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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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This is one candidate I can get behind. Gravel2020 [nymag.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Apr 3, 2019:
88 now. 92 by end of presidency if they make it that long. LOL Neat, but not viable.
Expecting life to make sense is the supreme lost cause
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 31, 2019:
I've made lots of cents of life; unfortunately, few dollars.
fun science infographics: [mymodernmet.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 31, 2019:
I love that Category Theory is included in the math map. I love that Strings and Dark energy/matter are beyond the gap of ignorance in the physics map. I love that the biology map is just a hodge-podge of different things.
Keep seeing Amazon PrimeVideo's advert for the series; "American Gods," and that tune for the ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 29, 2019:
1) The XTC version ain't too shabby though this moody version really revitalizes the song. 2) The book American Gods is amazing. Read it then watch the series. Or watch the series and then read it. Either way, READ IT! LOL
it's one thing to be a conservative, it is quite another to be a trump supporter.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 28, 2019:
Also, IMO, any statement that stereotypes an entire population in a negative way is not the way to reach "common ground".
it's one thing to be a conservative, it is quite another to be a trump supporter.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 28, 2019:
If you continue to listen and enjoy Michael Jackson's music, does that make you a pedophile? If you continue to laugh at Bill Cosby's jokes, does that make you a rapist? If you continue to support Bill Clinton's policies, does that make you a womanizer? If you continue to admire Barack Obama's intellect, does that make you a nerd? I think the false equivalence being made here is that accepting one part of a person requires accepting them all. For example, I can be completely for a politicians fiscal policy and completely against their foreign policy; accepting one doesn't mean tacit acceptance of all others. I can be completely for a scientists theoretical insight and completely against their religious insight; admiring one doesn't imply that I admire all others. In Trump's case, one can completely be in favor for the way that, in his bumbling way, he is exposing a lot more of the Washington underground than they would like exposed. However, he is not the most moral of men in his dealings with women and in business and one can at the same time be against that. *It is a recognition that people are complex and there is no such thing as a "perfect" person with whom you will agree 100% that I think is worth noting here.*
The Paradox of the Stone is the Paradox of Religion: “Can God create a stone that cannot be ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 26, 2019:
Here's how I resolve this paradox by taking advantage of the time dimension: Yes, god can create a stone that he himself *at that time* cannot lift. Being all powerful however, he can then make himself stronger so that he can *at a later time* lift it. At that point he can create a stone that he cannot lift with his new strength. But being all powerful, he can make himself stronger so that he can lift this new stone. Ad nausium, the paradox is resolved.
It seems atheists DOMINATE this site, despite the fact it's an agnostic one.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 26, 2019:
Finally, fuck the haters that have hated on your post. Fuck the people that have nothing to say but that hate on you for saying anything at all for they feel you said too much. Fuck the people who have nothing to say and yet feel compelled to say something because they abhor silence and they hate that you have more to say than they do. Fuck the people who have nothing to say but to remind us that they don't like talking about this topic as if somehow that will stop others, or us, from talking about that topic.
It seems atheists DOMINATE this site, despite the fact it's an agnostic one.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 26, 2019:
I also want to make note of some inconsistencies in the examples that you presented. For example you state that one cannot prove that life after death is impossible but that you are almost certain that there is no heaven and hell. To me, as an agnostic, I would say that all of those are impossible to prove... That we had imagined the concept of life after death, heaven, and hell and yet we like the evidence to prove if that imagination is true or false. Also, you mentioned that telepathy, reincarnation, and exercise your perception are hard to deny. But that is just not an objective truth. As an agnostic, I realize that there is a difference between objective and subjective evidence. That there are personal experiences that may never be replicated in the scientific sense but can't stand as personal evidence the people. As such, the concepts that you have discussed squarely fall in this realm. If nothing else, and The Amazing Randi has time after time is proven that telepathy and ESP are objectively real... his million dollars remains safely in the bank. I would recommend that if you are truly willing to embrace the viewpoint of agnosticism, and again with the caveat that this is just how I practice and understanding, then you must remain skeptical and nonjudgmental of all things which there is no evidence for and, when evidence is presented, be very careful about doing a wide search for how objective that evidence is. Agnosticism is perhaps the hardest stance to take on many issues because one does not have the benefit of simply following a gut feeling or common sense or anything except cold hard logic and evidence. However, the rewards are many for you will find that your viewpoints remain more self consistent, more cohesive, than many of our fellow atheists and theists because we are so committed to a singular standard of evidence and skepticism such that lacking evidence we simply make no judgment. Note, this doesn't make our views more true than our fellow believers and non-believers... just more self-consistent. Which means, and again just how I practice it, that we are more likely to change our views because we are not convinced of the truth of ideas but just the consistency and that consistency can change when new evidence is presented. However, as I think the tenor of your original post was, an atheist or theist will be less likely to change the point of view even in light of new evidence because they are so convinced that they have "THE" or "A" truth.
