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As a child, I was sorely puzzled by the behaviour of other children. At age 67, I am ever so slowly learning about the behaviour of people, including myself.

Anybody who tries to bamboozle me with sloppy arguments will be rewarded with an intellectual spanking.

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What started me on the path toward agnosticism was when I decided that if I was going to be a ...
anglophone comments on Jul 13, 2020:
I went into agnosticism at age 20, and came out the other side as an atheist at age 30. My own position is that the Scientific Method produces far more useful models of the natural world than does religion: a vaccine against tetanus is far more effective than "trying to pray away the disease". I do not, and cannot, understand the mentality of those who cling to religion like a drowning man. Me spending the rest of eternity in Heaven singing the praises of the genocidal maniac known as the God of the Bible? No, as that would be pure Hell. I also have an aversion to those who use religion as a way of fleecing other people of their hard-earned cash.
This popped up on a friend’s feed today...
anglophone comments on Jul 12, 2020:
That reminds me of Isaac Asimov: "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."
Its a Mosque! No its a church! My ancestors built it for Jesus 1500 years ago! U Arabs stole it 500 ...
anglophone comments on Jul 12, 2020:
To answer your question about when will we stop fighting about such things, the answer is simple: not for as long as the catastrophically mentally deficient remain in positions of power. See also the absurdity of the "Immovable Ladder" at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Status_Quo_(Jerusalem_and_Bethlehem) .
Any body feeling more tolerant or less tolerant of religion after the last 6 months?
anglophone comments on Jul 10, 2020:
I am just as intolerant of religious claims as I was 6 years ago.
Daily search to find something to be offended about.
anglophone comments on Jul 9, 2020:
It is also ageist. Why are there no toddlers?
It would be sad if it wasn't so damn scarry.
anglophone comments on Jul 8, 2020:
The dumbing down of America is alive and well in the form of Faux News, The Tangerine Menace, and the Evangelical right wing lunatics who scream "We are a Christian Nation!".
If your work can be done from home, can't it be done from India/wherever ?
anglophone comments on Jul 6, 2020:
To answer your question, yes it can be done. I have worked for clients that have been 6,000 and 10,000 miles away.
Hello I am new and glad I found this site :)
anglophone comments on Jul 5, 2020:
Welcome to the asylum. I hope you enjoy your stay. :)
Any guesses what POTUS security code name is ?
anglophone comments on Jul 5, 2020:
Pinhead
Tommy Fisher's Border Wall In Danger of Falling into Rio Grande | Law & Crime
anglophone comments on Jul 4, 2020:
Trump's ego trumps reality every time.
I just notice people more often sound sort of like robots repeating whatever they just heard.
anglophone comments on Jul 4, 2020:
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LOL, it just CANNOT get any better imo.
anglophone comments on Jul 2, 2020:
You have to hand it to those imbeciles: they are 100% consistent in their stupidity.
I’ve been on dating sites where some of the women characterize themselves as free thinkers and ...
anglophone comments on Jul 2, 2020:
Hmm. "Free thinkers". Hmm. Perhaps they really mean that they are free from the ability to think. If anybody tries to pull that sort of stunt on me they very soon get a sharp kick in the grey cell.
Mean message from a Trump Supporter
anglophone comments on Jul 2, 2020:
It's funny how he was projecting his own issues onto you. But I have come to expect that of Trump supporters: they have between them less cognitive firepower than an inebriated paramecium.
We’re the same age, but you don’t want to date me because I’m too old. What's up with that?
anglophone comments on Jul 2, 2020:
Mental age is far more important to me than physical age. A woman of my age (67) with the attitude of a five year old (and I know of one such woman) is a real no-no for me. My latitude is -25 to +10 years. Anybody who refuses to date somebody their own physical age for solely the reason given has a severe attitude problem, and I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.
