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When it comes to being in a committed relationship, how important is open honesty & trust to you? ...
evidentialist comments on May 16, 2018:
Relationships are built on trust and friendship. They are nurtured by communication and personal freedom. I cannot imagine a relationship taking root in the kind of soil you describe. My wife has always had a sky to fly in and she has given me the same freedom to be. Only prisoners live in cages.
Knobjocky - Donald Trump
evidentialist comments on May 16, 2018:
Good description of our Trumpenfuehrer.
Did something bad that happened to you as a child turn you away from religion
evidentialist comments on May 16, 2018:
Something bad? Oh, yes. Horrible. It was all the stupid. It burned. It hurt. Okay, that was a little tongue-in-cheek, but it really was the reason for me to walk a different path. I asked questions and got dumb in return. Sometimes I got a little sputtering and not even an attempt at dumb.
I am somewhat dyslexic. I usually have to edit my posts for spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, ...
evidentialist comments on May 16, 2018:
Did you take the full battery? When I took it, it included all sorts of aptitude tests, dexterity tests, verbal tests, and drawing. Eight days at six hours a day. Granted that the Stanford - Binet was a small part of the overall. Just curious if they tortured you too.
Loquacioustending to talk a great deal; talkative. Definitely not me.
evidentialist comments on May 16, 2018:
Our prez is known for being loquacious but certainly not for elocution. That is, he is extremely verbose, but hasn't learned how to string more than two words together that make any sense. He does have a lot of words. The best words. Just ask him. Occasionally he will invent a word, a country, a name, and other creative things. He does all this bigly.
I'm trying to relate to you seven-ers. (I can't believe i'm there and thanks to all the support) I ...
evidentialist comments on May 15, 2018:
Hmm ... maybe so, but have you checked to see how many are here from Luxembourg? I'd say our members in Quebec outnumber them substantially.
I will like to know male/female if intellectual knowledge, turns you on sexually and or feel ...
evidentialist comments on May 15, 2018:
Definitely sapiosexual here, but spoken for.
Cor! I've just reached a third of the way between the Senate and the shirt wearers. By the time I ...
evidentialist comments on May 15, 2018:
LOL
After never being right about any prediction on when this supposed rapture is due to arrive one ...
evidentialist comments on May 15, 2018:
The Man in the Clouds works in mysterious ways.
See if you can find where the word 'dog' is spelled correctly. Across, down or angle
evidentialist comments on May 14, 2018:
Okay. Found two. Now what?
What is your ultimate goal in life?
evidentialist comments on May 14, 2018:
Hah..! My ultimate goal is to die peacefully and painlessly in my sleep, as I suspect it may be for most. Perhaps you should have asked about penultimate goals?
Who is you favorite Atheist speaker/writer. I've recently (within the past 6 months) started ...
evidentialist comments on May 14, 2018:
I enjoy Dennet for the rigor he applies to most of his thoughts on the subject. He is also refreshingly straightforward and honest. However, there is a large list and I'd be hard pressed to name any one individual as a favorite. For comedy, George Carlin, Dave Allen, Jim Jefferies, and Robin Williams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZJ-_OTvsqo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgk7MXWQOAM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GdEKvZ5q4Q
These dating sites and apps are so sad and shallow. Women are receiving pics without request. Men,...
evidentialist comments on May 14, 2018:
I don't know much about dating sites. I doubt my wife would be any too happy about my setting out to do research in the area. Because of this, I can't say whether you're overthinking. On the other hand, I think I can safely say that this site is probably not like any dedicated dating site, mainly because it isn't a dedicated dating site. I have found some rather interesting people here, many of whom I would probably enjoy one on one in face to face situations. There is not much like a cup of good coffee mixed with stimulating repartee.
Did you know that within 5 years you may witness one in a lifetime event?
evidentialist comments on May 13, 2018:
Yep. Looking forward to it. Hope I live that long. https://futurism.com/exploding-binary-stars-light-sky-2022/
Is Telekinesis possible? Explore the history and science behind it in my latest episode: ...
evidentialist comments on May 13, 2018:
No, it's not, and the video shows it clearly. The numbers just don't work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq9D_HkQhAA
Is it possible to have too much empathy?
evidentialist comments on May 13, 2018:
Yes.
Which is more important?
evidentialist comments on May 13, 2018:
If you don't have truth, it's hard to have anything else, with the exception of feelings and even that is questionable.
Are you happy with the name that was given to you?
evidentialist comments on May 13, 2018:
I've never placed much importance on it. It is how I'm known when no one knows anything else about me.