It seems atheists DOMINATE this site, despite the fact it's an agnostic one.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 26, 2019:
"The great thing about agnosticism, which seems to have escaped them, is ANYTHING is possible." Hmmm... I don't think many agnostics would agree with this statement though I can only speak for myself. Agnosticism (as I practice and understand it) isn't an invitation to accept everything our imagination can come up with. In fact, I see it as a way to temper our imaginations with a steadfast commitment to evidence-based beliefs. So for example, there are many people who say that aliens must exist because the universe is so vast and because there's no reasons why life can exist anywhere, etc. But agnosticism is not the acceptance that it might be real but rather the realization that until we get evidence for one where the other, we can't make any judgment on whether it's real or even possible. The true value of agnosticism as I see it is that while our imagination makes almost anything possible, only evidence should inform what is possible and actual. Viewed this way, and again nearly as I practice and understanding, Agnosticism is not a carte blanche to accept that anything and everything is possible but rather a realization that our imagination far exceeds our knowledge,
We atheists and atheist allies hereby declare that from now on, March 23rd is Atheist Day.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 25, 2019:
So that was a few days ago; how'd it go? I only ask because 1) I find it fairly presumptuous for a seemingly small group of atheists and their allies to not only speak for the rest of atheists but also to presume that it's a community that would support their actions 2) Picking a day at random to do this, a day that coincidentally can overlap with Easter. 3) Organized by WHOM? There is no "about" in the webpage and that always makes me suspicious. 4) There are endorsements but that is not the same as organizers. Also, seems that "atheist allies" consist only of ex-muslims and no other group. 5) Why the symbol? I think others have mentioned how it is very similar to some of the eastern tao or zen symbols and thus it's seems like they are usurping it, intentionally or not.
Charles S.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 25, 2019:
Anyone that claims to be unbiased usually isn't. ;)
Worn faces on old gravestones
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 25, 2019:
*All around me are familiar faces Worn out places, worn out faces* -Tears for Fear, "Mad World"
I recently learned the philosophy community defines an atheist more broadly than any definition that...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 22, 2019:
I wager that all talk of gods is philosophical in nature. Hence, what is a "non-philosophical" definition of atheism and what makes it "non-philosophical"? And if the case is made for a non-philosophical version of atheism, why should the onus of appending our use atheism be with the philosophical version and not the non-philosophical version or both?
Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 21, 2019:
My man! He states exactly what I've said countless times: agnosticism is the most scientific of stances for it doesn't render judgement where one cannot experiment. And since we cannot experiment with god, we should not render judgements (either way!) about god(s).
Will they ever get tired of "atheism is just another religion" argument?
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 21, 2019:
As long as "religious" is confused with "dogmatic" then no. After all, stating that atheism is another religion is oxymoronic but stating that atheism can be dogmatic is not.
The Latest: Mississippi 'heartbeat' abortion law signed
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 21, 2019:
Conception, Heartbeat, Brain Activity, Pain Reception: the metrics for abortion are so arbritrary, it doesn't surprise me that one side wants to push it as close to one end as possible and the other to the other end...
PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING | An Atheist with a Tall Hat On: The Forgotten History of Agnosticism - ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 20, 2019:
The fallacy in the arguement is one of conflating epistemology and ontology and can be easily exposed with the following question: *The majority of people don't know about quarks...does this mean they are without quarks? The majority of people have never experimented with quarks... does this mean they know quarks?* See, to know something is epistemology and reflects a mental state. However to claim something exists is ontology and reflects a physical state. My agnosticism is based on my view that claims of ontology must be based on proper epistemology and vice versa. Thus if I don't know god (epistemology), I can't make any claims on god(s) existence. Likewise, if I see no evidence for gods existence (ontology), I can't claim to know what god is about (epistemology). To think otherwise would be like a person with zero particle physics knowledge making claims on whether quarks exist or not.... or a person who has never experimented with quarks making claims that they know what quarks truly are about...
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TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 14, 2019:
Found her here as well, under the name "sandra" http://www.droidmsg.com/index.php?option%3Dcom_user%26view%3Duser%26task%3Dqueryprofile%26username%3Dsandraovel123
[hrw.org] US Again Cuts Women from State Department’s Human Rights Reports
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 14, 2019:
Why would a country willingly include data that puts that country in a bad light? ;) **U.S. Has The Worst Rate Of Maternal Deaths In The Developed World** https://www.npr.org/2017/05/12/528098789/u-s-has-the-worst-rate-of-maternal-deaths-in-the-developed-world
Do we know if Socrates was a historical character or a literary device used by Plato?
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 14, 2019:
I think if enough time passes, the distinction becomes irrelevant.
More than a third of American Catholics question membership in the church after sex abuse crisis, ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 14, 2019:
100% of priest as pedophiles is what it would take to have 100% of people question, or leave, the church. As long as there is one good priest, don't expect that number to reach 100% in other words...
If trump was to be impeached the senate wouldn't convict, but even if they did pence would pardon ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 13, 2019:
Given that impeachment talk about the current president is just a knee-jerk reaction to not liking him and not a direct consequence of any *actual impeachable offense*, yes, Pelosi is on the right track.
More antivaxx logic, for your dining pleasure!
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 13, 2019:
The analogy is faulty. The true analogy would be that one feels the government has no right to tell you that you have to feed your kids meat because your research shows that eating meat carries risk with it (heart disease, obesity, etc) even though it is of benefit to a great majority. I'm pro-vaxx but also pro-choice in this regard. I believe in the science of vaccines, have them myself, and had I children would get them for them. But I also believe that the government should have *no* say in what I do, or don't, put in my body. Now, the government does have a say in who can be in public property and thus they have a right to state that only vaccinated individuals can be around public buildings or schools... part of pro-choice in this context is that we also have a choice of who we hang around with. So while I support *voluntary* vaccination, I cannot support *state-mandated* vaccination... i cannot support the government telling me what I should, or should not, put into my body.
