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OK all. It's about time I wrote something here.

I'm a lifelong atheist and have never believed god claims.

I'm here for community and a bit of banter and I am happily married - hopefully this time until death us do part! smile001.gif

I am a qualified Social Worker, but currently work with teenagers that have been permanently excluded from school. Ironically, the kids at work refer to me as Jesus as they buy into the catholic blue eyed, beard and long blond hair version of the myth.

Hobbies mostly include 2 or 4 wheels and I'm busy doing my bit to accelerate climate change. Through the summer, many of my weekends are spent at the drag strip.

I'm not a particularly militant atheist, but I do enjoy debating theists.

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What do you do to enhance your memory?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Sorry - what was the question again?
Older men and their motorcycles. Does this show their testosterone level or is this just something ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
When I was a child watching bikes come past the house, I turned to my mum and said "Mum, when I grow up I'm going to be a biker" She smiled at me and replied "Make your mind up which son, you can't do both." I'm still riding and racing them at 61. :-)
At the Houston auto show!!! What u.guys think? Classic or modern cars rule?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Modern all the way. Classic cars (or bikes for that matter) are fine as a weekend toy, but for day to day use? Electric cars are the future.
Would you hit your child to discipline them?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
No. And I am being realistic. Might is right? "Most young people today are out of control. Fighting, looting, rioting, demonstrating and abusing other people." Source please. So you teach young people that the best way to get your point across is by violence. The only conclusion from that is likely to be that it is OK to use violence to get you own way. I was never hit as a child and I never needed to hit my children either - neither of whom were out of control. When young people do something wrong, education and restitution is often the best course of action. Violence achieves nothing.
I'm pretty excited about the level of intelligence in the members of this site. I hope to learn ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Welcome in. I'm glad you said great conversation, 'cos you sure won't get intelligent conversation. well, not from me anyway! ;-)
What if?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Which god are you referring to? Every religion and even different christian religions have different ideas about heaven and hell. So which hell or afterlife do you mean? If you are talking about christians who can be total shits and accept Jesus as their saviour on their deathbed and so go to heaven - no I wouldn't go back to be saved. Why would I want to be a part of such an immoral regime?
Do you believe in aliens?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I believe that it is highly probable that self replication molecules/compounds exist elsewhere in the universe. It is possible that those have resulted in some sort of phenomenon that could be described as life. The hypothesis that life exists elsewhere in the universe in the absence of any evidence to substantiate it, must therefore remain just that - a hypothesis. If life has developed at a similar rate to here on earth, then the potential is that any intelligent life is at a similar stage to us. So any signal we may receive from them will be potentially thousands of years old. So with respect to life on other planets, I remain agnostic.
How many of your friends know you are atheist or agnostic?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I have never been in a closet. Except as a child playing hide and seek. Almost all of my close friends are atheist anyway and so are many of my colleagues at work. It really isn't an issue here.
Is it wrong to challenge the beliefs of the elderly? I've been talking with an older African ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Yes, we do need to take care. that is not to say we should not express our opinions, but we need to make sure that we question the ideology and not the person.
As to the question "How sure are you that there is no god?" I put 99.9% but with the caveat that I ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I am 100% sure that I have been presented with sufficient evidence to prove that a supernatural god/s exists or could exist. However, I also know that I don't know everything and that it is impossible for a god/s to exist in any form in any universe - but if evidence does come to prove a god's existence, then it will no longer be supernatural as it will have a natural explanation. The same applies to any other supernatural phenomena too.
Most people think religion is the root of the world’s problems, according to a recent ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I voted other in the absence of 'All of the above' Many conflicts stem from religion, many from tribalism or 'civilised' nations trying to impose their standards on the 'third world' so that they can rape their resources.
I think you know that I am a liberty and freedom seeker. I love people, I love to extend my empathy...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Stay strong. Without people of your conviction there would never be change in the world. I am one of those British Whites you survived - so I know that if you can survive us, you can survive anything. I wish you success in your plight and hope that change will come in your lifetime.
Is being an atheist important?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 28, 2018:
No and no. Atheism is purely my stance on the statement by theists that a god/s exists. I don't see any evidence to back up their claim so I am an atheist. Is it important to tell people - no. I don't tell people that I am heterosexual or that I am a socialist or that I like beer. If discussion wends its merry way in that direction then I will happily explain my views in the same way that I would about any other subject. Does it define who I am, no. Does it define how I think? Again, no. It is a conclusion that I made because that is the way that I think. Being atheist does not inform my views on morality or the law or politics (excepting that religion should play no part in politics whatsoever) as it is only one tiny reflection on who I am.
