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The Trump Tragedy As each day of the Trump tragedy passes I keep thinking of the Hillary haters, ...
Druvius comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Thank you for demonstrating EXACTLY the arrogant smug attitude that kept millions of people from voting for HRC. Look in the mirror dude, you made the Trump presidency happen.
Where does the discussion of alien life fit in this forum?
Druvius comments on Jan 23, 2018:
It's possible because we are here. We have found no evidence for life elsewhere, no do we have any understanding of how likely abiogenesis is. Until we find other life, or have a better understanding of abiogenesis, we simply can't say what the odds of other life are. We could be alone.
Intelligent design vs idiotic design
Druvius comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Humans have like 2 dozen vestigial muscles, bones, and organs. It would be like designing a modern car with such things as non-functioning oil lamps, ski runners, and a steam engine. What was the designer thinking? ;)
Why Disney's Coco SUCKS No, not because it glorifies superstitious beliefs.
Druvius comments on Jan 23, 2018:
And yet, oddly enough, I still enjoyed it. "De gustibus non est disputandum."
Some say that the earth(modern civilization as we know it) has lived and died before.
Druvius comments on Jan 23, 2018:
Well, if we are talking about a human, or close to human, civilization, that limits it to about a million years or so ago at most. And such a civilization would have left a host of artifactd even after a million years, gold lasts forever. There would also be unmistakable layers of pollution (including radioactive pollution) in things like icecap, ocean sediment, and lake sediment cores. Scientists who study such things would have noticed. The utter absence of any such evidence effectively rules it out. If we are talking about something pre-human, say intelligent dinosaurs, well, still major problems. There is no evidence anything evolving that was approaching human cranial capacity. And no other evidence. The only way you could make such a case would be several layers of special pleading. Say, something evolved very quickly geologically speaking, their civilzation was limited to the Yucatan penninsula, and all trace of it was wiped out by the Chicxulub impactor 66 million years ago. And even then the geologic boundary at that age has been extensively studied, so their civilization would of had to be remarkably free of anything that would have made pollution. So, interesting thought experiment, but all leads to the same conclusion: Unlikely to the point where it can be ruled out.
Do you see Trump getting re-elected after his time in office is up?
Druvius comments on Jan 22, 2018:
It's certainly possible. Depends a lot on who the Dems run against him. If they manage to pick another candidate with no crossover or populist appeal, could happen.
President Donald Trump Imposes 30% Tariffs on Solar Panels | Time
Druvius comments on Jan 22, 2018:
And it is almost certainly going to be overturned by the WTO. So no, not surprised, once again Trump shoots from the hip without consulting legal advice, and regardless of the consequences.
Do you stay current on the latest science?
Druvius comments on Jan 21, 2018:
Science nerd myself. Space exploration, archaeology, paleontology in particular. Biology, zoology, cosmology as well. It's all fascinating.
Are we alone?
Druvius comments on Jan 21, 2018:
We might be, we have no idea how likely it is for beings like ourselves to have evolved. If it's as unlikely as a monkey typing Hamlet by chance, yes, were alone.
If you could wipe 3 words from existence, which would you choose?
Druvius comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Oh yeah, feminazi and libtard can go.
If you could wipe 3 words from existence, which would you choose?
Druvius comments on Jan 20, 2018:
chihuahua
Is this the smartest thing Trump has ever said?
Druvius comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Since he didn't say this, no. The closest I can find is this, so he is still hoist by his own petard: "If there is a shutdown I think it would be a tremendously negative mark on the president of the United States. He’s the one that has to get people together."
What do you think of this so called wanna-be know it all?
Druvius comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Couldn't even get past question one it was just such a painful straw man argument. Assume it went downhill from there. When you provide both sides of a debate, you can get any result you want.
It’s amazing to me that people think that this rock we call Earth they believe is only place were ...
Druvius comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Argument by big numbers. We don't know how likely abiogenesis is, so we don't know what the odds are there is other life out there. If it's about as likely as a monkey typing Hamlet by randomly typing, we are indeed almost certainly alone.
If we ever do confirm the existence of life elsewhere in the universe, do you really think it will ...
