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How do you move from cheerfully flirting to being vulnerable?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
If only I could just pop over the Northern Atlantic for a quick flirt or three! I've enjoyed just a handful of flirts over the past few years. It's nice when it happens, but the ladies are usually attached or just a little too young (thirties). So I head away to void the embarrassment of my vulnerability showing. I did have a few 'close moments' with a lass two years ago, but I wonder if that was just our souls were just playing together. Age and professional attitude would keep me from finding out if it was only me that thought that way. I'm way too cowardly to pursue her now the professional connection has gone.
Religious parents?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
My father was church of England, but didn't really push anything. He didn't believe in afterlife,heaven or hell. My mother was a Christian, nominally church of England, but added in anything she saw fit from other religious sources such as headscarf in church and letting me know that I should marry a virgin and she must OBEY me as the man! She never obeyed my dad. My mum prayed deeply, but did those prayers of hers ever get answered? She would say that yes, after all, I survived into adulthood. I'm inclined to believe that life finds a way. I came into the world rather early and at home (almost on the night bus from Hounslow to Feltham) weighing in at 3lb 12oz. Now I'm in my mid 50s. My mothers dad was an atheist, one of the few who were in a foxhole at some point. if he had any religion, he may have lost it in Italy, when his battery of 5.5" howitzers flattened a small town the Germans had just vacated. Surely, God would somehow have let the Royal Artillery know not to wipe that place full of civilians off the map. It was stories like that and a sense of reason that woke me up to the truth. I saw how she frantically asked a non-existent god for various salvations from the petty hardships of her life. Perhaps she thought in some way that her prayers helped the German bombs miss her house during the Blitz.
Dear NATO Secretary-General Jen Stoltenberg We, the citizens of the United States of America, ask ...
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
Problem is, Trump would have to call in the favour. Somehow I don't think he would. Plus the USA has the nukes
The Real POS Potus Painting-Revised To Show His Real Comrades
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
Now if his waistline and manboobs can be made more realistic...
Any fans of the historical wargames from the 70s-80s?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
I've played a few, but I prefer figures and models
How many of you were brought up in a Christian household and somewhere along the way maybe as a ...
Sofabeast comments on Oct 22, 2018:
Stand in Religious Education teacher introduced me and the rest of the boys in my year to the concept of critical thinking and comparison of Church of England to other religions past and present. I've just done a similar post myself!
Just read a few comments regarding Stephen Hawkins new book,and the only conclusion I came up with.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 19, 2018:
As a Social Scientist, we grade common sense as unenlightened people trying to explain phenomena through the rules and norms of their culture. As such, if that cannot explain it, then it must be gods work.
Today in TV History: Oct.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 16, 2018:
Brilliant during its day
I've got a reenactment two-fer coming up this weekend.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 15, 2018:
Indeed, the most I've done has been four on one day! Jacobite (1745), French & Indian War (French), Napoleonic (British infantry 1808-13) and Confederate (1861-65). That was some time ago 1998
How does re-enactment and cos-play interact your other life?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 5, 2018:
At college, my vast knowledge of Napoleonic history gives me a superior insight into the era, far beyond my lecturers. I had an argument about Napoleon which ended in 'because I am right' and here is the evidence.. lol
Comments?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 3, 2018:
Living in the North East of Scotland, I can assure everyone that there are many very unhappy believers here.! Come to Peterhead Drummers Corner at around 11:00 on a Saturday morning, where you can see a group of Christians who through their songs, words and attire give despair physical form. And just up from Drummers corner at most times of the day, observe to depressive drunks outside one of the many small dismal Scottish Fighting bars wallowing in their mental squaller.
Are You Lonely?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
I'm damn lonely! During the early autumn things become worse, as this is when I lost my love to her brain tumour back in 2015. She knew I hate being alone, and tried to get me to take a lover before she died. She wanted to check them over to make sure they'd be good for me! Doing that isn't part of who I am. I keep myself busy with a college degree course and working far too many hours. Now at least, I can get to talk people who when hearing my life story don't offer their prayers. June, my late wife, was also a questioner of religion.
