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I have taught science for 30 years. I have worked as a scientist in two different fields. I was raised in the Presbyterian church. I abandoned it after my first year in college. I realized I had many questions that theism could not answer adequately.. I have been an atheist ever since.

Until recently, I found being an atheist meant being a hidden population. Glad that being rational is becoming more socially acceptable.

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Get down and give me 20; licks that is.
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
Gladly
The Proof: That God Exists There is a hierarchy in Animalia, not only as quantified by the DNA ...
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
Government is a tool, nothing more.
What do you fear more... the Covid-19 outbreak or its effect on our psychological, social, political...
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
Trump Republicans. Stupid is forever, ignorance can be cured. Trump's supporters fall into the first group unfortunately.
How is your little world today? Um·welt /ˈo͝omvelt/ noun (in ethology) the world as it is ...
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
Cool, new word. Thanks
If you're looking for something different to watch try Tiger King on Netflix. It is a documentary ...
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
So sad for the big cats.
Like a dream
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
A fun composition. Thanks
Fernweh (n.) A craving for travel. Being homesick for a place you’ve never been.
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
I can relate to this one after the last few days. I've always had wanderlust. Satisfied some, but still have a few locations left to completely satisfy. Hope the situation is finding you safe and well.
I'm no scientist but it seems to me we sure are giving the climate a breather with much of the world...
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
That is an interesting question and the data from this time may make for an interesting data set and establishment of a base line for the future.
Dynamosuchus collisensis: A new species of Ornithosuchid Pseudosuchian from the Late Triassic Santa ...
t1nick comments on Mar 24, 2020:
It's nice to see someone speaks my language. I teach an introduction to college geology class. My interest has always been paleontology, taxonomy, and phylogeny. Thanks for the posts.
Oldest human ancestor found. ;) [scitechdaily.com]
t1nick comments on Mar 23, 2020:
Cool
Saurophthirus laevigatus: A new species of Flea from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of ...
t1nick comments on Mar 23, 2020:
Cool. Good technical information.
Phoenix dactylifera: Seeking the origin of the historic Judean Date Palm, using genetic analysis of ...
t1nick comments on Mar 23, 2020:
Interesting
Stunning 700-year-old giant cave used by Knights Templar found behind a rabbit hole in the British ...
t1nick comments on Mar 22, 2020:
Amazing. I am watching a Turkish series on NetFlix that puts Turkmen against Templers in Season 1. Templars are the bad guys. Its Turkish after all. Lol
And another weak historical reference to Jesus bites the dust: [sciencenews.org]
t1nick comments on Mar 22, 2020:
Interesting. I'm not sure best evidence, best explanation will satisfy devote Christian believers. Oh well, who care. Lol
this...........
t1nick comments on Mar 22, 2020:
Seems I've been arguing this exact notion all day on other posts. A good summary. Thank you.
Thoughtfull perspective on the virus, giving some historical context .. [humanprogress.org]
t1nick comments on Mar 22, 2020:
Another excellent read is, "Horseman on the Roof", by Jean Giono. It's about a cavalier who gets caught in the area along the border of France and Italy at the height of the black plague. They made a movie of it many years ago. He also wrote another excellent novel about the Lombardi region. This one was about the internecine war between the Lombardi region in the north, and the groups from around Napoli. A good was to understand the culture that is being debated now in Lombardi.
Those were the daze!
t1nick comments on Mar 22, 2020:
I love fat freddy's cat.
Religious figures blame LGBT+ people for coronavirus
t1nick comments on Mar 21, 2020:
Let's just turn the tables a little and say God brought this pestilence upon us because Evangelicals and Christians disregarded ethics and morals and backed Trump. Lol
This is going viral. I'm not sure who wrote it, because there's no name, signature, nor published ...
t1nick comments on Mar 21, 2020:
Thank you for explaining it so eloquently and concise.