Druvius comments on Jan 20, 2018:
Nope, not at all. Most religious people have no problem with science, since it is just showing how grand creation really is. And the Young Earth Creationists and their ilk wouldn't change their thinking if Jesus himself came back and told them they were being silly.
Payday Predators... [youtube.com]
Druvius comments on Jan 19, 2018:
States quietly ended their usury laws decades ago, Trump didn't start this.
Notable Deployments of U.
Druvius comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Started under Clinton and the rest fell in line afterwards. When he got elected there was talk of a peace dividend and cutting the military budget by 50% now that the Cold War was over. Just think if that money had been spent on infastructure, education, and health care. And since 9/11 it's spun mindlessly out of control.
Trump Boasts of ‘Record’ Market, But Only the Richest 10% of Americans Own 84% of All Stocks ...
Druvius comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Yes, people don't understand that the stock market booming just means the rich are getting richer, doesn't mean a damn for the rest of us. And certainly doesn't mean the economy is great.
What about the other planets?
Druvius comments on Jan 18, 2018:
When the Bible was written the idea that the lights in the sky were anything but lights on a celestial ceiling hadn't ocurred to anyone yet. In fact the idea that the Earth, Sun, and planets were travelling through a vast void didn't occur to anyone until the 1500s. So no, nothing about planets in the Bible as we know them.
An Arab Muslim in the Israeli Army - YouTube
Druvius comments on Jan 18, 2018:
I'll stick with this rather than watch Israeli propaganda thank you. Highly recommended: https://www.amazon.com/Generals-Son-Journey-Israeli-Palestine/dp/1531824846
Shut Up About Your Tesla - YouTube
Druvius comments on Jan 18, 2018:
Hydrogen is really tricky to use as a fuel, not surprising it hasn't had the bugs worked out. Has to be stored liquid under really high pressure in big heavy tanks, tanks that can withstand an accident as well. And incredibly leaky to run through pipes and fittings. Big engineering problems.
How did God create the sun on the 4th day?
Druvius comments on Jan 17, 2018:
Logical inconsistancies in a book written by humans refute your belief in a higher power? No offence, but that's a 'Does not follow' argument.
I just watched a program on AHC network that Mussolini is the dictator that gave the Vatican it's ...
Druvius comments on Jan 17, 2018:
The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for. As I am fond of saying, between organised government, organised religion, and organised crime ... at least organised crime is honest about their intentions. On the other hand, Catholics are well represented among The Rightous, people who saved or tried to save their Jewish friends and neighbors from the Nazis. Stauffenberg, the general who tried to kill Hitler, was inspired by his faith to do so.
In North Korea the People are Forced to Listen to Propaoganda..
Druvius comments on Jan 17, 2018:
It's not just Fox News by a long shot, all the mainstream news outlets are owned by corporate America. And tell us exactly what the oligarchs running America want us to think.
Often you hear how civilization started in the crescent valley.
Druvius comments on Jan 17, 2018:
You are conflating the invention of pottery with civilization. While the definition can be a bit fluid, normally we are talking about building cities with urban population, a socially stratified society, and writing. Last I heard that first happened in Mesopotamia, not China.
Koreas to march under single 'united' flag in Olympic Games - BBC News
Druvius comments on Jan 17, 2018:
Why wouldn't it be? Most Koreans would like nothing more than reunification. It's China and the US prolonging this situation. The US because we need enemies and threats to justify our mind numbing military expenditures. And China wants a unified American ally right across it's border about as much as the US would want Canada to be taken over by Russia.
I want to know what you think on the subject of Global Warming?
Druvius comments on Jan 17, 2018:
Thank you for demonstrating the Dunning-Kruger effect. That's my opinion.
Just thought I'd throw this out there in case I can educate some of you and hopefully clear up some ...
Druvius comments on Jan 17, 2018:
The state has no more business telling people they must remain alive against their will as it has telling women they must bear children against their will. Both are the state taking ownership of a person's body, something Nazi's do, not free societies.
What religion has caused the most murders
Druvius comments on Jan 15, 2018:
The Abrahamaaic faith, inspiring murder since Abraham to this day. No other faith holds a candle to it.
