Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

Atheism requires as much faith as religion? bearvspuma : The only problem with this rationalization is that ita s assuming all athiests are so because theya re intelligent in the ways of science and reasoning and all people that believe in a form of god are unintelligent. Full Story

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#121321 Sep 10, 2012
TheBlackSheep wrote:
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You're a violent little bitch, aren't you? Real tough from behind a computer! ROTFLMAO! You trolls always are. And christian trolls are the worst!
My god is the god of pease and love, and if you don't believe it, I will threaten you! LOL!
You must have been raised by violent people, men deserve to be hit?!?WTF.
Iím just saying you donít deserve to be hit by a man with his fist.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#121322 Sep 10, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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Physical reality is something you can touch, or the energy it exerts.
You can't see this thought, just the effects. You didn't explain how this physical stuff turns into thought that can even question its own existence.
For many situations we do not know the details, but we are learning. yes, you *can* see the brain states that represent thoughts using various imaging techniques. We *can* now read minds (in a primitive way, but getting better) using these scans.
Please, enough of the generalities. Give us some hard data. Schematics of the circuitry or something. Those general statements presented as fait accompli lack something, like scientific proof.
Sorry, but I am not a neuro-scientist. If you want detailed circuitry, ask one. We *do* have details for many of the circuits in the brain and what they do. Some are still to be elucidated, but that is proceeding nicely.

The point is that thoughts *are* processes in the brain. They are physical processes (not nouns as much as verbs).

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#121323 Sep 10, 2012
Catcher1 wrote:
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You were an atheist for years, then you saw the light, you say.
Then you tell us that as the twig is bent, the tree is inclined.
(Unfortunately, without attribution--those are Alexander Pope's words, not yours. Shame on you.)
Will the real Dave please stand up?
(BTW, I have a strong idea of the reason for your religious awakening.)
Ding, ding, ding, ladies and gentleman we have a new record. Catcher1 has exceeded his old record of words used in a response.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#121324 Sep 10, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
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Okay, then you agree with the statement in the Notre Dame hall of science that says "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution". Glad to hear it.
Certainly with micro biology.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#121325 Sep 10, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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In dreams, OOBEs, and altered states of consciousness, the sense of self breaks the bonds of gravity and matter.
No, in fact, they do not. They are all states of the brain. OOBEs are particularly devastating brain states, but there is no evidence they represent actual out of body experiences: for example nobody who has had an OOBE has been able to describe hidden symbols in a double blind study.
Form is there, but no gravity or solid barriers.
Technically, this is a type of hallucination.
If mind and self are directly tied to the physics of this universe, creations of the physical forces, how can such be done? Wouldn't those forces have to be felt and incorporated into the mind doing those things? The mind can also shut off the body, or parts of it. How does the brain know how to switch them off if it is so hardwired?
The brain has a tremendous amount of influence on the workings of the body through both the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. It is also vitally connected to immune functioning. Go learn some biology.

“Think&Care”

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#121326 Sep 10, 2012
Eagle12 wrote:
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Duh, Evolution is a theory based on speculation.
And great amounts of evidence.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#121327 Sep 10, 2012
Igor Trip wrote:
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If they were perfect then why did they disobey God?
Why within just a few years did one of their sons commit murder?
Why were their descendants such an awful bunch that God decided to kill all but one family?
Judging by the erratic and highly emotional words and actions of the Bibles God it was because he made man in his own image.
Why did they disobey?

Very good question, Eve was the first to be deceived. She failed to believe and that was the first sin that mankind ever committed. I guess you could say she had an atheist moment. Adam knew what he was doing and followed Eve.

Yes they were perfect in body but unbelief caused their fall. That is something you have in common with them. You fail to believe. Iím not saying that to be mean. The first people living had their own will, just like yourself. They could obey or choose to disobey.

“H-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld on thar!”

Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#121328 Sep 10, 2012
Tide with Beach wrote:
I am stellar shit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =Qdb4NyHdFfEXX
BTW, since when does Topix have a problem with the word shit? This must be a new development, because I've never hit the offensive material filter no matter how many times I say shit. Shit.
I think they got a new robocensor.

