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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.
Does Everything Come at a Price?
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Action is accompanied by reaction. Whether a price or a boon is yours to decide.
When I was young, very evangelical, and pretty much the only black person at my school and churches,...
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
@Rideauxb -- The most interesting thing about all of that is how people can continue this false notion of race when it is well known there is no such thing. We have ethnic backgrounds, yes, but that also has nothing to do with race. It is just geographical long term separation. The only reason you can be singled out is because your ancestors didn't leave the equatorial belt early enough and those who remain will continue to have darker skin tone. Those who have moved to more northerly or southerly latitudes will all lighten over time until there is no major difference to point out. Last I heard is that it requires roughly 500 years before any noticeable change in melanin occurs. Waxing eloquent for a moment, racism is very much like religion. It is bullshit based on bullshit used to justify bullshit. The differences between you and I are as pronounced as the differences between you and any other person of African origin. We are all related. According to my genes, I have several third cousins who make you look like a paleface from Boston. We've exchanged communications and had some good laughs along the way. Sorry for your past exposure, bro. I've had it too, but for a different Trumped up reason. Just remember, you're among friends here.
Jumping without a parachute?
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Everything new is a risk and every risk is worth it because it either provides fruit or education. Of course, some risk education can become ... permanent ... as in terminal.
Does "TGIF" piss you off? Do you sneer and say, "No thanks!" Or do you just think of it as "Thank ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Not bothered a bit. TGIF is simply Thank Gregory It's Friday. Simple. Accurate. True.
Is it easy for you to adapt to change?
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Yes, well and quickly.
On my way from there to here.
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Whenever this subject is broached, I find myself thinking of Jason Lisle. There we have a true mental contortionist who has taken his PhD to the Answers in Genesis crew and is selling cosmological snake oil for them. An example of this is his stating that the sun is uniquely designed to support life on Earth. He says that Sol is unusual in the galaxy because of its stability. There are manifold problems in just the two comments. First, Sol is a main sequence star and its mass will allow it to continue the fusion process for about 10 billion years. A star with 10 times that sun's mass will last perhaps 20 million years -- substantially shorter life. Red dwarf stars at about half the mass of Sol can hang around for upwards of 80 to 100 billion years. That's a mighty long time. Roughly 90% of the stars in the Universe are on the main sequence. Main sequence stars are not all as stable as Sol, but a lot of them are, and that is common knowledge to any beginning student of astronomy. Did Lisle study the same material as everyone else? In more extreme mental gymnastics, Lisle proposes that c was different at the time of creation and that it slowed to its current speed over the intervening 6000 years. I'm still waiting for him to publish that little paper somewhere besides AIG house organs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7DIQBcCbYc
Life is what you make it? True or false?
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Life is what it is. What you make of it is your decision. In other words, life can hand you a pale of crap and it's up to you to decide how you respond to it.
Well meaning liberal friends of mine have have stated and reposted memes declaring that there is no ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 9, 2018:
@Wafflestomp -- Your first response is not going to make you happy. There is no such thing as race and there is literally no rational way to defend the notion that there is. http://www.newsweek.com/there-no-such-thing-race-283123 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK3sguRWYK0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8MS6zubIaQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UZS8Wb4S5k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyuKJAG11Cw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW764dXEI_8
Someone didn't think this through.
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
They might have thought it through. Notice the entire plate. We get: GOD ANUS Virginia is for lovers.
Bit of fun: If you could visit a time or place in history - when ? And where?
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Sometime around 385 CE so I could spend some time with Hypatia would be good.
Trump Says America Is A Nation Of Believers : NPR
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
There is no question that America is a nation of believers. The question is, what are we going to do about that dreadful situation?
They say, "A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing." I say, "A little bit of knowledge is a ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
There are several ways of looking at it. What usually happens is that someone finds a short article, hears a brief description, or sees a documentary on something and suddenly sees him/herself as an expert, or at least 'knowledgeable' in the subject, and that is what the saying addresses. Another way of looking at it is that a little knowledge is better than no knowledge. We can associate this with the aware layman who knows just enough to enable some understanding. This is a good thing. They don't need to carry it any further, though I would hope they were motivated to dig deeper. A little knowledge in the mind of an inquisitive person who is driven to understand is a good beginning.
