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Comments on the video please . Does it convince you that science IS for everyone? [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Children often think outside the box because they have not yet learned to restrict their thinking to fit societal expectations. They also are not thinking in terms of what ideas will get them funding.
Oh, this is funny & painful at the same time... A Caller Has Proof of Creationism - Atheist ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Ouch! Mostly painful!
Welcome him 76
Heraclitus comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Welcome!
Are we a genetically engineered BEAST of earth, created to work for the gods/E.T.? Not religious ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Voltaire's Candide: tend your garden.
Anyone who believes in indefinite growth on a physically finite planet is either mad, or an ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Or both.
Not afraid to be alone.
Heraclitus comments on Aug 14, 2018:
It's overly dependent people who can be dangerous.
How would you feel about having one theology philosophy based in science fact that brought peace to ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Sounds like an oxymoron.
The Bible is so full of ridiculous inconsistencies! The poor couple of sloths would take 52 years to...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Gee, I wonder how long it took all the virus and bacteria to walk to the arc? :)
Among other things, are scientific "constants" really constant AND where does the mind live? ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 13, 2018:
His very first statement is a false premise. Science does not take this position that it only has to fill in the details about reality.
Yahweh laments creation (NIV): Genesis 6:5-7 - The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 11, 2018:
How could an omnipotent, omniscient Being have made such a big mistake? ;)
In G-d we Trust I am a plaintiff in a case against the government printing “In God We Trust” on...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 8, 2018:
What about people who have not yet established enough credit to qualify for a credit card? I once had a check refused because I didn't have a credit card to back up it. What if your credit card gets damaged and you have to resort to cash? What if your credit card account gets frozen because someone hacked it and you have to resort to cash? How many people do you know that carry their checkbook around with them. If something goes wrong with your credit card on the spot you almost always have to resort to cash.
Does religion equal goodness
Heraclitus comments on Aug 7, 2018:
No agnostic or atheist has ever told me that I was going to burn in hell.
As an atheist I have found I'm so judged. Like I need a book to tell me not to have morals. Smh. How...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Well, you can always quote the bible. :) Matthew 7:1 New International Version (NIV) “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Anybody previously religious? Which book or idea broke the camels back for you?
Heraclitus comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Reading the bible cover to cover.
Evolution, religion, and why it’s not just about lack of scientific reasoning ability - On Biology...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Humans are basically social herd animals who go along to get along. Some of the most intelligent people I have known have had mythical beliefs. It's not easy to leave your childhood indoctrination behind, especially if it also means you have to leave your friends and family behind, as well.
Biblical god giving a description of itself (from the King James version): Exodus 15:3 - The Lord ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Kinda makes you wish the Lord God would learn to chill. Hey, He's all-powerful. What's he so sensitive and defensive about? :)
What is the purpose of trying to define "the good"? For either most or all of my life I've ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 7, 2018:
The "good" is what we perceive as enhancing our well-being and the well-being of others that we feel a connection with.
Last night during a conversation while hanging on the bar in our local tavern, somebody said that ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 5, 2018:
Yeah except that the genocide of Noah's flood didn't actually happen. It is just a story in the Hebrew Book of Fairy Tales. ;)
Does anyone think that the government is necessary in anyway?
Heraclitus comments on Aug 5, 2018:
Sure, it is a necessary evil. Without it there would be chaos.
I am an atheist. I do not consider myself an agnostic, I do not believe that it is "unkowable", ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 5, 2018:
I am also a devout ignostic.
is it ever an actual fact that anything is immoral or wrong? Or is it merely a feeling, something ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I don't believe in Absolute Morality, that is, one grounded in an Absolute Being. But I do believe in an objective morality that is grounded in the well-being of the human race.
Watched lo and behold ruminations on the computer age I think the internet is one of the best ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I love it, but that doesn't mean it isn't without some negative consequences.
