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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Godless Code 0.2

[You may be interested in the newest flavor: godless code 0.3]

[Superseding godless code 0.1]

Thanks to nullifidian and cats owner for ideas.

REFERENCE: (godless code 0.2)

The first entry of the godless code is always your disbelief path, the rest of the items are optional and may appear in any order. ":" is used as a delimiter between terms.

Belief path: each step of your disbelief journey, separated by "->". You may prefix a node with a number in parentheses to indicate at which age a transition occurred.

P++ : The bible is 100% true and I spend much of my life studying/evangelizing
P+ : I really believe, but I could be more involved
P : I call myself a Christian but I'm not on fire for it.
P- : I attend church but some of the ideas don't really hang together

[use +/- as above]

A++ : I'm very convinced, very vocal. I am defined by disbelief
A+ : I'm convinced and and active but it's not everything to me.
A : I don't believe, but I don't really think about it too much.
A- : I don't believe but I'm still pretty uncomfortable with disbelief

a+ : I really don't think you can know either way. Also, there might be a tea pot out there. Who can know for sure?
a : The word atheist make people uncomfortable and we don't want anyone to be uncomfortable.

and so on:

B : Buddhist
H : Hindu
I : Islam
M : Mormon
7 : SeventhDay
W : Jehovah's Witness
J : Jew

The above single character codes may be used or if you are feeling fancy go ahead and use the following 3 digit codes:

ADV Adventist
ALL Alliance Church
AMI Amish
ANI Animist
ASA Ásatrú
AOG Assembly Of God
BAH Baha'i
BAP Baptist
BUD Buddhist
CAT Catholic
CHR Christian
CMA Christian Mission Alliance
COC Church Of Christ
COG Church Of God
CON Congregational
CSC Christian Science
DCD Christian Disciples Of Christ
DST Diest
EPI Episcopalian
FRE Free Church/Independent
GRE Greek Orthodox
HIN Hindu
ISL Islam
JAN Jainism
JEH Jehovah's Witness
JEW Jewish
LUT Lutheran
MEN Mennonite
MET Methodist
MOM Mormon (Latter-Day Saint)
NAR Native American Religion
NON Non Denominational
PEN Pentecostal
PRE Presbyterian
PRO Protestant
QUA Quaker
SAT Satanist
SCI Scientology
SHA Shamanism
SHI Shinto
SIK Sikhism
SPI Spiritualist
TAO Taoism
UCC United Church Of Christ
UNI Unitarian
WIC Wicca/Druidry

Religions I find tolerable:


A tuple of religion codes from the religion path section. The tuple
may be the empty set, e.g. TR().

Holy Books read:

r({B|K|BoM}%XX[, ...]) # one or more holy books you've read and how much

B : Bible
K : Koran
BoM : Book of Mormon

eg. r(B%20,K%10)

Religious instruction: How much religious instruction have you received
in your life?


pX : years of primary school
sY : years of secondary school
uZ : years of university

Exposure: How many people know you are a non-believer?

ex(XYZ(x)[, ...]) or ex(ALL)

Fam - Family
Wk - Co-workers
Fr - Friends

values can range from 0.0 (no one knows) to 1.0 (everyone knows)

e.g. ex(Fam(.54),Wk(.5),Fr(1.0))

ex(ALL) indicates you're godlessness is known 100% to the world.

Religious affiliation of significant other(s):

SO([X, ...])

Where X is one of the religion codes from above. Empty set means no SO. :(

Fanboy (or girl): What non-believers inspire you? And how much?


Currently available non-believer codes:

RD : Richard Dawkins
SH : Sam Harris
DD : Daniel Dennett
SB : Susan Blackmore
BF : Brian Flemming
RC : Richard Carrier
MS : Michael Shermer
JS : Julia Sweeney
CS : Carl Sagan
JR : James Randi
RI : Robert Green Ingersoll
PJ : Penn Jillette
PZ : PZ Myers

You may include as many as you want to. You may also add a "+" (e.g. DD+) to show special approval of or "-" if you don't really like them (opposite of fanboy appreciation)

Getting the message out:

What do you do to share the news and/or stir up conversation?


Blg : blogging
Auth : writing books
D2D : door to door evangelization

What godless memberships do you have?


o Online atheist related groups.
l A member of a local atheist group
n A member of a national atheist group
i A member of an international atheist group

a plus can be used for additional groups up to 2...a single * can be used to denote that the person is active in the leadership of the group(board member, webmaster, etc.)

An example...

MS (o++,l+*,i*)

For member of at least 3 online groups, at 2 local groups and is in the leadership of at least one of them, and is a leadership member of an international organization.

Development of the godless code:

GCD : godless code deity - they who develop the code and/or have
suggestions incorporated

optional "+" if it was your idea in the first place. :)

Version: As the code evolves need to know what version to use for decoding.

[gc-0.1] = Use version 0.1 for decoding this

This coding system is new so if you have suggestions for additions,
clarifications, etc please let me know and I'll try to address for



Blogger Cats Owner said...

I think PZ should be in the fanof list for PZ Myers of Pharyngula.

Fri Feb 16, 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Some of the belief categories are not mutually exclusive, especially Buddhism/Taoism/Atheism. I am an atheist (A+) and also a vocal and practicing Buddhist (B+) and pragmatically a Taoist (TAO). Can I create a tuple of belief categories?


Fri Feb 16, 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger evtujo said...

Good suggestion. I've added PZ as a code.

Fri Feb 16, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger evtujo said...

Who am I to say what you can or cannot do? :)

Go ahead an have your tuple. If it causes some sort of mass confusion or injury to livestock we may have to reconsider. Until then let's throw caution to the wind!

Fri Feb 16, 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Fantastic idea in the same vein as the Code of the Geeks and the Catcodes. :)

Some suggestions:

* Holy books. There are a number of holy books that could be added: Dhammapadda and Tripitaka (Buddhism), Veda and Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), Talmud (Judaism), Tao-te-ching (Taoism), Zend Avesta (Zoroastrianism), Kojiki and Nihongi (Shintoism), Jaina Sutras (Jainism), Shri Guru Granth Sahib (Sikhism), and so on.

* Religious instruction. My parents taught me quite a bit about their kooky beliefs outside school, and I also attended a church-run seminary in my late teens (training to be a pastor). Both are religious instruction, but neither fit into the school-based instruction this option suggests.

* Fanboy. Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Jay Gould might be worthy additions?

* Getting the message out. How about trolling theistic forums/sites (I'm sure some do it) and other forms of general conversation?

* Godless memberships. Is it worth expanding this to include sceptical, secular and humanist groups? This would encompass, for example, the CSI (formerly CSICOP; Sagan & Asimov were notable members), BHA (Dawkins is VP), IHEU and NSS.

There might also be a useful modifier for the belief path or TR options for those who consider some religions as worthwhile philosophy (for example, I consider some of Theravadan Buddhism to be a great philosophy). Or perhaps that is just as easily covered by the TR option.

Also, how about modifiers for the sub-types of religions? You've covered Christianity quite well, but what about Islam (Sunni, Shia, Sufi, etc), Buddhism (Theravada, Vajrayana (Tibetan), Mahayana), etc.

Watch this Code double in size overnight. ;)

Wed Jun 25, 06:01:00 AM  
Blogger evtujo said...

Matt, I've incorporated your ideas and created a GC 0.3. Thanks for the suggestions.

Wed Jun 25, 09:30:00 PM  

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