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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".
Ok, another couple weeks and another list of improvements (hopefully) to the site. Here goes: ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
I'm REALLY liking all the upgrades and I'm looking forward to the app! I'm having to remind myself to visit my other social media sites, for business as well as to "commune" with my not so enlightened friends. Is there a way to get notifications when someone comments to your posts? Is it "here" already and I've just missed it?
Secular humanism?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Ironically, I consider myself both a secular and spiritual humanist, though as an artist I lean more toward the spiritual. "Humanist" is enough of a label for me however. I don't equate "spiritual" with "supernatural" however, as many SHs do. (It is, after all, a multifaceted philosophy.) I see such "spiritual phenomenon as creativity, empathy, insight,...ESP, EVP, ghosts,...as all very natural but as yet unexplained events. Could you cite your source? I'm just curious.
Are you 100% certain that there is no god?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Thank you for making that distinction. That little .1% "saves" you from being as dogmatic as a theist...and yes, some do treat science as dogma! Though I thoroughly discount man made religions because all are as contradictory in and of themselves as they are of known science and history, I weighed in at 50/50. Concepts such as pantheism and deism cannot be proven or disproved; as such evidence of ESP, EVP, ghosts, poltergeists,...cannot; just as any evidence of the latter isn't necessarily evidence of the former. Congratulations on not having a closed mind. We have enough of that with the theists!
People questioning the science without suppport for their opposing views is like...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
"are" like? And which "the science" do you speak of? Sorry to point out the grammatical errors (I won't mention the spelling...wait, I did) but, if you're trying to make an intelligent point (which I see as quite unlikely), shouldn't you at least try to appear to be?
Are there any classical music buffs out there? It has been my favorite genre since I was first ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
I can appreciate classical music from all eras but my favorites are the "power" composers: Beethoven, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky among them. I wasn't exposed to much before taking a college music major but I was already a huge fan of bands of the Progressive Rock era (popular roughly 1970-90). Keith Emerson (ELP) and Rick Wakeman (Yes) are two of several who have written multi-movement orchestral works I hope someday are accepted as the classical masterpieces I perceive them to be. These days I follow Symphonic Metal though, while borrowing freely of all historical classical styles their songwriters (unlike actual "composers" ), usually stick to basic song forms.
Have you ever been a Christian's pet project?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
hmmmm, almost every member of my family and too many in my childhood to early adult communities? In younger years I'd often "play along", later I avoided these people like the plague!
Profession...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
From my earliest "semi-pro" (we'd often work for beer) usually metal bands to my last tour through predominately Renaissance festivals (thanks to "Lucy", my lute, which I at first procured to score my fantasy works) I have usually been the lone agnostic, at least to my knowledge. It does make me "blend" well, though. I have been a welcome outsider to many pagan and new age communities, treading where abrahamic theists were not allowed. I can't think of a single negative experience...some were the best moments of my life! There are abrahamic theists in these communities as well, some accepting of us "heathens" and others content with their own minority...and, in all the artistic communities I've been in, "hardcore" abrahamics have always been a minority. I do try to avoid conversations about beliefs however. Basic explanations too easily turn into long winded dissertations and even diatribes.
How is it anyway possible for Noah to have been able to get 2 of every animal in the ark? And how ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
You're going to LOVE this! https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Noah%27s_Ark
Do zodiac signs (star signs) have a significant role in your life?
DangerDave comments on Dec 30, 2017:
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.
The big three!
DangerDave comments on Dec 29, 2017:
hehe..."let's Muuuuuuuum-Buuuuuuuuuuuuuull"!
