May 8, 2007
I think he's just one of many trolls who gets off on seeing us chase our own tails. Not worth my time. (5 hrs ago | post #17123)
I see it as a branch of science, but one that is new enough in its modern form that it is almost in its infancy. (10 hrs ago | post #191)
I don't know enough about climatology to add anything to those discussions. So I don't, (17 hrs ago | post #189)
No problem as far as I am concerned... (17 hrs ago | post #17062)
Not according to snopes: http://www.snopes. com/1998-trump-peo ple-quote/ (17 hrs ago | post #266849)
Almost all of my relatives are also atheists... (17 hrs ago | post #17057)
I've been thinking about the issue of falsifiability. Not being trained in biology beyond the High school level, I decided to have a look to see what others have written about it. I found a page written by David H. Bailey, a high level mathematician and computer scientist who is affiliated with the Mormon Church. I'd have expected someone with that background to be something of a creationist. Instead, he's built a site that promotes the idea that conflict between religion and science is pointless. On one of the site's pages, he asserts that the Theory of Evolution is not only testable and falsifiable, it has been tested and modified when some of Darwin's original ideas proved false. Here's a link: http://www.science meetsreligion.org/ evolution/falsifia ble.php (19 hrs ago | post #185)
It depends on how the two terms are defined. In classical philosophy, agnosticism doesn't necessarily have anything to do with religion. Rather, it begins with the premise that absolute knowledge--certain ty--about anything is unattainable. As applied to religion, that brand of agnosticism holds that one cannot be certain whether any deities exist. But lacking certainty, one can still believe one way or the other. But in common usage in modern times, agnosticism denotes indecision as much as uncertainty, i.e., that agnostics have simply not made up their minds about God. this is the definition that you seem to be using--correct me if I'm mistaken. You seem to believe that only those who are absolutely certain that no deities exist qualify as atheists, but I rarely see that attitude among self-identified atheists that I've interacted with over the last decade or so. To me, the classical definition makes more sense, i.e., that agnosticism is about knowledge, atheism about belief. I, for one, believe that there are no deities, no supernatural entities or occurrences. But since I cannot prove those ideas, because they are not falsifiable, I don't claim absolute knowledge. That makes me atheistic in belief, agnostic with respect to knowledge. I condense both terms by describing myself as a skeptic. In the end, none of those classifications really matter. What does matter is the ongoing effort to understand reality. That effort requires an openness to new ideas and a willingness to recognize errors and misconceptions for what they are--obstacles on the path of knowledge to be cast aside so that further progress is possible. Some might say that absolute certainty is the mark of a fool. Not me--I've been there myself and know that it's just a stage. But it is an obstacle, a sign of a mind is stuck in a rut, incapable of learning much that is new. (Friday Jul 22 | post #4826)
If you really believe that statistics are calculated that way, I strongly suggest taking an introductory stats course at your local community college or whatever is like it in the UK. (Thursday Jul 21 | post #4824)
I asked for the source of the statistic that "More than 70% of the victims of terrorist attacks since 1994 have been moderates.." The article you cite does not contain that datum. (Thursday Jul 21 | post #4807)
I actually love typos. Some of mine have been hilarious. My keyboard skills are abysmal, so there are many to choose from. (Wednesday Jul 20 | post #16971)
I think the movie was a very good production of a very bad script. Something about silk purses and sows ears springs to mind... (Wednesday Jul 20 | post #266722)
It was a long time ago. The books are expansions of the radio script, actually. You can find mp3s by searching the internet. (Wednesday Jul 20 | post #266721)
Huh? What point? Five years ago? Perhaps you'd be so kind as to remind me as I have no idea what you are talking about. (Wednesday Jul 20 | post #4781)
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