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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
What Is Your Favorite Genre Of Music?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Couldn't vote. My musical tastes are eclectic to the extreme and I only draw the line at most Country/Western, Experimental, Rap, and Heavy Metal. Everything else is fair game and I listen to all of it with equal appreciation. I do have a soft spot for Celtic and early Folk Music. The latter may be driven by the fact that I supplemented my income as a folksinger/musician for a while during the mid 1950s to late 1960s.
Well go ahead...tell me something I DON'T know. My brain craves information.
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
The Hypatia stone, as it is known, is not only extraterrestrial in origin. It contains micro-mineral compounds not known to occur anywhere on Earth, not found in any other meteorites, and not known to occur anywhere in the Solar System.
Midlife crisis?? If you are old enough to have had one, what was yours? Was it positive? Negative? ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I can't say that I've had a midlife crisis, or a young life crisis, or an old life crisis. If I ever did, I didn't notice.
Work work work. I am on a 12 year plan to live the life I dream. What do you dream?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I've lived most of my dreams already. The new dream? You don't want to know.
Teach the children well
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Well ... um ... gee, I don't know what to say.
This January in New Zealand has been the hottest since records were kept.41degrees celcius today in ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
41 degrees Celcius? Time to move to a more temperate zone, mate.
Fanatics
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
It certainly is possible. I would think that someone obsessing over atheism/agnosticism would be as insufferable as a newly converted fundamentalist born again evangelical coming off a broken life.
Just a thought to pass by you all for your consideration and erudite responses: I call myself ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
One has taken my comment as just as if I were someone who made up a cutsy-pie name for myself because I thought it made me unique. For those who might think similarly, I assure you it is not the case. Evidentialism is a formal epistemological theory of truth/knowledge. Conee, Earl and Richard Feldman. Evidentialism: Essays in Epistemology. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004. This is, perhaps, the best single work available for exploring these issues in more detail, and it is by all accounts an excellent place to start. It includes their article, “Evidentialism,” which has come to be viewed as the definitive article on the theory. It also contains other previously published articles that not only examine particular aspects of the theory but also defend favored versions as well as new, previously unpublished articles on the topic. This is an article delineating Evidentialism in a more thorough manner than my simplistic explanation above: http://www.iep.utm.edu/evidenti/#H4
(I almost put this under "Silly") This is actually painful to watch, & what is really sad is this FE...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I am unable to watch this. It may cause me to change everything I ever thought I knew.
If you could choose to be one mythical creature what would you choose? I personally would choose to ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Zeuss, so I could rain on everyone's parade.
If the world was populated with clones of you- what would it look like?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I don't know if I could survive all that ugly around me.
I thought this was just beyond funny. Preacher tries to convert lions to Christianity. ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Lo though I walk through ... ouch ... the valley of ... oh shit ... nice kitty ... death, I shall fear no ... god damn it, that hurt ... evil ... oh damn, not my leg....
How chivalrous are you?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I am, and my wife appreciates it. If she didn't, I would change to accommodate. That too is chivalrous.
Hi how is everone
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
I don't know. I haven't been paying attention.
Who is to blame for the government shutdown?
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Again, none of the above would have been a good choice. Although the ultimate responsibility for the shutdown lands squarely in the GOP/Trump camp, it was actually a combination of several things which involved the Democrats as well. Hillary and Obama don't figure into it at all, but surely some of the responsibility also rests with McConnell. Missteps were taken by all, but Trump and his minions guide the direction in which the shutdown will affect the government.
Death Cult Christianity
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
Lovely. I'll begin digging for my bunker tomorrow morning.
Television- The great bullshitter
evidentialist comments on Jan 26, 2018:
@Sadoi -- I turned off the television back in the late 60s and used it only for news, documentaries of interest, and the occasional movie ever since. You would be doing yourself a big favor by doing the same. Use the time you're not eyeball locked to the screen to fill your life with things of some substance.
Isn’t it amazing and interesting that all the laungages evolved the way they did?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
No, it's not at all amazing. First question to ask: What is language? Answer: Language is a series of noises arranged in such a way that all the local participants agree upon the meaning. Second question: When verbal communication began, what were the conditions? The next answer: We were roaming the African savanna in small groups intent upon finding food to ensure our survival. These groups consisted of no more than 25 individuals. Third question: Is it reasonable to assume that the languages of two separate groups out there on the savanna would develop similarly? Answer number 3: No. Although the equipment for making these sounds might have been similar, and the timing might have been simultaneous, the arrangement and types of sounds would necessarily be quite different. Fourth question: Considering the previous 3 conditions and later isolation of civilizations by geographic boundaries, is it possible to conclude that different languages would develop over deep time? The answer: Yes, and the only reason there is any similarity among language groups is the result of migrating groups between one locale and another where a blending of languages would take place. Want to hazard a guess at how many different languages there are on this planet between groups of human beings? The answer is, from the Ethnologue catalogue of world languages, which is one of the best linguistic resources, there are 6909 living languages. About 6% of them have more than a million speakers each, and collectively account for 94% of the world population. Now, those are just the living languages -- languages in use today. Think about all the other languages that have died along the way. No, it's not amazing at all.
