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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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Chance Encounter - A Star Trek Fan Film - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 18, 2018:
I'm of two minds about fan films: on the one hand, they pay homage to something they love. But on the other, they can turn people off to the franchise if they suck.
Knit hats and gloves spotted on San Diegans! .... How cold was it at 8am? All the way down to 52F! ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 18, 2018:
Winter is coming... NOT! LOL
This place is just a sausage fest. Months in and not one text. Not one connection. Just a ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 17, 2018:
You've posted 3 posts in 4 months and 2 those posts have been complaining about the site. IMO, such inactivity and negativity may be a factor in you not getting the responses you want...
Describe your profession -badly.
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 17, 2018:
I strip people naked, take photos of them, and shine a light on cancer.
Men Say They Want A Smart Women...Until They Date One | I Heart Intelligence.com
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 16, 2018:
I'm sapiosexual; this is NOT a problem for me and others like me. Though, having said that, running into the opposite problem of dating a not-so-smart woman is also a pain.
gyroscopic action in real world application. Pretty cool how it works. Nice physics application....
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 16, 2018:
WOW! I'm surprised this hadn't been done sooner !
How to message someone on a dating site - [soulmates.theguardian.com] This is a question that is ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 16, 2018:
I'm on A LOT of dating sites (it's brutal out there) and the majority of women have "I just want someone to make me laugh" on their profiles. It's pretty cookie cutter to be honest. But when I see that, I think (but don't say ;) ) a) Why can't you make yourself laugh? and b) Is your life so sad that having another person make you laugh is THAT important? Also, like the article says, and we all know, humor is highly selective and what I find funny you may not. Thus to put that "front and center" is like an invitation for failure IMO. Send the wrong joke, and you're done. Try to always be funny, and you're done. Spend a whole relationship as nothing but a performer for your partner, and I"M done.
When the Declaration of Independence was being drafted, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the word ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 15, 2018:
*self-ev·i·dent /ˌself ˈevədənt/Submit adjective not needing to be demonstrated or explained; obvious.* [source: dictionary.com] If something is not needed to demonstrated or explained, then it's not within the realm of reason but rather of tautology at best and blind faith at worst. By choosing "self-evident", the authors make it so they don't have to reason out why those truths are what they are. By design, they claim that those truths are true and if you don't see it that way, they don't need to explain them to you, since if you aren't smart enough to see that they are true because, d'uh!, they are self-evidently true, then you aren't worthy of being reasoned with. I don't think they chose that word due to a belief that the nation should be founded on reason. I think they chose those words so that nobody would argue with the point they are trying to make, i.e. the same purpose that *sacred* fulfills just not relying on a deity to gain their validity since deities are many but intelligence to see the "self evident" truth should transcend your religious beliefs.
The Strandbeest shall inherit the Earth... [youtube.com] [youtube.com] [exploratorium.edu] ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 15, 2018:
Eerie and beautiful at the same time... just like my last girlfriend! (bu-dum-tiss)
An answer to theists who say "Without religion where are your morals?" I recently asked a ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 15, 2018:
As I see it, to better understand why the religious make that statement one has to understand that morals are not in our genes nor are they obvious or universal. They have to come from someone... notice I said some*one* not some*where*. And further, that someone may not be alive anymore but may have written their morality in book format (formally, in oral tradition) and even if they ascribe their writings to gods or aliens or elves, it is still some*one* who is doing the writing. Hence, if I get my morals from the Buddha, it's because I've read his words, I agree with his perspective, and thus I follow his morality. Likewise, if I get my morals from the Bible, it's because I've read the words of the people that wrote it and, regardless of whether those people claim they got those words from god or their own imagination, I agree with the perspective presented therein and thus I follow that morality. Putting it together, I would disambiguate the religious question of "how can you be moral without religion?" to mean "how can you be moral without a source to teach you how to be moral?". For the religious, that source is religion or better yet theology. For the secular, that source varies but is largely composed of ethical and moral philosophers.... which is basically the same as religion except the philosopher takes all credit for their viewpoint while the religious ascribes their viewpoint to a higher power. I would personally generalize the question to people that think that morality is innate and universal and ask "how can you be moral without someone teaching you to be moral?" and implicit in this question is that what you are taught in terms of morality changes from person to person, from book to book, from religion to religion. I also think there is a lot of power in the comparison you make between the bible and the constitution. These are both written works that people interpret for their own design. They each have rules that we follow (first amendment, free speech in the constitution... don't covet, don't kill in the bible) but again those rules are taught to us and it would be a valid question that without a written set of laws and rules to give us a global sense of morality, then where would an individual and/or society get their morality?
Baptism is the washing away of original sin. Original sin is knowledge. Baptism is brainwashing.
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 15, 2018:
Forgot an important part: original sin is not knowledge but rather disobeying god in eating the fruit which then *gave them* them knowledge *of good and evil*. Original sin is not knowledge,therefore, but rather disobedience. And baptism is the washing away of that original sin, it is the forgiveness of that disobedience. However, even as people continue to disobey the rules set forth by god and thus continue to sin, this is why baptism doesn't wash away *all sin* but only *original sin*. Hence, baptism is not brainwashing but better viewed as forgiveness.
Roger Penrose thinks that quantum computing is responsible for consciousness and that any system, ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 14, 2018:
Penrose has promoted quantum consciousness for a LONG time (since his 1989 book "the emperors new mind"). The fundamental problem that he still hasn't solved is that quantum systems break down in regimes of large dimension and large temperature. And as the brain is both large and hot, it's hard to make the argument that it can sustain the quantum phenomena that makes quantum computing possible such as quantum entanglement or quantum duality. We still don't have a good understanding of the brain and, more damning, a clear and quantifiable definition of consciousness. Until we have both, any attempts to understand either is mere guesswork and floundering in the dark.
Doesn’t the site require one to be older than 18. This girl claimed to be 23 then stated in her ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 14, 2018:
Yes. This is an 18 and over site. If you find anyone claiming to be underage, report it immediately.
Are you a Centrist? Centrism is a political ideology based on reason and pragmatism considerate ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 14, 2018:
They sound very libertarian... http://uscentrist.org/about
Are you a Centrist? Centrism is a political ideology based on reason and pragmatism considerate ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 14, 2018:
As my name implies, I could get behind the centrist ideology. I've not heard of them as a political power until now but I certainly will look more into them, thanks!
