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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.
Money is power? True or false?
evidentialist comments on Jul 23, 2018:
That depends on what you mean by power, doesn't it?
@Thismuchistrue -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Jul 23, 2018:
@Thismuchistrue -- Please, supply just a bit of information in your bio and we look forward to hearing from you here in the thread.
So fellow unbelievers...what do you think about Astrology? Also a load of nonsense?
evidentialist comments on Jul 23, 2018:
Astrology was the mother of astronomy. That said, astrology is utter nonsense, but I owe the folks who thought stars and planets, and the moon and sun had some bearing on the lives of people a debt of gratitude. Why? Because of their pursuit of utter nonsense, a science was born from which answers have flowed and continue to do so.
Woo-hoo! T-shirt time! I'll post a pic when I get it! Thanks, @Admin!
evidentialist comments on Jul 23, 2018:
Grats. Which color?
A few questions for Atheists out there.
evidentialist comments on Jul 23, 2018:
What caused me to become atheist? Well, several things. My curiosity is and has always been insatiable. I have always been an avid reader. I learned how to think critically at a young age. Logic comes naturally. I have never been bashful. Because of the foregoing, I have always asked questions and those questions have never been easy ones. I read everything, including the small print on labels. I have always weighed things carefully. As a result, it is doubtful anything else could have happened. This occurred independently of other family members. The family was made aware by simple declaration. A couple had nothing to say about it and were not surprised. The responses of the remainder ranged from incredulity to total shock. I suspect you may not understand the meaning of atheist. Would you care to explain what it is you think an atheist is? That's the old curiosity at work.
Anybody else having a problem with connecting to agnostic.com because of security issue?
evidentialist comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Had a problem about an hour ago. Fixed itself.
Just made Level 8! Purple shirt is ordered! :-)
evidentialist comments on Jul 21, 2018:
**Yay...!**
You create a religion... which cartoon character would you pick to be the main ‘image’ of your ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Obviously....
Praxis: the process of using a theory or something that you have learned in a practical way: "She ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 20, 2018:
His music always sounds better after he praxises. :P
Antepenultimate - the third-from-last in a series. If you ran a race and beat only two people, you ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 20, 2018:
As usual, @FrayedBear is correct. FrayedBear made the penultimate comment, because mine, at this moment, is the ultimate. Results may vary as time passes.
What invention doesn't get a lot of attention but has made a huge positive impact on the world?
evidentialist comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Viagra was a moving development.
Halcyon-calm, peaceful, happy, affluent. Until those halcyon days return, the country realizes ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 19, 2018:
All halcyon faded into a gaulimaufry of emotions when the other driver pointed at the new dent, smiled and said, "Tao, my friend. Just Tao." Yep, so far a productive day, thanks to the three of you.
Has anyone else read James Blish's 1950's sci-fi novel, "A Case of Conscience"? I'm interested in ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 19, 2018:
It was an interesting but tedious piece. Blish had to work hard at getting things in place. Some of his arguments as developed by Ruiz-Sanchez were on the weak side and didn't fit into the theme all that well. One has to appreciate the book for the fact that it was one of the few and earliest Science Fiction works that looked at religious issues in any scope at all -- and it was unique in just how it did that. Though I wouldn't recommend it to anyone for an enjoyable read, I think it is well worth reading for the lessons it teaches in both the human condition (several perspectives) and the writing craft. I suggest that aside from it being a difficult read, it was a more difficult write. My hat is off to Blish for this one in spite of its ending that is not an ending.
Do you give compliments with honesty?
evidentialist comments on Jul 18, 2018:
A compliment given any way but honestly is no longer a compliment.
What's the best excuse for being late you've ever used or heard?
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Ship ran aground, Sir.
I know that some of you pioneer users miss the good ol’ heady days, the first months of ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Remember:
I know that some of you pioneer users miss the good ol’ heady days, the first months of ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Udderly ridiculous.
How many places have you lived in your lifetime?
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Lived? I'll set my criteria for lived, then you decide. Long enough to unpack, learn about the local culture, work for a living/finish a contract, travel around the area enough to be familiar, make a few friends (some close), buy some local clothing/souvenirs/art, learn at least the basic local language, and go on a few dates (anything in excess of 10 weeks). Under those conditions, I've lived in 35 countries outside the US, 12 states in the US and 5 territories of the US. Places I've seen (as in brushing my teeth a few times after eating at some local restaurants and flirting with at least one waitress), probably another 20+ countries, including most of the Pacific and Caribbean islands, all the Canadian provinces, and the remaining 38 states.
Twattling – To gossip; talk idly and too much. While a tattler may be someone who gossips, the ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
That may be so, but one can't help but notice there are a lot of Twitter twattlers out there. They just resort to doing it in volumes.
What makes something a religion? Hello fellow agnostics, I am inviting you to share your ideas... ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Religion is the result of the interaction of several things that reinforce one another in a loop. The video that @NerdyOkieDude posted below is excellent in both description and detail. What distinguishes religion from philosophy is ritualization and dogma that grows out of the rituals. The incessant looping from experience to testimony to ritual to experience --------> generates a rigid mental framework. In philosophy, there is no need to ritualize which helps break the chain. So, while it is true that one can make a philosophy or set of philosophical principles into a religion, it is seldom done. A couple of cases where that has happened: Scientology and Mormonism. Yes, one can say that both started out as religious concepts, and that would be partly true, but the fact is that L. Ron and old Joe took issue with existing religions, developed some new ways of approaching life (living philosophies), applied those to religious ideas, then massaged their philosophies for a better fit, invented some new rituals to help set the ideas, and from that cycle produced a new dogma --- new rules.