What are the commentariats' views on legal prostitution? I'm specifically thinking of the Nevada ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
I'm all for it as long as I can get it with nothing down and low monthly payments.
So anyone else have a problem with new rich scientists not supporting poor faction resiliancy and ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
I think the perennial roasted patchwork of simian dung is largely. Last week the vildet slipped and gave a jolt to the faction resiliancy that is going to require we bring in a left-handed veeblefetzer to fetz its veebles before it can return to proper shape, being not too resilient in the first place. In the meantime, our armed atheist potheads will have to make do with brown wrapping paper and bronze prebent nails. You know your duty. Hop to it, sailor.
If you graduated college, did you feel lost and nervous, unsure of what your future would hold and ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
No. I've been incredibly fortunate my entire life. When I wanted work, I had work and it was the kind of work I wanted. I began my first career at the age of 16. I have never amassed a fortune, but that's because amassing a fortune was not on my list of priorities. Doing what I enjoyed doing was at the top of the list and it stayed there throughout. It's still there, and I am still content -- for the most part. Everything would be just short of perfect if it weren't for the goddamned government and its incompetent lackeys. Carpe diem.
If your tongue could only process one type of flavor, which would it be?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
I couldn't vote. Mine is a tossup between: Chocolate icecream with strawberries. Chocolate icecream with pineapple. Garlic bread. Lasagna with garlic in abundanza. Cinnamon with sugar. Roasted Hatch chiles in cream sauce. Chile colorado with sharp cheddar cheese. Chocolate icecream with raspberries. Chocolate icecream with chocolate syrup.
Do you think science will ever unlock the true mysteries of the true reason the Universe came to be...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
The most important thing you need to come to understand is that the question is the important part. Questioning is what makes a human being strive to know. Now, the question you asked has no need of an answer, but you have a need to ask it. No, you have a duty to ask it. That's what physics is all about. Asking unanswerable questions, then endeavoring to answer them. Sometimes we get answers. Sometimes we don't. Sometimes the answers we get just create more questions. Just remember that it is not the answers that are important, just the questions.
Advice request: Today I Received "More than a Carpenter" byJosh Mcdowell through the post. I did not...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
Josh McDowell? THE Josh McDowell? Wow, I'm impressed. The very best thing you can do is take that book and toss it in the nearest trash container. The book contains nothing worth reading, and I'm surprised you've managed to get that far in it. McDowell is far from being a compelling author. The author of the letter, whomever it was, has reached the cutoff point. Then get back to your life.
Frustrated
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
First, there is no such thing as a rational discussion with the religious -- unless they are fairly progressive in their thinking. When it comes to fundamentalists of any stripe, you can forget any thoughtful discussion altogether. It won't happen. Especially not with the recently converted born again types. The best way to handle it is like a fisherman bringing in a large fish. You ask them a pointed question. That's setting the hook. You give them a little slack (let them come back with their meandering, senseless answer). You ask another question (now you're pulling them in). Slack again as they mumble out a bit more nonsense. Keep repeating this process until they begin to tire and flop around aimlessly -- if they get that far. The instant you try to make a point, you're in the water with the fish. Don't try to make a point. Your point, if it gets made, will be made by them. Keep them engaged. Keep asking questions. Keep the burden of proof where it belongs.
Why is it that when you talk to God, it’s called praying? Whenever God talks to me, they call ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
You're all right. I know this because the voices told me so.
What's your preferred dwelling type?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
I prefer living on a boat. Seriously. I don't need to mow the lawn or trim the hedges. My back yard is as large as whatever body of water I happen to be on at the time and whenever I lie down I get rocked gently (usually) to sleep. I have the advantage of full sun when I want it and the sky is clear. I can get away from light, noise, and concentrated air pollution if I want. I have all the conveniences of any small home, and full control over who comes visiting because of locked gates at the end of the dock. What's not to like? Now the reality. My wife hates the ocean -- or any body of water for that matter. That means I live in a three bedroom home in the desert. Oh well.... With no pool. That's a body of water too.
I had thought that silencers were illegal because they were quite and you could kill and not be ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
Although I can find no way to justify the level of gun craziness in the US, I am not against guns themselves. However, I can find no reason to having a magazine that holds more than, say, 10 rounds. Bump stocks are stupid. For hunting and target use, semiautomatic weapons make no sense at all, except in hunting and the hunter is a really really bad shot. That said, the fight over suppressors is pretty silly in most cases because they don't suppress the sound of the weapon all that much until you get down to small bore and subsonic ammo. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/03/20/are-firearms-with-a-silencer-quiet/?utm_term=.b43667412dc1
New Study: Owning Firearms Will Turn You Gay
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
This whole town is going to turn overnight. Think I'll be staying inside for the next few days while they shoot it out.