A mouse had gotten into my winemaking supplies, eating some of my dried elderberries. I decided at ...
evidentialist comments on May 13, 2018:
Um ... what happened to the mouse?
Who's going to remember you ? Everyone knows who Shakespeare was, born over 400 years ago and ...
evidentialist comments on May 12, 2018:
Considering that the market for doing the unforgettable has been shrinking since doing something became fashionable, it is not surprising that the majority of us pass into obscurity -- sometimes even before dying. As an example, I remember when the number of books published in any given year was a few thousand and the number of working authors was just a few hundred. Authors had a not good but a better opportunity of being noticed (thus remembered) then than in today's market where there are over 45,500 authors in the US alone, and all of them are vying for the title of best known for one thing or another. Saying 4 or 5 out of that number attain unforgettable status and the percentage is about 0.0011%. So far, it appears my presence on this planet will be remembered, but just barely unless something happens that I have no right to expect. We're farming a series for TV, but the market is fickle and fleeting. The more important point is, making the effort. Not making the effort guarantees a spot on the long list of the forgotten absolutely within two generations.
Athiestists and Astrology
evidentialist comments on May 12, 2018:
For folks who want to believe in woo, confirmation bias works wonders. As for any scientific view of astrology, there is none. I find it perplexing that one who wishes to be rational can do so selectively by disposing of one and dragging along all the others. The basis for not accepting a supernatural god is not the notion of a god but the absurdity of the supernatural.
I was watching a documentary about tattoos and society's reaction to people who took it to the ...
evidentialist comments on May 11, 2018:
Have none and don't want any. That said, it doesn't matter to me whether others do. Just not for me.
One of my favorite words in Spanish: Pobrecito (or Pobrecita in the feminine aspect) - Literally,...
evidentialist comments on May 11, 2018:
Que padre....
Which is more useful, intelligence or wisdom?
evidentialist comments on May 11, 2018:
I think it needs to be pointed out that without adequate intelligence, one is not going to gain wisdom. One will not attain to oracle status based on an IQ of 10. Intelligence then is the foundation of wisdom. That doesn't mean that all intelligent people attain wisdom, but it does mean that all truly wise people are at least intelligent.
Do you consider yourself a Scientist?🤓
evidentialist comments on May 10, 2018:
Yes. What was the purpose of the question?
CGI Animated Short Film HD "Alike " by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez | CGMeetup - ...
evidentialist comments on May 10, 2018:
Conformity is just another step on the evolutionary ladder. It is a societal tool that enhances one's chances of survival. It is an enabler for cooperation in the clan. It has been with us since the early days of development on the savanna. We have been doing this kind of thinking so long that it has become like background radiation; it's there, but we don't notice it. Where we have gone wrong is in not keeping it in the background and have frequently carried it to extremes. It is an essential tool in a society. Consider what would happen if each person on the assembly line used different tools, had different priorities, and did their jobs as they saw fit. Fortunately, we have a percentage of our population that makes it not to see when we go too far with our cooker cutter societal thoughts. The proverbial "A hundred marching men and Jules is the only one is step," situation. The man on the knoll with a violin. The creatives among us who are always there with a splash of color to attract our attention to our sameness. One of the reasons I hope for an eventual takeover in the labor end of life in a modern society by AI and robotics is that we will be set free to be more creative with less pressure to conform to specific "norms" in certain areas. There will always be a need and a use for conformity to a degree, but we can lessen it in the future and that will enable us to move ahead more rapidly in all areas where it is a positive for creativity.
Maybe, it's simply part of evolution.
evidentialist comments on May 10, 2018:
It all appears to be part of our evolutionary baggage and it is encouraging to know that evolution is continuing. At one time, applying agency to observation was a useful tool that helped us survive. In these days when science has gotten a foothold, our need for it is fading. I suspect that one day we will fully relieve ourselves of this load and move into another stage of development under the guidance of mostly rational thought.
Which Statement Hurts Most in Relationship?
evidentialist comments on May 10, 2018:
Want something truly hurtful? "Why, Jeffrey? Why?" "Because you were convenient, Baby."
For those new to our community of atheists and agnostics I highly recommend popping at this sight ...
evidentialist comments on May 9, 2018:
Definitely a cool pair.
