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Anyone else see the new Star Wars Last Jedi movie? I liked it but the whole talk about the Jedi ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Why would it being a religion bother you any more than the fact that they use supernatural force in their role as a Jedi? Since the entire premise of Star Wars is Fantasy from the git go, just roll with it and decouple your psychological hangup about religion. May the farce be with you.
I don't believe in any god, but I do believe there is more then just what we can perseve with our ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
There is a broad range of meanings to the word 'spiritual'. Because we have attained the capacity to think in abstract terms we frequently confuse ourselves with it. We are emotional, social creatures with the ability to make anything of our private internal world we want and because of that we can manipulate our perceptions to any degree. That is one of the major reasons why the notions of supernatural beings and actions gets a foothold in the real world. To accept any such idea without real and rational evidence to support it is a folly of the mind.
Is there such a thing as an athiest jew?
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
You can't get much more atheist than this secular Jew. Here is the major distinction: There are two types of folks who can declare themselves to be Jewish. Converts who have accepted all the stuff that goes along with becoming a member of the religious community. The second group is made up of those who are born into the bloodline by maternal heritage. The latter group is full of types of Jews. One of those types is a person who accepts none of the trappings, but has been raised in the culture. This person cannot dispose of the lineage and the acculturation may be apparent or it may not. That person is a Jew regardless of what he/she may or may not believe. Now, because I accept the commonality of the species, I do not think of myself as a separate entity -- a Jew -- but merely as one of the group Homo sapiens sapiens. In spite of that, I am identified by others as a Jew. Oh well.
If virtual reality became full immersion, would you want to live in a virtual world?
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
From time to time it would be interesting and perhaps fun. Full time? Never. I like the world the way it is, though I don't accept everything that is here. Sober and alert is my preferred mode of existence.
Hello! I'm brand new to this community, less than 24 hours and I think I like this place. It's ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
@GrantSmith - Welcome to the menagerie. Have a good time.
Pledge of Allegience
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Classical indoctrination from the first word. You might find this article to be of some interest: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pledge-allegiance-pr-gimmick-patriotic-vow-180956332/
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE AMERICAN MEDIA AND THE TERM "FAKE NEWS"
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
The attack on the media, legal branch, legislative branch, and other areas of inconvenient government is a classic gaslighting technique. It has been employed by every petty wannabe despot since time immemorial. There is some validity to the attack on the media, but only because another Repugnican ex actor killed the Fairness Doctrine. Since that time the media has been free to apply spin to meet management's political bent. However, 'Fake' news carries the connotation of 'made up' news and as far as I know, no member of the mainstream media would even dream of doing that. So, what changed? There has been a slow change since the time of Reagan toward what we see now, including the incursion of heavy handed religion into the system. The potential last straw is the advent of this administration.
I think this says it all.
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Yes, I think it does.
Suppose someone said that their deeply held religious beliefs were in opposition to all war, and ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Not all that well, I'm sure. However, members of the military are not all that easy to spot unless in uniform -- and that's kind of rare most of the time.
Will society ever be able to have a serious discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Until a degree of honesty enters both camps, I highly doubt it.
Anyone else listen to Sam Harris' Waking Up podcast? I just listened to a discussion with him and ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Sam Harris is indeed a fascinating fellow with incredible insights into the human condition. I also enjoy The Thinking Atheist with Seth Andrews.
I love all the lights and General good spirit this time of year, even though I don’t believe in ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Winter Solstice requires no magical thinking. Just an appreciation for the fact that Spring will soon be here. Light the lights. Ignite the yule log. Drink the nog. Stand under the mistletoe and see what happens. No magic needed.
If you could pick a God or certain religion/mythology, which would you prefer?
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
None.
I am agnostic about god. I have a flickering hope that maybe, just maybe there is a god and a life ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
That depends on who you ask. If you ask me, the answer is, yes.
Who else out there is in a deep love affair with science? I don't care who you are, I just wanna ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
I couldn't have pursued my career in science if I didn't love it. One of my mottoes is, Do what you love and you'll love what you do.
Who is a member of the NRA? Do you think they have the average gun owners best interests as part ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
My grandfather was a gunsmith. I grew up around firearms of all types. I enjoy shooting for target practice and I know how to use them for hunting purposes. I never joined the NRA. As for whether they have the gun owner's best interest as part of their plan, I rather doubt that. They make a good deal of money off of their members, but their main drive I think is with manufacturers.