The inconsistencies of Christianity. During my high school days, the people I’m surrounded with ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Well...that's right. Being a Christian means...whatever. And if Jesus were alive today he would probably denounce all of them.
The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Sir Edmund Burke
Heraclitus comments on Aug 3, 2018:
You mean like...not vote?
I've read up a little bit recently on the QAnon conspiracy that is now coming to the surface. Just ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Our Lord and Savior Trump is a false Messiah.
You listen to these guys and you are convinced about the basic principles of faith, baptism, family,...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 3, 2018:
That's because Gentiles aren't ready to receive the full brightness of the gospel light, don't ya know? ;)
"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he never was reasoned into." (Attributed...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Gee, now I understand theists! ;)
This is an interesting ensemble:
Heraclitus comments on Aug 3, 2018:
I always suspected the Earth was a bit off kilter. :)
Biblical god created evil: Isaiah 45:7 - I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Who needs Satan when you've got the Lord creating evil? :)
Howdy from a guy who got his first college degree from a Lutheran college. While there, I took five ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 3, 2018:
You should have much to contribute here. :)
So what are all the devout Catholics who support the death penalty going to do now? Renounce their ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 2, 2018:
There are six Roman Catholics currently serving on the court: Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas. Nominee Brett Kavanaugh is also a Catholic.
The uranium prospecting boom was a bit before my time. I'm shocked how our government enlisted ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Ever hear of the Radium Girls? https://www.cnn.com/style/article/radium-girls-radioactive-paint/index.html
Who is the true Mormon?
Heraclitus comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Do what the Council of the Twelve does. Flip a coin.
"Just as I wouldn't expect a gynecologist to have a debate with somebody who believes in the ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Well, knowing Richard Dawkins, he probably wouldn't be able to hold his temper anyway. :)
New Atheism, Worse Than You Think
Heraclitus comments on Aug 1, 2018:
This is a long critique of two new anti-New Atheism books that focuses mostly on socio-economic issues and "social justice" rather than on atheism itself. At least the rambling critique is honest enough to include some criticisms of the books. You could cherry pick what you want out of this lengthy critique, which has a rather unfocused conclusion, but beware of the Ad Hominem attacks of these books that distract from the actual atheist issues.
I believe that humans have a vastly limited understanding of reality. I do not believe in a ...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Very true that we don't know what caused the Big Bang and we probably will never know. The answer of "infinity" was just silly. But if you are interested look at Brane Cosmology and the Multiverse hypothesis. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140318-multiverse-inflation-big-bang-science-space/ https://elwynsbigbangpage.weebly.com/branes-and-multiple-universes.html
I am concerned about the future of artificial intelligence elon musk is concerned too so was stephen...
Heraclitus comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Yep, estimates are that the coming Singularity could occur as soon as 2030. After that, who knows what will happen? Your SciFi guess is as good as mine.
The ultimate hustle.
Heraclitus comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Theists will often tell you that God needs the devil to tempt us in order to test us. I have always found this to be a very strange rationalization. It is a way of admitting that God is not omnipotent and is dependent upon Satan to fulfill his will.
Historically dishonest
Heraclitus comments on Aug 1, 2018:
When the truth becomes the enemy, what more is there to say. :(
Hello all. I just found this online community. I'm in thr Triangle, Raleigh area. I'm excited to ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Welcome!
My cat is a sadist. -Me
Heraclitus comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Does that make you a masochist?
We have too much here, not enough there... must be something that can be done. [cnet.com] ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Before we start terraforming Mars, why don't we start with terraforming Earth into something more life-friendly?
red Moon with Red Mars.... Credit for the pic here:
Heraclitus comments on Jul 31, 2018:
cool.
I'll take this line please.
