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At 1:01pm on October 11, 2013, Ross Guthrie said…
Thank you!
At 6:21am on October 10, 2013, Peter Martin Page said…

Thank you Dr. Meaden,

I am glad to be part of a site that discusses Atheism. I am a retired teacher, motorcycle mechanic and lifelong Philosophy student. I have never believed in religion, or for that matter any ideology. As a Philosophy student I have been more interested in epistemology than any set of beliefs. I identify freedom of thought with the discipline of not indulging in the impulse to indulge in idealism and making a conscious effort to employ empiricism.

As a motorcycle mechanic, I experienced an epistemological metamorphosis. I realized projecting onto the world how I thought the world should be was futile since the universe was a material thing and no more capable of understanding ideas that a stone. If I wanted to be a successful mechanic I had to learn to use measuring tools and become empirical. The only way to understand the the universe was through observation.

I was also attending university and found my desire to live empirically out of step with the many ideologies that were popular on campus. I wasn't interested in political or social ideals any more than I was interested in religious ideals. For me, Atheism is part of empiricism. It is more abstract and fundamental than a different set of ideal; it is a difference of epistemology.

This has made me feel somewhat isolated in a society where most people identify with a religious, political or social ideology. The philosophers I can identify with are the Encyclopedists. Diderot spent about a quarter of a century gathering knowledge and became a connoisseur of knowledge. He went through the epistemological metamorphosis I mentioned. Unfortunately his contemporary, Rousseau, had much more influence, since most people could relate to his ideals of Romantic Primitivism.

I increasingly meet other non believers and am glad to see increasing discussion about the nature of Atheism. I hope the spread of the epistemological metamorphosis brings about an era of increased intellectual freedom and awareness.

At 9:26pm on October 7, 2013, Naiomi O'Sullivan said…

Here's to.looking at reality.May the road rise to meet us, without the crap of religion getting stuck to our feet.

At 6:26pm on October 7, 2013, Paul Memoli said…

Dr Meaden, for the past month my wife and I have been very ill, she moreso than me. This past Wednesday I had to drive her to the local hospital emergency room. She was hallucinating up until yesterday, and the cause seems to be some greenish black mold that oozed from behind the hot and cold water handles in our bathtub.

For my part I have been experiencing extremely vivid dreams in which my father, who died 3 years ago, is back with the family. These have been full multimedia dreams much more vivid than I have ever experienced. It seems that I too have been poisoned by the mold in the bathwater.

The symptoms also included fever, chills lethargy etc. Now that we understand the reason for all this we are taking means to correct it, I will be sorry to see my dad go back into the Void but I will be able to take a more active role in this forum.

At 6:50am on October 7, 2013, Vivien E. Zazzau said…

Thank you, Terry! I can't remember the last time an invitation has seemed so... inviting! Truly, this feels like home! In fact, I'm off to join your group now!

Warmest regards,

Vivien

At 11:06pm on October 4, 2013, Don Gaddis said…

Thank you Terry for the warm welcome. *BIG HUG* Also, please forgive me for taking so long to respond.  I'm looking forward to interacting with others here and perhaps making some friends.  I've lived in the Bible Belt all of my life, so I could use some sanity!  Much warmth and kindness to you and your loved ones.

At 11:53pm on October 3, 2013, Eric Lawson said…

No Idea What I am resonding to I thoutht it was to some doctors email that was sent to me???? What a nightmare and a general Pain I the ass!!! I have a bvery busy Day tomorrow would like the powers to make my Journey into the FREE THINKERS To Be Much Easier for Me!!!!!!

 

At 12:10am on October 3, 2013, Karyn Taylor said…

Thank you for your welcome

At 9:19pm on September 30, 2013, Hobbesian said…

Hello, Terry. Thank you for that warm welcome. I hope to meet and chat with many more fellow atheists like you. Best wishes.

At 4:59pm on September 28, 2013, Maya said…

thank you for the welcome.  it'll just be nice to be somewhere i don't have to delete xtianity off my page every 3 seconds.  lol

 

At 8:33am on September 28, 2013, Tyler Dove said…

Thanks for the kind welcome.  I am excited to discover this site and it's people that I can relate to. 

At 1:57am on September 24, 2013, Wilson Peralta said…

Thank you for welcoming and inviting me to join the interaction, Dr. Meaden. I hope I could fast track the tempo.

At 1:35pm on September 23, 2013, iiskimo phenix said…

thank you very much . how it work here ?

At 5:10pm on September 20, 2013, Emily Henderson said…

Hello Dr. Terence,

Thanks for the welcome-must be nice to live in the UK-but I guess we all need to "be the change" we wish to see in the world-so it is Texas for me-maybe we can get something going in the realm of freethought in the "hill country."

At 3:12pm on September 20, 2013, John Browning said…

Thank you Dr. Meaden. I may be a bit slow to participate but I will participate. Looking forward to establishing connections.

At 11:57am on September 17, 2013, Reg MM said…

Thanks for the kind welcome! I have a feeling I'm going to like this place.

At 2:08pm on September 15, 2013, Robin Romano said…

Thank you for the welcome!

At 2:23pm on September 11, 2013, Lisa Shaddix said…

Thank you for the welcome! I am happy to have found this place, feels like *home* already.

At 2:16pm on September 11, 2013, thomas winfield mckay said…

Dr. Terence, Wow, 4 A.M. I wish I could do that. Oh I do, I get up an average of four times a night. When I do, I usually read something interesting...again. Last night it was half a chapter of Greg Griffin's Anarchy Revolution. Have a happy

At 10:16pm on September 10, 2013, Nick Sutherland said…

Thanks for the invite Terry.

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