Joseph P
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Joseph P replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Unsustainable Bitcoin in the group Geek & Nerd Haven
"This sounds ... off.  Are you sure that isn't 1.57 American households worth of electricity to mine a bitcoin?  That sounds more like reality.  The cost for just a transaction can't be anywhere near that high, or the system…"
5 hours ago
Joseph P replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Idiocracy Now in the group No Nonsense
"A never-ending pile of bullshit will often suffice, too, such as the Gish Gallop. But yeah, in an election, even if you can get together a successful lawsuit, after the fact, the judge can't award votes, which is the only thing the slanderers…"
yesterday
Joseph P replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Valerie Tarico Interviews Chris Johnson, Creator of Atheist-Themed Book and Documentary Film, A Better Life in the group Atheist News
"Not really worldviews.  More like modes of evaluating reality.  I've always said that skepticism is the more important component of the atheist/skeptic ‘worldview’."
Sunday
Joseph P replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Valerie Tarico Interviews Chris Johnson, Creator of Atheist-Themed Book and Documentary Film, A Better Life in the group Atheist News
"I'd heard about this quite a while back, on various atheistic blogs.  We just have to hope he can get enough mainstream media coverage for a significant number of non-atheists to pick up up."
Sunday
Joseph P replied to Steph S.'s discussion Ancestral humans had more DNA in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Sounds possible, although I don't have enough expertise to have a valid opinion on the subject.  I do know that brain matter costs a hell of a lot of calories."
Aug 28
Joseph P replied to Steph S.'s discussion Ancestral humans had more DNA in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Speaking of the original post, this proves the creationists right, doesn't it?  Mutations only cause a reduction in 'information'. ... even if they don't understand what 'information' means, within this context.…"
Aug 28
Joseph P replied to Steph S.'s discussion Ancestral humans had more DNA in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Which isn't a bad thing, if we gain efficiency."
Aug 28
Joseph P replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Researchers Supposed to Have Created Fundamentally New Type of DNA in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"This might not be a problem, if the molecules are too unlikely to form naturally.  It looks like this portion of the Wikipedia article on DNA is referring to the stuff in this article.  From the sound of that bit in the Wikipedia…"
Aug 26
Joseph P replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Researchers Supposed to Have Created Fundamentally New Type of DNA in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The same place that the instructions in CGAT DNA come from.  These will increase the possible end results of protein coding, but they'll function in more or less exactly the same way that our existing DNA does."
Aug 26
Joseph P replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Researchers Supposed to Have Created Fundamentally New Type of DNA in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Give it to Lucas.  What could possibly go wrong?"
Aug 26
Joseph P replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Researchers Supposed to Have Created Fundamentally New Type of DNA in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Are these possibly one of the early forms of DNA that might have gotten scrubbed from the organic gene pool, because they aren't as efficient or something?  My first question is why they don't occur naturally, in organisms on…"
Aug 26
Shawn L. Kramer left a comment for Joseph P
" I follow a Universal sense of dualism basically. I am of the belief that the Universe presents itself to each and every individual as they need it to. All is One basically. "
Aug 25
Joseph P replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion It Takes More Faith to Be an Atheist Than to Believe in God? in the group No Nonsense
"Believing in a god will do it, Tom.  :-P Being serious, though, I have encountered false atheists before.  Usually false ex-atheists, who have found the light of Christ.  Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel come to mind, if you want big…"
Aug 21
Joseph P replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion It Takes More Faith to Be an Atheist Than to Believe in God? in the group No Nonsense
"Skepticism is based upon that, not atheism.  I knew a few pagans who were technically atheists, but they believed in a whole lot of other woo woo bullshit.  Atheism just means you don't believe in gods. Now sure, pretty much everyone…"
Aug 21
Joseph P replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Researhers Turn Off Obesity Gene in Mice in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"One issue here is that people with a high metabolism tend to burn out faster than people with a slow metabolism.  Of course that's judging between two people of similar levels of fitness.  The health complications of obesity almost…"
Aug 20
Joseph P replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion It Takes More Faith to Be an Atheist Than to Believe in God? in the group No Nonsense
"Turek is a complete idiot.  I've heard bits of his radio show.  The guy can't even construct an appropriate analogy, when talking about religio-political issues, never mind a coherent argument."
Aug 19

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At 4:15pm on August 25, 2015, Shawn L. Kramer said…

 I follow a Universal sense of dualism basically. I am of the belief that the Universe presents itself to each and every individual as they need it to. All is One basically.

