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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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Atheists And Social Justice
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 19, 2018:
If you are letting your "gods don't exist" stance be the guiding force, central pillar, or rallying point for your morality, then IMO you are no better than those who let their "gods do exist" stance be the guiding force, central pillar, or rallying point for their morality. I think if you want to stand for human and civil rights, you should do it regardless of who you favorite god, football team, ice cream, or color is as you are under no obligation to justify why you want to stand as you do. And if you don't want to stand, then don't as we are under no obligation to make every issue in this world our issue and under no obligation to justify why you don't stand even if others do.
Part 2 - Aliens: Are we alone?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Is claiming that the universe is so vast, that aliens must exist, any different from one saying the world is so vast and complex that there must be a god? I've always claimed that those are equivalent arguments; not equal, but equivalent. The main difference is that we know that there is at least one life in the universe, ours, and we don't know if there is even one god in the universe. However, that argument runs into the *fallacy of induction*, which states that just because there is "one", there must be "two"... and because there is "two", there must be "three", etc and/or *hasty generalization*, where the sample size is too small to support the conclusion. And the other problem with that argument is that we have no solid idea HOW life came to be on this planet and thus we have no solid idea if it's possible on others or possible again at all. So while it's true that there is evidence of one life, ours, and no evidence of gods, it is still fallacious to claim that because there is one data point here, there must be another data point out there or that we understand life's emergence so well here as to make predictions for it occurring there. In effect, it's a similar fallacy to claiming that because there is no evidence of gods here that there is no evidence of gods anywhere.
Aliens: Are we alone?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 19, 2018:
I'm agnostic about god(s), aliens, and string theory. In all three cases, I neither believe nor not believe in them but await any shred of evidence to lean me one way or the other.
Observation of different reactivities of para and ortho-water towards trapped diazenylium ions ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Isomers are very important in the field of nuclear physics of which I'm familiar. I had to look up and found that in chemistry they have a related, though not exactly same, definition. Though in both cases, it has to do with a atom or molecule being rearranged to be in different energy states. Anyway, personal revelation aside, this is very interesting... as interesting as finding out that there is heavy water and all that implies. Now this studies main result, as I understood it, was that the spin =0 para- water reacted 23% faster than the ortho-water in this experiment. That's pretty significant. But the question that I could not find an easy answer to was: what proportion of water is para- and what proportion is ortho-? Is it like heavy water in that the ocean is filled with it but in such minute quantities that we can consider light water to be always dominant? Very cool though to find out that the "humble" water molecule still has secrets to give up!!!!
So do all atheists accept the scientific consensus about evolution and have you met some that ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 18, 2018:
Belief in evolution is like belief in scripture. Ask people to define what evolution is or what scripture says and expect a majority to get it wrong. Same with science in general: ask people what the steps of the scientific method are, what popperian falsification mean, or what theory v. hypothesis v. law is and expect a majority to get it wrong... despite their claims of believing in science. This is not about being atheist or theist. It's about people believing things that are told to them that they don't really understand but accept on faith because someone they trust, be scientist or priest, tells them it's true. If you don't believe me, ask people who believe in evolution exactly what they believe in. You'll likely get a watered down, buzz-word laden account of evolution that is neither accurate nor scientific nor actually reflects what scientists mean when they talk of evolution. :(
Atheists in general follow the tenets ascribed to Jesus more closely than most of the Xstians I have...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 18, 2018:
"Atheists in general follow the tenets ascribed to Jesus more closely than most of the Xstians " Is this view based on subjective anecdotal evidence, objective statistical evidence, or no evidence at all?
When I grew up in the 1060's it was very controversial for a caucazoid to befriend an African ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 18, 2018:
"When I grew up in the 1060's " Damn! You a vampire or something? If not, you have GOT to tell us your secret to such a long life!!!!!! :)
Here's something in the works... ideas for another "like" type or two?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 18, 2018:
I know it's not one of the options listed above, but let me restate a request I made a while back: the "read" button. --------------- The like button to communicates two main ideas: one, that you like the content of the post and/or two, that you read the content of the post. All too often, those two are not the same. As such, I think it would be a very useful idea to have a "read" button (maybe the "eyeball" visibility symbol) to indicate that you have read the post but don't necessarily agree with it. You would not need to push both buttons since the "like" button would clearly indicate that you liked the content and read it while the "read" button would only indicate that you've read it but don't necessarily like the post or carry any opinion for it. I find that, especially when I'm the OP, I want to give people an indication that their point of view has been read, has been processed, and to communicate that fact without necessarily agreeing with them. This would not be a downvote button and thus an invitation for being negative about a post. As I see it, it would be the opposite... it would be a way to increase respectful discourse in so much as you acknowledge you read their post, respect what they have to say, even if you don't necessarily agree with what they have to say. ---- Here is some limited feedback on this idea when I posted it https://agnostic.com/discussion/99833/feature-request-read-button
What You Lose by Being Religious | An Atheist's Response to Pascal's Wager - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 18, 2018:
All that these rebuttals don't make Pascal's Wager invalid. They only drives home why it's a wager and not a sure thing. In Pascal's Wager, like any other wager, one should remember a cardinal rule of gambling: never wager more than you can afford to lose. Thus if you can't afford to lose your sexuality, your financial freedom, etc, or find the risk greater than the reward, then you shouldn't take the wager. But if you can afford to lose them or think the rewards are greater than the risk, then wager away
Curious how others write music ... I myself ,like to write music that has minimal monotony ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 18, 2018:
I generally start with a broad concept: I want to write a bossanova or a country song or an EDM song. Then, I pick out what makes that genre sound like that genre: tritone subs for bossa, 145 progressions for country, four on the floor for EDM. Then, I let my voice speak: how do I interpret a bossa, what would I write about country, what beats move me in EDM. I usually create 5 or 10 "snippets" before one actually starts making sense (I often use the discarded snippets in other songs; I never throw anything away... I'm a musical hoarder! LOL) Insofar as lyrics, I've not written many but those that I have have come after I've written the song and usually just takes the form of two 4-line verses with one 4-line chorus... nothing fancy.
