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Which Religious Apologist do you dislike the most (William Lane Craig, Ray Comfort, Eric or Kent ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Ray Comfort and Kent Hovind are tied for first place with most of the rest of them just a hair's breadth behind. It's hard to make a choice among the apologists.
"This Biologist Cracked a Problem That's Stumped Mathematicians for 68 Years" [livescience.com]
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Interesting.
A small piece from a book I'm working on: All ideas and thoughts are merely mental constructs laid...
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
I'll try this again as my original comment seems to have disappeared for some reason. You have written yourself out of a book in the first paragraph. Whatever else you may have to say after that is negated by the original statements.
So here is a question. When you see someone posting lots of questions every day, do you get some ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Because it is building into a major membership, we have to keep in mind that there are always new people who have recently come to the realization. There will always be repeat questions from various sources and many of them may appear dumb to us who have settled into our comfort zone with our lack of belief. I forgive them for they know not what they do. :) Some of them deserve thorough and thoughtful answers. That said, it is obvious when someone is attempting to reach the stratosphere by point chasing. They ask absurd, shallow questions and do it in salvos. I generally ignore them, but they use up considerable bandwidth with trivial drivel. To me, they are aggravating, but I have found that ignoring them is the most effective weapon in my arsenal. I confess that I have taken a shot or two across the bow at a couple of them, but normally I try to ignore.
I would probably never use it, but sometimes I see a post and wish there was a "meh" button.
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Meh....
Focus on one objective until successful. Is this why some people are successful and others not? If...
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Depends on what one calls success, don't it?
Can you call your life a succesful life till now?
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
We all measure success in our own way. My answer tomorrow may differ from the one I gave today.
How many of you here understands Space-Time graph?
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Yes. Why?
I am beginning to see more articles and posts on social media criticising 'The new atheism' and its ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
There has been an ongoing backlash since the first religion began. I see no reason for things to be changing now.
Artificial intelligence... The "singularity" is probably going to happen within our lifetime. It ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
This is probably not going to come into being any time in the near future. As for whether AI can become sentient, that is a possibility but I doubt we will ever see a "machine takeover" scenario. I have high hopes for the future of AI and our species.
CONTEST! I hate my screen name. I don't know why in the hell I came up with that. Rename me. ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
SheLIVES
Would you rather be a small fish in a big pond, or a big fish in a small pond?
evidentialist comments on Apr 27, 2018:
I don't want to be a fish.
I've been playing around with a thesaurus and trying to come up with a unique website name that ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
None of the above. Quick off the top shot: Melz Word Playz Quick search turned up no similar and no permutations.
This site, the members - all of us - outwardly deny the existence of deity. Yet the preponderance...
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
Let's see now, you don't want to talk about religion. Solution, don't talk about religion. The posts you answer, the groups you join, and the threads in which you participate are up to you. Now, don't get me wrong, because I happen to agree with you, but that doesn't mean that everyone does or will refrain from religispeak --- including me. I am known to post the occasional religious barb, irreverent meme, and to answer religious questions and/or remarks. But I don't harp or dwell on it. Look into the groups. The list has swollen over the past few weeks and there is quite a range. Most of them have nothing to do with religion. By the way, did you happen to notice you made a comment related to religion to close out your post? Funny how that works.
How do people describe you?
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
I don't know. I don't want to know. I don't much give a rat's patootie. Why do you ask? Are you being descriptively mistreated?
What's the one thing you misplace the most?
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
My mind. Losing my mind is the most frequent thing.
Have you told anyone today how much they mean to you? When was the last time you were told?
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
Yes, regularly. Last time I was told? Maybe five minutes ago.
What kind of driver are you?
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
There isn't a selection for me. Driving to me is like flying -- I treat them both the same. It's all business, knowing the rules of the road but not expecting anyone else to do the same. Understanding my vehicle and knowing its condition. Maintaining full situational awareness at all times -- which means very little talking, no texting, no telephone, very rarely any radio/music. In spite of all that, I enjoy my trips, regardless of length. Oh, and I've never had a passenger complain or need hospitalization.
Ever wonder, for no particular reason, if you will make it through the night?
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
There have been occasions, yes, but they were supported by substantial reason. Flying in severe weather. Instrument failure. Combat. Vulnerable positions in the wild. Twice for major surgery. Sudden accident avoidance in traffic, and so forth. Just for the sake of concern? Never.
Captions!!
