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I am in love with this woman :-)The Weekly: Francesca Stavrakopoulou [EXTENDED INTERVIEW] -
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
She's one of my favorite people too. Frank. To the point. Not overly aggressive. Incredibly knowledgeable. Reasonably tolerant. Correct and witty.
Tomorrow spring semester starts again. I am so not ready. You know when people say, "it's not ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Just remember that all things can be broken down into simpler elements to be dealt with in turn. Also, there are few who can stay ahead of a subject, few who can stay abreast, and the rest are in a constant catch up mode. The trick, if you find yourself in the latter group, is to not let all of it come at you at once. One thing at a time and stay focused. Forgot to mention, there is no replacement for good lecture notes to supplement material in the texts.
So, based on my question about what political affiliation you most connect with, I notice that most ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Logic and reason.
Does any credible dictionary or philosopher accept the definition of atheism as "a lack of belief in...
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Oh yes.
One Word
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Wow...!
What political party do you consider yourself to be?
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Independent, but with a leaning toward democratic socialism. I don't vote along party lines.
Sports
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Tossing the Caber The Scots
The link below is a story from Texas. Apparently a Judge in a sex trafficking case told the jury God...
evidentialist comments on Jan 21, 2018:
No. Just plain no. Remove him from the bench.
What kind of phone do you have?
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
iPhone 6S+ For me it is far more than I need or even want, but the kids insisted.
Is this the smartest thing Trump has ever said?
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
The meme is inaccurate, but he did say something similar. The sad thing is that the people who voted for this nitwit sonofabitch aren't the only ones who have to live with the result.
"People of colour"?
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
We are all persons of color. That's what melanin is about. No one on this planet is without color. The phrase, person of color, is absurd. Now, if a person wishes to identify themselves as black or red or brown or yellow or green or purple, that's their wish and I suppose it would be inconsiderate, even insulting to refer to them by some other term than the one they have chosen for themselves.
Why do people believe that there is a afterlife??? There is absolutely no evidence to support ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Afterlife and paradise represent the carrot on the stick dangled in front of the jackass pulling the cart. It is indeed fortunate for the church that they have a sufficient supply of carrots for all the jackasses willing to pull the cart for a reward. Having gotten my sarcasm out of the way, no one wants to die. Well, the greater majority do not want to die. Not because of dying but because of not being. That is a hard thing for most to wrap their little brains around. All they've ever known is being -- existing -- and they just can't imagine not existing. Death has to be a transition to something else. What better something else than eternal bliss with no pain, no stress, no.... Also, what better control device than hell if you don't pull that cart. Who would want to go through their transition (death) to wind up in eternal suffering and torment? So they pull the cart, straining for that carrot. I like the questions: What was it like before you were born? Do you remember that? Were you happy before you were born? Of course these questions fall on deaf ears to the sheeple who have been thoroughly conditioned. They know what it was like before they were born just like they know what it will be like after they 'pass on to the other side'. They even find it difficult to say the word die. "Herbert went home to the lord last week." "She's in a better place now." "Dennis passed away." Granted, almost everyone would like to die peacefully, painlessly, quickly, and in their sleep. Very few want to be in pain -- to suffer. That's natural enough. I know I don't. But the idea that they can't even bring themselves to say that so-and-so died yesterday instead of using a dozen different euphemisms is incredible.
Religion is __________(finish the line)
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
hypersuperfluous
I know this is past the holidays, but saw this and thought it was hilarious.
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
This one deserves a big LOL....
Maybe I read too many space operas as a kid. I dream of a Human race, that unites under the threat ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
No, you didn't read too much space opera. If we manage to survive ourselves for the next 50 or so years, your vision will probably be at least partly realized. The key is in surviving our current state. I refuse to be pessimistic about humankind's future, but I know we are treading thin ice right now. You are right in the observation that too many are looking at the world and the Universe that surrounds it in a negative way, but I think it will pass. We just need that next 50 years, maybe a little more.
