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evidentialist comments on Oct 5, 2018:
**FOOD ... NOW**
BRAGGADOCIO: brag-ga-do-ci-o. NOUN. The annoying or exaggerated talk of someone who is trying to ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 5, 2018:
In these times the word is also used as a synonym for presidential speech, and a press conference in the Rose Garden/West Lawn/etc.
That spiritual feeling. I am not quite sure why so many people have ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 4, 2018:
Yes, I have thoughts on this. No.
Do you think that perhaps Religion/Religious Beliefs and Doctrines have and still are ONE of the ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 4, 2018:
Emphatically, yes.
On The Road – Passing Time With Sara Bear By DHMcCarty 10/01/2018 Editor’s Note: Not my ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 4, 2018:
Excellent piece. Up anywhere but here?
I just don't understand how people can stand being alone. It is the worst feeling for me. I wish it ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 4, 2018:
@Deanervin and @memorylikeasieve, I am as much of an extrovert as you can get and still be acceptable in public places. I am definitely not an introvert. I'm just fine with being alone. I'm just fine in a crowd. I've worked as an entertainer and a public speaker. I've spent months at sea alone. I have never felt this thing people call loneliness. I'm happy with others and I'm happy without others. I've also never been bored, though I have been in what I can only say were boring situations.
What does "the ground reality" mean in the following sentence? They are under the misconception that...
evidentialist comments on Oct 4, 2018:
In English American style, that would be "down to earth" or more correctly "the practical reality."
What is the meaning of "institutional mechanism" in the following sentence: There should be some ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 3, 2018:
As I read it, we are talking about legal policy being in place relating to a specific set of crimes. An act/statute with actions defined for dealing with infractions. Am I being too general?
FAKE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION: Could this very limited FBI investigation intent on white-washing ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 3, 2018:
The FBI is far from an independent investigation arm. They follow orders from their main client, in this case the White House, aka Dipshit Donald and his clown train. Although they have some latitude, they are largely hamstrung by the Jerk in the Joint. It has been obvious for some time that the Trumpenfuehrer is intent upon undermining the established law enforcement functions, the legal branch, and the press. Just following that standard path to a dictatorship. He has been doing a fine job of it to one segment of our population -- his base. I can see how he might take advantage of this situation to knock out more of the props from the FBI's foundation, and that possibility disturbs me. Your vision of us becoming a totalitarian theocracy is all too real. We are, I think, at the threshold.
Check out barbarstones1999. If i were less of a Luddite, I'd have a link. Thank you
evidentialist comments on Oct 3, 2018:
@moonmaid -- here ya go: https://agnostic.com/member/barbarastones1999
CORROBORATION: cor-rob-o-ra-tion. NOUN. Evidence that confirms or supports a statement, theory or...
evidentialist comments on Oct 3, 2018:
When there is more than one assailant in a mugging it is known as a corroboration.
PRESIDENTIAL ALERT! If you haven't been alarmed these past 2 years, you haven't been paying ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 3, 2018:
Notice how they're ramping up the fear factor. Presidential Alert my ass. What we need is a presidential replacement -- and *not* with Pence.
Serious thought-provoking question. Why are some tortillas sold as "taco size"? What other size is ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 2, 2018:
I think you may have missed the stated mini taco size. Corn tortillas that are 'regulation' size are normal taco size. The little guys are mini taco size. They are useless. They don't hold much of anything. They tend to come apart unless held just so. On the other hand, the little ones are easier to hold so they don't self destruct. Of course, I like my tortillas pochada and not crujiente. The crisp taco shells eliminate the problems I have with my overloading habit, but they also prevent me from overloading which is disgusting.
