"I read somewhere that human prehistoric culture may have been influenced by our early association with canines - that wolf packs had elements of mutual cooperation, caring for one another, that were mord developed than found in primates. I am…"
"I guess I read "religion" as any religion, whether monotheistic, polytheistic, animistic, pre or post Hebrew, pre or post the dawn of history, anywhere. If christians are so theocentric as to claim that their, relatively recent and…"
"i wonder about morality preceding religion. Origins of both seem to go back into prehistory, even before Homo sapiens made its debut. It is argued that Neanderthal burials included elements of religious ritual.
There are certainly…"
"I get the feeling that Catholicism as as much a product of polytheistic, pagan Roman tradition, as it is a product of Jesusism and Yahweh worship. When I visited Vatican city, I was amazed at how much it looked to me lie my idea of a vast…"
"Nice reading list Reg!
So those folks in San Diego are anti-Islamophobicphobic? or just anti-antiIslamophobic?
That Catholic article about uncool Atheists was really uncool. Holy moly that was uncool,"
"The only heaven I want to go to, is where my dog winds up. I don't think there is a heaven for them either, but if there is, that's where I want to be.
I agree that possums are vile looking creatures, but then maybe to…"
"Seems to me that if the female has a double vagina, the only right thing to do is give the male a forked penis. On the other hand, I don't know what to say about ducks having corkscrew penises. Doesn't seem right."
"Thanks for some interesting articles.
I'm amused that someone thinks evangelical christianity is becoming sociopathic. At the church where I attended in the late 50s and early 60s - yes, during those years, one could still hear the sad,…"
"Ha, ruminant entero-ome, eh? Yes, obscure to non-scientists, but increasingly relevant wrt species and even higher taxanomic level interactions (eg viral and parasitic), effects of antibiotics, microbe evolution... it's an awesome field. I have…"
Long term atheist.
Retired Internist as of 3/2016
Living with gastric sarcoma (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) since 3/2013. Living with cancer makes one think differently.
Active gardener, hobby orchard, sourdough breads and pie baker, and reader of history and social interests.
Why are you here?
Community of atheists. Intelligent group. #1 interest is Reg's Sunday school, great reading.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I left fundamentalist Baptist religion because it was a lie. It was a gradual process over about 5 years.
Part of that was military service post Vietnam era in Turkey, where I discovered that non-Christians were just normal ordinary people like you and I. I recall, I got into arguments with the Chaplain over that. Which is kind of hazardous, with the Chaplain being a captain and I was just enlisted. Part was reading the bible thoroughly, with an open, then questioning, and honest, mind.
Part was subsequent training as a scientist, which led to microbiology research PhD, which led to study of medicine.
Religion might be a nice way to find community, and turn off the thinking cap, but it's not real. Religion causes or supports tribal thinking, causes dangerous us/them dichotomies.
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online search. Long term active on another site as well. Important to keep atheist community supportive and vibrant.
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Ha, ruminant entero-ome, eh? Yes, obscure to non-scientists, but increasingly relevant wrt species and even higher taxanomic level interactions (eg viral and parasitic), effects of antibiotics, microbe evolution... it's an awesome field. I have textbooks on disease and micribiology that don't even mention C. diff, which my mother got a year ago nosocomially after antibiotics... an increasingly endemic problem.
My Japanese brother-in-law is a gastro-enterologist in Japan. My ex-wife imports Opus One wine into Tokyo. Yikes, we're all connected by microbes, at least!