Chip, chip, chip... Federal court allows Ohio law that defunds Planned Parenthood. [msn.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 12, 2019:
I don't get it. Quote from this Reuters article[1]: "It required the department to ensure that funds it received through six non-abortion-related federal programs was not used to fund entities that performed non-therapeutic abortions." So if PP doesn't do abortions, what's the problem? They ensure those moneys don't go to entities that perform non-therapeutic abortions and case closed. Or is it the case that PP did NOT want to make said assurance such that they kept the option to use non-abortion related federal programs to fund abortion entities? Not entirely clear on what PP's stance against the law is for, if they truly don't fund abortions, as I read it, they would not have run afoul of this law. Maybe someone can explain exactly what the constitutional challenge was or what they were suing for, or against, as I'm very confused about this case... --- [PP}
NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 12, 2019:
When russia allegedly spread propaganda, it's considered an act against the US. But when the US allegedly spreads propaganda, it's considered patriotic. The irony and hypocrisy of our current political AND journalistic system are overwhelming!
I just joined the group "Republican Atheists" because I'm fascinated just what sort of animal that ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 12, 2019:
"This is particularly disheartening as a tenet of humanism is supposed to be fair and **dispassionate analysis**. I wonder what the talk of **Mayor Tiny Hands** will be like?" I think you may want to look within yourself for the answer to this. ;)
Does the concept of human dignity need to be justified?
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 12, 2019:
Maybe not justification as much as clarification. What does "dignity" mean in the context of the whole of humanity? I mean we have a dictionary definition "the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect" but is everyone worthy of honor and respect? I've long advocated so, that I respect everyone regardless of the respect offered me (no so much "honor" as I reserve that for the special few that are outstanding). However, many have countered that they respect others only as much as they themselves are respected, a valid use of the golden rule. So I think a personal clarification on what we mean by dignity and when we apply it is in order, though at the end of the day maybe that is semantically akin to a justification.
Pelosi has lost control of the New Democrats and I hope it bites the democrat party on the ass.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 9, 2019:
There is a lot of truth in this assessment. The "old guard" had old ideas, old money, old promises built up in the working of government. Now the "new guard" is unbeholden to all those old principles. This can be good or bad, time will tell. It can be good in that it allows us to break the cycle of cronyism and dirty politics that is perpetuated as people who want to support the "old guard" get sworn in. But it can be bad in that the inexperience and frankly overly idealistic and wholly unrealistic ideas of some of the junior members may make congress more ineffective than any political infighting. Time will tell....
The Do No Harm Act (H.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 7, 2019:
*The Do No Harm Act (H.R. 1450, S. 593) * Near as I can tell this is wrong: S.593 - Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act H.R.1450 - No Stolen Trademarks Honored in America Act The correct bills are S.2918 - Do No Harm Act (latest action 05/22/2018 ) H.R.3222 - Do No Harm Act (latest action 08/03/2017 )
I got into a fb discussion with someone and this is his argument.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 7, 2019:
*The "existence" of a god is wholly dependent on the definition that we ascribe to the word "god." Humans have traditionally assigned that which is unknown to a god (wind, fire, life, etc.). As science has evolved, we have transferred the meaning of the unknown to a vocabulary of known, reproducible, human experiences, mathematics. * All true. *It is possible to ascribe a definition to the word god that makes god scientifically provable. * Not true. It has not been done nor is there a conceivable way to do it so saying it's possible is unjustified. AFAIK, there has never been any definition of god(s) which has been amenable to experimentation. One *can* experiment on the claims of texts about gods (prayer, miracles, etc) but ultimately those are claims made *by* people *about* gods and not solid, universal definitions of what god(s) are or want. So the front part of the argument is sound but the premise that it's possible to make a scientifically provable definition of god(s) is unsound until someone is able to do so...
The Do No Harm Act (H.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Sigh. How quickly people jump on a bandwagon without doing a modicum of investigation: Two glaring problems: 1) The only action on this bill was it's introduction in 2017 (EDIT: house version no action since introduction in August 2017; senate version no action since introduction in May 2018) . Since then, it's lain dormant with ZERO action on any front, either government or public. 2) The wording is such that the amendment is unnecessary since the things it's protecting have not been violated nor can conceivably be violated. When the RFRA is used to discriminate, then we should address that. But making solutions to problems that don't currently exist, nor conceivably can exist, is senseless grandstanding on the part of representatives IMO.
Here is the list i know of: young, child, offspring, children, white, british, high, christian.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 7, 2019:
I've used "white" and "christian" innumerable times on this site in all manner of context and they have never been edited. Seems like a glitch on your end....
Guilty while being black in America (again) ? [theroot.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 7, 2019:
*The man told the officer he lived and worked in the building, and gave the officer his school identification card,* [1] School ID card? The police were right to be suspicious given that most school ID cards don't have address information and even if they did, aren't a form of valid ID. BTW, was it established that he did live there after all? The reports aren't too clear on that and all we know is that the person that posted the video claims he lives with him. ---- [1]: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_32490946
I am about to lose my most dear niece to the evils of Ewings Sarcoma.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 6, 2019:
Surgery? Chemo? Radiation? Any of these tried or have they all failed?