Do you believe that a cure for cancer exists, but it's not available to the public because medical ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Consider this: If there were a single cure for cancer, the one who introduced it and controlled it (patent, etc.) would quickly become (as in overnight) the wealthiest and quite likely most powerful person on this planet. The incentive for bringing it out is so much greater than the incentive to hide it that it makes that notion absurd. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that a single cure will be found because of the variations involved. However, it is possible that a single prevention could be found someday. What follows is an excerpt from an article (the URL is below the excerpt): ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' *"One thing that all cancer cells have in common is that they use their DNA in different ways. They turn on genes that are normally turned off, or they silence genes that should be turned on. In order to figure out which DNA changes help cancer cells become metastatic, scientists at MIT focused on breast cancer. They looked at ┬Ĺsedentary' cancer cells┬Ścells that stay in one place┬Śand metastatic cancer cells, and they searched for genes that were turned on extra high in the metastatic cells. These scientists, led by a researcher named Li Ma, found that a special gene┬Ścalled microRNA10-b (or miR10-b for short)┬Śwas turned on at very high levels in metastatic breast cancer cells. They then set out to prove that miR10-b could cause breast cancer cells to become metastatic. They did this in a couple of ways. First, they looked at the cells by themselves in a Petri dish. They took away miR10-b from metastatic breast cancer cells and found that these cells could no longer invade a gel-like material in the Petri dish. (This experiment is the Petri-dish version of a metastatic cancer cell invading into nearby tissues.) And when the researchers forced non-metastatic breast cancer cells to express miR10-b by giving them extra copies of the miR10-b gene, these cells became better at invading. To get a little closer to real breast cancer, the scientists moved from Petri dishes to mice, which are often used as models for human cancer. They took non-metastatic breast cancer cells and forced them to make more miR10-b. As a control, they used non-metastatic breast cancer cells that did not have extra miR10-b. Then they put both sets of cells into the mammary fat pads of mice to see if the cells would form breast cancers. What they saw was striking. Both sets of cells were able to form breast cancers in the mice. But only the cells with the extra miR10-b┬Śand not the control cells┬Śwere able to invade the muscle and blood vessels surrounding the tumor. Even more amazing, these cells metastasized all the way from the breast to the lungs. So Ma and her colleagues knew that miR10-b could make breast cancer cells more migratory and ...
@GuyKeith Here's a present for you. [agnostic.com]
evidentialist comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Reported this one, too. Some are incredibly obvious.
Plagiarism, anyone?
evidentialist comments on Oct 2, 2018:
I voted "I dislike it and don't do it," but that's not wholly accurate. I don't like it, but I can't say I never do it, though not passing it off as mine. There are times when I overlook separating a bit of text out so that either the source is cited or it at least is obvious it has come from somewhere other than me. Usually, if the site allows it, I go back and edit the post to at least let folks know it wasn't mine. Plagiarism as such (deliberate as opposed to accidental) is something I never do. It's not only lazy, it's downright dishonest.
Is this where I find a Russian bride?
evidentialist comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Not too many rushin' brides in these parts. Most of 'em appears to be a'movin' purdy slow.
How annoyed do you get when a religious person give all credit to god, despite it was you that may ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Well, the first and most important thing I think is: "Good on ya for having come to a crossroads, made a decision, then held the discipline needed to get positive results. Congratulations. Carry on, young lady." As for the business of giving thanks to an imaginary Guy in the Sky? **Fuck off, asshole!**
Unpopular Opinions I know you got 'em, what are they?
evidentialist comments on Oct 1, 2018:
You don't want to know. Trust me on this.
ALBEDO - the amount of solar radiation reflected off a surface with 0% albedo being no radiation ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Samantha was ... well, she was fond of sex and spent much of her years searching for a man with high albedo.
The first photo, is one I took of the first walk-through site visit for artists interested in ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Great backdrop.
What are your favorite proofs against the Bible?
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Best proof against the bible is the bible itself.
I keep seeing people posting about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton and how ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
A slightly different perspective, but damning nonetheless. Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that none of the allegations brought against Kavanaugh by Dr. Ford are true. This is *not* my thinking on that subject, but just for argument. The other perspective: Before this process began he has advocated for removing the POTUS from being subject to the law as any ordinary citizen is. That, in itself, is highly disturbing. During this process he has shown extreme partisan bent. He has exposed himself as one with an explosive demeanor. He has displayed a degree of intolerance and prejudice. He has shown us that he is not afraid to lie when it suits him. Now, the question is, even if all the allegations brought by all the women were totally false, would he still be qualified to sit as a justice in the highest court in the land? If you say, "Yes," then you do not have the slightest idea of what jurisprudence standards we, as a nation, employ in our legal system. Summing up, I happen to be moved to believe most of these women without question and a couple of them with only a minor amount of reservation. Having watched the hearings more than once and being a person with considerable experience observing people in tense situations, I wouldn't want him sitting on the SCOTUS, and I would have some reservations about having him on the bench anywhere.
