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Idaho Spud commented on Darrel Ray's group Recovering from Religion
"Good article Terry."
12 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Don's discussion This year's garden, April 28, May 18, June 29, July 18, and yesterday, August 18 in the group Godless in the garden
"You have a very beautiful place Don!"
21 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Don's discussion This year's garden, April 28, May 18, June 29, July 18, and yesterday, August 18 in the group Godless in the garden
"No spuds.  Well, slap me silly.  Perhaps I should relinquish my moniker.  I guess it's like the saying, "To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.""
21 hours ago
Idaho Spud liked Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish's discussion Carl Sagan's Cosmos
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Idaho Spud replied to Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish's discussion Carl Sagan's Cosmos
"Thanks Vishvakarman.  I remember being glued to the TV when they were first aired.  I just watched the first one again and enjoyed it."
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Idaho Spud commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"Nice cat photo, and humorous caption Loren.  The middle one is looking at you, but what are the other two looking at?"
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Carl, sorry for your kidney disease!"
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Mindy, I've had lots of acid reflux most of my life, so when I went in for an upper-endoscopy, I thought they would find something, maybe even cancer, but they found nothing wrong.  Hope the same for you."
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Idaho Spud replied to Don's discussion This year's garden, April 28, May 18, June 29, July 18, and yesterday, August 18 in the group Godless in the garden
"Nice garden Don.  Are those potatoes in the second picture, mid garden?"
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Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion How to identify a narcissist
"My first answer was 1 (not very true of me).  After considering each of the 3 definitions separately, I give myself a 2 on egotism, a 4 on self-focused, and a 1 on vanity, my overall rating then becomes a 2. Reading the article, I came across…"
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Idaho Spud liked Luara's discussion How to identify a narcissist
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Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Plinius, what's a Toko?"
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Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Happy birthday Tots!"
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Idaho Spud commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"Robert, I'll bet that kitty is happy he found you."
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Idaho Spud liked Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Gish Gallop
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Pocatello
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USA
About Me:
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.

I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.

As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.

I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55. (On August 5, 2014 I became 73).

That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.

That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.

That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.

My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.

I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.

I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.

Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.

I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.

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At 5:07pm on May 5, 2014, king said…
Ok spud from what I can tell you have a rock elm problem I might be wrong if so let me know please
At 8:44pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

not ment as a joke

At 8:40pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

what do you grow in idaho

At 8:27pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

gardner right?

At 7:44am on December 25, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Being an atheist in a religious family is not easy. One is either forced to "partake" in ceremonies or decide not to participate/attend. You go to a sister's house for a Thanksgiving meal, and they "offer up" a prayer of thanks. What do you do? While others prayed in church, I never bowed (I did stand) or recited aloud. In my mind, I was a rock--solid and silent. I'm learning to accept the belief of others without being judgmental. It ain't easy!

At 7:32pm on December 11, 2013, k.h. ky said…

Spud, leaving religion was like having a weight lifted from me.  The instilled guilt and fear eventually disappeared completly.  Now if I could just break myself from watching the news...

At 9:13am on November 28, 2013, Sentient Biped said…
Spud have a happy Thanksgiving!
At 9:23am on August 15, 2013, leveni said…

I like the cat, he/she looks real smart.

At 7:08am on July 21, 2013, Randall Smith said…

I have the lowest package available (DISH) with no ESPN, etc. Suits me fine. In fact, I'm considering dumping all TV programming. I only have it on to keep me company. That and Big Bang Theory--my fave!

At 7:12am on July 7, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Perhaps because I AM single, people think I prefer being alone. Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no. It's just the mystery of it all. Enjoyed reading your Mormon insight.

 
 
 

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