At 5:46pm on August 17, 2015, akasha dukeller said…
Why do humans have a desire and/or need to believe in god in your opinion. What have you discovered being obnoxiously curious?
At 4:58pm on August 17, 2015, akasha dukeller said…
TEE-HEE! 'Obnoxiously inquisitive'. That's great! I'm obnoxiously honest and also very curious. One of these days maybe we can find something we vehemently disagree on. I think it could be a terrific bit of fun!!
At 2:53pm on August 17, 2015, akasha dukeller said…
Fyi - I'm not trying to be pissy with you AT ALL!! I love to debate! I'll take an opposing position just to play devil's advocate. I'm just not up to it today. Maybe later?
At 2:45pm on August 17, 2015, akasha dukeller said…
Personally, I don't believe in god or gods. Or, did you want to debate? I'm ok either way. I'm not that interested in labels, to be honest.
At 10:02am on August 17, 2015, akasha dukeller said…
Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion writes that Pantheism is sexed up Atheism.
At 1:03am on July 8, 2015, eliza said…

Hi Joseph, thanks for letting me know.

At 2:20am on July 4, 2015, Stevie159 said…
I feel as though I became more self aware around three months ago, I began to notice the science in everything and started to question things that I had been told. From an early age, around six or seven I started questioning theism. I made the choice to have myself removed from scripture, presenting to my Father exactly why I didn't believe in different aspects of the Bible, and that I recognized the scare tactics they used on children, I was a very forward thinker and always appreciated honesty, I saw no honesty in their teachings. From then on I always believed in something, what would change but it's as though my brain held onto that little bit of faith to make things easier. Ghosts, souls, angels and an after life. Were all things I grew up knowing** were real. They were constantly talked about by Celtic Father, his Wiccan friends, my Mother was/is a very confused Catholic, mixing aspects of Paganism into her beliefs.
So, I understood there was definitely an afterlife, even though I didn't resonate with any religions and was a constant skeptic, I still for some reason never occurred to me to really question it.
It just hit me one day, I woke up and I knew there was nothing after I die. It's hard to explain, but I just unraveled everything I'd been told and realized it was completely ridiculous and I was amazed at out wonderful brains are for creating something so elaborate, and making us believe so firmly in something that quite frankly, is absurd, all to use as a coping mechanism as we crave the need for meaning and purpose. I'm fascinated by that.

Nothing else has changed. I've always believed in the power of human kindness and this has encouraged me even more to strive to be someone who makes others feel warm. Because we get one life, why waste it drowning in negativity? That's what truly scares me. Dying without making a positive impact on the lives of people who surround me. To die with regrets of a life lived slaving away for the man, working 9 to 5, five days out of the seven I get a week? and for what? To buy stuff? No. That doesnt work for me. I want to see the world, love with all of my heart, sing, dance and be my best self.
At 7:33pm on June 30, 2015, Michael Davis said…

Hey Joseph.  I was non denominational.  I'm very happy to be free these days.  Its been about 2 and a half years since I left the faith.  This place looks interesting.  Think I'll explore a bit now that I'm here.  

Mike

At 5:07pm on June 25, 2015, Victoria Lynn Gillen said…
Yeah, I grew up Catholic, but have just begun to realize the finer points of my actual fundamental beliefs, mainly which don't lay any faith upon God or have any specific association with the Divine. I'm still trying to sort through some things (I.e. My decision to still capitalize out of respect),which is part of the reason I've decided to join this community. The area where I live is also, well, a little more developed, wealthier etc. so because of that it's more tolerant and not quite as dangerous to admit to having different opinions on controversial topics.

That being said though, it's still a very southern, Christian-dominated town (and although there is some diversity, most of the people I know practice some form of theism.) So, I'm in a safe environment (thankfully!) but not a very supportive one either:( I'm fresh out of high school and have quite a lot to experience ahead of me but I'm exited. looking forward to discussing my new found beliefs with resources I've never had:)

Sorry for sounding cliche, you can obviously tell I'm new, but thanks for commenting!
 
 
 

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