All right, you godless lot. Time for a fun, positive, feel-good game! When was the last time you ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
It is nice to give compliments when merited. It is rather gauche to talk about them with others or put them on public display.
All right, you godless lot. Time for a fun, positive, feel-good game! When was the last time you ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Most recent was this morning when the neighbor kids ran across my property. **"GET OFF MY FUCKING LAWN"**
Do atheists, who find no magic in the world, live drab, boring lives, by comparison?
evidentialist comments on Sep 29, 2018:
I write Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Urban Paranormal, etc. I engage in astronomical pursuits. I play with math and philosophy and history and ... and ... and.... I find it difficult imagining what it is you're talking about. I haven't had a single boring day in my entire life to this point.
I have been JimG on agnostic.com for over 10 months now. I'm considering a change to a more creative...
evidentialist comments on Sep 27, 2018:
I like it. It has a nice ring to it. Reprobate. Yeah. Go for it.
STAND-UP FOR OPTIONS HOUSE I produced this live stand-up comedy show as a fundraiser for OPTIONS ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 27, 2018:
For the benefit of those.... Standup comedy is probably the most brutal arena for an entertainer to enter and survive. They work in an environment that is lovemaking intimate where the grumbles of a stomach in the farthest table is audible on "stage" and the audience has to be ensnared in the comic's net within the first three or four lines or an egg has been laid. I have the utmost respect for those who have survived their initiation rites and made it to a larger, safer stage with more accepting and larger audiences. @Snickers77 -- Out of curiosity, did you ever cross paths with John Klawitter or Steve Zuckerman? John in pics 1 and 2. Steve in pics 3 and 4. The unknown coyote and two-bit actor are thrown in for effect.
Does anyone know where I could take a class on properly crafting a novel? If I'm doing something, ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 27, 2018:
@CommonHuman -- Some things to think about: Though writing is an art and that means you can do it however you want, there are some basic things that should be learned before you write with the intent of publishing. Here's something I already posted that may give you some insight: https://agnostic.com/group/thewrittenword/post/187639/i-disagree-with-some-of-what-is-said-here-but-it-is-still-a-good-talk-and-most-of-it-is-directly-ap If, after seeing my post and the attendant video, you still have questions, feel free to ask, either here or in PM. I'll be happy to help in any way I can. Now, for the notion of taking classes in writing: Getting educated about anything is always a positive. However, there are things you should know first. The most important thing to understand is that there is no one way to do things when it comes to any art. Knowing this, you will find that creative writing classes in most college/university settings teach one method of achieving your writing goal which may fit into your personality like a long lost relative, or it might be caustic enough to stifle any hopes of becoming an author. Knowing this in advance will make it possible for you to take a class and maybe even pass it (with a grade you're not afraid to mention) without becoming limited by the method taught. Most formal writing classes teach that outlining is **the** way to write a novel/story/article/essay. Now, there is nothing wrong with this other than that it doesn't take into consideration the personality of the person who is doing the writing --- the creating. For example, I approach writing in a sort of middle-of-the-road manner. That is, I am in many respects a pantser. In some respects I am a planner. I have never written an outline, but I do build a loose road map that allows me to rein in my rampant and undisciplined creative urges enough to not get lost in a forest of my own making. This is the process that works for me and keeps me happy enough to remain seated a sufficient amount of time to actually produce a few works. Most of the time, a writer won't know what process works best for him/her until he/she has typed enough copy to have worn the flesh off all his/her fingers. Some aspiring writers obtain the confidence they need to make the attempt only through formalized training, others not so much, and still others who just fly into the fray willy-nilly. What all this boils down to is, you won't know anything with any certainty until you've laid bare your soul on paper/monitor by producing several hundreds of thousands of words. If one is fortunate, as I was, a mentor or two/three/four will happen along to aid him/her along their way. Again, any questions you may have, I am a willing co-conspirator to the extent I'm...