"Religion is a practice that counterbalances our animal instincts for the purpose of accommodating ...
anglophone comments on Jul 2, 2020:
FTA: " Authentic religion doesn't have to be institutionalized and doesn't have to be called religion" which immediately begs the question about the meaning of the word "religion". Of the comments and replies that I have seen below, I would characterise them as skirting around the issue of how power structures have operated since before the time of Akhenaten.
Just a beautiful horse
anglophone comments on Jul 2, 2020:
As a student of the body language of horses, I would want to see its ears. Having said that, I find the image to be well composed.
So my parent's church which I visited for Father's Day is now experiencing members coming down ...
anglophone comments on Jul 1, 2020:
The stupid, like the poor, shall be forever with us.
Does anyone have any evidence or good reason to think that the pandemic is causing people to doubt ...
anglophone comments on Jul 1, 2020:
The current pandemic is causing stress to those people who are suspectible to such stress. My prejudices tell me that religious people, by virtue of being unable to think clearly, are more suspectible simply because they are less likely to understand what is happening in the world. If this viewpoint is admitted, then I infer that those with religious beliefs will merely have such beliefs reinforced ("God is testing us.").
Looking for friends with dry sense of humor, intelligence, and kindness.
anglophone comments on Jul 1, 2020:
And @hankster is the biggest liar out! I have pretensions of being the first two, but I am usually devoid of the third quality. But as others would say "Welcome to the asylum, and I hope you enjoy your stay." :)
All enmity is created by its owner's ignorance.
anglophone comments on Jun 29, 2020:
Disagree. My enmity of Donald Trump is created by my knowledge of his racism and his elitism.
Catholic Bishop Will Spray Holy Water from Helicopter Over City to Defeat Devil | Hemant Mehta | ...
anglophone comments on Jun 29, 2020:
My gast has been flabbered by His Holy Stupidity.
So this is strange.
anglophone comments on Jun 29, 2020:
She seems to be devoid of brains. Affability and intelligence are often decoupled in that way.
Trump retweets 'only good Democrat is a dead Democrat' video
anglophone comments on Jun 29, 2020:
Perhaps he wants his supporters to repeat the genocide of Tutsis by Hutus in as modern-day and USA version of Rwanda.
Pence grilled on not saying black lives matter while touting unborn children
anglophone comments on Jun 28, 2020:
The noises coming out of his arse make more sense than the noises coming out of his head.
Florida and Texas struggle with surging coronavirus cases - YouTube
anglophone comments on Jun 28, 2020:
Please remember that those liars who are in power were elected to their positions by the monumental dimwits that constitute the respective electorates. Darwin awards, anybody?
Should be in front of all restaurants
anglophone comments on Jun 28, 2020:
I could hang out in a place like that!
Opinion is a matter of education or illusion?
anglophone comments on Jun 26, 2020:
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Poor donnie is upset
anglophone comments on Jun 25, 2020:
His rally was too small. So is his penis. Likewise his humanity. He is such a pathetic excuse for a human being that I *almost* feel sorry for him.
Floridians reject masks as work of the devil
anglophone comments on Jun 25, 2020:
Floridians are panhandlers. Enough said.
If the bible is fictional, and some laws were derived from the bible, it goes to follow that the ...
anglophone comments on Jun 23, 2020:
What a magnificent stream of non sequiturs! Thanks for the laughter. :)
GOP Senator Laughably Claims Evangelical Christians Have “Shut Up” for Too Long | Beth ...
anglophone comments on Jun 21, 2020:
What he really means that evangelical Christians have *failed* for far too long to impose their odious ideology on everybody else.
Does anyone else feel that their ability to deal with dumb asses is waning?
anglophone comments on Jun 21, 2020:
Not in my case. I am building a larger arsenal of quips and put-downs for against such mental defectives.
Ever so cute. Yes, indeed. America must do better as a united nation.
anglophone comments on Jun 21, 2020:
I see America, or more properly the United States of America, as united by the states that have agreed to be united. However, I see it as catastrophically divided (translation: *dis*united) when it comes to the principle of treating all its citizens equally. I see this situation continuing for as long as it pleases those who are in positions of economic and political power to continue to enrich themselves financially at the expense of "the common man" (to borrow a phrase from England).