Precognition
DangerDave comments on Dec 29, 2017:
My precognition would be nearly impossible to measure and its usually entirely worthless. I often for no reason focus on a person, thinking "he's about to fall" or "she's going to spill her drink" and it happens. I'll attribute that at least in part to being a keen observer of human nature, having grown up in an insanely fundamentalist theist family in which many members could go from complacent to violent in an instant. Be that as it may, I consider these events to have rational, natural explanations. One such of my most dramatic moments of "precognition" was seeing a stack of speakers about to fall over backwards from an open air stage onto the people seeking refuge behind them. A storm was blowing in and the wind was growing rapidly stronger with the coming of a very typical southeastern thunderstorm...directly into the speaker stacks. I started running in their general direction, yelling at them to move but knowing I was yelling into the wind. Just as was a few feet away from the closest side, that stack fell onto the people and then the other. Luckily there were only minor injuries. From my initial angle though I could see the stacks beginning to sway and realized those behind them couldn't. From many experiences of these sudden storms, which often create tornadoes, I knew the incoming wind wouldn't just grow steadily stronger but be accompanied by powerful gusts that, yes, could topple those speakers. As natural as that was I still had someone else close to the event ask, "did you do that?". I just looked at him incredulously, wondering if he was a local theist who knew of me as one of the local unbelieving spawn of satan. Of course you've had the "NO!" answers of our idiot fringe atheists and "it hasn't been proven yet so it can't be real" replies from our intellectually challenged ones but let's look at one synopsis of those involved in the actual research. I did a little research myself finding such from just one prestigious publication based on the work done at just one prestigious institution. This light read is enough "science" for me but there are plenty of references to more in-depth studies, some with the actual notes from the experiments themselves. These, of course, are for those with truly scientific minds. They don't "get by our little neck of the net" often. Myself, I'm done with wading through volumes of research. I'll instead stay open to the possibilities knowing full well even our best human intellect has yet to advance to the point of understanding it fully. And yes, if "THE ANSWER" is ever arrived at I'm certain it will be found to be completely natural phenomena. ...
How competitive are you?
DangerDave comments on Dec 28, 2017:
lol...wow...I just never seem to fit in! I'm usually a 1...after all, I'm a "Dude". My days of competitive sports and such are over but I probably got up to about an 8, when my coaches wanted 11...110%, and such... As you see, I've found one of my rare "10s" here: defending agnostics on agnostics.com I've had other occasions when I see injustice and intolerance to reach that level, starting with being a big brother in a fatherless family.
If God was real... who created God?
DangerDave comments on Dec 28, 2017:
The circular argument of all time. I have to offer a next possible question: who or what would want to?
What is your plan "B"?
DangerDave comments on Dec 28, 2017:
I'm here with the Cold War kids. Been there, done that in much worse circumstances. Just as then, even before I played any of the "Fallout" games, I just want to be at Ground Zero of one of the biggest, fattest, "juiciest" ICBMs. I'm just not a big fan of many of the the possibilities of survival in Post Apocolyptica.
Well, I guess my blathering about this and that earned me a 7. Woot!
DangerDave comments on Dec 28, 2017:
Congrats! Welcome to "7th heaven"!
What would it be like to be married to you?
DangerDave comments on Dec 28, 2017:
Wow...let's just say if I met "her" and we were both sufficiently impressed for me to consider giving up lifelong bachelorhood... 1. If she wasn't our act lead she'd have to play an integral part in it. 2. Adventurous, in public and in private. 3. A sound sleeper or understanding of me getting up to frantically write something, including the music. Extra points for joining in! 4. Tolerant of a slob or a good housekeeper...with her also being artistic, probably the former. 5. Accepting of an open relationship or at least that I will still admire and work with other women. 6...no, that's enough. I just can't see it happening with these conditions! Not to say I can't love unconditionally...but I likely couldn't "under contract".
Ok, say you meet someone here and the two of you really click. Everything seems fantastic but you ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
It could happen...but to "click" she'd have to be my act lead or offer some serious collaborations to our arts.
familyguy humor funny
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
HA!!! One of my favorite episodes just for that moment!
Can you be agnostic and still think evil exists? I mean people do heinous things, but I had an ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
With a southern baptist upbringing it is very hard for me to say "aberrant behavior", or even abhorrent, over evil. "Evil" is, after all, a moral concept which varies widely ideology to ideology. I've had occasion to face the same question and my best answers came from describing the "evils" of the OT god (though jay-zeus was no saint himself!) and the atrocities committed by xians since their "god forsaken" religion came into being.
Any musicians out there? I'll show you mine if you show me yours ;)
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Yup, lifelong. See my profile for photos and, while I've never shot videos in optimal conditions, you can hear some at youtube.com/user/davedebard
How do I get over the grief of having a Joel Osteen block me on Twitter?
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
A Joel? Was it this guy? If it were an actual ideological icon, I'd be doing some rationalization real fast...while laughing my @$$ off! It wouldn't hurt long. https://youtu.be/DraaPbsYmJI
Agree or disagree: what doesn't kill us makes us stronger?
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Is both acceptable? There is a vast difference between catching a cold and contracting an incurable disease...
In what way if any do your use the Copernican principle in your life?
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Use it? I'm not certain I ever do. Believe it? Definitely though we're "getting better", or were. Its been a long time since we sent probes outside our little neck of the universal woods and we couldn't communicate with them very long...was that back in the 60s? Already? OR am I missing some finer point of the question?
Anyone believe that UFO sighting that's all over the news?
