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Joseph P replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Evolution is a FACT, not a theory. in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Hmm, I could see referring to black holes as observed facts.  We've seen their effects, in telescope images.  There's something in there, causing those gravitational effects.  The gravitational theory explaining how they…"
yesterday
Joseph P replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Scientists Say Billions of Exoplanets in Habitable Zones in Our Galaxy Alone in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Yup, carbon is the molecular slut.  Silicon is, too, but carbon is about 7 times as common, per unit of mass, 16 times as common in terms of atom count."
Saturday
Joseph P replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Evolution is a FACT, not a theory. in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"It was a hypothesis, at one point.  It has since graduated to a theory, surpassing Lamarck's hypothesis of acquired characteristics.  It's now the only theory that describes the observed facts. There's no such thing as a…"
Saturday
Joseph P commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"It's statistical analysis based upon complete bullshit.  Essentially, they take things out of the Bible as absolute, accepted fact, then assign a value that supposedly adds to the likelihood of something else in the bible being…"
Saturday
Joseph P commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"??? I'm not sure what that is in response to."
Friday
Joseph P commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"Sounds like something he would say, yeah.  Any time some idiot says something about probabilities of some unknowable event, I want to see their figures. The funniest part is that since they're always completely making up the numbers…"
Friday
Joseph P replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Scientists Say Modern Humans were in Europe as Neanderthals Went Extinct There in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I've heard all sorts of random things.  I've gotten the impression that we've had a lot of hypothesizing and not a lot of solid evidence to back up any particular proposition."
Friday
Joseph P replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Scientists Say Modern Humans were in Europe as Neanderthals went Extinct There in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Oh, I thought neanderthals more like 100,000 or 200,000 years ago.  My timeline seems to be a bit screwed up.  I'll have to go do some reading.  Thanks."
Thursday
Joseph P replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Evolution is a FACT, not a theory. in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Well, sure, the nuts and bolts about the biological mechanisms behind natural selection are still being fiddled with.  That biological evolution happens, though... and that all organisms on the Earth are descended from the same pool of original…"
Thursday
Bernard T. Windwillow left a comment for Joseph P
"Thank you for your kind comments.  I just don't believe in the supernatural, never did and never will.  I am running out of roundups.  It goes so easy on my mind that when I die, it is lights out.  No afterlife, no pain…"
Wednesday
Joseph P replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Evolution is a FACT, not a theory. in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Eh, you still need more precise language to describe things, when we're speaking within a scientific context.  How about this, John: Within a scientific context, biological evolution/natural selection is not a mere fact.  It's…"
Wednesday
Joseph P replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Evolution is a FACT, not a theory. in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"We're fine using the word theory, as long as you make sure to emphasize that it's a scientific theory, not a theory in the colloquial sense. And like I think I said elsewhere, biological evolution isn't the theory.  Natural…"
Wednesday
Joseph P replied to Patricia's discussion Beards and Religion in the group Atheist Humor
"Well, I'd make a very poor man-crush for you then, man.  I'm a freaking chia pet."
Apr 20
Joseph P commented on Ivy's group Atheist Humor
"Heh heh heh.  Yeah, I did that once.  There's a link somewhere around here, I think on the group main page, which redoes the follow. Wait, isn't that it, right below the comment-entry box that I'm typing in, now?…"
Apr 20
Dominique Lutz left a comment for Joseph P
"I live on the other end of Oregon, in the rural south, and, yes, it is heavily religious. I haven't run into any total nut jobs yet though, just the usual religious types."
Apr 20
Joseph P replied to Patricia's discussion Beards and Religion in the group Atheist Humor
"I know.  I saw.  I'm just commenting in general.  Most people get that wrong."
Apr 19

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At 6:14pm on April 22, 2015, Bernard T. Windwillow said…

Thank you for your kind comments.  I just don't believe in the supernatural, never did and never will.  I am running out of roundups.  It goes so easy on my mind that when I die, it is lights out.  No afterlife, no pain total non-existence.  That is incredibly comforting.  It also makes me cherish every moment and live for the minute.

At 8:45am on April 20, 2015, Dominique Lutz said…

I live on the other end of Oregon, in the rural south, and, yes, it is heavily religious. I haven't run into any total nut jobs yet though, just the usual religious types.

