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Valentines day
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
Box of chocolates and a dozen roses, just like all those years before. The chocolates are for me, the roses are hers.
How do you see youself in 5 years?
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
If I make it that far (I suspect I probably will), I will most likely see myself reflected in a mirror and die of shock. 2023 I'll turn 83 in November. One of the good things about having been born in a nice, simple, decade year is that it makes it easy to know how old you are without having to use fingers and toes.
What countries have you visited, or would like to visit?
evidentialist comments on Feb 2, 2018:
Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Italy, Greece, Israel, Cyprus, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, and China. There are several places I would like to go. Top of the list: Mars. Failing the Mars trip, then Australia and Spain.
Do the holidays lift your spirits?
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
No. I usually lift my own spirits. Well, unless the glass is too heavy. Then I have to ask for help.
Facing Pain
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
@AMGT -- Grief is natural and a period for grieving is too. My first wife and unborn child were tragically killed and I remember what I felt at the time. Perhaps not vividly now because it has been 55+ years, but I remember. From that experience I can say this, I didn't give a damn who saw me cry or under what circumstances. I had reason for my grief, and it was going to come out however and whenever it came out. That experience taught me something really important about how we deal with that type of pain. The more open you are about it, the sooner the pain fades. Don't get me wrong, that kind of deep, internal pain is something that no one, not even yourself can magically make disappear. It never goes away completely, and I still have some vestiges of it today. My eldest daughter lost her 18 year old son, a wonderful young man, because of a motorcycle accident. It has taken her a little over three years to come up out of that dark place into the sun. I have literally lost all of my close friends but one, and several family members since, and the need to grieve is there every time. So what is a proper grieving period? There isn't a proper time of grief. It is whatever it takes, but I have to tell you that it does need some input from you. You need to drag yourself out into the light --- and it is difficult to do, but you must do it. There is nothing anyone can say or do aside from giving a sympathetic ear and keeping their mouth shut. So, with that, I have nothing further to say other than I hope you find your own path out and that the pain, the grief will subside as fast as possible. There is much out here to live for.
What's your worst restaurant experience?
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
After reading the comments here, I think there is something wrong with me. I've eaten in restaurants all over this country and 35 countries outside the US and never had an experience with food poisoning, roaches running foot races under the table, or flies doing the backstroke in my tea. However, there was a time in Mexico City when I went with a group from the university to a small, upscale restaurant that served traditional Mexican food. I ordered an enchilada plate. When the meals were served, I dug in because I was just flat out hungry. I didn't notice until the second mouthful, but that was the most picoso (hot) red chile sauce I'd ever had. The kitchen was closed off by the typical double swinging doors that had large, round windows in them, and I could see a couple of faces looking through those windows at the gringo and his enchilada plate. That is, at me. I vowed I would not show any pain and proceeded to eat the entire plate, then asked a waiter for a tortilla so I could mop up the remaining sauce in the plate. The eyes in the windows were saucer-like. I was proud of myself. I didn't cry until we were out in the street. To put this into perspective, it should be known that I love hot chiles, so that will give you an idea of just how close to instant red death that stuff was.
Female body hair. Have you examined your prejudices? I'm struggling to stop shaving, even though I ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Don't make no nevermind to me one way or t'other. I've never understood this problem people have with accepting people as they are. Let me give you a couple of examples, and I know there will be folks who might (probably will) say, "Eewww," but that's their problem. Perhaps the thought that your body is bathed in trillions of bacteria and that they are everywhere inside your body is enough to give you the creeps. But as long as humans can't live without carbon, nitrogen, protection from disease and the ability to fully digest their food, they can't live without bacteria, and it really is just that simple. Shaving body hair in 'those' places makes it easier to kill off large portions of those helpful little critters you need to help maintain healthy response to pathogens that come along occasionally. We overdo showering and we tend to use detergent based soaps because they make us squeaky clean, but they also are harmful to your friendly bacteria. Regular soft soaps without detergent additives don't do that. No, I'm not advocating for the elimination of bathing, but I am saying that there is a reasonable level of moderation there as well. Yeah, I know, it's not what we've been admonished to do all our lives and advertising companies, detergent based products companies, and so on have made a fortune by keeping up the hype that nobody should smell, when nature says just the opposite. Again, there are reasonable levels one can maintain and still not 'smell bad'. By the way, deodorants are just fine and do help a little. https://www.popsci.com/what-causes-body-odor For the women, remember that all the ideas of what is beautiful, from body type to length of eyelashes and where and how much you shave is generated by men who work for large corporations that want your money. It is, of course, your choice, but this is one man who says he doesn't care if you have big eyelashes that you can bat at me or lips of that most recent alluring color that turns iridescent orange in black light. People who can't see the beauty of people just as they are make life much more difficult than it needs to be in so many ways.