Regarding Atheists & Atheism: Some Random Thoughts Atheism is not just another faith, a faith ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 14, 2018:
There is a lot of generalizations about atheists and theists. Here are my views which attempt to bring a different viewpoint on both, hopefully not based on stereotypes and based on as many studies or evidence as I can bring to bear: *Atheism is not just another faith,* Some is. Many atheists have faith in science despite not understanding science. Many atheists are dogmatic about their beliefs. It has elements of faith eventhough it's not it's central tenet as it is in many religions. *Atheists don't have a holier-than-thou approach to life.* I beg to differ. This site has many people that consider themselves better, more moral, more rational, more human for being an atheist. In fact, the overarching point of your post is that "atheists have a better approach to life than theists." ;) *Real atheists have to know the Bible way better than the Christians!* False. Quote from the 2010 pew survey, "On questions about Christianity – including a battery of questions about the Bible – Mormons (7.9 out of 12 right on average) and white evangelical Protestants (7.3 correct on average) show the highest levels of knowledge" [source: http://www.pewforum.org/2010/09/28/u-s-religious-knowledge-survey/] *But rather than admit that an atheist has both shaken and stirred their deeply held belief systems they resort rather to name calling and tend to attack the messenger and not address the atheist's message.* If seen this time and time again on this site attacking my agnostic beliefs. In fact, I've experience the same conclusion you reach about theists: when many (not all nor a majority but many) atheists get fed up with talking to me, they resort to calling me the worst of all possible names, a theist or apologist. ;) *Atheists are more moral than True Believers since atheists are moral because morality is good in and of itself; True Believers are moral only because they fear punishment from their invisible 'friend' in the sky* No study to prove this. In fact, however, the conception is that an amoral person is more likely to be atheist than theist... perhaps exactly because they feel there is no punishment. [source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40856942] My point here is that for the very reason that an theist embraces their morality because of fear in the afterlife, it could be argued (incorrectly IMO) that the atheist would NOT embrace a morality because they have NO fear of the afterlife and thus can do whatever they want, good or evil, in this life with NO repercussions. Again, I think this is an incorrect arguement but then again drawing conclusions about the morality of a wide segment of the population without data is what is fundamentally incorrect. *Atheism gives you the freedom to think your own thoughts; to ...
The music of my youth [youtube.com] [youtube.com] [youtube.com] [youtube.com] [youtube.com] ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 13, 2018:
Aw man, you making me misty eyed for "the good ol' days".... :(
Site Demographics
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 13, 2018:
Fair warning... I know your intentions are good but get ready for backlash! I tried this once and a vocal minority made such a stink over it!!! It's like they feel you are big brother and by answering the poll they are going to be "outed".... or that you are collecting data for amazon.com and will be targeted for answering... or that there has to be a good "reason" for this poll (good by their standards of course) for them to grace you with a response! Just warning you bub... for some reason, this site can get very nasty when it comes to being introspective about itself... it doesn't like to confront the notion that the majority of people on this site are white for example... simple fact... no big deal... but bring it up and there is hell to pay! LOL And don't even ASK them if they think we need to do more to get a more diverse demographic... they will go ape shit over it! ROFLMAO
There is a member on the condo board where I live who is a religious nut. Every time I see her, she ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 13, 2018:
Why is a person wearing a t-shirt or having a pin exclaiming their belief labeled "a nut"? After all, that would make every person who wears an a.com t-shirt, an atheism pin, or has a darwin fish sticker on their car "a non-religious nut" as well. I commend your "self control" but why have a need to confront them in the first place? After all, we don't like it when a religious finds out that you are an atheist that they "need" to confront you about it. I'm thinking of the golden rule here: surely we don't want to do to them what we find reprehensible that they do to us.
Should more atheists speak out against religion or keep their views to themselves? Asking All of ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 13, 2018:
The golden rule would dictate that you would do unto others as you'd want done unto you. As such, if you want more of the religious to speak out against atheism, then by all means more atheists should speak out against religion. On the other hand, if you want the religious to keep their views to themselves, then the atheists should also keep their views to themselves. *I'm starting with the man in the mirror I'm asking him to change his ways And no message could have been any clearer If you want to make the world a better place Take a look at yourself, and then make a change* -MJ
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Fires Opening Act Over Singer Wearing Trump Hat - Sofa-King-Cool - Magazine -...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 11, 2018:
While he has a right to fire, the opening band also has the right to sue for loss of money or other damages. Personally, I think this reflects poorly on ZZ Top, or management, for hiring an opening act that would risk the ire of the main act. Also, they could have asked the opening act to just not do so again or to put "no political attire" in the contract.
Please give us your feelings about the following, which I gave as a reply in another post. I ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 9, 2018:
Problem is that scientific facts upon which people disagree are few. Science is as prone to interpretation (read: opinion) as much as any other human endevour. We simply don't use those interpretations as a foundation for further discovery and try (as much as humanly possible) to build purely on those facts that don't differ from person to person. The problem as well is that facts themselves are subjective. As I discussed in a long conversation on this site not to long ago, the science of QM and Relativity proves that facts can be based on the perception of the observation: take wave-particle duality where based on the experiment a singular objects is seen to have two contradictory properties... or time dilation where based on the relative speeds of two observers times moves differently. So it's not enough to claim "look for the facts". It's also necessary to look for how those facts connect with other facts (and opinions!) in a coherent and consistent way. This has been my philosophy for a while now: I don't search for "truth" but I seek "coherency" of ideas and "consistency" of thought.
Millions is spent on security with techniques like facial recognition etc. Billions are spent on ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 7, 2018:
Voting is meant to be anonymous. Facial recognition violates that anonymity in the worst possible way. While I agree there should be some measure to guarantee that those that can vote do vote, facial recognition is not the way to do it. Voter ID cards, passports, or some other documentation should be enough...
This is the Preamble of the Constitution of the State of Missouri. We, the people of Missouri,...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 7, 2018:
While I too find that language unnecessary, it technically doesn't violate the first as it doesn't establish any particular god or religion as the state religion. It is therefore an incorrect reading of the first to claim that any government works should be devoid of religion, as that would establish atheism as the state belief and thus contrary to the establishment clause. It is correct that said government works can't establish a particular religion, which is why the 10 commandments and nativity scenes are unconstitutional but silent prayers or acknowledgements of "A" higher power are not AFAIK. If that constitution mentioned Yehovah or Allah, then it would be establishing those religions. As it only speaks to the "supreme ruler of the universe", which could be god, or Ming the Merciless, or He-man, or any other number of fictional beings, it doesn't establish any of those as the "god of missouri or the USA"
Mother Jones is pleased with the election results. I am still a grumpypants. What say you?