At 12:10am on April 17, 2015, Aaron Richardson said…

I don't consider six years a short while. I wasted so much time, money, and energy trying to live for an imaginary deity who never existed in the first place, except in my mind. I wasn't raised in a religious household whatsoever. In fact, it was the complete opposite. I was raised in a completely dysfunctional household saturated with abuse and domestic violence. As a child I spent some time in foster homes and a mental hospital before the shit-storm finally calmed down, and I settled down with my dad who was a recovering alcoholic. It was too late by then though. I was a mess and my life became even messier as I became a teenager. My teenager years are nothing but a blur thanks to the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Luckily I graduated HS by the skin of my teeth and managed to escape the hellhole I was living by joining the AF. My troubles and addictions only followed me from there though, and I got very close to getting kicked out of the military. Fortunately they decided to pay for me to attend rehab. During this time I was very unstable psychologically and vulnerable to religious zealots who would want to convert me. And that's exactly what happened. I came across some christians in rehab (and after) who played upon my vulnerability and before you know it I was a baptized, bible thumping, religious crackpot with no idea what I had gotten into. It didn't take long before I was telling everyone I met they were on their way to hell, giving half of my income away, and depriving myself of everything earthly thing I once enjoyed. I became a hardcore street evangelist that carried around obnoxious signs and yelled the "gospel" at everyone that passed by. I spent a ridiculous amount of time praying, reading the bible, and attending bible studies and church. I eventually became one of those people that loved studying theology and church history and found myself adoring people like John Calvin, John Knox, Johnathan Edwards, etc. In other words, I was a "Calvinist." I also eventually finished my enlistment in the AF around this time and decided to move back to NM from Idaho. I wanted to come back here so I could attend school and be closer to family; and so I could witness to them and try to help turn them away from their sins lol. It was hard to leave at first because I had countless christian friends, many of whom were accountability partners with me and knew my deepest and darkest secrets. I still do love a lot of these people like my own siblings but I can’t stand to be around them anymore because they still believe all that bullshit. I forgot to mention this earlier, but my dad also became a hardcore christian after I did and still is to this day. Sometimes I can’t stand being around when he starts trying to preach to me or talk about Christianity. He’s so dogmatic and there is nothing you can say to him that will change his mind. After I moved back down here to NM I didn’t have any christian friends down here whatsoever. To put it simply, I didn’t have anybody down here to encourage me not to question Christianity. Somehow, someway, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Matt Dillahunty found their way on to my computer screen, and before you could recite John 3:16 I was a full blown atheist; it literally happened within a few months. Well, that what those six years looked like in a nutshell. There is a lot I left out, but I think you get the gist of it.

At 12:48pm on April 16, 2015, Donna Coffey said…

Joseph,

Thank you for the heads up.  I sure am glad I didn't post my street address.  I wonder if I'll have any interesting mail this week.

Mormons and Muslims -- believe in a book sent by god with the unaltered word for his chosen people.  Same idea, different language.  There are comparative religion books juxtaposing these two that go in much more depth on their similarities than my brief comment.

I'm pleased I feel no attachment to either, well, except that I have family members in both still.  Shari'a might be illegal, hopefully, but not Islam.

Donna

At 1:36am on April 12, 2015, Deidre said…

hey ...hope you're having a good weekend ^_^

At 4:56pm on April 5, 2015, Carla White said…

ha ha...no I was not thinking atheist-like when I mentioned Carolina Rebellion, but I'll bet there will be a few of them there.

No, no Disturbed.  I think they've stopped making music.  They are one of my favorites, but I am psyched about seeing Godsmack (love that name), Chevelle and SlipKnot, not to mention the other awesome groups that'll be there. 

Are you a metal fan?  Meet us there!

I see in one of your pictures you look like you're on your way to work - the badge kind of gives you away.  What do you do?

At 1:46am on April 5, 2015, Lori Anderson said…

Oh, one more thing... my correct zip code is 30393.

At 3:17pm on April 4, 2015, Lori Anderson said…

Hi Joseph. Yes, I live in the northern suburbs, specifically the northeastern suburbs. The suburbs in Atlanta vary greatly when it comes to land land home prices and new urban planning polices.

The older pockets of suburbs can be quite inexpensive to buy a home that includes fair sized grounds or yards (an acre is not unusual). There are lots of trees in those older pockets and neighborhood sections of housing The older Atlanta suburbs were tree happy to say the least.

Of course, older homes require expensive upkeep and these types of neighborhoods are often in decline, though I guess that's basically pretty par for the course, anywhere.

All of the newer developed areas and neighborhoods in suburban Atlanta are VERY expensive, mind blowingly expensive. That's fine and well for people who can afford it, but it pushes many middle class families into deteriorating neighborhoods, with high crime rates. I guess that's pretty much what is going on everywhere, also.

Inner southern suburbs are awful but as you get out further, they are quickly becoming indistinguishable from the outer northern suburbs. I am generalizing and I'm no expert. It's my general impression. It's not something I particularly keep abreast of. ,I could be wrong about what's going on, especially in the southern suburbs. I'm not as familiar with them. I go there only occasionally.

At 9:24am on April 4, 2015, Carla White said…

Yeah....Fayetteville is the pits for many things, except for supposed christians.  So, are you in the Charlotte area?  I will be there soon for the Carolina Rebellion - counting the days.

At 11:01pm on March 21, 2015, Erica said…
Thank you for the welcome and the information how to not tell my parents. I'm going to wait a long, long time till I tell my parents.
 
 
 

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