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Arnold replied to Mister Harvey's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"There is a chapter in The Varieties of Religious Experience titled "The Will to Believe." I have not read it for a long time, but I recall that James argues people believe various religious and other rationally questionable propositions…"
Jul 5, 2010
Arnold replied to Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion Helping to Guide Bible Believers Towards the Truth
"People, theist and non theist alike, tend to confuse atheism with anti-theism. Anti-theism can take on some of the characteristics of religion if there is a sense of "mission" in protecting ones non theistic belief system and converting…"
May 2, 2010
Arnold replied to Prefer Not to Say's discussion Why against death penalty?
"Reparations or restitution are intended to compensate the victim for harm done. Killing the killer does nothing for the first one killed, nor does it give anything back to those who lost a loved one. The ones who are most likely to suffer lasting…"
Apr 29, 2010
Arnold replied to Prefer Not to Say's discussion Why against death penalty?
"I looked back in the thread and couldn't find anyone who had mentioned affirmative action, but since you brought it up -- affirmative action is appropriate as restorative justice. When individuals or classes are put at a disadvantage by the…"
Apr 29, 2010
Arnold replied to Tom Thompson's discussion Does the future exist?
"The first time I read about event horizons, I wondered if the fact that time stands still there would mean one could randomly come out at any point in time during the life of the black hole. Are there any cosmologists on this list who can answer…"
Apr 29, 2010
Arnold replied to Tom Thompson's discussion Does the future exist?
"I wish I knew more about physics."
Apr 29, 2010
Arnold replied to Tom Thompson's discussion Does the future exist?
"Memory is not a reliable record of the past. Every time we recollect a past experience, we create a fresh narrative from whatever is stored in our brains and that becomes the new "memory." That is why eyewitness accounts change from one…"
Apr 29, 2010
Arnold replied to Prefer Not to Say's discussion Why against death penalty?
"Everything has unintended consequences. Public execution as an abstraction has a satisfying ring to some, because we think certain people deserve it. But I would not allow any child for whom I am responsible to witness such a display. It brutalizes…"
Apr 29, 2010
Arnold replied to Prefer Not to Say's discussion Why against death penalty?
"That's the reason for life without parole -- it means what it implies and it's not irreversible in the case of wrongful convictions."
Apr 27, 2010
Arnold replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"The Josephus passage is highly suspect as a forged addition. It comes a full 60 years after Jesus supposedly died; A forged addition to what? That is when Josephus was writing! There was nothing to which to forge an addition until he wrote it."
Apr 22, 2010
Arnold replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"If, by fake, you mean that the evidence has been altered or tampered with, you are correct. But the references to Jesus in Josephus and Tacitus were most likely in the originals, though the exact wording and details have been altered by copyist…"
Apr 21, 2010
Arnold replied to Anthony Hall's discussion Why should an atheist care about the environment?
"I do what I think is right because I don't think living in a world where everyone acts out of immediate self-interest is pleasant. Doing the right thing makes me feel good. Other people doing the right thing makes me feel even better. If it…"
Apr 19, 2010
Arnold replied to Prefer Not to Say's discussion Why against death penalty?
"The CEO's at the country club prisons, on the other hand, really are criminals and should be paying restitution, not playing tennis."
Apr 19, 2010
Arnold replied to Prefer Not to Say's discussion Why against death penalty?
"But if their brains are malfunctioning, then they are sick, not criminally culpable. They still should be confined if they are dangerous, but not for punishment so much as for care and protection. Any experiments done on them should be designed, in…"
Apr 19, 2010
Arnold replied to Prefer Not to Say's discussion Why against death penalty?
"I must confess I would not feel any compassion for the victims of 1,000 guilty men, women and pit bulls, if I were the one about to be executed unjustly. How can a dead victim receive justice or benefit in any way? The victim no longer exists, so…"
Apr 19, 2010
Arnold replied to Anthony Hall's discussion Why should an atheist care about the environment?
"I know how you can say it. How can you justify saying it?"
Apr 19, 2010

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At 3:47pm on March 18, 2010, Michele Merritt said…
USC. It's not an official requirement written in stone or anything. It's more like - if you want to get decent evaluations and hence, keep your job, god has to get some kind of attention. For example, my evals one semester were super wretched with comments like 'she's an atheist and makes us feel stupid if we aren't." My first reaction: yeah, and? But then again, if I ignore Aquinas, Descartes, etc, entirely, not only do I omit a huge amount of historical material (all of which can be adequately refuted anyways), but I get this kind of slander and my job is threatened.
At 5:37pm on March 16, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Arnold and welcome to this great meeting place
where religion is recognised for the superstition and people-control fraud that it is and for its inexcusable 2000 years of oppressing women.

Terry Meaden
founder of the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 250 discussion topics.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
At 10:54pm on March 14, 2010, LeeLah said…
I would love for your to forward my information to this person. We are so very alone here in the southeast US.

Thanks and welcome to the site. I think you will enjoy it.
At 4:28am on March 14, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus : )
 
 
 

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