Quick question on views of Christmas. So today I took my daughter to a winter wonderland. It was ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
You can dump all religious references and lo and behold, you still have the Winter Solstice which is really the reason for the season. There were political reasons why christians picked this time of the year way back when.
Social environments
evidentialist comments on Dec 17, 2017:
You would think that a place in the southwest would be just a mite less religious. My state is listed as the 18th most religious state in the US, but where I live just happens to be the most religious town in the state. I have no problem stating my position, but that's because I'm old, ornery, and I don't have to hold a job. I know others here who have a lot of trouble with their atheist views.
How many people actually think about this when they go to those xmas programs and see this ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Too bad they don't teach them the languages that went along with the personages. At least that we they'd learn something.
I'm currently debating a Christian about carbon dating of dinosaur fossils. Can you help?
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Carbon dating has its limitations, and that is why it is not used to date dinosaur fossils. This article spells out some of the limitations and problems associated with Carbon 14 dating procedures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq0XxzhZ6hM=youtu.be Here is how dinosaur fossils are actually dated. It is a highly accurate process, but there is always a margin of error. The margin is rarely great. https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geology/dinosaur-bone-age.htm We carbon date bones. Fossils are not bones.
Do you support the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
At the moment, it's the best thing we have. Any effort to 'fix' it will just make it worse. What we really need is single payer full coverage healthcare for all, and we need it soon because of this country's current demographic.
I'm not entirely clear why billionaires shouldn't get a tax break. I realize many say, "they make ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Let's look at this in another way. A wealthy person is certainly entitled to have 'the best', but break that down. Suppose George X owns the most magnificent car ever produced. That's okay. Does he need a garage full so that he has one for each day of the week? Probably not, but if Mr. X happens to like cars and they somehow fill a niche for him, he may go overboard. This is not to say that Jay Lenno is hording because of his collection. That is something entirely different. Take it a little farther and let's look at Mr. X and his family. He is in his early 40s, has a lovely wife and four children. They occasionally entertain some guests overnight, but no more than 4 at a time. What sort of house does Mr. X really need? Well, let's be generous because we think the wealthy should certainly have the best. Swimming pool? Check. 4 car garage? Check. 10 bedrooms or 5 bedrooms and a guest house with 2 bedrooms? Check. House on 10 acres? Check. Staff to care for the grounds, clean the house, maintain the cars, and other 'necessities'? Check. Let's say he lives in Washington state. Does he 'need' a home of equal standing in Fort Lauderdale? Not really. Can he have a modest home there? Sure, but it's not a necessity, is it? What I'm getting at here is that wants tend to always outrun needs, even if the needs are generously taken care of. There really does come a point when the wants become vulgar displays and are easily seen as a sick show. I will grant that a CEO who has done well for his corporation deserves to be recognized for his efforts, but 3 or 4 times his annual salary? Much of the money that is spent for the elaborate and unnecessary luxuries of the rich would be better spent helping the people that make it possible for them to live in luxury. I'm not talking sour grapes here or jealousy or anything along those lines. What I am saying is that the wealthy would not be wealthy without the other levels of society that enable them to have that mansion. A person can have the most fantastic ideas in the world and more money than they know what to do with, but all of that is of no value unless someone helps to bring whatever it is to fruition.
Need some social etiquette advice (not related to religion)
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Condolences should not be in company with Christmas greeting or any other festive notice. What I would do is send another sympathy/condolence card with a simple explanation, not an apology as such. Two days later, send the Christmas card so that the two are separate and distinct.
Things are not explained by the past but by happens in the here and now which creates the past.
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
If you are saying what I think you're saying, I disagree. Where it is true things that happen in the here and now create the past, the past provides us with guideposts and warnings we should consider in the here and now to avoid revisiting the past in the here and now.
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
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Do you use any form of the word Jesus Christ when/if you swear?
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Ever heard this one? Damn your son all to hell. This one came from one of my finish carpenters when something just wouldn't fit. Sonofanailhimtothecrossandletimrot. Early morning rush in the subway. Fuck god and his son too. As for me, I rarely use Jesus Christ. It's so much easier and much quicker to just say, "Shit!" It also appears to be the favorite last words on black boxes.
If your life were a sitcom, what would it be called?
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Sure It'll Work What the Hell is That? The Decimal Place Conundrum Corners
Creepy McCreeperson..
