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I Feel, I Act, I Rationalize, Therefore I Am.

Started on Saturday 0 Replies

Rene Descartes, without brain scanning technology and no knowledge of the amygdala, told but a part of the story with his I think therefore I am.Continue

Tags: think, neurology, feel, exist, descartes

Nationalism Is A Form of Religion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 9. 10 Replies

I knew a guy who quit religion and after being in the Army became a super-patriot. I took a while to understand the change I saw and then told him he'd found another religion. Wanting to know more.…Continue

Tags: bullpucky, patriotism, faith, politics, religion

DARWIN DAY RESOLUTION IN PENNSYLVANIA - 2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 28. 7 Replies

We can have hope for Americans, says this from NCSE.COMHouse Resolution 83, introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on February 26, 2015, would, if enacted, express the House's…Continue

Tags: recognition, pennsylvania, evolution, Darwin

The anti-gun cause deserves consideration but will you martyr yourself for it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish Feb 21. 22 Replies

The early xians were not the only people in history who martyred themselves for their beliefs, and xianity gained from their sacrifice.People who wish to martyr themselves are free to do so. For…Continue

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tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must provide more education re: religion, Islam, Christianity and challenge ancient myths, harmful ideas told as fact
"Thank you, Leon. Who has not heard the line "Do not talk of politics or religion"? I'm preparing a talk about the necessity of talking about politics, and your post above inspired the following: Ditto for religion and sex. Predators…"
19 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must provide more education re: religion, Islam, Christianity and challenge ancient myths, harmful ideas told as fact
"I too liked Dawkins' "Grow up" remark. Before I quit religion I would have tried to ignore it. Talking to dead people? In the Catholic schools I went to, being ready to die was an everyday topic. They took away childrens' fear…"
19 hours ago
tom sarbeck commented on Bruce Long's blog post Mockfaith.com Memes: Science doesn't have to disprove faith...
"Taking the analysis further, I see at least two tentative hypotheses: 1) An absence of evidence is the condition now and will remain the condition, or 2) An absence of adequate detection methods or hardware is the condition now. If you know the…"
20 hours ago
tom sarbeck commented on Bruce Long's blog post Mockfaith.com Memes: Science doesn't have to disprove faith...
"During my 52 years as a post-Catholic agnostic no one did even a tiny fraction of that. And so, when given an opportunity to tell a dozen or so people I was an atheist, I did. One of them, a likeable guy with all of the blind faith religion gives…"
yesterday
tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's blog post Religion Destroys Our Earthly Paradise
"Gerald, how can intelligent human beings, equipped with personal experience, advocate an existence at odds with nature? A one-word reply: fear. The greed soon follows. "
yesterday
tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's blog post The Battered Child Syndrome, Kempe, Silverman, Steele, Droegemueller, Silver, JAMA 1962
"Joan, what behaviors identified those in the third group, who were neither bullies nor victims? "
yesterday
tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's blog post The Battered Child Syndrome, Kempe, Silverman, Steele, Droegemueller, Silver, JAMA 1962
"Children Learn What They Live Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.…"
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must provide more education re: religion, Islam, Christianity and challenge ancient myths, harmful ideas told as fact
"The word "must" is useful to over-stressed people, who use it to influence children and others who are not yet functioning as adults. Ditto for the word "cannot". Both words say "The thinking has been done. It's time to…"
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to jay H's discussion Texas License Plate case hits SC
"An instance of government speech was New Hampshire's putting "Live Free or Die" on its license plates and requiring its use by everyone who licensed a vehicle in the state. SCOTUS ruled against the state. I understand that if SCOTUS…"
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Openly Secular - Short Teaser
"It's a pitch by the Secular Student Alliance. I'm a materialist and I wish the SSA well. "
Tuesday
tom sarbeck posted a discussion

I Feel, I Act, I Rationalize, Therefore I Am.

