Tom Margolis
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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 Cara Coleen'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 Cara Coleen'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
Tom Margolis commented on Cara Coleen's blog post 'A Lack of Curiosity'
"I think it's unwise to think that theism comes from lack of intelligence, lack of thoughtfulness, close-mindedness, etc.  In fact, there are many extremely smart, analytical, thoughtful people who are theists.     Belief in the…"
Apr 12, 2011
Tom Margolis commented on Brian Bridson's blog post 'Objective Morality or Ethics is Possible Without god'
"My mistake.  I thought we were still addressing the original post, which addressed morality without God, where: "The terms ethics and morality can be used interchangeably..." In a Universe without Life - say, just after the Big Bang -…"
Apr 12, 2011
Tom Margolis commented on Cathy Cooper's blog post 'Atheists are uneducated according to Dr. William Lane Craig'
"Wikipedia has a good page about the relationship between intelligence and atheism, and between education and atheism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religiosity_and_intelligence BUT - There may be a genetic predisposition for belief in the…"
Apr 12, 2011
Tom Margolis commented on Amber Cantrell's blog post 'Half the Battle of My Atheist Outing'
"Your family members may feel threatened by your atheism, and/or may be concerned about your welfare, in their own way.  Are you revealing your atheism for yourself, or for them?  You could always say - with perfect honesty and integrity -…"
Apr 12, 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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