Say I'm driving the car at 60 mph, and there is a fly buzzing around.
Druvius comments on Jan 14, 2018:
The fly's miniscule mass and air resistance?
What is with the hatred of police officers?
Druvius comments on Jan 14, 2018:
I don't even know where to start on this example of white privelege illustrated.
Human DNA ‘Was Designed By Aliens’, Scientists Have Researched This is a big boost for alien ...
Druvius comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Well, does appear to be genuine researchers. Still, this came out last March and there doesn't seem to be any follow up. So I doubt it passed scrutiny by other DNA researchers.
OOPS---officials sent missile warning text to residents, false alarm though.
Druvius comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Nothing. It's like getting a warning that there's going to be a lightning strike or a car crash somewhere on the island, useless. This is just fearmongering so we keep pouring money that should be spent on infrastructucture/education/health care down the military rathole.
'This Is Not A Drill': A False Ballistic Missile Alert Shakes Hawaii : The Two-Way : NPR
Druvius comments on Jan 13, 2018:
One has to wonder if it was really an accident, or deliberate scaremongering.
What has the atheist "community" done for anyone lately?
Druvius comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Doctors without borders. Just for starters.
Is evolution a fact or still just a theory.
Druvius comments on Jan 12, 2018:
The debate about the theory of evolution was over by about 1870. That some cultists are denying it because it contradicts their religious dogma isn't debate, it's just denial.
How likely is it that trump would be assassinated?
Druvius comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Let's hope not. Almost certainly nothing good could come of it, and the bad possibilities are horrible beyond belief. Caesar was killed to restore the Roman Republic, look how well that worked out.
Carry on Citizen, nothing to see here
Druvius comments on Jan 12, 2018:
If it was consenual, who cares?
Not new, just more detailed news.
Druvius comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Space exploration is some of the most beneficial spending government can make, the return on each dollar spent is considerable. It's the military and corporate welfare that staggering amounts of money is being pissed away on, socialism for the rich. That being said, human exploration of Mars is still likely some ways off. Long term human health in low gravity is still a pipe dream. The Moon or asteroids are more promising early targets, they both have resources to be mined. Someday Mars, but probably not in our lifetimes.
Is Fox News credible or mostly propaganda?
Druvius comments on Jan 12, 2018:
It's as credible as any mainstream media outlet. Which is to say it is a product aimed for a paricular market. If you rely solely on any mainstream outlet you can be assured that a lot of it is lies, even if lies of omission. They all count on people believing them without actually looking deeper.
Do you have a specific “OCD” trait?
Druvius comments on Jan 12, 2018:
Well, there's this: https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/blog/trivializing-ocd-how-culture-makes-a-serious-mental-disorder-a-punchline/
Do you know a centenarian?
Druvius comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Saw one asked for her secret. She said: "When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits easy."
Late night thought before bed.
Druvius comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Well, science is getting some handle on how all this came to be. Long but interesting watch if curious about that sort of thing: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo As for Pascal's wager, God is going to be able to tell who sincerely believes and who is trying to fake God out. I'll stick with using the brain God (or evolution) gave me to tell right from wrong. Presumably that's what it is for.
In your experience, do you find that people are accepting or unaccepting of your non-belief?
Druvius comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Once and awhile a strong athiest gets their knickers in a twist, otherwise no, hasn't been a problem.
Nobody Likes Feminism: that's what happened, Hillary. - YouTube
Druvius comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Well, her depiction of a modern feminist showed beyond any doubt we weren't going to see any reasoned argument. Made it through about 15 seconds afterwards that included several false arguments before I quit. Assuming this was posted as an example of how to string false arguments together to convince yourself and others who don't engage in critical thinking of whatever of whatever BS you are promoting?
NASA just released these some images of Jupiter taken by the Juno spacecraft, the highest ...
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Just love living in a golden age of space exploration. And love how almost every new probe and instrument finds stuff we weren't expecting. What a tine to be alive.
