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Telepathy - Science or Superstition? I believe that origin of superstition is in large part our ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
I am not one who accepts any of the paranormal posits -- and ESP is in that category. Now, that stands as a glaring contradiction to some of my writing, though I do manage to control my urges pretty well. I've written about toothless vampires, for cryin' out loud. In one of my novels I managed to get around the issue of functional telepathy through the use of nanotechnology, but reined it in with real physical limitations for UHF ultra low power transmissions. I avoided explaining how these 'brain' signals were translated into something intelligible to the receiving party. I didn't want to stir that can of worms any more than I had to. I try to keep my Science Fiction inside the realm of the plausible (stretching the envelope, of course) and avoid the magical. Magical? Anything that can't be translated into actual science. This is not to say that I dismiss such notions out of hand, but because we have no evidence for any of it, I am no more willing to accept it than I am to accept the existence of a deity, talking snakes, fairies, and bridge trolls.
Thoughts on kids? Have them? Want them? No!
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Royal pain at times. Disasters occasionally. High maintenance costs. Psychological stress. Pride. Shame. Tears. Laughter. Warmth. Occasional loss. Occasional gain. No regrets. Love them all. All four.
Any practical or impractical jokers out there? What is your best practical joke you've ever pulled.
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Loading the capitol building ventilation system with two crates of ping pong balls while it was shut down for the night and the satisfaction of being there in the morning when it was turned on. 1948 -- Oregon
Anyone on here also follow the Zeitgeist Movement & or the Venus project?
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
I maintain an interest in the Venus Project.
How many of you in the US have passports?
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
First passport so many years ago I don't remember when. Whenever it was, I haven't been without one since.
What's your take on demonic possession and the churches ritual for expelling demons? I'm watching ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Just more of the woo being dished out.
Moon landing deniers
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Not worth the effort or time to be bothered by them. They are an insignificant number of nuts that if all planted in the same place wouldn't yield a whole tree.
Tonight, I used a "senior" discount for the first time. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
If you take advantage of everything you can for as long as you can, trust me, you'll still be behind the curve at the end. So, whatever you can get, get it. My final line at the driveup ordering machine: "And don't forget my old man's discount."
I am a huge reader. I absorb books, too quickly. I’m in need of some new authors. Sci-fi, ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Me...! Try me...! Long list of titles but I'm limited to 5 pictures at a time. Here are a couple of shorts from Perhilion Science Fiction you might find fun: http://www.perihelionsf.com/permalinks/jacobs001.htm http://www.perihelionsf.com/permalinks/jacobs004.htm J. Richard Jacobs
I Was In The Illuminati I'm Going To Tell You Everything, Shocking Expose
evidentialist comments on Jan 10, 2018:
No. Just fucking no. My BS meter started vibrating with the headline, then went off in earnest by the third line after the bulleted points.
What do you read for pleasure/fun? Not the books you read for school, work or to make a point but...
evidentialist comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Almost anything Science Fiction with a preference for Hard Science Fiction where the author has taken the time to develop his characters well and they tend to run the show but the technology has not been forced into the back seat. That would be my number one choice. Actually open to any genre, though I give Romance, Literal Fiction, and most Westerns a pass. I can get turned on by well written Urban Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror, but it has to be well thought out and presented.
Do you think abused people should expose their abusers on social media?
evidentialist comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Doing what you are indicating generally leads to an explosion and the results of explosions are rarely anything close to pretty. I suggest you settle down a bit and take careful stock of your situation. Look into what is available in health and social services in your immediate area. Check to see if there are safe houses in the area. When you are sure you can make a safe getaway, get out and don't try to contact him in any way. Just make sure all your little ducks are in a row before you do anything, because any hesitancy or overlooked detail can and will jump up to bite you. After you're out, seek professional help/counseling and legal help. Do exactly what they tell you and do nothing on your own. Just make sure you get all the help you can possibly get first. You can set up most of this pretty fast, so get a move on.
I'm calling for a voter competency exam prior to the 2020 election.
evidentialist comments on Jan 9, 2018:
If anyone needs to be qualified, it is the candidate for any political post.
Trump administration secret identities! You ever just look at this administration and think, ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 9, 2018:
When the GOP paraded out their larger than life barnyard menagerie at the onset of this debacle and the Dems pushed their previously anointed queen onto the stage, I knew we were in for an interesting ride on a razor. Sorry @IndySent but I can't think of a single actor I dislike sufficiently whom I would willingly associate with the Trumporama Troupe.
