Nathaniel Summers
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Your Religious Status
Atheist, Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic
About Me:
These "about me" things are always difficult, especially as the nature of the Self is a rather difficult one to sort out. It's no surprise that people have a hard time trying to figure out who they are when the implications of what "I" actually means aren't really understood. The best we can do is rattle off a list of traits.

I try to live by a few key principles. Openness, honesty, thoughtfulness and humor are the big ones. I make sure that everyone has the same information on me so that no one can use any of it against me. It's just a lot easier (and liberating) to avoid keeping secrets than it is to tell lies. I also believe that if I can't laugh about something, I'm probably taking it too seriously. I would say that my biggest flaw is philosophical paralysis. I have a tendency to over-think and over-analyze such that I find it difficult to actually make decisions.
Age
25-30
Relationship Status
Single
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
I originally left Christianity because I felt out of place. I was exposed to the hypocrisy of church goers. After a bit of digging, I decided that organized religion had it all wrong. It was then that I went to the bible for answers (that's where I had been told they would all be) and found that the god I was raised to believe in could not possibly be the murderous psychopath represented in the bible. After all, god is love right? So I ditched Christianity if favor of an eclectic deistic paganism. I delved pretty deep into the occult for several years but found that it was mostly full of rebellious kids and loonies. After several years, I decided to sit down and write out what it was that I actually believed. When I saw my beliefs there on the paper in front of me, I found them to be terribly contradictory, based on broad assumptions and some of it I just could not justify (especially in the light of science). That was when I gave it all up for good. I ditched the whole mess and have been trying to actively build my web of belief in a way that helps eliminate bad and/or unfounded beliefs while also admitting to not knowing all the answers. That way, I can just do constant house-keeping, instead of having to demolish and rebuild my beliefs every time I am confronted with holding a major false belief.

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ChimericFire.com is my non-non-religious related blog. It's mostly full of my random artwork, rants, dreams and recently philosophical and psychological musings.

NathanielSummers.com is my portfolio. I've got a collection of my artwork up there as well as examples of my work with flash games/applications.

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We're All One: No Woo Woo Required

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 5:03pm 1 Comment

I recognize that I'm probably a bit odd for an Atheist, heck, I'm a bit odd for a human. One of my many odd stances is in my denial of the Other. Notice the big "O" there? I'm talking about the Other in philosophical terms; that which is separate from the Self. I do not think it exists and I don't make any appeals to some of the crazy stuff that the usual proponents of of such statements usually resort to. There's no need for a collective unconscious. No need for a psychic connection between…

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Paradox of Prayer

Posted on October 2, 2011 at 1:38am 4 Comments

Prayer doesn't make sense. We Atheists know it doesn't work. But The thing is, it couldn't possibly work.

I'm going to be arguing as if the Christian god actually exists here. It's purely hypothetical, I'm not arguing for his existence, merely trying to refine how he could possibly exist. Before I begin, let me lay out a bit of the view of the traditional Christian god so you can see what exactly what I'm talking about. First, god is all knowing. Second, god has a plan. The second…

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Sunk Cost and the God Hypothesis

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 5:36pm 1 Comment

I recognized this concept long before I knew what it was called. A sunk cost is actually a kind of logical fallacy. Simply stated, the cost of a thing does not dictate the value of a thing.

Consider an example. I am a millionaire and have invested $20 million to build a power plant. At this juncture, it will cost another $10 million to complete. However, during the time we've spent building the current facility, new and more cost effective designs have been developed such that it…

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The Masochist's Wager

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 3:00am 1 Comment

This is my counter to Pascal's wager. Sure the Atheist's wager would suffice, but I find this to be a bit more fun. It helps point out the true absurdity of Pascal's wager.

  1. There are many different religions. Many of which are mutually exclusive. Many of which contain their own hell(s). It is also possible that all of these religions are false and we are all going to hell.
  2. Without being able to…
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At 2:24pm on September 27, 2011, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Nathaniel!

 
 
 

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