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 7, 2018:
Considering that Pence would take over if trump is impeached, a focus on impeaching trump is misguided and not good for the country. Rather than making impeachment a political goal we should make other changes, on the local level as with the midterms or community initiatives, our goal. After all, in two more years, we'll have a realistic chance to oust BOTH trump and pence.
Kim Davis, Anti-Gay Clerk from Rowan County (KY), Has Lost Her Re-Election Race | Hemant Mehta | ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Nice! That's the way it's done: with votes not FB, Twitter, or memes! :D
Good on you Florida, for passing amendment 4!
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
"Florida’s Amendment 4 restores voting rights for people in the state convicted of felonies as long as they have completed their sentences, although anyone convicted of murder or felony sex offenses would be excluded." I can get behind this... https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/6/18052374/florida-amendment-4-felon-voting-rights-results
I don't have anything to add to this.
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
True! Pretty plain and simple! ** Racism goes best with a side of bacon and toast.**
I have always wondered if there was a god. However I have never wanted to fault those who believe ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
This is basically how I practice my agnosticism: I don't believe in god but I also don't unbelieve in god. I simply take all evidence for and against a proposition, in this case the existence of gods, and weigh it of it's own accord. The problem is that there is very little to no evidence that gods exist... and very little evidence to no evidence that they don't. Hence, I'm not on the fence and I'm not ambivalent... I'm simply undecided and brave enough to say "I don't know!" in light of the lack of evidence.
If there is no reason for existence, then is there no reason for reasoning and hence no reason for ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Reasoning is not premeditated on a reason or rationality. Just because there is no reason ascribed to the universe doesn't mean we can't be rational about it or find reasons for our own.
Can we ever reach beyond human understanding?
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
As long as humans are the only ones doing the understanding, no. Once we have AI, then we can revisit this question... but even then, what the AI understands, if beyond human understanding, then by definition it's beyond our understanding as humans.
Being a freethinker...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
I always consider ways for things that I think are true to be false. I always consider ways for things that I think are false to be true. Thus, when confronted with such information, I'm already well prepared for a response.
Get rid off that mast orange stain
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
In two more years you can... ....unless the collective sum of your efforts until then is in spreading memes, in which case you'll never get rid of that stain. ;)
[agnostic.com] Spread this far and wide as fast and far as you can [youtube.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Thankfully, doesn't apply to the USA as we have no anti-blasphemy laws AFAIK. Oddly, a lot of Europe STILL has anti-blasphemy laws, with England only abolishing theirs a mere 10 years ago.
Until the Last One is No longer Living. No Mercy for the SS Nazis. [cbsnews.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
I'm rather focused on this line: "There is no evidence linking him to a specific crime, " Simply serving as a guard, for example, doesn't strike me as a specific crime. Of course he would claim that he didn't know of said crimes being committed, as any person that was guilty *or* innocent would say. I agree he should be put on trial and shown no mercy. However, I also agree to due process, whatever that means in Germany but if similar to the USA, then he shouldn't be convicted unless it's beyond a reasonable doubt. However, if there is no evidence of specific crimes, then as I see it he can't be convicted of any specific crime.
How many of us have posed this question to the religious -family and friends If it could be shown ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Problem is that there is no satisfaction when one holds a deeply held belief. Further, given the nature of the god claim, there is no conceivable way for that situation to emerge and thus there is no reason to answer in the affirmative or negative to said questions.
Do you think our voting pool needs purging?
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Your request is a bit of a catch-22: by insisting that we set standards to oust people who only vote in promotion of their self interest, you are in fact setting standards that promote YOUR own self-interest. For example, by promoting that only parents be allowed to vote, you are promoting your own self-interests as a parent. As others have pointed out, the danger in setting standards for voting is that no matter what standard you set, it will ultimately reflect your own standards, your own self-interest, and exclude people based on your arbitrary metrics. Better to keep it fully open and let the chips lay where they may.
Pseudoscience
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Isn't that the hardest part of being a scientist as opposed to an atheist? There are, after all, plenty of non-scientific atheists same as there are plenty of scientific theists.
Does anybody here produce electronic music? Looking to expand my horizons past rock and metal.
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 6, 2018:
I Dabble. I use ableton live with a Push 2 midi interface.
Interesting conversation between Harris and the TED dude Chris Anderson. Anderson presents many of ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Is there a way to get this in transcript form? It kills me to have to sit through 10 minutes of introduction about his tours, then minutes of introdution, then mutual ass kissing, them more tour dates, yada yada and THEN the topic I'm interested in hearing about. I want to get to the meat of sam and chris' ideas and talking is just SUCH an inefficient and time consuming way of getting to the point.
Have you ever been called a "clever clog?"
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Never heard the expression. Looked it up and saw it's also known as a clever dick. LOL
Trump advert is so racist Fox News decide not to show it... [edition.cnn.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Ugh... where before I never knew this ad existed, now I want to see it so badly!!!!! LOL!!!!!
Have you done the Myers Briggs?
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Not since I realized that personalities tests are closer to astrology than to psychology in their scientific merits.
So I had a (what appears to be a heated) run in with member on my following post today: ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I've encountered G her before. She/he is irrational in her style of debate, takes things out of context, and then rants about how YOU took things out of context because you aren't following her context that is originally out of context! Exhausted yet? LOL I wouldn't worry about it. She is one of those types of peoples that makes long soliloquies about how she has blocked you and yada yada... knowing full well that by blocking you, you can't SEE said soliloquies. In any case, nothing was said that requires a response from you or us... Move on; most of us do with her/him...
How do you feel about manners and common decency?
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 5, 2018:
The golden rule is the only universal measure of morality that we have found so far. Not only have many cultures, independently, come up with it but we see it in our science as well by virtue of Newton's Third Law. As such, it cannot be ignored as a universal lesson and regardless of other behaiviours or definitions of morality, in my strongest of opinions, if you do not abide by the golden rule, you cannot be considered a moral individual.
Report: Feds Have Logged Over 160 Attempts to Hack the Midterms Since August
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Once every other day. Only suspected interference. No mention of what constitutes an attempted hack. No mention of who could be responsible, if one or several people. It seems like business as usual on the internet as far as I'm concerned with the information given and while should be investigated, nothing to indicate success or a coordinated attack on our voting infrastructure.