Prehistoric girl had parents belonging to different human species | New Scientist
t1nick comments on Mar 21, 2020:
That is a reasonable assumption. At one time there were at least species of humans, along with Neanderthals that lived simultaneously. Throughout the evolution of the human species, multiple times there have been more than species of humans existing contemporaneously.
While everything is taken place in the world right now, how many of you have starting talking to ...
t1nick comments on Mar 21, 2020:
You are on the wrong site.
WOW .. A series of Potential Effects after the Virus is Contolled that will LEAD TO A NEW WORLD ...
t1nick comments on Mar 20, 2020:
Soviet Union was not Socislist. It was Communist. Russia is not being successful. Their economy is about to collapse and the elections are rigged. Dissidents are jailed, killed, or disappear. I hope we are nothing like that. It is an oligarchy, owned by Putins (and by association, Trumps friends). The government is a near dictatorship and totally owned by the corporate friends of Putin. The citizens got a shot of nationalistic pride with the annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine. But that was short-lived. Life in Russia is not pleasant according to most reports not controlled by the state media machine. The oil war between Saudi Arabia and Russia may bring down the government if it lasts too long.
It's funny. The severity of the coronavirus might not have been so bad if Trump wouldn't have gotten...
t1nick comments on Mar 19, 2020:
Damn staight.
lol all these idiots praying for god to save them from the virus. wasn't it gods idea? now you ...
t1nick comments on Mar 19, 2020:
Why do we care what the theists think anyway?
So. With everything going on right now: how have you been?
t1nick comments on Mar 19, 2020:
Just began working from home today.
They are on both sides - Republican and Democrat
t1nick comments on Mar 19, 2020:
It is true that members of both parties are owned by various corporations. But to equate their evilness as equal is spurious. It's a simple way to shrug your shoulders, throw your hands up and proclaim, "They're all corrupt and I can't do anything, so I just turn cynical and do nothing". That's an abrogation of responsibility as a voter and citizen. If you look at the total of corpus passed by the Democratically controlled House, the majority of them were written and passed to benefit the average citizenry. Then look to McConnell and the Republican lead Senate and you will very easily and clearly see the difference between the two parties. Just take the Senate vote today. My parents grew up on the Great Plsins during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. As I grew up they always said, "Democrats were for the common folk, and Republicans were for the Corporations". It appears nothing has changed.
One of Darwin's evolution theories finally proved by Cambridge researcher. [phys.org]
t1nick comments on Mar 19, 2020:
The evolutionary principles have been demonstrated over and over for the entire 140 years since Darwin. It is difficult to claim absolute proof for something that has so many variables, even when evidence has been obvious.
Trump Invokes Defense Production Act At a White House press conference, President Trump claimed...
t1nick comments on Mar 18, 2020:
I agree with all the descriptions of Trump offered up below. However, the most recent update I heard since the press conference is Trump has backed off the DPA for now. Obviously somebody behind the scenes got him and checked him. Probably a group of CEO's who would be most affected if DPA enacted.
It was a good day in Illinois. Pro-life Democrat in the House Loses to Progressive Challenger ...
t1nick comments on Mar 18, 2020:
Yeah, winning one battle at a time.
Happy Wednesday all...Game of thrones
t1nick comments on Mar 18, 2020:
Never saw it. Know of it, but never watched.
Just wondering ...
t1nick comments on Mar 17, 2020:
Luminati Trilogy
25000 years old structure from mammoth bones
t1nick comments on Mar 17, 2020:
Several circular structure are found throughout Siberia. Often made from caribou antlers.
Funny meme
t1nick comments on Mar 17, 2020:
Twerking. Talented butt cheeks. Lol
Nictitating, more from “Crow Planet” ”…nictating membrane (the translucent film-like ...
t1nick comments on Mar 17, 2020:
We have Ravens ( a cousin to Crows) as opposed to crows. Our ravens are decreasing their population due to competition from pidgeons.
πŸ’¦πŸ’¦ Conserve water, shower together!
t1nick comments on Mar 17, 2020:
Good advice. Lol. Don't forget to wash your hands. Lol
Dead Sea Scrolls at Museum of the Bible are forgeries
t1nick comments on Mar 16, 2020:
So are we saying a fake of a fake doctrine.
