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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.
If the US had a recall on the presidential election tomorrow, do you think the result would be much ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Probably not. He has lost the support of some of the Democrats who voted for him so they wouldn't have to vote for Clinton. I voted a third party candidate because I couldn't tolerate either one of them. If Clinton were to be put on the ballot again, I'm reasonably certain she would lose again and if only the two of them were on the ballot, I would likely abstain.
Hello guys, well, my friend Shana told me that I should not be so open minded, in telling people ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I see that as a good thing. The reason they are uncomfortable is because of their uncertainty. I wouldn't make it a point to get into people's faces without some reason, but if it bothers them, it's their problem.
how certain are you god does not exist ? 0% 25% 50% 75% 90% 95 % 99% 100 %? reason o ask is because ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
99.9999999999999999999...9% If you'd like an explanation for why I don't go the whole nine yards, just ask.
I like Christian music. Do you see a problem with that?
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Good music is good music and what determines if it is good music is your taste in music. Totally subjective, so sit back and enjoy whatever rocks your boat.
I have a friend, who I bowl with. He often tries to convert me to Christianity. Today, he sent me ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Suggestion: Stop bowling or go to a different alley.
I would like to wish everyone a happy 25th of December. Enjoy yourselves & be at peace with your ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Thank you and the same to you. And, for the New Year, as my alter ego frequently said, "Live long and prosper."
If you could see any movie remade, what would it be?
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
The 1953 version of War of the Worlds done very much as it was but with great actors and CGI. Perhaps fleshed out a bit and a mite heavier on the science, but not changed. The latest version should have been titled Screaming and Running and Screaming. It was a piece of crap.
Do any of you have holiday traditions?
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Cool beans, @Duke -- Used to do the same with my eldest daughter and friends. Lots of fun and some super nice memories.
What's your most unpopular belief?
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I don't hold beliefs. Opinions, yes, but they are subject to change based on information/evidence.
Will there always be a dominant person in any given relationship?
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Everything in life is give and take, and that goes doubly for relationships. I am one of those fortunate ones who has had a long term relationship where we share our roles more or less evenly. Our relationship is the answer to your question, and that answer is, no. Not always.
When I was a lot younger...before kids and divorce...I used to enjoy this time of year. Now I hate ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 25, 2017:
@Rideauxb -- I find it difficult to understand how anyone could waste the energy and brain power it takes to hate much of anything, and certainly not a holiday. I think that we make these things for ourselves because the days themselves are not taking an active part in how we conduct our lives. They are not in control -- we are. December 25th to me is December 25, and what I make of it decides what sort of a day it will be for me. I choose to assemble family and friends for another grotesquely calorie-laden meal so we can all sate ourselves and lean back afterwards for a nice round of chatting about nothing much or digging in depth if a comment warrants. We do silly things and, if needed, some serious things. After all, life is much too short to fuck it up with things like hate. Any kind of hate directed at anything is not worth the effort.
Anyone else out there disabled?
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Yes, ma'am.
If you discovered there was no god, How would you go about not worshiping it?
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
I unworship every day. It's easy and quite relaxing.
Was Neils Bohr the only one to realize that that the entire universe is made up of polarities? ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Bohr is likely to have gotten this idea from La Kybalion that appeared in print in 1908 by the 'Three Initiates'. In that book was describe the Principle of Polarity -- or Dualism. It was, of course, a philosophical treatise, but the extension to scientific thought would have been an easy one. The idea may have been floating around for centuries, but that is the first time I am aware of its formalization and popular dissemination. Because of this, I would assume that several were considering the notion back then.
Do you still have beliefs, even though you are an atheist? I define "belief" as accepting ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
No, I don't. At least nothing beyond the mundane everyday things, but those are exceedingly flexible.
What started the big bang?
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
At a point earlier than 10^-36 seconds, we don't understand the nature of the universe. It's amazing that our brand of physics can even take us that far, because our ability to comprehend begins to break down exponentially when we get close to that time. Now, at 10^-36 seconds, we're talking about our Universe reduced to about the size of a medium grapefruit. Temperatures in the trillions of degrees Kelvin. At that point, we can't even say if 'before' that time makes any sense at all. It is then that the quantum nature of reality pops out and all our organized space-time thinking falls apart. Intervals in time or positions in space don't apply anymore. We just don't know what's happening. There are ideas, sure -- some models that try to explain what started it all, but at this stage, they're nothing more than speculation. If one of them can give us observational clues -- maybe a telltale imprint on the CMB, then we can do some real science! In the meantime, we might just as well be reading the bible. So, the specific answer to your question is -- we ... don't ... know.