Is humanity doomed?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
I voted that we should be worried about the human species for specific reasons. Ignoring the "Great Filter" hypothesis, we have several obstacles to overcome before we can even begin to think in terms of a long future history for our species. We need to dispose of several counterproductive behaviors. Among them are prejudice, greed, bigotry, etc. These behaviors hold us back in many areas and help lead us into the next obstacle on the list. We need to grow out of our combative nature. At the local level we murder one another with great regularity. On the global level there exist today more than enough weapons of mass destruction in all the arsenals of the world to destroy the human presence several times over. We need to dispose of the fictions we all assume are reality. These include such things as sovereignty of nations, the borders that we erect, the fantasy of economies, religions and other superstitious endeavors, etc. If we manage to get through these barriers, we then stand a good chance of becoming a Level I civilization and although there would remain hurdles to be gotten over as a Level I civilization, our chances would be increased thousands of times over what they are today. We have the capability, but so far it appears we lack the will and the latter is the more important. https://futurism.com/the-kardashev-scale-type-i-ii-iii-iv-v-civilization/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4JkaNJX-_U
"And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
When I was a little kid, Bertrand Russell was one of my heroes. He and Einstein ranked right up there with Roy Rogers, Tom Corbett - Space Cadet, The Lone Ranger, and Buck Rogers.
So you can't make a movie about a long-dead/mythological Queen without triggering riots. Sheesh. ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
What the hell is wrong with people? I ask this, but I know full well what the problem is. So you make a muppet and you call it Mohammad. What will happen? You write a story about Jesus that shows him as an extremist left wing radical with heavy socialist sympathies. What will happen? You make a movie sympathetic to the LGBTQ community. What will happen? It's all bullshit overload in the minds of people.
So, leaving religion out of it...do you believe in anything "supernatural"?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
No. I write about supernatural things from time to time, but I have no belief in any of it. So why do I write about it? Hey, it's fun and it sells.
Is Cloning Humans Really "Unethical"? Scientists succeed in cloning monkeys. No doubt, the ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
The religious push back, which is what most of this ethical hue and cry is about, revolves around the notion of soul. There are other issues to be sure, but soul is the biggie, especially among fundamentalist born again evangelicals. One way they make this less obvious is by pushing hard on the slippery slope nonsense. I have a hard time seeing any ethics problems with cloning. There would be a genetic downside if too many of each individual were produced, but I can't see any potential reason why that would happen. A bit of humor here: Imagine a clone that the woo masters have declared has no soul also chooses to be an atheist. Imagine the fear and anger in some circles. Worse than the antichrist. Mercy. One of my novels dealt peripherally with the idea of cloning and what it means to be human.
Your favorite vehicle
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
If you're talking cars, I would have to say my 1962 Ferrari 250 GT/E. Unfortunately, they were almost as common as nails, so never went up in value like other models, but it was a fun car to drive. One that came close was my 1970 Fiat 124 Sport Spider. I also had a 'poor man's' Ferrari, a 1953 Siata 208 S, it's the silver one pictured below, that took me daily between North Hollywood where I lived and Rocketdyne in San Diego where I worked in the late 50s. It was a real cooker that made the trip fun and illegally quick.
What is your browsing strategy on agnostic.com?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
I have none. This is my only chance to be totally random and feel good about it.
To sleep together or to not sleep together?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
It appears we're well on our way to a consensus here.
What Did You Do So Far?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
Lots of stuff missing from the list. Me? I'm a billionaire according to the direction the list was going.
Can you "choose" to believe in something? Really? Seems to me that my religious friends and ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
Jewish background sort of says, "Huh? Who's this guy you're talking about?" No impact one way or another. As for believing a pat of butter is a gold ingot, I'm with you on that. It would go rancid. One cannot just up and decide to believe in much of anything, let alone the Magic Man.
This Site ?
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
Welcome to the clinic @flowerchild62 Lots of different people here with various interests, experiences, backgrounds, and educations. So far I've found that over 90% of the contacts I've had are positive -- the others I don't have to continue to engage with them ... lol. It is a new site, so it is still growing and finding its way. I don't know about the dating element, my wife frowns on my involving myself in that, but the community is great. How's life going there at the I-15/I-215 split?
