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

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139326 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
The problem is that most religious people don't want to understand atheists and vice versa.
Since many (perhaps even most) atheists were once religious people, we understand religious people quite well.

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139327 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
I'm saying we should look at God scientifically. Why do you have to make the God belief a 'cuckoo concept'?
Tell you what: Tell us how one would go about looking at God "scientifically".

I think we'll quickly come to the answer to your question.

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139328 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
"random quantum fluctuations"......I can agree with that but not the "random" part.
Oh? Why not?

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139329 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
Now tell me, is gravity a man with a long white beard or a girl with a tattoo? Maybe, gravity is a ballerina with pretty blonde hair and blue eyes?
It's none of those things. But nearly all of the theists here will refer to their God as a "he", will talk about his "eyes" or his "hands", will ascribe various human emotions to him (such as love or anger).

You've noticed that, have you not?

Now, should we worship gravity?

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#139330 Nov 20, 2012
Thinking wrote:
Asian Network and Radio 6 nearly got axed, didn't they? Glad they didn't. BBC radio is a marvellous institution.
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I didn't know that about radio 6.

I listen to asian network when i'm going to uni and I thought what will i listen to now? noooooooo not radio 1 and not the local station! lllol. I'm happy it didn't get axed, i started listening to it more, i thought that might save it. lol.

I can't drive without listening to Tommy sandhu in the mornings and nihal, they're amazing.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#139331 Nov 20, 2012
Thinking wrote:
Next time you see a shouty christian proselytising on the street corner, consider saying this to them:
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." - Matthew 6:5
I don't believe there is an underlying safety net that you call god below but I have a strong sense of what is right and wrong. I'm not out to wreck that which some people use to get them through tough times.
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Lol, i was talking about sikh baptism being forced on us 'non-sikhs'(the ones who cut their hair). They tell me i'm doomed, LLLLLLOL.

dw, i'm used to the christians that are nutters. I just tell them to f*ck it, now! I'm happy going to hell!! just imagine, heaven will be full of all the religious crackers and hell will have people like you and me, i'm not complaining!!! lol

Good, that's all you need in life, "a strong sense of what is right and wrong."

Since: Sep 08

Westcliffe, CO

#139332 Nov 20, 2012
timn17 wrote:
<quoted text>I get a sick feeling in my stomach every time I see one of your transparent attempts to feign wisdom. Just stop it. The fact that a magnet can exert a force on a piece of metal does not "prove" that we are being "controlled" by EM. You are bordering on delusions of grandeur - thinking you have "figured it all out." From "my" perspective - the universe is incomprehensible - but not to you, right? You know the secret of the magnets!
Seriously, please stop spouting this garbage at me. It's cool if you wanna believe this nonsense. What you can't do is claim a few simple facts - that magnets exist and that our blood has iron - and then expect me to believe you when you say that we are being controlled by the EM gods.
But you are.

It's magnetic current, a name for the basic energy flow, not "magnets". You have to get past thinking in "things", and into processes.

That energy flow and how it makes "matter", and how it is a closed system is revealed in your BBT. You are part of the circuitry. Like it or not.

Even if it was a singularity, the injection of energy from the BB started an energy flow, and thus a polarity, leading and trailing ends of that flow. If it is a closed container.

Look up spherical capacitor. This planet is one. Atoms are, too. Think. Make some connections.

You might understand if you get older. Your energy level will drop and you will feel more of the forces of the universe. Right now you are a young puppy bouncing around, oblivious to everything.

Don't you just hate that?

I'm curious if others have noticed this, but for many years I can feel the perihelion approach. There is even a bit of motion sickness before. Things get heavy. A few days afterwards and everything lightens up. There is more to it than just decreasing sunlight. There is a change in orbital speed and gravity.

“I see quantum effects”

Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#139333 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
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You can do anything and everything, you just have to believe!:-)
If only it were that easy.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#139334 Nov 20, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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I agree with much of what you posted.
Now, why the outright denial a supernatural force is responsible? You certainly don't have enough evidence to make that a fact.
There isn't even a good definition of the term 'supernatural force'. If it is a 'force', it obeys some sort of force law, and therefore is *natural*. If it doesn't obey some sort of force law, then there is no way to test to see if it is a valid idea, so it is not scientific.

if you want the concept of a supernatural force to be considered seriously, you have to propose a testable theory involving one (with definitions, etc). And no, untestable theories are not going to be considered.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#139335 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
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"random quantum fluctuations"......I can agree with that but not the "random" part.
Too bad. Quantum events *are* random.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#139337 Nov 20, 2012
Drew Smith wrote:
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It's none of those things. But nearly all of the theists here will refer to their God as a "he", will talk about his "eyes" or his "hands", will ascribe various human emotions to him (such as love or anger).
You've noticed that, have you not?
Now, should we worship gravity?
It's not my fault, if I use he. God is unisex in sikhi, we have male and female names for him and we don't say he, we say they. Oh, shit! I said he again, damn!!! This is the fault of the English speaking people, they made God male.

Does gravity give you inner strength? do you love it? could you die for it? Has it helped you become a better person? If so, you can believe it if you want, I don't!

“Live Good, & Feel Good.”

Since: Aug 09

Atl.

