About Me

Some people blog about their pets and yet others blog about deep and meaningful thoughts, science, and other things that are important to the world. I probably won’t do any of that here. I’m an anti-theist and I think I see life a little bit differently than many atheists. Sometimes I think the way I see the world is perhaps worth writing down. I have no clue who would want to read it, but here it will be.

Just some mental meanderings. The information age equivalent of talking to myself, I suspect. There is probably nothing wrong with that unless I start leaving comments to myself as well.

I have a profound interest in how we think and remember; how we make decisions and why. I intend to explore that curiosity here. I have a hypothesis that the processes of the human brain are much simpler than has yet been proposed, and it is the complexity of many interlinked processes that has hidden the simple beauty of making decisions within the human mind.


Some fun facts about my life:

  • First born to a Pentecostal Evangelical preacher
  • I was born with the space race
  • When JFK talked about ‘our children’ or future generations, he was talking about me
  • My mother first experienced air conditioning in the hospital at my birth – she didn’t like it, it was too cold
  • My parents were the first in their families to get a college degree, I don’t have one
  • I’ve travelled many places in the world for various reasons, no single place changed my world view
  • There is no best place to live, that is something you create where you are, not where you want to go
  • My parents taught me to think for myself and look things up, but still handed my religious beliefs to me as a child
  • Science has been a constant influence in my life but I am not a scientist by profession
  • Every culture has some food dish that equates to Shepherds Pie – they are all safe to eat
  • Egyptians had more than 26 flavors of beer. I think this something worth having as a tradition
  • I think that a bad day is one where you learn nothing new
  1. Thank you for following my blog. If you like science, then I think you will like my blog.

  2. I wanted to thank you for following my blog. Must say, yours looks interesting as well. We mainly agree, but do have slightly different approaches in regards to religion I think, but I think that a good thing. No one is perfect and the differences keep us honest as well as making life more interesting.

    • I see that it says I’m not following? I’ll fix that. I’m glad to have you reading my thoughts here… comments are welcome

    • Perspective Collector
    • October 8th, 2013

    I lost the thread to reply to you last answer, do’h. I’ll start a new one.
    So do you think people should make a fuss or is it no big deal when in their dreams they get some freaky knowledge – like I knew someone who dreamt of an amazing recipe he’d never heard of before. He remembered it when he woke up and cooked it and it was awesome. Or when people know how to play a song on guitar in their dream, when they’ve never played the song before and they don’t play by ear, so it’s freaky that they can actually play it in real life from memory of the dream. I get lyrics and stories, and awesome sentences from my dreams that I remember and can write and create something awesome. But that doesn’t seem as amazing as some of the weird things people have known in their dreams.Weird inventions and things.
    Or is it absolutely no fuss, just that people aren’t aware of the subconscious?

    And by the way, I was wondering, about your theory of thought (that’s got a good ring to it), how did you come up with it? Did it take you years, or a couple of hours. Were you intensely thinking about it, or did it just come to you one day? Do you look into research about it and form your ideas from that? Or from your own experiences with your own thoughts. Or both? Or what? Fascinating.
    Going to publish it?

    • When people are dreaming, their subconscious is at work. It does a great deal of our thinking for us and feeds us the answer. When you are trying to figure out some problem and the answer “just comes to you” it is because your subconscious handed it to you. Dreams that bring us information are the same thing but we are asleep when the information passes from subconscious processing into the simulator in our heads – so we see it as a dream.

      In my ‘about page’ I talk about artificial intelligence. I have been pondering why we don’t have it yet and why philosophy seems so wrong to me on many levels. I also dabble in building robots. All of these bring me to a central problem: what is thinking? What is a thought. I have studied theology, philosophy, science, engineering and many more as an amateur student and engineer. I observe people, life, animals, insects … all very intently. Behavior, both learned and not, gives us clues about what is happening where. Every day there is a new ‘discovery’ about the brain, both ours and other animals.

      I know that evolution is true. It makes absolute sense when you study it a bit. Most people could spend a weekend (start with wikipedia) and follow links and references, search — you can learn enough to understand it in a basic way in a weekend, without needing to be a bio-engineer. Everything we do, have done, leads us to conclusions. Philosophers did the same thing in times past. The trouble is they never tried to define a thought or for that matter what thinking actually is.

      I’m an atomist and nihilist among other things. I like the term mechanical atheist. Sadly I was not the first to coin the term. We are mechanical animals, meat machines with a control computer so complex and confusing that we’ve not yet figured it out. We will and science fiction will become science – for in that moment we will have answered the question that scifi writers have been asking for years: do robots dream?