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
No captions. Even for foreign films. I find them to be distracting and usually poorly written. When they are translating foreign material, they frequently don't get it right or the connotation is way off.
What accent ( French, Spanish, etc.) do you like? I love a Scottish accent! The red hair is nice ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
All accents are interesting and gain my attention immediately. I don't have a favorite, but I can say that some are damned difficult to understand.
Why are atheists not willing to form a coalition? As the numbers of atheists (and uninformed ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
Why perpetuate that form of mentality? That's religious and tribe think.
Is science & religion compatible?
evidentialist comments on Apr 26, 2018:
**Nope**
Just for fun..Clowns, yes or no?
evidentialist comments on Apr 25, 2018:
No additional clowns are needed. Congress is full.
Obnubilate I love this word.
evidentialist comments on Apr 25, 2018:
The obnubilation and baboonery in the Congress has become octothorpe intolerable.
Baboonery [ba-boo-nuh-ree or, esp. British, buh-] noun, plural ba·boon·er·ies. an uncouth, ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Lots of baboonery going in the halls of Congress.
Hello friends! I just thought I'd share something I wrote a long time ago...when my writing style ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
@Pips -- Rewrite coming you way soon. I needs me a day to ponder upon it first.
Writing a novel and would like some opinions
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Without knowing more about what you have done and particularly how you've gone about doing it, advice will be scattered like shot from a blunderbuss. I suggest you visit us at: https://agnostic.com/group/thewrittenword
Possibly the lamest question ever. Do people in your town back into parking spaces, or is that a ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Standard practice in oil/gas country. I've never gotten into the habit but I don't work in that field. I don't see what your problem is with it. Pulling in or pulling out takes time whichever way it is done, so relax.
Do any of the contributors to the Atheist on Youtube community ever come on here?
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
First, "here" is still quite new and is also small in membership. With the rate at which the membership is growing, I would hazard a guess that it won't be long before it becomes a venue worth considering by them as a possible way to "spread the word". In the meantime, just sit back and enjoy the site.
Today I had a job interview. I already knew that the woman was very religious - I checked her FB ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Nope. I am what I am, I do what I do, I think what I think. Somebody wants to check out all my pages/profiles, great. Maybe they'll learn something. I'm consistent.
If you REALLY click with someone online. Chat, discover, reveal. But then you meet and your sweetest...
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Shoot the dog. Dogs are a lot easier to find than human mates. First line: Just kidding. Second line: So true it hurts.
Death: what do you think will happen when you die? What do you think happens to your ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
@marga -- Let's turn your question around so that birth comes first, like it does in real life. Before you were conceived, there was no you. You didn't exist. During gestation, some development of self began as soon as there was brain to receive inputs from body, but until you popped out of the chute, the you in you was rudimentary. Undeveloped. So far, I think consciousness is the sum total of bodily inputs (that means all inputs -- heart, lungs, kidneys, skin nerves -- everything) plus all external inputs (your environment, other humans occupying that environment, etc.). You is a process that continues for however long you are alive. That's what happens when you are born -- the process starts. Everything that occurs between birth and death is filling in the blanks, a hopefully long period of becoming. The you of yesterday is not the you of today. Want a simple example (slightly exaggerated)? Yesterday morning you didn't think twice about getting into the car and driving through traffic to work. On the way home you witnessed a terrible accident with multiple fatalities. Today you have to fight yourself to get in that damned car and go to work. Environmental input has changed the you in you. So, we have come through however many years filled with environmental inputs and bodily inputs that have been constantly changing the whole time. The differences between the you on your deathbed and the shiny, squeaky clean little you who appeared in the delivery room ages ago are worlds apart. The time is coming. You experience a tunnel vision that begins to dim -- and you know it -- you are aware of changes coming faster and faster. When you take your last breath, the you in you begins to dwindle as the brain receives fewer and fewer inputs from the body. The environment no longer feeds much at all into the brain. The brain begins rapidly to degrade because of a lack of oxygen, and as it does so, it will be subjected to all sorts of weird thoughts and visions. When the brain is finally dead, you are back where you began before conception. You don't exist. You as an entity are no longer. **That** is why it is crucial to make the most of what you have while you have it and it is the foundation for making sure you don't screw it up for others. What you do while there is a you in there is critical.
Why does sexism exist in atheism? Without a bible or Quran to raise one believing women are meek and...
