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« on: July 14, 2018, 07:06:02 PM »
Dave raises an interesting point of discussion.

As has been said before, a new term is seriously heeded. There have been "Brights", a term for which I have no time, nor for the arrogance I found on one "Bright" forum.

I call myself an atheist and a humanist, both of which are accurate for my purposes. But I would wish for something to include a disbelief in all aspects of the supernatural or other "non-rational" approaches to the macrocosm or microcosm.

OK, this is outside the scope of the original post but, I feel, it worth exploring the whole

Should the term be 'Rationalist'?
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Re: Are you a...
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2018, 07:29:51 PM »
Dave raises an interesting point of discussion.

As has been said before, a new term is seriously heeded. There have been "Brights", a term for which I have no time, nor for the arrogance I found on one "Bright" forum.

I call myself an atheist and a humanist, both of which are accurate for my purposes. But I would wish for something to include a disbelief in all aspects of the supernatural or other "non-rational" approaches to the macrocosm or microcosm.

OK, this is outside the scope of the original post but, I feel, it worth exploring the whole

Should the term be 'Rationalist'?

Rationalist sounds good, as does Humanist.

I actually prefer both of those to "Atheist" because they are positive terms stating what you are, rather than a negative term stating what you are not. Perception is important.

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Re: Are you a...
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2018, 07:33:30 PM »
I am not sure I follow completely, but just add, I don't think there is anything "supernatural", nothing outside the power of nature. That being said, there are things outside of the scope of human understanding.

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2018, 08:07:39 PM »
I am not sure I follow completely, but just add, I don't think there is anything "supernatural", nothing outside the power of nature. That being said, there are things outside of the scope of human understanding.

Yeah, like how anyone can eat live oysters!
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2018, 12:38:01 AM »
Dave raises an interesting point of discussion.

As has been said before, a new term is seriously heeded. There have been "Brights", a term for which I have no time, nor for the arrogance I found on one "Bright" forum.

I call myself an atheist and a humanist, both of which are accurate for my purposes. But I would wish for something to include a disbelief in all aspects of the supernatural or other "non-rational" approaches to the macrocosm or microcosm.

OK, this is outside the scope of the original post but, I feel, it worth exploring the whole

Should the term be 'Rationalist'?

I don't know -- atheists have their share of irrational people even if the supernatural is left out.  Maybe "materialist" is the best we could do, tho that's still wide open to misinterpretation (being confused with Madonna fans, for instance).
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2018, 03:56:46 AM »
I vote for Rationalist.

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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2018, 07:04:11 AM »
Rationalist sounds good to me.
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2018, 01:58:04 PM »
I am not sure I follow completely, but just add, I don't think there is anything "supernatural", nothing outside the power of nature. That being said, there are things outside of the scope of human understanding.

Yeah, like how anyone can eat live oysters!

I put my vote in for rationalist.

Regarding the oyster question, it's simple, just open your gob and suck em down.  Nothing more delectable than Sydney rock oysters, fresh shucked off the rocks.  Spent many a pleasant afternoon as a kid on the rocks near Huskisson on Jervis Bay eating as many oysters as I could find, open the shell, out with the oysters, wash it in the sea for seasoning and to remove any grit, then down the hatch.  Delicious!
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2018, 02:49:50 PM »
I am not sure I follow completely, but just add, I don't think there is anything "supernatural", nothing outside the power of nature. That being said, there are things outside of the scope of human understanding.

Yeah, like how anyone can eat live oysters!

I put my vote in for rationalist.

Regarding the oyster question, it's simple, just open your gob and suck em down.  Nothing more delectable than Sydney rock oysters, fresh shucked off the rocks.  Spent many a pleasant afternoon as a kid on the rocks near Huskisson on Jervis Bay eating as many oysters as I could find, open the shell, out with the oysters, wash it in the sea for seasoning and to remove any grit, then down the hatch.  Delicious!

OK, I'll go for rationalist, can't think of a better label!

Pass on the oysters, I will eat most things but I do prefer them dead. Tinned, smoked oysters are something like I expect dried elephant bogeys to be, chewy and salty.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2018, 04:32:48 PM »
 I actually prefer both of those to "Atheist" because they are positive terms stating what you are, rather than a negative term stating what you are not. Perception is important.
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I think that’s a really good point
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2018, 04:39:23 PM »
I actually prefer both of those to "Atheist" because they are positive terms stating what you are, rather than a negative term stating what you are not. Perception is important.

I think that’s a really good point
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And "atheist" defines us interms of something others believe in and worship.
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Re: Are you a...
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2018, 04:46:39 PM »
Perception is important? Why?
People's perception of me is less important to me than the first deuce I ever dropped.

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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2018, 05:04:26 PM »
Perception is important? Why?
People's perception of me is less important to me than the first deuce I ever dropped.

Mostly I would agree with that No one but it becomes important in such areas as opposing the teaching of creationism as fact in school science classes. Christians often regard atheists as beyond the pale; almost slightly sub-human and airily dismissed. Same with opposition to the group of 40 (ish I think) Church of England clergy who sit in the UK House of Lords. A positive title would be more difficult to oppose IMO.
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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2018, 06:43:25 PM »
I understand your point Essie. The truth doesn't give 2 shits about people's perception of it. Whether or not creatards accept it, evolution is a fact. Granted, people might not have all the pieces of the puzzle from step 1 to step now in the chain reaction that is evolution it does nothing to dilute its certainty. 

It may take the truth several decades or even Milena to rise above the shit, make no mistake about it, it will surely rise.

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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2018, 08:01:12 PM »
:notsure: I don't think 'Rationalist' would apply to all atheists...which would be my major problem with it.

('Bright' doesn't either, there are some pretty dim atheists out there).

I don't know -- atheists have their share of irrational people even if the supernatural is left out.  Maybe "materialist" is the best we could do, tho that's still wide open to misinterpretation (being confused with Madonna fans, for instance).

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