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Tim Barrie replied to Howard S. Dunn's discussion Is the concept of intent an illusion or construct?
"How about "Intent" being an emergent property? Like a winning streak of a basket ball team or fish shoaling? I do not see a problem or a paradox. When did the first fish shoal? What caused the winning streak to start? I'm not…"
Jun 30, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Dave Rogers's discussion Original Ignorance and Creation of God
"Hey J, sorry was not implying you made that comparison. I was just exploring the thought process. Personally I don't buy that religion is hardwired as such, more that people struggle with their fears and making up answers can be fun and often…"
Jun 30, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Dave Rogers's discussion Original Ignorance and Creation of God
"I think you could look at primitive tribes today living in rain forests and the like. They are probably similar to your hypothetical "primitive man"? Typically people living in these cultures have plenty of leisure time, rich social lives…"
Jun 30, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Dave Rogers's discussion Original Ignorance and Creation of God
"I agree with your points, yes it is important to make rational arguments and understand how irrational the religious thought process is. The point above about Santa vs. god is well made, how is it possible to rationally believe in one and not the…"
Jun 30, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Dave Rogers's discussion Original Ignorance and Creation of God
"Hi, I'm new here I hope you don't mind me jumping in! I'm sure your right in the sense that people in the past as well as now tend to invent things to fill in gaps of their knowledge. Especially when the gap is something that can be…"
Jun 29, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Dave Rogers's discussion Original Ignorance and Creation of God
"Hi, I'm new here I hope you don't mind me jumping in! I'm sure your right in the sense that people in the past as well as now tend to invent things to fill in gaps of their knowledge. Especially when the gap is something that can be…"
Jun 29, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"I know what you mean. My mother is just a depressive, sees the worst in everything. She can't understand where I get all my optimism and positive outlook on life. To me it's just a decision."
Jun 29, 2009
Gregory S. Tripp replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"Crazy talk? no not really. Actually it makes sense since my own parents are very religious or at least have become so in their golden years. My mother has often said that only good things happen when she "gives up" and lets God take over.…"
Jun 29, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"Thanks Gregory, interesting reply and comments. You are being logical but unfortunately that is not the way most religious people think. I agree that for some, fear of death may be a factor. In my experience however most people have a fear of…"
Jun 28, 2009
Gregory S. Tripp replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"You raise a valid point, however I am not convinced that people need this emotional re-assurance. Take, for instance, the fear of death which is quite possibly the driving motive behind religion and the concept of the after-life. Now the fear of…"
Jun 28, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"Hey Gregory, thanks for your thoughts. To clarify, my comments regarding the positive effect of religion, is a generalization of the effect it often has on the majority of its followers, particularly in America and or the industrialized world…"
Jun 28, 2009
Gregory S. Tripp replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"You say that religion makes you "feel good". Yet children around the world grow up victims of mythological terror, that of Hell and of eternal damnation (Rejection). This stunts them for the rest of their lives. Having a genuine…"
Jun 28, 2009
Tim Barrie replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"Hey Kristy, good points! Thanks for your reply. Based on your comments above I think it would be fair to say that atheists (including myself) are actually not just a case of people simply not believing in deities but more they are usually against…"
Jun 28, 2009
Chrys Stevenson replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"Well, we have over 8,000 members so you'll find all kinds of people here with all kinds of attitudes towards religion, atheism and politics. The best way to find your own niche is to post about things you feel are interesting, funny,…"
Jun 28, 2009
Sentient Biped replied to Tim Barrie's discussion I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?
"Hi Tim, Welcome to Atheist nexus. Living in the land of the Mormons, you may feel especially cursed by the surrounding religious atmosphere. On the other hand, you could live in other places that were just as religious, but happen to be Baptist, or…"
Jun 27, 2009
Tim Barrie posted a discussion

I'm new here and just checking it out! What kind of people are here?

I read a quite a few of the posts and am curious as to what kind of people are here and what kind of discussions can be created. I have a lot of questions and things I find crazy that I would love to discuss with some intelligent people...Personally I range between a disinterest (in religion) atheist to a strongly anti religious individual depending on my mood and circumstances and how many beers I have had :).I can see the positive side of religion though; I live in Utah and would note that it…See More
Jun 27, 2009

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