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I've had a long and adventurous life that has incorporated many different things. I have been an avid amateur astronomer since 1947. I have had three careers. A creative writer, a naval architect, and an applied physicist. I've had the opportunity to visit 35 countries as a result of work and my hobby of sailing. I have been a happy atheist/evidentialist/rationalist for 60 years as of this writing.

I currently spend my time as an author of Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, and any other genre that walks in the door from time to time. I am also a freelance editor.

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OSMOSIS: os-mo-sis. NOUN. The tendency of a fluid, usually water, to pass through a semipermeable...
evidentialist comments on Aug 12, 2018:
The Pharaoh Osmosis II is believed to have been thoroughly self absorbed.
Have you lived enough of a life to write a book about? and if you have, would you? If you wrote it, ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 12, 2018:
I have been told repeatedly that I should write an autobiography. Will I? Probably not. Why not? I don't really know specifically. I think it is possibly because I'm not interested enough to do it. I have written and published all sorts of stuff from novels to technical treatises, but all of it was driven by an interest and a need to do it for various reasons. A book about my life is not high on my list of things I need to do. That in no way says one should not write their biography. I you feel driven or even slightly motivated to write it, by all means, go ahead and do it.
ESOTERIC: es-o-ter-ic. ADJECTIVE. Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 12, 2018:
And one who uses esoteric comment as a weapon of choice is an **ESOTERROIST**, a word I invented and used in one of my stories.
Was becoming atheist difficult?
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
One of the easiest things I've ever done.
An Evening with Richard Dawkins & Carolyn Porco
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Carolyn is such a neat person. Hustle yourself on down there. You won't be sorry.
Where are you when you feel most alive and full of wonder?
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I don't have any particular place, time, or set of conditions to be awed spitless. It just happens whenever, wherever, and however. It can be ... dangerous.
A question for someone out there with arcane knowledge: were oxen ever used extensively as draft ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
From an article: Oxen were commonplace in British colonies starting in the 1600s. Plantation owners and small farmers relied on them for all sorts of tasks as well as for milk, meat, hides, and fat. During the Revolutionary War, oxen hauled supplies; they were links in the Continental Army's logistical network. In September 1781, Williamsburg citizens saw what was probably the largest assemblage of cattle in the town's history when George Washington's supply column passed through on its way to the Battle of Yorktown. Oxen remained the main beasts of burden until late in the nineteenth century, when horses and mules replaced them. Colonial Williamsburg has used oxen in historic interpretation for more than four decades. Holsteins came first in 1963 for "Life on the Street" programs. Over time, the Holsteins were replaced by two rare breeds. The Coach and Livestock Department has eight oxen—Milking Shorthorns. It has also used Randalls. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy recognizes the breeds as endangered. By caring for and using these animals in educational programs, Colonial Williamsburg is helping to preserve their bloodlines. The Milking Shorthorns are one of the oldest recognized breeds in the world. They came to the United States, Virginia specifically, in 1783. Their forerunners apparently existed during the 1500s in northeastern England. Milking Shorthorns spread rapidly across the United States. Farmers in the North and Midwest readily accepted them, and the first herd was established on the west side of the Mississippi River in 1839. During the nineteenth century, American farmers admired the animals for their strength, the quality of their meat, and, most important, their milk. But by the early 1980s, Milking Shorthorns were in dire straits. Thanks to a concentrated twenty-year rescue effort, about 10,000 of these red and white cattle now exist worldwide." **Find the article here: * http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/spring08/oxen.cfm
Is empathy the root of human morality ? - - - - - - Empathy and Reciprocity are the roots of ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Moral behaviors, group accepted norms, are possibly a gift to us from deep time and most likely a product of developing empathy coupled to survival needs. This is evidenced by the general consistency among disparate/isolated groups. The novel I just began assembling research for deals with this subject in a far flung future human colony on a planet slightly larger than Mars orbiting Alpha Centauri B sometime around Earth year 3160.
Vodun (meaning spirit in the Fon and Ewe languages, pronounced [vodṹ] with a nasal high-tone u; ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
And all this time I thought Vodun was a Norse god. Damn. Back to the drawing board.
