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Just saw this 78 second video that just blew my mind. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Really, really old news, @davtim68. They've already returned a few from LEO launches. 100% success rate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIJ2-91ydrg
Creativity: What is it?
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Well, AstralSmoke, I can tell you that creativity is. That's about it. Of course, I could get all creative and come up with explanations, but they'd all be just so much creative bullshit.
Is anyone else into genealogy or DNA testing?
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Yes, I did that through 23 and Me. Interesting, and it was close to the family oral history. 100% European with the majority English/Irish (over 60%), with Scandinavian, German, French, and Spanish thrown into the mix. 278 Neanderthal markers of which I am proud. Oh, that wasn't part of the family's oral tradition.
God Steps Down Amid Sexual Assault Allegations | Zelph on the Shelf
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Wonderful and timely piece of humor there. That was a coffee through the nose moment. Thanks, resserts.
After 10 min. you can't stand the person! What do you do? Have you ever changed your mind after you ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
I live by the notion that every stranger is a friend not yet made. However, not every stranger is worthy of that trust. Sadly, the way we find this out is to offer the trust until they prove themselves to be unworthy of that trust. This one little piece of my life philosophy has brought me very close to the end of life on a few occasions, but it has also allowed me to experience the presence of some truly wonderful folks. So, what happens when I realize that this stranger would be much better to remain a stranger? I have no problem with saying goodbye and sending someone packing, and if they don't seem to understand, I have no problem explaining.
A Little About Me I know I write a lot of silly, fun stuff. I mean hey; I like helping people to ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
@Kreig, you and I are brothers from different parents and times, but brothers nonetheless. When it is time, we'll go walkabout and that will be it. In the meantime, gotta find one more thing for the memory bank. I've managed to outrun the Reaper for a long time now. Most recent escape was not more than a year ago -- and at 77, I'm still here to laugh about it. So keep on living, my man -- there's nothing to fear but missing out on one more chance to experience.
What do you embrace most about being an Atheist?
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
I like being succinct whenever possible. So, what I 'embrace' about being an atheist is the freedom from having to wade through knee deep bullshit.
Favourite movie of all time.
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
August Rush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opS_Dmm15tY The Day the Earth Stood Still https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_M5d8cRzl0 Das Boot Many many more....
The ultimate question; is anyone else here a gamer? If so, what games do you play? Just to make ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
I can't be called a 'gamer', but I do participate in World of Warplanes, Sim City, and the Kerbel Space Program.
Lets say It was NOW the year 2060. The world is completely different. A new Government is in power ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
The way I see things, if I'm dead, I can't fight. Because of this, death would be very far down the list. I'm not going to be here in 2060 anyway, but that doesn't matter much because I see theocracy looming on the horizon now and if the goons in the White House have their way, it will happen sooner than later. With all that taken into account and since you have not seen fit to put Pastafarianism on your list, I suppose I'd opt for Lutheran.
Why doesn't God just show up and sort us out? If God exists, why does he let the human race beat ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
There are two answers to this. First, my personal answer is that this god thing people like to talk about isn't there. The answer for if I thought such a thing existed: Because he's a dick.
A holiday message from S K Deitch: There may be fewer people guilty of this in this group than ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Yes indeedy, SKDeitch. And the Tooth Fairy. Fortunately, most of my kids never heard of the Tooth Fairy, but one day, my youngest came home from school with a story about one of her friends who had received $5 for a tooth she had put under her pillow. So I asked her, "Alex, do you believe that story?" She sort of scuffled her feet around and said, "Yeah. Well, I think so anyway." The moment for a bit of teaching about critical thinking and the skeptical approach had been presented. I told her, "There's a way to test that to see if it's true. You wanna try it?" She nodded -- hesitantly. So, I said that the next time she lost a tooth to put it under her pillow to see what happened. About two months later, she had what was needed for the test, a tooth. She told me about it and we went together to slip it under her pillow. In the morning there was a tooth under her pillow and no $5. She came to me in the kitchen and said, "Nope. No Tooth Fairy." The lesson was learned. Oh, yes, I did give her the $5. The least I could do for my little trouper.