My Churches
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
How about the Wee Church of the Precarious Perch?
He needed technology!
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
The Exodus story, like all the rest, is a fiction. According to the numbers given in the story, there would have been between 1.6 and 2 million people leaving Egypt at that time. First, this represents a huge proportion of the total population of the country at that time -- you would think that someone would have thought that noteworthy and written it down somewhere. Second, if they moved out ten groups abreast with reasonable spacing for the next set in the column, when the first of them reached the Red Sea (or anywhere along that line), fully 25% of them would still be in Egypt, waiting to leave. 2 million people wandering around in the Sinai desert would have left obvious evidence of their passage, particularly if they spent 40 years there, yet there is nothing. But that isn't the worst of it. If this were a wise deity who could see all, how come he didn't send them south so they would get the oil?
What’s always been your biggest dream?
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
To start a free university of science for those who otherwise would not have a chance for advanced education. Go to Mars. See a world free of nonsense. Not free of humor and fun, but free of bullshit.
Are atheists a growing population?
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
The young ones are. Old farts like me are the dying population.
What are your feelings on Christmas?
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
About the same as they are any other day. I partake of all the stuff that goes along with it. This year we're doing a full blown Mexican traditional meal rather than the same old same old. Posole, enchiladas, tamales, tacos, enseladas, and all the rest of the goodies. After we're stuffed, we'll all gather in the living room, do some ghastly karaoke, then settle down to see what loot was left by the atheist elf -- we understand the boss is busy with other things this year. Oh, I forgot to mention it's a pajama party as well.
Hello, First I need to let folks know that I am a seminary student at a post-modern ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Pray? For what reason? Please explain the benefits that accrue from praying.
Has anyone encountered scammers on this site?
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Not yet, but there is hope.
As an atheist, I think Homosexuality should not come into mainstream. What's your take ?
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Sorry, partner, but there is mounting evidence that your assumption is completely off the rails. This doesn't mean that in some it may be psychological, because that remains a possibility. However: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-genetic-homosexuality-nature-nurture-20151007-story.html http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/10/homosexuality-may-be-caused-chemical-modifications-dna https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cross-cultural-evidence-for-the-genetics-of-homosexuality/ Granted, the issue is yet to be settled, but there is more than sufficient cause to consider your take on the issue as a minor possibility in isolated cases, but the majority of people in that group have been biologically produced and not by choice at all. AFA notwithstanding.
Who believes as i do of aliens visited earth and they were made out to be gods, only because of ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
There is nothing upon which to base this belief. I suggest you think about it a little more.
I would like to start a new church. The Church of " I don't know" The church would have a few ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I don't know. I have to ponder it a while. I'll let you know.
LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!!
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Almost everything I've done has been a surprise. Not to me. To my mother.
Conservatives Worry Feminists Are Using Witchcraft To Destroy Trump
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Oh, if only they could. At this point almost anything is worth a try.
I got into a discussion a few days ago with a religious person who had said, "everything happens for...
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Carried to logical absurdity, the statement is true. Everything does happen for a reason. The problem occurs because the reasons never coincide with their beliefs. I can explain if you'd like.
5 things..
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Just about any damned thing. I'm easy to amuse.
What type of death do you most fear?
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
The only kind of death that I fear is the final one. Come to think of it, I don't fear death at all. I think it sucks because there is so much more to learn, to experience, to see, but I have no fear of it. Oh, wait, that's not what you asked, is it? I think helpless lingering while my mind is still intact. That I think would bother me greatly.
For atheists - what makes you believe no deity exists?
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
The idea of the supernatural is a loss on all counts, but the wise person always gives a little wiggle room for the unknown. I am an atheist/evidentialist/rationalist and hold no beliefs beyond the mundane that humans use to navigate the world without cognitive overload. I don't believe in a deity and am willing to state that there is none, but not in an argument because then I am bound to the idea that the person making the assertion bears the burden of proof. Atheism is NOT a belief, no matter how much one twists it, strains it, or rubs it, it remains a non belief. Simply ... I ... do ... not ... believe.
Do the holidays lift your spirits?
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I've always lifted my spirits myself. I've stopped doing that and now only lift my eggnog during the holidays. The rest of the time I lift my coffee or Coca-Cola.