It needed better editors and fact-checkers.
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Fact check? What the hell is that?
So this is the only way I can figure out how to het this on here without rewrighting the whole damn ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
There is a story brewing here, yes?
HARBINGER: har-bin-ger. NOUN. A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Vaunt-Courier https://agnostic.com/group/thewrittenword/post/152968/prologue-from-my-novel-seeds-of-memory-prologue-on-the-afternoon-of-15-october-2219-the-pre
Can you survive? Say all transportation which brings in food was disabled. Would you know what ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Yes, I can survive nicely. Lacking my meds would be the bad part, but I think I might be able to make it through that as well.
PROCRASTINATION: pro-cras-ti-na-tion. NOUN. Do I really need to define this since we all do it?
evidentialist comments on Aug 10, 2018:
@Snickers77 -- I'll comment on this one when I get around to it. Maybe tomorrow. Next week?
Are you Opimistic about the future of the Human Race?
evidentialist comments on Aug 10, 2018:
First, there is no such thing as race. Second, I have great expectations for our species if we can survive ourselves another century and establish a functional colony on Mars. Failing either ensures our species will indeed go extinct. Of course, humans as we know them now will surely disappear along the way as evolution continues.
TREPIDATION: trep-i-da-tion. NOUN. A fearful state, a feeling of fear or agitation about ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Fear and trepidation is a redundancy.
Is it just my imagination or does the whole site seem to be becoming a haven for nitwits espousing ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 9, 2018:
@JimG -- No, sir, you'r not imagining it. On the other hand, we represent a microcosm of the human species and any group is bound to have that element to one extent or another. I think we have been fortunate in that they are so few compared to other open sites.
Thank you so much! My lovely purple T-shirt arrived today along with a fabulous agnostic.com pen!...
evidentialist comments on Aug 8, 2018:
Kinda short for a robe, ain't it? Oh, not that I'd be complaining or anything like that. Used to be a big fan of miniskirts too. :P
Lateritious adjective of the color of brick; brick-red. I am a huge fan of your lateritious ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 8, 2018:
Wow and hot damn, there's one I'll be usin' every friggin' day.
Great attitude.
evidentialist comments on Aug 8, 2018:
We write whenever there is time, wherever we happen to be, and on whatever writing material is available.
EXTIRPATION Extinction, amputation or in religion the total ANNIHILATION OF ALL followers of ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 8, 2018:
Heads up, y'all. When y'all start a'feelin' extirpated, it's a good idee to take a good laxative an' if'n it's real bad y'all might consider givin' yerselves a enemy.
TRANSMOGRIFY: trans-mog-ri-fy. VERB. Can mean a humorous transformation or when a person or thing...
evidentialist comments on Aug 8, 2018:
I invented this word with a similar meaning for one of my whimsical tirades: Transmorphilate
I'm sure this will bring the people I'm talking about out of the woodwork but I have to say that I'm...
evidentialist comments on Aug 7, 2018:
The human species is comprised of all types. What would cause one to think that any group of human beings would not tend to reflect the whole to some degree? And it should be noted that intelligence has little or nothing to do with it. There are genuine PhD toting scientists (in the hard sciences) who believe in the Young Earth BS of the fundamentalist Dead-Jew-On-A-Stick crowd. I've had colleagues who consulted their horoscopes daily and made important decisions based on the position of this planet or that star. Intelligent folks, one and all. Although I don't accept woo in any form, I live in the real world of here and now and am aware of how it works. I fuss at them when it seems appropriate, otherwise I just laugh inwardly and move along to something of more interest.
I accidentally blocked somebody. How do I reverse it?
evidentialist comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Who did you accidentally block? It wouldn't have been @Snickers77, would it?
EXCORIATE: ex-co-ri-ate. Verb. To censure or criticize severely. In medicine, it means to damage ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Taxidermists are known to do this frequently.
Don’t End a Sentence with a Preposition—Where Did This Myth Come From? I love this kind of ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 7, 2018:
@Jacar -- LOL That old rigidity again. ----------------> Whence came this myth?
What do you call your mother-in-law?
evidentialist comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Dead. When she was still alive, I called her Virginia and Mom. Loved that woman a bundle and a half.