I had a question and I am looking for logic, not emotional responses to what is going on. I can ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
DJVJ311, you approach this without allowing for another system of distributing wealth -- and no, I'm not talking about communism or socialism. The economy we labor with here is called capitalism, and it is indeed a good system, but it is also one that has been severely abused and misused. However, the question as asked doesn't have a simple answer, and here is why: First, it is paramount for corporations (publicly held) to make sure their investors see profit on their investment. At the same time, the corporate heads want increasing basic profits each and every year. They also draw incredibly large salaries for their work. I have never seen an instant in the mainstream corporate world where when they were given any monetary breaks that it trickled down to their lower level employees, or if it did it was a pittance. Not all of them are this way and there are isolated cases where upper management has been generous with their base. One simple example would be the Walton family who own Walmart. This group of people is arguably the wealthiest family in the United States, yet their employees haven't seen much improvement in their conditions at all since the company's founder, Sam Walton, relinquished control to the rest of the family. To square tax incentives with improvement for the middle and lower class one major element needs to be removed from the large corporate structure, and that is greed. The desire to have more when more is not needed or constructive -- to horde for the sake of having and the power it engenders. Statement: Trickle down economy does not work, and it cannot be made to work using the thinking that is prevalent in corporate life. Another statement: Economy is a fantasy. It is not real, nor has it ever been. It is merely a construct that allows us to carry on trade without too much burden and time. So, any 'economic' system that is in current use can easily be replaced with something else as long as cooperation is had, and there is the rub. Here's another approach to economic liberty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zn8MRKOskw
Starship Troopers
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Yes, the book was indeed a profound look into several elements of the social condition -- and a far cry from the movie which I felt was a fun but dumb experience. He was one of my mentors in my early years and I treasured his insightful and brutally blunt inputs. I learned much.
What does it mean 'to be content'?
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
There is no answer to this question. Contentment is different for each person you ask. As evidence to this: I am most content when I am not content. What? There is nothing complicated about this. I feel the most comfortable and at rest when I'm busy chasing down some idea, struggling with my next novel, pressing to be heard in an engineering conference, trying to convince management that the ship can be built, etc. So, what does it mean to be content?
Two percent of our gene pool is from neanderthals. That's about an average, but some may have more !...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
My DNA test showed 278 markers for Neanderthal. I'm proud of that, even though it's not a particularly high measure.
Oh, this is gonna be FUN!
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
I'm not going to fault you for having 7 choices instead of 6. I just read your math poem which explains much. I voted Krishna, and here is why: They've already taken over all the air and bus terminals, and they're doing a good job of getting a foothold in parks and picnic areas. As I see it, whoever wins the battle will eventually lose to the Krishna freaks because he'll be surrounded and outnumbered.
A poem I wrote in class during a surprise Math quizz, many moons ago.... Math I have a mental ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Say it isn't true, Kreig, Say it isn't true. Math just isn't that hard For a man like you. Give it your best shot, Kreig, That's what you should do. Give it all you've got, man, And after you're done, Kreig, We'll down a pint or two. Fun little piece there, my friend. Brought up some interesting mental images.
Christian Who Thinks Fingerprinting is “Mark of the Devil” Wins Court Case – Friendly Atheist
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
We're sorry, Bonnie Kaite, but your continued employment here is contrary to our religious belief that people who refuse fingerprinting are harboring evil spirits that would be dangerous to our other employees.
What religion were you originally steeped in? I was raised Mormon.
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Odd. You don't look Mormon.
Why do I find people who believe in the bible so unattractive?
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
I find that many of them have a narrow area in which they can converse and they have to constantly remind themselves and me that they are believers. Others are not so bad. The worst in this regard in my experience are the born again evangelicals and the worst of them are the new converts who can't seem to go more than five minutes without mentioning their imaginary friend in the sky. That is a definite turn off for me. Where I live this is a major problem when it comes to social contacts.
Who amongst you all likes to ship characters. By ship I mean put fictional characters together in a ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Too cryptic. Explain.
Trump Cabinet Bible Study Leader Plans To ‘Christianize’ Government Officials
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
This is insane. Thanks for bringing this up, NerdyOkieDude.
What is your favorite show?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
Star Trek TOS & TNG Nova The Original Cosmos
Energy Cannot Naturally Be Created or Destroyed! isn't this scientific principle proof of Eternity?!...