Elijah McClain was a kind and gentle 23 year old who worked as a massage therapist in Aurora, CO.
anglophone comments on Jun 21, 2020:
As a watcher of the American scene, it saddens me that such petitions rarely if ever get anywhere. Action is taken by the decision makers *only* when there is insurrection. Those decision makers need to be put in fear of their own lives before they become willing to act.
Mornin' everybody, Sunday here and it's colder than nudist on an iceberg.
anglophone comments on Jun 20, 2020:
Still the same old same old. After all, God put theists on this planet for the amusement of atheists - nothing new there then.
What does this pic suggest? Your interpretation is highly valued.
anglophone comments on Jun 20, 2020:
"Why did we abandon God? Without God, we are doomed. Time, perhaps, to put religion back into its rightful place, back into the legislature of every State in this great nation of ours. Likewise the White House. Only then will we have hope."
What lead you to agnosticism?
anglophone comments on Jun 20, 2020:
I went into agnosticism because I doubted what I was told by religious cretins. I went out of agnosticism and into atheism when I realised the value of the Scientific Method.
Have you ever been offended by being an agnostic or atheist?
anglophone comments on Jun 19, 2020:
No, but I have been hilariously entertained by assorted cretinous God Mobsters as a result of my atheism.
I have been treated like a pariah Because I don’t believe the same as everybody else.
anglophone comments on Jun 17, 2020:
I do not allow any such dimwit to exercise power over me.
The revelations from Bolton's book are truly stunning.
anglophone comments on Jun 17, 2020:
You assume that the Republicans in Congress are willing and capable of using their brains, but they are manifestly unwilling and incapable of doing so.
Of the formerly religious people, at what age did you abandon your faith?
anglophone comments on Jun 16, 2020:
It was a long slow process, started at age 20, finished at age 30.
What Are The Odds?
anglophone comments on Jun 14, 2020:
About 3.7 billion people are suffering from disastrous cognitive failure. That does not surprise me.
Texas Anti-Abortion Group Sued for Defamation for Calling Opponents “Criminals” | Hemant Mehta |...
anglophone comments on Jun 14, 2020:
Such vile dipshits are not over-endowed with brains.
Christian Conspiracist: Black Lives Matter and Antifa Leaders Must Be Executed | Beth Stoneburner | ...
anglophone comments on Jun 14, 2020:
Will somebody please give that man a jelly baby to eat? His brain is clearly short of blood glucose for him to issue that sort of excreta from his mouth.
New COVID Hospitalizations in U.
anglophone comments on Jun 13, 2020:
Is God wreaking His vengeance on those who are stupid enough to believe claims of His existence? (Yes, I know I have a very warped sense of humour.)
I wonder a lot. Could this really be a reason?
anglophone comments on Jun 13, 2020:
I can understand it before the Age of Enlightenment dawned, and @LenHazell53 has given a very good backgrounder as to what was happening in that part of the world at that time. Whet gets me is that in this day and age there are people who accept as "true" the manifestly absurd claims of the Bible (and the Torah and the Quran while we are about it). The ability to think seems to be beyond them.
The longest journey you will make in your life is from your head to your heart.
anglophone comments on Jun 13, 2020:
And I wonder just many people make that journey.
Big news out of Buffalo, New York.
anglophone comments on Jun 12, 2020:
At least it is a start. Whether the cities in the Deep South will follow suit is entirely a different question.
Religious Schools Promoting Gay Conversion Torture Are Getting Taxpayer Dollars | Hemant Mehta | ...
anglophone comments on Jun 12, 2020:
Homophobia is alive and well in "The Land of the Free" (the Land of the Free to be Vile Little Shits).