Opposition To GMOs Is Neither Unscientific Nor Immoral
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Well, the science is pretty much settled. However, the second point is far more nuanced and important. It's not that there's anything wrong with GMOs, it's what they are being used for. And they are being used to promote factory farming exclusively ... which is a major issue the debate about their safety obscures. Possibly even deliberately.
I just became aware of a brilliant experiment that some 4chan users did one time.
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
The problem that it plays into the "whites are under attack" or "whites are discriminated against" tropes ... which are very racist expressions of distressed privilege. So it wasn't a neutral statement, it was a deliberately questionable statement at best. It's like claiming "All lives matter" is neutral.
Do you still find yourself praying from time to time? In what circumstances?
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Only when a friend or loved one asks for prayers. Otherwise no, got out of the habit long ago.
I just saw this on FB. I may have to cut my eyes out.
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
An abomination on several levels.
I'm thinking that there are a lot more atheists and agnostics than we know about.
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Getting along with your family and friends does make life easier. Certainly known several religious friends/aquaintances who admitted the supernatural aspects of their faith are silly.
Moon landing deniers
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
We first went to the South Pole in 1911 for the same reason we went to the Moon in 1969. National prestige, in both cases existing technology was pushed to the limit at fabulous risk (people died in both endeavours) to acheive the goal. After it was acheived there was no reason to go back until technology was available to make it safe to do so. In the case of the South Pole, humans didn't return until 1957. 46 years after humans first set foot there. It's only been 49 years since we set foot on the Moon, and it's vastly further away and more dangerous to travel to than the South Pole. And it may well be a few more decades before we return. Nothing strange about the gap at all, when the technology exists for people to SAFELY return to the Moon we will no doubt do so.
Do shows like CSI influence our courts?
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Not terribly surprising. First of all, willing to bet that CSI shows are about as accurate in their presentation of forensics as they are about everything else. Secondly the kinds of people committing crimes that require forensic clean up ... are already exhibiting impaired judgement. That also argues against them being able to effectively use forensic countermeasures. Lastly, ones who are serious about forensic countermeasures have much better places to learn them than TV shows. So not surprised by these results. Am curious about juries, have heard their expectation of the kinds of things they see on CSI does have an influence, because frankly few cases have that kind of conclusive forensics. Will have to wait for those studies I expect.
Do you have a favorite hometown restaurant?
Druvius comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Yes, Linda's in Mountain View CA. Sadly long gone now, but their fame lives on.
What was your worst experience flying?
Druvius comments on Jan 9, 2018:
A flight from SF to Australia that was 24 hours late by the time we arrived. A nightmare of sitting in various airport waiting rooms being told to stay where we were cause the flight would leave in 15 minutes ... rinse and repeat.
Will you help me settle this debate with my friend: can a Christian be a freethinker?
Druvius comments on Jan 8, 2018:
I'm an ignostic episcopalian. I'm a free thinker. Happy to answer your question for you.
I want to know what you think on the subject of Global Warming?
Druvius comments on Jan 8, 2018:
No, not political. You're simply wrong. Denying anthropogenic global warming is like denying evolution. There's no debate, you're simply in denial. The other possible causes of global warming have long been ruled out, and anthropogenic global warming has been proved.
It's been pointed out here before I'm sure, technology is advancing faster than our politics because...
Druvius comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Technology has been running ahead of application since at least the Civil War, and it's getting worse. Religion and ideology aren't the problem, it's people exploiting them to control others for evil purposes. And the science of advertising and propaganda is making that ever more effective. I don't know what the answer is, but reason and logic by itself has yet to come up with an answer. Personally I suspect that intelligience like ours might be an evolutionary dead end, it's certainly looking iff right now.
Should we all get a flu shot, barring any allergy to the vaccine?
Druvius comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Unless there is a medical reason not to, or you live in a cave with no human contact, it's like asking people if they should stop at stop signs. :)
Does asking a co worker for a date list as a sexual harassment
Druvius comments on Jan 8, 2018:
As others have said, a little too vague. Asking once, probably not. Still, the bottom line is hitting on people other than in bars or mixers is problematic. Unless they are CLEARLY signalling interest.
Anyone find themselves angry at both political parties?