The Unsettling Sound Of Tritones, The Devil's Interval : NPR
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Interestingly, in the music theory I created (and will be published in a major music research journal soon), the tritone is the most important interval, next to the perfect fifth. This is because while the P5 is the most "consonent" interval by any definition, as this article points out the TT is the most "dissonant". As such, you can think (and I mathematically prove in my paper) that the TT and P5 stand on opposite ends of a spectrum, represent two ends of the limits of music. As such, all that music is, all that can and will be done with it, could not be acheived but for the interplay between the P5 and the TT. Other interesting facts: the P5 and P1 (octave) are the only two intervals that our ear resolves exactly through the harmonic sequence... all others, like the major second or minor third, etc, are only approximated. As well, the tectoral membrane in the choclea has been seen to vibrate at exactly 1.5 octaves relative to a pure sound being heard, i.e. a TT. This physiologically shows that our ear, as far as music is concerned, only resolve 3 tones exactly: P1, P5, and TT... or 0/12 halfsteps (P1/P8 ), 6 half-steps (TT) or 7 half-steps. Needless to say, I have great admiration for the TT as the devils interval since it is necessary to compliment the P5 as gods interval. :P
What is to be Done? Looking Past Trump’s Tyranny
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Pure hyperbole. As someone who has directly experienced tyranny at the hands of a dictator, I can tell you from experience that considering any actions of our government as a tyrannical is hyperbolic nonsense. it doesn't mean it's right or the best course for our country but to resort to hyperbole is exactly the strategy that we condone in Trump and yet those that oppose them don't see the irony in adopting the same strategy against him that he adopts against you. In fact, if you can't take the high road and are reduced to take in the same low road that your opponent is taken, then you've no chance to win against set opponent since they will travel the low road much more effectively than you can. Take the high road. Resist Trump without hyperbole. Only then will a victory be meaningful. Otherwise you are replacing one form of alleged tyranny with another....
Anyone else notice an increase in ambush trolls? They have a common pattern: 1) They insert ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 4, 2018:
I've noticed no difference. Those people have always been here AFAIK
The Most Complicated question ever asked. WHY? and WHY NOT is not an acceptable response. To use it...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Questions are easy. Answers are hard. Philosophy based on "why why why" is childish. Being able to come up with one answer to "why" is a sign of adulthood.
In Buddhism, 'dharma' means 'cosmic law and order' (among other things). The equivalent in Western...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Bohm, a prominent physicist responsible for much of modern quantum mechanics, not only believed in it but wrote extensively on the subject though his "hidden variables" theory and his "undivided universe" ideology. He thought that the universe is whole and the fracture into objects that we experience (as atoms, molecules, individuals) was a result of the measurements we performed. His thoughts translated to a version of quantum mechanics, the bohmian interpretation, that could do everything that regular QM, the Copenhagen interpretation, could do without the esoteric consequences of alternative universes or collapsing wavefunctions. I've always liked and admired Bohm and his ideology. I don't know if I believe it or not, but I do think that there is much to be learned from his challenges of conventional QM and how distinctly different ways of looking at objective data can lead to distinctly different views of our cosmos. (followup) After reading the comments on this thread, I'm not sure how I feel about a universal moral order... a universal *ought* distinct from *is*. If I were to apply Bohmian thinking to the topic, I could imagine that there is a universal *ought* and that what we personally do is based on an imperfect appreciation of that universal... much like what we personally measure in QM is based on an imperfect means of measuring Bohm's "implicit order". But that is troubling to me because it implies that morality and what humans do to other humans is "written in the stars" so to speak... that if we humans would look hard enough and have all the "hidden variables" we would be able to act and live with perfect morality. I don't know, that sounds a bit "god-like" to me and, while I can't dismiss that that is the way of things, that if in exploring the universe we explore god, at the same time it makes the term of god superfluous for if we are the ones doing the examining, and we are the ones interpreting the data, and we are the ones that ultimately make use of the data... then what use is the concept or embodiment of god? Why bother trying to seek said universal god when instead we can just keep exploring our universe and keep re-writing our morality until we reach a point of diminishing returns or there is nothing more to explore or write? So yeah, when it comes to morality as a universal "one", I'm less convinced than when it comes to reality as a universal "one" and ultimately confused if they are one and the same! :P
Link to member profile not to post: [agnostic.com] So this fella posts to Insomniacs today - a ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 2, 2018:
I personally find that funny and object in the strongest of terms to have him removed. I would no more remove him than I would remove a person for posting "dead baby" or "baby in a blender" jokes UNLESS they specifically claiming to have done said acts. After all, there is NO evidence (AFAIK) that he harmed the cat or would harm a cat. If you don't find it funny, I suggest you block him and let the rest of us enjoy his dark humor.
Can anyone here give a good explanation of quantum decoherence? Every definition I have come across...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Imagine a row of soldiers marching in-step. This is **coherence**. Now imagine that due to *irregularities* in the road or because some *over-heat* and get tired, the soldiers started marching out-of-step. That is **decoherence**. Applied to the quantum world, this means that there are quantum properties, most famously spin, that are in-step with each other. This can mean they all point in the same direction or they all move at the same rate. This is **quantum coherence**, in analogy with the soldiers in-step, Now, it can happen that *impurities* in the substrate or *thermal* effects cause some spins to flip but not other or some spins to move at a different rate than the others. This then is **quantum decoherence**, in analogy with the soldiers falling out-of-step due to imperfections in their substrate (the road) or thermal effects (their overheating). Does that help?
“A PhD is not enough – A guide to survival in science” I highly recommend this book for ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Never read the book. But I will say that the way I survived was by realizing as I was doing research towards my PhD... that I didn't like research! :P Well, that's not entirely true. I do enjoy research but on my topics my interest my questions. When I was working on my PhD, that was not the case. It was someone else topic someone else's questions someone else interest. Today, I have my PhD and I'm thankful for the experience. For now that I do have interests and questions of my own, I'm confident that I know how to research them, put into perspective and (god forbid!) answer them!!!
