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Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

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Whether you're a professional, a student, an amateur, an enthusiast, whatever! Lots of atheists love science. Might as well have a group for it!

Feel free to nerd out, link articles, talk about your favorite field of research, whatever!

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9/28/2008
I've been super busy with school this semester -- no time for Atheist Nexus, sadly!!
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11/14/2009
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Offer still open if anyone active in the group wants moderation privileges, but it appears everything has been going smoothly with all kinds of great discussions without moderation. Fantastic! :)

Discussion Forum

Intelligent life 90% less likely

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

Stem

Started by C.L.A.W.S.. Last reply by Sean Murphy Oct 31. 2 Replies

Green Tea Boosts Brainpower

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by John Jubinsky Oct 28. 5 Replies

Quick Ebola tests on the horizon

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Deidre Oct 18. 2 Replies

Tenured Professor shouts "Fire!" in crowded theatre

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by David Layton Sep 27. 4 Replies

Max Planck on New Scientific Truth?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Luara Aug 13. 5 Replies

Electric Bacteria

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Luara Jul 18. 3 Replies

Vantablack

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jul 15. 1 Reply

Roundup Ready Corn IS Toxic

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 13. 7 Replies

Crowded rooms make you dumb

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Pat Jul 5. 4 Replies

American Lysenkoism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 6. 1 Reply

Big Bang, its limits, and being OK with "I don't know"

Started by Gregory Phillip Dearth. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 62 Replies

Decline of Evidence-Based Medicine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Luara May 16. 6 Replies

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 12, 2014 at 6:35pm

I've been president of a few clubs and to friends described myself as the club's fearful leader.

It has some truth to it. When presiding I usually act with what looks like confidence; I know that with short notice I may have to reverse a ruling.

Politics taught me the folly of using the authoritarian language drilled into me by my dad and in Catholic schools, words like "we must ...." or "we cannot ...."). I tell some people I had to learn another language.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2014 at 4:53pm

Tom, yes, "Nothing in life is to be feared" is just one more of my hyperboles. Thanks for pointing it out to me. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:16pm

Good point Tom.  I also don't think the word nothing is correct.  I guess I was just looking at it from the viewpoint of personally having too many fears and knowing I would be better off if I could get rid of most of them.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 12, 2014 at 1:00pm

Nothing in life is to be feared?

Nothing?

A nickel says she and her husband were wealthy and living calm lives.

I hear her speaking for herself. PERIOD!

I have a right to hear her as speaking for me but I won't exercise it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 11:34am

Randy, I'm about the same as you.  I was interested in astronomy when young, but not now.  I still have an 8 inch reflector telescope, but it's been disassembled for many years now.  

The images that I can see with my telescope are nothing compared with what I can find online from NASA & others.

However, I did take a little interest in the moon after Joan mentioned it on "Hang With Friends", and I remembered it being much brighter than normal in the early morning, although It didn't appear larger than normal.

I looked for information about it and found out the distance between it's furthest and closest points, are about 10% different, and so look 10% larger at times.  That makes it 30% brighter.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2014 at 7:21am

I guess I must be getting old. Astronomy just doesn't hold the fascination it used to. Like everybody was so excited about the last full moon. What is the big deal? So it was larger looking than normal. And looking at stars through a telescope is pretty boring if you ask me. Once you've "done that, been there", there's not much more you can see. I think a lot of amatuer astronomers like to show off and try to persuade newbies that star gazing is exciting. It's really not--at least not for me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2014 at 3:59pm

Very sad news about the Joshua Trees, Randy. Are they moving into new locations yet? Some of our plants are moving either up-slope or down-slope, and some die out completely. 

Spud, wonderful quote and image. Fear is our friend; it tells us where our "cutting edge" is. Kind of like anger and grief. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 25, 2014 at 7:09am

Good luck, Spud, with your quest. Good quote.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2014 at 4:19pm

There's a real goodie, Spud!  [cut-paste!]

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2014 at 3:12pm

I love this quote, and I'm trying to live by it.  I have way too much fear, and it's slow going, but I think I'm making headway.

 

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