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Idaho Spud replied to MattyLJ's discussion Are you clean and organized?
"I thought Boy Scouts sounded fun, but left just after tenderfoot because I was too shy to ask questions that needed to be answered to understand what was going-on, and the leader didn't understand that he needed to tell this shy kid what was…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion A huge tragedy in our past in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Yes.  Perhaps Homo Sapiens couldn't stand those soulless trolls."
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Idaho Spud replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Chimp-on-chimp murder. Humans are not the only violent species.
"Gotta love those "make love, not war" Bonobos!   I've often wished Homo sapiens would emulate them more."
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Idaho Spud replied to MattyLJ's discussion Are you clean and organized?
"Interesting life Ted."
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Idaho Spud replied to Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion Leader of the Church of England doubts the existence of god in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"My thought as well."
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Idaho Spud commented on Joan Denoo's blog post I am offended
"Great post from years ago Loren."
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Idaho Spud replied to Luara's discussion A huge tragedy in our past in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The authors "conclude that they probably did not have a sense of the supernatural."  If that's true, perhaps we waged war with them because they would not believe our fairy tales. From what I understand, we have some Neanderthal…"
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Idaho Spud liked Luara's discussion A huge tragedy in our past
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Patricia, have you seen the movie Matilda?  You remind me of her."
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Idaho Spud replied to MattyLJ's discussion Are you clean and organized?
"I guess that explains it.  She definitely had some major problems with her brain."
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Idaho Spud replied to MattyLJ's discussion Are you clean and organized?
"Congratulations on being efficient.  I love efficiency, but it's often thwarted by laziness and procrastination."
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Idaho Spud replied to MattyLJ's discussion Are you clean and organized?
"Very impressive Loren."
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Idaho Spud replied to MattyLJ's discussion Are you clean and organized?
"I keep quite a few tools and other things I might need in an emergency in my car.  It's not well organized, but it's fairly easy to find things, because the car is not packed full like my house. Besides tools, I have all the fluids…"
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Idaho Spud commented on Joan Denoo's blog post I am offended
"I pressed the "Like" button on this blog Joan, but I also want to say I agree with what you say."
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Idaho Spud commented on Joan Denoo's blog post I am offended
"One of the religious words I use is Evil.  So far I haven't found another word that express my deep feelings of "outrage" at some of the horrible ways people treat other people. I very much dislike even mildly bad treatment of of…"
14 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Joan Denoo's blog post I am offended
"I've never used the word offended to describe how I feel.  I don't think my parents ever used it.  I don't think my dad even used words like angered, or annoyed.  He was quite a calm fellow.  Up until now,…"
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Pocatello
Country (For Member Searching)
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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