I recently posted about losing one of my cat family,and,got very little response. I have noticed ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Didn't see the post, either, partner. All I can say is that I'm sorry to hear that. I've lost 3 dogs and 5 cats where I live. Coyotes, rattle snakes, and traffic. Hurts every time, but life goes on.
The first half of my life was made awesome by my parents. The second half, by my children. I've got ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Lots of kid, grandchildren galore, and a couple of great grandchildren. Now that we've settled that, I have a question for you, @Duke -- How do you think you'll do with the third half?
Does it make anybody else nervous that the earth wobbles as it rotates on its axis?
evidentialist comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Not yet. If it changes much I might begin to be a bit concerned.
Am I the only person on the planet who has to work today?
evidentialist comments on Dec 22, 2017:
None of the above. I work every day, but I love what I do so it's not work. My minimum per day output is 1000 words on whatever is current in the pile, so to me the calendar means nothing.
Would you buy an electric car?
evidentialist comments on Dec 22, 2017:
I would love to have an electric, but the prices need to come down a lot before I can afford one, or I need to win the lottery.
Should health insurance companies be required to cover birth control?
evidentialist comments on Dec 22, 2017:
I voted 'Yes' but there need to be some qualifiers added here. A question: Should kosher delis be required to sell pork? If so, why? Should a sporting goods store be required to sell tutus? Should a photographer who specializes in portraits be required to do landscapes? You see where this is going, right? I agree that birth control is not only a necessity, it is also crucial to the future of our planet that we educate people in their use and the long term advantages accruing from controlling population growth, but there is the issue of rights for the businessman. Perhaps it would be better if it were put in another way. How about, if you are going to engage in the sale of insurance policies for human health, you must also provide a birth control option for clients who want it?
What do you call it when you have two internationally known teams of competitive chess players, ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 22, 2017:
Oy vey.... Will you accept a check, mate?
UFOs and Atheists
evidentialist comments on Dec 22, 2017:
There are indeed UFOs. The overwhelming majority of sightings have succumbed to simple, natural explanation, therefor becoming IFOs. I have heard various numbers ranging from 1% to 5% of all sightings remain unexplained. I doubt that the unexplained sightings amount to anywhere near 5% and the actual number I suspect is between 1% and 2%. Whatever the real number is, the unknowns remain unknown. People, not all but many, have an uncanny talent in that they can always find an agency for any phenomenon. Lighting = god(s) or demons UFO = aliens or demons The first one was cleared up long ago, and not even the conspiracy nuts can come up with some replacement or government coverup for lightning. When it comes to UFOs ... look out. We have greys, blues, golden-haired Nordic types, reptilians, etc. After all this time and in spite of the empty evidence bucket, the market for intelligently operated UFOs is still strong. The poor critters are held responsible for how we became human, cattle mutilations, abductions with the attendant anal probes, building the pyramids, and walking among us as they take over the government. They've been visiting us forever, they tell us. This is not the same as believing in the supernatural, to be sure, but it certainly is as nonsensical. Sightings do warrant investigation. Any phenomenon that is seen should be looked into, but it ought to be done responsibly and without presupposition. I'm a long time avid amateur astronomer, starting in 1947, who has spent more than half of all those nights from then until now, looking up. I've seen a couple of things that still defy explanation -- unknowns. Everything else has been identified. Most within a couple of days. So, here's an example of a sighting. It was one of the strangest things I've ever seen and it went like this. We had just finished dinner and the kids had gone to their rooms. My wife and I were chatting in the kitchen when my mother-in-law shouts from the front porch and demands that we join her to see this ... this thing in the sky. The sun was just dipping below the horizon and the sky had darkened a bit. There to the north of us and about 20 degrees above the horizon was a glowing object traveling back and forth across the sky through an angle of about 10 degrees or so. At each end of its transit, it would go from oblong to a small, round shape, then extend itself and retrace its original track. It also appeared to be randomly changing colors. It was completely silent. Sounds really strange, right? My mother-in-law insisted it was a UFO and she was actually frightened. No astronomer worth a damn is ever without some sort of instrument. I stepped inside and grabbed my trusty 20 x 50 binoculars, raised them to my eyes and...
‘Tis the season.... What makes you an identifiable snowflake in a blizzard?
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Food color?
If you could ask 1 question to your future self, what would it be?
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
To the 'me' of the future? Well, that's simple enough. "How does it feel being dead, dude?"
