Raymond Baker
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Raymond Baker commented on A.T. Heist's blog post 'Living in the Closet: It's Dark, Yes, But It's Also Warm and Cozy!'
"Seems you just have to choose between honesty and security.  Depends on which you value more.  If you take the security over honesty you'd be taking the most traveled route, just expect to live a life of discordance and…"
Aug 18, 2014
Raymond Baker replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"You, like Davis Goodman, seem to assume that anyone who disagrees with you simply isn't paying attention. Many of us see in Israel a state that would rather mind its own business but which the Muslims in the region won't leave alone. Mind…"
Aug 18, 2014
Raymond Baker replied to Ryan Beatty's discussion 'ATHIEST vs AGNOSTIC - please read this. its why im here (sorta)...'
"Perceptually many people place agnosticsm in fence sitter position in between theist/deist and atheist.  It is not, most people who would title themselves atheist are by definition agnostic.  Atheism means a lot less than undereducated…"
Mar 27, 2014
Raymond Baker commented on Sophie's photo

Only A Sith Deals in Absolutes

"Also, the phrase : "He who does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil." is a classical bifurcation fallacy, and that is why its so stupid to say; regardless of any sort of underlining absolutes implied."
Mar 17, 2013
Raymond Baker commented on Sophie's photo

Only A Sith Deals in Absolutes

"Isn't the phrase "only a sith deals in absolutes" an absolute? I mean isn't it kind of a self defeating claim? Unless of course the one making the statement is a sith..."
Mar 17, 2013
Raymond Baker replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about a world without jobs?'
Aug 5, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to Unseen's discussion 'Batman Theater Slaughter: Would Gun Control Laws Have Prevented it?'
"Defense against what? Marauding bandits, gangs, thieves? Pretty sure nerve gas would have the same effect has guns, probably much easier to defend your home against a group of attackers. But I'd rather have a lock on my door, a video…"
Jul 28, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to Unseen's discussion 'Batman Theater Slaughter: Would Gun Control Laws Have Prevented it?'
"Its far more likely that the mentality behind the things you are talking about would have the gun owners killing off the non-gun owners much before they kill each other. You said it yourself, the use of guns is largely used against the ones without…"
Jul 28, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to Unseen's discussion 'Batman Theater Slaughter: Would Gun Control Laws Have Prevented it?'
"Thats why we have legally protected rights to carry bombs and poison."
Jul 28, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to Unseen's discussion 'Batman Theater Slaughter: Would Gun Control Laws Have Prevented it?'
" I don't think of gun control as a means to stop killings from happening, determined people can and always have found ways of achieving what they need. But, guns (especially hand guns) exist for two purposes: killing people, and the threat…"
Jul 28, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to Unseen's discussion 'Batman Theater Slaughter: Would Gun Control Laws Have Prevented it?'
"Well its likely the war on drugs, and american government illegally selling arms to drug cartels that makes so many guns available in Mexico.  Its not a simple 'the laws don't work, here is one place they don't'."
Jul 28, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to dragotron's discussion 'Am I a hypocrite?'
"Agnosticism is the intellectual high ground on almost any subject, and its easy.  Our evidence is always limited, and even expected to change, therefore holding any belief to a degree of certainty above reproach is never a good policy as far as…"
Jul 26, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Why are YOU a moral person?'
"Actually you can know.  In fact there are several areas of science devoted to this very facet of knowledge. Not to mention age old philosophical musings on the matter.  Neuro imaging, and behavioral studies can very much know why you do…"
Mar 30, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to CJoe's discussion 'The Pillaging of Our Bodies'
"I wouldn't say that only men hold the anti-abortion/pro-life viewpoint.  I have personally met just as many women as men that condemn the practice. "
Mar 23, 2012
Raymond Baker replied to kOrsan's discussion 'Do any of us, however ill, have the right to die?'
"I doubt anyone would feel anything upon death, let alone relief.  Death is the end of experience. Also very messy.   I'm not specifically saying that no one should be granted a reprieve from suffering through death, just that human…"
Mar 20, 2012
Raymond Baker commented on Natalie's blog post 'American Paradise of Christianity'
"If it was segregated based on actual belief and obedience to biblical law then America would revert back to stone age medicine and science (partially).  There would be very little public policy disputes as everyone would have to agree due to…"
Mar 20, 2012

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Why you left your religion.
The number of limitless interpretations, and religious beliefs evident in the world. And all such believers of these religions have just as much conviction of their own truths as superior without the need for conformation or evidence, even faced with a mirrored level of conviction in others with different beliefs.

The lack of the need for truth seeking regarding these beliefs indicated to me that the theory was very poor. Indeed the very esoteric arguments used to justify religion had no bearing on how to confirm any argument for or against such arguments. Not to mention the level of hypocrisy needed to twist a barbarians moral code to apply to modern day standards is laughable.

Not that I always wished to be religionless. After discovering a rather large vacuum of evidence and lack of credible experiences of something that should be an apparent truth of our world, I sought as much religious philosophy as I could find. Some foundational logic that made certain the existence of a god. Something I just couldn't discover myself.
Then I discovered such amazing rationalists as Bertrand Russell, whose amazing prose laid out the bare details of experience and how one builds a theory of the world. It was because the atheist perspective made the most sense, and religious ones were convoluted and wrought with vague and monumental assumptions that could never be confirmed. Ever since I have been a staunch defender of reason against the encroaching non-sensible assertions of the rationally-immune members of my community.
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At 8:40am on February 27, 2012, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Raymond! Join us in the chat on the bottom right of the screen and feel free to ask questions and get involved as much or as little as you want! If you would like to, add me as a friend and I'm also on twitter as RSAnative if you care to follow. Welcome again and make yourself at home!



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