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Elizabeth Montoya left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks Randall! I appreciate the warm welcome :)"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Does anyone remember the old (1943) song, "Mairzy Doats"? I had to look up all the lyrics and hear the original version so I could sing it to my grandchildren. Fun song."
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, when you live in "farm country", you don't need raised beds, although it is tempting to try. I'm just too lazy. Really not. It's just that my motto is "keep it simple". That's why I'm so impressed…"
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Good grief, my garden is a disaster. At least the corn stalks are down, potatoes and onions dug up, and lettuce patch cleaned up. That's only about a third of the area. I'll keep plugging away, but with temperatures forecast in the…"
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Enjoyed reading the salmon comments. My canned salmon casserole turned out pretty good--a bit salty, however, as Michael said. I'll get 4 servings out of it."
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Took the dog (Dot) on a walk after breakfast this morning. Got caught in an isolated rain shower. I got soaked for 1 minute. Daily shower, I reckon. Gonna be a hot one again. Everybody okay?"
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Randall Smith replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are 'Contrite' in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"WOW! That's all I can say."
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Richard P. Lara left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanx Randall. I love Hoosiers. Hoosiers, Badgers, & Wolverines formed the dauntless Iron Brigade. The original soldiers were finally lost at Gettysburg. But the "fellers in the Black Hats" continued to Appomattox. The Civil War makes…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I rarely boast, or even talk, about my golfing expertise. But if I may, I'd like to say I had a hole-in-one last Friday (witnessed). Sadly, I never actually saw the ball go in the hole. We were facing the sun and "lost it". I…"
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Randall Smith replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Fish oil diet promotes lean-enhancing gut bacteria in the group Health & Fitness
"I take fish oil supplements every day (and eat lots of sardines). Maybe that explains why I'm so thin!"
Aug 30
Randall Smith replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion A pint of water before meals drops weight in the group Diet and Exercise Support Group
"I always thought this was fairly obvious. A pint of water in your stomach leaves less room for food. But, scientists need proof, I reckon. Personally, I drink wine with a little cheese before supper. More calories than water, but effective in…"
Aug 27
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I bought a package and a can of salmon the other day-- 10 dollars worth at Aldi. I know it's supposed to be good for me, especially "wild-caught" (which is claimed on the package). However, I have mixed feelings about the depletion of…"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Spud, I sorta doubt if the caffeine question had anything to do with prostate problems. I've never heard about any connection. And personally, I think (from what I've read) that the benefits of caffeine outweigh the harmful effects.…"
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"Hey, thanks for the welcome. I just moved from Florida to Pennsylvania. I've been busy. I'll be online soon."
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Thanks to the smoke, we've had some pretty sunsets recently."
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Happily retired science teacher. Enjoy being outdoors, gardening, golfing, exploring. Do service work with Wilderness Volunteers and Sierra Club. Enjoy being indoors to read, play piano, cook and eat! Life is good being an atheist.

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THE BIG FAT SURPRISE

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 9:00am 8 Comments

For nearly all my adult years (>50),  I've been told to eat what was recommended to be the most healthy foods and avoid the "bad guys". No to whole milk. No butter. No red meats. No eggs. White poultry meat only. Eat lots of grains and carbohydrates.

We've been duped into believing that eating fat makes you fat, and that a high fat diet increases cholesterol numbers which in turn leads to heart diseases. No proof, just common sense. For 50 years the American Academy of Pediatrics…

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Baseball: Yawn

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am 1 Comment

I tried, really tried, to watch most of the World Series. After all, it's supposedly the national pasttime, whatever that means. Hot dogs, apple pie, and all that jazz. But, my goodness, it's paint-drying boring. 

For evidence as to how much I cared, in a one run game, last night, I went to bed after 8 innings. Like the last 2 minutes of a football game, I figured it would take at least 45 minutes to finish the game. Besides, my team (K.C., in this case) usually loses (witness Chi…

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The Life of a Non-conformist

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 8:15am 11 Comments

While short of being referred to as a curmudgeon, it's been called to my attention that I'm a non-conformist. Naturally, most atheists are categorized as evil non-c's. In a sense, we're rebels.

I've never thought of myself as any one of those. It's not on purpose that I'm "different". Perhaps, it's just a part of my personality. I can blame it on genetic predisposition or something, but I won't. That's not fair to my parents (both believers in god, by the way).

My…

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Life is Good

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 7:34am 9 Comments

This post has nothing to do with religion (or lack thereof), politics, or anything controversial. I'm not hawking a book, pushing a cause, or bragging about my golf score.



