I sure hope so since this is how I identify myself. At the risk of getting kicked out of the Atheist club, let me elaborate.

While my attempts as a child to believe in God like a good little citizen failed, my exposure to living science, quantum physics, seeing the universe and all that is in it as a whole lot of life-in-action, stuck with me. As I grew up and began to explore my world from the angle of all things being made up of the same 'stuff,' the known and even greater unknown interconnectedness and energy within this 'stuff' and thusly the interconnectedness and common DNA between you, me, my cat, my snake, a tree, a rock, the wind, an asteroid, a star, carried with it a lot more reason and beauty than “God did it.”

At the same time, I have learned indirectly on my own and directly from other sources a fair amount of meditation and self-control-through-the-mind techniques. Dealing with chronic pain, dealing with a weird but needed-to-be-dealt-with phobia, finding my own greater strength in martial arts. All of this involves a degree of grasping control in our own selves over things we and even the scientific community have yet to fully understand or define. An athlete mentally prepares and gets in the zone before the big game; visualizes the goal line, visualizes him/herself in top physical form. Is that supernatural hoodoo?

Likewise, while quantum physics, atomic energy and Unified Field Theory make perfect sense to me, they make for boring visuals when I'm trying to 'get in the zone.' I don't know what atomic particles look like. But, the image of Halle Berry in the first X-Men, vanquishing my inner demons much like she vanquished Toad, makes for a cool visual that my brain can definitely latch onto.

This is where practices of Paganism and even methods of Witchcraft come in handy for me. E.g.; I really need to be able to go to Dad's funeral without my sister driving me to insanity. So I find some quiet time, burn some sage or incense, create my sacred space, and envision a psychic shield around myself which my sister can not penetrate with her well-meaning but insanity-provoking behavior.

Do I literally think the sage/incense have mystical powers in and of themselves? Not really. They are pleasant aromas and ones both my conscious and subconscious mind have come to associate with relaxation and getting rid of the worries of the day. Plus, they carry a historical, traditional role in getting rid of the worries of the day, a fact which stimulates other parts of the psyche. Do I literally think I have created a magical, sacred space around me that looks like a light show out of a Disney cartoon? Not really. But what I have done is found a quiet place and filled it with pleasant light and smells; an act psychologically proven to enhance focus and concentration. Do I literally think I have created a physical, psychic force field? Not so much in the literal sense but what I am doing psychologically is tapping in to parts of the brain that I and modern science have yet to fully understand in order to try and make myself less-driven-insane by my sister when the time comes.

In other words, yes – there are bona-fide crystal crunching new agers out there who have replaced 'Jesus' with 'Goddess,' but otherwise little has changed. They literally believe in fairies and tree spirits and angels and that they are Princess-whomever reincarnated into the saps they are now.

But then there are some of the practices themselves: Respect for nature. Envisioning the tree as a living organism. Picturing the planet in terms of a collective, living organism. Wrapping one's mind around the concept that both I and the rock I'm sitting on are ultimately made up of the same 'stuff' (protons, neutrons, electrons). Envisioning the Unified Field and interconnectedness of the cosmos, attempting to tap into the coolness of that interconnectedness to somehow improve my own state of mind, awareness of the space around me, or athletic performance so I can win the game today. I've met many a Pagan/Wiccan who holds this point of view; that they don't believe in most of it literally, but rather as a psychological exercise that works well for them scientifically.

So, does that get me kicked out of the Atheist club? Or can one dance naked under the Full Moon or welcome the Summer Solstice from a purely beauty-in-science point of view?

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I did not know that about McDonalds in your country. :(

A few years ago in a small, historically significant town in southern Mexico, a McDonalds franchise owner wanted to build a store---right in the middle of an ancient Mayan Indian street where tourists passed by in great numbers. But, a coalition of town residents activated the other townspeople, against the neoliberal mayor and business owners association, and the McDonalds project was stopped. That could never happen in the U.S., too many Americans don't want to understand environmental and political activism if it threatens their cheeseburgers---part of this thread is evidence of that tragic attitude.
Couldn't it? Montpelier, Vermont still is McDonald's free.

Part of this thread is evidence of assumptions. Just because people aren't posting their activist resume here doesn't mean they don't give a damn.
Sydni, why don't you stop patronizing everyone else who doesn't march in lockstep with you, or that you assume doesn't share your ethos. You come off as a self-righteous twit.

If you want to have a "Who is more environmentally correct" throw-down, go for it. Let's see what you do other than copy-and-paste articles and videos all over the website, and insinuate that people who don't agree with you are not atheist enough, not environmentally minded enough, etc...

P.S. You spelled my name wrong.
Somebody get some plastic sheets and some jello.
Why felch, are you and some of the other boys you dicksize with going to have naked jello wrestling?

Admittedly felch, that is too funny.
I do more than I'm going to list here as I fear I'm already too wordy. Suffice to say that in the overall sense, I'm happy to get into a pissing contest about who leaves the smallest carbon footprint. My piss stream has a pretty long reach.

So happens that once I get done with the almost zero electricity I consume, the way-less gas, the way-less water and zero consumption means of heating it, 'tis true that omnivore vs. veganism is not my biggest area of super-reduction. This is largely for reason of logistics.
Admittedly felch, that is too funny.

Oh sure Mary, side with a muppet against the Sisterhood.
Hey, I call funny like I see it ... no matter who the joke is directed at.

Sydni, all for protecting the planet , clean air, all that great stuff. Chain myself to a tree and 75% of the people I need to convince just tuned me out.
Now how exactly do you recommend we feed our populations, where is the energy to power our technology ( which i will not give up) going to come from in the short term. I believe we will figure out how to tap the sun our greatest resource someday , till then we are not going back to horse and buggies.
And as much as I love my home world its fate is sealed. It will be cooked to a cinder destroyed utterly. We need to spend more passion on pushing the technology and the ambition to get off this rock and out into the cosmos.
Sydni: Our oceans are filled with plastics, that don't decompose

This threat CANNOT be underestimated -



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