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
The latest of the SpaceX satellite rocket was certainly a UFO to the viewers, so yeah, I KNOW there are UFOs. If there's something up there flying around and you don't know what it is, it qualifies. Many defy rational explanations...there were no SpaceX rockets 50 or 1000 years ago. I'm personally waiting for more "Cliff Notes" of the released government files. Be that as it may, to say "I don't believe in UFOs" is an exercise in idiocy. Natural phenomena? Extraterrestrial visitors? Visitors from other dimensions? Who knows. To conjecture with such a lack of information is fun, to say you KNOW is another exercise in idiocy. This video is a fake but it describes one of my pet UFO theories. Be that as it may, it delivers a powerful message to those of our time. Alien Interview Part 1 | Secrets of Universe Revealed | Project Blue Book https://youtu.be/G2xXu8_2Exo
Still waiting for the footage of a suicide bomber who yells "HAIL THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD !!!!!!!!" ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 27, 2017:
With some of the behavior of some of the atheists on agnostics.com. yeah, I could see it happening.
Do we have a purpose in life?
DangerDave comments on Dec 26, 2017:
I believe it in that there are occupations we are naturally suited for based on diverse levels and styles of intelligence, creativity, dexterity,... I'd say this is most evident in people who get advanced degrees. For whatever psychosocial reasons there may be, their areas of study have become their "calling". Then there are artists, of which I have very intimate knowledge. Many of us readily give up any hope for, or need of, a "normal" life and we're willing to forsake all but the most basic needs just to be able to create. Of course, I consider the "spiritual" aspects but, in the end, having a "calling" is just as natural as breathing for some.
Do you prefer warm weather or cold weather?
DangerDave comments on Dec 26, 2017:
I moved to Vegas so... ;)
Well I blocked my first "Jesus freak" on here, I tolerate that stuff on social media because there ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Who was it? I want to...talk to him!!!
Has someone else’s strong religious belief ever had a major effect on your life?
DangerDave comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Wow...growing up agnostic in a fundamentalist theist home and community I went through several changes, largely when it was best to just play along, but none so severely profound as your experience. I hate that the experience made you leave your career but I can completely understand why it did.
Hi ????????. Another newbie here. I’m Tiffany, an American living in Norway. I’m so happy I ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Hi Tiffany...you are absolutely adorable from what I've read on your bio! Welcome!
Do you have a favorite philosopher or school of thought?
DangerDave comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Neil Peart of Rush, because he had a deep understanding of many philosophies he expounded on in his lyrics. I have many "close seconds" but songs like "Anthem" and "Freewill" came to me at the right time and place. Besides being a fully invested apathetic agnostic, I've utilized many concepts and techniques of many philosophies in daily life, meditation and in my arts.
It's logical.
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Good one! I'll have to use that sometime!
Do you think atheists and agnostics can make claims about morality?
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I'm a humanist so I do not adhere to the core beliefs of most religions but I find many of them the most logical to follow. I make some concessions and modifications, of course, such as "do unto others as they'd WANT or need of you". It just feels good to not be carrying negative emotions and do well for others when its in my power. It doesn't hurt social standing, having a sense of community and acquiring another set of achievements either!
My dad told my niece and nephews to stop saying "Oh my god!" as they excitedly played with their ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
hehe...cute and an excellent example of the erosion of religious beliefs. Are these children being raised in the same religion?
Closed-mindedness... not just religions
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
There seems to be a direct relationship of those who are "strict" atheists with those who know the least about Science!!! Those involved in actual research in almost any field will find within each discovery a thousand new mysteries. Sadly, you won't find many here because they are too busy discovering the truth, the facts of their areas of study...and have no time or desire to harass and nitpick with others about a myriad of subjects perhaps related, but not limited, to their research. They also go on about Science!!! as if it were the end-all, be-all of all human knowledge. "Sorry, folks. Move along. No unknowns here. I'm using the sum total of everything we'll ever know to dispute everything you think there possibly could be." Remember, we who don't know everything are a great annoyance to those who do!
Do you believe in love.
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Oh absolutely! "Biological" is inclusive if the instinctual, somewhat of the psycho-social aspects. We love our pizza, cars, toys, music and people in our lives for survival, comfort and the many varied other instinctual needs. I love a lot of people but only feel a romantic love for females. Even at my age and with a firm conviction to never sire children, I just can't shake that drive to reproduce!
Are there trolls here?
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Yes, there be TROLLS!!! Of the various breeds of passersby to some I am quite sure are unique to this site. They seem to be everywhere. Just do your usual ignore, block, chide or toy with.