For BRITISH members
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
??? I have satellite and digital TV through an ariel (includes subscription channels to keep the old man happy) and I have never heard of the Royal family Channel. There is quite an interest shown in the royals, some papers and news programmes more gossip biased than others. The next bit is where my cognitive dissonance kicks in. I am a socialist and find inherited privilege contrary to my values and political leaning. However. Queen Elizabeth 2 is a superb ambassador for our country, as I am sure Charles and William will be in their turn. She has been a consistent head of state and the heritage of our royals brings in tourists and money. Yes, the royal family's upkeep is subsidised by the UK taxpayers, but would an elected head of state cost us any less and who would we end up with? Whist other heads of state have swung between left and right, dull and controversial (Putin and Trump?) we have had a neutral ambassador who is respected around the world. In theory, all laws have to be agreed by the monarch and our troops answer to the Queen and not parliament, so in theory a government could not pass laws which would remove democracy or stage a military coup. In practice however.... ...who knows?
I am wondering, when you meet someone for the first time and they start talking about being saved up...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
I wonder more about their education rather than their intelligence. Indoctrination relies on intelligent people believing something without question because they trust the person giving the information. I'm pretty sure we have all made the mistake of trusting some facts we have been given by someone we trust, only to find out later that we were wrong. It's how con men and salesmen work. Priests are no different and some of them even believe it themselves.
I grew up eating red meat. It's one of those cultural programmed behaviors that I've never, ever, ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
I eat very little red meat and often eat vegetarian dishes and lots of fish. I rarely eat processed foods and like to make most meals from fresh ingredients - it's cheaper and take little extra effort. I reckon everything is ok in moderation - including moderation. A colleague at work has recently become vegan, not due to ethical ideals, but as a type 1 diabetic tried it as a way of managing her diabetes. She reports that she has found it much easier to manage her sugar levels and her insulin dose had been significantly reduced. She also reports feeling more energised, but she is does not think that this is necessarily directly due to her diet.
Do you have wanderlust?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Sweden is full of trees. They ruin the view! Never been to Japan, but would be in the top ten of a lottery win tour.
How many of you are still in touch with an ex, someone you had some sort of relationship with or ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Number 1 ex I never spoke to again after the divorce (lived far away), Number 2 I still speak to via farceburke (still far away) and occasionally drop in to say Hi if I go to see family. Number 3 we are still good friends and she was best man at my marriage to number 4, who is the mother to my beautiful daughter. I still chat on occasion. Now with number 5 and we stay with no.3 and her husband when we visit that prat of the country. So, in summary, I still have good relationships with all of my ex partners except number 1.
5 senses
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
I choose common sense..... (I'll get my coat.... ;-) )
Beer drinkers
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
I had to respond other again as I enjoy most beers. I generally have a preference for a dark mild or stout, but would choose different beers to complement the food if I am drinking with a meal. Not a great fan of the harmless fizzy pop sold as lager over here, but there are some superb European lagers out there if you search them out. I have also found a few great American craft beers too - they occasionally appear in our supermarkets. I have also just found a specialist beer shop which has recently opened not too far away - a bit expensive, but has a great selection of beers and lagers from craft breweries around the world.
Wine Drinkers
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
All of the above and depends on which food or just drinking for the hell of it.
I hate when people make the statement where do atheists get their moral code from if not from ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
I usually reply "Tescos* - they were on special" (*replace Tesco with Wallmart if you are on the other side of the pond)
Single, divorced, widowed...why does society place such importance on these titles? Have you ever ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
To be honest, I hadn't noticed. But that could be because I am male and although I have been divorced, have either said single or with my partner/wife. Perhaps wit the divorced tag, others make presuppositions - the nods from the men thinking you are obviously on the prowl and the women wondering if you are a threat. As a widow, sympathy from the women as grieving women aren't looking to replace a faulty one that has been discarded. The men worried they could never live up to the memory of someone's true love. And maybe I have no idea what I am talking about!!!
