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evidentialist comments on Apr 9, 2018:
All I can say is people worry over the damnedest things. You realize there is something kinky in your lexicon of sex stuff, I suggest that is your problem. If your partner no longer cares to engage in your problem, that is their decision. Your decision is to determine whether your kinky desires are more important than your marriage -- then act accordingly.
Do you believe all children are naturally born Atheist?
evidentialist comments on Apr 9, 2018:
If you have nothing to believe, you then have nothing to not believe. Seems pretty straightforward to me.
If we ever officially devolope time travel, when would you go to?
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
Yesterday to remind myself of the perils of that first step off the deck.
Scientists discover the universe has much less phosphorus than we thought, potentially meaning there...
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
Only two studies, so not too much credence can be placed in the assumption about alien life, but they do raise some rather interesting questions and a need for further study.
I believe that if I expect people to respect my right to be an atheist, then I have to respect other...
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
Although I agree with you in principle, in practice it doesn't work that way. It is they who push their ideas onto the rest of a society, even when in the minority. There are a very few exceptions to this, but they are indeed rare. So, although I have no problem allowing for the beliefs of others, I do have a problem with their incursions. I am particularly put off by pushing beliefs into the political arena where those beliefs are by default thrust onto society in general. They also try to work their ideas into the educational system and undermine science. No, I am not talking about any specific religion. There are a number of them jockeying for position. Take your pick.
It is true, being overly clean can actually be bad for your health and your kids health. But that ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
We are actually made of of colonies of a lot of different things living a product symbiosis. Bathing too frequently with harsh soaps, applying certain chemicals, etc., is harmful to those bacteria who share our space intimately. Recent estimates of the number of critters in the human microbiata compared to the number of human cells is between 3:1 and 1:1. Treat you microbiota well. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095809917301492
Attn: All Door Knockers
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
Yeppers. Where I live that could turn into a lucrative business venture.
Hi everyone. I am looking for friends. Not romance or hook ups. I want to meet like minded people I ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
Hello, Endora. We are the same as any group of people in this world, but from my experience we tend to have a higher proportion of cuddly types. Have fun.
If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with your extra time?
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
Study. Experiment. Discover. Read. Write. Talk to new people every day. Draw. Paint. Compose. Whatever could be fitted into the extra time available.
Hi all. Here's a link (it's on my own web domain) to one of my short stories. [mojacar.ws] I ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
@Petter -- Ha..! Justice ordered. Justice served. Well done, mate. Well done. Although I partially expected the ending, it was far more than anticipated. Published anywhere but your site?
Do animals have "souls"
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
I voted no, and because humans are animals, we are included. "Soul" is a part of the supernatural menagerie of irrational things and as such has no place in the atheist/agnostic toolbox. Man has used this notion of soul to do several things that are negative to civilizations. First, as a tool to control the masses. That "eternal soul" can be damned or blessed for all eternity. The threat hangs heavily over you. Behave and be blessed, or don't play by our rules and be damned. It has been used to stratify our existence by measuring the worth of soul. It has been used to separate us from the rest of the inhabitants of our world. To give us dominion over.... Soul is the vehicle that travels to heaven or hell. All of this is absurd on its surface and sinister in its depths.
II just finished this by Louise Erdrich. One, it reminded me what an outstanding author she is. Two,...
evidentialist comments on Apr 8, 2018:
I think we need a little more in the way of upbeat, solution oriented material on this subject. Material that exposes the issues while giving a more positive outlook for the future. It is a dark subject and I'm not so certain how it could be handled, but I think we need it.
Will robots make them believe more or less?
evidentialist comments on Apr 7, 2018:
First, look long and hard at what a believer really is.
So there are 9 churches between my house and town; anyone else think they are trying just a bit too ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 7, 2018:
9? That's all?
I don't write much, but I read lots. It's kinda strange how the first few pages of a book either ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 7, 2018:
Yep.
Do you dislike all religions equally?
evidentialist comments on Apr 7, 2018:
I voted that some are worse than others, but that needs to be clarified. The immediate harm done by some is certainly worse than others, and I include all forms of harm. So, all religions engage in some harmful practice(s), but they vary in degree. Supernatural woo and woofull thinking is low on the list and actual decapitation/stoning/throwing off high places is at the high end.