A Dozen Camels Disqualified From Saudi Beauty Pageant Over Botox Injections : The Two-Way : NPR
evidentialist comments on Jan 25, 2018:
Based on fatalities per head of population, a World Bank report in the year 2000 found that Saudi Arabia along with Malaysia, Thailand, and South Africa were the most dangerous countries in which to drive. Saudi Arabia fared even worse when this was measured in fatalities per vehicle. Riyadh’s camel market is one of the largest in the world and sells about 100 camels per day. Motorists in Saudi Arabia have invented a perilous but exciting new driving sport called Sidewalk Skiing, which involves balancing a car on its side while the car is in motion. Saudi Arabia is considering ending beheadings as the national form of execution in favor of firing squads because of a lack of swordsmen to be found in the country. Saudi Arabia is a prohibition state, and it is not legal to drink alcohol in the kingdom. However, amateur beer and wine making in Saudi Arabia is a minor industry among the many expats living in the country, and a full range of spirits is available through the black market. Various stills in the country also produce large quantities of hooch called sidiqui, which in Arabic means “my little friend.” Homosexual activity in Saudi Arabia is a criminal offense that can attract the death penalty or, at the very least, a long stretch in prison with the customary public flogging as an additional punishment. Birth control is illegal in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, wedding ceremonies are held separately for men and women. However, at some point during the wedding ceremony, or after its conclusion, the bride and groom do actually get together. Saudi Arabia’s ruling family, the Al Sauds, spent US$500 million unsuccessfully trying to suppress the documentary Death of a Princess. The film reports the 1978 execution of Princess Mishaal, grandniece of the then reigning King Khaled, who was put to death for sexual transgressions. Already married and divorced, Princess Mishaal had fallen in love with a young man who requested her hand in marriage, but the Royal Family withheld its permission for the union. Princess Mishaal defied her family anyway and met up with her suitor in a Jeddah hotel, where she was recognized and caught. She was shot and her suitor was beheaded. See, it's a different culture. Give them a break. ;)
A universe from nothing? Anyone knowledgable about Physics?
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
The answer to your first question is, we don't know. Our physics holds up reasonably well until we get within a small fraction of a second before the 'bang'. Folks who support the notion of the Big Bang (an unfortunate name) suggest that some 10 billion to 20 billion years ago, a massive blast allowed all the universe's known matter and energy—even space and time themselves—to spring from some ancient and unknown type of energy. A glorified name for this thing that caused the 'singularity' to start its inflation period is a quantum fluctuation. Don't worry about it -- no one knows anything about it beyond hypothetical speculation. So why did I say it was an unfortunate name? Because explosion is an inaccurate description of what we think happened. We call that initial burst of energy inflation. Don't worry about that either. It gets complicated. Anyway, the theory says that, in the instant -- a trillion-trillionth of a second -- after inflation began, the universe expanded with incredible speed from its tiny original size to astronomical scope. Expansion has apparently continued, but much more slowly than in that minuscule brief initiation, over the ensuing billions of years. However, it appears that the rate of expansion is actually accelerating and we have some neat and confusing bullshit to cover that too. Don't worry about this either. Just know that the Universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate. Getting back to that initial inflation, our physics no longer holds for the period of early inflation. That's why I said we don't know what really happened. Hell, we can't even be certain how the universe evolved after the big bang. Fortunately, we have some pretty good ideas that hold up under scrutiny for that. During that initial inflation, there was no light. The event was opaque. Things began to cool and as they did matter appeared. Just hydrogen at first. Space didn't exist before the event. The event generated space and time ahead of the cooling. Obviously if there was no space or time, no matter could exist, right? This could go on for a few hundred thousand words, so I'll stop it right here. The answer to question number two is the same. We don't know. I won't expound on this part because anything I have to say would be pure speculation with no supporting information, no evidence.
Is there a particular spice or seasoning you just can’t do without in your meals?
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Garlic ... and more garlic. It doesn't do much for the social life, but my organs are in great shape (most of them) and I live a relaxed life because I have no fear of vampires. Werewolves are a minor problem, but I have a double barred door and shuttered windows for those few days around the full moon. Their scratching at the shutters is a mite of a bother, but I manage. I also love all sorts of chiles and salsas. That could be because I lived in Mexico so long. I don't know.
Do we have writers here? Let me know about your published work.
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Six novels. Currently editing number 7 and publisher is secured. I have two more in process, also with publishing contract. Ten volumes of an anthology series. A few hundred short stories published through various publishers. Several science articles. Articles on yacht design and a few on the application of mathematics to aesthetics in yacht design. A few poems published. Worked as Public Information Officer for a state housing authority and was responsible for regular reports to the public on our activities. I began writing professionally in 1956 as a Technical Writer/Illustrator for Butler Publications in West Los Angeles, CA. I have since worked as a copywriter for advertising agencies and stores, newspapers, and other publications. My writing slowed during my years as a Naval Architect from 1967 until 1993, but didn't stop. Glad to be back at it. I also work as a freelance content editor -- sometimes known as the Grim Reaper.
Mapped: The Most Distinctive Causes of Death in Each State
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
After picking myself up off the floor and regaining my composure, I have to tell you I'm overjoyed by the most distinctive cause of death in my state. What is it? LEGAL INTERVENTION Okay, so what the hell does that mean? I had to do some serious digging to turn up what they mean by 'Legal Intervention'. When I found it, I was a bit unnerved by it and from this point on will be always on my guard. Right. So what does it mean? Legal intervention refers to deaths due to injuries inflicted by police or other law enforcement agents, including military on duty, in the course of arresting or attempting to arrest lawbreakers, suppressing disturbances, maintaining order, and performing other legal actions. It excludes injuries caused by civil insurrections. Holy crap. I'm doomed if I venture into the community where any of these things have the potential of occurring. I'm now homebound. Best I can hope for is a civil uprising.
