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Atheists, whats the best definition of atheism? Which fits you?
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Although I am antitheist to a fair degree, it is not an overriding drive. I do extend the meaning of 'atheist' to include a lack of belief in anything supernatural or in any other way, irrational.
Words, and imagination, have POWER! This is a fascinating study once again proving Maslow's ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 8, 2018:
I have always held that the vocabulary we use to describe ourselves and the world around us has a defining impact on who we become and how our reality is perceived. I found it interesting that the first thing to come up in the article was how we condition our children to be fearful of this and that. It was interesting because it was completely opposite of how I viewed growing up and what was good and what was bad. I was concerned for my children's safety, of course, but I also knew from my own upbringing that experience is our best teacher and that taking risk is how we progress.
Humor
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
As long as it is well done, yes.
Atheist that admire Churches and other religious architecture?
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Great architecture and architectural achievements are the work of man and whatever prompted it is beside the point.
OMG!!! Who else is super proud and thinks it's super cute that a U.S. "President" is getting sued by...
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
It is a shame so much attention gets wasted on things like this when truly important things squeak right on by.
Life on other planets: if life on other planets is found--especially if that life is more advanced ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
The most likely reaction, after the initial demons crap, will be a morphing to make things fit just as they have done throughout history -- all of them.
I just started this site still trying to figure out how it works. Here’s an interesting question I...
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
My time is better spent awakening the awe of the Universe and all that governs it. I will never turn down a chance to see that light of wonder in a child's (adults too) eyes when he/she discovers something new, but have no problem at all with walking away from a heated discussion of religious BS. Science will eventually win out on all levels simply through the reduction of places where the religious can slip in their gods.
The Shocking Truth about Daylight Saving Time
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Agreed.
I know this subject can get deep and I'm sure it's been presented many times but my questions is: Is...
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
The death sentence has never been a deterrent to anything. In some cases it proves to be a reward to the recipient -- it was what they wanted. There is substantial support for that in the records. In some cases it is a mistake with no 'do overs' for the victim. In all cases it is state sanctioned/sponsored murder.
Religion and Science.
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
It depends largely on the science in question. Sociology, psychiatry, and the other soft sciences in general, yes and without, for the most part, any conflict at all. Astrophysics, physics, paleontology, and other harder sciences, it becomes problematic if not in total conflict. That doesn't mean there aren't hardcore believers working in those fields, but it does mean there is a lot of mental gymnastics being performed to make it through the day and those who publish must be careful in what and how they publish. Lots of cognitive dissonance.
Has anyone ever had an encounter with a celebrity?
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Many and for several different reasons. Dad was a fairly successful songwriter in Hollywood and I worked with him for a few years. I was involved in amateur road racing for a while. I was a folksinger for a few years. University level activities and associations in physics and astronomy. Alongside my career as a naval architect, I engaged in the design and construction of custom yachts for a number of years. So, yes, lots of opportunities to be in the right place to deal with celebs of many kinds.
How much sleep do you get?
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Voted 4 to 6 hours, but there are times when I have to get a nap during the day when I get stressed for lack of sleep or am feeling a bit sick. Said naps will last between 1 and 3 hours, depending....
How do you feel about spiritual music? I love bluegrass and psychobilly, also jazz n soul..can you ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Music is music, art is art, and architecture is architecture. I enjoy it all, no matter where it comes from.
How close are you to your animal protien? Did you raise the animal? Did you kill the animal? Did...
evidentialist comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Yes. Well, all but the vacuum packing. We didn't have that on our farm.
Well, friends, I had a very scary experience the other day, and I wanted to share just in case ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Just a piece of low tack tape with a small piece of paper covering the lens is less destructive and equally secure. As for the other part, I never go on live chat with anyone I don't know.
If you are atheist, what information led you to this?
evidentialist comments on Mar 6, 2018:
It was a lack of information.
Yay. I got the app!
evidentialist comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Don't worry, folks, I hear they are close to finding a cure for App.
I am interested in investing in the stock market , and thought other members may also be interested ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
My current plan is to invest heavily in Chinese steel. :)
Is the a group for gamers on here?
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Thought about perhaps looking at the list of groups? Run your cursor over "Meet" in the top bar, then click on "Groups" in the drop down menu.
How long should a question be?
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
A question follows the same rules as a statement. It should be no longer than is required to present the needed information unambiguously.
Why?
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I was roaming the net one day and this thing popped up, so I signed in.
Do you feel as lonely as I do?
