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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.
Do you think you would be happier and healthier if you had sex more often?
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Oh, yes! This current "dry spell" is killing me!!!
On my FB wall today. Striking resemblance don't you think? I seriously LOL'd, all I could do not to ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
oooooh wow!!! So was this from an xian who never saw Star Wars???
Is man really composed of a body a soul and a spirit?
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Well, we're sure of the body. Soul and spirit, debatable and with wildly varying options and opinions. In most opinions you can't see soul or spirit (and in some because they don't exist), there are those who claim to see them (ghosts too) and we're still left with no understanding of what they really are, if anything at all. Hope that helped. ;)
If your little man(10year Old nephew) ask u if it’s ok for them to masturbate after given him a ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
"TMI, Little Man...what you do when the door is closed is all up to you!"
Do you like rituals, routines, and traditions?
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
What a range...the "ritual" of my current job I detest...so long and boring... but if I could go back and share a few pagan rituals...especially the fertility ones...
Is there a chance that the guy who played the role of Jesus Christ looks like him?
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Wow....hmmm...I'd say, "Yeah, sure"? The moment may not end so cutely if you were to say, "Well, he only really exists in stupid people's imaginations...you see,..."
If you discovered there was no god, How would you go about not worshiping it?
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Well, since I made that discovery long ago...or at least any "real god" doesn't care if its worshiped... *considers a moment* Yeah, nothing would change!
Mental masturbation; Why do we meet people when we do?
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Call it fate or coincidence, I have met several people at just the right time and place in my life. I agree with @sirbikesalot06 Karma does play a role in that all your previous choices have led you to this person.
Well, now that I’m here, I might as well jump into the fray. I think that all ideologies, not just...
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Again, right there with you but arriving by different paths. Ideologies can and are very dangerous, especially most of the abrahamic sects who want to convert or kill everyone else...even those who worship the same insane god.
What started the big bang?
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
It's all a "chicken or the egg" argument to me. I only know the true "answer" has never been discovered by our greatest minds ever, so I don't concern myself with it. I'm just a guy who sees all matter as "immaterial". heh
Response to the queries of the believers
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Well, my birth certificate says... And which god? Yours? If it would turn out to be any of the jealous, petty, destructive gods at work in the world today I'd still actively stand against it.
I am new to this site, so I will have to learn how it goes. My wife died five months ago, and now I ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Greetings and condolences. You have a new friend Dave who also believes religion is bogus! Our interests are quite different but seem to bring us to many of the same conclusions. I'll be interested in seeing your posts and comments. Glad you're here!
I would like to start a new church. The Church of " I don't know" The church would have a few ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
So many pseudo-churches these days...the churches of spiritual humanisn, jediism, dudeism...of the flying spaghetti monster...and let's not forget atheism. I've considered it but I would like to call it anything but a church. I lean toward "order". We do need to get some of that tax exempt pie though. There needs to be an alternative to such corporations as Goodwill and The Salvation Army who process their donations with the cheap labor of the disadvantaged. I'd hope we'd take better care of them but at least they wouldn't have to listen to sermons to eat.
Would you raise your children religious just to fit in?
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
No kids for me, thanks, but that'd be dependent on societal norms with a clear understanding "this is what we have to pretend so the crazy people won't kill us".
I try not to discriminate against christians. I actually like them if they walk the walk.
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Sadly its a walk of ignorance into those lined up to picket soldiers' deaths in a war they've created or in line to vote for certain right wing extremists. Whether these leaders believe is immaterial. That they appease them with more false promises as they fleece them and generations to come, destroy the environment and keep us in perpetual war is painfully obvious. I judge only as I have to but I don't discriminate. I would say I have pity for xians, and a wariness.
Hello, First I need to let folks know that I am a seminary student at a post-modern ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Hi Brad! You may find your visit here both enlightening and brutal, because we represent a wide range of of personal beliefs or lacks thereof as well as those with a great disdain for xianty. I am one. I really have mixed emotions of a new sect of xianity which see us as "having a higher potential...". If we have this potential, why are you xian? You will see I post often on the brutality, impossibility and outright insanity of xianity. How any rational person (as too many of too many religious right movements are not) can believe in the talking snake and the horrific concept of blood for sins is a sad mystery to me.
I don't believe in God or heaven and hell but I do believe in the supernatural like ghosts and also ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I'd say if you say "believe in the possibility of" instead of saying you believe wholeheartedly in the "supernatural", as some entity outside of natural (but as yet unexplained) phenomenon, then you're agnostic. Beware labels, though. They can be troublesome. With a few personal experiences; as well as some study of many cases of alleged ghosts, reincarnation, EVP, ESP...that defy rational explanation; I have come to two conclusions: There is "something there" and it is entirely natural.