Who else was raised as an atheist or agnostic?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
I voted 'other' as even though I was christened and described as church of England, I was always taught to think for myself and make my own decisions about god and religion. And try as I might, I just couldn't buy into it. I couldn't get it to make sense. Every time I asked a question, the answers I got just gave me more questions or just made no sense whatsoever. The only conclusion that I could ever make was that people either didn't know the answers or made up shit just to shut me up. For years I called myself agnostic, but eventually realised that the god claim was no different to zeus, thor, pixies or the Loch Ness monster. I am an atheist. If someone satisfactorily proved a god exists, then I will be a theist.
One thing I was told very often when I was younger was "You'll get more right wing as you get ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Exactly the opposite. I'm probably further left than a far thing can get. We are social animals that are at our best when we support each other and work together to a common aim. I am a staunch supporter universal healthcare and universal basic income.
How many people here have lived overseas
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 26, 2018:
From where? My in-laws lived in France for years, so we spent lots of time there too.
Alligators can live up to 100 years..
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Groan....
Who do you prefer? Female dentist or Male dentist?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I prefer a qualified dentist.
Send in the clowns?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I think religion is a prime source of humorous material. Most of my friends and acquaintances are atheists and most of them are as irreverent as I am. There are also some superb atheist comedians out there too at the moment. You don't even need to change the bible to make it funny.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcZEL6MVbNQ
Morality?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Do as little harm as possible and try to stick with what is in our best interest as a species. So in many areas is pretty subjective, but if you have agreement on what morality is then we can usually work out something resembling a moral code. For me, if something promotes or improves wellbeing, then it is probably moral - but it is difficult to promote my own wellbeing without someone else's suffering. hence the do as little harm as possible statement.
I'd like to try this. Anyone else like the idea? [wired.co.uk]
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Interesting article and food for thought for my next gathering. How's the weather in Kansas by the way? ;-)
What kind of snob are you?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I wouldn't go so far as to say I was a snob in any particular area. I love food and although I detest fast food (I would rather eat my own vomit than eat a big mac!), I couldn't care less if people want to feast on popcorn or drink red wine with fish or any other weird combination. I get pissed off at French chefs refuse to cook steak well done for my father in law - he's paying and he's eating it. If you can't cook something the way somebody likes it, then you are a crap chef. Rant over. I also prefer craft beers, but can still appreciate a cheap lager on a hot day in the garden. My only real bit of snobbery is that I am really pedantic about grammar and spelling. However, I do refrain from commenting about others mistakes on here and other fora, as I do understand that some do have specific issues, some have missed big chunks of education and as I don't know their personal circumstances it would be inappropriate to constantly correct. Unless of course it's my mate Jon who is an English teacher or a meme or shop sign done by someone who should know better - then it's fair game!!!
What species of human would you be?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 25, 2018:
I think homo constipatus as I actually don't give a shit..... ;-)
So, if you work at the Samsung store does that make you a Guardian of the Galaxy?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 25, 2018:
If I say Yes, would that make me Close to the Edge?
So, leaving religion out of it...do you believe in anything "supernatural"?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 25, 2018:
Nope. For all the reasons previously posted.
What cheers you up when you’re feeling down?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
I do. That said, it's very rare that I feel down. I am probably the happiest person I know.
What Am I?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
. "I believe this does now and always did include learning the truest facts available to us in our time." Really? Most modern (post BCE) religions do the exact opposite. They set up institutions of learning, but when those institutions dared to question the known facts of life, the universe and everything, they were excommunicated, pilloried and often imprisoned. Islam was at one point the centre of scientific learning, developing our current numeric system which led to algebra and modern mathematics - then religion took over again and those centres of learning closed down as they contradicted the teaching of Muhammed. Religions were invented to control the masses. Nothing more, nothing less.
Is Atheist vs. Agnostic conflict a real thing? I see many posts that make it sound like some ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Semantics. The disagreement is usually about the usage/definition of the words. Call yourself what you want. If you don't believe that theist claims stand up to scrutiny then you will call yourself one or the other.
What is the size and age of the Universe?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Very, very big. Very,very old. (That's just a rough guess, but I reckon it's pretty close.)
How Important is Nudity?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
I'm comfortable being nude when it is not inappropriate. It's not such a big issue on many European beaches.
What would be the definition of hell to you?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Driving a chevy...... (Runs and hides and waits for the flack ;-) )
Ignoring the mystery of how Noah got two penguins all the way from Antarctica to the Middle East, ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
But god did it. He made it ok. Stop trying to debunk th bible.......
How old are you really? I remember 19 out of 20 Oh My!
