I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. --Stephen Hawking

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ProfMTH and Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) are now friends
Aug 8
Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) replied to H3xx's discussion 'Oh, That's cool... wait... What!?'
"We raised our five kids that there's absolutely nothing wrong with the human form - both sexes - at all. Nudity is not "dirty", it's not wrong, and it's not bad. It's a naked body. We all have them. Get over it. We…"
Jun 13
Gallup's Mirror replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"The dismissals are easy Tom, but this reflects your ignorance, not mine. Namely, that claims made without evidence may be dismissed without evidence. You haven't substantially addressed a single point I raised about cosmology or about…"
Jun 12
Gallup's Mirror replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"There is no religion in the science of cosmology. If you claim otherwise show me the "religion" of scientific cosmology and explain it. Be specific. If you don't support the point you haven't made one. Dismissed."
Jun 12
Tom Sarbeck replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Oh, I'm not a creationist nutjob; I just sound like one. Thanks. There may an exaggeration fallacy where you found the ad hominem and anecdotal fallacies. Or is your equating the BB community with the scientific community an identification…"
Jun 12
Tom Sarbeck replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"An unobserved singularity supports deducing it? An unobserved sudden expansion supports deducing it? Ditto for the remaining items in my list above. To astronomy, add metaphysics and get cosmology. There's too much of…"
Jun 11
Gallup's Mirror replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"I don't think so, Tom. Goddidit is based on assumption, not observation and deduction. Goddidit isn't an explanation, it's a poor excuse for not having one. The sciences of cosmology and astrophysics don't resemble creationist…"
Jun 11
Gallup's Mirror replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"This is an anecdotal fallacy.  Dismissed."
Jun 11
Gallup's Mirror replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Gainsaying. You do not get to deny sourced evidence about the big bang from cosmology, astrophysics and a world-renowned expert as though it doesn't exist. Dismissed."
Jun 11
Tom Sarbeck replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Gallup, we both know that anyone can put anything into Wikipedia. If it's esoteric enough it will remain there for a long time. Re Hawking: so much theory, so little evidence. Not even a possibility of evidence, unless he has papal…"
Jun 11
Tom Sarbeck replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Gallup, you have made potent cases for your views here. Please don't resort to name-calling; you weaken your case. Am I wrong to assume that you know enough of the history of science to be aware of the many centuries of conflict between those…"
Jun 11
MikeLong replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Take temperature (another asymptote). Just as you can never reach absolute zero, I contend that you can never reach the Big Bang."
Jun 11
MikeLong replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"The deduction I would make is not that "it must have had a starting point" (see asymptote) but that there must be some force (anti-gravity) which is being applied. Shit don't accelerate on its own."
Jun 11
Tom Sarbeck replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"Reg, key parts of BB cosmology were deduced, not observed. Among them are the singularity, the sudden expansion, the sudden appearance of space and time, inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. These too closely resemble the "goddidits"…"
Jun 11
free thinker replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"@ Rocky, Yes, you are spot on in the essence of the xtian argument in support of the Bible. There is God (all knowing, omnipotent, eternal) he authored of the Bible Since he is all knowing and omniscient this document is perfect. Others may have…"
Jun 11
free thinker replied to Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek)'s discussion 'I need help understanding something - Presuppositional Apologetics'
"This is such an eloquent statement! "
Jun 11

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Atheist. Humanist. Unitarian Universalist.
Veteran. Southerner. Democrat.
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Married since 1985 (yes, to the same woman), and we have five exceptional children, and two amazing grandkids.
I'm a professional computer geek, as well as an author. I've written two books, the last being "The Notes and Domino 6 Programming Bible" (Wiley, 2003). I'm also a speaker at conferences across the U.S. and Europe.
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I stumbled upon this site, and liked what I found. I also love to commiserate with fellow atheists, and participate in lively discussions.
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I could not succumb to "blind faith", or really any faith at all. I am a hyper-rational person, and I find it impossible - literally - to believe in any supernatural entity. I am a slave to the scientific method, and I must view the world through this lens.
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High School Graduation: Attack of the Fundies - Public Prayer During Ceremony

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 8:21pm 0 Comments

I posted this yesterday on my Facebook page**; however I decided to post it here as well, in its entirety. I suspect that there are fellow atheists who find this to be an especially frustrating time because of the continuing fight over sanctioned prayer at high school graduations. At a minimum you may find yourself irritated and disgusted with this whole, ongoing, mess - such as the story of the Valedictorian in Pickens County, SC.

