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Should we be debating theists?
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
Though I voted "special circumstances", I'd rather discuss than debate, and then with an "unsure" theist or fence rider for whom my efforts just might make a difference.
Do you believe that we have souls? If so, can you answer why?
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I HAVE soul but I'll NEVER be able to reach those hallowed levels of the late, great James Brown. ***HEH*** Seriously, I entertain several definitions of A "soul". I have experiences more in a creative, "spiritual" sense which makes any "everlasting" possibilities of little consequence.
Do you have to believe in God to be a fan of Satan?
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
No, any old god of enlightenment will do. Satan, Lucifer, Hades...all had historical predecessors, many one way or another for illuminating or educating humankind. I tend to be a fan of Hades, who taught Demeter (Zues' hisselfs ol' lady) the joys and sorrows, hence the summers and winters, of losing her greatest love, her daughter Persephone, in an...ummm...arranged marriage with a biannual visitation rights agreement. Anyway, you get my point...beware thee the fruit of the tree of knowledge though! That stuff will kill ya!!! OH, and your original question...I love heavy metal, especially female fronted symphonic (Delain, Amaranthe, In This Moment, etc, etc) and emulate them to a degree in my act. So are you an asshole? I just met you and we're cool so far.
What should one do when asked to tell the truth so help you god?
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
"SURE!!! Can we get this over with now?"
READY OR NOT, THE NEW TAX REFORM IS HERE!
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
It appears only right wing radicals believe the republithug rhetoric. I usually avoid arguments but I might just join the "pounce" on any supporters who'd dare identify themselves here.
THE OXYMORON OF AGNOSTIC A/THEISM: A PROPOSITION (modified due to post limit) This post is ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
The "either/or" choices you offer are quite limited. I know a lot about a myriad of subjects and I know some of it to be true. The rest are delegated to various levels of probability and...being a human with physical, social and very powerful creative needs (to the best of my knowledge, anyway)...priority. Gratefully, the "answers" to all these unknowns rank a VERY low priority for me. As far as the opposite extreme, the "all knowing" specialist in...what area? Astrophysics? Nuerobiologists? So these people have the answers now? They know the sum total of all there is to know in their fields...and enough in all the related fields that apply? Then why do they still constantly retest and contest each others' work? mmm...do we have anyone here with the multiple PhDs and amazing intellect here to provide all the "answers"? Then where have you been?!? The world needs you! While I rate it as a LOW probability, I don't even "know" I'm sitting here typing this. So for me, what I know is irrelevant. What I see as "reality" is an unimaginably large set of possibilities with greater of lesser probabilities...and among the lowest priorities in my daily life.
Can any religion that must be "taught" be representative of a "true god"?
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
AUTHOR'S NOTE: COMMENT *CIVILLY*...PLEASE DON'T LIKE! Atheists, get ready...you may not hear this from me often...but I really appreciate your (only caustic at times, from a minority, gratefully!) input in this poll. Far be this from "atheist bait" but bait instead for curious theists and fence riders. The agnostic discussion was a secondary, "entertainment value" objective, which as of yet hasn't happened. For the record, I voted "no" and I'd really like to hear from our so far solitary "either/or" voter!
