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by smellincoffee
August 10th, 2009, 10:35 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Political Humanism
Replies: 15
Views: 2686

Re: Political Humanism

These questions have made me realize that there's a difference between humanism's human values and more idealistic values. I tend to forget the difference. What I'd like to see is a group that takes these problems seriously, that makes common human values their central platform -- that refers to the...
by smellincoffee
August 9th, 2009, 8:19 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 88881

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

Humanist, Skeptic, Universalist, freethinker, rationalist, and somewhere down the list, atheist. By "Universalist", I mean...well, a number of things. I think of it as humanism with a spiritual flair. Of course, "spiritual" is ill-defined. It's an acceptance of humanity as one, belief that all human...
by smellincoffee
August 9th, 2009, 7:31 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Political Humanism
Replies: 15
Views: 2686

Political Humanism

I'm looking for ideas and discussion on what humanist politics might be like. I have some ideas of my own. Most of these are ideas I think everyone can agree with: statements that are more ambiguous are bracketed by asterisks. First, I believe that humanist politics should begin with a radical commi...
by smellincoffee
May 24th, 2008, 1:44 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: WWI Books?
Replies: 8
Views: 1414

Re: WWI Books?

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman is one I've heard many times. I actually used isolated portions of it for a paper on the air war over France -- obviously just for general information. I'll recommend the other WW1 books I used for that same paper. The Price of Glory (Alistair Horne) was a fair...
by smellincoffee
May 24th, 2008, 1:31 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: The original book thread
Replies: 406
Views: 46406

Re: The original book thread

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, Modern Germany: Its History and Civilization , and East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I don't recall who wrote Modern Germany off-hand The Darwin book is actually the abridged, illustrated version edited by Richard Leakey. According to the introduction, the boo...
by smellincoffee
May 24th, 2008, 1:27 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Music at your funeral.
Replies: 49
Views: 8787

Re: Music at your funeral.

"My Way", Frank Sinatra is mandatory. Some songs I'd want people to remember me by, though:
"The World Ain't Slowin' Down", Ellis Paul
"Young at Heart", Frank Sinatra
"Life is a Magic Thing", Johnny Clegg
by smellincoffee
May 23rd, 2008, 1:15 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Explain your avatar
Replies: 561
Views: 92478

Re: Explain your avatar

My avatar is of Frank Sinatra. I've been using this avatar for nearly five years now, which should tell you how much I like it. There are a number of reasons it has persisted. (1). Frank Sinatra is easily my favorite singer. (2). When I started listening to Frank Sinatra, I was at a really bad point...
by smellincoffee
May 23rd, 2008, 12:49 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Quiz: What kind of atheist are you?
Replies: 26
Views: 4641

Re: Quiz: What kind of atheist are you?

I took this quiz a little over a year ago and I must say, I don't remember the quiz being this annoying. This time around many more of my answers didn't quite fit the limited options available. My results in April '07 : Spiritual Atheist: 92% Scientific Atheist: 92% Apathetic Atheist: 75% Angry Athe...
by smellincoffee
May 23rd, 2008, 12:27 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: What would you have on your headstone?
Replies: 34
Views: 5012

Re: What would you have on your headstone?

"He's dead, Jim."



(Yes, I'm serious. I want to be amusing people from beyond the grave.)
by smellincoffee
May 16th, 2008, 4:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Does anyone ever post on the RichardDawkins.net forum?
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: Does anyone ever post on the RichardDawkins.net forum?

I've been posting there since the forums opened and have not noticed anything particularly irksome...but then again, I only post in a couple of the forums.
by smellincoffee
September 13th, 2007, 2:47 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: The original book thread
Replies: 406
Views: 46406

I'm reading The River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins, Infidel[ by Ali Ayaan Mirsi, and Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s by F. L. Allen.
by smellincoffee
September 8th, 2007, 9:28 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 93222

I think I might show up at my parents' church right before church ends for Father's Day and Mother's Day, but otherwise I wouldn't go to church. I do sympathize with Unitarian Universalism, though, and I think I might visit the nearest fellowship a few times to see how their services are. The UUA is...
by smellincoffee
September 8th, 2007, 7:05 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Bill Bryson
Replies: 14
Views: 2547

I've read A Short History of Nearly Everything and may check out his book on Australia next week. This week I'm anticipating Dawkins' The River Out of Eden.
by smellincoffee
September 8th, 2007, 7:03 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Explain your avatar
Replies: 561
Views: 92478

I absolutely adore Frank Sinatra. His voice is incredible -- that goes without saying. I also like watching his movies. His personal philosophy was also quite attractive -- here are some quotations by him. What I do with my life is of my own doing. I live it the best way I can. I would like to be re...
by smellincoffee
September 8th, 2007, 6:56 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Why did you choose your particular user name?
Replies: 288
Views: 91863

I actually chose this name in 2000, when my Yahoo account was compromised and I needed a new name. I had just "gotten saved" and made a name based on a Christian song I liked -- "Smellin' Coffee" by Chris Rice. The song is about waking up in the morning and finding God's "new mercies". I used the na...