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Chilean, raised roman catholic, currently agnostic, PhD physicist, currently in Med School for Medical Physics (UPDATE: completed my degree! I am now a PhD in physics and medical physics!). plays the bass guitar... anything else, please ask!

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Let's Eat Grandma - two young women from Norwich, UK, who first met at the age of 4 and have been ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 20, 2018:
" who first met at the age of 4 and have been making music together since they were 13," So. F'n. Jealous. I want that... I want that so bad!!!!!!! (Oh yeah: I like hot pink and the lead's voice... the other two tracks... ok... but not stellar)
Anybody partake in this website: Sci-hub? this video link explains the dilemma very well. I agree ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 20, 2018:
First off, the arms dealer and the fact that swartz hung himself... completely irrelevant. Merely put in there to sway our opinion against the "evil" publishers. The immediate problem with these sites is that there is no accountability. When you are talking about things that are fundamentally illegally obtained, then how do we know that what was obtained wasn't altered, lost in translation, or otherwise manipulated by the site? Yes, we want to trust that these people have our best interest at heart. Yes, we rally around the single underdog versus the evil corporations. But I don't trust people I've never met "just because". And while it's all true: the researchers don't get money and elsevier has varied business interests, at least they are accountable for what they publish. If elesevier publishes something that is complete bullocks, that's on them. If these sites distribute something that is complete bullocks... well.. meh. No harm no foul as far as they are concerned. Yes, I think all science research should be free. Yes, I think all scientists should get some payment for their work. Yes, I think the current publishing models are unfair. But that doesn't mean that the solution is to encourage people to steal documents and then put our trust in those single people. Again, as much as I don't trust corporations, I trust individuals even less. And face it, if those companies hadn't had the infrastructure and been there to actually print those documents, those documents would likely not have gotten the exposure and have been there to be stolen in the first place! Yes, there are major problems in the dissemination of scientific content. But illegal actions, making public that which is not meant to be public, is not the solution. I mean heck, if you want your paper out there, there is NOTHING stopping you from making it public. It's a bit disengenous to publish through a big company, get their support network, their exposure, get your paper out there, and then have it get "stolen" so that more people can get it. If you want your paper our there and it's so good, upload it directly to academia.edu or arxiv.
I'm reading Michio Kaku's book Hyperspace, a very interesting read. It's premise is that the ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 20, 2018:
"I chuckled at the concept of there being an idea that cannot be proven or disproven, it seemed familiar." I make the comparison between string theory and god theory all the time to theists and atheists. I point out that like string theory, god theory cannot (at this time) be proven or disproven and thus it is unwise to take a position pro or against it. Just like it is unwise to claim that string theory is true or false until we get actual data to guide us to the answer.
Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul | The New Yorker
TheMiddleWay comments on May 20, 2018:
I love Dennett because unlike the other horsemen, instead of just talking about how a life without gods can be good and peaceful... he shows us how it can good and peaceful by living said life. Whereupon the other horsemen are people of words alone, Dennett is also a man of action... even if that action is just sitting down and self reflect, something the other horsemen don't do much, if any, at all. I've always said: more atheists should take calm Dennett as a role model for how to act and promote their atheism instead of modeling themselves after the rhetorical Dawkins, the aggressive Hitchens, or the arrogant Harris.
I promised myself I would wake up by 6 am and cram for exams, it's now 9 and I am in no way inclined...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 20, 2018:
Ha! That's what is was like for me these past few weeks. Compounded of course by the fact that I'd rather be here on agnostic.com posting instead of studying. Whatcha cramming for anywho? (the bastard asked, knowing full well that it would take more time away from her studies!)
Hot Chip - Huarache Lights (Official Video) - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
I love hot chip and this album and this song and everything about it! When I was working on my music theory, this is the album I would listen to over and over and over as inspiration. :D
What generation atheist or agnostic are you?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
Cleaned up the options of grammatical mistakes.. and it reset the poll. Didn't know it would do that but good to know that it does actually. If you could resubmit your answer, that's would be great. If not, not big deal.
"the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter". Is this us? ?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
LOL! Too right!!! Some of the conversations here are as funny, and ridiculous, as the best on "Whose Line is it anyway"!!!
In mid-17th century Rene Descartes made his famous "I think, therefore I am . " statement . Almost ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
Ask a brain dead person if they are, if they recognize their being. I think their answer makes Sartre's point invalid and reinforces Descartes point that it is cognition of self that makes the self to the self.
Do you agree with this statement?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
Trust your gut... ... but verify that's it's telling the truth.
How great of a role does appearance play when looking for a partner?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
For friends whom I don't have to have sex with, none. For partners with whom I do, lots. To be blunt, as a man, it's rather difficult to "get it up" for a person one considers ugly.