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
@AMGT - We are dealing with something that cannot be relegated to numbers. We need to look at motive. As an example with which I have personal experience, my wife is 15 years my junior. We have been together for what could be considered forever based on current trends, and we have four really cool children, even if one is a religious nutcase. Motive, folks. Motive.
Ever been a victim of proselytizing?
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Do dolphins live in water? Is rain wet? I have learned how to shut them down in a hurry, but I have to admit I get a certain perverse pleasure out of playing with them a bit before throwing them away.
What's the oil to your water: who would you hope not to be your cubicle roomie?
evidentialist comments on Dec 16, 2017:
My first day job began a couple of days after my 16th birthday. It was for a huge company doing operation and maintenance manuals for the government. The building was enormous and essentially without walls. Each of us had a drawing board, a credenza, and a desk with typewriter. No cubicles. In the middle of all that stood a chain link cage where 20 of us were locked in because of the nature of the work we were doing. It was funny because you had to anticipate when you'd need to make a nature run. Why? Because management hadn't thought to station a guard at the gate and the interval between calling and the key arriving could be from 5 to 20 minutes. Anyway, in that environment there was a constant din, people moving about, and one had to constantly be fielding questions from other writer/illustrator types to keep our work coordinated. I learned at an early age to compartmentalize, ignore, and tune out unwanted noise/conversation. In spite of my armor plating, there emerged one type who would get my ire in an instant. The always present crybaby who shows up to give you their latest injustice-at-the-hands-of tale of woe and wants me to fucking console them. They are dead meat.
Hello I am looking for like minded people to talk with about anything.
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
By 'anything', what do you mean?
If American's switched from pounds to kilograms over night, would there be mass confusion?
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
Why change? We have such a logical system now that I can't imagine anything better. Oh, and yes, I am kidding.
I am "brand new" to this site and I have to say I LOVE it. I had been pretty much agnostic for many...
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
Welcome aboard, my friend. The candy store is all yours.
Freaky Friday: If you had to body swap with someone else, who would it be?
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
I couldn't swap with anyone. I can't be that cruel.
God has doubts… (See attached image.)
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
I'll have to think about this.
Porn and the Bible belt
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
Both.
I am just coming to see that I have been fooling myself all these years. New to the idea there is no...
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
@GodlessMichael - Welcome to the menagerie of others who often feel a little bit ... well ... dumb. I was fortunate in that I was never really locked into a belief, so I've been spared some of the shock that coming alive can bring, but I do understand. You are among friends here. Relax and enjoy being able to speak your mind. I'll pray for you.
Can A.I. really become conscious?
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
In order for AI to be functional, it must be autonomous. If it is autonomous and learns of its own accord, self awareness is almost a given at some point. It may or may not develop emotions as well.
If you could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest positive ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
I would be tempted to teach everyone the Jacobs Brain Speed Quotient and how to maximize it. With it, everything else will be much easier, and quieter. Jacobs Brain Speed Quotient: The speed of the brain is inversely proportional to the speed of the mouth in words per minute multiplied by the volume in decibels squared. Sb = 1 / (Sm * Vd) ^ 2
Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions at hearing - CNNPolitics
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
Believe me, I know more about competence than anyone. No one knows competence like me. That's why only I can, you know, pick 'em. No one can pick 'em like me. No one. Have I told you I'm wealthy? Really rich. Trust me, no one does rich like me. I do rich bigly.
I've generally regarded agnostics as atheists who want to keep their options open. I'm curious what...
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
Though I am an atheist, I will not assert that there is/are no god/s. The reason for that is simple. To make an absolute statement that there is no god places me in the same position as the theist and he/she is justified in telling me to show them the evidence supporting my assertion. I can't show them the evidence that validates my claim any more than they can do the same for theirs. I can cite the lack of evidence in their arguments, but I also have a lack of evidence in mine. In spite of the preponderance of evidence leading to a natural explanation for all that exists, we have no actual evidence against the existence of a deity. So, all atheists, if they intend to be rational and reasonable in their position, should avoid making that claim. One who claims to be agnostic is not faced with this dilemma. ------------------------ Oops, I need to add that there is a distinct difference between not believing in a deity and asserting that one does not exist. It's a mite subtle, but it is there.
What would you do differently now if no churches existed?
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
Churches are irrelevant to me now. If they were to disappear tomorrow, it would make to difference to me. It might become important to the real estate industry, I suppose.
What would you do if somebody opened an Agnostic church by your home?
