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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 25, 2014, 06:42:14 pm
The "leadership" of the African American community needs to step up and actually lead in a positive way.

I don't understood how exactly they're supposed to do this. Besides discouraging violence - which, for all intents and purposes, every single "leader" of the African-American community has emphatically and repeatedly done - what is there to do? Physically put a stop to rioting and looting themselves?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you wish we had opebo's insight on the Ferguson, MO situation? on: November 25, 2014, 11:29:57 am
The post where he attacks the voraciousness of capitalism is certainly in his late unoriginal mold. Granted, his post in reply to Nathan was a good one, but none of the others were particularly insightful. They weren't repetitive either, but then again we do have plenty of posters who manage to be bad or unremarkable without being repetitive per se.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you wish we had opebo's insight on the Ferguson, MO situation? on: November 25, 2014, 11:15:36 am
Towards the end of his tenure, I noticed a definite tendency to rotate between three or four stock posts, ever so slightly modified to meet the particularities of the thread at hand (his posts on the political situation in Thailand notwithstanding). The only thing that kept him readable was his skill at the English language. 
4  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Christianity on: November 23, 2014, 07:36:38 pm
The "metaphysical" is just more make-believe. Can it be edifying? Sure. But it's not astrophysics, and it could never compete with astrophysics.

But metaphysics doesn't compete with astrophysics. "Metaphysics" does mean "after physics", after all.

You have to judge it on some standard, though.

Yes, you're right: it's judged by the standard of how fulfilling it is to the person who believes in it.

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Myth is personal in a way that scientific evidence is not.

Of course. And that's natural, as the two deal with two completely different levels of existence/experience. Just as people shouldn't believe in a scientific theory because it "feels right", people shouldn't embrace a particular mythos because it seems "scientifically sound". 
5  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Christianity on: November 23, 2014, 05:50:49 pm
The "metaphysical" is just more make-believe. Can it be edifying? Sure. But it's not astrophysics, and it could never compete with astrophysics.

But metaphysics doesn't compete with astrophysics. "Metaphysics" does mean "after physics", after all.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Music Megathread on: November 23, 2014, 05:31:04 pm
Periodically, I'll latch on to a relatively obscure band or artist and proceed to promote them aggressively.

Right now, that band or artist is Twa Toots.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you think God is? on: November 19, 2014, 10:09:57 am
I like to think of God as a disembodied mind. God created our universe by "imagining" it, the same way that we might imagine a fictional universe of our own. Of course, there are key differences: our universe is both infinitely more original than anything that we could imagine, given that there was no preexisting mold for God to copy, and is inhabited by sentient beings, which (presumably) could not be said of the universes of our mind's creation. Both of these facts are owing to the radical gulf that exists between God and ourselves: everything that we're able to think and do is limited by our material existence, which, by contrast, poses no obstacles to the Monad. This same way of thinking also allows us to answer the question "Who begat God?", which implies both a material existence and a linear timeline, both of which we know to exist in our own universe, but would be inappropriate to apply to the One.

It might seem that there's little comfort in this conception of the Divine, but I strongly believe that through prayer, meditation, or the use of psychedelic drugs, it's possible to attain a glimpse of the transcendence experienced by God (or as close an approximation as our fragile minds will permit), which can have a profoundly positive impact on the way that we live in and interact with the world.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - Lowborn Egoism Herrings on: November 17, 2014, 06:20:39 pm
Apparently I need to learn philosophy. Where do I start?

I hope that this joke hasn't already become passť.
9  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Plato's theory of the forms? on: November 17, 2014, 05:29:05 pm
[N]o ideal form of anything exists anywhere.

I disagree, as it's certainly possible to construct an ideal form of something in one's mind.

The problem I see with that is that if there is an ideal, that implies one. So if you ask everyone you ran into to imagine the ideal random object, I bet you wouldn't get two alike.

I agree, and I actually don't see anything wrong with that.

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It's like religion. One of the things that always bothered me was that God's Word shouldn't fracture into all these thousands of sects and their disagreements and so on based on cryptic snippets written down eons ago. It should be like 2 x 2 = 4.

