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Old Habits Die Hard

Started this discussion. Last reply by SteveInCO Mar 15, 2012. 23 Replies

I am curious if any former religious types have the same problem...Every now and then I find myselft starting to pray for something. I'm not acutally praying. However, I hear the words forming in my…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Meadows Mar 7, 2012. 7 Replies

I can't say that I am 100% atheist yet, but I am one in the making. I came from a pretty religious background. However, I was lucky in that my parents encouraged some free thinking. It would still…Continue

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SteveInCO replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"That's because they think god is a very precise marksman with the old electrical smite."
Mar 15, 2012
SteveInCO replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"That is a damned good article Heather wrote (linked at the end of her comment).  It is an important distinction between the most intelligent animals (including us) and the merely intelligent animals (dogs, cats, etc.)."
Mar 15, 2012
Dale Headley replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"  Well, I sometimes fall to my knees and pray for God to kill me - to strike me dead with a lightning bolt as I converse with the Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons at my door who just told me that God answers prayers.  I find it curious…"
Mar 15, 2012
Eric Cook replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"the big differance is the carton of milk actually exists"
Mar 15, 2012
Kelin420 replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"Never had that problem as I was never brought religious. That being said, there is nothing wrong with hope or wishing for success for yourself or others- But you can wish (pray)  in one hnd and shit in the other- you know which will fill…"
Mar 15, 2012
Tom Sarbeck replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"archaeopteryx, RE: "I have only two cheeks to turn" - actually, twice that if you don't mind getting kicked." Also four cheeks if I'm into kink (i.e., being spanked). "
Mar 14, 2012
Scott Howard replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"Yeah. I experienced this too. Shortly after I left "the faith" I came up for a promotion at work. I found myself wanting to pray for success in getting the job. Then I realized, "pray to who? There's nobody there". That was…"
Mar 14, 2012
Cristynfaye replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"I have really bad eyes and shouldn't be driving at night, but this one night I had to be out for some reason or other.  I was pulling out of a parking lot, and onto a road and I said "Please God let me get there safely", and then…"
Mar 14, 2012
Donald S. Chase replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"For a perfect example; watch a PGA match. Every golfer believes that leaning, shouting or gesticulating while the ball is in the air will somehow alter the balls flight."
Mar 14, 2012
IEatDinosaurMeat replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"At first I though this was a new movie about Bruce Willis's smoking habits. Harhar I'm half ashamed to admit to this but I know better now. When I was in college and I was developing my mind on the whole thing still I said I didn't…"
Mar 14, 2012
Tom Sarbeck replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"My dad sent me (and my sibs) to Catholic schools, where nuns and priests taught me to be helpless and depend on prayer. At home my parents insisted on quality work and I gained some self-confidence. I was not then aware of a contradiction between my…"
Mar 14, 2012
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"Once I was about to sacrifice a goat but snapped out of it just in time. Still didn’t win the lotto though………."
Mar 14, 2012
Tom Sarbeck replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"Interesting, Heather, and maybe too intellectual. What say you to the idea that people live on a continuum between dominance and submission? The most dominant are likely to say "I want that!" and figure out the value of tracks. Seeing…"
Mar 14, 2012
kOrsan replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"No harm in it, as long as you are aware how pointless and silly it is to pray - and you seem to be. Sometimes, just for fun, when hoping for something to happen I throw my hands in the air and do a raindance while chanting "Jeeezusss chrrriist…"
Mar 13, 2012
Heather Spoonheim replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"I think this runs far deeper, psychologically, than religion.  One of the most powerful facets of the human mind is the very concept of the mind itself - theory of mind.  Anyway, long story short, one of our biggest evolutionary advantages…"
Mar 13, 2012
Kairan Nierde replied to Stephen Meadows's discussion 'Old Habits Die Hard'
"Same here.  Took me a couple of months."
Mar 12, 2012

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At 8:28am on March 7, 2012, Robert Karp said…

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