Any fellow musicians/free thinkers out there?
evidentialist comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Yep, but haven't played in ages. If you're talking about the modern christian music, it's not all bad, but most of it sucks. Lame lyrics, often boring tune lines, and reliably pointless.
How do you cope with the fact that any day you will die and that will be the end?
evidentialist comments on Jan 8, 2018:
I don't concern myself with it much at all. Dying is part of the program. Obviously, I would rather it take its time getting here. At my age, I'm at that 'waiting for the two minute warning' stage, so it sure as hell wouldn't make much sense to worry over it now. Sure, I'd like it to be quick and painless, too, but since I'm not planning ahead in that manner either, I've no control over that aspect.
What/s outside the universe. It can't end can it?
evidentialist comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Of course it can end. What's outside the Universe? No one knows. It is possible there is more of the void from which it was formed. It is possible there are other universes out there. It is a fascinating question with no answer.
My nightmares, night tremors, anxiety and insomnia are all gone since I've been Agnostic. Seriously....
evidentialist comments on Jan 8, 2018:
What's not to like about that? Cool, kiddo.
Any latinxs or spanish-speakers here?
evidentialist comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Hola Jesus. Soy un gringo en la superficie, pero todo lo que hay debajo es Mexicano.
Home | The Critical Thinker Academy
evidentialist comments on Jan 8, 2018:
There is much to be said for teaching how to think and not what to think. Ponder this: There are times when reinventing the wheel is a better choice than proceeding with the pattern on the shelf.
Morning everyone! I have a question, and I hope it doesn't come across as a negative. Why do we ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 8, 2018:
There are things at work here. Recent converts to any religion tend to be the more overbearing within any given religious group. So it is with those recent unconverts from any religion who have found this 'new way of thinking'. That's just one dynamic. Then there is the '...been sober for...' syndrome that emanates from most folks who have managed to break any negative 'habit' successfully. The pride and the underlying uncertainty driven self reinforcement. They want to talk about it because it helps them. The 'walking wounded' cases, the angry, the militant anti theist, and others. They want to talk about it. They need to talk about it. They have to talk about it. Indeed there is a lot of hate filled rhetoric, repitition, and belaboring of the obvious. This is a safe haven for all and one should expect both vitriol and honey, militant vents and expressions of love here because that is the nature of the beast. We old timers who broke out of the gilded cage years before you were born find this to be a nice place to try to help when we can, console when needed, and just sort of hover in the background while we watch others grow.
Does it matter anymore who makes the first move?
evidentialist comments on Jan 8, 2018:
It has never really mattered.
Do you trust easily or do you trust no one?
evidentialist comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Perspective. I tend to be open to all as they approach. A stranger is a friend not yet made. As they get closer, other things begin to kick in. I'm a skeptic, after all, and I've been around for a while -- so I watch, and listen. There are some who raise so many signals on the way in that I sidestep them -- let them pass on by -- outside the circle. Others may raise a couple flags, but they don't appear threatening enough to cause me concern. I let them all the way in but watch them even closer. The third type sounds no alarms and raises no flags. This one gets watched the closest. This one is either highly experienced at being clever and/or deceptive -- OR -- one of those you really want to have around you, to be close to. If they begin to show negative signs and it continues for too long a period, they find themselves summarily ejected from the circle. If I avoid or dismiss out of hand, I will never find those folks I want at the core.
I am guessing the educational level in this group is higher than average. True or not?
evidentialist comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Got us another one here usin' them big, high soundin' words again. Well I ain't gonna go lookin' 'em up.
Anthropology top findings 2017 - SAPIENS
evidentialist comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Fascinating.
Who among us has cut the proverbial TV cord?
evidentialist comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Severed all connection with TV years ago. Content was too lame in general and couldn't see parsing my time to watch whatever little I thought still warranted a look. Now, this is me -- personally -- the family is different. So, the house is still connected, but I'm not, but I will admit to watching a breaking news item or a documentary from time to time.
Stable Genius. My Buddy sent me this picture and I just have to share it. I am still Laughing. My ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 7, 2018:
It goes well in company with this one:
I am new to Agnostic.com. I worked for many years in the printing industry, paste-up artist, offset ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 7, 2018:
It is said we left-handed lefties are a sinister lot.
OK... first post. Don't know what to say... Just talking haha Hi? HI! Hey yo... Uhhh flibbityflob......
evidentialist comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Welcome home. Please forgive me while I sharpen my left handed veeblefetzer in preparation for today's ... activities.