Eggcorn: Aside from being one of my two favorite words, the dictionary definition is "a word or ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Would of. Could of. Should of.
I wonder; is it possible to learn what can cause people to fall out of love with a significant ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Sure, but it would be on a couple by couple basis. Some elements might be capable of being generalized across a broad sample, but not all. Good luck with this.
@Hankster, I like how you greet every new member.
evidentialist comments on Aug 6, 2018:
@Hankster is a most cordial and amicable fellow, @Annaleda
Okay, Here is the first prompt, make of it what you will 1000 words, inspired by this picture, any ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Okay, so I wrote one ( **Mike and Mandy** ) but, damn it, I submitted it. If it gets rejected, I'll post it here. If it gets published, I'll wait until rights revert and post it here. I notice no other stories have been posted yet. Maybe we need to advertise this a bit more to get folks to participate? What say you, @LenHazell53 ?
[women.com] Word quiz.
evidentialist comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Okay, I did the test. 100% - You're A Walking Dictionary! Now what?
MEGALOMANIACAL: meg-a-lo-ma-ni-a-cal. Adjective. A psycho-pathalogical condition characterized by...
evidentialist comments on Aug 6, 2018:
You noticed the subtle signs, didn't you?
This isn't so much a rare word, but the meaning has become rare, having been debased, like so much ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I don't share this nostalgia for what words once were. The English language is a dynamic system of communication. That is, it changes over time to reflect the times. It takes in new words and morphs old ones as it attempts to keep up with what is happening in its world. It is interesting to me that we can take pride in artists and writers who bend and occasionally break the rules to produce the new, the fresh, yet we can be so rigid and resistant to change when it comes to our language. It is acceptable that there be some way of maintaining a uniformity for the sake of clarity in meanings and grammatical structure, but that way should always remain flexible so that we can take full advantage of language's ability to grow. So, though the word decimate is no longer used to indicate the killing of one in ten, it should not be mourned. Rather, it should be celebrated that we have outgrown the need for its specific Latin (dead language) roots wherein it was a practice to decimate.
I'm curious to understand: Do you hold grudges? If so, what purpose do grudges serve? Does holding...
evidentialist comments on Aug 6, 2018:
No, I don't. When I was a kid, I'd hold onto anger. I don't know what caused me to think about it, but I convinced myself that doing that was a negative influence in my life. Anger sustained is useless in terms of any value one might imagine it has, and it hurts the self.
PROJECT GUTTENBERG: Use this link to search for books on-line by tittle or author. Great site for ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 5, 2018:
Thanks, @Snickers77 -- I feel guilty not having posted this when I opened the group. Nice to know somebody's got my back. :)
Just a personal note: Got my Agnostics.com t-shirt (and pen) today. Thank you, Admin, and thanks to...
evidentialist comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Wear it in good health. As for the pen, it's not what it appears to be. It's a tracking device so *they* can keep tabs on you. Don't believe me? The first time you go anywhere with that pen, watch for the helicopter.
I've officially reached the halfway point of my novel, and I'm pretty darn proud of myself!
evidentialist comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Oh, wonderful, I get a chance to make you feel really good. Think of it this way: At least 100% of what you have accomplished so far remains to be done. :P
Inspired by a post in another group on this site. Vexillology is the study of the history, ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 3, 2018:
This is vexing.
I'm Larry, I've written a lot. Since I'm a composer of classical music and other types of music that...
evidentialist comments on Aug 3, 2018:
We are always open for a demonstration.
This was posted on fb by a member of my "religious right" family. This is exactly what they ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
@charlotte62 -- I wish to thank you sincerely for another one of those **WTF** moments.
Adventure Time
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Sailing the Atlantic and Pacific was fairly exciting. Road racing ranks up there, too. Flying bush plane in Alaska was something of a rush. Working a gold claim in Alaska's interior presented several instances of excessive adrenalin. Diving in submersibles like the DSH-1 definitely caused spine tingles occasionally. Flying the unfriendly skies of Southeast Asia was more on the frightening side, but adventurous nonetheless. However, the one adventure I have always wanted and it appears will never be is to set foot on Mars.
