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    Re: Homophobia (originally Russian Homophobia)

    It happens in nature. It is natural, there is absolutely no debating that.
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    Re: Homophobia (originally Russian Homophobia)

    Homosexuality occurs in nature, it is natural in every meaningful sense of the term. That is the beginning, middle and end of that argument.
    The correlative gene most closely linked with...
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    Re: New game announced - Total War: WARHAMMER

    Well that's hilarious.
    You don't like fantasy, but you like Rome two. Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
  4. Re: A question of law and ethics - driverless cars

    That would be a mechanical fault. The manufacturers/most-recent-mechanic would be liable. The same as it is now.



    Well in theory anyway. The manufacturer could always have a maintenance clause...
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    Re: Homophobia (originally Russian Homophobia)

    "Phony medical group attempt to peddle anti-Gay propaganda to schools."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alvin-mcewen/phony-medical-group-attem_b_527772.html

    So.... another hilarious and...
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    Re: Homophobia (originally Russian Homophobia)

    Homosexuality occurs in nature, it is natural in every meaningful sense of the term. That is the beginning, middle and end of that argument.
    The correlative gene most closely linked with...
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    Re: The Most Illogical Relgion

    A worldview requires more than a single position on a single topic. A worldview requires a series of positions on a series of topics.
    If you could name the series of positions on a series of topics...
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    Re: Batman vs Superman Teaser Trailer released

    There are plenty of times where Superman defeats Batman, a few where he even kills him. But the more interesting stories have always been the ones where Batman defeats Superman. I doubt anyone has...
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    Re: Awesome 40K Pictures

    That is exactly where they belong. There are many medieval worlds in the Imperium.
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    Re: The Most Illogical Relgion

    The key word there is system. Neither atheism, nor theism are systems. They are collections of distinct systems, they are categories of systems.
    I am an atheist, but don't confuse that with me...
  11. Re: Billion + believe in Satan. Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

    Ethics are demonstrably beneficial to social organisms.



    How is that different from theistic moral systems?
    Christians, Muslims and Jews still murder (statistically they do more than...
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    Re: The Most Illogical Relgion

    Atheist and irreligious are too often presumed to be synonyms. They are not interchangeable.
    Not all atheists are irreligious, but all irreligious people are atheists.

    But for the most part...
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    Re: The Most Illogical Relgion

    The atheist can do the same with aliens, or ancestors, or destiny, ontological-naturalism, any-kind of spiritualism without a God.
    Indulging in comfortable cathartic wishful thinking is not unique...
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    Re: Batman vs Superman Teaser Trailer released

    There are many stories where Batman and Superman fight. From the rumors I've heard it's one specific story they fight because Superman has become the tool of a corrupt/inept government. In that story...
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    Re: The Most Illogical Relgion

    No different from theists.



    A problem that also effects theists. Perception is all we have as a way of confirming/disproving/limiting our assumptions.



    Theists also have that problem,...
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    Re: The Most Illogical Relgion

    Atheism is a singular position on a single topic like theism. hey are umbrella terms containing in them thousands of different worldviews.
    Buddhism is an atheistic-worldview, just as Christianity is...
  17. Re: Billion + believe in Satan. Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

    Secular ethics.
    Theistic ethics are not all of the ethics you know.



    There is no provable objective morality.
    Without God there is still the vast vast majority of ethics remaining:...
  18. Thread: Free Will

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    Poll: Re: Free Will

    Why does your life "need" meaning in your pinion?
    By meaning, obviously I mean your definition of meaning.
  19. Thread: Free Will

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    Poll: Re: Free Will

    It's not, or rather: was not meant as an accusation, rather a question, a question to ask yourself and also me thinking out loud, self projection and all that.
    Rather than muddying the water, I...
  20. Thread: Free Will

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    Poll: Re: Free Will

    Not that part: the part I was referring to was whether or not that meaning is/is-not knowable.
    But even the desire for the sort of meaning you're talking about as the scent of pride on it, don't...
  21. Thread: Free Will

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    Poll: Re: Free Will

    Do you think you can tell the difference? Can anyone?



    You seem awfully sure about that: Are you sure it's not just your pride talking?