What are your thoughts of this photo?
evidentialist comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Appears to be totally consistent with the rest of the content. Have a nice day.
Cool video [facebook.com] and do you agree?
evidentialist comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Yes.
Religious impact nationwide
evidentialist comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Far too much influence. United States The ones I view as most dangerous are the various iterations of fundamentalist evangelical christians, of which we have been inundated.
anyone else turned off by Vegans and likewise?
evidentialist comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Simply ... yes.
THE AMERICAN IDENTITY. Risking the wrath of the majority of users on this site, I have a question ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I don't and never did. Recently I saw the value of doing my DNA, but lineage was not the thing I was after. It was interesting and somewhat anticlimactic. So now I know and so big deal. The medical and historical research value, now that was something.
How do you feel about people saying "I'm proud of my heritage", "I'm proud of being British", etc. ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I understand the use of the word when people use it with heritage or bloodline as a means of saying they are not ashamed of their lineage or wanting to identify with it, but that's pretty much the end of it for me. They say, "I'm proud of my Italian 'roots'," thinking that Italy was made up of people like Galileo Galilei, Leonardo Da Vinci and Marco Polo, while displaying total amnesia for Nero, Caligula, and Benito Mussolini. But I'm all right with that. I don't do it, but they don't bother me. Otherwise, "I'm proud of..." had better be connected to some accomplishment or achievement, personal or in relation to someone else. I have better things to do with my time, and I'm proud of that.
How do you feel when the families of murder victims stand at the microphone in the sentencing phase ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I can see a few possibilities for why they do it. I doubt it is ever because of concern over their christianity to any great extent. I suspect in capital crime cases the motive may be to make sure they don't leave a glaring t uncrossed when they trundle off to meet their maker in the great by and by. A few may even be aware enough to realize there could have been an error and they don't want to carry any blame for that. Still some may see it as part of the process, "Okay, le's get on up there and fergive the sumbitch so's we c'n get on with it." I guess you could say it is all part of the closure process, but I have no idea how one could legitimately justify that position. I suspect the real purpose for most is quite reasonably that it is not healthy to carry anger/hate overly long.
Any current or past military here?
evidentialist comments on Jan 4, 2018:
.... We ... are ... everywhere ....
Can a society maintain complete intellectual freedom while doing away with religion?
evidentialist comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Ouch. Why do I have the uneasy feeling that you are at least partly suggesting that religions somehow play a role in intellectual freedom? Hoping I'm wrong on that score, I then have a question for you. What could conceivably occur that would affect intellectual freedom in the course of removing religion from our midst? Religious argument is certainly not something we need to preserve merely because it is one more argument. In science we discard unusable ideas every day. We don't keep them around merely to have something to beat with an intellectual switch and I daresay you'd find precious few willing to defend them. If, on the other hand, you are suggesting we should be free to pursue any idea whatsoever as 'proof' of our intellectual freedom, I suppose I'd be willing to pay lip service to the notion, but I don't see what good can come from defending the right to inanities and absurd notions. Oh, and yes, many of those notions can be shown to be absurd.
Are You An Atheist, An Agnostic, Or A Believer? - Quiz - Quizony.com
evidentialist comments on Jan 3, 2018:
You are: An Atheist You have things that you believe in, but religion certainly isn't one of them. People may find you to be a bit rigid in your anti-religious stance, but you don't need to bend on what you believe or your personal convictions. If anything, you feel more at peace by not being committed to something that doesn't make sense to you.
I believe in the power of faith. I’m in sales I see first hand how people who do not have faith ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 2, 2018:
@DonCoryon -- you're way off the mark here, but I don't think you're being foolish. It's a pretty natural assumption to make -- but it's not right. Confidence and faith are two different animals. Sales demands a high degree of confidence, a facility with language, and a positive physical presentation which allows you to pitch whatever product effectively. I doubt that when you fail to close you simply chalk it up to the breaks of the game. The most likely thing a person in sales does after losing one is ask themselves what they missed; what went wrong. Then write it off. The whole process is based on you maintaining control over a flexible situation. Good sales people make good cat herders. So, what you do is actually the opposite of church/religion style 'faith'. The church teaches to supplicate the self to the deity. To approach all things in humility. Faith does not automatically endow the faithful with confidence -- it suppresses it. Most forms of self confidence are mistaken for sinful pride. I have a hard time imagining the balancing act the religious person in sales has to maintain. That old take the initiative away from the client without them knowing it has happened, pin them down and control them to make the sale, all the while in opposition to the character they are supposed to have.
