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Daniel Smith replied to Hugh Kramer's discussion Ray Comfort says he can make you "pro-life" in under a minute in the group Atheist News
"I wonder if we could get him to put some money on it....."
Sep 21, 2011
Daniel Smith replied to Chris Dodds's discussion Atheism on the upswing in America in the group Atheist News
"Thank dog"
Sep 21, 2011
Daniel Smith replied to Garaidh Mac an tSaoir's discussion Pulaski County, Kentucky Pays $231,662 for Posting of the Ten Commandments in Courthouse in the group Atheist News
"dumbasses...."
Sep 10, 2011
Daniel Smith replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Researcher Says Genes Predisposing People To Religion Will Dominate Future Due To Higher Fertility Rates Among Religious in the group Atheist News
"It's a pretty bold assertion, but not outside of the realm of possibilities, unfortunately. After all, there is pretty clear evidence that at least some of what goes into making up personality is heritable. However, I think those same traits…"
Jan 29, 2011
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Jan 29, 2011
Daniel Smith commented on MCT's blog post From Use Of Which Of The Following Can You Obtain Knowledge? Feelings, Intuition, Prayer, Reason, Hope, Emotions Or Faith.
"It is about a person in the grip of a compelling psychosis that I am curious. This is somewhat in the realm of the unknowable, but still interesting to think about. A person in a psychotic state "believes" their delusions are true.…"
Jan 29, 2011
Daniel Smith replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion Compromising with Religion in the group Reforming Counter-Apologetics
"On the contrary, I think that religions provided a very important framework that allowed group dynamics to develop beyond the small groups that our ancient ancestors lived in. Because religion postulates an unassailable source of authority, it…"
Jan 29, 2011
Daniel Smith commented on MCT's blog post From Use Of Which Of The Following Can You Obtain Knowledge? Feelings, Intuition, Prayer, Reason, Hope, Emotions Or Faith.
"I've had to do some thinking about what I mean by metaphysical certainty, and I am willing to concede the point since I am personally metaphysically certain that I live in the world as commonly described, centered in a blob of grey and white…"
Jan 28, 2011
Daniel Smith replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion Compromising with Religion in the group Reforming Counter-Apologetics
"We hold everything that falls outside of religion in common with our religious neighbors, and if we wish to find common ground on which to have dialog, that is, it seems to me, where to look. Picking and choosing among specific ideas contained…"
Jan 28, 2011
Daniel Smith replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion Compromising with Religion in the group Reforming Counter-Apologetics
"The problem with any religious thought is one of arriving at the right answer (for those ideas we can agree with) by the wrong means. The golden rule is, I think most would agree, a good rule of thumb for regulating how we behave towards one…"
Jan 28, 2011
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Dedicated to realizing the fundamental impulses that drive belief, and seeking secular parallels ~ creating a format for discussion that doesn't address apologetical arguments as much as it replaces the need for those arguments to begin with.
Jan 28, 2011
Daniel Smith commented on MCT's blog post From Use Of Which Of The Following Can You Obtain Knowledge? Feelings, Intuition, Prayer, Reason, Hope, Emotions Or Faith.
""My point is that it is a necessary and valid assumption that is inextricably linked to cognition."   It is necessary, but it is only valid if it is in fact true, something that is impossible to know. And this is why I said waaay down…"
Jan 27, 2011
Daniel Smith commented on MCT's blog post From Use Of Which Of The Following Can You Obtain Knowledge? Feelings, Intuition, Prayer, Reason, Hope, Emotions Or Faith.
""Oh, but I can't prove it? So what? I don't need to."   So you've already made the assumption, why do you struggle so hard about admitting it?   I cheerfully admit to assuming that entire realms of imaginary ideas…"
Jan 27, 2011
Daniel Smith commented on MCT's blog post From Use Of Which Of The Following Can You Obtain Knowledge? Feelings, Intuition, Prayer, Reason, Hope, Emotions Or Faith.
"Michael, the circularity comes from asserting the truth of sensory perception by relying on that sensory perception as evidence.   Imagine a hypothetical case in which an AI was created within a computer generated environment, and that its…"
Jan 27, 2011
Daniel Smith commented on MCT's blog post From Use Of Which Of The Following Can You Obtain Knowledge? Feelings, Intuition, Prayer, Reason, Hope, Emotions Or Faith.
""If there is no proof either way that reality is what we think it to be, then there is no more validity in either assumption. I do admit that the one assumption seems to dead-ends itself, but I strongly suspect the dead-end is in man's…"
Jan 27, 2011
Daniel Smith commented on MCT's blog post From Use Of Which Of The Following Can You Obtain Knowledge? Feelings, Intuition, Prayer, Reason, Hope, Emotions Or Faith.
"Ayn Rand?? Really??? :-)"
Jan 27, 2011

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Intelligent design best thing that could have happened for the rational worldview?

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 10:59pm 3 Comments

I was thinking today about how infuriating the "my mind is made up, don't confuse me with facts" approach of creationists is, and it occurred to me that the ID movement may, in the long term, be the best thing that ever happened for spreading the scientific worldview.

Before the intelligent design movement started its nonsense, the religious community and the scientific community lived in a sort of uneasy truce. But then the intelligent design people threw down the gauntlet and tried… Continue

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At 6:35pm on December 15, 2009, jeric harper said…
hi daniel,
im Jeric and i am founder of Leaders in Free Thought, an atheist/skeptic group at CSU in in Fort Collins. we are hosting Eugenie Scott in January and i wanted to invited you and anyone else you know who wants to come. (its free).

she works for National Center for Science Education and defends evolution. i put up an event page here on nexus so you can check it out. just look up "Eugenie Scott: Not Over After Dover" and you'll find it. i've also coordinated with some evolution profs here to do a discussion after and then there will be some food. i hope you can come and spread the word.

see you there,
jeric
 
 
 

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