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  • _Robert_ replied to the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 2 days, 5 hours ago

    Atheists are certainly unusual, willing to give up life everlasting and social acceptance for what we see as the truth. It took me a long time and I still bite my tongue almost every day.

  • mike replied to the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 2 days, 6 hours ago

    I wrote that as my exorcism after our families thanksgiving get-together; where my niece handed out Bible verses for everyone to read after dinner… I read mine like a champ (chump) and then needed to expel my demons…
    It came directly from my bible studies (know thy enemy) :/

  • Strega replied to the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 2 days, 6 hours ago

    Chuckles

  • mike replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 9 hours ago

    … engaging the frontal cortex (thinking logically) reduces anxiety. Perhaps this is to do with how picking up factual information reduces ignorance of the unknown.

    I would agree with that. I would add that thinking illogically also reduces anxiety: blind faith serves the same purpose. Unfortunately, disinformation and maintaining ones i…[Read more]

  • mike replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 9 hours ago

    Do you think that human primates are/were any more alert to danger than other species of animals?

    We had a common ancestor: a cousin that survived because of that trait…my guess is that this organism might have looked fish-like before it had the amount of neurons necessary to make cognitive predictions. I would bet that the trait developed w…[Read more]

  • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 13 hours ago

    I don’t know if you can pick this up where you are, you might have to register your e-mail address or some old crap that they’re asking you to do now.  Somewhere it talks about how engaging the frontal cortex (thinking logically) reduces anxiety.  Perhaps this is to do with how picking up factual information reduces ignorance of the u…[Read more]

  • Simon Paynton replied to the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 13 hours ago

    Do you think that human primates are/were any more alert to danger than other species of animals?  I would have thought that life is dangerous for any creature living out in the wild.

    There is a thing called the “smoke detector principle” which means we are alerted to potential threats “just in case” they turn out to be dangerous.  I believe we t…[Read more]

  • mike started the topic Our anxious past in the forum Science 2 days, 14 hours ago

    Speaking of anxiety; think for a second about the life of our common ancestor Lucy, three million years ago. She was diminutive and weak, compared to other primates at the time: she had no claws, no vicious teeth and soft, easily damageable skin. Her body hair was disappearing: looking like she was going through a case of mangy,…[Read more]

  • mike started the topic A letter to God in the forum Advice 2 days, 21 hours ago

    A LETTER TO GOD
    Dear God,
    I know you are very busy: your inbox must be quite full of prayers. Luckily you do the “all knowing”, telepathic thing, so not all people have to write you…because five billion sheets of copy paper; that would form a stack 306 miles high, is a bit tough to get through in any day. Considering there are around two trill…[Read more]

  • Mike, if you post that letter as a blog rather than an update we can reply to it (and theists can help explain it to us!!)

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