Do you believe it's unethical to eat meat?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 18, 2018:
The question of ethics seems irrelevant in light of the question of necessity. It's been hypothesized that a meat diet was in large part responsible for giving us the energy for building a bigger brain. So it's ironic that the very question of ethics could not have been considered had we not engaged in the very act we are questioning.
I posted earlier this year about how I was going to get a puppy as a sort of graduation gift to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 17, 2018:
He is going to be HUGE in no time!
Agnostics are intelligent people based on what I've observed on this site. I wonder how we compare ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 17, 2018:
I think your belief in one camp, say religion, need not affect your belief or performance in another camp, say science. After all, the composition of scientists is consistently been about 50/50 between believers and non-believers in the US. (PS: and to those that say that atheism leads to smarter people, let me remind you that the majority (89%)[1] of nobel prize winners in have been religious and the majority ( 76%)[2] of medical doctors are religious.) [1] https://www.amazon.com/Years-Nobel-Prizes-Baruch-Shalev/dp/0935047379 [2]http://www.mdmag.com/physicians-money-digest/contributor/heidi-moawad-md/2016/10/surprising-results-about-physicians-belief-in-god
Is Atheism a belief system? The knee-jerk reaction of an atheist is “no of course not. It’s...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 17, 2018:
As a pure agnostic, allow me to share my perspective in defense of agnosticism as "It’s the Agnostics that have no faith" Truth. Our beliefs are not based on the lack of evidence, as is the case for the atheist or theist. When confronted with an experiment we cannot perform and a thesis we cannot test, we simply say "I don't know" as an answer. It's basically an ontology based on ternary instead of binary logic; a logic that accepts truth, false, and null. True is the realm of the theist, False is the realm of the a-atheist, and Null is the realm of the agnostic. " then it is the most lazy and apathetic conclusion to draw that you simply “don’t know“." What's lazy about the truth? For example, I'm also agnostic about string theory because I have no faith in it. It's a thesis we can't test and there are no experiments to perform. In this case, if you ask me "Is string theory valid?" it is a lie to say "yes" or "no"; the only honest answer is "I don't know." "he most I can tell a theist is that I’m satisfied with the evidence I see that the I concept of God was a creation of human beings. " The description of god(s) is a human concept, obvously, since it's humans that are doing the discussion. This is the same as the electron and evolution being human concepts since it's humans that are doing the discussion. Yet, we would not say that evolution and the electron became real when we found a concept or experiment to make them real. We would say that these objects and processes where always around and yet we mislabled, misinterpreted, didn't see them, until we could experiment and test them. Likewise for the god(s) hypothesis: their description has proven to be misinterpreted, as in the case of Zeus and lightning. However, until we can find an experiment or test to wholly dismiss the very notion of god(s), they could still exist and we are just not savvy to quantifing them by human concepts now or ever. Hence, again, the agnostic stance: the atheist uses the mislabeling of the past and the lack of evidence in the present as justification that gods don't exist and are purely a human invention; the theist use the very same as justification that gods do exist. In both cases, they confuse epistemology (how we know what we know) with ontology (what exists and is real); they claim that human can "talk" their way into knowing what is real or unreal instead of testing and finding out. It is only the agnostic that doesn't conflate the two, that realizes that epistemology cannot inform ontology, otherwise, there would be no need for physics and philosophy would be enough. It is only the agnostic that realizes that when there is a claim that can't be tested or experimented upon, it is best to say "I don't know" or better yet "I am ...
Complete the following sentence: If everyone could have more _______, _______, and ________; the ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 16, 2018:
money, money, money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETxmCCsMoD0
Who is in the wrong here?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 16, 2018:
She doesn't want herself and/or her baby on social media and/or she wants to control how much she and her baby are on social media. PERFECTLY understandable. Mothers have always been very protective of their babies and in these days that includes social media. And I think she was right to demand to make it clear she was not giving you the option. Making it a request might have been interpreted as if you have a choice in the matter which, honestly, you don't when it comes to photos of her and her baby. It's a faux pas on your part, sorry to say, but hopefully a minor one and one that reminds ALL OF US to ask permission, to get specific consent, before putting other peoples information or photos up on social media where everyone can see it, use it, and access it without our control.
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TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 16, 2018:
My first problem with these types of claims is that we can't pin down what consciousness is in ourselves or other animals so I find it ridiculous to start making claims about it on the scale of the universe. My second problem lay in this question: what is the difference between making the claim that the universe is conscious and has a purpose and that there is a god that is conscious and has a purpose? I see very little between both thoughts and very little way to confirm or deny either.
Why won't scientific evidence change the minds of Loch Ness monster true believers?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Talking to true believers is like election campaigning: you never try to sway a republican or a democrat; you try to sway the undecided. That is why when I engage a true believer, no matter if the belief is religious or secular, I seldom write as if trying to convince that person but more often write as if trying to convince an undecided person who may be reading our discussion.
Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe Top of the list is Godwin Law which makes...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 16, 2018:
TheMiddleWay's Law: "People will respond to the title of a post, seldom to it's content" TheMiddleWay's Law corollary: "If there is a link to more information on a post, seldom will anyone click it" (PS: inspired by true events lol)
I'm concerned about the Boy Who Cried Wolf. Until recently I was among the group of people who would...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 16, 2018:
I come from a fascist country: Chile under Pinochet. **What you have here in the USA today is not fascism, not leading to fascism, no where close to fascism, sorry to say.** It's just democracy's pendulum swinging such that when it swings away from what side a person is on, that person cries "Nazi's" and "Fascism". Cries of fascism only serve to hyperbolize what is already a hyper-polarized nation and doing it in a way that is frankly insulting to what peoples in true fascist states have endured and being ignorant of what true fascism looks like. *We can ALL change this in two years by voting*.... hardly a fascist state if the people have the power to change and hardly can blame a corrupt government if the people can't be bothered to vote for change. ;)
So what is the main reason most of you are on here? General conversations or attempting to find like...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Shame you didn't click the "select more than one option" on this as I'm here for both (Careful not to edit anything for it will invalidate the results of the poll so far)
Saudi Arabia to 'inoculate' children against Westernisation, atheism and liberalism | The ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Let them enjoy their moment in the sun. Soon, their oil will run out and their self-importance will whither away. It may take a few decades but unless you are willing to sacrifice yourself with 20 dollar a gallon gas or sacrifice your children by sending them to war against them, there is little we can do but wait it out.
