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Paradox of Free Speech

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Aug 6, 2016. 29 Replies

Free speech is essential for protecting one's ability in society to question beliefs and to advance social progress. Freedom of speech for the sake of freedom of speech allows people to rigidly keep…Continue

Book Dropping

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Jun 21, 2016. 9 Replies

What if instead of exclusively dropping bombs in the Middle East, we dropped books? Not just any book, but books filled with dangerous ideas that challenge the revealed religion of their people. We…Continue

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Bathroom Controversy

Started this discussion. Last reply by James May 22, 2016. 12 Replies

I've been thinking a lot about freedom, privacy, and "the bathroom controversy" and was trying to think of a new way of looking at the controversy to see if there is a creative solution to the…Continue

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James replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Tony Heller/Steve Goddard Climate Denier on Hypertribalism in the group No Nonsense
""Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ " Isaac Asimov"
Sep 12, 2016
James commented on Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post The 10 biological imperatives of life, including Homo sapiens
"Thank you, I really enjoyed this post.  What I find interesting is that we really don't know what a "normal" lifespan actually is, not even for our species. We are constantly redefining what it means as we go along in this as old…"
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James replied to Loren Miller's discussion David Silverman – Fighting God & Firebrand Atheism
"Well said. Why can't people just help each other out anyways without religion? They are technically doing it already without the help of a deity. They just don't realize it. "
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"I just bought my first electric lawn mower and think it is pretty cool. I like the technology. It runs on 2 40v Li batteries and has 2 smaller blades. It is rather quiet and I don't smell like gasoline after mowing the lawn. "
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The "CLIMATE CONCERNS" group is dedicated to discussion regarding the topic of the ever present and serious issue of changes to our climate due to the introduction into the atmosphere of human induced effects which prove harmful to the environment and which eventually may prove destructive to our planet. See More
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James replied to Loren Miller's discussion David Silverman – Fighting God & Firebrand Atheism
"Today, I had the opportunity to assert my humanism on my doorstep, when a Christian tried to appeal to a presumed vulnerability. "With all that is going on in the world, don't you feel you need help in dealing with it all?" Religion…"
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At 12:05pm on August 25, 2016, Daniel W said…
I remember driving around the fingerlakes and vineyards and buying fresh grapes there. Lots of fun.

It was also cool getting TV stations from Toronto. I was always going to visit Toronto but never did.
At 9:58am on August 23, 2016, Daniel W said…
srry for delayed response.
Yes, it was Kodak!
I left when my division was going to be moved to East Tennessee. It was the Eastman Chemical Division. They moved them there then closed down the division a few years later.
Rochester is a nice town.
i loved the mild climate and nature around there. Lot if snow but not midwest bitter cold or sweltering heat.
At 8:05pm on August 21, 2016, Daniel W said…

James, welcome back!

I lived in Rochester in the 70s.   Guess who I worked for.... :-)

At 7:26pm on June 27, 2015, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 6:52am on June 19, 2015, Randall Smith said…

Hey, James. Welcome to A/N. Enjoy the show.

At 4:03am on June 19, 2015, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello James     

It's good to have you with us. Make yourself at home. Welcome to this friendly Internet community of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking evidence-based wisdom. 

We invite you to visit and join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 1000 discussion topics and 4180 members.


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Dear Jesus

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 3:17pm 6 Comments

Dear Jesus,

When are you coming back for your sequel? Part one was really good! You know what they say: Sequels suck! The truth is, they usually do. But of course they would suck, without "Jesus Christ Superstar". Can you tell me at least some of the plot? I can hardly wait for the End of Days myself. I heard that you are going to raise every true believer from the dead! That would be so cool and kind of gross at the same time! Is everyone going to look their old selves or…


Human Life

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 9:49am 2 Comments

In this world of craziness and of living contradictions one has to wonder if the plurality of our experiences will ever lead down to a path of monistic truth in the centuries to come. The “science” of our political limbs leave out our heads and evades the science of the whole organism and the ecology of human organisms. There is no one correct way to exist, but there are correct ways to peacefully coexist. Even if we are subconsciously driven by our desire to live, and our pro-social,…


Crossroads: Thoughts and Impressions

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 11:39am 1 Comment

We are all born in ignorance and initially live by our impressions of the world around us; ones that are influenced by our sense perceptions and the ideas that are circulating in the culture we are immersed in.  Our world at first is dimly lit and we exist as our thoughts, feelings, impressions, and perceptions. We could live our entire lives in this state of subjectivity, never knowing anything but this. We could live and die in this darkness.

It is the bad ideas, ones that are not…


Thoughts on Freedom

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 5:00am 4 Comments

One of the most liberating ideas, which is now strongly supported by science, is that we are made up entirely of atoms and that we make up the gods. These ideas precede Christianity and are liberating because it makes revealed knowledge impossible. The only way we can build knowledge is through hard work, study, science, debates, criticism, and just plain rationality; there is no easy way. One cannot just simply sit in the desert, suffer from dehydration and see visions of "The Truth" and…



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