Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

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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.

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Imhotep

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#160659 Mar 16, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religi...
This page has some issues
Main category: Religious demographics
Sources outside of Wikipedia give differing estimates:
The CIA's World Factbook gives the world population as 7,021,836,029 (July 2012 est.) and the distribution of religions as Christian 33.39%(of which Roman Catholic 16.85%, Protestant 6.15%, Orthodox 3.96%, Anglican 1.26%), Muslim 22.74%, Hindu 13.8%, Buddhist 6.77%, Sikh 0.35%, Jewish 0.22%, Baha'i 0.11%, other religions 10.95%, atheists 2.01%
persecution. A 2006 study by researchers at the University of Minnesotainvolving a poll of 2,000 households in theUnited States found atheists to be the most distrusted of minorities,
In 2012, an article entitled Atheism in decline by Nigel Tomes declared:
In 1970 atheists (those avowing there is no God) numbered 166 million worldwide; that was almost one-in-twenty—4.5% of the globe’s population. By 2012 atheists’ number is estimated at 137 million. That’s a decline of almost 30 million. Since world population is growing, atheists’ share declined to less than one-in-fifty—under 2% in 2012. Put differently, every 24 hours there are 800 fewer atheists in the world! Atheism is in decline.
Error! Try harder

http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adheren...

Christianity: 2.1 billion (1.2 billion catholic)
Islam: 1.5 billion
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/ Atheist: 1.1 billion
Hinduism: 900 million
Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
Buddhism: 376 million
primal-indigenous: 300 million
African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
Sikhism: 23 million
Juche: 19 million
Spiritism: 15 million
Judaism: 14 million
Baha'i: 7 million
Jainism: 4.2 million
Shinto: 4 million
Cao Dai: 4 million
Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
Tenrikyo: 2 million
Neo-Paganism: 1 million
Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
Scientology: 500 thousand

“Ditat Deus”

Since: Jul 12

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#160660 Mar 16, 2013
Imhotep wrote:
Error! Try harder
http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adheren...
Christianity: 2.1 billion (1.2 billion catholic)
Yes, that would be about 34% of the world population.

And atheists are 2%.

LOL

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#160662 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
<quoted text>
1. Yes.
2. So? Any college professor should be smart enough to not misspell anything, ever.
3. I made no mistake. The velocity if light is not a constant.
2. Only shows you never went to Uni.

3. All your bleating wont change this SIMPLE fact.

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#160663 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Sorry about your luck, chuck. The goal posts are fixed, unlike the speed of light.
The speed of light is independent of the motion of the observer.
The speed of light does not vary with time or place.
You have no idea do you?

Hint start with Laplace Transforms.

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#160664 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Yes, that would be about 34% of the world population.
And atheists are 2%.
LOL
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/ Atheist: 1.1 billion

Out of 7.2 billion, math is not your strong point.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#160665 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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I hope your students don't look up to you.
"This defines the speed of light in vacuum to be exactly 299,792,458 m/s. This provides a very short answer to the question "Is c constant": Yes, c is constant by definition!
However, this is not the end of the matter...."
http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativ...
Keep reading, professor.
And did you understand *any* of what Baez wrote?

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#160666 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Sorry about your luck, chuck. The goal posts are fixed, unlike the speed of light.
The speed of light is independent of the motion of the observer.
The speed of light does not vary with time or place.
IN A VACUUM.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#160667 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Ok, I understand what you meant about the free oxygen vs the hillbilly pic.
But now you're finally admitting that with our current technology, there's absolutely no way we can know what the universe is doing.
Wrong yet again. Unless, of course, you mean 'know with do possible doubts whatsoever and to infinite accuracy'. But if you allow 99.99999% confidence and with error bars of .1%, we can know what the universe is doing.

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#160668 Mar 16, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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And did you understand *any* of what Baez wrote?
I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count.

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Since: Jul 12

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#160669 Mar 16, 2013
Richardfs wrote:
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You have no idea do you?
Hint start with Laplace Transforms.
Lapdance Transformers?

WTF?

Are they Autobot?

“Ditat Deus”

Since: Jul 12

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#160670 Mar 16, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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IN A VACUUM.
Yes, in a vacuum it's fixed.
And underwater it's fixed.
And through paper it's fixed.

But it isn't simply "fixed".

The speed of light has many variables.

“Ditat Deus”

Since: Jul 12

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#160671 Mar 16, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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Wrong yet again. Unless, of course, you mean 'know with do possible doubts whatsoever and to infinite accuracy'. But if you allow 99.99999% confidence and with error bars of .1%, we can know what the universe is doing.
OMG, dude.....

We barely know anything about Mars.

Hell, we still don't know all there is to know about Earth.

But you're gonna sit here and say that we know, within .1% accuracy what the UNIVERSE is doing?????

HA HA HA !!!!

The atheist ego never ceases to amaze me.

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#160672 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Lapdance Transformers?
WTF?
Are they Autobot?
Laplace Transforms, do your own research.

All you are doing is making yourself more and more stupid.

Since: Sep 08

Westcliffe, CO

#160673 Mar 16, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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Wrong yet again. Unless, of course, you mean 'know with do possible doubts whatsoever and to infinite accuracy'. But if you allow 99.99999% confidence and with error bars of .1%, we can know what the universe is doing.
All you can know of the universe is derived from one observation point, Earth, and detecting energy we are capable of detecting, AS IT IMPACTS US NOW. Such also led to the BBT. Those observations put us in a material container, which we call the universe.

Your belief such can tell you so much about the universe, and beyond is not "scientific", it is religion.

“Spelin 'n' tpyin...”

Since: Feb 08

...are my strong suits!

#160674 Mar 16, 2013

“Spelin 'n' tpyin...”

Since: Feb 08

...are my strong suits!

#160675 Mar 16, 2013
Hi, Dave.

Fingers all healed up and working now?

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Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#160676 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Yes. Light moves slower underwater.
Strange that your athi-buddies didn't berate you for such a stupid question.
But then again, y'alls is on the same side.....
*sigh*

Through the given medium.

“H-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld on thar!”

Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#160677 Mar 16, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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Yes. The speed of light in water is about 75% of the speed of light in a vacuum.
Yah, I just read back.

I totally misinterpreted something.

Or effed up. Or something.

Hehehe.

“H-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld on thar!”

Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#160678 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, in a vacuum it's fixed.
And underwater it's fixed.
And through paper it's fixed.
But it isn't simply "fixed".
The speed of light has many variables.
Huh.

That's three times you say it's "fixed". And that's right.

You do understand the concept of "through a medium", right?

It doesn't mean Madame Marie's Psychic Palm Reading Emporium.

o-O

“Spelin 'n' tpyin...”

Since: Feb 08

...are my strong suits!

#160679 Mar 16, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry about your luck, chuck. The goal posts are fixed, unlike the speed of light.
The speed of light is independent of the motion of the observer.
The speed of light does not vary with time or place.
You don't even understand what you posted... not in the least.

Your last two statements directly contradict your opening statement.

You're a DUMBAZZ!

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