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Believers-In-God

It stands for "fixed that for you"  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #2669)

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Believers-In-God

ftfy  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #2656)

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George Zimmerman

Martin was the attempted murderer, then. He just didn't succeed.  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #227)

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jackson schools

Whose words and what topic?  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #22)

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Thread for Non-Believers

I've seen you mention before about religion actually doing harm, and yes there are dramatic horrific events that are religiously motivated. It's a slippery slope to say all religious believers are violent, and I have the attitude that belief is harmless until an individual puts it into an action. In fact, I would say the religiously motivated attacks are perpetrated by those who have doubts about their faith. They are the ones who need some concrete proof that something is happening in the world to authenticate their beliefs. I would even go so far as to say any human endeavor is motivated by a desire to deny one's own mortality. Humans seek both literal and symbolic immortality, trying to live longer while trying to create things that will outlast us. It is a sad case that some strike out against their own mortality in violent ways, often with the mentality that taking the lives of others ensures them they are in a position of power over life and death. I think all people, regardless of their religious beliefs, have this anxiety of finitude, and it may even be true that religion quells more people than would otherwise be the types to violently strike out at their condition. Consider religion as a sedative for a lot of people, and the violent ones are the ones in withdrawal. They are the exceptions, don't take for granted the many who happily get dosed. As for revealing identities, I would not be comfortable with that but not for religious reasons. I am concerned for my safety around here because I have the impression that there are a lot of violent people in this city. I don't rule out someone shooting me because I called them an idiot on Topix. Not that anyone would know who I am since I just moved here. But if I were to apply for a job, I'd be more worried about being discriminated just based on my name, before religious beliefs ever entered the question.  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #1533)

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Believers-In-God

Kierkegaard is my favorite Christian. He manned up and acknowledged that religious belief is irrational, and rather ingeniously presented the necessity of the irrationality of faith. It is from its irrationality that faith gets its strength. No doctrine or writing has helped me understand faith and gotten me close to considering such a lifestyle than the works of Kierkegaard. I would have zero problems whatsoever if religious people could accept and admit that they are willfully choosing to be irrational. It's honesty, it's the best policy. The problem is when religious people try to rationalize their belief, or proclaim it as reasonable. It is not rational, it is not reasonable, but it doesn't need to be. Christians should simply drop the charade of trying to don the garb of the rational. I've introduced my religious friends to Kierkegaard and now I can say all of my religious friends are of the honest type.  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #2653)

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Why doesn't an STD registry exist?

One of the most attractive girls in this town + herpes = not one of the most attractive girls in this town Just sayin.  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #48)

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jackson schools

believe what he feels is correct" lol Also, I'm imagining the scene: "Son, you can believe whatever you want. Just know that I, as your parent, who has lived on this earth longer than you have and am your intellectual superior, believe in creationism and believe that you are not a monkey. No pressure, believe what you want" Religious parents teaching their children alternative views has got to be one of the most passive-aggressive biased lessons ever. Any mentally competent human being, when taught adequately, will conclude that religion is best understood as a historical artifact of ancient people's attempts to explain their existence.  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #19)

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Thread for Non-Believers

years and years of* weekly indoctrination  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #1531)

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Thread for Non-Believers

The attitude that has helped make the religious sheep tolerable is to view them as children. The things they do are harmless and endearing, and you need to understand that they are weak minded and need that belief system to be able to carry on with their daily lives. It takes a mature mind and intelligence to rationally think about existentialism, and not a single person would agree that most people are intelligent or rational. The intelligent will always be the minority, because it requires more work and rigor to understand the world without shortcuts. Just keep in mind that dumb answers do not trivialize the question. Religion is a dumb answer to a good question, but the weak minded people simply need an answer, any answer, any easy answer will do. These weak minded people cannot sustain themselves without an answer, they cannot live with a sense of not knowing, they cannot live in a state of wonder and amazement, they need to have a belief that they know what is going on. The double-edged sword of accepting the first answers fed to them when they were children, is that they grow up having to defend their beliefs, and often cross the line to offending with their beliefs. It's a natural relationship, where the more nonsensical the belief, the more they need to assert it. The behavior of Christians is not congruent with the behavior of someone who truly believes they know the answer. It's simple cognitive dissonance- their beliefs are bombarded with contradicting evidence in their daily lives, so they need to be super defensive, they'll even talk about wearing god armor. Changing their mind is hard, they expend so much energy into trying to reconcile their superstition to the real world, and all they will get is a subconscious unrest that further fuels their irrational behavior. It's no wonder religiosity is negatively correlated to intelligence- their mental capacities are being used up in trying to mesh fallacious beliefs to contrary facts. When dealing with a religious individual, understand their tormented existence and plight. Have sympathy for their condition. It is usually not their fault, they were indoctrinated by their parents when they were a vulnerable young age. It is understandably difficult for a child to do away with years and years or weekly indoctrination at the hands of people who are supposed to care for them. It is supremely unfortunate that the majority of parents use religion as a parenting tool, without understanding the tormented life they are sentencing their child to. These children may get older but they never grow up, so for the sake of humanity, be gentle with these children even if they offend, for they truly know not what they do.  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #1530)

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NASA Fans

ftfy  (Jul 26, 2013 | post #16)

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NASA Fans

Fuel costs? Technically it is easy, but financially it is not. Your simplistic logic is like saying it's easy to eat caviar, why not feed it to everyone at it every meal. Currently it costs about $10,000 per pound of payload to be put into space. Roughly speaking and ignoring all incidental costs of being a living being, if you weigh 180 pounds, that's $1.8 million to bring a person up just on weight. Not to mention going to space isn't a destination per se. Practically and commercially speaking, there will be "shuttle buses" that go sub-orbital, with estimates of going from Europe to North America in less than an hour.  (Jul 26, 2013 | post #7)

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Fudoshinka Dojo

Get wrist control, then pull out your gun.  (Jul 25, 2013 | post #3)

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drug testing newborns

Anyone with a brain knows that the drugs they test for are not things a doctor would advise a pregnant woman to continue using anyway. If only they did more about fetal alcohol syndrome babies, I have never seen so many FAS looking people in a city than I have here.  (Jul 25, 2013 | post #22)

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NASA Fans

I think you'd be hard pressed to find people around here who don't think the sky is made of water, God lives in the clouds, and the Earth is flat.  (Jul 25, 2013 | post #2)