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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.
At the convention. I can only stay through tomorrow. I hope everyone is having a good time.
evidentialist comments on Mar 30, 2018:
We will be expecting a full report. Take copious notes.
If you could talk to someone that has passed away, who would it be and what would you say to them?
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
My grandfather. Just to make it known to him that he did not *pass away.* I would say to him, "You did not pass away, you nitwit. You died. Plain and simple. D-I-E-D." I would then ask him to disseminate that information to all his relatives so I wouldn't have to listen to all of them evading the issue with stupid euphemisms at his funeral.
Are you patient?
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
I have patience in abundance. But ... it is highly selective. I can deal with the presence of stupid for approximately 10 nanoseconds. Willful ignorance (a trait of many of the religious) I can handle for no more than 5 nanoseconds. Children and young adults are cool, as long as they don't display the aforementioned traits.
Just googled something in relation to a post someone has made here. My have times changed. Growing ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Mom bought a set of Encyclopedia Americana for my sixth birthday -- 15 November 1946. It was a set of 22 volumes and two yearbooks. I had read them all by my seventh birthday. Now, I don't mean I read every article, but I did read most of them. Some just didn't interest me. I loved those books. Of course, aside from school, most of the winter where we lived was mainly comprised of chores on the farm and inside time. We had a radio and I listened to the serials, but most of my inside time was spent in those beautiful encyclopedias.
I have a cousin whom I love dearly. She is going through a tough time and has asked me to pray for ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Skirt the issue by asking if you can help in any way at the physical level.
What do you most like to do during your leisure time?
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Study and discover new things. I also enjoy 'reinventing the wheel' in mathematics.
I am currently teaching myself web development and German (one is going better than the other... ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
I am almost a total autodidact. @ReBrew2115 -- Wie lange haben Sie Deutsch studiert?
What kind of atheist are you?
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Atheist long before many of you were born and it wasn't a thing yet.
How are you gonna spend Easter Sunday?
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Easter Sunday? Okay, I get that it's on Sunday, but which Sunday? How is it, whatever it is, of any importance to me? Do I have to wear special clothes, or is casual okay?
Anyone Like Tarot Cards? I just got a couple of new decks. Been doing readings for 54 years. ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 29, 2018:
Even in light of the fact that it is an irrational endeavor?
Are East Meets West Stores taking advantage of the spiritual mindset?
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Surely thou jesteth. The draw, the allure of these places is the availability of various forms of woo. The only connection to the idea of "East/West" is that they carry junk from both hemispheres. Consider the fact that many of the members of Agnostic.com would frequent places like this and buy their wares because they haven't succumbed to the idea of being rational all the way. Some only look upon the items stores of this nature sell as curios, items of interesting art, and conversation pieces and place no other values on them. So, here is an observation based upon a couple of simple questions. How do retail outlets remain in business over the long haul? By selling product. What is necessary for sales to be enough to support a business. Consumers with an interest in the product in question, right? They are not "taking advantage" of the spiritual mindset. They are relying on the spiritual mindset to sell product. There is a difference. They make the product available and the mindset drives the customers to them. As long as people retain their superstitions and magical ideas, there will be a market for woo.
Would you date a woman that had sex on the first date?
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
This is a trick question, right?
I'm writing a novel primarily about my childhood (still fiction though). One of the occurrences in ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
@AustinSkepticus -- That is a judgment only you can make. To simplify this as much as possible, if sales are more important than what you have to say, then don't say it. If you have something to say and you think it's important for people to hear it, then, by all means, say it.
What's more important?
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Both.
Show us your desktop! What do you have as your desktop background?
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
I have a slide show of NASA photos from Mars.
Are you a jealous person ?
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Not at all.
SPICY!!?....yes or no? Where do you stand? I LOVE very spicy food! That pic is a few peppers ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
There is a difference between "hot" and "spicy". My vote was for "Can't get enough", but that vote wasn't based on the Scoville Scale. Now, to clarify, I can work my way well up the scale but the line is drawn at just above the Red Sabina Habanero group or approximately 450,000 Scoville Units. I get a severe case of screaming and writhing if a Carolina Reaper comes within a Parsec.
