play in the art we'd create. I've happily reached that stage in my life where exchanging ideas is much more important than exchanging body fluids. So, message sent!
Things that brings you Joy with capital J to the point that you wished the word "blessed" meant ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Well, if you're coming to Vegas to hide among strangers, few are stranger than me! Yes, even in Vegas! My primary joys in life come from creative expression and from those who give them life...but you knew that. Secondaries...I won't even start! I am too very easily amused, awed, touched and attached to even begin.
Is there a meaning to life? If so, what is it?
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
To see what happens next and see what I can make happen? Neil Peart (Rush) eloquently described my *Prime Mover*... "From the point of conception To the moment of truth At the point of surrender To the burden of proof From the point of ignition To the final drive The point of the journey Is not to arrive Anything can happen" I've found meaning in my arts and I live with the excitement of wondering where they'll take me next. Its brought me a lot of "special someones" with whom I'm quite content. https://youtu.be/ngrHeAg27Gc
Loved this Video figured I'd post. [youtu.be] Do you believe in Fate/Karma?
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Cute video! In my opinion, if it happened out of all potentialities it was "fate", such as the video illustrates in very natural circumstances. "Karma" is a result of your active intervention of "fate", for instance the girl grabbing the guy's hand as they were falling. Karma is clearly evident, and instant, in many social interactions: if you approach others in a kind, considerate manner you can usually expect the same in return.
How concerned are you about the US government shutting down?
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
While I don't see it as affecting me so much I am concerned for the millions who are facing work and even pay loss...even though they are expected to stay on the job. That and the sheer idiocy of it all. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact the 2013 shutdown cost the US taxpayers $20B to cover our "lame duck" leaders' "late bills".
Witchcraft and Magic? What's your take? Personally I place witchcraft and magic in there with ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 20, 2018:
I "charm" and "enchant" people all the time. Its very practical for my current sales job though I much prefer "cast(ing)" as a performer. (Get it?) Self-fulfilling "prophecy" isn't all there is to it...all, but it certainly has its role. Keep us appraised on your spell progress!
Polyamory
DangerDave comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I am but not in the general sense. I have "loves" all across the land and, if I'm lucky, they're performing with me. I don't do restrictive/labor intensive...except maybe in the act a little.
Congrats on becoming a Level 6 member! The perk for level 6 is that you can see comments and ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I thoroughly enjoy and entirely approve of the creative methods you're using to develop this site! Getting ready for a busy day...this post is now on my favorites' list and I'll certainly look into the promotions given the time over the weekend!
We've been working on a way to group posts and tags better... you can see it (in development) at ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 18, 2018:
What a painstaking endeavor! I've randomly added several already that didn't fit, such as band names and general off-topics. Can you see those from web design land? Either way I'll comment as you progress. An immediate catch of the eye was a need for #movies #art & #entertainment Religious terms...wow...good luck with that!
Do you think all religious are equal?
DangerDave comments on Jan 17, 2018:
This reminds me I need to get another copy of Gygax's *Deities and Demigods*...anyway... No, all religions and the religious who believe them are not equal. Abrahamic sects tend to be far more dangerous than other modern religions. The devastation of our "holey" wars, starting with "our" invasions in the Middle East and now with the muslim refugee assimilation of Europe...few other religious can boast such devastation. I just escaped the theist dirty south a year ago, never to return. Radical theists, blindly devoted to greedy political and theological leaders, bent on destroying the planet while casting more into poverty and ignorance...yes, there are vast differences in the religious, even within their individual cults.
What’s the best experience you had while high?
DangerDave comments on Jan 17, 2018:
Hi Holly! Wow...what a first question...I LOVE it! I read your bio and saw your photos...if you're ever in Vegas I'd be honored to take you through many realms of my "philosophical fantasy"...getting high during is optional but preferred! Art aside, my best experience stoned was with a wiccan coven during a fertility rite...though we established everyone was on birth control before the....ummm...ritual. There were discussions, Ouija and tarot readings before and after, weed throughout. What I believed became irrelevant as I immersed myself in their "magic".
It’s not my right nor desire to judge the value of others. Best I can do is engage, respect, care,...
DangerDave comments on Jan 17, 2018:
Welcome and I couldn't agree more! I'm glad you found us!
Anyone else love Godzilla?? :)
DangerDave comments on Jan 16, 2018:
He made many a Saturday mornings for me! He kept showing up in some of the coolest "cameos" too! "OH NO!!! There goes Tokyo!!!" https://youtu.be/T65rW_SIzg0
What's your favorite anti-religious meme? Let's take a break and have a little fun at Jesus' ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 16, 2018:
Too many but this was the first to come to mind...