Natural versus learned Agnostics? Is there such a thing? I came to atheism via the nonsense they ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Just reading the bible as a book should do the trick.
If someone is dying and a bystander chooses not to help, should they be held responsible?
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Is there a moral obligation to do whatever is possible? Yes. Legal obligation? Not really, though it's a close call on the grounds of ethical/moral considerations. In some respects it could be considered a crime, just as leaving the scene of an accident might be an illegal act under specific conditions. "A duty to rescue is a concept in tort law that arises in a number of cases, describing a circumstance in which a party can be held liable for failing to come to the rescue of another party in peril. In common law systems, it is rarely formalized in statutes which would bring the penalty of law down upon those who fail to rescue. This does not necessarily obviate a moral duty to rescue: though law is binding and carries government-authorized sanctions, there are also separate ethical arguments for a duty to rescue that may prevail even where law does not punish failure to rescue." Would I do whatever was possible? Yes. I would also like to think any other human being would, but after looking at the comments already given, I'm not so sure.
Psychological Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives February 5, 2018 by Ed Brayton
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
"...suggest that conservatives are simply more likely to extend that empathy only to their kin." That would hardly be helpful to society as a whole. ------------------------- "According to the experts who study political leanings, liberals and conservatives do not just see things differently. They are different—in their personalities and even their unconscious reactions to the world around them. For example, in a study published in January, a team led by psychologist Michael Dodd and political scientist John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln found that when viewing a collage of photographs, conservatives' eyes unconsciously lingered 15 percent longer on repellent images, such as car wrecks and excrement—suggesting that conservatives are more attuned than liberals to assessing potential threats." https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/calling-truce-political-wars/
Are you Bilingual/Trilingual/Etc.?
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
English, German, Passable French, Russian, Hebrew, Spanish (northern Chihuahua dialect), Smattering of Yiddish. A few phrases in Vietnamese (wartime slang), Mandarin, Korean, and Japanese. Also fluent in CW.
Are there any good movies coming out this year?
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Odd question. Seems to me there's a movie for every taste and a taste for every movie. That is, if I happen to enjoy really nasty and gory stuff, I might suggest to you that The Wonderful World of Little Jeffrey Dahmer is absolutely the flik you need to see this year, or perhaps I was into corporate intrigue and suggested you see Manhattan Real Estate Mogul Makes Good. See what I mean? Now, fitting my tastes, I'd say The Shape of Water, the new Deadpool flik, Black Panther, Early Man, and Peter Rabbit. Yes, I know, I'm ... weird. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pa_Weidt08
Trickle Down Economics
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Not that I know of, but it didn't work under Reagan either. Perhaps there's something wrong with the theory? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEcDlD8Jz5k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSOgxZ8lRUw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5CCRI1vdwE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1cl_1q7ty0 And here is a bonus on what money really is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mII9NZ8MMVM
What do you say when someone sneezes? When you sneeze and they "God bless you" Is no thank you an ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Salud or gesundheit. I doesn't matter to me what anyone says when I sneeze. Habits are habits and I have heard staunch atheists say, "Bless you."
Citizen Science
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
There are several such items on the Internet. Here is just one example: https://www.zooniverse.org/
Random post: while sitting at my desk this evening listening to NPR and trying not to rot my brain ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
I concoct problems to be solved through the application of physics and mathematics. In working up my stories I need to do a lot of that, so it is also a part of my work. I spend some time reinventing the wheel for fun. I enjoy hidden pattern games and optical illusions. I am a fan of Maurits Cornelis Escher's works.