How do you feel about people saying "I'm proud of my heritage", "I'm proud of being British", etc. ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I've been both proud and ashamed...but mostly aware. America was a much different place decades back. Though "patriotism" was "taught" in secular public schools at least they were secular and a bastion for this (even then) agnostic from an otherwise fundamentalist theist community. But I grew up in the 60's witnessing the civil and women's rights movements. Through the 70's I saw these and other movements make a difference, rational and humanistic laws were being passed, the infrastructure was maintained and growing, the economy was booming and you could make a decent living at minimum wage, a wage only teenagers or the least employable needed to take. Yet, I realized America was the greatest country ever...stolen from its indigenous people. In school, I caught and hung on to the briefly stated and highly glossed over generations of our history: "my people's" genocide, slavery and intolerance of every new wave of immigrants. I say "my peoples" in that I am very likely among the ancestors of Irish potato famine immigrants. With a known family history of warriors, laborers and yes, alcoholics I am indeed of a stereotypical Irish/Celtic heritage, before and after the Roman catholic genocide, enslavement and assimilation. While I will never "forgive" my ancestors for sacking Rome five times and not occupying it, hence preventing the start of the most destructive religion(s) to ever plague mankind, I don't dwell on it as surely as I don't swell with pride every time I think of their formidable contributions to the arts and science. I won't even start on my Cherokee DNA but, as I studied ( as a young "layman" ) the cultures and mythologies of many races, these I felt were more relevant to me. In the end, more than being proud or ashamed of my heritage, I am aware. We do have cultural differences and the only way to fully understand them is to take a long, critical look at the past... My half Cherokee grandfather retained something of that heritage and their beliefs. He was the only member in my family who didn't detest the fact I was agnostic. Sorry for the lengthy response but I do have to add a private discussion with him when I was refusing to go to church. "Talk with him," our theist women demanded of grandad, so he took me out side. "What do you hear?" "Birds?" "Yes, are the birds going to church?" "NO!!!" (I thought he was going to help in my escape!!!) "Because they know the 'great spirit' (nature as an entity) as people cannot. Like our women, some people need to know and even pretend to know. You are different but hold that in your heart and appease the women. It will only change what you believe if you allow it." Disappointed that I still was being told to go to church, that is one of many times I ...
Favorite marijuana strain?
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
Does ganja count?
What would a global political system look like?
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
Look at the current contenders, including a Trump led "free world". The wishes for a "world order" from every theist camp. After considering these most dystopian systems consider the range to our most utopian. I lean toward a social democracy but that's only as "perfect" as the people leading it, as in any political system. From a sci-fi perspective, both the Empire and the Rebels considered their planetary ruling system to be "best".
Godless Vagina
DangerDave comments on Jan 5, 2018:
What a statement! Now just to convince the bureaucrats, lawyers, doctors,... Not having a vagina let me tell you about my godless penis...but...nevermind...
Has anyone considered.....
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I haven't but this guy has... https://youtu.be/DraaPbsYmJI
A Priori Axioms to answer life's big questions. What is the basis of existance? What is reality? ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Are you like, starting a religion or something? You really lost me at your first very arguable "axiom". "1) Reality can only come into being the most simple way possible. (It can not take any extra steps)" Sometimes "reality" takes several steps, such as me typing this sentence. I would ask you to elaborate on definitions and meanings, but I won't...because you just might.
What if the thoughts never stops? Question chasing question... Do not feel like I'm part of the ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Methinks thee think too much. Calm down, take a breath and watch a comedy. Even better, do something you enjoy doing. And if it helps at all, you're already living in chaos. Get used to it because in this world guess what you get after the chaos? Yes, more chaos. I've battled possibilities as a younger man as you are now but never for long...I stayed busy with other things including, ironically, *using* these possibilities to create my art. Still, let the greater need to deal with "what is" take primary importance over "what may be". Then, the "may be's" won't seem so bothersome.
Should people that disagree with science be allowed to use advanced technology created by scientific...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I'd like to see someone trying to confiscate THEIR cell phones! Still, it'd be awesome if we could though, and just drop them in the woods to build log cabins and hunt with bows and arrows!
Do you serve a purpose or purposely serve?
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I'm in that starving artist mode again where I must purposely serve...to survive to serve the purpose of my art. Too bad there is no "middle road" option!
I was accused of being the Antichrist since I don't believe in God. I don't think Jesus existed ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Wow. I only ever rated "demon". You accuser probably thinks it's the "gospel truth" but there is a mind I really don't want to "rummage around in" for long.
Is modern dating any different from the definition of polyamory?
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I'm different than most but "dating" and "polyamory" are nearly synonymous for me. I usually only date the models and *Treasures* (my act leads) I work with. Usually the relationships are platonic but each is a "love of my life"...in co-creating our art we form bonds most "mortals" can't begin to comprehend.
A Tale of Tales from the Last Inn
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
*Tales' 'Toons* are "photographic novella" sets I do for some of my act leads and several successful models who just want the 'toons or other art. Sometimes sexy. sometimes silly, sometimes scary...these shorts were inspired by such diverse artists as those involved in the creation of Heavy Metal (mag more than movies), The Twilight Zone, Benny Hill... My main labor of the day was finally finishing Toki's first Tale, "My Demon Lover". You can see it in its entirety in my profile photos and the *Tales from the Last Inn* FB page. The introduction there... Ready for a story, kiddies? Yes, it has been awhile! Toki's first Tale is a strange little romp into the unreal, a rendezvous with the unknown...or perhaps just the unknown to you...
