"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…"
"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…"
"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'…"
"Some where along the way, the folks that came before us established the hypothesis that there must be a being behind the sky that created and sustains the full arc of existence and ourselves.
I expect that polytheism was rather a hard system to keep…"
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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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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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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