"After writing the above I had to reconsider the idea of 'bull jumping'. Could it be that given the expanding growth industry of 'bull shit', that a rather large population of neo-Mithrists have taken over the world or at…"
"I do look for 'trends', sadly a single data point might be an outlyer, statistically, or that point might be indicating the divergence/complexity of some underlying system of relationships. I am optimistic to think that 'every…"
It seems unlikely that we are going to change the course of culture and it's 'nuttyness' any time soon. One possibility is to sit back, get a cold drink, and enjoy the show! If you can let your anthropolist vision go a little…"
"There was a mention of an 'alternative future' from a 'History of Religion' class I took about 12 years ago. During that class the prof. suggested that since many of members of the Roman legend where also practicing Mithrists,…"
"And last but not least:
FOX News, drone pixs of victims!
RT News, drone pixs of Fox News personel scandals.
Theist drone 'Watchtower' promotions.
Drone 'Sky Rats' manure dumping.
Murder Drone 'pithing for hire'.
"There is a dear woman that I have relationship with. Clearly a good soul, but has very little experience with my 'thought skills'.
For breakfast and dinner, we say 'grace', but for we this seems rather pretentious, but helpful…"
"Having visited with a few churches/fellowships locally, it appears that the members are getting older and older, with few young folks joining. This seems to hold true for the Quakers and Lutherians.
I propose that over the next 20-30 years:
"It would be nice if the 'god' perception did not depend upon some deep mental instability. If 'god' exists, why would it not be atleast as obvious as electrons, or a nice cup of tea?
Could there be something like a 'Genie…"
"Now, in hindsight, I do remember my young fredgling intellectual days, trying to make sence out of the 'god concept'.
How would a mind 'work' without some physical structure to support it? Is a biological analogue for a…"
"From my last reading of 'Revelations', the number 144000 comes up for the limit of numbers of the 'specal people' to be allowed in heaven. One can 'learn' something from the Seventh Day Adventists.
I asked about this…"
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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