This has probably been asked before. But where exactly do all of you fall on the Spectrum of ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 7, 2018:
7. In my mind, based upon all that I have learned over a span of many years, there is no supernatural anything. Believing in unsupportable claims is irrational. However, I remain open to change my view on the presentation of actual evidence. In discussions with believers I take the stand that I am reasonably certain there is no deity, then let them know that if they can produce real evidence I am willing to say I am wrong. I think most folks on this site know what the odds of that are.
I watch a ton of religios debates on YT. Not in a single one has either side changed thier position....
evidentialist comments on Apr 7, 2018:
These debates are accomplishing something. Remember, the debate is between a firm believer and an unbeliever. Both of them have, it is hoped, done their homework and are able to make their case clearly. We know with some certainty that neither of these individuals is going to change their position one iota, regardless of how well either of them presents their case. That is, unless one of them produces some form of irrefutable evidence. But that is only what happens behind the lecterns. We know something else with lesser certainty. Some of the people in the audience may be in the midst of struggling with some part of what they think they believe. We have no way of knowing how many of those people will be shifted off center by what they hear, but I think it safe to say that some will come away from the session thinking a little differently. Those videos on Youtube aren't watched by a single audience. There are people with questions who occasionally watch them and again we have no way to determine what percentage of them have their thinking either shaken or altered. Even if it were only 5%, that is progress.
How do Americans view Canadians?
evidentialist comments on Apr 6, 2018:
I can't from where I am. They are beyond the horizon. Only once in 18 years have I seen one passing through our town. As I remember it, she was rather easy on the eyes.
@Fibonacci1618 -- Hello, and welcome to the group. Question: Why did you use 1618? It's not a ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 6, 2018:
Random excerpts from the Jacobs Lexicon for Science Friction Writers Algebra: a device designed to support alge Astronomer: one who spends his/her time observing and cataloguing nocturnal emissions; see voyeur Betelgeuse: the goo from squashed bugs Electron: a slogan used during the Ronald Regan presidential campaigns Einstein: a rock Entanglement: a promise of marriage Fibonacci: a style of pasta Gluon: small stickers found on refrigerator doors, cabinets, lunch-boxes, etc. Heisenberg: meaning is uncertain — it may or may not be a word Hyperspace: a highly agitated place; a rock/rap club Light speed: low dose amphetamine; diet drug Logarithm: percussive sound used in Polynesian dance groups Max Planck: the biggest board you can find Meson: member of a secret fraternity Moon: expose the posterior to public view Mu meson: bovine member of the Meson fraternity Orbit: notice of one’s death Paradigm: twenty cents Planck length: how long the board is Planck’s constant: boards of uniform measurement Planck’s number: lumber yard’s inventory Quantum mechanics: people who fix very small things Quark: sound made by a duck with a speech impediment Serendipity: the art of finding things that were not being looked for Space station: a place where lots of room is stored Subatomic particle: a wee, tiny piece of stuff that works well underwater Subspace: a place reserved for storing submarines Supercollider: a runaway train on steroids Tachyon: small stickers found on refrigerator doors, etc.; see gluon Time: a spice Time machine: a clock or a spice grinder Time travel: going by bus Triple-point: an ellipsis
Homeopathy - It has made a real comeback. Let's take a look at a business that nearly vanished and ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 6, 2018:
First, understand that homeopathy is bullshit. https://www.ted.com/talks/james_randi/up-next https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20750-colon-cleansing-health-benefits-debunked/
My first post here. I'm not too clear on the specific classifications of belief or non-belief. Can ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 6, 2018:
Afterlife is only part of it. What is your position on the existence of supernatural things like gods, ghosts, angels, and leprechauns?
Has anyone here read Sex and : How Religion Distorts Sexuality by Darrel Ray?
evidentialist comments on Apr 6, 2018:
Not I.
Here is an old saying . When you die....."If you believe in God, and there is no God, you've lost ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 5, 2018:
Pascal's wager. Well ... more nonsense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afQ9zMWR7Ag
Shoes On or Off
evidentialist comments on Apr 5, 2018:
"Shoes on. Shoes off. Shoes on. Shoes off. Shoes...." Could easily have been a line from Karati Kid.
Does anyone else ever miss going to church sometimes? I miss the community and tradition and even ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 5, 2018:
Of course they were comforting. They were simple. They were absolute. The community of church cannot be denied, but even that is based on simple and absolute. A lack of questioning and trying to reason. Rote buzzwords and actions. A certain way to greet others with pat phrases and pasted on expressions. Dressing a certain way. Believing a certain way, or at least pretending well enough to pass. This missing you mention -- is it missing or is it just withdrawal? MindfulSoul -- hmm. I can understand "mindful" as a choice for anyone. Soul is another thing. Do you really mean "soul", or are you conflating soul with "person"?
