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If instead of Rene Descartes, Renee Descartes had been born, would....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Oct 5. 22 Replies

...would she have said, and become famous for, "I feel, therefore I am"?Decades ago I heard a philosophy professor woolgather on the question "How do we know we exist?"As he droned on, I kept awake…Continue

Tags: dualism, patriarchy, matriarchy, sexism

Theodore Roosevelt, Like Many of America's Founders, Not A Theist?

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My evidence is in the early minutes of Part Two of Ken Burns' PBS documentary.On Roosevelt's first day in the Executive Mansion, September 23 1901, he denied Xianity's promise of immortality when he…Continue

Tags: Founders, Presidents, America, Non-theism, Atheism

Santorum: Call Secularism A Religion So We Can Ban It From Public Schools.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Madhukar Kulkarni Sep 11. 16 Replies

Can secularism be removed from public schools without removing everything? Without closing the schools?I quit Catholicism when I was 26. Thanks to the science courses I had taken and would take…Continue

Tags: dogma, science, schools, religion, secularism

The Horrors of a Catholic School Education (and its Occasional Wonders If You Insist)

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(This discussion is for survivors of RC schools. If you survived horrors in public schools, start or add to another discussion.)I was about 50 and doing some volunteer work when I saw a young woman…Continue

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Tom Sarbeck replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"Pollsters might be calling the wrong people. Are voters being truthful with pollsters? I agree; if Repubs take the Senate more people will see their inability to govern. "
14 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"Two hopes are keeping me from tearing my hair out. 1. Voters have been gaming the pollsters, and 2. Demo Party leaders hope to frighten their base into voting. How much more harm can Repubs do before voters massively reject them? "
15 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"When language habits can mess up even Richard Feynman, let's be gentle with each other here. Steven Johnson, in the Introduction to his How We Got To Now, tells how Feynman described the relationship between aesthetics and…"
15 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"It's Dawkins who feels the need. I'm kind of merciless that way, even when evaluating my own actions or words. I do or say what I need to do or say, and my need often diminishes. "
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"chares, thanx for your speedy reply. I too wasted the years I believed Catholicism's religion. Some of the non-religious teaching was well done and had value. "
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Bertold, I would like to see/hear Russell's expression of the opposite thought. I enjoy much of Mencken's cynicism but see little truth in it, especially when he accompanies it with the word "always". People can compensate for an…"
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"chares, did you waste part of your life on religion? "
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Deidre, when I want to edit a post and the box lacks an edit button: 1) I use CTRL-C to put the text on the clipboard, 2) delete the post (via the tiny x in the upper right corner), 3) paste the text to a word processor and edit. 4) I then copy the…"
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Tom Sarbeck replied to chares martel's discussion Would you rather America won the Vietnam War?
"Well said, Joan. To complete your case, search the Web on "oil" and "Tonkin Gulf". Sadly, America's foreign policy has shown that our leaders have not yet grown up. They see our presently volunteer military as more…"
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Tom Sarbeck replied to chares martel's discussion Would you rather America won the Vietnam War?
"Chares, you and many others bought the falling domino lie. You can do a web search on “oil” and “Tonkin Gulf” and see the truth. In 1978, according to an item in the Business section of the SF Chronicle, Chevron Oil opened…"
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion And Now, for Something Totally New in Televangelism - Televangelist pastor accused of forcing vasectomies and abortions on church members
"I agree. "
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"Yes!!!! "
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
"The more dogmatic the comment, the less certain the commenter. A mathematics professor put me onto that truth when she told her class "It follows immediately that...." translates to "It took me a long time to prove that...." "
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion What are u listening to?
"Thanks, Idaho."
Thursday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion What are u listening to?
"Sometimes I listen to my tinnitus."
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Pat's discussion They Hate Us Even Outside The Bible Belt
""Touche," Asa, if the contagious ebola GC spoke of and the non-contagious gunshot injuries Dr. Murthy spoke of are comparable health issues because they both result in hospital admissions. If hospital admissions be the criterion, the list…"
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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 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..... 

At 7:58am on August 11, 2014, Bertold Brautigan said…

I know what you mean about how the responses can make you sad. It's disconcerting to see how many people are so wrapped up around utter bullshit. I also wonder why they're so afraid of anyone questioning what they believe that they have to deny that we even exist. Their "argument" that it "takes more faith" to believe in the big bang or evolution than it does to believe in Jesus, THEREFORE there are no true atheists is just pathetic. It's not all, "Oh these poor victims of bad programming" though. I'm reading a pretty disturbing book titled Religious Right - the Greatest Threat to Democracy by A.F. Alexander. There are tons of unscrupulous people out there raising billions of dollars and stealthily plotting to install old testament law that wouldn't be all that different from sharia law. If we don't collectively watch it, the dark ages could be back with a vengeance.

At 12:37am on August 11, 2014, Chris G said…

Hi Tom,

I didn't know "Hi. You perhaps know of the Vallejo Navy League's raising money to make the Iowa a museum. They didn't succeed and the ship went to SoCal.

I'm all for making ship monuments where their history can be told about the vessile and war.

It's a shame that Vallejo didn't aggressively persuade the museum. I don't know what's wrong with Vallejo and it's terrible handling of Mare Island.

Chris

At 8:41am on May 18, 2014, Richard Goscicki said…

Thanks, Tom.  About Nappy, I know I'm a controversial writer with views not everyone agrees with.  I take it all with a grain a salt.  We need a thick skin since we're the minority.  

At 10:56am on July 28, 2013, William Grant said…

Hi Tom,.. I am having a blast with Joseph Who?,.... Need some readers !!!!  Nice to know you !

At 7:18am on May 23, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Yeah Tom, I admit to laughing at Foxworthy's spot on humor. I could learn from that way of "attacking" the other side. 

At 8:20pm on May 3, 2013, franky said…
hi tom!
At 8:34am on April 23, 2013, Madhukar Kulkarni said…

Hello Tom,

What a pleasant surprise! Glad to be your friend.

At 7:40am on March 8, 2013, Randall Smith said…
You actually lived through the depression years! I've learned many things on how NOT to act from my father, but lessons on money isn't one of them. (if that makes sense)
 
 
 

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