Is the bible the basis of morality? I know personally that it is not but as a questioning Christian ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 16, 2018:
The cruelties and even atrocities of the hebrew god are profuse and profound. (link) Any argument of "freewill" can be countered with any omnipotent benevolent god could see the outcomes of of the resultant "sinful" behaviors and be better "prepared" to deal with it in a humanistic manner...if not create humanity with no propensity for "sin" to begin with. *I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children.* - Leviticus 26:22 http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/long.html
irritated sigh
DangerDave comments on Jan 16, 2018:
@evestrat did I hear my name? Well, I have very little to mansplain unless we're talking about the arts, and specifically mine. I have a limited though well rounded education and I have become something of a "google-matic guru"...but I'd rather state an opinion than argue a fact in that many "facts" in the realms of agnositics(.com) can be nothing more than opinions. I've been man..."over explained" on too many such "facts" too. Its a deeper sociological "issue" on this site in that we represent a wide cross section of the population. There seems to be, as in the "real world", a direct correlation between level of education and acceptance of new ideas...bereft of a "let me tell you how it REALLY is" mentality. I've had fun with it and discovered early on anyone in the related fields of sociology could write a thesis here. Even without such advanced education or aspirations I have come to one conclusion: *When you know everything you no longer need to learn...but you do want to share everything you know.* I see absolutely no need to further explain that position.
Greetings everyone, I am looking for music that is inspired by Atheism or Agnosticism. I am ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Greetings, salutations and devils' horns, fellow metal head! Rush is by far my favorite proponents of antitheism...or nontheism, anyway. I've posted several of theirs and others. Scroll down my posts for more of them and other artists with nontheist works...enjoy! https://youtu.be/CJnZrt0TDdk
Hey guys wanting to try out some new music, comment some songs please! Thanks in advance!
DangerDave comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Welcome! Scroll down my posts for a bunch of musical stuff, some my own. Just so you know, you're not out there on your own... https://youtu.be/5lZGhh41W9k
I am new here to Agnostic.com but very glad that Ihave joined it.I see that mainly members are from ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Welcome! Ask any questions, read and comment some others' posts and generally make yourself at home!
Who is Going to Pay for the Assanine Wall?
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Apparently we are.
Is there a church for anthiest groups I need to know please
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Are you looking for serious "churches"? Universal Life Church and the Church of Spiritual Humanism come immediately to mine but there are several usually online only organizations that call themselves "churches", largely I think for US tax exempt status. I like the comical ones too, which often offer ordination. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster seems to be the most popular though I identify more as a jedi and dude...of dudeism. http://dudeism.com/
What things in life are rights and which are privileges to be earned?
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
They are all important but I consider education to be most important, in that an educated person stands a much better chance of providing for their own welfare... ...with the exception of national defense...but we're already world police, sooo... https://youtu.be/TmoeZHnOJKA
Am I the only who is proud of my early ancestors from millions of years ago?
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
You put this very well and I am in total agreement. Remember, you may get the same goosebumps when you make a sudden, even startling, discovery...I know I do.
What's the best religion-related joke you can think of?
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Too many...and too many come from the buybull itself! The first to come to mind... "This sickness will not end in death." - Jesus, John 11:4 "oops" - Jesus, arriving at Lazarus' place several days after he died.
Hey, I am new to the community. I was just curious if anyone had a persuasive argument against ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
*pops some popcorn* I'm sure the "no evidence" folks will be arriving soon. And I agree, there is no substantial evidence. I'm just waiting for substantial evidence pantheism is not possible, along with a few...thousand other "god" theories. Am I concerned with it? Not in the least, other than I just like to play in possibilities.
Am I in violation of Missouri law?
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
I'd refer to a lawyer on that one...a nontheist one if such an animal exists in MO. I've dodged the "legality bullet" in that all the actual weddings I've overseen as a priest of spiritual humanism (my "primary" ordination, though I'd love to do a jedi or dudeist wedding!) in that the actual "on paper" marriage occurred at a justice of the peace or, in some states, even a notary. Of course that's not always possible in states such as yours. I wish I could offer better advice but if I were you, yeah...at least make a few calls and get a few free consultations.
Hymns of Jediism
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
'Cos ya gotta make time for love... https://youtu.be/_Ge4_stUpqs
If this was your one day to live, how would you spend it ?
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Wow. I'm in Vegas with money in the bank (mostly for upcoming bills), including credit cards with some serious headroom (and upcoming bills). So...I'd die somewhere on the Strip if I didn't find a model for an Opus Finale, then I'd frantically be trying to edit the art in time... If only I could be sure...