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Not my job! hehe, I was actually happy to be sick today! Here is in part is what gets me up every day...and kept me up this morning. I've been working on a lot of art for Toki, my newest Tales' Treasure hopeful. Before that, at my normal "get up" time 6 AM, I was compelled to start this: https://agnostic.com/discussion/12709/a-tale-of-tales-from-the-last-inn (I'm still considering what to do with the Uni...have any costumes?)
G'Day, Kia ora, and welcome, new members! The membership base of the site appears to be growing ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Excellent post and I couldn't agree more! Welcome newb...newcomers! We don't bite...much!
Self-awareness not unique to mankind
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
No arguments here on all points.
A Tale of Tales from the Last Inn
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Another "origin" Tale is of me, the self same 15yo geek, proudly carrying his first boxed D&D set home to soon be the sage of the neighborhood! I was soon "outside the box" creating new realities to explore, puzzles to solve, challenges to overcome. The most enduring of these was what became a four "real" year campaign. The players went from youthful neophytes who could barely lift a sword to 50th level vets who challenged the gods themselves. Here is the synopsis of the entire story, written as a "theoretical theology" a mother would read her children to sleep with... https://agnostic.com/user/DangerDave#gallery-50 https://agnostic.com/user/DangerDave#gallery-51
I know of no wars started by anyone to impose lack of religion on someone else. We have lethal Sunni...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I can only think of examples where an atheistic state declared itself a "deity": an all encompassing source of all "truth", giver of all gifts and bestower of all punishments. Cold war communist Russia and China are recent examples. I find dangers in any strict ideology, which is a primary reason I'm a happy agnostic!
I was thinking about 'no capital punishment' in my line of don't be a hypocrite killing people ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I like to consider capital punishment reserved for those you mentioned, and others whose ideologies are a clear and present danger to others (sociopaths, warmongers, climate change deniers, those who "prophet" to them and profit from them, etc, etc). At the same time I know most of these feel the same about me and, if I had the power to so condemn these people, I wouldn't. As costly as it would be, life imprisonment perhaps...
In the few hours I have spent on this site, I have found some of THE most insightful ideas and ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
aawwww, shucks! Welcome, greetings, merry met and all that. We're a diverse lot but you'll find your community soon enough, if you're active. See you on the boards!
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Alas, the seeds of sectarianism is planted in the CotFSM too. The same has happened to jediism. The first I encountered which started my decline of interest was the "requirement" of some that jedis must...MUST...regularly train in martial arts. Since, its split into so many sects I have no idea from which I got my ordination, nor do I really care. If the same happens to dudeism I'll really be pissed!
Unintended condescension: what's your best example?
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
"Good for you." Imagine the possibilities!
A Tale of Tales from the Last Inn
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
My favorite Tales are those spontaneously inspired by Treasures. These are generally stand alone Tales which can often be "inserted" into longer Tales as side stories or examples of a given topic. The topic here is a recurring theme in my art I call "theoretical theology". Paige was a timid, untrained "one day Treasure" who I am quite certain was a theist. She was entirely taken aback by the act, having the daunting task of performing while training. She told me that day Tales would be too much for her, and I had to agree. Still, she left me some wonderful memories and this Tale of the "Fallen Angel", her chosen character of the day.
A Tale of Tales from the Last Inn
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
"A" "finale". Yes, the photography is mine too. Though my "multidisciplinary" approach to the arts may make them all suffer, I can't help it. Its what I do. Yes, I wrote the lyrics and main themes at 15 though it has been through many revisions since. My "muse" was a sweet wiccan, Nancy (pictured is Amber I, I hadn't taken up photography yet), who, with her coven, were "followers" of, and at times dancers in, my earliest heavy metal acts. When I first saw the movie "The Craft" I was hit by an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia, though "our" witches weren't nearly as malicious...or successful. This end is possibly a new beginning. Our vampire who has struggled for centuries to maintain her humanity finally decides its ok to bite bad guys. What happens after...
