Idaho Spud
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Loren Miller replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Predictions in Science Fiction movies in the group Atheist Cinema
"I was a big lover of old 50s science-fiction movies, and while I have a lot of respect for Forbidden Planet, the one which tops my list has to be The Day the Earth Stood Still.  I first saw it on NBC's Saturday Night at the Movies,…"
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Bertold Brautigan replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Predictions in Science Fiction movies in the group Atheist Cinema
"As a kid I was absolutely hooked on all the cheesy scifi films of the 50s. I've always thought Forbidden Planet was by far the most profound one of them all. What struck me was mainly the Freudian and Jungian elements of the plot, in particular…"
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Bertold Brautigan replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Predictions in Science Fiction movies in the group Atheist Cinema
"Funny you should mention Theobald, Loren. He was a fascinating guy. I met him a couple of times through a college bud who collaborated with him on a few things. I loved his concept of sapiential authority as opposed to structural authority. (It…"
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Idaho Spud commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Food!
"Those eggs at the top of the page  look delicious!"
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Loren Miller replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Predictions in Science Fiction movies in the group Atheist Cinema
"As it comes to science-fiction predictions, two that they missed I still think are enormous: personal computing, and along with it, the internet.  There were two who came close: Robert Heinlein in his novel, Friday, and Robert Theobald's…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Predictions in Science Fiction movies in the group Atheist Cinema
"I wasn't a big fan of Dick Tracy, but I do remember the 2-Way Wrist Radio, and wishing I had one.  I had the desire to own every new piece of technology that I saw, real or made-up. Chester Gould, the creator of Dick Tracy, also predicted…"
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Joan Denoo replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Predictions in Science Fiction movies in the group Atheist Cinema
"This is an interesting idea, Spud. I don't like to watch movies so I have nothing to contribute. However, I will anyway! The comic character, Dick Tracy had  2-Way Wrist Radio on January 13, 1946. ~ Garyn G. Roberts, Dick…"
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Predictions in Science Fiction movies

I just watched the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet" for the 11th time. I think this is the first time that I noticed it's predictions of the dates of accomplishments were in the opposite direction of most Science Fiction movie predictions that I've seen.Most predictions are off by being optimistic. That is, by predicting events much sooner than they happen in real life. I do this also. I'm usually too optimistic in predicting when mankind will accomplish new things in science and…See More
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Idaho Spud commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
""Good, or bad, the not knowing drives me nuts, ruins my sleep, & I can't think of anything else other than something is wrong." I can relate Qiana.  I'm the same.  I would tell my doctor how it affects me, and ask…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Humanism out, Dataism in
"Joseph Smith, the founder of the religion I was indoctrinated in, said "I'm like Mohammad.  He said it's either the Koran or the sword.  I say it's either Mormonism or the sword." I don't think that's an…"
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Idaho Spud replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Humanism out, Dataism in
"Compelled unbeliever, I like your reasoning about reason."
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About Me:
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.

I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.

As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.

I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55. (On August 5, 2014 I became 73).

That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.

That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.

That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.

My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.

I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.

I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.

Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.

I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.

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At 4:28pm on May 25, 2015, Carrie said…
Luckily I live very far from most of my family so it's not that much of a bother. I have one acquaintance who insists that the coincidences that happen in my life must make me question the existence of "god". She doesn't accept that it does not, that is most annoying. She attempts to play on my losses to lead me back to the flock. It does the exact opposite. We would be so much nicer if religion was not part of the picture, if people would accept this is all we have...
At 3:25pm on May 25, 2015, Carrie said…
My family chooses to ignore that I'm an atheist. Except for my grown children, who are atheists, everyone is still trying to "save" me.
At 1:25pm on May 25, 2015, Carrie said…
Thank you for the welcome, it's kind of like finding home, isn't it?
At 4:32pm on March 4, 2015, Steph S. said…

Hello Spud and no problem I understand. Having a pet is a big responsibility. I wish you the best. I hope you are doing well. It is very nice to hear from you.

At 11:30am on February 4, 2015, Joan Denoo said…

Thank you Spud. Yes. and I join in the positive ck mark on this one. 

At 12:04pm on October 22, 2014, Loren Miller said…
Only friends can exchange email messages inside Atheist Nexus. If you remove the person you're having a problem with as a friend, it will disallow emails. There is also a hot link for blocking messages on each user's profile page.

Try one or the other, and let me know how you do.
At 5:07pm on May 5, 2014, king said…
Ok spud from what I can tell you have a rock elm problem I might be wrong if so let me know please
At 8:44pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

not ment as a joke

At 8:40pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

what do you grow in idaho

At 8:27pm on April 30, 2014, king said…

gardner right?

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