Rene Descartes, without brain scanning technology and no knowledge of the amygdala, told but a part of the story with his I think therefore I am.See More
Saturday
tom sarbeck replied to John Brunelle's discussion Not a fan of the term "unbeliever".
"The English language has synonyms to please the most discriminating taste, which makes it useful for both poetry and fraud. More seriously, I found value in the report on the "Six Kinds of Atheist" study done at the University of…"
Saturday
tom sarbeck replied to Atheist in FundyLand's discussion Goodbye. I wish you well. :)
"Well said, Atheist in FundyLand. Your post identifies the factors that took much of my time while quitting Catholicism's intellectual bullying (a form of violence) and later while dealing with the stresses of growing up in a sometimes violent…"
Saturday
tom sarbeck replied to John Brunelle's discussion The entire God question can be summed up in one assertion.
"Megyn Kelly's 'white santa' is a lesser being than Bill Orally's god but Kelly and Orally are competing for the bottom. Orally, interviewing the head man at American Atheists about a year ago, gave Faux Noise viewers this gem:…"
Saturday
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must offend religion more: Islam, Christianity and our tolerance for ancient myths, harmful ideas
"David Barton [from Texas, of course] makes a living by lying for jesus. And don't most xian ministers and priests? "
Mar 21
tom sarbeck replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion A child who gets it.
"Bertold, I've never lived in New York and don't know if a Planck second is like a New York second. Having lived in California for almost forty years, I can say a second here is a whole lot of Planck seconds, maybe 10 to the 39th of them.…"
Mar 19

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About Me:
Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 10:00am on March 2, 2015, Mojo said…
Tom thanks for extending the invite. I've been an athiest since the 70's and have become more so since.

I see religion as the handmaiden of fascism and oligarchs.

I find it absurd and pathetic that so many still embrace the superstition and denial of real humanity that religion demands.

You and I will be long gone before the world will be free of the bonds of theocracy, but every movement has to start somewhere.
At 10:22pm on February 28, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks, Tom.  It isn't that well written, but I think I get my point across.

At 1:52pm on February 20, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks for the invite, Tom.  Hope to have some good discussions with you.  Since we are close to the same age, there probably won't be too many disagreements though..

At 9:56pm on February 4, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Thanks for clarifying. The reason I used the collective 'we' instead of the singular 'I' was because I was aiming for something inside the comfort zone of the reader. Hoping to rattle cages enough that maybe I get some folks to reconsider their stance on self-ownership. Sorry about misunderstanding your comment.

At 12:54pm on February 2, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

The place where you left the comment is at this link:
http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/personal-responsibility#comments

If you could let me know who I plagiarize I'd appreciate it. I didn't mean to.

At 11:55am on January 21, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

You wrote as a comment on my blog titled 'personal responsibility':

"Consider the words you borrowed from someone you didn't acknowledge:

As long as we are living the only power over us is that which we allow."

Tom, The idea is hardly new but from whom did I plagiarize?? I take it seriously, and I looked online to double check and found no quote that I failed to attribute.

At 12:52pm on January 15, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Hey Tom, you said I borrowed words without acknowledging their source. From where??

I'm asking here instead of bumping an old post. I only just read the comments.

At 10:37pm on October 30, 2014, Daniel W said…

Thanks Tom. 

I have lost whole, complicated, entries due to the damn system selecting something and deleting it.  Didn't know about the control-z, thanks.  Since initially posting that, I submitted to the  Borg, and was assimilated into Win 8.1.  So far I don't see a difference from 8.0 except now it screws up some links.  How much fun is that?

At 12:19pm on October 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Thanks, Tom, for your comment on my blog post. I like the "sheriff" bit!

At 4:32pm on August 20, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

What a surprise  Tom....You have been so critical of me in the past, but I must admit  I enjoyed  our  back and forth....I look forward  to our  future  debates...Glad  we are friends now..... 

 
 
 

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