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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

Hacking Happens: Describe Life When We Have Few If Any Secrets

Started Oct 16, 2016 0 Replies

During the 1960s, we in the computer industry knew hackers would try to get access to information stored on computers. We knew confidentiality, or secrecy,  would require each pair of computers to…Continue

Tags: manipulation, blackmail, shame, control, hacking

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Mrs.B's discussion fry on trump
"Mike Allen says it well and left me remembering the narcissist I dealt with ten years ago. His impulsive verbal cruelties made normally competitive people cooperate long enough to remove him from the office to which he'd been…"
Friday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
"Chris, I've heard xians say their god works in mysterious ways but I wasn't paying attention. Do you reckon other religions' gods do the same?"
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
"Ford, I don't believe you."
Jun 17
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
"Not interested in religion, yes. Terrified of religion's threats, and as driven by his fear as Ford is, no. He's a kid; he might some day grow up."
Jun 16
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
"Again, Ford, it's a legal term. The word exists only in the law. I won't knowingly let you back me into a corner."
Jun 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
"People who do S/M interpret the golden rule differently."
Jun 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
"That's a rational decision, Mrs. B. A woman's 'hearing the clock ticking' takes the decision away from the rational brain."
Jun 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
""Murder" is a legal term and the law makes murdering wrong. "Kill' is not a legal term and killing may be right or wrong There's killing in self defense. Murder in self defense?"
Jun 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
"Maybe not idiotic IN THIS DAY & AGE, Mrs. B. With births decreasing in Japan and other nations, with anti-vaxxers endangering themselves, with people denying climate change, and more, humankind might be taking the early steps toward reducing…"
Jun 13
Tom Sarbeck commented on Chris's group Right Wing Whackos
"Dobson et al want a dominionist USA? The 1960s delivered the first blows to America's Third Great Awakening. The milennials have it on life support. People who read Geoffrey Stone's new book "Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion…"
Jun 13
Tom Sarbeck commented on Chris's group Right Wing Whackos
"Strange bedfellows acting out the wars inside them."
Jun 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Neal's discussion The Sunday Planet - June 11, 2017
"For what reason are we products of natural selection concerned, or fearful?"
Jun 12
Tom Sarbeck left a comment for Tammem Maaref
"Hey, Tammem, I thought only mathematicians are crazy. Anyway, I hope you're enjoying SF as much as I did during my 20 years there."
Jun 8
Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Science!
"Even such as Richard Feynman has to choose his words carefully. In his meditation he says evolution has a purpose. "The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate...." His word choice does have a…"
Jun 5
Tom Sarbeck replied to Mrs.B's discussion Witch Hunt
"When does exaggeration--"a million ways"--destroy one's credibility? "[Trump] made that anger clear in something like a million ways....""
Jun 1
Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Science!
"How much stranger can it get, we who arrived most recently think we rule the earth?"
May 31

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Tradition at Birth
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Current Religion
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Occupation
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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