Vince Watkins
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Aug 31, 2011
Vince Watkins replied to John Loq's discussion Am I the only one conflicted buy Any Rand?
"I think Ayn Rand is misrepresented and misunderstood... sometimes even by Ayn Rand. I quite liked THE FOUNTAINHEAD, right up until the dynamiting of Courtland and the second trial which was fairly redundant. I would have liked ATLAS SHRUGGED had…"
Mar 26, 2011
Vince Watkins replied to Goz's discussion Atheist humor.
"Awesome."
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins replied to scott martins's discussion IS EVERYBODY 100% POSITIVE THERE IS NO GOD?
""I've also given many examples of things that have a property while simultaneously not having the property." -- Marc Green You have absolutely done no such thing. Saying that 2 white swans plus 2 black swans does not equal 4 white…"
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
"Choice most certainly means that there are at least two possible courses. Otherwise, there is no choice. It doesn't matter the person perceiving or their perspective."
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
"Alice, it doesn't matter whether or not anyone has predetermined the future or not. It only matters what that one path is that any given particle can take. All else is not merely speculation but craziness."
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
""Vince – so you agree with me – that we go around ‘pretending’ to make choices because it is the way we were made – it’s in our DNA – it’s what our brains do."   Yes, but we tend to be…"
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
"Alice, choice means that there are at least two possible paths. The illusory thought process is just running code.   Michael... if nothing in the universe can change what will be, then we are not at odds... because there is nothing in the…"
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
""Is that not choice you are 'talking' about in that first paragraph? That act, that Vince insists upon. Isn't that act choice?" Not at all. "Only that when knowledge of the future is impossible, a brain can consider…"
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
""so you acknowledge that you go about pretending to make choices all the time?" Constantly. But only because I'm fated to do so."
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
""But we must agree that even though everything is inevitable, we won’t know or have any pre knowledge about what is inevitably going to happen. We can only guess. Will you agree with that Vince?" With the stipulation that, on some…"
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
""And by the way – have you been able to go about life for the last 10 minutes without making a choice?" Actually, I've been on autopilot for the past hour... ok, for the past 44 years."
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
""What's precognition? Thinking before one thinks? Nothing can preclude what will happen. No one is contesting this. But, the impossibility of foreknowledge makes room for logically plausible futures scenarios." Nonsense. Total…"
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
"Alice, I realize that you were destined to view my comments as slurs or slights, but I assure you they were not. I suspect that your destiny to accept your destiny is inevitable. :)"
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
""So Vince recognizes and acknowledges choice. He just won't call it that. Because he is convinced that it means freewill." Nonsense. "Freewill" is redundant. Either there is more than one possibility or there is not. I do…"
Mar 24, 2011
Vince Watkins commented on Alice's blog post Sextus Empiricus
""we can’t see all partials or have an ultimate view of reality and all things as they move along" Which does not in any way endorse a less complete point of view.   "...this is a god position and we’re all here…"
Mar 24, 2011

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I Heard the Mission Bell

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

So, I woke my daughters this morning. They rose, a bit pissed off at not having their Sunday free, dressed, and we headed for the local Catholic church which is named for St. Kilian, the Irish patron saint of rheumatism who traveled to Würzburg, Germany where he was separated from his head when he decided that it was his business to condemn the local lord, Duke Gozbert for marrying the widow of his brother.



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At 2:52pm on May 27, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, Vince! I see you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since March. We have a new group where you might feel more at home. Please consider joining  Hang With Friends , where we can share our stories and laugh, and discuss anything on our minds.

At 3:24pm on February 25, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Vince. Welcome to this rational world of Internet atheism----a haven from the superstitions and fictional gods of the masses.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 400 discussion topics and 2400 members.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terry Meaden
At 6:03pm on February 21, 2011, Ken said…
Hello and welcome.  We are happy to have you join us.
 
 
 

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