What music are you listening to right now?
evidentialist comments on Apr 5, 2018:
None.
@DonDixon -- HO HO HO -- er -- I mean, hello, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Apr 5, 2018:
@4nth0ny -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
@DonDixon -- HO HO HO -- er -- I mean, hello, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
@clarkatticus -- Hello, and welcome to the group. Please excuse me if I'm doubling up here. I've gotten a bit behind and there's no easy way to check.
@DonDixon -- HO HO HO -- er -- I mean, hello, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
@Bierbasstard -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
@DonDixon -- HO HO HO -- er -- I mean, hello, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
@BadPoet -- Sorry if this is a duplicate. Hello, and welcome to the group.
Solve this Riddle
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Hospital....
Would you rather work at a place you love where you make very little money or a place you hate where...
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
I've never had a job I hated. I don't think I could live like that, regardless of the money. I've also never had a job that didn't pay well, except when I was a kid on the farm and got a quarter a week for doing my chores. Answering the question as asked: I would rather make less and be happy than make more and be miserable.
Does anyone here also enjoy a dark sense of humor? It oft crosses my mind that folks seem to get ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Dark humor. That's when the power fails and you have to complete the gig in order to get paid, right? The most humorous things are those that are 'sacred' to the majority, because that is where one finds the material in abundance. It is also what shocks them into laughing out of embarrassment or anger at how ridiculous it all is, even though they are resisting with all their might. Sex jokes. Political jokes. Gay jokes. Religious jokes. All sacred areas. All fodder for the comedian's canons. All dark closets with filaments of lies festooned from the ceiling and skeletons reclining in the corners.
I am the only free thinker in my family. I have/had three brothers and 7 sisters. I live in the ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
It's ... well ... it's a mental thing. If you were normal you'd be in the holy house belting out hymns at least twice a week, blessing everyone you meet, and amen-ing most of what you hear. You would be picketing at gay weddings, refusing to bake cakes, and shouting down those who oppose our Fearless and Exalted Leader, the Trumpenfuehrer. But you aren't, are you? No. You had to go and be different. Rational. ABNORMAL. There is no cure. I'm sorry to have been so brutally blunt, but that's the way it is. You don't fit. Round peg trying to slide into a trinity shaped hole. On a serious note, we all get wired up a little differently. You just happened to get lucky and your logic nodes and rational rails got connected. It is possible to slip into stupid city, but with regular reinforcement from this group that is made up mostly of certified sinners, such horrible things can be avoided. You can remain a proud --- misfit. A member of the demon possessed. A card carrying, baby eating heretic bent on destroying christian family values. A miscreant. Glad you're here, kiddo.
There was a time when I never put my photograph up on a dating site or the internet. People sadly ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
My position is simple. My appearance is what it is. If you don't like it, fuck off, I've other things to do. I have never been one who likes to have pictures taken featuring moi. What pictures there are have been taken as candid shots, except those with the grandkids and the one on my profile that the publisher insisted upon.
Do you ever feel alone in a room full of people?
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Occasionally.
What made you stay here?
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
I came upon an ad on FB. I said to myself, "Self, click on this and see what happens." I clicked. I was immediately thrown to the floor by two burly guys with no nipples or navels and lacking the normal dangly bits guys have. There, pinned to the floor, I heard a rumbling voice coming from the ceiling. It said, "Thou shalt not cavort with this evil cadre." "What happens if I do?" said I. The voice took on an even more ominous and threatening tone, saying, "Thou shalt be taken to the city gate and there thou shalt be stoned to death by the Baptist choir group." "But ... but my city has no gates," I countered cleverly. "At the city limits then," it said. Okay, so what is a man to do under such circumstances? I lied. I promised I would not, under no condition whatsoever cavort with this evil cadre. Hey, we're talking survival here, you know. So, the two nippleless, navelless dudes lacking the usual guy type dangly bits vanished and I found myself miraculously sitting at my computer. There was no noise from the ceiling, though I could hear a faint grumbling fading in the distance. You need to understand a little something about me. I've always been a mite rebellious, so as soon as the grumbling was no more, I joined this evil cadre and I found that upon completing the questionnaire a serene and cuddly feeling pervaded my entire being. With rewards like that, who's gonna leave? Oh, and in close to another 6 months, if I post enough, I'll get me a purple shirt imblazoned with this godless group's moniker.
