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An old Onion that still brings tears to my eyes—Tenth Circle for Hell

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luara on Wednesday. 3 Replies

This was one of The Onion's best articles:…Continue

Faith and Reason article in NYTimes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craigart14 Jul 28. 12 Replies

This morning's NYTimes carries an article by anthropologist T. M. Luhrman on the line between faith and reason—and figuring out just where you draw it individually. Luhrman has been in the news in…Continue

People reject science even when they are informed about it

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Yesterday's New York Times had an interesting article about the collision between belief and fact.…Continue

Iraq eight years ago.

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With all the news about Iraq, I thought it might be interesting to reread Bob Woodward's The War Within to remind myself of where we were then.In the summer of 2006 the Bush administration was facing…Continue

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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Because he died before he had time to finish his work, Pascal’s Pensées were assembled and published posthumously from unfinished notes he left behind, not from a manuscript he had carefully prepared. Consequently there is no canonical…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"(The Latin translates as "terror more powerful than religion.") "
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"On what evidence do you base your conclusions? What in Pascal's writings supports them?"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Just before he introduces the wager in §233 of The Pensées, Pascal makes the following remark: This notion of a God who selectively reveals himself only to those who seek him was a common notion at the time and served to explain rarely…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"While Pascal's exposition of the so-called wager is cloudy and perhaps even self-contradicting, the major reason his argument is so often misunderstood is a failure to realize to whom it is directed. That is something you get from reading the…"
Thursday
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"I'm impressed with Pascal, not with the wager. I'll try to explain why. In a short life of 39 years—most of it passed in pain— he made major contributions to mathematics and physics as well as religion and philosophy. He may…"
Thursday
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Many comments here seem entirely too cavalier and thoughtlessly dismissive. As I said in an earlier post, the context of  Pascal's Wager in the Pensées and in his life are crucial to understanding what he intended. The…"
Wednesday
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Most people have learned of Pascal's Wager from secondary sources rather than the Pensées and as a result see the argument out of its context. The Pensées are worth reading, but it is not difficult to place the idea within the…"
Wednesday
Luara replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion An old Onion that still brings tears to my eyes—Tenth Circle for Hell
"Which circle of hell has the people who are just really annoying Those people all go to Heaven."
Wednesday
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion An old Onion that still brings tears to my eyes—Tenth Circle for Hell
"My famililarity with circles of hell may not be quite as remarkable as you think."
Wednesday
Sentient Biped replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion An old Onion that still brings tears to my eyes—Tenth Circle for Hell
"I read the article with great interest.  Thank you for posting.   Which circle of hell has the people who are just really annoying, and everywhere you go, there they are?  I need to know."
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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Study: 'Shocking' water loss in western US
"Human arrogance in the form of claims of dominion over all the earth goes back to Genesis 1:26 The bit about the global ecosystem appears to have been tacked on since the syntax is opaque."
Tuesday
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Study: 'Shocking' water loss in western US
"Well, thank you for attempting to correct my usage, but the suggestion does not work out well. Arrogative is an uncommon word whichdoes not even appear in some dictionaries such as the Oxford English Reference Dictionary. I've never heard it…"
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At 11:41am on June 11, 2013, Luara said…

According to something I found online, the conversation between the robot and its creator is actually in Penrose's Shadows of the Mind, pgs 179-190.  The creator is "Albert Imperator". 

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