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
I'm a whipper snapper. Which is cool, 'cause I reckon if I lived in the states I would have scored 20..... ;-)
How many people like telling people your anti religious and how many people keep it a secret? Why?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
99% of the time it isn't an issue here. Religion isn't often a topic unless there has been a news report about a religious nutter somewhere, then we just take the piss. Occasionally come across believers and have no problem explaining why I am an atheist if the need arises.
If you already know, that you have the best woman in the world, then what are you waiting for ? Why ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 24, 2018:
I know exactly what I want and so does my wife, who also happens to be the best woman in the world. So I don't know why you assume that I don't know what I want.
Which is the Best country for Atheists?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Many european countries do not place great importance on religion - 82% of Swedes say religion is not important in their lives and 73% in the UK. I think you will struggle to find a country where there is no communal violence or hate crime, but there are countries where this is the exception rather than the norm. Scandinavian countries always fare well in surveys of societal happiness and have lower crime rates than many other countries. The UK is pretty good, but there are some areas with a higher incidence of violent crime.
How can the impossible be true?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
I also struggle with the concept, so as usual when I struggle with something, I gave up. It doesn't matter. It will have no effect on my life if I don't understand it. But inventing a magic pixie that is eternal doesn't change the problem or solve anything. So for now, I just ignore it (it doesn't go away, but it helps a bit).
This night I have been thinking about a subject that I wanted to post about. By day I can't remember...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Maybe you are a vampire and don't function too well in the day....
Was there a school teacher who made the most impact in your education?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
There were a couple of them one was my geography teacher, who when challenged about why I would ever need to know that Bristol's main import in the 18th century was tobacco, spent some time explaining that I would probably never need to know this, but his mission was to teach us how to learn and that it was the process of learning that was important. (And 6 months ago was the answer in a pub quiz that gave us the extra point over other teams to win!). The other teacher was the worst and the best - as a history teacher he was crap - I hated history at school, it was so dull. Then as I went into the sixth form he taught logic and critical thinking as part of general studies and his passion and enthusiasm for the subject was infectious and I caught the bug.
Does being a "hard line atheist" mean you believe in an accidental universe? I have a Christian ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
And what is wrong with saying "I do not know if the universe is accidental or not, I currently do not have sufficient evidence to draw a conclusion as to the origins of the universe at this time". I also cannot accept that 'accidental' is an appropriate term for the creation of the universe either. Even if there was a connected series of events prior to the creation of this universe, how does your friend move from a connected series of events to "God did it"? He is the one making the assertion and thus he has the burden of proof.
Are you more open and honest online than in person?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Nope. I am a pathological liar and never tell the truth anyway.
Question from a newbie to this forum, but not a newbie Atheist. :-) I have asked many people this, ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Like many others I have no idea what is meant by spiritual. When I have asked people who say they are spiritual what they mean they are usually unable to explain without the word spirit and everything they mention is about feelings or emotions. Do I have feelings and emotions? - yes. Is there anything supernatural about them? - no. Do we understand everything about our emotions and why some people are slaves to them and others can control them? - no, but I have no evidence that there is anything supernatural about this.
Any luck
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Nope, but not planning to either. Here for a bit of (slightly) intelligent conversation, chat with people from different countries and culture and to be a bit mischievous and contentious from time to time. I suspect that like other fora I have frequented, some people meet up and make friendships and some relationships, but mostly after they have chatted for a while and got to know each other better. And generally far more successfully than meeting through pure dating sites.
Death Penalty?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
No. It isn't a deterrent. It is retribution not justice - the only people who gain from it are the lawyers. Once you justify legal murder, you are saying that there are circumstances that people deserve to die - and everyone will have a different justification and you live in a society where the mindset is that it is OK to kill if you can justify it.
Intelligent design vs idiotic design
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Why put the leisure centre in the middle of the sewage works?
Profile pictures, people! You have smart phones, otherwise you wouldn't be here... okay, fine, I ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 23, 2018:
How about your real name too? How do you know who the picture is really? Does it really matter? I regenerate every 48 hours anyway. I have a headache now. Nursey, are my meds ready yet? :-)
Do you like to play brainy games or enjoy puzzles of any sort?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 22, 2018:
I have sudoku on my phone and use it mostly at night to send myself to sleep....
