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I'm a rather unusual atheist (at least on this platform), since I not only do not hate religions - I'm positively fascinated by them: On the one hand religions seem to be absurd, but on the other hand they are an integral feature of human nature, like music or language. And like almost all features of human life and culture, they have their bright and their dark aspects. I refuse to put on blinkers to see only one side.

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Matias comments on May 3, 2019:
That is how evolution works: organisms are often enough riddled with vestiges of previous stages, some of them are harmless, some are detrimental
THE GENERAL & HELLOS BLACK HOLE -- There's some kind of ongoing glitch that draws my posts from...
Matias comments on May 2, 2019:
Yes, that has been going like this for weeks. I contacted admin twice about it... no reply. You can edit the posting later and move it back to the category you want it to be in.
The person who has never really attempted to ask himself or herself the basic questions of ...
Matias comments on May 2, 2019:
The question is: What good is it to "know myself"? Where is the benefit? Maybe it is as useful as a clubfoot... Just look around: the world is run by , and belongs to, people - mostly men - who never asked themselves one of the questions above. That philosophers should rule was a quaint fantasy of a philosopher. The idiots are winning.
Aristotle Onasis said this. Do you agree?
Matias comments on May 2, 2019:
Men (males in general) only exist in order to impress, win over and finally inseminate women (females). That's sad but this is our *raison d'être*
Science can answer moral questions | Sam Harrishttps://[www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj9oB4zpHww]
Matias comments on May 2, 2019:
No, science can only deal with what is; morality is about what *should be*. There is no way froom "is" to "ought". Sam Harris is a bad philosopher. People like Sam Harris are saying that the supreme value that all moral system should use as an objective yardstick is "human flourishing" ; moral values should help increase human well-being. At first glance, this seems reasonable, even self-evident. But I wonder whether there is some circular reasoning hidden in it. Don't we need some core values to determine what counts as well-being or flourishing in the first place? Is it the well-being of the individual that is most important? Or is it the flourishing of the family or the community? Does "flourishing" only concern aspects like wealth or health - or spiritual aspects too? It does not help to say: people should be happy, because what people define as "happiness" varies not only from individual to individual, but also from one historical epoch to another, from one culture to another. But "human flourishing" is not self-evident, because it is predicated on an underlying set of values which decide what counts as "human flourishing". Neither is our modern notion of "happiness" obvious and self-evident. If people believe so, it is because they are unable to put down their blinkers. They should read a book like "Happiness. A history" by Darrin M. McMahon to learn that different cultures at different times had very different concepts of what is "happiness".
Is there absolute morality law, or in other word absolute good thing or bad thing?
Matias comments on May 2, 2019:
If we distinguish between specific moral norms and general moral laws, I think that moral norms are neither subjective nor objective, but inter-subjective: they form a kind of operating system for societies, but they can change, and there can be exceptions. But there general moral rules or laws like Kant's categorical imperative or the Golden Rule which do not specify any specific norm or behavior, and they are quasi universal. Therefore I'd say that it is always bad to do things that you do not want others to do to you or to your family and friends.
Venezuela: Maduro survives attempted military uprising. What happens now?
Matias comments on May 2, 2019:
Maduro can stay in office as long as he manages to plunder the economy (well - what's left of it) to keep the army happy. The army has the power, they are the puppet-masters
The story of all religions, going back to the beginning.
Matias comments on May 2, 2019:
A good example of the kind of fairy-tales that atheists tell each other
Liberals having less children
Matias comments on May 1, 2019:
From an evolutionary point of view there is some evidence that it is not the religious and conservative memes which are acting as "mental parasites", but the memes/ideas associated with a liberal/postmodern lifestyle.
Over 30 tweets from POTUS this morning so far..
Matias comments on May 1, 2019:
You still follow that guy on Twitter ?? I'd say that only his ardent fans and professionals (journalists, other politicians...) are still following him... I do not think that Melania and Donald sleep in the same wing of the WH
Welcome new members Sapienite and Matias.
Matias comments on May 1, 2019:
In case I should be meant by "Matias", then thank you very much for the warm welcome (a)
English can be weird.