Does it break your heart to see loved ones be duped by organized religion?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
I come from Chile. Very roman catholic country and thus many of my loved ones are religious. Despite my being agnostic, they, and their churches and communities, are very supportive and loving of me. So while experiences may and do vary, my heart doesn't break but is rather overjoyed to see the love and support and strength that my loved ones derive from their belief and community of believers and how they share said support and strength with me despite my not believing exactly as I do. They are a role model for how to deal with different beliefs, addressing the difference with love and acceptance as opposed to hate and rejection.
Wes Montgomery Trio - Satin Doll [youtube.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
Great track, great band... but no bass. boo hoo. :(
Free will, Determined, or something else?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
For those that believe neuroscience has commented on free will, here are a few article that cast doubt on the ability of said experiments to make such claims. In effect, the experiments that lead to that conclusion, such as the Libet experiment, are full of holes, as you can read about in these article [wraltechwire.com] [psychologytoday.com] [newscientist.com]
Does anyone here like to correct grammar, spelling or punctuation? I just hate when the only comment...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 19, 2018:
I'm with Crimson67 below: grammar nazi's on posts are more interested in minutiae, showing how literate they are, or trying to dismiss your point because you forgot a comma. In any of those cases, unless you are in a group which, Like Petter mentions explicitly deals with grammar, then that is a clear sign that the person is not interested in talking and is very close to being a form of trolling IMO. Having said that, we do have auto-correct and auto-spell and thus effort should be taken to be legible and understandable. All the same, I will often leave a spelling mistake ON PURPOSE to test the honesty of my interlocutor... if the first thing they do is jump on that mistake, I know the convo is over. If they let it slide, I'm more confident they are focused on the convo and not just looking for ways to humiliate or score easy (but meaningless) points off my "mistake". There have been cases where the persons grammar and vocabulary is so atrocious that it's not so much that I don't understand them, but it's likely the person doesn't understand themselves! LOL In this case, it's best not to correct them (would take a whole semester of English class to do so) but to slowly... back... away... from... the.. convo.
I've got my summer reading list ready
TheMiddleWay comments on May 18, 2018:
Hyperspace... really good book and written before Kaku was a house hold name. :D Not a personal fan of dawkins or of calling the religious "delusional" but I suppose it's required reading for any atheist these days. :P
I make a motion that community members may apply to a specific "Group," but must be accepted by ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 18, 2018:
I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, allowing anyone to enter a group means that people inside the group can't be selective, can't shun a person because they don't like their POV or them personally. As it is right now, if a liberal wants to join a conservative group, they can and, as I see it, would minimize the echo chamber effect of the group. On the other hand, a group should have some measure of autonomy over itself and that includes membership. As it is right now, if there is a woman's issue group for women to discuss issues among themselves, there is nothing preventing a man from joining in and, even if not participating, eavesdropping. I "kinda" favor the current model, the former viewpoint. After all, if a man wants to hear about womens issues, I think that could be beneficial and if they actually participate, and they are disruptive, then they can be kicked out. In fact, upon finding out that a male is joining they might kick them out. Yes, that will lead to groups that are "echoish" should the group manager want to take the time to review membership (something that could be difficult or impossible as membership rises to the hundreds) but at least people have the option to join groups where normally they would not be allowed and I'm not sure that "not being allowed" is in line with the site's mission statement... free thinkers value free speech after all.
My latest issue has arrived :-)
TheMiddleWay comments on May 18, 2018:
Love this! Stealing!
What is the bible to you?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 18, 2018:
A handy totem for people to pour their scorn and derision upon because they don't want to pour it on people, who are really the ones really responsible for their scorn and derision. Or if you like, an object that has rarely killed anyone (except when repeatedly beat by it) or saved anyone (except when repeatedly beat by it when chocking) and yet is blamed for everything that is wrong by one side and everything that is right by the other.
Why are you on this site? Is it because agnosticism is massively important to you? Central to your ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
A) I come here to hone my thinking b) Paraphrasing what Saladin said of Jerusalem: what is agnosticism worth to me? Nothing. Everything. c) Agnosticism is like breathing: central to my being but something of which I'm rarely consciously aware.
Why is the 2nd the brightest star in here?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
Looks martial arts inspired: the second belt is yellow, the middle belts are green and blue, the belt prior to a black belt is brown, and clearly a black belt is black.
Is there any point in debating to believers about their religion?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
"We know the truth " Be they theist or atheist, anyone that claims to know THE truth will never change. ;)
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TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
How about posting the actual statistics instead of a meme? ;)
When in your life have you been humbled?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
Recently completed my second go around at grad school. Kids half my age and twice as smart. Color me humbled.
Free will, Determined, or something else?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
Neither is a good choice. In so much as a person can be said to have a will, then some actions are free (choosing chocolate ice cream if presented with chocolate and vanilla and like them both equally the same) and others are determined (like jumping from a roof will inevitably lead you to the ground). That is why I created my mantra: **absolute free will does not exist but conditional free will does** as in we are free to do what we will within a set of pre-existing conditions.
