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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

Tags: health, recovery, surviving, Catholic, education

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion What are u listening to?
"Thanks, Idaho."
14 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion What are u listening to?
"Sometimes I listen to my tinnitus."
yesterday
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…"
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Pat's discussion They Hate Us Even Outside The Bible Belt
"Hi back, k. I'm having fun. A historian named Heather Cox Richardson was on CSPAN last week talking about her history of the Repub Party. I ordered a free sample for my kindle reader, liked her story and bought the ebook version. My mom had…"
Monday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Pat's discussion They Hate Us Even Outside The Bible Belt
"GC, I agree that bullets entering bodies are not healthy but I'm wondering how you link the NRA to health issues. "
Monday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Pat's discussion They Hate Us Even Outside The Bible Belt
"The Koch brothers and their billionaire allies have persuaded Republican legislators, known for their ability to think clearly, that reducing the number of Obama voters reduces the amount of voter fraud. Hi, k. "
Sunday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Ebola: much worse ahead in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Which models? Worst case? Best case? Most likely case? Am I impassive? No, Ruth. I'm also not panicked. Whatever an "Ebola future" is, I don't picture myself in it. My family? More than a half century ago, for reasons not related…"
Sunday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Ebola: much worse ahead in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"So what? The world IS SERIOUSLY overpopulated. Unless something intervenes, there will soon be twelve billions of us. "
Sunday
Tom Sarbeck commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"I look forward to the good old days when it was never brought up. Forward to the past? Whichever way you go to get there, it was never brought up because we didn't exist. Except in the 1800 Adam/Jefferson contest. J was called…"
Sunday
Tom Sarbeck commented on sacha's group No Nonsense
"In Seneca's sense that rulers use religion, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan are doing what's politically useful. "
Saturday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's blog post God is irrelevant
"Thanks, Joan. The RC god had been so awful that survival required me to dump it. After I dumped it only masochism would have brought it back. I had to work at dumping the authoritarian must do this and cannot do that language I had learned.…"
Saturday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's blog post God is irrelevant
"Will I get in trouble for saying, "For an irrelevancy, he/she/it gets a lot of mentions here.""
Oct 17
Tom Sarbeck replied to L. Alcorn's discussion Early Christianity
"In a Catholic school's 6th grade, other kids teased me with the name Doubting Thomas. In 11th grade I heard a nun say that doubting one's faith is a mortal sin and wondered how people can learn without doubting. I had already decided that…"
Oct 16
Tom Sarbeck replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion How can people be good without god?
"Yeah. The Church takes people who need therapy and gives them roomsful of children. That's rotten to the core. "
Oct 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion How can people be good without god?
"Joan, I agree wholeheartedly I also remember, from my years in Catholic schools, being told that circumstances in this life are unimportant because this life is but preparation for a future life. Kids don't know the luxury enjoyed by those in…"
Oct 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion How can people be good without god?
"Yeah, religion is a behavior control system and a wealth redistribution system. Just like politics. Keeping them separate is kind of cruel to Republicans, isn't it? "
Oct 13

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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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