Druvius comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Both parties, with a few outliers in each, are 100% the tools of the bankers, giant corporations, and the pentagon. Been that way since the late seventies, since then the poor and middle class have stagnated while the people at the top got ever richer. As Calvin Trillon said "America has one political party, the Business Party. It just has two factions."
Religious Homosexuals?
Druvius comments on Jan 7, 2018:
The Methodist Church I associate with is completely accepting of LGTB members, not all Christians are stuck in the Bronze Age.
space travel
Druvius comments on Jan 7, 2018:
If you had a ship capable of constant 1g acceleration, you could traverse the universe in a human lifetime. Relativity is a wonderful thing. Granted billions of years will have passed during your journeys, but that means your creditors are long dead.
Where is your stance on tattoos?
Druvius comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Your body, your choice. Have known people who regretted facial and hand tattoos, cause, you know, ten years down the road you might want to interview for that six figure dream job. My brother is covered with them, but yeah, he puts on a suit and tie and no one knows. :)
Ancient Star Maps Around The World
Druvius comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I would love there to be evidence discovered that aliens had visited Earth in the past. It would be amazing on several levels. And I have followed the subject in great depth for more than 40 years. So far, it's all wishful thinking or just plain exploitive quackery. It would have been incredibly easy for star travelling aliens to give us info that was UNMISTAKEABLY of alien origin. Like a depiction of Saturn's rings. A map of the far side of the moon. A model of the solar system including Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto. Jupiter with four large moons. Mars with two tiny moons. Instead of this, ancient alien enthusiasts present us with stuff like the link, dubious stretched interpretations of stuff that archeologists have no trouble explaining without invoking aliens. It would be amazing, but so far, no evidence has been presented that is even remotely compelling.
Are there any creative writers in the group?
Druvius comments on Jan 5, 2018:
No, though not sure what you mean by an "athiest belief." I know a lot of my readers are religious or even theistic, and since I would like them to both read my writing and think about it, I make frequent use of religious language and the like. Heck, you can find a Bible quote to support almost any position, it's incredibly handy that way.
Why can't theists back up their claims with empirical evidence?
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Because they don't have any. Was this a trick question? ;)
Have souls really been debunked?
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Since the soul is basically an undefined mythical concept, technically it can't be debunked. Like you can't prove angels (or God) don't exist, because they are undefinable in any scientific sense. That being said, some of the latest thinking on consciousness posits that it is a quantum state, and thus timeless. Could this be our soul? Maybe, but pretty speculative. Dunno, will find out when I die, as will we all.
If any of this comes even close to panning out, we are on the cusp of something of paradigm crushing...
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
Since this was from 2015, guessing it has not panned out. In fact it quickly was more or less dismissed: https://www.astrobio.net/mars/follow-signs-ancient-life-mars-rover-photos/
Do you think we should challenge North Korea?
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
No, risking war and/or attacking North Korea is foolish. This is a problem that can be solved with diplomacy, we should sit down and work out a peace treaty. There is no way on Earth China will allow North Korea to ever be absorbed into South Korea (nor should they,) so best course of action is to stop making threats and stop the sanctions. The more we let North Korea interact with the world, the more internal pressure will bring about reform.
Well, I was glad Clinton lost, and cautiously optimistic that Trump wouldn't be too much of a ...
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
LOL: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42570555
Which religion do you think is the most damaging to the world and why?
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
The Abrahamaaics, no doubt about it. They have been drenched in blood for a thousand years with no end in sight.
Well, I was glad Clinton lost, and cautiously optimistic that Trump wouldn't be too much of a ...
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
As far as HRCs competance goes, she wasn't competant to lead her party to victory over Trump and his clown car campaign. So trying to convince me she was competant to lead the USA is a waste of time. It was the worst election of my life, Ramsey Bolton vs Cersei Lannister, some choice. I hope we have someone better running for the Dems in 2020, but seeing as they seem to have learned nothing from their defeat, I'm not optimistic. :(
Do you consider family to be by blood or whose always been there for you?
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
I'm with the both crowd, I have friends whom I consider family.
Will we ever have world peace?
