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Atheism's Harm vs. Religion's Harm

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg LeGore Oct 24, 2011. 165 Replies

When I discuss the harm done in religion's name with my sister, who is Moslem, she inevitably brings up the harm done in atheism's name, including Stalin in the process.  I am not sufficiently well…Continue

At last, a human right affirmed in the U.S.A.!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Dec 25, 2010. 6 Replies

This isn't really a discussion topic, but I don't know where else to put it; and we are, after all, one large community, are we not?  At last, the Congress of the United States of America has…Continue

What's wrong with scientism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Brooks Dec 25, 2009. 51 Replies

In another thread, reference was made to some people's criticism of a position known as "scientism," and the statement was made that scientists aren't believers in scientism and, further, that nobody…Continue

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Fine-Tuning Argument

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Brooks Dec 23, 2009. 24 Replies

The Fine-Tuning Argument for the Existence of God argues from the a priori colossal unlikelihood of a universe's physical constants' and natural laws' being such as to permit the development of the…Continue

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Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion Puzzle in real analysis in the group Mathematics
"Do you have in mind that all open subsets may be expressed as the union of disjoint open intervals? But that a particular open subset may also be expressed as, say, (a,b) U [b,c)?"
Apr 19
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion Puzzle in real analysis in the group Mathematics
"(a,b) U [b,c) is an open subset, too. Are you defining a subclass of open intervals with which this particular problem deals, eliminating half-open intervals?"
Apr 19
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12 in the group Mathematics
"I'll happily grant that the Abel sum matches the usual sum (I assume you mean the sum considered as the limit of partial sums) whenever the usual sum exists. And I'll happily grant, on your say-so, that the Abel sum is -1/12. What I…"
Mar 2
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12 in the group Mathematics
"I'm sorry to say that I never learned enough about analytic continuation or about the zeta function to say anything intelligent about either one. And my complex analysis books are in storage. Anyway, I suspect there would be points at which I…"
Feb 28
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12 in the group Mathematics
"I would buy this: 1 - 1/4 + 1/16 - 1/64 + 1/256 -+... = 1/ (1 + 1/4) = 4/5 1 - 1/2 + 1/4 - 1/8 + 1/16 -+... = 1/(1 + 1/2) = 2/3 and so on, so lim (x->1) (1 - 1/x + 1/x^2 - 1/x^3 + 1/x^4 -+...) = 1/2. However, I don't buy that the limit can…"
Feb 28
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12 in the group Mathematics
"OK, two things: First, we have to go back further than that particular series, because I don't buy that 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + - ... equals anything at all. I have absolutely no doubt that some mathematical trick or tricks can be performed to…"
Feb 26
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12 in the group Mathematics
"I'm sorry--I didn't realize there was a video I was supposed to watch. I see it now. I'll watch it. But although their method might very well yield -1/12, it isn't right. I say that with complete certainty. (For one thing, all of…"
Feb 26
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12 in the group Mathematics
"Why would anyone ever use such an obviously ridiculous sum instead of saying, "Wait a minute, something must be wrong in the derivation of this sum"?"
Feb 26
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12 in the group Mathematics
"Was the first line's sum supposed to be 1 - 2 + 3 - 4 + 5 - 6 + 7 -+ = -1/12?"
Feb 15
Keith Brian Johnson replied to Luara's discussion Speaking of math errors ... in the group Mathematics
"I wish I had known someone like you when I was taking analysis at Penn State. Maybe I would have survived."
Jan 5
Keith Brian Johnson commented on Waldheri's group Philosophy
"(Continued because of a character limit) If I go ahead and make the assumption and talk as though I were describing what really was so, not much seems to change except that it's a whole lot easier to talk about tigers and their stripedness than…"
Sep 20, 2013
Keith Brian Johnson commented on Waldheri's group Philosophy
"First, I distinguish between the psychological sense of certitude, on one hand, and rational certainty, on the other. The latter generally (if not always) requires that one have justification so strong that no rational agent could reasonably have…"
Sep 20, 2013
Keith Brian Johnson commented on Waldheri's group Philosophy
"I watched the videos that D R Hosie's page had, and it's hard to think of anything I disagreed with."
Sep 13, 2013
Keith Brian Johnson commented on Waldheri's group Philosophy
"Jedi Wanderer/PhilosopherAaron (for those who are wondering, he and I are both members of www.chess.com, where I am known as "MindWalk"): My view is that there are certain fundamental epistemic and metaphysical assumptions we have to make…"
Sep 4, 2013
Keith Brian Johnson commented on Waldheri's group Philosophy
"I don't see a way to edit that, so just mentally add an end parenthesis at the end of the second paragraph."
Sep 1, 2013
Keith Brian Johnson commented on Waldheri's group Philosophy
"No. No, no, no, and again, no. There is a lot of room between "Yes, God definitely exists," and "No, God definitely does not exist." Not all versions of God are logically impossible or even conflict with what we know about the…"
Sep 1, 2013

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At 11:27pm on June 25, 2012, northern lights said…

oh it doesn't.

At 3:23pm on June 14, 2012, Rachel Melinek said…

Hi Keith in answer to your question I am interested in many areas of philosophy, but I am particularly interested in political philosophy.

At 8:19am on April 13, 2012, Steph S. said…
Hi there Keith! Thanks for being my friend! I appreciate the add!
At 6:33pm on May 12, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Keith! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You look like an interesting and intense guy. Love the hair.
At 4:27pm on March 3, 2011, Jonel Burge said…

Hey, I just now saw what you wrote on my friend request---sorry about that, It happened to my AIM too, I have no freaking clue what did it, my virus scan turns up fine, I'm on an encrypted connection, It's not like I hand my password out and the passwords are actually -different- from one another, but it's the same "iq test" thing.

Weird. And worrying.

At 6:59pm on December 28, 2010, Beth L. said…

Thanks for the welcome!  I've always wanted to be part of such an awesome club.  :)

 

I guess I don't have as strong feelings as you do about whether or not people should believe in god(s).  One way or the other, so long as they're happy and not trying to use it to bludgeon other folks or deprive them of rights.  Unfortunately, it's the bludgeon-wielding folk who create most of the media ruckus.

At 5:44am on November 7, 2010, RML said…
Thank you. These are near my house.

I hear you about the cold weather. I'm afraid I'll be stuck on this cold island for awhile. Luckily, summer is about to begin. Soon. Waiting.

I'd be interested in your essays. I studied philosophers @ university, I enjoyed it, but I've not kept up much since then. Rusty. I watch a lot of debates online (youtube) and listen to some interesting video makers (Theramin Trees, The Atheist Experience and Qualia Soup come to mind) - that's really all the logic, philosophy, arguments for reason I'm exposed to of late. I'm not a mathematician but I enjoyed Russell's "Why I Am Not A Christian" many years ago. I don't remember much of the formal bits (arguments for god, terms, so on), so it'd be interesting to familiarise myself with it again through essays, et cetera. Do you plan to share them publicly? How, if so?

I plan on reading "The Moral Landscape" as soon as it comes in at my library wait list, and "The Greatest Show On Earth" which will be in later (big wait list).

Thanks for the comment. RML
At 5:17pm on February 8, 2010, Staks Rosch said…
What have you been up to Keith? I haven't talked to you in awhile. My chess skills still suck.
At 8:14pm on January 16, 2010, Little Name Atheist said…
Happy birthday, Keith Brian Johnson!
At 1:18pm on January 15, 2010, John Jubinsky said…
Hi Brian! Have a very happy birthday.
 
 
 

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