Which religion do you think is the most damaging to the world and why?
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I have to hands down give this dubious honor to xianity, at least as far as kill counts and obliterated cultures go, in recorded history.
The fact that there are more women joining this site gives me hope. I live in the Bible belt, and ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Dude...get out!!! Having lived in Spartanburg (roughly 95-00, finding my best job prospect there to be close to family in Greenville and Greer) , I feel your pain. I was in the "heavy metal community" though. Where ever it is regularly played there are plenty of nontheist women, or at least those who are more ambivalent towards religion. The UU church attracts these as well...I just didn't really care for their general "all religions are real...in a way" mentality. Pagans and others who disagree do attend though. Sadly, women...and men...are the way they are there because of generations of indoctrination. There are definitely better places you could be!
The Eternal Return : Will we re-live this life?
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
I'm more of the mind it never really stops. We as sentient beings of limited intellectual potential are locked in what can only be perceived as linear time. "At some time" each moment still exists. How many times have I said this already? Anyway, now let's talk about alternate realities...
In your opinion, is natural selection the best way to improve a species?
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
I could have done better. Like moving the sewer further from the playground, just as a for instance.
So atheist or agnostic men don't shave, huh?
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
I have epidermal lupus which is aggravated by shaving so I'd probably have a full beard even as a ( "god forbid!!!" ) theist. Besides, what @Hominid said...they make us seem all worldly and wordy and knowledgeable and stuff.
Marijuana for recreational or medicinal? Dont be shy?
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
Both. Sativa for creativity, partying and "pondering"; indica for aches and pains of several varieties. And LEGALLY people!!! LEG-AL-LY!!! Just one small bonus for moving out of the "dietied" south!
Is anyone else on here part of the LGBT community? I've posted before, but I'm Lexie and I'm new ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
Is a supporter a "part of"? If so, I'm in! Its all about civil liberties for me...and what you do in private with a consenting adult "whom" is neither my business nor my concern...unless I'm invited!
Aren't we all agnostic?
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
I personally delineate between those who "believe" and those who "know". On either side of the spectrum, the "knowers" of the unknown present a "special" set of...variables. Yeah, "variables". Good, politically correct word to use there. "Special" too.
Best Friend Defends Islam, Bashes Christianity.
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
I'm often saddened by losing theist friends because of their ideology but I'd much rather lose them than deal with the friction they can cause in the most casual of moments. If you're brave enough and feel its either worth the risk or if the friendship is doomed anyway try sharing the Skeptics Annotated Quran with her. http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/index.htm
Are You An Atheist, An Agnostic, Or A Believer? - Quiz - Quizony.com
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
@Admin there we go...I din't get a complete url copy. So there goes my "perfectness cred" out the window...oh well!
Ask a theist "What do you believe and why?" What happens next?
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
Something I'd never try...but expect about an hour of their god's beauty and "realness", possibly followed by its wrath, probably followed by getting evangelized to. No thanks. I have better ways to spend an afternoon.
THE TELLTALE SIGNS OF FUNDAMENTALISM?
DangerDave comments on Jan 3, 2018:
I could go into a lengthy description of my opinions but, since they're here and I couldn't have said it better... http://www.patheos.com/blogs/unfundamentalistparenting/2016/04/5-signs-of-religious-fundamentalism/
Hymns of Jediism
DangerDave comments on Jan 2, 2018:
A li'l jedi 'lectronica. Remember, even though it looks like it's the future... https://youtu.be/k9tgLnI0fFc
Hymns of Jediism
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Another hypocritical hymn! Everyone knows there was no Chicken-Duck-Woman Thing in Star Wars! https://youtu.be/RySHDUU2juM
What makes you break out your soapbox?
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Someone on a soapbox, especially if I disagree. Intolerance, injustice, bullying,...
