I am a professional well established in my career. I travel a lot. I am a well fount of useless information. I kid myself that the more esoteric the information is, the more likely I will be to remember it. I am a formidable partner in trivia games as long as we stay away from sports and religion... then I am a dead weight.

I am an atheist leaning agnostic. I don't see any evidence of a creator and I am doubtful of one existing. I have been a nonbeliever ever since I can remember. My parents didn't try to fill me with religion and gave me the freedom to make up my own mind.

Life should be fun and we should relish the chance to be playful. Life sucks enough all by itself and we shouldn't add to that. I am looking for both friends and a relationship.

I am a nerd. I like games, reading science fiction and the history of science, and trying out new things. I was born curious and I like to continually learn.

I am an die-hard optimist.

Do you think the world is a small place?
MustardSeed comments:
With technology it is definitely smaller, I can message anyone in the world within seconds. I can travel oceans in hours. Take away our shiny toys and it becomes huge again. On a planet hunting scale it appears that our world is also small but that also might be that we haven't developed good techniques to finding planets this size. I think if we were looking at our solar system from afar I don't know if we couldn't find earth with our technologies.
What is the best prank you've ever played on someone?
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Throwing a camel spider in the showers. Neither the showerers or the spider were too happy with that one but if was funny watching them flee the showers.
just thought I would check this out. I guess I'm looking for reasonable people who will not try to convert me. I am quite happy being Agnostic and don't feel like I have something missing spiritually in my life. in other area, well maybe. but not in my personal beliefs. so I guess what I'm saying is...hello everybody!...
MustardSeed comments:
Welcome. I don't think anyone will try to convert you to anything on here. But we will ask you to explain yourself or source something.
Street preaching
MustardSeed comments:
Its annoying but it's free speech.
Will these "religious freedom" bills reverse the rise of Atheism in the U.S?.
MustardSeed comments:
No, it won't reverse anything. They are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
On my way to my first Ayahuasca experience this weekend Anyone here ever experienced a ceremony? If so, how was your experience?
MustardSeed comments:
Ayahuasca is a South American tea containing the potent psychedelic chemical N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a human neurotransmitter. The ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) is combined with the leaves from the shrub Psychotria viridis (or other DMT containing plants) to create the tea. Ayahuasca is the name given to the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and also the foul-tasting tea.
The word ‘ayahuasca’ translates to ‘vine of death’ or ‘vine of souls’. This powerful tea induces intense hallucinations and introspection. The entire ayahuasca experience lasts for approximately 8 hours, with the strongest effects lasting 1-3 hours. Vomiting and occasionally diarrhea, which the natives call ‘la purga’ (the purge), are considered part of the experience. This purging process is medically beneficial, as it clears the body of worms and other parasites.
What's an example of UnIntelligent Design?
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In the human male, testes develop initially within the abdomen. Later during gestation, they migrate through the abdominal wall into the scrotum. This causes two weak points in the abdominal wall where hernias can later form. Prior to modern surgical techniques, complications from hernias, such as intestinal blockage and gangrene, usually resulted in death.
Are you a feminist?
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Yes, I think the definition has been slandered and broadened to the point that it is hard to encompass the breadth of it sometimes, but I think that women are equal to men and that the patriarchal society that we have been fed needs to stop. Are there differences in the sexes? Undeniably. But this isn't about genetics, this is about societal input that we are force fed from birth.
Hi, my name is Scott Helgeson and I am a retired professor of Biology. I am 67 years old and live in Indianola, Iowa USA which is 12 miles south of Des Moines. Since I am no longer teaching at Des Moines Area Community College, I have decided to teach by blogging and writing prose and poetry often by rewriting popular or familiar songs with phrases which basically fit their structure but deal with contemporary issues or concerns including sociological and political ones. Should you desire to hear my words and the sound of my voice, you may find numerous (Free) videos by me on You Tube on the channel beamieupscottie again, I say it is free. ???? I am in good health basically though I take a mild blood pressure medication (Lisinopril) and an anticonvulsant due to some seizures I had for reasons which were never discovered in any tests which I took – (Cat Scans and EEG’s where initiating stimuli were used to try to induce seizure activity but did not do so). I walk at least 2 miles 3 or 4 times per week, sometimes more up til every day. I do not believe in Organized religion. I believe in Karma and reincarnation because to me, life is a process of continuous learning and there is no way we can learn all there is to know in just one lifetime. This picture says everything you need to know about my spirituality. This is a shot of the Universe with the Hubble Telescope and what you are seeing is not stars. Every single dot from the largest you can see to the tiniest ...
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Welcome to the group. It is growing every weekend judging by the 500 errors I get on Sat and Sun. This is a good comunity
Is forcing religion on your children as bad as child abuse?
MustardSeed comments:
No, starving or beating your kids is as bad as child abuse. Giving them a warm home to grow up in is what you do, and hopefully they can find the strength to wake up. Imagine a world where we rate parents and decide if they can raise them? I wouldn't want to live in that world. Do you?
How many of you have expressed an idea on Agnostic.com and made to feel like you are not wanted or your idea was stupid? I joined this website to try and meet people with similar beliefs and interest. My first post already has been met with negative people. Has this been your experience or was I just unlucky enough to find a couple of obnoxious people?...
MustardSeed comments:
This is the internet and it has anonymity for the most part. I've posted things about topics I have thought long and hard about and had the feedback of "obviously you haven't thought about this..." Screw the trolls, they are everywhere. Welcome to the group and don't let the assholes get you down.
Artificial intelligence!
MustardSeed comments:
I don't think it will prove beneficial to humans. We evolve on eons and even longer time scales, they will be able to evolve themselves on much shorter time scales similar to Moore's law.
looking for atheist friends. Recently deconverted.
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Welcome
I could use some advice here...
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Is it worth the political capital to fight this? If it is then go up the chain of command. There has to be an arbitration/complaint process. If it isn't then try to solve future problems at the lowest level possible.
How do you respond to "It takes more faith to be an atheist"?
MustardSeed comments:
I think you need to probe him on his convictions on Shiva or Maalik or any of the 1000s of other gods he doesn't believe in