Why can't the U.S. have a strong third political Party? Really, I get the shives (shivers plus ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 4, 2018:
The worst thing anyone can do is to do nothing. Our electoral process is an example of that. Voter turnout gets worse at each election. The worst thing anyone can do to their country is not participate. The people always get the government they deserve. https://www.npr.org/2018/04/03/599120190/madeleine-albright-warns-dont-let-fascism-go-unnoticed-until-its-too-late
Now level 7 yea! Actually don't care, but I am the guy that wears atheist t shirts whenever I go to ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 3, 2018:
That's a long haul, but be glad they didn't restrict it to those getting to level 10. That's tantamount to a life sentence with no chance of parole.
Is there anyone on here that speaks fluent Spanish willing to help teach me to be fluent? With the ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 3, 2018:
@LadyAlyxandrea -- An important question. Is there a predominately Spanish speaking area where you live? The reason I ask this is because the only way I know to get fluent and remain fluent is immersing yourself in the language and the only way I know to do that here in the US is to seek out Spanish speakers wherever you can find them. Tell them what you're doing so they're not prone to practice their English on you. My German was awful after 10 years of not using it at all. After just three weeks back in the country, I was back up to speed. I think one of the reasons we have trouble with mixing up languages is because when we try speaking any language that has been essentially dormant for any time our memory grabs the closest synonym rather than the correct word for the job. Mientras, buena suerte.
Atheism/Agnosticism and Antisemitism I’ve seen a great deal of ire here directed towards ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Look, I don't know precisely what you mean by 'anti-israel', but if we're talking about the political and military activities over the past three decades there is legitimate room for protest. As for boycotting kosher food companies, good luck with that. They'll have to pry my kosher knockwurst and sauerkraut from my cold dead fingers. As for the rest of what you had to say, yeah -- but with some reservation because, well, nothing is always as it seems.
Who's your favorite atheist comedian? Cynical, curmudgeonly atheist comedian? For me, it's perhaps a...
evidentialist comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Carlin, Jefferies, Minchin, Maher, Oswalt Pretty much in that order. Sadly, Carlin isn't doing any new work.
Paid Protesters Give the Performance of a Lifetime - The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper... ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Shocking, but a great exposé. We need more hard working investigative reporters on the street to make sure these phonies can't get away with their nefarious plot.
Im not sure if I should be offended or laughing my ass of because in just this last week alone I ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Broiled baby in wine mushroom sauce. Oh, yum. Spaghetti is heavenly. Oh, yum. Damn! I can't decide. I'm ... I'm ... doomed. No! Wait! I know! Spaghetti with baby meatballs. Yeah. That'll do it.
What is your reaction to assertions you don't think are true? Mine is -- please present credible ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Please cite credible sources and/or specific evidence. Testimonies, biblical passages, apologetics based arguments, and argumentum ad populum do not represent sources or evidence. If you want to communicate with me you need to supply information.
Google snubbed Easter with no doodle for 18th year in a row, Christians say | Fox News
evidentialist comments on Apr 3, 2018:
The victim mentality knows no bounds.
What's the best bit of advice you've ever been given?
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
If you worry about the small stuff, you won't be prepared for the big stuff. Oh, almost forgot: Avoid playing poker with Klingons.
I have heard many religious people state that Atheists do not have moments of awe because they do ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Almost everything I have done has been because of the wow factor. I've been an avid amateur astronomer since 1947. Why? Because ... wow. Funny thing is, it hasn't lost any of its wow in all this time. Math because ... wow. Science in general and all disciplines ... big wow. Visiting with my grandchildren gives me that wow too. Everything this Universe offers is wow. They haven't a clue.