Hymns of Jediism
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
***BLASPHEMY!!!*** Luke, you are never alone...the Force is always with you! https://youtu.be/uD51cdLbZJc
Hymns of Jediism
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Leave it to the younger generation to bring their own music to the scene! Bad Lip Reading has several! https://youtu.be/JRAOdRq-1lw
Hymns of Jediism
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Now one for one of jediism's greatest, and shortest, prophets... https://youtu.be/-IUMCyAR6U0
Crash Test Dummies - MMM MMM MMM MMM
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Headline News Just as it says, some headline news of the same period done to the music of *MMM MMM*. For our youngsters, yes this stupid shit really happened and I believe they were all theists. https://youtu.be/dU95v23MQ4c
If our belief as agnostics is specifically defined as I do not know what form God may be? Does this ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
It could be argued (though I'm not going to do it) there are manifestations of possibly millions of Flying Spaghetti Monsters variations in each mind of these predominantly nontheists. Even as "unbelievers" in the monster itself, any actions made as a result of the acknowledgement of it could be said to be such a manifestation as well. For the record these are the only "knowns" I have of the myriad abrahamic death cults. Their god(sssss...) really suck.
What is the difference between being happy and thinking you are happy?
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
*Ignorance is bliss.* - Thomas Gray ? - me And when I'm happy and I don't know it I tend to be too happily involved with what I'm doing to even think of it.
Do you believe in Astrology?
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
I'm a Pisces "poster child". I won't bore you with the details. Just google it for many similar descriptions. I once studied the tiresome (though often insightful) techniques of casting horoscopes...for a time. It never held my interest long enough to ever cast one but I learned quite a bit from this youthful passing fancy. Astrology was not merely earlier generations' astronomy but also psychology. Thousands of years of research resulted in what we know as "horoscopes" today. I've never had a chart done and we all know your average newspaper or "astrologists'" readings are ambiguous generalizations at best. Still, some general insights can be gained from astrology...though mileage may vary.
What's so important for a guy to be attractive to a lady according to Evolution.
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Physical attraction is more a trait of males. We were "programmed" to "spread the seed" among as many females we deemed most attractive (including healthy, active, socially integrated, etc) as possible. Though I'm sure there was the adolescent "bad boy" attraction among primitive women, they were more interested in finding, and keeping, a good provider and protector. "Good looking" was no doubt a bonus but raising successful offspring was their primary genetic objective.
What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse?
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
I'd do my best to get to the strongest tribe and hope Rick, Daryl and Michonne were in it.
Greetings! I am amazed, (and not), that there's a site for free thinking dating or is it free ...
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
As many other cultures, my Celt ancestors practiced giving and togetherness this time of year not merely for humanitarian purposes but for the strength of the tribe. The wise aged, infirm, widows and orphans were all assets in some way but would surely not survive the winter without help. Not to paint them as complete altruists. Druids would decide who was worthy of survival in times the entire tribe was at risk. The very old, insane and "useless" were put to death....much more "kindly" than they would a captured enemy though! If we HAVE to have a death penalty we need to bring back the "wicker man". What a show...and what a deterrent!
Am I the only one who is super excited about the holidays being over?!
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
I don't hate it...it has its charm. Just keep me away from the crowds and theist xmas music, tyvm.
Has the metoo movement affected your dating life or the way you interact with people of the opposite...
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
I'm very sorry for what happened to you. It took courage to bring it up openly. I, among very many, applaud you. Do what is most comfortable for you and, if it matters to you, perhaps ease yourself back into dating and relationships. Anyway, to answer your first question, not really. I can't speak for elsewhere but here in the US its been a sudden spike in the gradual identification (and its deserved social stigma) of date rape, consent issues and other problems. "Respectfully" asking "do you wanna..." has long been gone from my vocabulary for a woman I've just met. Its worked well for me. I'm not the immature kid I was in the 70s!
Aren't we all agnostic?
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
No, there are 100% atheists and 100% theists, at least by the most commonly held definitions of the word. While far from the most academic, we can certainly find the most common definition in Google Dictionary: *Agnostic noun 1. a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.* I also take this to mean anyone not 100% one or the other would be considered agnostic.
Happy New Year everyone! Stay safe out there! :)
DangerDave comments on Jan 1, 2018:
HNY2U2! Gotcha right on time! I've decided to stay safe in here and may be in bed before the ball falls on the westside.
Would you ever engage in a polyamorous relationship?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
I've had some random encounters...just would I want to find a woman who'd put up with it? hmm...
This shit, is really fun. Im sitting out here in my little cabin out here in the sticks, in complete...