    Yup, a rain drop. An exquisite quirk of physics,...
  22. Thread: Free Will

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    Poll: Re: Free Will

    We seem to be biologically programmed to do so, to make meaning, to invent and conjure. We don't have a choice but to have meaning bestowed upon us: It's too late. Always has been too late. Always...
  23. Thread: Free Will

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    Poll: Re: Free Will

    If our existence has no inherent meaning then we are free/destined to make our own meaning. We are destined to believe in (or act as if there is) free-will. An absurdity, of course, futile even: we...
  24. Re: Oxford Experts say parents should be allowed to have their Newborn Babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant”

    In this context making a distinction will only lead to a spiraling and pointless debate on semantics. That's why I said "the distinction becomes meaningless."



    Portugal/Ireland/Whatever is not...
  25. Thread: Free Will

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    Poll: Re: Free Will

    Without evidence of a positive-claim the default-position is a negative-position. The distinction between "I don't believe" and "I don't care" is minor/semantic, but I understand why it was included....
  26. Re: Oxford Experts say parents should be allowed to have their Newborn Babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant”

    When the effects of two phenomena are identical, the distinction becomes meaningless.



    Cold "iron" reality is not determined by localized, or exceptional anecdotes. Statistical averages and...
  27. Re: Oxford Experts say parents should be allowed to have their Newborn Babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant”

    You already have joined the club. You are from Europe. You don't have to see or smell the dirty peasants in China and Africa and the Middle east, congratulations.
    There is the possibility, as...
  28. Re: Oxford Experts say parents should be allowed to have their Newborn Babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant”

    Yup, but due to periods of dynamic shifting it's not as bad as that. Even the poorest European can live like a medieval middle-class person and then some.
  29. Re: Oxford Experts say parents should be allowed to have their Newborn Babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant”

    It's eugenics alrigt. Those who take advantage of birth control have superior control over their reproduction, they can select when they reproduce and also the quantity, thus increasing the quality....
  30. Re: The Left and Islam - Love-hate Relationships in the totalitarian Sector of Worldviews

    Creationism, religious only education, Climate Change denial, the history of: phrenology, state-enforced-eugenics, a large portion of 20th Century book burning, etc.
    And as for anti-vaccination...
  31. Re: The Left and Islam - Love-hate Relationships in the totalitarian Sector of Worldviews

    I think the superficial alliance out of fear of the far right.
    That fear is grounded in the identical ideology shared by the extremist right and extremist Islam: the racism, homophobia, sexism,...
  32. Re: President Obama calls for an end to "conversion" therapy

    By LGBT logic that person is a person, that is the beginning, middle and end of that story.
    Only by conservative logic do labels matter more than that.
  33. Re: "It is not genocide!!" - Turkey is furious again about international comments of Armenian 'Genocide'

    Japan has issued many apologies for atrocities since 1950.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

    Not only do they admit what they did, but they have also...
  34. Thread: Interstellar

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    Re: Interstellar

    Good post Biggles,
    To add to that:
    In the film it is implied that time is cyclical and deterministic. The wormhole was always sent back in time, the people who made it knew how to do so because it...
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    Re: Moses crossing the red sea

    Pat Robertson, but similar sentiments have been shared by many of his fellow televangelists and other bottom feeders. It's a good point you make, perhaps it is American fundamentalism gives...
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    Re: Moses crossing the red sea

    There is indeed a good deal of wonder in the Bible, but that does not negate the horror.
    The Bible doesn't exist in a vacuum, it exists in a world where Christians (or "christians" if you prefer)...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    A lack of evidence equally negates free-will as a component because many people are incapable of believing without evidence, God has made a system where it is 100% impossible for them to get into...
  38. Re: President Obama calls for an end to "conversion" therapy

    It really isn't, and I say that as someone who has been circumcised.



    That is well known to not be acceptable, except, obviously, a particular socio-economic class.



    I think it is...
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    Re: In death all are equal, just ask this atheist.

    That's communism.
    So that's the plan of Christianity: communism.
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    Re: Hate on religions?

    Is that the only part?



    For me it was the illustrated books for children about the Bible stories, I would hazard that it's these books that influence so many Hollywood directors, rather than...
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