Do you think atheists are safe ?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Couldn't we just kill them with impunity? After all, they will not be dead, they continue with eternal life - so we cannot murder them. Whereas, we atheists are dead if they kill us and so they will be locked up for murder..... Sometimes, the voices in my head worry me. :-)
Just curious as to what everyone's most embarrassing moments have been?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 22, 2018:
I fell off my bike outside the pub. Mortified!!!
If someone was to start an atheist church, would you attend? What would be doctrine? What would ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 22, 2018:
No. I don't believe theist's claims about god. That's where my atheism ends. It's not my philosophy or my way of life. I have a life and other interests, so why would I want to mimic religions?
ARE WE ALONE. So the question,are we alone in the universe?might make good science fiction,but it ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 22, 2018:
We're not alone - We're just here by ourselves.
Why do we need feminism?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 22, 2018:
It's not just feminism we need. We need equalitism (I just made that up). We need to live in a world where everyone gets equal rights and treatment under the law and in reality. We still have institutional discrimination on far too many levels. We still have individual discrimination on far too many levels. Equality does not mean treating people equally though - some may need additional support to access what others take for granted. And yes, I know this sounds like utopia and unattainable, but I'm going to keep trying anyway.
Any chefs or cooks on here?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Nope. But I teach cookery to kids at school....
Atheism a religion?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Not a religion. Not a belief system. I merely do not believe the claims of snake oil salesmen or theists. Neither of them work, the only difference being snake oil existed.
What is your opinion on capital punishment?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 21, 2018:
No from me. I have to take the stance that the deliberate killing of another human cannot be justified. The cognitive dissonance starts when something happens close to home that you can believe you can justify killing someone - the difficulty being that everyone will draw the line at a different point. I believe in justice, not retribution.
What do you consider cheating?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 21, 2018:
I'm not sure what you mean. I have male and female friends and so does my wife. Some of the friends are mutual and some from work and other times. We sometimes spend time together and as individuals. Love and friendship are not emotions that have a fixed amount that has to be shared or it runs out. Why would I not be OK with her having friends?
Sports
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Not a great lover of commercial sports - but unfortunately that is all that is left these days. I love the olympics and paralympics and I'm a motorsport fan - Moto GP, Superbikes and Dakar - and I compete in sportsman drag racing.
You ever think you have a great question or answer only to try to figure out what friends or ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 21, 2018:
I often had that problem with some of the students I work with until a teacher recognised that I was making assumptions about their prior knowledge and learning and used a ladder analogy. There is no point trying to show someone what is on the top step unless they have first climbed the bottom steps so that they can see what you are looking at. We often assume that others have a similar understanding and knowledge to us which very often isn't the case. It's also how economists and politicians convince the masses that giving more money and tax breaks to their rich friends and putting austerity on the masses will allow the rich to employ more and make the poor richer.....
There is no agnostic vs. atheist! The peeve I have...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Separated by a common language..... Theist - claims that a god or gods exist Atheist - does not believe the claim that a god exists Anti-theist - believes that no god exists or can exist These are claims about belief. Gnostic (theist or atheist) claims to KNOW that a god does or does not exist. Agnostic understands that we cannot know whether a god is possible or not without evidence. These are claims about knowledge. Theism and gnosticism are different prongs of the same question, theism is a claim of belief, gnosticism relates to knowledge which is a subset of belief. Personally, I call myself an atheist. I do not believe the claims of theists and I see no evidence that any gods do or could exist. Do I know that in any circumstance in any universe that it is impossible for a god/s to exist? No, so in the strictest sense I am an agnostic atheist in that I do not believe any god/s exist, but I know that the null hypothesis is impossible to prove. And just to clarify, I am referring to all gods.
Where did Noah keep all the freshwater fish?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 21, 2018:
He didn't need to. Salt water is denser than fresh water, thus freshwater fish swam near to the surface and salt water fish further down. And the goldfish were kept in a bowl, which is their natural habitat obviously. Here to help.
Who knows anything about Buddhism? Define it..
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 20, 2018:
I had always considered Buddhism to be one of the gentler religions with their views on peace and enlightenment until I discovered what they are doing in Myanmar. Just as hypocritical as the rest of the world's religions. Fuck 'em. :-(
How does an agnostic begin a prayer?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 20, 2018:
I am my own god and the centre of my universe. So when I need 'spiritual guidance' my prayer usually starts... "OK Shitface. How are we going to sort this one..."