Open relationships
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Personal experiences are up the people involved. I have only dabbled a little a long time ago. It was fun, and was only that. I cannot say that if I ever find love again I would entertain it. But if the lady I could meet wanted me to join in this type of venture, then perhaps I may. Either way, unless I'm invited to become a swinger, it has nothing to do with, and I refuse to be offended by the activity.
Expectations
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Oh bloody hell! Where do I start? I can put out a few hundred thousand words on this, but in nutshell, we are socialised into what we expect from a date. We are the products of all our extended experiences throughout our primary and secondary agents of socialisation. If anyone wants to know more from a scientific perspective, please just ask.
Lol but they have the smartest satanist on the block
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
What's more, you can kill an evil god with a few well placed natural 20s!
So what games are you playing currently?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Not much, but a bit of Team Yankee. However, I am beginning to put together some zombie apocalypse items. My daughter will most likely make off them though to give her D&D group something different to play.
The body of Maddox, the lost boy with Autism, has been found in a wooded area near the Gastonia NC ...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 27, 2018:
Saddened to read that the boy died. I do see the problems that people can have with ASC's running away. Too easy for distractions to happen.
I’d like to hear from those of you who have had experience with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) ...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 27, 2018:
It can be seen as rather uneven ground due to humans rights issues. Perhaps the most important factor is an individual approach. This therapy is not effective with every person with ASC, but I have read of some very positive results when administered by well trained professionals. When I worked for the National Autistic Society UK, it was in effect against working policy. As long as people don't just jump for a non-existent cure via some 'online quack', but use skilled professionals then it may be worthwhile. I think in the UK, there is only one accepted location on the Isle of Anglesey.
Theologist: The World began with shit.
Sofabeast comments on Sep 26, 2018:
We carried out an experiment in Psychology yesterday, pertaining to word recall in quiet or noisy environments. So the inconsistencies may well have entered the bible due the environmental sonic pollution at the time of dictation by god. In all the films I have seen about god, its voice always has a substantial echo.
God hates porn?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 26, 2018:
Strictly speaking, it's all the work of god and part of his plan. Either that, or this god stuff is all total bollocks!
What is the bible to you?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 24, 2018:
Makes for excellent cartridge paper for black powder reloading!
Why are we here ?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 24, 2018:
We're 'ere becos we're 'ere, and there's no one else. (Zulu 1964)
A little-known fact: You can walk into any pub in the UK without announcing it on Facebook! (Please,...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 24, 2018:
Why not counter-post, getting ready to be bored by holiday pictures and being bored by holiday pictures.
Like, every gamer, lol
Sofabeast comments on Sep 24, 2018:
I'm at odds with the idea of too many dice, but then I am a dice wytch. Often being asked to 'bless' peoples dice for them. I have loads of dice from D2s through to the mighty hundred sided D100.
Hi there! Anyone interested in post-Soviet, Eastern European, post-apocalyptic sci fi?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 19, 2018:
I could get interested. I do wonder how the world would have been had the likes of me failed to do our jobs back in the Cold War. In the mean time, it's Team Yankee!
This is why I support single payer healthcare [time.com]
Sofabeast comments on Sep 18, 2018:
In the UK, almost all support is free at the point need from the cradle to the grave. Support is given through and paid for by central and local taxation. Most of my wages comes via Aberdeenshire council, with much of service users costs met by the state. An example of this, is the cost. Services to support someone 24/7 per year sits at around £150000. If we look at a young adult who lives for half a century will cost the state vast amounts of money. Would a health insurance company pay this? Not in the UK!
18 years ago today my baby brother was born.
Sofabeast comments on Sep 18, 2018:
Legal to drink in the UK!