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
Here we have an example of a little knowledge is not enough to make a complete thought. You are confused by knowing the words but not what they actually mean. It is true that you cannot destroy energy or mass, but there's more to it than that. There is what is known as the mass-energy equivalence. Although basic ideas about matter trace back to Newton and even earlier to Aristotle’s natural philosophy, further understanding of matter, along with new puzzles, began emerging in the early 20th century. Einstein’s theory of special relativity (1905) shows that matter (as mass) and energy can be converted into each other according to the famous equation E = mc^2, where E is energy, m is mass, and c is the speed of light. This transformation occurs, for instance, during nuclear fission, in which the nucleus of a heavy element such as uranium splits into two fragments of smaller total mass, with the mass difference released as energy. We have a great and measurable example of this process in our Sun. It loses mass at an incredible rate through two processes. One of them through literally blowing off mass in the form of particles that we call the solar wind. The surface of the sun is hot enough that electrons and protons boil off its surface and stream away from the Sun, generating a “wind” of ionized particles. The solar wind varies a bit in intensity, but from satellite observations we know that the Sun loses about 1.5 million tonnes of material each second due to solar wind. Now, this is actual matter, so it's not doing anything but changing position. The second way the Sun loses mass is through nuclear fusion. The Sun fuses hydrogen into helium in its core. The production of helium transforms some of the hydrogen’s mass into energy, which radiates away from the Sun in the form of light and neutrinos. By observing just how much energy the Sun radiates, and using Einstein’s equation relating mass and energy, we find the Sun loses about 4 million tonnes of mass each second due to fusion. So the Sun loses about 5.5 million tonnes of mass every second, or about 174 trillion tonnes of mass every year. That’s a lot of mass, but compared to the total mass of the Sun it’s negligible. The Sun will keep shining for another 5 billion years, and by that time it will have lost only about 0.034% of its current mass. What Mom meant when she added just a smidgeon of salt. Hardly enough to notice, but enough to give the desired flavor. What this all means is that matter converts to energy in certain reactions and that tells us that though there is less mass left after the reaction, its equivalent has been released as energy. The opposite of this can occur also, but that requires something along the lines of a Big Bang event or a ...
Are you Left handed, Right handed or Ambidextrous?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
I voted ambidextrous because I am. On the other hand there are some things where I prefer my left hand so it would be more accurate to say I'm ambidextrous leaning left. Make sense?
I believe that America is on the pathway of the Swedes in regard to religion and marriage: No ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
I'm sure you've seen the studies showing the correlation between religiosity and well being. They speak loudly, but not enough folks are listening. At any rate, yes, the ball appears to be rolling in the right direction and gaining speed, but we have a long way to go and a lot of paradigms to bend or break before we get there. In the meantime, keep the 'faith'.
Is it me or do people of faith have a scorched earth policy? Could it be that they don’t care ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
What you have done here is painted a miniature portrait with a broom, my friend. When we say 'people of faith', we are talking about a huge swath of humankind. Though there may be some similarities among certain groups of them, they are not all alike. There is one group among the believers that may have a larger portion of their number sharing this attitude you mentioned in your post, and that would be the truly fundamentalist evangelical types, but it must be said that not even they can be represented with such a broad brush. You'll find it better to qualify your assertions like ... "Why is it that some people of faith appear to have a scorched Earth policy?" That would come off much better.
Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness is Directly Linked to ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
There is nothing particularly exciting about bioluminescence. There is electrochemical activity in the brain. Any change in energy state produces light. That activity in the brain gives off photons should be expected. Move along. Nothing much to see here.
Why is it wrong for North Korea and Iran to have nuclear weapons?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
Tough to say it's wrong when so many others have them. What IS wrong is that anyone has them.
So this billboard was recently posted up along the freeway in my hometown.... Thoughts?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
Seems like good advice to me.
Do you think those of us without faith can ever have fulfilling romatic relationships with those of ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
It depends on the individuals involved. I will say, the odds of having a decent and enduring relationship beyond the initial hormonal phase is problematic. It is doubtful that two with such disparate worldviews can go on for too long without running into conflicts that may be insurmountable.
I don't believe in Islam as much as I don't believe in christianity, but demonizing Arabs and ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
Criticizing Islam is not racist because Muslims come in all types, not just Arabic. That said, attacking or demonizing or denigrating anyone because of their skin is repugnant and wrong. We are all human beings. All of the same family origins.
Sex: Eyes opened or Eyes closed
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
I have a fear of falling, so I have to remain alert.
Are there any atheist comic book writers and artists that can help me with my webcomic project?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
I am a Science Fiction author with some experience in graphic novels, but not an expert by any stretch in that or comic books. I do have an artist friend who is a cartoonist. He lives near D.C. What is your project and what sort of help are you seeking?
Eddie Izzard - Christian Singing - YouTube
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
One helluva sense of humor coupled to a natural born storyteller talent.
Is global warming real?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
Yes, it is real, we are largely responsible, and time is critical.
How do you deal with the voices inside your head?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
As long as they agree with me, we get along well.
So as someone that loves reading and fanfiction in peculiar, I've become a lot more forgiving when I...
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
Well, RavenGreer, that is an interesting analogy, but it breaks down upon inspection. You see, christians quote the quotes, walk the walk, and generally make their irritating presence known because they are constantly engaged in convincing themselves. It takes effort to believe something one knows or suspects is not true, hence the mantras unleashed on the grownups. When have you ever come across a Batman fan who had to work at loving Batman, or be disgusted by Joker? A Trekkie making excuses for why they like it. A Star Wars fan shouting, "Whadda ya mean fantasy? It's true, man. You just haven't taken the Force into your heart. If you ever did, you'd know, man. You'd know." Live long, and prosper, RavenGreer.