His argument is just silly
Physics engine
MustardSeed comments:
Interesting idea but as far as we know, the laws of physics and the physical constants are universal. Now it very well might be stranger than we imagine, but I don't think the laws are variable.
When vegans try to explain how dogs and cats can be vegan too what is your reaction?
MustardSeed comments:
So a natural diet can be determined by the length of the intestines and the teeth. Cats don't have the proper length of intestines to get a meaningful amount of nutrients from vegetables and they are obviously carnivores from their teeth. Dogs would fair a little better as they do have a longer intestinal tract but their omnivorousness was a later add on to a carnivorous tract that was exposed to scarcity. The perfect example of the failure is the panda which is a complete carnivore by both intestines and teeth, but through some horrific twist of Darwin's grab bag, decided to subsist on bamboo. They get less than 4% of the energy out of the bamboo and hence have to basically spend their days eating. So you could do it but it wouldn't be efficient or healthy. One could even argue that it is cruel to abuse a digestive tract so
One of my favorite Atheist quotes: ""I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours". ""...
MustardSeed comments:
I love that quote
Is there any way to block another member? I come here as a respite from the hate spewed by Trump supporters. When I find one here, I would really like to be able to make him invisible to me. Thanks
MustardSeed comments:
So are you talking about harassment? If that is the case we can get them banned from the site. Are you talking about the digital equivalent of "I don't like your message, so shut up"? Haven't we, as Atheists and Agnostics, gotten enough of that? You really want to shut up someone you disagree with? Sounds like a lack of fortitude to me
DOES SMOKING WEED MAKE YOU A BAD PARENT?
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Being a bad parent makes you a bad parent. Neglecting your responsibilities makes you a bad parent. If you fulfill your commitments and want to do anything else as a hobby you are in the green as long as the commitments are met.
Yuval Harari: “Human beings are all algorithms!” - L'Atelier BNP Paribas
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So if the model describes past behaviors, then it needs to be studied. It it actually predicts future behavior then we have something awesome. I can see how you could describe everything in an algorithm, I just don't know if it is predictive.
Putting the Message of Christianity Into Perspective
MustardSeed comments:
Good video
Death is an essential part of evolution. You cannot improve the machine without replacing the defective parts. We run in horror from death because we possess the second essential ingredient of evolution, survival instinct. That horror however gives rise to fantasies of an afterlife. That empowers religions to sell false hopes at a very high price. It's all pretty simple don't you think? The machine is a big as the universe. Are you going to change it's course. I don't think so. So for now, I think I'll get high and watch it happen....
MustardSeed comments:
Evolution is random. It looks like you are assuming there is a design at work. There is no "improvement". Changes happen and sometimes the magic happens, other times not so much.
So my family knows some people connected to the church in San Antonio that just had the mass shooting. They are bible literalists and always talk about prayer and they are interacting via group text asking everybody to pray for the families in the hospitals. I'm not responding in these texts because Im the only atheist in my family and I dont know anyone in their church groups. It pisses me off so much that they express such concern and desire for everyone to pray for the victims and they don't stop to think for even 1 second that THEY WERE KILLED IN A CHURCH!!! This whole group text conversation just reeks of intellectual dishonesty from all sides and I just want to call it out so bad and say "Do ya'll never stop to think why your god could not protect people in a place where they come to worship him but you think he is going to do something after the fact in the hospital?" I hate dishonesty and wishful thinking so much and its on display in an extraordinary way right now!!! Is it wrong for me to feel this way? I mean I am sympathetic for the families affected by this tragedy but I cant participate in this nonsense. ...
MustardSeed comments:
You are not wrong in any way, shape, or form. You are awake now. How do you go from here and handle your commitments?
I see faces in trees, rocks, moss, and other naturally occurring things. I know a lot of people do. What sort of human faces do you see most frequently? Scary, kind, old wo/men, ... and what do you think it tells you about yourself?...
MustardSeed comments:
Pareidolia- everywhere I look, there they are. It is like the world was made to look back at me
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