I want to say that I am an agnostic, and I don;t need/want anyone trying to tell me what I "really" ...
t1nick comments on Mar 16, 2020:
Yawn
HEGEMONY. - Noun...leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others ...
t1nick comments on Mar 16, 2020:
One of my favorite words. Used similar to paradigm when talking about nations and political systems.
🌯πŸ₯”πŸ…πŸ”πŸ„. There's no shortage of food in the supermarkets of NYC.. not much panic buying...
t1nick comments on Mar 16, 2020:
Large empty aisles
Empty Store Shelves, Shortages, High Anxiety Make no mistake. This is what socialism looks like. ...
t1nick comments on Mar 15, 2020:
Economic bailouts for billionaires and corporations is what corporate socialism looks like.
This is somewhat political, but it is a map. It could include Japan, North Korea, and others for ...
t1nick comments on Mar 15, 2020:
All to true. The last vestige of white privilege and old world Imperialism. The walls are closing in fortunately.
What are your personal pet peeves about religous people?
t1nick comments on Mar 15, 2020:
Mostly stupid questions about religion on a site dedicated into not believing in religion.
Some praise for ritualistic practice
t1nick comments on Mar 14, 2020:
Routines and rituals are important to most mammals. If the ritual or routines successfully provides them with the basic elements for survival, they will return to it again and again. It calms the anxieties of the unknown and unpredictable. When routines and rituals become unpredictable or no longer net the desired results then a new one will be found to replace it (hence paradigm shift). Humans are among the only organism to take routine and ritual to ridiculous ends. We are not an evolutionarily fit species.
✨ Sheer delight..
t1nick comments on Mar 14, 2020:
I like sheer and diaphanous.
March 13, 2020: With empty shelves, cancelled events, closing schools, rising infection, high ...
t1nick comments on Mar 14, 2020:
In February of this year Trump directly addressed questions about the disbanding of the Pandemic Response Office by saying that the members hadn't worked for years. Because no pandemic had arisen for a few years this office was not necessary. Besides he claimed, if a need arose, they could be gotten back easily. So his claim about knowing nothing was just another outright lie by Trump.
Hi there fellow Heathens, Agnostics, etc, etc, NO I didn't end up getting burned at the stake or ...
t1nick comments on Mar 13, 2020:
Welcome back Triphid
Stegosaurus footprints found on Isle of Skye Grapefruit-sized tracks are first evidence that ...
t1nick comments on Mar 12, 2020:
Cool
I think the US will not be as harmed by Corona as other cultures because we seem to have the most ...
t1nick comments on Mar 11, 2020:
Rugged individualism myth sets the stage for increased isolation by individuals. Your observation isnt too far off.
Dinosaur head found in amber: [sciencemag.org]
t1nick comments on Mar 11, 2020:
Cool. Preserved DNA?
Two legends right here
t1nick comments on Mar 11, 2020:
Is that Annie Lennox?
Coco Killer
t1nick comments on Mar 9, 2020:
Nearly perfect IMHO.
πŸ‘© Write your own caption..
t1nick comments on Mar 9, 2020:
"Your own caption" lol
😘 Good morning all.. Did I post this pic yet? Too bad, I like her! 😍
t1nick comments on Mar 9, 2020:
Yup. But that's okay, she has a nice smile.
OK, so I don't know what you peeps want.. Very little feed back on pics I think are amazing . ...
t1nick comments on Mar 8, 2020:
You're doing just fine. Post what you like and we'll support.
Student discovers a village in BC older than the pyramids. [archaeology-world.com]
t1nick comments on Mar 8, 2020:
Misleading title. It would have been better to compare this find to Clovis sites in Southern France or east coast of the US. The size of the population involved in the BC site and pyramid building Egypt are significantly different. The level of technology between the two cultures is significantly different. I guess my complaint is the unnecessary sensationalism by comparing to Pyramid building Egypt, when in reality they have absolutely no relationship to one another whatsoever. We have had substantial proof that migrations from Siberia to North America began sometime around 30,000 years before present(BP). At the same time a migration form southern France (Clovis tradition) to the east coast on North America occurrred following the edge of the Continental -Polar ice sheet. Micronesian migration to Central and South America was actively happening during this time. Why bring Egypt into the picture at all? Poor journalism.