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
There was a time when such thinking was true and it enabled us to survive. The problem is that condition existed for (throwing out a number for effect only) 99.999% of the total time we've been walking upright. What that means is the behavior is essentially hardwired and breaking the "habit" ain't easy. From what I have seen during my lifetime, I would say that considerable progress has been made, but we have a long way yet to go. Religions (most of them) perpetuate this notion and most atheists I have known come to us from religious backgrounds. Lately, I'd say the percentages are changing and more atheists are here without the baggage. It may not arrive during your life, but it will come. I can't imagine anything occurring that will reverse the trend.
Howdy hi,friends and neighbors.How`s everybody doing this evening?
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Well here.
How do you answer Pascal’s Wager?
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
About the best Pascal's Wager deserves is a little chuckle.
Wondercide - the act of murdering a piece of white bread with a knife and cold butter.
evidentialist comments on Apr 24, 2018:
LOL....
About a year, or so, ago, I was in my car looking at my phone at a stoplight. A cop pulled up beside...
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
When I am driving, it is all business. It has always been that way. I have spent more time on the road than most people and even some long haul truckers. Now pushing 78, still driving, still alive, only three accidents since I was 14, not a one my fault. If my cell phone beckons, I wait until I have a chance to pull off the road. These phones cleverly store the numbers of missed calls, so I don't have to worry about it. Good advice, my friend. Very good advice.
The lack of females in the Atheist community is truly disheartening. Odds are that I'll either die ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Take an extended vacation in the Pacific Northwest. Sort of a shopping trip. However, I found one in the heart of Mexico, so I can't relate to your problem too well.
Atheists in Austin?
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Interesting. If you don't find a passel of atheists in Austin, something has gone very wrong. Austin is the Black Heart of Texas.
Christians wage war against Sweet Jesus
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Amazing how quickly they become much like their Muslim brethren -- except for the violence (for now). Sweet Jesus, I do hope they set up shop somewhere near me. I could use some weight.
So a very general question. Can you picture a novel that is all about a teen’s relationship with ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Of course.
Who is your favourite pre 20th century composer? I'm calling it early - JS Bach. I mean, the sons...
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Bach (the old man), Liszt, Brahms, Mozart (WA), Beethoven Pretty much in that order....
Inane [youtu.be]
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Inane is a synonym for Trump, his followers, and various suck-ups.
Если vouz like nyelveket, ここに hay grunnan برای 你们. Linguists welcome! There are ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
7 languages in varying degrees of fluency, but I'm certainly no linguist. Isn't linguistics a type of pasta? Разве лингвистика не макароны?
What percent of what you see, hear or read do you think we can believe?
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Belief is not something in which a thinking/questioning person should engage. I hold no beliefs beyond the mundane we humans use to navigate the world each day. All the rest is for those who would rather not bother with the thinking process beyond what makes them comfortable.
Got Too Admire Her.
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Yep....
God is Imaginary - 50 simple proofs
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Unfortunately, none of these are "proofs". Strong indicators, yes, but they do not meet the requisites of a proof. They cannot be defended any more than believers can defend the opposite notions. I agree that the posits as presented would certainly cause anyone who is moderately rational in their thinking to rethink and perhaps reject their previous beliefs, but the keyword is "rational". We are dealing with people who have rejected rational thought when it comes to their religious beliefs and are already lying to themselves. For them, all of this will appear to be nothing more than the work of the enemy, of Satan; a demonic attack on their beliefs and their only choice is to double down.
I sometimes think there is too much emphasis on science (ie, physics, chemistry, etc.) as the only ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
I should think that is largely dependent on what your definition of truth is. In all my days working in the sciences, I don't recall a single instance when what I was doing was pursuing "truth". "Truth" as far as I can tell, is foreign to science and irrelevant. It is a fact that when an apple leaves the tree, it falls toward the Earth. That is one of the definitions of the word "truth". The description of what is taking place during its fall is the science. That is to say, we observe something that to others is known as "truth", then we form a hypothesis in an effort to describe this "truth" and when the hypothesis has been tested and survives, we call it a theory. Nowhere in that process is the word "truth" ever used. The word fits nicely into philosophy.
Ted Cruz: Americans Have No Right To Masturbate
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Oh damn it, I'm an outlaw.
Do you responsibly avoid sharing misinformation?
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
I've worked in science and tech fields too long to not check validity. It only requires between 30 seconds and 5 minutes to do adequate research.
Board games. I grew up with them back in the 17th century and they were huge. Then video games ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Yep. Particularly fond of strategy games. Axis and Allies, for example. Chess of course. Risk.