Did I mention that I'm a beekeeper? First year but I've never had a hobby or activity that ...
evidentialist comments on May 9, 2018:
We had commercial hives on our farm in Oregon. Love those critters. I mentioned to someone else on here that they recognize people. Whenever we would head out to the hives, several would come out and land on us. I don't think it was a greeting as such. Probably more a signal to others still coming out of the hives that all was well. It was fascinating. I started helping with the maintenance when I was a bit older than 6 and it was one of the few chores I had that was a real pleasure. With the problems we're having now, we need more beekeepers, even if it's nothing more than a hobby. The bee population where we live has dwindled to almost none in the ten years we've had this property. We keep hydration pots out for them during the summer months and make sure they have plenty of flowers.
I was hoping there would be a group like this. Hi everyone, I'm Teresa. I've been published several ...
evidentialist comments on May 9, 2018:
Tell us a bit about you (not bio stuff) and what you're working on at the moment.
Verisimilitude: The appearance of being true or real. Trumpism: Absolutely anything but that....
evidentialist comments on May 8, 2018:
@Karen916 -- that dragged a window rattling LOL out of this old man.
New to Site
evidentialist comments on May 8, 2018:
Here is "my official list" of rules of conduct for this site: 1. Relax 2. Be yourself 3. Be kind -- but honest 4. Make yourself at home. However, don't be lulled into the assumption that everyone obeys the first three on the list. My experience with the site has been generally good, with a couple of minor exceptions, but the site Admin has made it easy to block and ignore people who don't seem to be able to behave themselves well. This site, like anything else open to the public, is not immune to real world problems, but it is surprisingly free from most of it. It definitely is not Facebook. Welcome to the site. Have fun.
Why do you think some people have such an aversion to homosexualtiy, trans etc. Is it an innate ...
evidentialist comments on May 8, 2018:
Learned/societal. Consider the three major forms of Buddhism. Although homosexual activities may be in one degree or another considered sexual misconduct, there is no general consensus regarding issues of the LBGTQ community and one is referred to the third precept which basically says: Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct: *I undertake the training to refrain from using sexual behavior in ways that are harmful to myself and to others. I will attempt to express my sexuality in ways that are beneficial and bring joy.* A general conclusion may be drawn that homosexuality appears to be not an issue in many cultures and religions. On the other hand, Abrahamic religions in general are against homosexuality and the opposition covers a broad spectrum from simply trying to discourage people from engaging in such behaviors to actual execution. Contrast that to the "savage" indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere who had an entirely different view of acceptance and in some instances actual reverence. The Two-Spirit concept was a general notion on both the North and South American Continents. All cultures have come to us through the long process of evolution, so it is quite apparent that views on sexual identity have arisen mainly through cultural worldviews and those have been strongly influenced by the dominant religions of their various regions. I think my personal testimony can help underscore this: I was taught as a young child that there are multiple ideas about sexuality in the world, but that all people are people nonetheless. That is to say, however a person identified themselves was unimportant, but how they conducted themselves was. I am a straight male, but have never developed any negative opinions about those who identify in other ways. Outside of my home, I was of course exposed to all sorts of prejudices, but happily my home education prevailed.
What happens at a million points?
evidentialist comments on May 7, 2018:
The sun becomes a red giant, expands and consumes the Earth. After that ... nothing important to members will happen.
Young People Are Lonelier Than Their Elders : NPR
evidentialist comments on May 6, 2018:
They're younger than their elders, too. As for the chronic loneliness bit, I've never felt overly lonely and whatever loneliness I've felt has been fleeting at it worst. I suggest that being lonely from time to time is normal and that chronic loneliness is self inflicted. That is to say, people who feel lonely too often are not psychologically equipped to face the world as it is and as a result retreat into external avenues that superficially appear to be socializing mechanisms but in fact are not. Internet media is one avenue and it seems to be increasing rapidly. One example is this site. It is a form of social exchange, but it is not the kind of social exchange humans need to feel truly connected. That is best done at a table over coffee and face to face. It doesn't have to be intimate (dimly lit quiet bar), but can take place anywhere. Next on the list is an extended conversation on the phone/Skype/etc. Next down the list is writing/texting/etc. Cara a cara is by far the best and that's where large portions of younger folks fall down. Why? They've been raised thinking the things at the bottom of the list are socializing. They are so tied up in their cell iPhones/Smart phones, that they haven't developed the ability to make conversation with real people. After all, real people don't have a keypad. How can you communicate with that? Fear is the main cause. Fear of being rejected. Scoffed at. Why? Because they haven't learned to initiate communication. They have a low self esteem. Maybe they've been given the message that they aren't worth it and that other people know that and won't want to talk to them. That wouldn't be a problem except that very few others have learned the skill of communication either and are scared to death too. All those people waiting for someone else to break the ice not realizing that no one will. Money has nothing to do with it. Striking up a conversation, making that connection, is free. It takes almost no time at all to get it started and once there it may change one's world. Chances are it will.