New Evidence That Man-Made Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Does Not Cause Global Warming ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
First, this is not 'new' evidence. It is six years old and was literally crushed within three weeks of its release. Now, if you want to be throwing around information the first thing you must do so as not to appear a bit off in the brain locker is to check the source, date, corroborating material, contradictory material, and by all means know something about the subject to be able to make a discerning judgment about whether it should be posted or not. It also pays to know a little about the subject and associated disciplines. https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
Opinions about Dr. Jason Lisle and his ultimate proof of creation. [quora.com]
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Here is the idiot presenting his 'ultimate proof'. Please, don't die laughing. I couldn't bear the guilt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvRy6AjeyLc
Are You A Litter Bug?
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
I have a bag, paper, in the car for all trash. Even back when I was a big league smoker, I carried a small tin in my pocket for the butts when there was no place to dispose of them. When I was sailing a lot, I kept my trash aboard until the next port, after all, it didn't occupy any more space than the original product. Appropriate food leftovers that no one is going to eat find their way out back for the wild critters who share our space. Obviously there has been accidental littering over the years --- it's unavoidable, but in general I avoid it like the plague. That said, I can tell you that I don't think littering has gotten worse on a per capita basis. I think it is more because there are so many more people and manufactured goods and packaging have changed. There is much more in the way of plastic things around with a half-life of 10 godzillian years, like water bottles, grocery bags, etc. that those who chuck things chuck. Fortunately, products are coming along that will largely eliminate that in the near future. Biodegradable algae and seaweed based plastics for instance that won't contaminate the environment.
Hey, non-believers. Has anyone here ever lied about a religious affiliation to get a perk? I have. ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
@BettyBam -- I have never been in a situation where that was an issue or a necessity. I can guarandamntee you that if it were a matter of life and death I would not hesitate to lie/pray/hallejah my ass off. If it is just a matter of feelings and argument, hell no. Amen, sister BettyBam
How old are you really? I remember 19 out of 20 Oh My!
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
All twenty. Crap. "Damn it...! Get off my lawn...!"
Stephen Hawking Says Humanity Won't Survive Without Leaving Earth
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
He's right, and it has nothing to do with how we've screwed up the planet and are ignoring global warming and all that rot. We know, without any doubt, that one day we will experience an extinction event by collision with a major piece of our solar system. It is not an 'if'. It is a 'when'. Not being Chicken Little here. It is a given. The trick is this: It could happen while I'm typing this, or it could be in 500 years, or a 1000 or..... If it happens this week, we are out of luck. If it happens in 500+ years and we have survived ourselves and our currently bullshit lives, it is highly possible we will have developed the technology needed to divert the rock and thus avoid the collision. What we have at the moment is a situation where all of our eggs are in one basket. If we manage to spread out a bit, we can come close to eliminating the extinction of our species. It really is a simple fact with a simple but difficult answer.
Have you died or almost died?
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Yes, twice, which is quite enough, thank you very much.
Neil tyson and some others have mentioned a system "rationalia". How would the social, economic, ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
I have the feeling that the system of 'Rationalia' would look ... well ... rational.
How toxic is your work environment ? I'm finding it tiresome and tedious. I go to work and come home...
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Delightful. I work at home where the tosh is controllable and the music is of my choosing. When I get bored with work, I go out.
The Guy Who Played Barney the Dinosaur Now Runs a Tantric Sex Business - VICE
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Do they all wear cute little Barney suits and have purple Barney Dicks? Inquiring minds want to know.
Pascal's Wager is bullshit. Pascal's Wager is the philosophical concept that puts the Christian...
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Let's take a sideways glance at the reasoning and how it might be applied for the sake of guaranteeing entry into the eternal Kissass theme park: Ask this question of any christian and the likely answer will be, yes: Is it true that when really young children die, they get a free pass to Buttkiss Park? Using this reasoning, it would be wise of the faithful to kill their children to make sure they get in rather than risking the chance that they may convert to some other religion or even worse, fall away and become ... become ... Ohmigod ... atheists, or even scientists. Then there's that other weird angle. The wager makes a godawful assumption. What if the Big Guy in the Sky is really Zeuss, or Bacchus, or Balder, or ... well, you get the idea. It seems that the wager is being made against an even bigger wager. That is, it assumes the deity is this one and not one of the others, but no one can know that with certainty. So you bet on the wrong one and ... holy shit, there goes all that effort down the drain. What if ... there are an infinite number of gods and antigods? Your odds get worse than the national lottery. The list of possibilities and potential logical fallacies is almost endless and faced with that, it becomes obvious that the wager is not all it's cracked up to be. It begins to look like Old Blaise wasted a lot of verbiage. I'd like to go on, but I'm getting old and I tire easily.
How many people like telling people your anti religious and how many people keep it a secret? Why?
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
While my vote was 'Tell People', it must be expounded upon just a bit. I will not hesitate to tell people my position, but I won't do so without reason. That is to say, if someone questions me directly or the path of a conversation leads to it, I don't hold anything back. Likewise, any commentary on my part is tempered by the tone and specific topic. I can get downright militant as well when the situation warrants it. I am antitheist, but I don't walk down the street pummeling each and every believer type person I come upon. That would be far too tiring and counterproductive. Alienating people is not how one gains any ground.