So,we know how big the Universe is,and,how far away celestial bodies are,what are the chances that ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
If we manage to survive ourselves for another century, I'd say our chances of venturing beyond the heliopause with a manned mission are pretty good, providing we find promising signs from the Centauri system. That is within our reach with perfected VASIMR technology, and we're close to that now. Maybe another 10 to 20 years. When that happens, Mars is about 40 days away. If we find a way to produce antimatter more efficiently than we can now, then near relativistic speeds are within reach and it is conceivable that the Centauri system would be a 15 to 20 year ride.
I've been here for three days now and already you have all made me fee so welcome. I feel like part ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
@Duke -- Mama told me that life is like a box of chocolates. They's all good. And that's all I have to say about that.
Alien Astronaut Theory
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Although possible, the likelihood is remote. Sorry, but I'm not one of the Nazcanuts.
Is Islam more evil than other religions?
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Islam is just another Abrahamic religion drawing on the same stories as those presented in the bible. I think the major difference is that Islam hasn't had quite as much time to mature, to alter their ideology as much as Judaism and Christianity. If one goes back in time to the early days of blood and burnt sacrifice, killing and pillaging, one finds today's extreme form of Islam under a different name. So, Islam is worse in that it hasn't grown up yet in some circles. That said, all religions are regressive in nature, some more than others. None of them do us any favors as a species. Tribal thinking is outmoded. My god has a bigger thingy than your god does is exactly what it sounds like.
You arrived at agnosticism or atheism as a result of:
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
I began asking tough questions at an early age. The answers were inadequate and prompted further digging. It didn't take long at all before the fog cleared.
The self is not a stable entity The self is a process Sam Harris
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Nothing like belaboring the obvious, I always say. Well, maybe not always, but I say it a lot.
What do you think?
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Let us take a look at this notion of death, then I'll present a scenario. People are unable to take in the abstract thought that for 13.772 billion years they were in a state of not existing, so it doesn't do any good to point that out to them. They are unable to even conceive of what a number like that means. All they know is that they are here now. They exist, and they've grown attached to existing. So attached that they can't conceive of not existing. I don't think it's death they fear so much as the idea of not existing. They trick themselves into thinking that death is just a step between one existence and another. I like to call it the afterlife security blanket. Now, let's suppose that a group of tourists have found themselves in a situation where they're being shot at by unseen assailants. They have taken refuge behind a cement wall. They are scared witless (polite word in place of the one I wanted to use). Up steps a man who carries himself with obvious confidence and authority and he hands each of them a suit of body armor and says that now they'll be okay. They are still afraid, but they are now much more calm. They don't realize that if they step out into the open, they will be shot and will die, but they feel better. That body armor is the idea of the afterlife. It makes them feel better, but they suspect that it's not 100% certain so they have to keep touching that armor to remind themselves. Make sense?
Can you define this phrase???
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Oh, man, you are totally gross, dude. Yeah, I know this one, so I ain't sayin' nothin'.
Hi everyone glad to be here
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Howdy...! Welcome. Don't mind the mess. Someone will be along someday to clean it up. In the meantime, just step over it and make yourself comfortable.
How do you deal with god/jesus chain message?
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
I have become adept at ignoring. Wonderful technique. Doesn't stop them from sending them, but it doesn't bother me. Delete is always available.
Is "brutal honesty" unnecessary?
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Truth and how to handle it (or not) is circumstance/individual based and I think you are quite right in your approach. One of the areas where religion places its devotees under stress is the relentless harping on truth. It creates a schism in the mind because no one is 100% honest -- ever, yet they are admonished to 'always' be truthful.
I just have an instinctive feeling that a lot of people who claim to believe, really don't,but,are ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
That social animal thing coupled to the herding instinct. Another clue is, I doubt they would respond so vociferously, occasionally viciously to our presence. We would be no threat if they were absolutely certain. Just guessing here.
You are in a time machine. You have a choice of two buttons, Past or Future. Which do you choose and...
evidentialist comments on Dec 21, 2017:
12 noon, 30 December, 2399. Be there to welcome in the 25th Century, even if I'm alone. Main reason though is to see if Roddenberry was anywhere near right.
Comment an uncommon word & it's definition
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
Quodlibet Two distinctly different meanings. It can be a philosophical or theological point proposed for disputation and also the disputation on such a point. Second meaning is any combination of melodies or texts. In the musical form, the melodies are often done as counterpoint. Fun to write that stuff.
