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“The First Task of Government Is To Make Large Numbers of People Governable.”

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen May 13, 2018. 1 Reply

That’s what a sociologist told me after I became politically active.How does government do that? Borrowing from Robert Burns, “Let me count the ways.”Religion is one way, and religion makes other…Continue

Tags: rule, govern, power

“Once a Catholic, always a Catholic” or “Don’t toss the baby with the bath water.” How would you reply?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Nov 14, 2018. 8 Replies

A man who has tried several times to quit Catholicism, but each time returned, gave me the first of those lines. i had quit in 1957 and told him I’d never heard that but had often heard “Once a…Continue

Tags: Catholicism, Catholic

Tell Neil deGrasse Tyson You Want Evidence

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris May 13, 2018. 9 Replies

Evidence? For what?For his claim early in Chapter One of his Astrophysics for People in a Hurry that “nearly 14 billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known…Continue

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The Big Bang Doesn't Deserve Your Faith. It Also Doesn't Deserve Your Tax Money

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 29, 2017. 6 Replies

I once heard a Unitarian minister say Unitarianism is for people who haven't kicked the church habit.The Big Bang is for people who haven't kicked the faith habit.It has preachers. They make claims.…Continue

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Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"I would reply to the snowflakes approx as follows, in context 8:11 - You make one. 8:18 - You make one that doesn’t. 8:22 - You make two snow men. etc also in context."
Nov 13
Tom Sarbeck commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion or at least a Religion without Scump
"Xianity did stuff very much like this when it was a majoority religion."
Oct 30
Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Joan, what’s best about aging is that it happens only once."
Oct 16
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davy's discussion How is this for the stupidity of Interpretation of an Old Book! in the group Imagine No Organized Religion or at least a Religion without Scump
"Hm-mm, when does the xian NT first mention women? One such timeline mentions a marriage at Cana without identifying those married. I found no timeline that mentions Mary or any other woman. And yet, so many women today cling to xianity. Why? It does…"
Sep 29
Grinning Cat replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion Is Spatial Ability (as described here) Related To Directional Sense? in the group The Burgeoning Family Tree of Monkey Men and Women
"That reminded me of hearing about languages with no relative directional terms like left and right, where everything's described in terms of north, east, south, and west. Children growing up and learning to speak in those cultures have no…"
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Joan Denoo replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion Is Spatial Ability (as described here) Related To Directional Sense? in the group The Burgeoning Family Tree of Monkey Men and Women
"When I am outside, I can usually maintain my sense of direction if there are mountains or some reference point to which I can orient myself. If I am on a flat plane and the sun is directly overhead, I am lost. East, North, West, and South all become…"
Aug 22
Chris B replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion How do mothers (usually) bring up boys to respect women as equals? Or not do so? in the group Coffee Break without any Mention of that Idiot
"I was youngest child, only daughter, and trained from an early age to do everything for everyone, without expecting thanks. After my escape I could only think of equality and I did everything I could to get there."
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Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"He is/will be America’s most laughed-at president."
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Tom Sarbeck commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please! Looking better in 2020!
"Remember, many xians want to reach their heaven asap."
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Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Most interesting, Doone. Bilateral symmetry’s origin has long puzzled me, partly because it sometimes doesn’t happen."
Mar 23
Tom Sarbeck commented on Adriana's group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Aw, our making words shorter is a good thing. T. Jefferson changed a rule of parliament though and did us wrong. In the seldom-used filling a blank procedure, UKers buy low and sell high. TJ turned it around and we Yanks buy high and sell low."
Mar 23
Tom Sarbeck commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"Rulers use religion. —Seneca(?) What would increase the effectiveness of our attempts to proselytyze?"
Oct 14, 2019
Tom Sarbeck commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"Doone, I’m wondering who in academia would say small societies make gods bigger than necessary to control those societies. Asto Trump, he has outgrown his base in the Republican Party. His prose suggests that he’s going to make himself…"
Oct 8, 2019
Tom Sarbeck commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"Stephen, I viewed the Grandeur clip skeptically, wondering if it would become an advert for the Big Bang. (NASA’s budget does allow it to buy a lot of prose and video, including whole chapters of the PBS series NOVA. I don’t know if…"
Oct 8, 2019
Tom Sarbeck commented on Michel's group The Daily Cosmos or Interesting Facts about the Universe
"Not the best explanation we have, Stephen; the best explanation you know. We differ in that in the 1960s when I first learned of the BB explanation, I was studying physics and doubted it. You doing ok? I’ve been visiting www dot agnostic dot…"
Aug 21, 2019
Tom Sarbeck commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion, Please!
"It is said that making good people do bad things requires religion. I would rewrite that as Making good children the slaves who a generation later will do bad things requires religion. That is what religions do; they make the slaves who, if…"
Aug 20, 2019

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At birth a None. At six my dad put me in a Catholic School. At 26 I escaped to agnosticism. No lightning bolts hit nearby and at 78 I came out to friends as an atheist. A chat with a pal brought me to AU.

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At 3:12pm on December 13, 2017, Stephen said…

Happy Birthday Tom. Have a smashing day

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

 
 
 

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