Matias comments on May 1, 2019:
There is a very widespread misconception in Germany that English is a language that is easy to learn, just because you do not have to learn all those conjugations and declinations... But the really difficult thing is the pronunciation, and you never know where a word needs to be stressed. (examples: recipe, mature, malevolent, predator, to suffice)
Why would any modern woman want to follow that religion.
Matias comments on May 1, 2019:
No *modern* woman, that's for sure. But some women do not want to be "modern"
What specifically happened that made you turn into an atheist/ nonbeliever?
Matias comments on May 1, 2019:
Nothing special happened. My Christian faith evaporated slowly over a period of three to four years, mainly because I kept asking questions and I found answers that did not fit well the religious worldview, which at the end of the process simply did not make sense any more.
Ha, Facebook is moving toward "groups". Stop copying us Zuckerberg! ;) [cnn.com]
Matias comments on Apr 30, 2019:
What about the suggestion that some senior members can volunteer to act as moderators for the general forum or one/some category/categories ? I know that system from the (now defunct) German site atheisten.org, and it worked quite well
American backed coup in Venuzuela is an attempt to subvert democracy. It will cause the deaths of ...
Matias comments on Apr 30, 2019:
Democracy? In Venezuela?? Maybe in a parallel universe, not in the world I'm living in.
Sassygirl3869
Matias comments on Apr 30, 2019:
I have to admit that I blocked her some weeks ago, not because she insulted me or was rude in any way, but because she clogged all forums with her stuff, *lots of it*. It seemed that she was desperately trying to be the first individual to reach level 10, so she was posting like mad.
I see that Trump and Ding (China) are in strong competition, and neither has an advantage. But in ...
Matias comments on Apr 30, 2019:
I watched the game on Eurosport - unfortunately, Ding crumbled in the last session, he was playing like an amateur. He is such a gifted player but he is also so vulnerable to mood swings. You can see it when his eye lid starts to twitch. I hope Trump will make it to the Final and win it.
Happiness is not defined by our wealth or our status, but by how we choose to live our lives.
Matias comments on Apr 30, 2019:
When somebody chooses to be wealthy and having high status, the probability that he/she is happy is much higher than if he/she chose to be a poor , socially isolated weirdo
A “Nice” Guy Suddenly Said Awful Things to Me During Sex. Is this normal?
Matias comments on Apr 29, 2019:
There is an ape hidden in every male human, so don't be too surprised if the animal pops up from time to time. MOst of us are "nice" as long as the CEO in the frontal cortex is in control, but in some situations the id breaks loose: during sex, sport, when challenged by other males....
I think the notifications of group posts has come to a stop again. I’ve had none all morning, ...
Matias comments on Apr 29, 2019:
I do not get alerts either but I think that is not a problem, on the contrary, because when you are a member in a dozen groups, you'd drown in alerts. Once a day I go to "Groups" and click on "Posts : In My Groups" - and I see all the new post of the groups I subscribed to.
Beto O'Rourke releases plan to fight climate change
Matias comments on Apr 29, 2019:
Making plans is easy and cheap. Implementing them against the pressure groups, the vested interests, the lobbyists... that is the hard part.
Problems should be reported by going to the home page, clicking on the “Post” tab, writing your ...
Matias comments on Apr 29, 2019:
OK, Mom, we got it.
Does the spirit in the sky love us?
Matias comments on Apr 29, 2019:
Another of those intellectually below par memes...
Anyone likes Harari's books? His Sapiens is a masterpiece in my opinion and a must for us agnostics....
Matias comments on Apr 28, 2019:
I have read all his three books, and "Sapiens" is by far the best. I read it twice. The parts I liked best were those about "imagined orders" and their role in human culture, and what he wrote about religion.
Is anyone able to verify if this is, indeed, true?
Matias comments on Apr 28, 2019:
It depends on the place in Germany where you are living. Generally it is between 7 and 9 per cent of your income. But I am not sure about Jews.
I wish I was more politically correct. When I hear people talk about Homo erectus this is one of ...
Matias comments on Apr 28, 2019:
There is nothing "politically incorrect" with this because you poke fun at a **male** human being. If a man did the same with a woman or girl, it would be a totally different story.
Im so glad that the site is working again as normal
Matias comments on Apr 28, 2019:
If there is nobody so far to give you the thump up for this post, I'll be the first. And yes... I totally agree. As I see it, the admins should freeze the site as it is now and do not tinker with in in order to "improve" it in any way.