Who else here loves bees??
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
Yep. We had hives on our farm in Oregon. Nice little critters for the most part. Where I live now, we don't have hives, but we keep watering bowls out for the wild ones and maintain lots of flowering plants for them.
Christian Nation or Asshole Nation?
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
Just because we seem to have more than our share of assholes, I don't think the art of assholery is limited to believers or unbelievers. I've seen folks on both sides of that fence do some pretty stinky things. I haven't seen any polls that indicate which group is engaged in more assholey things. I have my suspicions, but no evidence.
I just want you all to know that I love this site. It's been a while since I've been on a site where...
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
Wellllll ... HOT DAMN...! We've fooled another one. Welcome to the fun house, @Duke
Gift Giving
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
In my family we do it the hard way. One of these days just one of us will get all the gifts and the rest of us sit around wondering what happened.
I noticed that there are a lot of old people on this site and very few Millennials. There are also ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
Dang ... mah dentures popped raht outen mah mouf when I read this 'n'. Let me tell ya sumpin 'bout us old folks, kiddo. If you hang out with us you might just learn something that will give you a slight advantage over those other inexperienced, unlearned, unwashed heathen youngsters out there. Might even keep you out of trouble or give you some tips on how to get out of it when you have to. There is nothing like talking to those 'been-there-done-thats' when it comes to getting useful information and avoiding learning things the hard way.
IS WATERGATE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION?
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
@KingofHarts -- Please cite evidence that any of the story happened or that any of the characters actually existed. You do that and I'll consider what was just said.
What do you think of people that think all you need is the Bible?
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
What do I think of people that think all I need is the Bible? Hmm, I don't think much of them at all.
Three couples approach the Pearly Gates. Peter to man number one: "No, you can't come in. All ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
Oh gads, I think I'll save this joke for posterior.
Is magic real? What is it about this guys who can burn themselves with gas, eat a burning plastic or...
evidentialist comments on Dec 20, 2017:
As of this date there has never been any demonstration of any power outside the natural universe. Trickery, deception, and illusion, yes, but no 'powers'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kor_L12bBB0
Does happiness really come from within?
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
Another of those broad spectrum questions that can only be answered by the individual to their personal experience. I rarely feel down or sad or lonely. So rarely that it could almost be considered to be never. I don't need external input to make me happy, but when input is there it does boost the level a bit.
President's Job Approval Rating
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
I see another consensus building here.
UFOs 'Are Real': Ex-Navy Pilot Describes Encounter With Tic-Tac-Shaped Extraterrestrial
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
Here is the original video as released. Nowhere near as dramatic as the other videos I've seen, but exciting, nonetheless. The Target Acquisition equipment on the F/A - 18 is incredibly good and quick, but it wasn't quick enough to track the object when it moved off to the left. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZZTKNh-DD4
UFOs 'Are Real': Ex-Navy Pilot Describes Encounter With Tic-Tac-Shaped Extraterrestrial
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
That is a contrived video. The actual video that was released shows no more than a blob that holds steady in the HUD until the aircraft is closing on it, then it moves rapidly off to the left. The actual sighting was interesting enough, but this, including the chatter, has been assembled for consumption. They're probably making a good deal of click money off of it. I'll go back to see if I can retrieve the original (real) video and information.
Since many people rely on churches for socialization, if the religion part was taken out and people ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
Partly, but it would not provide the structure people are after. Ritual = structure. If it were just communal, going to a crowded mall would help. Those tribal rituals serve several purposes. Those buzz words that your tribe knows that will allow identification across the lobby of a bus depot provides auditory symbolic connection. The movements of entering the church and shuffling to get your favorite spot in the pews. The leader, hopefully charismatic, who leads the herd through all the motions, chooses the words from the magic book, and selects the just so right songs that all will sing in unison. The various rites of passage that are observed inside the church setting that provide rock solid benchmarks for the rest of ones life. All of this and more comes together to give the religious experience for the sheep who so happily follow the directions of the leaders and the lessons that pour from the miraculous writings. Free thinkers, especially those who have found peace in their way of seeing the universe will go to a convention from time to time -- if and only if it's convenient -- and join in some schmoozing afterward, but they have removed themselves from churchly things -- the rituals -- the words -- the herd instinct. It is spelled out in their description: "FREE thinker."
