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Atheist Epitaphery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jake LaFort Apr 24. 2 Replies

Alas, no more sex; no more beer.It's not original; a paleontologist found it in ancient Egypt.Hm-mm, if I want people to see it, I won't want an ocean burial.Continue

Tags: Humor, Epitaphs, Atheists

Hell Has No Fury Like An Idealist Disappointed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Nov 24, 2015. 4 Replies

The world we live in disappoints many idealists. I could write a book describing the furies I felt. Instead, I ask "When for most children idealism peaks at age twelve and gradually lessens, why did…Continue

Tags: politics, realism, realists, self-discovery, pessimism

Human Brain Continues To Develop Until Well Into 30s and 40s (at least!)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strega May 2, 2015. 5 Replies

New research from the UK shows the brain continues to develop after childhood and puberty, and is not fully developed until people are well into their 30s and 40s. The findings contradict current…Continue

Tags: aging, development, brain

What Forms Do the Gifts Take that Folks Here Can Give to Others?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kris feenstra Mar 2, 2015. 1 Reply

On the Friends pages I see the words "Give a Gift" and wonder what, if anything, giving one may cost me.What kinds have others given or received?Continue

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Ralph Burks's discussion 'Why waste time hoping religious people just go away.'
"The Soviet Union's communist government banned religion in favor of atheism. Seventy years later, the Soviet Union and communism collapsed and religion re-appeared. "
6 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ralph Burks's discussion 'Why waste time hoping religious people just go away.'
"I saw an artist's take on one of the photos. It showed a wide horizontal stripe, perhaps a board to prevent collapse. On the stripe in large hand-printed letters were the words "Act 2 Scene 3". BTW, it was in ab early 1960s Playboy…"
6 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Chelsea's group 'Quote of the Day'
"Someone more famous than I has probably expressed a thought I like, but I don't know her or his name. I don't have the time to think my way to all of the conclusions life requires, so I sometimes accept unsupported beliefs. But, dammit,…"
May 15
Tom Sarbeck joined Chelsea's group

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Add quotes to be used on this site! Don't hold back! Always remember: You're unique, Just like everyone else! You know you love a good quote, so tell us yours!!See More
May 15
Tom Sarbeck replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School May 15th 2016' in the group Sunday School
"Thanks, Reg, for the Top 10 facts about the Big Bang article. Ethan Seigel's article, like many Big Bang tales, gives me another opportunity to ask if we here are prepared to stop believing and start thinking. I will not here attempt a…"
May 15
Tom Sarbeck commented on Kirk LeFou's photo

Pascal's Wager

"Kirk, thanks for giving us Gervais' humor. It slowed the pedant in me who would insist that as often presented, Pascal's Wager looks at only two of the four outcomes: there is/isn't a god and I obey/disobey that god's…"
May 15
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I finally understand'
"I too live in the midst of xians but "
May 9
Jake LaFort replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Atheist Epitaphery'
"you must be an irregular jackass, bottle nose, liver lips and ersatz atheist"
Apr 24
Simon Paynton replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Atheist Epitaphery'
"That's funny. "
Apr 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"In almost a year, an earthquake didn't move the building enough to increase the ball's swing and knock Tyson's head off? Not in New York."
Apr 24
Tom Sarbeck posted a discussion

Atheist Epitaphery

Alas, no more sex; no more beer.It's not original; a paleontologist found it in ancient Egypt.Hm-mm, if I want people to see it, I won't want an ocean burial.See More
Apr 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Erin's discussion 'The Pendulum Swing: Has Feminism Gone Too Far?'
"Erin, as you now know, visiting TA can expand people's horizons. In the early 1970s I was politically active and concluded that American women were the only majority who were treated as a minority. In the late 1970s and early 1980s I was out on…"
Apr 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Erin's discussion 'The Pendulum Swing: Has Feminism Gone Too Far?'
"Minus 10 to that power!"
Apr 24
MikeLong and Tom Sarbeck are now friends
Feb 10
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'Bad news regarding the American presidential election'
"Palin or Trump? My damn hand!"
Jan 30
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'Bad news regarding the American presidential election'
"C'mon, Belle, he's not yet the nominee so no one believes you'll really go. And, you know you're not among the fucking stupid. At least not the stupid. "
Jan 30

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About Me:
Korean War veteran, was an electrician aboard a US Navy destroyer. BA in math and economics from the University of Florida. Married for 6 years to a freethinker, and for reasons too complicated to tell here we chose to remain childless. Retired from computer manufacturing. Running for election to Arizona Legislature was another education; I learned a lot but happily the incumbent won. Now living in SF Bay Area's Napa County and loving it.
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Why are you here?
In 1957 I chose agnosticism. In 2009 I came out atheist at a home for retired veterans. Many of the 1000+ residents are fallen-away xians; a very few are extremely conservative. About 70% are Dems. A few know I don't pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth; I tell them I will discuss the issue when they pledge allegiance to the Constitution. I enjoy the mental exercise I get in chats on atheist websites.
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Why you left your religion.
When my parents told me I was going to college because I was too lazy to get a job, I threw them and their god out of my life. Several years later I made a peace of sorts with my parents. In April of 2012, in a Toastmasters Club here, I told of my leaving Catholicism for agnosticism and 50 years later leaving agnosticism for atheism. I tell polite xians that were it not for 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe a god exists. To xians who try to recruit me, I say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. They stop trying.
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When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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At 4:33am on March 2, 2015, Mai said…

Hi Tom,

I consider myself lucky, there are a lot more people that had/have it worse off than me. There are so many societies, areas, institutions or religons I would not have liked to have grown up in, where the dogma would have completely taken over & controlled my whole life.

We are surely lucky we are out the other side. I'm even thankful, in a way, to my religious upbringing. I hated that I had to do religious education at the time, what was that qualification going to be any good for? but now I find it quite useful. It contributed to the atheist I am.

All the best, Mai

At 8:10pm on January 14, 2015, Davis Goodman said…

Great line. I think that applies even more broadly.

Humour: Start a line clearly leading to an obvious and expected conclusion and then finish it with an entertaining line that is equally plausible (or better implausible) but catches you off guard. :)

At 3:38pm on December 23, 2014, Belle Rose said…
Thanks Tom! Hmmm award winning plays, now there's an idea!
At 8:51am on August 4, 2014, Ed said…

Ah yes, we've come a long way since the Prohibitionists marched down the streets garbed in black and carrying placards bemoaning the evils of spirits

At 11:34pm on August 1, 2014, Ed said…


Napa County huh? Wine country if I'm correct. I have a small vineyard here in Arkansas. En vino veritas.

At 2:35pm on June 17, 2014, Abdulrahman Aliyu said…
That's right friend, if we can really rely on the unseenism we will be free from internet's brain damage.
At 2:25am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Hi Tom!  Just joined so I only have said hello!  Hello!

At 2:32pm on June 9, 2013, Simon Paynton said…

Thanks Tom.  I'm glad to hear it.  Yes I am. 

At 11:05am on December 16, 2012, Denise M. Purtell said…

Dude, all I was saying is that religion, or the lack there of, rather - has nothing to do with some nutcase and killing children. Holy rollers have been seemingly blaming the fact of "no religion in school" is the cause. It is an observation I've made. So all I was doing was trying to make a point that it is nothing to do with that and it has everything to do with the individual idiot just being a crazy bastard. 

That is all I was saying. 

At 8:42am on February 27, 2012, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Tom! 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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