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I feel so lucky to have been raised by Secular Humanist parents!
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Nice to hear you had a good time in Amsterdam, +Leslie Sox. :-)
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This is for all people who let their smartphones and social-media get in the way of physically connecting with their partners right next to them. ;-)
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Quoted for truth !

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To all the religious people out there who call atheists "arrogant".
It is obvious you don't understand the meaning of the word arrogant.
It does not mean a person who fails to submit to an imaginary bully who has no morals.
It does not mean anybody who argues against your claims, your books or your "god".
Nor does it mean somebody who refuses to join you in your self-imposed submission to an imaginary friend.
Arrogance is the belief that you are especially privileged due to birth, race, wealth, religion or some other definition of asserted superiority.

The image below was shared with myself and others privately. For that reason alone, I do not reveal the person who posted it.
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Adhering to ancient superstition and still believing in animism like 3/4 year olds, simply is retarded. 
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How doctors choose to die

When faced with a terminal illness, medical professionals, who know the limits of modern medicine, often opt out of life-prolonging treatment. An American doctor explains why the best death can be the least medicated – and the art of dying peacefully, at home.

I feel the same way. I know my future death is unavoidable, which means there is no point in fighting it till the last breath at enormous costs. So when I some day go, I want to go peacefully, without pain, and preferably in the company of my loved ones.
Ken Murray: When faced with a terminal illness, medical professionals, who know the limits of modern medicine, often opt out of life-prolonging treatment
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Thank you for sharing that story, +David Ripley​!
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Good morning (in Dutch: goedemorgen) mapped in languages of the world. Cool site!
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Fun site!
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WOW !!! Just .... WOW ... 
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I may not need more than 8 GB now but I plan to keep using this PC for the next coming years. By late 2016 having 16 GB of RAM may be standard already.
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Okay Google, that's funny!
 
"com.google". Amazing.

I was skeptical about the whole new-gTLD thing. Because, you know… stupid.

This makes it all worthwhile. I take back all my bad comments.
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haha funny! :-)
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Finally, and most revealingly in my opinion, the non-affair shows us that the rights of women always come last. To be sure, there are Twitter storms about sexist men and media feeding frenzies whenever a public figure uses ‘inappropriate language’. But when a politician tries to campaign for the rights of women suffering under a brutally misogynistic clerical culture she isn’t cheered on but met with an embarrassed and hugely revealing silence.
If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström affair. It has all the ingredients for a… Read more
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I think this discussion was quite civil. Perhaps some men are not aware of their privileges. I was raised in a patriarchal society and I did hate being a woman for the most part of my life. Things are a lot better now but it's been a long hard struggle all the way. When Alan said I don't have a right to complain, it really got me thinking about how things would have been if people hadn't taken the initiative to fight for my rights. Turning a blind eye to issues surrounding women's rights is hardly a step in the right direction. Don't get me wrong, I don't consider myself as a 'feminist'. I am fully aware of the fact that men struggle too. Feminism to me means to be able to exercise my rights and not to be discriminated against for being a woman. Feminism to me is to feel empowered and to be able to live my life on my own terms. To be free to make choices just like my brother did. So when I read about this lady speaking up for women's rights in Saudi, I honestly admired her courage. It was not an attempt to vilify Saudi as claimed by Alan. However, the rest of the article was indeed very depressing. This was probably expected from a powerful Islamic country, isn't it? Alan made it sound like she was lying. She clearly wasn't. My anecdotal evidence is perhaps moot but I know how it feels to live in a Muslim country. I have friends at Uni from Saudi and I know from them about how difficult things are out there. There's no point pretending that these problems do not exist or to say that these exist elsewhere, not just in Saudi as if that would change anything about the state of affairs in the country in question? Unfortunately, Alan fails to get his head around this despite all my attempts in trying to get it across to him.

This is off topic but I'm sure you guys have heard about the horrific gang rape in Delhi and about the BBC documentary that was banned in India? I've heard the same argument (like the one Alan made) from some Indian folks: rape happens everywhere, not just in India. So why 'target' India? They quote rape statistics all over the world as if that would somehow alleviate the problems faced by Indian women? Most rape cases are not reported in India. Marital rape is not a criminal offence. What could be worse than that? 
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The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.


I would argue that the atheist's position is the lack of position. 
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Strange color proofing on that picture. 
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It'll Never Work!

There is not the slightest indication that [nuclear energy] will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.
- Albert Einstein, 1932.

This is a clear example of how even brilliant minds will likely get their predictions for the future wrong, simply because they base their understanding of future possibilities on the present technological state. New inventions often open up possibilities that were unimaginable before!