Christian Film “20 Minutes” Falsely Suggests Atheists Find God When Facing Death | Hemant ...
t1nick comments on Mar 7, 2020:
There is an old axiom, "There are no atheists in a foxhole". I do not believe it for many, but I could imagine a lot of people losing their professed ideals when faced with death.
πŸ“· Looking for Mr. Goodbar.. Any volunteers? Good night all..
t1nick comments on Mar 7, 2020:
"Looking for Mr. Goodbar" didn't end well as I remember.
Lady Gaga anyone?
t1nick comments on Mar 7, 2020:
I'm a Gaga fan. She is reminiscent of Annie Lennox of the Eurythmic. Similar lyrics and singing style.
Nathaniel Woods executed in Alabama despite someone else confessing to the crime | indy100
t1nick comments on Mar 7, 2020:
The law in Alabama doesn't care, just as long as some black person dies and is scapegoated for the crime. Jim Crow is alive in Alabama and white privilege is the law of the state.
The people who read the bible also believe that god wrote the bible! WRONG! Man wrote the bible! ...
t1nick comments on Mar 7, 2020:
The Bible is based on cultural stories that were passed orally from generation to generation by story tellers. As oral traditions go, they remain pretty true to the main concept but details change with every telling and every story teller. The Bible was first written in 325 CE at the First Council of Nicea, modified again at the Second Council and the Council of Rome. Constantine brought notable elders in, they recounted their oral stories and selected those they wanted to keep, and discard or ignored those they didnt want. They tended to be patriarchal and omitted a number of the female chapters. So in essence the Bible was written 300 years after the so called Christ lived.
The people who read the bible also believe that god wrote the bible! WRONG! Man wrote the bible! ...
t1nick comments on Mar 7, 2020:
The bible is based on an oral tradition passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. That alone renders it unreliable as each teller puts his/her own spin on it to accommodate their telling style. The stories were collected together at the First and Second Councils of Nicea in 325 CE. The Council collected the various stories, picked those that were the most patriarchal ( I doubt they consciously intended to do that) constructed the first Bible.
This news article is loaded with facts and should scare everybody in this room and educate some. And...
t1nick comments on Mar 7, 2020:
Despite your adamant insistence that this is fact, truth, and logic, this is still an Alt-right propaganda piece. He sprinkles reasonable sounding statements, then makes spurious and hyperpolitical conclusions that only follow if you buy in to his brand of paranoia, isolationism, and propaganda. His specious conclusions are too numerous to enumerate in one sitting. Tucker is, and will always be a self-serving apologist for this Administration that is so short-sighted as to put us in the predicament we find ourselves in to date.
I think it’s important to realize that we are very fortunate to live in a time that we can think ...
t1nick comments on Mar 6, 2020:
Science is about the search for truth and knowledge, supported by evidence. Technology is about profiting from that science. The two are not necessarily sympathetic to one another. Science when done correctly demands adherence to exacting strictures and tenets. Technology demands adherence to market share and profits with varying degrees of scientific methodology.
My most desirable woman in the world.....Lucy Lui.!
t1nick comments on Mar 6, 2020:
Always been a big fan of hers.