Are any of you folks trans-humanists? From wikipedia ... The most common transhumanist thesis ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
I am a Science Fiction writer and this topic is fodder for the trade. I have no doubt that at some point in our future there will come a melding of biology and technology, but I do doubt that it is close at hand. We have been making baby steps in that direction for at least 50 years. The pace is quickening, but there are major areas wherein our knowledge is inadequate so we must allow the time for that to happen and there is no way to predict when that will occur. I do not foresee a complete transfer of human intelligence into mechanical devices unless we can determine that mind (that part that makes us human) is not dependent upon its connection to and information from body. I suspect that mind (consciousness) is just that, the sum total of our being and not transferable to a mechanical state. Of course, evolution is a continuing process and who knows what may happen to us over the course of a few thousand years? On the other hand, I have high hopes for AI. I prefer to call it Synthetic Intelligence because I don't see anything artificial about intelligence no matter where is resides. Even Machine Intelligence would be better than Artificial Intelligence, but I digress. AI and autonomous robotics are a large part of our future and I don't have the paranoid idea that it will supplant humans. Most likely, it will remain a symbiotic and productive relationship. This in spite of my current work detailing a battle for supremacy between humans and machines. Oh, and the humans are winning because of that thing we call consciousness and the ability to adaptively create new ideas with more nimbleness than the AI.
I am a believer in Ancient Aliens. I strongly believe that humans were created by ETs by means of ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Evidence? We have ample evidence through the fossil record and now genetics to state with some confidence that the line of emerging homo sapiens sapiens is continual and that there was no 'sudden' change in our makeup. If you have evidence to the contrary, I suggest you submit it soon because you will be a shoo in for a Nobel Prize -- perhaps several others. Now, to this business of believing in Ancient Aliens. As far as I can tell, that is essentially the same thing as believing in some deity. I say essentially because at least the notion of aliens is not in the realm of the supernatural and is thus a possibility. The problem is that we have no real evidence for them, but we have mountains of evidence for our continual evolution without intervention. Again, if you have evidence you will be wealthy and famous beyond imagining. Hurry, man, hurry.
Did you ever have a best friend? What earned them the title?
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Currently my best friend is my wife, but I have had a few over the years. There was one who really stands out. His name was Joe Lepine. He died several years ago from complications brought on by lime disease. It was one of those friendships where we could not be in contact for months and pick up where the conversation left off without skipping a beat. We were there for one another no matter what, and nothing was too extreme. We were both Ham radio operators and in one incident, I had a major problem with my truck and with my battery on the verge of failing, I managed to make contact with him by radio. I was in a place where there was no civilization at all. He drove 250+ miles with the parts and tools I needed and we fixed the beast on the spot. To us there was nothing special about that. It was just what we did. Our biggest topic of conversation on that incident was how big a deal it was that I was able to contact him from where I was and how low the battery was. I miss him. He was a good man. He was also an atheist.
Wolf Blitzer Asks an Atheist if She "Thanked the Lord" Oklahoma Tornado - YouTube
evidentialist comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Good thing he didn't ask me that.
Can the term "born again" be applied to any new beginning? Does it have to relate to Christianity?...
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I suppose it could, Shelton, but I think it's highly inaccurate and misleading. The phrase, 'born again' actually means a person converted to a personal faith in Christ (with reference to John 3:3). "a born-again Christian" I think catharsis comes close enough.
Did any of you see the launch of the Falcon Heavy?
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Oh, you bet. Wouldn't miss it for anything. We may one day be able to see how much of a crater a red roadster can make, either here or on Mars. A flawless launch and recovery of the booster cores. Too bad about the center core, but I'd say 100% nonetheless. At least it came down, and I'd say with the engine problems that a 100 meters is pretty damned close and the speed was too great, but still one good shot.
In the meme time... I made this a while back when I saw two opposing posts come through, one ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
@MrLizard -- Darwin, brother. Another social media whiplash event.
What was your Facebook breaking point? For me, it was finding out so many of my “friends” were ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Pretty much the same, my friend.
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an African-American playwright and writer. Hansberry was the first ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Enjoy.... But before the video, here's another quote from Hansberry's work: “Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain't through learning-because that ain't the time at all...when you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da4nZkEczVs
Trump Outcomes
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Aside from mortally wounding the Repugnican Party, keeping Pence out of the Captain's Chair is noteworthy.