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
This may sound harsh at first blush, but think about it for a while. If you have determined that rational, critical thinking is the more productive path for you to follow, then by applying that sort of thinking will automatically point out that there will be problems with relationships as a result. An extension of that thinking will quickly reveal that there is only one way that you can be happy with your decision. Yep, that's right. You suck up the bad elements or mitigate them or better yet, eliminate them. Meanwhile, you build up the positive elements. I'll leave it to you to figure out what that means.
Does advertising effect your purchases, ? When did you last purchase something because it was ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I hasten to point out the obvious here. Advertising works. The psychology behind advertising is sound and proven. This is why advertising agencies, copywriters like myself, ad production companies, and associated industries exist. If it didn't there would be no flashy signs, sales, or window dressers. Is it a con? In some respects, yes. However, if you have a factory manufacturing left-handed veeblefetzers, it pays to let people know about it. Here's where the con part of this comes into play. If you are the only veeblefetzer manufacturer in the country, you have a corner on the market, but if the people are not made aware of their need for veeblefetzers, there won't be a market to sell to, will there? So, you generate a need for your product, knowing all the while that in producing a market you are also inviting competition that will begin popping up here and there. To make sure you keep a good share of the market you created, you advertise. Simple.
Psychology
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Absolutely not.
Superstitious
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
To become a rational thinker means to remove the irrational. Superstitions are among that class of things known as irrational. So, no, I don't have this problem at all.
I was told there is no more middle class in America now. Your opinion?
evidentialist comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Dwindling rapidly.
Name one thing you should never do naked.
evidentialist comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Take a casual stroll through a car wash.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
evidentialist comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I wanted to be older. When I became older, I still wanted to be older. Now that I am really older, I want to get much older. The alternative is not particularly enticing.
Scientific society is starting to believe there is only 50-50 chance of this world to be real. What ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 4, 2018:
The likelihood of this being a simulation is about as good as my winning the lottery on a day when there is no drawing and I have no ticket. I'd also like to know what part of the scientific community has arrived at those odds because it sure isn't the part in which I wander. If you're talking about remarks made by Tyson, Musk, Kaku, etc. those are all based on what-if speculations. I do that a lot in my writing too, but it does not mean I place much credence in it. You know, like, what if Earth is somebody's petri dish and we are part of the spawn?
What is your most useless talent?
evidentialist comments on Mar 3, 2018:
I have no talents. Now, that's useless.
Lefty or Righty
evidentialist comments on Mar 3, 2018:
I am ambidextrous, but there are certain functions that are favored by one or the other. To be accurate, I would have to say that I slightly favor the left hand over the right, but not by much.
"Free at last. Free at last. Thank god almighty I'm free at last." MLK....
evidentialist comments on Mar 3, 2018:
No more poignant words have ever been uttered than those three lines, and though it carries a bit of irony with it, your application of those lines was excellent, Shelton.
We're still working on better formating tools for text but you might like to try "poem mode" as ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Thank you ever so much. It'll take some getting used to, but doesn't everything?
We all come from different ethnic and socio-cultural backgrounds yet here we are on an Agnostic ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 1, 2018:
@ZenLife81 -- Nothing exciting here, my friend. To the best of my recollection, I began asking questions for which there were no rational answers forthcoming sometime around age 6. Around age 10 - 12, I was thoroughly disgusted, but didn't announce to family and world in general until 17. My mother took it beautifully and surprised me by telling me she had always felt the same and only continued to maintain family unity because of "me". Imagine the time I could have saved. Anyway, that was over 60 years ago, and I've been forthright and outspoken about my position ever since.
Professionals near me advertise their religious beliefs. To what extent would you find this ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 1, 2018:
What they are doing is playing to their crowd. You always give your business to one of 'your kind'. It's an unwritten law. In essence, it amounts to a completely legitimate unethical practice in advertising at the least and a gross religious promotional practice at the extreme. Let's be honest here, if I knew that one bakery was a fundamentalist fish supporter and another some three blocks away was run by an in the shadows baby eater, I would probably go the extra three blocks to give them my business. The difference is in the percentage and visual identification between the two. If 75% of the community ride dinosaurs in their off time, then dinosaur riders are going to get 75% (or close to it -- probably more) of the business in town. By the same token, if someone puts a recognizable symbol of godlessness in their window, they've automatically limited their business. So, does it irritate me? Hell yes. Sometimes it goes as far as to piss me off. Do I let them know? That depends on how heinous the presentation. Normally, it doesn't warrant any harangue from me and I simply do what I can to avoid giving them my business and to the extent I'm able, steer it to those of similar rational thought.