For those that qualify.... What's your favourite thing about being single?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
My favorite thing when I was single was shopping and test driving various models and years for just the right one. When I found her, my shopping days were over -- of course.
Do you play April Fool's Day pranks?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
What's April Fool's Day?
I'm still new to the world of atheism, but becoming more and more comfortable. Here is another ...
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
Tomm, you can get a better idea of what happens after death by studying the biological bases for self-awareness/consciousness/mind. A simplistic description goes like this: Our brain is not an isolated entity in our body. It receives inputs from every part of the body including itself. What that means is that every experience we have, no matter what it is or how insignificant it is, is passed through the brain and processed there. All of this is the 'self', the who we are. Now, unlike it is commonly thought, the brain never ceases to function. If it did, we would die. When we sleep, there are times during that rest period when its activity reduces slightly, but there are also times when it is just as active as it would be during any physical/mental activity in the waking world. The dream state is one of those times, and our dreams are a product of essentially random thoughts (dreams can also be well organized and/or suggested) that we sometimes remember upon waking up. Dreams can be total nonsense, or they can be extremely realistic and apparently rational. They can be indistinguishable from our conscious reality. In order for all of this to take place, the brain must be functioning and that requires blood supply carrying adequate oxygen and nutrients. The brain is a prodigious drain on the body. Anyone who has ever crammed for an important exam can attest to the fatigue that follows one of those sessions -- and there has been no real physical activity. When the body is dying, all those connections to every part of the body begin breaking down. The brain loses experiential contact with the body. When the blood flow to the brain ceases, the brain itself begins to break down, but it remains cognizant of itself for a short period after the body is quite dead. This is the extent of 'afterlife'. When the brain no longer functions, there is no more self -- no more you. Anything one would like to have after that point is necessarily drawing on the supernatural ideas we have been plagued with for so long. You are certainly free to cling to this notion of a peaceful existence after death if it makes you more comfortable, but I suggest that is nothing more than wishful thinking and may be the result of a fear of no longer being alive.
Who scares you more - Donald Trump or Mike Pence?
evidentialist comments on Dec 1, 2017:
It's really more of a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation. Trump's behavior could easily get us into a conflict none of us (the thinking people) want, but he is also showing signs of being easily manipulated. He is under considerable pressure from the religious right and one of their prime spokesmen is his vice president. Pence, on the other hand, is a direct threat to everything this country was intended to be and part of the reason for that is that so many people in this country buy into the hogwash that it is based in the Judeo-Christian faith. That somehow, they hold the moral high ground and everyone should understand that. I would prefer to see him finish out his one term and hope he doesn't do something terminally stupid than to see him impeached or removed from office through the 25th Amendment. After that, if people have come to their senses, he and his entire menagerie can be voted out of office. That would be the safest scenario.
Progressive Christians
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
Progressive Christian is something of an oxymoron.
Religion and Politics
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
Look, they should have been subject to tax like everything else from the beginning. Not taxing them is a subtle government subsidy that gives religions special status and I think that is contrary to the notion of separation of church and state. What this subsidy has done is allow them to obtain considerable real estate and structures. To accumulate wealth in a number of ways without having to report it. I have no problem with them being given tax exempt status for genuine charitable operations, but NOT things like radio ministries, as just one example. They spread the word (and the political/social/economic pressure) through these avenues without the burden borne by other media. Additionally, there should be restrictions on homeschooling curricula equivalent to those in public schools so that evolution and science are taught. Let the kids be indoctrinated in Sunday school where children have traditionally been screwed up. Sorry for the rant.
Checkmate Christians!
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
Medium rare, please. Oh, and with grilled onions.
Math Atheism - fortunately logic works.
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
Grimbly: "But how do you know 3 + 3 = 9?" Sullivan: "Look. It's right here in the holy math book. Page 27: line 6." Grimbly: "Show me the evidence for that." Sullivan: "It's right here in Second Additions Page 11: lines 2 - 12." Grimbly: "That's not evidence. You can't use the book to prove the book." Sullivan: "It's a matter of faith, Grimbly." Grimbly: "There you go again with that 'faith' crap." Sullivan: "Those of us who have felt the Holy Professor, blessings be upon him, move in them just know this stuff, Grimbly. The Professor said it. I believe it. That settles it."
Who are the world's greatest social commentators?