I am, Are you ?
evidentialist comments on Sep 26, 2018:
It is not true as stated, but I'll let you figure out why.
From my experience there are large numbers of people that will not come out and call themselves an ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 26, 2018:
It isn't often that I am in a position where the assertion is needed, but when it is I have no compunction. But that is my perspective and stance. You are right when it comes to a large percentage and I think the reason is rooted in the fact that there is still a heavy stigma carried by the word and a reluctance to use it for self description. It's getting better, though.
Does a ring really matter?
evidentialist comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Symbols, ritual, religion. I have no need for any of those to give me confidence in the fidelity of my wife. To me, the marriage pact is made between the individuals involved and its strongest element is called trust. Trust does not come from the wearing of a ring which is a tribal-think symbol for "this is mine." You might as well be wearing iron panties for which only HE has the key. I think it rather odd that I have never heard of men being required to wear chastity belts. Must be a man thing. I do not own my wife. I don't piss on the corners of our property to mark my territory. I consider my wife her own person with all the rights afforded to anyone, anywhere. She has her own circle of friends and, yes, many of them are other men. I love her in the romantic sense. I also love her in the sense that she deserves the respect she earns by being who she is and not who I would like her to be. I trust her implicitly. I have had the good fortune to also be with a woman who accords me the same. We are both free, and that is the strongest bond there is.
Are you an example for people around you?
evidentialist comments on Sep 25, 2018:
First, for the initial question: Yes, I am an example for people around me. It is strongly suggested they not emulate the example I set. :P As for the comments that followed, no, I feel no pressure. Yes, occasionally my presence has a positive or negative effect depending on circumstance. I have noticed the backing away from the heathen reaction a few times, but that involved the proverbial door-knockers with whom I love to engage in conversation. I must admit to getting an almost sexual gratification in watching them squirm and struggle to find the words they need.
Yesterday there was a post in the Senate regarding being notified if you've been blocked. Regarding ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Well, sir, this is a problem, but it has several facets. I consider blocking a last resort measure to be employed for folks who just can't seem to get civilized. By that I mean those who employ ad hominem consistently and continually resort to bullying language with others on the thread. Now, there are times when folks really should grow some hide (become socially mature), but that is in the realm of taking criticism, areas of disagreement, and in the face of ideas not coincident. As I see it, the difficulty arises when one has problems discerning one from the other or when one is too sensitive in the case of the latter. Personally, I block no one unless they have shown tendency to repeatedly cross the line into unacceptable behavior. As I said, the last resort. I am a firm believer in freedom of speech and the expression of opposing viewpoints and I know that we are all guilty at times of crossing the line ourselves. It's when this sort of thing appears to be habitual that I am forced to cut the cord.
Men who never learned to cook
evidentialist comments on Sep 22, 2018:
I like food. A broad variety of foods from around the world. I like good food. I like food that has flavor and texture and color and aroma. Because of this, I had to learn to cook. To me, meals are pieces of art as well as something to eat. I got so good at it that I've functioned as a "rental chef" for private parties, both lucrative and socially rewarding. No, I didn't want to make a career of it, but I did enjoy being hired occasionally to prepare special fare for moderately large groups.
A Tale of Gender Bashing and a Double Standard. I've been a part of a Facebook thread today that ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 22, 2018:
ROFLMAO -- Wonderful bit on her part, and she made some valid points along with being funny. As for the response from the men, I have a feeling they are threatened by any woman who makes sense and has the courage to speak out. Many of them are walking around with millennia of conditioning that they are the superior part of civilization in all respects. Fortunately, some of us have never had that idea and it appears that number is growing. Waiting for our species to mature is often frustrating.
Last night I was out with The Phoenix Atheists Meetup group at a local restaurant. Somebody walking ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Oh, man, proof being used as a paper airplane? Now we might never know.
shoes laces or slip-ons? I myself am partial to laces.... actually I'm partial to Converse All Stars...
evidentialist comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Yes to all.