Okay, so a friend sent me a greeting with the words, "Oh what a beautiful morning, "O what a ...
evidentialist comments on Mar 1, 2018:
@Admin -- we have something of a formatting problem when it comes to poetry. It can be gotten around, but at expense of space. Can it be fixed, or is that asking too much? I know it's a bother, so if you decide against messing with it, I do understand.
Greetings other agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and “heretics” of all flavors - I’m new here, ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Hello. Anyone who pillages and plunders as a way of life is welcome here.
Black Athiest
evidentialist comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Hey, @cheffers317 I'm going to take a couple of quick jabs at you here before I get serious. It bothers me a little when people appear to take shots at themselves. You know, the self limiting kind. So here comes the jab -- ready? I went to your profile and read what you had to say, then I blew up your picture -- twice. Here's what I see in the picture and what I get from what you've written. First off, you're not Black. You are a rich shade of brown. Trust me, I know what you are getting at, but that's just my first little jab. Second, not only are you a fellow endowed with a delightful color, but you're one handsome, say, even a striking man. Now, let's add in what you said and I would venture to say you are quite likely a pretty articulate fellow to boot. So, with that out of the way, we all know "dating sites" are problematic anyway, so I would suggest expecting much from any site is a stretch. You and I also know that being a chef is really restrictive of your free time, but it does give you an interesting calling card, doesn't it? If you are interested in getting into a long term relationship (say permanent), these sites are not the prime source for that, though they can be. If that is not your interest, then sites like this one I suggest might be the better for the experience than others that are dedicated dating sites. Your lack of religion is a sharp stick in the eye no matter where you are, though there are some places a little more "understanding" scattered around the country. So, I'm forced to ask, with the chef experience you now have, have you considered moving to some more friendly part of the country?
I used to write a long time ago. I would love to get back into it but I am struggling with starting ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 28, 2018:
@Livinlife -- Here's a daily exercise that has proven to work for quite a few. It is painless, takes just a little time, and can be quite productive. It has even started a couple of careers, which is not bad for a one hour exercise. Pick any small news item of the day. It can be anything and because you are choosing it, you're guaranteed to be at least a little interested in it. Do a little fact checking and think about what you found, then write a brief description of what you think and feel about it. Keep all these little quips in a single file that can be sorted by date. At the end of a month, go back and read what you have written -- from the first to the last. You will see three things beginning to take hold over that month. First, word choice will become more critical and expressive. Second, the word count will bobble at first, then steadily climb as you get into the roll. Third, and this is the deciding factor about whether it is working, if you find yourself looking forward to the next article -- it IS working. If the third thing isn't happening, it does not mean you won't be a writer again. All it says is that this exercise isn't working. Try it for a month. If the interest isn't growing, let me know. There are several other things you can try.
Ever had to just pack up and go, leaving everything behind, especially late in life? How did you ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 26, 2018:
I've been picking up and leaving most of my life. For me, it is a way of life. Even now, after having been here for twenty years, if I had to do it tomorrow, it would be no big thing. I am at home where I happen to be at the time.
Book blurbs... anyone great at them? Any tips? I have a couple guides I'm working with, but ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 26, 2018:
@Lysistrata -- what is the nature of the blurb you need to write? Short self bio or book promo blurb?
Honesty. Do people here regard themselves as honest. To me honesty means revealing the truth about ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 24, 2018:
It never fails to concern me when someone makes a sweeping generalization about a group, any group, then without preamble slips directly into argument from fear or authority. Perhaps you might wish to reword your post?
I have a blog post with a short story available now on my websites, enjoy. veiledstars.weebly.com ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 24, 2018:
@Gohan -- It would be wise to investigate copyright law and how publishers view things that appear on the web, just in case you had thought about ever publishing it for profit.
I have a blog post with a short story available now on my websites, enjoy. veiledstars.weebly.com ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 24, 2018:
Great. How? - 404 - not found
He Became A Celebrity For Putting Science Before God. Now Lawrence Krauss Faces Allegations Of ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 22, 2018:
I wonder why so many seem taken aback by news of this sort? Throughout the majority of the human history of our world, men have built male dominated societies during our long run up the civilization ladder. I suspect one would find a small reduction in such behaviors among the more critical thinkers of the world, but it is still part of the world and the people who populated it are still largely subject to the same conditioning as people in other parts of society. I suggest we stop our self imposed shock at the behavior of a Lawrance Krauss and begin instead to fix the problem at the root. Until we have changed our ways of structuring society, nothing can happen either rapidly of permanently. One place that might be a good beginning in the removal of the problem would be in stopping the tribal process of putting people on pedestals. As Robert A. Heinlein said: "The United States has become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance." Now, just add in anyone else who happens to climb up to a pedestal and you see where the attack needs to begin.
