"Isn't this just a lot of cage rattling for the sake of cage rattling? Stop feeding the trolls and they perish. I mean, we all already know if you step on a crack in the pavement your mother ain't going to slip a disc over it."
"I don't know... I tend to think blind faith is entertaining chaotic spirituality. Spirituality when it has a real focus (ie. Zen) is a fantastic thing. However, I do believe once you base spiritualist ideas on intangible things then…"
"I think you're making a mutual division where one doesn't exist. I can't see where experience and truth are mutually exclusive. Of course, there's different ways to divide the pie re: truth, but for science to be what…"
"Incidentally, this is taking a leap of faith... but I think what people tend to forget is science is largely based on faith, as religion is, but unlike religion it's hypotheses are called no more than they are and based on empirical…"
"Not to sound particularly vulgar, but it strikes me more as a foetus. Perhaps the Catholic Church would be interested in this, being as it is disembodied... which for them means one less victim. This makes the Pope very angry."
"Strangely I would not be surprised. I am, though, wondering how a pig and a monkey engage in coitus. Stranger still, in my younger years I had a d-beat punk band called Simian Swine... I suppose now I could appoint myself David Koresh,…"
"I was wondering... what, in your mind, qualifies people as a "non-theist"? It's a strange, almost precarious term, as it implies much but says little. What does a man of science, as yourself, have to say about such things?"
Hmmm. Yes, indeed almost 'precarious' perhaps.
After all, it was the theists who invented the word 'theist' and then 'non-theist' and 'atheist'--and it has been christian theists who have been writing the dictionaries of the last centuries.
I have wondered for some time what changes would result if someone like me or you or Christopher Hitchens etc. were allowed to define some key dictionary words used by atheists.
Words like non-theist and atheist, as used by theists, are used to imply a situation of being against theism. But rather we are surely pro-rationality, pro-reason, pro-logic---and it is because of all that, plus the ultimate in applying common sense, it turns out that we aspire to intellectual reality and honesty instead of the unscientific faiths founded by illiterate Bronze Age goat herders and desert camel drivers. I am now thinking that this has the makings of a worthy topic for discussion.