“Christianity Free School Zones”, Iceland’s New Leader Creating
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
A nicely written piece of satire. Good enough to suck in the less wary. Very funny.
What are some of your favorite quotes? The ones that stick with you.
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” ~ Confucius “People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does.” ~ Michel Foucault “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe And this one from one of my favorite authors: “1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut
Opinions, experience, thoughts wanted. Today I am cutting off my hair and putting out the welcome to...
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
@AmiSue -- One of our problems in life is doing, saying, acting, and behaving to please others. The main job in anyone's life is to get through it without unnecessary stress, fuss, and bother. The best way to do that is cast off the need/desire for external approval and pursue avenues you find pleasant and acceptable to yourself as long as no one is hurt in the process. When you make your decision about your hair, make it the first in a line of decisions that will eventually lead to you being free.
Who here is actually a scientist?
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Applied Physics: Hydro and Aerodynamics as applied to ships at sea and propulsion. Also a minor amount of research work in structural analysis for deep sea submersibles. How deep can we go with what we know? Also designed a testing system for analyzing failure mode characteristics for military airdrop containers and their contents for guidance in manufacture of containers and constraining systems. Minor subcontract engineering in aerospace for NASA on Pioneer project and Voyagers 1 and 2. Blah blah blah. Why do you ask?
Let's play a game, my fellow heathens! See how many points you can rack up per the sinner sign! I ...
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Makes me just want to run down to the local Baptist depot, prostrate myself in front of an entire congregation and confess all my sins, by yumpin yiminy....
Getting ready for the super bowl game?
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
No.
Favorite early SF/Fantasy Book
evidentialist comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Fahrenheit 451 - Bradbury The Dispossessed - LeGuin The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Heinlein Dune - Herbert
So I came here to get away from theists...
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
@PuppeteerPhil I think that, for the most part, you came to the right place. Some folks here are in the process still, so for them there's a bit of uncertainty and some of their baggage hasn't been disposed of quite yet. They need kindness and a welcoming atmosphere until they get their footing. There are some who haven't figured out that if one is going to leave behind one belief system because it is irrational that it's a good idea to leave all the rest of it too. They need guidance and support. Some are reveling in their newfound freedom, but they've brought some hurt and anger with them. They need patience and understanding while they sort it all out and calm down. I've found that the majority here are pretty nice people. I've run into a couple of antagonistic sorts, but they are more rare than breathable oxygen in Low Earth Orbit. For us old, battle scarred survivors of long term atheism, this place is like a breath of fresh air in a smoke filled room. Now, to the important part of my response: What prompted the name 'Puppeteer'?
Isnt it sad that it only takes one unfair person to wreck a relationship? Wasnt it better when we ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
@AnTwanSr -- I'm not sure I know what you're getting at here. Care to flesh it out a little more?
What do scientologists believe?
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
http://www.xenu.net/archive/infopack/6.htm
Travel destinations
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
According to people who know me, they say my life has been one long series of paid vacations. I think they are pretty close to right.
Have you ever been told you look like someone famous?
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
I've been likened to a lot of things, but never someone famous.
Is it "shallow" to care about looks when it comes to picking a partner?
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Appearance has an effect, but if that's the defining issue then some serious introspection may be in order.
On a first date: Should you be honest on a first date or pretend you are what you think the other...
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Ever heard that saying, "Honesty is the best policy?" Well, it really is.
Does anyone out there listen to NPR?
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Oh yeah.
How many of you refer to science in socail occasions
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Yes, I do, and I do it frequently. It is a part of who I am and how I think. What science comes out is dependent upon the group and the general run of the conversation. By the way, how about those...?
Did you go to your senior prom/dance/formal?
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Wasn't interested. Getting the car ready was more important.
How many places have you lived?