I've got a man-crush on this dude... he's frikin' incredible. [youtube.com]
evidentialist comments on Feb 22, 2018:
Incredible. I wants me some more o' that.
Hi members. I have a huge problem that I call procrastination. A dear friend has set a challenge ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 21, 2018:
@FrayedBear -- @silvereyes -- and anyone else to whom this applies (there are many) The universal solution for any writer wishing to write any piece of any length is to begin writing the piece and not stop writing until finished. The trick to being able to do this in something reasonably close to a normal lifetime is to avoid writing a single sentence, then massaging that sentence until it has lost all originality and is 'perfect' to even the point at which the butt of the Baby Jebus would dull in comparison. That requires something called -- steady yourself -- discipline. The greatest demand on discipline for most would-be writers is not the need to write every day, though even that is a problem for some, but the biggest problem is the lack of professionalism to leave something alone and keep moving until the proper time has arrived to go back and do what work is needed to make it shine. There ... is ... a ... fucking ... reason ... that ... first ... pass ... is ... known ... as ... a ... DRAFT. This comes from someone who has written and published about 1.8 million words of his own work and right close to 3.4 million words in the employ of others -- and editing, revising, rewriting, and resurrecting the works of others. One of the best things about writing is that it can be done anywhere and from my experience under almost any conditions. The worst part about writing is that because of the aforementioned, it is precious difficult to come up with any excuse that even slightly works.
I’m not sure what the protocol is here. I am a relatively new author. Have novels published now. ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 20, 2018:
@ChrisJones -- there is no protocol to be followed other than courtesy, kindness, and a degree of honesty. Welcome, Chris.
In regards to Tinder: I hate being put on a back burner, all these girls act interested in making ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 18, 2018:
Whoa...! Good grief, guys, have you no shame? What I'm hearing here appears to be nothing more than whining male bruised ego rants. Look, you put yourself on a shelf in a store. Products put on static displays can sit on those shelves for years. I learned a long time ago that if you want to make friends, perhaps get a date, you need to move a little. When game moves, it becomes a target. When game doesn't move, it more often than not goes unnoticed. I suggest the problem is not the dating site, but the people who occupy it. Move around a little. Rattle those leaves a bit. If worse comes to worst, step outside and strike up a conversation or ten. If nothing else, the sunlight will do you some good and the breeze is relaxing.
Perhaps I’ve missed the post(s) where you should or shouldn’t post poems you’ve written. I am ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 17, 2018:
@MyLiege -- There are no restrictions in this group. If you wrote it, you can post it. What we are here for is to bat about ideas in the written word, seek help if one feels the need, and generally to express yourself. We are here to entertain, inform, challenge, and provoke thought among the members.
What do you write about? I'm not talking genre. Positivity? Perseverance? Courage? Or weakness?...
evidentialist comments on Feb 17, 2018:
I have written almost everything that can be written. My short stories are O. Henry - ish. I love twisted and/or surprise endings. Dark? Sometimes. Upbeat? Sometimes. Humorous? Much of the time. I like strong, well rounded protagonists and antagonists. Pretty even handed in role sharing between male and female. My novels tend to be complex and heroic in character.
I've written a few short stories, and it's my dream to write a novel, and see it published like my ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 17, 2018:
@Gaddis1988 -- This is a group for writers of any persuasion, my friend. Make yourself comfortable and post what you will.
Hi! I've tried to post a pic without any success. I will try later. Anyone in New Mexico??
evidentialist comments on Feb 17, 2018:
Oh yes. North Hobbs.
Why Do We Allow Blatant Bullying Here? This is part question, part rant, and part plea. I love...
evidentialist comments on Feb 16, 2018:
I have not seen any cases of blatant bullying -- yet. If I do, you can be assured they will be called out on it immediately.
Next time the god squad come banging on the door offer them this conundrum with tea/coffee and ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 16, 2018:
Cute.
Which Holidays if any have meaning to you and why, Which have no significance to you whatsoever.
evidentialist comments on Feb 15, 2018:
You missed the All of the Above option. Any holiday that brings with it the potential to pig out on rich homemade special food is a winner with me. Now, one of them, Veteran's Day, is painfully poignant, but we still manage to have a barbecue which helps to ease me through it.
