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Coffee Large or Small
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I need the large mug for refilling.
Would you eat insects? Last night, my daughter and I tried BBQ mealworms at the Kyiv Ukraine ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Unless one is starving and on the edge of dead, I see no point in it. You take the fried grasshoppers. I'll take the filet mignon with mushroom sauce, baked potato smothered in sour cream and chives, and a cucumber, tomato, and onion salad with plenty of black olives.
Big American flags on big trucks
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
You know what *they* say, "Big flags on big trucks means little brains, tiny hands, and little ... well, you know. No, your assessment is probably right on the money most of the time. It's also a good bet when you see YUUuuuuge displays of patriotic symbols that the person has never served in the military.
Sigh. I'm crushing on one of you pretty bad.... it makes my day pleasant thinking about it... One ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Aw, c'mon, who is it, huh?
MEN ONLY: What is your race/ethnic origin?
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
According to my DNA results, I'm 100% European with a fairly high share of Neanderthal genes. Excuse me now, it's time for Spring cleaning. The cave gets a mite raw during the cold season.
Hurricane Season is here! Are you ready?
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Because I live in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, I don't need to be prepared for hurricanes. All we have to do is be ready for tornadoes. So, yeah, I'm ready for both, but I prefer hurricanes.
Is this a mensa only group? how high does your IQ have to be? Is it okay to be learning disabled ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
What is 'learning disabled'?
I am just finding out now, at 61, that some of my friends are racist. "Simmering racism" is what I ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
One does not merely 'become' a racist. Usually it is found that they were taught this behavior at an early age, generally by family associations and other outside influences such as peer group pressure. For many I suspect that it is suppressed for a long while, then something happens that validates or empowers them and it comes out -- but it was there all along.
Polyamory is wrong, don't mix Greek and Latin roots in the same word, it should be multiamory
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
Word porn. I love it.
This is a big deal, not only for science, but for theology as well. The most hardcore theists today...
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
Unfortunately, this is not a sign of evolution of the species which is where the religionists want to go. They can concede that some animals have learned to do certain things to aid in their survival and it won't affect their faith. We have also observed speciation take place, but they balk at that and revert to their 'kinds' position. They vehemently resist that speciation exists because in their minds that want to see a bird become a fish or some other nonsense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYMJRO_9Qek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZM9GpLXepU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqqBcF5bxYU
Anyone ever stay in a marriage because of kids? Is it worth giving up your own happiness?
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
Interesting. I got into a marriage because of a child. No, not mine and not a shotgun wedding. We made a contract between us because of the child. Details available if you want.
This was a response to someone's post, but being new to the site, I thought I'd post it here to see ...
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
In order for anyone to respond to this, we first need to know 'exactly' what you mean by 'enlightenment'.
Atheists Are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians - The Atlantic
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
Thank god they weren't talking about me. ;)
Is it odd that, although my favorite subjects of study are literature, history, and anthropology, I ...
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
Thank you, @Deb57 You have made my day. Keep up the good work.
Is ignorance bad?
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
All of us are ignorant over a broad range of topics and disciplines. There are several things that make ignorance a bad thing. Probably the most important in that group is willful ignorance. The majority of the religious are guilty of this one. Next on that negative list is the person who is ignorant, but accepts that condition as 'just the way things are' and makes no effort to remedy the situation. Ignorance itself is something that can be fixed with education. It is not an intrinsically bad thing. All people need is a little drive and desire to change themselves for the better, and *that* is where the problem is. In the case of the willfully ignorant, they don't want to learn. There are many reasons for that. These people must deal with cognitive dissonance much of the time. Those who accept their ignorance as 'just the way things are' are not much different, but there is a possibility that members of this group can be reached. So, is ignorance bad? In the case of those who have the drive to fix the issue, no. It is only bad when it interferes with the advancement of our species or poses a danger of any kind. What is truly bad are those among us who attempt to keep others ignorant to support their agendas and/or for profit. The clergy is a prime example of this type, even those who are a bit more progressive and open-minded.
What Time do you get up in the morning?
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
6 am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, except when I sleep in, so say, 360 days a year.