When religion is eradicated, the only definition of holy will be something with holes in it.
Matias comments on Apr 28, 2019:
1. Religion will never be "eradicated" (who will eradicate it, by which means? Or do you mean "vanished"?) 2. Even if religion in its organised form will vanish some day, there will remain a lot of holy things, not necessarily objects , but values like justice or human dignity... that must not be violated
What is the size of this community?
Matias comments on Apr 27, 2019:
Community? 33,000 individuals don't make a community unless they share a sense of "we"
UBI, or universal basic income is one of the most tempting ideas of our time, but what it there is a...
Matias comments on Apr 27, 2019:
The UBI (or "unconditional basic income" as it called in Germany) is a tempting idea, but until now I have not seen a detailed description how this idea could be viable in practice, how it could work in reality. That is something it has in common with communism or socialism 100 years ago: a brilliant idea in theory, but terrible when somebody tried to build a society according to its ideas
Does anyone else who's de-converted from religion struggle with logically knowing / accepting ...
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
What is it that does not feel right? That the world is older than 8000 years or that life was not created in six days but evolved by natural selection over 3,8 billion years?
What do you think the world would look like?
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
What a coincidence... I read an interview with Martin Perscheid a few minutes ago. Are his books available in the US? (If somebody killed Hitler before he started WWII, I would be dead too, because my parents met because of WWII)
This Question Will Change Your (Reading) Life – Human Parts
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
I like the expression "quake books" from the text. Books that shake and move the ground you have been walking on.
We need 50,000 members. Spread the word!
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
Why? NOw that the original general forum has been reactivated, the group called "General Forum" is somewhat obsolete IMO
The Most Corrupt Cabinet Ever
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
Draining the swamp has been postponed... because some new fat toads and frogs migrated to the existing swamp - and liked it (a)
If you’re at all familiar with the German language, you’ll enjoy this meme... 😂
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
The correct plural would be "Zweistein**e**"
Carl Benjamin: the case for free speech. FREE SPEECH is the foundation of western civilization. No ...
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
In Germany we have Free speech, it is part of our constitution. But we also have laws against hate speech. Any intelligent person should be able to tell the two apart (even if there is a grey area in between)
He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to...
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
Nevertheless, every citizen should be familiar with the basic elements of economics, because the economy is at the heart of our society, whether we like it or not. Dismissing all this as rites of a primitive religion is stupid because those "barbarians" will take advantage of our ignorance. My advice: Read a book like "Economics. The User's guide" by Ha-Joon Chang or "Capitalism. 50 ideas you really need to know" by Jonathan Portes
LET US HELP YOU SUSS THIS. Many of us understand the need to reduce admin time attending to ...
Matias comments on Apr 26, 2019:
Haha... Jacar is looking forward to being a mod here, it would be fun to delete all the stuff posted by the Alt-Left, wouldn't it ?
There's two of these groups now. This one and General Topics, it's already split.
Matias comments on Apr 25, 2019:
United we stand, divided we fall. Maybe this site has been taken over by some krypto- Christian organisation and they are going to divide us into oblivion. "Divide et impera!"
We put back the link to the "General Forum" at the top header (currently in archive mode) and are ...
Matias comments on Apr 25, 2019:
If your basic problem was too much work for too few admins to monitor the general form, I am sure that there are lots of senior members of this forum who would be ready to volunteer as mods in one of the categories (to keep the trolls at bay or whatever has to be done)
As far as I can see, this site was set up and is run by and financed by a small group of ...
Matias comments on Apr 25, 2019:
The dual system was perfect: (1.) the general forum with a dozen categories and (2.) a number of groups for special interests. Now they have abolished the general forum, but I have no idea why (and the philanthropic people unfortunately did not bother to explain why they deemed it necessary to shut the general forum
So we now have to be in groups to post things? @Admin, this is a terrible terrible idea. Most of my ...
Matias comments on Apr 25, 2019:
This is how it is supposed to be today: thousands of "tribes" but no community. It is really strange that the Humanists are fostering this trend towards tribalism
This has most likely been discussed multiple times, so apologies for creating yet another ...