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
There is a sharp line I draw between social commentary that means something and the sort of things we hear from politicians, academics, entertainers, etc. The line is drawn for a specific reason. I feel that to comment on society one needs to be a part of the common social fabric. The local plumber is in a position to comment on society. The fast food cook. A waitress. Definitely a cab driver. Me. You. We represent the majority and therefor the society in general. After a politician has attained a degree of power in the governing structure, he/she has essentially removed themselves from society as a whole and resides in another place. A place that really can't directly understand or even empathize with the people. I know, they put on a good show, but they have been removed from the immediacy of life down here in the daily grind. Most of the extremely wealthy and the newly wealthy in particular are either totally removed from us who actually make the world work, or they want to be. That's not all of them, of course, but the majority fit the description. Spiritual leaders? Hell, they're not even part of any reality for the most part. How about a celibate priest counseling on marital sexual issues? There seems to be a common misunderstanding about that greater social fabric that buoys up the 'others'. It is assumed that Senator So-and-So has his/her finger on the pulse of the people and that they are somehow smarter than all those other folk in the trenches. In spite of their best efforts (yes, I think some of them are sincere) on our behalf, what they have to say usually comes off like pontification rather than commentary and is frequently so far off the mark as to be laughable. Well, it would be laughable if it didn't affect us so directly. The same is more or less true for entertainers and academics. It is not that they can't make comments or have insights from time to time that are profoundly important to that greater fabric, but that happens infrequently. I would say that entertainers are generally less guilty of this separation from us, but they are usually a bit removed. Anyway, I voted for 'You and I', though I do hold one individual as probably one of the greatest social commentators of all time, and that was Eric Hoffer.
What would you do if God spoke out to you through the sky and it was to where everyone could hear ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
I would probably jump back and say something erudite like, "Holy shit. I've gone frickin' nuts, too."
Hobbies?
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
Astronomy Ham radio Playing with mathematics Cooking international cuisine Watching truly bad, vintage Science Fiction movies Irritating local christians
Can you describe yourself in one sentence?
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
1. Intelligent, introspective, understanding, accepting, with an incredible sense of humor and I am decidedly atheist. 2. Yes. 3. Step lively. Move along. Nothing to see here.
So Little Kim is killing more fish in the Sea of Japan - the same poor fish who had to suffer ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
They have been shaking their fist at the rest of the world ever since the establishment of the DMZ along the 38th parallel. It is nothing new. Oh, the weapons being brandished have ratcheted up the 'look at me' element that is and has been their intent, but it remains the same old nonsense. Kim Jong-Un was educated in Europe and he knows well the power of all those nations not on his side -- which quite literally is all of them. He knows that if he actually does something really bad -- not just provocative -- that he and the rest of his nation will become a part of the atmosphere. He likes his power. He does not want to lose it. So, Kim is not the one about whom we need to be concerned. No, the one we need to worry about is the Orange POTUS who could easily get us into a conflict with almost anyone at any time. Something he has plenty of incentive to do because it is one of the few ways he can save his presidency with a chance at a second term. So, keep your eyes on the Cheeto.
Is the presdent Trump speaking for all America with his remarks on line ?
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
The Orange Menace is officially the president, so technically, yes. Factually, not at all. A small but significant percentage of the population shares his peculiar version of the world, but the majority range from much less so to absolutely not. If he doesn't opt for a war with someone, anyone, to divert our attention and save his presidency, he will probably not see a second term. It is possible he may not complete a first term.
Man created God? I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that God created Adam & Eve.
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
If you have something to say, say it.
I’ve seen a handful of posts asking how people respond when theists say “I’ll pray for you” ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 30, 2017:
I have never hesitated to tell them something like this: "Please, don't pray for me. It would make me feel better if you did something constructive with your time rather than making yourself feel good for saying something and doing nothing at all." The structure varies for differing circumstances, of course.
Being part of the LGBT community, paying just an extra $49.95 for the 'I'm not going to Hell' option...
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
Wouldn't aluminum foil work better at keeping out the demons?
Can you see this download joke.. is so, please let me know, my posts are not working on here ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
Yeppers, I surely do, and I love it. It says it all.
As agnostics and atheists, we all know the corruptibility of all religions - that's a given. But,...
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
There are bits of wisdom to be found in all 'holy writings', but a lot more can be found outside of them. Most of the bible's wisdom is, in fact, self evident. It doesn't take a lot of thought to uncover every bit of wisdom contained in the bible and a great deal more without ever looking at it, plus you save yourself a lot of messy wading through bullshit. Take my advice, don't wade in the bullshit. It's untidy and you might catch something.
Do you agree with Milo Yiannopoulos in some issues ?
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
I am not one who gives much credence to absolutes in anything. In this case, I'll make an exception. Absolutely not. No. Not even on one of my really bad days.