I have to admit I'm a little disappointed with how many people are on here talking about religion. ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 2, 2018:
I suggest that it would help to let others know what you're looking for. I looked at your bio blurb and learned nothing that would help me understand what it is you're seeking. I'm a rather well rounded guy with experience and interest in a multitude of areas, but if you don't broach a subject, how would I know? Obviously I don't hold any truck with ESP.
I am pretty new to this site, but is christian slamming a normal part of things here?
evidentialist comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Some folks get a mite out of sorts when it comes to this topic. I noticed you limited your question to christians. There's plenty to go around among all the Abrahamic faiths. There's no love lost for any of the others, either. Woo is woo, no matter how it's packaged. I'm pretty well laid back about it and only get in a dither about it when they have their eyes on schools, the legal system, politics (particularly legislative). But that is the problem these days. They're moving on schools, politics at all levels, and the legal system more forcibly now than I can remember and that spans some 70+ years. If you are an unbeliever, I find it difficult to accept that you would be surprised or even slightly taken aback regarding content on a site with such a title and such a constituency.
Do you trust that what you believe to be true, is true? Do you investigate all of your beliefs or do...
evidentialist comments on Jan 2, 2018:
There are beliefs --- and there are beliefs. The mundane beliefs serve a purpose for our species and thus are acceptable. They help us navigate the everyday maze we call life and avoid cognitive overload. Beyond that, no beliefs are acceptable and I hold none.
Anybody else love churches? I have zero use for what happens in them but I absolutely love ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Ah, yes, the church and its edifice complex. Not only did the church have the money, they had the people who were willing to throw their lives into building one more monument to stupidity if all they got out of it was a stated assurance of salvation in the afterlife. Perhaps a plot in the burial ground if their contribution were noteworthy enough and they died before the contribution was forgotten. Exceed the 'use by' label and all bets were off. I have stood amazed at the energy, talent, and money that was thrown into some of the great cathedrals around the world. Incredibly beautiful works of art -- all based on a lie. They represent the follies of man on the one hand and stand as monuments to the brilliance of the lie's perpetrators on the other.
How do you feel about Emojis?
evidentialist comments on Jan 2, 2018:
I've lived a long and productive life without them. Some of them are nice and actually might mean something, but I can go on living without them.
I need light shed on the interactions of white and black people. When I was younger before I met my ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
@clea -- I've been pondering this post of yours for something like a little over three hours. I don't have any answers, but I have something in common with you. Well, maybe not in common, but we share something. I was the white youngster in the black family. This was in the early 1940s and my father was off taking an all expenses paid trip across the Pacific with the Marine Corps. My mother was working 'down the hill' at a hospital where she would be for weeks at a time. As a result, I was staying with Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their two children. The kids were close to my age -- one and two years older. I felt like a lucky kid. I had two Mamas, two Papas, and two brothers. None of the kids I knew at school had two Mamas or Papas. The brothers were a different deal. Everybody had at least one brother in that farming community, some had several. Anyway, when we finally left the area, it was hard breaking up with my family and I missed them terribly for a long time. My mother did too. She was really close to that family. Whole bunch of crying going on. They had been my family for 8 years Even writing this, I clouded up a little in the remembering. At any rate, what I want to tell you has nothing to do with the post, or maybe it has everything to do with it. I never thought of them in any terms other than family. Ever.
Why are we using hashtags, if no one looks them up, before posting?
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
#IDK
Did you experience Religious Trauma Syndrome in leaving religion?
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
The folks involved did such a beautiful job of paving an exceptionally smooth road leading directly out of Dodge that there wasn't a single bump or slight turn. Never looked back and regret nothing. The funny thing about all that was that I don't think they had the slightest inkling that was what was happening. I'd ask a question and they'd lay some more pavement.
So now that ya'll have had the night to reflect, do you feel more motivated to face the year?
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Actually, no. We still have Trump and Troupe in the White House. I'll have to wait a few weeks before I can give a reasonable answer.
I was at a bar tonight for a New Year's Eve celebration, though I rarely drink, and I started ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Totally uncalled for, sir. You owe us an apology or an explanation, whichever is more appropriate.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Happy New Year to you too. Let us hope we get some positive beats in this new tune.
Do you believe in Astrology?
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
The only good thing about astrology is that it gave birth to astronomy. It should have died in childbirth.
Am I the only one who is super excited about the holidays being over?!
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
I voted that I love it, but it has to be accompanied with some explanation. I love it because it's fun and because I know exactly when it will end. Today is a good day.