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Welcome and HNY2U2! I'm sitting in my little apartment in Vegas and pretty much decided to stay in and do just what you're doing! It's cold, it'd be crowded, I'm...not as young as I used to be...nah, this is much better! If I'm even up I can see the fireworks from here. And this is your first social media? Really? No Fakebook?
Is there such a thing as a Christian child, Muslim Child or any kind of religious child?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Child, yes. Newborn, no. Infancy, questionable.
Do you taunt the religious?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
I had my day after finding "my people" in my mostly fundamentalist southern baptist community. Greenville, SC, home of Bob Jones, good ol' BJ(4)U...too easy! These days the only theists I taunt are those who bring it up publicly. I'll go back and forth a bit but ask them after each rebuttal, "and you really believe this?".
Any fellow tabletop gamers on here or even video gamers?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
D&D for about 20 years. I was the first kid on my block with a boxed set (1974) so I was naturally the DM and took my players "out of the box" quickly, being already inspired with my own *Tales* by Tolkien and anything I could find in swords and sorcery books, pulp fiction and comics. I bought most books up till 2.5, when I collected the entire library, with copies of the essentials such as Player Handbooks, DM Guides, character Complete Guides and such. I was already using the techniques of other systems such as GURPS but finally DM'd with an entirely percentile system for accuracy and to keep the story going. The players continued with D&D polys since I had the dice and books for them. You can see a synopsis of that main story line (The Book of Sara) as well of the art of other *Tales* in my profile pics. I'm on a sabbatical from video games but that's another Tale to tell...though not near as interesting!
Would you marry for money or more freedom? Let's say you deeply like this person. But, do not ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
You have $$$ and you'll give me lots of it if I marry you? Are you sure you want to be in an open relationship with a man who regularly works with beautiful young women? Are you going to hire the lawyer to draw up the prenups? SURE!!! Let's do this!!!
Can you recommend a new hobby to me?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
What was the Chinese flute to wanted to study? Like many such basic woodwinds, the basic techniques are very easy. You'd be playing your first day! If you're first choice is too expensive or difficult to acquire, a Renaissance recorder would be a good head start!
I am an aspiring Sci-fi novelist. I began a new novel last night and as I was writing I realized ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
I am an author of the exact opposite vein: fantasy (primarily, though it does edge into sci-fi, horror,...) where the characters have deities, often pantheons...and often the legends of their actions become fables then mythologies which creates deities of them. I call this "theoretical theology" and have an example in my photos, "The Book of Sara". Though she exists in a fantastic reality in which it all could be possible, one of my intentions is to challenge the reader to decide for themselves where the "factual" actions become "fictional" theism. I don't think any job I've held has had an effect on my beliefs. Quite the opposite: I do my utmost to bring my agnostic, humanistic influence to any situation I may be in. I hope our few ideological differences don't create barriers. I'm already intrigued by your work!
Agnostic/Ex-Religious: Was “hip” church even more boring?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Well, since sometimes metal music fueled pagan rituals and the acoustic music of wiccan fertility rites don't qualify as churches... I "masqueraded" as a xian to work in three churches as a music director (hey, I was an active addict too at the time...I'd NEVER do it now!) and kept the music as varied and upbeat as possible. Ironically, it was as a baptist church I was allowed, expected, to use a "rock band" format...it was funny as hell watching them wiggle and squirm...trying NOT to dance! After I got clean I did attend a unitarian universalist church a few months. (I had pagan friends there.) The music was very good and diverse enough...it was just the hodgepodge of cherry picked scriptures of several religions seemed more ludicrous to me than just sticking with one that I couldn't tolerate.