Let's start a grammar war! It's Word Wednesday! The origin of "irregardless" is unknown. Many ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Irregardless is not a word masquerading as a word. There are a lot of those. However, let us extend this a bit and look at some word combinations commonly used that should find their way to the nearest waste bin. **Free gift: ** I don't know who the copywriter was who coined this one, but he/she should have been shot. "Continue on: ** There are a couple of instances where this is legitimate. The others are not. **... I would of ...: ** A case of writing something the way it often sounds when heard. The proper form is ... I would've ... There are many cases of this. **In good conscious: ** Conscience, man. Conscience. **In my humble opinion: ** This phrase was cliché and trite 50 years before I was born. It is also meaningless. One may have an opinion that is not expressed and that person may remain humble. In order to express an opinion says the person thinks what they have to say is something worth hearing, which is anything but humble. **Added bonus: ** This one is a beauty. "There are three kinds of people in this world. Those who understand math and those who don't." The list is long. Have any favorites?
Q: What is your favorite starch/complex carb
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
I am particularly fond of Italian cuisine using pasta. I'm also a fan of casseroles made with extra wide egg noodles. Next on the list are potatoes in all their various presentations. I have a soft spot for anything Mexican, too -- including my wife.
Yep... ?
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Agreed.
Which one for you?
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
**WHAT!?** There is no choice. There is only one and its name is **STAR TREK**. Anything else is heresy.
Greetings, all! I've been writing novels, novellas, and short stories since 2004. Been to a few ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
@4338 -- What sort of novels, novellas, and short stories? Where might we find them? Under what name(s) do you publish your work? A group like this doesn't work well without that information.
Can a guy have a female best friend and sex never enter the frame?
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Of course.
The worst sequel ever...
evidentialist comments on Mar 28, 2018:
How about Bourne Again?
Anyone who starts a hashtag campaign should know by now that these things never go as intended. So ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
I think I could come to like old Adam_Newman. He's a survivor type.
Hello @David_Cooper and a rowdy howdy to you. Welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
@David_Cooper -- As a trilogy like the Swallows and Amazons series? The reason I ask is that I am hoping you weren't considering a single book of some 900+ pages. Tell us a bit about it and how you're approaching it.
As if... Plus, the bandwidth was such crap, the router caught fire when they tried to FaceTime.
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
They made another set for backup, but for some reason it didn't copy well.
ANNOUNCEMENT! ALL MEMERS....some of our posts are showing up in the general disscusions. I'm sure ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
@EricTrommater -- I've been contemplating joining this group for a few seconds now. Do you think it's worth it? I mean, what will I get in return for my presence and loyalty to the clan?
How well do you take a compliment?
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
I have no problem with compliments. Go ahead, compliment me. See how I handle it.
ANNOUNCEMENT! ALL MEMERS....some of our posts are showing up in the general disscusions. I'm sure ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
Full speed ahead. God will sort them out later.
How long will you repeat behaivor before you change it?
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
If a behavior produces benign results, then it will probably continue. If the results are constructive or at least rewarding, probably it will also continue. If there are negative results, it will be looked at immediately and stopped.
Edit When talking to one person that asked about a personal opinion about a religious subject and ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
Well, that is a problem, isn't it? I would have to say that if you're not open to other opinions, then hold your conversations in private. Particularly if you're averse to dissenting opinion. What I'm saying here is that this is a free country, or it should be, and anyone who wishes to state an opinion on anything should be allowed to do so. I understand that when we are holding a conversation verbally, there are certain elements of courtesy involved and those vary with how and where the conversation is being held. If we're talking about the media, such is not the case. So, it's your choice how you respond, but please bear in mind that this is a free country.
Read this recently. The authors are both from the group ProPublica. I recommend it, as it has a good...
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
Both of these men are topnotch in their field of investigative reportage. That alone says it's worth looking into.
Are you superstitious?
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
Atheist brings with it the notion that rational thought should prevail. That anything outside the realm of observable, measurable, testable, falsifiable reality is unacceptable. I won't bother with listing all the things that fit into the irrational mold, but I will say that all things connected with superstition are in that category with the exception of those things which have a rational element that justifies the thought. Not walking under ladders is one of those. Agnostics can get away with carrying some of this baggage because they can always resort to the old, "There are things in this universe we cannot know," and make the assumption that has let them off the hook. They don't realize that the statement itself is irrational.