My Christmas Tree ... haha!!
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Great idea! My place has been getting a little smelly...
What makes SCIENCE so believable?
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Facts? Much of science is theory but yes, gravity works. The world is round as result, and not the center of the universe. These are things we do not merely "believe"...we know. And yes I will dare say the bible story is fictional. It was codified first as a tool of social engineering of nomadic hebrew tribes. It abounds in inconsistencies, absurdities, cruelty and has spawned thousands of "sub-sects" (xianity, islam,...catholic, protestants,...) who have destroyed each other over the ages because they don't believe in the same insane god in the same insane way. The only people who believe the buy bull cannot have critically read it. Start with the Skeptics' Annotated Bible. If you can read just the "Contradictions" section and come away believing the "god of Abraham" is even a remote possibility then I truly pity you. http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/contra/number.html
What are you most looking for in a relationship? Just your 1 Thing
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Fun! At least at first anyway...enjoying our mutual interests (usually performance and/or graphic arts) while exploring each others' differences, in activities and conversation, works well for me. While I'm not looking for a LTR you could say I have several. I'm "married" to my art and I have been fortunate to have forged so many widely...and wildly!...varied relationships with the women who have helped me create it.
Greetings from the heartless-land, full of fascists for Jesus. My fambly has lots of 'em. I'm ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Best intro yet! Welcome, Steve!
As Agnostic, are you more inclined to believe in higher power (of any kind) or more inclined to deny...
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I'll have to ride the fence. While I am "higher powered" as an artist and recovering addict, I know all this may be the needed psychological motivation to maintain and expand upon the "miracles". Karma is real though...as so many others, my life wasn't complete till I made a concerted effort to clear the wreckage of my past.
how santa got his job
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Happy Yule to Y'all Too! I thought it was something about dyslexic devil worshipers...but...ok...
happy solstice. we can look forward to more light in our days. I hope literally and figuratively
DangerDave comments on Dec 23, 2017:
And Happy Solstice to you! I'm "struggling" through the Las Vegas winter...lows in around the 40s...its a nice contrast to the sweltering summer heat!
Why do people here hate Christmas?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
I don't hate xmas as I don't hate hanukkah or rab‘ al-awwal. I think their believers are an insane and dangerous bunch, but that's just me. Maybe it's genetics but I identify with the celtic yule. Yes, it has much more magical mythology than most other religions but it has greater philosophical and humanistic values as well. I don't have the time to hate anything or anyone. There are many I am very wary of, however.
Why do people get jealous of others?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
I can't think of a "smart" reason to be jealous, but I have been on more than a few occasions. Like I wouldn't be jealous if I was paid that much less, I'd just find another job! Of all of them, romantic jealousy was my downfall as an addict. I brushed those feelings aside as I did any plan to be in a committed relationship when I got clean. Anyway, I wiki everything and, as usual, there is a great overview with specific links. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jealousy
You should see all the theists posting on the Agnostics.com ad on Facebook. They seem to be ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
lol...I've never looked...not yet, anyway!
Do you think politics in the west will be the downfall of the White race, culture, traditions and ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
From the millions of refugees we've sent all over the world and...let's say...are having trouble with the "locals"? Military and corporate interests causing us too...oops...attack countries not even remotely related to 9/11 and nope, no WMDs? Though all their objectives were met years ago there is no exit strategy. Of course, with the instability in the regions they've created a "need" to be there. Yes, our policies supported by religious zealots, many who see the war as realized prophecies and even thier "end time", could be the end of us.
Who's a video gamer and what consoles/games do you own?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
I am of the PC Gamer Master Race...at least according to one of my favorite FB pages! I'm a big fan of open world fantasy and sci-fi RPGs so the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series are toppers. (Thank you, Bethesda!). Saints' Row and Borderlands series are honorable mentions. Then tactical sims in the same genres: Warhammer, WH40K, Warcraft and Starcraft are awesome! There has been decades since the last decent one but one "mythology" I miss is the sci-fi spacecraft combat sim. Freespace and Freelancer are honorable mentions but my all time favorite is the Wing Commander series, in which many you played the lead role performed by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) himself! A recent guilty pleasure is SIMS3 since Steam sold it at a ridiculously low price with the advent of 4. I know, I know...but I just had to see if I could make my little sims rock stars! I entirely stay away from MMORPGs since my addiction to Ultima Online which contributed to losing my business and many other misfortunes. Sure, the cocaine helped but how else was I to stay up and monitor my vast holdings and keep the worldwide "peasants" in line?