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
I am generally surprised that suicide is not much more common, because it seems to me to be the most *human* way to die. Just to wait till some cancer or stroke pushes me into the grave seems so stupid, it's the way animals die (have to die, they have no choice). In an ideal society, assisted suicide should be a normal service offered to all citizens.
Watch out for these parasites
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Parasites usually reduce the fertility of their hosts. Religious people on average have more (!) offspring than atheists. A strange parasite that *increases* the (evolutionary) fitness of its host... :-)
What is the difference between brilliance and intelligence?
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Intelligence comes in degrees and we share it with a lot of animals. But brilliance is unique to Homo sapiens (well... to some members of that species, only a very few, come to think of it)
Will religion vanish in future?
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
No, because the religious impulse is deeply rooted in our minds. It just may take other forms, away from organized religion, evolving towards more individualistic, "free-floating" religiosity (especially in the West)
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. - African proverb
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Very good advice. After all, going together was the way Homo sapiens conquered the whole world.
"Don't just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to ...
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
To question *everything*? That is a bad advice, because if they question everything they will end up believing anything, just because people have to believe something. A better advice would be: "Find people who are trustworthy, and then believe what they tell you, unless there are good reasons to believe that these people are wrong on this point."
On wishes and eternity...
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Be careful with that wish! If there is a fairy and it will grant you that wish, you'll just get older and older and older... but you'll never die. The correct wish would be: "I want to have eternal youth"
BBC - Future - How and why did religion evolve?
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Very good article. Since I have read all those books written by de Waal, Pascal Boyer, Scott Atran, Robin Dunbar et al.... there was little new in it, but it offered a good synthesis of the research. (It would be useful if you gave us a short abstract of the article if you post a link to such a long text. Few users will have the patience to read it through even if it is interesting and even if it would be good for them.)
ISIS bombed two christian churches in Shri-Lanka killing 300 because a white supremacist bombed two ...
Matias comments on Apr 24, 2019:
I do not see how god should be blamed for this madness. It is just human stupidity and human tribal instincts ... no supernatural assistance needed for that
Hey, a few days ago I stopped getting new alerts under the little bell icon in the upper right ...
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
Strange... I still get notifications under the bell icon. It must have to do with the personal settings, but do not ask me about details. I'm just lucky (in this regard, other glitches apply to me too)
Does everyone understand the trade-off for your access to this FREE web site? Every member here is ...
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
There would be less whining here if the admins bothered to reply if you contact them. They do not reply and they do not fix the problems.. for days
Holy bullshit!
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
What a coward... Come on, dude - do it with the Coran if you really want to show off
Sri Lanka, How can this be just in anyone's mind? Please religious people stop it.
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
I heard on the news a few minutes ago that they think it was a revenge for the mass-murder of praying Muslims in New Zealand. Makes sense... tit for tat, with a little escalation
Think I turned off my alerts, that, or I got bounced from hearing from everybody....haven't had any ...
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
They are trying to improve the site, adding new features, but apparently they messed it up Lots of things do not work as they should.
Point system?!
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
There is only one reason: most people like to compete against each other, they like hierarchies, the sense of personal achievement, of "I'm near the top".... If I had to re-design this site, I would hide the points in the profile of the member, but make everybody equal on the surface of the site.
What do you think the link between high iq and atheism is caused by? What about psychosis and ...
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
A higher IQ gives people a higher education, which teaches people to be critical, to question received wisdom in all areas. As for the second question: I do not see any causal link between psychosis and religion. Some religious people are psychotic, but there is not stable causal correlation.
Found on Facebook:
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
I do not think that arguments about what happens after death are a major cause of violence among humans. The major causes of violence in history are arguments about territory, national pride, personal pride of alpha males, ethnicity....
It's amazing how often one Christian God ordained monarch waged war on another Christian God ...
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
The problem are all those big mighty **alpha males **waging wars against each other. The "Christian" part is secondary.
What did the buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything"
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
That joke seems to "go viral" on this site. I've read two posts of it within the last 20 minutes
How many of you feel discriminated against for been Atheist? Do you agree, we need laws that ...
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
That may be a problem in the USA. Here in Europe, nobody I know has ever been discriminated against for being atheist.
How long does it take English speakers to really learn another language? (and why don't we?) ...
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
You don't need to learn other languages because everybody else is busy learning your language. Maybe ... Twenty years from now you'll have to be able to speak Spanish if you want to visit some parts of the USA
Something happening with site?