Let's say "God" does exist. What on earth makes people think it is a HE. Always. Find a religious ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
Interestingly, the word "Allah" is non-gendered. Thus while many refer to Allah as a "he" because arabic lacks a gender neutral pronoun, it is more accurately translated as an "it" in languages that do have a gender neutral pronoun.
What is the best way to get people to see the gradients in the world around them instead of just a ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
Free trips to outer space. Once Space-X starts commercial flights, offer all the worlds leaders a free trip up to outer space to see our world as one, not many.
Let's say "God" does exist. What on earth makes people think it is a HE. Always. Find a religious ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
Historically, all people of power were male. Hence, the "all powerful" would obviously also be male.
Riddle me this, Riddle me that! Does God exist, then where's God at? Is the bible the word of God ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
Particles are localized; waves are not; where it is written that god needs to be "at"? And to know if the bible is the word of god, then god needs to speak it... ...to let us know who's right, who's left, what's below, and what's in it. Logic won't answer this... ...and reason won't help with that. So while atheists and theists continue to quibble; we agnostics continue to giggle!
Why do intelligent people suddenly turn to a god in there darkest hours
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
What good is reasoning in the darkest hour? In fact, many times, it's that very reasoning that got us there in the first place, by us rationalizing bad decisions or using reason for what should have been a good decision but circumstances beyond our control made it a bad choice. In these times, if we want to seek meaning and comfort, I can see why people would turn to religion as a way to say "Here, I surrender. I know that I can't or haven't made the right choices; maybe someone else can" and that someone (or thing) are the tenets of religion. I don't know you or the specifics of your case but I would challenge you to view if the wall is from them to you or you to them. Are they saying "I can't be with you if you don't believe as I do" or are you saying that or are both of you saying that? If it's them, there is nothing you can do about it but if it's you, there is a lot you can do about it. At the end, what is more important: a person or a belief? If the person, then you should be able to overlook the belief as you love the person more than the belief. If it's the belief, then you love the belief more than the person. Good luck and I hope you can tear down those walls regardless of where they are being built.
California’s assisted-dying law blocked by judge
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
I support right to die but also realize that it's not as cut and dry a measure to implement as simply saying "let everyone who wants to die, die". After all, the critique being brought up is valid " arguing that it lacked safeguards and could be exploited by greedy relatives." If there are no safeguards for you to pull the plug on me merely because you want my finances, then this law could see the potential for abuse. Also note that the law was dismissed not because it's a bad law but because it was not passed through correctly but, in a manner of speaking, snuck in. So I think the concerns brought up plus proper procedure need to be followed for a safe, effective, and merciful law to be passed.
This post is NOT meant to be argumentative or demeaning in ANYWAY. It is an honest question to help ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
I agree: both theism and atheism based their belief on the same foundation of a lack of evidence. The theist uses this foundation to claim their god does exist; the atheist uses this foundation to claim their god doesn't exist. It's silly because it is unnecessary to take either stance to live life in this world. It's silly because you are basing a large portion of who you are based on a simple, unprovable, unmanifestable belief; after all, both theist and atheist agree that the world will still turn and do as it does regardless of their difference of belief! Both theist and atheist have to eat, sleep, go to work, etc... both theist and atheist are the same person yet separated by what they claim the lack of evidence "means". In effect, both theist and atheist are seduced by the sirens call of "meaning" and yearn to find meaning to the lack of evidence, even where there is none. This is why I'm agnostic: I make no claim and thus don't build a house of cards on a shaky foundation. I'm quite content to promote that the lack of evidence for or against gods is just that... a lack of evidence and doesn't support either position. **In short, as an agnostic, I content myself working with what evidence I have, not what evidence I don't... ... and sit back in grim amusement to watch atheists and theists fight among themselves over what a lack of evidence mean.**
Who is your favorite Atheist?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
The JudeoChristian God is my favorite atheist.
Yanny or Laurel: Which do you hear? - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
I've noticed most men hear laurel while most women hear yanny. I for example heard nothing but laurel on this and all other versions floating around. I'm also a musician and bi-lingual so that could explain my paying more attention to the frequencies. It has everything to do with the frequency response being statistically different between men and women and young and old (applies to the eyes as well: men are more prone to be color blind than women, hence that whole green dress/blue dress debacle). A great lesson that what you see and hear may not be the same as what others see and hear despite seeing and listening to the same thing.
Are atheists too passive?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
"Should atheists try to engage christians more and try to disprove their delusion? " The golden rule has your answer: Should theists try to engage atheists more to try and disprove their delusion?
The next Star Wars spinoff looks like it will center around Lando. Online, I see interest in ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
I would like Lando next because even though Solo is not out yet, Donald Glover is DA MAN!
Now this makes sense to me: Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
I agree with the first part but not so much the second: common sense is the most fallible of our senses and your reason may not be a good reason.