New here, I’m generally looking for like minded people who are local , at the very least in the ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
I see so far at least at least @DerekD is nearby! This is a young and growing website. It seems the numbers of new incoming members are growing every day. Be patient...let's see what happens... I hope you'll enjoy some of our ramblings and feel free to ramble yourself in the meantime!
Hey guys! I've been a member of this site for like 2 weeks now and I am super happy with it! I've ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Down indeed! I'm a gamer and something of a stoner, though these days I'm not as chronic as I was in days past. Partying is still awesome but today I smoke more for inspiration, meditation and medication. Close enough? Besides online friendship, I'd love to meet you and yours if you're ever Vegas way!
Iraq is a bad place ..
DangerDave comments on Jan 14, 2018:
My question is it a better place since the 17 year US occupation? It apparently won't end this year. (link) I know life was brutal under a dictator but, after 9/11/01, OOPS, we attacked the wrong country and never found a single WMD. I speak for many Americans who are proud to have toppled the regime but are deeply troubled by all that's transpired there since. https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/newspaper-iraqi-commander-confirms-u-s-forces-staying-iraq-2018/
I just joined and I'm looking to make friends! I'm friendly and enjoy all sorts of conversation, so ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Here's you a message...right here on the boards! A pleasure to make your acquaintance, ma'am. *bows deeply* Welcome to our rational and realistic madhouse!
Do you feel that your society has a bias towards extroverts?
DangerDave comments on Jan 13, 2018:
No jab taken...or at least not blocked! I see it and understand it. We "exes" can be trying at times. Like trying to get our acts together for our favorite stages, or improving our act. After the flurry of salutations and questions, its usually just us exes hanging around... ...and we're all like... https://youtu.be/EYiZeszLosE
Inter-religious couples?
DangerDave comments on Jan 13, 2018:
From your perspective I'd definitely "out" for anyone you'd consider getting serious with. Even if it works now but won't later, then a lot of other stuff probably wouldn't be working either. Either way, time to hit the highway!
What do you have to do to be you?
DangerDave comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Musical theater, graphic and literary arts...but if she's not somehow involved in any of the three there is nearly no possibility we'd be "involved" in any way. I am, after all, an artist of genres in which my "partners" play an integral part. That and my usual slobbishness, procrastination and disinterest in mainstream...anything. Sure, I'll pick up my dirty drawers if she asks or entertain a Kim and/or Kanye conversation...briefly. Given too many such demands I'll be looking for the stage left exit, though. I am, after all, a dude...of dudeism.
Suck crawfish?
DangerDave comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Love to! My first experience with mudbugs was at my first crayfish boil in Louisiana while on tour. I'd seen them a million times but I never considered eating them. I watched the locals drag the heads through cocktail sauce and suck away. When in Rome...and I loved the heads from first suck!
Is evolution a fact or still just a theory. I'm an agnostic, and therefore, by nature a doubter. A...
DangerDave comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Evolution is a theory in the same category as gravity: as we continue to test and debate what is considered established facts more "sub-theories" are created. Just as we know galactic mass in a celestial dance keeps our feet on the ground, we can trace a fairly clear path back to our single celled ancestors.
Where do you draw the line between run-of-the-mill Bible Thumpers and Cults? How do you react? ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 12, 2018:
They all are cultists of the various sects of abrahamic mythologies. Be they jew, xian or muslim they engage in ritual behavior; seek to convert, avoid or destroy unbelievers; have priestly "mediators" who condition their thoughts and control their behaviors;... Still, so long as we don't discuss religion and I don't detect an immediate threat, I'm fine with anyone, though I'm wary of strangers. After all, nearly 80% of everyone in the US believes one way or another in the "big sky guy".
The use of marijuana
DangerDave comments on Jan 12, 2018:
I'd say we both could do without the cigs. Its a costly, nasty habit with no real benefits and too many detriments. For me its an addiction, one of a few I have again not found a willingness to give up. At least its not heroin! Still, if it helps you or not, if it feels good and its within your rights, do it! Forget the naysayers...they can't truly know you, definitely can't be you and, as such, their opinions are of little if any importance. I had no idea of your ailments...it's sad to hear all you've had to endure. Your prescription is likely for indicas which I often smoke for general aches and pains, physical and psychological. I prefer hybrids when not smoking sativa for the purely creative, open minded feelings they produce. If anyone has a problem with that, it's *their* problem!
