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Aspie Greetings ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Romano May 28, 2012. 1 Reply

"Aspie" is the too cute name that sufferers of Asperger's Syndrome have given themselves - we're Aspies! There's spittle on my screen now from the raspberry I just blew ... I hate cute! - well,…Continue

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By "free choice," I mean that we have choices and that we can freely make choices and act upon those choices, thus affecting the courses of our lives.The question is - Do we have free choice?I have never been able to give an unqualified answer to this question. However, I believe that it is a question that one must at least attempt to answer because the whole character of one's philosophy is very much dependent upon that answer. In other words, I believe that this question - Do we have free…See More
Jun 3, 2012
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"Welcome to the group, Mark!"
Jun 2, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Melchior Vulpius's discussion 'Should I Lie to Children?'
"Tell the truth - or, if it's all you can manage, "take the 5th" - which is what the counselors at my psychiatrid day treatment center do. Yes, a crazy person is dispensing advice. "I'm not allowed to discuss my personal…"
Jun 2, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Emily DW's discussion 'Should I tell My Pastor I'm An Atheist?'
"Wow! - might as well be gay and in the closet - it's the same misery ... I'm both gay and an atheist. I came out about the atheism first simply because I knew about it first. Because I had wonderful parents and because I was lucky enougn…"
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A group for gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual atheists as well as for those who support equal rights for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation.
Jun 1, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Sagacious Hawk's discussion 'What Makes Us Human?'
"The human being is an animal, a mammal, an ape, a Great Ape, a hominid, a homo sapiens. The human being is an upright, bipedal, relatively hairless ape, w/an opposable thumb. The human being does not have oestris but reproduces by having relatively…"
Jun 1, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Ghost The Smoker's discussion 'When do you think people will finally start to understand atheism?'
"Stalin again! Yes, Stalin was an atheist - one who used the Russian Orthodox Church to get the believing and faithful herd to do as it was told - and the ROC was right there at Stalin's side, all the way, just as it had been beside the tsars -…"
Jun 1, 2012
Mark Romano replied to SteveInCO's discussion '"You are just mad at god"--Are we actually encouraging this by mistake?'
"You're right - but it hardly matters ... It's been many years since I have bothered to wade into the muck and mire of theology, so forgive me if the following is a bit fuzzy.* I believe that it was Thomas Aquinas who made the ontological…"
Jun 1, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Nate Warnock's discussion 'Dealing with the inevitable'
"This denies the grief that is felt by the living. I cannot prove that trees do not grieve when their leaves fall, but I believe that people* grieve when others die. Therefore, death is an experience - at least for those who are…"
May 29, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Randy R's discussion 'Indiana public school's bible class'
"Whose Bible? Wouldn't the protestants be upset if the catholic version were used? Wouldn't both protestants and catholics be upset if a Coptic version were used? ... Yes, I know, the good, old King James version would be the likely…"
May 28, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Michael Sizer-Watt's discussion 'Who Are Your Favorite Philosophers?'
"Schopenhauer Bertrand Russell Camus "
May 28, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Nate Warnock's discussion 'Dealing with the inevitable'
"He was a science fiction writer, I believe. I don't do science fiction, so I'm not familiar w/his work - except for what I was forced to read in high school, and I can't remember what that was - did he do "Subliminal…"
May 28, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Mark Romano's discussion 'Aspie Greetings ...'
"Thank you for the welcome. I think that I mentioned somewhere that I'm also dyslexic ... I avoid writing by hand. Oh, I can read my own handwriting, but no one else can read it. Being left-handed is no help! Yes, they're thinking of taking…"
May 28, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Nate Warnock's discussion 'Dealing with the inevitable'
"Dying is the final experience! - one that I am not (yet) eager to have, but, then, no matter what, I will one day have it ... My fantasy death is to go to a very expensive restaurant and have a wonderful meal. Then, after I've finished my…"
May 28, 2012
Mark Romano replied to Nate Warnock's discussion 'Dealing with the inevitable'
"Schopenhauer had the best idea, I think - realize that you did not exist before you were born and that that did not bother you. It will be the same after you die: not existing will not bother you. It's not as though you'll be sitting off…"
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I'm autistic (Asperger's Syndrome) and learning disabled (dyslexia). I also suffer from Major Depression, the chemical variety, which means that the recurrent depressions have nothing to do w/my life's circumstances; I have no control over the depression, though medication does help (some) ... I'm an autodidact - of course, only I could have the patience to teach me! My interests are mathematics and world history. I am teaching myself Latin. I like dogs. My favorite bird is the buzzard. My favorite plant is the cactus. I like classical music. This says something about me, but I'm not sure what it is: I love to watch cooking programs (especially Julia Child), but I'm not at all interested in cooking.
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Well, I'm not saying that one must believe in God to be a good catholic; Lord knows, most of the popes were probably atheists, but I'm mentally ill - I'm crazy and have the papers to prove it! - and part of what ails me is an addiction to honesty. I don't believe in God, and I can't pretend that I do, even if the money is good (and, oh, boy, is it!) ...
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philosophical notes and such ...

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 5:12pm 0 Comments

By "free choice," I mean that we have choices and that we can freely make choices and act upon those choices, thus affecting the courses of our lives.

The question is - Do we have free choice?

I have never been able to give an unqualified answer to this question. 

However, I believe that it is a question that one must at least attempt to answer because the whole character of one's philosophy is very much dependent upon that answer. In other words, I…

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At 4:11pm on June 2, 2012, Joe C said…

Welcome to the group, Mark!

 
 
 

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