"I wonder if a likely 'random factor' would allow such an intrusion. If 'God/god' were able to act between a 'cause' and the 'cascade of outcomes', favoring one outcome over another, just maybe everything we…"
"So any speculations on the 'affinity for the beetle'? Why so few types of humans, and so many types of beetles? One could also include bacteria, viruses, and maybe even algae.
One suggestion I could make is that lower forms of life (I do…"
"I know the 'ugliness' is 'out there' and 'in here' with us. I find that a few hours of it on TV, gets very old fast, and then I just want to loose myself in the garden, knowing full well that carnage is all around me…"
"It just seems like an early snuff film script that took two thousand years before it was made into 'too numerous to count' versions, and to which 'interesting' people now think is 'factual' because of the…"
""honk honk", brings back a few very good memories, but decided that I must be more respectful...
Cleaning up 'dog(s) ___" I seem to miss....
Never had guy 'friends' that would consider a public elimination…"
"The 'Physics of Angels' was writen for a undergrad 'Writing 121' class as protest against the impression that 'there would be no creativity in this class'!
I wrote two more before the class ended 'An Evaluation of…"
"It would seem that any 'claim' to 'omni-anything' would fall into the
'absurdity trap'. This was my first step towards my 'nieve atheism' as
a young man. Sadly my Catholic school experience did a thankful…"
"My first exposure to this question was via the question 'can God make 2+2=5 ?'
It seems that the answer should be 'yes', but then we seemed faced with a few major issues.
a) What happens to our concept of truth?
b) What happens…"
"A "sustained apathy" or a 'crushing dispair'? As I talk with some people, I sometimes find an attitude towards the 'emerging common fate' issues that surround us. Many seem to have given up on 'change' that…"
"Yes, for the first, 'science' methods are used to inform decision making, or place that decision making on some 'firmer footing'. The latter, might make all of our decisions conditioned upon an insight only based upon a…"
"Sounds similar to my own, but I seem to do ok, mostly. I left the day after HS, and tried to cut loose where I could. Sadly many families seem twisted, one way or another. Looking for normals seems just about a lost cause, and trying to…"
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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