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
My first reaction would probably be one of concern for their sanity.
OK. There is no god. But if there is no creator, no master plan, how do you explain the creation ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
Quantum fluctuation, inflation, and the inevitable results as the event begins to cool. For a more complete explanation, take six years of physics that is heavy in astrophysics/cosmology.
What emotion would you believe is the strongest and why?
evidentialist comments on Dec 15, 2017:
I think that anger usurps all other emotions. I have no data to base this on and just a smattering of observations over a long time, but I have seen anger take over from the sadness of grief, elation, and happiness. In a few cases I've seen folks go from sadness to furious anger in an instant. For those of us who are naturally slow to anger, outbursts like this are disturbing and, at least for me, reinforces the knowledge that it is wise to keep anger in check. The results are rarely positive.
The Dallas Morning News ran an article this morning saying that the Republicans may have dodged a ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
They don't get off the hook that easily. Moore was nothing more than another pimple on the ass we know as the Republican party. Anyone given any thought to the Net Neutrality Law? They are in the process of screwing us and they will continue to do so at every opportunity.
An investor gives you "seed money" to start a business. What kind of business would you start?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Start a zero cost university of science for gifted young people who would otherwise not have an opportunity for advanced study. One of my lifelong dreams.
WHY WON'T ALIENS TALK TO US?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Funny how so many respond to the question and apparently didn't bother to look at the meme. That brought some chuckles up from the depths. The other thing is, I remember seeing the video in which he said this and I laughed about it off and on for the rest of the day. It also disturbed me greatly.
New on here, currently in school and am doing work on String Theory, anyone have any opinions or ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Opinions and insights on what? String theory? Let me know when quantum gravity works. Just pulling your chain. Welcome aboard.
When adult children choose religion
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Had one do that. I mean, really off the deep end. How do I handle it? She's my daughter. That's all I need to know. She knows where I am and I know where she is in terms of belief and no belief. It's really nothing more than a matter of mutual respect. She was raised to be free to make her own decisions and she did.
Good one!!!
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
That it is.
Compliments..
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
If a compliment is genuine, I have no problem with it. My usual response is just a simple 'thank you', then move on. The best compliment I ever received was from a student some ten years after she graduated. She said in a card she wrote to me, "I want to thank you, Professor Jacobs (be it known, I was not a professor, just a tutor in this case) that you changed my life. I'm doing what I've always wanted to do because you opened a new world to me." I admit to tearing up over that one.
Guilty pleasures?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Good music is good music and I don't give even a slight damn where it comes from. There is no guilt borne for appreciating artistic endeavor, regardless of source.
FAVORITE DRUG What is your favorite drug? Can be illegal/illicit, prescribed, self-generated, OTC, ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
I prefer to be cognizant of reality, thank you.
Does having children serve a purpose? Or is it cruel to bring children into a world of suffering?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Negativism to me is distasteful. In spite of our many shortcomings, our species is something rather special in our little region of space. I think our intelligence and creative ability is worth preserving through future generations and we have no other way to do that without bringing children into the world. It is possible we may destroy ourselves in the future or we may be destroyed by something out of our control, but thinking that is what will happen is just a way to generate a self fulfilling prophecy, and that reminds me too much of the christian desire for Armageddon. I am unable to think like that.
What will be your legacy?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Legacy? Hmm, that's a fairly subjective thing to consider. Objectively, as a designer of yachts, I suspect some of those will be around for a while and they will carry my name. As an author, my short stories, novels, anthologies, and articles will survive me for quite some time. But those are just 'things'. I think I shall be remembered by some and that memory may get passed down through a generation or two. I know a few of my students will remember me but how far that memory will travel is unknown. Why do you ask?
[rawstory.com] I found this article informative concerning the effects that certain religions can...
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
I am dealing with a young man now who is showing many of the symptoms mentioned in the article. One of my daughters is a psychologist and I have had a fair amount of education in the subject. For the past three years we have had many discussions about this very subject. Yes, I can relate to the article. Not from a personal experience of the problems outlined, but from experience with others and an understanding of psychological trauma.
What is the single most impossible trait to do without in a mate?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Sense of humor coupled to intelligence.
When times are tough, with no god, how do you make it thru the night?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
I have no problem making it through the night.
