Do You Have Blue Eyes? Then we're family!

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By on February 2, 2008 4:45:24 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Recent genetic research has uncovered that all blue eyed people share a common ancestor, so leave me a note if you have blue eyes. We're family!

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February 12, 2008 1:21:22 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
This is simplistic, but when dealing with brown versus blue eye color things are pretty straight forward. Things get a bit more muddy with hazel and green eyes. There are other alleles that affect the color of the iris in combination with the effect of the blue allele.


Did I ever mention how much I hate genetics...ugh. It's so boring.

Give me physiology or behavior any day.

~Zoo
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February 12, 2008 1:23:58 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
Why be so cryptic about the 'bible verse that hit you hard' one day? Why not share that verse, and tell us why it hit you hard. Did it confuse you? Make you angry? Make you question something you thought you'd already figured out? Or did it simply apply to something you were going through at the time? If so, in what way?


Because that wasn't the point LW. The point was to show that God makes himself known to his own. He does this in a very clear way to remove any doubt. If this just happened once or twice, sure you could rationalize it away. Remember I'm a skeptic by nature. But I could write a book on these God things now. Many of them involve others so it's not a private just between me and God thing like believing I saw a unicorn that nobody else saw. Quite often others even if just one other are involved.

While I remember the verse, I don't remember the context of that day. This was probably 12 years ago. Something happened that day and as I was recounting this to my husband this scripture came up. I can't remember if I was angry or not (don't think so) and I can't remember if I was confused about it or not I just remember we both sat there and went "wow, that was cool."

I only gave that particular story because it was a short one. Most require long explanations as to the events surrounding the experience. We had one surrounding our decision to move here. Some of it I've written about. Maybe I'll just write the whole story out and blog on it sometime. It's pretty amazing and fresh on my mind now.





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February 12, 2008 1:36:02 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
I don't see it that way, you dodge the questions that make you uncomfortable, or outright refuse to answer them at all, citing 'personal information' as your reason. That's your perogative, of course, but since you seem to want to be understood, giving us a more personal context with which to judge where you're coming from (as opposed to where you've been) would be helpful, don't you think?


I try to answer every question. Some are just downright mean and argumentative so maybe that's what you see? As far as personal info, I won't answer rude demands for it. Why should I? How much do you know about Lula? You know much more about me than her...but yet I don't see you giving her the hard time you give me. The reason is you do know more about me. You just don't like what you see. I can't help that.

Think about it this way, at least I'm not trying to be liked by being a phoney...and I have seen that around here btw have you?

I can say the same about most Baptists that I've met, they're good at talking the talk but utter failures at walking the walk. They DO go to church, pay lip service to their beliefs, and then live their lives as utter hypocrites.


no disagreement from me....but just the way the teaching is if you had a roomful of each I'd go with the Baptists. Two reasons, the way that they're taught and my experience being around both....heck my money would really be on the Adventists. After 20 years of being in the tax business.....Adventists were by FAR the greatest givers. Did you know the Catholics are the worse? The Baptists are pretty good givers but not as much as the Adventists.

really consider my suggestions


it all comes down to that doesn't it LW. I don't listen to you? Because you repeatedly keep bringing this up. I need to listen to you.

Do I use those examples to condemn the entire protestant faith? Not at all, and you have no right to use your examples to condemn the entire Catholic faith, either


How many times do I have to say...it's not about Religion? I'm not a religionist. I'm equal opportunity here. I don't push any group. Not one nor do I bash one more than another. It's not about me being anti-Catholic or anti-Mormon or anti-anything. To me the church is made up of individuals no matter the affiliation as long as they have Christ as their God. That's it. No creeds, pillars or men to follow.

You don't seem to understand this LW...cuz I know I've brought this up repeatedly, but instead you focus on a particular word here and there I state usually in response to YOUR question.

It's like you bait, I answer and then you bash me for answering in a way that doesn't seem right to you.











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February 12, 2008 2:38:08 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
Why so defensive? I've only asked that you consider what I've said, and isn't that what we all want when we speak here? To have our words at least considered?


Of course...but that's not how it comes across...not just with me but also with others. If they listen to you all goes well with them...if not, then be prepared for the wrath of LW's whip. That's how I see it.

I was simply trying to be helpful. Forgive me for stepping out of character in such a shocking way.


Sometimes you can be helpful...but when you tell me constantly that I'm wrong and you're right it gets tiring. Let's just say we agree to disagree on certain subjects. Some of what you've asked me to do I've explained as to why I cannot or that I've already done so. But you don't seem to want to accept that.

LW now returns to 'mocking, persecuting, satan-controlled bitch mode.'

Now, isn't that more comfy for ya? Makes it so much easier to fit me into a neat little box.


well com'on LW...admit it. You know as well as I that's the mode you turn on around me. Half the time I think it's just an act. Only you can answer that.

I see us as totally opposites right down the line. Do you see the same? The funny thing LW is that I think we would be friends in real life. You remind me of a good friend I had in HS. We were opposites as well and when she got pregnant at 15 when we were sophomores, I helped take care of her baby so she could finish school.

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February 12, 2008 3:42:25 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

and yourself as well Karma.

I spend alot of time dodging flying flaming arrows around here and you are one that loves to shoot them my way as well as anybody.

So...you would assume that is not intentional?  I know exactly how people perceive me when I write- I've been participating in online communities for well over a decade.  I project myself the way I intend people to perceive me.  I have a feeling that you do not.

As I tell people in real life- I never said I was nice.  Sure, I will bend over backward to help somebody if need be, but I never pretend to be nice, and I don't hide behind a false persona.

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February 12, 2008 4:33:35 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
So...you would assume that is not intentional?