What this blog IS about is simply a statement of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment with my life.



I'm one of the lucky ones. No, I'm not "blessed". I don't "thank god". I'm just fortunate, that's all.



My life at the moment is good. Actually, it's always been good (Okay, 95% good). I'm… Continue

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At 12:09am on September 5, 2015, Elizabeth Montoya said…

Thanks Randall! I appreciate the warm welcome :)

At 1:32am on September 2, 2015, Fux Ache said…

Thanks for the welcome, Randal.

At 2:48pm on August 30, 2015, Richard P. Lara said…

Thanx Randall. I love Hoosiers. Hoosiers, Badgers, & Wolverines formed the dauntless Iron Brigade. The original soldiers were finally lost at Gettysburg. But the "fellers in the Black Hats" continued to Appomattox. The Civil War makes me weep. V/r, Rich

At 12:10pm on August 26, 2015, Scott Daniel said…

Hey, thanks for the welcome. I just moved from Florida to Pennsylvania. I've been busy. I'll be online soon.

At 3:58am on August 24, 2015, Geoffrey Liyungu said…

Thanks alot Randall I really appreciate it

At 7:05am on August 22, 2015, Anson Betts said…

Thanks Randall,

it seems to me that not being sucked into the advertising vortex that is media these days, would be a good thing. I'll be ex everything that doesn't agree with reality. Ex nihilo for the win!

At 4:04pm on August 20, 2015, Dan Green said…

You asked me: "Is a skeptic the same as an agnostic?"
The answer depends on how we define words both as a group and as individual people, words are funny that way.This is known in informal logic as "the natural language problem" since words can mean different things to different people.
We can turn to a reliable dictionary for some help:
Webster defines skeptic as such:
1: An adherent or advocate of skepticism
2 : A person disposed to skepticism especially regarding religion or religious principles.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeptic
For agnostic:
1: a person who does not have a definite belief about whether God exists or not
2: a person who does not believe or is unsure of something
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agnostic
But, that really does not tell us much - the words used are different but HOW are they different?
Google result turns up:
ag·nos·tic: a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.
Ah - much better then the Webster - what about Skeptic?
skep·tic:
1: A person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.
synonyms: cynic, doubter;
2. PHILOSOPHY: an ancient or modern philosopher who denies the possibility of knowledge, or even rational belief, in some sphere.
Okay, so - we have some idea of what these words can be - and how they are similar and yet, different, they are compatible, - one can be a skeptic and agnostic with no issue of conflict.
However, perhaps - you wanted MY view of this question, what do I see the difference being.
Well, I would go with the more classical notion of agnostic that google has- even though that definition might be changing due to common usage of people and groups to be something else then as it is listed.
For me, an agnostic would be one of the two:
1: Someone who claims there is no way to know if there is, or is not a God.
2: Someone who claims we can never know for sure if there is or is not a God.
Although anyone can feel free to object and have there own definition that suits them, but if I was to debate someone I would want my definition to be used.
For skeptic - it is to doubt and to investigate. I doubt things, I require a set list before I think that things are possibly true. My doubt is dependent on the dialogue I am in. I investigate because I want to learn and explore and expand my knowalge base.
My requirements for me to not be skeptical of a thing are:
1 - Empirical evidence. (and/or)
2 - Repeatable tests. (and/or)
3 - A logically coherent argument.
The first two can be summonsed as "The scientific method" the last one is where I most likely differ from other skeptics, in that if an argument was put forth that I could find no logical errors in, I would then have no reason to be skeptical of the conclusion - then the second part kicks in - i would then investigate that conclusion more, and I might find in the end, that the conclusion is wrong. However, it might be right, still I have no need to investigate a conclusion of an argument that has logical fallacies in it, as the conclusion is one I MUST be skeptical of.
I hope that answers your question, and if you have more questions please ask and I will do my best to answer them.
As far as the label - I'm a skeptic, this means I'm an atheist and perhaps an agnostic, although I'm not sure about the agnostic part ;)
Thanks for your question, and your time and energy to read this.
Best to you and yours, always.

At 10:33am on August 19, 2015, Oaken Ashen Thorne said…

Hi,

Just now figuring out this Nexus page. Thanks for the greeting.

At 2:35pm on August 6, 2015, Ty Regan said…

Hi Randall, Picture is from South Africa. 

At 1:16pm on August 1, 2015, Carole JEAN said…

I am a secular humanist interested in secular ethics.

 
 
 

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