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
@silvereyes -- The list is way too long. Just some highlights here, assuming you mean longer than two months where one had time to unpack: Salem and Portland, OR Seattle and Kent, WA Anchorage, Eagle River, Tok Junction, Fairbanks, and Jack Wade, AK San Francisco, North Hollywood, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Victorville, Landers, and San Diego, CA Hobbs, NM Houston, Clearwater, League City, La Marque, and Galveston, TX Miami, Miami Beach, Hollywood Hills, Coral Gables, and Fort Lauderdale, FL Greenwich Village, NY Hartford, CT Madison, WI Bremen, Germany Taipei and Tainan City, Taiwan Ulsan, South Korea Hong Kong Yokohama, Japan Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico City, and Puebla, Mexico
Do you find learning new things exhilarating or do you feel like learning is a tedious chore?
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
I love learning and it doesn't matter what it is, though I'm a little more enthusiastic about some things. The day I stop learning is the day when it becomes the time to step off the list of the living.
Conservative Leader Claims Only Christian Men Are Qualified For Elected Office
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Same guy, different idiocy.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md18O3vHxcM
5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare 1. Freedom from hunger & thirst. 2. Freedom from discomfort. 3. ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 31, 2018:
How about the freedom to be a nasty little shit and sink its claws into my ankle whenever I walk by?
Why do some comments have a "yes" or "no" option on them before people can click that they like ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
It is a way of lightening the load on Admin by spreading out the monitoring load.
Should I expose a would be cheater?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Bad idea to get involved in either way. Avoid her and say nothing. If not, you'll be inviting unneeded drama and possible disaster into your life.
If you are here for the community rather than the dating, share your significant other and make ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Julieta
Other than John Lennon's "Imagine," is there another atheist/agnostic song. The only one I can ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Well, sure there are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26nJjNDsbmk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrq-hY_DxO4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLPw6CU9bb0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhEvH3awru8
Faith-based healing bill drafted, awaiting consideration | Idaho Press-Tribune - AP State news | ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
The should lump homeopathy right in there with it.
Agnostic.com
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Stand a much better chance of being effective if you provide some information about yourself. There's nothing on your bio. Write one. Make some posts. See what happens.
Hi everyone, I wasn't sure where to categorize this post. I'm an artist from Madison, WI and I just ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Nice piece and an interesting technique.
What do I say?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
I noticed you use the term 'passed away' instead of died. What prevents you from doing something similar in this case?
Would You Be Ok With Your Child Choosing To Be a Believer?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Of course I would be okay with it. I've already been through that with my eldest daughter, who is now a full fledged born again evangelical whatchamacallit. It's not nice to say you're all for freedom of choice and then deny it.
What does it mean to you to forgive someone?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
I forgive for me, not to make someone else feel better about having wronged me. I don't like the feeling of hurt or the anger that follows on its heels because it will turn to hate if allowed to fester too long, so I get rid of it as quickly as I can. If the person who has hurt me tells me he/she is sorry, it is easy enough over a short time to know if they truly were contrite or just saying what is expected. I may forgive, but I have a list that he or she is now on. I will not forget, but they can be removed from the list if and only if they have shown their remorse was genuine. So, what does it mean for me to forgive? It means I don't have to carry the burden of anger or hate. It means that I can get on with my life without having compromised my core values.
How Many Citizens Do You Have On Block?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
None, but there are a couple of contenders for the crown.
When someone in church "catches the holy-ghost" what do you guys think is actually happening?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
"Catching the holy-ghost." Is that something like catching the flu? More like broken people doing broken people things. I suspect that for many it's a self induced hissy fit, and for others an act to be part of the club. Of course, I could be wrong about that and they truly are being grabbed by a supernatural bogeyman who then jerks them around on the floor and makes them do and say incredibly stupid things. Maybe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxYGpHwxD9k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHQBCpi-wOI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRO1i9B4ocA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Udb0pX2jU All rational, reasonable, logical, believable, and miraculous. By gawd I thinks I might jus' convert this very minute an' gives mah soul over to the holy bogeyman.
Just thanking y'all from the core of my heart: I haven't read a single "omg" since arriving 10 days ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
I would suggest that you haven't heard anything since you arrived on this site. Well, except for some of the videos that get posted here and there. Maybe the clacking of your own keyboard. At least, that has been my experience.
I don't usually like to talk about this, but I don't want to freak anybody out, either, so I should ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Are you telling us you're a pussy?