I never understood, even when I was an Evangelical, how christians loved warmongers and ...
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
You seem to be confusing silence with advocacy. The story as presented has him essentially silent on the issue of war. Is this silence approval or disapproval of the teachings of the OT?
Casual relationship
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
Odd way to look at things. Casual to the person who said this must mean we get it on when we get it on and when apart there's no messing around. Weird oxymoron there. I think that 'casual' to most people means 'no restrictions', yet the 'monogamous' part is a restriction.
This was uncommon to me until I learned that my ex was doing it: gas·light ˈɡaslīt' noun ...
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
We have a president who uses the technique well.
Do you believe all religions are the same, or that some are worse than others?
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
There is no question that some are worse than others, but all of them breed wrong thinking at one level or another.
Baptist Church Removing Jesus Statue
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
Too Catholic? I just thought I'd heard everything.
Does intelligence lead to atheism?
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
No. Notice that there are a lot of intelligent religious folks and always have been. When our species finally buys into leading life with a bit more reason, we will see an acceleration of people moving toward not needing belief and absolutes. Critical thinking and reason lead to eliminating the need for the warm, fuzzy security blanket.
Does anyone think we will live in a post-religious society?
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
By 'we' I assume you mean the current generation. Probably not, but there is some hope for the future. Maybe in another 10 generations, hopefully fewer.
Would you rather live 100 years in the future or 100 years in the past? timetravel
evidentialist comments on May 31, 2018:
At the end of WW I the world went into a series of nasty dips. No thank you. I'd rather take my chances on the possibility that we have learned a little something by 2118.
How to become an atheist: [youtube.com]
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
Luva disa guy. He'sa my kinda nut.
Do you consider religion to be a contagious mental illness?
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
No. At least not in the sense we normally think of contagion. Broken and/or fragile people tend to latch on to anything that will make them feel better about themselves, more secure within a society, and in that way it could be considered contagious-like. Religion relies more on indoctrination, principally of children, to secure its future existence. The tenets of the Abrahamic religions ensure a steady supply of young minds to mold. So, my answer is, no. If you intended contagious in the broader sense, then I think I would agree with the posit you made.
I think many of us can relate
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
Then I decided to enter science as a theoretical physicist in QM and things went from weird to bizarre.
Atheism is what I don't believe. Secular Humanism is what I believe in. There is no god. We're ...
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
I suggest that it is far better to believe in nothing beyond transient mundane navigational beliefs and question everything, or at least remain skeptical. I accept the posits of secular humanism, but I don't believe in it any more than I believe in science. Holding a belief in anything limits one's flexibility and makes one resistant to other points of view that differ from what is believed.
What is your best comeback when someone asks you "Why are you on this site?" as a way to dismiss ...
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
Because I have a right to be. Have a problem with that? Take it up with Admin.
I am going ask for some wired advice..... I came here US last year with an student Visa however due ...
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
Refugee status, my friend. Application takes time. Appeals take time. If it all falls through, consider Canada.
Question. If there is an invisible supreme being watching our every move, would they be considered a...
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
The original porn addict.
Just signed on
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
@Kelvel2000 -- Welcome home.
What hair color of the opposite sex are you more attracted to ?
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
Titian.
I feel like real communication is a difficult accomplishment between male and female. I wonder if it...
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
I'd have to say it is probably you and anyone else who has similar difficulties, because I've never had that trouble with any woman. Perhaps it is because I see them as fellow human beings first. I don't know.
Any one traveling the world has finally found a place on earth real people who are humanist really ...
evidentialist comments on May 30, 2018:
A world wished for is a world never attained.
I've been suspecting a high nerd/geek population here. (Also I think that's a Good Thing....). Ok...
evidentialist comments on May 29, 2018:
This must be clarified. I possess enough elements of each to be considered a both, but I'm not completely either of them.
@lIlIlIlIlIlIlIlI -- Привет, и добро пожаловать в группу.
evidentialist comments on May 29, 2018:
Cape Idokopas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putin%27s_Palace
Recently a friend told me a joke about a couple arriving in Heaven and receiving a tour. Their ...
evidentialist comments on May 28, 2018:
@Vickylyn -- It's the threat element. They have an ongoing threat worse than anything imaginable. The better your score with the Man Upstairs, the better the reward in the sweet by and by. Amen?
