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John Donaldson replied to Maruli Marulaki's discussion Research: Great Apes Make Sophisticated Decisions in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I became convinced of that through the work of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. In fact, the abilities that humans have in that direction certainly did not spring from nothing."
Dec 30, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Chris Dodds's discussion Key Stonehenge secret unlocked in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The fact that the structure was built in such a way that the solstice is clearly indicated to those with the knowledge of of the skies suggests that it was probably built by and for a priestly class as is found in other early civilizations;…"
Dec 20, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Madhukar Kulkarni's discussion CHRISTIANITY: A BRIEF HISTORY in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I would strongly suggest, sir, that you read the Bible from cover to cover before you make up your mind with regard to the message of the Christian god. In addition I would suggest that you read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. If you still see…"
Dec 12, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Madhukar Kulkarni's discussion WHITHER ATHEISM? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"As long as people seek safety over freedom and fantasy over reality it seems to me that religion in one form or another will continue to dominate the human psyche. The split that has occurred in the last 150 years between religious beliefs and…"
Nov 21, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Alice's discussion "Banning religion is like trying to ban snowboarding" in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"So long as religious ritual is limited to expressions of culture along the lines of Morris Dancing, the Rites of Spring and other worthy pursuits, I can see no ill in it. When children are being indoctrinated in woo and people are being harmed by…"
Oct 16, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Maruli Marulaki's discussion Meditation - A Puzzling Behavior in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"While I have had a few highly emotional experiences that I have been unable to explain, with the exception of the first which I did ascribe to a god at that time (some 60 years ago), I have had no trouble placing these experiences as being within…"
Oct 7, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Marc Draco's discussion When were you taught evolution? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I was in my first year at university when Dr. Dixie Pelluet taught a class of first year science students about evolution. I found it the only one of my classes that seemed to both be logical and sensible. I believe I was 16 at the time in 1954."
Sep 5, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Pete Darwin's discussion Atheist Book Requires Essay Writers! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I am sorry to read that your younger generation does not include seventy-year-olds. After finding that medicine was not for me, even though it broke my mother's heart, I decided to enter the ministry. While I had been a regular church-goer for…"
Jul 18, 2011
John Donaldson replied to John Jubinsky's discussion New Uncontacted Indian Tribe Discovered in Amazon in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"You may rest assured that that priests and missionaries of all sorts will be petitioning the Brazilian government to allow them to bring the comforts and wonders of civilization to these people. I do hope that the government doesn't weaken.…"
Jun 28, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion The teaching of ORIGINS in British schools in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I am afraid that so long as the C of E maintains its unelected status in the House of Lords and the monarchy is the head of the C of E it will be very difficult for British school children to totally avoid the "spiritual and moral advantages…"
May 31, 2011
John Donaldson replied to John Jubinsky's discussion New Blood Test Estimates Probable Life Expectancy in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The life insurance companies will have a ball with this. They will start selling life insurance based on a natural death only. General life insurance will cost extra."
May 17, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Winfred Namara's discussion Does a spiritual world exist ? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"While there is no such thing as the spirit world, ghosts, witchcraft or magic, there are many millions of people who do believe in such things. I have become convinced that there is nothing that can be done for people with these delusions. A very…"
May 14, 2011
John Donaldson replied to Marc Draco's discussion Did life exist before Earth? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"It would appear that there certainly was time before the birth of the earth some 4 billion years ago and the birth of the universe more than 13 billion years ago for life to have occurred on 3'rd generation star systems created earlier than Sol…"
Mar 28, 2011
John Donaldson replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Gorilla Walks Like a Man! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"It will be interesting to see if, over the next centuries, more gorillas find that erect walking has a real survival advantage. If that turns out to be the case, will there be an increase in frontal lobe brain size? It appears that man's…"
Jan 28, 2011
John Donaldson replied to suzanne Buzz's discussion what are some good books or articles to read so I can refute the recreated world theory with christians? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Suzanne, It seems to me that there are a number of books which may help you understand the mindset of your Christian friends. The first one is one you should pass on to your friends tom help them understand where you are coming from. This book…"
Aug 3, 2010
John Donaldson replied to Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion "RELIGION HAS NO BASIS IN FACT", English judge tells Christian complainant as he rejects the man's appeal in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"In my opinion this is an excellent ruling. By separating church and state there is a guarantee that secular problems are solved by secular laws, and secular laws are not used to promote bigoted beliefs. It does not mean that any religious practice…"
May 1, 2010

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At 5:34pm on September 16, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello
Welcome to Atheist Nexus with its >11,000 good friends and discussion groups.
Among the groups, may I suggest you try the busy group “ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Humans, Evolution, Religion.....” with its 180 commonsense topics whose discussions rebuff religious nonsense. You will be welcome to this group that I founded 12 months ago.
Terry Meaden (an ardent atheist, 60+, British, archaeologist, physicist, check my profile and you will see)
 
 
 

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