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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.
What was your favorite thing to do when you were a child?
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
One of my favorite passtimes was wandering in the forest and playing in the creek by the beaver dam north of our tillable fields. However, my top passtime then and now is studying to learn new things and in many cases learning how to apply what I have learned. Been that way all my life.
If the government picked up the slack, would America become less religious?
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
I have read and researched several studies along these lines and all indicators point toward a definite link. Just take a look at Scandinavia and large portions of Europe to get an overview of how it plays out. Improve education. Reduce stress. Increase the quality of life. Reduce religiosity. Simple.
What do you do for a living?
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
As long as this question keeps coming up, I'll keep posting my original answer, modified as required. What I do now is write, and I love what I do. That could be a little misleading because my first job was as a writer back in 1956 and I also worked with my dad as a songwriter and copywriter. Then I went into naval architecture as a full time activity for about 30 years. As for what I would do if money and time were not issues, I'd return to my old hobby of sailing around the world, though I have a feeling it wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun at landfall as it was back then. Still, just being out on the water with nowhere specific to go would be my ideal. I could still write and transmit my material to publishers, so it would be the best of a couple of worlds.
Last step to get to level 2!
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
Well, I hope this will speed you along your way, @hoohoodilly.
Can a negative claim be stated without a prior affirmative claim being stated?
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
As in all things, there are facets and caveats. I think your suggestion that a positive claim needs to exist before a negative claim can be made is true. At least in those cases I have given any thought. Caveat to stating the negative: If the positive claim is idiotic, and/or detrimental to or tends toward harm to society, nature, and/or well-being of the individual or groups of individuals, the negative claim must be made as often and as forcefully as needed to eliminate or at least ameliorate the effects of the claim in the positive. We are, in essence, an example of this.
Are you an 'out of the ordinary' person that likes to do 'out of the ordinary' things?
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
Yes. Umm, well, what do you mean by 'ordinary'?
Is anyone else as excited as I am to see the new growth as spring begins?
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
Check my wallet every day. No green yet. Seriously, yes. My trees are beginning to bud (the ones that are still alive) and the rose bushes are coming on strong.
If we were all forced to wear a warning label, what would yours say?
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
WARNING: Any actions by you will be met with equal and opposite reactions by me.
So I'm trying to cut expenses and went looking in a retirement community for a cheaper home since ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 19, 2018:
I like having the younger folks around, but I understand not everyone does.
God's don't kill people; people with God's kill people.
evidentialist comments on Mar 18, 2018:
It's a little simpler than all that. You see, people without gods also kill people. Some do it with great efficiency. I think the main difference is that people with gods may sleep a little better knowing they are justified in the killing, some even forgiven.
I was reminded of Pascal's Wager during a conversation with a believer the other day. I asked him ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 18, 2018:
It's merely another example of how gods are built in the minds of men/women. Seems all these gods ever do well is reflect the images of their inventors.
I can't believe all the support and love from all these total strangers. It's nice knowing I'm not ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 18, 2018:
Strangers, total or not, are just friends not yet made. Welcome to our little corner of the Universe. (L)
Does an atheist have a chance at winning a senate or congressional seat? Are there any holding ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 18, 2018:
Possible in some areas because of the current political climate, but not very likely.
I deleted all my adopted family off Facebook beside my mom...they all disowned me when I came out as...
evidentialist comments on Mar 18, 2018:
I know that's tough, @MayRebel because I've been through the same. Okay, it was 60+ years ago, but the rejection is the same and I do remember it. Only my mother understood and accepted me for who I was. She was cool about the whole thing. Bear in mind, family is not restricted to blood line (well, technically it is) and perhaps you can build a semblance of family here and in other places where we are accepted without conditions.
Have you ever been disconnected electronically from the world?
evidentialist comments on Mar 18, 2018:
@SteveB -- Quite a bit. Where did you go that you were meeting up with the Maya?
Wondering about the full body mud bath?
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
You're wondering if a mud bath is a good thing? I can tell you this much, our pigs loved it.
Have you ever had a moment where you stop and look around wondering how you got to where you are? ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
Yep. That happened to me just about an hour ago. I found myself in the kitchen and I had no idea why I was there, how I got there, or why I was in my neighbor's house.
