"Some where along the way, the folks that came before us established the hypothesis that there must be a being behind the sky that created and sustains the full arc of existence and ourselves.
I expect that polytheism was rather a hard system to keep…"
"Early 80's, I was a member of the Big Brother/Big Sister program for two years. My first and only child I worked with was 8 at the time, the oldest son of a small family with his two sister twins.
The mother was very religious but a well…"
"I figure the whole 'Israeli Partition' was sold via a Jewish lobby, based upon guilt following the war. A few years ago I read a little about the history concerning the 'Partition'. The dissenting votes at the UN seemed be from…"
No sure about the library classification. It is open to the public and worthy a long visit. I have also gone to the abbey's vespers a few times. The meditation room with their Russian Icon collection and St Benedict statue, is a…"
Believe it or not, hygiene is so important that ignoring it can be highly debilitating in the long run. Most of us go through life more miserable because we simply find it too embarrassing and/or time consuming to face our irritating bodily issues. This group is intended to advise and promote solutions to prevent and/or cure particular hygiene issues. You can ask those embarrassing questions and maybe you can find someone who has a nifty solution that is simple, affordable, and effective.…See More
Not on my top 1.0 x 10^6 things to do, but with enough time, and a very good memory, it might be worth considering. Sadly I expect that a few of these 'beings' will need to become 'known first', which could take a…"
"I do wonder if I may have been premature in my first evaluation of the question.
As I get older, I do feel as if so much will be left 'undone', in other words 'I am running out of time'. A technical life extension might be nice,…"
So if I get to really play with 'time', would I like to have the option of living forever?
If I am not awake, stop/pause/restart period, how would I know when to 'restart'? Seems like I would need some thing that is…"
The 'tools of science' are just tools, to extend our reach, grasp, effect. Am I a 'follower of science'? I might know how to use 'tools' to build a house, build a statistical model for carbon sequestering, or use…"
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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