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Fundraisers Use Fear, Anger and Guilt. Which Emotion Gets Money from You?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Dec 30, 2017. 5 Replies

When they try to stir fear I know they are conservatives.When they try to stir anger I know they are progressives.And when they try stir guilt I know they are liberals.Of the various futures the…Continue

Tags: fundraisers, fundraising, manipulation, guilty, guilt

Is the Earth Theologically Ambiguous?

Started Dec 23, 2017 0 Replies

A recent PBS show was titled that.The blurb that followed asked “Whether the universe [emphasis added] confirms the existence of God”.Not the existence of a god, or of one or more gods.Does it?The…Continue

Tags: universe, gaps, earth, gods, god

Quitting Religion Can Be Difficult; Accepting Atheism Can Also Be Difficult.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever Dec 24, 2017. 10 Replies

My parents made quitting Catholicism easy; they told me I was going to college because I was too lazy to get a job.I wasn’t lazy. I had been in the Navy and the Korean War and my GI Bill benefits and…Continue

Tags: challenges

Do You Want More Democracy Than You Have?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Easton Le Dec 19, 2017. 10 Replies

If you live in one of the 18 states that have the direct initiative and referendum, then on the days you can vote you have democracy."Happily, I live in one of those states. California. If you live…Continue

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tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I’ve been corrected. My life’s purpose is to provide for my testosterone and obey its commands."
13 hours ago
Thomas Murray commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"   Has anyone hear and read on Chris Hedges?  There are some things he protested against such as war in Afghanistan, mass incarceration, and others which I agree in protesting against. I read some samples of his essays.  But…"
17 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Improbable Destinies; Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, by Jonathan B. Losos is my next recommendation. The material is not too heavy and written with a sense of humor. The book basically is about what the title says, with emphasis on…"
21 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Lauren Ell's discussion Being atheist does not mean I obsess over religion
"I obsess over politics. I don’t like choosing between a party whose policies are dumb and a party whose policies are cruel."
Sunday
tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Thomas, another variation on Twain’s words: It’s easier to be lied to than to admit we have been lied to."
Sunday
tom sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion The Big Bang Doesn't Deserve Your Faith. It Also Doesn't Deserve Your Tax Money.
"      I merely accept [the BB] as the most accepted.... DD, I’m going to walk out onto a limb. Way out. I’m ok with your not giving some thought to what the Bangers tell you. I’m also ok with your not asking them…"
Jan 6
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Just finishing up Richard Dawkins' Science in the Soul, "Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist". 42 essays and such written by our "main man", some going back to the 90's. One was about the 2012 Reason…"
Jan 1
tom sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion The Big Bang Doesn't Deserve Your Faith. It Also Doesn't Deserve Your Tax Money.
"Joan, is what you’re reading helpful, or is there more math and physics than you want? With your knowledge of and experience with humankind, you might enjoy the series of mostly short (~six to 12 minutes) youtube clips titled “discourses…"
Dec 30, 2017
Michael Penn replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Fundraisers Use Fear, Anger and Guilt. Which Emotion Gets Money from You?
"None have gotten any of my money since 1980. The "art" of politics is to do it with other people's money, but I grew up and decided none of them would do it with mine. My main e-mail has political ads out the ying yang but they mostly…"
Dec 30, 2017
tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"As to GOP donors and leaders, the Onion now reports the truth."
Dec 29, 2017
tom sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion The Big Bang Doesn't Deserve Your Faith. It Also Doesn't Deserve Your Tax Money.
"Jotham, thanks for the read. It does make sense for the universe to have always been there. A red shift - Doppler analogue doesn’t make sense. Edwin Hubble later doubted it too. EU folk say CMB radiation originates nearby. Space an extremely…"
Dec 29, 2017
tom sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Your opinion please in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Optimistic nihilism? Interesting. It merits a second viewing and will get it. For what those RC nuns in 11th and 12th grades taught, the title “pessimistic masochism” seems apt."
Dec 29, 2017
tom sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Your opinion please in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Snark Alarm, Bert. Rorberto Unger may lack the clarity and imagination to conceive that the world could be different. I have tons of the required clarity and imagination. That aside, the title of Smolin’s book intrigues me. I will shortly…"
Dec 29, 2017
Jotham Timothy Bessey replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Fundraisers Use Fear, Anger and Guilt. Which Emotion Gets Money from You?
"I'm too much of an introvert to get me with emotion. Recently I heard of a large group of refugees on the move. "Over 50% women and children!" I thought, wait, if that's a bunch of families with two children apiece, that would…"
Dec 28, 2017
Jerry Wesner replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Fundraisers Use Fear, Anger and Guilt. Which Emotion Gets Money from You?
"Occasionally I read something that rouses concern (rarely real fear), anger, or almost never guilt. When I do, my first reaction should be, and usually is, to fact-check. Often I find that the trigger was exaggerated.  I reassess my response…"
Dec 28, 2017
tom sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Snake Fungus Threat in the group Wildlife
"For three years I’ve had a painless fungus under several toenails that caused the nails to thicken and I now trim those nails with wire cutting pliers. The usual nail snippers do okay on my other toenails. But I’m 87 and Ma and Pa Nature…"
Dec 27, 2017

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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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