Is Buddhism better than other religions?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
No god; not a religion. It's a way of life, a philosophy. Viewed that way, yes, Buddhism is a better way of life than offering by any religion.
My earworm today... [youtube.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
This and Massive Attack's "teardrop" is what I call my sad 90's. (and first time seeing video as well! :O )
Daft Punk - Voyager - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
Well... d'uh! I mean this whole album! Swwwooooonnnnn....
Peter Bjorn and John - May Seem Macabre - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
"Hey google, play that hipster song with whistling" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3sfeVRZELI
I've been researching Asperger's Syndrome because I didn't know how to respond when a dude told me ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 17, 2018:
If you made it to a 3rd date with someone with AS, consider yourself very lucky! It is a spectrum to be sure but making it to even a 1st date is difficult for someone with AS, much less 3. I don't know what this fortells for your combined future, but give credit where credit is due and this guy probably likes you a lot. ;)
There is a move towards religious fundamentalism in the world, particularly among the Abrahamic ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
As an agnostic, I've seen good and evil in both theists and atheist. Why then would I want to disrespect one but not the other? In fact, I choose to respect both since beliefs don't kill people, people kill people. It's not the belief that is dangerous or delusional, but what a person does with those beliefs. And thus it's not apologetic to treat both the theists and atheists as people, not as stereotypes. After all, you are calling them delusional and dangerous the same as they call you delusional and dangerous and condemning them for not accepting your beliefs the same as they condemn you for not accepting theirs; Do you see how you are the same person, but with just different beliefs; how a theist is the mirror reflection of an atheist, same behaiviour, just flipped around each claiming they are the real person and you are the fake image?
Senate votes to save net neutrality
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
LOL What a waste of time. Pure show by the politicians playing for their constituents. Net Neutrality has been, and always shall be, a catch-phrase for the reality of trying to regulate a telecomm like a public utlity. It failed with Ma Bell, it didn't do any better now. Let it die and stop wasting time and start working on policies you can actually pass instead of beating this dead horse! Oh, wait midterms.
What is truth? What does truth mean to you? Since Trump became President and declared war on ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
"Truth is defined as “that which is true " I think circular definitions like this are largely to blame... "Since Trump became President and declared war on reality with fake news and a constant blitz of lies and deception, it has become harder to discern what is truth." ... as are short sided views of the world fueled by politics and blaming one person today for lies and deception that have been part of our society for ages... we just see them more clearly now.
What is your opinion on GMO foods and Monsanto?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
The science is clear that GMO's are safe and Monsanto is no better or worse than any other buisness out there. I feel that people that think GMO's are unsafe are no different than anti-vaxxers and people that view Monsanto as the devil are being spoon fed a caricature of what that corporation actually is
LCD Soundsystem, "All my friends" - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
This has to be my favorite LCD soundsystem song.. and they are one of my favorite bands!
How do agnostics determine their position?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
What is the position of the agnostic, according to you? According to me, it's "I don't know" and that is determined by the lack of evidence for any claims put forth. In the case of religion, as there is no evidence for gods gods and no evidence to dismiss them, I simply say "I don't know" and focus on questions for which I can get evidence pro or con. As such, the way to verify my position is to ask the theist for evidence in support of their claim and atheists for evidence in support of their claim.
Am interested in people's opinion on the current state of the review process. Maybe it's just the ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
Very pervasive. Publish or perish is fueling anti-intellectualism the same as any religious right does. Even worse because bad science gets taken as good science and then built upon... a house of cards where I can always find a study to support my bias because there is also a bad study out there. Where this is the worst is in the soft sciences like psychology or sociology. A recent review, for example, found that a majority of psychology papers conclusions could not be replicated or, when replicated, did not achieve the same standards of acceptability (p-values, std-dev, etc) that they claimed in the paper. In short, they were outright lying... just fudging the results a little to make their conclusions a little tighter, a little more publishable, a little more credible. This is why a common message to those that are all worried about the effect of religion on science is to focus a little more on the science itself: you'll find there are plenty more problems within these fields such that debates on evolution or creationism pale in terms on the effect on society as bad studies on medicating kids or solutions to global warming.
If you were on a date with someone, and they suddenly told you that they were from another planet, ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
As this is a date, I'd be more concerned with who they are than where they are from. I'd rather a good person who claims they are from another dimension than a total bitch that claims they are from this one.
@Admin a few photos for all Senators to ponder on to use to promote the presence of agnostic.com ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
As Sarahjustme stated, your post is off topic. The stated purpose of this group is: "This group is reserved for level 7+ members to discuss the day-to-day activities of the community, improvement ideas, as well as future planning. " This post addresses none of those three. Please move this post to a better group and then delete. May I suggest L7U as a perfect place to talk to level 7+ about this but not here.
At this moment I am totally pissed off, and am hereby giving fair warning that I am on the WARPATH....
