"One interesting thing that might be under considered, is that the Earth had a lot of time, before we came along, to get 'life' right.
While a modern day scientist might get lucky finding the 'recipe', given generations of…"
"While I think that the 'scientific method', as a habit of thought, started way before we had a language, it seems doubtful that it was as well organized as present. I might even venture that 'magic' and…"
"During the exicution of some projects, I noticed that personality conflicts can become overwheming. For the good of all involved, it can become a very important point where the decision is 'made' to even do business.
I found this…"
I recently formally joined a local church with my girl friend(yes my last marriage died 9 months ago like anyone cares), and it has been an interesting ride so far. It is very clear that I have an attitude to religion similar to an…"
"I expect there is an actual correlation of total volume of alcohol, to delusional thinking, sadly I figure that one more delusional is likely one more too many.
Just got back from my girl friends church Xmas dinner. After a very good potluck, we…"
"It just does not seem that painful, more like a tiny disapointment, equal to not getting a pony.
The ideology seems to place a rather unnecesssary burden/focus on death, and too little hold on life. We should be working together to build a wonderful…"
"I consider my general 'atheist leanings' as an artifact of my science interests, and philosophy, mathematics training.
I tried being a member of a local pagan group, but like theism, my arms & legs stick out more ways than I…"
"Sadly there are few of us, but I do find other folks that frequent some of the same haunts.
Its generally ok, I don't normally let on that I am 'not in that way'. It is not always comfortable with a few family members, but I do…"
Ex-catholic, recovering rationalist, post modernist. Trying to learn 'how' to have a string of 'nice' days with wonder, adventure and joy. Education: environmental science, philosophy and mathematics. Interests: establishing our 'Eden Again Eco Sancuary' to preserve family timber and meadow land, eco-education program and permaculture.
Why are you here?
I had been the co-director of the PSU SOS student group, and Portland Vancouver Humanists 1981-82. Dr. Kirkendall, Humanist of the Year was my mentor from 1982 till 1992. I believe in the virtue of independent rational thought and think that the sciences bound to rationality and compassion can solve most of our social and planetary issues.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I started reading Russell while very young. Worked on logic issues surrounding religious claims and found numerous contradictions. Wrote two papers during my philosophy training concerning the classical proofs for the existence of god, and found them lacking. Determined that I did not do well being a member of any personality cult. Studied cults and ideology to determine psychological manipulations.
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if you have studied the iching then you will know it is not founded upon superstition or randomness but rather rather an exact statement of where the physical universe is now. Everything that everything does has brought them to that exact moment upon which where the sticks lands. Even the act of deciding to use them, the act of gathering them etc. was spawned by everything in the universe preceding that moment. According to Chinese thought the iching then gives one a formula to decipher what that means...it is considered to be a science rather than a mystical religious interpretation. By the way, the Hindus invented astrology in much the same way. the physical relationship between the celestial bodies places gave one the ability to extrapolate a future much like physicists try to predict the behaviour of sub atomic particles prior to their experiments. ps try to explain to yourself how and why some quantum particles are thought to exist in two separate spaces by leading scientists.
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