Forget wedding cakes. ADF now wants to keep transgender women out of homeless shelters. – ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 22, 2018:
The founders of Alliance Defense Fund (now Alliance Defending Freedom) is a mixed bag of nuts. Their agenda dovetails with the American Family Association and I wouldn't be surprised if strong cross ties were to be found there. These are dangerous people on a number of different levels, folks.
How many atheists here are musicians/artists
evidentialist comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Guitar, banjo, dulcimer, piano, flute, sax. Ex folksinger from late 1950s through '60s. Songwriter/composer/arranger. Author and playwright/screenwriter. Advertising copywriter. Tech writer. Tech illustrator. Graphic artist/advertising. Yacht designer/builder. Fine arts. Model maker. Set designer.
Do you agree with stem cell research?
evidentialist comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Yes, I do.
If you could live forever, could you guess now when you would choose to stop existing? (Comment)
evidentialist comments on Sep 21, 2018:
Sure. Upon obtaining the ultimate bit of information to be had and having the final experience available. Until then: **Rock on.**
Now here is a slightly different twist to what is normally discussed. In these days of day glo ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 21, 2018:
Are we talking about using all the letters in dungarees to form 9 letter words, or are we forming words of any length using only the letters available in the word "dungarees?" I suspect the latter. If the latter, there are a good deal more than 90 words, and there are only 3 if the former.
Do blogs count? Lol. I've been reading and writing all my life. Now I'm retired from a 15 year ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 20, 2018:
Of course it counts. I started out as a Technical Illustrator/Writer in 1956 for a 9 to 5, and worked with my dad, a fairly successful songwriter/copywriter in Hollywood, on nights and weekends. Have you any goals set for your writing now or are you filling the hole all folks who write need to fill by writing something/anything/anywhere/any time? I join the others in asking for a link.
"You cannot be a doctor if you believe in superstitions," said by my Catholic professor. ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 20, 2018:
I'll need to consult the Ouija this evening. In the meantime, I ponder.
Apistevist
evidentialist comments on Sep 20, 2018:
They didn't have a slot for evidentialist, either. Do you suppose we should put together a class action slot suit?
Where are you from? As a foreigner here I always get this question at bars. Some idiot asks me ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 20, 2018:
Wow. Just ... wow.
I have this 9-5 that requires no creativity. Well, figuratively my workplace is a circus of ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 20, 2018:
Do yourself a favor, providing your overhead will fit in with one of these: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1=hp&ei=JSejW5XlM4vfzwLdzJioAQ&q=creative+writing+jobs+in+philadelphia&oq=writing+jobs+in+phila=psy-ab.1.1.0j0i22i30l9.4492.9030..14710...0.0..0.133.2006.16j6......0....1..gws-wiz.....0..0i131j0i22i10i30.qW25Cd3cZHM=htl;jobs&sa=X=2ahUKEwi5zIuo5MjdAhUEulMKHTRICIAQiYsCKAB6BAgGEAM#fpstate=tldetail=UoMTG235f9ZtfZ1fAAAAAA%3D%3D=jobs
I could use some words of wisdom, friends. I don't have any family to turn to. I am all alone here. ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 19, 2018:
@ForeignNata -- Natalie, one of our obligations to the self is to be aware of our surroundings and circumstances so that we can avoid overloading ourselves with stress. Stress is not good for us and it is also not good for those with whom we interact. This sounds like one of those situations wherein there is no real solution. That is, it appears to me that you might find some workaround, but be left with a constant source of stress with no way to alleviate it. I hope I'm wrong, but I would resign myself to being prepared to leave if it happens to be a no-win situation. You owe it to yourself.
Need some input please!! So, one of the instructors in my Instructional Technology grad program ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 19, 2018:
Why not do the project? After all, there is little religious significance in writing up instructions for church ushers. Their duties include nothing more than seating people and maintaining proper decorum and security during services. If they were asking you to put together a sermon about ushering, that would be another matter.
