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Weak Religious Leaders Need Strict Rules. The Weakest of Them Need the Strictest Rules and the Most Violence.

Started Jun 26 0 Replies

This is a corollary to "Violence arises from powerlessness" by the Roman Seneca, either the Elder or the Younger.I remember the nun who told her class "Faith is a gift that not everyone was given. I…Continue

Tags: violence, powerlessness, rules, strict, weak

Idealism. In A Person, What Are Its Causes? How Long Does It Last?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris May 9. 20 Replies

OED's first definition says it's "the unrealistic belief in or pursuit of perfection". (Please, do philosophy in a discussion you open.)I was once idealistic and often said people "should" or "should…Continue

Tags: pessimism, optimism, cynicism, realism, idealism

Kids Make Parliamentary Law As They Grow. The Book We Are Told To Use Makes It Incomprehensible.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 17. 1 Reply

Step 1 of 10. Newborns' cries tell people they have needs. They will soon know words and be able to identify and ask for what they need or want.Step 2 of 10. Kid's brains are developing and by about…Continue

Tags: children, democracy

Dammit, no one asked me If I wanted to be born! No one has a right...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Apr 15. 9 Replies

...a right to keep me here without my consent! I want more separation of church and state.When I was a kid religions had enough political power to force local and state governments to enact blue laws…Continue

Tags: laws, law, separation, state, church

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Tom Sarbeck left a comment for Bruce W Hammond
"Welcome Bruce, from a former St. Petersburger (1947-65) now in Napa County, CA. Is the Yankee Clipper Hotel still clipping Yankees?"
Aug 4
Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion Big Bangers' Imaginations Supply Their Story's Only Support. in the group The Daily Cosmos
"Radiation like the CMB can originate near bodies of water."
Jul 23
Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion Big Bangers' Imaginations Supply Their Story's Only Support. in the group The Daily Cosmos
"John, don't just repeat the untested and untestable hypotheses the Bangers imagine and then claim is evidence. Do some research. Perhaps start with: Did the entire universe once occupy a space smaller than a particle?"
Jul 23
John Thimakis replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion Big Bangers' Imaginations Supply Their Story's Only Support. in the group The Daily Cosmos
"There is plenty of evidence for the big bang. The cosmic microwave background radiation for a start."
Jul 23
Tom Sarbeck replied to Lauren Ell's discussion Hashtags made just for us in the group Republican Atheists
"Lauren, you said you dropped Libertarianism to become serious but you're keeping the idiological mind Libertarianism requires. You have several times said the parties change, so comparing the post-CW parties is silly. Today, only the…"
Jul 9
Tom Sarbeck commented on Lauren Ell's group Republican Atheists
"During that 1974 Republican primary I met many conservatives. They seemed like warm-hearted folk and a few invited me to visit their churches. For 17 years I'd been a committed agnostic. I thanked them and said something like "I have a…"
Jul 9
Tom Sarbeck replied to Lauren Ell's discussion No longer simply defending my conservative views, now I'm broadcasting them in the group Republican Atheists
"Too many conservatives are broadcasting faith. Ayn Rand? Lauren, have you met any sociopaths? They will educate you. Estimates are that from one to four percent of unincarcerated people qualify, and about 25 percent of incarcerated people qualify."
Jul 9
Tom Sarbeck replied to Lauren Ell's discussion Hashtags made just for us in the group Republican Atheists
"What fund-raising mail can teach: 1) anger can motivate progressives to send money, 2) guilt can motivate liberals to send money, and 3) fear can motivate conservatives to send money. These emotions can motivate people to do more than send money,…"
Jul 9
Tom Sarbeck replied to Lauren Ell's discussion Hashtags made just for us in the group Republican Atheists
"Stephen, in the context here, what does "the zero sum game" require? It SEEMS to require disarming law-abiding people, putting them in danger."
Jul 9
Tom Sarbeck commented on Lauren Ell's group Republican Atheists
""Some Republicans are mean and some Democrats are dumb." Is that true? For "mean" above, write "impatient realists". For "dumb" above "naive idealists". Some Republicans are impatient realists and…"
Jul 7
Stephen replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion The Strong See Brutalizing the Weak As Their Prerogative. Only the Weak, by Cooperating, Can Stop Them. in the group Progressive Atheists
"i hope the poor will unit and stop the rich"
Jul 7
Tom Sarbeck added a discussion to the group Progressive Atheists
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The Strong See Brutalizing the Weak As Their Prerogative. Only the Weak, by Cooperating, Can Stop Them.

We (and our numerous cousins) are descended from blue-green algae, aka cyanobacteria, aka pond scum, who engulfed (ate) their weaker neighbors. From time to time, some of the weaker disposed of a stronger neighbor and reproduced. We know where today's stronger are. Will we cooperate to stop them?See More
Jul 7
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Progressive Atheists

A place for progressives to discuss the future we see for America.See More
Jul 7
Tom Sarbeck replied to Lauren Ell's discussion Hashtags made just for us in the group Republican Atheists
"Stephen, I live in a more real world than you. Imagining stuff may be harmful to my health."
Jul 4
Tom Sarbeck replied to Lauren Ell's discussion No longer simply defending my conservative views, now I'm broadcasting them in the group Republican Atheists
"The more pro-gun folk America has, the safer we will all be. [Dumb Dems!]"
Jul 4
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - July 2, 2017
"Neal, I like this column. Of course my view differs a bit from yours but IMO it's your best. Xianity truly is a master/slave thing. I escaped the Catholic plantation."
Jul 2

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Retired from mainframe computer mfg.
What brought you to Atheist Universe?
A chat with a friend who visits here. There was little activity then but by searching the discussions I found there had been much activity in the past.
Re the above "Tradition at Birth" question. At birth mine was none. Partway through first grade my dad put me into a Catholic school, and saying my tradition want to hell understates it by ten raised to the millionth power. They indoctrinated me so well that quitting required some trauma.

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At 9:13am on December 13, 2016, Stephen said…

Yes Tom that really would be a smashing day when your country rids itself of the Electoral College. But all the best mate anyway. 

At 3:09am on December 13, 2016, Stephen said…

Happy Birthday Tom. Have a smashing day. All the best my friend.

At 4:43pm on May 24, 2016, Bertold Brautigan said…

Must have been in church.

At 11:21pm on December 13, 2015, Stephen said…

De Nada my friend I hope you had a great day

At 7:04pm on December 13, 2015, Stephen said…

Happy Birthday Tom my friend have a smashing day from us all at AU

At 12:57pm on June 8, 2015, Wasiq Hussain said…

Thanks Tom sir :) .. 

At 1:45am on June 7, 2015, Wasiq Hussain said…

Yes i did say that and its true. Because it focuses on the study of nature. again and again we are told in my religion to look around and discover, travel,gain knowledge,have good physical strength.. in my religion No one says that you have to worship God.You just have to believe that he exists.. I cant give more details because of the rules of this page. But its your choice what you want to do in life no one can make you believe or make you follow what is uncomfortable to you.

At 7:51pm on December 13, 2014, Davy said…

Happy Birthday Tom. Have a great day, enjoy it!

At 1:31pm on August 26, 2014, Stephen said…

Hi Tom welcome to AU hope you like it on site

At 1:29pm on August 26, 2014, Davy said…

Hello Tom.


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