Who are you? What can I say? I was bored. :) If anyone wants to add their name to this list, ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
J. Richard Jacobs -- friends call me J or JR (won't tell ya what Mom used to call me) Enemies are more imaginative.
Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken?
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
Well, I can tell you that standing by helplessly while several hundred sets of carefully crafted plans, drawings, paintings, sculptures, models, manuscripts, and several thousand irreplaceable photographs go up in smoke sucks big time. All that stuff represented a large chunk of what would have represented my retirement funds. So, as a 'survivor', I can tell you that either one would not be a pleasant experience. The fire department guys wouldn't let me get close enough to cook hot dogs or roast marshmallows, either. Total waste.
You people should be ashamed of yourselfs. Because of you guys and this site I have been neglecting ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
No need to belabor the obvious. We are all aware of our awesomenesssssss. What I want to know is why you didn't break away sooner?
Is there such thing as ugly or beauty is only in society’s perspective?
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
Beauty and ungliness are subjective. What is lovely to one is horrifying to another.
Is old age something to look forward to or is it generally filled with loneliness, health problems, ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
If one fears getting old, there's not much reason to get old then, is there? I'd say it depends a lot on who it is that's getting old and how they view life. I'm already old, and I got here by being happy (not content) with life in general. I've had several experiences in the health department that were life threatening and left me a bit worse off afterward. None of it has deterred my positive attitude about life, getting even older, and eventually dying. If you look at a painting and all you can see are the flaws in the weave of the canvas, then I suggest you get off the train at the next station because there is no such thing as a perfect canvas.
I have a serious question here: By posting stuff on here and so on you earn points, which increases ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
Level 42. The answer for all life and death, godlike things is always 42. Don't panic.
Less than a thousand points to level 8... Today might be the day! With your help of course. ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
Will this "accomplishment" make you proud, or will you have to step back and say to yourself, "Where the hell has all that time gone?"
Mother Theresa. Bad or good?
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
Well, I'd have to say that she wore the garb of the order and was a sociopathic bitch. There have been few folks with less empathy who have walked this Earth.
Wondering if anyone else is afraid of this.
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
No. Succumbing to the terrorists (terrorism comes in many forms) is not my idea of a life worth living.
What kind of post do you like to see most on this site?
evidentialist comments on Mar 17, 2018:
I prefer posts that don't ask dull, rhetorical, inane, or unanswerable questions. I prefer posts that don't make silly, hollow, pointless comments. Like a body, a post is better when it has some meat on the bones.
In my opinion, the only reason that people fear death is the religious hellfire and damnation myth....
evidentialist comments on Mar 16, 2018:
I don't agree with this completely, though I imagine it plays a role. I think the main issue is no longer being -- not existing. It is a tough concept for anyone, including myself, to accept the idea of just ending -- of no longer being. When one finally comes to grips with the notion that they were dead for all the billions of years the Universe was forming until the time they were born, then it doesn't seem to be such a big deal. Still an issue, but somehow the edge is taken off.
How many non-believers and others here are currently or previously expatriates? I ask because I'm...
evidentialist comments on Mar 16, 2018:
Polyexpat here. Yes, I loved my time spent in other countries. Learned a great deal about what it means to be a human being rather than a this or that. Always lived out with the people. Never in enclaves.
Where do you all work at? I work at USPS as a clerk.
evidentialist comments on Mar 16, 2018:
I now work from home as an author. Before that, I worked all over the world as a naval architect and ship scientist. Before that, well, those ... were ... crazy ... times.
Atheism and psychedelics
evidentialist comments on Mar 16, 2018:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unique-everybody-else/201604/psychedelic-drugs-and-the-nature-personality-change
Here is a link to something I put up on a website a few years back. I have a few more I can share if...
evidentialist comments on Mar 15, 2018:
Nice shot, man. Got my start on the Blvd and the Strip in the mid 50s and its funny how something like Hollywood resists change as well as it does. Oh, I don't mean the city itself, but how it operates. Anyway, I found this on Youtube and I thought you might appreciate it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CTsGievjMU
Has anyone noticed that there has not been a single word out of the White House -- not even a quick ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 15, 2018:
Still nothing.
My first published work. Short and a bit racy (18 rated) [filthy.media]
evidentialist comments on Mar 15, 2018:
Good piece. Nice word imaging. Interesting premise coupled to a "different" ending. Critical comment: You need to edit your work more carefully before release, my friend.