AmiSue, one of my favorites vanished.☹️
evidentialist comments on May 6, 2018:
In life, things happen. People come. People go. Babies get born. We old folks make room. Wait a few days. Things will change.
Some days everyone hates your art, ignores your writing, and can't be bothered to know you. It's...
evidentialist comments on May 6, 2018:
It is impossible to be discouraged if you know how the real world works. Disappointment, which is often followed by discouragement is a product of a lack of understanding the manner in which the real world works and unrealistic expectations of it. This is something that is all too common in the creative legions who occupy a zone of "as it should be" as opposed to the "as it is".
"You need prerelease memes generating." Been posting excerpt/graphics memes for September novel....
evidentialist comments on May 6, 2018:
What are your expectations?
I just joined, and seems very interesting.
evidentialist comments on May 6, 2018:
Interesting? What seems interesting?
Luddite: One who fears or resists advancement in technology.
evidentialist comments on May 6, 2018:
Synonym: Trump and Trump cabinet members plus large portions of the political structure of the US and, if left unchecked, working its way into the educational system.
I'm a bookseller, so this is probably the best way for me to get involved in the community. What's ...
evidentialist comments on May 6, 2018:
@Librophile13 -- By "bookseller", what exactly do you mean?
I am wondering if this group would be good for me. I've noticed that some people that are new seem...
evidentialist comments on May 6, 2018:
No harbor is safe if the wind blows the wrong direction. The question is, have we not attained a level of maturity, wisdom, and knowledge that will allow us to ride above the waves? Are we so weak that the slightest hint of contrariness is enough to set us trembling? Come on folks, this isn't FB. Block and ignore if they are abusive. Let them fight it out among themselves. Attrition will take care of the problem without the need for any bitching and moaning. We are adults, right?
The Freethought Cacus just formed in Congress, with four members. This info was on the Rachel Maddow...
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
I'll be watching to see where it goes.
What other languages do you speak? I'm learning French and getting better at my Spanish.
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
I have 7 in varying degrees of fluency. English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish. Smatterings of Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese are tenuously clinging to a few synapses, but nothing to write home about. I also am fluent in FORTRAN, Basic, Mathspeak, and Physics.
It's that day again... that day when everyone remembers and celebrates the time when the great ...
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
Interesting. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than anywhere else with the possible exception of the state of Puebla. Elsewhere in Mexico, it is recognized and casually celebrated as a moment of note for the country. It is not Mexican Independence Day.
Muslims believe in if someone has doubts about god existing so he or she will go into the hell🤔it...
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
What I get from your post is that much of the dogma of Islam is contradictory to express statements made in the Qur'an. Is that correct?
Ok...educate me. I've been out and about doing life things the last few weeks and haven't been ...
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
@evestrat -- Don't fret about having posted your rant here. It would have gone well anywhere. For me, I don't want to deal with folks who can't stand up to a little guff because I know that under real fire I can't rely on them at all. This site has made it supremely easy to block/ignore anyone who is perceived as being abusive or harassing. If you get a comment/response that irritates your gullet, block and be done with it. If, after a while, they have been blocked by everyone on the site, they'll disappear all by their little lonesome and no one else will have to contend with them. If on the other hand one goes off in a screaming hissy fit, they win and you look ... meh. We have a number of extreme right wingers on this site and an almost equal number of extreme left wingers. Both groups can be and often are aggressive, abusive, foul-mouthed trolls, but they feed off of reactions. Don't give them the satisfaction. Block and ignore. You won't have to deal with them and if you were right about them, they will be blocked out of existence soon enough.
I was just reviewing a members question about chat up lines.
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
I was taught by my mother always say something if that something were positive or helpful, but if negative or hurtful to consider my words several times before saying them. Where this sounds like a nice thing to put into practice, it has turned out that even the positive/helpful need to be carefully considered. Example? Try saying to any woman, a stranger, out of the blue, "Excuse me, you are an incredibly beautiful woman," or, "What a lovely dress." Increasingly over the past 30+ years you'll be lucky if you don't get sued. --- or worse. I weigh even the positive very carefully these days. As for pick-up lines, I have never even thought of using one. Aside from being trite, I think they are offensive and stupid. Striking up a conversation with anyone is not all that difficult.