Druvius comments on Jan 4, 2018:
We've done it before. The mid seventies was the last time. "War is defined as an active conflict that has claimed more than 1,000 lives. Of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history." Not going to happen any time soon with the cabal now running Washington though.
Since you all have been non believers, has it ever crossed your mind "what if im wrong"?
Druvius comments on Jan 3, 2018:
Not really. But if I die and suddenly find myself facing God, Allah, or hopefully Freyja I will be able to look them in the eye and take responsibility for my life. Fólkvangr sounds good by me if there is an afterlife. So it doesn't matter if I am wrong.
Well, I was glad Clinton lost, and cautiously optimistic that Trump wouldn't be too much of a ...
Druvius comments on Jan 3, 2018:
HRC was and is 100% in bed with the bankers, pentagon, and big corporations. I don't hate her, just knew she would continue the upwards transfer of wealth that has been the hallmark of every president since Reagan.
The Eternal Return : Will we re-live this life?
Druvius comments on Jan 3, 2018:
Pretty sure this possibility, at least in the literal sense, has been ruled out under current cosmology. IE, it looks like there will be no "Big Crunch." That being said, there are models that say there are, have been, and will be an infinite number of universes. If that's the case, then yes, this may have all played out an infinite number of times and will play out an infinite number of times. I find it more incomprehesible than depressing.
Do you think that population needs to be regulated?
Druvius comments on Jan 3, 2018:
No. Regulating who has children is called eugenics and has a truly ugly history. In terms of limiting population, female education works wonders. Not turning whole swaths of the Earth into refugee generating failed states would help too, since refugee camps typically have the highest birthrates around. In the long run, nature bats last, so if we don't get our act together, our population will be brought under control in other ways.
After receiving what you intended to purchase, would you inform a cashier that you hadn't paid for ...
Druvius comments on Jan 3, 2018:
Yes, the same as when I get handed too much change. It's the right thing to do. The expression ontheir fsce is usually priceless. And you often get better service in the future.
Is unlimited sustainability of our species feasible or will there be a crash at some point?
Druvius comments on Jan 3, 2018:
No one really knows, but by numerous measures we are pushing a number of limits.
Cemeteries, creepy, or peaceful?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
You are a weirdo. So am I. I love going through old cemetaries and trying to imagine the stories the headstones tell. People whose lives spanned great periods, the changes they lived through. Family tragedies, loves that lasted for decades. The things that were important to them. Sometimes I think the only immortality is when people think of you after you are gone. And in many cases in old cemetaries, maybe the only people who still think about them at all are the occaisional visitors who wonder at their headstones. So many have gone before, and they all had loves and dreams and lives. Someday the only thing left is an old stone. And they are the lucky ones.
If you were a museum curator, what would the theme be?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Interesting question. Tool museum at first pass. Tools through history especially. I'm a handyman and a history buff, so this would be of great interest to me. Including such amazing things as the Antikythera mechanism, tools used to make the pyramids, the first vacuum cleaners (They were horse drawn, the first time they vacuumed Westminster Abby 12 cartloads of vacuumings were hauled away) and countless other tools throughout history. I'm defining tool rather broadly, maybe a tool and technology museum would be more accurate. There would be a hammer wing, the original tool, there must be thousands of them. (Late medieval knights didn't carry swords, since they were largely useless against full plate armor, they carried hammers specially designed to damage armor.) A Roman wing, they had human operated cranes and special devices for rolling down roads to measure how long they were. Heck, there's a Roman tool we still don't even know what it was used for. That's just for starters. Now I just need to win the Megamillions lottery ...
Protecting young men from the evil of the world with blindfolds. Ridiculous.
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Well, it makes infinitely more sense than the religious people going around telling women how to dress. They are averting their gaze to avoid seeing what they disaprove of. Doesn't hurt anyone, so hey, they can do what they want. It's called freedom of religion.
