"Several years ago, I was riding my bike back from school, about a 15 mile trip, and a few young boys with a small truck drove past me tossing firecrackers at me!
Then they turned around and DID IT AGAIN!
They must have run out of explosives after…"
"It is unclear if Erma Bombeke even considered this issue. I expect that the best way to mention this absence of 'important material or supply', is in private, with a kitchen door between you and the host, sometime 'before'…"
"I think this is done by certifiable sociopaths, sorry. When I go to the 'store', I normally know how much money I can spend, know what I want/need, check the dis-count bins, look for the free samples, and not look at 'every damn…"
"I have attempted to use the simple test for a new relationship of, 'Can I bring you a very big bug, worm, praying mantis, etc, without you freaking out?' So far only one has passed this test, but the marriage only lasted 9 years. So now I…"
"People that need things to be 'nice' more than 'functional'.
People who would turn down a perfectly good, slightly burned, cheese sandwich.
People who would rather eat something bland, than a hot curry.
People who confuse…"
"In my experience, life can be 'grand' without the crazy parts that intrude. Religion seems to be part of that 'crazy part'.
While I figure that 'religion' helped us learn how to create abstractions, but it…"
"We could also ban books, microwave ovens, cars, bicycles, sidewalks, weather, bad hair days, BO, cats, kitty litter, shoes, fingernail clippers, and girl/boy friends. Most of culture could be banned, and many of us would celebrate, even for a few…"
"I used to collect these little handouts given to the un-suspecting. They must have been created with little reguard to their audience, but most times offered great materials to file in our PSU Secular Society closet.
I never thought to…"
"I have been reading some of the copious writings concerning the collapse of cultures/civilizations, so far none of it has mentioned lunar eclipses. Comets, earth quakes, volcanoes, revolution, invasions, environmental mis-management, etc, do appear…"
I had considered it as an effect of 'computational overload', and 'mis-use of language for control'.
In work environments, supervisors, memos, coworkers, etc, are tasked by time and brevity restrictions. We often times do…"
"Such an interesting project will offer insights as a result.
Not all persons indulge in 'robotic' brain functions as a rule, sadly finding a few good minds will be something of a challenge. The few classes in genetics and biology that I…"
"I have back into this 'problem' many times. Several years ago I wrote a monograph of Fractal Geometry for submission to the OSU library, because at the time there was little writen about it. Over the course of a few months it became…"
"Now months latter, one divorce, one business shutdown, and partial unemployment, I have wondered how much closer is this 'end'?
Sadly now, someone would need to send my ash remains to the indian reservation parks person for…"
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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