What is your beer of choice? How did it come to be and what if anything does your beer say about ...
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
Dos Equis Dark. It came about because I lived in Mexico for several years and that's the one I settled on. What it says about me? That I like dark lager.
Are you a competitive person or the opposite?
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
I am highly competitive. However, I compete mainly with myself, not so much with others unless it is important. You know, one of those things where I do something well one time and the next time I need to do it better.
Closest near death experience
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
A few times. I won't elaborate, but I will tell you that I was too busy trying to keep my ass in one piece that there was no room for anything but survival going on in there.
I’m wondering if folks find it more difficult to have friends with religious beliefs, or friends ...
evidentialist comments on May 5, 2018:
Political differences are understandable, religion is not in whatever form it takes. I voted that it is easier to have politically opposite friends, but in truth, my political opposites are usually religious and are frequently conspiracy nuts on top of it so most of them eliminate themselves by default. :)
How many of you achieved your degree under a dim light and many late night homework sessions.
evidentialist comments on May 4, 2018:
Is there any other way?
Anyone else get a Jehovah witness like "visit" from Scientologists?
evidentialist comments on May 4, 2018:
Odd. I've never heard from a Scientologist. Everything from the ordinary list, yes. I might be tempted to invite one of them in, though. They sound like they might be fun to play with for a while.
So yesterday I saw a post from a member who was thinking of leaving our little world. Then I thought...
evidentialist comments on May 4, 2018:
Well, I ain't a-goin' nowheres no time soon, I can tell y'all that much.
Just friends?
evidentialist comments on May 4, 2018:
Yes, it is possible. At least it is for me. I know this because I've maintained friendships with several over the years. That I married one of my friends does not diminish the possibility of remaining friends, either. My wife and I are still friends after many, many years of marriage. Why do you ask?
Thought this news was appropriately posted here since it's lit-related: [washingtonpost.com]
evidentialist comments on May 4, 2018:
Damn! That means I have to make new plans regarding my trip to Stockholm to receive my prize. Oh, bother.
Something that I can relate to sa·pi·o·sex·u·al ˌsāpēōˈsekSH(o͞o)əl/ adjective 1....
evidentialist comments on May 4, 2018:
That's me! How did you know?
Ephemeral [ih-fem-er-uh l] 1. lasting a very time; -lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of...
evidentialist comments on May 4, 2018:
This spelling glitch in the posts is aggravating. At first, I thought it might be ephemeral, but the thing is persistent.
The Science of Reincarnation UVA psychiatrist Jim Tucker investigates children’s claims of past...
evidentialist comments on May 3, 2018:
It is apparent that Tucker does not understand QM. That is not to say he's wrong, though I think he is, but that he should avoid such things as entanglement as support of his argument. Oh, and he doesn't understand the double slit experiment or he would know that it works whether it is being observed or not. It is a functional part of the behavior of photons.
Kim Jong Un agrees to denuclearization of Korean Peninsula The leaders of North and South Korea ...
evidentialist comments on May 3, 2018:
The North Korean has been doing things like this since 1953. If there is anything different this time, it is because of Chinese and perhaps Russian pressure. I suggest we wait and see what happens down the road a bit.
Here we go.. will this office serve non religious Americans?
evidentialist comments on May 3, 2018:
I don't care about all this nonsense regarding who it serves or doesn't serve. It is another small opening for the religious wedge to get shoved in just a little farther.
It would be good to pose this question here as opposed to the open writing community. When I pose ...
evidentialist comments on May 3, 2018:
The problem I see with equating the uploaded mind with the physical mind (assuming you mean human consciousness) is the lack of bodily input which is one element of mind. With that not present and no way to genuinely synthesize it, just how similar will this mind be? Oh, and don't forget, this is the National Day of Prayer and other Useless Activities in the United States of Murika.
How do you want to be buried?
evidentialist comments on May 3, 2018:
I would prefer to be planted with a tree. Failing that, cremation.
Anyone interested in exchanging creative writing?
evidentialist comments on May 2, 2018:
@mmcki1 -- Consider going to https://agnostic.com/group/thewrittenword When you get there, speak up and let yourself be known.
I'm starting to smell like an old person, what should I do?
evidentialist comments on May 2, 2018:
All these folks trying to be kind or looking for some deep explanation or a folk remedy are all way off track. My best advice to youngsters who begin asking that question is, get used to it because it's not going to get better. You might also consider looking for dating material whose olfactory senses have been dulled. If you fret over it, you'll never have any personal rest the remainder of your miserable life.