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
I agree with everything you said, especially the bit about English as a second language: There is nothing more childish (or desperate) than calling out grammar or spelling mistakes in an otherwise perfectly understandable post. Also, there is nothing worse than hypocrisy on display whereupon the claim is made that atheism is a better, more rational way of life... but if it leads to the same arrogant and insulting bahaiviour, well heck, what use is rationality if it turns you into the same asshole as someone who is irrational, right? We got to strive to be better than this. I trust you sent a report? LOTS of reports? :)
Neat video about diamonds (makes sense chemically speaking) [youtu.be]
TheMiddleWay comments on May 16, 2018:
Did not expect that! Neat!
Beyond the 12 tone boundary: Here is an early student of mine. He and his father are master ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
12 tone is the best tone! :P
I like this cartoon series. God & Jeffrey on Creationism [youtube.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
DarkMatter2525 is amazing... his video have really gotten sophisticated over time.
Do u think Christianity is bad ? What's your opinion on it
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
A belief or unbelief system isn't bad...it's the people using that belief or unbelief system to justify their bad actions that make it bad. Or to paraphrase the popular gun slogan: christianity doesn't kill people... people kill people.
Do you think morals can be taught? I think back on my religious training as a kid. I was raised ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
Morals are always taught. If you lived outside the influence of everyone and everything, an island all alone and devoid of human interaction, human history, human teaching, etc, you would have a radically different morality than what you have today, to the point of likely being "immoral". So when you say "No one tried to teach me anything until I was six and went to live with my Dad and my new step mother." that is not entirely true. You were exposed to people, media, books, history, school, neighbors, etc. Your grandmother, by being distracted but taking care of you bed ridden grandfather, effectively taught you a great moral lesson about taking care of others. I have little doubt that these things shaped you while being young and played a part in rejecting your father morality
Do you believe in karma? reincarnation??
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
Karma at it's core is the cause and effect of human interaction with each other and the world. If you believe in science and cause and effect, you believe in karma. If you don't believe in karma, you don't believe in cause and effect or science.
Sam Harris' moral landscape?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
I would state that morality boils down to the well being of society and not the individual. That a creature has to be conscious of that morality, there has to be others to judge you on that morality, and thus only apply to the well being of humans in . A dog that kills a squirrel for no other reason that it being there cannot be said to be moral or immoral nor is there any metric by which we can state that other dogs judge it moral or immoral. But a human that kills a squirrel for no other reason than it being there can be said to be moral or immoral by others though the person themselves cannot self-judge their own morality effectively since they can always argue that their well being demanded they kill that squirrel for no reason other than their own boredom.
Science does not reject morality.
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
Science is agnostic in regards to morality: it does not reject it but doesn't accept it either.
I don't mean to start anything, but it seems to me, as an agnostic, that it takes as much faith to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
In the sense that faith is belief without evidence, then absolutely, yes. After all, there is no evidence to dismiss or accept the hypothesis of a god or dismiss the hypothesis of aliens or dismiss the hypothesis of multiverses. Thus if you have any set belief one way or the other in these camps, then your belief is without evidence and could be qualified as faith. On the other hand, we agnostics recognize that there is no evidence to accept or reject any of those claims and thus we are truly the only one's that are clearly without faith of any kind: we don't have faith that gods exist or they don't, we don't have faith that aliens exist or they don't, we don't have faith that multiverse exist or they don't. We just say "I don't know" or "I don't believe or unbelieve" and watch in amusement as people of different faiths claim they do know and do have a belief one way or the other
Do you believe Atheism is a religion?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
Some people believe buddhism or taoism are religions; they call them non-theist religions and if you are in that camp, then it's easy to make the arguement that atheism is a non-theist religion as well. I am not in that camp. I am adamant that a religion needs a god; if you agree with that camp, then clearly atheism is not a religion. That is why I think that non-theistic religions is an oxymoron and atheism, buddhism and taoism are not religions but philosophies or lifestyle.
Fox News Op-Ed: Atheists Are ‘Bullies’ Who Try To Force Their Beliefs On Others - The ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
Some theist say about atheists... ... the same thing some atheists say about theists. When are we going to stop elevating the opinion of the few to stereotype the actions of the many?
Would it be possible for the atheists in the world to demand on mass their own country? And if so, ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
Demand? Yes. Get? Never. ;)
Bastards
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.
Good morning friends! Have a wonderful day! I know I plan to be productive today.
TheMiddleWay comments on May 15, 2018:
Morning! Starting my day with a dentist appointment! Hope your day fares better!! Lol
We can talk about it until we are in the face, it's not going to change anyg. We are notorious for ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 14, 2018:
I realize you are passionate about this issue, but this has zero relevance with site issues and thus zero relevance in community senate.