Why are Christians being marginalized in America?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Interesting perspective. Here are some of the catch phrases the staunch fundamentalist evangelicals are using. War on Christmas. It's a culture war. We're fighting a winnable war. Manning the ramparts against evil. The militancy of these phrases is unmistakable. The mindset is ... disturbing, and it is being fueled by television, radio, and film 'ministries' that long ago figured out how to play the system and particularly the tax code to fill the coffers while swelling the ranks with willing christian soldiers. I think our only hope may be a growing attrition rate without our becoming as militant as they are. All hail the American Family Association, and don't forget to boycott Target, Starbucks, and anyone else who doesn't comply with our absolutist shield of moral codes. The atheists will burn in hell.
What are your views on polygamy?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
I have been in a rewarding relationship with one woman for a long time. It has been enough for me. However, what others do is their business as long as no one is being damaged by it. Whatever rocks your boat, kids.
In the movie called 'Equilibrium" - In a futuristic world, a regime has eliminated war by ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
If you like the idea of dystopia, have at it. I'll opt out of that one.
I was told by a Christian that atheist stay stressed cause they always doing research on everything....
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
I've been researching and analyzing things most of my life. Never felt stressed, even when working to a tight deadline.
One week and I go to India. I'm really excited about visiting these old temples and hearing the ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Architecture, art, music, and history are not religion, even though it may have been done for or inspired by some religious nonsense. I appreciate anything that shows the imagination and skill of the human endeavor. One of my favorite examples of temple architecture and art are the Taoist temples with their incredible displays of human talents. Picture 1 is the temple in Cebu. 2 is Qing Yang Palace, Sichuan Sheng, China. Number 3 is detail of temple Songshan Ciyou, Taipei, Songshan District, Taiwan. The fourth is the temple at Lukang, Taiwan not too far from where I lived for about a year. We had a marvelous temple about 10 kilometers north of the plant in Tainan City, Jiangjun District, but I haven't converted any pictures of it to electronic format. A story about the temple near the plant. Every year they build a beautiful boat decorated with statues of all the temple priests and other personalities that have been important to the temple. They set it afloat in the sea and burn it. All that work, all that talent input just to burn it.
What are your thoughts on the quote?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
As a generalization it is painting a miniature portrait with a broom. I love Fry, but this statement is far too broad, though I do understand what he tried to say.
Does this bother you?
evidentialist comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Hunting for food which I have done and many do is just fine. For sport, absolutely not. There is no sense in it.
Something I've thought for a while now. [hackernoon.com]
evidentialist comments on Jan 29, 2018:
If that were to be the case, I would seriously want to wrap my hands around the programmer's neck and squeeze until his/her eyes popped out.
Man Unsure If He's Persecuted Because He's A Christian Or Because He's A Massive Jerk
evidentialist comments on Jan 29, 2018:
A low, guttural groan emanates from the shadows and the sharp smack of a forehead slap immediately follows.
SCIENCE Humor......
evidentialist comments on Jan 29, 2018:
Shoes took the prize.
Press Release from Secular Party of Australia
evidentialist comments on Jan 29, 2018:
Here is the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bupBgmtsNWU
Convert the believers?
evidentialist comments on Jan 29, 2018:
No. First, it's a futile endeavor. Believers are believers for their own reasons and the only time you can make any headway is when they are at a point in their belief experience where they have questions and are open to the answers. Otherwise nothing will happen except you wind up looking like a jerk and in fact you are. Think about how you feel when they approach you to save your soul from eternal torture. Now apply that thought to them. It is justified to advise them and/or argue with them when they approach you. It is necessary to stand up and make yourself clear when they push their agenda in politics, the law, the schools, and other invasive ways. Attempting to convert them to our way of thinking is detrimental to us and potentially dangerous to all freethinkers.
Cheese is the Answer
evidentialist comments on Jan 29, 2018:
Some people call it Swiss, but I call it holy cheese. Added note: Origin of holy cheese ----> Holy Cow
So on the subject of religiously themed art, music, and literature. How do you reconcile love for a...
evidentialist comments on Jan 29, 2018:
Good art and good music are just that. Good art and good music. I don't give a damn about the origin or purpose. What I care about is how I respond to them. It would take a very tight and tiny mind to reject something because it was painted by a priest or sung in a choir. If it's good, it's good. If it moves you, that's good.
Query for older men........I think I may be getting into a relationship at age 69, he is 73. He ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 29, 2018:
Bonding through interests is a lasting proposition. Bonding based in the physical is temporary. I have found that enjoying one another's company is far and away more fulfilling than anything else. My wife is 15 years younger than I. We married based upon our friendship. When sex became a non issue, mainly because of severe menopausal changes in her, I can honestly tell you that it was a little difficult at first, but our friendship, our ability to talk with each other about anything, and our interests formed the cement that held us together. I can't imagine being with anyone else and I think the feeling is mutual with her. I can also tell you that our friendship is probably a large part of why we have had few arguments in all our time together, and those we did have were brief and always resolved.