Someone recently argued that greater educational attainment in first nations is the driver behind a ...
t1nick comments on Mar 6, 2020:
I do not know if you are an educator or in the education field, but my experience is contrary to your argument. Having taught for 31 years at the high school level, in six different schools, I find religion was a significant part of every school culture. I have taught First Nation for 21 years (and still am). and Ive taught in main stream culture for 10 years. In all that time, the theists drove the culture, if not directly, then indirectly. It was unsafe carreerwise to profess it be known as an atheist or agnostic. When theist teachers or Adminstrstors thought it necessary, they always inserted their beliefs and religious opinions into the circumstance. It was unwise or unacceptable to contradict or challenge them. And I am not known as a shrinking violet. I have fought social, cultural, and racial injustice my entire adult life. Most of the time against my own white privilege peers much to their dismay. But in all that time I knew there was a line I could not cross and keep my job. That line was challenging the ardent theists on the staff. I could council for tolerance and point out errors in stereotypes and judgements. But if a theist wanted a prayer at an assembly, even if half the population were not Christian, it was dangerous to challenge as most teachers are Chrisrian, as are most Administrators, and most parents in the country. Even in First Nation (at least in my present community). Although that wasn't true in my first First Nation community, there Native culture and beliefs were still more intact than many tribes. Although Christianity was encroaching and assimilating religious-cultural beliefs as Christianity is so good at doing.
Missing Piece of the World's Oldest Analog Computer Found on Aegean Seabed
t1nick comments on Mar 5, 2020:
Cool
[yahoo.com] of Donna Brazile tells the chairwoman of the RNC to "go to hell" on Fox News. Kudos...
t1nick comments on Mar 4, 2020:
The Repubs should go to hell. They lack scruples, ethics, and decency. Hell is the only place that adequately suits them. Too bad I don't believe in a hell.
Some Atheists can be just as self righteous and judgmental as Christians/religious people. Change my...
t1nick comments on Mar 4, 2020:
I resemble that remark. Lol
From my friend Jim, with whom I often agree. What do you think? “My current analysis, if ...
t1nick comments on Mar 4, 2020:
I don't think Bernie could win against Trump. Not because Bernie isnt more intelligent by a long way, he is. Not because Bernie isnt charismatic, he is. But even he could not withstand the on-slaight of name calling, misinformation,and lies the Republicans would heap on him. At some point, the irrational fear mongers control the room because they are louder, more vociferous, and pander to peoples fears. The ensuing noise would dissuade many voters, even with another 4 years of Trump as a liklihood.
Vitamin sea in a sunsetβ˜ΊπŸ˜‰ like it?
t1nick comments on Mar 3, 2020:
Poetic caption.
Today I celebrate six weeks without a cigarette. I look forward to people not avoiding me at work ...
t1nick comments on Mar 2, 2020:
Hang in there. You're doing great.
Greetings. Decided to join because I'd like to meet like-minded people. Whether it's ...
t1nick comments on Mar 1, 2020:
Welcome.
Hey! Another shots from meπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜
t1nick comments on Mar 1, 2020:
Nice collection. Thank you.
Hey, I am ready! Good morning πŸŒ… everyone! 😁
t1nick comments on Mar 1, 2020:
Long time no hear. Glad to see you still with us.
[mc4bbs.livejournal.com] Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?
t1nick comments on Mar 1, 2020:
Could be because they are?!!!!
Punch him in the face [punchdonald.com]
t1nick comments on Mar 1, 2020:
That was fun. Lol
On the pre-history of the Caribbean - I will post translation below. [elnuevodia.com]
t1nick comments on Mar 1, 2020:
I look forward to the translation. My Spanish is only functional.
On the pre-history of the Caribbean - I will post translation below. [elnuevodia.com]
t1nick comments on Mar 1, 2020:
I look forward to the translation. My Spanish is functional only.
'News' is spun to match the bias of the audience, feed them what they prefer to hear...
t1nick comments on Feb 29, 2020:
Only the less-educated quote Ayn Rand and FOX news.
Bucket list. Name one thing you want to do before your time comes.
t1nick comments on Feb 29, 2020:
I did it. I got my PhD at age 60.
B&W mixed, 45 x 33 cm © Nikola Ojdanic
t1nick comments on Feb 29, 2020:
Interesting composition
Gravity is not uniform. It varies geographically.
t1nick comments on Feb 28, 2020:
In general, the variance in the gravitational pull anywhere on Earth is pretty small. One of the variables necessary to calculate gravity is the radius (squared) from the center of the Earth to the object of interest. in general the greatest difference would be sea level to the top of Mt. Everest, 29,029 ft. When plugged into the gravity equation there is a difference, but in relative terms it pretty small.