I came home to find someone had stolen my dictionary and my thesaurus. I have no words to express ...
evidentialist comments on May 28, 2018:
All the best words are now in the possession of our president. Bigly. You might want to call him to inquire if he would let you use some of them. Especially the really YUUuuuuuge ones.
‘It’s a toxic place.’ How the online world of white nationalists distorts population genetics ...
evidentialist comments on May 28, 2018:
The white supremacist, Matthew Heimbach, who pushed a woman at one of our Trumpenfuehrer's rallies and has repeatedly shown up in violent clashes, may spend the summer in jail. Poor baby. The words on his T-shirt in this photograph explain much about his mental position/condition: Corneliu Codreanu, was a Romanian politician who was the founder and charismatic leader of the Iron Guard (also known as the Legionnaire movement), an ultranationalistic and antisemitic organization active throughout most of the period between WW I and WW II. Generally seen as the main variety of local fascism, and noted for its Romanian Orthodox-inspired revolutionary message, the Iron Guard grew into an important actor on the Romanian political stage, coming into conflict with the political establishment and democratic forces, and often resorted to terrorism. The Legionnaires traditionally referred to Codreanu as Căpitanul ("The Captain"), and he held absolute authority over the organization until his death. "PREZENT!" was the salute shouted to Codreanu.
Professionalism: Do you agree with this venn diagram's definitions?
evidentialist comments on May 28, 2018:
No, but I do accept the idea of the Peter Principle. As for pigeonholing people according to some nicely drawn pattern, other than presenting three circles overlapping one another with nice colors, I don't see the point. Whatever has been drawn, whatever the degree of overlap, the diagram will apply to a handful of people. One of my daughters is a Forensic Psychologist whose doctoral thesis was The Inefficacy of Statistical Categorization of the Human Condition. How's that for a title? Anyway, it pointed out that these diagrams denoting specific human conditions are applicable only in the most general sense for a grand sampling. Here's one of my favorites for human engineers overthinking their position:
The most important question you've been asked today
evidentialist comments on May 28, 2018:
Why is your photograph sideways?
Hello, new to both agnostic and this group. I am a published writer, three books on Amazon. Wrote ...
evidentialist comments on May 28, 2018:
Please, make yourself comfortable. We have quite a spread here, which is precisely what I was hoping for when starting this group.
So it's a scientific fact that the moon effects the oceans on the entire planet; i.e. tides and ...
evidentialist comments on May 27, 2018:
If I had a nickel for every time I've heard this question asked, I could buy Trump with pocket change and save the world at the same time. https://www.livescience.com/7899-moon-myths-truth-lunar-effects.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf6Z_YiXTSo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyLV_5MDeB0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flZXJ-Ewsn4
Not my area of expertise so new to me
evidentialist comments on May 27, 2018:
Load a load of lode on the loader until loaded for the road.
The English language can be strange indeed, where some words are antonyms of their logical meaning:...
evidentialist comments on May 26, 2018:
The poor deer can be one or an entire herd, I've heard, but the poor dear can never be more than one. As children, we all enjoy presents, but not necessarily our parents' presence.
I believe a quality and successful long-term romantic relationship is built upon a strong foundation...
evidentialist comments on May 26, 2018:
Precisely. Julieta and I were the best of friends before we ever considered getting married. That friendship has held us through the storms of life for a long, long time. Highly recommended.