You all on here are so nice and have shown me so much kindness. Thank you ALL! Facebook friends ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
It's been a pleasure! This little site has been a place of company and comfort for me as well! Just remember where ever you go there will be haters. Unless and until they pose immediate threat pay them no heed. There is no reason for you to even acknowledge their existence. And, as way of mutual support, would you go visit some of my posts and polls that catch your eye? ;) Delain - We Are The Others linked. Remember Sophie. https://youtu.be/5lZGhh41W9k
What makes you smile like an idiot?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
I am too easily amused to even begin.
In your opinion, what is the most fascinating thing happening in the world of science right now?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Someone with much more knowledge can enlighten me (if they can simply and concisely...I bore easily!) but I have read that we are approaching a "reconciliation" of often conflicting theories of energy, matter...the universe! I think these include relativity, chaos theory and string theory but I have only a rudimentary knowledge of these subjects...I'm likely to get a lot of "renowned astrophysicists" chiming in though...heh.
Do people actually find a soulmate or is that fake?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
"Soul mates" is a very touchy term here...but I have seen old couples holding hands and very much in love after several decades together. On the other hand, my maternal grandparents were together till death and they "seemed" to make each other miserable, she an overpowering psychotic and he a very submissive though otherwise rational person. Sometimes it "works", sometimes it doesn't. And, from my standpoint as a bachelor, who am I to decide...or even care...when it works?
Should health insurance companies be required to cover birth control?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
My personal opinion is our government should provide adequate health care, including contraception, as do many "more advanced" countries in the "free world". We've also seen publicly funded agencies, such as Planned Parenthood, fill in the gaps. I think for the sake of freedom and free trade corporations, with government oversight, should be able to offer whatever they want at whatever price they want. It would then be up to the consumers to decide which of these companies to support.
What objective media do you use to get updated on current events?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
CNN, HLN's Robin Meade's "fluff" version first thing in the morning...I don't want to start the day depressed.
What cha want in life??? Dont be SHY?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
At near 60 I still want to be a big rock star. Some dreams never die.
Does it offend you when others talk about cooking meat?
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Not at all. I'd prefer they actually be cooking meat though. Just taking about it might make me hungry.
What's a good holiday food for you???
DangerDave comments on Dec 22, 2017:
A turkey drumstick should be the centerpiece, deep fried Renaissance faire style if possible!
For the sake of this hypothetical, let's say Jesus is real and really does want to come back. For ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
That's how many theists explain the two conflicting creation stories. God didn't like the first world so... I just wonder if it'd be all fire and brimstone or a silent *poof* into oblivion.
‘Tis the season.... What makes you an identifiable snowflake in a blizzard?
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
The loudest, especially if I had some little snow flake sized instruments...and a sound system...and...
For the sake of this hypothetical, let's say Jesus is real and really does want to come back. For ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
It'll be the Westboro Baptists. At least according to the Westboro Baptists. Many other xian sects would disagree...
If you could ask 1 question to your future self, what would it be?
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Did you/we make it? (As in any of many artistic endeavors...the future me'd know!)
In 2 words, describe something you would NEVER do.
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Become atheist. (Hey, you asked!)
Have you ever had a re-occurring dream?
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
I told you about my giant who chased me about 40 years... There are a few others not quite so profound. During my first tour through Florida there was the too easy to interpret dream of me finding one of several ladies I'd met in palm groves by the beach. Wishful thinking and fond remembrances...
Why do you think people who are agnostic turn to God?
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
I'm not going to call your friend a liar but that is the exact same ruse used by at least one clergy member of every fundamentalist church. They "lost faith" and some great revelation made them return to the flock. They had visions. They had dreams. They read "jay-zues misses you" in their alphabet soup. Perhaps she was toying with agnosticism or "playing along" to impress certain people but I honestly don't think there is any way back to religion if you've actually taken a long, logical look at it from the "outside".
In my life I have demonstrated with my physical presence against activities I strongly oppose. I ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
It depends on the church. If its Westboro Baptist, count me in! It may have been done already but you would have to choose those churches that are demonstrably the worst offenders. Otherwise, you'd be seen in the public eye as the "bad guy".
You arrived at agnosticism or atheism as a result of:
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
My earliest recollection was thinking how boring and bogus buy bull stories were. My most profound moment of cognitive dissonance was my mother telling me they were true. That's as far back as I remember so I might as well say from birth...but who isn't?