TGIF! (as in thank goodness it's Friday). Let's play a game: Predicting the future In about ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 15, 2018:
No more road rage. More people will stay out late at night drinking since drunk driving will no longer be a factor.
Godspeed: what is it and what genius decided such a term was needed?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 15, 2018:
"From Middle English phrase God spede (“may God cause you to succeed” ), from God (“God” ) + spede, singular subjunctive of speden (“to prosper” ), from Old English spēdan, from spēd (“success” ) (see English speed)." https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Godspeed
This is one of my favorite clips from Sam Harris. [youtu.be]
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Both atheists and theists are amusing to this agnostic. They both claim victory about ontology by using epistemology. They both claim they can "talk" their way into proving or disproving claims about existence. Even more amusing is how each side claims "victory" by having their confirmation bias confirmed: Of course hell is foolish, says every atheist and claim they have demolished the theist side with words. Of course hell is real, says the theist and claim they have demolished the atheist side with words. And yet neither can do anything but "say, say, say". ;)
To all the wonderful people of agnostic.com: In brief we all know there is so much going on in UK...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Whenever you ascribe the actions of a minority to the majority, you are engaging in stereotyping and prejudice. You'd do well to bring more focus to whom you are attacking: is it Islam and everyone that practices it (in which case you are against Islam and Islamophobe is an apt label) or is it people that use Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, or Science in support of immoral actions (in which case you are against extremism, not Islam) Choice is yours: to learn nothing from history, be intolerant of people that don't share your beliefs, and take action against all of them willy nilly... .... or to be tolerant of people who don't share your beliefs while simultaneously taking action against people that are a danger to all? Choice is yours: be like the worst of them or be better than them.
Boy Scouts of America: We Still Don’t Want Open Atheists in Our Organization – Friendly Atheist
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Instead of pouring derision on a religious scouting organization that has every right to practice in the manner they see fit, why not put all that emotion into supporting secular scouting organization? Like CampFire (1910)... https://campfire.org/ Camp Fire Law: “Seek beauty, give service, and knowledge pursue. Be trustworthy ever, in all that you do. Hold fast onto health, and your work glorify. And you will be happy, in the law of Camp Fire.” ... or the Navigators (2003). https://navigatorsusa.org/ Navigators USA Moral Compass: “As a Navigator I promise to do my best to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance. To treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle and ability with dignity and respect. To strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential. To protect our planet and preserve our freedom.”
T-1000 pts and counting to L8 rapture. That is all. :D
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Thanks to everyone that made it possible! I shall now reap the benefits of being Level 8... by doing exactly what I was doing at level 1-7!!!! :D
Are non believers more likely to suffer from depression?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 14, 2018:
Several studies consistently show atheists are more prone to suicide: ://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/atheism-has-a-suicide-problem_us_5a2a902ee4b022ec613b812b Several studies consistently show that believers are happier than non-believers: ://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/02/02/office-for-national-statistics-well-being-data_n_9138076.html?guccounter=1 However, there is only one study I could find that addressed depression and belief. It showed insignificant results in every country it studied (the USA included) but the UK, where a believer was 3 times as more likely to be depressed than a non-believer. ://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/psychological-medicine/article/spiritual-and-religious-beliefs-as--factors-for-the-onset-of-major-depression-an-international-cohort-study/4F9A85A2C5288198CAF82D46002B918A So if you are more prone to be suicidal and more prone to be unhappy, as per the first two results, it stands to reason you are also more likely to be depressed, which to me casts doubt on the result of the singular last study. More research is needed but as a first-generation atheist is more likely to feel betrayed by their church and family, have a weaker sense of community than the religious, are surrounded by people that don't share their beliefs, and more, I would tend to believe that they are in fact more prone to depression than theists.
I'm extremely busy these days. But I really miss seeing what my peeps in the music are posting. Is...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 14, 2018:
I think that would be a great idea! Don't know how easily to implement but having a "playlist" feature on groups dedicated to music would be very cool!
Sacred Land
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Demand? Yes. Get? Never.
Image of God created, based on psychologists' study at UNC | Charlotte Observer
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Look at the methodology: they present images of people and ask from these options which is more like god. Then an algorithm compiles the choices into a composite. Sounds legit... until you consider that if presented with current images of dogs and asked which one looks more like god you'd end up with a dog-like figure... or if you presented with current images of flowers and asked which one looks more like god you'd end up with a flower like image. Since the question is "which face looks more like god", you HAVE to choose one or the other. Social sciences: where bad science likes to visit and decides to take up residence. ;)
Are there any other theories aside from the mainstream big bang theory that you think is a likely ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 13, 2018:
To clear up some misconception: neither string theory nor multiverse are alternatives to big bang. Neither is the simulation hypothesis since the big bang could still be simulated. One of my favorite alternatives however is Roger Penrose's Confromal Cyclic Universe. This is the latest in a brand of theories that say that Universe doesn't "bang" or doesn't "bang" just once but rather expands and contracts as a lung would. It doesn't require a singularity; only that when matter is dense enough it starts repealing in an outwards cycle and when matter is rarefied enough, it starts to contract.