I have just read an article in the Sunday Times about a Church of Scientology “family fun” ...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 16, 2018:
Didn't they fight dinosaurs who were nuking volcanos whilst dressed as John Travolta? It's the mechanical dinosaurs.
Did any of you find yourself becoming more self-centered after you lost your partner/spouse?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 16, 2018:
I was a full time caregiver to my wife for five years full time before see died. Since she passed, I devote much more of my time to others. I've just had a small upset in doing that, so I may try to devote the extra time to myself. So to answer your question. No
Can science and religion be reconciled?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 14, 2018:
I have a good friend who is perhaps the 'ideal Christian'. He believe that the bible was written by men, and men make mistakes. Ask women about that! And that science is there so we humans (of all sexes) can unravel the mysteries that god has made. We have to evolve further to fully understand what god (genderless) has done. I like his perspective, as science cannot be heretical. For if everything is made by god, then god cannot be a heretic. For me, shame there's no god. I believe in creation. At some point the universe that we live in came about. It may not be the first creation, nor the last. At the moment we just cannot answer that question, only investigate and give the best supporting statement. Which isn't it was knocked up in six days!
"(University of the Witwatersrand) The earliest evidence of a drawing made by humans has been found ...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 12, 2018:
Aside from light hearted comments, the human self is amazing. This find not only demonstrates our collective history is earlier than we knew, but adds an indication of cultural development too. It indicates thought and planning through production of pigments, and concept of pleasing designs.
My son has autism he’s 30 years old non verbal Lives with me , the road and has been long and ...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 12, 2018:
I'll say this to all of you who have ASC/D that are non-verbal. They are unlikely to begin to vocalise after around the age of 6 apart from those wonderful 'eee' noises and deep belly laughs. I have the pleasure of working with these excellent people. I can confirm that they do communicate via many different mediums. Just watch them and enjoy their personal styles of 'talking' to you. Once you tune in to them then it becomes easier. Remember they understand a lot more than many professionals say they can. You just have to be with them. Music, picture cards, drawings, touch, aromas, glances, facial expressions, body positions and postures are all telling you something. They will share a similar sense of humour to their age group. Often this can be a very dry sense of irony and sarcasm - at least in Britain! For me when I finish a shift, I bugger off home but I know it is often a hard journey for you all, be strong and enjoy the good times. When you can, take time for yourselves. If you get support, I hope they are as great as the team as I'm part of. All the best
I was raised as a Fundamental Baptist.
Sofabeast comments on Sep 12, 2018:
I am both horrified and uplifted by your story. It is so sad that religion can have such a literal hold on people. I was at church (an evangelical American style one) very recently - (I was working) when the preacher started on about the gramma used in part of the Bible. What he missed with his literal diatribe was, He was speaking English, not Hebrew or Aramaic! Bloody idiot. So young lady, don't just survive, thrive and grow. Read Thomas Paine, call on those Christians and spread the 'bad news'.... Hello, can I save you, as there are no Gods....
I doubt this will make any sense across the pond.
Sofabeast comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Don't get …. cross!
Am I the only one who listens to the Mormons and JW when they come to visit and have a theological ...
Sofabeast comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Our local Mormons have learn who we are and avoid us. Such as this afternoon walking along Belmont Street in Aberdeen, my daughter and myself saw them approaching people unsuccessfully, but they dodged us. They have encountered us before in street debate giving them the good news that there is no god and here is why.....
What constitutes evidence? What constitutes proof?
Sofabeast comments on May 31, 2018:
There is no proof, it is impossible to prove all statements. All that can be done is provide the best, and most scientific answer at this time. The perception of truth is subjective, no matter how objective we try to be.
Driver Shouts 'Go Back To Your Country Bh' At Asian-American Family | HuffPost
Sofabeast comments on May 31, 2018:
How does one define 'your country'? I'm an immigrant or occupier (I'm English) to some here in Scotland. In the UK, and more so since Brexit this phrase is heard more and more. For the USA, of course, white & black folks are not native to the land, only people from the 100 nations are. So when does a country and culture come into being? The UK and USA are not static cultures, we have absorbed many others since we came to be, and thus our cultures, rules, norms and values constantly evolve.