I may be too much of a contentious asshole for this group. What do you think?
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 6, 2019:
If we say yes, is that incentive for you to change your assholery? If we say no, is that incentive for you to increase your assholery? Methinks if you think you are, you may be... and if you bring it up, you may want someone else to tell you to change. ;)
As a nonbeliever, do you fear death?
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 6, 2019:
No. As long as it doesn't happen, there is nothing to worry about. And when it happens, there is nothing to worry about anymore. ;)
For those who do not believe in "WHITE PRIVILEGE" in American Society and "WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE" in...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 6, 2019:
I'm non-white and an immigrant. My problem is not disbelief but overuse of the concept. What room is their for personal responsibility and growth in a world where most every problem a non-white person has is due to white privilege? EVERYONE had more "privilege" than me when I came to this country, even other non-whites by virtue of being citizens. Never blamed white or citizen privilege on my situation and I did fine. May not work for everyone but I do feel the concept of "white privilege" does more harm than good on non-whites by giving a convenient and easy reason to blame for any and all shortcomings, some of which may be due to implicit and explicit racism, by many of which don't.
Something to answer, Something to think about.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 6, 2019:
I think unions are an artifact of the past, when information was not readily available to the masses, when litigation by groups was more difficult, and corporations abused it's workers. I think the pendulum has swung the other way, with unions abusing the corporations. Let's face it: anytime you create an organization that has tremendous power, said power will be abused, be they corporations or unions. The difference is that corporations are needed for a capitalist economy; unions are not. And considering that labor union membership has been declining in the last few years [1] and the economy of those countries has continued to grow, I don't see unions are being necessary or ultimately beneficial to the economic growth, or detrimental to it's workers! After all, we are a litigious society in the USA and if there is any problem with corporations, there are TONS of lawyers willing to take a class action lawsuit or force arbitration for your demands to be met TL;DR: Unions: don't like them, don't need them. They are a relic of the past industrial age and unnecessary in today's the information age. --- [1]https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2017/06/20/which-countries-have-the-highest-levels-of-labor-union-membership-infographic/#4e132b9533c0
When plants are exposed to mutagenic radiation it's considered natural (and the plant considered ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 6, 2019:
I can see the logic behind this: one is random (no manipulation), the other selective (manipulative). One uses the natural process of mutation, albeit accelerated; the other uses a scientific process of editing. I'm not a fan of the anti-gmo movement but on this point, I don't see an issue.
Greater than 85% of disaster releif monies (FEMA & SBA in paricular) go to more affluent white ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 5, 2019:
Could you link the report so we can see the particulars of this statistic?
Time to reach immortality 📖 😁 "People who read live longer than those who don’t, Yale ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 5, 2019:
"The people who read the most were college-educated women in the higher-income group." a) women naturally live more than men, reading or not. b) higher-income should lead to better healthcare options and living longer. c) college-educated means that you are likely to know more about healthy living than not. Me-thinks reading is a consequence of, not the cause or an indicator, of living longer.
Facebook criticised after women complain of inaction over abuse Amnesty says social media firm must...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 5, 2019:
There is no reason for women to stay in an free environment if they are being abuse. They can leave and the abuse stops which may be what the abuser wants but it's better than being abused IMO. Of course, then what will happen is the FB will be nothing but these harrasers, nobody will want to join, and the company will self implode just like every other social media platform in the past (friendster, myspace, etc). This is not unlike frequenting a bar which has abusive assholes in it and management does nothing about it. Just don't go to that bar. They lose your business, it gets a reputation for being nothing but assholes, problem solved. Personally, I think we give social media WAY too much reality as if we HAVE to be on there and thus when the internet trolls and asshole show up, whom everyone gets to some degree male and female, it's elevated to an unmerited status. This has happened to me on FB. I've had several groups I was a member where I was abused, stalked, sent unwanted messages, etc. I fought with FB, I fought with the groups admin, all to get it to stop and it never did. Solution? Leave the groups. Problem solved. Now, FB is for meme sharing and the occasional update from a long distance friend. The "reality" of social media is real to me no more. Unplug. Disconnect. Get Real not Virtual. You don't HAVE to be on FB....
vsppvic [agnostic.
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 4, 2019:
Sigh. Being a belever or a bad spelr is neither trolling, scamming, nor being a nigerian russian wife. Is this group here just to mock people we don't like? I don't think so. It saddens me when fellow atheists/agnostics act in such mean ways to the very people that could benefit most by being exposed, rather than shunned, by our community. :(
Third Most Powerful Vatican Official Found Guilty of Child Rape
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 4, 2019:
I saw share it with your non-christian friends as well. The issues confounding the catholic church have less to do with religion and more to do with the massive power it holds as an institution which makes people in power believe they can get away with anything. The more accountable we hold these people in ALL positions of power, the better for society.
Which group of people would be more likely to help those in need... theists, agnostics or atheists?
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 3, 2019:
There should be a "all of the above" option. Otherwise, you are forcing a possibly false choice by implying that one group *will* be more likely to help than another.