      Going to publish it? — by putting it in my blog, I am in a way publishing it. I am happy that you find it interesting.

  3. Hi! I saw you comment on thisiswhyiwilldiealone… Ugh I’m not typing all that! Anyway your blog name interested me and I’ve come along to subscribe! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts 🙂

    • Perspective Collector
    • October 10th, 2013

    I’ve written a post as a shout-out to atheists talking about how not all of them are horrible. I was wondering if you would be okay with me including this about you in the post:

    • myatheistlife – I’ve had some amazing intellectual conversations with this blogger. I appreciate it because I love intellectual conversations, but not many people in my life like them. This is what they had to say in one of our conversations: “I don’t feel that I must be right. I mostly look to see if there is a different way than that which I know. If a new one makes sense, I’ll adopt that. Discussion and sharing is how we learn.”

    • Of course. I should never complain if someone wants to say something nice about me 😉

        • Perspective Collector
        • October 10th, 2013

        Haha! Yay, thanks!

  4. Thanks for the follow.

    • talesfromthelou
    • January 28th, 2014

    Here’s one for you (we have too many posts today):

    To all creationists out there: We are sorry for your luck. We feel your pain, but this pain can be extinguished easily with a good thinking session.

    300,000-year-old hearth discovered offers amazing window into life back then – Hartford Top News | Examiner.com.

  5. Hi, thanks for the like. You seem like a nicely eccentric individual. Over here in Oz few of us get the get the chance to be children of pentecostal preachers. Of course I’m not saying I’m jealous… My own parents were largely indifferent, distant and negligent, which had its advantages…

    • I like that… nicely eccentric individual! I do have more than a few influences 😉 Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  6. Thanks for the follow,
    I am the child of pentacostal grandparents and my mother is very religious as well. It can be hard to think for yourself but once you do you recognize how easy it is to really accept others for the way that they are.
    Looking forward to more of your thoughts

    • Glad to hear from you Mardaweh. I have struggled in life to simply accept people for who they are. It does make life so much easier. I’ll comment from time to time and my posts should pick up soon… work has been hellish lately. I’m also in Tejas

      • Sweet what part Brother?
        Don’t work to hard man. The more I accept myself the more I love others is what I’ve been going through because they are really my projection and my perception of their existence.

        • You know what, I’m not going to unpack that and explain why but I really identify with your description there.

          I’m in north central

  7. I’m honoured (if a bit puzzled) that an atheist person would follow Frank’s Cottage. Thanks! 🙂

    • Frank, it’s good to have you here. I hope you find something that makes you laugh or at least think. I’m not sure where your cottage is but I’m having some trouble finding it. Your photos are pretty awesome. How can I find/visit your cottage?

      • Frank’s Cottage is the name of my evangelism website! 🙂 (I don’t own a cottage.)

        • Oh yeah, had to dig to find it … Well, there are those that think atheists are all close minded and militant. I think (like Heinlein espoused) a modern day human should be versed in many things or everything. Education does not stop on graduation day and you can’t learn about something if you never engage it. I try to keep a lively stream of comments and thoughts in my reading from varying sources. I liked the way that you presented your topics if not generally your conclusions or thoughts on them.

          I don’t think it’s ever been said that a person has to agree with me 100% to be my friend or to simply exchange ideas. In fact, yours is not the only religious blog that I follow.

          And welcome to MyAtheistLife. I tend to think a little differently.

  8. Hello myatheistlife….. 🙂 I have quite the thread on my post…since i can’t find a contact me through email on your blog….i have decided to post here….. :)….

  9. I am currently writing an article for my blog ‘Knowledge Guild’ called “What If Christianity Had Defeated Reason?”

    The main question is: “What if the Christian organised religion had successfully blocked all scientific progress and philosophical development of reason for the past 2000 years?”

    e.g. We would still think the earth was located at the centre of the solar system, despite what brilliant astronomers like Nicolaus Copernicus argued. Et cetera.

    Do you happen to have any more examples I could use? I would welcome all suggestions.

    • We still fight the ideas of dualism, that thought that the mind is supernatural (or soul). When we see those that allow their children to die because god will heal them with prayer we can know what religion would do on its own. Evidence based medicine would not exist … leeches and quackery everywhere as confirmation bias shows one bad approach after another to be ‘effective’ just as prayer is thought effective. Democracy would soon be gone as god does not support opposing views and as soon as one party is demonized it will be excised. Religion does not tolerate dissent. Dissent is of the devil and religion justifies indiscriminate elimination of what is of the devil, in fact the big monotheistic religions advocate stoning to get rid of it.