Agnostic Mouse Your mouse is wily. Your mouse is wise. So treasure it highly For all that it...
evidentialist comments on Apr 22, 2018:
Fondling a mouse? Oh my.
Do humorless people KNOW that they are humorless??
evidentialist comments on Apr 22, 2018:
A humorless person is one in which no one is manning the boiler. They become a passionless bag of meat with no apparent purpose other than getting the bed made or the books balanced. It is doubtful that they have any sense of being humorless and being humorless means that they have lost the ability to play and to them anyone who plays is wasting precious time that could be applied to balancing the books. Okay, so I might be being a little extreme here, but I don't think they have the slightest clue of their condition. As for intelligence, I don't think that's a factor one way or another. I've known some highly intelligent but dreadfully boring and humorless people.
Okay. so I am still new to this atheist thing. How long does it take before I will no longer dread ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 22, 2018:
You will find whatever you find. The interesting part is the hunt. If you discover something that will allow you to accept the notion of not existing, great. If you don't, that's okay too. Searching is the important part of the process -- it shows you're not afraid of facing the bogeyman.
Atheist principles - would atheists be interested in listing basic atheist principles?
evidentialist comments on Apr 22, 2018:
I didn't vote because the list is missing several important possibilities. A book of this nature would in essence be a codification of things that should come easily to anyone who thinks even a little bit. Would it be of any real interest to the atheists in the world? Maybe to some, but not to all.
It seems to me that atheism has to be a belief. A fact is something that is 100% known, and while we...
evidentialist comments on Apr 22, 2018:
Yes, this is a dead horse that has been thoroughly beaten. It is difficult to equate a belief with a lack of belief. The same as action does not equal inaction.
If intelligent life from another galaxy came to the U.S. and met with Trump, what would they think ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 22, 2018:
@erixon -- You have made the presuppositions that they were able to communicate with him and that they would take him as representative of the rest of us. The first part is somewhat doubtful because fellow humans aren't generally able to communicate with him and the second part makes the assumption that they are as dumb as he is. As far as I can tell, only his supporters fall into that category.
There are atheist in foxholes. Also, Combat Information Centers in Warships, in the seat of a ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
And all of us appreciate that. By the way, GO NAVY....
Hi. I qualified to join Mensa years ago, based on a high school test score. I submitted the ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
@Hope4US -- I was a member for a while and was active in various SIGs. After approximately 3 years, I let my membership go because work got busy busy busy and my interest slacked off as well. Would it be worth your time? Only you can say that. Give it a go. After all, the only thing you'd be out would be a little time and some dues. Who knows what you might find?
Guys, I'd love to hear what your biggest challenge is when it comes to meeting, and connecting with,...
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
My biggest challenge when it comes to meeting and connecting with women is my wife. That was tongue-in-cheek. I've been married to a wonderful woman for a long time now and would not consider changing that.
Could intelligent life have existed on Earth millions of years ago? - The Washington Post
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Where it is a possibility, it is highly unlikely based on evidence so far.
Does anyone else write answers on Quora regularly?
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Yes. I answer questions related to engineering, physics, astronomy, astrophysics, naval architecture, aerospace, any general technical questions that seem appropriate, and questions on religion and related issues including ethics and morals. How is it going? I have no idea.
In your opinion what is the most likely thing that could halt human progress?
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
A 25 kilometer diameter asteroid impact would do a right fine job. A major solar flare could turn up the heat nicely. A simultaneous eruption of all Earths supervolcanoes could dust us. The arrival of an unknown virulent virus could be a culminating contagion. I suppose just about any "take-no-prisoners-leave-no-survivors event would slow us down substantially.
Lost in Translation
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
What a dumbass straight up thing to say. ;-)
Is it important for you to think that you have contributed in some small way to the benefit of ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Yes, and yes.
Proof of an infinite Universe - I know the Universe had no beginning because you can't create or ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Whoa! Wait a minute. "Proof" of an infinite Universe? Science doesn't deal in absolutes or proofs of any kind and I know of no scientists who "believe" what is observed. We know better than that. We are frequently fooled by what we see as opposed to what is. Roger Penrose has some interesting ideas on the subject, but first we need to look at how it is that we think with some surety that the Universe is flat. To do that, I'll resort to videos and articles to save space. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veU6hK3jMH4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry_pILPr7B8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2_6h15UCMg http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/the-universe/102-the-universe/cosmology-and-the-big-bang/the-big-bang/591-could-there-have-been-multiple-big-bangs-at-different-places-in-the-universe-intermediate http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/the-universe/105-the-universe/cosmology-and-the-big-bang/our-place-in-the-universe/635-if-the-universe-is-infinite-does-that-mean-there-is-an-infinite-number-of-me-s-intermediate This is not a simple problem with a "logical" or intuitive answer, and the implications of any of the assumptions that can be made about the Universe are incredible. I suggest that if you think you have an answer, that it is incumbent upon you to make it known to mankind so that we can move on to the next of the imponderables. So, do you have an answer that can be supported by both experiment and observation?