Rightio.... I'm feeling cheeky and irreverent.....
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
Crap. My story just crashed and burned because the site timed out and I didn't notice. I'm not going to write it again today. Maybe tomorrow, if the mood strikes.
Rightio.... I'm feeling cheeky and irreverent.....
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
Do I have stories? You bet. I have lots of stories. What did you have in mind and what's the word count limit? Unfortunately, there isn't enough room for stories on this site. About the best we could manage here would be mini-flash fiction at 250 words or less.
Hellooooooooo!!!! I am new to this site, and I feel that the categories for beliefs didn't ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
Agnostic: "I dunno." Atheist: "I dunno, either, but I'm 99.9999...9% sure. Because? Evidence." The difference? Not much really. The agnostic is an atheist with a lower degree of certainty, that's all.
What jobs have you had?
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
No hobbies included. Lines containing more than one item were simultaneous. Anyone raised on a farm will know that the kids 'earn' their keep, but I won't count that as a job. Note that Author continues throughout because it is something that never stopped. Originally only magazine articles, filler pieces, and short stories. Later working in novels, science articles, and short stories. Now I am having lots of fun. 1. Technical Illustrator and Writer - Folksinger - Songwriter - Copywriter - Author 2. Advertising Artist and Writer - Author 3. Public Information Officer and Planner for Alaska State Housing Authority - Gold Miner - Bowhunter's Guide - Author 4. Naval Architect and Yacht Designer - Experimental Aircraft Designer - Author 5. College Math Lab Director - Math and Engineering Physics Tutor - Author 6. High School Science/Math/English/Journalism Teacher - Author 7. Author I've made a fair amount of extra change off of my hobbies as well.
Where is happiness?
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
I was raised on a small farm at the base of the Cascades. 5 miles from the nearest town, population 35 -- until my sister was born. I was happy there. Worked a small gold claim on the Jack Wade Creek in Alaska. Nearest town was 25 miles south, population was 17 - 20 in summer, 6 or fewer in winter. I was happy there. Worked at a factory in Taiwan. Nearest town, all around me, population a couple million. I was happy there. Worked in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Anchorage, New York, Miami, Houston, Galveston, and many more. I was happy there too. I guess, at least from my perspective, that you take your happy with you.
If nothing was stopping you, what job would you like to have?
evidentialist comments on Nov 29, 2017:
Emperor of Mars. Okay, failing that, I'd like to run a university of science for the underprivileged of the world. We have a desperate need of more scientists and a practical way to give a hand up to those who are in need.
If you could be a bird for a day, what kind of bird would you be? Why?
evidentialist comments on Nov 28, 2017:
I ... I would be the lowly pigeon. You see, as a pigeon, I can shit on all the cute little christians gathered in the parking lot after services just so I could watch them struggle with maintaining their cool in earshot of the congregants. Pigeon shits on Sheila in the church parking lot: "Oh, no. Would you look at that. Nasty, nasty bird." Pigeon shits on Sheila in her back yard: "You little sonofabitch. Shit. You're lucky Melvin isn't home. He'd spread your fuckin' guts all over the alley."
Do You Beleive In Such a Thing As Objective Morals
evidentialist comments on Nov 28, 2017:
Moral traditions vary from culture to culture and from one time to another. Conditions tend to drive moral structures. Also, moral ideals may be rigid in one area and more flexible in another. A lot of people in this world have died over differences in moral ideas. Absolute/objective moral codes are a product of religious notions 'set in stone'.
Would you consider using an established religious rite to your benefit?
evidentialist comments on Nov 28, 2017:
In many countries there are legal and financial benefits to marriage that make it a sensible move. Marriage is not a religious rite, unless one makes it so. Even then, the tripe we hear from various religions is not even true for them. Marriage has always been a legal, financial, and/or political detail. Common law in many places has made the marriage pact not as important as it once was. Now, to answer the headline question: Yes, if that rite were to service the village virgins. Otherwise, no.
Does it seem like religious people try to get under your skin on purpose?
evidentialist comments on Nov 28, 2017:
Of course they do. They have a double agenda. One is to convince you in any way they can so they can 'save' you from the fiery pits of everlasting hell. The other is more important to them. Only by repeating these mantras of theirs can they maintain their position of moral superiority and keep themselves convinced that they actually do believe the holy bullshit they've been feeding themselves.
do you follow the crowd or do your own thing?
evidentialist comments on Nov 28, 2017:
You can't lead a life if you're busy following.
"I'd rather leave this world today thinking God exists and finding out that he doesn't, than not ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 28, 2017:
I'm buying in to Kreig's class action suit. Seems like a perfectly logical way to handle it.
