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I was telling a friend today that there are times that I wish I was an alcoholic, because whenever I...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 9, 2018:
Maybe there will come a time this site has chat rooms, and maybe one of the chat rooms will be a support group. Atheists and agnostics are welcome, and often the majority, at Unitarian Universalist churches
Life is what you make it? True or false?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 9, 2018:
I think life is like a game of cards it is partly the cards we are dealt and partly how we play the cards. It is probably somewhere between the card game "War" and "Bridge" in how much it is how we play our hand. Unlike a card game, it is also how we view our "hand". Hmmmm My comment seemed less cliche and more profound in my head.
I think what surprises me most is the look of confusion on people's face when you say that you don't...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 9, 2018:
It's sometimes like that here in the sticks in northern Wisconsin. I can relate to that confused look on people's faces when you say you don't believe in God. I had one lady and she seemed happy, or excited or something, and she said, "I've never met an atheist before!". Kind of like she had just spotted a rare bird in the forest.
Valentines Day coming up. We're celebrating with poems, stories, and songs. I am looking for ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Roses are red Violets are blue I'm so glad we are finally through I much prefer spending time with my cat Doing what I want and getting fat If you think this sounds bitter You should see what I put on twitter
How about we have a military parade with widows, orphans and amputees. That would honor the troops ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Best post of the week
Random post: while sitting at my desk this evening listening to NPR and trying not to rot my brain ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 8, 2018:
I make up stories in my head. Once in awhile I write them down.
Are any of you folks trans-humanists? From wikipedia ... The most common transhumanist thesis ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 8, 2018:
You mean kind of like that old show "The Bionic Man"? Is there a way to make humans less selfish and aggressive? Those traits helped us when everyday was a survival test for individuals, but it might be our downfall as a species - nuclear war or global warming.
All my FB friends know I'm an atheist, yet I'm always getting invited to churches. I just got ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Tell them you will go if "the man of honor" makes himself visible and personally invites you. If he can do all things he should at least be able to do that.
All my FB friends know I'm an atheist, yet I'm always getting invited to churches. I just got ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Tell them you will go if "the man of honor" makes himself visible and personally invites you. If he can do all things he should at least be able to do that.
All my FB friends know I'm an atheist, yet I'm always getting invited to churches. I just got ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Tell them you will go if "the man of honor" makes himself visible and personally invites you. If he can do all things he should at least be able to do that.
All my FB friends know I'm an atheist, yet I'm always getting invited to churches. I just got ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Tell them you will go if "the man of honor" makes himself visible and personally invites you. If he can do all things he should at least be able to do that.
All my FB friends know I'm an atheist, yet I'm always getting invited to churches. I just got ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Tell them you will go if "the man of honor" makes himself visible and personally invites you. If he can do all things he should at least be able to do that.
All my FB friends know I'm an atheist, yet I'm always getting invited to churches. I just got ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Tell them you will go if "the man of honor" makes himself visible and personally invites you. If he can do all things he should at least be able to do that.
What's your talent(s)?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Surviving
While there are some qualifiers shown here , I'd love to see personal habits that would affect ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
So no prison pen pals for you?
More Americans who consider themselves white are discovering they are part African through DNA tests...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I'd be happy. I know it isn't logical to feel this way, but sometimes I don't like being a middle aged white dude because they are, IMHO, the main ones screwing up the country.
A bit of a thought experiment.
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I don't think so at all. In nature, the physical world, I don't think there is only one of anything. Multiple stars, planets, galaxies, etc... . Why would we assume there is only one universe? Because we don't know of any others? I don't know of a lot of things but that doesn't mean they don't exist.
To sext or not to sext?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I think itz greeatttyyn bjjjmmm,,,,..... ..mjh,..................
In the nicest possible way is this just another 'piss up the wall' contest? Because it certainly ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I know there are some practical reasons for the point system. I just can't remember them now.
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
What should women's ethical behaviors be based on?