Public speaking/performing. Terrifying or fun? I'm all ears!!
evidentialist comments on Mar 15, 2018:
For me, it's a lot of fun.
Why does Dennett not get the same recognition as Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins? Rarely a day goes ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 15, 2018:
Dennett is wonderful in his observations, and his conclusions are usually flawless. I think the main reason he is not up there with the likes of Harris is that his delivery and stage presence are not up to the task. I can listen to him for hours, but that is because I am interested in what he has to say. But Dennett is not a dynamic speaker and his delivery is rarely salesman smooth. His voice is definitely not an Andrews.
I look forward to my next blessing
evidentialist comments on Mar 15, 2018:
The lawd has best you, my dear.
An Update and a Thank you! Thank you to everyone who listened to me vent about my daughter and ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 15, 2018:
Thanks for the update, and remember not to be too 'helpful' with your advice and planning acumen as parents are wont to be. Listen and try (I know this is hard) not to talk too much. Happy to hear she's at least safe and heading your way.
Where's the Love? I'm here for almost two months and I see no bitterness or hatred re cants, lack ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 15, 2018:
You can get a big DARWIN from me on this, @Nevermind345
How do you Develop a Personal Drive?
evidentialist comments on Mar 14, 2018:
I don't know, partner. You and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
A Bunch of Religious People Think Stephen Hawking Is Currently Burning in Hell – Friendly Atheist
evidentialist comments on Mar 14, 2018:
It is not surprising. It is not even disappointing. It is consistent with the character of the majority of fundamentalist evangelicals. Fortunately they do not represent the majority of believers. However, this is a public admission of who they actually are, and that may be a good thing in some respects. It might just be advantageous to us for them to proclaim loudly, "Look! I really am an asshole, in spite of all my not quite honest comments to the contrary." If anything, I am saddened by all the vitriol, even though it was expected. I heard comments like this on Christian radio all day today. Yes, I listen to them sometimes and even watch a few of their TV shows on occasion. I am, after all, a student of Sun Tzu. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/stephen-hawking-death-dies-atheist-god-brief-history-time-quotes-explained-a8254846.html
So..Stephen Hawking died. It's pretty sad across the board. Smarter than I'll ever be. Of ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 14, 2018:
His death leaves a large hole that might not be filled for some time. He will be missed by many.
Tomorrow is Pi Day, (3.14) are any of you planning on celebrating?
evidentialist comments on Mar 14, 2018:
At the stroke of midnight, MDT, I shall begin calculating pi by hand and see how many digits I can get by midnight tomorrow. I don't think I can handle any more excitement than that.
I struggle to find my place on earth, my purpose for being. I’ve struggled with this since I was ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 14, 2018:
I glibbly use this little one liner when I see this question: Always do what you love and you'll always love what you do. To look at this a mite more in depth, what it breaks down to is close to the Ikigai that silvereyes mentioned -- only with a slight twist. Here it is. I have done a lot of things that most people would say I couldn't possibly like and on a superficial level they would be right. And that is the twist to Ikigai. I determined long ago that whatever I did I would do better than or at least as good as anyone else. If that happened to be digging a ditch for a footing, something I have done a lot of, it would be the straightest, most uniform, closest to the required slope of any ditch ever dug. Now, why? Why approach tasks like that? Simply because I could look with pride on what I had done and that translated to satisfaction and that allowed me to take away enjoyment from the effort. So, what am I saying that relates to your question about finding purpose? It is that everything I have done or prepared to do was my purpose. Everything I do, whether it is work or getting along with people or eating a good din din becomes my purpose. Through this attitude of doing what I love and loving what I do, I have never suffered a purpose deficit.
Is advertising immoral?
evidentialist comments on Mar 14, 2018:
@silvereyes -- I think we need to look at this a little differently. There are times when advertising is a con. This happens when a new market is being created where there was none. There are times when advertising can be thought of as immoral or unethical depending upon how they approach the sale -- sometimes it's the amount of skin or something that appears exploitive. Neither of these issues are common, but they do crop up occasionally. Everyday advertising can be likened to someone arguing their point and trying to win. Now, if arguing or trying to get across a point can be considered immoral, then so too can advertising. Arguing your point is merely you trying to get someone to buy what it is you think. Advertising is merely trying to get people to buy a product. So, no, I don't think advertising is immoral, though some of it can be, just as some people's arguments can wander into areas of immoral/unethical delivery. That I don't like pop-ups, incessent hawking of goods on TV or radio or billboards, etc. does not make it immoral or unethical.