Does anyone still make new year's resolutions? I feel like it's outdated and often sets one up for ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Betting against myself? Never.
I want everyone to think logically and realize that God, religion, and other deities are made up ...
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Well now, there's a novel idea. I'll bet it would go over big on an agnostics/atheists site. Have you thought about that?
This shit, is really fun. Im sitting out here in my little cabin out here in the sticks, in complete...
evidentialist comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Glad you're having a good time. Happy New Year to you and may you live long and prosper.
Do you taunt the religious?
evidentialist comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Not the average christian on the street. They rarely place themselves in the position to justify playing with them. Doorknockers are fair game any time. They get the full treatment, and no, it's not mean. They get taken for quite a ride. The street preachers are a special case and they, along with street missionaries, get raked over the coals....
Life on other Planets? Yes or No?
evidentialist comments on Dec 31, 2017:
What @TheMiddleWay said with some reservations. I am 99.9999...9% sure there is life elsewhere in the Universe, perhaps in our solar system. I won't go the full distance because of the same reasoning he brought up.
I am new to here and just thought i would start by wishing everyone a happy new year. Enjoy your new...
evidentialist comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Welcome to the madness. Here's to a pleasant and prosperous New Year....
I've been here a few days, actually level 4..., whatever that means...? What I would like to know, ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
There are a few. Just a tiny percentage, but they are here.
ATHEIST REFUGEES It's truly amazing and heart-warming how many questioners and non-believers have ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
It's inefficient to resist from the outside. You can't present a role model if you're not in there with the rest of 'em.
Atheist Emblems
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Next thing you know we'll have a secret handshake and catchphrases to identify us to one another. How about a beanie with a dinosaur on top?
If you lived in the distant past, would you have been an agnostic/atheist?
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Probably much the way I am today. If I had questions during this life, I certainly would have questions back then and they would have had no better answers than I received during this life.
does desire to convert someone to atheistic belief sometimes undercut our abiding love for science?...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Whoa! Wait just a mite here. What the hell is this atheistic belief crap? What priest do I talk to to find out about this dogma of the atheistic faith?
Ya know, Ya'll, it seems natural to be an atheist for me. All my life I've listened to and been ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Not for me. All that stuff ran off like water off a duck's back. No baggage, no burden.
Can you make anywhere your home, or is there no place like home?
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Wherever I am is home.
Should we create a lexicon for words that can replace common expressions like OMG, with a ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
What conceivable purpose would that serve?
If freethinkers / atheists / agnostics had a moniker / symbol / flag, then what would it be? ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
We don't need one. I prefer not to be a member of a special gang.
Which do you think has achieved more for society - Philosophy or Science.?. Which will help the ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Science provides a sound foundation upon which philosophers can sit while they ponder the ever changing tapestry of our reality. I would be remiss if I didn't point out that science sprang from the musings of ancient philosophers and their pursuit of logic.
I asked a question about why little Muslim girls are walking around covered up and you would have ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
I have no problem with questioning Islam. It's just another religion based on the belief in a Big Sky Daddy and that makes it fair game. The Babes in Bags thing isn't universal, though. Not even the hijab is universal. Do I think the bag thing is ridiculous? Oh, yes indeed I do. It is borderline terminally stupid. That being said, I prefer to keep my criticism on the religion itself and not so much on the garb. Sent you a message, but there was a problem with that. So, I'll do it here: @Ruetres -- A little rearranging and you would be Reuters. Then we could all get our news from 'the source.' What do you write, kiddo, and how long have you been at it? J.
Do zodiac signs (star signs) have a significant role in your life?
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
No....
Are there any classical music buffs out there? It has been my favorite genre since I was first ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Oh yes, but a rather narrow range of composers and types. Not at all moved by 'experimental' pieces. Haydn, Mozart, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Boccherini, Beethoven, and I like a little Wagner on occasion, but rare. I'm not much on opera, though I have to admit that anything by Beverly Sills will hold my attention. My musical tastes are rather eclectic, but I do love many of the classics.
Have you taken this Poll?
evidentialist comments on Dec 29, 2017:
I might take it next week. Well, if I remember.
What do you think? should atheist know and should have read the religious books in all its ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 29, 2017:
Belief in anything supernatural is questionable in its own right. Therefor, any religion that includes the supernatural in it structure is open to question without the slightest knowledge of any of its minutiae. However, if one wants to argue elements of any religion, a certain amount of knowledge is desirable.