How good are you at striking up conversation with a stranger? Do you allow your prejudices and ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 19, 2018:
I've always seen strangers as friends I haven't met yet. After the first encounter, the picture is developed and the details emerge. Before that time, they are merely unknown friends.
Thanks to all the gearheads out there for an exact match. @Creative51 and @evidentialist proved to ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 19, 2018:
By the way, we had a 1927 Oakland Landau Sedan up on the farm. I tell folks about this one and they, most frequently, have never heard of the Oakland automobile. My cousin and I are sitting on it in the center of the pic. There is some confusion with this car because it was made during the transition from Oakland to Pontiac. They are most often referred to as Pontiacs, but they were being manufactured under the Oakland marquis.
Thanks to all the gearheads out there for an exact match. @Creative51 and @evidentialist proved to ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 19, 2018:
My pleasure, my friend.
Poets created love to sell their poems. Government created the marriage license to garner more ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 18, 2018:
What? Just ... plain ... **what**?
I realize that this is out of tune with this page but I need a little assistance. Can anyone ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 18, 2018:
That's a 1947 Chrysler Windsor Club Coupe. I owned a 1947 Business Coupe that had a trunk large enough to set up housekeeping.
It's a rainy day here in western Massachusetts. My favorite thing to eat on a rainy day is pea ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 18, 2018:
Inadequate bandwidth for the list.
Got another rejection! Whoo hoo!! ?
evidentialist comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Look at it as points earned. I started in this nonsense (business) in 1956 and my collection of rejection slips and nasty letters from acquisitions eds far exceeds my acceptance notes. They are what holds down my house here at the beginning of tornado alley. Without them I'd probably be living in Oklahoma or farther east.
Did (a) god create humans
evidentialist comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Interesting numbers. It has been suggested that the same is beginning here in the US. We can but hope.
Hello all, Hello all, I enjoy thoughtful conversation, but I also like to laugh—mostly at ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Being joined at the hip makes it rather difficult, I imagine. I mean, all that twisting to type and all. You live in the sort of environment I was raised in -- small farm on the western slopes of the Cascades in Oregon. Wonderful place to grow during childhood and a marvelous place in which the spend the twilight years. A little far south for my liking, but still nice. Thanks for making yourself known to us.
Does a bad day give you the right to be un-pleasant?
evidentialist comments on Sep 16, 2018:
No.
Competition: healthy or not?
evidentialist comments on Sep 16, 2018:
Yep, there is a lot of padding going on. Posts about nothing, not even aimed at creating any controversy. Dumb posts. Lots of stuff. I don't pay any attention other than to ask occasionally what someone means or consider why in hell they even bothered. People are people and any site represents a microcosm of our civilization. I think we're fortunate here in that, because of the site's nature, we are spared a certain amount of what is aggravating elsewhere.
What do you do when you're blue?
evidentialist comments on Sep 15, 2018:
What do I do when I'm blue? That's a no brainer if ever there was one. I make an appointment with my dermatologist right away.
What happens to your spirt / mind when you die? Are you reincarnated? Do you go into another ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 15, 2018:
Current evidence, as incomplete as it is, heavily favors the rotting scenario. As for the mind/consciousness part, based on what evidence is available, it appears that ceases on brain death. Can anyone say one way or the other? No, because it is something unknowable, but by extension of all we do know being applied to the problem it is probably safe to say the 'you' in the mix probably is gone. Your physical elements will be recycled into the environment, but the things that went on in the brain that made a human being a person, its sentience, is gone.
Here is one Trolling technique to look out for. Sea-Lioning is an Internet slang term referring...
evidentialist comments on Sep 14, 2018:
Sometimes it is necessary to get to the point. Odd that it's not considered trolling when submitting papers for peer review. I wonder why it's not considered equally reasonable in other areas? What support do you have for this argument? Please, cite your sources.
What is an item you've inherited that you most treasure?
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
A 'Can Do' personality that my mother gave me. It is and has been valuable.
Are you very concerned what happens to your body after death?
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
Not in the least.
