I graduated from Dal many years ago with a BA, BEd. I spent my working life with pre-teen children and I can honestly say I could not have chosen a better profession for me. While my conversion to atheism occurred in my late teens, it has only been in the last ten years that I have openly espoused my absence of a belief in a deity.
The origin:¨"Everything begins by chance and follows by need"Heraclitus.Te random beginning of the Universe was the Big-Bang, and life followed by need of organizing atoms.The theory of evolution has proved true by the study of the Human Genoma in which 95% of our genes are chimpance´s genes.
Thanks for the welcome. I often feel very lonely out here in the world where non-belief is usually seen as an indication of moral turpitude. It is going to be great to know that I have the ability to speak with other like-minded people. I have tended to be a lurker on other groups I have joined online, but maybe this one will be different.
The Catholic Church produces poverty and suffering by the rules against condom use, that cause overpopulation and AIDS.Thus, Peru is a country with 28 million inhabitants,whose 80% of people live in extreme poverty.
But the Archbishops receive each a subsidy of US$1,800 from the goverment taxpayers.I plan to show the disaster of Catholic countries,beginning with mine.You are a born freethinker and your Oxford education tell the causes of your great thoughts, Professor Meaden.
Dr. Meaden, Thank you for the welcome to AN. I have joined "Origins" and look forward to many insights. I got goosebumps last week with the news from NASA about the identification of glycine molecules from the nucleus of comet Wild-2. Life is possibly quite common in the universe - all the more reason, I think, to value our place in it without regard to religious illusion. Peace, Bud