Quite a range of attitudes regarding how to deal with religion on this site
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
You missed one in your choice "Religion Should Be Tolerated But Have No Place In Government/Law." It should have included Education. I appears we are on our way to a rather resounding consensus again.
Have you ever imagined what a world with no hypothetical situations would be like?
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Hypothetically speaking, no, I haven't.
Have You Heard Of Cheddar Man?
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Not at all surprising. We have modern day examples of those who migrated north beyond the Arctic Circle whose skin remains dark thousands of years later. Enter the Inuit people whose skin has remained a dark reddish hue even though they live in the far north where sunlight is limited and most of their lives are spent covered head to toe. They are one of the peoples who thwarted Felix Von Luschan's "Human Skin Colour Distribution" charts and foiled the Nina Jablonski and George Chaplin paper, though the latter study was close in its ideas. So, from what we've discovered, Cheddar Man had to be brown. Pheomelanin causes reddish yellow pigments, and eumelanin gives deep brown coloring. But skin tone is not all genetic: more melanin is produced when you are out in the sun. Sunlight exposure causes the optic nerve to signal the pituitary glad to release more melanin and !BANG! -- you tan. So why are the Inuit people still so dark? They're not out in the sun, the sun isn't out all that much, and when it is it's low. I read somewhere that it is thought early man, when we split off from the line on our way to becoming human, was covered in hair, but that over time the hair went away and exposed their fair skin to more and more equatorial sunlight. To defend against UV damage the melanin rose and everyone took on the dark brown tones we see today in those who hadn't left Africa until more recently. I think it is estimated that 500 years or more is needed in a new clime before any change in skin pigment begins to be noticed. The kicker in this little journey is coming. As we moved northward, we received less UV radiation. UV is needed to help create vitamin D, but the darker pigment wouldn't let that happen as easily, so the melanin began to recede. Europeans have lighter skins largely because of the body's need for vitamin D. So, what the hell is it that kept the Inuit people's skins dark for so long? Surely they lacked the same vitamin, right? Something I'm sure most of us have forgotten is coming. Vitamin D is not only produced through exposure to sunlight. Anybody remember taking cod liver oil when they were young? Another source for vitamin D is dietary. Same for the Inuit. Their vitamin D intake wasn’t dependent upon the sun. They got all that they needed from their diet, heavy on types of fatty fish that are naturally rich in vitamin D. The plentiful amounts of the vitamin kept them from developing less melanin. In fact, before milk was fortified with D, people living outside of Northern Canada and Alaska loaded their diets with fishy products, such as cod liver oil, to get their daily supplement. So despite their chilly climate and lack of sun exposure, it’s the Inuit diet that has kept them in their natural glow. Ever...
Anyone dislike their family to the degree thay have changed their name?
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
It's hard for me to imagine holding that much hate for anyone or against anything. I did use a stage name for my music performing years, but that was because it was difficult to imagine anyone being drawn to Jacobs and Eschenbach in those years. We were somewhat before the Humperdink era.
Hello. I am interviewing for a position at my company. My potential boss is a holy roller at a Mega ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
@Breathe -- Sorry Breathe, but I'd lose my breath in a situation like that. I am not you, so you will certainly have to decide for yourself and that decision will be based on your circumstances -- but I would leave, or I would stay specifically to fight the bogeyman even knowing who would lose. Make your decision.
One of My Heroes just Died Ive been on Vacation this week. I had plans to go to Florida with my ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I've reached a stage where there is only one who is not family left, and he's not a close friend -- just an acquaintance. Why did I make that distinction? Because even if he dies before I do, the pain will be the same. I've lost a few other 'acquaintances' over the past few years and I know now that this is true. The alternative to feeling such pain is to feel nothing, and that is a horrible thought. So, I'm sorry for your loss, @Stevil but I'm relieved that you feel it. That pain is one of the things that makes the human species special. There are very few others on this planet who display that sort of connection. Our bond with others is real and it endures. The grief we feel for our friends/acquaintances, those we admire but never met, and especially our family members, is the most sincere tribute we can give any of them.
