"You are missing a very key word in his statement: simply. He did not say that he refused to be defined as an atheist, he refused to be defined simply as an atheist. And he's entirely correct. Technically, he is an atheist, he doesn't…"
"To comment on the articles, the first one states some basic truths about atheistic nations, but it would help to include where you got the information. Allowing others the option to review your sources shows trust and respect for the intelligence of…"
"Duane: A meme could encompass many basic ideas
Precisely. Atheism is a one trick pony - we don't have any belief in gods or spooks. That's it. It's not a meccano set you can just build whetever you please on top of. We don't…"
"Atheism isn't *a* *meme*. It is and/or can be several memes. It's *definitely* a viewpoint or some similar term. If you represent atheists as all being ignorant of the difference between a part and the whole--gene and genome, meme and…"
Caveat: This is a ridiculously self-serving topic. :-)I often wonder where the line is when speaking out in defense of one's meme, atheism in this case, in terms of one's qualifications and ability to do so. I have written articles for a number of my interests, and most recently ended up writing as an atheist representative of my local newspaper. I suspect that very few people actually get to this part of the paper, so I'm not terribly concerned about it, but I do wonder whether my amateur…See More
"Interesting, from your theory that time is spherical (circular?), I assumed you were unaware of this hypothesis. My mistake.
If you can grasp those ideas intuitively, I'm impressed. I can grasp them intellectually, but intuitively I tend to…"
"One hypothesis that scientists have is that space-time started with the Big Bang. So under that model there was no 'before' the Big Bang, because time didn't exist until that point. Can I intuitively understand what that means? Nope,…"
"I would agree, the teleological argument, the argument from design is probably the most compelling intellectual argument. Its a bad one, obviously, just because A was created by process B doesn't mean C had to have been created by the same…"
"As a professional computer scientist who took high-level university mathematics, I feel qualified to answer the question, although I haven't read those books specifically (or, if I did, it was many years ago). I sincerely doubt you'll…"
"I don't believe in the possibility of the existence of an omniscient, omnipotent god, that to me is a logical impossibility.
If there were a god in the Yahweh/Odin/Zeus mold or extremely advanced alien or something along those lines, a being of…"
"Partway between A and B.
A man named Jesus probably, although not definitely, existed. The claims about him are, for the most part, false and/or exaggerated. He did nothing supernatural, but he likely did perform some parlour tricks of some kind and…"
"> As far a morality goes here is the curve ball. Psychotics have perfectly functioning mirror neurons but they are able to utilize their ability to read other people to manipulate them to their own means.
Did you mean psychotics or psychopaths?…"
"The example that I used, which again, was a study conducted and cited by others, was merely intended to demonstrate that different people can have very different responses to the same stimuli, that the standard we should be using shouldn't be…"
"I'm not sure I agree that its as simple as that. One of the reasons its acceptable to try so darn hard to convert heathens, sometimes forcibly, is because the religious think about it from their point of view, as in 'what if I was a…"
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