Just wanted to share this- apologies to those who already know it, but it resonated well with me. ...
evidentialist comments on May 26, 2018:
The author of this piece, ***ETERNAL***, is a young woman from Australia named Erin Hanson. She is a wordsmith extraordinaire. See if this rings your chimes: ***What if I fall?*** ***Oh but my darling, what if you fly?*** Here is one of her short poems: “Life is unpredictable, It changes with the seasons, Even your coldest winter Happens for the best of reasons, And though it feels eternal, Like all you'll ever do is freeze, I promise spring is coming, And with it, brand new leaves” ~ Erin Hanson Here's a quote from an interview from a couple of years ago: *“I’m 19 and live just outside of Brisbane, Australia in the same house that I have for my whole life. The things I enjoy doing most are writing (obviously), reading and I absolutely love to make things. I do a lot of sewing whether that’s sewing dresses, bags or anything in between. I love doing crochet and embroidery too, so pretty much anything that involves making something new and unique, I’m there!”*
Are you a friendly or unfriendly, atheist or theist?
evidentialist comments on May 25, 2018:
A clever salesperson, politician, lawyer, and gambler always limits the number of possible responses to any posit. I had to pick the 'friendly atheist' from the choices given, but there is a question I ask of anyone who holds strong views about anything, and this is particularly true when it comes to the religious. Is it possible that what you think/believe/assume is wrong? The answer to this question determines what happens next.
How important is your family history or lineage to you?
evidentialist comments on May 25, 2018:
Genealogically it has no allure for me. Genetically it had some importance but I've settled that with testing.
Do they not see how utterly insane they are. There are adults encouraging this. [youtu.be]
evidentialist comments on May 25, 2018:
Mayleesh shababa moky limiklokmuk shababa. Laba shaba balaka a baba ba mayleesh. Zoba flaka sobalaba mayleesh Zheeeeezus nem an shit fire.
Blatherskite One who talks at great length without making much sense.
evidentialist comments on May 25, 2018:
This brings to mind a certain president.
So; I'm sitting in the hospital waiting for my mother to be discharged. She was admitted yesterday ...
evidentialist comments on May 25, 2018:
You're quite welcome. It was a small price to pay to make sure you were supported through your ordeal. Would you like to know where to send the check? I do hope your mother is all right. Those are indeed trying and worrisome times. My best to you and yours.
Are us atheists becoming evangelical and close minded? If we are we become as bad as all the ...
evidentialist comments on May 25, 2018:
Let's look at the last part first. The first signals we sent out that were powerful enough to be sifted out of the background noise beamed out into space some 74 years ago when WJZ went to 50Kw on 660 kHz. Now, those signals that managed to escape Earth (a small portion of the station's power) were scattered all over the sky and mixed in with all the cosmic noise, so even though they were out there it is highly doubtful that anyone would have heard them anyway. We now know that the sweet spot in the cosmos, known as the *waterhole*, is the range from 1420 to 1720 MHz. Outside that narrow spread, there is emf chaos. Any civilization as advanced as we are would know that and would have concentrated their listening in that range on the assumption that anyone broadcasting with the intent of being heard would know that too. This is not an anthropomorphization. It is merely based on the idea that science and the knowledge thereof will not be any different anywhere else. Now, the first part. Atheists are people and as such are prone to the same foibles as religious people. In an ideal state we would have dropped all connection with anything irrational other than basic human emotions. Supernatural would not be in our lexicon. The reality is, we know better than that. I hope that we will eventually ascend to that level of thinking and that we'll have enough of an effect on the populations of the world that many of them will be dragged along in our wake. At the moment, that is not how things work and we need to accept the fact that it takes all kinds to make a society. In other words, accept the reality around you and relax. All in good time. All in good time.
Lets start a story. Three words per post. Go!
evidentialist comments on May 25, 2018:
tending my geese,
Wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend filled with health & happiness. Grateful for freedom and ...
evidentialist comments on May 24, 2018:
I don't know about others, but I'm damned angry. I have a lot of buds who didn't make it back. I know a number of families whose children likewise did not come home whole and many shipped home in a box. We *thought* our sacrifice was for our freedoms and to protect the world at large from would-be despots and tyrants when we signed, but learned later that it was for nothing more than beefing up the coffers of the rich, job security for the politicians who sent us out to kill and maim others, and enlarge and enrich a militay-industrial complex; all of whom were strangling us, sucking us dry for their own pleasure. Does that sound a bit negative? It should. I, and many others like me, have grown tired of the bullshit we are fed on a daily basis from all sides. There are some who I am sure have the country's best interests in mind, but they are a minority.