Hi everyone. I just thought I'd "kick the tires" on this group and see what it's all about. I have ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 27, 2018:
@Joyful1 -- It's all about the various ways the written word is perceived, used, and appreciated. If you have an interest in the written word from any of the angles listed in the title for the group, then this is a place for you. Questions. Opinions. Examples. Excerpts. Reviews. Comments on any aspect of the writer's and reader's world are welcome here. In other words, the group is whatever the members make of it with their input.
Who isn't on medications here?
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
I suspect you mean mood and mind altering stuff and, if you do, I'm on none of those. Just stuff for my thyroid problem and a blood thinning agent (weak). I don't have a method. Don't need them and wouldn't take them if I did. Cannot function with any sort of disconnect.
Half Jewish...?
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Excuse me, folks, but I have to use this thread to contact Admin. @Admin -- I'm having difficulties with making posts. No. Not difficulty. It appears ... no, that's wrong too --- I am unable to write posts. I put in the text. I "Post" the message. I get a blank page. I go hunting and find no posts. Help. Please.
Has anyone ever noticed that when we point out how televangelists are just money whores, we talk ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Televangelists, faith healers, and woo pushers are all the same, and I have responded to all of them in the same way. There is no difference in the arena.
A fun question for everyone... what is the best way to break the ice here? I’ve politely messaged ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
One establishes the purpose for messaging in the open forum. That is, I will rarely answer a message from anyone I don't have some prior experience with. Get out there and post. Respond to comments. Become known. Then try messaging.
Are Some Men Reluctant to Talk on the Phone?
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
To me, the telephone is a tool. It has its purpose, and that is not passing the hours babbling deep nothings. I don't dislike talking on the phone, but I do dislike talking on the phone with no purpose. I can participate in general conversation on the phone for a few minutes, beyond that --- I'm done.
Has anyone ever noticed that if someone uses the expression "here's food for thought," that without ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Wow. Deep. That's food for thought. I shall pray for you, Brother Robotbuilder.
I think this interesting. Thoughts? Atheist Symbol It is increasingly common to see atheist ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Um ... symbols? Really? Let's see here. If I recollect correctly, all religions have symbols associated with them in some way. Also, all sorts of organizations. Masons. Shriners. USA. NRA. DoJ. You know, I'm not so sure we even want to think about becoming so cohesive as to justify the use of symbols for branding purposes. Why don't we chew on this for a while longer? Say, a couple of hundred centuries?
So I’m new here and there are a couple people I want to write but I am unable. Seems there is a ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Rushing is not how one gets anywhere.
Half Jewish...?
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
In a threesome. Pyramid freak. Frustrated trigonometry student. Someone with angles. Geometry buff into rudimentary polyhedrons.
I am curious what some of you think. I had a man approach me in the supermarket yesterday morning......
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Probably attached in some way and in these days anyone who makes even close to a living wage has a cell phone of their own, if for no other reason than to keep some of their activities off the business phone records. Big time lesson @Valarina60 -- never, ever, under no circumstances give your number to anyone you don't know. Just don't.
When looking at posts do you?
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
If it happens to be something that has been posed more frequently than comments on Stormy and the Cheeto, I will frequently ignore. If it is something on education, science, writing, or intelligence, I almost always will respond regardless of its frequency.
Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
What do I really know about the bible? 40 -- 40 - 50: Wow! You know more than a minister, priest, or rabbi! ROFLMAO The one about separation of church and state: Another LOL. I'm a Constitutional Lawyer and a First Amendment Scholar.
Torn. I've been working with another writer/artist for a few months and his work is great. We ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
When we are talking about writing as a commercial endeavor, not something done for the love of the doing, we are talking about business. A properly run business does not tolerate such nonsense. No one is indispensable. Good illustrators are all over the place and you act as if there is only one? Even I am a good illustrator, though I'm not looking for work. I have six friends who are great illustrators and writers. You have outlined a personal problem here, but it does not speak to the real problem. What sort of material are we talking about? What kind of illustration? What are the deadlines you face and with whom? What is the monetary structure here? How frequent are the projects? What size are the projects? Without that sort of information, the only real and constructive advice you can be given is, NEVER BASE BUSINESS DECISIONS ON EMOTIONS. If you do --- you lose. Not looking for dollar amounts here. Just percentages relative to the actual income.