Do you think that religion and government were created together? If not, which came first, religion ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
None of the above should have been an option. Traveling back to the beginnings of the Homo line, groups traveled in small numbers, never more than about 25. They were clans and there was a built-in hierarchy. This hierarchy was the beginnings of government. Simultaneously, it is in man's nature to assign agency to things. Wandering in the African savanna, a group sees the tall grass swaying ahead of them. They have some options. It is possibly the wind. It may be much needed game meat. It may be something getting ready for lunch. Of those options, it was prudent to assume there was a predator there. Either of the other conclusions would lead to early extinction of the clan. We accepted an imaginary malevolent agency and it helped us survive. Lightning was a question for which there was no answer, so one was supplied -- an agent was responsible and more often than not those agents were to become the gods of early man. Government and supernatural agency began together, but religion is not belief. One can believe in anything, yet have no religion. Religion is the organization of these beliefs into a fixed set, including rules (dogma) and rituals. Religion is the sinister outgrowth of applying supernatural agency to things beyond explanation. This is the reason that religion per se is facing more and more difficulty in its ability to survive. Rational and real explanations have come faster than religion could morph to cope with them. The reason I said none of the above is because I assumed you lumped belief and religion together. I may have been wrong in that assumption. If I was, please accept my apology.
What’s your tragic flaw?
evidentialist comments on Jan 20, 2018:
My rather fierce dislike of stupidity.
I am highly impressed by the scientific knowldege of Agnostic.com members,they would run rings ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I would rather communicate than run rings around anyone. Welcome @PeterJohn.
Do you ever wonder how the sky looks like at night without any light pollution
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I became an avid amateur astronomer on the night of 15/16 November 1947 as I watched Mars and Saturn rise above the line of the Cascade Range in central Oregon in the bitter cold and knee deep in snow through my birthday present, a Zeiss-Jena refractor my uncle brought home from Germany. I have been active in observational astronomy ever since. I've also spent a lot of time at sea with no light but the stars. Oh, yes, I have seen it in all its splendor. Nothing like it.
I filled out the the profile questionnaire. Is this a dating site? I was looking more for a ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
Just state that you're here for community in your profile questions and don't worry about it. I'm here for the repartee and no one has bothered me about dating. Relax and have a little fun.
Any Sam Harris fans?
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
One of the more interesting intellectuals on planet Earth, that one.
Religious Shit Taoism Shit happens. Buddhism If shit happens, it's not really shit. Islam...
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
Science: Animal waste is a recurring phenomenon. Study it. Quantify it. Give it a name.
Warning -- Math Puns Ahead When I was a high school mathematics instructor, I was known for my ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
"Now that's prime humor," they said as they cautiously circled the square.
Who has the best profile? I need to change mine, but unsure which way to go with it. Suggestions, ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I've been thinking about replacing mine with a preemptive obit. Of course, you don't need to follow my lead. Come to think of it, perhaps you shouldn't. @phil21 -- by West Houston sprawl, are you referring to Hedwig Village or beyond into the bushes?
I get frustrated to no end when I hear... "Well, that's your truth, not mine." Eyeroll! It is a ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
Well, that's fine for you to say, but.... (h)
Hello everyone, glad to be here! I just signed up today
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
Welcome to our circus, young lady. Secure a spot and enjoy.
Is the church system a business?
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
It is a business that sells a product and promotes political ideas. The product is of dubious value, but some buyers seem quite satisfied witnessed by the fact that so many of them keep going back to the store for more. The political ideas are subversive and dangerous for the health of any nation where these businesses exist. In some places monopolies are tolerated and in a few even encouraged. At the least they should bear an equal tax burden to any other business. Ideally, they should be eliminated and the sheeple retrained into the human endeavor to make the world a better place for rational thought and advancement.
Red state or blue state?
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I voted 'blue state', but New Mexico is actually a bluish state. It is also listed as the 18th most religious state and my city takes the prize as the most religious in the state and our county is decidedly red. We survive.
Is it just me, or has gravity gotten clingy?
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I have determined that the true formula for mass attraction (gravity) is missing two factors. The original: F = GMm / R^2 Must be modified so that the gravitational constant [G] -- brackets employed because parentheses yields a gift emoji -- takes into account these two factors. The first is an individual's age in years squared (a^2). The second is the individual's health on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being excellent health and 0 representing dead. G then takes on the following value: Gmod = (G + a^2) / h (where h is the health scale value) F = [(G + a^2) / h] * Mm / R^2 It is immediately apparent as age increases, the force exerted by gravity becomes exponentially greater. Likewise, as health decreases in value there is an additional linear increase in the level of this force until such time as ones health reaches zero, whereupon it is apparent that one ain't gonna get up no more no matter what value of R is used.