I'd like to ask why there's an option made available for members to download our profile pictures ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 12, 2018:
From the Terms and Conditions C) By posting content to any public area of Agnostic, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Agnostic.com and its members, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully-paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, and distribute such information, rights of publicity, and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works and other media, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing. Your Bio is public area and thus we all have permission to use anything on it as we see fit without your permission. https://agnostic.com/terms
People say forgive and forget, I say forget about forgiving and just accept.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 12, 2018:
I'd rather forgive and never forget. Forgetting just makes it more likely you'll have to forgive again because you forgot what cause the problem in the first place.
This is how it should be in every school. Teenagers should be able to get access to healthcare at ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Except 15 year olds should not be living with their boyfriends nor having constant sex. ;) And the fact that he wants kids and she doesn't and yet she is *still* having sex with him are the kind of bad decisions we should be trying to minimize, not support. I mean how can we send the message that it's not ok to have sex until you are old enough to be responsible while also sending the message that it's ok to have sex while you are not old enough to be responsible?
Okay, now that I have my answer about someone I suspect has Incel tendencies, I'm going to name him....
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 12, 2018:
A) Don't feed the trolls. If he is not leaving you alone it's because you are goading him by reponding to him with responses like "I would think you'd be too busy to post on here, what with all the non-monogamous women you've got lined up ready to fuck your brains out..." Or " Sorry I didn't answer sooner but I was on a trip out of town rocking a certain gentleman's world. In case you didn't realize it, I used a childish phrase for the hell of it." B) There is nothing dangerous in his commentary. He's crass and trollish, yes, but nothing dangerous about him or worthy of banning. C) "He seems to continually bash women for being monogamous and he will not let go of it." That's his opinion. He's entitled to it. Don't like it? Engage him on it. Don't like it and don't want to engage him? Don't do it. Don't want him engaging you? Block him. Just block him. Done deal. :D
Sam Harris on the view of women in two cultures - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Between full cover and nudity lay a more balanced approach. <<slow clap>> Wow. What a revelation, captain obvious. :P
Question: If you thought someone was a member of Incel or had their tendencies, would you want to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Thought? No. Knew? Yes.
I joined the FFRF Freedom From Religion Foundation. From their newsletter it looks like they are the...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 12, 2018:
For the record, the ACLU is not an atheist organization. The ACLU vigorously defends the rights of all Americans, from Christians to members of minority faiths, to practice their religion. https://www.aclu.org/issues/religious-liberty
I have just received a reply to my "Greeter" message from a new member @loveintheair. His profile ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Sounds like you are being paranoid and judgmental based on his religious profile. His actual profile has no red flags Until he ACTUALLY does something scammy, I don't find it proper to throw new members up to the community for ridicule, as I see it, simply because they state they are religious and a simple flag to admin should suffice if you really think they are scammers.
Sometimes I think about how much harm religion has done to scientific or just moral progress for the...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 11, 2018:
"Sometimes I think about how much harm religion has done to scientific or just moral progress for the human species." Me too. And as a scientist, the answer I come up with is: little to none. Religion has done more for science than against it. For every Galileo incident, there is a Mendel, a Bacon, or a al-Khwarizmi. Religion has also done more for morality than against it. There are few things we consider moral today that religion has not at some time also considered moral. And in those things that are different, religion was the first places where morality took center stage and forced humanity to think about these topics "What heights could we have reached if not for the proliferation of dogma? " Religion was instrumental in the establishment of early civilizations. It served as a unifying force and a way for early humans, devoid of reading and writing and focused on just survival, provided them a set of rules and a reason to not kill their neighbor "just because" Thus any heights achievable have to take into account the fact that but for religion, it could have been the case that we would not have had early civilization to build upon "What would our civilization look like if we encouraged free thought and acknowledge our ignorance of the universe? " We might have come up with a nuclear bomb before we had a background in morality on how to use them and blown ourselves to bits. Or we might be living in a star trek utopia. Without a time machine and violating the prime directive and modifying history, what you think would happen is more a function of a persons bias than and reality or logic. ;)
What Religion Gives Us (That Science Can’t)
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 10, 2018:
There is this: CONCLUSIONS: Religious affiliation is associated with less suicidal behavior in depressed inpatients. After other factors were controlled, it was found that greater moral objections to suicide and lower aggression level in religiously affiliated subjects may function as protective factors against suicide attempts https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.161.12.2303 Gallup Polls from 2005 and 2006 show that countries that are more religious tend to have lower suicide rates. http://news.gallup.com/poll/108625/more-religious-countries-lower-suicide-rates.aspx Conclusion: Religion plays a protective role against suicide in a majority of settings where suicide research is conducted https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4482518/
Science is not an ideology. Science is an epistemology.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 10, 2018:
http://www.itsnotyouitsyourdata.com/the-early-years/top-10-hints-for-understanding-your-ontology-epistemology-and-methodology/ "Simply put, ontology relates to the assumptions we make about the nature of reality, epistemology sets out beliefs about how one might discover knowledge about that reality and methodology specifies the tools and techniques that we use in the conduct of our research." Science is more methodology and ontology than epistemology. Philosophy of Science is more epistemology than ontology or methodology.
Although this isn't usually clearly evident right away... in time you can come to appreciate it.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Reminds me of what another band of great philosophers said: "No, you can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need" - The Rolling Stones
When considering Atheism, Agnosticism, or Religious Belief we must remember that there is a ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 10, 2018:
"When an Atheist says there is no God, what they mean is there is no tangible, actual, supernatural being' You'd be surprised how many atheists do not abide by this definition. Rather, they want to "strawman" their unbelief to claim that they are not making a claim on existence but rather one of proof. I call this a strawman because the theist is absolutely making a claim on existence (ontology) and thus the Atheist standing counter to them should as well. But by the Atheist claiming that their unbelief is based on lack of proof (epistemology) they deny gods epistemologically which is an easier thing to do than ruling them out ontologically, by actually proving they don't exist. In fact, a common mantra of this breed of atheist is "I'm not claiming gods don't exist, just that I see no proof for them"... but the theist most assuredly is claiming that gods exist and thus to be A-theist but not claim gods don't exist is a flawed way to support the various claims Atheists make against the theist. It's a clear strawman based on the 1970's work of Anthony Flew and made popular by the American Atheists adopting that stance. After all, it's easier to convert people to your ideology if you claim you are A-theists and don't have to talk about them existing... but then redefine what it means to be a theist and redefine what it is you are "without"!
