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Free Will and Determinism Provide Philosophy Professors with Job Security. Free Will Provides Religionists with...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 11. 5 Replies

...Free will provides religionists with a means to inculcate guilt and shame, and to gain control.Is it possible to not remember having been told you have free will?While chatting with a friend a few…Continue

Tags: religion, reality., academia, determinism, will

Did You Ever Go to a Church Service and See a Corporation There?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 4 Replies

It's time for some satire, directed at the US Supreme Court's conservatives!Two corporations have argued that the Affordable Care Act violates their religious rights, and the conservatives on the…Continue

Tags: confession, communion, marriage, baptism, sacraments

How Many Guns Has God Got?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Mar 6. 2 Replies

As World War Two was ending a diplomat told Joseph Stalin he should stop repressing Catholics in the parts of Eastern Europe his military controlled. He famously asked, "The Pope? How many divisions…Continue

Tags: constitution, government, god, rights

From Female to Male and Back to Female

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sentient Biped Mar 4. 3 Replies

I'm told that during my first weeks in utero I was a female, and then a chromosome sent me along a different developmental path.I survived birth, and about eleven years later Ma and Pa Nature…Continue

Tags: hormones, masculinity, femininity, men, women

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Tom Sarbeck replied to matthew greenberg's discussion Teh Stoopid...it's killing me!!
"Winston Churchill expressed a different view. Here's the way I recall it: Of the many forms of government man has tried democracy is the worst, except for all the others.   If Mencken were still with us and publishing a…"
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Tom Sarbeck replied to matthew greenberg's discussion Teh Stoopid...it's killing me!!
"Well said. It has never been otherwise, but the lies told to children -- in homes, schools and churches --  would have children believing it is otherwise. Those children become adults, then parents, and tell their children the lies they…"
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"By definition? People devised more accurate ways to measure, or in the case of geometry they realized that the earth isn't a Euclidean plane. The best laid plans.... "
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to matthew greenberg's discussion Teh Stoopid...it's killing me!!
"It's easy to be either idealistic or cynical about politics. Soon after I returned from the Korean War, I heard in the news that the peace negotiators in Paris were slow to get started because they were arguing over who would sit where at the…"
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to matthew greenberg's discussion Teh Stoopid...it's killing me!!
"Joan, I agree that religion provides the cover for dastardly deeds. Its invention was a dastardly deed. Though I minored in economics, I have for decades avoided reading Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. I'm about to start it and I read…"
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"Touche."
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck commented on Richard Knight's group Secular Sexuality
"Spoilsport!"
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"Allen, it's also a cliché. I occasionally write articles read by people trained in the law. I either avoid clichés and certain other figures of speech or get responses I don't want.  "
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"A 1960s book by the semanticist Sam Hayakawa said that imposing a two-value structure on a multi-value, or fuzzy, universe indicates stress. I grew up in an authoritarian environment where I lived among people who…"
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Cheating with Science in the group No Nonsense
"Peer review can do well or poorly. In a magazine I was flipping through a couple of weeks ago, a story said that in an area of knowledge where change is happening, an article that explains the change, even objectively, is likely to get negative…"
Monday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"Allan, that's an old rule. A fellow writer told me he writes creative non-fiction and in this genre the story line is non-fiction but since the original dialog isn't known it's his to devise. Even non-fiction is doubtful; N people can…"
Monday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"Anthony, I'm now reading a book on pure mathematics by Edward Frenkel, an associate professor at Harvard, and see what might be parallels to the laws of logic in your discussion above. He cites four qualities of mathematical theories:…"
Saturday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"When I studied physics, it was physicists, not cosmologists, who said energy or matter is neither created nor destroyed. Cosmologists long ago quit going to the laboratory. They rely on thought. When tests are designed and conducted by people who…"
Saturday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Philo Sofer's discussion My Philosophy
"Jonathan, I read and liked your attempt. My experience with such questions told me that Philo wanted a debate he would win. "
Saturday
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"Viking Trance. Kind of entrancing, esp. the k-scope stuff at the end. "
Apr 11
Tom Sarbeck replied to James M. Martin's discussion God (As Seen By the Late Luis Bunuel)
"Did Bunuel make a film about some people in a room being in danger, and when any of them tried to leave they were unable to? The final scenes were in and near a Catholic church. I liked it. If I find out its name I might rent it again. "
Apr 11

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At 10:56am on July 28, 2013, William Grant said…

Hi Tom,.. I am having a blast with Joseph Who?,.... Need some readers !!!!  Nice to know you !

At 7:18am on May 23, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Yeah Tom, I admit to laughing at Foxworthy's spot on humor. I could learn from that way of "attacking" the other side. 

At 8:20pm on May 3, 2013, franky said…
hi tom!
At 8:34am on April 23, 2013, Madhukar Kulkarni said…

Hello Tom,

What a pleasant surprise! Glad to be your friend.

At 7:40am on March 8, 2013, Randall Smith said…
You actually lived through the depression years! I've learned many things on how NOT to act from my father, but lessons on money isn't one of them. (if that makes sense)
At 9:26pm on March 3, 2013, Joan Denoo said…

Tom, I am very glad to see you in this group. 

At 7:33am on March 1, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Fishwrap! Good one. I felt obligated to take the newspaper and "be informed". No more. And oh what a relief it is!

At 12:32pm on February 5, 2013, Asa Watcher said…

Thanks for the friending.  I will make every attempt to keep my posts friendly yet uncompromising.  You've provided good mental exercise.

From one geezer to another, and to all:

Happy Chinese New Year

At 9:40am on March 20, 2012, Steven Gibson said…

Really! My first visit and comment to Atheistnexus in two years. Well, you win. I will leave you to it. Enjoy yourself. I will be back in two years.

At 8:27am on January 2, 2012, Maruli Marulaki said…

As you mentioned that you understand German, hier is a poem by Erich Kästner, that you may like: 

http://www.gedichte.vu/?die_entwicklung_der_menschheit.html

 
 
 

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