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TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 3, 2019:
Amazing feature. I think it will do the site and it's members a world of good!
How many times have you saw a congressman who has only been in Congress a few months that is as well...
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Interesting that "shes an effective politician" is not an option nor being put forth as an option. ;)
Not a Single Republican in the debate
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Debating climate change on the senate floor is like Debating social security in the lab room. I wouldn't show up to either debate either.
Does the delayed choice experiment indicate time travel?
TheMiddleWay comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Not really or better yet, not necessarily. Wheeler, the originator of this idea, likes to think that this implies that the past only exist as viewed in the present. Thus there is no set "past" until we record it in the "present" and time travel to explain the retrocausal effect this experiment suggests is not necessary. OTOH, Bohm (a particular favorite of mine) says absolutely not insofar as with his theory, there is a "potential" in the past that dictates this motion in the present and thus, again, time travel isn't necessary. However, these are interpretations. The fact that Bohm and Wheeler, both distinguished physicists, don't accept time travel as a solution betrays an ingrained dogma all us physicist have to rebel against the notion of time travel, to find any explanation or interpretation BUT that one. However, as they are just interpretations, it may be the case that some enterprising physicist may propose time travel, "make it work", and that becomes the best and leading interpretation.
The way I see it.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Thing is John, at least in senate, people ARE getting along with each other and to many of us it IS working. It's a false narrative, to me and a few others, that this is more of a gladiatorial combat arena than a senate. Yes, tempers flare. Yes, misunderstanding occur. Yes, we get sidetracked There is NO cure to that... that is the nature of the beast that is being human. However, most senior members here use senate appropriately... for discussion on issues that affect all members old and new. Up until recently, the senate was working and when specific issues came up that minimized it's efficiency came up, they were addressed. The current flare up is an outlier, nothing more, and shouldn't be seen to represent majority opinion on how the senate works. As for not working with us, note that being block free, this is exactly the ONE place where you can work with others regardless of blocks. It suxs that you've gotten barraged by senate posts lately; pretty sure you can turn off the alerts if it gets too much without leaving it. And then turn it back on when things cool down or whenever you want to or not at all! :)
Dual senate?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Thanks for making this suggestion public @hippydog. Just a pie in the sky idea but at least we can discuss the pros and cons. The cons are clear: more headache for admin/sitesupport and site fragmentation. The pros however are less clear but I think would include: giving a dedicated forum for people that are interested in discussing site issues without input from people they blocked and putting a stop to the whole blocked/un-blocked chatter in senate. And as I continue beating this dead horse with my broken records, all of this is premeditated on the notion that there is a large enough population of people that don't participate in senate because it's block-free. Evidence seems to point otherwise but if it will make that minority feel like they are being represented and give them a space to express themselves as they want (with blocks), it may be worth it. Of course, it would have to be larger than a minority of one and that remains to be seen...
So it would appear that all or almost all of the people in this country who are against abortion are...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 27, 2019:
"So it would appear that all or almost all of the people in this country who are against abortion are also pro death penalty." How do you arrive at this conclusion? Is there a poll you are reference for the all or almost all qualifier?
Just trying to learn here.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 25, 2019:
That's a bit of a controversy (pun off your name intended). That's it not considered a real force is because a) the mathematical description of gravity assigns it's effect to space-time and b) there has never been a particle, the graviton, found to mediate that force as is the case for the other three (EM, weak, and strong). Having said that, what is reality is what is not what we determine. Thus the fact that gravity acts like a force, is subject to the laws of forces, makes it a de facto force. Maybe one that is not like the other three but no less real. As scientists, we have to be careful to not try to fit a square peg into a round hole... of trying to fit gravity into the scheme we created for the other forces. Maybe someday the graviton WILL be discovered and then all four forces will be tied up nice and neat with a bow. Maybe not. Either way, it's still a force and I think we do it a diservice by calling it not real just because it doesn't look like the other kids in the playground. ;)
Why Jordan Peterson Is A Charlatan In His Own Words. - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 25, 2019:
The critique in this video can be equally applied to Sam Harris or Bill Maher on the left. Seems like they are commenting less on Peterson in particular and more on the way people generally align themselves with demagogues.
@Admin, @SiteSupport Senate members.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 24, 2019:
I'm glad Kenriley brought this up for it shows that most senate members, or at least those willing to comment, are against re-introducing blocks here. :D
@Admin, @SiteSupport Senate members.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 24, 2019:
I like it without blocks. I'd rather we address the vocal minority that causes all the drama rather than go back to the way it was, with hidden cliques having secret discussions about topics and members that weren't visible to all. In other words, the troubles won't go away by reinstating blocks because the people causing the trouble are still here, you know?
