Michael OL
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Alden Waitt left a comment for Michael OL
"Michael, is there NOTHING going on in southeastern Ohio. We are in the Pomeroy area and have had no luck in Marietta, P'burg or with any of t groups in this area. Alden. "
Jun 29
Michael OL replied to A Former Member's discussion Loneliness and Self-Pity in the group Atheist Singles
"I'd venture that the operative consideration is whether one feels guilty for being alone.  "Have I done some foolish or dastardly thing, that's caused me to lose companionship?  Or is it merely the case that my various…"
Feb 22, 2013
Michael OL replied to Joshua 'flobi' Hatfield's discussion Might as well start with my life story, right?
"  Joshua,               If I understand your point about religious persuasion correctly, religious adherents justify their faith by something mental, a quasi-intuitive “oceanic…"
Jan 21, 2013
Michael OL replied to Joshua 'flobi' Hatfield's discussion Might as well start with my life story, right?
"Joshua, your experience is yet another data-point supporting the idea that non-belief stems from a deeper scholarship of religion itself.  Investigation within a religion - and not necessarily any intentional polemic against the religion - is…"
Jan 20, 2013
Michael OL replied to Angel Chasse's discussion What do you guys say when someone offers to pray for you?
"The implicit idea behind "prayer" is that if the individual remains without prayer, he remains a single unit.  But if the subject of prayer, then he's absorbed into the tribe.  His formerly solitary tribulations now become…"
Jan 20, 2013
Michael OL replied to Matt--Lukin's discussion Has anyone noticed that most atheists…
"              The Abrahamic religions, with their doctrine of anthropomorphic creator-and-overseer god, are particularly in conflict with the atheistic viewpoint.  So it is plausible…"
Jan 2, 2013
Michael OL commented on Karen Loethen's blog post All-Knowing, All-Powerful, Ever Loving God
"Today's dominant religions have had many centuries over which to develop and codify their creeds.  Lots of smart people with deeply vested interests have worked through their respective doctrines to charm, ensnare, cajole and contain…"
Dec 31, 2012
Michael OL replied to Russell Pangborn's discussion Atheist Reasoning on Gun Control in the U.S
"Following others' lead, here is an attempt to return to the original question in this thread... atheist reasoning on gun control. In religious circles, the operative question is whether a given idea is or is not consistent with the…"
Dec 31, 2012
Michael OL replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Innovation for green rural lighting in the group Hang With Friends
"The math doesn't add up.  A 10 kg mass, lifted by 1 meter near the surface of the earth, acquires 100 Joules of potential energy.  With 100% perfect conversion efficiency, that energy amounts to 1W of power for 100…"
Dec 28, 2012
Michael OL replied to Madhukar Kulkarni's discussion Life does have a purpose? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"As a nihilist, I deny that there is a distinction between having a purpose, and not having one."
Dec 27, 2012
Michael OL added a discussion to the group LONELY ATHEISTS
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The sporadic acute pangs of loneliness

Living alone obviously implies a certain element of, well, being alone - albeit not necessarily loneliness.  Most times, one can immerse oneself in work, a hobby, a book, or some other distraction.  But from time to time, there are the overbearing bolts of loneliness, the sudden feeling almost akin to panic of having no recourse to the companionship or attention of others.  Thankfully this is rare.  But it does occur.  For example, I had such an episode when getting stuck in a snowstorm while…See More
Dec 26, 2012
Michael OL replied to Susie O's discussion What's the weirdest argument you've heard about my you should have children? in the group The Childless and Godless
"This one is so piercingly paternalistic, that it's outright brilliant:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/opinion/brooks-the-age-of-possibility.html?ref=davidbrooks&_r=0 I quote:  "People are not better off when they are…"
Dec 26, 2012
Michael OL replied to Adam's discussion Connection between childfree and godless? in the group The Childless and Godless
"Somehow I missed this discussion last June, but better late than never. The connection between religion and reproduction is that both draw from a feeling of personal connection to some great and abiding continuum.  Religions, without…"
Dec 25, 2012
Michael OL replied to Russell Pangborn's discussion Atheist Reasoning on Gun Control in the U.S
"Russell (and others), The statistics on homicide rate, and on gun-related homicide rate, indeed point to America as being markedly unusual amongst industrialized societies, and in a negative sense.  However, I would argue that while any life…"
Dec 25, 2012
Michael OL replied to Mathew T.'s discussion Connecticut and Huckabee.
"Traditionally, a bad harvest is always blamed on insufficient sacrifices (and thus inadequate appeasement of the deity) by the tribe."
Dec 21, 2012
Michael OL replied to Russell Pangborn's discussion Atheist Reasoning on Gun Control in the U.S
"I'll be the first to concede that my capacity to "defend myself" with a firearm is ludicrously small.  I am far more likely to injure myself than to affect any substantial resistance in a dangerous situation.  Further, I…"
Dec 20, 2012

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At 11:40am on June 29, 2014, Alden Waitt said…

Michael, is there NOTHING going on in southeastern Ohio. We are in the Pomeroy area and have had no luck in Marietta, P'burg or with any of t groups in this area.

Alden.

At 12:23am on April 4, 2012, Steph S. said…
Hello Michael! Hope you have a nice week!
At 7:55pm on March 17, 2012, Steph S. said…
Thanks for joining my group!
At 3:19pm on January 28, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Michael, and welcome to this wonderful world of rationality, truth and peace.
True common sense, helped by science, leads to happy freethinking wisdom as you well know.  
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods
At 9:34am on January 28, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 2:42am on January 28, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Michael! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also want to look at Geek and Nerd Haven.

 
 
 

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