"Sadly the two primary experiences with Mary Jane I had, were 'watching people decide how far Portland Oregon was from Albany Oregon via apriori reasoning', and 'one man at a Mensa party explaining his WII war experience by walking to…"
"I expect that they are not 'dead', but became neighbors!
It is just that 'burial' rights or rituals became part of culture fairly recently. Before this, their remains dropped where where they died....
Over time genetic…"
"When I took my year of anthropology, early 80's, I was a little concerned about 'sampling'. Now it appears the epigenetic effects might also be very important. I recently watched a documentary that mentioned possible…"
""I respect you for been Sooo BOLD! You must do what you think and know is right for YOU!
GANDHI SAID ” Strength of number is the delight of the timid. The Valiant in spirit glory in fighting alone"
Very nice, except for the moment…"
"Yes, while it seems desirable to believe that we are 'masters of our own fate', sadly this can be compromised by our irrational thinking, and sometimes the effects of others.
I am at the local hospital library, their music indicating…"
"I guess, I have a great feel for whales generally from one scene in 'Hitchhickers Guid to the Galaxy', where due the 'Improbability Drive' a sperm whale appears and contemplates it's existence while in freefall. It begans to…"
"For seeming plastic casts these are rather nice!
I am tempted to look at my HS graduation pictures for a funny afternoon of memories. Does make me wonder why our graduating class never seemed to invite 'everyone' to our reunions. Maybe a…"
I recently watched the 2008, 'Dawkins VS Lennox' debate. Sadly I felt that Dawkins was a little too respectful to Lennox, and both used an ad-hominum attack in their openning remarks! Lennox used every opportunity to preach,…"
"Our individual technical expertise is not always up to extreames.
Our social 'intelligence' is a little underdeveloped, and so we really should consider it as needing improvement.
Most times theists are a little mis-guided in their…"
"Sadly I found that many people in my family could not take this 'test', and make a good showing.
My grand mother who waited the better part of 50 years for the return of our grand-father, and died without relief.
My father who seemed to…"
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.
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.
The religion you left
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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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.
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