Are you a romantic?
evidentialist comments on Mar 26, 2018:
Depends on what you mean by 'romantic'. In many ways, yes. In many ways, not so much. In some ways, not at all. http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/romantic
It feels like I'm afraid of being successful or that I'm afraid of having my work rejected. Almost ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 25, 2018:
See my response to cosmickate on the same subject.
I'm an avid reader. Daily writer. My hangup is submitting articles. Too afraid of rejection. Any ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 25, 2018:
@cosmickate -- I began writing professionally near the end of 1956. I live in the beginning of what is known as Tornado Alley. What do those two things have in common? Well, the weight of my collection of rejection slips and letters holds my house down and allows me to live here. What does what I said above have to do with what you posted? A lot. First, rejection comes with the territory so you'd better learn to deal with it properly. Get to understand that when an editor or a publisher rejects a piece of your material, he/she is not rejecting you. They are rejecting the material, and they have several different reasons for doing so. Those can range from something as simple as not following their submission requirements in any of the areas they specified to the fact that the editor/first reader thought it was pure crap. Back when I began my hike on the insanity trail, editors and publishers were still in the habit of sending personalized rejection letters. They were short and to the point with no hint of diplomacy, but at least we knew why it was rejected. The last note I got like that was a mite over 35 years ago. That's when most publishers stopped using staff editors as first readers and began hiring college students as interns to do first reading. It is now a rare occasion when a writer gets a note of any kind. If you do, cherish it. The current market is incredibly competitive because everybody and their uncle thinks they are writers and they are all working on the Next Great (insert a nation) Novel. They are all the replacement for (fill in any famous author of yore). This doesn't mean no one new can get in, but it is much more difficult. The nice thing about this state of affairs is that most of the writing is so awful that anything even slightly good tends to stand out. What does all that mean? Well, it means that if you don't try, you will certainly never know and that if you do try, you are going to get rejected --- a lot. Because creative writing or any other art is highly subjective, what 30 rejected the next may accept. It is axiomatic about this field that no one is ever going to be considered successful until the rejection slips outnumber the number of words you have written. A slight exaggeration, but you get the idea. You asked for a suggestion. Here is a suggestion: Message me and we'll make arrangements for you to send me a piece you have written. After I've read it, we'll talk. If it's negative, it can be made positive if you really want to write. If it is positive, I can give you some ideas about where and how to sell your work. Sound fair? By the way, this offer stands for anyone in the group who is serious about wanting to write and/or sell their work.
Marriage, and the other side
evidentialist comments on Mar 25, 2018:
Success....
What gives your life meaning? What keeps you going?
evidentialist comments on Mar 24, 2018:
Just about anything and everything. No, I'm not kidding. Life is a rush.
Do you 'wear your heart on your sleeve'?
evidentialist comments on Mar 24, 2018:
In general, yes, but there are times when prudence or diplomacy dictates not to.
How do you make friends? Do you randomly talk to anyone, or are you selective?
evidentialist comments on Mar 24, 2018:
I'll talk to anyone about almost anything ... until they screw it up.
March For Life? (Stop Gun Violence)
evidentialist comments on Mar 24, 2018:
I support the movement and the reasons for it, but I can't participate.
Weekend plans
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
Que sera, sera....
Do you believe that life is mostly about luck?
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
There is a high degree of randomness associated with life. For humans, the randomness can be dealt with, but not always satisfactorily. From the way the question is worded, I have the feeling you meant 'fate'.
Do humans have a innate affinity for drugs & is this natural behaviour for humans?
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
From the prologue of one of my Science Fiction novels, MT Promise: ..... I tell you it’s as ancient as life in the Universe. A creature, species and planet of origin are not important, feeds on something. After ingesting whatever it is, the critter goes reeling off into one form or another of an altered mental state. If the experience proves stimulating, pleasant, exciting, or any combination of those conditions—and isn’t fatal—the little beasty won’t hesitate to chomp on the stuff again, even if, in some cases, the taste or odor, maybe even both, are nasty enough to gag a maggot. If the stuff is recognizable; you know, like it has a distinctive shape of leaf, color of flower, or odor, the critter may go as far as to seek it out as a desirable snack. It could be anything; a fermented grain that yields up a trip of light-headed abandon. Perhaps it’s an herb that brings a concentrated dose of calm not attainable under ordinary circumstances. Maybe it’s a speckled fungus that provides visions; visions of things impossible, unlikely, humorous or frightening. It doesn’t matter. For us, humans that is, such things have been common throughout the long run of our presence in the grand scheme. These things have been employed in religious rites, for medicinal purposes, reduction of pain, mind enhancing and mind dulling. Or maybe it’s just an escape from reality, responsibility and guilt. Whatever it is, there is reward that accompanies it, and reward for anything is a strong call to repeat. If orgasm were missing from the act, we'd go extinct pretty damned fast
Do you get anxious about calling into work when you are sick?
