"In high school I had this very strange, but telling dream which I remember as if it was yesterday.
A teacher compaired me to 'Johnathan Livingston Seagull' and the 'Little Prince'. A few weeks latter I had the dream: I was…"
"This seems only a little 'out there', but I can understand the kick-back!
My father thought I was not a proper male due to my nerdy sensibilities. He did not like my doubts about our catholic roots, while I was in high school. About the…"
"Man is just plain 'f--ked up'. Sadly I have known a few 'friends' that thought nothing of doing this, even after knowing me for years without a clue as to my religious/nonreligious position. Sadly it just seems twisted. "
"I have been dating a rather charming gal that is a Lutheran. Yesterday, as a way to show my glassnost sensibilities, I went to church with her and, after a few hours of intellectual preparation previous, took communian. It was ok, they used a…"
"I just figured that JC was trying to take other folks garbage out, but at a time of pre-municiple waste services. Like a 8 year old trying to get on their parents good side by dumping the kitchen garbage ONCE!
As I look at my own 'stuff',…"
"Actually, about the only time I think about 'religion' is when someone else mentions it. Occasionally I see something quiet beautiful, and many times interesting, that can get me into some funk with spiritual over tones, but I am still a…"
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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