mike Anderson

Lancaster, NY, United States

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mike Anderson
Posted over 3 years ago
When, how, and why did you become an atheist?
When: The same day I stopped believing in Santa Clause ( 7 or 8 maybe?) How: My parents never pushed any religion on me. Therefore the story of a man who could walk on water, talking snakes, etc were just as ridiculous to me as a man who can deliver presents to every house on earth in one night being pulled by flying reindeer. Why: At first my beliefs were something I kept to myself not because I was unsure but because I didnt want others to think of me as immoral. However I now see religion as not only improbable, but HIGHLY immoral and irresponsible. I believe that religion has played an important role in human evolution as a tool , but it is now an extremely outdated tool that is hindering our society to advance. The most important thing I have ever learned is the ability to think critically. My college professor Stated it perfectly: "the reason that fisherman believe that fish do not feel pain when a hook has pierced their lip is because it is more comforting.Someone told them that fish do not feel pain and they accept it as truth. Their brain shuts off and allows them to escape the responsibility of causing another creature pain and the guilt of benefiting from it." I have nothing against fisherman I just thought it was a brilliant example. But this type of child-like thinking ("someone told me - so I accept it as truth") is everywhere and I believe it is at the core of every problem in our society today. When you are brave enough to think critically, you will ultimately realize that things like Religion are dividing us and making it "ok" to kill each other in the name of our "gods". The reason that humans dominated the planet in such a short time is due to our ingenuity. Our ability to create tools allows us to adapt in order to flourish. In order to create better tools and technologies, science is needed. When using the scientific method to find answers, a critical thinking mind is required. Faith is the enemy to this process ex: "the dark ages"
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mike Anderson
Posted over 3 years ago
Do we need money at all...? Can a moneyless society work?
The Venus project is most definitely NOT communism. Communism still relies on a monetary system and that is why it is not a good solution. Money in itself is obsolete, and in my opinion pretty ridiculous if looked at objectively. Think about it this way: It is a scientific fact that we have (under current technology) the resources to feed, clothe, provide shelter and all of the things necessary for everyone on the planet. Even better the quality of life for everyone would very quickly be much higher than anyone has today. Then if the resources are available, and we have the technology to do this what holds us back? In essence we decided to place value on "special rocks", discover, protect and store them, then print "special" pieces of paper based on how many rocks we have saved up. We then spend our time trying to come up with tasks to complete where our time is traded for this "paper" so that we can then trade this paper for the things we actually need for survival. there was a time when money, just as religion and politics were useful in our survival as a species - but I believe that they are all outdated. The venus project does not require perfect people nor is it a Utopian society, but it is by far the most responsible and intelligent idea that we have. I just hope that I am still here to see it one day!
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mike Anderson
Posted about 4 years ago
Craig Venter: Watch me unveil "synthetic life"
re·li·gion   –noun 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. sci·ence   –noun systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation. Basically, I feel that religious beliefs stem from a child's level of thinking. When I was young my parents told me many things and I accepted it as truth. They were my authority figures and why should I have any reason to question them? Luckily I was taught how to think critically by them. When you are a child its true because someone said so When you are an adult its true because someone proves it via the scientific method. I have respect for all religions, just as I have respect for all children ;)