So on Facebook I’m friends with 2 physicists Sean Carrol and Lawrence Krauss. I find I’m almost ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 29, 2017:
I do not play the name-drop game, so no list here, but I have a large group of folks who range from casual acquaintance to good friend who are highly respected in their fields. I learned at an early age that surrounding myself with people who challenged me to do better and expand my knowledge base was a positive. Now, these 'people' are just that -- people. Just like you. Just like me. The only difference is that they are smarter and/or more knowledgeable than I am, otherwise they have worries, hobbies, habits, likes, dislikes, foibles, fancies, and so on like the rest of us. Nothing to fear there, unless their personality sucks, but that brings us back to people. Lawrence, for example, is a busy man who fields questions from all sorts of people every day. So, if you happen to be one of the lucky ones whose question he sees and responds to, hurray. However, I caution you, if you are proposing your latest TOE for his consideration, you might not like the answer. Just do remember that he is a human being, a rather nice one, who is also a teacher and he does what teachers do, he teaches.
What are your thoughts about euthanasia?
evidentialist comments on Dec 29, 2017:
Great idea. Can we start in the Oval Office? Just being a smart ass. With reasonable safeguards in place and structured to avoid misuse and abuse, I am all for it.
Is it inevitable that in order to accept scientific discovery all humans must think the same way and...
evidentialist comments on Dec 29, 2017:
There is an immense difference between acceptance and understanding. One can accept the Theory of Evolution without understanding it or accepting the methodology involved while at the same time believing in creation or intelligent design. One may easily accept that a new bit of celestial rock has been discovered and that it will pass between the moon and the Earth, but they have no idea what that means, how it was discovered, and certainly not what it implies. Perfect creation is still good with them. So, yes, if you would like people to understand what it all means and how it applies to our reality, they must begin using at least a modicum of critical thinking in order to grasp the objective reality of our Universe instead of the beliefs previously held. Is it inevitable? I don't know, but I doubt it. It will take a large effort on the part of rational thinkers and a good deal of effective diplomacy to pull that one off.
Drink up to human kind! I've always thought of Bette Midler's version of the Peter Gabriel song ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 29, 2017:
Bette Midler is the best. The song is interesting. I'll have to think on it.
Precognition
evidentialist comments on Dec 29, 2017:
I've noticed a number of 'open mind' comments and I hasten to point out that keeping an open mind is certainly a good idea, but an even better idea is keeping a functioning mind that views the world through a critical filter. -------------------------- from Rationalwiki.... Most "evidence" for precognition tends to come from anecdotes rather than any actual data — indeed, properly controlled trials show no effect. People who don't do this for a living — such as dear ol' Aunt Gladis who says she can predict the future — tend to rely on confirmation bias and selective reporting, which are both effects of the human mind recalling and confirming some instances and forgetting disconfirming others. That is to say, dear Aunt Gladis had a dream one night that a plane would crash and the next day one did. So she says to herself "I can predict the future". And if it should happen again, for instance she dreams her son would get sick and he does, that reinforces her belief that she is "seeing the future." However, what she conveniently forgets are the thousands of other dreams that "predicted" the future, which never played out in the real world. This is because cases that don't agree aren't particularly interesting or notable — no one remarks at a lack of co-incidence. Furthermore, the worldwide frequency of plane crashes is about once every 2 or 3 days,[1] so there's an excellent chance that there will be a plane crash within 1 day of dreaming about one. So should Aunt Gladis be thinking of a dear old friend and then a minute later they happen to call her, she'll remark upon it, but if the friend calls her out of the blue when she wasn't thinking of them, she'll not mention the lack of a premonition. The confirmation bias effect is pretty much responsible for all reports of psychic powers, from mediumship to remote viewing. Remarkably, even apparently scientific tests can fall foul of these effects. When someone is asked to exhibit some form of telepathic power and they get it wrong, the statistical context is often brought up in a certain way to say that this sort of incorrect guessing is inevitable due to chance, or that not everyone is psychic. On the other hand, if they happen to guess correctly, the statistical context focuses on the odds that the individual has defied in order to make their prediction. For example, someone correctly guessing several Zener cards in a row has defied 100 to 1 odds for correct guessing and this is hyped even though it is a plain statistical possibility. --------------------------- I have an 'open mind' about deities too, but I am an atheist. Provide real evidence for the idea, and I'll change my thinking. In the meantime, precognition/clairvoyance/fortune telling remains in the talking snake bag.
