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by Oldskeptic
Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:13 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: So... the First Great Atheist Holy War, who's up for it?
Replies: 344
Views: 27928

Re: So... the First Great Atheist Holy War, who's up for it?

@Papa and the rest of you sick fucks here: You shouldn't say things like what you've been saying because it upsets Stein. It upset him so much that he had to post a link http://www.rationalskepticism.org/general-faith/say-what-t20993.html#p783220 over where I normally hang out. I guess that you peop...
by Oldskeptic
Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Religion as political autocracy
Replies: 22
Views: 478

Re: Religion as political autocracy

This second video reminds me of the irrational fears of the US during the early part of the 1900’s that Catholic immigrants were going to out breed Protestants and the US would come under the control of the evil Pope in Rome. It did happen. The children and grand children assimilated very well. They...
by Oldskeptic
Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:19 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: My Take On Jesus
Replies: 226
Views: 7326

Re: My Take On Jesus

Perhaps Bruce is experiencing a bit of cognitive dissonance and feels the need to mentally regroup his thoughts? He has received a lot of information in this thread and been challenged by rational reasonable arguments. I have wondered why such people as Bruce come to forums like this and expose them...
by Oldskeptic
Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:10 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: My Take On Jesus
Replies: 226
Views: 7326

Re: My Take On Jesus

Bruce wrote: I did not cite the Duckphup Effect as being supernatural. I cited it as an example of the transmission of information by non-rational means. There may be a perfectly rational explanation for it that we do not know. But the point is that our brains have the capacity to receive informati...
by Oldskeptic
Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: General Serious Discussion & Philosophy
Topic: Hallelujah! Sin, Sex and Sermons!
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Hallelujah! Sin, Sex and Sermons!

@ Jerome I think that it is naive to think that religion in general is an adaptation to promote optimum reproduction levels for humans living in different environments. Especially if you are trying to say that it is somehow an extended phenotype caused by natural selection. It is my impression that ...
by Oldskeptic
Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: My Take On Jesus
Replies: 226
Views: 7326

Re: My Take On Jesus

Bruce wrote: I've only given you chapter one. I've been experiencing things and analyzing things for 40 years. All experiences are in the brain. The question is what causes them. The easy answer for the credulous has always been to explain things that are apparently unexplainable with the supernatu...
by Oldskeptic
Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:54 am
Forum: General Serious Discussion & Philosophy
Topic: Time is Nonexistent
Replies: 39
Views: 1937

Re: Time is Nonexistent

Time is a relative concept that depends on velocity and the strength of gravitational fields. Time does exist and is not an illusion because there is measuring device that can illustrate it: The Speed of light is a constant of distance traveled over time by photons. Our perception of time may seem i...
by Oldskeptic
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:36 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Ontological arguement
Replies: 23
Views: 1144

Re: Ontological arguement

The ontological argument is simply defining God into existence while using a lot of words to make it sound intelligent.
by Oldskeptic
Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: My Take On Jesus
Replies: 226
Views: 7326

Re: My Take On Jesus

Bruce wrote: I tried to post this account previously, but it was lost, so I'll try again. In the summer of 1971, I was 18 and a student at the University of Texas in Austin. That summer I occasionally supplemented my studies with experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs. One evening I and a couple...
by Oldskeptic
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:05 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Christianity - A respectful dialogue
Replies: 202
Views: 3828

Re: Christianity - A respectful dialogue

Valden wrote:
I have never even heard of him, nor come across a Christian that parrots him. Can't help but think he's not all that good.
He’s not he’s just in the same crowd as Lane, Lennox, Behe, Gish, and all the rest of the creationist crowd that would rather make shit up than face reality.
by Oldskeptic
Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Christianity - A respectful dialogue
Replies: 202
Views: 3828

Re: Christianity - A respectful dialogue

PaulWright wrote: Still, know your enemies: Plantinga is one of the top Christian philosophers, and Christians parroting him do actually have some heft behind them, especially if they run into atheists saying plausible but wrong things like "all beliefs must be backed by empirical evidence". I supp...
by Oldskeptic
Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: The Wilder Web
Topic: Wil Cali start again as a newbie under new RDF forums?
Replies: 95
Views: 5916

Re: Wil Cali start again as a newbie under new RDF forums?

Salviati wrote: There were numerous people from whom Richard received actual creative input (not just a few references easily obtained by anyone who knows how to use Google). There were people such as Lisa Bauer who put in many hours of labour. Are you suggesting that by compiling a simple spreadsh...
by Oldskeptic
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: My Take On Jesus
Replies: 226
Views: 7326

Re: My Take On Jesus

I just sent this PM to Duckphup on RDF. I don’t know that he’ll get it or not since he hasn’t been logged in since Thursday. But if he does and he responds I think that we might find out that there is a bit of selective reading going on with Bruce. Bruce wrote: I agree with you. It wasn't a good ana...
by Oldskeptic
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: My Take On Jesus
Replies: 226
Views: 7326

Re: My Take On Jesus

My understanding of “arational” is in the consideration of emotions, such that having an emotion is arational as in it is neither rational or irrational to have an emotion. Where rationality comes into play is what is done with the emotion. The emotion originates in the limbic system, but the respon...
by Oldskeptic
Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:51 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Christianity - A respectful dialogue
Replies: 202
Views: 3828

Re: Christianity - A respectful dialogue

Sensus divinitatis was originally an idea of John Calvin, and it is pretty circular reasoning in that he concluded that it must be something that everyone has because just about everyone believed in God. He also had a way around the problem that not everyone believed in God: Wickedness and sinful l...