Had a conversation today with someone who asked if the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter was ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
I am a Naval Architect who spent close to 30 years designing and constructing the largest moving machines on Earth -- ships and associated vehicles. I ran a design study on the "Ark" many years ago and found that, in terms of section modulus, a wooden ship of such dimensions could be built with adequate longitudinal strength, but that it would fail immediately in practice. As for Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, it would be impossible for it to be historically accurate for a number of different reasons. I won't spell them all out here, but if you're interested feel free to ask. Number one on the list is that there is no history to support the need for the Ark in the first place. Second most important item is that his little ship is not a ship and would not float under any circumstances. The whole list is too large. Just think logistics, size and expertise of work force, availability of materials, etc. This article from the National Center for Science Education might be of some interest: https://ncse.com/cej/4/1/impossible-voyage-noahs-ark
I have significant Xian background, and I have been agnostic for over 20years. I fear that at or ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 19, 2018:
Not even the slightest chance. When I went rational, I went rational. Been that way now for 60+ years. No looking back. No regrets. No more bullshit.
Is there any country with least religion ratio?
evidentialist comments on Jan 18, 2018:
In order, the six least religious countries in the world today. Greatest percentage of committed atheists. China. China has by far the highest percentage - and even then not quite half - of convinced atheists out of all the world's countries. Japan. Czech Republic. France. Australia. Iceland.
If we lived in the same town, where would I be most likely to run into you at?
evidentialist comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Buried in research for my next novel. At the library (same purpose). Local bookstore. Park feeding the ducks and dodging the geese. Grocery store deli counter. Italian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese restaurants.
If ghosts are real, do they have mass? I don't think anyone has ever found this to be true. If ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Always moving at the speed of light.
I suspect a scammer in my messages, what should I do?
evidentialist comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Slight problem with the choices offered, so I chose 'other'. I think one should always pay attention to red flags. Each of us defines our own set of flags, but I've found from conversation with others that many of those flags are common to all. I usually attempt to determine if the flags are real with the individual involved, so I will engage for two or three interchanges before doing anything. If the flags remain flying or new ones pop up, then I think it's a good idea to report and block. No sense in carrying on beyond the first few exchanges.
There is a utilitarian Church right by my house thinking of attending services. Any thoughts or ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 18, 2018:
A Useful Church? Sure you don't mean Unitarian?
I got my dna tested to find out my ancestry. One thing I found odd was the ability to test for ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 18, 2018:
@PinkPassion -- Are you referring to the reference to markers for Ashkenazi Jew?
Can anybody give their views on mediums and faith healers? I think they are despicable.
evidentialist comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Despicable is a good word, yes. The funny thing about this is that no matter how many times they are debunked/shamed in the public arena, a few weeks later they crop up somewhere else with the same scams. They are harder to get rid of than cockroaches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt3Io_faKlk
I know there are many other choices. But between theocracy and socialism, which one would you ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 18, 2018:
If your definition of socialism excludes extreme communism and includes democratic socialism, then I'm in for socialism without hesitation.
How did God create the sun on the 4th day? With no sun there is no days. This is the number 1 ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 17, 2018:
It is all quite simple and beautifully logical. One of the things that went unmentioned in the genesis story is that The Big Dude, being supremely clever as all omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent guys are, knew before the whole show began that he'd need a timekeeping device to meet schedule demands, thus the first railroad watch was made. His Royal Smarty Pants also knew that he wanted to make a planet that revolved once in twenty-four hours which he would call a day and this notion of marking time with such device precluded the need for a sun at any particular point. See? Simple. Checkmate, atheists.
