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07-04-2013, 11:19 PM
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Hey everyone!.. my name is Jason, and I drive tractors and bobcats in Southern CA. I have been a skeptic for a long time, but I have only recently come out as a full athiest within the past year or so. I have always felt the need to seek some sort of spiritual answer to the problems with my life, but since I have accepted reality, and stopped looking for convoluted solutions to simple problems.. I feel like I can stop wasting so much time looking for other people's "answers" and start letting the evidence be my guide.
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08-04-2013, 11:39 AM
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I'm Michael, A 15 year old from the UK, hoping to one day become either a politician or a physicist.
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08-04-2013, 12:48 PM
Greetings, all
Hey everybody,

I'm brand new to the site, and delighted to be here. I'm a 44 y/o finance guy who was raised a Southern Baptist. Somehow I had the fortitude to resist the avalanche of bullshit I heard on Sundays as a child, and remained christian-ish but essentially "non-practicing" throughout my 20s/30s/40s (despite the efforts of a very "faithful" family). Around Xmas time 2012 I was fooling around with my new iPhone and trying to figure out what the heck a "podcast" was (lame, right?). One of the first podcasts I stumbled across, completely out of curiousity (what is this "atheism" thing, anyway?) was Seth's. And UNHOLY CRAP, what an eye opener! I credit Seth and TTA for helping me figure out the whole reality versus nonsense thing at long last - for giving a name to the doubts and misgivings I have had for decades. Seth's podcasts and my subsequent exploration of atheism/secularism/skepticism have been nothing short of a personal epiphany.

I haven't decided how to best plug into the atheist community and contribute, but I figure this is a start. Looking forward to chatting, debating and learning with you all.

--Unholy Warrior

"You see, it's all very clear to me now. The whole thing. It's wonderful."
-- Dave Bowman, "2010"
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08-04-2013, 02:38 PM
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Hello, everyone! I'm 28 from Oregon, and have been a fan of TTA for over a year. I also love stand-up comedy. So, yeah, this is me introducing myself. lol
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08-04-2013, 02:55 PM
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(08-04-2013 02:38 PM)Gerg Wrote:  Hello, everyone! I'm 28 from Oregon, and have been a fan of TTA for over a year. I also love stand-up comedy. So, yeah, this is me introducing myself. lol

Sorry, doesn't quite cut it. You will have to submit a short clip of you doing a stand-up routine. Deadline is Wednesday, 17.30GMT.

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Those who the PTM (Powers That Moderate) have decided to let through the pearly heavily-guarded gates of TTA - welcome.

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08-04-2013, 05:49 PM
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(08-04-2013 12:48 PM)UnholyWarrior Wrote:  Hey everybody,

I'm brand new to the site, and delighted to be here. I'm a 44 y/o finance guy who was raised a Southern Baptist. Somehow I had the fortitude to resist the avalanche of bullshit I heard on Sundays as a child, and remained christian-ish but essentially "non-practicing" throughout my 20s/30s/40s (despite the efforts of a very "faithful" family). Around Xmas time 2012 I was fooling around with my new iPhone and trying to figure out what the heck a "podcast" was (lame, right?). One of the first podcasts I stumbled across, completely out of curiousity (what is this "atheism" thing, anyway?) was Seth's. And UNHOLY CRAP, what an eye opener! I credit Seth and TTA for helping me figure out the whole reality versus nonsense thing at long last - for giving a name to the doubts and misgivings I have had for decades. Seth's podcasts and my subsequent exploration of atheism/secularism/skepticism have been nothing short of a personal epiphany.

I haven't decided how to best plug into the atheist community and contribute, but I figure this is a start. Looking forward to chatting, debating and learning with you all.

--Unholy Warrior

"You see, it's all very clear to me now. The whole thing. It's wonderful."
-- Dave Bowman, "2010"

Consider yourself plugged-in and welcome.

Throughout history conversions happen at the point of a sword, deconversions at the point of a pen - FC

I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. - Mark Twain in Eruption
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09-04-2013, 12:18 AM
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Hi Darklady from downunder ...
major life change a few years ago
I enjoy talking, discussing, and being made to think ...
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09-04-2013, 05:42 AM
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I'm a 48 year old father of 2 living in Utah. No, I'm not Mormon, and yes, I only have 1 wife (I get asked these questions everywhere I go, so I try to get it out up front). I grew up in a home that while not very religious, were believers anyway. After moving to Texas in my 20's, I began attending church with my girlfriend (now my wife of 23 years) and began my "spiritual journey". Over the years I was pulled further and further into the religious lifestyle. We moved quite a bit for my job, and each church we attended would recognize my natural leadership skills and try to capitalize by using them in their church. I helped with running services, reading scripture, teaching sunday school, and eventually became a youth leader. Even though I had always loved science and thought anthropology was fascinating, I was willing to put aside my intellect when it came to religion. Then, I attended an exciting new class taught by a very good friend of mine. It was about "Intelligent Design". As I sat and listened, my jaw dropped and hit the table. I was stunned by the complete nonsense I was hearing. I knew the so called evidence given for ID was wrong and twisted good science or used poor science and logic, but I didn't have factual data that I could use to refute ID. I began researching the real science to disprove ID theory. At this point, my intent was to show that God and science could coexist, but that intelligent design was wrong. After a few years of reading and researching, I began to realize that I could no longer set my intellect aside and have faith. Every place I searched, I found zero evidence for any god or gods. I now accept that I am athiest, but am not yet open about it. My wife, is still a believer, although not as devout as she once was. My family, friends and in-laws still think we will go back to church someday (we left 5 years ago), and get right with god. I know this will never happen. Thanks for listening.
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11-04-2013, 01:14 AM
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I was raised as an Agnostic Skeptic, and a year ago, I read Good Without God and plowed right into affirming what I always knew - I was not just Agnostic, but a Humanistic Atheist, and happily so. I have raised my son as such as well. We watched his last step-dad "cram for finals" when he knew he was dying, and how he changed from laid back hippy to uptight, conservative Christian in less than a year, all because of fear of death. It gave us a reason to talk about religion, dying, and different beliefs/hopes for what may happen after you die. Very hard lessons to live thru, but it made us stronger, without driving us to religion.

Kat
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11-04-2013, 01:55 AM
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I am a 57 year old airline pilot. I was born a sceptic and an atheist. I used to think I was alone in my disbelief but not anymore. I love science. I love to laugh at magical thinkers. I know I shouldn't but I can't help myself. I find the Thinking Atheist podcast a refreshing take on the whole debate. Thanks to people like Seth i have some reasonable rebuttals to theist arguments instead of just laughing and calling them stupid. I do enjoy some of the downright rude podcasts too. Ever listen to Emory Emory? He's like the anti-Seth. I used to listen to Art Bell on the radio in the middle of the night. I never believed a word of it but I still got a good laugh out of it. Best response I ever heard for "I'll pray for you" was "And I'll think for you".
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