Best way to live life generally?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Spend most of your time online
Research suggests atheism will defeat religion by 2038 — myscienceacademy.org
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I better start taking care of myself so I can live long enough to see it
Fellow sad singles, let's play a game. Why do you think you're single and what could you do to ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
That's a good question. Mine is complicated. If I can find this post later I'm going to respond. It's to early now for thinking.
When life hands you lemons do you pray for lemonade?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Might have been a good idea to use a different verb than "pray" on an atheist/agnostic site.
Who else will ignore Valentine's day? I will tell all those close to me that I love them. But I ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I will be getting my cats some heart shaped cat nip treats.
What would you say are your highest aspirations in life?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 7, 2018:
To acquire as much wealth, possessions and power as possible. Land the very best trophy wife ever. Get more attention than anyone, and become President.
Perfect Vacation.
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 6, 2018:
I like driving, eating out and seeing new sites. I would like to drive through all fifty states in Merica, and stop at hotels whenever I wanted. No set schedule. Well, I also always wanted to visit Africa and Australia, oh and India.
My friend has symmetrical face and I tell them they should try modeling. Actually I'm not the only ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 6, 2018:
I believe if a woman gets a compliment on her looks from a man she doesn't know well, she usually does not take it as a compliment if she's not into him, because she heard it as him saying he wants to have sex with her and she's usually right.
Insomnia and cannabis I've had lifelong insomnia issues. Some of my earliest childhood memories...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 6, 2018:
But what about the pharmaceutical companies and their multi-million dollar CEO's? Won't that hurt their profits?
Truth be told.. can you tell the difference..
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 6, 2018:
As the old saying goes, "They are always fighting because they are too much alike."
Just a pet theory I have regarding black holes and the Big Bang. Wormholes, the fate the ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 6, 2018:
If you would humor me.....I like this stuff but readily admit I have very limited knowledge on it. So what you are saying is the black holes suck in all the matter around it and this leads to a "big bang" and creation of another universe? I have heard the theory of universes popping out from other universes continuously. The second question is, well probably sound funny, but if black holes are sucking in all matter, why is there matter left in this Universe?
Advice for life.
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 6, 2018:
I'm pretty good at doing half of those on the list. The other half takes me out of my comfort zone.
Why argue about God or any belief?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 6, 2018:
As soon as you can convince religious people that spirituality is a private matter, then I will be all in for not debating it.
How to Ruin Your Relationship
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 6, 2018:
That about covers it
Has anyone noticed an increase in troll activities lately? What can be done about this? I saw ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Was it Paul Ryan?
Looking for fun and good conversations
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Look no more, you found it
One thing I enjoy about this site is that many regulars are from towns I've never heard of before ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Can you see through windows with Google Earth?
I don't drink alcohol. It's the choice I made many years ago and have never regretted. I never did...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I have seen a lot of the negative impact of alcoholism through my job. However, there are some of us who have partaken in alcohol consumption our entire life's without negative consequences. Yes part of the appeal is getting a buzz, but not everyone becomes addicted to it and puts it ahead of important things in their life. There is strong evidence of alcoholism being genetic, so you not having an interest is probably a good thing.
Does anyone here envisage a day when religious institutions would be sued to court to expunge hate ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
They do have verses that are violent and have intolerance in them. That being said, no I don't see that day and it would be a violation of their freedom of speech. Religion has the right to express what they want. The hope is people will learn to think for themselves and not be so gullible.
Passive Aggressive Relationship Techniques
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Good humor usually has a little "sting" of reality
Are you afraid of heights?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Yes I have a fear of heights
Thanks to FB and Agnostic.com enabling people to communicate with people across the planet finding ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Yes. The internet has helped to bring people of reason out about their beliefs, and connected to others who are tired of pretending the emperor is wearing clothes.