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
When I was employed by others, I only called in when I was truly ill, especially if it happened to be something contagious. I never had any apprehension or compunction about it. For some 40+ years I have worked for myself and have only had to call clients and/or employees when needing to change my schedule.
Do you spend time debating your views on religion with the religious?
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
Rarely do I spend any time debating with the religious. However, on those rare occasions, it is a sight to behold. Even more rare than the debates is obtaining any form of positive result -- which is one of the major reasons for rarely engaging. Hate spinning my wheels.
Exclusive: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ Video of mating deep-sea anglerfish stuns ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
Fascinating. Thanks for the find.
Does online dating actually result in long term happy relationships? What is your personal ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
You only get those things written on your birth guarantee. What? You didn't get a birth guarantee? Well, then nothing is guaranteed. One of the greatest of life's lessons is that there is no certain way to get or accomplish anything. That life is what we make of it and how we respond to the randomness of the whole process. That self esteem is an internal process that can be coopted by external events only if we allow it to happen. That much of what we think of ourselves and about our world was generated in us before we were old enough to form strong, independent thoughts of our own. Time now to cut that cord, open the cage door, stretch out the wings and fly away. Anything less gives up your power to the before world.
I was 12 the day I stopped believing. I was 15 when I told my parents. I was 19 when I was forced...
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
@Kaycee -- try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URr0O9aHW38
Lets see who the nerds are. Many people ate pie (all kinds) on March the fourtheenth in 2014....
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
It is the only day we can legitimately celebrate something irrational.
BREAKING NEWS - Cumberland County School Board votes 6-3 to leave Ten Commandments up as historical ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
@JenSelby -- Done....
Have you ever cheated on an exam? Do you think cheating in a test is moral?
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
I can tell you what I have done when serving in the teaching role to present a different sort of lesson to the students. It represented a good deal of extra work for me, but the results made it worthwhile. I would prepare a different test for each student. The efficacy of this is incredible. Humorous anectdote: I recall in one such class, Trigonometry, where within just a few minutes of handing out the test, one of the students blurted out, "This isn't fair. The tests are different." I wonder how he knew? I have never cheated on any exam. I learned when quite young that cheating on exams only resulted in cheating myself.
Farm animals?
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
Pigs, chickens, cows, rabbits, bees, and maintained a horse that we could use to pull the harrow when the tractor was in one of its frequent downtimes.
I love to write but I love editing even more. I haven't written in quite some time. I feel the ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 23, 2018:
@Melbates -- Yep. I've been serving on and off as a content editor for a bit over 50 years now. I've been freelancing for a bit over 20 years and agree that it can be gratifying work. However, there are times when the author can turn life into a nightmare and place demands on ones patience that stretch the envelope to near breaking. My greatest enjoyment comes when I can tell that a new author has learned some important point or an experienced one says, "Ha! I didn't see that possibility. Thanks."
Do you as an atheist feel more intelligent than believers?
evidentialist comments on Mar 22, 2018:
As in all things dealing with human traits, every person is different. There is a spectrum to be considered, not a black and white distinction. That said, there is some truth in the generalization, just as there is in the generalization that conservatives are more prone to believe conspiracy theories, respond to fear inducing ideas, and be more religious, but it must be remembered that these are generalizations.
Has anyone here had a NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE?
evidentialist comments on Mar 22, 2018:
Yes. Nothing to see or learn here. Move along.