I think it would be cool to join a lodge or the Masons or something, but they all require a belief ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
Moose and Elk do not have any religious requirements. I am not a joiner and have no need for that kind of camaraderie, but I don't see anything wrong with it, either. Here's an article from the NYT you might find interesting. https://www.nytimes.com/1999/08/29/nyregion/moose-and-elk-endangered-species.html
Boy Scouts?
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
I hear there are secular groups here and there. You might inquire. On the other hand, I was in the Boy Scouts and it didn't destroy my life. Learned a lot, wasn't converted, and had a helluva good time.
The Real Problem I Love this site and the clarity of thinking exhibited, even love chasing down the...
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
I think you are correct when it comes to the majority, but there are those of us who are quite comfortable not belonging to anything. I have a feeling, and it is just a feeling, that the percentage of us who have no need to belong may be growing. We shall see.
General article I recently read an article downplaying the importance of being concerned about ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 12, 2018:
Only a couple have so far come close to the actual meaning of the article. No, I'm not going to explain quite yet.
What happens after a human being dies? To me, this is one of the easiest questions about life and...
evidentialist comments on Sep 12, 2018:
What? You mean ... I'm going to die? Oh, crap. And I had such great plans.
Please guys, if non-fiction psychology writing is your thing.... please consider sharing your ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Question: Can narcissistic abuse exist where there is no narcissism?
If you had to recommend someone watch 5 TV series, what would you pick? (here are mine) 1. ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
I'm a learning freak, so here's my list: 1. MONSTERS INSIDE ME 2. THE DOCTORS 3. STRANGEST WEATHER ON EARTH 4. WHITE RABBIT PROJECT 5. PARTS UNKNOWN
What do you guys think.
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Well, what that fellow was saying is in keeping with what they believe. They don't buy into the trinity thing at all, so they consider the Big Boy in the Attic as the supreme creator dude and the Dead Jew on a Stick is the son. They are not one in the same and there is no holy spirit per se. They only celebrate one holiday and that is in recognition of how the Nazareth Kid got to be the Dead Jew on a Stick. Because this was supposed to have occurred on Passover, they celebrate once a year on the 14 day of the Hebrew month of Nisan (the Jewish calendar). They commemorate this fabled death as a ransom or 'propitiatory sacrifice.' They call it the Lord's Evening Meal or Memorial. No other celebrations are recognized. That number is 144,000. 144,000 will go to the Great Foreverland Park in the Sky. The remainder of the 'saved' will enjoy Forever After Blissful Life on a perfect Earth without global warming and no threat of the sun ever going nova. This all has to be true because the guys at the Watchtower Society say it is.
I haven't been on Agnostic in a hot minute -- I have been nose-to-the-grindstone with writing and ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 10, 2018:
@evestrat -- It's about time you showed yourself. You've been missed. Well, I can't speak for the others, but this old fart definitely did notice you not being around. That said, I look forward to hearing a mite more about your essay. Are you at liberty to tell us where it has been accepted?
Where do you find meaning?
evidentialist comments on Sep 10, 2018:
The meaning of life is found everywhere, but life is the reason for life. It seeks to perpetuate itself, but that seeking is mechanical. The meaning, on the other hand, is self generated to varying degrees in the different species that make up the biosphere. I am reasonably certain that a bacterium finds no meaning in life and quite probably doesn't care in the least. Humans, being one of the more complex forms of life, search constantly for meaning. For whatever reason, they tend to think there must be meaning to it all. Frequently, they invent meaning for themselves, then attempt to force their interpretation of meaning on all the others. They call that religion --- or government --- or both.
this is a video of me, some years ago, reading one of my poems, "old woman in the garden." ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 10, 2018:
She lifts her pallette Where words are scattered Picks a few with care Mixes them just so Then paints a vivid picture Dark, but not bitter My free prose titled ***The Poet*** seemed apropos here. Thank you @genessa
Hi, I started a chess group. I have never organized anything before so any pointers would be great....
evidentialist comments on Sep 9, 2018:
I'll have to check that out. Thanks.
I am currently reading "Flight or Fright" - it is a book of short horror stories about flying. Many ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 9, 2018:
As a pilot, being afraid of flying would be just a tad debilitating, no?