When you have good and bad news, which one do you prefer to share first?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I only share the bad news and keep the good news all for myself
What do you do to help curtail negativity bias?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I log onto agnostic.com
What would you do in this situation?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Wow. That sucks. Maybe they need time to process it. The problem is even if you were to give in and say you are a believer now, it would only take a little critical thinking to know you were not really a believer now, and only saying you were out of them using their love as an extortion tactic. The only real solution is for them to accept you as you are....Sorry you have to go through this. It is their decision though.
Let me tell you a little about me. I work with a company that offer support to parents of pregnancy ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I wouldn't be able to do that
I'm not certain this is the right category, but here's the random thought that occurred to me this ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
In a heavily induced morphine state or in my sleep
Washington DC is known as the chocolate city, Portland Oregon is known as the Rose City, what about ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
The town I work in and live just outside of (Medford, Wisconsin) is fondly called "Methford"; for its citizens tendency to partake in the consumption of crystal methamphetamines. It is a God fearing and Trump loving area.
Eagles coach: "I can only thank my lord and savior jesus christ." Now two players have said, ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Yah it was a great game so I decided to watch the post game interviews. The players kept giving the credit to the man upstairs and crap like that. I thought of this group then, "no wonder so many of my fellow atheists seem to hate football.". It is annoying. Grown ass men going on about their imaginary friend. Oh well, they ain't talking when they're playing, and it's fun to watch.
Are you good at small talk?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
No. I suck at it and find it boring. The older I get the more comfortable I am with just not engaging in it.
Purpose
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Donuts
I've landed here, on this site. Why? Why not? I don't think it's my place to tell others what to ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Welcome. And you're damn right it's a pun
Who will win the Super Bowl?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I'm the only one who thinks Eagles will win
How well do you think you can get to know someone through online communication only?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I've met people the old fashion way who ended up not being who I thought they were.
An interesting article that I wanted to share with the group. [slate.com]
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 4, 2018:
And this is one of the internet sites that is helping people become more confident, and feel less alone, in dealing with a society that scorns people who refuse to yield to a belief that is not grounded in reality. In the mental health field there is a treatment approach called DBT. One of its pillars is that people must accept reality, where they are in life, before they can productively make changes and move on to where they want to be. Maybe that principal holds true for the human race. Maybe once we give up the idea that there is a benevolent parent always looking down on us and taking care of us, we can better solve our problems and treat each other and our Earth better. I don't know that for sure, but I do believe things are better dealt with when looked at realistically. I know centuries of religion has not succeeded in making people treat each other well. I also know people cling desperately to their delusions that give them a false sense of comfort, and are not tolerant to anything or anyone who they perceive as a threat to them being able to hold on to that delusion.
Pat Robertson is recovering after suffering a stroke
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Too bad he can't recover from his narrow minded, self absorbed and hateful way of thinking.
Can you make an argument for why free will exists? My understanding is that free will, insofar as ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I have my doubts that I actually have any free will over my actions, but the judge evidently thought I did.
At what point?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Usually in the morning when I'm trying to drag my ass out of bed
Did you notice Bernie Sander's did not say "god bless America" in his response to the state of the ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Pretty sure Bernie is a secular humanist. During one of the debates he was grilled some about the whole god thing. He answered it the way I would have if I didn't want to commit political suicide. I remember watching it and thinking, I didn't know I could love the man more
Do you let your emotions get in the way of rational thinking?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
I think that is part of wisdom, acknowledge our emotions so they don't control us.
Soulmates
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
The problem with believing the highly illogical, thanks Spock, notion of a soulmate, is that it is a setup for a life of misery if your soulmate turns into your little demon from hell. I worked with a woman in her late twenties. She said she was done with romance. She believed she had met "the one" and now that he was gone there was no point in looking again. Now, as I write this, I can't remember why they were no longer together. She might have killed him....hmmmm...can't recall.
Are you going to be single for Valentine's Day?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
I will do what I always do. Fill the old bathtub up with eggnog, hop in, put on Pink Floyd "The Wall", and stay in the tub until I have consumed every ounce of the eggnog.
How to answer religious people's prejudiced remarks? I was just talking to a woman (because she ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
"It must have been hard for you to work with people you have sterotyped and have no positive regard or compassion for."
