Thanks for the welcome! It is nice to hear from a peer as I see most of the responses are from very young people, which is wonderful! Enlightened at a young age! I will checkout the 'origins'.
Peace, Marilyn, the crone from Lucerne CA
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?
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.
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
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!
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.
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.