Im not religious by any means but sometimes when Im at a family event they pray. Like funerals, ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
Don't worry yourself about it. If there is no deity, there is no harm or foul that can befall you by entering any edifice dedicated to a fantasy. Would you feel uncomfortable entering any of the Disney attractions? Say, Fantasyland? Going into a church is the same thing. Just another theme park. Granted, the theme is a little boring, but still....
Are IDC s welcome here? Seems to be overflowing with Atheists and IDK s... no, this isn't just an...
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
IDC that YDC. Welcome to the group and enjoy the occasional pithy tidbit that shows up among the babbling that fills our petty allotment of bandwidth.
Christian ‘prophet’ Mark Taylor: ‘Trump will reveal cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s if ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
I take a certain amount of pride in being able to describe weird, off the wall things. This guy has exceeded my capacity. Sorry.
where are you in the following meme-scale?
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
No hits on that chart.
You know I am just as good a person without god as I was with god. I now rest in so much more peace...
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
It is nice, isn't it?
It's the holiday season so religion obvs comes up. The fact that I'm atheist came up in ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 19, 2017:
@damonca -- I reserved my ticket on that bus over 60 years ago and am now sitting at the bus stop, ticket in hand. As for how to handle it, just go about your business because those jabs and pokes whether in fun or hostile are merely them reacting to the fact that you may know something they don't and they're afraid to find out. Also, truth brought to the fore, they really aren't worth your time nor the energy required to respond -- well, unless it gets nasty, then all bets are off and you may feel free to figuratively rip their faces off.
What do you think of Peace?
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
You know, I see a lot of negativism here. Comments such as '...the way it has always...' and '...a natural instinct to...' are exactly why we still engage in senseless and costly conflicts. The words we use and the manner in which we speak them is a clear indication of what is going on inside. A window onto our thought processes, our attitudes, prejudices, and so forth. It is possible to change ones way of seeing and doing things simply by becoming cognizant of the types of words and phrasing one uses in everyday life. It is difficult to be aware of what one is saying and how it is being said, but it can be done and over time the results are guaranteed. The reason for this is the same reason we get into struggles in the first place. We tend to perpetuate negatives because we have lived with them so long they go unnoticed. As old Al said (paraphrasing): You can't fix a problem using the same thinking that created it.
Is constructive dialogue possible anymore?
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Of course it is. All you have to do is find the right people. Therein lies the rub.
What do you think of Peace?
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
I think war should become ritualized in the following manner: Any leader who wishes to go to war with any other leader must file a written declaration of war outlining all the reasons for the conflict and the expected spoils should he/she/it win the conflict. The other leader then has the option to either accept or reject this declaration. If he/she/it accepts, then a similar document must be provided explaining why the challenge has been accepted and what spoils are expected if the invasion is successfully defended against. If agreement to wage war is reached, the leaders in the agreement are each given a baseball bat, stripped naked, and turned loose in a closed arena. The winner of the conflict is the last one standing. It is conceivable that following this format would eventually end all wars.
Occam's Razor. What are you thoughts on this? Definition of Occam's razor : a scientific and ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
A solution with the fat trimmed off it will more often than not fly much better.
Santa... If you have children or have plans for having children in the future, how are you handling ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
@Falcopex -- I avoid handling Santa. I can't afford the legal costs the harassment suit would bring.
Solstice
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Solstice -- you bet. Big time.
I believe that anyone who calls themselves a scientist can accept no other label than AGNOSTIC. Do ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
@Mcflewster - I disagree in part. First, any scientist worth his sheepskin has the understanding that precious little is known to the degree to assert it in the absolute. I list myself as an atheist/evidentialist/rationalist, but the 'atheist' part is couched with the restriction that to make the assertion 'there is no god' places me under the same obligation to provide my unassailable evidence as the assertion that 'there is a god' does to the theist. We are all atheists at the core because we reject any god(s) not consistent with OUR notion of god(s). Sensible atheists that have rejected all gods are only 99.9999999999...9% certain there is/are no god/gods. The fact that I leave that 0.000000000...1% open does not make me any less an atheist. It does make me a reasonable person in that if evidence is ever presented, I will accept it -- well, after rigorous investigation to validate it. Even then, because I am a scientist, I will only say I am 99.999999999...9% sure there is a god because ... well ... the possibility of eventually encountering evidence to the contrary. And the beat goes on.
