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Introduction from a new member

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob van Senten Nov 24, 2009. 9 Replies

Hello people,Because I joined the site today, I thought it might be a good moment to introduce myself.I was born and raised in a catholic family in the Netherlands, and until the age of about 15 I…Continue

 

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Rob van Senten replied to Jezzy's discussion Is Atheism A Choice?
"@Madukar, Atheism is not aimed at a particular deity, I attempted to use these examples as a method of showing that atheism is not about knowledge (of religion/deities/supernatural or whatever). Atheism is not the rejection of the supernatural,…"
Jan 27, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Kudos to you and your family Greg! It must have been a great and proud moment for you to have been there, not only did you do the right thing, but you seem to have managed to raise a daughter to become her own woman. We need more men like you that…"
Jan 27, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Jezzy's discussion Is Atheism A Choice?
"Maduhar,  As long as kids are not capable of understanding theism they are by definition atheists. Not because they have knowledge about (a)theism, but because they lack a belief in a deity. If you use the same definition I really don't…"
Jan 27, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Jezzy's discussion Is Atheism A Choice?
"Maduhar,  What definition of the word "atheism" are you using here? I've presented the definition that I (and many, if not most atheists that I know) use, but I've yet to see yours. Atheism is not a statement of knowledge,…"
Jan 27, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Steph S.'s discussion How Return of the Jedi Should Have Ended reminds us that Anakin is still a piece of crap in the group Geek & Nerd Haven
"I love HISHE, especially the superhero ones. The absurdity of the plots in these movies and the many references to other movies make me a very happy nerd."
Jan 26, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Oh yeah, definitely, medical necessity is just that, a necessity. Aesthetic corrective surgery would not qualify in my book, especially if the procedure is quite intrusive and/or irreversible. "
Jan 26, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Thanks Joan, much appreciated. It took me some time to write that post, when I was done my first though was, tl;dr."
Jan 26, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Maybe it's the language barrier, but I don't get it, could you perhaps be so kind as to explain?"
Jan 26, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Sure intention is important, but sometimes stupidity takes hold of people and they are simply not even aware of the harm that they are doing to others. I try to get a feel of people's intentions because it does influence me in deciding how to…"
Jan 25, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Please feel free to comment! Our individuality and identity is all that we have. Our history and our thoughts are to be shared and disagreement (criticism) is often the basis for getting a better understanding of other people's opinions as well…"
Jan 25, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Stereotyping to me seems an active conscious process, which I would like to think I would only do for entertainment purposes. It doesn't befit a person to create a small space for another human to occupy, if you share a society with people you…"
Jan 25, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Jezzy's discussion Is Atheism A Choice?
"No, atheism is the default position since it is a lack of belief in a deity. A positive belief such as naturalism or theism is something that can be acquired, but it is not something intrinsic in humans.  Children have a tendency to see purpose…"
Jan 25, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Oklahoma senate bill to outlaw aborted human fetuses in food in the group Atheist News
"My girlfriend won't even let me eat our rabbit! I wanted to name him "Christmas Dinner" which I thought was appropriate, but I yielded so Franklin it is. Anyway, I suppose that if you'd call it "Homo Sapiens à…"
Jan 25, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Oklahoma senate bill to outlaw aborted human fetuses in food in the group Atheist News
"I've heard of people taking placenta pills as a kind of panacea for aging, but fetuses?  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!!"
Jan 25, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"There are some people that you cannot have a civil discussion with because they have evidence of a truth that only they can see. Sometimes one person's truth is so confronting (offensive) to another that insult is taken even if it was not…"
Jan 25, 2012
Rob van Senten replied to Alice's discussion Contentious issues in the atheist community in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Yeah, we have a different perspective sure, but my point is that all humans do share the underlying genetic (primate ) history. In and out group mentalities are something that we see in most social animals, primates included. So when I said…"
Jan 25, 2012

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Thoughts about race and personality.

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 8:08am 5 Comments

I'm a big, white, balding male with glasses who was born in the Netherlands, but what does that say about me as an individual or what I stand for? I can tell you how Dutch culture has influenced me, and how the educational system in the Netherlands has helped me to "escape" from religion, but that doesn't make me feel "Dutch", whatever that means.

 

When I was younger, the fact that I wore glasses was more of an issue then it is nowadays. When I was younger kids teased me with…

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on Acceptance of Inequality

Posted on June 6, 2010 at 11:43am 8 Comments

Yesterday, at a BBQ in a park with some people I've never met before, a guy was talking about his holiday in India. During the story he expressed his admiration for the acceptance of people in lower castes in regards to their social status.


I almost lost it completely, to me the acceptance of their inequality is a major reason why this inequality still exists. In large parts of the world the situation of the lower classes did not improve until they became vocal and demanded…
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At 11:13am on July 15, 2011, Gwaithmir said…
Welcome to Lord of the Rings Atheists, Rob. We look forward to your input.
At 5:10pm on May 19, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Rob! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends.
At 2:06am on May 13, 2011, Azel Praer said…
overthinking
At 9:14am on January 7, 2011, dr kellie said…
Thanks for taking up for Carol.  That dude IS a choad/dick!
At 9:49am on December 21, 2010, Joseph P said…

That's hilarious.  We both locked onto the same five-word phrase.

At 5:30am on September 22, 2010, Matt VDB said…
Hi Rob,

This is supremely bad timing because I was about to post much the same thing on your wall. The respect goes both ways: I'm glad there are still some people here who can put aside bias and emotion and think objectively.

Take care,

Matt
At 3:34am on August 4, 2010, wesley van der Linden said…
Wazzaaa (up)!!!!
At 9:48am on May 4, 2010, Little Name Atheist said…
Happy birthday, Rob!
At 8:32am on November 26, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi and welcome to this splendid international site and its thousands of bright people like you who recognise religion for the fraud that it is.
I think that you, as a strong atheist, could agree that gods exist only inside people's heads where their brains ought to be.

Terry Meaden (physicist) originator of the busy discussion group
"ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humankind, Fossils, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its over 230 discussion topics.
We invite you to come and see, and to make new friends.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
 
 
 

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