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At 10:22am on February 18, 2009, Robyn said…
Thanks for the welcome!
At 5:30pm on February 16, 2009, Lillith said…
Thanks for the welcome. Thanks for the advice on groups. I've joined two and am looking around for others. Origins sounds like the place to be on days when my mind decides to fire full speed ahead.

Thanks again. :)
At 5:03pm on February 16, 2009, Orvo Luoto said…
Hi, and thank you for the welcome.
I had to choose 60+, though I would qualify for 70+, even 74.
I am interested in your group, yes. But my own contribution would be very modest.
At 2:47pm on February 16, 2009, Hank Fox said…
Terry:

Thanks for the welcome! You may not see me here much, I'm so busy with other endeavors, but I love it that this group exists.

A few days ago I was thinking about a subject you touch on in your bio ...

"Disbelief is the only solution to the religious paradox. Unfortunately, many men and women are not rational enough to understand — they will not listen. Years of indoctrination have seen to that. Each shelters with friends and relatives inside their cocoon of belief, and close all ears to what is impregnable criticism."

... and was considering the MECHANISM by which this takes place. I had some thoughts I've never read anywhere else, and I wrote about it on my blog – if you're interested, it's at www.HankFox.com .

Mostly, I've been offended that these people are so stupid as to not listen to countervailing views on religion, but now that I've realized there's a neurological basis for it, I don't get quite as offended. I still get angry about it, but I don't blame them as much and assume they're making a conscious choice not to listen.

I think I've figured out that it's not "they WILL not listen," it's "they CAN not listen." They're neurologically impacted, handicapped, and have no choice about it.

Thinking about it in this way makes me think recovery is possible for many. The atheist/secular communities have to find the tools to begin to make this happen.

I'm wondering what sort of results we might get by thinking of godders (my pet name for religious people) not as "them," but as "us ... with problems."

Of course, while we’re doing this, we shouldn’t forget that they hugely outnumber us, and might still – ha-ha – rise up in their demented religious wrath and kill us all.
At 12:00pm on February 16, 2009, Thayse Matsumoto said…
Thank you. I'm glad to be here.
At 12:15am on February 16, 2009, Sufian Ahmad said…
Thanks for the welcome! I hope I get my fellow jordanians to gather up!
At 4:13pm on February 15, 2009, Casey Wollberg said…
Thank you, professor. Good to be here.
At 2:22am on February 15, 2009, Jason said…
Thanks so much for the welcome, I offer you my greetings from Australia!

I look forward to making many new friends and learning from them here.

I can only dream of going to Oxford one day, like you obviously have done so well.
At 9:39pm on February 14, 2009, Herk said…
Thanks for the welcome. I see I missed the "age group" question. Corrected.
At 5:55pm on February 14, 2009, DeafAtheist said…
Thanks for the welcome. I'm looking forward to being a part of this site and meeting other rational thinkers.
At 5:05pm on February 14, 2009, mojo5501 said…
Thank you for the welcome. I'm looking forward to the discussions and viewpoints on this site.
At 4:48pm on February 14, 2009, DeusExNihilum said…
Thank you for your kind welcome, i am in no doubt that i will enjoy this site :)
At 1:11pm on February 14, 2009, Joe GK said…
Thanks for the welcome.
At 11:31am on February 14, 2009, Todd said…
Thanks for the nice welcome :)
At 11:03am on February 14, 2009, Dimitri Zachos said…
Thank you for the welcome. I look forward to reading some of your works.
At 9:28am on February 14, 2009, cj the cynic said…
Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to rational discussion.
At 9:50pm on February 13, 2009, Danielle Bandeira said…
Thanks for the welcome. =)
At 8:16pm on February 13, 2009, Mitchell DeMoray said…
Thank you! You're page is very informative and for your hard work I am appreciative!!!
At 3:57pm on February 13, 2009, Jay A Small said…
Thanks for the welcome. I do so appreciate those who will not disavow reason and evidence for mere wishful thinking.
At 1:36pm on February 13, 2009, Somnath Kundu said…
Thanks a lot for the nice welcome. I have been an Atheist for most of my life. I also was researching the idea of "Atheism and Rationalism in ancient India" for long time. To my surprise, Hindu Culture (wrongly known as a religion or faith" had a very rich "Atheist" school of thoughts from the inception. It is an interesting subject, which not many Indians know about it. It looks like you enjoy this subject. That's why I metioned it.

Somnath

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