Precognition
evidentialist comments on Dec 29, 2017:
Precognition falls into the same category as clairvoyance, ESP, Telekinesis, and many other paranormal (supernatural) notions. It is one of those things that does not belong in a rational mind.
Holy crap! Some of you may have heard me ramble on about the aunt who send me religious messages ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 28, 2017:
"R2, please inform the nice lady that this personage is not Jesus." "Bleeeeedeep ... burgle ... ooooorrrp."
Well, I guess my blathering about this and that earned me a 7. Woot!
evidentialist comments on Dec 28, 2017:
You'll have to blather a lot more to get out of the 7 slot. 7 is almost what could be called terminal.
How important is romance in a relationship?
evidentialist comments on Dec 28, 2017:
A vague term like 'romance' only has meaning to the person who defines it. What may be romantic to one may be idiocy to another.
What would it be like to be married to you?
evidentialist comments on Dec 28, 2017:
You'll have to ask my wife. I am ... well ... biased.
I think atheists are tolerant of the religious. Why aren't the religious tolerant of atheists?
evidentialist comments on Dec 28, 2017:
First, what does an atheist represent to the believer? If we appear to be happy, well adjusted, moderately successful, well educated, and doing good in our community we stand as a glaring contradiction to everything they've been told about us. That's just for starters. We also are a reminder of their insecurities. These folks have to keep reminding themselves of what they believe and make sure it's all held firmly in place, then along comes someone who seems to be secure and content without all those things they're supposed to remember. Then there's the ultimate worry. They can't face the idea of it all coming to an end. Surely there must be something better on the ... other side, right? Standing there as if nothing at all is wrong is someone who doesn't have all that worry. It is just a matter of time, usually not much time, before they are moved to explain to that person that they need to be saved. That they need to be worried about heaven and hell and the eternity they will face in the Lake of Fire if they don't repent from their ... uh ... from their what? ... wicked ways? Damn, the only thing that atheist is doing wicked is ... is ... not believing. How can anyone not believe? This is not possible. Everybody believes in something, right? That's what they're doing that's wicked. They're believing in something wicked. Like what? Melt down will surely follow if something is not done. They can't tolerate us. Not only because of what I've said here, but because their deity, the one they believe in has said that we are not to be allowed to live. That we are worthy of being drowned in a great flood or stoned at the city gate. Fortunately, there are some who do not buy into all that crap and have figured out a way to tolerate us and the LGBT community -- at least on the surface. I suspect that down deep in the mental cellar they are quietly stoning us too. Do not expect genuine tolerance or understanding because it cannot be given. We can and should give it to them, but they can't reciprocate 100%.
Has anyone had a nutritional plan that has worked particularly well for them?
evidentialist comments on Dec 28, 2017:
Cheeseburgers with green chiles. Plenty of bacon. Deep fried Twinkies. Chocolate syrup and strawberries on French Vanilla ice cream. Drink plenty of liquids: Dos Equis - Coca Cola - lemonade - eggnog. Corndogs for the roughage
Anyone believe that UFO sighting that's all over the news?
evidentialist comments on Dec 27, 2017:
What UFO sighting that's all over the news where? Are you referring to the released video from the DoD of a sighting in 2012 by two Navy pilots? If you are, the real video shows just a nondescript light. The one with the little alien looking saucer thingy in it is doctored footage of something else. Let me know if you're talking about something else.
Still waiting for the footage of a suicide bomber who yells "HAIL THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD !!!!!!!!" ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Honest, your honor, entanglement made me do it.
Time to elect a Agnostic/Atheist US President !!!!!!
evidentialist comments on Dec 27, 2017:
As on openly stated atheist that is highly unlikely given the current mindset of the majority. Give it a few more years while the demographic of the nation changes -- then ... maybe.
Was the biblical flood just the end of the last ice age?
evidentialist comments on Dec 26, 2017:
There are a few possible scenarios in the distant past that could be a foundation for the myth, but that does in no way relieve the biblical Noah story of being a total fiction. If one digs deep enough, one can find roots in history for many of the epic stories. Writers get their ideas from all sorts of places and there is no reason to think that writers of old did any differently.
Do we have a purpose in life?
evidentialist comments on Dec 26, 2017:
The way it is phrased clouds the issue. Hark back to one of my mottoes in life: Do what you love and you'll always love what you do. You may call that Ikigai if you wish, but it is a simple notion and the results of following it are self evident. Doing what you love to do rarely places any stress in the psyche and that can only translate to less stress on the body, hence a chance at a long and fulfilling life. Mine has been interrupted by an illness that has nothing to do with stress, diet, blah blah blah, but I remain happy with what I am doing and where it is taking me. No fate, faith, or Ikigai to blame. Just doing what I love.