How Can Someone be an Agnostic and an Atheist at the Same Time? | Courtney Heard
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 24, 2019:
"One means I have no belief in a god, the other means I don’t know if there is one" I find this a muddled use of the word "atheist". After all, if we take agnostic to be knowledge because "gnosis" means to know and "a" means without... hence "without knowledge"... then the proper way to state a lack of belief would be "apistic" because "pistic" means belief and "a" means without... hence "without belief" With this we have a cleaner use of terms with "agnostic" meaning "without knowledge" and "apistic" meaning "without belief". This has the advantage that just like agnostic can be used about knowledge claims outside of theology, so too can apistic be used about belief claims outside of theology... something you can't do with atheist. In this context, agnostic and apistic remainin in the realm of epistemology and what we know and believe while atheism remains in the realm of ontology and a claim about existense, as the SEP explains: *“Atheism” is typically defined in terms of “theism”. Theism, in turn, is best understood as a proposition—something that is either true or false. It is often defined as “the belief that God exists”, but here “belief” means “something believed”. It refers to the propositional content of belief, not to the attitude or psychological state of believing. This is why it makes sense to say that theism is true or false and to argue for or against theism. If, however, “atheism” is defined in terms of theism and theism is the proposition that God exists and not the psychological condition of believing that there is a God, then it follows that atheism is not the absence of the psychological condition of believing that God exists (more on this below). The “a-” in “atheism” must be understood as negation instead of absence, as “not” instead of “without”. Therefore, in philosophy at least, atheism should be construed as the proposition that God does not exist (or, more broadly, the proposition that there are no gods).* *https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/atheism-agnosticism/
[dailykos.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 24, 2019:
But prison is punishment and "temporary slavery" is a viable form of punishment. Consider that if I don't have a job and I commit a crime, now by virtue of being in prison I do have a job and at the same rate as every other min. wage earner that doesn't commit a crime. In other words, if we pay people while in prison, we incentive or at least minimize the punishment that is prison. Remember, prison should be a place you don't want to be in and if it's no different than the real world, then there is no reason not to be in it.
Have we (America) separated church and state?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 23, 2019:
No and why should we? "Separation of Church and State" is a slogan and not part of the constitution nor law. Now, if you ask "Is there an established religion in the USA?", the answer is again no but that IS in the constitution. Remember, the first doesn't say the state should stay out of religion.. the first doesn't have the word "separation" in it nor is it's intent to say that religion should stay out of government. It only says it won't establish religion, that it won't hold one religion above all others and in that regard, it's doing it's job just fine!
Snake Oil Cannabis? The Scientific Evidence for Medical Marijuana & CBD — Information is Beautiful
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Great infographic!
Fuhrer Trump will cut $1.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
From what I can tell this is not only old news... *Trump wants to cut $1.2 billion from medical research ASAP. That’s only the beginning. The cuts come amid proposed increases in defense spending. By Julia Belluz and Brian Resnick **Mar 28, 2017**, 3:44pm EDT* https://www.vox.com/2017/3/28/15094420/trump-cut-medical-research-nih-wall ...but also irrelevant as well... *Trump, Congress approve largest U.S. research spending increase in a decade By Science News Staff **Mar. 23, 2018** , 8:30 AM* https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/updated-us-spending-deal-contains-largest-research-spending-increase-decade
This Viral Thread Explains How White Supremacists Are Trained By The Military
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Non-White supremacists are also trained by the Military and in larger numbers. Thus there is no established connection between training and White supremacists. So what does this "viral" thread tell us that we don't already know? Also, it's on twitter and twitter is for twits. Also, the first post has 15k likes and the rest only 2k+ likes. This means 15k people read the "headline" but only 2k of them bothered to read the rest.... hardly viral. GD I hate twitter... it is an enabler for the addiction of stupid.
'Operation Divide the Left': Analysis Shows 2020 Online Disinformation Campaign Already Well ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
The Politico article is large on claims but low on substance. The main substance is a twitter study (which we don't have access to via the article) and anyone who knows me knows how much disdain I have for twitter in the first place. In other words, you/we bring it on ourselves by supporting that platform, a platform which thrives on poorly thought out comments and "sound bites"... a platform that doesn't directly condone said sniping attacks but indirectly benefits from it. Further, the article itself says they can't conclusively prove that it's a coordinated attack and rather could be one person, 100, 1000 acting on their own... you know, your typical internet trolls. Well, you know how you fight trolls? You don't feed them! But the fact this is news means that at least some on the left or the right are "feeding the trolls" and that is something we can do to prevent anything from spreading. Also, the article also cites memes about Warrens non-existing Native American heritage as part of the misinformation and this tells me that what they consider misinformation is VERY subjective since I personally feel her non-existing Native American heritage is information and factual and she deserves all those memes and more for consistintly pushing a false ethnic heritage. Personally, my takeaway is 1) get off fucking twitter!!!! It's poison!!!! and 2) it is worse to have a populace that believes utter BS on twitter and other platforms that having people putting up that BS. I mean take some personal responsability public!!! *We should be focusing on an INFORMATION campaign instead of crying over an alleged MISINFORMATION campaign.*
When Christians Were Atheists
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Nicw! But why in general and hellos? :P
What are your thoughts on transhumanism? Should we try to improve ourselves through technology?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Absolutely. Implant me. Chip me. Download me. Upload me. Cyborg me. This shell of a body is just elements... doesn't matter which elements to me honestly.
If everyone knew everything, I'd argue that we'd have moral absolutes for the simple fact that we'd ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Why coin a new term when "moral absolutism" already exists and encompasses your idea? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_absolutism After all, even the immorality of child rape is not an absolute considering many cultures have in the past, and currently, not considered it immoral. Or put another way, what does the "excavationist" mean that "absolutism" doesn't already cover or serve as an umbrella for?
