Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
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06-08-2013, 12:15 PM
RE: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
Lol I was a communications major...





Is Phoney Major! RTS learn nothing! Nothing!

... but in all seriousness, it's not the degree it's what you do when you get out. I'm a Snr. Web Dev now making decent money and with a couple more years of backend dev under my belt I'll probably top 120K easily....barely related to my degree at all.

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06-08-2013, 12:18 PM
RE: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
(06-08-2013 12:06 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(06-08-2013 12:02 PM)Escape Artist Wrote:  Yeah, that's really all I've got, too - is some college. I took a little certificate program that taught me how to type properly and familiarize me with various programs used in an office environment. Basically a clerical-type certification. Nothing fancy.

Do you plan to do more formal education?

Regardless, the secret is curiosity and reading. Read lots of different things.
Except Twilight - that will rot your mind.

Not that I can foresee, no. I love to write (fiction) and have been doing so for about three years now. I'm not published as I'm still honing my craft and all, but honestly that's what brings a lot of joy into my life and so unless I thought that furthering my (formal) education was something that might help my writing, then I don't see myself pursuing it. I tend to think that years lived and experiences, well... experienced are what count most toward improving one's writing (along with a whole host of other things, but I digress).

The only other field that I've been drawn toward is psychology but I feel like that would be a very demanding job and that I'd have to be nearly always available for my patients/clients and I'm a person who needs her alone time. Writing feeds into that need.

As I said, I do want to learn more about the world around me and have taken a keen interest in science since becoming an atheist so that desire for more knowledge is definitely there. I was one of those kids who loved the actual academics of school but hated the social aspect. Mainly due to stuff like this:

Escape Artist---> Sadcryface2 Laughat <--- meanies who picked on me



And what's this you've got in fine print there?

-reads quietly to herself-

Shocking But... I've already read Twilight. It's too late for me then, isn't it? Just say it. It's too late. Weeping

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06-08-2013, 12:37 PM
RE: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
Me! I'm in the first year of college,i heard it today that i passed to 2nd grade. And honestly,i dont think the degree matters. The degree is just a piece of paper. What matters is the passion of learning

I don't really like going outside.
It's too damn "peopley" out there....
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06-08-2013, 12:39 PM
RE: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
(06-08-2013 12:18 PM)Escape Artist Wrote:  
(06-08-2013 12:06 PM)Chas Wrote:  Do you plan to do more formal education?

Regardless, the secret is curiosity and reading. Read lots of different things.
Except Twilight - that will rot your mind.

Not that I can foresee, no. I love to write (fiction) and have been doing so for about three years now. I'm not published as I'm still honing my craft and all, but honestly that's what brings a lot of joy into my life and so unless I thought that furthering my (formal) education was something that might help my writing, then I don't see myself pursuing it. I tend to think that years lived and experiences, well... experienced are what count most toward improving one's writing (along with a whole host of other things, but I digress).

The only other field that I've been drawn toward is psychology but I feel like that would be a very demanding job and that I'd have to be nearly always available for my patients/clients and I'm a person who needs her alone time. Writing feeds into that need.

As I said, I do want to learn more about the world around me and have taken a keen interest in science since becoming an atheist so that desire for more knowledge is definitely there. I was one of those kids who loved the actual academics of school but hated the social aspect. Mainly due to stuff like this:

Escape Artist---> Sadcryface2 Laughat <--- meanies who picked on me



And what's this you've got in fine print there?

-reads quietly to herself-

Shocking But... I've already read Twilight. It's too late for me then, isn't it? Just say it. It's too late. Weeping

Oh, dear. The brain damage might be beyond repair. Weeping

But we must try. Yes

I strongly recommend, even urge, reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Take a peek here.

Frankly, I recommend anything by Bill Bryson.

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06-08-2013, 12:41 PM
Re: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
Bah. Not every atheist is over obsessed with science. Some of us prefer the world of fantasy and fun.
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06-08-2013, 12:41 PM
RE: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
(06-08-2013 12:39 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(06-08-2013 12:18 PM)Escape Artist Wrote:  Not that I can foresee, no. I love to write (fiction) and have been doing so for about three years now. I'm not published as I'm still honing my craft and all, but honestly that's what brings a lot of joy into my life and so unless I thought that furthering my (formal) education was something that might help my writing, then I don't see myself pursuing it. I tend to think that years lived and experiences, well... experienced are what count most toward improving one's writing (along with a whole host of other things, but I digress).

