"Given the apparent instabilities around us, I am not sure if most of us will ever be secure in our persons to 'actualize'. I tend to think that we must try inspite of the gross details. Trying to get all your 'ducks in a row',…"
"It seems 'good' that my assertion that atheist/humanist commandments would be greeted with "..a deep laughter, or a drinking song" is false, atleast for a few folks.
As I read the responses of the other minds here,…"
"Reviewing the 'ten commandments' they seem to be mostly a list of assertions about actions & in-actions that are either just in themselves, or place us in some moral/ritual 'relationship' with deity. As atheists or humanists,…"
"I do seem to 'fear' my moments of relativism, for fear that these might be used to validate a theist 'god's authority' model. A few times I have been cross-examined by a theist 'friend' in an attempt to determine…"
"While I can not really 'speek' for 'dinosaurs', I do expect that they might not be much interested in the ignorance of moderns, millions of years removed. About as much as 'god/God' would be preturbed or motivated to…"
"I was of the impression that 'dinosaur' bones have been found even 'before' Darwin, and likely before the study of 'fossils' became a recognized 'science'. A 'conspiracy theory' would need to account…"
"I expect that most of us would become more enlightened with such an experience. For that matter most of human history might offer insights into interpersonal/'vultural' relations...
I expect that 'Cloud Atlas' might have been…"
"Atheism vs. anti-theism:
I mostly 'gave up' trying to convert 'theists' to humanism/atheism. When I think of the 'details' it is rather hard to 'not' be jaded towards them. So I thought, 'ok what GOOD…"
"As an 'end point' in this 'thought experiment', would extreamly intelligent creatures 'want' to be involved in the creation of other universes, or life? What would such beings do for 'entertainment' or…"
"One day I need to return to a short story I started in 1991. Primary thesis, humans succeed at saving the planet, by recycling most of civilization just to find enough good building materials, after digging all the good 'stuff' up! People…"
"Sadly, if it was not for the 'Howlers', it seems doubtful most of us would watch! It seems a low brow 'sport' to find the weird, 'WTF' moments. Recently I have been watching the '12 Monkeys' series on SyFy.…"
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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