Are You Lonely?
evidentialist comments on Mar 22, 2018:
@LiterateHiker -- Well, my friend, I can tell you right now that IQ has little or nothing to do with your dilemma. I have been alone a great deal. I have been lonely on extremely rare occasions and for very short periods. I suggest you take your mind off of how intelligent you are and begin to focus on what psychological factors figure into your personal problem, then set about doing what can be done to eliminate or ameliorate them. Your list of 1 through 6 could be reduced to the condition we call loneliness resulting from any one or combination of situations to which the individual is subjected. The end result is the same, but the problem is internal. By the way, you can't stand in a rainbow.
People need a little more Satan in their lives.
evidentialist comments on Mar 22, 2018:
Wait just one minute here. There is a problem in the wording. "...not make sexual advances unless they are reciprocated." In order for one to reciprocate, an advance must be made. Okay, let's see, how about we change reciprocated to invited? If we did that, then the advance is no longer needed on the part of the other party and some question is raised about the person doing the inviting. You see, to invite one must make an advance. Oh my, our linguistic troubles are getting worse. Now, I know most people will understand the inference of the sentence in the meme, and the responses I've read here support that notion, but no matter how one approaches the inference, the structure used in the meme doesn't work, no matter what words are used. Anyone here have any ideas how the intended meaning in the meme could be worded so that it actually makes sense? Before you ask, yes, I know how. I want to see who and/or how many see the problem and can solve it. Consider it an intellectual challenge.
Losing Faith in Humanity
evidentialist comments on Mar 22, 2018:
Bad news makes noise, saving a dog and loving one another is quiet. If you listen to too much noise, the quiet things go unnoticed.
To my fellow vets: I know many of you may have served before you deconverted, and even if you were ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 22, 2018:
NO PREF You might find this bit about the VFW of some interest: http://militaryatheists.org/news/2017/12/vfw-auxiliary-votes-discriminate-atheists/
Who Rides a Motorcycle?
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
Rode for 65 years, but no more.
Hello all. I am a Veteran and in my different groups being an atheist is hard as most Vets believe ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
NO PREF Here's something you might find of interest, @Docaj http://militaryatheists.org/news/2017/12/vfw-auxiliary-votes-discriminate-atheists/
A girl on another board asked why atheists are so negative and abrasive. I answered her with this:...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
Where can I find this book, Saving Gaia?
What are your goals in life?
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
To die quietly and painlessly in my sleep with cameras on so there will be no question about deathbed conversion bullshit.
Identified as Atheist or Agnostic, 2012. Netherlands: 49% Sweden: 43% France: 37% UK: 32% ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
United States is at 3.1% atheist, 4.0% agnostic, 22.8% religiously unaffiliated.
Something interesting...I was looking on-line ([www.allabout] science.org where it explains Social ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
So, yes and no. No, they are not a part of AiG. Yes, they are out to save our miserable souls from the Lake of Fire. Their approach is slightly different, but the net result desired is the same -- bring in the lost sheeple and convert their asses. Their home "ministry" is allaboutgod.com and like, there ya go.
Something interesting...I was looking on-line ([www.allabout] science.org where it explains Social ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
Okay, so curiosity has been piqued by my first venture into that world. This is what I found in their "About Us" area: "Many people refer to us as “Christians,” but we consider ourselves followers of Jesus. Like Jesus, we reject many of the issues found in “organized religion” (man-made attempts to reach God through rules and rituals). Actually, we believe religion has kept more people from the truth than anything in history. Although we reject man-made religion, we consider the personal pursuit of God as paramount in each of our personal life journeys. This information is offered by AllAboutGOD.com, which is structured as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. If you would like to support our efforts, you can make a tax-deductible contribution here. Thanks!" With the way this was worded, I suspect they may in some way be associated with Answers In Genesis. So, with that, the nose guides me along.
Something interesting...I was looking on-line ([www.allabout] science.org where it explains Social ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
I haven't encountered that. As is my wont, I'm off to investigate. Never know what I might find.
Will you be changing your FB account? With all of the issues that are occuring, and potential for ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
I dunno. I'll have to pray on it for a while.
