James Cox
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James Cox replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Where in your life is reason absent?'
"I saw the 'Human centipede II', and was fully grossed out that movie producer would debase themselves by filming it. The 'Doctor' character, surely had no clue of the unlikely positive result of such a surgery for even the…"
James Cox replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Where in your life is reason absent?'
"There was a recent 'DR.Who' concerning 'creepyness'. The show asked the question, 'who are you talking to when you are alone?'"
Sep 23
James Cox replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'We're the only ones in our right minds!!!'
"So what happens when your mother intentionally retrains you to use your right hand, once she notices 'left handedness'?"
Sep 22
James Cox replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"I expect that that many people 'feel' that advancement is a 'zero sum game', while in reality 'the game' is more complex. "
Sep 21
James Cox replied to Unseen's discussion 'Resolved: Business doesn't create jobs, consumers do. Discuss...'
"I think corporations use the perception of 'need' or 'neediness' to create 'demand. If you reject this, it is very easy to ignore the pitch, but you also notice how much of our lives are controlled by it... "
Sep 19
James Cox commented on ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's blog post 'Solid light could compute previously unsolvable problems'
"Actually I was thinking of the coming chocolate milk break, how I could fake my Catholic school homework, and how much I wanted to scream out of boredom. The death of my sister gave me the break I needed..;-("
Sep 19
James Cox replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Where in your life is reason absent?'
"I expect there must be breeding that does not involve 'sex', but why would you care?"
Sep 19
James Cox commented on _Robert_'s blog post 'PI = 4'
"Looks like the joy of rounding errors!"
Sep 19
James Cox replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion '"Nude" women's cycling team uniforms: indecent?'
"I guess, since I have been married a few times, nudity is something of a 'non-issue' for me. I just figure that if you need some sun, and vitamin 'D', nudity should ok as a practical issue. From an experience many years ago, I…"
Sep 19
James Cox replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Where in your life is reason absent?'
"Sadly I find this 'problem' in my cognition also. I figure that an assertion should 'stay on the books', just because I find no evidence for it 'at present'. I figure that the assertion 'God or gods exist',…"
Sep 19
James Cox replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Capacity for Love - cross species bonds....'
"I have noticed this over the years also. Our present puppy shows significant indications of loneliness, teasing, and willingness to try different foods. We have partly decoded the sounds she makes that seem to imply, food, water, outside, lap-time,…"
Sep 16
James Cox replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"I expect that there is a gradation from 'normal' to 'psychopathic'. Reading the listing of characteristics, many might refer to my ex-wife! I find a few that might refer to 'me'. If I compare these characteristics to…"
Sep 16
James Cox replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"Sadly my rational sense of honesty does not let me jump in with both feet without just a little twinge of 'well what if I missed something.'  While I am generally very comfortable with very strong provisional truths, making absolute…"
Sep 10
James Cox replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"I think we should make clear the 'what' of which we are speaking. If we are referring to an actual existent 'thing' , like 'James Cox', it would seem reasonable to capitalize. Sadly there are so many 'James…"
Sep 8
James Cox replied to Unseen's discussion 'Those WTF just happened there moments'
"An early 'Deep Space Nine', where I hear one of the characters say during a battle scene, blaw blaw blaw 'what ever that means'. I figure that it was momentary 'out of character' moment when the 'pretend'…"
Sep 5
James Cox replied to Virgil's discussion 'how not to react when your child tells you that he's gay'
"That's nice dear. I love you!"
Sep 5

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About Me:
Ex-catholic, recovering rationalist, post modernist. Trying to learn 'how' to have a string of 'nice' days with wonder, adventure and joy. Education: environmental science, philosophy and mathematics. Interests: establishing our 'Eden Again Eco Sancuary' to preserve family timber and meadow land, eco-education program and permaculture.
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Why are you here?
I had been the co-director of the PSU SOS student group, and Portland Vancouver Humanists 1981-82. Dr. Kirkendall, Humanist of the Year was my mentor from 1982 till 1992. I believe in the virtue of independent rational thought and think that the sciences bound to rationality and compassion can solve most of our social and planetary issues.
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Why you left your religion.
I started reading Russell while very young. Worked on logic issues surrounding religious claims and found numerous contradictions. Wrote two papers during my philosophy training concerning the classical proofs for the existence of god, and found them lacking. Determined that I did not do well being a member of any personality cult. Studied cults and ideology to determine psychological manipulations.
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At 7:39am on October 9, 2012, Hope said…

Glad to be friends on TA :-)

At 2:08pm on August 14, 2012, archaeopteryx said…

Troubles? I have no troubles - I'm the prototype for Alfred E. Neuman!

I understand from one of your posts that you dabble with electricity --

At 12:28pm on May 26, 2012, stobbins said…

if you have studied the  iching then you will know it is not founded upon superstition or randomness but rather rather an exact statement of where the physical universe is now. Everything that everything does has brought them to that exact moment upon which where the sticks lands. Even the act of deciding to use them, the act of gathering them etc. was spawned by everything in the universe preceding that moment. According to Chinese thought the iching then gives one a formula to decipher what that means...it is considered to be a science rather than a mystical religious interpretation. By the way, the Hindus invented astrology in much the same way. the physical relationship between the celestial bodies places gave one the ability to extrapolate a future much like physicists try to predict the behaviour of sub atomic particles prior to  their experiments. ps try to explain to yourself how and why some quantum particles are thought to exist in two separate spaces by leading scientists.

At 10:03am on March 14, 2012, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community James! 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! Welcome again and make yourself at home!


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