How many people have you blocked?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 9, 2018:
ZERO WORKS NOW!!! :)
Fear runs the world as Religion is based on Fear. I respect and accept Religion, butt they don't ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 9, 2018:
I always attributed cannabis prohibition to have to do with tabacco (and a lesser extent alcohol) industries wanting a monopoly on peoples vices and thus lobbing hard to not have it compete. This view is reinforced by the fact that as tabacco is on the wane, with higher taxes, vaping, etc, now they are suddenly on board for cannabis as they want to take over the cannabis market to make up for the floundering tabacco market. In other words, I see no connection between christianity and cannabis prohibition and see it as the result of an industry decision to promote tabacco and not cannabis.
I hear the question all the time, "Do you believe in Evolution?" I learned the Theory of Evolution ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 9, 2018:
" but I do not "believe" in Evolution any more than I believe in the Theory of Gravity or the Theory of Electromagnetism. " I have a different opinion. I personally understand gravity and EM being a physicist. I've studied them, know their applicability, where they work, where they don't. I know the equations, how to solve them, what the problems are. I've done the experiments, gotten "my hands dirty" with circuits and astronomical calculations. Thus I feel I am justified in saying I don't believe in those concepts because I've actually worked with them hands on. I feel very justified in saying **I know gravity and EM** I would not say the same thing about evolution. I have not worked with it, I'm not familiar with the equations or taxonomy. I don't know where it is applicable, where it is not. I have no experimented with it nor have "gotten my hands dirty" working with it. I feel justified in saying I believe in it because other scientists, whom I trust and respect, say that it works. They purportedly used similar scientific methods, similar math, similar methodology for me to know gravity and EM and thus I''m justified that what they say is true. I would NOT however go as far as saying that I know evolution but would only go so far as to say **I believe in evolution**. And there is the third viewpoint. Someone who has not worked with gravity, EM, or evolution. Someone that doesn't have any experience with the scientific method, doing experiments in any of these fields, has never worked on the equations, has never "gotten their hand dirty" doing science. I would say it's inaccurate to claim that that person believes in those fields because they have no basis to form that belief. Even more inaccurate would be to say that they know those subjects. Rather, I would say **that person has faith in gravity, EM, and evolution**, has faith that those fields do what they are told (but haven't worked out for themselves) because they are trusting what scientists tell them but have no personal evidence to support that trust and no realistic way to understand or challenge said scientists on what they say. So in my viewpoint, unless you work in the field and have gotten your hands dirty, worked the equations, done the experiments, played with the concepts, then the most you can do is have faith in what others are telling you for you do not know. And if you have experience in one field of science, if you know one field of science, you can believe what other scientists are telling you for you have evidence that their methods work in your field and thus can justifiably claim that that same methodology works in other fields. *You should not make the mistake of conflating religious knowledge, belief, or faith with scientific knowledge, ...
Tony Bourdain- Suicide Hits Again
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Not a fan though I'm aware of the impact he had on TV. He was one of the first, if not the first, to bring food TV to TV, coupled with world food and weird foods. All the same, I was shocked and surprised as well!
Sam Harris 'just cannot believe' Donald Trump is US President - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 8, 2018:
"I have not accepted that this is possible, much less actual" I guess his brand of atheism is such that he doesn't believe when there is no evidence... ... and he doesn't believe when there is evidence. His brand of atheism is sounding more and more like confirmation bias than a rational approach to the world. If he doesn't believe trump is president, he doesn't deserve to promote an evidence based approach to life since clearly he doesn't abide by one. :(
What are your thoughts on Samantha Bee apologizing for the epithet she used to describe Ivanka ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Calling a woman a cunt is about at the same level as calling a black person a nigger. The intent is to pour disdain and hate and ugliness on the person by using a word that is universally regarded as derogatory to not just that one person, but their whole race and gender. And the reason for calling her that? Because she had the gall to take a picture of herself with her kid? Because there is a current controversy on the border with many inflammatory pictures and she relates one to the other despite the millions of other mothers doing the same? Yes, she should have apologized and I challenge anyone who thinks she shouldn't to defend Rosanne Arnold and find her apology sufficient. In both cases it was rash, irresponsible, ugly, mean, demeaning to not just the individual but their race and gender, and it's a testament to the liberal slant of Hollywood that Bee is still on the air but Rosanne is not.
Question on the death of Dr. Stephen Hawking
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 8, 2018:
"Why did medical science just sit there, and do nothing while this man wasted away and died?" This makes ZERO sense. He outperformed his expected lifespan for having ALS... due to medical science. He outperformed the healthy male average lifespan for being born in the 1950's... due to medical science. In fact, in the UK, the average lifespan of a male in the UK in 1890's was 45 and today it's 79.... due to medical science. "Was it really going to take more than multiple decades to cure Stephen Hawking's problem?" Or maybe never. Science isn't god and there is no guarantee that science can cure the common cold, cancer, or ALS. Seriously, I think you ask too much of medical science while simultaneously appreciate very little of the advances it's done.
Beware ladies...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Better than boom, you're naked.... and they laugh and laugh and laugh. ;)
How do I fight a cult when my offspring thinks it's grand?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 8, 2018:
At 18 and 19, they aren't really being forced are they? They are legally adults and legally responsible for their own actions and apart from engaging them in conversation about your beliefs, I'm really not sure there is anything you can do. :(
Any thing new about the " look" through a key hole onto oneself before you hear sb approaching and ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Didn't you post this yesterday? I still don't understand what you are referring to... maybe you could expand?
Geek humour
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Geek humor is never a sinh.
Any thing new about the " look" through a key hole onto oneself before you hear sb approaching and ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Not familiar with what you speak of... can you give more info?
