"It was this kid's valedictorian speech, and I applaud him for speaking his mind! The speech was his -- not the school's, not the audience's, not the Supreme Court's and not ours. That I think that he's harmfully…"
"I've always been an atheist, but didn't realize it until I was 6 years old. I must have evolved into a social anti-theist a half-century on -- some time after 9/11/2001. I mention this because now I live in rural Upstate…"
"It's questionable whether O'Reilly is an idiot by the standard usage of the word. Granted, I have no TV, so my exposure to him is scant (and that's one of the main reasons why I don't have a TV). From what…"
"We all face survival pressure every moment of our lives, and continually make decisions that could be considered 'evil' or not, according to context. If an alpha wolf disciplines or drives away a subordinate, is she displaying…"
"To be fair, it doesn't seem to me that the student referenced in the OP seriously considers the Biblical tale (she said as much herself), nor is it clear that such ideas are supported by faculty. She seems to be merely recognizing that…"
"Short answer: no. When I was a teen (perhaps her proper audience) I must have read just about everything that Ayn Rand wrote -- novels & essays. At the time, I agreed with many of her tenets, and don't wholly reject them all…"
I'm trying, but so far not understanding (maybe my fault, maybe yours) just how or even if you see what you call 'volition' as causal in evolution, and how it differs from what others call 'God'. I suppose…"
"Evolution is not a theory, but a set of observations. Darwin didn't revamp the data of evolution (other than pointing out some good examples). The Darwinian hypothesis was alteration of phenotypes by means of natural…"
I recently deleted my farcebook account because most of the interactions had become either insipid or contentious. I grew up, such that I did, in rural North Carolina in the 1960s & 1970s, but am no longer there, thank Dog. …"
No sweat on the spelling -- I hate those stinkin' phone 'keyboards'!
At around Christmas time, just before my 4th birthday, I told Mom that I didn't want to go to church (Baptist) any more. The only reason I could…"
I'd disagree that you don't belong here. Yes, this is primarily a social site with emphasis on supporting a set of ideas that are largely unsupported or denigrated elsewhere. As such, dissenting views are approached with…"
"Just as a matter of geography (upstate South Carolina), almost everyone I know is a fundamentalist young earth creationist evangelical Southern Baptist. And they are almost all pretty decent people. The good they do seems to largely…"
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