Universal income study finds money for nothing won't make us work less | New Scientist
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 14, 2019:
Not sure what this proves tbh. Another way to view this is that UI also won't make you work more. In effect, it encourages complacency since if you basic needs are met and are happy with that, then there is no incentive to improve or stop drawing from the national community chest.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweets: 'Lobbyists Pay the Homeless + Others to Hold Their Place So They ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 13, 2019:
Homeless people getting paid to provide a service... how dastardly!!!!
Grammy's look like they chose well this year.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 13, 2019:
Laurie Anderson... FINALLY!!!
Charles Bradley performs soulful cover of Black Sabbath's 'Changes' - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 11, 2019:
I had the honor of seeing him live at a music festival. Didn't know who he was, hadn't heard him before... but the second I did I was enchanted, entranced, enamored. He died shortly thereafter of cancer. Sigh. :(
Two altar boys were arrested for putting weed in the censer-burner
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 11, 2019:
Not cool. Exposing people to drugs they did not consent to is not cool.
God does exist .
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 9, 2019:
Let's examine your idea of god a bit further. You posit god is "*pure* energy". Let's start there: is he pure Kinetic, Potential, Heat, or Electro Magnetic energy?
i'm not saying i'm a 100% believer in this scientist's error discovery; but as an atheist, skeptic &...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 8, 2019:
*He predicts global temperatures, which have plateaued, will begin to cool significantly, beginning between 2017 and 2021* Fail.
How many of you support Ocasio Cortez’s “Green New Deal” to make it an emergency priority to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 8, 2019:
Absurd rhetoric. This would imply, for example, that every one of us would have to get rid of our current cars and buy new electric cars in the next 12 years... that every one of us would have to get rid of our gas appliances and buy new electric appliances in the next 12 years. I expect this type of unrealistic idealism from teenagers, not adults.
Jeff Epstein Pleaded The Fifth When Asked About Trump Socializing With Minors - The Intellectualist
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 8, 2019:
Q. Have you ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18? A: Though I'd like to answer that question, at least today I'm going to have to assert my Fifth, Sixth, and 14th Amendment rights, sir. ----------------------- This in no way shape or form implies Trump was accused of Child Rape, for one. Nor does this in any way shape or form asking if Trump was socializing with minors, for two. The Intellectualist is an ironic name; should be called The Sensationalist.
How do you have sex with someone without sexualizing them?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 7, 2019:
Nothing wrong with sexualizing someone if they consent to it. If I want to be an object to you, then there is nothing wrong in you treating me like an object. Consent. Communication. Why are those two words so difficult for some to implement when it comes to sex I wonder?
What is this, 1934? Making ameriKKKa as when Germany was Great? [cnn.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 7, 2019:
" Lea is a former CIA-trained human intelligence operations officer, defense foreign liaison officer, United States Navy program director, Navy FA-18/C fighter pilot, " I'm ok with this.
Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez unveils bold plan to fight climate change | Environment | The Guardian
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 7, 2019:
"economic and racial injustice while also fighting climate change." Bold initiative, but the former has nothing to do with the later. As such, I fear that this vision will work at cross-purposes by conflating economic and racial injustice with climate change.
American Humanist Association Dear Friend, Conservatives in Congress just reintroduced the ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 6, 2019:
Introduced two years ago. Zero action on it since it's introduction. Nothing to see here, move along now. :) https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/781
The republicans fascists and religious fanatics pushing to halt the separation of church and state!...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 5, 2019:
It was introduced 2 years ago and has had zero action since it's introduction. No action is needed yet as there is nothing to act against yet. ;) https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/781/all-actions
Aliens?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 5, 2019:
Aliens are as interesting a concept as gods. In both cases, there is no evidence for their existence yet still people make arguments for and against them. In a way, the people promoting aliens have a form of "religious belief" insofar as they can't prove their case and yet they believe whole heartedly in it. As for frighten? Like others have mentioned, there are a score of films and books and TV shows that have portrayed aliens as evil invaders. Of course, there are also many that portray them as beneficent saviours. Again, because like gods we can't prove them to be one way or the other, or that they would even be interested in us in the first place to do either, we can make up anything we want about them!
This article is for informational purposes only WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STATE OF OUR UNION IS ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 5, 2019:
"Watch the truth on where we actually are as a country" I'm always weary of people trying to tell me they have *the truth* and that I should accept *their truth*.
Louis C.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 5, 2019:
Freedom is that CK or Milo or Maher or Dawkins are free to say whatever they want and we are free to listen or not.
Father of Parkland shooting victim responds to Louis CK’s controversial comedy routine ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 4, 2019:
What is the context by which we understand he was talking about the parkland shootings or specific shooting in particular? Also, is there any verfication this is what is actually said or do we trust that the writer remembered correctly?