Crazy Names
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
I had a friend named Kenneth England. They named their first daughter London. I have forgotten the second daughter's name. It was something more ordinary. I worked with a fellow named Kelly Greene. Parents can be cruel. At another job in Florida, the forman's name was Frank Lee. I've known others, but these were the worst.
I got into a facebook argument with someone who didn't understand basic english. I don't know that ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
I don't be wanting to tells you nothing, but you does gots to be lightening up there. Ain't every persons what gots magnifical inglish like you does, honey. Dang me, I done forgotted: Do you understand the meaning of ad hominem?
Something on a lighter vein. I just finished watching a beautiful uplifting movie titled "Hidden ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Wonderful film and almost accurate. I was impressed with this one.
I wanna be Seth Rogen .
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Buy a few pounds of mushrooms and later you can be anyone you want to be. Have fun.
Dysfunctional Patterns & Relationships
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
No patterns here. None. Nope nope. <at this stage, March of the Clowns begins playing in the background as I start ducking rotten tomatoes> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f22YaTIpHbY
Saw a post on Facebook that Americans can't read. Is it true or just another secular media post?
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Literacy rates can be deceiving. Comprehension and retention are the important elements. What good does it do to be able to read if one doesn't understand what was read or remember it more than five minutes? I would venture to say that if one lacks those two qualities, then they can't read. In the United States it has been my experience, based upon my criteria, that a large percentage of the population is unable to read.
What is the size and age of the Universe?
evidentialist comments on Jan 24, 2018:
Really big and super old. Want more details?
What kind of laugh do you have?
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
They say laughter is the best medicine. I think I've overdosed.
I’m not sure I belong here. I’m an atheist
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Say what? I'm an outspoken atheist of some sixty years. I'm here. Why the hell shouldn't you be here too?
I was reading on CNN site the other day, and noticed a post that told what the presidential IQs ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Okay. Show me the evidence. The test results. Just the results of college entrance exams might help. I was a member of Mensa and I know he was not. That does not mean he doesn't have an IQ of that level, but I find it highly doubtful. He indeed was much more well spoken many years ago, but he has never been eloquent. That is also not a foolproof indicator of intelligence. However, it is something of a clue. His performance in his chosen field of interest has also not been as incredible as he and others try to make it out to be. It has actually been a bit lackluster. That too is not an indictment. He has shown that he was quick on his feet, but that may have just been having an adequate amount of money to enable some of those moves. I can't say he is not bright, but I also can't find any reason to accept the notion that he is bright. There is too much evidence to indicate the opposite, but that is all circumstantial. So, as I said, show me the evidence and we'll take it from there.
What does evolution mean to you?
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
One does not 'believe' in evolution. Belief is an assumed truth and needs no evidence. Evolution requires no belief. One either accepts the ideas of evolution or one does not. Evolution as a process in nature is a fact. We know evolution happens. We have seen it. We can map it. We can make predictions based upon the evolutionary concepts and those predictions hold up. At this stage, anyone who says evolution is not real is suffering a severe cognitive problem. Granted, we don't yet know all the mechanisms and how they work in detail, but we know it works. As in any scientific endeavor, there are always questions generated by every answer. That is part of the process. What we can take to the bank is that each of those questions will eventually be answered and it may be a step ahead in developing the theory further or it could be that the answer forces a change in the thinking to that point, but the theory itself will probably not go away.
Age. Does it come to one defining moment when you realize you have gotten older? Or does it sneak up...
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
My mind: "Hey, wow, that looks like fun. Let's go do that." My body: "What? Are you nuts?" There was a time when my mind said something like that and my body followed right along without a single complaint. But the change didn't happen suddenly. It came on like a creeping thing in the night. Fortunately, for me, it happened fairly late, but happen it did.
Some say that the earth(modern civilization as we know it) has lived and died before. I would love ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Not a plausible scenario. There is no evidence where there certainly should be at least a little and probably plenty. We have a reasonably good record of conditions on this planet going back millions of years and reliable models of conditions prior to our ability to extract physical evidence that indicate that once life got its first foothold about 3.8 billion years ago, there has been a steady, slow progression since. The Earth itself is but 4.5+ billion years old. If alien archaeologists come to Earth two billion years from now, they would find ample evidence of our existence. It would be obvious that we had been here and there would likely be enough to form a fairly accurate picture of who and what and how we were. We don't see anything like that in the record. This is one of the reasons why the ancient aliens nonsense is so easy to debunk. That is not to say we haven't been visited by an alien species at some time in the past, but the likelihood is about as good as there being gods and unicorns.
Really looking forward to being here. Have any questions, just ask. ????
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Welcome aboard, and what brings you here?
If you could pump enormous amounts of money into scientific research, what would it be for?
