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What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen 12 minutes ago. 41 Replies

Let me name the ways. (I will limit myself to three.)With any intelligence would he/she/it have designed:1) Tooth decay?2) An amygdala that when squeezed by cancer results in a young man's becoming a…Continue

Tags: design, evolution

Quitting An Authoritarian Religion Was Part Easy and Part Not Easy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jun 1. 2 Replies

First, what I found necessary.The ability to say "I like" and feel okay.The ability to say "I don't like" and feel okay.The ability to set limits and feel okay.I now find these abilities helpful…Continue

Tags: assertiveness, passive-aggressive, catholicism

Many Americans Want the Under (Submissive) Place in Over/Under" (Dominant/Submissive) Relationships.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 26. 2 Replies

In WW1 and WW2, the words Gott Mit Uns (God [is] With Us) were on German soldiers' belt buckles.In a recent (2008) book, Masters and Commanders; How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945,…Continue

Tags: church and state, pledge of allegiance, under god

As Women Grow Their Economic and Political Power, How Will Morality Change?

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In the mid-1970s Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) out to the states for ratification and a political battle ensued. Due to my then-deceased mother's influence in my life, I was active…Continue

Tags: rights, pay, equal, matriarchy, women

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Unseen replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"I'm trying hard not to view this post as a non sequitur. What are you saying?"
12 minutes ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"It'll cost you, Gregg. A yoctobuck per teragram. "
40 minutes ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Untrue? Do addition and subtraction no longer work? "
43 minutes ago
Gregg R Thomas replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"A semi-valid point good sir, but I hasten to point out no matter how much effort and time one invests, nonsense will remain nonsense.  And one will have just wasted a string of moments from one's life to no avail.  A persons life is…"
7 hours ago
ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"lol"
11 hours ago
James Cox replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Flat Earthers. Smoke detectors. Leeches. Questions. Doubt. Memory."
11 hours ago
James Cox replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Or are just more pretty...."
11 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Knowledge is Powerful, knowledge is heavy....'
"Belle, I see several questions there. I will take on one of them. If by "intellectual" you mean doing well, or very well, on IQ tests, it isn't just you. I did very well on such tests and in school found other boys' talk about…"
11 hours ago
Gregg R Thomas replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Ok Jodi Foster is pretty good...but...now that I think about it I'm fairly sure George bought me a $20 hooker after lunch. :)"
12 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Caila Rowe's blog post 'Birthday Present'
"Caila, if your parents haven't asked, they might not want to know more than they do. Do you need to tell them? My older sister needed to tell our dad. He had provided well for us but his domineering style left her needing some self-respect. I…"
12 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Ha ha - I did say understand, not respect. I like the Douglas Adams quote: “All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.”"
12 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"LOL"
12 hours ago
Noel replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"LOL. Wife woke me up and said I was talking in my sleep last night. She said I kept saying, "take hill 79! Move out!". Had a talking G.I. Joe that use to say that. Dreaming about a battle. With G.I. Joe's and we were taking that damn…"
12 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Davis Goodman's blog post 'The tale of the twelve officers'
"Davis, I may have read too hastily. I missed the officer who did nothing because he knew Ms. K was being punished for her past sins. "
12 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"I'm pissed; the Designer made your REM sleep more potent than mine. "
13 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion 'Ah yes, love religion,'
"Hey folks, we are here because our pond scum ancestors were big and gobbled their small neighbors. The smallest and weakest survivors consoled themselves with stories of happy future lives. Other survivors invented democracy. "
13 hours ago

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Your Religious Status
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
77-82
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
For 16 years I've been one of a very few out atheists at a home for retired veterans. Most here are xians, some of them extremely conservative. Most here are Dems and they give me no flak. They all accept my refusing to pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth; I told them I will discuss the issue when they pledge allegiance to the Constitution. I enjoy the mental exercise I get in conversations 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. There are many out xians here. Very few try to recruit me; I tell them that but for 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe one or more gods exist. To the very few who try to recruit me, I say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. They stop trying.
Think Atheist Travel Network Couch Availability - Are you able to host anyone now?
No
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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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 10:15am on August 3, 2014, Ari E. S. said…

Hey there, thanks for being my friend! :) I start school on the 27th and I really don't know what to do. I'm just going for computer science because I know it'll be useful but don't know if I'd enjoy it. I hope I do so I don't have to change my major, but it's a big risk. It's pretty stressful and scary thinking about it because of the expenses. :/

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 9:22pm on May 12, 2014, Ari E. S. said…

I'm sorry that you and your brothers had to go through that.

At first I was thinking along the lines of a huge steal. Sorry, that I misunderstood. :(

At 1:27am on May 12, 2014, Ari E. S. said…

Wait a second. I compared the message you've sent here to the initial one I received by mail about my discussion and I find it funny but scary at the same time. You stole things in the past? I appreciate your advice but what was left on the e-mail is very questionable. I would find it very scary to come back to see my home a mess and I'd feel very violated. I really don't know what to think about to this. I guess what is done is done, but I wouldn't see stealing as necessary unless your life of yourself or someone you love is at high risk. :s

At 8:28pm on July 16, 2013, archaeopteryx said…

RE: "arch, your posts have shown me that you are a worthy debater" - only because I'm out of vodka.

As for Google, you seem to be more popular than I - try, http://in-his-own-image.com/2010/01/24/-in-his-own-image-.aspx

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. 

 
 
 

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