I just watched a program on AHC network that Mussolini is the dictator that gave the Vatican it's ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 17, 2018:
No Popes lived in what is known as the Vatican until the 1400s. They lived on the other side of Rome in a place called the Lateran Palace. There was a time during the 1300s when they didn't reside in Rome at all, but left the city in 1309 because the papal court moved to Avignon, France, after King Philip IV arranged for a French cardinal to be elected pope. Seven French popes ruled from Avignon, and the papacy didn't return to Rome until 1377, by which time the Lateran Palace had burned and the Vatican started being used as a papal residence. Then, to the point of your post: The dispute between the Italian government and the Catholic Church ended in 1929 with the signing of the Lateran Pacts, which allowed the Vatican to exist as its own sovereign state. The church was compensated to the tune of $92 million (more than $1 billion in today’s money) for the Papal States. The Vatican used the payment as a foundation upon which to re-grow its coffers. Mussolini, the head of the Italian government, signed the treaty on behalf of King Victor Emmanuel III, and did make the deal with the church you mentioned. It was a mutually beneficial bit of business -- and the church maintained good relations with the Hitler led government in Germany as well, making other mutually beneficial deals there too. Industrious little critters, those Popes.
For those who love rail history and the far northwestern part of the North American Continent like I...
evidentialist comments on Jan 17, 2018:
I worked once for the Alaska State Housing Authority as the Public Information Officer and Planner II right after the quake of 1964 in redesigning the cities of Valdez and Kodiak, plus working directly with Lidia Selkregg, then State Geologist/Planner. She was a wonderful woman. http://alaskawomenshalloffame.org/alumnae/name/lidia-selkregg/ Also worked all over the interior in various capacities -- and for 'romance' I operated a placer gold claim on the Jack Wade Creek about 85 miles from Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Just some fun memories. The fellow, George Robinson, named in the following article was my closest neighbor, about 5 miles upstream, and great storyteller. He too was a wonderful person. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Wade,_Alaska
These people will never learn: Boycotting or publically attacking books is a surefire way to give ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 17, 2018:
One Million Moms is also a poster child of the American Family Association and is promoted heavily on American Family Radio, a 'ministry' of the AFA. Do not underestimate the power of these nitwits. They are a dangerous force operating under the umbrella of Constitutional protection and abetted by tax exempt status.
Not sure where else to put this other than here. Has anyone else ever met someone and before they...
evidentialist comments on Jan 17, 2018:
Of course. One must be either perennially distracted by glittering objects or totally insensitive to outside signals to not have these feelings about some people. Another important ingredient to this form of awareness is the ability to think critically and an inbuilt skepticism.
Well, the level system of agnostic.com is bothering me a little. It's like a caste system of members...
evidentialist comments on Jan 16, 2018:
Where you should worry about points is with your insurance. Maybe your mortgage. Here it means pretty much how @FortyTwo laid it out. In other words, there is no significance to be awarded to the point system used here unless you decide there is. Carry on -- and don't worry.
I've just been informed that a fairly well known author (locally, at least) is doing a review of my ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 16, 2018:
What is your first novel and who is the publisher?
Snowing in South louisiana...its coming down.
evidentialist comments on Jan 16, 2018:
Good think it isn't going up --- we'd all be in deep trouble.
Ya'll know how a wooden motorcycle goes? wooden, wooden!
evidentialist comments on Jan 16, 2018:
And there be the dragon chopper....
Thoughts on Tulsi Gabbard truthspeak? "We've got to understand that North Korea is holding onto ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 16, 2018:
It is actually simpler and less sinister than this. North Korea was isolated from the rest of the world before the DMZ at the 38th Parallel was established. They have rattled sabers and pounded chests with regularity ever since. It is a gesture of, "Hey, look over here. Don't forget about us. We are a power in the world too." The sabers have become larger and more complex over the years as they scramble to keep pace with the developed world (a hopeless task). The nuclear angle appeared a few years ago and did gain the attention of South Korea and by default the US. The missiles represent nothing more than another improvement in their saber rattling. Kim Jong-Un was educated in the west and knows full well he can't make so much as a dent outside the peninsula. He also knows without doubt that if he were to try, he would lose what he values most -- and that is the power and wealth he has grown accustomed to. The biggest threat is wandering around in the White House making little kid noises.