I just found this site and now 3 hours later and I have to stop and eat some breakfast! But I know ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Howdy and welcome....
Does anyone know about the kalam? And how it pertains to catholocism?
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Argument from first cause. The Kalam Cosmological Argument. Here are the posits: Everything that exists/begins to exist has a cause of its existence. The universe exists/began to exist. Therefore, the universe has a cause of its existence. That last line is supposed to convince all listeners that the arguer's god (take your pick) is surely the cause. Ho hum ... nothing to see here. Move along.
Just wanted to sign in and say "hello" - just joined to meet and chat with some interesting folk ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
@ChrisR -- Hello, and welcome, mate.
Gender bias & agnosticism
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Stereotyping disturbs me. Gender stereotyping disturbs me even more. One of my sisters enjoys talking about all the aspects of environmental engineering and ecosystems. Break out a math problem and you have her eating from your hand. She is equally at home talking about social issues. Another of my sisters knows pretty much all there is to know about the animals that inhabit this planet and can rattle off the scientific names of almost every one of them. She is also an artist and a maker of things, all sorts of things. She loves to talk about almost anything. I enjoy literally all topics, though I'm partial to science and tech things, but I'm equally at home discussing social affairs, relationships, and so forth. In my experience to this point, I have met very few women as narrow as you suggest.
What were you doing on 9/11?
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
A couple of vet buds and I were swapping lies with the TV news in the background. When the story broke, the conversation ended. Disturbing day. Hobbs, New Mexico.
Anyone Have An Exotic Animal As A Pet?
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Not now. I once had a Margay named George. She was misnamed by her original family. Margays are also known as Tree Ocelots. One of the pictures will show you why.
I just lost one of my dearest friends. His family doesn't understand my loss. I live in a rural ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Sorry to hear that.
Do you ever imagine what the sky looked like to early man?
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I have spent a good deal of time at sea, and in areas far from any civilization. I don't need to wonder about it, but I do wonder why man has such a terrible fear of the dark today. There are lights everywhere that lights can be. In 1948, I joined the Junior Astronomer's Guild at Griffith Observatory. I remember the concern then about light pollution from the city. The same was true for Mt. Wilson. Later, it was encroaching on the usefulness of the Hale instrument at Mt. Palomar. Now it is so bad that kids raised in the Los Angeles basin see only a few stars, the moon, and the sun.
[thesun.co.uk] Please like and comment thank you..
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Here you are, read all about it. Notice that the eclipse coming in July will certainly be visible in the UK but with some restrictions. Anyway, the article tells all: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2018-january-31 Oh, just an added note: The article you posted is incomplete about what constitutes a Blue Moon. Astronomically, a Blue Moon is the second full moon in any single month, hence the use of the term to indicate something of some rarity. "I hadn't seen Cindy in a blue moon." "It has been a blue moon since I traveled to Coventry last."
As to the question "How sure are you that there is no god?" I put 99.9% but with the caveat that I ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I am internally 100% sure there is/are no god/gods. However, in public discourse that gets reduced to 99.999...9% so that the burden of proof remains where it belongs. After 60+ years of being openly atheist, I have learned a thing or two. I also remain open to any information/evidence to the contrary. So far I haven't come across any.
Could you do a 5-45 minute talk on why you're and atheist?
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Gads, man, just 45 minutes? Isn't that a bit restrictive?
How many of your friends know you are atheist or agnostic?
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
All of my friends and enemies alike are fully aware of my position on fantasyland. Strangers who come within range are not, but if they are the least bit curious they shall be enlightened.
Is it wrong to challenge the beliefs of the elderly? I've been talking with an older African ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I am an 'elderly' fellow and you are free to challenge my beliefs any time you want. Bring it on.
How many want to bet the Evangelicals blame the flu on gay people and liberals?
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
If thou toleratist the fag, surely thou shalt succumb to the flu. If thou art a fag, surely thou shalt succumb to the flu. If thou toleratist not the fag, thou shalt probably succumb to the flu. If thou art straight of rod, thou shalt likewise suffer my wrath. Thus sayeth the Dude on High.
