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God, Darwin, and My Biology Class

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Sep 29. 14 Replies

David Barash has an opinion piece in today's NYTimes about the incompatibility of science and religion. It's good to see a scientist being honest with his students.…Continue

New Pew Survey on Politics and Religion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Sep 26. 26 Replies

The Pew Research Center has published a new report on religion and politics in the United States based on recent surveys.…Continue

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luara Aug 27. 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

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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Why Atheist Are Jerks
"My suspicion is that with most people rationality never enters the picture. Their loyalty to their beliefs is, as E.O. Wilson calls it, tribalism—adherence to what their parents, family, and other groups believe. They are not justifying their…"
Monday
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Why Atheist Are Jerks
"Believers in traditional religions often think that atheism is unusual or rare in history, but that is not the case. The word atheos occurs in ancient Greek, meaning "without gods" and the word atheist actually entered the English language…"
Monday
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion Crazy-ass Kansas is selling sex toys to make up a budget loss
"Brownback promised that his tax cuts would be like a shot of adrenaline, not like a slow-release injection of Vitamin D leading to kidney failure."
Oct 17
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to scott martins's discussion IS EVERYBODY 100% POSITIVE THERE IS NO GOD?
"Freud comments on this point in The Future of An Illusion: "
Oct 14
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Deidre's discussion When is it wrong to forgive?
"My father was fired when I was 12 and it stayed with him the rest of his life. I thought that getting fired was a rare thing, but now at 79 it seems to me that everyone I know has been fired at one time or another. It is one of the worst feelings…"
Oct 11
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Sky God's discussion Correlation doesn't mean causation.
"There is a classic correlation between susnspot activity and the market crash and recorvery of 1929: "
Oct 10
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to scott martins's discussion IS EVERYBODY 100% POSITIVE THERE IS NO GOD?
"Very good. The notion of God is vague and uncertain. Theists cannot say for certain what the word actually means and the attributes traditionally given to God are ill-defined or contradictory. The major theologians themselves say that it is…"
Oct 10
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Why Atheist Are Jerks
"One of the principal problems with the religious viewpoint is that it turns every difference of opinion into a battle between good and evil. Dissent is not just a matter of holding a different view, under the religious rubric, it becomes heresy."
Oct 7
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Why Atheist Are Jerks
Oct 6
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to dharmaprija's discussion ethics
"The etymology of the word coerce provides a good clue to its meaning and usage. It comes from a Latin verb coercere which means "to enclose on all sides, surround, encompass." It probably arose as a military term—once a unit was…"
Oct 6
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Why Atheist Are Jerks
"No, indeed. The history of the church is very dark. Only when you believe you have a mandate from God are you able to excuse that kind of evil."
Oct 6
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Why Atheist Are Jerks
"Saint Thomas Aquinas on heretics: "
Oct 5
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Jonathan Tweet's blog post Why Atheist Are Jerks
"There are, I believe two forces at work here. The very existence of a non-believer is threatening to those who have cast their lot with the other side. It challenges their entire worldview and they become desperate to find the flaw in your view to…"
Oct 5
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to dharmaprija's discussion ethics
"David Rushkoff has titled his book about marketing to consumers Coercion. It is about (non-violent) techniques marketers use to get consumers to bypass their better judgment and buy products. You need to let him know that in your view he is not…"
Oct 5
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to dharmaprija's discussion ethics
"Threats need not be threats of violence. Threats of fines or restrictions are often sufficient."
Oct 5
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to dharmaprija's discussion ethics
"Coercion and non-violence are not equivalent. Many forms of coercion are entirely non-violent—fines for traffic violations or parents grounding teens for example. In fact often coercion in the form of threat is a good substitute for more…"
Oct 4

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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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