clinical psychology PhD programs are incredibly competitive and my specialization (forensic) is even more so which meant i needed to go where i got in. and this was the only program that accepted me so unfortunately i have to put up with it for a few more years. at least most people in my program are nonbelievers so most of the people i'm around are cool. makes it much easier to deal with.
That's just it-- It IS an extremely liberal college, and even Greensboro as a city is considered pretty liberal (for the south, at least). But I can't even count how many times I was stopped by some Bible bashers that wanted to "talk to me about me relationship with God" just walking across campus to get to class, or how many times I got invites to the many weekly Christianity gatherings that the majority of campus attends (from both people who knew how I stand with religion and those who didn't).
sadly no, Huntsville is more a prison town (houses Texas' death row and 7 other units) which makes it highly unenjoyable. i'm just putting in my time here at school and then i will get back to where it's good and godless as soon as i can.
Hi Joseph. I just updated my profile. When I wrote "n/a yet," I meant "not anything yet," not "nothing applies to me." I wrote that because I was short on time the day I created my profile. I hope that clears up any misunderstanding.
I'm glad to hear you don't think there are too many relativist atheists on here (by that I mean ones who insist on taking religious people's views seriously). I really dislike that brand of atheism. I understand people's urge to place themselves above the fray, so to speak, but ultimately, there are simply things we can't let slide. Like religiosity, for example, but you will hear many atheists comparing our interference in/criticism of religion to religious people's proselytization of us. I see this as a comparison of apples and oranges, as I gather you do as well.
I guess my question about radical atheism was prompted by curiosity about how atheists self-identify on the wide spectrum of non-belief. Curiosity into that and how they categorize the different positions on that spectrum. I suppose I'm also frustrated by atheists who maintain that being openly critical of religion and those who practice it is wrong, and I'm hoping to hear from some people who take a less delicate stance.
I just read the first article you linked in a comment... looks like we're all atheists because we have an unsolved Oedipus complex and/or a bad relationship with our fathers... I'm just wondering how I can have an Oedipus complex, being female :D
I will start again sorry I did not read over my comments on your wall to you before posting.
Anyway thank you for stopping by on my wall. I am glad to be here as I have found that intelligent people guys or girls eventually get over what I do as a profession and start to talk normally to me. I am interested in science.
I admit I was focused on making as much money as I could and found a job that I loved doing and pays well.
I am currently fascinated by Richard Dawkins take on memetics and I have been watching many documentaries regarding this and I plan on reading his books the selfish gene this week.
I see you work in IT awesome. I hope to get to know you better and find common ground that is not my profession. One thing I would like to share is Fundamentalist Christians from my personal experience are aggressive and into well lets say really weird stuff. Freethinkers and atheist's seem to be more respectful on a whole.
Dita Von Tease is a very intelligent and gorgeous woman do you know of her at all. If not check her out. Evolution wise we are drawn to those who are good looking and not ugly. There is no expectation to be smart and intelligent and good looking. I was never encouraged in school and I thought I was pretty dumb. I have discovered all you need is an interest in an area and it just all starts to fall into place. It is great and I am on a journey and thirst for knowledge.
I joseph, thanks for your welcome.
No, the link between the two governments is not strange at all. The Vatican still has a lot of power here, mostly because there are still a lot of people who are, nominally, catholic. The stronger political party at the moment (the wretched Berlusconi... -_-) links itself to the Vatican to grab the votes of the catholics... The real problem is that the supposed "progressive" party is not much different -_-
And they are really starting to be detached from the "real people". Apart from the atheists, in Italy there is quite a strong community of laic and secular people, and a lot of moderate catholics who are, to make an example, favorable to abortion, euthanasia, divorce, gay marriage ecc...
We just don't shout loud enough at the moment.
And yes, every time i go abroad or read a foreign newspaper I'm ashamed at the way we are seen....
As far as I know, it is an official group sponsored by a fellow atheist professor, but they don't advertise themselves or participate in club recruitment days. For obvious reasons, I suppose.
And yes, we do have Muslims! And also Hindus, haha. There's actually a very colorful amount of different people at MSU. It surprised even me when I started up last year.
As for video games, I tend to go for RPGs, like Dragon Age or Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines. I also really like MMOs, but generally, I just play whatever seems fun to me. I'm guessing you also play video games? :> Oh, and art--yeah, painting and drawing is part of it. I enjoy using traditional media, but I also do graphic art.
It's true that in MS there aren't very many cities, and everyone is very spread apart. It is pretty hard to meet up with other atheists, but the community in a college-town I've noticed is considerably better when it comes to tolerance. Apparently we even have an atheist club at my university, and I didn't even know it. I only found out about it through another atheist who told me only after he found out I was one.
It's like a secret organization that meets on campus. It's pretty cool. :)