Evangelist Franklin Graham: Rainbow Flags Are “Offensive to Christians” | Beth Stoneburner | ...
anglophone comments on Jun 11, 2020:
He should take his attitude and shove somewhere the sun doesn't shine.
I've heard a lot over the years about how religious moderates aren't hurting anyone and that they ...
anglophone comments on Jun 11, 2020:
Yes, religious moderates give succour, however unwittingly, to religious crazies.
Atheists Prefer Cats [google.com]
anglophone comments on Jun 11, 2020:
It's easier to have a personal relationship with a cat than with a god.
Pastor: Go to Church, As It’s “a Foretaste of Heaven” and We’ll Convert Atheists | Terry ...
anglophone comments on Jun 10, 2020:
It is a sad comment on the human species that there are mature adults who blindly accept that sort of hogwash.
A day without coffee is like ... Just kidding, have no idea .
anglophone comments on Jun 9, 2020:
I get my coffee and nobody gets hurt.
Klu Klux Klan Leader Ran Over Black Lives Matter Protesters in Richmond, Virginia
anglophone comments on Jun 8, 2020:
People like him need to undergo re-education about too many things to list here. Moreover, he should be held in secure accommodation until he is no longer a threat to other people.
Conservative Charlie Kirk Mocks Protesters: Racism “Doesn’t Exist” | Hemant Mehta | Friendly ...
anglophone comments on Jun 7, 2020:
He is so mentally defective that he is highly dangerous.
Maybe this time real and lasting change will take place.
anglophone comments on Jun 7, 2020:
WOW!
My encounter meeting a racist, transphobic, chatterbox, conversation hog
anglophone comments on Jun 7, 2020:
I have no time for such immature and emotionally insecure people: they have the potential to be dangerously violent.
A guy on here told me "The modern western woman is useless to society as a whole" & said that my ...
anglophone comments on Jun 7, 2020:
Perhaps he prefers modern eastern women?
If you had a Trump supporter walk through your door, with a MAGA hat on what would you do?
anglophone comments on Jun 7, 2020:
I would behave obnoxiously. My level of obnoxiousness would depend on my mood at that moment.
Gate trump built around white christened baby gate
anglophone comments on Jun 7, 2020:
But will be effective in keeping him confined to (White House) quarters?
According to my physics teacher, people who become atheists will be punished by God.
anglophone comments on Jun 6, 2020:
He may be good at teaching physics, but he is demonstrating catastrophic cognitive failure elsewhere. It is trivial to infer the following: - He has no understanding of the Scientific Method - He has no comprehension of the nature of falsifiable evidence - He is committing the logical fallacy of special pleading his own Allah - He is demonstrating compartmentalised thinking (Francis S. Collins, a world class geneticist, also demonstrates compartmentalised thinking) - He is making unfounded assumptions about the both the nature of time and the nature of causality. As @twill observes, many smart people are stupid. An example of that is Einstein's claim that "God does not play dice" when in the context that Einstein was using He clearly does. Putting that quote into context, Einstein was rejecting the notion of quantum mechanics (QM), and QM has subsequently shown itself to be a very good model of that part of the natural world to which it refers. "So put that in your pipe, Mr Physics Teacher, and *smoke it!*" Edit: as you may have gathered from the tone of my comment, I have no time for galloping great fools.
Let's give religion a break just for a moment.
anglophone comments on Jun 6, 2020:
I *never* got anything useful out of religion.
What would it be like if the whole world became an atheist?
anglophone comments on Jun 6, 2020:
I doubt that it would be significantly better. The mentally deranged would find some other excuse or excuses to try to impose their own "cultural norms" on other sections of society.
How many of you found the christian straight jacket view of sex turned you off and enticed you away ...
anglophone comments on Jun 6, 2020:
I have never allowed any religious nitwit tell me what I may and may not do with my willy.
Texas GOP Leader: George Floyd’s Murder Was “Staged” to Create “Racial Tensions” | Hemant...
anglophone comments on Jun 5, 2020:
Such people are not overburdened with brains.