#139338 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
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It's more beautiful when you listen to it or read it in gurmukhi, because the verses rhyme and are very sweet.
I don't have any problem with atheists! I have a problem with people who think they know it all and who then try to enforce their view on me. Normally, but not always, these people are the religious nuts! The atheists I know, told me about their beliefs but they have never tried to 'convert' me. That 'virtue' only belongs to the fanatic religious people.
I don't have a problem with atheists either. In the context of an internet "friend", I have made a number of friends on topix, even some that are atheists. In fact, I rather have an argument with an atheist because they usually go indepth with their criticisms and defense of what they stand for.

And I agree with you as well about those trying to impose their views. I'm a Christian. Proud of it and proud that I worship Jesus Christ as God. But nowhere in the accounts of Jesus' life on earth, did Jesus ever tell his followers to force people to worship Him Jesus, as God. All Jesus said was to "go and tell". That's it. Christians can't make anyone worship Jesus. Once a person has heard the Gospel of Christ, then its their decision to embrace, or reject. After someone reads or hears the Gospel, it then becomes personal between that person, and God. The responsibility of the Christian to that person is over. If after a person knows, and the Christian or Organization is forcing the issue, then that Christian or Org. is exhibiting cult like tendencies. And a cult is anti-freedom, and not of God.

And I know almost everyone in this forum, have read about Jesus Christ. They reject, that is their issue. I mostly stop by to see the latest argument and defense these atheists have for their beliefs...which can be both hilarious and require a serious response or two at times.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#139339 Nov 20, 2012
Drew Smith wrote:
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Oh? Why not?
Because I don't want to! simple!

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#139340 Nov 20, 2012
Aerobatty wrote:
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If only it were that easy.
yh.

I was joking with 'Tide'.

“I see quantum effects”

Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#139341 Nov 20, 2012
blacklagoon wrote:
<quoted text>Catholics to Christians is the same as carrot is to vegetable. Celery is a different name than carrot but both fare still vegetables. Why is it overtime I post you i feel like I'm dealing with a 12 years old. YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN. Avoid it all you want, but you are classified by everyone else on the planet as a CHRISTIAN. Learn to deal with it. I know it's difficult but do give it a try!!!!
He must be embarrassed by it.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#139342 Nov 20, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Idiot.
You ignored my questions.
Let's try again.
Should we get an old science book about star formation? You know, back when they "knew" the Milky Way was the universe?
There was never a time when they *knew* the Milky Way was the universe. There was certainly a time when it was all of the *known* universe. But even at that point there was speculation about what was beyond it, if anything. In particular, many nebulae were known that turned out to be other galaxies, but had not been resolved into individual stars.

The *science* books from that time (as opposed to the popular books for non-scientists) were very clear about the *lack* of knowledge concerning star formation and that the ideas current at the time were speculation.
Or should we get a newer one, where they "know" more about gravity & hydrogen?
Sure, go ahead. What time period are you thinking about? Since the energy source of stars wasn't known until the 1930's, that will be a good line for when reliable knowledge got going.
Or should we wait for a future science book where they'll "know" even more?
Depends on the questions you want to consider. We know that the earth orbits the sun. At one point that was speculation. We know that the Milky Way is one of many galaxies. At one point that was also speculation. We know that ordinary matter is made from atoms, which are made from protons, neutrons, and electrons. At one point that was also speculation.

You see, knowledge does improve over time. The speculation at one time can become the knowledge of a later time. This is part of how science works. But, even when there are revolutions in science that completely change the detailed explanations, the parts that were previously known to work do not suddenly stop working. Even with the elimination of the ether theory of light, Maxwell's equations still functioned. Even when Newton's theory of gravity was overthrown, it still sufficed to give very good approximations to reality.

So there is no way that an idea that was overturned by the evidence will come back in the same form. That is why creationism is not a serious consideration: it was the standard idea 200 years ago and was overthrown by the evidence. No matter what happens to our ideas in the future, the fact that the universe is more than our galaxy and is expanding will not be overthrown. the *details* of that expansion and the history of it may well change, but the raw fact will not.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#139343 Nov 20, 2012
Perhaps he prays to magneto?
timn17 wrote:
<quoted text>I get a sick feeling in my stomach every time I see one of your transparent attempts to feign wisdom. Just stop it. The fact that a magnet can exert a force on a piece of metal does not "prove" that we are being "controlled" by EM. You are bordering on delusions of grandeur - thinking you have "figured it all out." From "my" perspective - the universe is incomprehensible - but not to you, right? You know the secret of the magnets!
Seriously, please stop spouting this garbage at me. It's cool if you wanna believe this nonsense. What you can't do is claim a few simple facts - that magnets exist and that our blood has iron - and then expect me to believe you when you say that we are being controlled by the EM gods.

“I see quantum effects”

Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#139344 Nov 20, 2012
River Tam wrote:
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Bad judgement?
Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139345 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
It's not my fault, if I use he. God is unisex in sikhi, we have male and female names for him and we don't say he, we say they. Oh, shit! I said he again, damn!!! This is the fault of the English speaking people, they made God male.
You could use "it".
Clementia wrote:
Does gravity give you inner strength? do you love it? could you die for it? Has it helped you become a better person? If so, you can believe it if you want, I don't!
No, none of those things.

So why should anyone "worship" anything?

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139346 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
Because I don't want to! simple!
Why don't you want to agree with the "random" part of "random quantum fluctuations"?

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