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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 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

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.

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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 replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Study: 'Shocking' water loss in western US
"You are really splitting hairs here. I think my use fits easily under the OED definition—it is the human claim to authority (dominion) over the earth that I believe is arrogant. By the way, you forgot to note that the OED calls arrogative rare…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"To me its odd to think of anyone believing in Hell out of fear. Out of fear of what? It seems the other way around—belief in Hell is what inspires fear. Pascal would certainly have agreed that faith is not acquired by logic. In his own case it…"
yesterday
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"And neither do I. I gather that it is no longer considered an important argument in itself. Its importance now is historical, as an early modern example of a pragmatic argument and for a first use of expected values as criteria for decision…"
yesterday
Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"In other words an educated guess relies on what the guesser considers evidence—his estimate of the characteristics of a group and his observation that a person belongs to that group. This is a good statement of what is called the fundamental…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"It's rather discouraging that at this late stage—after so many quotes and explications— you still have not even begun to comprehend what the wager actually says or the purpose for which it was devised. It is not at all a way of…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"So when a believer accuses atheists of being merely guilty sinners attempting to avoid judgment for their misdeeds, you believe that deserves full credence. Of course atheists will never admit that's what they are doing, but that only proves…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Study: 'Shocking' water loss in western US
"We may become the first species in evolutionary history to destroy its own habitat. "
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Don't you believe in supporting your claims with evidence?"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"One aspect not yet discussed here is the character of Pascal's Wager as a pragmatic argument in the philosophy of religion. A pragmatic argument is a method of making choices when objective evidence is lacking and permanently…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"What evidence is there for this contention? You are relying on your own estimate of fear as the basis for most Christians' belief and not the evidence of Pascal's work. We have no access to the emotional contents of Pascal's mind…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Study: 'Shocking' water loss in western US
"If it works, fine, but the evidence is that it won't. Shaming inclines people to defensiveness and refusal to submit. Facts often have the same effect. The only way to create a will for change is with a positive message—that it is more…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"No one here is arguing the validity of Pascal's Wager. There are any number of reasons why it fails.Some are apparent, others not obvious. However, in arguing against the wager and Pascal, it is important to consider what Pascal himself…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"I've heard an argument in relation to climate change that is similar. Suppose that global warming is a genuine threat and we do nothing about it. People die, the planet is less habitable, and the situation is irreversible. On the other hand if…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Gamblers are notorious for relying on incomplete information and making snap judgments. What works in the casino may not be a good basis for philosophical thinking. "
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Dr. Allan H. Clark commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Aristotle said that it is a mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain an idea without accepting it. It is always difficult to see a point of view far removed from one's own, but as the old legal maxim goes, Aude alteram partem—hear…"
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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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