Bucket List
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Going to Mars. Because it is there. There is a myriad others, but that's the main one. Age and physical condition. In spite of that, I would go if the chance presented itself.
Show of hands. Who would rather go to the mountains than the beach? Anyone else?
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Both. I would also include polar regions and deserts and say, all four.
One choice! IF THERE'S ONE thing in your life that you could change what would it be?
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
My lifespan.
Importance of Religion/Lack Thereof in Daily Life?
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Religion, like other woo based ideas, is irrelevant. The only time it becomes an issue is when someone brings it up or an article/video is noteworthy.
What is your absolute favorite TV show of all time?
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
All those I didn't watch because they made it possible for me to accomplish most of what I went after.
What thing do you really wish you could buy right now?
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
**TIME** 30 years would be the minimum I would consider. 100 more years would be delightful.
My TShirt and pen came in the mail! Woo-Hoo! How do I look?
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I see you stole the shirt off one of your anal probe victims. Pretty cheeky of you.
Interested in your thoughts on two different topics: 1) Karma 2) Soul-mates
evidentialist comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Thoughts on karma: It appears that the notion of folks get their just rewards is batting no better than any other random element of chance. Further, I don't accept any form of fatalism either. Thoughts on soul-mates: Well, I hold no beliefs in anything supernatural and the concept of soul fits into that category right along with leprechauns and angels. Now, if one defines soul as the sum total of another human being and should there be a genuine compatibility match and the two of them cross paths and circumstances are such that they will have to interact enough so that each will recognize the other, then, yes. Otherwise, no.
Hi all, I'll post a first prompt in the morning and in seven days we will vote on the stories
evidentialist comments on Aug 1, 2018:
A seven day deadline. Crap, I thought *I* was bad.
Has anyone here managed to successfully market their self-published novel? Because that is what I ...
evidentialist comments on Aug 1, 2018:
I've never self published anything, but I've begun thinking about it for a couple of books I have that would be a hard sell to a regular publisher. I'll be paying attention to what goes on in this thread to learn what I can.
'The Last King of Scotland' by DH McCarty 10,000 words [whistledownthewinddotorg1.wordpress.com]
evidentialist comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Story about Trump and his golf course? Just funnin'. Take me a gander on the morrow, should I still be alive.
What do you do when you are bored?
evidentialist comments on Aug 1, 2018:
I don't get bored, so I have no way to understand one who does.
Theocratic Mercenary Erik Prince and the Christian Right - TheHumanist.com
evidentialist comments on Aug 1, 2018:
We have been in deep fucking trouble for a long time. We began wading out into it in the late 1960s with the Vietnam fiasco and reached the continental shelf with the 2016 election. It is now way over our heads and we need to make some decisions about our own survival.
So you don't believe in God, eh? What's this then?
evidentialist comments on Aug 1, 2018:
A series of photographs of a cloud formation.
FLASH FICTION -- Tell a story in 101 words or less. DESPERATION Giselle was desperate in a ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Most publishers use 1000 words as the upper limit for flash, but I like the economy 100 words forces.
FLASH FICTION -- Tell a story in 101 words or less. DESPERATION Giselle was desperate in a ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 31, 2018:
At a press conference, Nick Birdensum of SaniTroll announced the company's entry into the space race. “Glasov Swill named Dr. Billy Bob Sakituya as mission director," Birdensum said. "We plan a colony on the sun. It isn't moving like Mars and Europe [sic] so it’s easier to hit, and it’s downhill. The climate’s warm, meaning less weight for heating. According to Dr. Sakituya, the sun's rapid rotation means the night side temperatures are warmer, too. The lack of craters proves it should be safer. We have no crew volunteers, but that’ll change when knowledge of the project becomes wide spread."
Do you believe in E.S.P?
evidentialist comments on Jul 31, 2018:
No, I don't.
Can men and women just be friends? Age-old and cliche rhetoric... I am looking for people to hang ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Of course. Well, I can only speak for myself, but I have lots of friends who are women. In many ways I prefer their company over men because they tend to be more able to focus. Yes, I know that is contrary to the stereotypical woman meme.
WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM -- I am often asked this question, not only by friends but other writers. ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Ach! Ideas. Ideas fall as a perpetual rain on the creative. The biggest problem any writer has is sorting through all the ideas that litter the floor of their tiny hovel in the back woods. My files were once full to overflowing with scribbled notes on napkins, the backs of coffee shop place mats, envelopes, business cards, and 3 x 5 cards arranged alphabetically and each alphabetical group arranged in the order of what I thought the most promising. Because of the relentless march of our technology all of that now resides in thumb drives and on hard drives. The trick about ideas is not getting them, but deciding which will actually work.
Mentioned else where in this group is the expression "Fit as a fiddle" an expression that ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Of course there are other sources that need to be checked because the phrases frequently get lost in the details put on them at a later date. https://www.knowyourphrase.com/fit-as-a-fiddle https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/40250.html https://writingexplained.org/idiom-dictionary/fit-as-a-fiddle https://wordhistories.net/2016/07/10/fit-as-a-fiddle/ https://idiomation.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/fit-as-a-fiddle/ https://www.theidioms.com/fit-as-a-fiddle/ *The moral? Never settle on one source*
I'm admitting I dont have a high IQ but i would like to learn from those who do. I also love ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 30, 2018:
@MrChange -- Please, explain what it is you think IQ means. Your ideas about it would help me understand and respond appropriately. Let's talk a bit.
To me (or for that matter, to any rational minds), religion is another form of superstition which ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 30, 2018:
You might find this of some interest: https://www.nature.com/news/is-rationality-the-enemy-of-religion-1.10539
fettle- fettle (plural fettles) A state of proper physical condition; kilter or trim. One's mental ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
One should be in good fettle before testing their mettle.
Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window.
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
And I am going to be tempted to defenestrate the next person who brings this one up. Just kidding. The word comes from the New Latin de- (out of or away from) and fenestra (window or opening). From this, one can guess the origin of the German word for 'window'; *das Fenster*
I'm 29, living in Texas where most, if not all of my peers have had children. Even when I was ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
If you think you want children, by all means have them. If you don't want them, then don't have them. This is a time dependent issue, so if you wait too long, it won't happen. On the other hand, having one may convince you to either not have another or want more. It is too bad that we really can't predict which it will be. Unfortunately, no one can give you advice on something so personal. What you will get -- already apparent -- are opinions or some pushing their personal agendas. So here's the only advice that has any value: Make your decision and follow through.
Fantasy or Sci-Fi
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I write Science Fiction (primarily hard but occasionally stray into the softer forms), Urban Fantasy, Urban Paranormal, and Light Horror. I can enjoy High Fantasy, but it needs to be well written with minimal language gimmickry. I also enjoy Science Fantasy, but I don't write it except in humor pieces. Reading it is not a problem.
fettle- fettle (plural fettles) A state of proper physical condition; kilter or trim. One's mental ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
For a fat frog in a frying pan, he was in fine fettle.
Who gets your vote for the best TV father?
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I wasn't aware we could father TVs. Learn something new every day.
I am curious of people's thoughts of science here. Are you confident in science? Are there sciences ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It is reasonable to have a high degree of confidence in science, particularly the hard sciences. The soft sciences not so much, though even there, when proper methodology is applied, the results are basically reliable. So, plain straight answer: Yes.
Flour tortillas or corn tortillas?
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Can't vote because it depends on what one does with them. Flour tortillas for enchiladas, perish the thought. Corn tortillas for burritos, never. Tacos? Corn. Chimichanga? Flour.
welcome to kindling @CallMeDave
evidentialist comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Howdy and bienvenidos....
I had one of those days that was the kind where I would have been better off staying in bed. My ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Just think of all the things that didn't go wrong. The car didn't break down. Gas is still less than $5/gal. North Korea is disarming and Trump is still president. Now, don't you feel better?
How do you think that atheism and materialism coincide? Do they always come together? Do you feel ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Before any answer can be given to the question about spirituality, we need to know what it is you mean by spirituality because the word on its own is rather ambiguous.
Gerund the -ing form of a verb when functioning as a noun, I always pictured it as a cute little ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I always thought that it was the gerund I walk on in the garden.