@FoundMyNietzsche -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on May 2, 2018:
@Surfpirate -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
@FoundMyNietzsche -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on May 2, 2018:
@space_oddity -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
How long...?
evidentialist comments on May 2, 2018:
Um ... what's that?
Does anyone have advice for a person that's been an atheist less than 3 months? I would appreciatte...
evidentialist comments on May 2, 2018:
Before you approach a burning bush, make sure you're in a state where it's legal. That said, remember that everything takes time. Be patient with yourself, tolerant toward others, and resolute in your search.
Last night was a full moon. My grandson G and I were driving home when he asked this question: ...
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34kLXl4OCRk
Not trying to hornswoggle you, honest.
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
Here are a few others that can be fun in some circumstances: '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' Hircismus: And the Definition: Offensive armpit odor. In the final analysis: Hircismus comes from the root word "hircus" which means goat in Latin. Someone must have thought smelly pits smelled like goats. Actually, this word combines two sources of great insult potential: smelly and armpits. Why this is not used more often in the discourse of hateful communication is beyond me. Alternative: Well, armpit is an untapped goldmine for insults. Here are some examples of words you can use: MASCHALEPHIDROSIS or MASCHALYPERIDROSIS (excessive sweating of the armpits). MASCHALOPHILOUS (sexual attraction to the underarms) and AXILLISM (the use of armpit for sex). Smelling like goats is also a good source of insults (especially since goat is also a slang for a lecherous man). Try CAPRYLIC and HIRCINE (smelling like a pungent goat), and CAPRIC (resembling a goat). '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' Bescumber: Here's the analysis: Actually bescumber is just one of many words in the English language that basically mean “to spray with poo”. These are: BEDUNG, BERAY, IMMERD, SHARNY, and the good ol’ SHITTEN. In special cases, you can use BEMUTE (specifically means to drop poo on someone from great height), SHARD-BORN (born in dung), and FIMICOLOUS (living and growing on crap). Alternative: If that is too vulgar, you can use BEVOMIT and BEPISS, which meanings should be obvious to you, as well as BESPAWL (to spit on). Oh, and if you want to say poo without looking like you're saying it, you can use ORDURE, DEJECTION, and EXCRETA. To mean something more specific, you can use MECONIUM (first feces of a newborn child), MELAENA or MELENA (the abnormally tarry feces containing blood from gastrointestinal bleeding), LIENTERY (diarrhea with undigested or partially digested food), and STEATORRHEA (fatty stool that's hard to flush down). Here are some words along the same line that may one day prove to be useful for you: TURDIFY (turn into turd), COPROPHAGIA (eating of feces [wiki]), and COPROPHILIA (Think 2 Girls 1 Cup [wiki - don't worry, SWF], if you don't know what this is, I shan't corrupt you any further). Let's this entry with two amazing words: COPREMESIS and MISERERE, both of which mean fecal vomiting. Yes, fecal vomiting. It's a medical emergency caused by the obstruction of the bowel. Perhaps it is a little misleading to say vomiting feces, though I imagine it could get that extreme if one didn't die from the problem first. Usually it is just the odor, but hey, that's pretty bad on its own, right?
"Inspiration" for the day.
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
One must always remember that there is a huge market for that crap. If one is in writing just for the money, that's what you want to write. If one is into it for the art and/or they have something to say, forget about crap like that and don't expect to get rich any time soon.
Okay, here's another snippet from my story A Uniform Shade of Red ...
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
@Admin -- There is a major glitch in posts. In the above post there are several errors. When the post was first made, it was all correct. Shortly afterward, the errors appeared. The post was edited to correct the errors. Again, a short period and the errors showed up. This was done a third time with the same results.
Okay, here's another snippet from my story A Uniform Shade of Red ...
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
Nope, it has returned to its original mess. I think this thing is a glitch.
Okay, here's another snippet from my story A Uniform Shade of Red ...
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
Okay. I fixed it again and it appears correct at the moment. Will it remain corrected?
What the heck kinda fish?
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
The fly in at night so that no one will notice.
As an atheist/agnostic, what would you do if the Dark Ages were to come back?
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
Make godzillions of candles to hold it at bay. "Not in my house you don't..! Be gone, Dark Ages..! Be gone."
Comparisons of religion and Fascism: 1. Both have a supreme leader 2. Both are didactic and ...