Matias comments on Apr 23, 2019:
There is a German word "verschlimmbessern" which means: to make matters worse by trying to improve something. That is what has happened to this site. All posts are automatically moved to "General / Hellos", even if you choose a category. We no longer get alerts when members we follow make a new post.. and so on...
One Easter, my younger brother, a very devout Christian, greeted me by saying, "He has risen." I ...
Matias comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Do you really say "he is risen" when somebody has left the bed? I'd say "He got up" or "He's up" ...
One thing Donald Trump did accomplish is that he brought out the true side of people who are against...
Matias comments on Apr 21, 2019:
If there is one person who is acting like a child it is your beloved POTUS
Just reached my 10,000th comment....unbelievable for a quiet, retiring soul like me!!
Matias comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Unbelievable... you joined this site later than I did, but you have ten times as many comments and posts as me. A "quiet soul" ? Not quite... (a)
I finally achieved level 6, today, after a months-long struggle. How long until those residual ...
Matias comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Another male primate obsessed with status and the perks associated with it. It was rather stupid to introduce those levels in the system, they are driving some people (males) crazy (a)
Hey I' m about to advance to level 7 where all things are possible the sun always shines. You could ...
Matias comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Another male primate obsessed with status and hierarchy. So sad (a)
The roots of all morality and ethics can be reasonably traced to the utilitarian demands of the ...
Matias comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Is there any (scientific) evidence for this claim? Homo sapiens has never been a utilitarian animal. The roots of our morality are empathy (as well as other pro-social emotions) and our unique groupishness. If you're interested in the whole story, read Michael Tomasello's "Natural history of human morailty" or "The Righteous Mind" by Jon Haidt
I hope somebody will message me.
Matias comments on Apr 20, 2019:
People should have a reason why they send you a message.
Hey ! Agnostics.com : Answer your msgs. from your members !
Matias comments on Apr 20, 2019:
What is your message? Maybe one of us knows the answer...
My civilization seems to have "interesting" priorities:
Matias comments on Apr 20, 2019:
The two disasters cannot be compared. The problem in Yemen is not the lack of money, but too much war. The war in Yemen will continue as long as the regional powers have enough money to "invest" in bombs, tanks, artillery...
The evidence that Jesus ever existed is weaker than you might think
Matias comments on Apr 20, 2019:
Who cares, except Christians? Religion is not about "evidence" (at least not in the sense it is used in science). Therefore all those atheists that keep saying "there is no evidence that Jesus existed" are barking up the wrong tree.
Finally made level 8 hooray
Matias comments on Apr 20, 2019:
Another primate male obsessed by status
Concerning life, complete the phrase: "Desperately Seeking _______?"
Matias comments on Apr 19, 2019:
ataraxia
When we had a vote...
Matias comments on Apr 19, 2019:
Sorry, but I don't get the joke :-(
It was fun while it lasted. Until it wasnt.
Matias comments on Apr 19, 2019:
Some people - especially males - seem to be posting meaningless stuff just to make it to the next level.
This is official
Matias comments on Apr 19, 2019:
Presented like this, the chart is useless. Religion where? In the USA? In Europe? The whole world?? And where is the source? Maybe you made it up for yourself.... (a)
Can Religionists be Freethinkers?
Matias comments on Apr 18, 2019:
Did Tolstoi say/wrote this before or after his conversion ?
If I catch a Catholic Priest molesting any of my grand sons, i"m gonna beat the living shit out of ...
Matias comments on Apr 18, 2019:
Yeah, dude you're really tough. I admire you !!
@admin @sitesupport I post stuff to various boards - it appears temporarily on that board - and then...
Matias comments on Apr 18, 2019:
I have the same problem, and I already contacted them twice about it - without reply. If you get an answer, please let us know. My guess is that this is not a bug but a new "feature": all posts and comments together in ONE big long thread... maybe the admins think that this forced togetherness fosters the sense of community ?
Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard
Matias comments on Apr 18, 2019:
But humans, unique among animals, have the capacity to do mental time traveling. We can "foresee" the future by extrapolating from the past. We can make plans and follow them, we can make promises and keep them.
[elpais.com] Almost half of youngsters Spanish are non-believers. Overall, 30% are atheist or ...