THE HIJACKING OF THE FLAG! I am not a flag waver. I have citizenship status in two countries ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 9, 2018:
@patchoullijulie -- Beware the one draped in the flag of country with the holy writings tucked under his arm of any sect suggesting it has *the* answers to all things for that person has not come for your benefit. Patriotism of the sort they propose is only good for one thing, and that is in filling graveyards and hospitals at home and abroad. It promotes tribal pride and fear of others. Flags and boundaries are symbols that our species could do well without. However, this is the real world where all those things exist. When it comes to America (USA), that flag at one time was a sort of symbol of hope and promise for all the world. At one time it was a calling card luring people to our shores to participate in the grand experiment. Now? Now, I don't know what the hell it is, but I do know the way it has been used over the last 40 to 50 years has degraded its meaning.
I just thought i would post that i am rather shaken by the recent death of harlan ellison. i read ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 9, 2018:
Sad that he is gone, but none of us last forever.
I’ve just had my very first conversation with a stranger who is an atheist... to say the least it ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 8, 2018:
My worldview is informed by the epistemology of evidentialism wherein the definition of evidence is in alignment with the scientific method. What all that incredibly confusing verbiage means is that a belief must be restricted to those things for which there is adequate real (objective) evidence to justify the belief. This view automatically determines that I cannot make any assertion without having evidence to support the assertion. Because of this, in any discussion of deity I will appear to be agnostic and with good reason. With the same reasoning, I am also an atheist because I have insufficient evidence to hold any belief in the supernatural. I do not believe in a god or gods, but I cannot deny the possibility that I might be wrong. So, I am free of all superstitions, including the belief in deity.
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
oxen
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evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
lice
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evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
mice
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evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
bacteria
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evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
hippopotami
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evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
geese
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evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
buffalo
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evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
deer
Name a plural noun that does not end in "s". If you post more than one answer that's great, but ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
aircraft The list is much too long to list them all, but I've given you a few here.
WE'RE FUCKED The die is cast. Despite the circus show in DC regarding the confirmation hearing of...
evidentialist comments on Sep 7, 2018:
I don't think it's quite that bleak, but it does not look promising.
Difficult Stuff
evidentialist comments on Sep 6, 2018:
It appears it's going to be this one because there are hundreds of thousands of questions I've had to answer throughout my life and after arriving at this point, I don't remember which was which. What to do? What to do?
Are you an early bird or night owl?
evidentialist comments on Sep 6, 2018:
Both, but tend to err on the night owl side.
When do you feel safe to talk about your beliefs/nonbeliefs?
evidentialist comments on Sep 6, 2018:
It depends on the context/situation. If I am asked any question directly, I will answer it as honestly as I can, again based on the circumstances. I feel no compunction to state my position on any matter at any time and the tailoring I do is only to avoid confrontational situations because I find them non productive.
MANUMISSION RULED UNCONSTITITIONAL -- In a stunning 5-4 decision, the UNITED STATES SUPREME ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 5, 2018:
Satire with a prophetic ring, my friend. Reality says we are frequently one breath away from disaster and in these days it is doubly true and considerably more consistent.
fri·a·ble /╦łfr─ź╔Öb╔Öl/ (adjective) easily crumbled. from "The Winter Garden Mystery" by ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 5, 2018:
One of the best things about eggs and bacon for breakfast is that they are friable in the same pan at the same time.
The Case for Dark Matter in the Universe
evidentialist comments on Sep 5, 2018:
Michael J. Baker, Joachim Kopp. Dark Matter Decay between Phase Transitions at the Weak Scale. Physical Review Letters, 2017; 119 ( 6 ) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.061801
As you see it, tell me how writing about every day things can be appealing to read
evidentialist comments on Sep 4, 2018:
Generally, it isn't, but it doesn't have to be dreadfully boring, either. It depends a lot on delivery.
EXACERBATE: ex-ac-er-bate. VERB. To make a bad situation, problem or negative feeling worse. ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 4, 2018:
"Hey there, Leonard, how come you keep lookin' at yer hands?" "Mom done told me if I keep on exacerbatin' I's gonna be gettin' hair on my palms."

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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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