Recovering religious
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Was I three when I told my mother cartoons are better than buybull stories? Anyway, it was about then from my earliest memory. My fundamentalist southern baptist family knew they had a "strange" kid from the start. i wasn't "out" in public so much until 14 when the hair grew, the music grew louder and the strangest antitheist anthems and theist comedy boomed down our once quiet street. I know many who've needed to stay "in" for a thousand reasons. I'm grateful I never had to be one.
What does “Spiritual Atheist” mean? Isn’t it a contradiction?
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
I was intrigued so I had to do some research. The best and most concise definition I found was on their website, *The Center for Spiritual Atheism*. *Generally, Spiritual Atheists are people who do not believe in a literal "God" (thus the term "Atheist" ), but still consider themselves to be (often deeply) "Spiritual" people.* - site http://www.centerforabetterworld.com/SpiritualAtheism/about-spiritual-atheism.htm
Are you teaching your children that Santa Claus/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy are real?
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
I'll side with the dads. Though I have no kids I've had nieces and nephews and classes of them. Let their fantasies run wild...reality will slap them in their little faces soon enough. I've taken on the guises of so many creatures and personas I really can't remember them all. From hanging napkins over my ears to be a bunny at a "who's Alice?" tea party to fully costumed acts to stir the imagination in us all... At some time each truth is found and the myth becomes entertainment...for some of us, anyway!
Get your flu shot?
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
No, I did get the flu though. *yuck*
Say an object a talisman of sorts like pandora's box existed with plague sorrow regret fear ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
The most common end to the Pandora's box myth has "hope" as the last item remaining. (link) Its primary moral is clear, as Pandora holds hope to her heart. The finer points include when hope, in and of itself, is not a confident "blessing" but instead a self defeating curse. Ancient mythologies of all types have these philosophical fables. Greek (Pandora's origin) and Roman mythologies are particularly good starts if it subject interests you. (You may have to copy and paste the link.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora%27s_box
Gosh is it ok to talk to folks with no heavy money on this account ?
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
You can talk to me. I carry bills as much as possible. But, if you feel I should go get a few rolls of quarters... How much money we make rarely comes up. Rich, poor or anywhere betwixt all have a voice here.
Pffftttt.... there aren't enough sarcastic people here.
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Visit a few pirate festivals but be warned: if ye can't musterrr an accent 'rrr anotherrr yerrr opinions 'rrr' made the most humorrrous of irrreverrrent. rrrrrr....
So guys..what do you like to do for dates? Besides getting laid lol. Bowling? Arcade center? Bars?...
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
"Dates" for me tend to be initial meetings concerning which worlds we plan to explore and which characters we create to visit them. Since my social interactions usually revolve around my art, we usually jump from there to realizing them in preparation, photography and performance. Other "dates" are bonuses. We all have to eat sometime...as well as enjoy the "real world" in other ways. Of course the real bonus is when we're then discussing where we'll visit next.
To my gamers. I am looking for a good quality gaming pc,yet not crazy expensive ...what should I ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
There are several very inexpensive ones through WalMart. I compared a lot of other sources but finally decided on an iBuypower for less than $500. The components alone were worth twice the ticket price...I just wouldn't try rolling it down a flight of stairs! The upgrade was for an 8 year old eMachine also from Walmart, same great components and weird spelling but sadly an integrated 3.0 processor. Hey, Fallout 4 was out. I had to do something!
Well, I'm new here :) so, hello. Would anyone care to share how they came across Agnostic.com? I saw...
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Hi there! Seems FB is unanimous so far!
Rush: Anthems to Antitheism
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Have you ever been ***DRIVEN***?!? I have in many ways, some close to the guys on the bikes. https://youtu.be/5jPondwDDOE
If God was a real being, how would you see him as being?
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
He'd be a guy? And only one? We've had several making a mess of the world lately...or at least their followers...in my eyes, the same really. My favorite "god theory" is pantheism. You can't see god because you're a part of god...everything. Only theories and creative sources but of no daily concern to me.
Rush: Anthems to Antitheism
DangerDave comments on Jan 11, 2018:
***Xanadu***. Leave it to me to start with their fantasy! But to consider if anyone actually found a fount of youth? They did... https://youtu.be/s0JD6Toh-EY
Ladies, do you think our questions and posts are particularly prone to receiving long-winded ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 10, 2018:
I'm no lady but I'm guilty. Some much too "elaborated", some explained as needed, some tangents I tend to go off on...all just more or less elaborate greetings.
Do you play a musical instrument?
DangerDave comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Yes, a musician and an artistry or a few more. Here's some of my favorites of mine and other artists. Add some of your own here, there or anywhere! https://agnostic.com/discussion/13742/home-the-creative-thinkers-gallerie Here's one of my church songs... https://youtu.be/iMSQW3B-N0I
Who was the first band you fell in love with?
