Marshal Tucker

Mills, WY, United States

About Marshal

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I'm really passionate about physics and science in general. I love Darwin's theory of evolution, and I'm always very eager to learn new things." To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom"! -B.Russell

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Marshal Tucker
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is "free will" an illusion?
 I am not sure if you could ask a more difficult question, except maybe to explain consciousness itself in a materialistic way. As a materialist I have asked myself this many times. Some parts of me want to say we do not have free will and infact consciousness itself is an illusion. However, this goes against my daily experience where i feel i have complete control of my choices and i am very conscious. If we are made up of trillions upon trillions of particles, which i believe, then i don't believe there is a singular entity we can call ourselves. I think we are a combination of particles that store information and together use this information to best keep from destruction. What we experience as consciousness and free will is actually just the trillions of possibilities that could have happened. This is a very crude and unfinished answer to your very difficult question, if anyone could also help me with some insight to this it would be greatly appreciated.
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Marshal Tucker
Posted about 3 years ago
Is Morality on the decline!??
I do not believe morality is on the decline. You can look all throughout human history and find the things you mentioned to be causing this decline, and in some cases it is even more prevalent then it is today. What is wrong with sex, it is natural and gives pleasure? What is wrong with dressing different than others, should we all go back to wearing animal skins like cave men? What is wrong with atheism, why is it bad not to believe something there is absolutely no proof of? How does any of this lower are morality? All of the wars and corruption stem from human nature and its unsatisfied lust for power. We as humans tend to be very greedy, we are also very tribal creatures. If you do not belong to are group, then you are an outcast, and should not be associated with. How can you say as a Christian, if you do not believe in my god then you will be damned eternally. Where is the mortality in that? If there is a God could he not just make himself known so there would be no questioning his existence.
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Marshal Tucker
Posted about 3 years ago
Why have people (Atheists) Chosen not to believe in God? Does this give freedom to live life without becoming answerable to anyone?
Frans kellner, I really like your response to lorenz question it reminds me of a quote by Bertrand Russell - "To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom". Most people hide behind a fear of questioning their beliefs, they're told (have faith and do not question God) - the fear is that if you question God then you do not have faith and now risk eternity in hell. To conquer this fear is the first step towards knowledge, even if you do decide to still believe in a god. Because at least now you have some sort of reason to your beliefs. One more quote I like that I think fits here is by Thomas Jefferson - "Question with boldness even the existence of God, because if there be one, he most more approve the homage of reason then that of blindfolded fear".
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Marshal Tucker
Posted about 3 years ago
What occupies your thoughts?
Barry,It is interesting to think about why we have not been visited by other intelligence's. Maybe we have but it was in an evasive way that we can't detect, kinda like we do to other animals we want to study in their natural habitat. Another possibility is that we are still so primitive that we are not interesting enough for a visit. I believe that there has to be some other intelligence out there, but the universe is a very masive place, maybe it is so large and intelligence is so rare that are chances of coming in contact is very small.
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Marshal Tucker
Posted about 3 years ago
Atheism as a Spiritual Path
Mike, I apologize if I come off as condemning religion for all of mankinds trouble's and wrongs. Surely this is not the case. However, their is no denying the influence religion has in are daily global events. It is hard for me to accept the absolute power some people give religion without any question or evidence. It seems to me that most, (not all) religions teach people to close their minds to new ways of thought. If we do not evolve are thought processes, how will we ever have a better world then the one we have today. Why do so many people allow these archaic ideas govern and control every aspect of their live's? Look at places like Iran where you can be convicted of blasphemy of the holy spirit and sentenced to death. What is a spirit? And how do you prove it has been blasphemed?
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Marshal Tucker
Posted about 3 years ago
Atheism as a Spiritual Path
I too am in wonder of are universe and it's evolution. Like you I am so greatful to be alive in this mathematical improbability. However, I do not see a need for anything spiritual. When I hear the word (spiritual), Immediately accociate it with religion, soul, and some unseen energy that is us. I am pretty sure this is not how you think of the word spiritual. I Think you are using it in a sense that connects you to are universe in a deeper way. As an atheist I do not want to give any power to religious dogma, because I feel it is infecting and contagious to mankind. For these reasons I will not call atheism a spiritual path. However, I will call it an exciting enlightened journey towards truth, knowledge, and wisdom. I donnot need a God or spiritual connection to appreciate the universe in all it's complexity. All I need is the will to continue towards a path of truth and understanding.
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Marshal Tucker
Posted about 3 years ago
Why have people (Atheists) Chosen not to believe in God? Does this give freedom to live life without becoming answerable to anyone?
Well most people in America believe in God for the same reason most people don't in China, they were brought up that way. I was brought up to believe in a God, but am now an atheist. I contribute my atheism to education. The more I learned throughout the years, the more my core beliefs were not matching up. I never wanted to not believe in God, it just hapend. Infact, it would be nice to know that their was a God so that I could see all my loved ones when I die,and I wouldn't have to worry about dieing because I would have everlasting life on the other side. However, just because something sounds good does not make it reality. Reality leads me to believe there is no god. My evidence is all the wars on this planet, all the suffering and starving people around the world, and the absence of an omnipotent force. All it would take for an omnipotent force to change these atrocities is the will, and if we would quit looking for this God to end it, I am sure given the will, Mankind could solve thesr problems.
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Marshal Tucker
Posted about 3 years ago
What occupies your thoughts?
Why do so many people feel they must believe in a God? I am sure if most people would just take five minutes out of their day and critically analyzed their religious beliefs and compared them to their world beliefs, they would have contradictions in their own belief system. I can understand how the idea of a God was conceived back in the early beginnings of mankind- not knowing where rain came from, lightning, fire and so many more mysteries to early man. What I do not understand is how these ideas are surviveing in the 21st century when a lot has been explained by a natural cause that can be explained without having to invoke ideas of a supreme all powerful God. If their is a god for theoretical purpose, I would not want to have anything to do with it because it is obviously has some serious problems.