New and skeptical is it worth it to Hangouts and check this site out? I have limited time it sounds...
evidentialist comments on Feb 7, 2018:
If you need that sort of direction, perhaps this is not the place for you. On the other hand, if you expend just a tiny amount of time and energy, you could determine this for yourself. It's up to you.
Can well educated people be given the label as being an intellectual?
evidentialist comments on Feb 6, 2018:
Yes, a well educated person can be labeled an intellectual, but only if that person is an intellectual. It's a little subtle, but smart does not equate with knowledgeable any more than intellect does. They both do equate with intelligent. Intellect is possessing the ability to reason and understand objectively. To be able to do this with abstract ideas. To some degree, this is where academic accomplishment (that book learning) comes in, but doesn't necessarily apply to everyone. I have known some highly intelligent people who were not well schooled, some not schooled at all in terms of academic work. A few of them would easily have qualified technically as intellectuals, even though in common parlance they wouldn't be. Stay with it and you'll do just fine.
I did a search for religions of the world. I couldn't believe what I saw under Atheist: A form of ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 6, 2018:
This information is found here: http://www.humanreligions.info/religions.html I chasing the actual origin and motivation of the site. I'll be back. Okay, here's an 'about the' page for the Human Truth Foundation which produced this list of religions. http://www.humantruth.info/about.html
At the risk of stirring the pot, I'd love to know where folks stand on Ayn Rand. I have read many ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 6, 2018:
I have suffered through a few of her works. Opinions: A writer she was not. As a philosopher she would have made a bad NYC cab driver. Take away the gawd element and she would have been a slavering Trump supporter. A disgustingly nasty personality that showed in her works. I think she would have embarrassed John Galt.
Truth be told.. can you tell the difference..
evidentialist comments on Feb 6, 2018:
Language?
Schrodinger's choices.
evidentialist comments on Feb 6, 2018:
Ones life is a continuum of decisions, with past decisions affecting the present and the present guiding the future.
What age did you start telling people you are agnostic or athiest?
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Around the age of 6 is as far back as my memory goes. I know I was asking questions then and getting inadequate answers. I didn't know atheist from sneakers, but I didn't believe or accept anything I was being told. I didn't announce to the world and family until I was 17 and that was 60+ years ago.
Does anyone here envisage a day when religious institutions would be sued to court to expunge hate ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
@obis -- It won't happen as long as religions have the protection of the government through the Constitution, and I would hate to have anything happen to the Constitution to change that because of all the other things that would/could be affected.
I'm waiting for the Trumpenfuhrer to respond to the current stock market activities.
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbw-lRBIdUw
My Memoir
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Excellent, and now that I know who you are, I like you even more. Nice piece of work in the monologue. Descriptive, alive, powerful. Well done.
What do you do to help curtail negativity bias?
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
No, ma'am. I can't say I don't analyze important decisions wherein I have to consider the negative as well as the positive. It would be foolish and naive not to, but I do not dwell in the negative, nor is it the first thing to come up. I prefer to be positive or at least not negative in all things. This way of thinking has been a help in navigating some difficult times.
Stupid religious Archaeologists. When I was in Iraq on an archaeological tour (yes I stood in the...
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Frequently.
Happy Waitangi day everyone!! (New Zealand day) Its a beautiful day for a day off :) The Treaty...
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Can we get a haka to go with this post? Oh, and Happy Waitangi to you.
Does this resonate with your own belief? Humanism: Humanism is more an ethical process, not a ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I use humanist in my description, but do not accept the whole of the concept. I use it because I think the human species is indeed something special in our world and is worth supporting in spite of its shortcomings. I think perhaps I shall drop it from the list.
If you were once religious, what made you choose Atheism? What event or thoughts guided your journey...
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
At about 6 years old, I began asking questions and the answers were always insufficient for my little mind. By the time I was around 12, I had determined it was all just so much hogwash and inwardly became an atheist. I announced to the world and family what my position was at 17, and never looked back. That was 60+ years ago.