Where would you fall on the line of agnosticism?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
I'm ignostic, have been for years. Nice to see it included. :)
Does evolution occur in leaps or slowly, both?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Well, both. However, you can't suddenly get a huge spurt as you propose because that would involve a huge change in an organism's genes. The chances of an organism giving birth to something with that many mutated genes ... and it still being viable ... is zero. Sometimes a mutation to a few genes can indeed lead to pretty much a new animal, but nothing that dramatic. The only example I can think of off hand is the domestic cat, there was some research awhile back that the domestic cat arose because a single African Wildcat had three mutant genes that made it non-aggressive towards humans. It wandered into an Egyptian village, the villagers said, wow, look, that wildcat isn't afraid of people ... AND LOOK WHAT IT'S DOING TO THE RATS IN THE GRANARY!! The rest is history. OK, the later part is my conjecture, but not the three mutations part.
Flat earther rapper responds to Bill Nye: ‘You need to read some books’ – DeadState
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
This, this sort of stuff is why the aliens roll their eyes (or twirl their eyestalks, whatever) and fly right on by. I swear to God, sometimes I think I should make up the stupidest cult I can think of ... but I'm afraid some people would fall for it.
“Ex-Lesbian” Who Once “Used Men’s Bathrooms” Wants You to Get Saved by Jesus – Friendly ...
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
I wonder what she will be next year? A vegan albino? This lady? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3419631/Woman-says-s-CAT-trapped-human-body.html Stay tuned ...
Anybody else love churches?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Yes, as buildings, art, and architechture they are often stunning. And sometimes of historical interest as well. I'll often wander into one to check it out.
Should the U. S. hold a Constitutional Convention?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
If they had a consitutional convention today, they would almost certainly butcher the job and gut what's left of our rights and political freedoms.
Should Christmas be renamed "Family Day?"
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
I don't see that any good would come of renaming it. It would further polarize and politicize something that should never have been politicized in the first place. In a free country people can celebrate whatever holidays they want however they want. And a big FU to Mr Trump for once again taking the lowest possible road.
What’s one thing that a religious person has ever done to make you very angry?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
There is a special place in hell for "Christian" parents who throw their gay children out of their homes.
Do you believe in Divination?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Only with chicken entrails reading. They always indicate the recent presence of an unlucky chicken. ;)
personally, not religious, obviously.
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
No. They're just words, if the intent behind them is genuine, they are positive. I say things like "God Bless" and "Jesus wept" regularly, not because of any literal belief, but because they are ritual words that give people comfort or express how I feel.
does desire to convert someone to atheistic belief sometimes undercut our abiding love for science?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Why would anyone want to convert someone to atheism? Only people insecure in their beliefs want to convert others. At best.
Still Pissed Off about The Last Jedi... Why do people get so passionate about Star Wars?
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
People get passionate about all sorts of things. Human nature I guess. People build up a fantasy in their mind about something like this, and are conflicted when it doesn't play out according to their fantasy? Heck, some people do it with relationships too, where it's not only silly, it's actually harmful. Deep seated control issues?
Lol. I actually laughed out loud.
Druvius comments on Jan 2, 2018:
So did I. Sometimes I think I need more adult supervision. :)
Space
Druvius comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Yes. The rate at which time passes varies depending on how fast one is travelling and proximity to mass, but it's still passing. According to what I understand of this link at least: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/98917/does-time-exist-in-a-vacuum
Rapture by 2018?
Druvius comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Since at least 2800 BC: http://www.abhota.info/end1.htm My favoirite: "Drawing from theology and astrology, German prophet Johann Jacob Zimmerman determined that the world would end in the fall of 1694. Zimmerman gathered a group of pilgrims and made plans to go to America to welcome Jesus back to Earth. However, he died in February of that year, on the very day of departure. Johannes Kelpius took over leadership of the cult, which was known as Woman in the Wilderness, and they completed their journey to the New World. Fall came and went and, needless to say, the cultists were profoundly disappointed at having traveled all the way across the Atlantic just to be stood up by Jesus. (Cohen p.19-20)"
Are you bothered that we count time based on when Jesus was supposedly born?
Druvius comments on Jan 1, 2018:
No, It's pretty arbitrary in any event. Maybe someday there will be some globe shattering event that will make us want to restart. As an aside, boy, some Christians can get as worked up about BCE and CE as they do about Happy Holidays.

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This is actually from a movie I need to see someday. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li6hbKLAqvE
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Except it would be beer, lol.
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