Am I wrong for comparing the religious to Nazism? They both only want to be around people who are ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Then, by your logic, atheists are like Nazi's as well: "They both only want to be around people who are just like them." You mean like the majority of atheists/agnostics on this site, who clamor to a website to only be around atheists? "They both spew hate speech & degradation to others not like them. " You mean like military atheists who spew hate speech and degradation to others who don't accept their atheistic views? "They both wish for death of others not like them???" Again, you mean like military atheists who envision that a world without the religious would be a better world? "Am I the only one who sees the direct resemblance??" It's called Godwin's law for a reason, because eventually, everything and everyone gets compared to hitler: "if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Adolf Hitler or his deeds". ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law **Nazis were Nazis and best not to try to compare anything with them with anything or anyone except other Nazi's. Such comparison will almost always be a false comparison and invoke a strawman fallacy, as I did with atheists above.**.
My take on religion: is this: I am a humanist or also called an agnostic. Until such time as ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 6, 2018:
"There are simply too many gods to choose from and they can't ALL be the only one!" Why must it be "the only one"? It could be the case that they all exist, each inhabits it's own realm, and each wants it's believers to think there are no other gods to try and get as many people to believe in their realm as possible. It's because we have such strong imaginations that I'm agnostic: not because I believe that is true nor because I believe that is false... but because whatever story we come up with is ultimitely told by a human and we humans can always come up with a story that makes gods real to some and a story that makes them false to others.
Aaron Persky - the moronic judge who felt it fitting to hand Brock Turner a six-month prison ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 6, 2018:
Hopefully this is a sign that the change sweeping politics and hollywood in terms of excising the bad influence of some men is bleeding over into the justice halls as well such that we'll have zero tolerance in the future for white privilege and male privilege being a factor in how punishment is doled out.
Has anyone, under any circumstances, felt a compulsion to pray? I recalled a news item this week ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 6, 2018:
Absolutely! I use every tool at my disposal and have no problem taking pascal's wager when all options are exhausted. If there is a god or gods, I feel no problem in asking them for help, intervention, notice, what have you when there is nothing I can do or I've done all I can. If there are no gods, then all I've done is reasserted to myself that I care enough to seek help from any place I can get it. If there are gods, there is the chance that my caring for this woman will get notice, will tip the balance, will cash in some karma, whatever, but that may do the trick. At the end, I'll never know if gods do or do not exist and if my prayer will or was not answered. But regardless, acknowledeing my helplessness in certain situations and desire to do all I can, and then some, is always a benefit of a prayer or request or mantra or even a moment of silence.
How would u respond if someone put this statement to u. "Because of God, Atheists exist. Without ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 6, 2018:
Etymologically, they are absolutely correct. Ontologically, that is an unproven statement. **OR** Because of God, theists exist. Without God, atheists exist. **OR** Because of God, atheists and theists exist. Without God, atheists and theists still exist.
How do all of you manage to live with the fact that the religious have all the power and privilege ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 6, 2018:
"How do all of you manage to live with the fact that the religious have all the power and privilege in this world, and us atheists will never have a piece of it and never be able to make this world a better place? " Welcome to the world of blacks, latinos, asians, and ever other minority in the usa! ;) Understanding how they manage to live being a minority population amongst a white majority may help you understand how atheists can manage to live being an atheist minority amongst a theist majority.
A button that does an up-arrow on all keywords at once would save time, and usually I want to vote ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 5, 2018:
Anything that makes it easier to get points... errrmmm... I mean help the community ;) I'm all for!
Is Buddhsim a religion, philosphy, way of life or all three?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 5, 2018:
Promotes no god(s) in your life. So it *is not* a religion. Comments on the meaning of life. So it *is* a philosophy. Teaches how to improve your life. So it *is* a way of life.
What religion do you view as most threatening to democracy and why?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 5, 2018:
Without a doubt, Pastafarianism. Noodly appendage my buttocks! In a true democracy, I'd be able to have steak and fish as well as noodles!
Do you see it as child abuse forcing kids to go to Church when they are clearly sick?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 5, 2018:
I think a good way to answer this is to ask a related question: *Do you see it as child abuse forcing kids to go to SCHOOL when they are clearly sick?* The fact that it's church really plays no role in the answer. And considering that no one that I'm aware of has ever considered it "child abuse" to force their sick kid to go to school, I don't see why forcing them to go to church under the same premise is either.
I found this quite interesting, having suspected such for some time: [youtu.be]
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 5, 2018:
A guy analyzed 1300 popular songs. What he found was that most songs where in the key of C (26%) and all other keys used half as much (G @ 12%, Eb @ 10% etc) He also found that the four most common chords where G F C and Am, in that order. It has to do with making pleasing music and not taking a risk, yes. But it also has to do with music theory (though both ideas are clearly intertwined) http://www.hooktheory.com/blog/i-analyzed-the-chords-of-1300-popular-songs-for-patterns-this-is-what-i-found/
Trump Removes Positive Reports About Obama Admin From FEMA Website - The Intellectualist
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I didn't realize trump ran the DHS office of the Inspector general. I didn't realize trump put John Roth at the leadership. (as a matter of fact, that office is still vacant ( http://www.pogo.org/tools-and-data/ig-watchdogs/go-igi-20120208-where-are-all-the-watchdogs-inspector-general-vacancies1.html ) I don't remember trump saying anything about this before. The article says it's a "rare" move which means it happens. The article says it's "mostly positive" which means negative reports were removed as well. I love obama as much as the next person that voted for him twice. That's not going to change because some obscure paperwork that nobody uses or knew about until today gets scraped. I'm I'm not sure there is a link between the independent OIG and trump. So can someone enlighten me: how is trump related to this action at all? Frankly I just don't see it.
What Religion Gives Us That Science Doesn't
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 4, 2018:
"My claim is that religion can provide direct access to this emotional life in ways that science does not. Yes, science can give us emotional feelings of wonder at the majesty of nature, but there are many forms of human suffering that are beyond the reach of any scientific alleviation. " This is the authors claim and I agree with it. Rationality is great for understanding things that can be understood but when things can't, like the senseless murder of your child or if there is life after death, science does fuck all to provide answer while religion can. Maybe not the right answers, but answers non the less. It's not rational, but then again neither are emotions.
