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How should a rational society formulate its morality?

Started this discussion. Last reply by TNT666 Jan 30, 2011. 22 Replies

I ask this as a question, rather than as a wrapper to propose my opinion. All rational societies need laws.  In a diverse society, for example that of the USA, there are very different opinions among…Continue

Can we choose what we believe in?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Burk Dec 8, 2010. 4 Replies

This question of if we have choice in our beliefs is old and well worn, yet I think still worth consideration and discussion.  If it has already been beaten into the ground on AN, I apologize for…Continue

 

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Gary Burk replied to Syntax Error's discussion Should the US have killed Osama Bin Laden?
"I think the alternatives to "rule of law" are ugly.  For example, in numerous third world countries regional warlords organize their own personal armies of thugs to enforce their own personal philosophy and morality.…"
May 19, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Syntax Error's discussion Should the US have killed Osama Bin Laden?
"Of course my spiel was over simplified.  However, I'm not aware of why this would not be murder. If he was unarmed and not resisting so strenuously that the Seals would reasonably have concluded he was a mortal danger to them, or…"
May 12, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Syntax Error's discussion Should the US have killed Osama Bin Laden?
"Since Bin Laden was unarmed, his killing was an execution, rather than a battle casualty. As such, it was murder. As a nation driven by law rather than by men, he should have been brought to trial - he was innocent until proven guilty in a court of…"
May 11, 2011
Gary Burk liked Syntax Error's discussion Should the US have killed Osama Bin Laden?
May 11, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Dave Niose's discussion Conservative religion vs. Atheism/Humanism views of revenge
"After careful consideration, I think we may have done bin Laden a favor by executing him. He had been a pampered outdoors man but for the last 5 years was confined inside of stone walls, in a spartan house, no internet and living with three…"
May 7, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Park Bierbower's discussion Paying taxes? I guess some don't.
"Wow - I got a flamer, I must have done good!"
Apr 30, 2011
Gary Burk replied to pixie's discussion Rate of genetic Mutation - debating a christian - help if you can
"Just as a point of reference, the oldest rocks found on the Earth (in Greenland and Labrador) are around 3.9 billion years old  (3.9x10^9 ) when the solidified.  The oldest rocks we sampled on the Lunar highlands are in the 4.1-4.4 billion…"
Apr 27, 2011
Gary Burk replied to LarryL's discussion Understanding Global Warming
"LarryL, Your demonstration is incomplete. To enhance the effect, the experimenter should slather BBQ sauce all over her body before crawling into the box with the burning charcoal. I've also heard that adding a few wet mesquite twigs to the…"
Apr 27, 2011
Gary Burk replied to pixie's discussion Rate of genetic Mutation - debating a christian - help if you can
"The rate of mutation is both quite variable and uncertain. Most mutations are not viable. Of the fraction that are, most result in very small, perhaps unperceived effects. There remain a few that are significant in that they have a significant…"
Apr 27, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Jedi Wanderer's discussion Yuri Gagarin
"I organized a First Flight anniversary party in my undergrad astronomy class on the 12th. Glazed donuts, space punch and a shortened lecture put all in a giddy nerd mood. GaryB"
Apr 25, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Tom Williams's discussion They restricted smoking, Fast food should be next!
"If we can only get a truly universal tax paid health care system, we can then feel properly righteous about outlawing smoking, drinking, sky-diving, sunbathing, skiing, polo playing, running with scissors, and all similar such anti-social risky…"
Apr 19, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Park Bierbower's discussion Paying taxes? I guess some don't.
"If this irritates anyone, I can suggest a solution. Let's have a referendum in which we vote to have ALL taxes paid by corporations. Individual citizens would pay no taxes at all! Admittedly, some skeptics might claim that the taxes then paid…"
Apr 18, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Goz's discussion Are Humans just Another Primate?
"No offense intended Annie but I'd rather see your butt when your not ovulating. (. . . and I mean this in only the most respectfully lecherous fashion!)"
Apr 5, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Valles Marineris's discussion Childhood beliefs...Stupid tradition or age of innocence?
"We told our kids, right from the beginning, that Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and all of that sort were just imaginary characters created for fun. I didn't do that out of any passion to indoctrinate my kids into my philosophy. I did it because…"
Mar 26, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Michael Stephen Bell Jr.'s discussion I am the family pariah.
"I don't think that it is usually the lack of belief that alienates families from secular members.  Rather, it is frequently the desertion of the apostate from the family culture that invokes such hostility.  We tend…"
Mar 26, 2011
Gary Burk replied to Jacob's discussion How much media can and should kids experience?
"When my kids were teenagers, each had his own connected PC.  The father of one of their school mates asked me why I was not concerned about what they would see and do in their mostly unsupervised online time.   I gave his concern some…"
Mar 26, 2011

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At 2:31am on January 31, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
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At 8:00am on January 30, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Here's a friendly 'Hi' to physicist Gary Burke of Columbus, Ohio

We are pleased to welcome you here among the sensible, rational people of this world.

This is the greatest atheist meeting place with its 14,000 bright people like you who recognise religion for the superstition and brainwashing fraud that it is---
and that gods are only fictions inside people's heads.

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