5th Kentucky Co.
Sofabeast comments on May 31, 2018:
I'll have to get our lot to stand for a pencil line drawing
Here is something I can say a little bit about.
Sofabeast comments on May 28, 2018:
Enjoy your ice cream, purge the bad memories, enjoy the good, smile and cry. Move on with life, use your amassed experiences to brighten the world and people around you.
Anyone else here involved in ' Street Epistomology' or is this simply an American activity?
Sofabeast comments on May 23, 2018:
There is a lot of this activity in Peterhead, usually on a Saturday morning. The God botherers try to temp the person I am supporting into accepting that they are filthy sinners, and are going to hell! Not a good thing to say to vulnerable adults. I now politely enlighten them that there are NO GODS!
My roommate licks the butter if I leave it out...
Sofabeast comments on May 23, 2018:
My roommate eats spiders and moths
God bless America?
Sofabeast comments on May 16, 2018:
"Reason bless America". Will that do you? Or go back to 'God save the Queen, her heirs and successors'. In thirty years time, we may be coming back with the offspring of Mr & Mrs Windsor for president!
Who is your favorite Atheist?
Sofabeast comments on May 16, 2018:
My daughter. She's in her mid twenties now, so I feel my job is done. She, like myself enjoys engaging with 'God-botherers'. Enlightening them as to the bloody great big holes in their faiths.
Considering the site, how many players like to explore the religions of RPGs?
Sofabeast comments on May 10, 2018:
The world of Glorantha in original Runequest was fun. It owed a lot to the Ancient world of the Mediterranean.
Ah gowarn
Sofabeast comments on May 3, 2018:
Go on go on go on go on go on go on
My current rpg consist of a Star Wars Fantasy Flight game I've been running for two years, a ...
Sofabeast comments on May 2, 2018:
Damn, not been LARPING since I was 30! I'm 56 soon.. arrgh!
Why is it nobody drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore? Such a shame?
Sofabeast comments on May 1, 2018:
Here ya go..
How does Pence answer to the equal rights question regarding LGBYN
Sofabeast comments on Apr 29, 2018:
As a British citizen, who lives in Britain, but who has a knowledge of some of the things that go on in the USA. I am quite concerned of the intrusion of religion into politics in America. I was under the impression that religion and state were deliberately kept different thing as two different things. Most of what I know about this Pence fellow, comes from watching ‘Our Cartoon President’. Myself my daughter were quite shocked when delving into this politician, the vice president of the USA and quite possibly POTUS46. That the cartoon appeared to be very accurate in the portrayal of this person. It would appear to us as Europeans, at least for the next few months, that America is pushing its far-right religious agenda ahead of the principles of the founding fathers. This counters the concept of common human decency that America in recent decades has attempted to portray to the world. The purpose of our politicians in this modern age should be the smooth running of society. Their tasks must be the furtherment of understanding and positive interaction not just from people of in country but the whole world. Backward religious zeal can only destroy the hard work carried out by forward thinking and acting generations of the past century.
The GOOD atheists
Sofabeast comments on Apr 29, 2018:
My only criticism of that, is there are female atheists too!
