"In truth it is even deeper than you might imagine. In the Christian religion alone there are currently 42,000 different Christian belief systems, or elements that have decided to follow their own particular view of the ever confusing…"
You asked for this, thus I am pleased to deliver, but for this to be comprehensible, it most regretfully cannot be a short post.
I ran into Bobby Kennedy at an airport when I was returning from Europe in about 1962. He had been…"
"Wow, I see quite differently than the responders above. Perhaps my training comes in on this.
1. Will there ever be a U.S. President that is an outright Atheist? That has already occurred, not once but twice. Not publicly admitted atheists,…"
"Fine reply, quite fine Archeopteryx (lithographica, I presume)
I was one driven to learn and although I am a senior citizen today (meaning I'm an old fart) I still continue to read more daily than my book hungry wife, but not fiction. I…"
"Ahh, Lance, if they only could. . .
Yes, accurate, but let us not deride others for following peer group and social expectations. Because of such expectations, following is considered appropriate--no? Please my friend, how do you…"
"Easy easy easy.... It was not meant to denigrate, it was simply humor. I too have a son who is somewhat less intellectually capable than most. He is called a retard, a dummy and so on, but he is also one of the greatest people I know. he has a…"
You claim: "The Highest score you make on an IQ test is the least your IQ is supposed to be"
Uhh, not quite, or should I be more direct and say not at all. The typical IQ test it is one of the worst and most meaningless methods of…"
"Elon Johnson: I suspect you are actually an intellectually superior person. I also am, and this is not to boast but to advance a positive and often assisting reality. I denied this in high school when I tested with an IQ of 172 by saying I was…"
"J T Benjamin - Of course we have encountered idiocy. This is America you know. The morons outnumber the highly educated by a full 96%.
Ah, Ricky Gervias. My favorite hard atheist. Or should I say with a chuckle. . .
"Jis nuther wun…"
"Bronze and Iron Age, and it continues in the Age of Information and Technology. That is the true harm and a huge display of church greed and their uncaring attitude. With the TRILLIONS the Catholic Church has in business investments and…"
"Yes, you are certainly correct, but I cannot engage in wild speculation. I can only report what I factually know. Other psychological scientists have come up with varying numbers however the median still seems to be about 40%.
You must realize…"
"Richard, I too was a minister. Like you I found the truth.
Mercedes, please read this carefully, here you have two ex ministers who discovered the brainwashing techniques of the church as well as the fables of the bible. We have…"
"The only commandments we need are:
1. Be friendly with others.
2. Treat women respectfully
3. Don't be a dick!
I think that about gets it.
If you actually must have a list to remind you not to lie, steal, and kill, then you may have a dangerous…"
Wow, how do I do this after a life of some extreme and unusual occurrences. Bear in mind that “average” cannot possibly apply to myself and my wife.
I have been an atheist since age 9 when it became clear that the church was little more than a corrupt business of religion built on fleecing frightened fools and those unable to think in clear evaluative terms.
PhD in behavioral psychology; Gannon. Masters in business and psychology; UCSC.
I worked only two years in my chosen?)field. One year for Ford Motor Company and another for Litton Industries improving moral and the like before I became well disappointed with other behaviorists, executives, and business leaders who it seemed were all solidly religious and not open to obvious realities. Remember, closed and sealed minds do not evolve and have barriers not easily overcome.
I am certain you realize this if you are an atheist.
Because my undergraduate work included dual degrees in psychology and business, I went into business and over time started eight and purchased an additional three to include a BMW dealership, a nationwide distribution company, and a sailboat equipment company. Sold now and I prefer not to disclose as it may compromise the current owners.
Business became my life. Merging my business and behavioral education consistently provided me the upper hand. Every business I dealt with improved substantially in very short order with the retail businesses becoming the quickest to improve. Those I purchased tripled their gross and net in as little as two-three years with the BMW dealership requiring five.
I am 71 now and severely disabled from the work of a female sociopath pretending to be a physician. My savings have finally run out, forcing my wife and I to live on the little remaining after America’s horrible system of “bad-medicine-for-profit” takes its portion. Our life now one one of true poverty.
I believe only Iraq operates medicine in a similar for profit manner, and not that the USA’s medical rating has dropped to 48 among industrialized nations, two below Cuba!
American sloth and greed makes me I wish I had never returned from an 18 year international sailing trip aboard our 57 foot fiberglass ketch. Those were grand times and medicine was mostly free. An 18 day stay in ICU in Mexico, as example, cost only $66, and I had no insurance.
When will America learn it is not necessary to suck the bucks from people in support pf less than effective medical practice run by greedy practitioners? Never?
So, as an end note, if anyone wishes some highly productive methods of business improvement, I am willing to work on a method of partially shared profitability over a short enough term that no one would consider me greedy. I can easily guarantee success providing the businessman precisely follows my recommendations. I have never failed, so something I do obviously works. I do not work for religious people as it undermines most of what I need to do. Religious minds are so commonly closed to reality that I cannot be effective.
If I find no takers, I will sell my airplane (hate to lose it, but . . .) and move to Oregon where the religious fools number less than 30% of the population and marijuana is, although not legal, generally overlooked. I do enjoy pot as it relieves my pain better than methadone.
Lengthy, but I have left out more than I provided. Please, no complainers about length, statements, or my personal desires. If you do, that only displays to everyone your tightly stretched level of intolerance and makes many wonder if you are truly able to conceive of atheism, or if you are simply one more religious bigot in disguise attempting to subvert an educational site.
Why are you here?
Because I am an atheist and will have difficulty upsetting people here. Also, perhaps I can do some good. I am currently writing a book on atheism that takes a unique approach. In it I do not argue bible passages or religious practices, exposing the illogical belief in unique ways that are psychologically far more persuasive than anger and arrogance.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
At age nine i knew that religion was a corrupt business of deception led by a greedy church. My parents had a fit, non-the-less I persisted. What do you think, was I provided for in their will?
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