What is your favorite Star Wars movie?
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
The original. Some were better in their graphics, but the original was pure fun.
Evolution is not just a theory, sad to say even on this site where I thought we all understood ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
There are nitwits everywhere, my friend -- even among the educated. Standing as witness to that is the number of well educated people who are religious in the extreme, those who are sure we are being anally probed by aliens, those who buy astrology as a bona fide way to know what to do next, those who are extra careful with mirrors to avoid that seven years of bad luck, and people who say the Earth is flat. The list is much longer, but you get my drift. I ignore them for the most part. Other times I jump on them with both feet.
Are you afraid of heights?
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
That depends. I was a pilot for many years, so altitude is not an issue. I've designed and built custom Ham antenna systems and that requires working at heights. However, when I have to come down from a roof on a ladder, there is some trepidation. I'm also intimidated by being on the edge of a cliff. About 15 years ago I began getting vertigo at times which eliminated motorcycles and aircraft. Because of this, I avoid heights too.
Why was Britain's universal health care blasted by US minority-elected president?
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Link not working. Here's one that works: https://www.axios.com/trump-universal-health-care-single-payer-united-kingdom-6c19909c-9c55-4bd9-9f67-9542412277a3.html
The Winter Olympics will be starting soon and there will be curling. I actually like watching it. ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
That hurt. Thanks.
How proud are you of your state?
evidentialist comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Let's see, assuming you're talking about the one I live in now, I'd give it a big MEH.
If you could change your legal name easily and for free, would you? If so, to what?
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
No, I don't think I'd want to change it. I've lived with it long enough that I've finally learned it and don't have to think about how to spell it.
Washington DC is known as the chocolate city, Portland Oregon is known as the Rose City, what about ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
This place has no official nickname. Unofficially it is The Sweaty Armpit of the Southwest --- also known as the Great Intellectual Vacuum. We do have the distinction of being the 9th most dangerous city in New Mexico so though we didn't score well in anything else, we did make the top ten in places where one is likely to be a victim of crime. In connection to that crime rate thing, 57% of all adults in this state are highly religious and this city has the highest percentage in the state at well over 74%. There are more churches here than there are fast food places.
Do you identify as a Highly Sensitive Person? Or, not at all? What do you think of the term?
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Nope. Not this guy, even though I do like to avoid too much noise, but that's because of having been around too much gunfire with ears unprotected in my younger years. My tinnitus goes off the charts when exposed to excessive noise now.
I saw this Christian named Zig Ziglar post this on Facebook: be yourself, don't be someone you are ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
@Atheistman -- I have grown the stuff you eat at Taco Bell, and I've slaughtered the beef. I have hunted for food in interior Alaska, and lived off the land with no electricity, or gas, or running water. I've served my country when crap was actually flying. I am also a person whose political notions lean to the left and a supporter of democratic socialism. I think you ought to be a bit more attentive and watch out for making push broom generalizations.
What are your thoughts about women changing their last name after marriage? I am not fan of change ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
My children who were born in Mexico have both paternal and maternal names. It is the standard there and some other places in the world. An example of how it works is this: [Given name] [Second name] [Paternal last name]-[Maternal last name]. The system works just fine. Though it is common for a woman in Mexico to use her husband's name, it is not mandated.
Even from this side of the Atlantic, it had become apparent recently that the USA is getting very ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Excellent, @Jnei -- I'll have to keep that in mind....
Being Completely Honest, Is There A Bible Or Cross Anywhere In Your Home Right Now?
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Problem with the question as opposed to the choices made available. I have no religious symbols in my house, but I have tons of religious literature I use for reference. I am a follower of Sun Tzu, therefor the literature. I should point out that most of the literature I have is in easy to search computer files, not in the form of paper, though I do have a few physical books.
Who will win the Super Bowl?
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I am not in the least bit concerned who wins the Superbowl.