@hammerhead -- Hi there, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Feb 14, 2018:
@newt1744 -- Hello, Newt. Welcome to the group.
I haven't written anything in a long time. Life kind of got in the way. Been kicking around a few ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 14, 2018:
@Livinlife -- Life has a way of doing that. Yes indeed. Happy to hear you are planning to start arranging electrons again.
@silvereyes -- Hello, young lady, and welcome to the group.
evidentialist comments on Feb 13, 2018:
Another book trailer in the Twisted Tails series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o47NG2QAu8
Anyone believe in luck?
evidentialist comments on Feb 13, 2018:
Here's another way to think about luck. Statistically your chances of winning on one roll of a single die are considerably better than one pull on a slot machine. The odds for the die are 1 in 6, whereas the odds on an average slot machine are about 1 in 262,144 with a three reel machine with single stops. The odds can only get worse from there. So, it's obvious that there is more luck built into the die than in the slot. In other words, there is no such thing as luck no matter how one decides to view it. Life truly is a crap shoot and often the shot comes up crap.
Have you ever used affirmations? I've read conflicting opinions on this. So, I'm wondering what ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 13, 2018:
It's a tough balancing act. I avoid using anything negative or self defeating and concentrate on all the positives while trying to stay grounded in reality. Know your limits but don't dwell on them. I have always been a can do person and everything I have set my mind to, I have done. The vocabulary one uses determines a lot of who you are and how you are perceived.
Are you happy?
evidentialist comments on Feb 13, 2018:
E, but I like to avoid doing or saying anything that will detract from my nasty old man GET OFF MY LAWN image. :D
Believer Bashing?
evidentialist comments on Feb 13, 2018:
@Dida -- You are painting with a very, very broad brush. There are some militant atheists and some vociferous antitheists. They do not represent the whole. On the other hand, I rarely see even the aforementioned 'bashing' anything. They are voicing their opinions, which as I see it, is fair dinkum. Consider what the other side has for us and how they present it and it makes the atheist observations seem incredibly civil. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/09/01/christian-radio-host-the-nashville-statement-didnt-condemn-gay-christianity/ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-mcelwee/christian-fundamentalists_b_3708416.html And here is an amazing, simpleminded article on how they view us. https://crossexamined.org/4-major-reasons-people-become-atheists/ Now, please explain in specific terms why you hold this notion that there is a general atmosphere of believer bashing going on from the atheist side of the aisle. I have made the assumption that you are referring to the majority religion in the US. I will conclude with the simple statement of fact that any belief in any supernatural force without evidence is idiotic and actually deserves to be mocked at every opportunity, but not at the personal level. In other words, attack the belief but not the believer.
Bottom lines.
evidentialist comments on Feb 12, 2018:
This is an exam, right? If we pass we get to move on to the next level?
I’m a closet agnostic! I want out... any tips on how to make the leap of unfaith!
evidentialist comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Well, my friend, there is no way to break this to you gently. If you really want out, you announce and let the chips fall where they might. Believe it or not, that's the easy part. What follows can be anything from underwhelming to awful. How you deal with that is up to you, but deal with it you must if you expect to have a life that is reasonably honest. "T1D1 Group"
11 Mormon employees quit after first female mayor elected in Utah town - --
evidentialist comments on Feb 12, 2018:
It's always nice to see progress happening. "T1D1 Group"
Have you ever been skinny dipping?
evidentialist comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Yes. More times than I can remember. Of course, it has been so long ago that I'm surprised I remember doing it.
Sexual compatibility is pertinent in any healthy relationship. You can be the perfect gentleman or ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Well now, that's dumb.
Personal space. Yah? Nah?
evidentialist comments on Feb 12, 2018:
One cannot travel as much as I have and come out still concerned about personal space. I recognize there are differences in various cultures and pay heed to their standards, but I'm no longer upset when someone invades what I used to consider 'my space'. On the other hand, if it is apparent someone is attempting to intimidate, they discover rather quickly that it isn't working -- and I don't need to say a thing.
I am a photographer...have been for nearly 35 years...I have digital SLR's and film 35mm ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 11, 2018:
Simply considering the advances being made in electronic light sensing should answer that question. There was a time when I wouldn't think of using the electronic camera and even did all of my astronomical imaging on film. Mainly because of the control I had in developing and printing. The tide has turned. Control over electronic images has surpassed that of film by orders of magnitude. Further, one can work at extremely high ISO and grainy images are a thing of the past. There is now, not yet on the market, a technology that will allow high power telescopes without the use of lenses or mirrors, and they say that resolution will be hundreds of times better than anything available today.