Such squabbling is the result of human nature, which seems to be naturally inclined to sectarianism. However, a number of philosophers and students of religion have pointed out the broad similarities that exist between the major religions, aka "the perennial philosophy".
10  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Plato's theory of the forms? on: November 17, 2014, 11:15:57 am
[N]o ideal form of anything exists anywhere.

I disagree, as it's certainly possible to construct an ideal form of something in one's mind.
11  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Plato's theory of the forms? on: November 16, 2014, 10:17:28 pm
I subscribe to a variation of the Theory of the Forms, but one in which the Forms are cognitive concepts rather than things with a separate existence.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Alexander Hamilton on: November 09, 2014, 05:17:25 pm
As much as they disagree with him on policy, libertarians should at least respect Hamilton for being one of the few self-made men to be found among the Founding Fathers.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Keystone Phil on: November 07, 2014, 10:36:34 am
IIRC, the Atlas Forum has a number of Italian and Italian-American posters, and we clearly have a lot of gays, but is Phil our only gay poster of Italian descent?

Pretty sure Phil isn't part of the Atlas BriGAYde

Oh, he isn't? Whoops... I guess that his bitchiness just threw me off.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Keystone Phil on: November 07, 2014, 08:34:20 am
IIRC, the Atlas Forum has a number of Italian and Italian-American posters, and we clearly have a lot of gays, but is Phil our only gay poster of Italian descent?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: BREAKING: Angus King will announce at 3:30 which party he plans to caucus with on: November 05, 2014, 03:37:32 pm
King announces he's staying Democrat.

Thank Jesus. We may actually be able to retake the Senate in 2016.

Democrats may have been able to retake the Senate in 2016 even without King... which is probably why he made the decision that he did.
16  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Confession Time: I was The Terminator on: November 05, 2014, 03:28:59 pm
RIP Mechaman

When Mechaman is banned, I'll blame the WASPs. It's what he would have wanted.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: "Tea Party" saves Obama/Dems from a 61/39 Senate on: November 05, 2014, 01:32:36 pm
Eh, Sarah Steelman was more the TEA Party candidate than Todd Akin was.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Election Day Schedule and Sources of Returns? on: November 04, 2014, 03:52:32 pm
7:30 AM: "Wake up"
8:00 AM: Wake up for real
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM: Eat breakfast, shower, dick around
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM: Drive around, drink coffee, vote
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Dick around
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM: Eat lunch
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Alternate between dicking around and doing school
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Eat snack
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Dick around, maybe do some more school
5:00 PM - ~12:00 AM: Watch Jeopardy!, watch PBS, eat supper, watch and discuss election results, read the Bible, cry
~12:00 AM: Go to bed

Living the dream.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: November 04, 2014, 01:11:49 pm
I've also been belatedly listening to Swans' To Be Kind in light of finding what must be MOP's reddit account.



I am thoroughly pleased that this is the reputation that I've created for myself.

Also, the fact that I happened to be listening to Polly Bradfield while making this post is extremely appropriate.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: November 02, 2014, 09:37:17 am
FreedomHawk is a fitting username because he has the cognitive capabilities of a bird.

And is a straight A student that has already earned the respect of his state representative and senator [...]
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the views of the Founding Fathers matter in modern political policy? on: October 29, 2014, 03:04:18 pm
how did alexander hamilton feel about abortion?

Fun Fact: When the United States was founded, abortion was legal until the first time that a woman experienced quickening, which usually occurs towards the middle of the pregnancy.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 26, 2014, 10:56:03 am
Sexy ebola nurse costume has arrived just in time for Halloween

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Do you know what isn't sexy? Ebola. Which is exactly what you'll get if you try to treat someone while dressed like that.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of posters who use ellipsis on: October 23, 2014, 05:55:28 pm
In what context...?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How would you feel if the previous poster was your next-door neighbor? on: October 23, 2014, 03:52:23 pm
I would be afraid to step on his lawn.
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Will the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church ever be reunited? on: October 23, 2014, 08:53:19 am
I hope not. Its mysticism is what makes Eastern Christianity (including the Orthodox Church) superior to Western Christianity (including the Catholic Church), and giving in to Rome would almost certainly mean giving in to Romish metaphysics.
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