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A bit about me
« on: January 17, 2007, 03:35:54 PM »
Music - any and all, but I like metal, classical, blues, swing and hot jazz the best. I especially like Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull. And Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. And the Beatles.

My favorite movies are (not necessarily in this order) :

The Medicine Man
The Fifth Element
The Princess Bride
Dr. Strangelove; or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
2001 A Space Odessy
The Abyss
Brazil
Cool Hand Luke
Gangs of New York
Dirty Work
Nothing But Trouble
Big Trouble in Little China
Bloodsport
The Night Visitor (with Max von Sydow)


Books:
Fiction:
I like sci-fi and non-fiction science, mostly, some fantasy, some horror. The book I've read the most (at least 10 times, I've lost count) is The Walking Drum, by Louis LaMour. A book I only read once, but enjoyed greatly, was Giles, Goat-boy.

Hobbies:
Chess, puzzles of various sorts, hiking in nature, surfing the web, arguing with fundies, and, above all, reading, reading, and more reading. I read incessantly, almost compulsively. I even read while walking down the sidewalk, if the light's good. I listen to a lot of progreesive radio talk shows.


My favorite quote:
Quote from: H.G. Wells, in [i]The Discovery of the Future[/i],
We look back through countless millions of years and see the great will to live struggling out of the intertidal slime, struggling from shape to shape and from power to power, crawling and then walking confidently upon the land, struggling generation after generation to master the air, creeping down into the darkness of the deep; we see it turn upon itself in rage and hunger and reshape itself anew, we watch it draw nearer and more akin to us, expanding, elaborating itself, pursuing its relentless inconceivable purpose, until at last it reaches us and its being beats through our brains and arteries...It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all that the mind of man has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening...
Out of our...lineage, minds will spring, that will reach back to us in our littleness to know us better than we know ourselves. A day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this Earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars.



I was baptised a Southern Baptist, but I was able to choose whether and when the event occured. I was "on fire for God" at the time, and dove into the church hand over foot. I was 14, I guess, and I'd been wondering about the liklihood of an afterlife being something I could really look forward to. I figured, if their's no God, then how am I to have an afterlife? If I have no afterlife, then I don't have to worry at all about burning in Hell for my "sins", and I'm free to do, or think, anything I like, as long as I can keep anyone from knowing of the bad things I did, or thought. I guess I succumbed to a form of Pascal's Folly, I decided that it was better to assume God's existence until I could rule it out. Friends of mine at school ( I went to a different school every year of my schooling, but that's another story) were of differing denominations, though all of them were Christians of one stripe or another. We discussed our various dogmas at lunch, or at recess sometimes, and I couldn't help but notice that each of our sects included the postulate that all other interpretations of scripture were not only wrong, but were of the Devil. Each of us were taught that our respective brand of Christianity came straight from the Word of God, and that false prophets were trying to preach a different Jesus. I remember, for example, talking about speaking in tongues, since some of my friends (which included both genders) were of the Pentacostal persuasion, Church of Christ, that kind of thing. But we Southern Baptists, we didn't believe in speaking in tongues, and yet it seemed to me that they made a good case for tongues being scriptural.

So I began to wonder how I could be sure that I just happened to be of the right religion. And I wasn't even yet considering anything other than Christian sects. I set about to discover if there was some way I could distinguish the correct religion out of all of the ones that were available. Unfortunately, by that time, I'd already been infected with a love of science, and though I'd hoped very hard to find some kind of reason to believe in a life after death, all of the avenues to that end I studied, all of the spiritual arts in which I sought a clue to evading oblivion, none were persuasive enough, in the light of observational evidence, to convince me.

So, after years of reading, and living life (that's another story, too), I decided that, given Occam's Razor, I had to conclude that, complex as the universe is, it is simpler to postulate a universe without a supernatural realm. Without a supernatural aspect to the universe, there could be no supernatural entities, gods or otherwise. No ghosts, no goblins, no gods.

Once I realized that I could no longer have faith in God or an afterlife, I was a bit miffed, feeling I'd been decieved by the adults in my life the whole time I'd lived. I felt that they must've known that what they'd been preaching to me was a fairy tale, just like the fairy tale of Santa coming at Christmastime. I was in my late 20s by this time, and I was having a good life, so I didn't make any waves about it, I just didn't keep my disbelief a secret. I didn't have forums like this I could go to in order to fellowship with my fellow freethinkers, and being in Dallas, I had to be circumspect with my philosophical opinions.