American found with weapons in Uganda - Daily Nation
evidentialist comments on Feb 11, 2018:
One is forced to wonder what motivated him to do something that stupid.
DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE POSTED THIS YET, BUT... I usually don't post links, but this is the single ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 11, 2018:
Aside from the fact that it truly is petty. it does show the level of vanity the man has. I'm almost slick as a cue ball and I consider that a positive because it lowers my wind resistance.
Do you like hosting parties? I try to throw monthly parties with my friends, with game night ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
Warn them in advance that I have the flu. They appreciate that.
A chance to meet my maker Last week I had the flu and was feeling miserable. The first three days...
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
I'm getting a rerun. Just came out of one bout of the flu two weeks ago, and just got nailed with another one. Somebody trying to tell me something?
Vegan vs non-vegan diet for babies
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
Everybody knows that atheists prefer corn fed and free range babies. Much better texture and exquisite flavor.
The Universe is approximately 13.8 billions of years old. Do you think the Universe will continue ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
The Universe will be around long after we and any other living creatures in our galaxy are long gone. How long? I don't know. I don't know anyone who does know. I've heard some guesses, but those are all over the board too. So, the definitive answer is, damned if I know.
What's so special about gold? This post is born from that thread on Money. Someone asked what ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
Other than its physical properties, it's no more valuable than dirt. However, I have to confess that I've taken advantage of the natives a time or two. Gold coming out of our claim was about 35% flake and dust. During that time, gold prices and sales were still government controlled so the price ranged from $35.40 to $41.00 per ounce, but we were allowed to sell a portion of our 'reported' take for what was commonly called jeweler's gold for whatever we could get on the market. Dealing through actual jewelers kept the price down to around $120.00 to $180.00. We found a source for bezels that would accept a double watch crystal (the old fashioned roundy ones) 5/8" dia. that were super cheap in bulk. These we would hawk to the natives rolling along the highway on their vacations from some of the lower forty-eight. It's amazing how the value jumped up there into the stratosphere. For our $5.00 investment in 0.10 ounces of flake/dust, bezel, and crystals, they were willing to part with $35.00 worth of paper money. We figured the natives knew something about gold that we didn't. Some of them even bought a mix of gold dust and black sand at an even better profit margin.
Trying to understand what this site is all about?
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
If a brief perusal of the site and the reading of a few posts doesn't explain it, you may be beyond help.
Please Tell Me One Body Part You Hate Or Find Least Attractive About Yourself
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
First, define ugly for me so I can understand what you are saying. Because ugly is an adjective, it is subjective. What is ugly to one may be beautiful to another.
Bill Nye on the Science of Noah [youtube.com]
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
I am a Naval Architect and can say without question that the Ark story itself, not even considering the flood, is absurd. Obscenely absurd.
Turbulent Hydro - Could this be the future of renewable energy?
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
Only in areas where there is adequate and continuous water flow. Our farm in Oregon was powered by a stream that ran through our property. Where I live now, solar, wind, and nuclear would be the only reasonable options. For local power at our home it would have to be a combination of solar and wind. The nearest running water is miles from here and season dependent.
An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
I found no specific fault with the article, though I think it stresses some points unnecessarily. All in all, it appears to be spot on. I am concerned for my country because of the directions it seems to be going. Very disturbing. By the way, @Freespirit64 if you love motorcycles and horsies and bunrabs, you're okay in my book.
Have you ever stopped reading a book, listening to a song, or watching a show because it added ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
I learned long ago not to sweat the small stuff, so, no, it doesn't bother me enough to do something like that. When it turns into an overriding theme, then, yes, I'm gone. I have no need to suffer the bullshit, but if it's just a touch in passing, I'm fine.
Where is the most beautiful place near where you live?
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
Nothing I can think of within 100 miles. What's the distance limit for 'close'?
I will join in the credentials list, with a BS in bullshit and a teaching certificate in sarcasm....
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
@Akfishlady -- How long did you live in Alaska? I worked for ASHA in the Anchorage office in the late 60s as the Public Information Officer and as a Planner II while we were still involved in the redesign and reconstruction of Kodiak and Valdez. Also worked a placer claim on the Jack Wade Creek about 85 miles from Dawson City, YT. Really enjoyed my times in Fairbanks. Just curious.