Matias comments on Apr 18, 2019:
I am not sure that religion is a serious problem in Spain. There are others: high unemployment rate, especially among the young, a society infested by corruption (on all sides, at all levels), and a rise of the right-wing populism.
Thought this was worth posting.
Matias comments on Apr 17, 2019:
A billion is almost nothing in today's world. Which really important problem can be fixed with 1 billion USD or EUR ?
Found this interesting...
Matias comments on Apr 17, 2019:
My guess is that nothing from that list exists. There are three German words on the list; I do not know any of them. Somebody made this up just for fun.
Billions already pledged to reconstruct Notre Dame. I guess everyone wants to be known as "the ...
Matias comments on Apr 17, 2019:
The two events are not related.
Are people generally too stupid, cowardly, and/or immoral to be non-religious?
Matias comments on Apr 17, 2019:
If you really expect an answer to this question, your thinking style must be quite simplistic.
How absurd. To spend millions renovating the cathedral in Paris while some people and animals are ...
Matias comments on Apr 17, 2019:
You do not have buildings like that in the "New World", so you can't understand what it means for the French, whether they are religious or secular. With the same logic you could bemoan that billions (!) are spent for space missions to Mars or hundreds of billions (!) for weapons.... and so on ... while people are starving.
"It is impossible to state with any certainty that the Crown of Thorns is authentic, though its ...
Matias comments on Apr 16, 2019:
Of course it is not the original crown of thorns (if such a thing ever existed!). So? What is essential is that people *believe* it to be the original thing. It is this *belief* that gives things their "aura", whether it is a shroud, a crown, a letter from JFK or a shirt worn by Marilyn Monroe...
Yep... critiquing the bible is a dirty job but someone's got to do it.
Matias comments on Apr 16, 2019:
Please define "flaw" in this context. This book is a product of cultural evolution, and like any product of evolution, is has "flaws". Every living organism (my body, your body...) out there has its flaws
I wish our friends on the left would get their priorities straight! Robert Reich No political ...
Matias comments on Apr 16, 2019:
That is easier said than done. Does Robert Reich mention somewhere any concrete measures how to achieve that objective? [Question: Did you post this in the category "Politics" or "General/Hellos" ?]
Is it possible that human beings are creatures who are simply built, so to speak, in a way that ...
Matias comments on Apr 16, 2019:
Homo sapiens is an ultra-social species. It may sound strange to our modern ears, but in the Pleistocene when our brain evolved, our ancestors were dependent on the other members of the group for their survival. Therefore it was crucial to know how others viewed me. What we call "self-esteem" nowadays is rather a "socio-meter" that allows us to gauge our standing among others members of the group. People who did not monitor themselves and acted pro-socially risked to become social outcasts which was a real danger in the harsh environment of those days.
Should the French rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral?
Matias comments on Apr 16, 2019:
Of course. The cathedral is damaged, not destroyed.
I think it would be a good exercise for us atheists and agnostics to define the so-called God we ...
Matias comments on Apr 11, 2019:
I do not believe that there is a supernatural supreme Being with humanlike attributes and features, likes thoughts, wishes, moral feelings, emotions.... Some very smart theists claim that "god" is just "pure Being"... well, it is difficult to deny that *pure being* exists, but "pure Being" is NOT what believers have in mind when they thing of or pray to their God.
As a gun owner myself, I feel we need intelligent gun regulations. I passed a test to drive a car ...
Matias comments on Apr 11, 2019:
Some things are rational, other things are part of the national identity. In the US every mentally disturbed person can buy a gun, here in Germany every idiot can drive 150 mph on the highway if he likes to do so. A few weeks ago, a national commission (they should come up with suggestions to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere) proposed to reduce the speeding limit to 90 mph, which caused an uproar. In the US bearing arms is a human right; in Germany it is driving as fast as you can on the autobahn
"You see in this world there are two kinds of people, my friend those with loaded guns and those who...
Matias comments on Apr 11, 2019:
Yea... best final shootout scene ever. The music, the cuts, just perfect
You know you're winning when you're happy for no reason. When you don't attach your happiness to ...
Matias comments on Apr 4, 2019:
You know you're losing when you're unhappy for no reason (fb/the realist)

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