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"Some say God is living there [in space]. I was looking around very attentively, but I did not see anyone there. I did not detect either angels or gods....I don't believe in God. I believe in man - his strength, his possibilities, his reason."
Gherman Titov, Soviet cosmonaut, in The Seattle Daily Ti

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Re: A bit about me
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2009, 04:33:55 PM »
Hello, Unbeliever

My name is Robert D. Wright, and I am 16 years old (about 17 on october 3rd)

I am new to this site as of today and it seems to be one of the best sites for agnostics/atheism

I started to become atheist around the age of 10, but I may have been more agnostic.  My family used to attend a church regularly but we started going less, and less.  Eventually, this stopped, and most of anything religious appeared b/w us solely.  I have friends, most of which all have different religions (Hindu, Christian, and a confused friend who is not sure of what to go by).  We get along greatly which probably means they are true friends, if they can accept eachothers differences.

To this day, I am an extreme atheist.  Seeing or hearing someone genuinely believe or talk of a diety outrages me, but only on the inside.  I guess you could say I have a high tolerance, even though it pisses me off terribly, because I have yet to blow up on someone for talking to me of thier gods.

Is there anything I should do differently from what I have been doing?

Approximately, how many members are registered to this website?

Should I fly the flag of atheism?

And lastly, my parents do not know of my 'religious' status in the current, is it necessary to tell them at all?  (I do not like having talks with them, so I mostly avoid it)

Even though this is my first day joining a site like this... you already seem to be a hero to me, I can already feel it.
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Re: A bit about me
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2009, 02:54:57 PM »
Hello, Unbeliever

My name is Robert D. Wright, and I am 16 years old (about 17 on october 3rd)

I am new to this site as of today and it seems to be one of the best sites for agnostics/atheism

I started to become atheist around the age of 10, but I may have been more agnostic.  My family used to attend a church regularly but we started going less, and less.  Eventually, this stopped, and most of anything religious appeared b/w us solely.  I have friends, most of which all have different religions (Hindu, Christian, and a confused friend who is not sure of what to go by).  We get along greatly which probably means they are true friends, if they can accept eachothers differences.

To this day, I am an extreme atheist.  Seeing or hearing someone genuinely believe or talk of a diety outrages me, but only on the inside.  I guess you could say I have a high tolerance, even though it pisses me off terribly, because I have yet to blow up on someone for talking to me of thier gods.

Is there anything I should do differently from what I have been doing?

Approximately, how many members are registered to this website?

Should I fly the flag of atheism?

And lastly, my parents do not know of my 'religious' status in the current, is it necessary to tell them at all?  (I do not like having talks with them, so I mostly avoid it)

Even though this is my first day joining a site like this... you already seem to be a hero to me, I can already feel it.

Hi littlegrimlin1!

I never intended to be anyone's hero, just wanted to make some things available for study and fun. My only advice is to be yourself, whatever others may think of you. I don't know that atheism has a flag, but there's certainly no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed for not believing fairy tales. I only get annoyed when theists try to force their dogmas and morality on those of us who don't hold their religious faith.

I don't think it's necessary to tell your parents, but it would be nice if you could do so without worrying if they'll hate you for it, or something. If you feel comfortable about it, then by all means, talk to them about it. Just tell them how you feel, and that you can't really help it. Belief isn't something that can be chosen, either you have it or you don't.




 
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"Some say God is living there [in space]. I was looking around very attentively, but I did not see anyone there. I did not detect either angels or gods....I don't believe in God. I believe in man - his strength, his possibilities, his reason."
Gherman Titov, Soviet cosmonaut, in The Seattle Daily Ti

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Re: A bit about me
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009, 06:20:26 AM »
I'm 64 years old and spend a lot of my spare time on the Net...mostly YouTube, Atheist Forums, and Science Blogs.

I love this site for the number of links to so many interesting subjects...Well done Unbeliever, I really appreciate your efforts.

I lead a fairly sedate life (because I'm basically lazy and don't like to do anything too strenuous). My main interest (apart from surfing the net) is listening to 1950's Rockabilly music. Just in case anybody else has the same interest here is a link to HepKat59's YouTube channel where he has uploaded about 1400 different songs from that period.
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HepKat59#g/u

And here's a link to one of my favourite rockabilly tunes on HepKat's Channel:


I live in Adelaide, South Australia. If you have any questions, just ask.