I am a Unitarian Universalist. I’ve been a UU for 27 years. I belong to their atheist club. Any ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
I have no need or desire to be in a structured atmosphere that smacks of woo, even if called an "atheist club". It just does not ring my chimes.
Do you believe in karma or not? These are some of my thoughts: [truefactread.wordpress.com]
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
I am an atheist who has no need for the irrational. Karma fits into that category.
What, in your opinion, is the greatest invention in human history?
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Good question. I wish I had an answer, but I don't. I will say that the one that has had the most profound and all encompassing effect on the development of civilization is written language. I'd say it was foundational.
Am I the only atheist that doesn’t smoke pot?
evidentialist comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Nope....
What is your impression of Unitarian Universalist?
evidentialist comments on Apr 20, 2018:
First question is: If it is so open and cares not one whit what one believes, why call it a church or even organize it to emulate one? I guess it serves as a transitioning crutch for agnostics and "atheists" who are uncertain about it all. Church is church is church, and there is no way to get around it. As for there being no groups, I guess that depends on where your are: Coos Bay: https://www.meetup.com/cfi-scs/ Portland: https://www.meetup.com/FFRF-PDX/ Portland: https://cfiportland.org/?/portland Portland: http://www.portlandhumanists.org/ That's it as far as "coastal" Oregon is concerned. There are groups pretty much all over the state and it shouldn't be too big a deal to connect with any one or more of them to enlist aid in establishing one in your area. Because you're somewhere on the coast, I'd suggest contacting the CFI in Coos Bay to discuss it.
What is your greatest resource of meaning in life? When life seems bleak/meaningless/without rhyme ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Me. I am my resource for meaning in life.
Your Favourite Bond?
evidentialist comments on Apr 20, 2018:
In order -- absolute favorite first: Connery Brosnan Moore Craig Lazenby and Dalton don't make the list.
Yep, just got into a FaceBook argument with a religious fanatic who will "pray for my soul" which is...
evidentialist comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Good for you.
Would you truly like to live on a sailboat and travel the world? Why or why not? What is ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 19, 2018:
I've already sailed a large part of the world, but would happily do it again, yes. This time, however, I don't want to buy the boat.
@Cast1es -- Past member of Mensa. Courted Triple Nine, but they offered same as Mensa in terms of ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Today I write Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Humorous Horror, Paranormal, Speculative, Science Fact, and Shopping Lists. I was a Naval Architect designing ships, boats, yachts, submersible vehicles, and other marine oriented things. I also designed and built custom wooden yachts and the occasional composite yacht -- until Reagan. Before that I was a folksinger/musician, songwriter, copywriter, technical writer/illustrator and ad art director. I no longer fly but was a pilot. I was a cruising sailor (not much on racing, though I enjoy watching). I engaged in road racing and a little drag racing in the mid '50s to mid '60s.
I’m an omnivore but could happily live on just fruit. What are your top three favorite fruits?
evidentialist comments on Apr 18, 2018:
Red Raspberries Strawberries Lignonberries I couldn't live on them, but enjoy them enough to have them as a major part of my diet. In spite of all the hype, guilt trips, and pseudoscience that is thrown around, we are biologically omnivorous and a truly healthy diet includes a reasonable input of animal protein.
What does everyone think about that new study that make pose the question of whether or not there ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 18, 2018:
@DanDanDanDan -- What new study is that? Where can I find it?
Hi. I’m a lifelong, rarely published author. For work I write blog posts. For happiness I write ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 18, 2018:
Speak to us of your fiction and why you....
@PhillipSEE -- Hello, and welcome aboard.
evidentialist comments on Apr 18, 2018:
@Psmintexas -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
Any non-US, non-English users here? French, Spanish, Italian, German, any other language ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Shalom, ma sh'lomcha? (...sh'lomeich) Salut, comment ça va? Preevyet, kak dyela? Hola ¿cómo estás? Hallo wie geht's dir? Yes, ja, да, si, oui, כן
High times
evidentialist comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Um ... no ... haven't given it much thought.