Plans for Memorial Day
evidentialist comments on May 24, 2018:
I'll be doing a bit of thinking about some of my buds and the buds of other folks who didn't make it back. That'll occupy an hour or so of the morning. Then I'll chow down on a breakfast of pancakes smothered in butter and apricot preserves, accompanied by a few slices of jalapeño bacon. We'll spend some time gathered around the table swapping lies and cheap shots. By this time I will have gotten a little grumpy because I've put off my morning's writing time, so I'll bid the gang adieu and head for my work space. What happens later is YTBD.
Can humans think without language? Try it.
evidentialist comments on May 24, 2018:
I am largely aware of my thought processes and a great deal of my thinking is done in images. Because of that, I would say that we can, but probably don't very much. We have grown accustomed to language based communication. What about the other primates in our line? Elephants? The cetacean family? We now know they are all capable of abstract thought, but what language they have is perhaps too primitive to be of much use in their thinking. I can't be certain of this, but I would have to say, yes.
Now that we've more than 300 groups, it's time to come up with a list of categories (e-hem, ...
evidentialist comments on May 24, 2018:
Writing is the foundation of most books, so books and writing could both fall under the general heading of literature. The same goes for stage plays, screen plays, radio scripting, poetry, and any other form of writing.
I coined a new word today. CONASAURUS
evidentialist comments on May 23, 2018:
Soft chuckle at first, but grew into raucous laughter followed by hacking, wheezing, and general difficulty with respiration.
Bible verses that still bother you.
evidentialist comments on May 23, 2018:
For me the bible is irrelevant.
JOKE: The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.
evidentialist comments on May 23, 2018:
The party was going well until present stood and dangled his participle over the bar.
13 Common (But Silly) Superstitions
evidentialist comments on May 23, 2018:
In my day we didn't have scanners and such but we did have Marine guards. They were huge, ugly, obviously meaner than starving junkyard dogs who would swallow you whole and spit out the bones if anything even slightly out of the ordinary were to take place. I was so preoccupied with surviving the guards that it never occurred to me to check what floor I was on. Of course, our facility was only five stories and a basement. No one ever told me what was in the basement. I didn't want to know.
Wheres all the Utah Atheist girls at? ?
evidentialist comments on May 22, 2018:
Where the hell is Utah?
@VictoriaNotes AHAHAHAHA! That was some welcome you gave Utah boy! Low-key savage. Respect :)
evidentialist comments on May 22, 2018:
Snark? We know nothing of this snark.
More about Welcome messages. This is the first one like this I have received (out of 25 or more):...
evidentialist comments on May 22, 2018:
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Numinous - having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of...
evidentialist comments on May 22, 2018:
The Great Numen shall rise from this place and flee thither anon, leaving us numinousless. 'Tis a sad day for the village of Black Rock.
My article on alien life in Perihelion Science Fiction. [perihelionsf.com]
evidentialist comments on May 22, 2018:
@DaveMania -- Just a bit more on the notion of that notion of manipulating the environment. We already know that we are not alone in the Universe, as I said, but I find myself wondering about chimps, capuchins, and bonobos. How long will it be before any one of them becomes our competitors at moving out into space? I say that with a smile, but it's not just a joke. It could become a future reality. https://onekindplanet.org/animal-behaviour/tool-use/tool-use-in-chimpanzees/
Inamorata, one who is in love.
evidentialist comments on May 21, 2018:
Aw, that's a neat word. Thanks.
Pluviophile...... A lover of the rain... One that loves rainy days
evidentialist comments on May 21, 2018:
This one was posted not long ago.
FYI folks that know me.. or at least have seen me here. I start my new job in the morning, lab ...
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
If you need any geeky severely worn pocket protectors, let me know. Do well, and I hope you enjoy....
Welcome to kindling @kensmile4u!
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
Howdy, pahdna. Pull up a stump and set a spell.
Hello all! Nice to see your familiar faces. When and where are we holding the first reunion? :)
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
Hotel Kaveka in Maharepa on Cook's Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia. Nice little place with cozy bungalows at the water's edge.
Hello. I wonder how many people here are musicians? By that, I mean they know how to read music,...
