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Faith and Reason article in NYTimes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craigart14 yesterday. 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

Started this discussion. Last reply by booklover Jul 8. 16 Replies

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

Iraq eight years ago.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jul 1. 2 Replies

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

The Hobby Lobby Decision

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Jul 15. 94 Replies

The first thing to note is that this is not a First Amendment case. The Supreme Court did not find the mandate unconstitutional. Instead the Court found that, as applied to closely held family owned…Continue

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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Now if you had free will, you could choose to ignore the whole thing."
5 hours ago
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"This is what Whitehead called the "fallacy of misplaced concreteness." Due to the way we use language there is always a temptation to reify objects of thought, but it is a mistake to do so because it introduces confusion between what is…"
5 hours ago
Craigart14 replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"I think that's the idea.  Why would anyone make such an absurd claim unless it is true? However, there were numerous resurrections in the OT, including a massive army created from dry bones in Ezekiel."
yesterday
Luara replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"It seems what "I believe because it's absurd" actually means is that, since the apostles made such outrageous claims like someone coming back from the dead, those claims have to be true - because nobody would claim something so…"
yesterday
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"No, it seems quite correct that anything not included in the material universe must be immaterial and exist in a different sense. I can see trying to make a case for saying that some immaterial objects such as numbers exist, but on if you can…"
yesterday
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
yesterday
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"At this point it is no longer clear what your position is. It appeared that you firmly rejected a universe of discourse larger than the class of existing objects. Now you seem to want to include among existing items anything that has existed at any…"
yesterday
Christine replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"Sadly, some fundies would say that they do. It would be their defense against their absurd belief. Because that's what faith is all about, and the more absurd their belief, the stronger their faith. Therefore, belief in what others consider…"
yesterday
Michael Penn replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdism Here is a link to what Turtullian most likely meant. Word meanings over the centuries have changed and also change from one language to another. Most likely he was speaking philosophically. "
yesterday
Luara replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"I believe because it is absurd Does anyone actually believe something because it's absurd?"
yesterday
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Rejecting a universe of discourse larger than existing objects causes serious problems. No one would like to claim that Napoleon exists, that goes against common sense, but under your regime he is excluded from the universe of discourse. Still one…"
Sunday
Loren Miller replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"Granted it was just a day or so ago that I broke this one out, but I think it needs re-airing here: If it doesn't matter what the facts are, then it doesn't matter what the truth is. -- AronRa These people promoting their "higher…"
Sunday
Michael Penn replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"I agree that the study was not in the least surprising, but the one I read had very strange comments after the article. Some people were trying to bash the article as not being reliable. IE, that children would always know the difference between god…"
Sunday
Luara replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"This is what Peter Boghossian refers to as the "unreliable epistemology" of religion, in the Manual for Creating Atheists. A recent study found that children raised religious were more likely to think fantastical stories were…"
Sunday
Craigart14 replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"To me it seems a common rhetorical device to establish one's bona fides.  "I'm not a racist, but . . . ."  "I'm not anti-gun, but . . . ."  "I'm nut a religious nut, but I do believe . . .…"
Sunday
Michael Penn replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Faith and Reason article in NYTimes
"Yes. Higher truth is looked at often and can be applied to all of the worlds "ascended masters." The only problem here is that they say the masters have ascended. What we see in reality is that they died and were descended -- right into…"
Sunday

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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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