Heraclitus comments on Jul 30, 2018:
To be more accurate, the line should be much longer. :)
Just fun. [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Weird. He never even made his cosmological argument...but declared victory in the name of "logic". :)
String Theory May Create Far Fewer Universes Than Thought [livescience.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Sooo, the multi-universe may be somewhat less semi-infinite than it was before because someone got the math wrong? :)
Thoughts on having private invite-only groups? I've been asked by a number of members to create ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I'm not sure I really understand the point. Does that mean that anyone can create a group and only invite people that they like? And is the point that they would only invite people that they think might agree with them and keep out those who don't? Is the point to stifle differences of opinion? Or is the point to only invite people they think are intelligent enough to discuss certain issues? Is that what agnostic.com wants to become?
Africa's Largest Mammal Is Terrified of This Tiny Insect [livescience.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 30, 2018:
They're not the only ones.
Children of A Stupid God by Pat Condell [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Reminds me of Einstein's statement: "There are two things that are infinite, the universe and human stupidity...and I'm not so sure about the universe."
Morality! Where does it come from ?
Heraclitus comments on Jul 29, 2018:
People who claim their morality is based on the bible don't read the bible.
"Even if you believe a creator god invented the laws of physics, would you so insult him as to ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Or maybe God didn't do such a good job on the laws of physics, so he has to violate them once in a while just to make things work out the way he wants them to. Come to think of it, that might explain a lot about how the earth has turned out. ;)
The great Matt Dillahunty calling the god of the Bible stupid
Heraclitus comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Hmm...and according to the bible humans are made in this stupid God's image. Somehow, that makes perfect sense. :)
Scientific Statements Found in the Bible? | Andrew - Twinsburg, OH | Atheist Experience 22.15 ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 29, 2018:
The bible makes sense except when it doesn't and when it doesn't we will call that a miracle? :)
Another Universe May Have Bumped Into Ours and We Might Have Proof - Seeker [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Would like to know how two universes bumping into each other would make a spot cold. If anything one might expect it would heat things up a bit.
Will William Lane Craig Ever Answer the Question? VicedRhino (Guest Video) (Prophet of Zod) ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Hmm, so is God's nature existentially determined from inside God or outside God, or is it that funky little boundary line between inside and outside God? :)
I've seen several of these words here before. Apologies if someone has posted this video before....
Heraclitus comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I love the word "trumpery". ;)
With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Christoper Hitchens often said that as well.
“I wish, when I was first born, the first thing I said was "Quote" so the last thing I said before...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Have always liked Stephen Wright. :)
Does the bible unwittingly promote Atheism?
Heraclitus comments on Jul 26, 2018:
The famous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair used to say that back in the '60's. Frankly, reading the bible cover to cover back in the 60's is what first shook my faith.
oubliette - french for a dungeon with the only entrance or exit being a trap door in the ceiling
Heraclitus comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Comes from the French word oublier which means to forget. People in a dungeon are forgotten people.
"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative". Maurice Chevalier
Heraclitus comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Especially if you suspect you are going to hell. ;)
This little gem comes from German former member of the first presidency Dieter F. Uchtdorf ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Why was he sacked?
Just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it. George Costanza.
Heraclitus comments on Jul 25, 2018:
George sounds like he's running for POTUS. :)
Huge fires are burning all over the world, including the Arctic Circle. Record heat is killing ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Actually, many do believe that the climate is changing, they just deny that it has anything to do with humans. (Just the will of God, don't ya know?)
I'm at a complete loss why most people think everything has to be so binary. It either is or is not ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Seems to be symptomatic of our post-modern society in which so many people grow up in their own isolated social media bubble.
“The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Not all believers are very happy though. They are anxious about whether or not they have enough faith, have done enough good works, believe the right things, have prayed hard enough, have too much doubt, have truly repented of all their sins, are really going to hell, etc.
The center for inquiry is suing CVS for selling homeopathic treatments. What do you think of the ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 25, 2018:
There isn't a single specific example of what they are calling homeopathic medicine, which makes me skeptical of their widespread condemnation of homeopathy.
What is a freethinker you?