The only other field that I've been drawn toward is psychology but I feel like that would be a very demanding job and that I'd have to be nearly always available for my patients/clients and I'm a person who needs her alone time. Writing feeds into that need.

As I said, I do want to learn more about the world around me and have taken a keen interest in science since becoming an atheist so that desire for more knowledge is definitely there. I was one of those kids who loved the actual academics of school but hated the social aspect. Mainly due to stuff like this:

Escape Artist---> Sadcryface2 Laughat <--- meanies who picked on me



And what's this you've got in fine print there?

-reads quietly to herself-

Shocking But... I've already read Twilight. It's too late for me then, isn't it? Just say it. It's too late. Weeping

Oh, dear. The brain damage might be beyond repair. Weeping

But we must try. Yes

I strongly recommend, even urge, reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Take a peek here.

Frankly, I recommend anything by Bill Bryson.

I read "I'm a Stranger Here Myself." It was pretty interesting.

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06-08-2013, 01:59 PM
RE: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
(06-08-2013 12:41 PM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  Bah. Not every atheist is over obsessed with science. Some of us prefer the world of fantasy and fun.

For sure. I suppose the main reason I've gained an interest in it is because the churches I attended often equated science with evil so I spent a large part of my adolescence ignoring the subject entirely. Now I must needs know what was so vehemently denied me! lol

And for the record, I like fantasy and fun, too. Writing requires a lot of daydreaming, in which I am an expert.

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06-08-2013, 02:01 PM
RE: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
(06-08-2013 12:39 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(06-08-2013 12:18 PM)Escape Artist Wrote:  Not that I can foresee, no. I love to write (fiction) and have been doing so for about three years now. I'm not published as I'm still honing my craft and all, but honestly that's what brings a lot of joy into my life and so unless I thought that furthering my (formal) education was something that might help my writing, then I don't see myself pursuing it. I tend to think that years lived and experiences, well... experienced are what count most toward improving one's writing (along with a whole host of other things, but I digress).

The only other field that I've been drawn toward is psychology but I feel like that would be a very demanding job and that I'd have to be nearly always available for my patients/clients and I'm a person who needs her alone time. Writing feeds into that need.

As I said, I do want to learn more about the world around me and have taken a keen interest in science since becoming an atheist so that desire for more knowledge is definitely there. I was one of those kids who loved the actual academics of school but hated the social aspect. Mainly due to stuff like this:

Escape Artist---> Sadcryface2 Laughat <--- meanies who picked on me



And what's this you've got in fine print there?

-reads quietly to herself-

Shocking But... I've already read Twilight. It's too late for me then, isn't it? Just say it. It's too late. Weeping

Oh, dear. The brain damage might be beyond repair. Weeping

But we must try. Yes

I strongly recommend, even urge, reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Take a peek here.

Frankly, I recommend anything by Bill Bryson.

I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the rec!

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06-08-2013, 02:01 PM
RE: Any other not-so-highly-educated atheists out there?
(06-08-2013 12:41 PM)Hobbitgirl Wrote:  Bah. Not every atheist is over obsessed with science. Some of us prefer the world of fantasy and fun.

Silly hobbits.

Science is creative and fun. Thumbsup

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06-08-2013, 02:38 PM
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(06-08-2013 11:29 AM)Escape Artist Wrote:  I know atheists come from all walks of life, but for some reason I've got it in my head that most are highly-educated and... well, way smarter than me. I myself have got only a high school diploma and a college certification under my belt and I guess I'm feeling a little inadequate.

Sure, I love learning and I'm eating up knowledge like nobody's business now that nothing is off limits to me, but I've no real desire to "go back" to college and I'm wondering if I should feel bad about that. Consider

I probably shouldn't, but you know... I think about this shit too much.

I dropped out of college, and I'm probably lucky that I even went to college.

I guess I'm what you would consider not-so-highly-educated. I'm definitely not well-read, and I don't have an impressive, formal education.

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