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Freethought Missionary

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 7:34pm 3 Comments

Like a pastor or missionary, I have the awesome joy of calling time spent socialising 'organising work'... if only I got paid for it. I started the day with a long bike ride with a fellow freethinker discussing among others things our visions for the group. Then I went to Just For Him, joining Daniel and other freethinkers for conversation and atmosphere. Both of these 'outreach' activities will become regular features of my Sundays. Afterwards, I found new inventive ways to look for local… Continue

The Atheist Way

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

Oh, I just don't feel like writing a review now, but I enjoyed the book, and the author was interviewed on the Atheist Talk. I really like the discussion of how to choose your own meaning. I guess I am an existentialist and just never knew the word really applied me. Sortoflike the way I learned I was an atheist and then a sceptic and then a humanist and so forth. Here is a huge segway. During my college years, I was telling a girlfriend's father that I really liked Isaac Asimov. He said,… Continue

THE CANON A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

Posted on February 21, 2009 at 3:04am 1 Comment

I just started reading The Canon and it is very pleasant. (I haven't purchased it, I do most of my reading at Borders in the somewhat comfy chairs.) You can tell the writer is a writer who likes science as opposed to a scientist who happens to be writing a book. It's something about the imagery heavy sentences. Angier’s very engaging but sometimes there is way too much "distracting wordplay". I'm about a third of the way through. So far I have read an argument for why everyone should keep up… Continue

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At 6:31pm on September 14, 2009, Little Name Atheist said…
At 4:00pm on July 17, 2009, Mriana said…
OK Don't know who else could give me a ride and if no one, maybe next time. The economy needs to let up so people can get on their feet again and when that happens, I'm going to get me a car again. lol
At 5:08pm on May 30, 2009, Corey Garrison said…
yeah Barbara told me about it, i might be moving up to Springfield soon so i get a chance ill come hang out :D
At 1:16am on May 28, 2009, Tiberius said…
Hey Jonathan: This is Barbara. Just wanted to let you know that Corey Garrison is one of my students. He'll probably come to one of our meetups. He's a really good guy, you'll like him :)
At 10:59am on March 17, 2009, JT Eberhard said…
Hello sir. I scarcely ever use this thing (I know, I should). Your group sounds pretty swell and I'd definitely be in. Just toss me an e-mail at and hit me with the details.


At 6:37pm on March 14, 2009, Celtix1234 said…
I know what you mean! I have MySpace (2 separate accounts), Facebook, Meetup, Nexus, an INFP group, and 5 email accounts. Sometimes it's like I live several different lives, some of which I don't dare get mixed up. It gets confusing!
At 11:50pm on March 1, 2009, Greg Lammers said…
It was great to meet you too. I will be in Springfield regularly, feel free to give me a yell anytime!
At 10:11am on February 28, 2009, Brian Cain said…
I am glad to be a member. I look forward to tomorrow.
At 3:59pm on February 24, 2009, Greg Lammers said…
Hi Jonathan. I am planning on being in Joplin and Springfield this weekend to meet up with as many Atheists as I can. I am meeting with a group in Joplin at 11:00 AM on Sunday and am trying to get a meetup scheduled for 3:00 PM Sunday in Springfield. There is a Springfield meetup group at which you may want to check out.

I have been tracking House Bill 656. At this time the bill has not made it to a committee, is not scheduled for a hearing, and isn't on a calendar. But we do need to tell as many people as we can about it and keep an eye on it. If it does go to committee we will want to make some noise. I will post a bit about the Bill on the MO Atheists group forum this evening.

I would love to meet you this weekend and I will keep you updated on what's happening in Springfield.
At 10:58am on February 21, 2009, Richard Healy said…
That's sad. (cool about Africa!) but I mean the limits placed on what you could learn.

I never had any of that kind of pressure in my house growing up. I was always being taken to science museums to play with fossils or learning about space and stars. Mum may be a quasi creationist (she thinks the antrhopic principle of how "perfect" the world is for life is a reason for thinking there's a god. She's despairing of the Answers in Genesis brigade and young earth creationists. When I tell her about them she rolls her eyes and says they've missed the point. Genesis isnt supposed to be taken literally. She doesn't seem to spot the contradiction in how can one decide that a big boat full of animals is a metaphor, but bloke walking out of his tomb after threes days REALLY HAPPENED.

I'm presently unemployed and my career is going nowhere and oh joy were in a recession. I'm tempted to and retrain in science. I wish I could but at touching 30 going back to school - again... tempting but no.



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