DangerDave comments on Jan 10, 2018:
My grandad's (often gospel) bluegrass bands. I was very little then so I couldn't say which.
A de-baptism ceremony? In another forum I frequent, a guy talked about a ceremony his atheist wife ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 10, 2018:
If it works, do it. I'd just want to have a lengthy talk with anyone asking for it. That's from an agnostic priest of spiritual humanism's view point, someone ordained for such activities These "accolades" (my three ordinations were all free) could be an added such psychological "security blanket" for the hesitant unbeliever. Still, to ever suggest it anyone? Nope. But maybe dudeism, my choice over pastafarianism. Still, I wouldn't mind if they preferred pasta.
What melts your heathen hearts?
DangerDave comments on Jan 10, 2018:
When they just "get it". Here's Nicoletta, one of my youngest Treasures ever. While she brought voice, dance and gymnastics to the table drama was new to her. Here's what I believe is the first take...the "script" is all her own. https://youtu.be/CmTl844uS4s This could get ugly...just very slowly...hand over your candy. o.O
Smokers?
DangerDave comments on Jan 10, 2018:
DON'T SMOKE...though I do now. Embarrassing...but at least its no longer Jack and cocaine. My five year "quit" in over 40 years a smoker started as a final appeasement of my 3rd fiance. We split and I stayed quit until I started working with a smoker I toured with in my van. She "processed" filtered cigarettes of various flavors that smelled great! "Let me hit that" went to "roll me one" in no time and since I've been hooked again. But the cost in money, health...***IF YOU DON'T SMOKE, DON'T START*** I'm just going to have to do it for me, like I did the Jack and cocaine.
Sapiosexuals
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I'm 100% sapiosexual...the more my "loves" can stimulate my creativity and, better still, their own in helping create the characters we portray. Still, I've worked with some charming ones who weren't nearly so smart as just outrageously talented. Intelligence is one of many factors for me, but of prime importance.
Does appearance outweigh knowledge?
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Why not, but only if the person is sidestepping me, after I ask them if they'd care to join me. If the person is there with me they know they'll get home, especially since my 17 years of designated driving now. Whether for appearance, intelligence or because they have the best snacks there's no need to ditch a friend for them.
Any fellow musicians out there?
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
The 2nd to ask today! Yes, a musician and an artistry or a few more. Here's some of my favorites of mine and other artists. Add some of your own here, there or anywhere! https://agnostic.com/discussion/13742/home-the-creative-thinkers-gallerie
Other than religion, in what way are you a minority where you live?
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Easy. As an artist. Even among other artists, as most would agree!
It seems as though conservatism has morphed into 'anti-liberalism' over the past few years. Many ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
It is more rampant today, indeed. Still, where I grew up there were literally hundreds of tiny farm towns with a single church nearby. I wouldn't want to be near any, daylight or darkness, much less get in any serious conversation about anything. Politically, they are much more powerful (and scarier!) these days but you can't deny these theists vote!
There is too much hate in the world. It seems like any time someone holds a different view hate is ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Thank you for your service! The "warrior spirit" didn't affect me as it did many in my family, many who were spec ops. I'll admire each for their parts in wars and conflicts as far back as WWI and sadly don't remember the tales of their fathers and grandfathers. You are an essential part of the biggest stick we have to carry...still... If you don't like guns, don't get given one either. Our homeless vets are a testament to that fact. Sadly, too many want guns for the "wrong" (my own moral assessment) reasons. Though countless young men have met their deaths for deity, king, country, notoriety, kill thrill,...they've had their place in our societies since tribal times. I just don't want to be in a city where a "thrill kill" gunner is living...again. Guns can be a tough subject but in all other ways I am in TOTAL AGREEMENT! I'm happy to have had to revise my "golden rules" since I've been here: *do unto as THEY would have you.* I practiced it, I just didn't verbalize it correctly. You're in good company. Now its time for another bowl.
Hi everyone! Thanks for accepting my membership, I'm looking forward to joining in some discussions ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I don't know how you'll feel about them but I wish we had these in more US cities... http://www.secularism.org.uk/join-an-affiliated-group.html
Any fellow musicians/free thinkers out there?