Heraclitus comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Free·think·er ˌfrēˈTHiNGkər noun a person who rejects accepted opinions, especially those concerning religious belief. synonyms: nonconformist, individualist, independent, maverick.
I have noticed some incredibly sloppy and prejudiced thought on this site lately. Being Atheist or ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
??
Not a virtue.
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Faith is a refuge in mystery.
Matt Dillahunty - Paul the racist calls in - Atheist Experience [youtube.com] Painful, indeed!!!...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Ouch!
The Earth's Internet: How Fungi Help Plants Communicate, SciShow [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
You might enjoy Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.
A Revised Concept of Hell | Mark - Toronto, Canada | Atheist Experience 22.11 [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Why is it that so many Christians have no idea what they really believe?
one I hope to get in the dictionary
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
By their fruits ye shall know them. :)
I need to release some steam... So there's this woman I know, and she listens to this horrible ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Why is it that sometimes the worship of God has little distinction from the worship of Satan? :(
Noam Chomsky Climate Change Speech 2017 - YouTube
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Sadly, our society does not seem to have the will to save ourselves. As Chomsky mentions, many Evangelicals are actually looking forward to the end of the world. Some even preach that it is sacrilegious to interfere with God heating the planet up because it is God's will. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. We fiddle while Miami floods.
So i entered the introverts chatroom and it was just me in there, on my own. I think someone has a ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Happened to me too.
Matt Dillahunty - Eddy thinks ghosts on CNN proves GOD - Atheist Experience [youtube.]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 23, 2018:
Can you believe this guy thinks he is rational?
Carl Sagan destroys creationist in debate - YouTube
Heraclitus comments on Jul 23, 2018:
The creationist asks the question, but doesn't want the answer.
Theists and believers
Heraclitus comments on Jul 23, 2018:
Sure, but be prepared to be challenged. But, I assume you must be willing to be challenged or you wouldn't be here. What most agnostics/atheists on this site object to is theists coming on this website to save us poor infidels from the eternal torturous hell of a loving God.
Matt Dillahunty - Caller propose to have creationism in science class - Atheist Experience ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
Why is it that so many people seem to have no clue what science is? :(
Dating a Theist
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
Does she accept you as you are? Even when I was a Christian, sometimes dating a Christian of another denomination was a problem.
If there really was a God, he'd create some better Christian rock bands.
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
May God is just testing our faith with those horrible rock bands. :)
Why 8 Endangered Rhinos Died in Mission to Save Them [livescience.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
How in the world did they get fed salt water?
Supernatural VS Atheist
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
I've never heard a ghost story that was convincing. It always sounded like someone's imagination running away with them. BTW, trusting someone is irrelevant to whether or not a "ghost" is really a ghost. I'd be curious to hear what stories you have heard that were so convincing.
I think the most annoying thing for an introvert is to be called shy. The shy person is the person ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
When I was young, I was both introverted and shy. Now I am just introverted.
What is it about the truth that we find so appealing? I don't know many other types of people, other...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
I think most people only seek a pragmatic truth, that which is in their perceived best interests. If they perceive a truth as threatening, they avoid it or ignore it. Also, many if not most people come to identify with certain "truths" at a very early age and come to identify with these truths. Consequently, any threat to these truths (beliefs) is perceived as a threat to their very identity as a person, which is why they become angry or fearful. They feel lost without these truths (beliefs) and literally don't know who they are. This can be very anxiety provoking and they often take it out on others. But for me, truth is not taking refuge in a belief system, but freedom from belief systems which I consider illusory. Such personal freedom is exhilarating.
I'm an introvert and I have social anxiety, but I still like to go to parties or go out to bars and ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
I think you just need to accept yourself as you are and not fret over it so much. Once I had a woman in my face socially and I could tell she was a little miffed that I was not responding very much. So, I simply explained to her that I was an introvert and mostly just listened to people. Her attitude towards me not only changed, but she actually told me that she was an introvert too, but just forced herself to socialize to try and get past her introversion. Surprised me, I can tell you.