Considering hormone blockers for my 15 year old. Doe anyone have some advice, used them, what are ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 14, 2018:
Here are the actual recommendations: "2.4. In adolescents who request sex hormone treatment (given this is a partly irreversible treatment), we recommend initiating treatment using a gradually increasing dose schedule after a multidisciplinary team of medical and MHPs has confirmed the persistence of GD/gender incongruence and sufficient mental capacity to give informed consent, **which most adolescents have by age 16 years.** (1 |⊕⊕○○). 2.5. **We recognize that there may be compelling reasons to initiate sex hormone treatment prior to the age of 16 years in some adolescents with GD/gender incongruence, even though there are minimal published studies of gender-affirming hormone treatments administered before age 13.5 to 14 years. "** https://www.endocrine.org/guidelines-and-clinical-practice/clinical-practice-guidelines/gender-dysphoria-gender-incongruence
Considering hormone blockers for my 15 year old. Doe anyone have some advice, used them, what are ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 14, 2018:
Current guidelines recommend hormone blockers for children 16 and older; so you should wait at least a year or, IMO, until they reach adulthood so they can make the decision for themselves and not need you as an intermediary. Here is some information on the risks and shaky science behind treating pre-adults with hormones: https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/growing-pains
[lgbtqnation.com] This is an argument for not ignoring the politics of religion. The idea that we ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 14, 2018:
TBH, I've never encountered anyone advocating that we should talk about secular humanism, atheism, and agnosticism devoid of political views. Quite the contrary: insomuch as it's okay for the religious right to promote their beliefs, so it is okay for us to promote ours.
Massive Attack - Inertia Creeps [youtu.be]
TheMiddleWay comments on May 13, 2018:
It's so weird seeing the video for a song you've loved for years (decades!) for the first time!!!!
As an atheist who wants to travel the world, does anyone have tips on countries to avoid (atheism is...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 12, 2018:
Learn how to say "I keep my beliefs to myself" or "I don't talk about my beliefs" in the language of the country you are traveling through and you'll be fine. ;)
Donna Summer I Feel Love Original 8 minute 12" version 1977 - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on May 12, 2018:
This is a great version, though truth be told I first heard this song from Blue Man group and Venus Hum (Venus Hum probably being the only electronic group to ever come out of cincinnati) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iFBXjRbVl0
Are there any Gnostic Atheist out there besides me? In case you're asking WTF is that, I'll ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 12, 2018:
Gnostic means with knowledge. Atheist means without gods. Thus a literal translation would be that you are with knowledge about being without gods, i.e. you know gods don't exist. If on the other hand you claim you don't know if there are gods, you are agnostic (means without knowledge). I further am of the opinion that you cannot be agnostic atheist or agnostic theist for if you are without knowledge, then you can't further claim that there are or aren't gods... the "I don't know" of agnosticism, IMO, trumps the "I believe" or "I know" of theism or atheism. "but if a God exist then this would be the sole mechanism that such a God would reveal itself. " Hmmmm... things like Neptune and the Neutrino were discovered not by direct revelation but by indirect studies on the effect it had on other objects. Why would this not be a valid way for god to reveal themselves given that it's a valid way for particles to reveal themselves in science?
Belief in God - Religion in America: U.S. Religious Data, Demographics and Statistics | Pew Research...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 12, 2018:
Look at the trends. One view: long range 400 years ago, with the advent of modern science via Galileo and Newton, it can be argued that 99% of the western world believed in a god. 200 years after, at the advent of the revolutionary war, there were certainly more atheists as they were being denounced by writers. Let's be generous and say 95% of the americas where religious. Point I'm making is that in 400 years or 200 years, the number of religious has decreased by about 10% or less. Extrapolating this towards the future, at 10% per 400 years, it will be 7x400 =2100 years before we have 90 percent atheists and 10 percent believers... or roughly the year 4000. So it might as well be "never" by this view. Another view:short range Viewing gallup data, we see that "none" as a believe has climbed from 2% in 1948 to 20% in 2017... that's 18% increase over 70 years. In the same time frame, protestants and judaism have dropped by half, other religions doubled and christians remained steady at about 21%. If we just use the "none" growth, in order for it to go from 20% to 90%, to increase by 70%, it would take 3.5x70 or 245 years. This assumes the current growth rate in atheism keeps it's steady pace. That would put us at about the year 2300 So I think it's accurate to "guess" that atheism might reach the 90% mark anywhere from 300 to 2000 years from today. Maybe not never but none of us will be alive to see an unbeliving world.
Is God a Replacement for our Dad?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 12, 2018:
That was Freud's hypothesis. He believed that gods were mostly men because we were looking at them like fathers and, further, that our denial of religion was viewed as a natural rebellion against our father.
