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  1. I think: flips, you and I are trying to at...

    I think:

    flips, you and I are trying to at least have a semi-serious conversation (which I'll be glad to continue later when I have time)

    -and-

    lol-please is just a poe
  2. I mean, dude, this: "One is inherently...

    I mean, dude, this:

    "One is inherently empirical the other inherently not empirical. "

    ...was (it seemed to me at least), the core point of your post. And everything in my response was...
  3. What?

    What?
  4. Or so some would like to have us believe. And...

    Or so some would like to have us believe.

    And not just believers. Stephen Jay Gould -- who for those who don't know was one of the most important evolutionary scientists and communicators -- was...
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    Hey guys, here's my latest vid, which is of...

    Hey guys, here's my latest vid, which is of Mudiay's passing vs Kings in SL. :cheers:

    (And btw, it's been so long I can't remember if it's okay to post video or not. If not, sorry!)

    ...
  6. I wouldn't say the word faith *necessarily*...

    I wouldn't say the word faith *necessarily* implies superstitious, supernatural, magical (etc) thinking, but at its core, faith is belief in things for which there is no demonstrable knowledge,...
  7. One of the three hosts of one of my favorite...

    One of the three hosts of one of my favorite podcasts, Probably Science, was - sadly - diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer last week. So in their latest episode, he does a solo intro (since he's...
  8. Why religious organizations should be taxed

    Exhibit A:
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    Not only is that ridiculous, it also just...

    Not only is that ridiculous, it also just confirms what I've said again and again in this thread, which is that, if you boil down the essence of the people in this thread who have a problem with...
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    You do realize, I hope, that most "Satanists" are...

    You do realize, I hope, that most "Satanists" are not actually Satanists in the sense of having a literal belief in Satan (and therefore, by implication, God as well)? It's really more of just an...
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    I've heard McGraw interviewed on a lot of...

    I've heard McGraw interviewed on a lot of comedians' podcasts (like WTF & Probably Science, which is how I heard about him), and it's pretty interesting to hear what the comedians have to say about...
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    http://humorcode.com/about/#bvt

    http://humorcode.com/about/#bvt
  13. What is the greatest arguement against God's existence

    Which god(s) do you mean?
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    Yep, it's that same old, tired special pleading...

    Yep, it's that same old, tired special pleading about infinite regression....


    Nothing could possibly have been a first cause except the guy in the version of the story I believe.

    --Well, what...
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    Reading through the past few pages of posts, it...

    Reading through the past few pages of posts, it seems to me that the biggest beefs people seem to have with "New Atheists" - or as most atheists would call them, "atheists" (since there's really no...
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    nn, EVERYTHING you've said in this thread...

    nn, EVERYTHING you've said in this thread basically boils down to one great big argument from ignorance:

    Roughly speaking, it is no more than this:

    "I can't imagine how energy could come from...
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    Your first assumption ("we either assume a)...

    Your first assumption ("we either assume a) energy can arise from non energy or b) energy cannot arise from non energy") breaks down because it contains the logical fallacy of begging the question,...
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    Anyhow, getting back on topic: ...

    Anyhow, getting back on topic:

    http://aaagnostica.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/New-Atheists-BB-500.jpg
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    That is a horrible, absolutely nonsensical reason...

    That is a horrible, absolutely nonsensical reason to believe in the supernatural.

    It's a great reason to acknowledge that there are some things we don't know, and maybe can't know, about the...
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    Okay, here are some different examples, then: ...

    Okay, here are some different examples, then:

    I believe the sun will rise and set tomorrow (or more accurately, that the rotation of the Earth will continue in its regular 24--hour cycle). I...
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    :bang:

    :bang:
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    Wrong. And wrong. Firstly, logic and...

    Wrong.



    And wrong.


    Firstly, logic and reason play just as important of roles in determining whether a claim should be considered as credible as testing and measuring. And further, in the...
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    The author of that piece has clearly never even...

    The author of that piece has clearly never even read a Dawkins or Hitchens book. Total mischaracterization/straw man hack job. Does a lot of bashing, but does nothing in the way of citing any...
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    Wait for it... Wait for it... Okay,...

    Wait for it...



    Wait for it...



    Okay, let's pause right here. Not to be unfair, because of course you will go on to explain (or at least attempt to explain) what you mean by this.
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    NN, you need to learn the difference between...

    NN, you need to learn the difference between making a claim (more specifically, an unsubstantiated claim), and actually making a well-reasoned argument.

    Linking to a youtube video and saying,...
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