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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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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
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Miss World Contestant Barred from China'
"A new low for China, Belle. Not new for the USA. Recall the woman writer the USA barred ~15 years ago. Isabel Allende, related to the Chilean president the CIA overthrew in the 1970s as I recall. "
Dec 2, 2015
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Dr. Bob...explain something for me...please.'
"Entirely speculative. Its existence is "necessary" because the gravity we can account for is too weak to do what we can see. Need more gravity? No problem; hypothesize more matter. "
Nov 27, 2015
Pope Beanie replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Hell Has No Fury Like An Idealist Disappointed'
"I didn't know what idealism was until high school, and didn't feel is as an option until my 30s when I began to really know myself better. It took me that long emotionally and socially to start feeling like I actually belonged in my…"
Nov 24, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Hell Has No Fury Like An Idealist Disappointed'
"+1"
Nov 24, 2015
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Hell Has No Fury Like An Idealist Disappointed'
"Hello Tom. During those 30 years were you aware of your idealism or was only upon looking back that you realised you no longer were? Idealism is a positive energy, is it not?"
Nov 23, 2015
TJ replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Hell Has No Fury Like An Idealist Disappointed'
"I'm not sure from your cryptic post as to if you are saying that you gave up, but it took you longer than most to do so, or, if you are still an idealist after all these years but are wondering why? For starters, a PERFECT world would preclude…"
Nov 23, 2015
Tom Sarbeck posted a discussion

Hell Has No Fury Like An Idealist Disappointed

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 I keep my idealism thirty years longer?" For its long-delayed demise, I want to thank the politicians whose ambitions I worked hard to disappoint. In their world a rule says "To silence a man, take his bread. If that doesn't silence him, take his blood." I entered their world and they paid me…See More
Nov 23, 2015

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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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No
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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