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Yes on both counts! Here is...a gallery with some of my stuff and commentary on some of my favorite arts and artists. Toss in some of your own! https://agnostic.com/discussion/13742/home-the-creative-thinkers-gallerie and...it depends on the music. I can block out lyrics...just glad I didn't these... https://youtu.be/IxhxKdnjGA8
Nature and 'spirituality'
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
'Spiritual' has a lot of meanings for me. Personally, I'm most spiritual in my "own space" in many ways. House, room, chair, bed. I meditate for "oneness" in one minute intervals as needed in dealing with the day, then often at bed time. Since these produce the greater creative *sparks* over those I meditate for specifically, that's a last resort on a deadline. The spiritual experience of nature is real, moreso for me because I usually have an instrument when strolling the parks, whether it was an event or not.
SpaceX & Zuma
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
As long as we all get frogs that rotate and spit balls we should be ok.
Totally unrelated but ... What sort of internet speed is normal/average where you live?
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
"normal/average" in Las Vegas for top residential providers' basic service is 100 mbps. Where I'm staying it usually approaches that...when its not in "dial up speeds" or "no, no net for you!" modes.
The Dandy Warhols - Godless - YouTube
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
What I meant by "let's see" was simply "let's see the band"! (Though you may know this already, if paste the link in the body of a post, comment or reply, you get...) https://youtu.be/LduipA_XUJ8?list=PLUTsAwHWFJpt7Ew_But9hBRdlQhlfpbjc
The Dandy Warhols - Godless - YouTube
DangerDave comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Oops! didn't mean to delete the comment...just the reply. Probably not the best thing to try when I first get up...anyway, I did copy the reply though! @Sadoi I listened but couldn't make out the lyrics...and I've yet to search them. Musically, they remind me of Smashing Pumpkins, Roxy Music..."alternative adult contemporary" styles I like...but wild about the hula technique? nah...but I think is a cool "step out of the box" for the musicians to do that. Now here's hula I'm wild about... https://youtu.be/NzZHICqbpuU
Opinion, please....
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
...at least I'D be ancient history. I really don't have time for those who get upset over what I think may be...maybe...but Giorgio A. Tsoukalos is definitely authoritative but hardly unbiased expert. I couldn't even tell you the religions of the last dozen women I've dated or worked with, even as they at times worked in "theoretical theologies". There are always better and easier conflicts to resolve. Like whether to wear the black or red. The truly important stuff.
Do you know of many open atheist singers? Who do you listen to?
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
I've started a virtual shrine here to Frank Zappa's music. Youtube videos abound of his philosophies, including a congressional hearing on censorship. You may hate the music but I think you'll love the man! https://agnostic.com/discussion/13226/frank-zappa-my-favorite-musical-atheist
How do you cope with the fact that any day you will die and that will be the end?
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
I don't even consider it, though perhaps I should more sometimes. Yes, by all means "bucket list"! I've just lately been in a procrastination stage. Smelling the roses. Hanging out probably too much on A.com. Its been educational and therapeutic though. Its definitely not time wasted.
HOME:::ThE cReAtIvE tHiNkErS gAlLeRiE
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Some of my naughty bits...no, not my naughty bits...those of others though...and you could say as skits...nevermind... https://davedebard.tumblr.com/
Will you help me settle this debate with my friend: can a Christian be a freethinker?
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
If you'll take a stroll through my gallery? I have two perspectives. One is the one I grew up in. Everyone is a freethinker...except faith..."accept faith son...it'll be much better." This was in one of many rebel flag flying neighborhoods, when the only identifications with it were rebellion and being southern in my mind, but most others not so. Affiliated or not, if you were there you were probably a white supremacist. Then there are those among our scientists, artists...there may even be some clergy left...who...I guess have compartmentalized so well they can be at once our greatest intellects, humanitarians and philanthropists. Except those "Pray, then eat" missionaries. Please.
HOME:::ThE cReAtIvE tHiNkErS gAlLeRiE
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Favorite other artists should somehow be a subheading? Anyway, I've started a few you may add to and I'd love to see some more entries! When I considered my favorite performance artists who carried both both openly antitheist AND who was open minded enough to take a serious(ly outrageous!) psychosocial character study of why we shouldn't eat the yellow snow...or at least not Nanook. Only one man. Frank Zappa!!! https://agnostic.com/discussion/13226/frank-zappa-my-favorite-musical-atheist
HOME:::ThE cReAtIvE tHiNkErS gAlLeRiE
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Being an abridged but growing compendiminimum of my work...or see my profile pix for a quick fix. heh https://agnostic.com/discussion/12709/a-tale-of-tales-from-the-last-inn
Home | The Critical Thinker Academy
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Thanks for my next post idea! You could leave this as a "Home" or create a new thread. While I'm in complete agreement about critical thinking, I'm a performer-ing arts teacher. I work in a field of fantasy made more "real" by the sciences of music theory, stagecraft, score and script creation or analysis... Anyway, to see the continuation of this rant it'll be here shortly!