      It would only take one effort to declare the internal combustion engine as ‘from the devil’ to stop all progress and keep humans very territorial and isolated. As technology outpaced the shrinking of the globe we had WWI and WWII. Now we know the world is to small to use all our technology in war against each other.
      Life would not be as we know it today. The very attitudes which allowed the dark age would prevail. The very ideologies which supported the inquisition would prevail.

      Even in the enlightened 18th century the Danbury baptists were afraid for their lives … not from invaders but from the other religion down the street. From their fears comes the affirmation of a wall of separation between church and state.

      Currently monotheism (Christianity) pushes the kill the gays law on the African continent and pushes others to find and burn alive those who are witches.

      One does not need to work hard with imagination to know what a religion dominated world would look like.

  10. Hi there,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂

    Have a great weekend,


    • Jesse Colton
    • September 12th, 2014

    Every culture should have shepherds pie and beer. I like you, you’re interesting and weird. I like interesting and weird.

    • Glen Hill
    • October 20th, 2014

    Claire, I’m amazed that you are not a professional scientist and have no college degree. I thought for sure you were and had. Cool! Very informative vids you make, and thank you for helping to debunk the creatards. I especially like your clarity of expression and the humor you throw in. Keep it up!

  11. Thanks for the follow! I’ll be adding a lot of content fairly soon. Hope you enjoy!

  12. Yay – a new follower! Thank you and hope you enjoy the journey that is my Non-Blog.

  13. Please go back and read Vagina, Boobs, and Poop, Part 12 again. The previous post was incomplete. Thanks for liking anyway.

    • kenyattayamel
    • February 15th, 2015

    thanks for your visits and comments on my blog.

    • Ain’t No Shrinking Violet
    • April 5th, 2015

    After reading your about page, I see you were “First born to a Pentecostal Evangelical preacher”! So you must have quite a bit of experience in the cult. Most of the atheists I’ve met so far have been either lifelong atheists or atheists from a very young age. Did you ever “buy into” religion, or were you skeptical all the way through? What age were you when you broke away? Just curious about your journey…if you’ve posted about it somewhere you can just leave a link, or not answer at all if you’re uncomfortable sharing personal info. I’ve noted lots of atheists don’t give any personal info about themselves, and I can see the wisdom of this. My blog is personal in nature (though anonymous), and I wonder how long it’ll be until the fundies start slamming me left and right. Especially since I came out as an antitheist. Yikes.

    • Wow, after so many posts I can’t remember if I have ever posted about my story. I should make a page for that rather than leave it in a comment. Yes, I bought into it hook line and sinker. I’ll come back and reply again when the page is complete. Thanks for commenting

        • Ain’t No Shrinking Violet
        • April 5th, 2015

        Looking forward to reading it…sounds like we have some similarities in our stories.

  14. I’m going to have to argue with you about the shepherd’s pie. Safe to eat? Sorry, but you haven’t convinced me.

    • I’m serious. I’m allergic to pepper juice. There are no peppers in any of those dishes… they are safe to eat! I didn’t say pleasant, just safe.

    • Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

    • ansley
    • April 21st, 2015

    Ahem. Pretty sure I was promised a dream interpretation. : )

    • But all I can give you is an apology for the delay. Work slammed me today, but I have that page saved so I can do so 🙂

        • ansley
        • April 21st, 2015

        : ) As you may have gathered, I can be an impatient girl. But you don’t owe me an apology … your time is valuable.

        • Well, I use a book to help me so it can take a bit and I didn’thave the time tonight….

  15. Thank you for the follow. It is nice to be connected. I am not very religious, rather I try and highlight the goodness (or the need for it) in people. Just a freebird reading, writing and cycling. That’s what I am . Thank you once again! 🙂

    • belowaveragewriter
    • May 26th, 2015

    I’m looking forward to interacting with you on your blog. I hate superstition as well! 🙂

    • Hey! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hopefully I’ll live up to the expectations.

        • belowaveragewriter
        • May 26th, 2015

        Oh I’ve read a few things and I like what I’ve read. You keep doing you!

  16. She is right. The cold is not good for women in labor. Even animals in the wild seek a warm, quiet place to birth in.

    Many cultures have their own version of blood sausage, too. =)
    (Just to piggyback on Shep’s Pie.)

    • That caught me off guard, had to reread it to know what you referenced. Thanks for commenting. Ohhhhh I love the blood sausage. Breakfast in the UK is awesome

  17. A fellow anti-theist too! cheers!

  18. “There is no best place to live, and you create where you are” is certainly true. Cheers. I read your last post, and will watch the video that spurred the previous one soon.

    • Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by to comment. I should start posting again soon… have some things on my mind that I need to blog

  1. September 11th, 2015

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