"Politics" is a genteel filthy word with teeth. The United States is bipolar and you're either a ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I'm concerned over this country's decline into anti-intellectualism, especially after having lived in better days. Yet, it has always been a part of our heritage and always will be so long as we have theocrats (including those who pretend to be) in power. I feel your pain.
Which of these emotions describe you the best?
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Through life's challenges I generally stay in the "love and laughter" categories. I'm facing a lot of challenges now so I do tend to "backslide" but never for long, and only in a way I'm deciding what to do about them.
Any fellow Pastafarians out there or comments on the decline of the number of pirates because of ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Being a dudeist myself, no. I mean, who gives a crap anyway, man? ;)
I feel like a walking contradiction. If I don't like something somebody has said or done, I ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Totally natural. I still can't shake using religious epithets as a lifelong agnostic who began my "escape" from my evangelical fundamentalist theist environment in my teens.
Anyone here know each other IRL?
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Not on this site so far but I've networked the net since its inception for business and pleasure, in my fields of the arts often combining the two. I may soon seek out many of our members local to Las Vegas since there are many of us if time ever permits.
I would like to wish all the wiccans and Druids a happy solstice
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
...AND those of other benign, natural beliefs...me being one. Thank you and happy yule to you! I have communed with many of various pagan, alternative and "new age" beliefs as solitaries or in large numbers. The most "enchanting" was a wiccan coven of beautiful, delightful young ladies exploring *the universe" along with the sexual emancipation of the 70s. While I'm no druid I feel I have successfully completed their bard discipline, one of three required of a druid...not that I feel any need to do so. I am now "spreading the word" of peace, love, understanding...and primarily TRUTH...but one of my many "rituals" in the real world. @RussMaughan I was already using some but my first grasp of scale structure came from studying the bardic arts. The ancient insights of the "form and function" I'd later get a modern view of in music theory and psychology, with some amazing similarities.
Did you find calm when you left religion behind?
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
My calm came after I left the religious. Growing up agnostic in an evangelical, fundamental theist family and community was no walk in the park! THEN I started a wonderful life journey into calmness and serenity. I know its in part natural aging but putting the "need to know" behind me over time has been an integral part of the transition.
Out with the old & in with the new. In retrospect, how satisfied are you with the year past?
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
50/50. I've integrated well in Las Vegas and I'm slowly edging into the arts community. Still its all about the money here. Absolute beginners who should be paying me for the lessons (which I offer free to potential act leads) want to be paid for "rehearsals". Sheesh!
If the US had a recall on the presidential election tomorrow, do you think the result would be much ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Absolutely! With the election of a dem to the Congressional seat of Alabama (of all places!!!), I feel the current administration has shown very effectively the idiocy of far right "democracy", so much so that many are leaving their ranks. I wish we could have a recall and I'm certain it'd be different. I'm hopeful we won't have to ride out the next three years, tRump and team have already committed many impeachable offenses, but change is a'comin'!
I’m coming to the realization that Agnosticism, or Atheism, is just another philosophy. Maybe an ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Hello, fellow Dude! I see it has clearly been established to you that atheism is neither a religion or philosophy...though some atheists take it to an evangelical, "my way or the highway" ideology. Why? I believe many came from such religious environments and have yet to shake the "programming". Or they have such animosity towards religion they detest anyone who even accepts the possibilities. Or...it doesn't really matter. Verily I say unto thee...there are asses everywhere you go. (Donkeys too.) My chief concern is they try to thwart any serious conversation between any who disagree. They seek (perhaps unknowingly) to undermine any transition a theist might make to atheism (Science forbid agnosticism!!!) and send them running back to their respective religions. Still, the dude abides. Don't sweat it. I'm not taking your hand but we'll likely cross paths on your journey again and, any way you turn, its not going to be all fluffy findings and warm fuzzy feelings.
Do you find Buddhism to be more palatable than the other major religions of the world?
DangerDave comments on Dec 25, 2017:
“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” - Dalai Lama XIV, The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality But, have you ever read Buddhist mythology? That's some convoluted and crazy stuff! "Ancient Alien" theorists love them for all their deities flying around shooting lasers at each other. BUT (the BIG BUT here) Buddhism is a very benign religion with a much more humanistic philosophy than most religions. It is generally not evangelical and very accepting. I took kung fu courses in my twenties, partially for the studies in meditation and philosophy. In the midst of my addiction I could not muster the discipline to continue for long but I did take away some concepts, and especially meditative techniques, I've used ever since.

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