No, I'm not assuming that.

I've been participating in online communities for well over a decade.


well much more than I. You've got about 7 years on me.

As I tell people in real life- I never said I was nice.


Well now I know for sure. You never told me this before.

but I never pretend to be nice, and I don't hide behind a false persona.


nice is nice...but I appreciate your honesty. I don't hide behind a false personna either. I like honesty and being upfront sometimes can be hard, at least I know where you're coming from.


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February 12, 2008 8:19:05 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
KFC, I think maybe you aren't familiar with my use of the word 'projecting.'

In psychology, 'projecting' is when you incorrectly see in someone else something that is actually true about yourself. You have made broad sweeping generalizations about groups of people, and then when I, at least, have called you out on it, you say "well...all the ones *I* have met." Well there's a difference between "all the one's you have met" and "ALL."

So when you said I think ALL Christians were idiots, it seemed like projecting to me, because just the other day you posted a blog that made broad sweeping generalizations about ALL atheists. You may not have intended to do that, but by now you've noticed that I wasn't the only one to read it that way.

It is enlightening to see (if I'm doing my math right from the posts above) that you've only been forum-ing for 3 years. It's a tough medium with a diverse audience. I still struggle with writing clearly, and I've been posting on various forums since web browsers were all text based (circa 1993-4).

One thing I've learned is that in this medium, you can't state an opinion as a fact and get away with it. The audience is way too diverse, and they'll throw the bullshit flag in a heartbeat. (As I'm sure you've noticed )
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February 12, 2008 10:56:59 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
You have made broad sweeping generalizations about groups of people, and then when I, at least, have called you out on it, you say "well...all the ones *I* have met." Well there's a difference between "all the one's you have met" and "ALL."


You're talking about the atheistic talk on my site? That's the only thing I can remember you ever "called me on." So the sweeping generalization I've made is that an atheist (generally) doesn't believe in God so therefore he believes in the theory of evolution. And that's how I'm generalizing? I suppose you could be right and he just doesn't believe in either. Then I'd be generalizing because I left out this important group of Atheists. So that would give us an Atheist who doesn't think. Because there aren't many options here. You either believe in God or you don't. If you don't you have no other option but to believe in evolution unless you just don't think at all.

Again I'll say all the Atheists I've met believe in the theory of Evolution. But I'll admit maybe there are some atheists who just don't think about it at all. Ok? So where do you stand on this Ock? I'm going out on a limb but I'm going with the Evolution thing.....  

and I do know an opinion from fact Ock...that's why I said they were viewpoints......not definitions.






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February 13, 2008 3:42:38 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
I do know an opinion from fact Ock...that's why I said they were viewpoints......not definitions.


Don't miss my intention here - it isn't to further our discussion of Christianity and atheism. It's to show you, someone who has only been communicating on the net for three years, that there are good ways and bad ways of getting your point across.

Suppose I presented an article on different religions, and I said:

1. Christianity. They follow monotheism with the son of god as the savior who paid for the sins of the world. Like Hitler, they're rigid in their belief. This religion gains adherents by threatening them with eternal damnation if they don't behave according to the laws god set down.

Is that true? Is it *presented* like I'm saying that it is true?

The first part is pretty good - if a bit oversimplified, but that's for the purpose of the example. The last part is an editorial on what *I* think. Since readership of the net is diverse, I have insured that my point will be missed by many by placing opinion alongside of fact and not qualifying one from the other. Many people will read "Hitler" and totally forget everything prior to it.

Again I'll say all the Atheists I've met believe in the theory of Evolution.


I'd say it would be a more true statement to say "Most atheists follow the Theory of Evolution." All of the atheists that *I* have met go by another name. Skeptic. And believe me, evolution does not get a "get out of jail free" card just because it makes some sense to them. If someone disproved Evolution tomorrow, and the evidence was indisputable, in 5 minutes, not one atheist would believe in evolution.

You either believe in God or you don't. If you don't you have no other option but to believe in evolution unless you just don't think at all.


Thanks for the example. That's exactly what I'm talking about. Paraphrased, 'If an atheist doesn't believe in god or evolution, then they just don't think at all.'

I only know enough about evolution to consider it an elegant possibility and one that seems to have a huge amount of objectively observable data to support it. I don't personally believe that evolution and God are mutually exclusive, and if you visited the site I linked, you'll see I'm not alone. Are all Christians fundamentalists? A resounding "no." So why would all atheists be evolutionists - and fundamentalists about it, at that?

For myself, I have no concern over cosmology in a grand sense, but it should be clear to you that I do think about it a lot - mainly because it's an interesting subject. So again, your generalization is untrue. I'm not sure you should be so cavalier about putting people in labeled boxes. Humans are quite diverse - some would say that this diversity is a good thing. Some others might wish we all thought the exact same way. Like robots.
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February 13, 2008 7:54:53 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
despite many christians who have no problem reconciling the evolution/creation theories--Mormons in particular don't seem to have a problem with it.


Dude, there was a friggin' apostle who believed in evolution and the possibility of pre-Adamic races . . .

Oh B. H. Roberts. You're my hero.
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February 13, 2008 1:26:13 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
Dude, there was a friggin' apostle who believed in evolution and the possibility of pre-Adamic races . . .


The Big Bang Theory was put forth by a friggin' Catholic priest.


Gee whiz, Georges Lemaître, you broke all the rules.

~Zoo
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February 13, 2008 1:45:39 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
Well, a true Scotsman wouldn't believe those things!
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February 13, 2008 1:53:12 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums
Well, a true Scotsman wouldn't believe those things!


Indeed he would not.

~Zoo
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