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At 2:26pm on February 23, 2009, Michele Rickard said…
Thank you for the welcome! I look forward to spending a lot of my free time here!
At 5:41pm on February 21, 2009, Tarryn said…
Thank you for your welcome, Dr. Meaden. It's a pleasure to meet like minded people!
At 6:32am on February 20, 2009, Maure Briggs said…
Thanks ! Maureclaire
At 4:02am on February 20, 2009, Deanna Demers said…
Dr Meaden, Thank you for your welcome.
In the end, we are here to live this life and help each other.
Life and death will always be a mystery to me.
Too bad people don't nurture instead of destroy life.
To me, killing is the ultimate 'sin'.
Why do you think human beings are still so primitive?
This isn't the world I want to live in.
What happened to respect, love and inter-connectedness?

Namaste, Deanna (Ma Tipanna)
At 2:38am on February 20, 2009, Peggy Cartwright said…
Thanks Terence for your comment. I shal be glad to add you as a friend. I was so happy to find this group, and have found everything I have read so far very interesting.
I am so pleased that San Francisco is having a great many lectures and celebrations for Darwin this year, and am trying hard to get to some of them.
At 11:37am on February 19, 2009, John Bartholomew said…
Thanks for your comment. It's nice to hear that I'm not wrong every once in a while.
At 1:44am on February 19, 2009, Kyle Smith said…
Thanks for the welcome!
At 10:19pm on February 18, 2009, Balasubramanian said…
Thanks very much, bala
At 6:34pm on February 18, 2009, Kristine Robinson said…
Thanks for the welcome and the group suggestion.
At 6:07pm on February 18, 2009, Anne said…
Hi..thanks for the comment, also...funny i am taking two courses per DVD on black matter/black energy...and one more along those lines...just trying to understand many things in physics as have never have had a class of any kind..i love it...anne
At 4:09pm on February 18, 2009, ieJasonW said…
thanks for the welcome. Looking at our comment wall I see you welcome lots of people!

Just wanted to mention that I, too, am in academia. I'm a graduate student in the Petroleum Engineering department at Texas A&M University. Also thought I'd mention that my brother-in-law is a student at Kinds College. He's studying classics. Hope to see you around!
At 2:07pm on February 18, 2009, Richard Valcourt said…
Thank you for the welcome, Dr. Meaden. I only found out about this site yesterday, but joined as soon as I possibly could. I'll be spending many enjoyable hours perusing, and hopefully contributing to, the various groups, including yours.
At 10:22am on February 18, 2009, Robyn said…
Thanks for the welcome!
At 5:30pm on February 16, 2009, Lillith said…
Thanks for the welcome. Thanks for the advice on groups. I've joined two and am looking around for others. Origins sounds like the place to be on days when my mind decides to fire full speed ahead.

Thanks again. :)
At 5:03pm on February 16, 2009, Orvo Luoto said…
Hi, and thank you for the welcome.
I had to choose 60+, though I would qualify for 70+, even 74.
I am interested in your group, yes. But my own contribution would be very modest.
At 2:47pm on February 16, 2009, Hank Fox said…

Thanks for the welcome! You may not see me here much, I'm so busy with other endeavors, but I love it that this group exists.

A few days ago I was thinking about a subject you touch on in your bio ...

"Disbelief is the only solution to the religious paradox. Unfortunately, many men and women are not rational enough to understand — they will not listen. Years of indoctrination have seen to that. Each shelters with friends and relatives inside their cocoon of belief, and close all ears to what is impregnable criticism."

... and was considering the MECHANISM by which this takes place. I had some thoughts I've never read anywhere else, and I wrote about it on my blog – if you're interested, it's at www.HankFox.com .

Mostly, I've been offended that these people are so stupid as to not listen to countervailing views on religion, but now that I've realized there's a neurological basis for it, I don't get quite as offended. I still get angry about it, but I don't blame them as much and assume they're making a conscious choice not to listen.

I think I've figured out that it's not "they WILL not listen," it's "they CAN not listen." They're neurologically impacted, handicapped, and have no choice about it.

Thinking about it in this way makes me think recovery is possible for many. The atheist/secular communities have to find the tools to begin to make this happen.

I'm wondering what sort of results we might get by thinking of godders (my pet name for religious people) not as "them," but as "us ... with problems."

Of course, while we’re doing this, we shouldn’t forget that they hugely outnumber us, and might still – ha-ha – rise up in their demented religious wrath and kill us all.
At 12:00pm on February 16, 2009, Thayse Matsumoto said…
Thank you. I'm glad to be here.
At 12:15am on February 16, 2009, Sufian Ahmad said…
Thanks for the welcome! I hope I get my fellow jordanians to gather up!
At 4:13pm on February 15, 2009, Casey Wollberg said…
Thank you, professor. Good to be here.
At 2:22am on February 15, 2009, Jason said…
Thanks so much for the welcome, I offer you my greetings from Australia!

I look forward to making many new friends and learning from them here.

I can only dream of going to Oxford one day, like you obviously have done so well.



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