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    Quote Peter Burnett said View Post
    Is it not just as boring
    Maybe for you, not for me.

    and expensive though?
    Plenty of people felt it was worth ponying up the cash so for those of us felt so, it was worth it. Others may differ.

    I can listen to some guy/gal talk about stuff for an hour at most.
    I don't think any of the presentations went longer than that. If it's boring, don't go.

    Can you learn something there that you can't find anywhere else?
    Probably not, but in the internet age that's probably true of just about any subject matter.

    What else can you do there? I suppose you get to meet people who are similar to you, eat food and buy t-shirts and stuff.
    All part of the fun.

    Personally, I'd be worried about terrorists. Imagine the damage that could be done to such a small minority. Would we make martyrs of the victims? Probably.

    I suppose one can hide in one's bumker.
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    I'd find it get to just hang out with like minded people and laugh at the theists who are getting butthurt that we don't believe in the fairytales they do.
    [odd]The immenseness of the universe - and Jesus sitting on the outside worried whether a species, that happens to be alive during a blip on the timeline of existence, is masterbating or not. Priceless.
    [Goldenmane]To put it another way: I can be charitable without dogma, and if you preach at me as a condition for accepting your help, then you can fuck off.

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    Quote rayne said View Post
    I'd find it get to just hang out with like minded people and laugh at the theists who are getting butthurt that we don't believe in the fairytales they do.
    I find it GREAT to just hang out with like minded people. Excuse me I can't seem to brain today. I has the dumb.
    [odd]The immenseness of the universe - and Jesus sitting on the outside worried whether a species, that happens to be alive during a blip on the timeline of existence, is masterbating or not. Priceless.
    [Goldenmane]To put it another way: I can be charitable without dogma, and if you preach at me as a condition for accepting your help, then you can fuck off.

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    @ WAS well that's ok for the head butt what of the rest of one's body?
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    Quote Peter Burnett said View Post
    There's some good reasons here for why an Atheist Convention is nothing like a religious gathering. Is it not just as boring and expensive though?
    I can listen to some guy/gal talk about stuff for an hour at most.
    Can you learn something there that you can't find anywhere else?
    What else can you do there? I suppose you get to meet people who are similar to you, eat food and buy t-shirts and stuff.
    Personally, I'd be worried about terrorists. Imagine the damage that could be done to such a small minority. Would we make martyrs of the victims? Probably.
    Meh.

    Don't like the idea, don't go.

    Personally, I loved it. Not at all boring.
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    It's not that I don't like the idea, I just don't know what the idea is.
    You guys love it so much, some grumpy old fuck like me comes along whinging like a little bitch, sell me it. Change my mind like you want to change the world.
    Then you'll find it easier to deal with people who say it's a religious gathering.
    Don't give them excuses, give them reasons. If you can't get into their heads, rip out their hearts, just for fun. :-)

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    Quote Peter Burnett said View Post
    It's not that I don't like the idea, I just don't know what the idea is.
    You guys love it so much, some grumpy old fuck like me comes along whinging like a little bitch, sell me it. Change my mind like you want to change the world.
    Then you'll find it easier to deal with people who say it's a religious gathering.
    Don't give them excuses, give them reasons. If you can't get into their heads, rip out their hearts, just for fun. :-)
    Grumpy old fuck? More like snide, and pretends to be more experienced in the world than he is.

    Do something better in your retirement.

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    Quote Peter Burnett said View Post
    It's not that I don't like the idea, I just don't know what the idea is.
    You guys love it so much, some grumpy old fuck like me comes along whinging like a little bitch, sell me it. Change my mind like you want to change the world.
    Then you'll find it easier to deal with people who say it's a religious gathering.
    Don't give them excuses, give them reasons. If you can't get into their heads, rip out their hearts, just for fun. :-)
    Me, I have zero interest in changing your mind.

    I enjoy going to these things because I'm smart and I like listening to smart people talk about smart things. End of story. I feel no need to have you agree with me that it's a worthwhile use of my time.
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    Peter, imagine you have liked boats, travel and adventure since you were a child, growing up you spent some time on yachts, charters, ferries etc. there is so much more you would like to experience and learn. Sailing a yacht around the world would be an amazing opportunity, but you have neither the funds required nor the means. You could go and buy/read books about others who have sailed the globe, but it isn't quite the same is it?

    Before you know it a handful of people who have sailed amazing journeys, who you respect and would love to meet, all decide to come to one place to share their experiences and stories, you could even brush shoulders with them over lunch for a chat. What an experience it would be!

    If you knew they were coming a year in advance you could save some money here and there to go. Depends how passionate you are and if you have the ability to go.

    Not a great deal of difference in my eyes.

    As for security, and risk of an incident, it shouldn't hold us back. We're not a high risk group really, only really a few fundie religions with nothing better to do than to try to disrupt things by waving banners and spouting crap about the place.

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