The "gab" website is not really a free speech issue (Imo).. hate speech does not need to be ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 1, 2018:
I've corrected myself to you and others on my post. I've also addressed this in a response to you in another post. I'll summarize those corrections and responses here: -Hate speech is protected speech. This was determined by the supreme court matal vs. tam ruling. This means that a person is allowed to sue if they suffered as a result of another entity trying to suppress their protected speech. That is why not knowing what gab actually did is so critical to me (a point I expand on below). What GoDaddy did was NOT illegal or unjust IF gab was negligent in policing it's own site for violent actions and promoting discord. But, it MIGHT be illegal or unjust IF gab was not negligent and GoDaddy simply wanted to distance itself from a site that the synagague shooter used... not even to plan, coerce, or advertise the attack... just (AFAIK) use the site. -As I said in my recent comment to you, the pacific comments aren't the problem. And hate can be pacific. Many people here hate religion and yet would inflict no violence towards them. Many people hate other races or ethinicities yet would never contemplate committing violence in support of that hate. so non-violent expressions of hate ("I hate jews!" "I hate blacks!" "I hate catholics!") are not the problem. But when that hate turns to calls for action, like "lock up the Jews!", "lock up the blacks!", "lock up the catholics"... or worse... then that is the problem. - As I also said in my recent comment to you, I've never been to gab and, so far, nobody in this site responding to my thread has claimed they had either. We are taking second-hand hearsay as to what the majority of the content there was about, that gab was irresponsible in supporting it's own policy (they had a non-violence policy, everyone agrees to that), or that gab with directly or indirectly inciting violence. In this site, the notion that others are promoting hateful or violent actions has been thrown around by it's member... myself included! But when others see that content, there (usually) no agreement that that content was in fact hateful or violent. Thus the problem with gab is that since seemingly none of us saw this content, none of us were to the site, and the site isn't up (AFAIK), then none of us can truly say what gab was or was not doing.
I’m a hardcore materialist, in that I believe there is nothing outside the material world. ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Nov 1, 2018:
How does information fit into a hardcore material world? After all, the letters that form this post are clearly material: light and diodes, 1's and 0's. But the information that they contain is not a part of that materialism. In fact, that information could take many other material forms and still be the same information. One of the biggest revelations that I've had in the last few years is the tension between SET theory and CATEGORY theory. These are two forms of math. Set theory is quite literally what all of our modern math and science is based upon. It is based on the notion of membership: a marble belongs in one bag or another but not both. If we want that marble to be in both bags, we have to create a new bag that encompasses both qualities we want in the marble such that it's a member of that bag and not the others. The canonical visualization for set theory is the Venn Diagram or the list/array. Now, category theory is based on the notion of relationships: there are two objects and one or more arrows that define how those two objects relate to each other. Bags and membership can be included as part of this arrangement but as a subset and with a loss of information (using what is known as a "forgetful functor" to forget enough relationships to make the membership clear). As such, category theory is not about bags or marbles but how things relate to each other. It is a higher (perhaps the highest) abstraction of math that is currently in play and as such, has earned the moniker “abstract nonsense” from it’s detractors. The canonical visualization for cat theory is the network diagram or flow chart. So, what does this have to do with material and information? Well, up until now, all our math, science, *and philosophy* have been dominated by set theory. There was no other mathematical model around and even some of the higher maths, like group theory and calculus, have set theory as their basis. As such, this notion of "marbles and bags" or material things dominating has dominated our thought structure, not only about math and science and philosophy, but about ourselves, our outlook and how the universe purportedly works. But now, with cat theory, we learn that the relationships are as important as the objects... that the arrows of a network are as important as the nodes. Even more, that you can construct a category (a network) purely by referencing the arrows (the relationships) and the objects (the nodes) become superfluous! So in this more modern view, materialism is like taking the arrows away and only working with the nodes. Not a bad paradigm, it's gotten us this far, but in the view of cat theory, limited. If instead we start seeing the world not as a series of memberships (this is an atom, this is a photon, this is...
Religions vs Cult
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 31, 2018:
According to wikipedia: "In modern English, the term cult has come to usually refer to a social group defined by its religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, or its common interest in a particular personality, object or goal." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult So under this definition, there is no difference between a cult or a religion. However, if we accept that definition, then there is also no difference between a cult and any other social group's pursuit, including sports, science, or atheism; they can all have "cultish" elements to them.
Curious why some groups are completely blocked off? Example: Conservative Atheists. Someone in that...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Is group blocking just for the group or for all people? That is to say, if sassy is blocked out of conservative atheists, does that mean that she can't see anything it's group leader or members says just within the group or is she blocked from seeing what any or all of them say anywhere? I ask because a lot of people may take it personal that they are blocked from the group and block people IN the group as a counter response and that would be a pity for, while they can't have conversations in group, they deprive each other of conversations outside the group.
Around 80% of the conversations I have online go something like this...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 30, 2018:
80%? You are making some pretty extraordinary claims. Do you have any evidence to support that? :D :D :D :D :D :D
Gab. What are we doing to make sure the really fine people who just lost there safe place at Gab ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Quick note: please keep in mind that while threats of imminent violence against a group or individual are NOT protected by the first amendment, hate speech IS still protected speech as per the Supreme Court Matal v. Tam case. As such, shutting down a site based on the claim of hate speech seems a violation of protected speech. Imagine if they were to shut down agnostic..com beause of the hate speech against the theists (calling them mentally ill, calling them evil, wishing they weren't on the planet, even wishing them dead on rare occasion). Seems to me if you want anti-theism to be protected, then you have to accept anti-semitism to be protected. If you want the NAACP to be protected, then you have to accept the KKK being protected. To accept one but not the other even when both are fundamentally the same is the hallmark of intolerance.
I’ve heard it said that meditation is close to sleep. I was wondering what people’s experiences ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 28, 2018:
I don't think it's close to sleep at all. Sleep is like night; meditation is like day. Sleep is unconscious; meditation is conscious. Sleep is unwilling noise(dreams); meditation is willing silence (no-mind). When I'm tired but know that I shouldn't go to sleep, for sleep would be too long, and I know that I shouldn't take a nap, for the nap would disrupt my sleep habits, I put on some music, lay back, and relax. While I'm listening to music, I'm not "thinking" about the lyrics, the changes, the instruments, or anything. I just let the music wash over me. Likewise, I don't think about problems, or solutions, or where I have to be, or where I'm going. I just am. I consider this meditation. Also, when I take a long road trip and the minutes turn to hours, I also turn the radio on or open up the window and again, I'm not thinking about anything but where I am that minute, that second, simultaneously not caring where I'm going and knowing I'm going in the right direction, simultaneously not thinking about my body yet my body directing the car. I consider this a meditation as well. The difference between sleep, meditation, and the practices I've described above is simple: in sleep, you are unconscious. You are at the mercy of random firing on neurons that put you in a state not of your own control, not of your own choosing. In meditation, you are conscious. Your brain is still in control and in that control you choose to do nothing, to think nothing. And not to disparage sleep, please note that all the meditation in the world cannot substitute for a good nights sleep but, vice versa, all the sleep in the world cannot substitute for a good days meditation session.