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
You missed one, and it's an important one: 14. Both revere the state as a sacred entity. In the case of religion it is the body of the faith. Nationalism is dangerous in its own right, but to become a fascist state, the state needs to be worshiped in a sense as a deity itself.
Anyone sure what this is? At a motel (name of motel removed) right now and the sensor for the remote...
evidentialist comments on May 1, 2018:
They've found you. RUN..!
Downtime hobbies
evidentialist comments on Apr 30, 2018:
Design and build kites for children.
What was your most memorable birthday ever?
evidentialist comments on Apr 30, 2018:
Birthday number 7. I was a kid growing up on a farm, but I had ... other interests. The problem was, I had no way of pursuing any of them. Uncle Leroy brought home something he had picked up in France while on leave just before being sent home to be discharged. It was a Zeiss-Jenna telescope with a custom mount designed and built by an astronomer who lived in Paris. I'm sure that instrument changed the course of my life.
When arguing with a faither (a deeply religious person), against the precepts of their religion, ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 30, 2018:
If I wish to spend the time trying to dislodge a believer from the apple tree I use a line of questioning designed specifically to keep the ball in their court while simultaneously leading them to answers they don't want to give. This won't work on those who are firmly locked in. They will just get frustrated and walk away, but not without some parting shot. The ones who are uncertain can be shaken enough as they trip through the mindfield to deepen their questioning of their faith, and I've had a couple actually come around. If you attempt to use argument and reason you can forget even the uncertain because you've lost from the beginning.
Give me your best example of catfishing please
evidentialist comments on Apr 30, 2018:
Catfishing is a highly specialized sport. It requires considerable research because you first need to know where and when cats go swimming before you can go fishing.
Am experiencing writer's block right now. Just curious as to what you do, for those who experience ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 30, 2018:
There is only one solution. Find a comfortable chair. Settle into it. Squirm a little to get the cushions to conform. Sit there quietly for a few minutes and think about all that has led you to this point in life. Doing this will not provide you with any answers or generate a storm of creativeness. It will give justification. Once you have convinced yourself that there is never going to be another successful day at the desk, open your mouth and slip the barrel of the pistol in.... Of course I'm kidding. At least I think I am. What you are suffering is a momentary drying up of the creek. It happens to most writers. Not all, but most. There is no such thing as writer's block. Say that to yourself every damn day -- all day. Writer's block is a false diagnosis invented by some writer whose name is lost in the round file of history, and rightly so. It is a way for a writer to salve the conscience by making it appear it is out of his/her control. An act of the malicious muse. Time to face reality. One of two things have happened -- maybe a combination of the two. You have stopped working for the moment. Your story has stopped working for the moment. There are a few ways to determine which or what combination and what ratio. The most common and successful is to ceremoniously leave whatever area you habituate when writing and take a long walk. Perhaps to Venus and back. When you return, avoid the temptation to go back to your writing because nothing will happen that will make you happy. Feed the dog/cat. Watch some televangelists for a few hours. Go to bed. When you awaken, before you roll out of your warm spot, remember to say, *"There is no such thing as writer's block."* Say it ten times. Now you can go do what it is you normally do upon awakening. I won't pry into your routine or suggest anything. When you think you are ready to return to your writing, repeat the mantra first, then proceed to your desk. If nothing comes to you after all that, repeat this process. If after five or six days of this it still hasn't done the trick, return to the first paragraph and finish the last sentence.
@mleeds88 -- Marc..! A special hello, and welcome to the group. No, we've never met, but I'm a ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 30, 2018:
@pixiedust -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
Everyone is so quick to pick at their own faults so, What trait do you like the most about yourself?...
evidentialist comments on Apr 29, 2018:
Oh man, I have so many magnificent traits that it's hard to know where to begin. Maybe I'd better pass on this one.
Recently I was contacted by a man who was 'interested ' in finding a woman who would like to have a ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 29, 2018:
The best laid plans of mousy men aft ging aglee.
Another member/post said they read the comment section for the Agnostic.com FB advertisement. I ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 29, 2018:
Look at the name of the site. Ponder that for about 10 seconds, then ask the question again. See what a difference that makes?
Do you find that people don't get your humor? I see it especially online and think it's not ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 29, 2018:
It's simple. The written word doesn't carry body language along with it, and it is void of tonal and inflection differences. Because of this, it is understandable that there are frequent misunderstandings of text. However, sense of humor plays a huge role as well. People with well developed senses of humor will rarely miss the humor and will occasionally insert their own into an otherwise innocent comment. I find myself laughing out loud at many of the posts and comments. If an individual doesn't, I suggest checking your sense of humor meter.
