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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    There are some fundamental issues that some of the orthodox churches don't have. I find their problem overall has simply shifted however. I also wouldn't call them about freedom of expression...
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    [VOTE FINISHED: PASSED: IMPLEMENTED] Re: [Award] Mangalore for Phalera

    I can understand where you're coming from and I would love to show you what I've seen in the 9 years I've participated on the forums with him but unfortunately TWCenter doesn't seem to be a fan of...
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    Re: Why do we seek success and not failure?

    Well yes we do, but we've also got a poor system of assessing whether or not something will make us happy. If not getting what we want made us depressed unforunately everyone would be depressed....
  4. Re: Human , How will We evovle after a millenia?

    VR is a great example of beneficial technology held back because of marketing. It's lack of any real success until recently is due to capitalism despite the fact we had it 20 years ago. I'm glad...
  5. Re: Human , How will We evovle after a millenia?

    People will pay.

    So I have a great car, it will put all other cars out of business and become the next dominant model. I could of course just release this car but this car was billions in research...
  6. Re: Will future Artificial Intelligence try to end Mankind?

    I find that AI is potentially the most significant threat to humanity that may ever exist, especially if that AI has access to technology like quantum computing. However, currently, the entire...
  7. Re: Human , How will We evovle after a millenia?

    At the current rate of advancement of biology we're beginning to understand health in the terms of mathematics. I.E. I know exactly what I need to do to fix you because I know exactly what's wrong...
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    Re: Elfdude's Guide to Evolution

    Phier is more or less correct, in this case the OPS1 gene is easily duplicated and in some creatures it's been duplicated a lot.

    The three genes which humans possess are the OPS1SW, OPS1MW, and...
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    [VOTE FINISHED: PASSED: IMPLEMENTED] Re: [Award] Mangalore for Phalera

    As someone who consistently encounters Mangalore I support his nomination. I can count on every post of mangalore to have a well thought out point, a tangible response and a thorough argument. His...
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    Re: Elfdude's Guide to Evolution

    Just some minor errors IIRC, looks good on you though, nice to see someone else figuring out the value of science.



    Sticky ends means the two stranded DNA has one end which is longer than the...
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    Sticky: Re: Whitelist Thread

    TyCorp
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    Re: Elfdude's Guide to Evolution

    Because of restriction enzymes.
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    Re: Elfdude's Guide to Evolution

    Hmm, that might be relevant to this. It's a paper I typed a few years ago for an argumentation class.

    How to genetically engineer your own Frankenstein plants!

    There’s a lot of controversy in...
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    Antixx
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    Re: Elfdude's Guide to Evolution

    Added in information about Transitional Fossils and some examples of those things.



    Wrong.

    Transitional fossils

    First we have the transition from Nautiloids to ammonoids.
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    Re: Something can come from Nothing!

    Wrong.

    Transitional fossils

    First we have the transition from Nautiloids to ammonoids.

    Starting with Nautiloidea -> Bactritida -> Ammonoidea we go from a straight long shell to a tightly...
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    Re: Why do we seek success and not failure?

    The reason we seek success has a lot to do with our brain itself. The problem is largely an evolutionary one.

    What practically is the difference between getting what you want and not individually?...
  18. Re: Does the Bible have Mistakes? [Aquila Praefortis versus elfdude]

    I'd really question why you think that the US is not a christian controlled country.

    Technically speaking you're correct, but that's like saying technically speaking men don't have more power than...
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    Re: Moses crossing the red sea

    Personally it seems rather impossible that a rift sea like the red sea would ever be emptied. That thing is like a kilometer deep and is caused by two tectonic plates pulling apart from one another....
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    Religion is not about individual expression. This couldn't be further from the truth. Christianity, Islam and Judaism at least are orthodoxic and do not consider individual expression to be anything...
  21. Re: Does the Bible have Mistakes? [Aquila Praefortis versus elfdude]

    What!? It's a fantasy novel? Half of the US believes it has a literal account of creation. Although it's also clear half of the US has no idea what literal really means.



    It is not a noteworthy...
  22. Thread: Ferguson

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    Re: Ferguson

    This is pretty much scientifically established guys. There is a black bias and we all suffer it, not just police. Blacks suffer it to an equal degree as whites as well. Using System Justification...
  23. Thread: Ferguson

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    Re: Ferguson

    I'm really suprirsed that there are debates about the nature of how racist our criminal justice system is.
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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...
  25. 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.
  26. 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...
  27. Re: Faith closes the mind. It is pure idol worship.

    Because you're wrong.
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    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.
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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...
  40. 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...
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