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    LPF's Religion

    :angel: [Clapping at the sentiment, wincing at the woo] Variety is the spice of life. If there was actual evidence, a cosmic unity via a collective consciousness, would be a beautiful thing to behold. And, also, at least, no one has blown anyone up in the name of collective consciousness...
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    LPF's Religion

    All of the "uber adjectives" are meaningless in reality. Gods were never omnipotent, omniscient, perfect, etc, until Catholicism arrived and made every thing the ultimate version of whatever attribute was involved. In the old testament, god didn't seem too organized, made Adam a dumb naked...
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    I agree. Many Christians commit crimes and horrific acts, because they are bad people, not because they are Christians. Some have committed the acts BECAUSE they are Christian though, just as some Muslims have committed acts because they were Muslim, and so forth. Atheists are not immune to...
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    Space Discussion Thread

    I suppose it would be analogous to the first colonists crossing the Atlantic to colonize America. Some colonies failed, some succeeded. Its a false dichotomy to assert that if we did not go into space, the poor would have more money...as those in poverty did not chip in for the trip, and the...
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    Space Discussion Thread

    The limiting factor is not distraction, etc. its economic. Ore, parts, fabrication, use energy to obtain/produce. The "business" of the future, therefore, will be more likely to involve who OWNS the machines that do it all. Your income will simply be derived the same way it always has been...
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    LPF's Religion

    "There is no fear in love" - So, it would be translated as "There is no reverential awe in love?" That doesn't make sense as a sentence to me. The context, to me, of the passage, is more along the lines that fear, used in the sense of fearing danger/lacking trust in the safety of the...
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    Free Will My opinion is that we all DO have free will, but that it is constrained by our circumstances. Logically, as long as we are making our own choices, even if its merely choosing between being shot and accepting a faith, etc...its still a choice...just a bad draw of the cards so to...
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    LPF's Religion

    Some clarifications: Being an atheist only means that you don't believe in gods. Most theists, Christians for example, don't believe in gods either, except theirs. Not believing that supernatural forces exist doesn't change the meaning of life, it's value, or purpose... ...unless your only...
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    LPF's Presidential Candidate Vote USA

    The impression I get from those I know at least, is that Clinton would win if the vote was today. Its mostly because a HUGE proportion of Republicans are afraid of what he'd do to their party and its reputation, and its far right wing swing lately being used to cripple its overall credibility...
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    LPF's Presidential Candidate Vote USA

    Trump and Clinton for 2016 has the dubious distinction of having the two candidates most disliked by their OWN party, let alone the opposing parties, running at the same time. Its like BOTH parties are running the lesser of evils, and we get either Satan or the Devil depending on which party...
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    LPF's Religion

    In the US, the woman might be swinging a sledgehammer or whatever, in the Netherlands perhaps they don't do physical work? Either way, if you read through both of our posts, starting perhaps a few above these last few, you'll see we are not in disagreement on the concepts. :)
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    Beef with snakes? Is that Kosher? :D I'm poking fun at the way they slipped in another of those "and kids, that's why XYZ have ABC !" with the snakes not having legs, any more.... ..."the way we got rainbows" after the flood that didn't happen, and so forth. :D And, in the US at least...
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    Are you focusing on the fact that I pointed out that the Bible, in Genesis, said that the FIRST thing the Bronze Age wisdom gained by eating the fruit was TO cover their nakedness? IE: THAT was a major focus point of the time...in the Bronze ages, they were pushing that people should cover...
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    LPF's Religion

    I used the word "reported", as the source is Genesis. Obviously, no one was there to record the event, and, it would have had to have survived via word of mouth to Noah, as the flood was reported (Same book) to have destroyed everything not on the Ark. To make it even more complicated, there...
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    The reality of it seems to be that even monkeys and elephants, etc, have morality....and humans simply codified it....and, then, as humans tend to do, forget they made the code, and start thinking of the code as where the morals came from. This is WHY the "codes" are different in different...
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    Space Discussion Thread

    My thoughts on interstellar travel focus on one aspect: WE MUST DO IT IF WE ARE NOT GOING TO GO EXTINCT. The earth, the sun, well, they will not last forever. Yes, we might have a few billion years before the sun converts to a red giant, etc...but we do not know how long before an asteroid...
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    LPF's Religion

    I'd just like to point out that atheism is merely the belief that gods do not exist. It does not mean that atheists believe anything else per se....anymore than being a Republican means you don't believe in Global Climate Change, but do believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. There is no...
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    I think if science was limited to the "present level of advancement", it would not have, historically, advanced. If we examine the scientific knowledge available, say, 5,000 years ago....and compare it to say, today's knowledge....I think a graph WOULD show advancement. So, sure, we can't...
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    LPF's Religion

    It still just boils down to what we each consider to be compelling evidence. Some of us don't find an argument to be compelling without a certain burden of proof. For example, if someone says that the universe has a restaurant at the end of it...where you can sit, have lunch, and watch the...
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    LPF's Religion

    Mainstream ignorance is more full of unproved ideas, hence it BEING ignorance. IE: The proven ideas are not ignorance, hence the proven part. The unproven are more likley to be wrong, hence the lack of proof. I do agree that new knowledge is hatched from new ideas, albeit, if supported by...







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