Or your…

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Pat Robertson gave me a glimmer of hope that he wasn't bat-shit crazy.... but only for moment

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 11:30am 1 Comment

I was going through my daily ritual of catching up with the goings-on in the world, checking out stories on various sites, when I saw an article that I just had to read: Pat Robertson Dispels Creationist Idea That Earth is 6,000 Years Old, on Huffington Post.

I immediately began reading the article, convinced that this was some tease and he didn't…

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Iowa GOP has fallen off the deep end, become bat-shit crazy

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 3:42pm 0 Comments

I have found numerous reports on various sites that the Iowa GOP has a new proposed platform. (full platform on Scribd; Raw Story article and summary;…

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Dan Savage called out by NOM's Brian Brown for a debate; Savage says, "You're on, motherfucker!"

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 2:19pm 2 Comments

For those who may not have heard of him, Dan Savage is a gay rights activist - and an outspoken atheist. He engages in many talks around the country, and in the media, concerning gay rights; and since the fight against gays is almost always religious in nature, he tends to call out the contradictions and overall hostility within the Bible.

There's a pretty popular video of him speaking at a high school journalism convention the overall speech is about bullying, and gay bashing in…

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The folks at the Creation Museum are at it again - ARK ENCOUNTERS

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 1:00pm 14 Comments

I was looking at some links to Answers in Genesis (AiG) posted in another discussion, and I began poking around this Young Earth Creationist (YEC) resource site. At the top it has links to other related sites, and one of them caught my eye - ARK Encounter ("Help Build the Ark!"). Being the "Click-Curious" type, I clicked on the link and was taken to a site that is currently a…

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At 3:52pm on April 19, 2012, richard vitzthum said…
Rocky: A while back you expressed puzzlement over my "Consolation Sixteen: Sports and Fitness," the sixteenth post in my blog, "Consolations of Atheism." The previous 15 posts are on my home site: consolationsofatheism.blogspot.com
Richard V.
At 5:07pm on April 8, 2012, Nina van der Roos said…

what is the name of the eBook you are looking for ?

At 8:28am on February 5, 2012, Eric Allen said…

Is it ok if I say Hi?  "Hi".

At 3:04pm on December 24, 2011, mary bottoms said…

Thank you so much for your request. I live in Sandy Springs.

Near the drugs r us apartments, down from the drugs r us

apartments. I attended North Georgia College so I'm familiar

with parts of North Georgia.

Think Atheist is the first group I've joined. I'm rather technology

challenged, but I want to learn computers. In March, I was laid

off so I'm trying to get training for computers. It's difficult because

I'm doing it through the State. It's slowwwww.

Have you heard about the State Legislators' plans to change the license

plates?  As of now, it is optional to add to the plate "In God We Trust".

But, the legislators want to make it mandatory. If you do not want it on

your plate, you will have to pay extra. I went by the tag office to buy a

plate. I mentioned to the clerk, "Well, at least it doesn't contain the

IGWT phrase." The clerk told me that would not happen 'til next year.

So, even before the change is considered, plans have been made to

implement it. Fortunately, Americans United for Separation of Church

and State have been mobilized against it.

Tell me about yourself. I live in a condo. My brother lives with me. He's

a chef. I was, for a great deal of time, a proofreader. Majored in English.

Hadn't seen many wesites. Bad spelling, grammar rile me.

Hope you had a great Winter Solstice.

                                                               Mary

At 11:01pm on November 18, 2011, KaraC said…

Hello Rocky - thanks for the friend request. Yes, the "hardwired" discussion is interesting.

At 2:31pm on October 31, 2011, Morgan Matthew said…

Hi Rocky! Thanks for the kind words in that post. I means a lot! It really does. I have a lot of plans in store for the site in the near future! It's really comments like that, that keep me going! :] Thanks so much Rocky!

 

Morgan~

At 6:24pm on June 19, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…
Thank you for adding me to your friends, Rocky; totally makes me happy. Nice to meet you!
At 2:55pm on December 8, 2009, Morgan Matthew said…
Featured some songs :] Thanks Rocky!
At 2:33pm on November 03, 2009, Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) added a gift to their profile…
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Gotta dig da Darwin, dude!
At 3:16pm on May 31, 2009, Kevin McShane said…
Its not exactly the same, but the problem is fixed. :)

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