Carbon Tax
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
It pays to have current information. https://www.carbontax.org/where-carbon-is-taxed/ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/jun/13/how-revenue-neutral-carbon-tax-creates-jobs-grows-economy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421516302531 http://unfccc.int/secretariat/momentum_for_change/items/9931.php Now an opinion: I understand what the concept is and I can see that it works, but it is limited. I think that a combined policy of taxing emissions at lower rates than proposed while simultaneously subsidizing clean energy industries would be more effective. Rather than aiming only at reducing emissions, we should establish policies that encourage and promote efforts in developing better and cleaner ways of meeting our energy needs from short term to long term. We should also establish policies that hold our governments accountable for their considerable carbon footprints. The US military usage alone is astounding. https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/23/72279/
Has any one here had any success with this site?
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
Yep. From day one.
Where were you when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated? I remember it as if it were ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
Half way across MacArthur Parkway on my way to work at the Miami Beach Reporter when first report came on. There was much confusion and no one had any facts. When I got to the office everyone was huddled around the TV in the wire room. No one said anything for a long long time.
Do your socks match? Always?
evidentialist comments on Feb 10, 2018:
What are socks?
I'm going out on a limb here, and some of you may think I fell out the tree bumped my head. Okay ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Nick Bostrom's hypothesis is base on three unlikely postulates -- that is in physical science they are close to preposterous. As a philosophical mind game, it becomes a different matter. I get a little nervous when a philosopher begins playing with 'reality' because they can go wherever they want with their speculations without the need for solid methodology. So, what are the three postulates: First, The human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “post-human” stage. Second, Any post-human civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof). Third, we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. Okay, do you see what is happening here? Doesn't this smack of biblical discussion? The first postulate is a statement about things that can't be known and a condition that is pure speculation. Then he just glibly says that a post-human civilization won't be running too many simulations about their biological past evolution. He has just said that our species will probably go extinct prior to reaching this nebulous "post-human" stage, then turns right around and has "post-humans" running not so many simulations of their past. From these two wing-ding assertions he then concludes we are almost certainly living in a simulation. There's a lot wrong with this sequence, but I'm not going to elaborate. Suffice to say that, taken as a whole, the postulate is not falsifiable and is thus not capable of being pursued scientifically. It's not even a tidy philosophical game because there are too many holes. "While the simulation argument is a skeptical view of reality, and proposes an interesting question regarding nature and technology, there are several problems if it is proposed as a serious hypothesis. Firstly, the simulation argument is completely unfalsifiable as it is impossible to devise an experiment to test the hypothesis and potentially prove it to be false. Even if a hypothetical experiment was devised and turned out negative (that the world was not simulated) it would still be insufficient because there is the potential that this is merely what the simulation wants us to think, or we are living inside a simulation inside a simulation. This, according to widely accepted definitions, places it firmly in the field of pseudoscience. Any serious suggestion that we do live in a simulation (as opposed to discussion of the probabilities, assumptions and the potential technologies involved, which is academically sound) relies purely on faith and argument by assertion. This makes the simulation argument, as an explanation of reality, more like a religion - regardless of the assertions of transhumanists that the maths works out." ...
Stupid question time: My washing machine turns everything other-side-to. Someone says this is by ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
It is possible that currents generated by the agitator might cause that to happen on some items, but it is difficult to believe it would do so for everything. Each piece of apparel will respond differently to the currents produced by the agitator and so not all of them would be reversed. I can tell you this, it wouldn't be by design.
Greetings! Educators near and far, please share how you explain the theory of evolution when faced ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
The amount of material available on this very topic would fill a fair sized library. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/what-should-teachers-say-to-religious-students-who-doubt-evolution/ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/course/session8/elaborate_c_pop1.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNhtbmXzIaM
Is it just me or are the terms liberal and conservative being used more now than ever? Do these ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Divide and conquer, Shelton. A lot of this is diversionary to keep folks from paying attention to the important things that are going on and they don't give a damn who gets hurt in the process. The world has seen these tactics before, but memories are weak just one generation later, and we now have two -- going on three. Even the rhetoric reminds me of it, and if we are not careful, we could be led down the same path. I just thought I was angry and disgusted with my country when I came home in the mid 60s. That experience pales in comparison to what's going on now. At least there was some reason back then. Now it's all about power and wealth with no other focus. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if these assholes didn't jockey us into a conflict somewhere just to keep their game running without the public noticing it.
What makes people read.
