James Cox
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  • Salem, OR
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James Cox replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"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…"
Thursday
James Cox replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"It is to allow a strong enough signal to set off the 'toilet use' counter in the HR Office!"
Thursday
James Cox replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"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'…"
Wednesday
James Cox replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"And this is a bad thing truly...."
Wednesday
James Cox replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"This looks like an 'exhaustive list'....;p)"
Wednesday
James Cox replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"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…"
Wednesday
James Cox replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"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…"
Wednesday
James Cox replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"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…"
Tuesday
James Cox commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheists response to dying'
"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…"
Tuesday
James Cox replied to Jesus Christ's discussion 'The need for knife control'
"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…"
Tuesday
James Cox replied to Gary's discussion 'In need of an believer to atheist "conversion kit"''
"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…"
Tuesday
James Cox replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Four blood moons: the end is nigh for sure (unless it isn't)'
"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…"
Tuesday
James Cox replied to Ari E. S.'s discussion 'Does Anyone Else Suffer Interpretation Issues?'
"Yes! 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…"
Apr 10
James Cox replied to Anna Wright's discussion 'Student-Made Evolution Project'
"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…"
Apr 9
James Cox replied to Unseen's discussion 'The multiple universe problem'
"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…"
Apr 4
James Cox replied to Marc Poulin's discussion 'Your epitath'
"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…"
Apr 2

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Your Religious Status
Other
About Me:
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.
Age
53-58
Relationship Status
Married
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
Catholic
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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Yes
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
From another member

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At 7:39am on October 9, 2012, Hope said…

Glad to be friends on TA :-)

At 2:08pm on August 14, 2012, archaeopteryx said…

Troubles? I have no troubles - I'm the prototype for Alfred E. Neuman!

I understand from one of your posts that you dabble with electricity --

At 12:28pm on May 26, 2012, stobbins said…

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.

At 10:03am on March 14, 2012, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community James! Join us in the chat on the bottom right of the screen and feel free to ask questions and get involved as much or as little as you want! Welcome again and make yourself at home!

 
 
 

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