More material to consider in regard to current America. "All this was inspired by the principle, ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 27, 2018:
Not philosophy for one. Spamming quotes is a poor way to make a point for two. And you haven't actually made a point nor given any reason why this should apply to America for three. And for four, do you mean the Continent or the USA? If the USA, I'd get into the habit of saying the USA so as to not confuse or insult our international members, especially Canadians (north americans), central americans, or south americans.
If you could have any sci-fi gadget or technology, what would you choose? I choose: a Culture ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 25, 2018:
Why settle for a knife missile when you can have a Continent class GSV? ;) (PS: Wow, Jnei! Just wow! Bringing up the culture our of the blue like that. I mean, the culture is THE best sci-fi universe and Ian Banks is THE premier sci-fi writer in the past few decades bar none! I was introduced to him during my one year at oxford theoretical physics in 1999 and is probably the best thing to come from that year. It makes me kinda sad that people in the USA don't know him but on the other hand, it makes me glad that he's my secret. If I could, I would take you out for a pint or ten to just talk about Use of Weapons and another ten for Player of Games and another ten for Excesssion and then switch to hard liquor for Wasp Factory and Feersum Endjinn and so on till they kicked us out!!!!!! )
God’s Intelligent Design?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 25, 2018:
Again, not arguing for ID but given our own designs, imperfections are not a valid reason to dismiss any other designs, intelligent or not: **The Elegance of Imperfection** *What’s so special about this plate? Before it was fired, it was perfectly round, but the artist intentionally roughed up the edges. It’s elegant, enhanced by anything that touches its surface: a bright green pear, roughly chopped chocolate, a pile of toasted almonds. Today, this plate sits on the desk in my home office. It symbolizes a crucial lesson about craft: utility is not contingent on perfection of form. In fact, the lessons I’ve learned about crafting elegant experiences—from the creative brief to user interface design—involve abandoning the desire for perfection entirely* [source: https://alistapart.com/article/the-elegance-of-imperfection] **Why getting it wrong is the future of design** *This brings us to an important and exciting moment in the design of our technologies. We have figured out the rules of creating sleek sophistication. We know, more or less, how to get it right. Now, we need a shift in perspective that allows us to move forward. We need a pole right through a horse's head. We need to enter the third stage of this cycle. It's time to stop figuring out how to do things the right way, and start getting it wrong.* [source: https://www.wired.com/2014/09/wrong-theory/]
God’s Intelligent Design?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 25, 2018:
While certainly not arguing for Intelligent Design, I find that this post grossly naive and filled with errors, the most glaring being: -males having "too much" testosterone... who says it's "too much"? -that humans can't internally manufacture minerals... which would be a miracle since minerals aren't manufactured. -That redundancy is a bad things... as other point out, binocular vision and hearing is better than singular vision and two arms and two legs means you can lose one and still function. -That organs are misplaced... breathing and eating had to go somewhere; defecation and reproduction had to go somewhere. There are animals with reproduction in their heads (the Osedax mucofloris) or that breath through their skin (most amphibians) don't confer amazing advantage and come with a host of disadvantages, such as the requirement that skin remain moist for breathing. -Why male nipples... why not? And there are also naive theological arguements: -God doesn't like foreskins... I must have missed that chapter in the torah and religious texts. -Perfect eyesight... where does it say in the religious texts that humans were designed to be perfect? And why would designing imperfections be a bad thing? We do it all the time in OUR designs and yet the arguement that god(s) can't do it is seen as an argument against them? TL;DR: Using bad science and bad theology to dismiss a purported ridiculous claims is itself ridiculous. :P
Atheists - Less Vices
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 24, 2018:
"Why is it that atheists and folks who aren't theists demographically tend to have less vices than theists?" Where is the data to support the claim that atheists have less vices than theists?
Guilty pleasures? My recent one is the covers from Riverdale...Also a guilty pleasure TV show. On ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 24, 2018:
Guilty pleasure confessions: I've watch ALL of the CW arrowverse shows: Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends. :P
I thought this was funny. Maybe it's just that i work there..
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 24, 2018:
Stealing!
"Please, take care of my music." - Moondog. For those who want to know more about Moondog (Louis ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 23, 2018:
"Bird's Lament" is my favorite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSimbyS_YlA
Why Are Americans Still Uncomfortable with Atheism? | The New Yorker
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 23, 2018:
Great article. The book describe makes a great point in talking of Atheisms, plural, instead of Atheism, singular. We see it on this site all the time with most everyone having and following a distinct form of atheism. I think that is another reason why atheism makes people uncomfortable: when you declare yourself christian or muslim, there are a few clear tenets that go along with it: the holy books, the holy people, etc. But when you declare yourself atheist, it is unclear WHAT your tenents are: are you atheist in that there are no gods or you just personally don't see any gods, are you atheist in terms of your science but deist in terms of your life, etc. Also, as I'm not a fan of the Harris, Dawkins, or Hitchens, I find his rebuke of the New Atheist movement refreshing, as if more and more people are waking up to the dogma they promote and how it's no less harmful to the dogma the religious promote. I'm might actually get this book; thanks for making me aware of it.
Who Should Pay On The First Date? Personally, I think each one should pay for their own meal and ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 21, 2018:
Ii agree with all the other responses, including the OP, but I personally have zero problem paying for the first date. If it's a first date and I'm trying to impress the person, which I am, then that is an easy way to do it. It's actually when I get into a longer-term relationship that the expectation of equity becomes important to me. As I see it, you only go on a first date once and I can always afford to pay for tgat. But if I'm in a long-term relationship, we'll go out on a lot of dates and then I may not be able to afford picking up the bill every time.
Who Should Pay On The First Date? Personally, I think each one should pay for their own meal and ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 21, 2018:
I have zero problem paying for the first date. If it's a first date and I'm trying to impress the person, which I am, then that is an easy way to do it. It's actually when I get into a longer-term relationship that the expectation of equity becomes important to me. As I see it, you only go on a first date once and I can always afford to pay for tgat. But if I'm in a long-term relationship, we'll go out on a lot of dates and then I may not be able to afford picking up the bill every time.
How do you handle negativity regarding your agnostic ideas?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 21, 2018:
Always discuss. After all, I'm always open to the possibility that the negativity towards my agnostic ideas maybe well founded and that's ignoring it would be just sticking my head in the sand
I guess I’m trying to find a common thread with people on here that’s not necessarily faith ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 21, 2018:
The site is called agnostic.com... What did you expect if not a site where belief and unbelief would be the central topic of discussion?