What was your favorite television show when you were young? If you've had the chance to watch it ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 20, 2018:
it depends how young you are talking about. Pre-school I used to love "Watch With Mother" on the BBC. These were shows that were about 10 minutes long and had The Wooden Tops, Bill and Ben, Andy Pandy and Picture Book. My favourite though, was always Rag, Tag and Bobtail. Which I suppose probably has something to do with my love of nature and wildlife. I had a quick look on youtube and I reckon it would still be relevant to young children today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW0yPnGXFDU As a teenager though, it has to be Monty Python. And no, never disappointed with re-runs!
When was the last time you had an in-person theological discussion?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Not very often socially, but I do occasionally use socratic questioning at school with a couple of students who are some sort of Christians and one who is Muslim. I don't generally express my lack of belief to them, I just generally say that I do not hold their belief and ask them to explain their belief to me. "So how does that work" "Why do you think that is true" "How can you check that is the case" I don't dismiss their beliefs - I ask why I should choose their faith and not be a Hindu/Buddhist/or whatever. I try to make them think about things and try to teach them to be skeptics. Not easy in a school for students who have been permanently excluded from other school that no-one else wants to teach, but I will persevere!
If you could live anywhere for a year, where would you choose? my answer -- one of the smaller ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 20, 2018:
If I had a choice and the financial security to do it, I wouldn't live anywhere. I would spend the year touring - either by public transport or motorcycle. I would make my way around the world.stopping off in places as it suited me and living as the locals do, not using posh hotels, but b&b or camping. I rarely go to the same place twice for holidays, no matter how much I like a place (short breaks in Scotland excepted) as there is so much of the world out there to see. And contrary to popular belief, most of it friendly and welcoming.
What's your Favorite Kind of Cat?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 16, 2018:
I must resist the temptation to say that any pussy is fine with me...... Anyway, here's mine. 8yr old rescue cat.
Middle Age
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 15, 2018:
And why is it when you lose something it's always found in the last place you look? ;-)
Is there anyone who does not believe in the existence of extra-terrestrial life? It seems almost ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 15, 2018:
"All beliefs are equal" Really? 'I believe in the Loch Ness Monster' is equal to 'I believe doctors are unnecessary as god will heal my child's cancer'? Not all beliefs are equal, some are dangerous - White supremacists? Hitler? We can hypothesise about life elsewhere in the universe, as we know that abiogenesis is possible given the right conditions. The universe is really big (honest!) so it is possible that these conditions could exist elsewhere and it is possible that life could form elsewhere. Is it probable? I don't know. At present we have only one example of life existing in the universe, so on that basis it is impossible to calculate probability. On the god claim, we have precisely no confirmed existence of god anywhere in the universe so have no evidence that it is even possible let alone probable. With the evidence we currently have for life in the universe, I can confidently state that there is life on earth.
I really wonder what is wrong with these people who deny climate warming. I am seeing the results in...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 15, 2018:
My daffodils were out last week - should be out around mid february. Same last year too.
Formal Education
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Went to uni to qualify as a social worker, But I've always been an atheist. Even at primary school I could't accept the supernatural stories that didn't make sense. Who made god? If he was always there, what did he do in the eternity before earth? Why did he keep killing people? My dad had always told me to ask questions and make up my own mind, so in some respects, yes, education made me an atheist.
What is with the hatred of police officers? Out of the million LEO's in the US a few get bad acts ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 15, 2018:
First things first. I live in the UK and have never been to the states. However, we are bombarded with American TV and film police dramas. Now I know that TV is not the real world and situations and characters are larger than life, but with few exceptions police are portrayed as the 'good guys' fighting crime and rooting out the bent coppers and ne'er do wells. Which on the surface sounds really good. But in reality, what we see is a bunch of loose canons who shoot first and ask questions later, beat confessions out of suspects, break into properties and totally ignore the rules and safeguards in place that are there to protect everybody. Combine this with the constant drip feed of innocent (mostly black) people being shot because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and the fact that most people's experience of police is via TV and media - and especially now social media - you can start to see why the public's perception can start to become very negative of the whole profession. It's just a theory you know..... ;-) (Translation to science speak - these are my thoughts on the matter and the hypothesis I am putting up for peer review.)
How comfortable are you with the idea of same gender sex?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
I have no issue with sexual relationships between consenting adults and I am comfortable with whatever choice suits the individuals concerned. I also find it a sad indictment of society that this is actually an issue and I hope that as marriage becomes accessible to all in more places around the world that it will continue to become less of an issue. My dream is that one day, people will feel comfortable in their own skin and be judged on who they are not how they look and who they choose as their partner.