I believe in GOD. I don't believe in religion. I think GOD created the universe but man created ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 16, 2018:
Your desire for magical thinking, if that's what it is, is not a rational position. In order to clarify this issue, please explain what you mean by 'god' and specifically what is this parent of which you speak?
If I remember right, spiegel means mirror. The US president is reflecting poorly on us.
evidentialist comments on Jan 16, 2018:
Yep.
I'm confused....
evidentialist comments on Jan 16, 2018:
Being cryptic and incomplete doesn't make it. Explain.
Hello I am new here. I am looking for new Atheist friends.
evidentialist comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Welcome aboard, mate.
OK a continuation of my last post I don't know if a lot of you ever heard about CERN. CERN was ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 15, 2018:
What? CERN and researchers who work there have confirmed nothing of the kind. The possibility of the existence of parallel/other universes and other dimensions has always been part of theoretical physics, particularly in the HEP region and in QM, but no one has confirmed anything. https://home.cern/about/updates
Does anyone else here have aphantasia? I just found out that I do.
evidentialist comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Sorry, partner, I have hyperphantasia. I can't begin to imagine life without images. How does it affect you in daily life?
Doing the whole "pick up life from floor" thing. Hi everyone!
evidentialist comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Howdy. Pull up a seat and make yourself comfortable.
I now have 666 points on this web site. Am I damned to Hell? Is it possible I’m the antichrist?
evidentialist comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Aside from the fact that you just screwed up that marvelous status, how was life while you were at 666?
Is there such thing as Free Will?
evidentialist comments on Jan 15, 2018:
I do not accept determinism/fatalism, at least not in totality. At the purely philosophical end, it can be said that everything happens for a reason, but that is an extreme stretch and doesn't hold completely true in the reality we observe. So, yes, free will exists, but with limitations and varies depending upon the individual involved.
Why are all of the politicians religious?
evidentialist comments on Jan 15, 2018:
They're not, but if they want to win a position they had better appear to be. An open atheist in this country running for political office almost anywhere is guaranteed to lose.
What in your opinion would an extraterrestrial look like? Example flat because they have high ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 15, 2018:
Speculation is always fun. Most of my stories are built on various speculations, and some of those speculations deal with alien life. There are some limitations in evolution that would need to be in place for an intelligence to develop technology. One of them would be depth perception which demands at least binocular vision, though it could be trinocular or any multiple of light receptors. These light receptors (eyes) would need to be capable of high resolution for detail, and sensitive to color variations. Another would be the ability to manipulate things, from the very small to the moderately large, requiring appendages akin to fingers attached to maneuverable arms, and the minimum number of arms would be two, while the minimum of digits per hand would be three (including some form of opposing digit). Everyone can think of times when it would have been handy to have and extra hand or two, so the upper limit to appendages remains unknown. Just remember that everything your critter becomes is guided by deep time and specific conditions -- none of which will be equal to Earth. This Nova documentary is just a few years old and the numbers from Kepler data have since nearly tripled. Good documentary and worth a viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hL1qkEQYgI And this one from NatGeoDocs is a good deal of fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKdPXQrb7M4
Listen to What I say-Sarah Huckabee Sanders
evidentialist comments on Jan 14, 2018:
I am rarely without words....
At What Age Were You a Non-Believer?
evidentialist comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Realization: sometime between 6 and 7. Separation: sometime between 16 and 17. Free since 1957....
When/how did you realise you were an atheist?
evidentialist comments on Jan 14, 2018:
No catharsis. No epiphany. I had established that it was all nonsense sometime between 6 and 7, probably closer to 7, but it didn't dawn on me to say anything about it. Everyone around me was playing this game, so I probably thought it was something we were supposed to do. Then, sometime between 16 and 17 ... I announced. There was an explosion. Some screamed. Others wept. Many, tight lipped, walked away. I laughed. For some reason, the realization that these people were actually serious about that nonsense was intensely funny. 1957 was my year. Since then, freedom has reigned.
