Drake Everren
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Drake Everren replied to Andrew Altomare's discussion Should You Be Offended When I Tell You That You're Wrong?
"You bring up a pretty big challenge here. What I've seen as the fundamental issue in changing opinions, and one that's not entirely obvious in most cases, is that physically wrong and mentally wrong are distinctly different…"
Apr 25, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Steph S.'s discussion Morally Depraved because I came out Atheist
"That's a very common issue and it reflects a fundamental part of how our minds work: if we're dependent on some set or beliefs or identity, we can only recognize substitutes for that. If somebody eliminates that piece of identity…"
Apr 8, 2012
Drake Everren replied to AgeOfAtheists14's discussion It's impossible for capitalism to survive w/o religion(s)?
"I think you're confusing the line between cultural myths and actual beliefs. Yes, the "Altar of Money" has been a popular mythology for both criticizing and glorifying the US finance sector as it has grown significantly in…"
Mar 5, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion The Highest Good: Sustainably-High Self-Esteem
"What I said is that we possess different histories. We've seen different things, looked at different issues, and gathered different experiences. As a result, we have some overlap, but we also each have visibility in areas where we have…"
Feb 2, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion The Highest Good: Sustainably-High Self-Esteem
"Not quite, as it wasn't a self-focused reaction. I'd call it "bored by the predictable"; it's when the odds are against something really interesting happening, but there's still disappointment when it falls…"
Feb 2, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion The Highest Good: Sustainably-High Self-Esteem
"That kind of cutoff makes me feel like I've been preached at; that I listened to the 'sermon' and responded with certain critical questions about it, but all I received in reply was a repetition of the sermon (against the same straw…"
Jan 29, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion The Highest Good: Sustainably-High Self-Esteem
""What you must keep in mind is that it is not any single organism against which we should judge whether an action is right or wrong - it is against all possible organisms, present and future, to which we must look." What you present is a…"
Jan 28, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion The Highest Good: Sustainably-High Self-Esteem
"The general symptoms of Membership behavior taken to extremes are: 1) Undue devaluing and sacrifice of individuals toward the "greater good" of a Group, or 2) Undue protection or privileges for individuals in central roles for the sake of…"
Jan 28, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion The Highest Good: Sustainably-High Self-Esteem
"Your initial point highlights a critical omission on my part, an explicit definition of Self. I rely on the concept of an "assessed-self" which contains weighted valuations of all structures within interactive distances that mimic the…"
Jan 26, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion The Highest Good: Sustainably-High Self-Esteem
"I think you may be conflating membership esteem with all forms of self-esteem, which is not a complete representation. Based on previous discussions about the psychology of value-determination, I would label four major "tiers" that…"
Jan 25, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Alice's discussion Why I no longer believe religion is a virus of the mind in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I supposed it was a bit off-topic, but I believe that computer use need not be a tiring activity. With the right habits and ergonomics, I think intellectual posting can be mentally energizing and (at least) physically comfortable. My tangent was…"
Jan 22, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Alice's discussion Why I no longer believe religion is a virus of the mind in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Do you have an old monitor, possibly even a CRT (the fat kind)? Tired eyes and pressure headaches are a common effect of straining to see low-contrast or fuzzy details, especially if you have poor lighting or a basement computer. "
Jan 19, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Maruli Marulaki's discussion Atheism And The Skeptically-Prone Personality in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"This strikes me as far less of a list of personality traits and more as consequences of being a well-developed skeptic (someone who has a high degree of alignment between physical data and their mental structuring). Only a few of these addressed…"
Jan 18, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Alice's discussion Why I no longer believe religion is a virus of the mind in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"As far as my experience in psychology goes, I have heard that the left brain/right brain idea is a false distinction, and that most thinking integrates across the whole brain. My own views are a bit unusual, though, as I consider…"
Jan 18, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Alice's discussion Why I no longer believe religion is a virus of the mind in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Why do those have to be separate things? Personally, "walking in nature" and meditative times is when I am most effective at poring over ideas and concepts. Exercising routines, listening to music, or any other patterned but varied…"
Jan 18, 2012
Drake Everren replied to Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion "You CAN prove a negative" according to Steven D. Hales in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Even in Mr. Hales argument I see a persistence in the belief that 'wiggle room' exists for superstitions and other instances of "prove my negative." In his case, this belief is couched in platitudes about the mystifying depths of…"
Jan 16, 2012

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At 10:45am on October 5, 2011, Grinning Cat said…

Welcome to the Nexus, Drake, and thanks for jumping right into discussions, especially clarifying that there are "negative claims" that can be dismissed logically, without exhaustive search.

Please consider joining Hang With Friends, a group to talk about anything and everything, and just hang out and relax and meet people.

At 4:12am on October 4, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello Drake, and welcome to this worldwide nexus of truth and peace. 

"If freethinkers could reason with believers, there would be no believers ---- true common sense helped by science leads to atheist wisdom."

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 500 discussion topics and 3000 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terry

 
 
 

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