Would you rather shrug off a religious persons conversation towards religion or challenge it? Is it ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
I have a question I ask all believers when they begin pushing religious beliefs in my direction. It goes something like this: Believer: "Blah blah blah. Blah blah, blah blah blah." Me: "Hmm. Is it possible that what you believe is wrong?" So, why do I ask this question? If they say, "Yes, I suppose I could be wrong," then we have room for discussion. If they say, "No. I know it's real because...," there is nothing to discuss, and I walk away. I admit, there are times when I will engage, but that is governed by their approach and demeanor.
If religion wasn't here, what would atheists bitch about?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
It's not religion I bitch about, it's what religion does that I find distasteful. Now, religion itself is not the problem. The problem is that religion has leaders and followers. If that were not the case, religion would sit moldering quietly on a dusty shelf somewhere and no one would say a word about it. So, forget about the religion angle. It's more like as long as there are people promoting inane and insane ideas and wanting everyone to agree to them, there will be something to bitch about.
I think technology may eventually provide an answer to the abortion debate. If we can develop an ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
First, there should be no debate. The anti-abortion crowd is fueled by the christian agenda and its absolutes. No other religion on Earth has a major problem with this issue. Having said that, we have a population that is growing too fast as it is and I can find no way to reconcile what you suggest with that. Frankly, we need fewer people in the world, not more.
Have you given up ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Belief in God : Never really had it, but yes. Dependence on substances (street drugs) : Never did them. The idea that someone can make you happy : Only I can do that. The conviction that the rich are victimizing you : Never had that feeling. The notion that the government should make your life fair : Never had that. A belief that you have emotional wounds : Those were abolished long ago. The feeling you are incomplete : I've never felt incomplete. Waiting until big societal issues are resolved before you can be happy : My happiness does not hinge on anything external. The sense that the world is holding you back : The only thing that has ever held me back that was within my control was me. The desire to feel better instead of the hard work of doing better : Never had this one, either. Striving to better myself and the world around me is a natural state. And, no, you don't want to meet me.
The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion - Scientific American Blog Network
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
I have been considering opening a coffee shop, very small, for the secular among us. In my community a single table and four chairs would be adequate. I think I shall call it DARWIN'S DONUTS AND DIALOGUE.
CAMPING?
evidentialist comments on Dec 14, 2017:
There was a time. Yes, I remember it well. Love the more primitive style and used to spend weeks, sometimes months at a time where no man has gone before. Alas, no more.
So I was just checking Facebook, and came across an entry by one of my Nephews - who is a young ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
What a slap in his neighbor's face. I don't doubt that he thanked the neighbor profusely and I would hope he didn't regale the neighbor with a lot of god is good crap, thus lessening his generosity. Nonetheless, it is aggravating when they use it in telling their story. It is belittling.
One thing I hear with tedious regularity as an Atheist from Christians in particular are ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
For the born again evangelical christians, persecution is built right into their scriptures and they are taught this from an early age. This is not quite so prevalent in mainstream christianity, but it is still there. There is a little of that in Judaism, but not much. To the best of my knowledge, Islam has little to none. I consistently hear this from the born again evengelicals: We're in a cultural war. They're attacking Christmas. There's a war on Christmas. We must be prepared to defend ourselves from the immoral enemy. Family values are under attack. The list is, of course, much longer, but this stuff is a natural for them. They wallow in it like pigs in warm summer mud. Their identity is as much tied up in their persecution as it is in the jeebus kid and the resurrection of same. It appears to be one of their bonding mechanisms.
90 percent of the points are owned by the top 1%. This is a yuge problem.
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I think we should all be grateful that an English major is not evaluating the posts to determine point value. In my case, points are not an incentive, but I have no complaint about the system. It's all good.
What is true moral fiber to you and what does it mean to have it.
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
Because Metamucil has already been taken, I'll limit myself to being serious, an unnatural place for me. The strength and ability to do the right thing according to my definition. Carrying that a step further, the willingness, courage, and strength to be held accountable for whatever I have done. In order for it to be counted as 'moral fiber', it means to live by this whatever the situation.
How often are you asked what church you attend? Follow up: What state do you live in?
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
In my little corner of New Mexico, one would assume that would be a common question, but it has come up only twice in twenty years.