SCHRODINGER'S GOD As a scientist, I've been very drawn to quantum mechanics. One of the things I ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
@TheMiddleWay - Like Heisenberg, I'm uncertain. I am sure of this, though, the idea of god(s) is immaterial. Of this, Planck would approve to the max. In the meantime, I'll sit back and observe.
The Art of Being a Victim. Worldwide, no matter what religion, no matter whether atheist or ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. Your choice.
Which one of THESE fetishes would you be most willing to deal with?
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
No.
Assertion of scientifically unfounded beliefs by other atheists and/or agnostics
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
@Pineapple-Pizza - Can you provide an example, please?
I had several professors in college preach Christianity as if from a pulpit. I would like to see ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
If this was in a public/government supported college, it should warrant more than a reprimand/warning. A private/religious college with no government subsidies (other than their unjustifiable tax exemptions) is another story. There they can teach anything they wish, as long as their curriculum contains the minimum requirements for accreditation.
What are peoples thoughts on death and does it scare you?
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
I'm not in the least bit afraid of my eventual end. Things come and things go. However, I admit I am concerned a little about the when. Any time will be too soon for me. So much left to learn, so many things yet to experience. Of course I see how ridiculous that is, but it is my one concern. The people around me I know may hurt for a while, but life will go on for them after my switch is flipped. I wish them well. Why others have such fear, I can't even begin to say. I'm sure the reasons are in incomprehensible variations, so I won't try.
Should companies be required to include sales tax in their pricing per item?
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
I agree with the idea of upfront pricing being a good thing in some ways, but it wouldn't work in a country like the US. We would have to establish a uniform national tax first. I can't see that being done any time soon. We are a union of independent states, after all. Each state has needs to be met and its own hierarchy of autonomy for counties/parishes and municipalities. It could be done, but it would be incredibly complicated.
Is remote viewing fact or fiction?
evidentialist comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Although there is a certain amount of fact that with adequate information one can make reasonably accurate predictions, the notion of remote viewing as has been fed to a gullible public is total fiction.
Who has seen Bill Maher's documentary, Religilous? And, if you have, what is your opinion?
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Well thought out for the most part and well presented throughout. Maher has a way of getting obnoxious at times and that showed up in a couple of instances, but those of us with any experience with him expect that. I was pleasantly surprised that he was able to maintain his cool as much as he did. Nice piece of documentary work with almost all of the loose ends neatly tied by the end.
Is there really such a thing as unconditional love?
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Of course there is. Well, with certain reservations and qualifications. (l)
Seeing supposedly religious people support tRump has made me incredibly angry. I want to live in a ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
All hail the Trumpenfuhrer.
What is/are your thoughts about net neutrality?
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Trump and his minions will have us for breakfast if they can and opening the flood gates to potential greed grabs on the Internet is certainly one powerful way to make sure we're on the plate in the morning.
I have recently come across a growing body of negativity towards science and scientists. There ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
@Rufus_Maximus - You discovered this recently? Where have you been, man? There has been a continuous struggle between belief/faith and science since science began to take hold in our world. As the methodology progressed, the chasm between faith and science deepened. Granted, it has never been more pronounced than it is today, but it has had its ups and downs along the way since Charlie introduced his Origin of the Species. A sharp turn upward occurred in the gradually increasing line of resistance to science in the mid seventies, then a distinct kink appeared in its rise when one Ronald Reagan took the throne and what evangelicals existed at the time (then mainly Southern Baptists and other Bible Belt denominations) were emboldened by their newest savior. The rise has been exponential since the 1980s. Today we are on the edge of outright fervor/panic as the End Times are upon us. There are people preparing for the Tribulation and others cashing in on the panic by selling the goods needed to endure until the Rapture comes.
The scientific method helps us understand ourselves and the world around us better than any other ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
I recall a student once telling me that he felt sorry for me (the judgmental little bastard), because I couldn't appreciate the beauty of a rose. I responded to the little shit by telling him that it was I who should feel sorry for him. "Why?" he asked. "Because I can not only see the beauty at the surface of the rose, but its magnificence all the way through and all the way back," said I.
[nytimes.com] Wow, this is just alarming. The bible seems to be irrelevant to the Evangelicals as...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
As far as I can tell, belief is no longer a bible based function. It appears to have become what christian media tells the sheep they should believe based upon their interpretations (often weighted by political and economic goals) of that ever so good book. It is still bullshit, but the bullshit has become far more toxic, far more dangerous.

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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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