Group Administration
TheMiddleWay comments on May 11, 2018:
"An administrator of a group has seen fit to enter my name on the group banned listing. This has occurred without formal explanation or opportunity to examine any credible accusations." Seems well within their rights. Nowhere is it written that you are owed any formal explanation or opportunity to examine accusations. A person creates a group they are de facto sole rulers of said group as I see it. "The administrator has blocked me from corresponding without explanation. This is the behaviour of an Idi Amin or perhaps a Donald Trump. It is not what a society of free thinkers and rational people would do." Neither are groups democracies or bound by external rule of law. They are very much their own kingdoms, set up by the group administrator, run by the administrator, ruled by the administrator. Besides, why would you even WANT to plead your case to such a group if you know that administration "has it in for you"? "a behaviour more associated with trolls, prison, extermination and concentration camp guards identifying prisoners. Not what I describe as friendly welcoming behaviour." To be fair, your characterization of the administrator is less than friendly as well. I'm not sure why the administrator kicked you out but if they become aware of how you have portrayed them, I assure you that even if somehow you are let back in, they will only try and find other ways to kick you out until it sticks. Again, I ask, why would you even want to rejoin a group under the leadership of a person you so describe? -------------------------------------- By the way, none of your options include "Leave things as they are"... all of your options are somehow of benefit to your point of view. Not a very balanced set of options is what I"m saying. Bottom line: let it go. I think you have a right to not see notifications about posts in groups you no longer belong and that is a valid technical issue that I think is more worthwhile pursuing than seeking revenge against the administrator of the group or trying to get reinstated in the group.
Which one is right order?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 11, 2018:
666 for me.
Here is a pretty useful rhyming dictionary for those of you who like to write lyrics. Fun Fact: ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 11, 2018:
"move" was paired with "unloved". Not perfect but I really like how they use extant examples in music instead of just being a thesaurus like affair.
I was on another site once where a man was apparently getting frustrated with the other members; he ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 10, 2018:
I can till and plant seed in my backyard; bit more difficult to do it in others. :)
I have a relationship ongoing with a woman who will only communicate by texting.Is this a red flag?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 10, 2018:
Is that really a relationship? ;)
Touching, and Men's Beards BACKGROUND One of my clients is a happily married woman. I get on ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 10, 2018:
What constitutes "sexual overtones"?
Are issues raised here meant to be copy pasted in misleading parts to other groups? I posted someg ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 10, 2018:
a) a group is not a member. Talking about groups is not the same as talking about members. b) the response post would have been just as effective without calling out any names. c) This is not the first time that singling out members has been called to our attention and not the first time that we as a community do not want members singled out for their views, especially when their views are about groups and not people. You are not wrong DJVJ. MikeFlora's reaction to your post was wholly inappropriate not because he cut and pasted your content, but because he used your name alongside it.
I'm so happy, I wanted to share it with you guys! My committee has allowed me to take my qualifying ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 10, 2018:
Grats! I had to take my qualyfying exams twice! UGH. Failed it the first time but studied harder and the second time it was a breeze! I'm sure you'll pass it in one go and then it's off to the races!!!
Can all facts be proven? What is acceptable proof?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 9, 2018:
If it is a fact, then it has already been proven. If I claim that "this paper measures 11 by 8.5 inches" is a fact, then I'm claiming that I have already proven that to be the case. Should you as for my proof, I can either refer you to a review of my previous measurements or, in this case, perform the measurement in front of you, the latter being stronger proof than the former. Thus "can all facts be proven" is a bit of a tautology since if it's a fact it's already been proven. Note that this does not entail all facts to be true; for example my ruler could be off and thus while it's a fact that by my measurements it's 11 by 8.5 inches, by other rulers it could be 10 by 7 and that would also be a fact. Here we start getting into the territory of local, or subjective, facts and global, or objective, facts: what may be locally factual may not be globally factual or vice versa.
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra ://[www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qae7k321nVo]
TheMiddleWay comments on May 9, 2018:
I'm not a huge tangerine dream fan, here and there is a song I like in it's native form (this is one example). However, I'm a huge fan of their remixes, in particular their "the dream mixes" album. Has a little more "umph" than the typical dream. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQxBtRa3yhU
A Sam Harris Question
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
The trolley problem is not Sam Harris'. It has a long lineage all the way back to the turn of the last century: "The modern form of the problem was first introduced by Philippa Foot in 1967,[1] but also extensively analysed by Judith Thomson,[2][3] Frances Kamm,[4] and Peter Unger.[5] However an earlier version, in which the one person to be sacrificed on the track was the switchman's child, was part of a moral questionnaire given to undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin in 1905,[6][7] and the German legal scholar Hans Welzel discussed a similar problem in 1951.[8]" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem
(L) CASA FLAVA (L) (L) Mulgula (L) [youtu.be] Darka: (L) [youtu.be] Eterna: [youtu.be] ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
MMMMmmmmm... tasty!
Atheists are good or bad persons?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
Religious claim atheists are immoral. Atheists claim the religious are immoral. Seems that people are always going to claim that "the other" is immoral to make it easier to dismiss them.
Should the Boy Scouts be both for boy and girls?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
It already is, so not sure what the debate is about. ;)
This is a link to one of my personal favorite online sources for developing a sense of direction and...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
Carneades is the best! I have watched ALL his videos!!!!!