Atheists make up their own fantasy morals and meanings of life. [patheos.com]
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Well, when I see any article the first thing I want to know is where the author is coming from. You know, what appears to make him/her tick. So, as I always do, I did a quick search of Mr. Weikart's activities. Here's basically what I found. Most of this was copied from Wikipedia articles with language adjusted where needed. He is indeed a professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus. It's what else he indeed is that tells the story in more detail. He happens to be a senior fellow for the Center of Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. Just this item comes close to telling all. The Discovery Institute (DI) is a politically conservative non-profit think tank based in Seattle, Washington, that advocates the pseudoscientific principle of intelligent design (ID). Its "Teach the Controversy" campaign aims to permit teaching of anti-evolution, intelligent-design beliefs in United States public high school science courses alongside accepted scientific theories, positing that a scientific controversy exists over these subjects. The Center for Science and Culture is the action part of DI and lobbies for the inclusion of creationism in the form of intelligent design (ID) in public school science curricula as an explanation for the origins of life and the universe while casting doubt on the theory of evolution. Our friend is also on the editorial staff of the Access Research Network (ARN) which is an American non-profit organization that reports on science, technology and society from an intelligent design perspective. ARN primarily disseminates information via its website, located at ARN.org, which contains commentary, articles (both original and from other sources), videos, links, and a bookstore, all focusing on intelligent design. Between 2006 and 2011, ARN also published an annual list of "Top 10 Darwin and Design News Stories" compiled by ARN staff and released at the end of each year. Weikart received a bachelor's degree in 1980 from Texas Christian University, a master's from Texas Christian University in 1989, and a doctorate in history from University of Iowa in 1994. He is married to Lisa Weikart and they have seven children. So, aside from trying to take over the world by fucking like rabbits, it is apparent that "Dr." Weikart may have some sort of agenda. Just a minor additional note: The above organizations, with the exception of UCS, are tax exempt "ministries" that our tax dollars subsidize.
Are LED Light Therapy Facials Too Good to Be True?LED Light Skin Therapy
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Yes, it is probably true. Something like electronic snake oil it is not, but I wouldn't buy into all the hype presented in this article. It also doesn't appear that the device as shown would have anywhere near the power of the NASA handheld instrument. The treatment has been in use for some time by NASA and the military. https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2008/tech_benefits.html https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/benefits/bone_loss.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9REC1wSEmM
Hi! Anyone having a good day? What is one thing you want to accomplished this month?
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
My worst day is really not a bad day because of the way I look at life. Today is a great day. Accomplish this month? Make progress on a couple of novels I have in process. Finish the layout and author requirements for a forthcoming anthology I'd like to have in the works before Fall. Spend the usual amount or more of quality time with my wife, kids, and their kids. Survive at least to the end of this month with a high probability of doing it again for May.
Has anyone heard of Cory Booker?
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Of course I've heard of Booker. One can't have been paying attention to the political scene and not heard of him. His dietary proclivities won't get him elected or make him a better or worse administrator, so his being vegan doesn't figure into the odds. Based upon his actions in the past, though he has earned a fair amount of respect from me, his role in high level politics is problematic at best. If he were to step into the arena as a contender for the presidency, I have my doubts about his gaining the nomination. If he managed to get nominated, I seriously doubt he could win the presidency. That said, he is one of the few on the Democratic side I would like to see take the Oval Office. My preference remains Sanders, but he may not decide to run, in spite of the rumors.
I only joined Agnostics.com a few days ago, but I do find it interesting. Now I've just discovered ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
You certainly may. In fact, I encourage it.
There seems to be a lot of smarty pants on this site, so I thought I would share this video. As ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
There is nothing divine about inspiration. Inspiration can be triggered by many things. The image of a boy deliberately jumping into a puddle with clumsy boots might inspire a painting illuminating freedom or joy of the moment -- not necessarily a boy and a puddle. I might pass by an old, deteriorating barn on a country road and be inspired by the sight to right a story of a man seeking to take his complex life in the city and simplify it, or the struggle of a young country girl wanting to leave the farm and make a splash in Hollywood -- not necessarily a story about a barn falling apart from neglect. For the woo followers, they can always come up with some way to work in the divine, but the sort of machinations required to do it are stretching the envelope of credulity to the limit, and the slightest scrutiny will collapse their nebulous constructs. Writers like to inject the word 'muse' in place of 'divine' for their inspiration, but both are so much woo. The creative mind is constantly toying with ideas, images, moods, and worlds. The sudden inspiration is really that creative mind propelled in some direction after having connected a random series of unrelated ideas that then morphed into something else, something that has excited the artist enough to want to pursue it. Interestingly, ideas are not the creative person's problem. For most artists in any discipline, ideas are too plentiful. The problem is in the execution of those ideas. Converting them from mental to material works of art requires something most creatives have in short supply. Discipline to not be distracted by the ideas that continue to bombard him/her and the patience to see it through. That is where many would-be artists fall, and it is something that is definitely not divine. I know, the Guy in the Clouds blessed the artist with the ability to accomplish his/her work. The usual.
Do you feel a division happening in this country?