How do you convince someone with anxiety and depression to accept your help? How do I get through...
evidentialist comments on Mar 13, 2018:
I'm going to be point blank with this, so steel yourself. There most likely is nothing you can say or do. That doesn't mean don't try, it just means be prepared for no response. It sounds to me like she needs professional help, and there's little to nothing you can do directly about that either. She will need to come to that realization on her own, or change her mind and come back home. If she does come home or calls, don't launch into her with anything. Be totally kind. Ask her calmly and nicely if she wants to talk about it. If she does, don't say anything and don't interject with comments. Just listen, pay attention, and if necessary ask pertinent but not aggresive questions about how she feels about this or that. Give her as much space as she needs/demands. When she runs out of gas, ask her very gently if she thinks she needs professional help. Take everything she has to say seriously, no matter how it sounds to you. Depression is not something to be taken lightly and the PTSD element will make her skittish and skeptical of anything anyone says -- unless it strikes a chord, and there's no way to do that deliberately. Don't press her, but do try to get her to agree to at least speak with a professional. More often than not, we just make things worse. I say this from bitter experience and thankfully -- success.
Why are Northern Oriented Maps and Globes Still the Norm in Geography?
evidentialist comments on Mar 13, 2018:
How it began and what made it what it is doesn't matter anymore. The argument over north or south orientation was something for the time, but has no place today. It is now a standard that could be changed if deemed necessary or advantageous, but neither of those apply. None of the north poles of the planets or sun are aligned with our north pole. The closest is Mars. Why did we choose h-bar for Planck length and not p-bar? Why is "up" what it is? A bigger and certainly more important issue is why is the US still not using the metric system?
Is what you do professionally now, what you wanted to do when you were growing up? Is what you are ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 13, 2018:
I've always done what I love to do. There has never been just a job. I have been ... fortunate.
Okay so I have absolutely no idea how to navigate this site if I seem less than intelligent please ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
See? Wasn't that easy? Oh, and hi, DanaCNA.
Could a Star Trek future happen?
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
Possible but not probable.
Synesthesia... are you one of the few of us?
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
No, but most of my thinking is in detailed images. Does that count somehow?
The Official Science Fiction and Beer IQ Test
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
Britny made it all worthwhile. Oh, and it's good to know I'm a moron. It's awful going through life without knowing.
The religionists are getting scared. Want to fight back. Good. Bring it on. Unmasking Atheism as ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
DeStefano? Really? An expert on the functioning of the atheist mind? How? How did that happen? Did he go undercover as an atheist for a few years? Perhaps he ran a long term double blind study of 10,000 atheists for 20 years? All funning aside, don't you doubt for one minute that this book won't be the best selling book he has ever written and that we will be faced with an army of militant fundamentalist born again evangelicals armed with the gospel of DeStefano shortly. Imagine that, thousands of them with fortified ignorance. It was bad enough before.
My fellow American atheists, how do you see Europe ?
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
The best way to see Europe is by going there. Stay away from the enclaves and live with the people. Any other way of seeing Europe is nowhere near as effective.
How many of you have traveled abroad, and if so, what are a few of your top favorite countries, and ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
I've traveled extensively, but I can't say I have any real favorites, other than an idyllic stay in Moorea before it became the commercial tourist center it is today. Another would be Mexico where I lived for several years. Much of Europe and a lot of Asia. The people and culture are my main draws to certain countries and most are so wildly different that favorite doesn't work as a word.
What is the end goal of human existence in your opinion?
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
There must first be a plan to accomplish something for there to be a goal, be it end or interim. In order for there to be a human existence plan, there must be cooperation and agreement among all human beings in determining what that means and what the goal shall be. From the evolutionary point of view, there is no and has never been a plan, thus no end goal. I think you're out of luck with the question for the time being.