There is a coronavirus whistleblower from HHS claiming A lex Azar of HHS exposed the whistleblower ...
t1nick comments on Feb 27, 2020:
That is a little unfair. CDC's protocols are well established and work. If there is a hesitation in using South Korea's test kits, I have a hunch there may be a good reason. I worked for the CDC the summer of 2007. Their scientists are the best in the world. There protocols are almost beyond question. They take their work as serious as a Navy Seal on mission. The reason that the last three pandemics were not any worse is because of the CDC and their methods. I know its popular to criticize an agency because it part of our bureaucracy. But they in no way resemble other agencies.
The jacket is only ok, but the tie is perfect!
t1nick comments on Feb 27, 2020:
That's a body paint job I think.
The first case of community transmission of the coronavirus has just occurred in northern ...
t1nick comments on Feb 27, 2020:
To put an idiot that is virulently anti-science in charge of running the coronavirus pandemic is scary. The first thing he did was to limit the public access to the experts that are attempting to head off the pandemic. Pense placed an information cap on all on infomation coming out in an attempt to politically control what we know.
Should psychics and fortune tellers be handled like con-artists and thieves?
t1nick comments on Feb 26, 2020:
If there were penalties, we wouldn't have anymore politicians. Lol
Are these two of the most beautiful actresses ever?
t1nick comments on Feb 25, 2020:
They were the generation immediately before my own Still, they were still two of most graceful and classy women I've ever seen.
Harvard Scientist Predicts Coronavirus May Infect 70% of Humanity Harvard University ...
t1nick comments on Feb 24, 2020:
Lol
Lemniscate: In algebraic geometry, a lemniscate is any of several figure-eight or ∞-shaped ...
t1nick comments on Feb 24, 2020:
Cool. New one.
He had a point
t1nick comments on Feb 24, 2020:
I got to thinking about my comment. As can be seen from the phylogeny of the Pongids, Gorilla split with our ancestors around 10 million years before present (MYPD). This actually post-Mesozoic (which ended 65 MYPD). Gorillas branched from the Pongids (Oranatang). Panini (chimps) branched from gorillas. We are 99% genetically similar to chimps. Less than 1% makes us different from chimps. So I stand corrected on the connection between gorilla lineage and our lineage. I'm not wrong on the contemporaneously evolution of our two species.
He had a point
t1nick comments on Feb 24, 2020:
Lol. We did not evolve from them. We evolved contemporaneously. Our common ancestor was in the Mesozoic. Apes are not our ancestor, nor are we theirs. After the Mesozoic split, each species went it's own way.
😱😲😡They're a bit nipply..
t1nick comments on Feb 23, 2020:
Indeed
A lot of the men I've talked to this week can't handle a woman with undeterred opinions. I've ...
t1nick comments on Feb 23, 2020:
Their loss.
😘Create your own caption... Best caption gets a kiss 😘😘
t1nick comments on Feb 23, 2020:
They gave me a shot right there! Want to kiss my boo boo?
Obstacle course and sweet moments.
t1nick comments on Feb 22, 2020:
I must get up to your part of the world one of these days to check out all those incredible mountains.
Well, I am starting to make plans to go to the Atheist convention in Phoenix. Unless something out ...
t1nick comments on Feb 22, 2020:
I was thinking about going. It's about 5 hrs from where I live. Depends on my Spring Break.
Angel Of Alt
t1nick comments on Feb 22, 2020:
Hmmmm?
I'd heard clique before but not ...
t1nick comments on Feb 22, 2020:
Republicans
Good morning all... Who likes body paint?
t1nick comments on Feb 22, 2020:
I have always loved body painting.
Surfing USA 2020!
t1nick comments on Feb 21, 2020:
Nice beach. Lol

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