“Again, I resort to the dictionary - forgive me, I am a wordsmith. What you are describing is an agnostic, which is different from an atheist. Open-mindedness is good.
Your statement "religions believe without reason and would not change that belief for any reason." is not accurate. I can cite hundreds, even thousands, of "religious" people who have changed their belief system, including myself.”
ivsciguy on Dec 9, 2013 at 09:19:58
“Most atheists are agnostic atheists. Theism vs. atheism tells whether you think it is more than likely that there is a deity. Agnosticism decides whether you think there is any chance you could be wrong.
Even Dawkins says that on a scale of 1 (Absolutely sure there is God) to 10 (Absolutely sure that there is no God) he would rank himself at a 9.
Also, I will amend my statement to say that religions believe without any physical or historical evidence.”
“Belef is confidence in something or someone without proof. You can count your books. You can measure the ice and take its temperature.
As for "belief" in an economic system, that is borderline. If your "belief" is based on solid evidence, then it is not a belief but an opinion. If it is not, then, yes, it becomes like a religion. For example, Communism under Stalin and Mao Tse Tung. Democracy among some extremists on the left and the right can be compared to a religion. So can patriotism.
A belief in God or no-God cannot be proved one way or the other.
ivsciguy on Dec 7, 2013 at 16:10:43
“Atheist don't actively believe that there is no God. They are skeptical and ample evidence that a deity exists has never been found and properly documented. The big difference is that the religious just believe without reason and would not change that belief for any reason. Atheists constantly look at the evidence and weigh the arguments and have thus far been unconvinced, but continue to consider.”
GregCampNC on Dec 7, 2013 at 16:08:13
“But atheism, by itself, is not a religion. It is not organized into a set of practices and doctrines. By contrast, communism acted like a religion. Atheism can be a philosophical position and thus in the same species as religion, but you're stretching the word beyond its bounds.”
“Atheism is a belief system. The dictionary definition of religion is a "set of beliefs." So, yes, it is a religion.”
troutster on Dec 7, 2013 at 20:37:46
“Like bald is a hair color.”
O Possum on Dec 7, 2013 at 20:19:10
“By that logic, meatloaf is bread.”
Hirnlego II on Dec 7, 2013 at 19:52:32
“It's a lack of beliefs in god(s), that doesn't make it a set of beliefs.
Buddhism however does have a set of beliefs.”
GregCampNC on Dec 7, 2013 at 14:57:10
“Beliefs regarding specific things. I believe that I have X number of books. I believe that the roads around here are icy right now. I believe that the free market is a better economic system than communism. Do you call those religions?”
“Yes, of course there should be a safety system. They are operational on other railroads and on the NYC subway system. But they cost a lot of money. And the public are the first to scream bloody murder if there is a fare increase or an increase in taxes to subsidize public transportation. This is what you get.”
“Sorry not to be more understanding about what you are going though. owever, I am not referring to spelling or punctuation so much as usage. For example, "jest" instead of "jist" and "down" instead of "don." Changes the meaning entirely.”
“Having lived in Greenwich Village for more then thirty years and watched almost as many Haloween parades, the fact that anyone finds cross-dressing somehow "shocking" is shocking. Are they really that naive in the boonies?”
“Cassie, I like your thoughts, but the life expectancy in the Elizabethean age was mor elike 35-40 years. In addition, your post is full of grammar, usage and spelling errors.
You seem like an educated person, so this is baffling.”
CASSIE60 on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:39:19
“The average age was 30. For the "upper crust". The poor were not so fortunate. Since I am in the middle of caring for my handicapped brother who may at any giving time require my assistance in between typing, and I am not teaching at the University level any longer ( retired History Prof). I have not put too much emphasis on the punctuation, spelling or grammar as long as people get the jest of what I am trying to convey or render to the discourse......Try, changing a diaper in the middle of your thought sometime and get back to me.....I do this NOT for a "grade" or "living" but a release to have an interaction with the outside world.
I can and have on the rare occasion taken the time to be scholarly in my presentation, especially, with the pusillanimous readers. Today is not one of them, Pardon the errors!”
“There is nothing in this article that suggests that "cereal is in jeopardy." Okay, Kellogg's s sales are down, and maybe other major manufacturers' as well. But when 90% of American households (per the article) are buying cereal, this is a pretty big market share. Not likely the product will disappear.
I see new brands appearing almost daily. And many (or most) of them are far more nutritious than what Kelloggs and the other big ones produce. No, I don't think cereal will disappear from the shelves, in spite of all the other breakfast options.”
Nov 7, 2013 at 16:36:23
“An interesting list, and I plead guilty of perfectionism. It has served me well professionally, not so well personally. The worst effect for me is that of either avoiding the things I know that I will not excel at, or doing them and not really enjoying them because I will never get an A+.
But her advice - to "practice authenticity" and "just let go" of the perfectionism is kind of glib, unless HP abbreviated something that was more profound. (Would they do that?)”
“You are right. The plan was supposed to be that the money saved from closing the institutions was to go to outpatient care and, where needed, appropriate housing facilities. It never happened.
I have a mentally ill family member who is currently homeless. All attempts to find care for her have failed.”
straightuptalker on Nov 5, 2013 at 06:04:40
“Shameful set of circumstances...Homeless and mentally ill at the same time. It clearly demonstrates we dont know how to treat them, and haven't progressed at all since patients were kept locked up in those chambers of horrors. So the focus now is for physicians to prescribe mind-altering drugs to induce a false sense of calm to their befuddled minds where they simply cannot cope.”
“Yes, these institutions ("insane asylums") were horrendous. But, when they were emptied out, the money did not go into outpatient care. There are tens of thousands of mentally ill walking the streets, sometimes living on the streets, and there is little care available for them. And, if they refuse treatment, nothing can be done, no matter how bad their situation gets, until and unless they harm themselves or someone else.”
The Taxman on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:06:08
“That might require government spending, and there are a whole bunch of people in Washington and state capitals all over this country that have a deep aversion to doing anything that might help people if it costs money.”
Oct 29, 2013 at 17:04:15
“No, the study did not show that the roots are biological. It showed that people were more inclined to rejoice in the suffering of those they disliked or envied, and that the emotions were reflected in the brain. Cause and effect are not shown, nor can they be. It is almost certain that competition and envy have largely social origins, but we can't know that. Repeat after me: "correlation does not imply causation."”