I got red-flagged twice in the last coupla days - once for _"Casus Belli"_ and once for I dunno what.

I never get red-flagged.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#121329 Sep 10, 2012
polymath257 wrote:
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And great amounts of evidence.
Thatís whatís claimed however I think itís a bunch of hot air.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#121331 Sep 10, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
You are so full of shit, in addition to ...
<click>

You've been drinking again. Sober up and try again.

Since: Sep 08

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#121332 Sep 10, 2012
polymath257 wrote:
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For many situations we do not know the details, but we are learning. yes, you *can* see the brain states that represent thoughts using various imaging techniques. We *can* now read minds (in a primitive way, but getting better) using these scans.
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Sorry, but I am not a neuro-scientist. If you want detailed circuitry, ask one. We *do* have details for many of the circuits in the brain and what they do. Some are still to be elucidated, but that is proceeding nicely.
The point is that thoughts *are* processes in the brain. They are physical processes (not nouns as much as verbs).
So, you have great faith that the answer to such ethereal thingies can be explained by science eventually, even if they can't now?

“ The Lord of delirious minds.”

Since: Dec 10

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#121333 Sep 10, 2012
Eagle12 wrote:
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Thatís whatís claimed however I think itís a bunch of hot air.
Fossilized bones are mineral not gas.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#121334 Sep 10, 2012
Givemeliberty wrote:
Like the bible? Starts with a talking snake that outwits a perfect man and woman an goes downhill after that.
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Go shave under those arms. You donít think people canít see that.

Have you ever heard of sasquatch?

Having birds nest under both arms is nasty dude.

Do you have head lice? Your nasty dude.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#121335 Sep 10, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
Atheism requires considerably more faith.
Theism just requires a Creator ... Science just sees how it was put together.
Then I guess that we're better at faith than you are, too. Obviously, atheism isn't for everybody.

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#121336 Sep 10, 2012
polymath257 wrote:
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No, in fact, they do not. They are all states of the brain. OOBEs are particularly devastating brain states, but there is no evidence they represent actual out of body experiences: for example nobody who has had an OOBE has been able to describe hidden symbols in a double blind study.
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Technically, this is a type of hallucination.
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The brain has a tremendous amount of influence on the workings of the body through both the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. It is also vitally connected to immune functioning. Go learn some biology.
Amusing. Hidden symbols in a double blind study.

OOBEs are rather notorious for not being done on command. That is more of a hypnotic effect if one claims to do such things, not a true separation.

Now, as one that has undergone an unexpected one, I will give you more reasons for that not exactly being a really good experiment to prove or disprove.

When you find yourself in such a state you are really not concerned looking for hidden symbols some idiot scientist expects you to look for. You could really fucking care less. There are much more important issues occupying your mind.

Another is your conscious memory is made of info stored in the meat. A computer doesn't remember a damned thing when it powers down unless it is written to physical memory. Similar happens when your mind separates from the physical. You very quickly lose memories of where you were. You can easily lose a train of thought between the leaving and returning. It's a physical thing. However, you can return with some thought more on the intuitive side than the normal physical logical block created by learning and organizing.

Piss poor experiment and proof. Can you come up with something with more meat to it?

Since: Sep 08

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#121337 Sep 10, 2012
It aint necessarily so wrote:
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Then I guess that we're better at faith than you are, too. Obviously, atheism isn't for everybody.
Dung beetles are also appreciative of such diversity. Makes for a better life for them.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#121338 Sep 10, 2012
polymath257 wrote:
Isn't it amazing how physical reality can collect and evaluate information?
Or that a nebula can condense, wake up, and wonder about itself.

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Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#121339 Sep 10, 2012
scaritual wrote:
<quoted text>lolerbat...
It's funny when you get crotchety and grumpy.
Dave's a mean drunk.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#121340 Sep 10, 2012
scaritual wrote:
Take your vitamins, Dave, follow the advice of your Doctors, and maybe you can stave off this inexorable march towards managed and assisted care a while longer.
Dementia: Dave's not here.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#121341 Sep 10, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
He believes we came from "dust". I very much prefer star stuff.
We are golden. We are billion year old carbon.

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