Just took a picture of Mars with my phone. It's very close today and tomorrow (July 27). Right ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Clouds. Clouds. Clouds. No Mars. No moon. No pic.
Alembic - An obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Yeah, that's what you think!------tube------So what if I do?
Does the bible unwittingly promote Atheism?
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
"Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived." ~Isaac Asimov from a letter written in 1966 I have heard many variants on that theme over the years. Here is a smattering of stuff from Asimov: Asimov was an atheist: "I am Jewish in the sense that if an Arab wanted to throw a rock at a Jew, I would qualify as a target as far as he was concerned. However, I do not practice Judaism or any other religion." (March 17, 1969 letter). Asimov called himself "an orthodox, practicing atheist" (April 29, 1988 letter). He also observed, "I must say that I stand amazed at the highly intelligent people who have taken so much of the Bible so seriously" (Oct. 28, 1966 letter). "Nobody but a dedicated Christian could possibly read the gospels and not see them as a tissue of nonsense" (Nov. 1, 1966 letter). "I would not be satisfied to have my kids choose to be religious without trying to argue them out of it, just as I would not be satisfied to have them decide to smoke regularly or engage in any other practice I considered detrimental to mind or body" (Aug. 22, 1963 letter). "I am prejudiced against religion because I know the history of religion, and it is the history of human misery and of black crimes" (March 27, 1976 letter). Elected in 1985 as president of the American Humanist Association, Asimov rejected an offer to support "Jewish" humanism: "I want to be a human being, nothing more and nothing less" (June 21, 1985). (All letters cited from Yours, Isaac Asimov, a Lifetime of Letters, edited by Stanley Asimov, 1995). Asimov noted that "it is an excellent sign that the right wing is trembling before a few thousand Humanists. We are weak and yet feared. Let's give them more cause to fear!" Upon his death at age 72, he had written more than 470 published books, covering every category in the Dewey Decimal System, fiction and nonfiction. Asimov was married twice, and had a son and daughter. Isaac's death from heart and kidney failure was a consequence of AIDS contracted from a transfusion of tainted blood during his December 1983 triple-bypass operation. He died April 6, 1992.
I've been writing my latest celestial novella which has been progressing despite competing real life...
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Any time a character does something uncharacteristic it is a sign of author forcing story. How bad that is depends on degree. Yes, I've had that happen a few times over the years. You might not want to hear this, but the most common solution I've found is to cut the scene/set of passages/whole chapter and rethink the whole mess. There have been a couple of times when a rational way out of the dilemma presented itself, but that 'couple of times' literally is just twice. You'll have to weigh how valuable the scene/segment is to moving the story as opposed to how much hurdle jumping you'll need to do to get this kink in character behavior straightened out so that it fits their personalities. No easy answers on this one.
I must admit I am extremely appreciative that on this forum I have been able to vent about my grief ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
@AprilLynn -- Grief and the human need to go through it is not unique to any group of people or any set of magical notions. We all need to do it when we lose at any level and it is especially critical when the loss involves loved ones or those who have been close. I sincerely hope you are finding your way through this without suffering too much at the hands of the insensitive church folk. Now, about Mormons (the second 'm' is silent) and their rotten approach to such issues. You probably know about their genealogy business, but you may not be aware that they have made it a habit to posthumously baptize (convert) people. This came to light and became quite an issue when it was discovered they were 'converting' holocaust victims. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/us/jews-take-issue-with-posthumous-mormon-baptisms-beliefs.html
welcome to kindling @cmadler.
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Welcome indeed @cmadler and I hope you enjoy this group's motley crew.
More relevant with each passing day.
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Chris at his best.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMYjroVIDLA
Husband is Catholic I am me. We are going to pick up his new Harley tomorrow. I will be riding my ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Let him pray while you check your profile.
Another true (mostly) talen of mine... I had a CT scan the other day. You know the one where they...
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
One good thing about all this is that glowing in the dark can be important in a dim to dark apocalypse when you need rescue.
