May 8, 2007
Trouble is, science has not pried such minds free of religious delusions, so their "slapped " mouths keep right on flapping. Scientists follow the evidence wherever it may lead. Believers try to lead evidence toward their predrawn conclusions instead, which is why nothing they say about science can be trusted. E12 for one, Pahu for another. Science should free us from our delusions, not help us to confirm them. (Yesterday | post #4672)
The basic problem with the squabbles over Einstein's religious views, quite aside from how complicated and confusing they are, is that both sides use it as an appeal to authority. Not only is that a classic fallacy, it is especially ridiculous given that Einstein had no particular expertise in theology. As such, his views are of no more merit than yours, mine, or Joe the Plumber's. (Yesterday | post #15837)
I'll pray for you" is one of the worst of Christian insults, made more vile with its surface appearance of kindness. Reacting to it with anger is normal for those who rally understand what's being implied. It's hard not to respond in kind but without the phony nuance. "F*ck you, a**h*le" is not inappropriate, but I usually respond with "Have a nice day," the implication of which is "Get out of my face." Or 'Have a nice life," which translates to "I hope I never see you again." Most Christians, of course, are way too stupid to get the subtext. (Yesterday | post #266396)
Once you've identified someone as an enemy, it's almost impossible to let go to the inherent bias that colors everything that they say or write in your mind. One must learn to tell the difference between adversaries and enemies and let go of emotions that alter one's perceptions of reality. This is the key to rationality. It is difficult to see anything accurately through the lens of anger. (Yesterday | post #4666)
I read the post as saying that the truth of science always defeats the ignorance of superstition, with which I agree wholeheartedly. (Yesterday | post #4665)
I have no real interest in persuading theists that they are wrong, but I do admire some who do. Here's one I'm paying attention to right now: https://www.youtub e.com/user/AronRa (Friday | post #88)
The first intelligent answer to the question of how life began was, "I don't Know," followed by, "I wonder how I can find out." That, my fine feathered friend, is how science begins. (Friday | post #86)
Pure Christian delusion. (Friday | post #164)
The nearly universal realization that slavery is inherently evil is one of the greatest advances in the history of human ethics. Christians played a large part in the abolition of slavery, and they did so by rejecting the teachings of their own book. They deserve credit for this. They should take the next logical step and reject the Bible as a source of morality. Whether God exists or not, the Bible is not an adequate moral guide. (Friday | post #162)
Agreed. I don't know whether Eagle is sloppy with language or something else, but it's obvious that even if life as a whole had a will of its own, it couldn't have exercised that will before it existed. It could not have created itself. Abiogenesis remains one of the great mysteries. Trying to explain it with another mystery, though, is foolish in the extreme. Creationists are fools. (Friday | post #84)
It should be noted, though, that National Guardsmen do not use privately owned weapons when active duty, nor do they keep their service weapons at home. (Wednesday Jun 22 | post #15700)
Glad to hear it. I would have been very surprised if you were serious. (Sunday Jun 19 | post #15611)
A few years back I visited a friend who was having fun plonking way at an old clock he'd set up with a .22 semi automatic rifle. Missed every time. He handed me the gun. I shouldered it, and put a single round dead center. I hadn't fired a rifle for nearly 50 years. I can't wonder how many people there are like my friend. Is there any firearm that is easier to handle than a .22 rifle? How accurate are the folks who have more powerful weapons? Kinda scary. (Sunday Jun 19 | post #15607)
Most of my friends have guns. Had 'em eight years ago. Still have 'em. I've never heard of any guns being taken away from anyone. Where are you getting this? where is it documented. You claim to be a skeptic. If so, you wouldn't believe what you say without solid evidence. Present it or admit that you're mistaken. (Sunday Jun 19 | post #15604)
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