Jonathan H. B. Lobl

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  1. Your legacy...

    "Everything I say is a lie." "I'm lying."
  2. Your legacy...

    "When you come to a fork in the road -- pick it up."
  3. That was impressive. Any thoughts on herbal teas? In particular, chamomile, peppermint or ginger?
  4. Your legacy...

    That sounds Taoist. Is it?
  5. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Apatheism is different. It's not about "not knowing" or "not believing". It's about not caring whether or not God exists. For the people are don't like arguing. "Nones" is misleading. A "none" could have any beliefs at all. The "none" simply has no affiliation. "No Preference"? Really? Someone who gives equal weight to Atheism, Islam, Christianity or Wicca?
  6. I thought it might be a fun topic to discuss the different labels. Atheists, Agnostics, Brights, Free Thinkers, Secularists, Humanists, Secular Humanists, Spiritual Humanists, Objectivists, Pantheists, Apatheists, Nones, No Preference, Etc. Of course, there are combinations. Apathetic Agnostic and Agnostic Atheist are popular. We all end up wearing labels, whether they fit or not. Sometimes, finding the perfect label becomes a game. Which label do you like? One of these? Something else? Stoic Atheist?
  7. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    I understand why the distinctions between Atheist and Agnostic don't excite you. They don't excite me. I tend to go with the Agnostic label, because I get into fewer stupid arguments with it. The difference is nuance. People get seriously over heated over that nuance. On Youtube, Agnostics and Atheists flame each other over the nuances. I know. It's silly, but there it is. I've had to drop out of some Facebook Atheist groups. They had raised the same tired question yet again. If you had to -- gun to your head -- take on a religion -- which religion would you pick? I said "Agnostic". From the reaction, you would think I had walked into their church and pissed on the altar. Free Thinker is more of a cultural thing. In a place like Saudi Arabia -- where Atheism gets you the death penalty -- the Free Thinker label makes a lot of sense. The Free Thinker label got it's start in the Christian world. It's rather old fashioned, but still has a following. Pantheism is for the people who have outgrown the Abrahamic God, but don't want to be Atheists. If nothing is God, then God is everything.
  8. Your legacy...

    You might surprise yourself. We don't have an actual expiration date.
  9. James Webb Space Telescope

    Some scientists have a great sense of humor. My favorite physics term is W.I.M.P. Weak Interactive Massive Particle.
  10. Your legacy...

    You do know what running amuck means, don't you? It's a way of committing suicide. Fifteen minutes of fame? Be careful what you ask for. I can imagine the headlines. "Crazy old man running with dagger. Falls down and hurts himself."
  11. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    If your memory goes back far enough, I used to advocate for Pantheism on this board. Things change. At least, I do.
  12. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    I needed some time to consider a response. Not all gods are equally improbable. I am satisfied with the evidence, that the Universe exists. I am less satisfied with the evidence, for the existence of other gods. As for what you know, I have been paying attention these past years -- while you explained what you know, and how you know it. Good reasoning for a Pantheist. Not so much for a Monotheist. As for Howdy Dowdy Time -- by all means. Let the good times roll.
  13. Your legacy...

    I don't suggest it. The world might not end. Then what?
  14. Authentic self

    Thank you.
  15. Authentic self

    At the risk of coming off as a pig -- I've had the experience of attending church services, looking up at the pastor in the pulpit, and being stunned by her beauty. No, I didn't say anything.
  16. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    The Natural Order is real. Nature is real. The Universe is real. Sky Daddy? Not so much. We are talking about what can be proven. It makes a difference which god we are looking for. The questions that we ask, matter to the answers that we find.
  17. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    If new information becomes available, I am ready to reevaluate. In the meantime, I will draw my tentative conclusions, on the information which is available. Not on the hypothetical information which might become available.
  18. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    A real scientist is always ready to say, that he doesn't understand the results of an experiment. This is how science advances. Real scientists enjoy results that were not expected.
  19. Your legacy...

    It was Dan who said "need".
  20. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    I think that there are enough real things to be afraid of, without inventing them.
  21. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    The Universe is a layered mystery. It does hurt my head. Still, fascinating.
  22. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Feel free to correct me. I thought that you were a Pantheist. Very different from a Monotheist. That means that your God is part of the Natural Order -- while the God of Monotheism is Supernatural.
  23. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    To my understanding -- that's all it is. My understanding -- Loki personifies the Chaos of entropy. His title is "mischief maker". He spreads disorder. The mighty Thor personifies a different type of chaos. He is the chaos of storms and battle. Their stories tell us how the different types of chaos work together. In one story, Loki helps the Storm Giants steal Thor's Hammer. In the next story, Loki helps Thor steal his Hammer back -- in a way that humiliates Thor in the process. The old gods are complicated. Much more so than they are generally understood.
  24. Your legacy...

    For me, one of the oddest parts of the Bible is the command to forget Amalek. In current idiom -- "Remember to forget Amalek". Of course, when people hear this for the first time, they ask -- "Who's Amalek?". But for the command to forget him; Amalek would have been forgotten thousands of years ago. Deut. 25: 19 19 "Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it." It seems that there is more than one way to leave a legacy.