Is your idea of love over romanticized?
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
VERY!!! but this is speaking as a happy, old bachelor. My loves are many, my regrets are few! The greatest regrets are the sometimes bitter endings if one wanted me to "unbachelor" or somesuch. There are benefits to working with some of the most beautiful performers and models in the world, even when its all business and entirely platonic. "Not" is definitely a bonus but, in the end, I entirely overly romanticize the art we create.
15 Scientifically Unexplainable Places That Actually Exist
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
VERY COOL!!! Some places I've never heard of as yet...google time! Yes, all still very natural occurrences we just as yet don't fully know the nature of. Though not conclusively, here is one of my favorite "solves" for the Bermuda Triangle. I was considering this one even as I was reading all the supernatural and conspiracy theory "pulp science" of the time. I'm still of the mind it could be an alien base or some Area 51 thing. I could have solved the village mystery before it started, had I been there of course. "Joe Labelle? Thar all hidin'. They done heard ya comin' from w't'in a day away. Now GIT!" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bermuda-triangle-mystery-solved-latest-theories-dr-karl-kruszelnicki-debunked-unexplained-a7861731.html
What is your best argument against the teleological argument for theism?
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
***the*** theological argument? If there were only one our job would be much easier! Here are the answers to several of them, if we're talking abrhamics (judaism, xianity, islam and their offshoots)...as a single, solitary "best argument" I'd try "see this website. Call me if you see reason." You won't get a lot of calls, though. http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/ Also try...if you can find it...
Whatever it was, the secretive Zuma mission is now in space | Ars Technica
DangerDave comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Makes sense, in that the final Zuma (video game) secret level was also on space... Not really? Now moreso? Anyway, it was really cool...just when you thought you'd finally won...BAAAAALLS in SPAAAAACE!
I am guessing the educational level in this group is higher than average. True or not?
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
I'd say... Has anyone checked the stats? BA Orchestral Music Education, minors in theater, dance and psych, myself. We do have several PhDs around here. They may be shy... Anyway, a theist joke... *A young lady learning her letters stopped her mom at the church billboard. After quickly sounding out the pastor's name, she asked, "Mom, what does 'BS, MS, PhD' mean?"* *"I can't even say the BS part myself," her mom replied, "but I'm right sure 'MS' means 'more of the same' and 'PhD' is "piled higher and deeper."* Theist joke, yes, but it does at times have universal applications. I mean, I am an artist, after all... Sooo...
Imagine you could say "take me to Hell" into your GPS. Where on the map would it lead you?
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Any southeastern town in the tent revival circuit. From experience, anyway.
Do You Know God? - YouTube
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
RIP religion! I much preferred the "do you know jehebus?" I heard so often from door knockers. Too easy. A favorite... "Yeah, have you seen him?" *usual awkward silence...or "nnnn"* "Well, he was here with some unclean, stinky women, drank all my wine and took my money to go get more." If they're not running already, "I want you to go out there, and find him and tell him..."
I absolutely love the level of thinking/writing on here, the provocative posts, in fact...so glad to...
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
"What? Me Worry?" - Alfred E. And really now, where can you go where people won't want approval? No one here is professing perfect...well...maybe a select few... But I digress. Welcome to our happy gang of unbelievers, universe conceivers, thought achievers and pizza eaters!!! You'll find we're not such a bad lot!
Ever been discriminated against because you were a non-believer?
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Once for sure at Goodwill but I'd never be able to make a case of it. Looking over my application my interviewer seemed increasingly excited till she asked about religion. The excitement disappeared, she asked a few more random questions and told me I just wasn't what they were looking for. I'm quite certain its happened in other situations but that works for me. I purposely wear my hair long, but very well groomed for interviews to raise the theist red flags. For some opportunities I've cut it to their requirements. I walk through the door exuding confidence, charisma and openness...as well as a very likely laid back liberal...and hopefully "but still gets the job done with flair and chills in a crisis."
How much of the bible have you read?