Do you think Korea is that crazy?
evidentialist comments on Jan 14, 2018:
No, but I'm not the average person in the street. North Korea has been rattling sabers and pounding chests since the establishment of the DMZ at the 38th Parallel. Nothing new on that front. What is new is the rhetoric out of Washington and our Twitter wielding, toilet seat in the wee hours diplomacy destroying Idiot in Chief. The Trump fear mongering campaign began in earnest two years ago and has been ratcheting upward since. The people in the street only know what they hear and if what they are hearing is coming from 'authoritative' sources, they tend to place credence on it automatically. There has been an upturn of WTSHTF types and an increase in the number of survivalists in this country beginning not long after this insult to the human endeavor took to the stage in his bid for the presidency. The bunker business is booming. Could something genuinely nasty happen? You bet it could, but it would be a direct result of the antagonistic and caustic crap emanating from our own government. I am not surprised at the level of fear shown by our people. There is a sound reason for it. To varying degrees, other countries around the world are sharing our concern and they too have sound reason for it. I hope we can survive his first term. If we do, I'm confident there won't be a second and that the Republicans will either have to revise their approach to politics substantially, or they will find themselves out of work as well.
What do you have faith in?
evidentialist comments on Jan 14, 2018:
I do not have faith. Faith is acceptance of an assumed truth without evidence. Faith and belief are equal. As human beings there are certain assumed truths upon which we all operate to avoid cognitive overload as we navigate our way through our reality. These are the mundane beliefs like the idea that the car will start in the morning. If it doesn't, that faith/belief goes down the tubes and we turn to solving the problem. They are beliefs of convenience. What you are talking about is not faith. It is more properly known as confidence. We have to be careful with our confidence. We need to know our strengths and weaknesses. Our limits. With those things in place and a measured confidence, we can proceed through our world and all its traps with a confidence that will see us through. The picture you have painted for me says you have found that level of confidence that sees you through and gets you where you need to go. Keep on truckin', @Airmid
Evolution versus Creationism
evidentialist comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Evolution does not address the origin of life, only how life changes over time. Frankly, there is no contest between evolution and creationism. Evolution is a process based in the Universe that we observe and have grown to understand more and more as time has passed, and continues with every passing moment. Creation according to christian reckoning is a fixed event with its roots buried in supernatural speculation and burdened with considerable uncertainty and disagreement among various factions of creation supporters. Creation stories, to my mind, are simply the result of people not being able to live with the idea that something is unknown and who were driven to fill in the blanks with whatever cultural foundations were available, hence so many divergent creation stories. By the way, the eye is a terrible example to throw out there as an example, since we have ample evidence of eye development to look at and, I should add, we cannot be the pinnacle of creation based upon the fact that our eyes are nowhere near as efficient as many others. The human being is a magnificent and complex machine, to be sure, but there are several elements in the human design that could have been improved upon by a fourth year student of mechanical engineering. I think in the not too distant future, amazing improvements will be routinely made to the human machine by the human machine. We are also closing in on abiogenesis rapidly. I wouldn't be surprised to see actual living cells created from basic chemical combinations within the next 20 years or so. Maybe sooner.
I came across this again recently. I remember all the fuss about it at the time here in the UK and ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Love John Cleese.
If you don't believe in God , and feel that man made religion is just a vain attempt to tell some ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 14, 2018:
What is rational thought? Simply put, it means to accept only those things that have some basis in the natural world. That doesn't mean one can't speculate a little, but it does mean that the speculation needs to have a high statistical probability of existing in the Universe in which we live -- in our reality. What that suggests is that things such as ghosts, goblins, ghouls, tooth fairies, gnomes, dragons, deities, mermaids, reincarnation, afterlife, angels, and so forth are out. If one limits their rational thinking to just a deity, but accepts the notion of afterlife, reincarnation, astrology, etc., what has one accomplished? About the same as a believer who accepts science except when it clashes with his/her belief. People fuss about how the religious cherry pick their way through scripture, for example, but don't see the futility of cherry picking their way through reality. By the way, rejecting all this does not mean you're giving up the title of agnostic in deference to atheist. It merely means you reject these ideas, but are unwilling to make an absolute assertion. I am a full blown atheist, but I won't make that absolute assertion, either. It's just that my reasons for not doing so are not the same as the reasons given by the agnostic.
What is your opinion on capital punishment?
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
The death penalty is not a rational/reasonable option and serves no purpose.