How do you deal with god/jesus chain message?
DangerDave comments on Dec 21, 2017:
On about the third I send them a warning or at least a gentle nudge that chain letters are unwelcome. That usually works fine. Probably their worst experience was a brief resentment but hopefully catching on to what a waste of time they are!
It amazes me how Christians will say "if God exists" then this or this or this. I don't understand ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 20, 2017:
I've meet a few pentecostals and, like the southern baptist, none of any of them would EVER say "if" before "GAW-UD!!!" in any sentence under any circumstances. "HE(-yah)" was just as certain as the moon landings faked by the liberals to put that satanic thought the world wasn't flat in our hay-uds. So it sounds like you had it pretty good!
Do you believe in ghosts or similar paranormal entities?
DangerDave comments on Dec 20, 2017:
Whatever. Ghosts and similar paranormal phenomena are natural occurrences...of what, I am uncertain. Hoaxes abound and too many can be misinterpretations of lens flares, geothermal anomalies and other entirely ordinary events. I respond "whatever" because I am no parapsychologist. I have no means to judge their data and would have to question their biases and preconceptions. Even their best evidence is inconclusive and generally defies any qualitative or quantitative measurements. Still, I have had some interesting experiences but many were drug induced and they were always fueled by a creative overactive imagination.
How would your life be different if you spent a year without technology?
DangerDave comments on Dec 20, 2017:
I'd party like it's 1599! I've visited a few communes where tech was prohibited. I played much more and was much more active. So my life would probably better, of course dependent on where and how I spent that year!
Would you want the ability to read minds?
DangerDave comments on Dec 20, 2017:
No thanks. My personal "mind reading" skills are more practical.
What country or state were you born in?
DangerDave comments on Dec 20, 2017:
Gaffney, SC. About 10 miles from the Peachoid by I-85. Humble beginnings in a largely southern baptist town.
Who knows where the strategic defence devices went
DangerDave comments on Dec 20, 2017:
I think I have a few laying around here somewhere... The best missile defense we have now may be the patriot missile, which we sell to our allies. I'm not sure how they'll do against missiles with nuclear warheads...not that I want to find out.
What about religious fence sitters?
DangerDave comments on Dec 19, 2017:
I just wonder if they believe in their religion's indoctrinated "god" or not. Likewise, I'd wonder if they even care. There are a lot of variations of riding the fence! I see that as hope for the continued decline of the insanity of xianity worldwide. Even though islam is on the rise I'm sure a growing number are climbing on the fence too...for their very survival!
Does happiness really come from within?
DangerDave comments on Dec 19, 2017:
Are you asking me at 12 or asking me now? My "teen angst" made me strive for popularity, which worked out well for me in the long run as a musician and performer. At 15, I was both competing and performing with many diverse musicians, some university trained. Getting into or forming the best bands meant better gigs, more money, groupies... All the stuff I NEEDED to be happy. I've changed much but, as far as the theists versions of happiness, no thanks. You can see those with "jay-zeus in their hearts" all the time coming a mile away, just like the entire community is every Sunday morning. As a child I had visions of smiles that seemed strangely familiar when I first saw Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" video. The fields of psychology, education and philosophy generally tell us happiness is an internal concept. At appropriate times I've used that as a consolation. But when someone close dies, I'm sad. When I misplace my keys, I'm angry. Hungry, tired, cold, working a routine job... Company can make me happy or...otherwise. With those, I can make my exit and then be a bit mischievously happy with my escape. I've come a long way but don't reserve me a spot on the Internal Happiness Hall of Fame just yet.
Are IDC s welcome here? Seems to be overflowing with Atheists and IDK s... no, this isn't just an...
DangerDave comments on Dec 19, 2017:
IDCs are generally welcome, as are IDMs such as myself. It Doesn't Matter to the point for me I find any argument of the "unknown and as yet unknowable" frivolous and a waste of time. On the other hand I completely discount most (???) organized religion, and especially any abrahamic cults (xianity, judaism, islam,...). The audacities, absurdities and contradictions of their holey texts themselves are proofs enough against them. In the words of Ozzy Osborne "too many religions but only one god" is also ample proof enough none can be "right"! Buy that's just me and I realize many theists are going to ride the fence toward the religions to which they've been indoctrinated, at times for many years. Looking through the questions that have been posed here you'll find many. Those we can work with.
Im not religious by any means but sometimes when Im at a family event they pray. Like funerals, ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 19, 2017:
I've closed my eyes and bowed my head plenty of times...usually considering what I was going to do as soon as I could remove myself from the situation.

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