We lost a good one today. This man's influence has been a kind of substrata for a lot of interesting...
evidentialist comments on Apr 29, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnaH1iG8JeI
We lost a good one today. This man's influence has been a kind of substrata for a lot of interesting...
evidentialist comments on Apr 29, 2018:
That's Larry Harvey. https://journal.burningman.org/2018/04/news/official-announcements/larry-harvey-passes/
I am a poet and short story writer, and a retired English and drama teacher. I have created a brick ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 28, 2018:
What kind of work are we considering here? Hard to make suggestions without knowing what we are talking about.
Has anyone ever belonged...
evidentialist comments on Apr 28, 2018:
No. Never had enough boxtops.
How Spicy?
evidentialist comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Food without bang is just bangless food. Now, I'll admit to eating more mundane food from time to time, but I have also been know to put a few drops of Tabasco on my Trinkies for a bit of nuance.
Trying to understand their logic here...
evidentialist comments on Apr 28, 2018:
@Lukian -- The logic is perfectly clear. Now, follow me carefully here and in a moment, you too will understand how this works. The first thing you need to understand is that prayer works every time. The Big Guy's answers may not be what was desired, but prayers are always answered, and we have mountains of proof for this. For example: Pray for a new Mercedes Benz. All the time that you don't get one the answer has been either no or not yet. If you ever, no matter how long it takes, get to the position where you can buy a new Mercedes Benz you will know your prayer has been answered in the affirmative and you can shout from the rooftops how Mr. Magnificent fulfilled your wishes. So, we know that prayer always works. You still with me? Okay, armed with the fact that prayer always works, we can feel confident that praying for that group of people who went down on Flight 666 will be effective, thus making us appear pious and generous with our time for those in need. The passengers and crew of Flight 666 are in good hands with us because it is through us that their plight is made known to the Head Honcho. If 359 bodies are dredged up out of the river, the answer for them was 'no.' The 1 who survived got a thumbs up. He always has a plan for each of us. You see, prayer always works. Especially directed mass prayer while holding hands. Now this is where it gets a little tricky, so pay attention. Because there are so many horrendous natural disasters being generated by Don Dude, and so many prayers being issued as a result of these "Acts of the Cloud Man", He is really really really busy. He wants to look good, and we want Him to look good, so precedence is always given to "helping prayer" and other things that look positive. Bad publicity doesn't help. So, when it comes to the negative stuff, we shouldn't be bothering Him with that. After all, He's busy, and negative shit is something that comes natural to us, so what could be more logical and rational than we taking care of it on our own. We lighten His load and we get the bigotry done without soiling the Name. As you can now see, the logic of the meme is obvious to anyone who has been saved. Apparently, brother, you are in need of the Gospel or you would have seen this immediately. May I help you, brother? Shall I pray for you?
Why we label ourselves. I detest beling labeled. Straight, LGBTQ, white, black, transwoman, ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 28, 2018:
I wear my labels loosely.
How important do you think our buying power is? I find I have more chance of changing society in my ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Buying power is an ineffective weapon for the most part. It can only work if a sufficiently large bloc of the population actually refuses to buy product instead of merely pledging to do so on the petition, but buying anyway. Fundamentalist evangelicals are using this tactic to force their agendas on businesses through organized boycotts prompted, funded, and energized by pastors from their pulpits, radio, television, and print/electronic media. They are also doing much the same at the political and legal levels. Sadly, they appear to be gaining ground in the political and legal arenas. Happily, businesses appear to be weathering their withering storm just fine. https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/christians-need-stop-boycotting-stuff There are effective boycotts in economics, but they are those that have sharp teeth and large numbers of real participants, like some of those in this next article: https://www.theblaze.com/news/2012/08/03/here-are-7-other-faith-based-boycotts-against-american-companies-in-addition-to-chick-fil-a I think it is obvious that if you want to push an agenda in American business, you need to have serious and committed participants who will see it through for however long it takes. Signatures on a page do not constitute existential pressure, but people who once shopped regularly at some targeted business refraining from doing so in large numbers can be effective in affecting a change.
Nice to meet you all! Im Carla, an atheist and have been for over 20 years, im excited to get to ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 28, 2018:
@Carla_Jones -- Hello from a Hollywood/Beverly Hills/North Hollywood ex pat dwelling in the wilds of southeastern New Mexico. Welcome and enjoy.

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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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