I come from a very religious family from a denomination probably few if any have heard of. ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
In Mexico, we bought most of our cheeses from the Mennonites in our region. There is a large and well established Mennonite community where I live and in surrounding cities. As for "...we do have scientific proof of that world. A fairly good body of evidence. I believe everyone has a soul and that soul departs the physical body and transitions...", this is neither true nor supportable. There is no evidence and there sure as hell is no scientific proof. Science does not deal in proofs. The following is an excerpt from an article in Psychology Today: "The idea of the soul is bound up with the idea of a future life and our belief in a continued existence after death. It's said to be the ultimate animating principle by which we think and feel, but isn't dependent on the body. Many infer its existence without scientific analysis or reflection. Indeed, the mysteries of birth and death, the play of consciousness during dreams (or after a few martinis), and even the commonest mental operations – such as imagination and memory – suggest the existence of a vital life force – an élan vital – that exists independent of the body. Yet, the current scientific paradigm doesn't recognize this spiritual dimension of life. We're told we're just the activity of carbon and some proteins; we live awhile and die. And the universe? It too has no meaning. It has all been worked out in the equations – no need for a soul." Beyond this point the author of the article launches into the "new theory" of Biocentrism, which is a "New Age" style approach to the idea of independent consciousness and the wording is directed toward support what is obviously the writer's agenda. I have read the theory and several papers on the subject and remain incredulous and at a loss to find anything that smacks of objective evidence or hints at scientific method being applied. I also noticed you use one of those convenient euphemisms in place of die/died/dead so much of your acculturation is still riding with you. When people die, they can't pass anything. They've stopped in the ultimate sense. No more movement. No passing.
If your pet were human for a day, what would they be like?
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
A relatively even blending of Wolverine, Cthulhu, and Jim Jefferies.
March in DC the 24th. I am headed to DC from Virginia Beach early Saturday 03/24 if anyone wants ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
I'm not interested in going to DC any time in the near -- perhaps even far future. Tell me about your boat project and how it's coming along.
I need 3 points to hit 500. How much is this post worth?
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
Well, sir, because it is not pertinent to much of anything other than your concern over points, it's not worth much. Did you make it?
My online friend, authors extreme horror books, I have never read one of his works, each time, I ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
Who is this author and what are some of his writings?
Why do metronomes all sync to each other if set off in the same room with no apparent link.
evidentialist comments on Mar 21, 2018:
There is a link. Try this Myth Busters vid for grins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-c6S6SdkPo
So this happened: [usatoday.com] Who here believes that animals are here for us to do as we ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 20, 2018:
"Nuke 'em. Nuke 'em all." "Shh, Mr. President. This isn't the venue for that. Come now, put away the iPhone. It's time for your nap."
How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
evidentialist comments on Mar 20, 2018:
200 standard angels. 241 compact angels. 308 subcompact angels. If you resort to luxury angels, the number drops to just 84. There is a company working on miniaturized angels, but it is difficult technology and it may be a couple a millennia or more.
This is the single most important question
evidentialist comments on Mar 20, 2018:
And here, @Jsuischa is the single most important answer you've received in the last five minutes: I haven't the slightest idea.
Why do men get so mad when they get rejected?
evidentialist comments on Mar 20, 2018:
I'm a writer. Rejection is just a part of life.
When did you become Atheist/Agnostic
evidentialist comments on Mar 20, 2018:
I never believed. I asked questions based on curiosity and incredulity. Never got a single sensible answer. I finally announced at 17, a bit over 60 years ago.
Looking to finding out what my IQ is. Can any of you recommend the best website to go on to give me ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
If you are indeed in the UK, the URL below will provide all the information you need to get started. https://www.mensa.org.uk/supervised-iq-test
We don't teach uncertainty and that's a problem. It is inherent in science to have doubts and the ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
Agreed.
Renaissance festivals anyone?
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
Do you know Bevan Iredell?
I like motorcycles. There is something aestetically pleasing to my eye...the general shape, the ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
I was a pilot and a sailor. The up-down/side-to-side freedom of flight is exhilorating. Sailing reduces the sensation of freedom to a degree, but the feeling is still there. Riding bike rests just below sailing. I was a serious rider. Not a fair weather bird. I've ridden in severe wind, rain, hail, snow, night and day. None of my bikes ever saw less than 20,000 miles per year. There was a period when I was servicing a contract in Mexico that I made a 1,600 mile round-trip commute between work and home in Vista, CA on a weekly basis. That translates to 83,200 miles per year -- not including riding at the site and at home. I've made two trips from FL to AK and return by bike. Surprisingly, I still have functioning kidneys.

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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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