Are atheists and agnostics intolerant?
evidentialist comments on Dec 26, 2017:
I believe nothing outside of the mundane, so I have nothing to push. If I can be said to promote anything it would be critical thought, rationality, the pursuit of scientific knowledge, an understanding of our reality in the Universe, and the rights of all to be who they are. However, I will fight tooth and nail to resist the incursion of irrational belief/faith based nonsense in schools, politics, law, and social order. If an issue is presented, I will respond. I am neither bashful nor timid.
Is there such a thing as business ethics?
evidentialist comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Of course there is such a thing. The problem is finding an example where it is being used.
The only responsibility business has to society is to maximize it's own profits. Agree or Disagree?
evidentialist comments on Dec 26, 2017:
I couldn't vote, but I will comment. When I was first in a business that required employees, I came to a realization that stayed with me ever since. I may have a great concept and I may have the money, but without my people my cleverness and wealth are a waste. I also found that paying and treating them well improved my chances of bringing my ideas to fruition. To that extent, yes, corporations have a responsibility to raise up society with some of their profit by investing it back into the society that makes it possible for them to exist. I don't know how that would be implemented or the amounts that would be reasonable, but there is indeed a responsibility to reward the society that supports it. It is simply that without a society with adequate means, there is not business and there is no profit to be had.
Is it rationally justified to pay for sex ?
evidentialist comments on Dec 26, 2017:
I see nothing wrong with it. What is wrong is that as long as it is illegal, there will be trafficking, pimps, and dealers. Legalize it, tax it, and regulate it and I suspect it would very quickly eliminate many of the bad issues associated with prostitution while at the same time getting rid of the stigma for both parties.
In your opinion, what habit is most annoying about other people?
evidentialist comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Remaining ignorant. That's the worst of all habits because it leads to all sorts of other nasty shit.
How much would a 100 dollars be 15 years from now?
evidentialist comments on Dec 26, 2017:
In 15 years we may be using Renminbi/Yuan. The dollar will be worth zip.
If your deeply held religious beliefs stop you from baking a cake for a gay couple, or selling them ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
This is a prime example of how convoluted their thinking is. On the one hand they can't associate with anything the Big Guy in the Sky says is an abomination or even moderately not acceptable. At the same time they are exhorted by His Magicness to treat their neighbors as they wish to be treated and to treat the stranger with loving kindness. As if that duplicity weren't enough, they are bound to save the 'unsaved' through bringing them to believe in the Sky Guy's kid for they surely don't want anyone to burn in the Lake of Fire. The way they try to get around the first one is to say that they are not to aid and abet in any way abominable acts and that somehow baking/decorating a cake, catering a meal, providing photographs, providing flowers is construed as participation. That they are using their art and knowledge to help the perpetration of an act that their Father above the Firmament fervently frowns upon. Through a certain amount of mental gymnastics they can switch things around so that their refusal appears (to them) to be connected to loving kindness in some way. A humorous and logical extension of this reasoning would be for christian gun dealers to refuse selling guns to anyone so they won't become conspirators in the next mass shooting. I have listened to their verbal sparring regarding conversion therapy for the gay community with amusement and consternation. They call this torture and an act of loving kindness too. I suppose one could say then that waterboarding is a kind way to extract information from a prisoner. They then have the nerve to associate it with tough love. None of what they say makes any sense, but to them it is completely rational and logically correct. Unfortunately, many of the judges who hear these cases are also believers and tend to be sympathetic to their cause. So far we've been traveling on the more rational side of the law. Remember that dumb-dumb is appointing federal judges. Farther down the line things might not look so good.
Anyone here know each other IRL?
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I have met a couple through business connections on LinkedIn, but other than family and local friends on general social media, no. I have done a lot of collaborative writing on the net and of course my editing business is carried out online as well.
I have read several profiles on the site and found out that people who admit not believing in God ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I don't understand the ambiguity, either. What I have observed is that many people haven't carried the critical thinking process all the way through. If one supernatural thing is absurd, then all are absurd. That includes astrology, numerology, fairies, gnomes, luck, fate, goblins, and the entire menagerie in the supernatural circus. I suspect that some of these folks are more disturbed by the dogmas of religion and not the foundation of religion, thus they are able to believe in other nonsense that doesn't carry the same dogmatic burden.

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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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