"Which one are you?
One test I took twice over a ten year period implied that I was one of the 'Scientist, Inventor, Architect' types. Sadly I scored so high that I stood out like an elephant in the room."
"I expect that they 'appear' to have utility for the purpose of control or marginalization of others, so labeled. It confines the labor pool, helps to define 'in' and 'out' groups, and might be used to…"
"I remember a conversation with my father, who was 'worldly' , but not that worldly, describing a fellow worker as 'gay'. At that time, must have been about 1978, the term 'gay' might have been one of the 'fighting…"
"As I have suggested many time before, 'stop trying to make sense out of non-sense'.
If 'God' exists, and we stop entertaining the 'idea' of it, would not 'God' be forced into the open once his/her/its…"
"I expect that not all planet are 'created' equal, any more than 'intelligent life' is.
What if your planet has very poor metal ores, or no good way to produce very high temperatures, or maybe your 'biology' makes it…"
"Sadly nerdy 'men' are not very well understood. I am rather buff, at 59, and my brain cells seem to work even better than when I was younger, sadly finding a nerdy woman has been a rather painful undertaking.
Under appreciated, yes. How…"
"Rather witty as to chicken names. While our family did name our chickens, all seven of them, I refused to commit their names to memory. My cat was Sweetie, the dogs Cookie and Cricket.
I was considered a little 'out there' once when I…"
"Actually I was 'raised' catholic, I was never really a believer, more like a young kid trying to figure out what it meet, after being dumped on with the ideology. My parents thought it would be a good 'influence', yes it was,…"
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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