What should be the default sort of comments when you view a post with lots of comments?
evidentialist comments on Nov 28, 2017:
Newest at the top is the most natural and logical method. It doesn't take much time to scroll to the bottom of even 100 comments if one wants to see the beginning of the thread.
Do you like dirty jokes?
evidentialist comments on Nov 28, 2017:
During the past several months, George had been noticing a change in his wife, Alice. Whenever he had the chance, he would follow her, but it was doing no good and he was taking too much time off from work. One evening about three weeks later he got off work early and hurried home. He came home to an empty house. He was sure she was having an affair and his anger boiled over. He took his revolver out of the closet, checked to make sure it was loaded, then marched off to their favorite bar. George entered the darkened bar, waving his pistol frantically in the air. "Where's Alice?" he bellowed. "I know she's been sleeping around and when I find the rotten sonofabitch, I'm gonna kill 'im. So, anybody here know who it is?" A small voice from out of the dark said, "You're gonna need more ammo, George."
I don't know how anyone gets past this phrase in the 2nd commandment with any faith left: "For I,...
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
I'm with you on this one, @DJVJ311. On the other hand, they accept all the other weird things presented in the Abrahamic god thing, some of them even more obtuse.
It's very hard to find a girl with brain, why ? I'm disappointed !
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
First a statement for Admin: Anonymous comments should not be allowed on this site, period. I have my reasons for this. Now, Mr./Mrs./Ms./Other Anonymous, I have no idea what planet you happen to be living on, but it sure isn't this one. Women are people and people come in all sorts of styles and models. So, if you're looking for an intelligent woman, I suggest you leave your planet and come to ours.
Is it possible to be an atheist and not even try to be?
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
Of course it is. One has to try to believe something. To not believe requires no effort at all. This is demonstrated every day by religious folks trying to 'explain' their nonsense. We have nothing to explain.
Would atheist be ok with supporting a 'god doesn't exist' campaign on social media?
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
No. There's a simple reason for this. The word 'atheist' does not mean one is making the declaration that there is no god. To make that kind of statement shifts the burden of proof onto the atheist's shoulders. I am 99.999999...9% sure there are no supernatural entities of any kind, but because I have no evidence to support a solid conviction, I don't make the assertion. It really is that simple. If you wish to be a militant atheist, be my guest, just understand that making a declaration without evidence is a fool's errand.
International flag on profile pictures? I am not sure how things are run on this site, but ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
You are of course assuming that everyone recognizes a flag's country of origin. For example, would you recognize the flags of Zimbabwe and Myanmar? I use this process: When I find a post a mite confusing, oddly worded, or just outright bizarre, I go to the person's profile. Works almost every time. Well, except for those who don't provide any information.
What does it indicate about a society that idolizes empty headed celebrities rather than other great...
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
For this to be even slightly reasonable, you need to provide evidence to support the claim that 'all' celebrities are empty-headed. I assure you that is not the case. I suspect you may be thinking primarily of people in the entertainment field more than celebs in general, is that right? Don't get me wrong here. I am amazed at how little notice is given to the people who actually make this world work, make the discoveries, and provide answers to long unanswered questions, but to make such a sweeping generality is not logical.
Energy Cannot Naturally Be Created or Destroyed! isn't this scientific principle proof of Eternity?!...
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
Um ... what? Did you say something? I managed to extract about as much sense out of this as I would out of something Chopra has said. Could you reword this a bit so that I can understand what it is you're trying to say?
do you agree with christian conservatives on some things ?
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
I probably do, but I'll be damned if I can tell you what it might be. Oh wait, here's one: I like oatmeal, and I'd be willing to bet a few of them do too.
America's Most and Least Religious States This should help you decide which states to move out of...
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
I live in the 18th most religious state in the country. I have the misfortune of living in the most religious part of the state. Agh...!
Does anybody else get enjoyment from reading things such as myths and other stories associated with ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 27, 2017:
A culture's myths, legends, and stories are a picture window that gives us a panoramic view of the people who created them. Yes, I enjoy them a lot.
Question: If we are the top of the food chain. a) Are we the prey of a greater being, where the time...
evidentialist comments on Nov 26, 2017:
Neither A or B. The next time you think you are at the top of the food chain, take an unarmed walk into the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the Maasai Mara eco-system in Kenya and stay out there for a week or two. The odds are you won't be coming back. Another experiment to alert you to your position on the food chain would be to take a swim along the outer side of the Great Barrier Reef without help in the vicinity. So, 'we are it' doesn't work. Defining an imaginary 'greater being' is about the same as defining 'a higher power', isn't it? Not a rational endeavor.
