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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Richard Dawkins on: Today at 04:41:27 pm

How many religions are based on math, logic, reason or science?

Exactly as many as ought to be.

Both of these statements, as well as their implications, are one hundred percent correct, IMO. It's why faith and science on a philosophical level are not reconcilable.

Irreconcilable in what can and should be a fairly benign way, however, I'd submit.

Yes, I promise to forego crusading!

I actually think the discussion can be fruitful, but I think the objectives of it should be adjusted from trying to convince each other (either science or religion is on the offense, it seems) to exchanging ideas. Science is about method first and body of knowledge second, and it really disagrees with faith, I think. Faith takes the view, I think, that knowledge is passively revealed, and science takes the view that it is actively built. Then there's the supernatural / natural cause aspect, so I think a lot can be exchanged, but maybe the objectives of the discussion could be adjusted. 

I'm in entire agreement with that.
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Richard Dawkins on: Today at 03:55:13 pm

How many religions are based on math, logic, reason or science?

Exactly as many as ought to be.

Both of these statements, as well as their implications, are one hundred percent correct, IMO. It's why faith and science on a philosophical level are not reconcilable.

Irreconcilable in what can and should be a fairly benign way, however, I'd submit.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Explain the previous poster's user name. on: Today at 12:31:26 am
He's a guy who's into elections.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker not having a college degree is going to crush him in crucial swing areas on: Today at 12:01:39 am
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something you admire about the previous poster on: Today at 12:00:05 am
He's one of the most affable people on the forum, and I can't think of anybody I know to dislike him or any non-ideological reason to.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the previous poster's ideology on: April 18, 2014, 11:58:42 pm
Nearly as close to the opposite of mine as possible within the limits of reasonableness.
7  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: My last thread brings up the question... on: April 18, 2014, 11:55:59 pm
When did I mention suicide?!

...you didn't. I did, because, again, it's the thing that unless you're willing to contemplate, you really have no choice but to make the best of being alive.
8  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: My last thread brings up the question... on: April 18, 2014, 11:39:18 pm
It isn't that nobody else has those thoughts and feelings--you're far from alone in them, believe me. It's just that if you're not willing to commit suicide you really don't have any other options. Certain existence being preferable to possible nonexistence, even if only on a 'devil you know' sort of basis, is the sort of thing that most people feel intuitively enough to countervail these sorts of worries in everyday life.

Make do with what you have, HockeyDude. I'm not being at all snide or unfriendly in advising that, even though I realize I've been snide and unfriendly to you in the past, even the very recent past.
9  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: "Grow up and start taking your life seriously" on: April 18, 2014, 11:36:29 pm
Any time.

Although in fairness to you, whoever else is asking you this...I mean, you're in the military. What is it exactly that people are still accusing you of being unserious about? I think that your viewpoint is wrong and that you're being stupid about it but I don't see how the implied accusation has merit in your case.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of This Quote on: April 18, 2014, 11:35:04 pm
Oh ugh.

I like the guy, but this is just cocky. I'm an Athiest, so maybe I'm less well versed on the Bible than others, but aren't you supposed to not boast about this kind of stuff?

Yes. Yes, that's very much the case, yes.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you able to boil pasta? on: April 18, 2014, 11:31:28 pm
muon, that sounds absolutely amazing.

Do you have any recipes that call for white wine? I have some chardonnay that I'd like to use up but for various reasons don't want to actually drink.
12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: "Grow up and start taking your life seriously" on: April 18, 2014, 11:18:58 pm
Grow up and start taking your life seriously.
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Richard Dawkins on: April 18, 2014, 11:17:52 pm
Negative, should stay in the lab instead of engaging in atheist fundamentalism.

Isn't Dawkins technically retired in his capacity as a scientist anyway? He's in his early seventies by now.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post a recent picture of your neighbourhood/city on: April 18, 2014, 10:59:31 pm
Here's the view from my bedroom window this winter.

15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Richard Dawkins on: April 18, 2014, 10:06:32 pm
How many religions are based on math, logic, reason or science?

Exactly as many as ought to be.
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Richard Dawkins on: April 18, 2014, 08:51:10 pm
That's a very simplistic outlook.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: do you consider statistics a field of mathematics? on: April 18, 2014, 08:49:45 pm
Statistics is after all 'political arithmetic' at heart, so yes.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: South Park vs. Girls on: April 18, 2014, 08:48:21 pm
South Park, and I don't say that lightly (except for 'Good Times with Weapons', which is sublime).

One of these is one of the worst shows on television, and even one of the worst of all time. It relies mostly on nothing but shock value and trying to push the envelope of what can be shown on TV, but with no attempt to actual make it clever or get any humor out of it. It features idiotic and unlikable characters, and really vapid plots with terrible messages. Also the creators are clearly complete morons who have the maturity of probably a 13 year old at best with the type of crap they shovel on it. It only appeals to the lowest common denominator and people who are easily amused by cheap shock value and really simplistic and vapid "humor".
C'mon, Girls isn't that bad.

No unlike it's competition in this poll Girls is a very witty, funny, well written show made by smart people for smart people.

The bolded part is true, but unfortunately they're the kind of smart people whose main area of expertise and interest is how smart they are.
Weird, I just watched "Good Times with Weapons" a few minutes ago. That's a great episode.

Isn't it? Everything came together just wonderfully. It's especially fun if one understands the lyrics to 'Let's Fighting Love'.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: South Park vs. Girls on: April 18, 2014, 08:37:40 pm
South Park, and I don't say that lightly (except for 'Good Times with Weapons', which is sublime).

One of these is one of the worst shows on television, and even one of the worst of all time. It relies mostly on nothing but shock value and trying to push the envelope of what can be shown on TV, but with no attempt to actual make it clever or get any humor out of it. It features idiotic and unlikable characters, and really vapid plots with terrible messages. Also the creators are clearly complete morons who have the maturity of probably a 13 year old at best with the type of crap they shovel on it. It only appeals to the lowest common denominator and people who are easily amused by cheap shock value and really simplistic and vapid "humor".
C'mon, Girls isn't that bad.

No unlike it's competition in this poll Girls is a very witty, funny, well written show made by smart people for smart people.

The bolded part is true, but unfortunately they're the kind of smart people whose main area of expertise and interest is how smart they are.
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Richard Dawkins on: April 18, 2014, 08:12:10 pm
And if Dawkins focused mainly on explaining why that's a bad idea then he'd be in the right.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Richard Dawkins on: April 18, 2014, 08:05:53 pm
Richard Dawkins is neither a religious figure nor a philosopher. His contributions to debate on those subjects are largely political in character, and in my opinion skew heavily (but are not universally) negative. It should be noted that he's also far from an uncontroversially revered figure in his own world of ethology.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 18, 2014, 08:04:06 pm
Everything of interest in Nietzsche is just the syphilis talking and of no further account or relevance.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: April 18, 2014, 01:46:17 pm
Jeez Wikipedia thanks for making me look like some sort of inept bizzare freak:

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18 to 24-year-olds are the age group most likely to partake in sexting. Of this age group, 70 percent of people receive suggestive photos and messages. Men are more likely to send and receive intimate information than women. 61 percent of men sext while 48 percent of women do.


It seems things are now so peverted 61 and 48 average to 70 these days.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Adventures of Hobo Orgy Guy and Blondie on: April 18, 2014, 11:25:14 am
HBO series when?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: quiz-palooza: How many South African leaders can you name? on: April 17, 2014, 05:00:41 pm
Same as Snowstalker's plus Vorster.
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