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    Re: Ways to get copper into water?

    I think the problem here is that using copper II sulfate will conflate your results. Plants are great at removing sulfates and nitrates from water and while they need a bit of copper usually it's not...
  2. Re: Atheistic Churches look for new non believer members..

    *sigh* If you ignore the body of my post and take on irrelevant tangents there's no point in talking with you. You left almost all of my argument in tact which is pretty obvious why you did so.
  3. Re: What practical application is there for genetic research into social behavior?

    The problem with this thread is that there's a dualistic use of the information that genetics influencing social behavior can accomplish. For example, when partnered with genetic engineering it...
  4. Re: Faith closes the mind. It is pure idol worship.

    Because you're wrong.
  5. Re: Atheistic Churches look for new non believer members..

    You're cherry picking arguments which are convenient, and out of context so you can deal with them. Have fun with that, just makes you look disingenuous. You're attempting to say that the default...
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    Re: Religious Ideas and Double Standard

    Denial of reality is a pre-requisite for faith in religion.
  7. Re: Faith closes the mind. It is pure idol worship.

    I think he means:

    If you're just going to redefine the terms to mean something else you might as well call Up down and visa versa. The point of language and logic is to communicate. We say God to...
  8. Re: Atheistic Churches look for new non believer members..

    First, 'isn't true that atheism asserts the nonexistence...'

    I cut this out because the word which makes this fail is is 'asserts'. There is no necessity to assert any position. This is about as...
  9. Re: Is slavery justifiable under any circumstances?

    Here's a couple of points I can think of off the top of my head:

    Arguments for Slavery:

    Attack equality/equity - humans are not created/born equal
    Build up Plutocracy - Some of us deserve to...
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    Re: Religious Ideas and Double Standard

    I think the problem is people aren't consistent. If we could expect them to be consistent then we wouldn't have the issues we do. Personally I feel the principles of science which make it awesome are...
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    Re: Quran's "Verses of Violence" Explained

    Pointless thread is pointless.

    Does islam approve of killing apostates, atheists, and infidels? Yes.
    Does Christianity approve of killing traitors, atheists and heretics? Yes.

    Neither theology...
  12. Re: Why, believer or not, you seek a Monotheistic God.

    A.K.A Rigor. A rigorous definition is necessary for any argument to be meaningful, the alternative is ambiguous. Attacking the rigor of an argument is a way any argument can be dismissed.

    This...
  13. Re: Atheistic Churches look for new non believer members..

    The problem fkizz is that the meaning of what you said is ambiguous. Do you mean higher belief as in more true? Do you mean it as a belief closer to an axiomatic truth? Do you mean it as in more...
  14. Re: Why, believer or not, you seek a Monotheistic God.

    I would highly disagree with you. Believers do not see a god which is just the best set of rules, they believe in a god which is far more detailed than that. If they didn't there wouldn't be much...
  15. Re: Atheistic Churches look for new non believer members..

    Psychologically speaking rules to follow makes almost everyone happy, freedom and capitalism are the enemy of happiness. A country full of buddhist monks would be very happy but the problem is with...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    Government backing? When an authoritarian regime takes up your banner (re: the Nazi's did this too!) it's kind of hard to express a difference of opinion. Before made the national religion in rome by...
  17. Re: Why, believer or not, you seek a Monotheistic God.

    A hopelessly rigorless definition undermines this argument. What is a god is not what we define as the best set of rules to live by. Those are ethics and moralities. The problem with religion is that...
  18. Re: Atheistic Churches look for new non believer members..

    Occam's Razor. Figure it out.
  19. Re: Christianity is based on substitutionary atonement. Is it a moral religion?

    I would take this common and particular myth and invert it entirely.

    Because of science we have gained a beautiful naturalistic spiritual side to ourselves that is pure. We have developed culture...
  20. Re: Most of intelligence is in fact genetic according to new study...

    This is a fantastic paper but I don't find it compelling regarding the effects of early intervention. The particular benefits of the Abecedarian Project were not intellect quotient gains because in...
  21. Re: Most of intelligence is in fact genetic according to new study...

    Of course most of IQ is genetic but that has little to do with childrearing and what the best methodology of parenting is. IQ is pretty much set after middle school anyways. The largest IQ effects...
  22. Re: At what point would you report someone you met on the internet to the police?

    It's not specific to Nazi rhetoric but that precedent has been used numerous times to arrest Neo Nazi's and to prevent Neo Nazi demonstrations.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauharnais_v._Illinois...
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    Re: Jesus and Muhammad

    Stalin actually opposed the extremest atheist factions publicly so that's strange. While he did think the right approach of letting religion die on it's own was ineffective he thought that...
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    Re: Jesus and Muhammad

    Right they did what in the name of atheism? I can't think of really anything. What Russia did was in the name of nationality and fascism and of course the Russian orthodox church was largely left...
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    Re: Politcally correct gone too far?

    :laughter:

    It's rather easy to defend that position and there's a reason why the US government also refers to so called 'illegal immigrants' as undocumented.
    ...
  26. Re: At what point would you report someone you met on the internet to the police?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaplinsky_v._New_Hampshire
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    Re: Jesus and Muhammad

    No one is assaulting this perspective, what they might assault is that christians don't do this. In fact they seem to do it more than their counterparts with islam coming in as a close second. For a...
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    Re: God is a Narcissist

    Seems like you can't prove your position so you've decided to retreat. Sad. Fallacies are the forever the shield of the fool, hiding from them from the reality of the world. You would do well not to...
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    Re: God is a Narcissist

    Rau,

    Second, just to reiterate what other posters have told you but you've failed to comprehend Muhammad was not a poor person. His parents did die or left him from an early age but he was adopted...
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    Re: Origin of Homophobia & prejudice

    First off you're using T values not Z values. You should be calculating with Z scores not T scores, the reason for this is that Z scores are used when the population mean, standard deviation and the...
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    Re: God is a Narcissist

    Haskalah is a secular movement within the ethnic jews, it is not a religious movement.
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    Re: Jesus and Muhammad

    How do you figure?
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    Re: Jesus and Muhammad

    ?

    Jesus was not the messiah from a Jewish perspective.
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    Re: Elfdude's Guide to Evolution

    You might want to pick up a book on Mendelian genetics while you're there.
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    Re: God is a Narcissist

    :laughter:

    See the burden of proof is on you because you're the one making spurious claims. Go ahead and demonstrate that communism is a religion using credible evidence. Or you can keep making...
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    Re: Where will science lead humanity?

    :laughter:

    This is terribly wrong. Total war hasn't been waged in over a hundred years, I would suggest it hasn't been waged for almost a thousand. In the crusades many thousands of times more...
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    Re: Elfdude's Guide to Evolution

    Clearly you don't know how to use this word either. Shame on you papay.
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    Re: God is a Narcissist

    So then they're no longer religious they're merely ideological jews and even that is in question given that the ideology of the jewish religion extends from that being unless they strike that down...
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    Re: God is a Narcissist

    An orthopraxic religion is not an organized religion and thus would not be typically what we're referring to. This is exactly what religion means, you're welcome to assert your own definition but the...
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    Re: Where will science lead humanity?

    Naw the OP is continuing his regular crusade against science.

    Truth be told, the only way for us to move into the future is if more people start relying upon sound and valid logical systems to...
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