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“...Threats to the Special Place of Humanity Caused Uproar and Resistance”*

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 7. 2 Replies

The first threat might have been the discovery that the earth was not the center of the universe. Did the first known uproar and resitance occur in ancient Egypt?Another early threat was the…Continue

Tags: resistance, uproar, fear, threat, superstition

Social Power Can Be Hurtful. Has Anyone Not Been Hurt By Its Use?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Mar 15. 26 Replies

A single mother told me she would teach her son that power is evil.Her manner told me someone had hurt her, so I did not ask what kind of power she would use to produce that result.The shortest…Continue

Tags: politics, power

The Three Happinesses — Money, Power, and Sex — and Religions Try to Take Them Away

Started this discussion. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever Mar 20. 3 Replies

Back when I was in college and comparing world religions, I might have dallied with Tantric Buddhism for a while. I liked that Tantra held sex to be a spiritual good. But then I found that it too…Continue

Tags: religion, sex, power, money, happiness

Politics. Where Can People Better Perfect Their Ability to Fool the Innocent (the Naive)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Mar 4. 7 Replies

Donald Trump doesn’t try to conceal his lies. Most politicians do. For one instance of many, JFK.“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”Who debunks…Continue

Tags: quotations., oligarchy, democracy

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tom sarbeck commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"There’s a place for bone, and it’s not in a guy’s head. Randall, check into cold-brewed coffee. It has less of the acid that hot-brewed coffee and I don’t sweeten it. However, the brewer is made of glass."
Friday
tom sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion Is It Pseudoscience or Fake Science?
"Michael, I understand. Hate is a rational response when people lack defenses against dangers. The present dangers incllude Trump’s being president, his creating a swamp worse than the swamp he promised to drain, his having the power to launch…"
Wednesday
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Vine, I entered politics using the word “interest” in sentences such as I became interested in history. I had to learn another use of the word, as in I have an economic interest in the legislation. Here, the word…"
Apr 16
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Money, power, and sex. They are a trinity I can accept."
Apr 15
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Homer, philosophers and dictionaries define pragmatism differently, and dictionaries use words I understand. I don’t know Nietzsche view(s) on pragmatism."
Apr 15
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Bert, in philosophy cynics can win promotion to stoics. In politics they can be promoted to realists or remain powerless."
Apr 15
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Homer, you are on a track that was laid almost a century ago. There is more than gravity in space, and out there it is rather weak. At www.newtoeu.com you can download a free PDF file that will bring you up to date."
Apr 15
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Vine, I will try to explain the working hypotheses. If I win election to a legislative body, I will spend much time talking with people who want a legislative result and who will fund my attempt to win the next election. As a legislator I…"
Apr 15
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Welcome to pragmatism, Bert."
Apr 14
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Homer, check again on whether gravity waves were discovered or their discovery was merely claimed. When the noise is a thousand times stronger than the signal, discovery requires confirmation by others with other means of detection. I understand…"
Apr 14
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"An interesting juxtapose, Vine: working hypotheses and firm beliefs. My four years in hardball politics, where the personal attacks were as mean as those we hear from Trump, persuaded me that events require an ability to switch between the…"
Apr 14
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"Bert, I’ve seen Krauss’ book; I want some evidence that you’re as FOS as he. Hilton Radciffe’s Stephen Hawking Smoked My Socks deals with Krauss and others who know so much about so little. He says it has…"
Apr 14
tom sarbeck commented on Rhonda Boyer's blog post How not to write a persuasive speech
"Rhonda, I was a “professional student” and took ten years, one of them in graduate school, to learn that people would pay me to tell computers what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and importantly when to stop doing it. Along the way…"
Apr 13
tom sarbeck commented on Homer Edward Price's blog post The Theology and Science of Free Will
"“...there would be no Christians and no Christianity.” Homer, twelve years in Irish-dominated Catholic schools persuaded me the early Church “fathers” wanted to end their lives and all life."
Apr 13
tom sarbeck replied to Vine's discussion Can you choose what you believe?
"When we really want to believe in something, we happily let our imaginations paint in the details. Hilton Radcliff, in Stephen Hawhing Smoked My Socks."
Apr 13
tom sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion The Big Bang Doesn't Deserve Your Faith. It Also Doesn't Deserve Your Tax Money.
"Religion is said to make good people do evil things. To make intelligent people do stupid things takes particle physics.  From Alexander Unzicker’s The Higgs Fake: How Particle Physicists Fooled the Nobel Committee, 2013."
Apr 13

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Born Dec 1930. Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 9:41pm on December 6, 2017, Patricia said…

No, I don't really discuss it, I just like to try to learn something.

Thanks for adding me.

At 8:10am on May 16, 2017, Loren Miller said…

Tom, regarding how to add pix, all I can tell you is how I've long since done it on my "How To Do It" page.  If you can show me a specific instance where you want to add a picture and it isn't working, I can look at that.  Otherwise, I have nothing to go by.

At 2:11am on February 28, 2017, Diane Berlin said…
Well I have a good friend who just moved to Nolensville. She loves it there but she is very Christian and has already joined a church. So that will be her social life. I want to be able to fit in and make friends without having to join a church. She knows that I'm not religious but doesn't know about my growing hostility with religious Bible thumpers who seem
M to be getting more judge mental than ever. My mom is Evangelical and has stopped trying to save me. I hate living in Southern California because it is so crowded and expensive and there is no nature but I'm not sure if Tn would work. It would be a place to retire to. Husband is in the music business
At 7:34am on February 26, 2017, Jean Larsen said…

I was initially raised Catholic by my grandmother. My father hated the Catholic church. Its good to be in touch with like minded folk instead of biting my tongue.

At 8:50pm on February 17, 2017, Dorsite Doe said…
Thank you for the nice welcome. My area of geophysics is seismology (earthquakes), but I onow you can find seashells in the Sahara. That would be a fun field trip.
At 10:04pm on February 9, 2017, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Thanks for friending me.

At 10:02am on June 2, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Tom! Glad you could join us. :D

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