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Idaho Spud replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Inspirational Posters from a 70's Hell
"I like the fun religious posters."
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Idaho Spud replied to Sentient Biped's discussion More than 30,000 Nexus members. Where are they?
"Joan, your first thought applies to many people I think: "people are so busy trying to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, they don't have time for small-talk and haven't time to think about large-talk, or whatever one…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Sentient Biped's discussion More than 30,000 Nexus members. Where are they?
"It is an interesting question.  I'm curious to know also.  It might be nice if someone that decided to leave would post their reasons.  Of course, many probably don't know they're going to leave for good. If I decide to…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Sentient Biped's discussion More than 30,000 Nexus members. Where are they?
"What I wonder in relation to this topic, is why the wife, husband, or companion of an active member never participates.  I've often wanted to ask you and others that question, but don't want to be nosey where it's none of my…"
17 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Optical Illusions in the group Hang With Friends
"Stare at the center for a minute, then look away.  Great googa mooga, it's a miracle!"
17 hours ago
Idaho Spud liked Joan Denoo's discussion How to spot a psychopath: Jon Ronson at TEDxMarrakesh
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Idaho Spud replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Cannabis composition determines effects on the brain.
"I think you're right about there being so little science and so much personal or political agenda.   I think marijuana should be legalized, but not because there is good evidence that it's mostly beneficial.  Listening to the…"
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Idaho Spud liked Joan Denoo's discussion Cannabis composition determines effects on the brain.
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Mindy and Randy, I'm sorry for your loss."
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Idaho Spud commented on Plinius's blog post project brother-in-law
"Do you prefer to be called Chris or Plinius now?  Like Mindy, I hope you can now enjoy life more.  "
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Idaho Spud replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The cost of masculine crime
"Carl, I agree with your attitudes.  I've also never been violent, and none of my brothers have been violent.  A large factor is probably our father.  He was not violent, in fact, he was the kindest man I've known."
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Idaho Spud liked Joan Denoo's discussion The cost of masculine crime
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Idaho Spud replied to Joan Denoo's discussion How Rooftop Farms Yield 20 Times More Produce Than Traditional Farms
"I can't get the video to play.  Perhaps if I try it at 4 AM."
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Idaho Spud replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Should Five-Year-Olds Be Taught That They're Hellbound Sinners?
"I was going to say "Hell No!", then I saw the word rhetorical.  I agree that it's one of the most heinous forms of child abuse. I was raised in a religion that didn't preach hellfire as much as some, but I still had…"
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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.

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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