I'm new to the group, and I don't know if I'm autistic or where I land on the spectrum of autism.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 29, 2018:
Welcome, and as to where you are on the autistic spectrum. There are very basically three main parts to the spectrum. Autistic, high functioning autistic, and Asperger’s. In the bigger picture, we are all part of the Autistic Spectrum Condition, and something very important to remember. When you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism. That means we are all individuals. The very fact that you’ve managed to type a question, must now you into either high functioning autism, or Asperger’s syndrome. Wherever you are in the spectrum try to have fun and enjoy it. Everyone I support through my work are wonderful human beings, even if we have to grade them as not being neuro typical. Tony
I don't expect pro gun people to believe me, but the NRA is lying to you.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 26, 2018:
An interesting thing this 2nd Amendment. It was set up to bring down the cost of the National defence, following independence. If every man can be called to arms quickly to fight off the indigenous people or us British, it would save the cost of a standing army. However, over time, weapons have moved on from the muskets and rifle muskets of the late eighteenth century, but the laws have not kept pace. In America there are some places where guns need to be used for personal protection from the animals which may wish to prey on you. Question is, the Assault rifle. To keep the wolf literally from the door, are they the best choice? If I want to go mad and plug a neighbour or collegue. It will take me around 20 seconds to reload using a musket, and then I'll probably miss a moving target. With an AK74, that will discharge around 10 rounds per second, or bursts of three, and is quite accurate at up to 100 metres, with a far longer range should one wish to take proper aim. As a non American, I am astonished at the love affair the USA has with the gun. As astudent of criminology, psychology and sociology I am professionally even more confused by the way Americans mow eachother down in great numbers for no good reason. Are guns fun? Of course they are! I would love to own a Tommy gun, but I cannot justify having a sub-machine gun. I have no need, other than greed. Once the military has finished their duties, then they hand their weapons in. So, if a private citizen wishes to own a military rapid fire gun, then perhaps it should be stored outwith their residence, only to be used at a certified range day.
This is when we Trumped my sister's cat, Cheddar. Check out the lethal side-eye.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 26, 2018:
It can be beautiful folks, really the best hair in the world, people like it you know. Who'da thought it, nobody knew...
I have heard things along the lines of "only people who believe in god are good people" I like to ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 24, 2018:
A friend of mine back in 2004 had a slogan on his Landrover, suggesting that we all carry out random acts of kindness. I did that before, but now I try to so every day. Many years ago, I had a very Christian girlfriend, who told me that every person who does not take Iezues into thier heart and be saved, would burn in hell. It wouldn't matter how many wonderful peaceful acts you carry out,. You're going to hell! Jews and Catholics are going to hell! Bhudists and Muslims are going to hell, so unless you are a 'Saved Christian' you are buggered!.
Imagine my disappointment after seeing on the news this morning that 'The Duchess of Cambridge in ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 24, 2018:
I've no idea what his real name will be, but I just love spreading it about that he's prince Albert... named after dads special piercing! I'm a bit of a subversive really.
Just wondering how many post-Christians there are in this group
Sofabeast comments on Apr 24, 2018:
I must be one. Raised Church of England, gave it up just before 14th birthday. My parents weren't happy about it, as they had made a promise to nothing when I got Christened. We only eve went to church for weddings and funerals. God never answered my prayers for a better world free of war, hunger, disease and wot not. Started have to doubts before I was ten.
Debating Atheism
Sofabeast comments on Apr 21, 2018:
I cannot hold myself back, I just wade straight in, and on the subject of god, I remain, respectfully undeafeated.
Is Fox News State-Run Television?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 20, 2018:
I think it is the other way around. Your State appears to be Fox run
I had a great conversation with a Brit last night who was unaware of how religious the US was.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Do come over. I live in bible belt Scotland, but it isn't what is like in the USA.
"What are your goals in life?"
Sofabeast comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Fall in love again. Get rich, and spread the wealth. Rule the world, make it all socialist, rid us of famine, hate, desease and war. In the meantime, a good curry.
My recommendations are: 1) An American in Paris 2) Key Largo 3) 12 Angry Men Best Place to ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 20, 2018:
War of the Worlds (1953) Better than Spielburg Battle of the River Plate (1956) Persuit of the Graf Spee USA We're no angels (1955) Bogey
Typical Friday night - what are you doing?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Either working or finishing work. Right now cooking my daughters supper due to an unusually early finish.
This is a genuine story from a Facebook buddy of mine.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 20, 2018:
People on the ASC can and do have very intense empathy and emotions. All too often it is the neurotypicals who hid or suppress them. Stiff upper and all.