Why is electoral vote used to determine the outcome of the presidential election when the popular ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 4, 2019:
It's a choice between two evils, popular vs. electoral vote, each with advantages and disadvantages and as I understand it our FF decided to go with the later in a bid to give equal state representation instead of equal populous representation. We could change to popular vote and fix one problem but we would introduce many other, at which time someone like you would be begging for an electoral college and upon changing it we would fix that problem but introduce many other, and so on and so on. "The devil you know..." seems to be the best way to deal with the electoral college IMO
What We're Up Against: The Right-Wing Mindset
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 4, 2019:
It's interesting that this article highlights the "US vs. THEM" mentality as a central problem with the right wing mindset... while simultanously engaging in a "THEM vs. US" mindset through the article. :P
Cory Booker announces he is running for president
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 1, 2019:
What sucks about this is that for the next two years, you can bet that they will be more focused on the election than in their current jobs. :(
Trump just gave a bizarre, gibberish response to the racist, homophobic assault on “Empire” star
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 31, 2019:
"“That I can tell you is horrible. I’ve seen it last night. I think that’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned,” he said, keeping his answer intentionally vague" In what world is that "vague"? --- And why is a politician pivoting onto the topics they want to talk about instead of the question asked come as such a surprise to many of you? It's as if trump is the first politician y'all ever paid attention to and are shocked.. shocked I tells ya!... at how he acts... when they ALL act this way! **20 Stupid Things Said by U.S. Politicians** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zs4T-Sd5KU
If you're keeping score: Criminal charges per administration since 1970: TRUMP: +100 (so far) ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 31, 2019:
This can also be read as the Dem's are better at covering their tracks than the Rep's. ;)
Mueller says evidence against Russian firm was used in 'disinformation campaign' apparently to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 31, 2019:
If Julian Assange's and Chelsea Manning's and Anonymou's disseminations are ok, why isn't this?
It has been a long while since I have posted here at a.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Been busy or getting busy... brown chicken brown cow!!! We are all glad to here you are doing well, none more than I!!!!
Do curves exist?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 30, 2019:
I think so. A curved path is not composed of particles and "exists". Also, light curving around a massive body is curved. Sure, you can think of it as a train of photons, of discrete particles, but you can also think of it a a wave disturbance, continous disturbances, and those would lead to curves.
Are all things either objective or subjective?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
"Take for example law or language (e.g. the meaning of words): It is obvious that they are not objective, because they depend on the minds of human beings." Agreed. Law nor language is written in the stars for example. This means that if all humans were to die and a new race emerge, there is no guarantee that the same "objective" law or language would emerge. BUT "And they change, be it slowly and unintentionally, or per fiat (a legislative authority promulgates a new law or changes an existing law). But they are not "subjective" because a given subject cannot change them " This is false. A given subject DOES change law and language all the time. A singular person proposes a change to the law.. a singular person proposes a change to the meaning of the word. It's not some as if the entire culture comes together in a stadium, meditates upon a law or word, and then somehow that changes their meaning. No. Rather, one person initiates the change, then another agrees or disagrees with it, and so on in a chain until that change becomes an objective reality for everyone. Take speeding laws. It's an objective reality that the speed limit is 55 mph in many areas. Now suppose we want to raise the speed limit. Someone has to propose that, an individual. It's not true that the community has some kind of "group think" that isn't based on an individual. A person proposes a new speed limit, others agree or disagree, and if there is majority it's raised and now the new objective speed limit (in that it applies to everyone) is raised. "The realm of inter-subjective entities, or "imagined orders", as Harari calls them, is the sphere of cultural conflicts, because what is "objective" for group A is "subjective" for group B. " And that is fine. For example, the speed limit is subjective for police and emergency vehicles but objective for commercial drivers. This doesn't make the speed limit some form or "imagined" or "quasi" or "psuedo" anything. **It just means that what we humans deem objective or subjective is itself not objective but subjective.** I think that is what is missing from Harari's analysis... the recognition that things aren't just A or B but can be either, or, and and depending on context.
The Simulation Hypothesis and the Bible.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
There's an entire genre of "God games" already, most famously those by Will Wright like "Populous" or "The Sims".
Do you play an instrument?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I slappa da bass guitar... been doing it for 4 years now.
1986: Coverage of the Challenger explosion
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I had a similar experience to yours: watching the launch from home and instantly knowing something went wrong. The "teacher" aspect wasn't such a unique deal to me though... just the fact that something like this could happen, and then to find out it was a faulty o-ring that shouldn't have been faulty, shouldn't have passed inspection... that occupied my thoughts. On the plus side, that is when I was introduced to Richard Feynmann.
Arizona lawmaker: All ingredients, side effects must be disclosed before any vaccine ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
Makes sense. If I'm putting something in my body, I deserve to know what is in it. Surprised this isn't federal law already TBH.
Americans don’t trust Trump, and women hate his guts
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Nice clickbait headline. That actual results show a general dissatisfaction with all levels of modern politics: *But it’s no better for the Democrats in Congress: 34-65 percent; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: 30-62 percent; or the Republicans in Congress: 30-69 percent.* Also, always look to the methodology, which clearly shows how republicans are severely underrepresented in the poll. *Partisan divisions are 32-24-37 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.* as well as how pathetically small the sample size is, roughly 20 people per state *among a random national sample of 1,001 adults* Personally, I'm of the opinion that the more a person pays attention to these kinds of polls the less they understand the underlying statistics behind a valid poll and the more prone they are to confirmation bias.
This is all just Tricky Dick revenge from the grave.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 27, 2019:
“You’ll never meet another man with a dick in the front and a dick in the back,” -Roger Stone He's not lying about that!!! ROFLMAO https://www.newsweek.com/lunch-roger-stone-513214

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