"The movie from about 2007, 'Idiotocracy', does come to mind as a rebuttal to 'Dump & Dumber'. The movie seems to make a case for intellectual decay, and the need to prevent it. Sadly, it is unclear if the audience gets the…"
"I think I would need to know what 'smart' looks like!
I think, generally, that I am a rather 'smart' guy, but know that, with some ease, that I could name several examples of my own occasional nuttiness.
When I have been called a…"
"I expect that this question is badly formed. It should be of the form, 'Why do theists seem to need so little to believe in a god?'
I expect that a similar question could be formed concerning magical claims, business scams, etc.
"I keep looking for the 'grin', I think. Something that, how ever fleeting, seems to offer an insight that might have been unexpected.
I never seem to find 'god', but only rich examples of eternity intruding into my perception.…"
"I was baptized also, but I have no memory of the experience. I had considered getting 'baptized', just to have the experience, but I expect 'clothing optional' is reserved for pre-pubescents...;p).
Figured that with a new…"
"Even when I was 'catholic', I never 'feared the l-rd'. I felt more fear dealing with crazy people, drunks, cult members, the political/religion obsessed, people with guns, and ignorance. I think ignorance kills more than…"
"For some people, their eyes glaze over talking about the 'science' of something, and are all ears about crazy crap!
I am beginning to think, having given more time to fools just to be kind, that they are really wasting vast time, energy,…"
"They were 'free', but my cost was always listening to her claims that the founder of the RT method was an ET/human hybrid that was an engineer. Sadly, I have known my share of 'engineers' that think they are equally…"
"For several months I have been taking in an 'RT' energy therapy that seems to work very well to get a a 2.5 hour nap, while someone pretends to pray over me. I win-win, it seemed. Sadly, listening to the constant sales pitch for other…"
"Wow, only six points? I thought we were being much more troublesome. Two browny points for restraint guys! When they actually get heat from us, will we have their attention. If we kept track of 'troll attacks' here, would that boost our…"
"Do we 'KNOW' if Humaans are the highest form or life in the Sol system?
I am gambling on Europa or my cat!
My favorite line in the remake of 'The Day The Earth Stood Still', "Your planet?"
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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