V.N.K.Kumar
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Michael Penn commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"He's more than that, Cat. Nobody on earth could possibly have any morality without this god, and it appears we could not have any laws either. Many of his followers think that court houses should be adorned with commandments, the first of which…"
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Grinning Cat commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"The magical, powerful Christian God could just as easily reformed the sinners he was so angry at, and not killed anyone! According to the flood story, that god not only chose the much more difficult course of action, he chose genocide. Yet…"
Jul 8
Thomas Murray commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"   About 25 years ago when I was attending a university I took a course titled "Comparative Religion". We had an excellent, open minded professor who talked and dressed like a left over from the 1960 hippie days. For our final…"
Jul 8
Thomas Murray commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"I am glad I met you online and read your post. There is nothing like a fresh batch of logic to stop gullible religious people dead in their tracks. Thank you for the enlightened questions to ask religious folks."
Jul 8
Joan Denoo commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"I lived on an Army military post, Ft. Hood, Tx. near Killeen Tx. in the early 1970s where I took classes at Central Tx Community College. One class was an overview of world religions, taught by a professor of religion who came from Baylor U. of Waco…"
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Compelledunbeliever commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"There are indeed many truths. In America if you ask someone what color is a stop sign the automatic answer is "red". It is said to show something is completely obvious. In truth the back side is usually a silver metallic color this makes…"
Jul 8
Idaho Spud commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Living beyond your Lifespan
"I'm an organ donor and will probably leave my body to scientific or medical uses.  However, not because I care about being remembered.  When I'm dead, I will care about nothing, so why should I care now?   I also don't…"
Jun 24
tom sarbeck commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Dreaming of Utopia while a Dystopia prevails
""...an atheist's political persuasion - liberal or conservative, for example, ...." Daniel, please enlarge your example to include progressives. We are many and we are to the left of liberals: 'progressive, liberal or…"
Jun 8
Michael Penn commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Living beyond your Lifespan
"Well written and your end note says it all. My problem with organ donation is that I'm getting too old for that now. There could be a body donation to science in which I can imagine I am now dead and they find out what was really wrong with me,…"
Jun 8
tom sarbeck commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Living beyond your Lifespan
"Daniel, your tossing pebbles into a lake metaphor makes more sense than any other explanation I've seen. Thanx."
Jun 8
tom sarbeck commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Living beyond your Lifespan
""Of all the living things on this planet, human beings are the only ones able to imagine the future." HEY, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE FOR THAT???"
Jun 8
Frankie Dapper commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Living beyond your Lifespan
"That is so poignant GC. "
Jun 7
Grinning Cat commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Dreaming of Utopia while a Dystopia prevails
"Part of that utopia would be having our tribalism more focused on "us" as "human beings"! And the song is worth hearing once more:"
Jun 7
Grinning Cat commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Living beyond your Lifespan
"Glen, thanks for that link! It mentioned Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay "You May Want to Marry My Husband", which she wrote "with profound love and humor" as she was dying of ovarian cancer. A few…"
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About Me:
I have degrees in Mechanical Engng & Business Mgt. Was training Managers in Industrial organizations in Time mgt, Performance counseling, team Building, conflict mgt, for 30 years. I am a contrarian & a secular humanist. I am also an autodidact in preventive medicine, positive psychology & Humanism.

V.N.K.Kumar's Blog

Religiosity & peak mental health

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 2:13am 2 Comments

A mentally healthy person has to have these nine characteristics: -- -

- Self interest,

- Self direction,

- Tolerance,

- Acceptance of Uncertainty,

- Flexibility,

- Scientific thinking,

- Commitment,

- Risk Taking, &

- Self acceptance.

The non-believing intelligentsia could lack some of these traits but most of these characteristics are CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT in Religious people.

Religion is directly opposed to the goals…

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FREEDOM 'FROM' & FREEDOM 'TO'

Posted on September 30, 2017 at 7:18pm 0 Comments

Sreeni: Prof. Kumar, one of my religious friends asked me about the real benefit of an Atheistic & Secular outlook. All I could think of and say was this: “The journey toward Atheism is a quest for the truth, truth which can be empirically tested and for which you can gather evidence, however distressing & frightening the truth might be. It could be the discovery that we humans are all alone, there are no souls, no afterlife & no god(s) to help us”.

Me: That is correct.…

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The trajectory of my beliefs

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 4:00am 1 Comment

All my working life I was an atheist in the closet simply because my bosses & colleagues were of the religious kind, intolerant of atheists and I didn't wish to rock the boat.

But fast-forward to 2017 CE.

Place is Mysore, India and I am 80 years young. I can now safely call myself an atheist morphed into a secular humanist, after 40 years of deep study of cosmology, biological evolution, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, comparative religion,…

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Gods are just a Type 1 (False positive) error

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 3:58am 0 Comments

I am comfortable with not having answers to everything. By temperament, I have a high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty. But many people suffer cognitive dissonance when they face uncertainties and probabilistic world models, and they feel the need to close that loop with a definitive answer, regardless of how intellectually indefensible it may be.

This low tolerance for uncertainty in many others probably has an evolutionary origin related to the fact that in the Paleolithic…

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