Take a guess. What helps make chocolate candy hard?
evidentialist comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Hershey leads in helping save the ecosystem by introducing the new MORE BARS TO THE GALLON formula.
I was watching one of the Atheist Experience docs where they were talking about religious people ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Poor babies, those persecuted followers of the Lawd. I shall pray for them.
Though I publish pro, there's a couple of things I want to self-publish. I'm having an insane time ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 16, 2018:
How about a couple examples of your published work, Chris?
Substances - Do you use them? Do you think they help or hinder your writing?
evidentialist comments on Apr 15, 2018:
No substances and am as prolific as I need to be.
Are cross posts ok on this page? I post to poet's corner but was wondering if anyone would like to ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 15, 2018:
If it's the written word, everything goes here. Can't promise no unfavorable critiques, so if you're brave enough, the group is ready for your stuff. Give it your best shot.
A V8 for breakfast? Or a bloody Mary?
evidentialist comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Start it off with a healthy buzz: Make your Bloody Mary with V8 --- best of both worlds.
If someone were to purchase a brand new car today and leave it in climate controlled storage as ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 15, 2018:
First vehicle driven was an Allis-Chalmers tractor with steel wheels and the next was a 1927 Oakland sedan (see it in the center of picture below). One of my uncles began purchasing the most unique automobile of the year in 1950. He would drive each of them until properly broken in, then dismantle and store them. He did this until 1985. He began selling them off. He made a small fortune, moved to Las Vegas, and promptly lost it all. I suggest to you that driving will not disappear for a long, long time and storing one away now would probably be a good investment (depending on the choice you make). Along with this suggestion comes a bit of advice. Do not move to Las Vegas. Do not gamble away your fortune. By the way, the uncle in question (Leroy) is the one riding my back in lower center of the picture.
Berlin New Hampshire She had grown up in a tenement in Berlin with the smell of sulfur from the...
evidentialist comments on Apr 15, 2018:
One problem, sir. Inuit is the plural representing the whole people. "Inuk" would be proper in this instance without the indefinite article rendered as; "I am Inuk and I..." Just a minor detail. Good work.
What is your knowledge of religion?
evidentialist comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Quite well educated in Judaism, Christianity (several sects). Islam, not so much, but enough. Others, I have a general understanding of several and reasonably aware of many other world religions.
Understanding vegans
evidentialist comments on Apr 10, 2018:
Vegans don't bother me at all. I can sit down right next to one and enjoy my medium rare steak as if they weren't there. We are omnivores.
So I had my account on another website 'permanately suspended' because I had the audacity to post ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 10, 2018:
Oh well, such is life.
I've been away for a while. I've missed you heathens. I have a story to tell here. Last year I ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 10, 2018:
That's a treasure. Question: Does that one have an arched back as well? If it's genuinely from the 30s, that would be one made right after Kay hooked up with that violin company whose name I can't remember. I had a friend with an old Kay during my pickin' an' grinnin' phase, but it had a really weird body shape. Your finished product looks yummy. Nice work. How does it sound?
And how exactly do you know this, dear believer?
evidentialist comments on Apr 9, 2018:
Such profound logic. I must ponder this.
Who do you support, the teachers of Oklahoma or the Republicans and Betsy DeVos, who claim the ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 9, 2018:
They are not looking only for salary increases. They want funding for the schools and infrastructure of schools. Everything in the OK school system is sub standard to downright stone age. Time to clean up the mess, and I stand with the teachers of OK.
What are your views on the Epicurean Paradox?
evidentialist comments on Apr 9, 2018:
Well, sure.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlLdfNDORO8 This was an interesting take on Epicurus. A little slippin' an' a-slidin' goin' on here, dontcha think?
SEXUAL DIMORPHISM: Are we biological creatures?
evidentialist comments on Apr 9, 2018:
Actually, each of us is an amalgam of lots of different biological creatures. The unknown exists, the supernatural does not.
Could Isaac Asimov's Planet Where Nightfall Almost Never Comes Really Exist?
evidentialist comments on Apr 9, 2018:
Yes, but not as he described it, and the article presents some workable but absurd propositions. It is certainly possible to have several red dwarf stars in it but highly unlikely they would share the same orbit. Might be fun to see what could be done without those rings of 'evenly spaced' stars. I might just do that -- but not now.

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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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