So as some of you may know, my Viking reenactment group participated in the making of a music video ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
That's a big axe. Vikings in Cheltenham. Whatever next? Sealed Knot in Northampton I suppose. :-)
laughing through the tears
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
On a similar track....
Atheism Definition
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
I have previously answered similar questions elsewhere, but to put it in a nutshell, I am an agnostic atheist. Atheist because I see no evidence that the claims of theists are true and have found no evidence that a god does or could exist. Agnostic because I do not know that a god cannot exist in any form in any universe. But until there is any credible evidence that a god exists then I do not believe.
Are you teaching your children that Santa Claus/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy are real?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Imagination is great for development and my daughter was fed the myths of Santa and the tooth fairy. When she started to question we helped her to set up experiments so she could work out whether or not santa and the tooth fairy were real. We can all enjoy myths and fantasy and ghost stories, but as long as we have been taught the tools to separate fact from fiction, then I see no problems with it.
Since most but not elaborate weddings are in some way relgious based and most weddings in that realm...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
My best man was not only a woman, she was also my ex.
What do you have to do to be you?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
It's in my avatar.
In my continuing efforts to "secularize" my Bible belt school's senior class, I have my students ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Ha ha ah. British programme blocked in Britain on copyright grounds. #irony
So, Trump isn't coming to Britain to open the new US Embassy. Maybe god does exist after all.......
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
I know Norway isn't in Africa and Trump was probably referring to Nambia but....
so....soul, no soul? does a consciousness, self-aware and singular, proceed without body? Do you ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 13, 2018:
If I believe there is no soul, does that make me an asoul? :-)
What Type Of Diet Do You Personally, Or Your Family Practice?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Mostly fresh unprocessed food, lots of fish and occasionally meat. Plenty of fresh bread. And cake. You can't live without cake. It's the law!
The Reason Britain Loves Tea - YouTube
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
And we love tea so much in the UK, we even use it to teach our kids about consent.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZwvrxVavnQ
Neoliberalism, how we got into this mess. [theguardian.com]
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Unfortunately it permeates the very fabric of our (UK) society. Big business owns the media and sells the benefits of competition to the politically illiterate and compares the 'austerity' of countries to the housekeeping finances of the family home. Make those with no power either think they can make a difference or marginalise them so much that they no longer bother to vote. Even traditional left wing parties are right of centre and perpetuate the myth that they are socialists - hence the attempt by those in the labour party's attempts to discredit Corbyn as he is too left wing and would never get votes.... Hopefully his success might be the impetus to get the young and disenfranchised to vote and actually start to make a difference. And all my pigs have been refuelled and are ready for take-off..........
What if you are wrong and there IS a god
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
If I survive after death then I will also be supernatural so I'll stir up a supernatural revolution and kick his supernatural ass and hold him to account for all the shit he's caused to life on the planet I love. Failing that, at least I'll be bloody warm. It's freezing here tonight.
This is one of the reasons I became an atheist. Yesterday, a young boy who survived the massacre at ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
So why did god reject him? Why did he want to meet the others before him? Perhaps he didn't believe enough to go to heaven and the benevolent great creator was giving him a second chance to touch his forelock and worship him properly? .....or perhaps god doesn't exist and he just got lucky.
What does “Spiritual Atheist” mean? Isn’t it a contradiction?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Atheist is purely a lack of belief in a god. Buddhists are atheists, but believe that there is a higher consciousness that connects us and everything else to the world and the universe. So in that sense, buddhists are spiritual atheists. The difficulty arises because there is no clear definition of spirit or spiritual. Whenever I ask someone who tells me they are spiritual they usually include the words spirit or spiritual.... Now don't get me wrong, I like spirits. A nice single malt or a JD and after enough I may even see spirits, but I haven't got a clue what they are. :-)
I'm new to this site and it seems to me that coming out as an Atheist in the USA is quite a big ...
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Welcome in. I was born Cof E and was christened, but my parents always said I should make up my own mind and as a result have never believed in a god. Like you say, it's not a big deal here in the UK.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Can't be specific, but certainly much younger than my chronological age. I also think that some of my colleagues are much older than their real ages too!!!!
Was this unexpected? [livescience.com]
Uncorrugated comments on Jan 12, 2018:
This was also reported in one of the UK papers today.
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