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Idaho Spud commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Mad Max: Fury Road—Don't Believe the Hype
"I'll remember not to watch the drivel unless I see it on TV where I can switch channels when I reach my drivel limit. One place where I disagree with a lot of movie-watchers, is my attitude about villains.  I can't stand to watch them…"
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Idaho Spud replied to George Chase's discussion On the Nature of Miracles.
"Loren, I love that Tyson quote, and most everything he says, but I still can't understand why he calls himself an agnostic instead of an atheist."
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Idaho Spud replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Human Ancestors Made and Used Stone Tools 3.3 Million Years Ago in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Great video Kent.  Those monkeys are much smarter than I thought just a few years ago.  I also like music: "The Blue Danube".  At first, I thought it was "Thus Spoke Zarathustra".  I got them confused because…"
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Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Randy, I'm interested in what % of your nectarines taste good, when they produce."
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Idaho Spud commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Received my Pomegranate tree yesterday and planted it today."
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Idaho Spud liked John Jubinsky's discussion Human Ancestors Made and Used Stone Tools 3.3 Million Years Ago
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Idaho Spud liked Ceil's discussion George Carlin discusses bullshit, er, no, religion...
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Idaho Spud replied to George Chase's discussion On the Nature of Miracles.
"I would love to see the word miracle disappear! I've never used the word, even when I was a believer."
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I enjoy your posts sk8eycat."
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Idaho Spud liked Daniel W's discussion Gay and Bisexual Teens Twice as Likely to Get Pregnant
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Idaho Spud replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"I so often hear the word belief used by religious people to mean faith, and accuse us of having beliefs, that so far, I reject the notion that I have beliefs, or need beliefs. I say that I have no beliefs.  I accept what science has a…"
Tuesday
Idaho Spud replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"I agree, Allan."
Tuesday
Idaho Spud commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"Excellent, Ruth."
Tuesday
Idaho Spud replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Atheists Fatal Arrogance
"I also don't think beliefs are always harmless."
Tuesday
Idaho Spud commented on Ivy's group Atheist Humor
"Dr. Dennett ask if this face on toast resembled this woman more than the "virgin mary". "
Monday
Idaho Spud replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Dr. Daniel Dennett - Breaking the Spell - Lecture
"One of Dennett's last comments was: “My one policy proposal Education on world religions for all our children, in public and private schools, and home schooling.History, creed, rituals, music, symbols, ethical commands and prohibitions. .…"
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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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