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
Once a folksinger, I played several instruments (note the past tense). Dad was a successful songwriter and I worked with him and learned from him. Composed music and wrote lyrics. Still do as more of an occasional hobby. Sight read of course, but the voice has wandered away and gotten lost. The fingers no longer work and the wind is somewhere off in the willows.
How many of you atheist are pro-life? Just curious
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
Pro-life. What is that, *exactly*? Until we understand what you are asking, we cannot be expected to have any answers. Please, spell out specifically what you mean by 'pro-life'.
I thought this in a way was kind of sad, how many of you think it is?
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VASywEuqFd8
Did the city of Atlantis exist?
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
I voted 'possibly', though that needs to be expanded a bit. Many things are possible, but their probability needs to be addressed. Is it possible that a city may have been submerged in the past? Of course it is. Is it possible that such a city might have been named Atlantis? Yes. The likelihood of the first posit is 100% because we have found such places. The second posit is a little less likely, but certainly possible. The stories of Atlantis being a highly advanced civilization are another thing altogether. Technology such as what is described by various stories test the limits of credulity. Some of the stories are just patently false. It helps to understand that Plato's dialogues *Timaeus* and *Critias* were both allegories on the hubris of nations created to support his concept of the ideal state. In *Critias* we have Atlantis losing its war against Athens, falling out of favor with the gods, and sinking into the sea.
Ubiquitarian [yoo-bik-wi-tair-ee-uh n] adjective of or relating to the doctrine, especially as ...
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
Taking the Catholic doctrine regarding the presence of Keeerist, he is then present in my toilet bowl as well. Ain't that the shits?
To quote Mr. Penn Gillette, "And then there's this a$$h0/€." ://youtu.be/AdH2DGSXjss You're ...
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
I 'member on my first solo flight the lawd spoke ta me an' he said, "'Member, son, don't hit the groun' too hard." Well, sheeeeit, what kinda thing is that to say to somebody on the first solo?
I wish I had thought of this group in the beginning! Thanks, @Hankster, for hosting. :) I get ...
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
Ta - Dah...! And here she is.
How do people feel about people who are childless?
evidentialist comments on May 20, 2018:
Bringing children into the world is a choice. Not bringing children into the world is a choice. That choice is up to the people involved and it is no one else's business. Too many children are born as a result of not thinking about the consequences of an act. Some of them are fortunate to have parents who, though surprised by the results of their passion, were delighted to have them. Sadly that doesn't happen very often. Sometimes it is an inconvenience for one or the other or perhaps both parents. There are many possibilities, but I won't outline them all. Speaking to your specific question, yes, it is an issue for the majority of people in the world. It is how the species is preserved, and increasingly it is how numbers of members in various religions are bolstered. At one time it was important because lifespans were short, life was hard, and it was a matter of survival. Those conditions are long gone for most regions of the world. However, this idea that people should have children has carried over and is in force today as it was in centuries past. The majority of the people in the world make the assumption that everyone should and will have children. This is largely because of the religions of the world, some worse than others, expecting their members to produce children like an assembly line that pumps out more and more obedient carriers of the flame. So, yes, most people think people who don't want children are somehow not normal, whatever that is, and that they need to be convinced to have them. I think this is a wrong mindset. That I think it is wrong does not change it. As in so many other things, it is something we need to outgrow, and I think I see some glimmering of hope that we are in the process of doing that now.
Which do you do...?
evidentialist comments on May 19, 2018:
Is this a trick question?
Science and Reason
evidentialist comments on May 19, 2018:
For those not familiar with the publication, here is a URL for more information. https://www.csicop.org/si
Help! Sitting here in Discount Tire waiting for my work truck to get new tires and I'm being forced...
evidentialist comments on May 19, 2018:
You can always go outside. Imagine being trapped in an elevator between floors for six hours of constant commercial elevator music.
Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck
evidentialist comments on May 19, 2018:
Um ... what's a paycheck?
I just learned this word thanks to CeliaVL, another member, using it in a post in a different group....
evidentialist comments on May 19, 2018:
You didn't know this word? Everybody knows this word. The Catholic Church definitely prohibits conurbation, and other Xtian sects frown on it in varying degrees. If you are not sure, just don't engage in conurbation until you've consulted with the proper authorities in your faith. Just remember that conurbation in general is a no-no and you'll be save if you don't do it.