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
You'd have to be brain dead not to notice it. My take on it? It has been developing over several decades. It began in earnest with Reagan, though it was happening to some small extent before him. It is now in crescendo under the leadership of Cadet Bonespurs and his clusterfuck of a staff that changes more frequently than I change my socks. I don't want to ramble on about it (makes me angry), but we are as close to a fascist state under a full-blown dictator or even worse a theocracy as we have ever been and I can't stress enough how important it is for each and every concerned citizen to get in there to vote these wienies out. Even if we manage that, it will take years to fix what has been done.
The last event of the American Atheist convention was packing 30,000 meals for the poor... a ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Good on 'em.
Have you ever: been given a gift that you didn't like & so you gave it as a gift to someone else?
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Yep. Convenient way to save money and not have to wear that ugly shirt.
Have you ever: ate a whole box of cookies & didn't share?
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Cookies? No. Twinkies, cinnamon rolls, and donuts -- absolutely.
I did not go to church this morning. Instead, I spent three hours cleaning up trash from the side of...
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Oh, yes I would believe. I've done the same. Want to compare notes?
Have you ever: served on jury duty?
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Several times. Most were civil actions. Two were criminal cases. I've also served as a professional witness and a consultant on several cases. Learned that I hate doing depositions and facing eager defense attorneys. I also learned something more people in our society here in the US should understand. Most of the time the system works well and the majority of people to whom I was exposed on both sides were sincerely pursuing their duties.
Have you ever: lied to your parents?
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Of course. It should be obvious in that I'm still alive.
With out any diplomatic answers,..... Do you consider age, look, culture and educational back ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
No, unless you're talking about a marital relationship. In the case of marriage, age is a practical consideration, but even that isn't a real stumbling block unless the age difference is extreme. Educational background is not important but intelligence is to a degree in regard to compatibility.
Do you like country living? For those that do, did, ? Or want to
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
Raised on a farm in Oregon. There are only three cities in the states I would live in willingly. Seattle. Portland. New York. Right now I live close to 6 miles from a town of some 42,000. Not quite what one could call a city, but still too much city for me.
@GrBland -- Well, shame be upon me. I wrote a welcome to you and got the name wrong. This time, ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 2, 2018:
@Honeywook -- Well, hello, paisano. Another webfoot in the group. Always a delight. I was raised on a small farm just outside of Aumsville. Anyway, welcome and I hope you enjoy your stay with us.
In the past few years I have been writing some memoirs about my childhood growing up in the old Jim ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 1, 2018:
@GrBland -- Know up front that writing compelling short stories is a bit more difficult than writing novel length. There are two fundamental reasons for that. One has to do with time and the other is approach. In a novel length piece, one has the time to flesh out characters and generate great word pictures for scenes, moods, and action. That luxury doesn't exist in the average short story, and is barely adequate in the novella. Short stories are studies in economy of word. That is, one learns to use few words to accomplish a great deal. Short stories, by their nature, do not contain fluff to any extent and every word has to be aimed at advancing the story. There is no room for divergent plots to any great extent, either. Plot in short stories needs to be direct and as straight as possible. So, one has to hit the ground running with fully rounded characters at the start. The approach that works best for me is to know how the story will end. Exactly what it is I want to say, that thing the reader will carry away and hopefully not forget for some time. I have been called the O. Henry of Science Fiction because I have a love for twist endings that take the reader by surprise or at least cause them to have a WTF moment. In your case, based on what you've said, your message is the most important part of the story and that means you'll have to know exactly where you're going before you write a single word. Another thing to consider is POV. Choose carefully. Also, in the short story, that first couple to three line grabber is important. Much more important than in the novel where one can use the first paragraph or two to pull in the reader.
I'm a writer seeking a group discussion on finding an editor or reader. I'm motivated and ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 1, 2018:
@calgirlblues -- I refer you to my profile. Message me for further information if desired.
On this Holiest of day easter April 1st 2018 I profess and declare am am hopeful my nightmare ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 1, 2018:
Everybody knows how crows just love those shiny things. I'll bet Fontevraud Abbey (in France) has lots of glittering things to offer. Yep, that must be it.
Ive been painting loads of portraits with a view to showing them...its gettin g the right venue ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 1, 2018:
Interesting technique. Loose and detailed together with unusual color application. I like. I was going to say there is only one way, but that's not quite true. You can set up a business web page where your wares are displayed (w/prices + shipping costs), then promote the hell out of it so that people know you're there. You can set up a stand on the side of the road, but that is probably not in the least practical in Ireland and could be illegal for all I know. Now, the way I did it when I was busily engaged as the 20th Century's answer to Van Gogh ;-) was to contact all the galleries that would hang works on spec with a reasonable split to get started. At the same time I would enter any contest that didn't have a fee that would preclude my eating for a week. That took a while, but it worked well enough that I was getting some invitations from other galleries. Sales in small spec galleries help build your portfolio and give you a track record you can use with galleries that hang by invitation only. Those are difficult to get into. I've been out of it far too long to give much current advice, but the basics I mentioned are proven methods. You'll need to get information on today's art pricing standards. Good luck to you.