Who is still feeling that is was wrong to confirm a man to the supreme court that fibbed outright in...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 20, 2018:
He stated he drank a lot; people confirmed he drank a lot. He said he didn't do what Mrs Ford alleges; no one can confirm that he did what Mrs Ford alleges. Where is the lie exactly?
Men and Christians experience higher amounts of discrimination than other groups, Trump voters claim...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 19, 2018:
28% were Trump voters or 500 of the 1500 surveyed. 49% off those expressed the ideas in the headline or 250. Thus, if this site were interested in truth, the headline should reflect the truth that this applied to 250 people and not the unjustified inference that it applies to all. :( It's interesting how liberal media denounces Trump and his supporters for their promotion of fake news while engaging in it themselves...
Why is it that so many humans cannot accept a very simple fact?; that we are as individuals just a ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 18, 2018:
Because there is nothing that forces us to accept that we are just the sum of our parts or that physicalism is the only truth out there. Too much in life, and science, points to the sum being greater than the whole and thus viewing life as a set of collections may in fact be antiquated or misleading.
Are there any people here who don't suffer from Trump derangement syndrome?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 17, 2018:
I'm not supporter of trump but I'm not a hater either. I judge his actions on the basis of what it does for the country and not what he says. I find people that hang on his every twitter word, for good or ill, to be twits quite frankly. So fire at will; you'll have at least one person here in support of non-PC humour and who won't judge you fascist or racist... unless you post a picture of yourself in black face giving a nazi salute... then, I reserve the right to change my opinion. ;)
'There is no God,' says Stephen Hawking in final book
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 16, 2018:
Does he just say it or give evidence or explanation for it? If the latter, then his opinion is no more valid than a non-famous non-scientist. If the, then he is acting as a scientist and his views merit further review. I ask this because his other declarations on time travel aliens and ai could be the result of deep thought by a great mind... Or just the ramblings of a fool. I look forward to finding out if Hawking brought something new to the table... Or just the same old stale bread.
Hi, all! I'm looking for some recent studies debunking the correlation between the full moon and ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 16, 2018:
METHODS: During thirteen months, 58000 trauma patients admitted in three hospitals that had the highest load of trauma patients in Tehran were studied. Due to lack of complete data, 3543 patients (6.1%) were excluded from the study, leaving 54457 cases for further analysis. We selected lunar calendar for our study, so dates of patients' admissions were converted to lunar months and three day- periods with 15th as middle day were defined as full moon days. RESULTS: In our study the number of trauma patients was not increased during the full moon days against other days of lunar month. Statistical analyses of data didn't exhibit a positive relation between full moon days and increasing of trauma patient admission to ERs. An association between assault and attempted suicide was not observed around the full moon days either. The results did not show significant reduction of GCS score of patients on full moon days and there was not any increase in severity of traumatic injury sustained during full moon days.
Outside Time and Space?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 15, 2018:
The only logical way to read that, to me, is to take that to mean outside the time and space that one can access. For example, for everyone of us, everything that happened before we were born and after we die is outside of time and space. Further, everything that we can't reach because of geographic or light-speed limits is inside of time but outside of space. Thus, I take that to mean that their god is beyond their reach. Whether that means the moon, the next galaxy, or the ends of the universe (or the end of the universe) I suppose you should ask each individual to define.
Is the Dalai Lama agnostic?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 15, 2018:
Maybe? After all, Buddhism as I understand it doesn't rest on a foundation of worship and godhood. Any reverence to the Buddha is reverence for a wise teacher, for a wise mentor... not blind worship and devotion but an acceptance of the truth of what they say. As to the quote, I take that as the royal "we" and not specifically talking about himself. Thus, even if he does personally view the Buddha (or anyone else) as god, he is speaking to the masses here and not (as I read it) necessarily about himself.
Due to all the recent censorship posts and all this I'm going to share an actual personal story ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 14, 2018:
I get the purpose of the poll though I didn't answer for it was very leading. I would not vote NO because I think you should "suck it up and we don't care about the tragedy". I would say NO because "It's not fair to others to remove the content since others didn't have the same experience as you". Having told us this, I think we can be sensitive to your needs by not sending you cat content, by not talking about cats around you, by not sending cat posts to a group you manage, etc. But it would be grossly unfair to then ask that I do that with EVERYONE in this community. As a wise man said "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... or the one". ;)
Daniel Sloss
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 14, 2018:
Not familiar; what are they/him about?
Members should not be allowed to write posts that simply link to something that is behind a paywall....
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 13, 2018:
Why not? Just because it's behind a pay wall for you doesn't mean it's behind a pay wall for me. Mind you, I'm no fan of pay walls but that doesn't mean they should be ostracized.
I started a new group that was denied. I was told by admin "Yeah... it doesn't help us promote ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 13, 2018:
That is an odd decision. There are music groups and there are movie groups... neither explicitly or implicitly promote agnosticism. I always thought groups were for community, regardless of agnostic content. I join you in protest; I think that is a bad decision...
Validity of a theory
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 13, 2018:
They are only different insofar as a religious truth resists experimentation. What Poppler said is that a theory can be falsified though experimentation: a theory (proposed scientific truth) predicts with certainty that a measurement will be 3, the measurement accurately turns out to be 4, thus the theory, a proposed scientific truth, is falsified. If you could perform such an experiment with religious truth, then they too can be Poppler falsified: a religion says they can cure cancer with prayer (a proposed religious truth), they perform prayer, and the cancer is not cured; thus that theory, that proposed religious truth, is falsified. The problem is that it is A LOT easier to design a scientific experiment to test a proposed scientific truth than it is to design an experiment to test a proposed religious truth. This is because you can narrow a scientific experiment to only account for that which you want to test while isolating all relevant variables from a religious experiment, such that you know that you are testing prayer and prayer alone as per the above example, is hard to impossible and thus resists testing via Popplerion falsification.
