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  2. I believe that the only real reason to attend college (and I graduated) is to find out how to do research and look things up. I OJT'd as a civil engineering tech and ended up knowing more about structural design and materials than my Masters degree boss - I did the math and he signed it. Of course he inherited the business from his father who was old school and really knew the field - I learned a lot from the old guy. I also learned land surveying the same way (8 yrs OJT), passed the state test designed for college grads and was licensed to practice. I was never a great math student in school but I had a burning desire to learn and was successful in the long run and ended up owning my own survey company.
  3. I don't believe you

    This I fully get. Mindset plays a major part in all this. Many theist can't see an atheist point of views. Some atheist can not understand a theist perspective, agnostic really just don't know either way (probably the best stance). Agnosticism in my eyes is an either-or stance. Balanced. It's not directly assuming a yes or no answer, but a open curiosity towards either direction. Apatheist is not worrying about it. Yet each of these ideas cultivate it's own mindset. A model of reality. What I've noticed is that those who believe in ghost "see more ghost", because they are looking for them and the mind will fabricate them. It's the same thing that allows people to see "god" in everything.
  4. I don't believe you

    None for me either when I started studying the Taoist teachings in Tendai and stopped believing in spirits.
  5. I don't believe you

    I think there is a difference between an educated assumption (belief) and a faith based belief. I do get the emotional appeal of certain beliefs. There value is in the meaning they give, same for purpose. A "higher ideal" in regards to our finite existence. Perhaps it makes the sting of death much easier to bear.
  6. I don't believe you

    I think for some challenging their beliefs is like challenging who they are, their identity and this creates anxiety which triggers the flight or fight response. For me, towards the end of my Atheist stage there was so much of me invested in the stance I don’t think I could see myself any other way. It also like fighting the fight after the threat was long gone, so there is habit involved too. There is an emotional attachment thing going on too, like hanging on to a relationship that you have outgrown. In reality, there were no fireworks when I shifted to Agnosticism. For me, taking Philosophy was cathartic, my take away was I should never allow myself to be so invested in a belief system that I didn’t question it or couldn’t let it go, if I can’t let it go then I need to figure out why.
  7. I don't believe you

    I just thought of something....What exactly would I do with my seminarian certificate? Build a altar out of Lego, make my Satanist chick harem wear nun hats and start the "Church of Cute and Fluffy Murderous Chainsaw Bunnies"? ......wait a minute.....
  8. Game of Thrones

    You have to give it up to the special xf team this season. Their dragon work was spectacular this along with everything else they did. They pulled no punches and I've reconsidered why the second dragon was killed off so haphazardly. There was no good time to do it and it had to be done for the sake of the budget but overall they really delivered.
  9. I don't believe you

    You already have the answer: a challenge to what we hold dear invokes a threat response in the one challenged. No one likes to be told they are wrong, or are making a mistake, so we double down on those positions we hold.
  10. I don't believe you

    My beliefs changed as I learned new things, so I never understood this. I think it might be because I was taught early to question everything and not have blind faith. But people should still have a little bit of pragmatism and see facts but they don't, and I could never wrap that around my head.
  11. US apparently readying for Iran attack

    Oh, I completely agree that they not only aren't modern, they're damned near Medieval.
  12. I don't believe you

    I wonder that in some cases another person beliefs "harm" us in some way. I don't mean all the time, but in certain cases and in certain ways. What is it about various beliefs that urk us so? I know that the brain treats belief as fact. When a belief is challenged it creates a threat response. Which usually ends up in an argument about said belief. I know that beliefs typically have an emotional value. In the case of religious/spiritual beliefs it probably purely emotional. But why? Why hold onto a belief so firmly that anything that challenges it, is consider a violation? We all saw what political beliefs can do in this thread. (Lets not repeat that okay)
  13. I don't believe you

    That's why I stopped helping the haunted. You really can't take that avatar serious...
  14. I don't believe you

    Butt burps on a hard plastic chair in the middle of class. That's a winner.
  15. Psychic attack! Need help!

    I think you honestly need psychiatric help.
  16. I don't believe you

    Because they are in the middle of quiet worship in a Quaker Meeting, or during a staff meeting full of prudish yuppies
  17. I don't believe you

    It's like the whole mentos and diet coke thing. How exactly did that happen? Was someone eating a mentos and took a swig of diet coke? Did they drop one in a bottle by accident? Who knows.
  18. Psychic attack! Need help!

    I'm trying to but the thing is i haven't seen him in 3 months the only contact we have with each other is telepathy if that's what it is
  19. That's one of the things I'm trying to say.
  20. I don't believe you

    Why are farts funny?
  21. Atheism is incompatible with science

    Nothing indicates that the divine is real at all. Its a man made idea that some are overly attached to. The only way hid exists is through mags imagination. Nothing in nature at all indicates a god would or should exist. Everything that is know about the god idea is all stuff we made up. There is simply no good reason at all the think the divine even exists.
  22. Psychic attack! Need help!

    but how? we don't see each other at all
  23. Psychic attack! Need help!

    You seriously need to get away from this situation. Whatever the heck it really is. Sounds like an abusive relationship to me.
  24. US apparently readying for Iran attack

    Why should he be bothered with it when you aren't? FTM, do you have "proof" it's a false flag attempt? Didn't think so, just a twisted worldview that you expect everyone to agree with because it's YOUR'S
  25. Psychic attack! Need help!

    No. The earth magnetic field dwarfs our own bio-electromagnetic field. Anything "projected" is powerless. Which means no one is reading your thoughts, no one is sending you thoughts. The only things that could possibly be going on is mere suggestion and body language.
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