Islam and Secularism in France
Sofabeast comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Interesting, I'm covering sub-cultures in my studies t the moment. France made all religions effectly sub-cultures. As such radical Islam beomes a 'revolutionary' sub-culture. May say more later most importantly time for dinner
So, I'm listening to one of the guys who tried to help pull that woman back in through the plane ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Her death of course would be gods choice...
New term "Apatheist".
Sofabeast comments on Apr 19, 2018:
I thought you just didn't believe in bees
Favorite car brand and make?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
I miss my old farm Jeep Cherokee Sport 2.5ltr petrol basic European model with the Swedish built engine. I drive a tiny useful Hyundia 1.1ltr Getz, ancient bit of metal, but it gets me about.
I like to confront my own bias, I know I have blind spots and I know I'm ignorant of many cultures ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
"Fuckin 'ate pykies". And no, my people 'came in' during the 1930s. That means settle into a house.
T-shirts........................
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
Work in - otherwise out, but always a vest underneath, don't want to scare people with a hairy belly poking out from beneath a t-shirt.
How do you respond when someone shows their religion around you?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
I am open about my knowledge that there are no gods. I don't ram it down their throats unless they try to 'save' me. I try to respect their views, countering them with facts if they challenge me.
I don't remember where I heard this, but I still like it a lot.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
What horse?
How do you try to have a positive impact on the world?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
I make the world a slightly better place every day if I can. I support adults with special needs, I try to support my friends. I try to make people smile and feel good.
So in order to get a job, I colored my hair tonight. I think I look younger?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
Ageism is illegal in Europe
Green energy
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
Just had the solar panels checked this morning. Love 'em. The Scottish government is running a massive green energy scheme for social housing, and I've just benefitted by having panels installed for free. During the day time, my electricity costs are almost £0.00 at this time of year. Shortly we will be getting about 22 hours of usable daylight out of every 24
I know this isn't the memes group, but I figured you all would appreciate this more than the general...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 17, 2018:
In gaming, the dice are the silent story tellers.
With all the progress in science to explain our universe why do you think people continue to cling ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Information is easily ignored. When in college I am amazed at how I have to often teach simple history to classmates. Ignorance is bliss, ignorance is easy, ignorance feels safe, ignorance can be less embarassing.
Atheism and socialization
Sofabeast comments on Apr 17, 2018:
No. I fight my corner in that respect.
Does this point of view seem rational? does it offend you?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 17, 2018:
In romance the journey can be a solid one or fluid. As long as those who are part of it know the rules. I can't say whether I'd ever try a poly relationship myself, but I'd support those that do live that way. However, we should accept with respect the lifestyles of one another, as long as that is between consenting adults.
When/how did doubt about God's existence occur?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 17, 2018:
A build up of events for me. Being of a cerain age, during my childhood we had the Beafran problem. Hundreds of thousands of starving people. At school, we prayed for them and raised some money, but they still starved. They are today around 40 years on. Then bit by bit, I found that prayer didn't work. Then with religious education (compulsory in England) we studied the bible. Once you try to get an early teenage head around all of this begatting, the whole publication just falls apart under questioning. Contradictions appear. Then why just one son, at that time.... It's all just a lie, just a power trip. Historically, athiests have around since when humans invented gods as quick answers to shut the stupids up.
Brit living in USA Would love to join this group and keep in touch with what's happening at home.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 17, 2018:
There is a growing non religious movement in the EU & UK. Eire has the fastest growing population of agnostics and atheists in the world, which is upsetting the Catholic church there. Anyway, news from home. Ant (and Dec) has pleaded guilty to drink driving, paying a fine in excess of £86000. 15-18 month driving ban. The weather is changeable, with a warm front moving in from Germany. The government is feeble and unstable, and it must be Corbyn's fault that the UK bombed Syria. I've no idea what is happening in Corrie, EastEnders or Hollybrooksideoaks. Brexit is still looking bad, and we as yet don't know what it is.