'Science without religion is lame.' Albert Einstein "Einstein was a great physicist, but wasn't ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 4, 2018:
What's ironic is that Jerry A. Coyne, as a biologist specializing in ecology and evolutionary theory, is neither an expert in physics nor philosophy. So his critique of Einstein applies doubly so to him! :D :D :D :D
The US Supreme Court has sided with the baker who refused, on religious grounds, to make a wedding ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Think about this would you rather: a) Force someone to not disclose their beliefs and force them to provide services to someone they hate. b) Force someone to disclose their beliefs and not provide services to someone they hate. I opt for b. I'd rather give my money to someone that doesn't hate me and I know it... ... than give my money to someone that does hate me but I don't know it. Also, the decision was narrow and at most covers custom artistic work on non-essential items. It has nothing to do with providing basic services or essential services.
More harmful
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Women. A child doesn't know it's being oppressed based on scripture; a woman does. A child isn't killed for not knowing scripture; a woman is. A child natively has less rights than an adult; but a woman should have the same rights as a male adult. In effect, children are more likely to be forgiven than women and thus women suffer more. Of course, women children suffer the worst... :(
Masterpiece Cakeshop case: SCOTUS rules, 7-2, that Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated a ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 4, 2018:
It was a very narrow decision only covering the way Colorado handled the case and whether a person can be forced to create art in something they don't believe in. I agree with that decision, in the same way that I agree you can't force a black baker to bake a KKK rally cake or a muslim baker to bake a cake in the image of allah or mohammed.
What is probably one of the most stupidest superstitions you’ve ever heard?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 4, 2018:
To me it's a toss up between the belief that gods exists and the belief that they don't.
California adds 8th state to travel ban list: Oklahoma - San Francisco Chronicle
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 3, 2018:
Fairly idiotic policy. This means that if there is a conference state employees have to attend in these states, they are forced to do so on their own dime. This also means that if there is a conference addressing said inequalities in those states, state employees will have to pay with their own dime. This also punishes the people of those states who did NOT vote for those policies by preventing California from funding their non-bigotry. Also, it could be illegal under some trans-state commerce law, I don't know. But I find it pretty idiotic for states to go after states in this fashion without, by self admission, even assessing what the consequence of said policy is: The California ban could have a “marginal impact on any (Oklahoma) conference involving California state employees,” she said, adding that the chamber “hasn’t done a full assessment.”
I'm in a quandary. When is enough enough? On one hand, I don't want to burn bridges and completely ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 3, 2018:
Something stood out at me from your account: I've been asked, repeatedly by him and his family, to provide and pay for DNA tests. Is you paying for the test a sticking point? After all, the cost ranges from 100 to 500 dollars for a legally binding test, a good investment for the potential return.
The video credited to me becoming an agnostic: [youtu.be] What are your thoughts? Who is right...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I completely agree with Kaku's arguement. I go even go a step further adn state that using percentages to quantify believe is a misuse of statistics. For example, some people quote that they are 99% sure god does not exist. How do we interpret this? That 1 day out of every 100 they do believe that god exists? That 1 test out of every 100 shows that god exists? That 1 argument out of every 100 is convincing the god exists? I think putting trying to quantify what is essentially a quality statement is an attempt to put unjustifiable validity to your viewpoint mearly because it has numbers. In my view there are only three regimes: sure there is, sure there isn't, or unsure of both and if we want to put numbers to it, it would be 100% sure there is, 100% sure there isn't, and less than 100% sure that it is or isn't... any other number, any 99% or 99.9% or 50% is really pointless as I see it.
Just caught the end of 'The Truman Show', Jim Carrey finally escaping Plato's cave ("Was anything ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Great movie. You should watch "Man on the moon" next. It's another Carrey flick and by playing Andy Kaufman, also really talks to your questions on creating our reality.
Have any of you tried tinder?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Yeah. No luck. I've no cat so I get no pussy. I've no dog so I don't get to bury the bone. (for those not on tinder, the only way to get play as a guy is to have a picture with animals ;) )
Are there limits to your skepticism?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
The meme writer is clearly trying to re-define what the word means for it clearly means one who doubts. How one handles said doubt is not implicit in being a skeptic. There are "professional" skeptics, people who will doubt everything everytime all the time and make no attempt at resolving that doubt; a solipsist is an example of such a skeptic, who is skeptical of any reality except their own self and instead of resolving it, uses it as that doubt as a center of their identity or springboard for their ideology. Then there are what the meme writer is describing which could be called a "scientific" skeptic, a person who doubts but does aim to resolve said doubt through investigation and research. Remember that while skeptics have been around for millenia, science and research as we understand it today has only been around for 400 years. With that said, there are limits to my skepticism. I have no reason to doubt others existence, I have no reason to doubt certain concepts in physics, I have no reason to doubt my parents or close friends. This doesn't mean I'm blind to them, they could all still lie or be mistaken, but I don't approach them with skepticism. On the other hand, like Tsacrey says, skepticism is at the root of my agnosticism. I view all claims of religion and supernatural with skepticism, with doubt. This means that I don't accept it, but I don't deny it. And there are some claims I can investigate and others I don't. And if I can't investigate, I simply live in a permanent state of doubt, I don't commit the hubris of assuming one way or the other A skeptic is nothing more than one who doubts and IMO a quality of a rational human is how they apply that skepticism: doubt everything, like the solipsist and I don't find that a very rational or useful position... but doubt nothing, and you are just sheep for the slaughter to someone else that doesn't doubt. ;)
What was the most significant (in a positive way) invention of the 20th century?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Computers.
