Thanks for the welcome Terry. Coincidentally, I was watching a symposium titled "Origins" when you wrote. Ran April 2nd through 6th at Arizona State U and videos may go up on the Science Network at some point.
I will comment from time to time and follow threads where they might take me. I don't tend to lash out very often but I do take umbrage with "establishment clause" violations. Who wants to live in Iran?! I will visit the ORIGINS...site asap.
Hello Dr Meaden. Thank you for your welcome. I am under severe time constraints now but will contact you later. I would like to establish a circle of friends in my area to discuss issues of common interest, and to embark on an effort to address the many problems we are experiencing collectively due to the myopia, amnesia and religious preoccupation of most in our global village. Atheism generally equals an intelligent and enquiring mind. we need to harness these qualities somehow. I am hoping this website will enable me to make the necessary acquaintances. Education is the key, and my city boasts some of the premier private and public schools in South Africa, many of whom use a religious culture to brainwash the kids. I have teemed up with a few bright and concerned people, having started a discussion group. But its time to move up a gear. Have some ideas to share. Til later...
Thank you for the thoughtful welcome Dr. Meaden. It will be nice conversing with those of like thought and I look forward to joining some groups as you suggest. Being a man of physics you may be interested in a book my stepfather wrote "Unification of Electromagnetism, Kinematics, and Gravitation". He (Dr. NFJ Matthews) finished it just before his passing in 1999 while still at North Carolina State University. If you (or anyone else) are interested and need help getting copy let me know.
Robert Matthews ("Chip" to FandFs)
Thanks for the kind welcome. As to how I "came to my senses," my story isn't that different than many others I have heard. I was raised in a fairly conventional home in a conventional setting. Growing up in South Florida in the 1950s, there really wasn't much occasion for challenging the status quo, and, frankly, I wasn't that adventurous anyway. I managed to coast through school getting good grades without getting much of an education. It was only after I had been out in the world and began to rethink much of what I had been taught that I also began to seriously question ideas about gods and religions. That started an evolution in my thinking that led me to investigate further and rekindled a long dormant interest in science. By the time I was 35 I was calling myself an "agnostic" and soon realized I also was an atheist. That was more than three decades ago, and in the time since I have been a much happier and more productive person than I ever was while under the influence of gods and religions.
That's the short version. Thanks again for the welcome.