This year really has me questioning the validity of life.
anglophone comments on Jun 5, 2020:
You *may* be suffering from clinical depression. (I have been there, done that.) As others have suggested, it may be in your own best interests to seek professional help.
From Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy ([rep.
anglophone comments on Jun 1, 2020:
As others have indicated here, this is a topic that keeps recurring here. For what it is worth, I see the article that you have posted as being very poorly thought out. I see it having a false dichotomy, and an ignorance of the Scientific Method, and the logical fallacy of special pleading. Whoever wrote it probably failed Philosophy 101.
Angry Young Preacher: The Bible Says Gay People Should Be Executed (Humanely) | Hemant Mehta | ...
anglophone comments on May 29, 2020:
Perhaps the state should execute those who are irredeemably stupid? (But of course, they should be executed *humanely*.) Yep, his non-existent brain was given to him by his non-existent God!
George Floyd was accused of trying to pass a fake $20.
anglophone comments on May 28, 2020:
Such institutionalised racism flows from the institutionalised stupidity that is now endemic across much of the United States of America, including the White House.
I read in my local newspaper some Atheists are being blamed for burning down a church in ...
anglophone comments on May 24, 2020:
It's one of the oldest tricks in the book of Dictatorship 101. Find a group and make a scapegoat of it. Remember Hitler and the Jews.
I love this rare clip from Christopher Hitchens. It's amusing, raw and honest.
anglophone comments on May 24, 2020:
I would not drive religion out of this world, because it would result in me being exceedingly bored: I would have nothing left with which to demean the cretins who rejoice in attacking me for merely being what I am.
I was thinking about my deconversion from Christianity 3 years ago and how I could make an argument ...
anglophone comments on May 24, 2020:
You acquired the use of your (not given to you by God) brain. You overcame your childhood conditioning. There is no reason to feel ashamed. Those who brainwashed you rely on fear as a weapon of control to control the masses. I am delighted that they failed in your case. Thank you for sharing your own personal insight.
[huffpost.com] Preacher who said you can cure COVID19 with faith has died from the virus
anglophone comments on May 24, 2020:
That pastor has earned his Darwin award.
Too many atheists are hostile to the religious.
anglophone comments on May 24, 2020:
I disagree. As an atheist I am supportive the religious under some conditions. I am also hostile under other conditions. I make a sharp distinction between those who seek to understand and improve their own lives, and those who try to ram their own opinions down my throat. The latter group traumatised me, and I see no good reason why they should be allowed to traumatise other people.
What is the relationship between culture and religion?
anglophone comments on May 24, 2020:
The latter is a subset of the former.
Does anyone else get annoyed at lack of explanations that are hidden in the following phrases.
anglophone comments on May 24, 2020:
I see all the examples that you cite as being magnificent examples of cognitive failure.
Biased media, confirmation bias, conspiracy theories, the pandemic of misinformation - this stuff ...
anglophone comments on May 23, 2020:
My skepticism has been growing all my life. It helps me to spot misinformation from a mile away.
A very serious question here.
anglophone comments on May 23, 2020:
Leave him alone. He may be a cognitive disaster area, but he is nevertheless the master of his own destiny.
COVID-19 pandemic myths are spreading faster than the virus. But Why?
anglophone comments on May 22, 2020:
The mentally infirm will believe any sort of nonsense that is told to them.
Christian TV Host Rick Wiles: “We Are Going to Impose Christian Rule in this Country”
anglophone comments on May 22, 2020:
Welcome to the bigotry of the clinically insane.
Has Evangelical Christianity Become Sociopathic? [huffpost.com]
anglophone comments on May 22, 2020:
Evangelical Christianity was already sociopathic at the time of the Spanish Inquisitions. The United States of America has taken on the mantle of Isabella and Ferdinand 500 years afterwards.
Is it still a lie if you don't know it isn't true?
anglophone comments on May 18, 2020:
Different people can have different truths. From the point of view of a committed theist, if I was to tell him that his particular god cannot exist, then he is perfectly entitled to call me mistaken as to fact, but he is *not* entitled to call me a liar.
