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Sun Apr 4, 2021, 02:47 PM

Additional name for atheists?

Haven't posted here often, but hey, since this group exists (unlike that other entity), why not get some feedback on the non-believer name I go by: cosmost.

Cosmost combines 'cosmos' with 'most', in the dual sense that the cosmos is all that exists & also is 'the most', a complimentary term common among '50s teens, hipsters, Beats, & jazz devotees. Admittedly, the latter definition is meant as a joke (which is what I consider theism to be), but I think the main idea is apparent.

Cosmostism can be equated with Naturalism & its offshoots, but I'm not aware of any atheistic label that refers specifically to the universe. If there are any, please post.

Anyway, just a thought for The Day HE Came Back. (Sam Raimi, are you listening?)

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Reply Additional name for atheists? (Original post)
Lord Ludd Apr 2021 OP
Shermann Apr 2021 #1
3catwoman3 Apr 2021 #2
Shermann Apr 2021 #4
Lord Ludd Apr 2021 #7
Random Boomer Apr 2021 #13
3catwoman3 Apr 2021 #3
ShazamIam Apr 2021 #5
Trueblue Texan Apr 2021 #6
Lord Ludd Apr 2021 #8
A HERETIC I AM Apr 2021 #15
Trueblue Texan Apr 2021 #19
Laffy Kat Apr 2021 #9
Binkie The Clown Apr 2021 #10
Lord Ludd Apr 2021 #11
Trueblue Texan Apr 2021 #12
Binkie The Clown Apr 2021 #14
A HERETIC I AM Apr 2021 #16
Buckeye_Democrat Apr 2021 #17
Karadeniz Apr 2021 #18

Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 02:54 PM

1. There should be fewer names, not more!

I believe it was Sam Harris that pointed out how odd of a word atheist is. There aren't typically names for groups that aren't associated with something. There isn't a name for a non-astronomer.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:00 PM

2. "There isn't a name for a non-astronomer."

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Well, maybe there is. Flat earthers?

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:05 PM

4. That's just an example of inductive reasoning being applied to the nature of flat earthers

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Response to Shermann (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:27 PM

7. I wholeheartedly agree that 'atheist' is an odd word

We should refer to ourselves for what we believe, not for what we don't believe. Fortunately, there are several names from which to choose -- freethinker, secular humanist, naturalist, materialist. Just thought I'd add a whimsical label.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 04:48 PM

13. Bingo

I don't worry about what we call people whose favorite color isn't blue, or people who don't swim in ocean waters on a Thursday, or people who own cars that aren't white.

If a Christian asks me whether I believe in their god, then I'll admit I'm not a Christian. If someone is curious whether I believe in the Roman gods, I'd have to say no. If belief in tree gods ever comes up in a conversation, then no, I don't believe in trees gods. If someone asked me if I'm a Buddhist, I'd let them know that I don't have much knowledge about Buddhism, and the same goes for being a Muslim, but chances are good that no, I'm not believer.

I don't believe in Aztec gods, Mayan gods, Etruscan gods, Egyptian gods, so many many gods I don't believe in and so many more I've never heard of before, but probably wouldn't believe in if I did know them.

There's not a word for that. There's no word for just living my life and not-believing in all the crazy, cock-a-mamie, abstract deities that humans have managed to conjure in their imaginations for the past 400,000 years.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:02 PM

3. I think of myself as a content questioner.

I don’t know “the answers” and the uncertainty doesn’t bother me.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:06 PM

5. Cosmost, or Cosmist but I still use, secular humanist, and I remember when I got in trouble with

with my sincere believing Mother. I said why isn't religion focused on individual rights and advancement of human achievement.

And she said, with slightly raised eyebrows and a mildly shocked expression, that is humanist, with a tone that suggested that alone is the only answer needed.

I like, secular humanist, because, it seems to work to end prying into my beliefs.






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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:17 PM

6. This is a good name, but ...

...I guess I’m identifying as a Pastafarian these days.

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Response to Trueblue Texan (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:32 PM

8. Now you made me think of Little Caesars...

...and I'm trying to get rid of some old-age flab that seems to have found a permanent resting place. (At least until *I* find a permanent resting place.)

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Response to Trueblue Texan (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 06:22 PM

15. If that is the case, why is it you haven't made yourself known to the official group?

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 5, 2021, 10:26 PM

19. I just did!

Thanks for the invite!

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:32 PM

9. Free-thinker? nt

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:39 PM

10. Did you ask god if he approves of that name? nt

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Response to Binkie The Clown (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 03:52 PM

11. Actually, I did

& received the non-response I expected.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Reply #11)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 04:20 PM

12. LOL!!!

ohh...if you're a realist, the Lord never disappoints!

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Response to Lord Ludd (Reply #11)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 05:17 PM

14. Are you sure your toaster was plugged in?

You can't expect god to answer through your toaster if it's not plugged in.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 06:26 PM

16. Yanno, a few years ago there was the attempt to make popular the name "Brights"

to refer to Atheist, Agnostics and Free-Thinkers.

See how well that turned out?


I just go with the actual definition;

A = Without

Theist or Theos = God

One who is without a god or gods.

I don't have one, I don't need one and even if they actually exist, I want nothing to do with them. They can fuck off and go create another world where children die of bone cancer.

Fuck that nonsense.


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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 06:27 PM

17. I typically use "atheist" despite how I don't...

... exclude the possibility of an intelligent creator. There's just been no objective evidence of one.

Some people use agnostic to describe me, but atheist works just fine.

I know this much... the more that humanity has discovered about the universe, the more HONEST it appears. So if there's an intelligent creator, at least it seems to be an honest one. Even quantum physics leads to predictable results.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 07:53 PM

18. Well, here's the thing. Cosmos, being part of centuries of Greek attempts to explain creation, has a

Lot of baggage. Logos can come into it. Mind. Creation of the gods.
Pragmatist comes to mind. Realist. Unfortunately, with all the research that's been done into Mind surviving death and reincarnation, those terms would seem to deny verifiable paranormal realities. If I were in your situation, I'd probably choose agnostic, as in no-knowledge-by-experience. For myself, I prefer Gnostic to Christian, because the Church couldn't dissect a parable with a laser beam and has just been such a failure in living up to Christian values.

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