More People Believe in Ghosts than Darwin.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Really! In Europe evolution is a simple scientific fact. There are some Kirks in this part of Scotland that scoff at evolution, but they are part of a tiny minority. Now, to ghosts. What is a ghost? Are there different types? I've encountered a few 'ghosts' in my time, but I couldn't tell you exactly what they are. Distorted images eminating from my sub-conscience, or false memories forming, perhaps some sort of environmental recording? Until then, just my imagination.
What is the best way to have a convincing moral argument?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 16, 2018:
When I get some free time (Wednesday) I'll put together a plan for you. It's fairly easy to follow and then all you need to do is be sceptical. Always get the other side to ask questions about their own thoughts.
Do you think there is a difference between liberal and progressive?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
I find this interesting as a student of such things and a European (for now..any Irish ladies quite welcome to drag me off and marry me for love and the green passport). For us, the Democrats are right wing with the Republicans being extreme right wing bordering on Fascist. Where is the Socialist side of America? Don't confuse Socialism with Communism, though I'm sure users of this site wouldn't.
If you are born in Iran,then you most likely will be a Shiite Muslim.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
If we can pretend for a moment that there is a Christian God, who some 2000 years ago got a teenage Jewish girl pregnant with HIS only son, somewhere in Palastine. Who then went on to have a mediocre career in carpentry before wandering around spreading the word about his invisible dad, then you have a very valid point. After all, why didn't God send lots of sons around the world all at the same time to spread the word about the talking snake and so on. If this Iezues fellow is living today, then why doesn't he come out and say what is the right way to worship? Some how, I think it's all just bollocks and organised religion is just the opium of the masses.
Is science antithetical to religion?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
I have a good Christian friend who say's the bible can be wrong. "It is the word of God translated by mankind. Mankind has faults. Science is great as it uncovers the wonders that God has made. After all, six days..that's just bollocks!" He is an idealist Christian, sometimes following the Church of Scotland, but throwing Catholic traits in there too. Should I ever fall from the path of reason and take on superstition, I'd try to be like that. Afrer 40+ years, I somehow can't see that happening. Men created Gods, not the other way around
The Fuckery of Many Churches This post mostly discusses my personal experiences growing up in a ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
These are interesting observations you have made. I have perceived similar ones in a church I occasionally have to go to as part of my work. I stand there politely with my earphones in taking a good opportunity to observe the human beings around me. I have seen how some at certain parts of the performance will begin what they call speaking in tongues. This is mostly a mixture of words from French, German, Norwegian, Dutch and Spanish. Otherwise it is all constructed of made up words, with the exception of a Portuguese woman, who funnily enough speaks Portuguese! The lead God bothers tell us how wonderful things are in the world of God, and how the latest terrible thing to happen to a family of the congregation is all part of God’s plan, and medical science will be amazed at what God will do to save them, which will be followed of course by the obituaries of those who passed away during the week. I get to see more and more fiddling around on their mobile telephones. At least as an atheist I have the common decency to just stand there politely. The one advantage of having to occasionally attend this evangelical church, is they are not telling me that I am a sinner, destined for hell as we all are. In Peterhead, there are quite a number of different denominations of Christianity all of whom it appears hate the other for believing in the same spaghetti monster slightly differently than they do !
How many of you are stuck in a little place full of bible thumpers?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
My heart goes out to you living in such a place, but at least you remind them that your spaghetti monster is bigger than theirs. The influence of religion where I live is still very strong. Fortunately, there is a growing underlined drive for sanity to prevail. Many ordinary people in this part of Britain simply cannot be bothered with religion, they were taught to pray and believe in the words of the King James Bible, and none of it seems to work. And so now they pray to the gods dwell within their mobile telephones and worship at the temples of McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The Bible Says The World Is Going To End On June 24, 2018
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Oh no, not again!