Time
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
I can't begin to imagine how there would be much to be gained, what with them being dead and all. I suppose, because I'm a bit squeamish, I'd pick one who is at least 100 years dead so all I have to deal with will be the bones. I suppose I'd spend the time rearranging the bones to see what other critters I could create. That could prove interesting, though I don't know how it would then apply to my life.
I consider the question, "Is there a God?" is much like the question about which came first, the ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
@BonnieJean -- Not opinion. There is an answer to the chicken or egg first question. Chickens evolved from non-chickens through small changes caused by the mixing of male and female DNA or by mutations to the DNA. These changes and mutations only have an effect at the point where a new zygote is created. That is, two non-chickens mated and the DNA in their new zygote contained the necessary mutation(s) to the embryonic body plan to make the first true chicken. That one zygote cell then divided and formed a biologically modern chicken. Prior to that first true chicken zygote, there were only non-chickens. The zygote cell is the only place where DNA mutations could produce a new animal, and the zygote cell is housed in the egg. So, the egg must have come first. Now, for the other question, "Is there a god or gods?", the answer is approaching with each coming day. All the gaps, the only places where a god or gods can be slipped in, are narrowing and disappearing steadily as scientific study of our Universe goes on and it is conceivable that one day there will no longer be any room for a god or gods. In the meantime, there is no definitive answer. Have a little patience. The notion of gods will be forced to die one day in the future. To satisfy my curiosity, where might I find your books?
Hi I am new here! Want to chat and meet a new friend ?
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
@CollegiateJules -- Strangers are just friends not yet met. Since you have introduced yourself, you are no longer a stranger. Grats on the Grad. PhD in the offing?
I love reading! Anyone else? If so who are your favorite authors and what genre do you prefer?
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
Authors: Me, Hemmingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Asimov, Dick, Heinlein, Clarke, etc. Genres: Hard/Soft Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, Urban Paranormal, Urban Horror, Urban Fantasy. Those are the favorites pretty much in order, but I enjoy any well written fiction and much non fiction. My latest novel (actually a severely edited and rewritten round robin), *Heaven Help Us*, hopefully to be released this Fall, is an Urban Fantasy in which the main protagonist accidentally winds up in Heaven and is promptly arrested as an illegal alien.
What are your best coping strategies for dealing with death?
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
My "coping" mechanism is going with the grief and allowing it to play out naturally. I am fortunate in that sometime during my earlier years, I came to grips with the notion that everything dies at some point and that mourning is really for ourselves because of the hole that has appeared in our lives. I have accepted death and the human need to grieve. As I have grown older, that process has increased in frequency, but the increase has not reduced the personal pain. What it has done, I have noticed, is reduced the time of grief a bit.
Can friends become lover?
evidentialist comments on Mar 12, 2018:
Of course they can. I'm now into a marriage that has lasted just a few days short of forever that began as a friendship. We have four adult children (that sounds weird, doesn't it?) of whom we are both proud -- and rightly so. Interestingly, in relation to this question, our relationship has grown stronger, our understanding broader, and our respect for one another increased with every year that has flown under the bridge.
What is the meaning of life?
evidentialist comments on Mar 11, 2018:
The meaning of life is precisely what I say it is. If your meaning for life differs from mine, then you are living a delusion and it is my duty to enlighten you.
What do you like most about yourself?
evidentialist comments on Mar 11, 2018:
Um ... I don't know.
Do you have a favorite line, or lines from a book, or books you'd like to share? I came across ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 11, 2018:
His pale white skin and light azure eyes drifted through the throng of dark-skinned, coffee-eyed shoppers in sharp contrast as a single white rose afloat in a field of summer-dried wheat. Hands and voices reached out to him from all sides, vying for his attention, trying to sell him this trinket or that and all manner of foods, but they went unnoticed. He was intent on his destination and moved past them as if they were ghosts unseen, unheard.
Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford. Joan Crawford, the mother of the female protagonist in ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 11, 2018:
@Teslacoilsmith -- You know, this is one of those really tough calls. Mommie Dearest was released a little over a year after Joan Crawford's death and the disparity of testimony regarding Joan's mothering between that of Christina and the other siblings causes one to pause and wonder a bit. Is it all a matter of personal perception/personality and why is the negative only coming from Christina and Christopher? The others didn't have these opinions at all. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2008/may/25/biography.film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_EjKfzuNB4
I find writing these short pieces of imagination interesting. I have no idea if they're worth ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 11, 2018:
@hankster -- What will make it more worth your while and please readers greatly is for you to do all that is necessary to get your work formatted into something easily readable. Readers are not, in general, willing to read anything that they have to work at to understand/enjoy. On the positive side, it is a fun and imaginative piece with commercial potential. I mentioned commercial potential, unfortunately the majority of publishers will not accept things that have been published in any form on an open platform of any kind. So, in spite of its potential, you have essentially killed that piece by publishing it in a public forum. I said "...essentially killed..." because there are a few publishers who will accept it regardless of the prior public exposure. However, if you publish only in closed venues, that does not represent having been published to most publishers.
March Madness is here. Are you going to watch the NCAA tournament and which team are you cheering?
evidentialist comments on Mar 11, 2018:
Dribbling is for those with no control. No, I won't be watching or worrying or wondering.
A good read as to the history of god worship by human kind. The Anunnaki Chronicles by Zecharia ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 10, 2018:
There is as much real evidence for this as there is for any of the gods. That is, none. On the other hand, it is as good a hypothesis as 'he is risen'. https://chaukeedaar.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/zecharia-sitchin-inventing-the-nibiru-and-annunaki-lie-on-behalf-of-the-illuminati/ https://www.csicop.org/si/show/myth_of_nibiru_and_the_end_of_the_world_in_2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kuC0IphTAA
Dining Out
evidentialist comments on Mar 10, 2018:
I prefer my vegans grain fed. Vegan steak, medium rare with mushroom sauce.
Do You Pay It Forward?
evidentialist comments on Mar 10, 2018:
Whenever possible.
What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.
evidentialist comments on Mar 10, 2018:
And rarely has six letters.
There are so many dating websites,I landed on one today called Back page, do you guys have any idea ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 10, 2018:
backpage.com lawsuit
Which Neil are you today?? I'm fluctuating between 4 and 9 right now ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
9
What decade of your life was the best so far and why? Teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s?
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
70s, so far. Why? Because I'm still alive and continue to be basically functional. Of course, when it gets down to it, I'd have to list each decade in order and more or less for the same reason.
Hi all, new here!
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Howdy, @Robs -- welcome to our little menagerie.
Equines
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I was once a horseman, but no longer. All three of my sisters are definitely horsewomen, though one has slowed a bit.
You’re as young as you feel? True or false?
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
False. At the mental level there may be some truth to this idea, but when the mind decides to involve the body in whatever fantasy and the body isn't up to it an argument ensues. The mind tells the body that something looks like fun and that it wants to go do that. The body wastes no time in responding, "Screw you. Think I'll get another pillow."
Would You Opt for Immortality? - Quillette
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Well, unlike the article suggests, this atheist doesn't believe in any kind of afterlife or heaven or anything else associated with ideas like that. Having said that, yes, I would jump at the chance of being essentially immortal. I say essentially because any sudden major trauma to the body, especially the brain, would end your life. It is immortality barring major incident, and that makes it enticing. There is so much yet to learn, to experience that would keep me interested in living for a very, very long time. If it ever became tedious, I know there are ways out.
If you knew that if you came out as an atheist that you would lose everyone you called family would ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Yes, and I did just that over 60 years ago.
What is your opinion on Wiccans?
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Yes, I know a few who are practicing Wiccans and some who refer to themselves as Pagans. My attitude is that everyone is free to pretend whatever they wish. If it poses any threat to society, then I take issue. I'd say that Wiccans and Pagans are among the least likely to create any problems for mankind.
Do you agree with the holistic approach to medicine?
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Not in its entirety, but in general, yes.
Moment of Silence or Saying Grace
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
It's their thing, not mine. I don't bow my head or close my eyes. Amen is not in my vocabulary. The extent of my patience is that I will wait until they are done with their nonsense to chow down.
Would you avoid naming your child a name with religious connotations?
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Daughters... Leah Kelly... Marina Ivonne... Alexandra Rachel... Son... Oscar Isidro...
I am in a really torn position right now, myself....it's weighing heavily on my heart. I've been on ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 9, 2018:
It's all a matter of what and where your values are. How can anyone not in your position give you any advice? What you are going to have to do is weigh your integrity against other things you think are important to you, then make a decision. If it's a bad decision, it's another lesson learned. If it's a good decision, then roll with it.