Does time travel exist? In reality space travel is time travel but towards the future. Because "time...
evidentialist comments on Nov 26, 2017:
Asking if time travel exists is different than asking if it's possible. For the former, the answer is ... no. For the latter, the answer has to be a qualified ... yes.
What is YOUR life motto?
evidentialist comments on Nov 26, 2017:
I have three and I follow them all. Do what you like and you'll always like what you do. Taking a step into the unknown is a step forward. Holding on to the secure is a leap backwards. No matter how clever you think you are, there are others much brighter, so walk a humble path in view of that. So, where has it taken me? I'd need to write a book to cover it all. I'll condense and omit: I've visited and/or worked in 35 countries. Been a pilot, raced sportscars, took a fling as a gold miner, a folksinger, a songwriter, an author, a naval architect and yacht designer, worked on NASA projects, I've sailed the Atlantic and Pacific, and the list goes on and on. It has been a delightful, danger filled, sometimes tense, occasionally life threatening life, and I have few regrets. So I visited your profile and noted you are an ex submariner. You know how they ensure that the vessel will be safe to operate at depth? The naval architects who have been responsible for the structural design are required to attend sea trial to test depth -- which tends to keep them honest and to assure they have checked all their calculations several times. The above is not true, but it is a humorous picture.
Fill in the blank. Forbidden words: people and no one Ten thousand _______ maybe more ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 26, 2017:
Ten thousand fools, maybe more, Frantically talking without speaking, Pretending to be hearing without listening, Their dried up pens writing songs that voices never shared, And not one dared disturb the sound.
Sorry, Creationists: Scientists Witness New Species Develop in Two Generations – Friendly Atheist
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
Two generations. Amazing. Just ... amazing.
Do you say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
Doesn't matter to me. I someone says Merry Christmas, I will respond in kind. If I initiate it, I'll be my secular self.
Attraction: How much do voices make a difference?
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
Not much. I do find myself a little put off by the high and mousy, but not enough to affect a relationship. I look at us as biological entities that can't help what we have inherited from the gene pool and what we picked up from our culture. So, as I said about appearance, it makes no difference to me as long as they are good people in their dealings with others.
I try to teach my daughter critical thinking. She is showing herself to be intelligent enough to ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
We concentrated on critical thinking processes, observation, and analysis. In other words, we focused on teaching them how to think and not what to think. That sounds good, but it is not easy to keep your opinions out of things. We were rewarded with a brood of four who are quite capable of making rational decisions most of the time. That one of them would wind up being a born again christian was something of a surprise, but a 3 out of 4 true success rate isn't bad. Don't get me wrong, the one who opted for the religious road was not a failure, she just made a decision that was unexpected. Still her decision, and that's fine.
What Are Your Reading Preferences?
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
I read Science Fiction. I write Science Fiction. Those are at the top of my list, but I read almost anything, including warning labels on products. Not romance, though.
I have decided to start my own religion, as that is where the money is. My congregants will worship ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
If you include Swedish crepes with a ton or two of lignonberries, you have made a convert today.
Is there anyone else on this site who's a fan of HP Lovecraft? He writes amazing stories in the ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
Lovecraft was a master of building suspense in the written word. He was also one of the few whose descriptive narrative was gripping enough that many readers keep his books and read them several times. He has been a strong influence in much of my earlier work as was Poe, Asimov, and Campbell. 'HPL rules' I think may be one of the few eternal truths.
What does coincidence in your life mean to you and how do you deal with it?
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
I think nothing of it. Not even if something occurs 5 times in succession. Random chance means random chance. I cannot find a single rational reason to apply anything else.
You’re right!
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
I have no problem with owning up to being wrong. I expect others to do the same, but I won't press for it because it is a waste of time and is not constructive.
Do you say "Bless You" when someone sneezes?
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
If I'm moved to say anything at all it will be: Salud or Gesundheit
What would you do?
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
Congratulate him, of course. No need to launch into any discussion about anything at all.
Do feel the need to justify your non religious thoughts by saying your a moral, good person who ...
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
No. I figure if they can't see that for themselves they are 1) blind, 2) not empathetic, 3) too wrapped up in their presuppositions, or 4) belief bound. Whatever the case is, I'm not interested. I know how I lead my life and how I treat others and whatever they think, unless it gives me pause to consider, is irrelevant to me.
@Admin. I’m starting to get a message on my notifications that says. “Sorry, Content Deleted”
evidentialist comments on Nov 25, 2017:
Perhaps a fix is in order?

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Conference: Fact vs Fiction -- 2001
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My wife: Julieta
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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 grandson, Logan Jay Chaboya and Gramps performing an experiment. We luvs science.
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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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