Hi! Does anyone have funny stories to share?
evidentialist comments on May 19, 2018:
Quite a few.
Well before mastication comes despumation ... I know that I should have been a more ardent ...
evidentialist comments on May 19, 2018:
In some distorted way, an editor could be known as a despumator. *Sorry. I'll return to my cave now.*
I think it's safe to say it I this group. Much of the enthusiasm I've felt upon seeing a growing ...
evidentialist comments on May 19, 2018:
**WARNING ... WARNING ... WARNING** **HUMANS APPROACHING. HUMANS APPROACHING** Welcome to the *REITERATION ZONE* where I spell out for the umpty-umpth time (+/- an oopett) that humans come in all shapes and sizes and with varying grips on reality. As an experienced old man atheist with roughly 60 years worth of open atheistation under his belt, my biggest and most frustrating battles have not been with religious rabbits -- ever noticed how many religions promote rabbit-like reproduction habits?[1] -- but with fellow "atheists" who can't let go of their Ouija boards or planetary alignments. See, people are people, regardless of what labels they happen to be wearing at any time. People are works in progress that are in constant change, growing, maybe becoming, and hopefully learning. Some learn quickly, others not so quickly, and some are fodder for the idiot farm. All of this in spite of their labels. So, when unbelief falls upon a person, some can put two and two together instantly and say to themselves, "If I'm dropping this because it's irrational, I should also consider all the other irrational junk in my kit." A few will take a bit longer to arrive, while the majority will never complete the journey. Yes, it is frustrating and irritating, but for those who are making the effort, be tolerant. Point out the failing, to be sure, but be kind in the process. For believer trolls who navigate our sites, and there are a few, show them no quarter. If you are sure they are sheep in unbeliever's clothing, jump on them with both feet, tear out their hearts, and by all means, eat their babies. [1] Many religions promote the rodent-fuck mentality ( "...fruitful and multiply." ) to assure a new recruit rate that exceeds the attrition rate at the other end.
Does anyone else find small talk or talking exhausting. I don't consider myself an introvert and am...
evidentialist comments on May 18, 2018:
Small talk is a human social habit that correlates with primate grooming activity. I cannot imagine spending time picking through someone's hair and small talk is equally interesting after the first brief exchange. Small talk is not to be confused with spirited, witty banter -- even though it too is a socializing tool. Such banter requires a quick mind and a fluid and plentiful sense of humor. Small talk only requires enough of a pulse to keep the lungs working.
Is anybody famous on Agnostic? Anybody a member of a famous person's entourage?
evidentialist comments on May 18, 2018:
Nope. Just a dull, ordinary life.
Are you going to put a cap on the size of this group? I know some are climbing the point ladder ...
evidentialist comments on May 18, 2018:
Interesting question that should have an interesting answer. 2017 may have something to do with the answer ... I suspect.
Welcome to kindling @273kelvin!
evidentialist comments on May 18, 2018:
@273kelvin -- Howdy, friend.
Writers, where do you get your character names?
evidentialist comments on May 18, 2018:
All of the above. A lot depends on the role, origin of the character, and the type of story.
What do you think?
evidentialist comments on May 18, 2018:
I have trouble with the 'prove' part, but yeah.
@SACatWalker welcome to kindling!
evidentialist comments on May 17, 2018:
We're building a puddle like a gentle rain on a sagging sidewalk.
Welcome to kindling @evidentialist
evidentialist comments on May 17, 2018:
Howdy @hankster and thanks for the welcome. I'll try not to make too much noise.
50 percent off!
evidentialist comments on May 17, 2018:
Any solvent, secure bank.
I see we have the " g back. I tried 4 times to put this up but each time the quotation mark bug...
evidentialist comments on May 17, 2018:
What?
Many are impressed with how much money someone makes, the friends they have or title they carry. ...
evidentialist comments on May 17, 2018:
Intelligence, sense of humor, creativity, and a moderate sense of humility.

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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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