Do you think that some atheists have the same blind devotion to science as they do to religion? ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
YES!!! I'd like to leave it at the one word exclamatory comment of the too many similar atheists on this site but... YES!!! Funny that the same atheist you met is likely one that's demanding I "convert" to atheism...or wants to go on and on about how I already am! (for the record I am an agnostic spiritual humanist liberal snowflake scumsucking slime...but, because of these fanatics the "moderates" won't even to try to reign in, I would NEVER self identify as an atheist!) Anyway, get used to it. They're here and apparently growing in numbers. *sigh*
Rate your level of Kinkiness from 0 to 5
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
It's good to be kinky "old" me! Besides the creative outlet and, yes, that's the prime directive; there are "kink perks" to working with some of the most lovely ladies in the world dressed in the smallest outfits they'll wear...well, except when we perform in "clothing optional" locations. Funny that the "Dance of the 7 Veils" is the hands down favorite at nudist resorts where we'll usually perform nude the rest of the show...anyway... These kinks are always "sensual" but rarely result in your typical sexual...I'll spare you the details but there are several games besides golf...you don't always have to "get it in the hole". I have an impressive "non act wardrobe" too...and I'll spare you those details as well!
What has been the dumbest religious comment/response/statement you have ever heard personally? ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
HAHAHA!!! That's a good one! Wow...having had to endure so many inane, insane and asinine comments/responses/statements...don't get me started! "'Cause the buybull says so." really ranks waaaay up there though!
I Would Like To Give A Shout -Out To Our VIP Member!
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
As I've said before, I can't think of a better "leader" for our community! She only sees it as leading in levels...she really has no idea, does she?
With 2 trillion known galaxies in the cosmos, just think how many gods there must be? If each galaxy...
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
"God(dess)es)s!!!" Let's just try deal with the ones we have here!!!
Life on other Planets? Yes or No?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
While still a matter of conjecture, I have to vote yes. With the overwhelming number of possibilities presented by the Drake equation, an estimated 11 billion such planets may exist just among our Milky Way "neighbors". Seeing there are now over a trillion galaxies in the known universe, the probability increases so close to 100% it'd be ludicrous to calculate it...largely because... "We" are not special. The exact same elements exposed to much the same conditions which formed our "single celled ancestors" abound in the universe. Of course, this life may also have been formed and evolved in a much different way. The chances of evolution to sentient then intelligent life diminish the probability considerably...but that wasn't your question!
Any members have inside info on the riots in Iran? They’re chanting “we don’t want an Islamic...
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Just found this...looks like good news! http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42524610
Can A.I. really become conscious?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
I wish I'd thought of this example of some steam(punk) era robots becoming conscious when you first posted this. Oh well...its still epic...not to mention so cool! Steam Powered Giraffe - Automatonic Electronic Harmonics https://youtu.be/gQWY-JOhF2I
Is the Old Testament still applicable?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Where is the "did either ever?" option?
How will you be spending New Years Eve?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
I'll be heading to the Strip awhile just to take in the sights and catch a meal. I may make it till 12:01 but my bedtime is fairly well internally set for 10. I'll just hang out at home till I feel I can go out and return two hours later still awake. I'll carry my camera and be Treasure shopping as well. Let's see what happens!
Do you think human beings are naturally spiritual, regardless of supernatural belief?
DangerDave comments on Dec 31, 2017:
The immature mind wants easy answers for our existence and carries an intense fear of death. It wants hope for the immortality of its psyche. It wants to get what it wants by whispering or shouting to the "sky guy" for it. Religion is the "spirituality" for these and it is usually so effective they need no further spiritual growth. "Spirituality" means a lot of things to me but the most important are serenity, acceptance of my place in the universe and tolerance of all but the behaviors of the dangerous and intolerant. I won't even go into creativity...I've been too far winded on that topic too many times already!
Any other ignostics here? We seem to be a rare breed, wasn't even one of the options signing up. ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
I'm close. I'd say 'god' has too many meanings and none of them are clear.
Should the U.S. government remove all references to god on monuments, buildings, and money?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
"I don't care" option. I grew up in a town in the 60s where everyone just lived with the icons who, unlike many these days, really didn't pay them much mind. Generally people were much happier and prosperous. The civil rights movements for minorities and women were making astonishing progress. Even to the theists these icons seemed so trivial in contrast to these movements. I was in the midst of where a liberal and moderate majority considered "us" a far right fringe. Even there nearly 20 years did I get one "gawd must be real causin' his on ur money" argument from some door to door evangelist. "Yep. You can go now..." I guess I just don't offend as easily as many. Anyway, if I had to lean one way I'd say "over time". Let the theist majority have their icons...at least while they are the majority.
