Tom Margolis
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Tom Margolis replied to Unseen's discussion 'Torture Report release today'
"Your reasoning has a serious flaw:  You are referencing a population which had useful info to give.  yes, under torture, those who know something will "spill their beans". The problem is this:  You are limiting your…"
Dec 13
Tom Margolis replied to Unseen's discussion 'Torture Report release today'
""...it's like any other information gathering technique, which sometimes yields good results and sometimes not." Absolutely not. Under extreme pain, humans regress to primitive survival instincts, and will say anything to make the…"
Dec 12
Tom Margolis commented on Dan's video
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Weather Versus Climate Change

"Thanks, Teri.  Pass it on! "
May 31
Tom Margolis commented on Dan's video
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Weather Versus Climate Change

"Weather is like the path of a single smoke particle above a campfire: reacting in the short-term to small-scale factors, such as the behavior of neighboring particles and tiny differences in micro-temperature and pressure.  Climate is like the…"
May 30
Tom Margolis replied to Ghost The Smoker's discussion 'When do you think people will finally start to understand atheism?'
"General observation: It seems that many atheists - including many on this site - are motivated by an anti-religion perspective rather than by a critique of the belief in supernatural forces in general.  In other words:  Many atheists spend…"
Jul 16, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Ghost The Smoker's discussion 'When do you think people will finally start to understand atheism?'
"I would argue that that's because your cognitive mode naturally allows atheism.  In other words: some people's brains are wired for rational skepticism and some aren't; a rational skeptic reading the Bible will be pushed towards…"
Apr 8, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Ghost The Smoker's discussion 'When do you think people will finally start to understand atheism?'
"I have to strongly disagree.  Belief in the supernatural is not solely a consequence of lack of information.  Non-rational human psychology has a great deal to do with belief in the supernatural.  This is why Harvard Divinity…"
Apr 8, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Daniel's discussion 'Free will seems like a non-issue.'
"Many seem to confuse the feeling of having free will with non-determinism.  The two are unrelated, just as the feeling of love is unrelated to whether there is an objective, disembodied Spirit of Love that gives you that feeling. The question…"
Apr 4, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Nate Warnock's discussion 'Dealing with the inevitable'
"I've never believed in gods or an afterlife, and the fact of my own death still makes me sweat with terror when I really face it in the middle of the night.  I deal with it by not dealing with it:  There's nothing I can do about…"
Apr 3, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Ghost The Smoker's discussion 'When do you think people will finally start to understand atheism?'
"1. Being religious and believing in supernatural powers are two separate issues.  I know atheist Jews who follow the rituals for cultural and social reasons but don't believe in gods; I know people who follow no religion but believe in…"
Apr 3, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Daniel's discussion 'Free will seems like a non-issue.'
"What matters is that it *feels* like we have free will.  Whether or not all, some, or none of our perceived free decisions are actually so is irrelevant to the human experience.  In fact, the question of whether we "truly" have…"
Apr 3, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Marc Poulin's discussion 'Near moment of weakness'
"I see nothing wrong with praying, talking to god, and so forth.  It doesn't mean you are acknowledging that there is an objective god out there; it means recognizing that humans process symbolically and semantically, and taking advantage…"
Apr 3, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Morgan Matthew's discussion 'If man arose by chance, life would have no purpose or meaning.' in the group Quick Arguments Against Religion
"This thread confuses the internal sense of "purpose" (I have meaning; I am not arbitrary") with moral codes ("This action is good; this action is bad").  The trigger statement "If man arose by chance, life would…"
Feb 26, 2012
Tom Margolis commented on CJoe's blog post 'A Lack of Curiosity'
"If you want to talk about religion with a devout Christian, talk about Hinduism.  I'm sure the Christian will tear Hinduism apart for its irrationality, its basis in a semi-historical collection of fantastic tales, its internal…"
Jan 6, 2012
Tom Margolis commented on CJoe's blog post 'A Lack of Curiosity'
"Cara: Thanks for the clarification (April 12, above).  Wow, was that way back in April?  I can see how it would be frustrating to have an intellectual epiphany and essentially be ignored.  I suspect there is a good deal of discomfort…"
Jan 6, 2012
Tom Margolis replied to Chase King's discussion 'New to site, expressing my feelings. thanks to any readers'
"I live in Boulder, Colorado.  The town is packed with Ph.D's (mostly in atmospheric and biochemical sciences) and software engineers.  Atheism is not a problem in this community.  So: there are places out there where atheism is…"
Apr 13, 2011

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
Age
47-52
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
Magic and the supernatural never made sense to me. I may be a member of that small part of the human population that doesn't have a natural affinity for magical thinking.

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