Anyone have anything to say about our amazing prime minister Thresa May, who decided to bomb Syria ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Assuming the Syrian government did attack its people using chemical weapons, then it is the duty all other countries to step in and prevent by force any further attacks of this nature by any government upon its people. These rules originally came in with the league of Nations, and taken on by the United Nations. This is the cover in the event of a member of the permanent Security Council vetoing humanitarian support by the United Nations. And so, the countries which have bombed Syrian governmental are legally obliged to do so. The targets chosen of those which will provide a demonstration of firepower. This time despite strong words from the Kremlin, Russia chose to stand off with its anti-aircraft assets for fear of the easy and imminent destruction by overwhelming American firepower. The Kremlin could also demonstrate a degree of behind-the-scenes support for the United Nations proposals which it had publicly vetoed. This way Russia can attempt to avoid a direct conflict United States and the United Nations whilst still appearing strong in front of people. Perhaps the big question is, what should be done about the government and leadership of Syria once they have gained victory over the rebels. And help can peace be rebuilt in the Middle East following this long and disastrous civil war. The people that suffer most of the ordinary people of Syria have had to put up with the violence of the neighbours the government and the outside world. Torn apart by religious divides within Islam together with petty tribal rivalries that had remained hidden within their state from before the Ottoman Empire. Let us hope that this debacle can finish as peacefully as possible, without spilling into a world war.
How many of you older people listen to current pop music, or is it only "noise" to you?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Through my work I encounter a lot of modern pop. Some is ok, some great andmost terrrible, but that could also apply to any era. I will say, that most MOBO is frankly dismal and poorly performed, unlike its eariler musical roots of last century. Formulaic, violent pantomime rhymes about drugs, gangs and multipul sexual partnering with many ladies. Far too angry for my taste and that of my service users.
69 Visitors and no one says 'hello'
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Eaye up and ecky thump lass
How do you spend your Sunday mornings?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Working mostly, sometimes in church! Hahaha. Soon I will hatch my plan to quietly spread reason and amongst them.... good, good.
Do you get visits from missionaries often?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Not often enough, I love the debate. They've not 'saved' me yet! However, I've planted doubt in many.
Does anyone like Nietzsche? Can you discuss at length? If so message or whatever you do on here me.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 12, 2018:
Well there's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya 'bout the raising of the wrist....
What is the best Cartoon Series ever to grace television?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 12, 2018:
One Punch
That'll be an ecumenical matter
Sofabeast comments on Apr 12, 2018:
Just needed to say that on a site like this
Do you believe there are aliens walking among us?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 12, 2018:
Imagine that us humans are the classic elder race of the universe. Somebody has to be.
I've begun writing daily accounts of Gun Violence in my home town.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 11, 2018:
In the part of Scotland where I live, there is a higher than usual level of gun ownership, that said, we cannot own handguns in the UK unless they are muzzel loaders. Studying criminolgy is part of my college course, I can confirm 0 shootings. However, recently some drug dealers have come up from Liverpool with guns, but no evidence of them being fired yet. In fact, Scotland has fewer than 30 full-time SWAT officers for the whole country.
What was the worst date you have ever gone on?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 11, 2018:
One with a pretty Irish (republican) lass dring the hight of the troubles. Not far into the date, politics raised its ugly head. I supported the rights of British citizens to remain British in their own land, and she didn't. Not even a kiss goodnight!
Coming out of the Religious Closet
Sofabeast comments on Apr 11, 2018:
There is still a strong presbetarian influence in the part of Scotland where I live. Myself and my daughter stand up for our atheism. Gleefully debating down any and all god botherers that wish to cross wits with us.
Cosmology again as the last post in this category got some incredible replies.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 10, 2018:
This is a bit off the topic, but the speed of light peaked me to say this.. I fellow I know came up with this when we were talking about god botherers, said to me "If God is omnipitant, then prayers may take around 70000 years to get a replied to, as gods thoughts must be subject to the speed of light too!"

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