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Thomas, sorry I wasn't too clear - what I meant was, my last name is Walker. (But that gave me a good chuckle!)

Also, what I meant to say was - if you accept as true reality, without questioning, what you were taught about religion as a child, then if you were born in Iraq you would most likely be practicing Islam, and praying to Allah. I, and others like me would still be atheists (although that would be VERY dangerous over there).

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:03:00 UTC | #391918

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Thomas,

Thanks - actually I'm a musician/entertainer. I don't know what a "male rambler" is, but I am male.

I was just curious how you scientifically justified the existence of a soul, as you seem to base most of your beliefs on hard science. I see that you just accept without question (on THIS subject), no matter how improbable, what you were taught as a child.

Have you ever considered the fact that if you had been raised in Iraq, you would probably be a Muslim?

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 20:50:00 UTC | #391895

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Thomas,

If you don't care to answer my last post to you - comment #409286 - that's cool. Thanks for the discussion and I wish you all the best.

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:29:00 UTC | #391843

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Thomas,

I believe you keep referring to me as "Want", whereas my screen name is actually "Walk" (short for Walker). (Small detail - no problem).

Kudos for stating that your belief in soul is irrational and hasn't been proven, (so far). My question, however, is - - when you think of this thing you call soul, how do you suspect it works? Does it have mass, energy, etc.? After it departs the body, how do you suppose it sees without eyes, hears without ears, and maintains the collected memories of a lifetime without neurons or synapses?

I've always been curious as to how a believer squares the circle on these questions.

Thank you.

Edit: I forgot to ask - HOW have you come to the belief that there exists such a thing as a soul?

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:45:00 UTC | #391525

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lucifers daughter,

There are those here who could answer this much better than I, but I think you're looking for a place with the LEAST amount of believers. Japan? I'm not sure, but if you're serious I'm sure a quick web search would tell you.

Perhaps the real answer, however, would be to look into the real source of your anger. About 4 years ago, when I finally became completely atheist, my wife, shortly thereafter, joined the Mormon church (!). I've learned to live with this turn of events (as she has) and we now get along fine. We've learned to joke about it.

I don't know if that helps or not, and I'm sorry that religion has had such an effect on you. In what way does religion interfere with your life?

Edit: BTW, I live in California, USA, so MOST of my friends are Christians or New Agers. In the US, I believe the states of Washington and perhaps Vermont are the least religious.

Edit #2: "Are they evil?" For the most part, I think they are just afraid to die. My wife gets scared silly if she momentarily entertains the thought of no god/no afterlife. If a little irrational belief calms her fears - - well, who am I to try to take that away from her.

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:52:00 UTC | #391265

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