If you won the lottery,,,
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Pay off all my mountains of medical bills. After that, I could spend some time in quiet contemplation about what might be the most constructive thing I could do with the rest.
What places have made you the happiest? What made you feel that way?
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Wandering the interior of Alaska because of its raw beauty, its isolation, and abundant wildlife. Sailing the Bahama Banks where the clarity of the water makes it appear the boat is flying 30 meters or so above the surface. Being anywhere a rocket launch is taking place. Out in the middle of the desert with my trusty telescope where there is no human presence for miles. Walking the beaches of southwestern Mexico. Meandering in the forest in the mountains of Oregon and Washington.
Are you politically involved?
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I am not just politically active, but politically knowledgeable. I also know the Constitution and how it applies to our governmental functions as much as anyone who is not a Constitutional lawyer or scholar can. It bothers me that so few of the electorate spend some time to enlighten themselves, while the majority merely go by what they hear and see in the media.
How scientists change their minds. One of the major differences between religion and science is ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
The speed of light in a vacuum is still being scrutinized, tested, and pondered. If something as basic as that is not thought of as an absolute after all this time, what can be?
I joined a Facebook group last week called “The intellectual lesbian”. I was excited at the ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Being a member of the LGBTQ community does not bring with it the concept of rational or critical thought. They are just as prone to being believers as anyone else and just as capable of an irrational worldview. People are people, after all.
Is anyone going to be watching the festival of football tonight? If so will it be for the game or ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
No.
For the writers. How much religion has found its way into your work?
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
In one of my novels I invented one specifically derived from the main thrust of the story and used as a literary device -- like plot glue. In another there are some beliefs hinted at, but not explored. Nowhere have I used anything like earthly religions, though I have written several short stories along paranormal lines. So, I voted 'Some', even though I don't think what I spelled out here was what you had in mind.
Is this site for finding your match?
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I have a lighter, thank you.
I like you! Well, not you, but everybody else here seems pretty cool... ;)
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I'll have to think about this a bit.
So I decided to join a Grief Share group even though it is held at a church and is based on the ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Grief is grief, but to comment on this without more information is not possible. How was this question asked and was there more to the question than what was presented here?
While I'm new to this group but , from what I've read here , so far , It looks as though members ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Yeah, man, we gots bunches of smart peoples here. All ya gots t' do is ask 'em. Welcome, @Castles -- pull up a chair and sit a spell while we impress you with our high IQs and other things even more important.
Ghana Girls (and, I am sure, men): I am looking for a collection of phish. Specifically dating ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Not just Ghana. They're all over the map.
My Favorite Oxymoron
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Slow speed. Liquid gas. This is not an oxymoron, but I've always laughed when I see this one: Free gift.
Recently I had to send my beautiful cat, Appollo, to the Rainbow Bridge. I'm still crying. However...
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
You take good care of Finn and Fiona, and they will take good care of you. My old fat cat is getting ready to go too, and I am definitely not looking forward to that.
At what point?
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
When your mind says, "Oh, wow, that looks like fun." And your body says, "No. Absolutely not."
What are some things you wish you could blink out of existence?
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
The Cheeto in the Oval Office. Anything after that would be anticlimactic.
Seeing so many vets homeless and in need what have you done to help these individuals out.
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
I do whatever I can for my brothers and sisters. Meals. A place to stay for the night. A short job helping around our property if I can afford it. Let them use my address to use in job search. Back before my SSI was cut almost in half, I loaned out a cellular for them to use for contacts. After everything got cut back so much, I haven't been able to do much that is really productive, but I do what I can. We have to cover each other, you know. Our government hasn't been all that good at doing it of late.
Do you have a favorite lyric you quote?
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
There won't be any trumpets blowing.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTBx-hHf4BE
Does anyone here listen to Beethoven? I listen now and again it's like story telling with ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Yes, among a few others whose music sense moves me.
Who are you reading?
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Believe it or not, I'm reading me at the moment. Getting ready for a major rewrite of one of my novels, Ancient Whispers from Tomorrow. When I'm in this mode, I can't afford to read other material. Well, except for the various threads in which I participate, but I do that/this to break from the 'grind'. I will be in this condition for probably the next 4 to 6 months.
