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Idaho Spud
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  • Pocatello, ID
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Idaho Spud replied to Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion A New Life Form Has been Discovered in which Arsenic replaces Phosphate in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"This post from 2012 says that the bacteria avoid arsenic and utilize phosphorus whenever possible: http://www.nature.com/news/arsenic-life-bacterium-prefers-phosphorus-after-all-1.11520"
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Idaho Spud liked Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion A New Life Form Has been Discovered in which Arsenic replaces Phosphate
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Idaho Spud replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"Good response Chris: "Yes, let's all go back to Africa"."
7 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"I didn't know what that meant either."
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"All the boys are too non-confrontational to Sheldon's mom, especially for scientists.  In the first season, I was laughing constantly, but The Big Bang Theory has lost a lot of it's charm for me, and religion is a large part of the…"
7 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"The Harcot Apricot is self-fertile. Wikipedia says "A dry climate is good for fruit maturation.".  That could be part of your problem.  It looks like you get 4 inches of rain per month in the spring and summer.  I get 1 inch…"
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Idaho Spud replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"I thought it was my old computer and browsers.  There are several sites (NASA for one), that refuse to accommodate me, but I'm getting close to updating my system."
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Idaho Spud commented on A Former Member's group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"When I type purchased in my "Pages" work processor, it highlights it and suggests "bought" instead.  Why would it do that?  I think of them as meaning the same thing, but I like the sound of purchased more than bought"
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Idaho Spud replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"I just noticed problems with AN today.  Maintenance and some people's posts disappearing."
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Idaho Spud commented on Dan Wall's blog post Sartre Was Right, But Hell Sometimes Has an Endearing Quality
"That woman went way over the line.  She may not realize it, but I think I would let her know.  And her being a woman would not prevent me from being truthful. My answer to "do you love Jesus too?"  would be "I love…"
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Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Barbara, it wasn't too hard digging that hole and mixing compost with the removed soil to put back in the hole, because I had added a lot of compost and sand to the soil last year, to grow watermelon in."
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Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"From a tree that size, 2 years seems like a good estimate."
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Idaho Spud liked Joan Denoo's discussion Corporate Nation Under God
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Idaho Spud liked Joan Denoo's discussion Air-pots
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Idaho Spud replied to Loren Miller's discussion What religion has contributed to the world this month - Episode 16 (April 2015)
"Another support for my contention that religion does far more evil than good."
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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 4:32pm on March 4, 2015, Steph S. said…

Hello Spud and no problem I understand. Having a pet is a big responsibility. I wish you the best. I hope you are doing well. It is very nice to hear from you.

At 11:30am on February 4, 2015, Joan Denoo said…

Thank you Spud. Yes. and I join in the positive ck mark on this one. 

At 2:24pm on November 13, 2014, Patricia said…

Thanks Spud. Love the kitty post approval.....stealing!

At 12:04pm on October 22, 2014, Loren Miller said…
Only friends can exchange email messages inside Atheist Nexus. If you remove the person you're having a problem with as a friend, it will disallow emails. There is also a hot link for blocking messages on each user's profile page.

Try one or the other, and let me know how you do.
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...

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