What is your good news and bad news?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
The bad news is that it is so damn cold outside with more snow to come, Trump is still POTUS and I live among his supporters, I live paycheck to paycheck, I'm exercising but the weight isn't coming off, the cat chewed through the cord on my phone charger. .......I'm sorry, what was the rest of the question?
If you are into physics and had the chance to learn about the double slit experiment. And as you ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
I'm coming back to these comments later, but for now my head is starting to hurt....
Fox News Is Driving Us Toward A Constitutional Crisis | HuffPost
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
The 2018 elections can't come soon enough.
Christian Blogger: Yoga Was Designed To Cause A ‘Demonic Trance’ | HuffPost
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Should we have another conversation with atheists/agnostics about how religion is harmless and live and let live? Do you really think those who feel they have a "special knowledge of the truth", without an ounce of evidence, will leave you be to live your life as you chose? It is delusional to think there is a neutral ground. Do you really think those who have made up a fantasy, have no intention of convincing others that their fantasy is reality? We either chose to advocate for reason, or we are complicit in continuing the "group delusion". One can't improve reality until they accept reality. I heard someone say atheists don't have any better idea what happens after death than anyone else. Let's be real, there is no evidence that anything happens after we die. We are not making up some fantasy of what happens after death. There is no evidence anything happens, and anecdotal evidence is useless.
If you are into physics and had the chance to learn about the double slit experiment. And as you ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
Evidently it is a legitimate and reproducible and verifiable experiment. I'm in a little over my head with this but it did get me thinking. In the mental health field we often talk about getting the outcomes we expect, if you think people are going to be hostile, your behaviors will lead to that happening, thus confirming your original belief.. Hence, how does the fact that one observing the physical world actually changes the physical world fit in with that? I don't know but it's fascinating. That's as far as I have gotten on that. Looking forward to others thoughts on this.
Mike Pence Promises Christians Will Get Special Protection
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
1.). Those who are use to entitlement (Christians in America) see equality as persecution. 2.). Christianity is founded on a persecution complex. 3.). Does that include special protection from the Russian investigation?
Michele Bachmann asked God for a sign about running for U.S. Senate and the Lord delivered
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
She used to seem out of the mainstream of the GOP. Now she fits right in...
12 STEP GROUPS There's been some discussion of 12-step groups here but I don't think there's been a...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I'm going to be honest, at the moment I'm too lazy to read all the comments. That being said, I've been doing AODA counseling for about ten years. I've been in the mental health field for about 30. I've seen twelve step programs help some people, and I've been a little uncomfortable with the amount of 12 step bashing on the site.
How many of you have thought of relocating due to your beliefs? I've heard about some areas being ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I live in a small town in a rural county. I do not like it but I am not moving because my minor children are here. It is a very conservative area, but I think I make it worse because I probably stereo-type people here too much. Anyway, it is helping me in liking my own company more, and I think liking myself more.
Just curious about political affiliation.
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
For 36 years I was a proud Democrat. Now I don't know what I am. I guess I might be a Justice Democrat- a movement that backs only Democrats who pledge to not have super PACs
I'm asking this not based on one's personal beliefs, but what is most appealing? Of all the ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I've always liked the idea of reincarnation
"The Wise speak, because they have something to say - The Fool, because they have to say SOMEthing."...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
True confidence is not walking into a room of people and feeling like you can "measure up" to anyone of them. True confidence is walking into a room full of people and not feeling a need to compare yourself to them. (Or something to that effect and I'm not sure who originally said it)
About you?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I'm a good listener and good at holding two completely opposite views in my head at the same time. However, I'm not ambitious and I'm a slob, and in my personal life I have grown intolerant of spending time with many people.
Today's political climate
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I hear you. I've been wrapped up in it pretty heavy over the last couple of years. At times it has made me so angry and depressed, and it can be so divisive, that I have had the same thought. I just want to disengage from it all. However, it's like watching a train wreck, can't take my eyes off of it. It doesn't leave me with positive feelings about human nature.