Why do so many people choose not to upload a profile pic? In my younger days I wouldn't due to ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Everyone has their reasons. Some of those reasons make sense. Some don't. As for myself, I have never been one to take or have pictures taken of myself, so those that exist were literally all taken when I was too young to resist or taken without my knowledge. The head shot of me that I post with this comment represents the only picture ever taken deliberately and it was only done because my publisher insisted on it. The other photo is my wife and I at my youngest daughters graduation where she received her Master's. That was one cool day for me. My profile pic (an actual profile) was taken at a conference for Science Fiction vs Science Fact. As for posting it, I have never given a diddly squat what anyone thought of me, nor do I get intimidated easily (there are stories about that) by anyone over anything. Perhaps that's one of my faults, but it has served me well over the years. My real name is what I use in my writing and everywhere else but here (there's a story there too). My picture is real and almost recent (10 years at this writing), and my location is no secret. I'm the only person in town with my name and I'm listed in the phone book. No effort needed to find me.
Does a person's natural scent noticeably impact how much you're attracted to them?
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
@silvereyes -- actually, the revulsion most people have to natural smells is a result of culture and Wall Street. I'm not kidding about this. We have been conditioned to this just as people are conditioned to anything else -- religion for example -- hating those rotten commies -- just about anything you can think of that has no basis in the natural scheme of things.
Does a person's natural scent noticeably impact how much you're attracted to them?
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Absolutely not. I am more frequently repelled by strong deodorants and perfumes.
What wildlife do you commonly see where you live?
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Mormons, Witnesses, Baptists, rabbits, hawks, coyotes, road runners, and kids.
I post some of the most sideways views at times and y'all still like them. I love every single some ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
@Duke -- We are a tolerant lot, aren't we? :)
Poetry arises in unexpected places
evidentialist comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Well written and nicely organized. It read well with good flow and just the right rhythm.
Should I go Vegan?
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
Proper diets are highly problematic because it is very much dependent upon the individual -- and I don't mean food preferences. It has been discovered that there are genetic and microbiome components that determine how the body reacts to various food types. I'll try to find the video on this subject and post it with this comment when I locate it. Okay, I found it. This is important new information that everyone should be aware of when considering anything about their diet such as you are. You should also discuss this with your doctor before you do anything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z03xkwFbw4
Not quite sure how this all works, but I'm here. Greetings my fellow heathens <3
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
Welcome to our clinic for the mentally challenged.
What's a good romantic gift someone could give you?
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
A new ham rig to replace my old one. I hope she reads this.
At about the same time as I discovered this site I closed my Facebook account. The main reason for ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I have had no problem using my real name anywhere. I didn't use it here because I didn't think when I filled out the information and thus became 'evidentialist'.
Does everyone know their nationality, or are some of you unsure?
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I think what you mean is ethnicity. You have the feeling and perhaps some evidence that you are not 100% Vietnamese. There is an easy and affordable way to find out. There are a number of companies offering genetic analysis. I think one of the more reliable and responsible ones is 23 and me. If you go this route, it would be wise to get the entire package -- that is, blood line and health information. The test will tell you what your genetic history is and what you need to be aware of in terms of potential health issues. https://www.23andme.com/ I had mine done and it was nice to see that the family story as told was pretty damned accurate.
Do you let your emotions get in the way of rational thinking?
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
Rarely. So rare that I feel justified in saying no, but I say it softly.
People say that Christmas is a depressing time of year; I think it's valentines. What do you think?
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I think we make of the world what we want. To me there is no depressing 'time of the year'. There certainly are depressing things that go on in this world over which I have no control. How I deal with those is to recognize them for what they are and make the conscious decision to either do whatever I can about them, or find some way to mitigate their effects on my life. In any case, my life is mine to live and I am the one who makes it upbeat or a drudge. I prefer to be upbeat and see my world as a place of possibilities and opportunities rather than shackles and chains.

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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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