I'm new. Enjoying discussions so far. Am searching for a Writers Group! I cannot find one in this ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 1, 2018:
AUTHORS, EDITORS, PUBLISHERS, AND READERS Currently we have 127 members. Care to make it 128? @calgirlblues
Stumbled on this article today. Old Atheists like myself have no real problem with there not ...
evidentialist comments on Apr 1, 2018:
From the article: "'God is dead,' Nietzsche wrote, before adding: 'Yet his shadow still looms.' That shadow is in reality our failure to create movements and institutions that can nurture a sense of meaning and belongingness and dignity. Disbelief in God carries little weight without also a faith in ourselves as human beings. Otherwise, we find ourselves in a different kind of hell." Movements and Institutions it says. It says it's because of our failure to create institutions and movements. I suggest that movements and institutions are artificial constructs from the human mind and, as such, provide a fragile illusion of meaning, belonging, and dignity. Tribal thinking at its destructive best. My gang, your gang, our gang. The way religion gets away with that sort of gaseous logic is by backing it up with reward and punishment constructs that aid in the policing process by making sure no one drifts too far from the accepted illusion. Is that what we want? Is that what we need? To create an atheist shadow that looms? I think not. The secret to all of this, it seems to me, is for individuals to come to the internal realization that meaning emanates from within. That belonging is no more than realizing that each of us is but a small part of the whole of humanity and we should connect with it and cherish it. That meaning and purpose are what each of us decides they are and that responsibility to the whole should govern those decisions. By coming to these realizations, we provide all we need without illusion. Without phony constructs and symbols and creeds and dogmas and reward and punishment. By doing all of this, we bring dignity to us all. We build something with a fighting chance of survival.
Interesting site you got here, y'all.
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
Yep, it sure is. We gots everthang here, y'all. Pull up that there stump an' set a spell if'n ya like.
How does someone create an atheist wedding. I was raised baptist but I am now atheist so I only know...
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
Wait just a pea pickin' minute here. What's this business of "...we want to have a real wedding..." doing in there? What is a "real" wedding? Who says that one thing is a "real wedding" and that the other is not? Because you already got married legally, you can have any sort of ceremony-after-the-fact that you want and you make up the spoken part to suit you, then have one of your trusted friends speak the words you made up. Hold it in a park with a gazebo. Remember, the legal part has already been taken care of, this one is just for the fun of it so you can invite lots of people and have a big party.
The Four Horseman - Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennet, Harris [2007] - YouTube
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
That's a tough one. I voted Dennett because I have a lot of respect for the thoughtfulness with which he approaches issues. However, they would all be fun to chat with. Listed in order, it would be: Dennett Hitchens Dawkins Harris I would also love to have a session with several others.
Today was interesting, my morning starts off with my supervisor handing me a home made tombstone ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
Could have been funny if he'd brought a cinnamon roll with a note saying, "He has raisins."
In honor of tomorrow, wishing everyone Feliz Dia de los Huevos! ;)
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
No olviden que también están celebrando la llegada del zombi.
The best evidence ever collected for Yahweh, the god of the Bible. Happy Easter!! [youtube.com]
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
Best evidence I've seen so far.
What is it do you think that makes you resistant to organized religions! Is it the structure? Is it ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
I don't buy the woo, regardless of its packaging.
Which makes better art?
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
What matters most is the art. Dark or upbeat is a matter for the one doing the appreciating. Good art, no matter what the mood, is good art.
Favorite snack foods?
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
Tacos rich with lettuce, onion, olives, sour cream, and lots of chile sauce Twinkies and many other forbiddens
For all the non-whites out there, a question: Does it bother you when people inquire about your ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
I think a lot depends upon their demeanor and apparent purpose. If they display a genuine interest, I'm happy to discuss it -- but I'm a Jew, so rarely is their approach negative. However, I think that no matter what you are, green, orange, or purple, if their approach is friendly and at least genuine, it would be wise to oblige. Hey, who knows, you could change the course of someones life or at least increase their understanding and reduce some prejudice.
