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Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Joan, thanks for the Cast Iron videos.  Very interesting and informative."
11 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to JanBodh's discussion Whats your take on what Gandhi ji said about "mysterious power that makes it self felt". I have felt it few times in my life, have you ?
"No."
13 hours ago
Idaho Spud liked Brent Feeney's discussion BRUTALLY HONEST: A couple of recent musings from David 2
14 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"The porno joke made me laugh!  (So, it can't be all bad)."
15 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Would a 17 inch (or even a 12 inch) cast iron skillet cook reasonably well out to the edges on a small natural gas burner?"
16 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Thanks for the skillet website Pat.  My cast iron skillet is probably an 9 inch.  My non-stick is 12 inch, and it's my favorite.  I'm alone, but still like to cook large portions so I don't have to cook so often.…"
16 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Thanks Joan.  I'll start looking in second-hand stores and try to find my medium sized cast iron one in the meantime.  And thanks for the care instructions.   I have a huge non-stick skillet I loved until I stupidly got it too…"
17 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Sk8eycat, your approach to doorbell-ringers is sounding more appealing, what with my limited time and patience at age 73.   After escaping religion, in responding to the first and second doorbell-ringers that confronted me, I argued with them,…"
17 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"While eating breakfast, I felt the need to clarify some of my statements.   In presenting me with an opposite point of view, I actually prefer a calm, kind, patient person, that can present facts based on logic, reason, and most of all,…"
18 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Pat, I too like the sound of an infrared turkey fryer.   I have a cast iron skillet that hasn't been used in many years, lying buried somewhere under a lot of stuff.  I'd like to find it and start using it again.  Since…"
19 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"It's probably true that a calm, kind, very patient atheist can reach quite a few fence sitters, and even a few strong believers. It's probably also true that some people need to be jolted awake by strong, confident, evidence based comments…"
20 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Joan, I very much dislike arrogance, haughtiness, conceit, and egotism.  You are not any of those things.  You are confident because you have studied way more than most people, and are ready to reconsider a position if good evidence is…"
20 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Thanks for getting me to watch this Dawkins video again Joan.  It was these series of lectures or ones like them that first got me to understand how evolution explains life without miracles."
21 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Dawkins was the first atheist I listened to when I first realized there was no mormon god.  He taught me about evolution, something I fought against without knowing anything about it when I was a brainwashed mormon. I listened to other atheists…"
22 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Michael, you stated something I've never heard before.  I like it, and think it's true:  "theists....cannot ever get any new evidence." Thanks."
23 hours ago
Idaho Spud replied to chares martel's discussion The benefits of flushing Religion
"My favorite thing about leaving religion is I now have nearly zero stress and guilt about not being perfect. A part of that is no more stress trying to do things I'm not good at, but the church demanded I do anyway, like teaching a class, or…"
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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 12:04pm on October 22, 2014, Loren Miller said…
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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!

 
 
 

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