"Last night, over a nice dinner, following a Town hall with our local senator, six of us got together to share pot-luck food. One of us was a retired priest, that had a refreshing attitude towards our common 'questions', I a still unsettled…"
"I would need some real supplies that would cost much more than what we use to support people on welfare, and enough people to have a significant work force:
pressurized housing/enclosed farming habitat
"After my divorce, I took up with a gal that is a member of the local Lutheran church.
So far it is not really a good 'fit' for me intellectually, but they are rather good people, and I thought maybe I could use a dose of the…"
"It is possible that the concept of 'national service', to me, by itself, seems to imply a coercive process or program. The 'service' portion could imply some 'mandatory' program.
This implication for me might be my own…"
"I expect that the reason we 'do not change' is that we have a sale force that is hell-bent to keep the status-quo going at all costs. When the 'shit hits the fan' we will be so caught up with survival that we will be less…"
"Several years ago, I was working on a neural-network project, using it as a way to 'hopefully' extract patterns from a large date set. I thought it was working just fine, and gave my results to a dear friend who promptly told me that the…"
"I saw the 'Human centipede II', and was fully grossed out that movie producer would debase themselves by filming it. The 'Doctor' character, surely had no clue of the unlikely positive result of such a surgery for even the…"
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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