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Cover to cover several times, often against the wishes of my southern baptist family, too many peers and finally my southern baptist professors. (Don't ask...or I'll tell!) How many times did I say back then "anyone who believes the buybull can't have possibly critically read the whole thing." Not as many as I'd have liked, I assure you of that! Usually with a baptist concordance but my favorite annotation, the "tell it like it is" of all time, is the *Skeptics' Annotated Bible*. A barrel of inconsistencies, absurdities and laughs from Genesis 1.1. I highly recommended it to anyone who wants to debate theists (they have a quran and book of moron, too!) on their own turf while being entertained in the process! http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/gen/1.html
Why do some people presume to know things about others they can't possibly know? Like how one will ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Been there, done that. My worst experience was with my 2nd fiance when if she didn't "know" what I'd done she certainly wanted to. I'd cheated on her...so... Still you asked, I'll answer... Its simply empathy and it varies person to person though most women, by nature, are more emphatic than more realistic men. I try not to presume anything but I had formidable emphatic skills as a child, honed by the studies of education, psychology, counseling,..I "discovered" myself many of the traits revealed in body language quite naturally, as we all do to a degree. I'm no Sherlock as I am no warlock, but I can glance over a class or audience and determine immediately who's getting it and who's really excited about it. We all have these innate skills to a degree. For women, there is the added stigma of our now quite public "rape culture". There are reservations to strange men, as there has always been, primarily as a threat assessment. If she interacts with a new male at all she may try to appear confident, strong,...and easily over do it. Hopefully, in any relationship, she is beyond that though it very well describes the behavior of my 2nd immediately "after the fact".
Solipsism in...Action?
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
@bingst @Gatovicolo and anyone else who would care answer....but first... ***WARNING: IMPLIED NUDE CONTENT*** The question is this...and there may be an empirical answer... *Is the "Sorceress" a valid interpretation of the definition of 'solipsism'?* Read the poem...the nekkid lady isn't telling the whole *Tale*...Deanna Deadly, btw. Google her...she was absolutely awesome at "getting into the characters" of our shoot. Our discussions of the vast unknown during this set led inevitably to this song about solipsism...or whatever you could call it!
Who else is a proud stoner? ;) If so, what do you prefer to use? i prefer to use a bong to smoke ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
YASH!!! Sativa for creativity, indica for the little pains in life. No more alcohol, meth, cocaine...and, not far beyond aspirin, I have never had much trust of pharmaceuticals. I've tried a lot of methods but my current favorite is just an old fashioned short pipe. From a pinch to a full bowl it serves me well. I have a nostalgia for some 70s joints, "power hitters", and our various bongs of the times but nah...today its the path of least resistance. Regardless of the nay-sayers, too many who have never tried it, I won't say there is any effect on intelligence (as a constant) but what it does for creativity...WOW!!! Lex, if you and yours are ever Vegas way, let's do a smoke meet. Talk about "stuff", maybe play video games and perhaps you two will indulge me in my favorite game: rummaging through my costumes to find a character you'd like to play "photographic pretend" in. You're both GORGEOUS and the possible story lines are nearly infinite!
What would you like most in a partner?
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Before anyone opens fire let me say my act lead is a business partner first, close friend second and anything beyond is icing. I also have "partners for a day" in models who have no time for the act but want to be a part of the photographic "mythos". While "Heff is my hero", I'm at that age where I can take a "take it or leave it" attitude towards sex...my primary drive is the art. So...all of the above except "financial security". We'll get it together soon enough. The clincher, of course, is 25 is pretty much the age limit, as is for the women I rarely "just date", these dates most often being an interview for the act itself or additional art. Call it "artistic arrested development" BUT there is an irresistible (thus, highly marketable) charm to a beautiful singing, dancing, acting lead...a duo to die, or at least drop a dime, for. I train them in musical theater and give them as much artistic freedom in character development and portrayal as possible I develop any so interested in modeling and, of the 50 or so I worked with, have lost many to the better opportunities offered them. The closest I've come to adding the third "romantic interest" was a disaster, with a well trained lead suddenly doing things "her way", so everything sounded the same without the characterizations we'd worked so hard on. Her boyfriend could neither play or sing very well and was far more interested in "managing" than learning... When I'm working with a lead in a professional capacity I usually have little time for other "relationships". Anyway, there you have "her"..."them". Still, for whatever places they've had in my life they each, in their own special way, are the loves of my life. Literally through the art we exchange "parts" of each other. @HeyHiHullo I profusely apologize for the lengthy post but moreso I thank you for the question! Though it's been asked of me several times I've never given it this introspection and exposition. Now let me copy this puppy for later use! Thanks again!
What are your thoughts on Hypnosis?
DangerDave comments on Jan 7, 2018:
No, for most under hypnosis REM is usually absent, unless the subject is asked to visualize. It is *considered* to be a connection to the psyche. While "a quasi-religious trance" is usually self induced, hypnosis is probably used for such purposes. This is not to say in any way it has religious connotations. We're not sure (at least in my limited research) exactly what it is but its definitely not hogwash. I love Wiki... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnosis

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