What inspires your creativity? What blocks or stunts it?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
lol, YOU for one! You did inspire me to continue the Tale of one flatulent but amazing fast unicorn! My act leads and models, of course. Only one of the songs on my wall wasn't inspired by the Treasure photoed. I could go on and on but my best inspiration, and what I consider to be my best work, seems to come from...nowhere! *POOF* Idea! Start writing!
Should we create a lexicon for words that can replace common expressions like OMG, with a ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
OMS? OMScience? Oooook, catch up..."oh my science"? oooooooommmmmsssszzzz...
Does it seem like Christians throw Jesus’ death around in everybody’s face?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
"god" was far better at "destroying all these people in the most gruesome ways" and his self/son got off easy. Billions have died needlessly at the "hands of god" in both mythology and reality. And his self/son had to die his not so brutal death why? What idiot would set up these rules of the universe on this trivial little planet? Consider these jewels if you want to "throw back". ")
Wtf?!
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Who is Dick? And no...tyvm...just...nooooo!
Tolerance! The only way I believe that we can change anything is to encourage education. Education ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Ok, I adore you even more now! We do have too many here who "preach" intolerance, not only of theists but of "each other" over the most trivial of details. I truly wish they could see the bigger picture: we have been in an escalating "holy war", we're at the brink of economic collapse and the rise of social injustice is being fueled by theists worshiping either gods, gold or both. Still, to attack their core beliefs is no way to show the "good people" the error of their ways. A united, humanitarian and rational approach is our best hope, in my opinion.
Personally, Was 2017 A Good Year For You Or A Bad Year? Explain Why.
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Both. I moved to Vegas late October 2016 and I LOVE THIS CITY!!! On the upside, I finally got out of the theist ruled southeast and into what is easily the most artistic city I've ever lived in! I have a decent job although... Flip-side, I've yet to meet many of my artistic goals or find a suitable "partner in crime" as my act lead and best friend. The 9-5 grind is not my favorite place to be...I'd much rather do the itinerant (and often indigent) musician thing again but the travel...through the theist southeast...was killing me!
Am I missing a "search by match percentage" option? How many of those of you who are interested in ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Great idea!
Single or Partnered, looking or not?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Most of my "relationships" of the past decade, with varying degrees of intimacy, has been with my act leads. For more info, read my profile. With a few usually impromptu dates these have been the only women I've had relationships with...business, creative, social, personal and at times with varying degrees of romance, all mixed together in delightful variations. At my age and of my disposition, sexual intimacy is welcome with the right partner but by no means essential. In that way I'm always looking. I moved to Vegas in hopes of finding THE one or a chosen few but, here a year later, the only one who showed interest seems to have lost it. It is a very demanding "position"! I'd love to go back to the many across the southeast I'd work with in their chosen territories, but eight years of touring was taking its toll. *sigh*
American Dark Age?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
With the budget cuts and restrictions put on our government's research organizations and the pundits put in charge of them I'd say we're already there.
Should prostitution be illegal?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
It already is in most of Nevada though to be legal you have the usual legal loopholes (and some not so, of course!) as any business. Those operating legally appear to be doing quite well, much more so than those who do so illegally here in "Sin City" itself!
does desire to convert someone to atheistic belief sometimes undercut our abiding love for science?...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
An agnostic's response...I have "done battle" with several "evangelical atheists", some who even claim the title, most when I first came to this site. These have gratefully been a minority, of the...let's just say "intellectually challenged", possessed with the same fanaticism and dogmatic mentality as your average theist. I'd like to think I've played a part in their decline as have other agnostics and a very few rational, intelligent and understanding atheists...albeit a very few. I would hope the atheist community at large would seek to confront them publicly and council them privately, to show at least some semblance of unity of y/our growing community, not just on this website but in the world at large. To coin a phrase, we have bigger fish to fry such as our 17 year long "holy war", climate change denial, the reckless greed spawning social injustice, poverty, pollution,...by elitists who pander to the hardcore theist... Opening the eyes of the masses to these atrocities is far more vital than any "promotion" of y/our ideologies as I think more theists are coming to the realization of these issues, and that perhaps their religions are part of the problem. Rather than seek them out, I feel it is much more important and effective that we/you show a united, rational, humanitarian front to those who are finally realizing, and ready to leave, the insanity and destruction of their "gods".

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