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Just a thought...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Smith Dec 10, 2011. 14 Replies

Am I the only one whose inner voice for Old Testament God is Ultimate Warrior? It sounds so much better that way. Since you have refused to obey my laws and regulations and have behaved even worse…Continue

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Crazy Ideas from my Religious Days...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stella Shaffer Nov 20, 2011. 21 Replies

Every now and then I think back to my days in church and remind myself of some of the silly notions I developed. Sometimes they are slightly amusing like when I would ponder going to hell because if…Continue

 

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At 10:28pm on March 20, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

Heading for chicago again and that reminded me of you.  Hope you are doing well and your tulips are up.  :-)

At 1:19pm on February 18, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

How are you doing these days?  

At 9:32am on January 21, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

Oh, yes, there was some condescension.  I suspect that comes from answering the same issues over and over.   Patience, patience, patience....

At 9:29am on January 21, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

I spent quite a bit of time yesterday with my brother, and cancelled going to indiana.  Seeing him was the big motivation for coming here.  I took him home from the hospital and talked to the doctors some.  The snow made travel difficult.

Sometimes I like the "echo chamber" concept where I here someone say what I am thinking.  That video was some of that.  You are right, nothing new.  Im secure in my ideas, but sometimes feel isolated.    

Where i've tried to define is where I draw the line.  In reality, our existence is so intermingled with animal agriculture, it is almost impossible to avoid 100%.  We don't realize it, but there can be components of fabrics, plastics, medicines that are made from animals.  Wool is a big issue - those sheep are tortured.  Really, bad.  I've moved the line from time to time.  I really think vegan is better, and have crossed back and forth across the line between vegan and ovo-lacto.  I live with a nonvegetarian, my dogs are not vegetarian (is Bella?), the cat is not vegetarian.  We have chickens in the yard, they run around and do what they like....  so it seems OK to eat eggs.  BUT - for every hen, there is a male baby chicken that was killed, otherwise you would have as many roosters as hens.

Thank you again by the way.  I never would have gone to Devon st, and now I think Im going to learn to cook Indian.  That was much better than my local Indian food.

At 8:52am on January 21, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

Hope you are keeping warm. This reminded me of our conversation about being vegan.

At 10:15pm on January 12, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…
At 5:48pm on January 12, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

Thank you for answering!  I'll be there 18th, returning here 22nd.  Staying near Midway but will have a car, driving to Indiana on one day to see some old friends, but it's all open ended.  I lived a year in Oak Park on Austin, commuted to UIC by bike, then 3 years on the N side off Peterson, still commuted to UIC by bike.  But other than the art museum and Lakeside, and eating at all of the Indian and Pakistani places on Devon, never got to enjoy the city much.  I think I'll google on the Botanic Garden, see what that has.  

How is your year starting out?  Hope it's going great!  

At 1:59pm on January 12, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

How you doing?  Any recommendations about good stuff for a nerd/nature lover to see in chicago this time of year?  I'm visiting my brother in Joliet and thought if there is a good botanical garden or something it would be worth visiting.  I used to live there but was doing my residency and never had time to see things I liked.  I know there is the Field Museum.  Hope your 2012 is off to a good start.  

At 10:00am on January 7, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

Beekeeping would be a cool hobby.  I want to as well.  Prob not in the cards this year.   Keep me posted!

At 3:49pm on January 5, 2012, Daniel W (Sentient Biped) said…

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Perspectives on Living Life

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 10:56am 3 Comments

Like many atheists, my thoughts this morning are directed towards Christopher Hitchens. His passing has made for a somber start to the day for many. I can't quite find a word to express my emotions. I can't say that I am sad because I am overjoyed to see how many people were touched by one man and his ideas. The sentimentality is touching and inspiring. I am reminded of how amazing it is for someone to come into the world relatively alone and unknown, grow and develop an individual…

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Oh boy. Not this shit again...

Posted on December 4, 2011 at 10:00pm 19 Comments

That's me right about now. So I decided to start my Daily Bible Scripture (thanks EvilBible and SAB) on Facebook. Day one's post caused amusement but was mostly ignored.…

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Posted on November 27, 2011 at 12:55pm 24 Comments

I think it's amusing that Facebook and Family Bullshit can both use the initials "FB". That's all I seem to be getting lately. Here's the latest exchange I've had with my family. 

 

My initial status read:

"The Bible sure is full of some crazy shit. Do believers really read this shit? If so, do they really understand this shit? Am I tripping? Am I feeling myself?"

 

It wasn't a very random thought. I was reading the Bible at the…

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Gabrielle Giffords' Recovery Proves God's Existence

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 8:40am 8 Comments

One of my biggest issues with religion has always been that it purports to benefit everyone equally. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows this just isn't true. Across the board, in all religions, in all places there are injustices. Christians are robbed, killed, raped, etc just like Buddhists, Muslims, Scientologists, Atheists, etc. Belief in a god (regardless of which one you choose) is not a guarantee that your life will have any more benefits than someone without that belief. But…

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