A question for agnostics
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I am an atheist, an evidentialist, and a rationalist. Now, let's drive the nail home. First, an agnostic is an atheist with reservation. The word 'atheist' is all inclusive, just a bit more certain. An atheist who says, "There is no god," has placed him/herself in the same position as the person who says, "There is a god." This is an important distinction. I am an atheist, but I will not make the statement that there is no god. Not because I lack spine, but because I'm endowed with a functioning brain. My certainty that there is no god or anything supernatural is 99.9999999...9% Why stop there? Simply because we don't know everything there is to know about everything, and anyone who rounds it up to 100% has, in my estimation, stepped into dangerous territory and can legitimately be considered just as arrogant as believers in a personal god. One of the more important things we learn in science is to not be so cock sure of anything.
Wow...for a site made up of agnostics and atheists seems a lot of people don't know the proper ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
You omitted 'evidentialist' and 'rationalist'. Also bear in mind that all of these definitions are nuanced to some degree depending upon the individual so that the borders are rather ... fuzzy.
The evangelical Christians come out big for Roy Moore. What is the meaning for Christians? I am ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 13, 2017:
It's simple. Moore would: Make homosexuality a crime punishable under law. Outlaw a woman's right to choose. Ensure there would be a Ten Commandments monument on every lawn. What's not to like about that for the evangelical Christian? And they have a plethora of excuses, justifications, and other ways to make his misogyny and sexual aberrations acceptable. All for the good of the ... cause. MAGA
Where is the Garden of Eden located
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
2133 Gladtobee St. Euphoria, Illinois
Is this a dating site or a site that promotes reality? Cannot tell.
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
Both.
How many people here consider themselves to be an independent like myself, with no affiliation to a ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
No party, no label, but I register as Independent. However, in the last presidential election I registered as Democrat so I could vote in the primary. That didn't work out so well. Had I known, I wouldn't have bothered and just remained Independent. I vote based on track record, policies, and information and am not moved in the least by rhetoric and showmanship.
Something that makes you go, Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
The list of 'hmmmmmmmmmm' causing things is ... well ... long.
Happy Tears
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
I've watched Autumn Rush several times and it never fails. One of my little stories did it as I was writing it. Several pieces of music turn on the fountains. It's tough to narrow it down to any specific thing, time, place, or circumstance, but it happens. On the other hand, I'm such a strong empath (not a HSP) that I could NOT dissect that frog. Not what you can call squeamish, but more like I can't stand to see anything hurt. Not so bad that I can't swat flies, but close. What is interesting about that is that many see me as cool and calculating and can't understand how I can be so sensitive -- but I think those are different and separate traits.
Does the thought of living forever almost terrify you when you really think about it?
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
For me, living forever means learning forever and that is a wonderful idea. It would mean that I could devote time to studying a given subject without the concern that I didn't have it. I think that most people don't think this through. There are a lot of things that come along with being immortal. One of the most important would be having the time to eliminate negative and/or destructive paradigms. Enough time to actually fix the errors of the past. Also, being immortal does not mean being supernatural. That is, death is possible for the immortal. I won't explain that, just you think about it and you'll understand. If you don't, then you shouldn't be immortal.
Who needs a Christmas gift more, your family or a charity?
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
"Who needs a Christmas gift more, your family or a charity?" ------------------- I do. To hell with the others.
Atheism Has a Suicide Problem | HuffPost
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
Been an outspoken atheist for a bit over 60 years and haven't once considered suicide as a solution, though I would consider euthanasia in my approaching ancienthood.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION in intimate relationships.
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
None of the above. There are many other ways to resolve conflict that do not entail capitulation, domination, or avoidance.
Should there be a Pro Choice litmus test for people who want to run as a Democratic candidate?
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
As I see it, the pro-life Dem would lose because a large portion of Repugnicans will vote party line anyway, and an unknown percentage of Dems would not vote for a pro-life candidate. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
@silvereyes - Having already written several, do I have to write another one? Speechin' o' which, my latest and soon to be published is titled HEAVEN HELP US. It's about a bungee jumper who attempts a record jump from the highest bridge in the world and winds up in heaven, whereupon he is promptly arrested by St. Peter as an illegal alien. The story goes from there. It was originally set up as a round robin, but the other authors got too carried away so we're going to give them credit/royalties, but the thing has been so heavily edited and rewritten that the individual voices have gotten lost in the mix.