Illustrations Art Of Parallel Universe - YouTube
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
There are agendas at every turn. I prefer my steaks medium rare, thank you.
Posts by the few conservative members seem to reflect person-centric thinking rather than objective,...
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
@astrochuck -- I am registered as a Democrat because my state does not have open primaries and I think the primaries are as important as any other electoral process, at least most of the time. A lot of balancing can be done in the primaries. I am actually one of those independent thinkers who votes based upon platforms, stances on issues, and all the details I can ferret out. It amazes and disappoints me what I see in both camps at the extreme ends. However, I would tend to agree with your observations of the conservatives in general. One change I would like to see is equal recognition of other parties and their candidates as well as all of them being on the ballot. I think that is doable, but as probable as miracles on demand.
What tricks do your pets do?
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
He sleeps really well. No command needed. He gets fatter daily. He's consistent with this trick.
Older men and their motorcycles. Does this show their testosterone level or is this just something ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Some of us have grown up riding bike and it is as natural as sunshine. I started riding when I was 12 years old and rode up until 10 years ago. I stopped because of an inner ear problem that affected my sense of balance, making it really dangerous. Some of us are serious riders too. Not just weekends during nice weather. I have ridden upwards of 40,000 miles a year at times in blistering hot weather, frigid winter, rain, hail, snow, ice, and dense fog. On one of my jobs I rode roughly 1700 miles a week. So, not all those more mature folks you see out there are testosterone ads. A lot of them are, yeah, but not all.
Do you think scientists will find cure for aids and cancer
evidentialist comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Of course, and it won't be long. It will be eliminated genetically, through the use of nanotechnology, or some non invasive techniques -- perhaps something else we haven't thought about quite yet, but it will be done sometime in the next twenty years or so.
5 senses
evidentialist comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Sight. It's easier to compensate for the others in one way or another.
This January in New Zealand has been the hottest since records were kept.41degrees celcius today in ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 27, 2018:
For my American friends who are metric challenged, the 46 degrees Celsius briefly shown in this video translates to 114.8 Fahrenheit. The 50 mentioned is 122, and that IS hot by even the standards of people in Phoenix, AZ. The poor folks down in Sydney/Melbourne aren't accustomed to that much heat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAkKHet16Sc
Do you have wanderlust?
evidentialist comments on Jan 27, 2018:
All my life. When just a kid on the farm, when the chores were done, you'd find me deep in the forest or somewhere down the creek undoing what the beavers had done.
So I've made it to Level 7. No parade. No party. Not even a sandwich. It happened sometime ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 27, 2018:
@ScienceBiker -- Okay, man. I raise my magic wand high, wiggle it toward the sky, hope my motions go without a hitch ... and ... and zap, you are now a sandwich.
Do most older men prefer a younger model?
evidentialist comments on Jan 27, 2018:
It had nothing to do with age. She's clever, witty, intelligent, knowledgeable, and wise. We met under rather odd circumstances. I hired her to be my language tutor and married her the next month. During that month we became incredibly good friends and spent hours talking about everything and anything. Our marriage was based on that friendship and it has only grown as we've aged. Oh, she is 15 years younger than I.
What are your favorite websites?
evidentialist comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Because I'm constantly researching things, I'm all over the map. Since I found this site, I'd guess perhaps more time here than everywhere else, but that's fine with me.
Epistemolgy is the study of what we can know to be factual. I've found very few things that I know ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 27, 2018:
As long as the Earth continues to rotate on its axis the effects of the sun will be seen by all sighted inhabitants of the planet living between 66 degrees - 33 minutes north and south latitude with slight variation because of precession, if they are in a position allowing exposure, each revolution. This will hold true until all sighted inhabitants go extinct or something occurs to alter any of the conditions causing this phenomenon.
Had to do another just for a good laugh. This plays off of two holidays. Enjoy.
evidentialist comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Trying desperately to catch my breath here....
I saw this question on Quora, but did not answer it there because it seemed most people were taking ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I'm sure this is adequately irreverent. If it isn't, there are others. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXXGv2V-JD8
This is what I was talking about folks! I did not expect it THIS year, but I knew it was coming....