Good morning Fellow Heathens! I would like to hear your thoughts on free will. Sam Harris says ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Free will is largely dependent upon the person being observed. Our decision making capacity is controlled a lot by the sum total of our experience/environment leading up to the instant of having to make a choice. As a result, our choices are directed to the extent that the individual allows. I do not use the words 'destiny, fate, or karma' because to me they equate with 'faith, belief, and submission'. In spite of that, the only answer I can give to whether we have free will is a highly qualified yes and no. I would say that I have more free will than many, but I would be hard pressed to quantify that.
Flu season 2018: Why it got so bad - Vox
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Just coming off one that I was actually thinking might kill me. Because of my thyroid problem, my immune system is compromised to the point that if someone sneezes two miles away, I come down with it immediately. Crap.
The Blue Dwarf is an interesting concept I've recently discovered, see my little write up about it ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
There are some minor problems associated with your view of the blue dwarf, a type that is predicted as a result of the collapse of red dwarfs. Predicted because there hasn't been enough time for red dwarfs to have reached that stage in their development. The potential problem is that as the radius of the red dwarf reduces and the temperature increases, there is the possibility that the smaller radiating surface area may be just enough to offset the rise in temperature. That is to say, the radiant energy may not increase enough to expand the habitable zone significantly. It is an interesting thought, though, and I may just play with the numbers a bit to see what will happen -- unless someone else hasn't already done so. They probably have, so I'll look. Thanks for the prompt.
Trumpy Bear Official Commercial - YouTube
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Don't want no shithole bears around here.
New to the group.
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Yes, there is a way to ask for understanding. None of the options are comfortable, and only one of them is not long term self destructive. That one is simply this: Without expressing aggression or anger, explain to the individuals involved that you no longer can believe. That you have grown beyond that need and are now establishing your path in a new reality. Express to them your appreciation of their presence in your life and ask them if they feel they can accept you for who you have grown to be. At this point, it gets tough. If they are hesitant or reject the notion altogether, your only option is to sever your connections with them to the extent that will produce the least pain for you in the long term. Some may have to be removed completely from your life. I am sorry, but there really is no other way. The most interesting thing about this dilemma is that the decision is completely theirs because you are willing to accept them as they are with the only conditions perhaps being to not push their beliefs at you. It is up to them to set the tone and the outcome. All you have to do is remain strong in your convictions and honest in your intentions.
Whats everyone doing tonight?
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
All of the above.
Where were you during the Woodstock festival?
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Just moving into my house at the west end of Galveston Island, TX, getting ready to start a new job in Galveston.
What Type Of Personal Vehicle Is Your Preference And Why?
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
From the list, I chose sports cars, but I also enjoy motorcycles and aircraft for personal transportation. I was a serious rider to the tune of 60k to 85k miles per year. Also logged a few thousand hours in the air. I like speed. I like freedom. I like challenge. I like precision machinery -- and if it breaks, I can fix it.
Alone time
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Alone time is as essential to me as breathing. I have learned over the years to accept the intrusions of others -- so much so that it no longer bothers me. I work best when alone and all is at least reasonably quiet. Fortunately, my wife and kids have all been understanding about this so it hasn't created any undue stress in the household and I appreciate that so much that when the intrusions do occur, I take them in stride. Most of the time....
The biggest reason is CO2 was 0.03% of the atmosphere approximately in 1890 and today it is ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
You are kidding, right? If you're not, cite sources, numbers, research done, and methodology employed because this puppy thinks you're way off base here.
Weird guy speaks [youtu.be]
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Odd, but it's in the United States so it's normal.
In my continuing efforts to "secularize" my Bible belt school's senior class, I have my students ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
@MsOliver -- be careful. I got nailed here for something similar. Granted that was some years ago, but still, keep your powder dry.
Disappointed that no-one new is taking up the gauntlet from Hitchens, Dawkins, or Stephen Fry, its ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
The gauntlet lies in plain sight, my friend. Feel free to pick it up.
I'm not interested in gaining points or levels. why the hierarchy ?
evidentialist comments on Jan 13, 2018:
That's pretty much like anything else. If you're not interested in it, don't worry about it. Quite a lot of us aren't interested, but there are others who are. Simple as that.