Ground Hog Day - Why is this still a thing?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 2, 2018:
People like traditions. I think it gives us some consistency and familiarity in this wild roller coaster called life
Pick-up lines are so yesterday. I want to hear your best break-up lines. I’ll start: “Damn...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Let's play hide and seek. You go hide and I will count to the rest of my life.
Hey friends... I'm a level 8 now... love ya.
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
You can cross that off your bucketlist
Does this sound like love?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Obviously not love, but if one has a need/desire for drama in their life, this is perfect. It's not for me. I got tired just reading the story.
Tell me, what is the successful recipe for a successful marriage?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
Live in seperate towns?
Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis, occurs when a group makes faulty ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
This post showed up at a good time for me. I just watched the series on Waco last night.
Let's play a game, my fellow heathens! See how many points you can rack up per the sinner sign! I ...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
There wasn't much left off that list. That being said, I only had 13, but that is due to a lack of ambition. I like how they had "bitter people" on the sign, when the whole sign reeks of bitterness.
Getting ready for the super bowl game?
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
I'm keeping the "faith" that the Eagles will win. I wouldn't put my money on it though because "faith" isn't reality based. Am I the only sports fan on this site? I find it a nice diversion.
Am I too young? I keep finding the same thing when I put myself out there. "Vaccines cause autism...
Rudy1962 comments on Feb 1, 2018:
I don't have any advice on dating. However, it's interesting you get accused of being a Trump supporter for not being "a hard left liberal.". I suppose I could be classified as "a hard left liberal" and I have been accused of being a Trump supporter for complaining about the Democratic Party.. You don't like the DNC? You must be a Trump supporter. "There are only two sides and you're either with us or with them" mentality.
Have you ever been told you look like someone famous?
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 31, 2018:
There was a brief period 17 years ago when people kept saying I looked like Robin Williams. I think I had a beard then.
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if ...
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 31, 2018:
I seized the moment by getting double points for first response!
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if ...
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Carpe Diem
What’s a petty reason you won’t date a man/woman?
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 31, 2018:
They get a restraining order against me.
Why do some comments have a "yes" or "no" option on them before people can click that they like ...
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Well now I feel stupid. Had I read the administrators post on my page, it answers my above question.
I don't confuse book learning with intelligence, they go well together, are not mutually exclusive ...
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 31, 2018:
I also love the quality of discussion here, and the wisdom in this post. I have a Master's Degree and had been in my line of work for many years, when I was put in a position where I had to work in a factory. At the job we had to tear down the machinery and put it back together when we cleaned "the line". I have never been mechanical and felt like the stupidest person in the place, and the only one with a degree. I had a friend in college who probably would have scored in the "MENSA range" on an IQ test. However, he was the most miserable son of a bitch I knew, and his social skills were next to none. My children outsmart me everyday. There are many types of intelligence.
I just shared with a friend of 35 yr, that I am on Agnostic.com and silence...Now, I know this ...
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Straight lines can get boring
What is your favorite cartoon show?
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Who lives in a Pineapple under the sea? That's the cartoon for me! Sponge Bob Square Pants!
I believe this is true
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 30, 2018:
So that is why the cop's are always yawning after I yawn.
Are the Millenials right and we judge them too harshly?
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 30, 2018:
I don't know, but their political views give me hope for the future, if we don't cause too much damage before then.
What ever happened to Xtians being nice, caring, and loving?
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 30, 2018:
Anytime I worry about being popular I remember Donald Freaking Trump was able to get elected president.
Are atheists in general, more intelligent than religious people?
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 30, 2018:
I think I'm probably smarter than over half the population, but my special skill is seeing through bullshit.
Where do you get your news from?
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 30, 2018:
The Young Turks
Naked mole rat found to defy Gompertz's mortality law.
Rudy1962 comments on Jan 30, 2018:
It kind of looks like Trump with no hair, or whatever that thing is on his head.

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