Walking to work I'm approached by an woman with a pamphlet. She tries to hand it to me and states ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
Because of my amiable and congenial treatment of door knockers, I haven't seen one at my door now in a bit over 10 years. Not even the JWs enter my yard any more. Good on ya, @idlopalev -- keep up the good work of shredding - er - spreading the gospel.
Okay !!! Hellooooo .. I am Nick... I sometimes write a little .. Sometimes I read a poem to other ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 31, 2018:
@Nickbee -- Well, sir, I've read better free prose in public restrooms. I will give you this much; you had some good bits of wordplay in there. Now, before you get all uptight and out of sorts, understand that I am an editor as well as an author. I talk to all of my writers in the same way, so you have not been singled out. I will not say something is good when it's not. So, if this interminably long rambling bit of meaningless scribbling can be called anything, poem is not it. In a pub or a club, read rapidly with considerable fervor, maybe. Written acid trips just don't make it -- unless they are reasonably well disciplined. Try us again with something that has some meaning behind it with prose that flows and reads well.
Do you consider religious people delusional?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
When it comes to their religious beliefs, probably, but that doesn't mean they are delusional in other areas.
Have you ever looked back on something did and wondered how you survived?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Frequently.
Did you know that Easter is how to say the pagan word for Ishtar a godess I believe in the Zoroaster...
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Yes.
What type of home do you prefer?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
None of the above. I prefer a well found sailing vessel of sufficient size to cross all the oceans of the world. That would be my ideal home. However, that hasn't been a possibility in these later years and I now live in a small home in the middle of a desert at the beginning of tornado alley.
Do you think there is a bit of this in discovering your unbelief?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Nope. Never had a problem letting go. Fortunately, their attempts at indoctrination never took.
My ex has started taking my 7 year old son to a baptist church. I was raised mormon but I don't ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Invite the ex over for dinner. Later that night, hide the body in the freezer in the garage. Be sure you buy a portable black light so you can be sure there are no traces left.
Culturally Jewish but Agnostic? Who here considers themselves still tied to their culture as a ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
I am hosting the Seder tonight. However, all participants are aware they will be in for a running commentary on history, evidence, and rational conclusions. You could say it's a Seder for the advancement of atheism and rational thought. Yes, in a superficial way, I carry the baggage of history, but use it for constructive purposes. By the way, @jperlow -- love the Seder plate.
Favorite pholilosophere? I am a huge fan of Nietzsche, Zhuangzi, Focucault, and Harry Frankfort! ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Simpsons are my favorite philosophers. As a collective their outlook on life is superb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em983XdGQBs
What's your favorite insult?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Are you naturally this stupid, or did you go to a special school? If you were any slower you'd be in reverse.
Does anyone else have a problem with the Pledge of Allegiance? Why do I have to Pledge ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
First, it is unconstitutional to force anyone to make the pledge of allegiance. It has been so since 1943. As far as I know, we here in the US and ironically North Korea are the only ones in the world who carry it to such extremes. Other countries where a pledge is common, but not overbearing are: Mexico Philippines India China Singapore Turkey Countries that don’t: All European countries. Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Most countries around the world have rituals related to their flags and their national anthems that are innocuous in nature. We have history to look at and should learn one major lesson from it: Nationalism is the primordial swill from which emerges tyrants, despots, and dictators.
What about your life gives you a sense of meaning?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Almost everything. Life is a hoot. It also beats the alternative all to hell.
Just got asked what atheists do on Easter. My answer is in the comments. What would you have ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Spike eggs and have baby cookouts.
What is your quest? What is your favorite color? What is your next goal in life?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
To learn and experience as much as I can in the time available. Most of the shades and hues of blue. To reach my next birthday, and the next, and the next, and the....
Why are churches still tax free?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
I think it's a straightforward answer. Through tax advantages the state subsidizes religion. Through donations to political campaigns, the church guarantees it will remain so.
Are most modern spiritual movements a net positive?
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Perhaps. I perceive it more as a first step in a twelve step program toward social, secular sobriety. Whether it will work that way remains to be seen. We can but hope.
I'm a Blade Runner nut. I have the five DVD ultimate collection. So, I was cagey to say the least ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
That's rare. Sequels and remakes are frequently disappointing. Have you read the original story?
2 days till my birthday I wish I could invite Everyone of you out with me on Saturday night to ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
My best to you on your completion of another orbit. No need to invite, just remember to send booze and cake.

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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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