The Superiority Of Secular Thinking vs Religious Thinking (Suggestions for additions or refinements...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 22, 2018:
Kind of a secular 10 commandments. I like it. Better than the original. :)
Atheists, Did You Get Down on Your Knees? | Terrance - Toronto | Atheist Experience 21.31 ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 20, 2018:
To demand that someone fake sincerity concerning something that one does not believe in is to demand hypocrisy, and to preach salvation by hypocrisy.
How sure are you there isn't "gods"?
Heraclitus comments on Jul 20, 2018:
I consider myself an ignostic, because the question of the existence of God is meaningless... because the term god has no coherent and unambiguous definition. "God" is the great cosmic question mark.
Family Panics Over Atheist | Dana (Atheist) - Hernando, FL | Atheist Experience 20.48 [youtube.com]...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Why are loving Christians so hateful?
Why I don't believe in the Historicity of Jesus || Frustrated Atheist Segment - Godless Engineer ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Personally, I think that Joshua of Nazareth, an itinerant Jewish rabbi probably existed, though he was clearly later mythologized by the Christian church six ways from Sunday. The argument in the video is the much discredited Mythicist fringe group that believes in the conspiracy theory that not only Christianity, but the historical Jesus himself was made up by the Roman Flavian dynasty. The Mythicists are famous, or infamous, for arguments from silence, arguments of convenience, selective literary interpretations of documents, and the ignoring of historical criterion of evidence. They are also famous, or infamous, for misrepresenting the arguments of historicists. The so-called "historicist Aramaic criterion or whatever" was, of course, presented incorrectly, which is why it was so easy to discredit. That so-called "argument of embarrassment" was so funny I laughed. Never heard of that one before. There is a historicist book called, Did Jesus Exists by Bart D. Ehrman, that pokes a hundred holes in the Mythicist arguments. They love to ignore this book for obvious reasons.
Free will?
Heraclitus comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Ever hear the story about Tony Soprano and the Harvard professor? The Harvard professor was expressing his lifelong belief in Determinism and the absence of free will. After listening to the Harvard professor pontificate about the absence of free will for some time, Tony got up and starting slapping the professor hard across the face repeatedly shouting, "I can't help doing this because I have no free will." Within less than 30 seconds the Harvard professor changed his lifelong belief. Now, personally, I believe in Soft Determinism because our will is so restricted and so much of our consciousness, about 95%, is unconscious. The vast majority of our actions are just reactions to factors in our environment. You can lie down on a sofa, deciding in advance that you will not get up off the sofa, and chances are that in less than 30 min you will get up in spite of yourself without consciously deciding to do so. However, if I am wrong and there is really is Hard Determinism, then it really doesn't matter what I believe, or you believe, or anybody believes because none of us has any choice in what we believe. So, why even ask a question about free will? But then again, the answer is obvious. In that case, the only reason anyone asks whether or not free will exists is that they have no choice in the matter.
Well you learn something new every day
Heraclitus comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Let's see, you just used it five times in this post, so....
Hi yawl! I am new to atheism and looking for community. I have been attending FAACT in Greensboro a ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 19, 2018:
There's also the Triangle Freethought Society.
Utopian or Dystopian?
Heraclitus comments on Jul 18, 2018:
" If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him." --Voltaire
Love Letters to Richard Dawkins I laugh every time I watch it. [youtu.be]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 18, 2018:
Aren't loving Christians amazing in their hatred!
We Are Now Living in a New Geologic Age, Experts Say [livescience.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 18, 2018:
Interesting, though I think the "Anthropocene epoch" designation more meaningful than the controversial "Meghalayan" designation based on a drought.
Pumped-up Jesus.
Heraclitus comments on Jul 18, 2018:
Where did you find this?

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