Hello from the I.E. Anybody out there?
evidentialist comments on Jan 12, 2018:
I have vague recollections of the Inland Empire, yes, but that was long before seat belts.
Is evolution a fact or still just a theory. I'm an agnostic, and therefore, by nature a doubter. A...
evidentialist comments on Jan 12, 2018:
There is no doubt that evolution is established as fact. We know it happens. It has been observed. We know a great deal about how it happens. We can make reasonably accurate predictions based on the theory. The only area open to question is the element of natural selection, the Darwinian posit, however, even that is now pretty well pinned down. Short, sweet, and enlightening article: http://www.nas.edu/evolution/TheoryOrFact.html
Stroll Down Memory Lane...... Yesterday I changed my profile pic to my Senior High School ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 12, 2018:
I have avoided being photographed all my life, and I've been quite successful with it. I've been caught unaware on a few occasions, but have remained mysterious for the most part.
What are some of the best books?
evidentialist comments on Jan 12, 2018:
The bible and pursuing questions that it prompted was enough for me. Final break occurred a bit over 60 years ago and I've been a happy atheist since.
What is your favorite type of dance?
evidentialist comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Lap dance is cool.
I haven't seen anybody from Ohio. Is this site a waste of time?
evidentialist comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Two things: 1) The site is worldwide, so your chances of getting somebody from Ohio is as good as my chances of getting someone from Zimbabwe. 2) It is if you think it is. If you think it isn't, then probably not.
I'm saying it straight up, no chaser. 45 is a racist piece of trash, and needs to be removed ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 12, 2018:
No argument here.
Starving
evidentialist comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Lack of knowledge and a willingness to accept the mythology combine to create a rather distorted picture of history. http://www.culinarylore.com/food-history:myths-about-great-irish-potato-famine
How do you all feel today after hearing what the Dumpster said today about Haiti and some of the ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Total jerk.
Does belief in aliens equate to belief in god?
evidentialist comments on Jan 11, 2018:
There is some similarity between the two and the binding word is 'belief'. It is an entirely different matter for me, when wearing my scientist hat, to say there is certainly a non zero chance in the Universe -- even our galaxy for the existence of life. It's that nasty little word 'belief' that gums up the works. To allow for a possibility when its roots are grounded in observable reality is rational thought, which is totally different from the unquestioning acceptance of something without evidence. That's where the word 'belief' comes into play. Belief is acceptance without evidence. Acceptance that is restricted to the presence of evidence or high statistical probability based on local observation and reasoned extrapolation is a rational position that is subject to change depending on the influx of new information/evidence. I will say that a belief that has some sort of science/critical thought behind it is perhaps a little different from a belief in the supernatural --- but not much. However, I should also point out that Schermer has, in my estimation, always been a bit over the top in a lot of things and in this one he is a bit more extreme than usual. https://futurism.com/do-advanced-alien-civilizations-exist-astrobiologists-provide-a-new-take-on-drakes-equation/
Has Evangelical Christianity Become Sociopathic?
evidentialist comments on Jan 11, 2018:
The evangelical movement has been in the process of becoming sociopathic since it first became identifiable. During my lifetime, I can't recall a time when they weren't sociopathic.
What type of coffee is your favorite?
evidentialist comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Hot. Strong. Sometimes with a bit of French Vanilla. Usually black. Cuban if possible.
Pffftttt.... there aren't enough sarcastic people here.
evidentialist comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Folks who can't pick up on sarcasm without emoji help or explanation are among the socially challenged and haven't much of a future in this world.
I'm really liking this site. It has such a group of folks that are entertaining, and topics as well....
evidentialist comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Well now ... walk right in --- sit right down ... baby let your mind roll on.....
Hi fellow non-believers, It appears that I am the oldest person in the room, possibly by a quarter ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Gotcha by a couple of years there, @RogerToo We, I suppose, represent the senior wing.
Does religion interest you?
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
I maintain an academic interest, yes. I am a follower of the philosophy of Sun Tzu.
So many posts asking about Atheist music (I object to the term atheist but I digress). May I put ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
You realize that when it comes right down to it, unless a lyric mentions any form of deity or anything relating to a deity, all music is atheist.

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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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