What’s the most frustrating thing about getting older?
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
Being treated as if you are old even when everything about you is still young.
There is a question which am sure has been round and round on here.: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT NON ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
A major concern I have is that a lot of the opinions expressed here so far are based on stereotypes of the believers... ...that they are only here to convert... ...that all they can talk about is jesus or allah... ...that they are irrational and don't listen to reason... ...that they are here only to be a disruptive part of the site... ...that they have nothing to contribute in aspects that don't have to do with religion... ...etc. Seems to me that excluding them will only serve to reinforce those stereotypes while including them may go a long way to help dispel them.
Hawaii Is Banning Sunscreen to Protect Corals. But What About Your Skin? [livescience.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
Is the research sound or just a case of one study by a graduate student that can't be replicated being used to push a liberal environmental agenda?
The vastness of the universe blows my mind and it doesn’t make any senses to believe in any ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
Eddignton, who was one of the initial proponents of relativity, said this to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1919 after he made the eclipse measurement that served as the first proof that relativity was correct: “In the beautiful complexity of a new universe that Einstein has shown us, I for one, have no doubt I can hear God thinking”
Religious people usually maintain Morals can only come from a diety. While Atheists obviously can't ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 8, 2018:
I would counter it thus: There is no book that just appeared out of nowhere, no rule that is being shouted from heavens on high. Regardless of inspiration, all rules, all morality have as their starting point a human being. Thus it is accurate, again regardless of inspiration, that all morality is "By humans; for humans". Now, is that inspiration divine or man-made? Therein lay I think most of the disagreement. The problem is there is no way to discern one from the other: a painting inspired by a god will look the same to us as one inspired by neural pathways. Likewise, a bible printed by humans will look no different if the words were inspired by gods, aliens, or again our neural pathways. And thus, since there is always a human link in the chain and there is no disagreement that humans are fallible, like a game of telephone, there is always human induced fallibility in any moral. So that would be my response: that it doesn't matter where the inspiration came from since we cannot adequately define, look at, or distinguish one type of inspiration from another. In all cases of morality, a human being is the common link and thus all morality comes from humans... the same way that regardless of where it was collected, all water in your kitchen comes from your spigot.
There is a question which am sure has been round and round on here.: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT NON ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 7, 2018:
There are many reasons for allowing believers in here: - Agnosticism is not anti-religion. The very nature of the "I don't know" view of agnosticism welcomes both sides of the issue. Thus as long as this site is named "agnostic.com" and not "atheist.com", it should be true to it's name and allow believers. - There are many people who have wondered how they can deconvert the religious. Well, what better way than to not only allow them in here but actively recruit them in here? After all, there is no better way than to showcase the benefits of an agnostic or atheist viewpoint than actually being around and talking with atheists and agnostics. - By excluding believers, this site becomes an echo chamber and would be rightfully deemed intolerant. After all, if gods don't exist then there is no harm with someone coming in here and advocating that they do. Mind you, they would still be bound by the same rules as anyone else: no proselytizing, be respectful, etc. But if an atheist can do that and an agnostic can do that and a theist can do that, I can think of no better way to bring harmony to the world than by all of us coexisting in our disparate beliefs rather than trying to exclude one another. - If you want to understand the mind of a believer, you don't achieve that by talking to unbelievers only. By having people of different viewpoints than your own you not only gain insight into how they gained their beliefs but dispel stereotypes and view believers not as "the other" but as fellow members and fellow human beings. These are a few of the reasons why believers should be allowed and, IMO, actively recruited onto this site.
This Angry Young Preacher Says Atheists Are All Coke-Drinking Video Game Addicts – Friendly ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 7, 2018:
LOL... judging from my experience and the response on this thread, he was not too far off base! LOL
"Having escaped the Dark Ages in which animals were mere stimulus-response machines, we are free to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 7, 2018:
The more complex the computer, the more complex the behaiviour. The more complex the brain, the more complex the cognition. Of all animals on earth, there is only one that has more neurons than humans and that is an elephant. However, 97% of those neurons are dedicated to the cerebellum while that number is only 50% in humans. This still leaves humans having the most brain cells dedicated to cognition. Sorry, it's not anthropomorphism but science that places us at the top of the thinking scale. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_by_number_of_neurons
"Having escaped the Dark Ages in which animals were mere stimulus-response machines, we are free to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on May 7, 2018:
I think at the end of the day, we can compare our neural pathways and those of animals and claim on the basis of intricacy and complexity that we are capable of more than animals are. This then becomes not an argument based on brain size or expressed behaiviour. Rather, it becomes an argument based on the simple notion that greater complexity of thought and action requires greater complexity of the machine responsible for that thought and that action, and, AFAIK, the human thinking machine remains the most complex machine in the animal kingdom which entails the human animal being the one capable of the most complex thoughts and actions.

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