My active duty time ended now back in Houston area and army reserve, in my civilian RN job I am a procedure nurse basically do PICC lines assist with moderate sedation for procedure like EGD/PEG placement , tunnulled caths etc. I wish we able to sit and talk would have learn a lot from mutual experiences.
Healthcare certainly is not one of republicans favorite topics. I can't believe that it is the achilles heal tho. Republicans lie, cheat and steal and oh yea, kill their way to power which ultimately suppresses the voters again and again. I think the achilles heal maybe though themselves. They always alienate themselves. Maybe one day people won't allow themselves to be exploited by their tactics.
sounds like faith verses actual reality(as opposed to one's perception of reality)....I do know many who should read such a book. I'll pass...I see the evidence every time I talk to a person with strong beliefs. Thanks, though. I'll certainly pass the info along. Have a great day!
Are you back in the DC area, yet?
Hi there---heard about a book that you'd probably really like. You may have already read it: it's called 'On Being Certain." It apparently discusses research about the feeling that people experience when they think something is right even though the feeling itself is not an indication that they're correct. I haven't read the book myself but saw the author on Tuesday night at a panel discussion in San Francisco.
Thanks RA. You never know with the power of networking, Your immediate group may not be able to come, but they might mention it to their contacts and some of them might. I agree about 'being connected'. We're trying to make this huge so it makes an international statement about atheism.
Hi RA! I'm Kris. As well as hosting the Aussie/Kiwi group here on Nexus, I'm also the media and communications consultant for the forthcoming "Rise of Atheism" Global Atheist Convention to be held in Melbourne in March 2010. The Convention is being organized jointly by Atheist Alliance International and the Atheist Foundation of Australia.
I wonder if you could let your members know that tickets for the convention are now available online at the Convention website. We are expecting nearly 3,000 delegates, so this convention is going to be huge.
Confirmed speakers include: Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling, PZ Myers, Dan Barker, Peter Singer, Taslima Nasrin and many more.
Anything you can do to help us get the word out would be greatly appreciated.
I really, really, really, really, really, really like your profile comments. (Did I mention I REALLY like them?) Quite provocative, staccato sentences for emphasis, well thought out and well articulated.
I understand (and agree with) most of your points. Would disagree on the point of humanism, as I believe you may be confusing philosophy with belief in this regard. But I undersatnd your argument. The bottom line is that ya gotta think for yourself. I think humanism offers a way for nonbelievers to affirm they care about the world and each other and to find others like-minded, and to sort of express to the world that not believing does not make one evil. But I see your point that like any philosophy, if it is not tempered with one's own mind, it can become a cult of its own. I think that as humans most of us seek companionship and acceptance as part of our biology. When we find groups we identify with (like Nexus, or AHA, or churches, or clubs, or teams, whatever) we join to communicate with others of similar interests. The key is to find others of similar ilk in these organizations, whatever they are,so that we thrive as social beings, but to not lose ourselves in the collective and maintain our own lucid and logical thoughts even if they swerve from the viewpoint of the group. In short: No Dogma, no Limits. And to not oppress others--the driving point.
Great. If my trip to MN is cancelled, I'll be there. I'd love to meet other atheists in the local area. I'm the service (I saw that you are retired military) and truly, there are so few free thinkers at work. Hope to see you next month. ~ laura