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"It's the Best Explanation We Have." "Is It Really?" "But I Believe!"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jul 4. 82 Replies

Time: Ten thousand years ago. Gods are the best explanation for everything. In the day they give light so people can see what they do, and in the night gods give darkness people can rest. The gods…Continue

Tags: thought, skepticism, belief

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

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Atheists Think about What We Believe, Don't We?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"But, TJ, the standard model has so many gaps, filled with unfalsifiables such as inflation, dark matter, dark energy, neutron stars, and even black holes."
Aug 12
TJ replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Atheists Think about What We Believe, Don't We?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"A difference between science and religion, is that science makes a prediction based upon evidence, and, the religious exclaim how insane and imaginary, or even arrogant, the prediction is...because the prediction adds credence to scientific…"
Aug 11
TJ replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Atheists Think about What We Believe, Don't We?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Yup, the lack of ability to understand the science did NOT make the science nonsense, it made the lack of understanding simply more glaring. Remember, the Higgs and its potential parts, etc, are part of the Standard Model, which, as the periodic…"
Aug 11
Pope Beanie replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Atheists Think about What We Believe, Don't We?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Nice, comprehensive list of links. I'll probably have to do a lot more reading before I can determine whether the following clip (from holoscience) should be updated or made to sound less mocking, because they haven't updated the article…"
Aug 9
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Atheists Think about What We Believe, Don't We?

Here are four websites that will give you food for thought and eye candy.http://www.plasmacosmology.net/https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/http://www.holoscience.com/wp/http://www.electricuniverse.info/IntroductionRemember Max Planck's words: Science advances one funeral at a time.See More
Aug 9
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Blair's discussion 'Where does increased complexity come from in evolution?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Or predicting the weather more than a few days ahead. A long ago math professor said the differential equations would have more terms than anyone can write. "
Aug 7
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Blair's discussion 'Where does increased complexity come from in evolution?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Congratulations, TA guys. Anthony has surrendered. He and Dr. Bob ignore questions they find inconvenient. "
Aug 7
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Blair's discussion 'Where does increased complexity come from in evolution?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"PB, before I wrote that post I checked the EOD and found that it defines "function" as "an activity that is natural to or the purpose of a person or thing." I too see a larger, or more specific, context. When I refer to technical…"
Aug 7
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Blair's discussion 'Where does increased complexity come from in evolution?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Steve, scientists might indeed 'slip into' that sort of thing. People who are leaving religions whose gods have purposes might also slip into that sort of thing. A half century ago (Damn, time flies!) I taught a college scientific writing…"
Aug 7
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Blair's discussion 'Where does increased complexity come from in evolution?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"TJ, choose your words more carefully. The words "were evolved to help...." imply purpose, and so far as I know evolution has only effects or results. "
Aug 7
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Mike PENCE?!?!!!??............well.....I'm not surprised.'
"Belle, Reg's view is from a place where people feel their personal power. He has defeated religion's efforts to make believers feel helpless, ...powerless. "
Jul 17
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Mike PENCE?!?!!!??............well.....I'm not surprised.'
"Nader idealists were a problem but I was more pissed: 1) at Al Gore's handlers for not telling him to take Nader's issues and voters, and 2) at the Florida Demo Party for not knowing the election would be close, and telling Gore. Dumb,…"
Jul 17
Tom Sarbeck replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"I visited Ethan. Neutron stars? Hypothesized but unsupported. "
Jul 8
Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion '"It's the Best Explanation We Have." "Is It Really?" "But I Believe!"'
"1. You haven't read the EU explanation. 2:. EU doesn't explain gravity via electricity. 3: BB needs dark matter/energy. EU accounts for the 96% that mystifies Bangers. 4. Telescopes and Hubble show me galaxies in places that to my eyes…"
Jul 4
Pope Beanie replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion '"It's the Best Explanation We Have." "Is It Really?" "But I Believe!"'
"Awesome research Unseen... haha, even if EU ever comes out on top of BB. Tom, time for some nitty gritty on the points, without first assuming profit motives for upholders of BB? To be honest, it was the denial of round crater explanation that put…"
Jul 4
Unseen replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion '"It's the Best Explanation We Have." "Is It Really?" "But I Believe!"'
"Every scientist who supports the Big Bang views it as the best guess based on what we know.  The EU supporters don't appear to be theorists. The KNOW that their theory is better. There's a tip-off right there. It's not…"
Jul 4

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Atheist
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.
Age
83-88
Relationship Status
Single
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.
The religion you left
Catholic
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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How did you hear about Think Atheist?
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…

Tom,

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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