ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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The portrait is Charles Darwin, age 31, in 1840

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2014 at 6:09pm

Edwin, my family does not have funeral services because we are so appalled by religious mumbo jumbo. I had both my mother's and father's celebration of life in my home and people told stories about them and remembered their experiences with them. We had a huge feast at each one because food was such an important part of our family life. My father was a contractor and many people who dad built houses or businesses for came and told of their experiences of him. His carpenters told stories such as his blunt pencils he kept in his pocket, and how he always had a case of Pepsi on his truck. Family shared stories of his growing up.

At mom's memorial, many of her co-workers in the health delivery system recalled her and some former patients reminded us of how thorough she was. 

We have had other family members, neighbor and friends memorial services in my garden and the same themes emerged. Authentic human stories about real persons with all the praise and reflection of loved ones. 

I know you will find a meaningful way to celebrate your life and the contributions you made to others' lives. 

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 10, 2014 at 5:18am

Hello Edwin: I don't know about performing "funeral services"but I know how mine will be run because I have been preparing for it in recent years. I expect to die from cancer between 5 and 8 years from now (unless new drugs are found). I'll be writing about this another day when I have the time. I have writing and lecture deadlines to meet at the moment. 

Comment by Edwin H. Holmes Jr. on February 9, 2014 at 7:37pm

Thanks for the approval.  Does anyone in the group perform funeral services?  My wife and I are new to Cleveland, TN.  We retired to Milton, FL but we got tired of the hurricanes.  The cost of living is a lot less in Tennessee.  Tennessee is a beautiful place to live.  I am glad that I found your group.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 5, 2014 at 6:20am

Just to say that on 5 February 2014 numbers in the "Origins" Group (initiated in September 2008) reached 4000. 

Thank you everyone, and welcome again to all. Terry

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Comment by Joseph P on December 29, 2013 at 8:31pm

Yeah, I've heard about Finkelstein's work on the subject, previously.  I just haven't read any of the actual books.  I'll have to look that one up.

Comment by Patricia on December 29, 2013 at 7:50pm

Thanks, SST! I'll have to check my library for that book.

Comment by Secular School Teacher on December 29, 2013 at 7:18pm

Excellent read! How Archaeology Disproves Biblical History
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/24/1265119/-How-Archaeology-D...

 

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