Question for writers: Is it still recommended to have friends read a first manuscript before ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Never have a friend read your work. That is, not if you want to continue your friendship. There are a number of reasons for this, not the least of which is the sort of honest interchange that must take place for such an endeavor to be productive. You are in the right place with this site and any other site that caters to or supports folks who aren't god-ridden or religion bound. That is but the first step. I suggest that you read this article by Jane Friedman before you do anything further. Chew on what it is she has to say first. I don't say her word is the definitive one or that it is the only one, but it is a good one. After reading this article, you might have a different outlook on this issue of 'test audience.' https://www.janefriedman.com/find-beta-readers/
If you choose to leave the United States, what country would you prefer to live in next?
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
There are several. The first two on my list are because of proximity and advantages I have in them: 1. Mexico 2. Canada 3. England 4. Germany 5. France 6. Australia
Do you remember your dreams?
evidentialist comments on Jul 26, 2018:
1. I remember them occasionally, particularly if they are vivid. 2. Always in living color on the big screen (those that I remember). 3. I am a polyglot and speak different languages at different times depending on what the dream is about and just how vivid it is. 4. I have always had flying dreams, and having been a pilot fleshes them out with all the needed reality. 5. I have a number of dream worlds that repeat from time to time. Is this ... research?
Home from the hospital this morning! As I'm catching up on posts, PMs, notices, I've been worrying ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Lots of sleep and hot chicken broth with garlic. An', hey, shucks, twarn't nothin', ma'am.
As writers, etc, we must also be avid readers. So, what's on your nightstand to read. Mine is: ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Fingerhut catalog -- illustrated and annotated, 'cause I'm on a diet and can't go readin' me no supermarket flyers.
The center for inquiry is suing CVS for selling homeopathic treatments. What do you think of the ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
They make their point well and have a solid case. Now, about kindness to people who believe in the effectiveness of homeopathy. Homeopathic 'remedies' are available all over. Shutting down CVS for fraudulent behavior would not make it impossible for them to obtain the stuff, but it would go a long way toward complying with that notion of honesty in advertising. I doubt an action would be sought if CVS had shelved all its homeopathic goods in a section labeled as such.
What the fuck is extra virgin coconut oil??? I struggle with olive oil but virgin coconut oil are ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
With the advent of the Internet, questions of this nature became obsolete. Well, I thought they had. Here is the result of a 5 second search: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/virgin-coconut-oil.html By the way, Virgin and Extra-Virgin olive oil is a different story, though they are generally similar.
Manuport. An unmodified natural object that was moved from its original location by a human being, ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
@Druvius -- Thanks for this one. Liked the article.
This is my understanding. If you believe there are gods or a God, you are a theist. If you ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
@LionMousePudding -- Sorry, but no cigar. I am an evidentialist/atheist/agnostic and there is a reason why that combination works. First, I have no belief whatsoever in any god or gods. I have no belief in anything not related to objective reality. The reason I have no belief in anything supernatural is because there is no evidence to support any such claim. Allow me to clarify an important issue. I hold no beliefs in anything other than the mundane things we all use to navigate through the day without cognitive overload. I require evidence for anything else. Hence the term atheist is a correct description of my position. If you want to know what I mean by mundane beliefs, ask me. Since I follow the epistemology of evidentialism, I must remain open to any evidence from any source at any time. It is also because of this that, though I hold no belief in any deities or other supernatural ideas, I must consider any evidence offered to support the notion of god(s) or anything else that has been unknown before the evidence is presented. It is because of this that I cannot make the claim that "...there is no ...........................(fill in the blank)," even though I have no belief in whatever. To make that claim would require that I have the evidence needed to support the claim. Since I do not have that evidence, I am an agnostic in relation to such a claim.
If you had to choose between saving your mother’s life or a stranger’s baby, which life would ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Depends on some important issues. In some cases it would be my mother, in others it would be the baby.
Are there others here who are in a relationship with a religious person? My live-in boyfriend is a ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
He can't be all that devout or he wouldn't be your live-in boyfriend and he would feel it his duty to bring you to salvation.
You work in healthcare, you are about to be fully responsible for the life of a patient in surgery ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Tell him/her I am not a believer, but I will give my patient the full benefit of my training and discipline, then I would excuse myself and leave the room.