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
If I had enormous amounts of money to aid scientific research, it would not all go to one place but would be spread among several areas. Space exploration and associated technologies Genetic applications in medicine Nanotechnology with an emphasis on medicine Robotics and artificial (I prefer the word 'synthetic) intelligence Astronomy and associated disciplines Cures in the area of mental health issues
Your favorite atheist or agnostic comedian? Mine is a tie I love Ricky Gervais and John Cleese. On...
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Penn Jillette is definitely a good one. Fair, but tells it like it is from his perspective. I like that. I also enjoy Lewis Black. George Carlin was one of the best and I go back for his stuff over and over. Then there's Doug Stanhope. Julia Sweeney is another good one, but not quite in the same league. John Cleese, Jim Jeffries, Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Fry are all great. There are just too many to limit it to just a few. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5RtDpva7nE
Sam Harris roasts Trump again for 14 minutes - YouTube
evidentialist comments on Jan 23, 2018:
This is a video that was done some time ago. I would love to hear what he has to say after a full year of this nation's case of Trumpitis.
New guy here lol. I'm Jimmy and I'm a fan of good grammar, the Reverend Horton Heat, Jagermeister, ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Hello @JimmyJames and welcome to the madhouse. It appears you'll fit right in.
Okay. I get on site, see pretty lady, try to message her and discover I need to be Level 2. It ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Level 2 doesn't require much at all. Jump right in there and make yourself known. Just a few posts and some responses and level 2 just pops right up.
Have you noticed that some of the people whom commented on a lot of your posts when you first ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
No, I haven't. Oh, and you haven't scared me away.
Would It Be A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing For Non Believers To Have A Leader(s)?
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
None of the above. Reason(s)? First, there is no reason or purpose to organize freethinkers. It would be contrary to the description. We all do our part (I hope we 'all' do) in trying to select the leaders of our society whenever presented the opportunity. Not voting is not an option.
Question from a newbie to this forum, but not a newbie Atheist. :-) I have asked many people this, ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
The word 'spiritual' is vague and has too many meanings. It is not a word I like to use under any circumstances because it invariably leads to misunderstandings. Further, I don't think there is any force connecting us in any way. We are connected because we are of the same species and our evolutionary experiences that shaped our minds is similar across the board so that, even if our immediate acculturation is wildly different, we have a common bond shaped over deep time. We are human beings. As for the labeling, I do it only to clarify my position. Unfortunately, not many understand the real meaning of the word 'atheist' so just that label doesn't serve the purpose. I use several for the purpose of explaining my worldview. Fortunately, the issue rarely ever comes up in general conversation in public. When it does, I make every effort to make my position abundantly clear at the outset. After that, if the other party wants to continue the discussion, there is a basic understanding established.
Hello! I'm basically trying to get enough points to actually use the site... hows everyone doing? ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Hi. I'm an incredibly interesting old man who has a sister who is an environmental engineer and owns a company doing environmental studies in and around San Francisco bay and its backwaters. How far are you along in your education, and in what do you want to specialize?
Day 1
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Welcome to the menagerie. Make yourself at home and enjoy.
So why don't many US immigrants seek citizenship?
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
@david7wk -- Do you mean seek citizenship or do you mean seek legal immigration which can be followed with seeking citizenship?
Are you more artisic or logically minded?
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Please, don't assume I'm being egotistical here. I am 100% of both, depending upon the circumstances, that can be mixed and matched for the conditions and the required results. My thinking is mainly done in images and I am more than able to illustrate what I think. I am a composer of music, a writer of songs, a lyricist, a poet, a singer and musician. I am a competent mechanic, naval architect, boatbuilder, engineer, applied physicist, and astronomer. I write Science Fiction in novel length and short stories. I write in other genres as well. I write science articles and presentation papers. I am an artist who works in all media. I am a sculptor and a precision model maker. I have designed and built massive ships and custom yachts. The list is longer, but hidden somewhere in this mixture is the answer to your question. Most importantly, I love everything I do and throw my all into it.
This site requires usage ... to gain points ... to be able to see more dating profiles and to be ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Why so concerned? None of what you intimated actually occurs. I am not here for the dating aspect, but I understand that there are quite a few who are. You are one of them and I wonder, how do you expect to line up a date potential without much in the way of input? If you can't engage in a bit of conversation, how do you expect to attract anyone? The magical allure of your profile? Not being a smart ass here, just genuinely curious.