What is "Compartmentalization" with regard to religion?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 12, 2018:
It's really simple: you don't think about A when working with B and don't think about B when working with A. It's not magic. It's not cognitive dissonance. It's just the realization that what I do when I do A may not, need not, apply to what I do when I do B and vice versa So for example, my father is a very religious man and also a (retired) nephrologist. When he is in church, he isn't thinking or bringing his dialysis machines into his prayers or rituals and when he is in the clinic, he isn't thinking or bringing his prayers to his dialysis machines. There are times when both realms sort of meet, for example when dialysis fails for a terminal patient. In that case, he would pray for the patient but not hope for some divine intervention to make dialysis work for that patient. Another great example of compartmentalization is his emotions in regards to his patients vs. us. He is a very loving and giving father to us but when he deals with with patients he has to "compartmentalize" his emotions. Likewise, when he is dealing with sickness with one of his kids, he can't treat us as his kids, he has to look at us like patients, unemotional, compartmentalize his feelings for us in order to focus on his knowledge. Myself, I use compartmentalization in my work as a physicist as well. I realize, as an agnostic, that there are many things that I don't know and possibly can't know. I put all those things in a little box/compartment and don't let them affect me. Every so often, I'll put them out of the compartment to examine, to see if there is new evidence for me to put it in a different compartment or to let it out. If there is, I review. If there is not, I put it back. A good example of this is Russell's Teapot: great philosophical argument but as an agnostic, not one I can test. This is especially relevant considering that we have put objects in orbit around other planets and thus it's possible for the teapot to be orbiting. But ultimately I can't test it. So I put that in the "can't test" compartment and don't let it affect how I view the world. Same with religion. Same with string theory. Etc. Just put it away, don't let it affect you, pull it out every so often to example, and put it away again. Simple if you need to do it for your job or rational life; impossible to conceive if you don't need it for your job or don't care about a rational life.
One of the questions on this site when I signed up was if I believe in God or gods, and then it ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 12, 2018:
Quantifying belief with percentages is an inherently flawed strategy. There is no reason, for example, why you couldn't use the same reasoning to give a 99.9%, 99.99%, 98%, 97%, 51%, 66%, or any such number above 50% to quantify your belief that you are "mostly" sure there are not gods but not "completely" sure. And yet, all those percentages are vastly different numerically, statistically, or in any mathematical concept. For further evidence that percentages are flawed, consider my answer as an agnostic. Several agnostics would quantify themselves as 50%, such that it is equally likely that god does or doesn't exist. But this too is a failed view of agnosticism since agnosticism is about evidence and it's not the case that there is equal evidence for and against their existence; in fact, there is no test and thus no evidence and thus any statistical denomination fails. It's not that I'm 50% ambiguous, it's that I simply can't put a percentage on something for which there is no data. Stick with "almost" sure and other quality based qualifiers for your belief but stay away from numbers for belief is my advice and leave numbers for the quantifiable, for the measurable, not the immaterial and subjective.
Do you attract a certain type of the opposite sex? Do you have a preferred type?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 10, 2018:
I attract gay men and am attracted to lesbians and I'm straight. So, yes, I attract and am attracted to the exact opposite of what I want and can get! :P
Do all men want babies?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 10, 2018:
All men want to practice making babies. ;) As for having them on the other hand... maybe not so much. :D
Blocked Indicator on Profile Would it be possible / desirable to indicate on a person’s profile...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 5, 2018:
I've advocated this to no avail. My idea was to indicate that number, but keep it private for only the person to see. That way, they can see if they want to change their ways or not. After all, being blocked is NOT the same as generating negativity. As others have pointed out, many people block simply because they don't want to be confronted with other points of view (putting their fingers in their ear as it were) or they want to keep their echo chamber clean and don't want other points of view dirtying it up. Likewise, there are those people that truly are disruptive and those people usually get banned or simply don't stick around; 100 blocks won't stop those people. But if too many people are blocking me and I'm not reaching the people I want to reach, I may consider changing my approach or just leaving.
Nearly 20% of Trump Fans Think Freeing Slaves Was a Bad Idea | Time
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 3, 2018:
Never trust an article referencing a poll that doesn't include a link to that poll so that we can examine it's veracity and validity.
One step closer to fusion energy: Scientists blow up their lab after creating strongest magnet ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 3, 2018:
It's not science if it don't blow up!!!! :D :D :D
How annoyed do you get when a religious person give all credit to god, despite it was you that may ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 2, 2018:
IMO, if one is overly concerned with who gets credit for what, then one is more concerned with the credit than with the results. The fact that you've lost 30 pounds is admirable... doesn't matter if you did it of your own volition, if you were forced to do it, if god told you to do it in a dream, if your doctor told you to do it, or whatever. You did it. That's what matters, regardless of why or what lead you to do it.
Just released: LCD Soundsystem + Rian Johnson = Wow
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Chills.
Grand Canyon at risk as Arizona officials ask Trump to end uranium mining ban | Environment | The ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 2, 2018:
The supreme court has refused to hear this case so for the time there is no risk.
How to gain freewill Step 1-Accept that freewill does not exist Step 2-Realize that the reason...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 2, 2018:
There is a hidden circular logic here that your programmatic approach exposes: what are you but your programming? And thus if your programming says "turn left", isn't that the same as saying you wanted to turn left? The paradigm of us only being programs and thus freewill doesn't exist is only valid if there is a programmer outside of us creating that program. I would argue that we self-program, that based on an initial template and I/O ports, we each interpret our own travels through space-time, include that into our programming, and that makes us "us". And since it's impossible for two people to travel the exact same path through space-time, then it's impossible for two people to have the exact same programming. Thus, the "you" identity will be factually unique and the programming that makes you "you" unique as well. This is why I espouse not the complete absence of freewill but the presence of what I deem "conditional free-will", insomuch as we have freewill but with conditions. You are free to choose left or right, for example, but you are not free to choose up (fly without gear) or down (survive underwater without gear).
Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but i'm sure someone can at least do the ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Sorry, no realistic physical explanation. As you point out, his stride is smaller so to even keep the same speed, he would have to pump his legs faster and, to travel faster than normal, would have to pump them even faster. So "it's just a film" is the correct answer.
Unpopular Opinions I know you got 'em, what are they?
TheMiddleWay comments on Oct 1, 2018:
Here's just a few: Men and Women aren't equal, they are isomorphic. The USA is not the greatest country in the world; it's just A country. Atheists are wrong and so are theists. There is a legitimate argument for abortion being murder. All lives matter, just some matter more than others. Rape is a crime and should be reported immediately, regardless of public belief or eventual conviction. Most stereotypes have a grain of truth and sometimes a whole bushel. Scientism is as bad as fundamentalism. Google PhDs and MDs harm the pursuit of truth more than anti-vaxxers and climate-deniers. MSM's yellow journalism is real, pervasive, and expanding. GMO's are a boon, not a bane, to our society. Guessing what a god(s) intent is, for good or ill, is a fool's errand. Republicans and democrats both have good and bad ideology in equal measure.

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