Young people attended a :coronavirus party in Kentucky, governor says.
anglophone comments on May 18, 2020:
Stupid is as stupid does.
Your grossly incompetent president called Obama's presidency "grossly incompetent"...
anglophone comments on May 17, 2020:
What else could you possibly expect from a grossly and culpably incompetent president?
We do not have the benefit of a time machine, or the ability to see into the distant past, but if ...
anglophone comments on May 17, 2020:
Thanks heaps! :)
Atheism is an absense of belief in god(s).
anglophone comments on May 16, 2020:
"However to not believe in something is in itself a belief". Um, no. The decision to not believe can be a philosophical position based on evidence, that evidence being the observation that nobody has ever produced any falsifiable evidence to support the existence claim of any god or gods in the last 5,000 years. That last clause is trivially falsifiable by design.
Do you think that religion has played overall good or bad role for human during this Covid pandemic?
anglophone comments on May 16, 2020:
The simple answer to your question is "no in my opinion". A longer answer goes like this: "Religion is merely a system of belief. It is religious people that do good and bad things. Those who claim that Covid-19 is an Act of God are doing a bad thing. Believers can also do good things: the good of humanitarianism has nothing to do with the evils of theism.".
"I have a dream, where our president isn't a imbecile.
anglophone comments on May 16, 2020:
Martin Luther King was right. However, Trumpsters are blind to the content of Trumpty Dumpty's character.
Is that so important to choose your partner who has similar thoughts on religion? Why or why not?
anglophone comments on May 15, 2020:
I could not live with anybody who has sufficient intellectual dishonesty to claim that their own god exists while all other gods are false.
I am agnostic because I want to have an open mind! Really?
anglophone comments on May 15, 2020:
My own mind is always open to falsifiable evidence. However, my mind is always closed to the psychopaths, mental defectives, bullies, narcissists and charlatans who try to ram their particular god down my throat.
I got this letter after a death in the family. Not happy at all with the Jehovah's Witnesses
anglophone comments on May 14, 2020:
Having the added pressure of dealing with mental midgets at a time like this is something that you could well do without.
I attempt to be stoic about most things.
anglophone comments on May 14, 2020:
Trump's failure to recognise the critical importance of managing Covid-19 is plain for the whole world to see. He is blind to his own folly.
White Supremacists Built a Website to Doxx Interracial Couples — and It's Going to Be Hard to Take...
anglophone comments on May 14, 2020:
What would it take to get an army of Big Black Mommas to give each and every one of those white supremacists a beating that they will never forget and from which they will never recover?
What are your thoughts about the "God of Gaps"?
anglophone comments on May 13, 2020:
The God of the Gaps is a nonsense beloved of the cognitively deficient.
What would you have done differently had you been god?
anglophone comments on May 13, 2020:
God? Fuck God! Perhaps I would fuck myself into non-existence after having fucked my own mother before I existed so that I could come into existence. But who the fuck knows anyway?
Pardon me in advance, but WTF is up with all the santa claus for grown ups/ god posts on an agnostic...
anglophone comments on May 12, 2020:
Policemen talk about crime. Criminals talk about punishment. God Mobsters talk about atheists. Atheists talk about the mental deficiencies of theists. Please feel free to feel offended; you have every right so to do.
After a 30 year stint as a Christian, I am celebrating 3 year of deprogramming .
anglophone comments on May 12, 2020:
I can go with that. The vile shit that was the headmaster of my primary school 57 years ago has a lot to answer for. "May he rot in Hell!"
How would you react if your SO (man/woman) was "outed" (previously a porn 'star' ) ?
anglophone comments on May 12, 2020:
My reaction would be "So what?". My SO was him/herself before we met, and s/he still has the right to be an independent person. Anybody who tries to belittle their SO because of what they did in the past has major flaws in their own character.