The myth of race, debunked in 3 minutes - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
What we look like plays a major role in how our lives develop. And different people, even if just a percentage difference in genetics, leads to different looks in terms of musculature, skin tone, eye folds etc. And that is compounded by the fact that those physical difference often also come with ethnic differences. The ideal is that we are all one human race. The reality is that we are fragmented among many groups that we call "races". If we start promoting that we are all human, we risk minimizing the experiences that people who do look different have. We risk promoting that the white experience is no different from the black one or the asian one because "there is only one race, the human race". And while that is true in theory, that is clearly not true in practice. I think true racism is addressed not by promoting that we are all human, because that is obvious, but by promoting that all humans do not share the same experience and yet are equally valuable... by not promoting that we are human but by focusing on our humanity. Otherwise, it can be somewhat dismissive to claim that race doesn't exist because we are all human and yet clearly some demographics, some "races", do exist because they are treated differently than others. We all share the same genes to make us humans, but we do not all share the same humanity
Spain’s New Prime Minister Is Atheist, Takes Oath Without Bible
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Good for him but lot's of pressure to not fuck up. Otherwise, you better believe this will be used by the theists against atheism the same way way religious people fucking up in office is used by atheists against theism.
Why Do Atheist Seem More Depressed Than Theists? | Atheist Experience 22.19 - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
This isn't about depression per se, but it does paint the religious as happier than the atheist: http://relationshipsinamerica.com/religion/are-religious-people-happier-people
How Faith Breaks Your Thinker
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
The problem with his argument is that while he gives examples of the logical fallacies as it applies to religious context, he doesn't go into the fact that the same logical fallacies can be applied to the non-religious. Further, the assertion that the religious are more easily manipulated sounds good but he offers no proof that this is the case. After all, most doctors and nobel prize winners in science have been religious and that obviously doesn't affect their ability to ask questions or are more easily manipulated away from evidence-based truth. In short, there is no evidence that faith breaks your ticker and the lopsided way this blogger argues his case in fact proves that just because you are atheist doesn't mean you ticker is working anymore than just because you are a theist it's broken. ;)
Is anti atheist sentiment only in the USA?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Sadly, no. "A new study from an international team of scientists tried to add some data to the “moral distrust” of atheists, a prejudice that exists in America and around the world. The research surveyed 3,256 people from 13 different countries, and found that, sure enough, anti-atheist prejudices still exist among religious people and other atheists alike, in both religious and secular countries." https://gizmodo.com/people-everywhere-think-atheists-are-bad-says-new-stud-1797593371
Who or what?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
At first I looked for answers and thus turned to the Bible and other holy scriptures. Thus I became a theist The more I paid attention to these holy scriptures, the more I realized it didn't have all the answers. Thus I became an atheist. I then turned to science, but the more I paid attention to science, the more I realized it too didn't have all the answers. Thus I became an agnostic. In effect, in the first two stages in my life, I thought religion and science could, either alone or in combination, have all the answers. But as I practiced religion more and science more, I realized that they both had utility in the world but neither could, alone or in combo, answer all the questions. As such, embracing the religion of "I don't know." became the only option for me where I focus on knowing what can be known from the known and the known unknown but questions about the unknown unknowns I just let be.
Trump and devos support using public funds to support church schools and other private schools plus ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
It all boils down to the 1st amendment and the establishment clause IMO. "Trump and devos support using public funds to support church schools and other private school" Which is fine as long as any church, be that christian, muslim, pastafarian or satanic can have access to said funds. If only a one church is being funded and thus established it is not fine. "plus using public schools to teach religious classes" As long as a comparative religion class is being taught, with no one religion being given credence over another, this is fine. If only one religion is being taught and thus established, it is not. "they would change the way science is taught, eliminate sex education and use religion as a referance for other subjects." I've not seen anything on this. I've seen a lot of people playing "connect the dots" and reaching this conclusion but no specifics. What specifically have they said that leads people to believe this? DeVos can't change the common core nor introduce or rearrange subjects so I'm not sure how she could accomplish any of this.
How do you transition from being the center of the world, to not?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Due to Hubble Expansion, with or without god, I'm always at the center of my universe. Other people or deities may be the center of their own universe but never of mine.
I'm not an atheist, and here's why. I think I'm god. I don't think that's blasphemous. Speaking as ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Before I was born there was nothing. Then in an instant, everything came to be. While I live, I am the center of a universe that expands out from where ever I am. After I die, there is nothing. I am... *the solipsistic god!!!*
[patheos.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Ha! Read about this. My first thought is that I'm not so concerned that his is running... ... I'd be concerned if he is winning!!! :O
Jealous vs envious
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Good question! Of the top of my head, to me, jealous sounds like you are addressing the situation in particular while envy is the situation in general. So if I'm envious that joe is dating anna, I might be referring to dating in general, that I wish I had a girl like anna to date but not necessarily anna herself. But if I"m jealous that joe is dating anna, I might be referring to anna in particular, that it's anna that I want and I'm jealous that it's joe dating her not I. Or the other way around? Or neither? Good question!
RAWR (L) Dimensional Holofonic Sound: 9 Bad Acid [youtu.be] Holo Voodoo (15 seconds slower) ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Neat! I was never into acid much (neither the drug nor the music) but this is some good ol' fashion ol' school beats!
“Scientists do not join hands every Sunday and sing "Yes gravity is real! I know gravity is real! ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 1, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7KpH9_I2Dw
Guys: is there a double standard?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I'm 45 and don't have kids but want them. Sadly, dating older women would always be just for fun and not for my long term family goals... which is why I don't date older women. :(
✌️? peace and pancakes to any who will have them. @skado I apologize if this is not exemplary of...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Like god, you'd have to provide a solid definition, preferably testable, for me to entertain said idea
WOMEN ONLY: What is your race/ethnic origin?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 1, 2018:
If you post " other" please post what you're answer is. Please note that' human' is not other for that would mean you don't consider white or black or brown people human.
MEN ONLY: What is your race/ethnic origin?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jun 1, 2018:
If you post " other" please post what you're answer is. Please note that' human' is not other for that would mean you don't consider white or black or brown people human.

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