On English tv.A baby has severe brain damage.No chance that it will have any quality of life.The ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
I see no problem in them doing this as long as they are paying the bills. Because this is a case in the UK, it is under their healthcare system and the parents are not paying the bill directly. The bill is being paid by all citizens. If they wanted to be absolutely fair about this case, the citizenry of the UK should be made aware of all the details of the case, then they should vote to determine the outcome. That being said, please understand that I am not familiar with the case or its circumstances so anything differing from the assumptions I've made would affect my answer considerably --- all the way to negating it altogether. ------------------------ So, I did a bit of searching and found the 'factual information' regarding this case and now find myself in accord with the judge's decision to allow the hospital to pull the plug and allow little Charlie Gard to die with dignity. This in spite of the parents getting 1.2 million British Pounds through a crowd funding effort to take him to the US where they would be footing the bill directly. The facts of the case are that even if the treatment (experimental in nature) were to have been successful, little Charlie would still be severely brain damaged and require assistance and support to maintain his vitals for the rest of his life. He would essentially have been imprisoned to machines keeping him alive with no hope for a productive or satisfying life of any kind. The facts of the case show a situation completely different from the headline description given here and in several articles that were heavily spun for agenda purposes. It is indeed a sad case, and I feel deeply for the parents, but I think their resistance was based at the emotional level completely and quite selfish (recognizing that they certainly don't see it that way). The only positive note in this case is that the parents have determined that the funds raised for Charlie will be used to support research into this disease. I applaud them for that gesture, and I still feel deeply for them in spite of what I think was proper in the end.
Anyone besides me excited about Cosmos new season this spring? Outside of Henry Rollins Neil is my ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Oh yeah. Looking forward to it.
What is the sum of all positive integers? Please read the full question.
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
There is no option that supplies the correct answer. The answer is -1/12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-I6XTVZXww https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcKRGpMiVTw
Has anybody out there ever experienced hallucinations without the influence of drugs or alcohol.
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
I can't say it wasn't induced by chemicals because it was brought on by having driven almost 72 hours straight with only stops of necessity during the trip. Near the end of this trip I began seeing things either in the road or crossing it and there were a couple of occasions where I was so convinced something was there I slammed on the brakes or swerved to miss them. Also, when I finally stopped, the roadway appeared to be traveling away from me or I was rolling backwards. All very real in my mind.
Is anyone else an obsessed collector?
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
I don't obsess about anything. However, the closest I come to what you're saying is something opposite of collecting. I tend to dispose of anything I am not using or have lost the need for, and it doesn't matter what it is. That includes things that have later become extremely valuable. The only things I will hold on to are things associated with important memories or things for which I have occasional use. Most such things are technological equipment and tools, specific photographs (very few pictures), and that's about it.
Where does the discussion of alien life fit in this forum?
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
As of this moment, we have but one source for evidence of life. Earth. I have little doubt we will find life elsewhere because the basic organics abound in space, on asteroids, in comets, etc. However, until such time as we turn up a living organism somewhere besides Earth, it is speculation. I have high hopes, but will not make an assertion without evidence. Just one alien microbe will change the entire picture.
Romanticism
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
The day we dropped anchor in Cook's Bay and there was no one there but us. You can't do that anymore because it has become another tourist haven.
How is human influence changing the climate?
evidentialist comments on Jan 22, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSsT6cT63YM And this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjMZBAKBBnk Also interesting, the same strain of seaweed will help us get rid of the plastic problem because they have found a way to produce biodegradable plastics from it. Two other forms of sea algae are also involved in biodegradable plastics. Let's hear it for science.
Misophonia and Me
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
I can't relate to this even slightly, but I can understand. We all have that little something that sets us on edge. Frankly, I've been thankfully free of most of it, well ... except for gum poppers, and I do tend to go berserk in the presence of blatant stupidity. A couple have even made me go ballistic.
Social Jargon I have a pet peeve. It is politicians and much of our societies fascination with ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Agreed. Buzzwords are truly ineffectual communication from their inception. They quickly turn into recognition words only so that folks can recognize their fellow this or that. There are many examples of jargon built up around certain disciplines for the purpose of communicating complicated ideas without excessive verbiage, and that makes sense. In my careers I've had to learn three different jargon based languages. I have no problem with that. We even do that in the military to the level of being unintelligible sometimes in civilian life because it was drilled into us so well.
Who here has an obsession with different religions and the reasons why they came to be?
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Although I have studied broadly, I like to avoid obsessive behavior. It isn't conducive to learning things objectively.
Hello everyone, nice to have an intellectual site like this.
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Pull up a chair, set yourself down, and make yourself comfortable. Enjoy the smorgasbord.
If someone was to start an atheist church, would you attend? What would be doctrine? What would ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
No, I wouldn't be in the least interested.
Just curious as to what everyone's most embarrassing moments have been?
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Among other things, my partner and I had a small coffee house in Anchorage, AK. On Friday and Saturday nights we featured folk music performed by local talent, and of course Bill and I. This was in the early 60s. My day job at the time was with the Alaska State Housing Authority and the coffee house was sort of a hobby and a way to stay with my music. I don't recall in what year this occurred, I think it was the winter of 1965, the local radio station, KHAR Heart Radio, sent in a crew to interview the talent one Saturday night. Now, the station was heard over a broad swath of the state and some even picked it up in Seattle. Anyway, the last set to be performed included four locals, myself and Bill. After the set, each of the performers was interviewed. When it came my turn, one of the questions was (this is going out live, remember), "Tell me, Jay, do you usually play with a group?" My response was, "No. Normally I play with myself." There was an instant muffled but unmistakable snickering that finally broke out into raucous laughter before the mic was cut. Wish I'd thought that one through before flapping lip.
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evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Link is broken....

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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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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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"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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