On this website you can find a hilarious list of quotes by often highly educated people who made statements about impossibilities that were invalidated by the invention of new technologies they couldn't have imagined in their own times:
https://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/neverwrk.htm
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Thanks Richard.
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I don't respect beliefs that promote racism.
I don't respect beliefs that promote sexism.
I don't respect beliefs that promote inequality.
I don't respect beliefs that promote misogyny.
I don't respect beliefs that promote class difference.
I don't respect beliefs that promote or condone slavery.
I don't respect beliefs that promote or condone marital abuse.
I don't respect beliefs that value a book higher than a human life.
I don't respect beliefs that ignore science.
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The majority constitutes racist, sexist and homophobic cults as wrong. They don't impact society in any positive manner.
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Just for fun... :-) 

My current selection of Single Malt Scotch whiskies. 
The Lagavulin 16 years is nearly finished. The BenRiach 16 years and Highland Park 12 years are newly acquired. And the Glenfarclas at cask strength goes quite slow. :-)
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Lach maar...de toekomst zal het uitwijzen en het is bewezen! Wie het laatst lacht.....best lacht! Maar ja ik begrijp jullie!!!!!!! Alcohol is nu éénmaal de pest in deze wereld!
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Mostly your very average guy with a wife, a son and a daughter. Working full time to provide a decent living and enjoy a good life in my spare time.

A little bit of a geek, a little bit of a nerd, a little bit of a gamer, definitely a movie-lover. But I also love to read good books (sci-fi and fantasy mostly) and take long walks in nature (preferably in the mountains of Austria and Switzerland).

My Google passion
I love to keep updated on new technology and the ongoing developments in social media. I'm a big fan of all things Google: Gmail, Google+, Android, Nexus devicesIngress, and I use all of it on a daily basis. In Ingress I chose the Enlightened faction because it suits my progressive outlook at life and my sense of optimism for the future of Mankind. :-)

Travel
I like to travel to new interesting places to experience different sights, sounds and cultures. But I also love to return to my own cosy comfy home again. Countries I've visited so far are: Belgium, Germany, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Singapore and The Philippines.

Photography
Late 2011 I bought a mirror-less interchangeable lens camera, the Sony NEX C3, which sports an excellent APS-C sensor. Some nice photos taken with it are shared in this G+ photo album here. Please feel free to visit the album and leave comments on my photos there.

My old hobby: pencil drawing
Some 20 years ago I had a hobby of making pencil drawings of beautiful women. Recently I scanned them and put them in an album. A selection of these drawings are visible publicly here. The full album is not publicly visible because of some nudity. Anyone who likes to view all of the uncensored drawings can just ask me for full access to that album.

Belief, or rather lack thereof
I've been born and raised into a Humanist family. I've attended a Protestant-Christian elementary school, not because of the religion but because their education quality was higher than that of the Catholic and the Public elementary schools situated next to it. 
For the same reason I attended a Catholic secondary school because it was better than the Public secondary school. During my teenager years I got involved with the Pentecostal Church but realised it's not for me. I've also studied about Zen Buddhism which is more a philosophy than a religion. More recently I read an abridged Dutch translation of the Quran to know more about that religion as well. 
But all these ventures into different religions make me realise only more that I am an unbeliever to the core of my being. I can't accept or believe in something that denies or conflicts with scientific findings and generally accepted scientific theories. I also don't entertain superstitions or other irrational fears. I prefer rationality. :-) So if you want to classify me, I'd say I am a Secular Humanist.
For any theist (religious believer) who has questions or doubts, this is a good website to visit and read up about it: God is imaginary.
I'm also not interested in engaging in debates/arguments about religion, for all the possible arguments that theists can come up with have already been countered by far greater minds than me, and in a much better way than I ever could. So, any theist who feels like arguing about his/her faith, please go here instead: So you're a theist who wants to comment on an atheist blog, read this first. 
Bragging rights
Read The Lord of the Rings (in Dutch) when I was 12. Was an early adopter of Google (Search) when everyone else still used Altavista, of Gmail when everyone else still used Hotmail, of G+ when everyone else still used Facebook. Proud owner of an Android phone and an Android tablet.
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Aardig museum. Aantal mooie stukken in de collectie maar ook heel veel moderne kunst die mij niet aanspreekt. Met museumkaart gratis toegang en dan is het wel aardig om eens bezocht te hebben.
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Goed en lekker eten.
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Prima kapsalon met een uitstekende prijs-kwaliteit verhouding. Vriendelijk personeel en een heel aardige eigenaar. Mijn vaste kapper!
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