"I've read them all, in order, plus all of his non-Diskworld books. The Watch books are the most interesting setting/cluster-of-characters in the series, in my opinion.
I particularly recommend Small Gods, too. It's my favorite…"
"There's a big difference between blowing up a planet and imploding it into a black hole. Yeah, totally different plot device ...
What I want to know is who thought it was a good idea to have a ship with a freaking 5' diameter sphere…"
"Technically, he could have moved a piece to block the check, allowing a piece that had previously been blocked by the piece he moved to put the other king into check and mate. In reality, that's very unlikely in normal chess, in a game…"
"Yeah, I really enjoy games like the Grand Theft Auto series. There are lots of gay jokes, but they're usually not really anti-gay jokes, mostly just mocking our culture's recent fascination with gay people. Florian Kravic is…"
"I'm not for full-on political correctness, necessarily. Orson Scott Card just tends to be one of the more flagrant examples for which a little cleanup is necessary, because ... well, he's a bigoted asshole."
"You think they might have fixed the dynamic, putting in more than just the token Petra? Just because Orson Scott Card is a sexist, homophobic bigot is no reason to maintain his skewed worldview in the movie.
The change to Major Gwen Anderson…"
"Also, if you're not messing around with a network, you don't need to know what DHCP, DNS, and IP addresses are. Even when you're working with the stuff, you don't need to know what the acronym actually stands for, just what…"
Hey. Thanks for the welcome. The people in my town and my own family can be extremely hostile and almost like a pack of wild dogs jumping on a rabbit when it comes to their religion. I've challenged some of the things they have said, but I've never "outted" myself. It's so strange, everyone just assumes that everyone in this town in a christian. Because of this, they say the most outrageous things.
Hi! Thanks for the welcome. Being an ex-Apo is a lot of stinging regret mixed with bitter disappointment with myself. But that's a lot better than actually BEING Pentecostal. Then you're stuck with self-righteousness with a side of God staring over your shoulder waiting to set you on fire for something you're not aware is a sin yet.
I take it from your comments that my offer to "walk you through" is not appreciated? Do you think you already know everything I would say? Or that I'm so obviously wrong and it would be so easy to dismiss my comments that the effort would bore you?
That's cool - not sure you're going to like me much.
I'm sorry, in the light of what Huxley explained about his philosophy your link is absurd. If you like I will walk you through the various quotes, but not tonight it's late. If you don't think that Atheism (my comments we not intended to reflect all atheist) doesn't speak in terms of certainties, on subjects like, life after death, I think we should try a poll and see what others think.
Regarding Einstein, I've been at this for 30+ years, I don't think you have anything I haven't seen - I know of quotes where Einstein says he is Agnostic, where he is NOT Atheist, where he mocks Atheist but I would like to see where he supports Atheist.
Your statement "If someone asks you if you believe in a god, and you can't say, "Yes," then you're an atheist." Is why Einstein said he believed in the God of Spinoza, Again if you want me to walk you through that, I'm willing. That shit gets deep!
Hey, thanks for the link and suggestions. Much appreciated. I hadn't thought to search "secular" for some reason. I kept searching atheist and finding things that say atheists can't recover. Ugh. Religious people do not get it. It's so crazy how so many people can be so delirious with finding god that rational thought is completely out of reach. I'm really glad I joined Atheist Nexus, now, if for no other reason than having you see my new profile and reach out. Thanks, man.
Hey, you asked about the IV addiction...heroin and cocaine. Which I am terribly naive...and everything I'm finding for NA/AA/12 Step stuff is...all god based. There's a chapter in the big AA book called We the Agnostics and I thought, 'Oh, good. Sounds promising.' It's not helpful. It basically says you have to agree to accept a higher power or you're doomed to never recover. Tha fuck? Anyway, if you have some insight...