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  1. Re: Necessity of the constructs of good and evil

    Like any other ontological construct it's meaning is intrinsically tied to the culture that made it. In this case it's something of a pan-human cultural construct. Without the current incarnation of...
  2. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    There is no distinction between saying: not symmetrical, non-symmetrical and asymmetrical. They are all synonyms. To say there are actual distinctions between not theistic, non-theistic and atheistic...
  3. Re: Necessity of the constructs of good and evil

    What I'm trying to elicit from you are the boundaries of when/where/why/how good and evil apply (making good and evil intrinsically relative). We agree that the construct applies to modern humans,...
  4. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Atheist and non-theist are literally synonyms. A Jain/pantheist/buddhist don't necessarily believe in a deity and therefore can be atheists (AKA non-theists). If you believe in one or more deities...
  5. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    There is a lot of overlap though. Non-theist and atheist are synonyms.



    If he said "I'm not black" would that make him not black? No.
    Most people don't "want to be" associated with the...
  6. Re: People with very low IQ--What do you think of them?

    I view them the same as someone who is physically either lazy or disabled, it's different for every individual. The brain is a muscle like any other, it can be impeded by disability, but more than...
  7. Re: Necessity of the constructs of good and evil

    Well I was thinking of a 1984 like scenario taken to it's absurd logical, technological and biological conclusion: trans-humanism like the borg (that's why I said at mankinds' current evolutionary...
  8. Re: Necessity of the constructs of good and evil

    At the current point in human evolution (where a multitude of consciousness' exist in the social organism): sure. But, if/when we were/are a hive-mind, guided by a single/collective consciousness...
  9. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Those definitions are correct, but they're overly narrow and implicitly ignores the subtle meanings these labels can cover.
    An agnostic person doesn't have to be of the position that certain...
  10. Poll: Re: Do you think of yourself primarily as a world citizen or as a citizen of your country?

    World citizen I suppose. More accurately I'm a middle-class citizen (like most people who claim to be citizens of the world).
    Underneath it all, middle class people from around the world aren't so...
  11. Re: Vkings were like the SS, and Scandinavians should apologize.

    It's pretty funny, it's blatantly tongue in cheek, (making the "anti-PC brigade"s reaction even funnier) but it's a false equivalence, should Mexico apalogise for the actions of the Aztecs? No, their...
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    Re: So What Is a Christian anyway?

    That's your personal definition. That's your interpretation based on your subjective experiences, without evidence it's just your opinion. There are 2.1 billion Christians currently in this world,...
  13. Re: Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups

    I was unclear. It's not the poverty caused by loss of life or war that I was referring to. Poverty has been a constant in Rural Iraq, poor farmers have always needed to get rid of their daughters...
  14. Re: Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups

    Secularism and education.
    However these are seen as corrupting forces designed by the west to dominate/destroy their culture so it's viewed with suspicion by many the middle-east (that doesn't mean...
  15. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    You're coming with an unpopular slant on epistemology there. Or rather an un-standard view on epistemology, this is confusing to atheists.
    Your definition of an agnostic isn't incorrect, but it is...
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    Re: So What Is a Christian anyway?

    So, two people claim to be Christian, both say the other is not a Christian, there is not a set of objective criteria to discern which is a Christian and which is not: conclusion, they're both...
  17. Re: Iraq child-marriage bill sparks outrage among human rights groups

    The west is more responsible for what happens in Iraq.
    But still, a good point.
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    You prefer the wannabe US to the actual US?
    That's like preferring generic cola to coca cola, it's crazy.

    But of course (time to put on my semantic hat, yay:tongue:) the very concept of "an...
  19. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Monotheism is a sub-set of theism.
  20. Re: Game of Thrones: TV Series - Season 4 (Book spoilers in tags with warning)

    Like I said:The writers are making them into a mystery-solving folk-singing duo, they had to slightly alter the story line.
    Maybe the real hound will be the one who fights Brienne rather than biter...
  21. Re: The biggest insult a Christian priest can do against an atheist:To tell him that he is no longer a Christian

    The worst insult I've gotten from a religious person is that my twirly mustache makes me look like a hipster douche. He wasn't not wrong.
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    Marriage is the point, obviously, it's in the name. The tax concession is merely a minor point of it. If marriage isn't solely for the manufacture of offspring and is in fact an expression of love...
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    Neither can infertile couples. Should infertile couples not be permitted to get married also?
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    That may be so but it doesn't answer the question. Are Black people more likely to commit crimes because of their skin colour or because of pre-existing socio-economic pressures?
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    ....and that's the case because of their race how?
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    An anecdote proves little. The constitution doesn't allow segregation based on race, education is the enemy of racism, education takes time. Race is an arbitrary and artificial division, it's washed...
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    Still the Nazis as demonstrated by their literal destruction.
    Your vague and irrational prophecy of hypothetical "destruction" holds no water and doesn't even make sense. Race doesn't mean anything...
  28. Re: Game of Thrones: TV Series - Season 4 (Book spoilers in tags with warning)

    If I was the writer I'd change Arya and the Hound into a mystery-solving folk-singing duo travelling around the countryside revealing monsters and ghosts to be janitors and museum owners.
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    Re: The Stand Up Comedy Thread

    Bo Burnham is shockingly good and he's only like 23 or something. The best I've seen since Louis CK for sure. He's sooooo smart, you have to watch his routine a few times to get all of the jokes. I...
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    There is some truth to it for now anyway, but I think it's fading, I think the association between being white and proud with racism only lingers because neo-nazis still linger, the times, they are a...
  31. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    When calling Odin a god would you use a capital letter or not?


    Making him an atheist.

    An agnostic-atheist is still an atheist.
  32. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    If you think me not using capital letters (sometimes by accident) is a deliberate insult then you don't know me at all. From now on I'll take special care with my capital letters.
    Anyway, on to...
  33. Re: Game of Thrones: TV Series - Season 4 (Book spoilers in tags with warning)

    Ironically a lot of GOT is literally shot beyond the Pale. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pale
  34. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    What's the difference?
    Are there objective criteria for proving one "god" false and another "God" to be true? No. They all have the same evidence: believers claim to have had personal experiences...
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    Re: Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales

    Or you could blame the Fuhrer for losing his war. We defeated that kind already, there kind is nothing now, figures of fun, we only listen to them to laugh at their quaint, bigoted, irrational and...
  36. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    Originally yes, now however theism applies to all gods/Gods/God/god etc. Language changes and evolves and improves to better describe a more sophisticated world and worldviews.



    Polytheists...
  37. Re: Mississippi Governor Signs "Religious Freedom" Bill Into Law

    Yes. Obviously.
  38. Re: Neil deGrasse Tyson on atheism ("the only 'ist' I am is a scientist")

    What on earth are you talking about?
    Theism:
    Belief in the existence of a god or gods.
    Theism, in the broadest sense, is the belief that at least one deity exists.
    Theism in it's narrowest...
  39. Re: IS the rise of fundemetalism in the west risking becoming another Al-Ghazali moment?

    Fundamentalism has always been a threat to progress, civil liberties and science. Religion may be losing it's hold in secular countries superficially, but this seems to have caused something quite...
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    Re: So What Is a Christian anyway?

    Yup. End of thread I guess.
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