Bestseller
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Don Quixote at 500 million + copies sold. The bible holds the all time record for sales, but it doesn't qualify as a novel because it is too convoluted, confusing, and lacks a real plot that can be followed without considerable juggling. It certainly is the record holder for sales in poorly written books.
Has anyone ever been to a godless wedding or funeral?
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Yep.
How do u politely tell a religious person they have their head wrapped around a fairy tale?
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
You don't even try, unless they are trying to press it on you. If they are, then it is best to merely explain why you don't believe. Such an approach can be effective in getting them to think, maybe even question their own ideas, but it usually is not and only serves to either encourage them in their conversion attempt or send them away, shaking their heads and muttering to themselves.
Are you a cat person or a dog person and why
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Both. Also, almost any other critter.
When you discuss or argue about a topic, it could be anything, how important is it to you to "win" ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
There is rarely a reason to win an argument, but there is always reason to learn/teach through argument.
Why do atheists exist? - Quora
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
It depends upon what meaning you are giving to 'atheist'. To my way of thinking, the word simply means one who has no belief in god(s). This can be equated to a number of different things. There are people in the world who do not believe in the kraken. Here there is considerable room to question why someone would not believe in the kraken because there is considerably more evidence that something like the kraken could actually exist in the natural world. As for god(s), there is none at all. It is far easier to understand why someone would not believe in god(s) as opposed to not believing in kraken. So, why do atheists exist? Many of them, such as myself, have no reason to believe in god(s), but have ample reasons for not maintaining such a belief.
Why are so many religious people strongly opposed to a woman's right to choose abortion? Such a ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
There is a verse wherein the Big Dude on Cloud Nine recommends, no, commands an abortion. The Hot Shot on High even invents the procedure to be followed. Now, there is some nuance, but what this scripture says is that an unfaithful wife can be accused, tried, and convicted without any other foundation than suspicion on the husband's part and that she will suffer an abortion and be sterile for the remainder of her life based on her husband's word. Obviously, Mr. Miraculous has a great deal of respect for women. Oh, the scripture is Numbers 5:11-31. As far as I know there is no place in the bible, beginning to end, that speaks to abortion in such a way as to prohibit it, and there are several places where the notion that anything contained in the womb is not considered a human life. That only occurs upon taking several breaths of 'life' and not before. Nowhere in the bible is that idea refuted without taking liberal license with what the born agains have become expert at -- gross interpretation based on modern thinking.
This photo of Mars is so bizarre you’ll probably think it’s fake – BGR
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Obviously aliens at work.
Is there such a thing as an Atheist Minister?
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Most teachers of the hard and some soft sciences could be considered as such because they spend their time trying to teach critical thought, logic, and scientific method in an effort to lead their congregation in the direction of an emerging truth. If you mean someone who promotes atheism by preaching to the masses, we've had and have many. Dawkins, Hitchens, Sagan, etc. Some of them have been quite effective in steering the uncertain toward the light. However, I don't think any of them would like to be known as ministers.
What is your average monthly budget/expenditures for food? Be it grocery and/or prepared foods.
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
It varies greatly. In a frugal month (not by design, they just happen occasionally) the two of us get by on around $450 to $500. Then there are those blowout months when it can exceed $850. I don't know why. We just get carried away with high ticket stuff once in a while.
What do you do for a living?
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
What I do now is write, and I love what I do. That could be a little misleading because my first job was as a writer back in 1956 and I also worked with my dad as a songwriter and copywriter. Then I went into naval architecture as a full time activity for about 30 years. As for what I would do if money and time were not issues, I'd return to my old hobby of sailing around the world, though I have a feeling it wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun at landfall as it was back then. Still, just being out on the water with nowhere specific to go would be my ideal. I could still write and transmit my material to publishers, so it would be the best of a couple of worlds.
Anyone ever try or get into stand-up comedy? What was your experience like?
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Back during my folksinging years, part of our routine was a standup segment, usually as a lead in to our set, but occasionally as a standalone. Most of the time it worked pretty well, sometimes exceptionally well, and a few times we had to live with the egg we laid. It was much like everything else in life -- fortunately more ups than downs.

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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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