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Born near Vancouver but grew up on a farm in Central Alberta. Worked in the oil patch for most of my life. None of my family or early friends talked much about religion. We said grace before supper every night when I was really young and said the Lords Prayer at school until grade 4 or 5. Went to the little country church with my sister (Mom dropped us off and picked us up) until about the age of 10. After those influences, nothing religious in my life until college. At college I met some religious folks and we went to a few random churches, but they all sounded crazy to me since by then I had some education and life experience under my belt. Once it was a part of my life again, I thought about religion and came to the simple conclusion that god(s) are a nasty meme that I didn't want to be a part of. I now have tons of friends that are uber religious and we have the odd long chat, but nothing where I can be honest with how I view religion for fear that they'll be offended [look at it from their point of view...]. I love science and reading the 'new atheists' (Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, etc.) and older guys like Sagan, Gould and Feynman; basically any good science popularizer. If there are other writers out there you want to direct me towards PLEASE DO!! Cheers
I feel for the religious parents.
If I thought something was evil and going to result in my kid going to hell, you bet it’s going into the garbage and I’m telling them how bad it is.
This is an example of simple ignorance. You can’t fault them for bad thinking if that’s what they’re brainwashed into thinking.
My pic is more of an inner aspirational self.
I’m not sure who I’d have as my inner aspirational photo, but I probably wouldn’t aim as high as you (maybe Apu from the Simpson’s or Ed from Northern Exposure.)
3point14rat replied to the topic Since a scientific explanation has been proven to be a logical impossibility in the forum Science and Technology 6 hours, 29 minutes ago
Because you have not yet mastered that exact balance between hubris and humility.
Maybe. I don’t think I have too much hubris- at least no more than the average person. And I do know I’m wrong plenty often, so my humility is at a safe level.
I think it’s everything he says.
There are a few reasons he gets under my skin in a big way- I hate…[Read more]
Actually I do have a picture in my head of everyone on here.
Only you, Lausten, Holmes and TimB have pictures of yourselves (Tim may have shaved and evolved since his photo though, and Holmes may not always have a pipe clenched in his teeth), so most are probably a mile off.
I’ve mentioned many times that the most frustrating thing about my Christian friends is how smart they are.
If they were stupid I could accept their stupid beliefs, but how am I supposed to accept these brilliant people actually believe all the stupid things they say they do?
3point14rat replied to the topic Since a scientific explanation has been proven to be a logical impossibility in the forum Science and Technology 11 hours, 14 minutes ago
I think I read a post by Homes saying he is legitimately busy with life and isn’t ignoring us. But who knows.
Regardless of the reason, I’m quite enjoying the break from the endless insults. Seriously, I used to be stressed-out by the constant barrage of childish insults to everyone’s intelligence. Even if he were legitimately smarter than…[Read more]
You might enjoy this discussion with Jonathan Haidt on that topic
I’ll have to check it out at home. Work blocks all my attempts to listen at work.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary* depends on his not understanding it.”
Willfull ignorance is the greatest evil there is.
Honest ignorance is simply someone not knowing something, which is fixable and in no way reflects negatively on someone.
How have I not head of Passing Through?! It’s full of great people (and Billy Bob Thornton). Thanks for the cool recommendation.
I listen to Enya for hours each week while at work, so I’ve heard Orinocho Flow a thousand times. All Enya songs are great.
I wonder what went so terribly wrong?
Democracy only works with a smart population.
People are getting what they ask for, they’re just too dumb to know that they’re asking to be oppressed and ground-up in the machinery of capitalism for the benefit of the wealthy and well connected.
Player almost certainly meant “rhathymia”. He’s hoping that we all adopt his hakuna matata attitude.
I always read his posts with a Rastafarian accent, because I picture him as a totally chill dude with not a care in the world.
3point14rat replied to the topic On the question of ultimate reality: Specifically for Xain in the forum General Discussion 2 days, 10 hours ago
It’s emotionally draining to want to help when everything you say rejected out of hand and your time and effort isn’t appreciated.
Even if it’s not Xian’s fault due to mental issues, it’s still draining.
3point14rat replied to the topic Since a scientific explanation has been proven to be a logical impossibility in the forum Science and Technology 4 days, 5 hours ago
You can find a short, simple and entertaining explanation of the Big Bang here… https://www.space.com/31192-what-triggered-the-big-bang.html
Do you know of any double blind designed research that can support any of these seemingly supernatural assertions?
All of them are.
(‘Double blind’ means that both researchers are functionally blind, right?)
Tee: Well, I do like debating with regular people.
I always think I like debating until I get into one. Then, since no one ever changes their mind, it gets frustrating. If both sides stay out of the gutter and don’t get personal, then it’s possible to spend time talking and putting ideas down, but that very rarely happens. Being part of a…[Read more]
Got it Tee. Thanks for the head’s up.
This forum is the only one I use, so I don’t miss any of the bells and whistles the other ones have (other than the ability to block). I don’t use twitter or other social media either.
I wonder if there’s any sort of connection between the resignation of Doug and the outage. Nothing nefarious, just an accident due to a change in routine.
The problem with the list of places we can meet other than here is that the list is on here. I’ll have to copy and save the links somewhere else, because there’s no way I’ll remember them in a…[Read more]
In my part of Alberta, I know more people who want to separate from Canada, than don’t. For some reason everyone thinks that since we have the oil in the ground, we should get all the benefits, screw the rest of the country.
If any of those people were living in a different province and saw Alberta take all the profits and not share with the rest…[Read more]
If people could judge ideas without labels or categories attached, they would make much better choices.
Anything labeled ‘socialism’ is never going to make it out of the gate because it has such a negative connotation. My friends use it as a swear word because they have no clue what it really means.
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