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Gramps, Gramma, Mom, and Mama Smith all read a lot. By the time I was six I had read (yes, read) the entire 22 volumes of the Encyclopedia Americana -- 1945 edition. I'm pretty sure I understood a good share of what I had read, too. My curiosity is insatiable to the point that I read the small print on the goddamn labels in the grocery store. I greatly appreciate the Internet because of the ease and speed of searching material when I'm researching, something that books can't come close to competing with, but I still prefer to read for enjoyment with something substantial in my hand with the feel and smell of paper. I have Kindle and I like it when I'm traveling, but I find great enjoyment fondling the books in any library and at home.
Do you have a tendency to over think things?
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
I think I managed to arrive at the point of understanding that one needs to know when to say 'enough' in all things in my mid twenties. It is too easy to get caught up in that closed loop that keeps one from making decisions, finishing a project, or terminating a poorly chosen battle or relationship. Here's an example: Every writer I have ever known has a hard time not doing 'just one more rewrite'. It is common for us to just keep on keepin' on with something that could have been published 6 months ago. One really needs to know when they're watering a dead tree. This is true in all endeavors. I can tell you that I have never sent out a manuscript that within a day or two after having done so I didn't kick myself for not doing one more rewrite. It never fails.
Asteroid Fly-by... [livescience.com]
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Damn, missed again.
Starman 'driving' a Red Tesla Roadster Poll
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
All test shots require payload mass simulation, or the shot is not going to give the right data. I think his use of the roadster and Starman in their new spacesuit, also requiring testing, was imaginative, effective, took care of three things simultaneously, was absolutely hilarious, and paid homage to all the people who made the shot possible. And who knows, we may someday have a measurable example of the sort of crater a Tesla roadster can make on Earth or Mars -- a bonus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD-E3ZCjBho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md0K_eRSHAE
Rituals. You don’t have to believe in god or practice a religion to have rituals that add to the ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
There is a difference between ritual and regulation. I am self employed and have been most of my life. To do that effectively one must set certain regulations on their lives and adhere to them until conditions change. That means, I set a time to get up in the morning so I can do my morning personal stuff and get to the shop before my employees to open the doors and make sure everything is ready for the day. There is a specific time set for taking lunch. In the evening, after everyone is gone and I'm satisfied all is ready for the following day, I can go home. None of that is ritual, though it could be looked upon as such, but that would be an error. I have a habit of putting things back where they came from when I finish using them, but that too cannot be considered ritual, though some might wrongly say it is. So, what the hell is the meaning of the word 'ritual'? A ritual is a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. An example would be the rituals of worship, the prescribed order of performing a ceremony, especially one characteristic of a particular religion or church. Other words (synonyms) that can be used for the same meaning are things like ceremony, rite, ceremonial, observance, service, sacrament, liturgy, worship, act, practice, custom, tradition, convention, formality, procedure, and protocol. I'm sure there must be others. I realize that there are folks who relate this word 'ritual' to anything of a repetitive nature, but in my view it is a wrong usage. The word is more properly associated with anything like an elaborate but well regulated and necessarily repetitive activity. Don't get me wrong here. I accept the common usage, it just grates on my delicate linguistic nerve when I hear it used. I have even used it myself in my writing a couple of times, but I haven't made a ritual out of it. :)
Smoking In Cars With Children Is Illegal Starting January 30, 2018
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
It won't happen until they come up with some way to compensate the tobacco industry. We're talking dollars and cents here and the business with making it illegal to smoke in a car with children inside is more a bit of window dressing see how concerned we are legislation somebody came up with that can serve dual purpose as a revenue machine. See, if they really wanted to punish people for all these petty offenses, they wouldn't put fees on them, they'd just throw the offender in jail for a few days each time. What will make a bigger impression on someone, maybe cause them to remember not to pass through a stop sign, a $60 fine or 4 days in jail during the week and impound fees plus the inconvenience of going to get your car? Whatever it is you're talking about when it comes to government and business, just follow the money trail. Speeding? Automatic jail time. Illegal left turn? Automatic jail time. But no. Always fines. Why? Revenue.
Worst qualities
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
I have a slight problem with patience. It goes from slight to extreme fire-breathing furious when dealing with stupid. Now, I do mean stupid. Ignorance, as long as it's not willful (equates with extreme stupidity), is fine. It can be fixed. Stupid, at least as I interpret and experience it, is a condition, perhaps terminal in nature. So, when confronted with stupid, I go into super Berserker mode, and I do mean the original source of the word. The first thoughts that enter my mind in such situations are, "Must save world. KILL the stupid," and, "Quick, where can hide bodies?" Fortunately, I have enough presence of mind to not carry my battle axe into public and have an efficient cooling system.

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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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