This is one of my favourite lesser used words Pusillanimous...
evidentialist comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Reminded me of one of my characters. A fellow known as Pusillanimous Peter Papanovitch, the Parsimonious Popinjay of Prindle Place.
one I hope to get in the dictionary
evidentialist comments on Jul 24, 2018:
I shall begin using it regularly from this time forward. I'd like to think I did my part in dictionarying this fine new word. Not a day goes by that I don't encounter at least one instance of bibledegook.
It says “Please enter at least 10 characters” ok. ??????????‍♀️??‍♀️
evidentialist comments on Jul 24, 2018:
10 characters: Yosemite Sam, Donald Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Speedy Gonzales, Daffy Duck, and Donald Trump.

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Conference: Fact vs Fiction -- 2001
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My wife: Julieta
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Granddaughter: Ayrie Pauline Chaboya
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My youngest daughter: Alexandra Rachel Jacobs-Chaboya
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My eldest daughter: Leah Kelly when she was 3 years old in our stilt house at the west end of Galveston Island, TX in 1969
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My eldest daughter, Leah Kelly with me at the studio in 1968. Yes, she actually knew a few chords when she was a little over 2 years old.
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My son, Oscar, when he was playing police officer in 2002. Datsa my boy.
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My grandson, Logan Jay Chaboya and Gramps performing an experiment. We luvs science.
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Me in front of 'the wall' in 2004
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Copied from a newspaper article in which I was featured during Astronomy Day at the UACJ in 1999. I was lecturing on impact mechanics and how to identify meteorites in the field. At the university I also displayed my meager collection of meteorites and related materials.
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Founding members at the signing of the papers of incorporation of the Planetary Society: Carl Sagan (seated to the right), Bruce Murray (seated to the left), and Louis Friedman (standing on the left). The man standing to the right is Harry Ashmore, an advisor, who greatly helped in the founding of the Society. Ashmore was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and leader in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 70s. What a fun group. Never a dull moment.
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Upper left: The four room farmhouse in which I was raised. Top right: Lovely little me on a rarely seen city sidewalk. Lower left: Me and my hotrod. Center: Aunt Lou, little sister, Lou, with me seated behind, and cousin Skipper with our 1927 Oakland Landau Sedan. Lower middle: Uncle Leroy riding my back. Lower right: Me and my tough row to hoe.
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A rather odd tale of first contact with a strange twist.
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The Earth travels in a random shooting gallery and one never knows.
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"Xenogenesis is one of those rare books that manages to catch even the most jaded of sci-fi readers off-guard. Somewhere between the description of cities in stratified levels of wealth and the injection of nano-machines, we realize we are somewhere between the world we inhabit and the world we only dream about, which makes the entire book something beyond a simple novel of escape. This combination of biotechnology and space travel with a hefty dose of hard-boiled detective fiction in the character of Patrick Dalworthy allows Jacobs to create a work that is both fantastic and close to home, one that tackles the subject of what it truly means to be human in a rapidly advancing world and answer it with aplomb." ~ Jamie A. Hughes
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IN THIS INCREDIBLE, SWEEPING SAGA across thousands of years and hundreds of light years we come face to face with our fears and deep prejudices. It is here, in SEEDS OF MEMORY, that we get an idea of what it means to be "HUMAN" and what "HUMAN" really means. It is here, in SEEDS OF MEMORY, that we are confronted with the need to know colliding head-on with reality. Are we, HOMO SAPIENS SAPIENS, truly the only form that humans can take, and is our history the only history? Might there not be others, or others created out of the very stuff of life who are, after all, our brothers and sisters?kith and kin? In this story we find that the lines that divide have indistinct, fuzzy edges, and that we are the ones who make those divisions. Here we discover humanity at its magnificent best, its seething worst, and everything imaginable between, while we make an uncertain attempt to reunite two peoples separated by time and space...and other things.
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The follow-on to Storm Cloud Rising. Maelstrom and the third book have been included into the first book of the trilogy so that it is now a single novel.
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My short story, CLOUD, appears in this anthology.
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My short story, I NEVER SCREAM, is in this anthology.
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My short story, GOD SHIP, can be found here.
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