Accused Christian Terrorists Demand Trump Voters Serve On Their Jury
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
@NerdyOkieDude - A weird thought sneaked in when I read this one. The law reads such that the accused is to be tried by a jury of his/her peers. So, knowing what 'peers' means, Christian terrorists should be tried by a jury made up of Christian terrorists. Am I seeing this correctly? (a)
As an Atheist or Agnostic, are you less depressed or anxious?
evidentialist comments on Dec 12, 2017:
My life, like anyone else, has its ups and downs. The downs, even the lowest ones, could not be described as depression and have always been of rather short duration. My ups have never been enough to be considered manic, and those too are fleeting. I'm just a boring example of our species.
I can prove that I am Jesus
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Bear in mind what happened to the other one and stay out of temples and away from money changers.
So glad I found this site. I was raised as a Catholic in the biggest Catholic country...biggest not ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
@CeciRosane60 - Welcome and I do hope you find what you're looking for here.
What author had the greatest influence on your motivation or your to higher energy. Mine was Tony...
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
One of my mentors in my early years, Isaac Asimov, inspired me to be skeptical of all things and use critical thought in making any assessment or drawing any conclusion.
Can you be an agnostic or atheist and still believe in angels, demons, ghosts and life after death?...
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Of course it's possible, but it is also unlikely that one would reject one faith based idea while keeping others. I have known a couple who did, but they faced much the same cognitive dissonance as any other believer in anything not of this world.
What one question do you want answered the most?
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Are we alone?
What is the bible to you?
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
A collection of ancient stories. Nothing more.
I think what goes on here is mostly "preaching to the choir", boys and girls. Gods come and go as ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Our Orangutan in Chief does not bother me nearly as much as his triggerman in the corner. The one always lurking behind and slightly to one side or another of Our Supreme, Exalted, Fearless, Divine, and All-To-Ignorant Leader. The recent 'laying on of hands' performed in the Oval Office was merely an anointing of Pastor Pence's puppet offered as an appeasement to the evangelical horde that might have harbored any doubts about the sanctity of He Who Sits on the Throne. So, the Trumpenfuhrer is not the one to fear, though he does warrant a rather large dose of trepidation. Let us hope that if they do get to the stage of impeachment, they include the Puppet Master in the mix. If not, we are indeed doomed.
Some have alluded to it, but let me be the first to say humbug
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
@JLFowler - you missed the most important part. 'Humbug' on its own misses the flavor of the season. BAH...! Humbug...!
Irony is what brings out meaning. Ordinary flat talk is heard or read and produces no blip in...
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
My short stories are often described as having ironic endings. That is to say, in my writing of short fiction I enjoy endings that are unexpected, but are consistent with the plot line. I've been called the O. Henry of Science Fiction. Whether the title is deserved, I can't say. There are, of course, other meanings to the word 'irony', but I don't think one could equate 'irony' with 'reductio ad absurdum'. I think I understand what you are trying to say here, and I appreciate your approach to the idea, I just think that pulling the two together is something of a stretch. If I'm missing it, please let me know.
Do you feel lucky? The prosperity gospel tells its followers if they give they will receive in ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Confidence, a 'can do' attitude, and a willingness to seize an opportunity when it is presented is what 'luck' is all about. Physical appearance can skew things a bit when dealing with other people, but even that is not an insurmountable barrier to getting what one really wants. The biggest deterrent to doing what one wants is the randomness of life itself and ones personal limitations. Luck, fate, and destiny do not exist anywhere but in the mind.
What would you call those moments when life hands out serendipity? Luck? Positive Energy? (or just ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 11, 2017:
I don't know how life would hand out anything, but I get the metaphor. Serendipity occurs when looking for one thing and 'serendipitously' finding something else, particularly in research. "He was looking for a formula to produce honey and found a cure for ___________." Anyway, applying it to the specific question, serendipity is serendipity. Any other name one puts on it shows a leaning to the unreal side of life. "God did it." "My lucky number came up." "Must have been in the stars." "The Great Pumpkin smiled on me today." "The unknown force at the center of the Universe is responsible." I'd call it an accidental happening, unless 'serendipity' fit the situation better.
Explain this one homeboy.. wtf were you on.. drugs? 40 years!
evidentialist comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Not just a bad navigator, but utterly stupid. If they had proceeded in a southerly direction after reaching the place where Eilat is today, they would have had the oil.
I'm a skeptical agnostic, but there is this small bit of Jesus Christ which I can't seem to ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 10, 2017:
What part might that be? We're adults here, so you can be explicit.
Lately I've been thinking the USA has jumped the shark
evidentialist comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Yep. Jumped the shark and in the process of screwing the pooch. Our entire country is becoming a giant clusterfuck.

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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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