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Not even slightly surprised. They've already outstripped us in alternative energy and several areas of advanced technology. "Make America Great Again"
Scientist announces a laser so powerful it can tear empty space
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Fascinating. You needn't be concerned about whose hands it's in because it is not the sort of technology that can be made portable or become weaponized. It is a research tool that by its nature is limited to a single location. There may be some spinoff from it, but not likely. The most exciting thing at the moment, considering our lack of information about research intent, is this notion of kicking out a virtual pair and separating them so that they survive for however long they can. It would go a long way toward confirming some theoretical ideas about origins and add another feather to Einstein's cap (rapidly becoming a headdress).
Wha is the difference between instinct and intuition? How would wou describe it?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Finally, a no brainer. Instinct is an innate tendency toward certain behaviors. Something that is essentially hardwired into the machinery of the animal. Intuition is a process that is always operating at the unconscious level that allows us to 'know' certain things without actually thinking about them analytically. Examples of instinctual behavior are: A robin "knows" how to build a nest a certain way without being taught. A turtle lays her eggs on just this one island. Salmon go to a certain headwater to spawn. Examples of intuition would be when you meet someone and feel uneasy in their presence without knowing why or solving a problem without consciously thinking about it. Just knowing the answer to a riddle. The difference between the two can be extremely subtle, and indeed the two are often solidly linked, but they remain distinctly different. Many things in science are counterintuitive. They are thoughts and ideas that are not part of our natural logic patterns so our subconscious can't deal with them and arrive at the solution that best describes the phenomenon. Relativity is a great example. This is a good and enlightening article on intuition: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/19/the-habits-of-highly-intu_n_4958778.html And this from Scientific American is a nice 'feel good' article about human behavior. In it, the two ideas of instinct and intuitive behaviors are linked. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-probe-human-nature-and-discover-we-are-good-after-all/
Who do you prefer? Female dentist or Male dentist?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I am convinced that dentists, male and female, are the work of the devil.
Alligators can live up to 100 years..
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I can live up to a 100 years too. I've covered a mite over 77% of it already, but I'm not sure I'll make it. Only time will tell. :)
Are you an atheist who nonetheless wants ritual, holidays, reverence for Nature and social community...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Oy gewalt, another one. No, not interested.
How many people here have lived overseas
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
That would be me for one.
What would be your dream vacation? A place on bucket list that you dream of someday visiting?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Mars. Yes, I mean it.
There's a healthy selection of sci-fi geeks on this site, so let's have a good nerdy debate. Answer ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
@Jnei -- You left it up to me, so I'll include both. In my own writing I try to remain as realistic as possible because it doesn't strain the disbelief too much, even though I know people are accustomed to ships where people walk around in "local gravity" and nothing is different. These incredible devices are a literary tool to allow the story, but I find the reality and difficulties of actual space travel to be far more interesting and engaging. So, to that end, I thought the handling in 2001: A Space Odyssey was well done, and the ship, Discovery One, was definitely a kick ass presentation. Equally, the social aspects of the story were great. On the Fantasy end of the scale, I was taken by the USCSS Nostromo used in Alien, though I am a little put off by pressure structures built with flat plates. They look wild, but are far from realistic/practical/feasible. In Fantasy cultural depictions I loved the work done in The Fifth Element and their play on religion. I'm still in love with Leeloo and can't get the Diva Plavalaguna out of my head.
Now that computers and robots do all work will we have unlimited TV watching ,travel,card games and ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
For me it is far more entertaining to learn new things, do new things, research, and generally remain mentally and physically active. It is very low on my list of interests to be concerned with what others do or don't do unless it negatively impacts society and the future of this world, then I get very concerned.
There's a healthy selection of sci-fi geeks on this site, so let's have a good nerdy debate. Answer ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Realistic or Fantasy? The reason I ask is because it makes a lot of difference.
Archaeologists Uncover Jesus's Gulfstream Jet
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
That's going straight to the museum, I'll bet. Sets the timetable back considerably for the development of technology, I should think.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how annoyed are you when the religious try to mix science with belief!
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I'd say pretty close to 25 -- maybe a bit more.
Forever atheist?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
There was a time when I went along with family, but I can honestly say that I never actually accepted any of the nonsense handed down. I didn't know what atheist meant in those early years, but learned about it when I was probably about twelve. It fit fairly well with what I was thinking, but I didn't announce to the family and the world until I was about seventeen. I've been open about it ever since, and that was sixty years ago.
Out of Africa: When Did Prehistoric Humans Actually Leave—And Where Did They Go?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
A similar sort of change of thought is occurring regarding when modern man first entered the Americas. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/north-america-first-humans-colonist-evidence-scientists-alaska-genetics-a8140231.html

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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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