Since this is my Facebook ? Just wanted to share that I have a job interview, today. I'm super ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Know that the interviewer is just another human being, that no job is worth giving up your freedom for, and don't sweat the small stuff.
Where are the Revolutionaries? Where is the blood that ran Hot in the streets? Where are Hoffman ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Timely and well thought out prose, my friend. May I post this elsewhere?
Ok is it just me or does anyone else's skin crawl when they hear/read the much over used word ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Yum yum..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kscYKPmH1SA
Teaching English in Latin American
evidentialist comments on Jul 16, 2018:
I'm a mite confused here. Your profile indicates you are in Irving, TX. Does this mean you are taking the CELTA with intentions of moving to Ecuador? If so, do you have any experience with living in Latin American countries? Also, why Ecuador? I taught/tutored English and German as foreign languages in Mexico to engineers and management at various maquiladoras around the country for a couple of years. It was one of the more fun things I've done.
Why Is It So Easy to Fool Republicans?
evidentialist comments on Jul 16, 2018:
I think we should arm children while in the womb. I mean, what happens if a bad guy gets into the delivery room? This way the kid is ready coming out of the chute.
I was just wondering what ever happened @jeffy? I know people get busy and I have been as well. ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 16, 2018:
His account is still active. Maybe he's taking a couple of days away.
Dress Code for atheists: I remember watching a very old video taken in a bar where if memory ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 15, 2018:
I voted that I will wear boldly, but that does not mean I wear things like that always or with intent. If, on the other hand, I am wearing something that identifies me as a rationalist, I have no problem with dealing with any issues that might arise.
Did you know there is a scientific institution studying Parapsychological events? [noetic.org]
evidentialist comments on Jul 15, 2018:
If I understood this post correctly, you are promoting IONS (Institute Of Noetic Sciences) as a ... a science based organization and that the studies they conduct are ... um ... scientific. Is that right? In the spirit of that being the case, I give you this from RationalWiki: ::::::::::::::: Note that noetic "science" and noetic philosophy are distinct. Noetic (from the Greek noetikos, "mental") philosophy is philosophy dealing with the mind, intellect, or consciousness. However, this more often goes under the more obvious name of "theory" or "philosophy of mind" these days. Noetic "science" is closer to the pseudoscience of parapsychology and other such New Age fluff as "expanding your consciousness." :::::::::::::: Science has looked into these issues over the years and has found no supporting evidence for any of the claims that have been made at any level in parapsychology any more convincing that random chance. Science would be delighted if any of this carried any weight because it would open new vistas of discovery and study. Job security for real scientists, so there is no cause for bias against the topic other than the fear of ruining a long and hard fought for career in the responsible sciences. If you'd like more, I can provide it.
What do you think, would I be the first to cover this plot angle?
evidentialist comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Old hat. The old bait and switch.
This is a true story. I changed the names. I was working a 6 month contract in Redding, CA as a ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Yep, I know of the find, but your write made it real. Thanks.
I am curious if anyone ever wonders how can this really smart person believe in God? I consider ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Otherwise intelligent human beings believing in anything without real evidence is astounding to me. Whether it's believing in an imaginary friend in the clouds or astrology, numerology, Ouija boards, leprechauns, walking on water, omens of black cats and cracks in sidewalks, and the existence of Mr. Clean, I find it all dumbfounding.
SciFi idea: Aliens breed humans for luck by breeding survivors of airline accidents!
evidentialist comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Favoring the luck gene.
Is religion used as an opium to the people or as useful means of domination for politicians?
evidentialist comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Of course it is. Was there ever a doubt?
White Hole & Multiverse Theory
evidentialist comments on Jul 15, 2018:
LOL. Sort of like holes in our inner tube and before long our Universe will be flat.
I, and several, family members, worked in the aerospace industry for decades here in Southern ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 14, 2018:
I job shopped and contracted around the industry for quite a while. Good times. MacDeeDee, Rocketdyne, Northrop, TRW, JPL, etc. Last project I had a finger in was Voyager 1 & 2. I also worked a bit on Pioneers 10 and 11. Lest ye be impressed, remember there were thousands of people working these projects, most of us just tiny cogs in a huge set of gears. Nonetheless, they were an exciting few years.
Who speaks up when friends post religious beliefs?
evidentialist comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Most of the time, yes. Depends on subject and attitude of presentation. Most of the time they deserve at least a shot across the bow.
Church signs in your face every day ?
evidentialist comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Not really. Keep in mind that banning religious messages displayed in places where they are visible to all could easily backfire with a ban on secular messages as well. I realize that's a bit extreme, but If I want them to respect my rights, then I must respect theirs. The problem rests more in what we call rights than in the messages displayed. The messages they put up on their own property and those they pay to have put up are not a problem when it comes to my rights. Remember, I have the right not to read them, just as they have the right not to read ours. Our concerns for such matters should be related to that separation of church and state. If you want to have some fun, rent a billboard for your own message. Make it in good taste, but really offensive. See how that goes over.
Hi. After 30 years or so as a newspaper journalist, I just self-published my first fiction. It's ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 13, 2018:
@NellieBly -- Interesting premise and I can foresee tortuous plot line possibilities. Also a good example of write about what you know or let what you know help you write about what you may not know. Congratulations on the release and I hope you are rewarded for your effort. Who is the publisher?
My favorite latin phrases: Malum in se: something that is wrong or evil in itself (murder, rape,...
evidentialist comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Suum cuique.
1976 - A Bicentennial Tale by DH McCarty 9/20/16 She was sitting across the table from me, in a ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Good word photography.
Silly me, I added chat to this group. In case anyone is interested. I don't partake in chats, I ...
evidentialist comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I prefer my chats one on one as well.
Welcome to kindling @bleurowz!
evidentialist comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Howdy, @Bleurowz

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