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Why is it so difficult for people to accept facts over fiction with regard to religion?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Facts? Does not religion offer, in so many cases, an alternative set of facts, found in their holy books, doctrines and creeds? Your last point is key, in my opinion, as most people who argue for the validity of their particular religion forget that what they believe is, for the vast majority of adherents, simply a factor of geography, and that had they been born in Delhi, Riyadh or Bangkok, instead of Birmingham, they'd practice, and likely defend, an entirely different system of belief.
If you are now an atheist, what other supernatural oddities, if any, did you used to believe in?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 23, 2018:
It was a relatively easy step, upon realizing that I'd lost belief in religious thinking of all kind, to recognize that there can be no such thing a miracle. If, after all, we live in a natural universe, there can be no interruption by any supernatural agency that breaks the steady chain of causes and effects.
"Income inequality not gender inequality positively covaries with female sexualization on social ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 23, 2018:
According to the abstract, "Income inequality positively covaried with sexy-selfie prevalence," but the distribution of sexualized imagery across income demographics isn't stated.
Did you see Trump's interview with Fox News yesterday? If so, what are your thoughts?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Trump asserted that if he were impeached, the market would tank. If anything, his actions--tariffs, erratic geopolitical threats via Twitter, etc.--have impeded economic progress. Although, I must admit to not being all that sanguine when it comes to the idea of President Pence.
Is there such a thing as "cultural theft"?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 22, 2018:
By the way, @Matias, I think you meant 'cultural appropriation,' as opposed to 'theft' ... am I right?
I just had a discussion with a man claiming that he was a warlock with magical powers.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Why on Earth would any sane person wish to hold a discussion with an insane one? Next!
Is there such a thing as "cultural theft"?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I tend to agree with you on this one, Matias. People forget that, unlike one's physical characteristics, culture is a choice. If you or I appreciate a particular type of music or food, learn how to reproduce it accurately, and even profit from this knowledge, we are not appropriating anything, but are rather expanding its audience. A few years back when this topic was first making a splash, I found this YouTuber's video on the subject most enjoyable. Peace.
Do you think that information can be destroyed, or do you think that it is a permanent component of ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
"Do you think that information can be destroyed, or do you think that it is a permanent component of the universe’s anatomy?" Information is stored in records. Can records be destroyed? By all means. The library of Alexandria, the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, the destruction of Memory Alpha by the 'Minds of Zetar,' ;-) Great losses can occur, and without back-ups once the data is lost, it is lost forever. But this only relates to our attempts to gather, store and analyze information. Phenomena, discoveries and observations of fact are necessarily dependent on an observer. We are the recorders of all information we collect, produce and disseminate. However, it seems to me that the universe would continue and function just as it does today, even if our entire planet were destroyed by an asteroid.
How dare the pope ask ordinary Catholics to atone for child abuse? []
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Perhaps this was Francis' way of opening the door to a 'flattening' of the Catholic Church? If, after all, so-called 'ordinary Catholics' are to be held to account for the abuses committed by their elders, then the only reasonable response on the part of the parishoners is to re-define the order and to re-construct the lattice work of authority, introducing making the Catholic church more 'congregational' and less hierarchical. Just a thought.
Field Museum of Natural History during a private party.......
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Love the Field Museum! Made periodic sojurns when my son was attending DePaul. Chicago's a great town!
Do you believe in dreams?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
A loaded question ... belief in dreams?
Religious people are members of a contemporary "Cargo Culture".
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
I tend to agree with my colleague, @Matias on this one. Cargo cults were a phenomenon of World War II, which enveloped aboriginal peoples, relatively unknown to the West at the time. With no understanding of technology, it's easy to see how these islanders came to regard, in the words of Arthur C. Clarke, this "sufficiently advanced technology" as "indistinguishable from magic." And here, it's important to emphasize the linkage between superstition, magical thinking and religion. The cargo cults are a relatively recent development. But were they to remain for many centuries, an entire superstructure of formality (or a creed) might be developed, as has been the case with all religions. No religious faith was fabricated in a relative vacuum overnight from whole cloth. So the common thread, in my opinion, between the cargo cults in the South Pacific and their counterparts belonging to the so-called established religions, is superstition, or what may be termed as a reliance on magical thinking. As one of my favorite thinkers of the 19th century, Robert Ingersoll noted: "[E]very religion has for its foundation a miracle—that is to say, a violation of nature—that is to say, a falsehood." The Gods, 1878
Byron, and so lovely.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Thank you for bringing this lovely poem to our attention. I'm a choir geek, always looking for good choral settings of the best prose our planet has to offer. Here's how I was introduced, or perhaps reintroduced, to Lord Byron's immortal lines, by the wonderful British composer, Paul Mealor. Peace.
I've been a fan of the show ' the Atheist Experience ' for about a decade.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Apart from behavior, the caller's arguments are made all the more weaker by the recent revelations in Pennsylvania.
Just sitting here thinking, if I make myself happy in return I will be able to give and receive ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
My personal philosophy is that the key to happiness is to make others so. My greatest pleasures, both physical and emotional, typically result from contributing to the pleasure of others.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
The dominant society or culture determines the narrative, from simple vocabulary to the events of history. I believe it was Churchill who observed that the winners write our history.
As an atheist I don’t feel the need to flaunt my beliefs, or persuade anyone to believe what I ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
'Flaunt' may be an unfortunate choice of words. Would this include a bumper sticker, or t-shirt? How about a lapel pin? Or is flaunting only verbal, in your view? I try not to preach, and would rather ask questions. Socratic reasoning is often preferable to a frontal assault. But overall, in a society dominated by religion, periodic push back is almost unavoidable.
It is arguably the best in human history now if you look what our ancestors did.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Have you read Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature?" Makes a good case for a steady decline in violence, over time. We sometimes forget that dueling with pistols was once an acceptable practice, and cost one of our Founders, Alexander Hamilton, his life. It's hard to imagine making a picnic lunch and packing the kids in the wagon to attend a public execution. Anyone who waxes nostalgic about the good old days, simply hasn't thought it through.
It would be so nice to die tonight! Sucks! Keep waking up and living! LOL! If you want to call this ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
At the risk of appearing insensitive, I've long felt that suicide is the most selfish act one can make, and that, in a world where billions subsist in extreme poverty and don't even have running water, much less a computer on which to post comments, anyone claiming that life sucks simply lacks perspective.
I’ve Seen the Future of the Church []
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Religion will either adapt or become a fossil, joining the graveyard of dead religions. When I discovered Robert Green Ingersoll, and his intellectual forerunner, my avatar, I found one with whom I almost completely agree. As secular values and skeptical inquiry slowly, but surely, overcome that vice turned into a virtue known as faith, religion will evolve into a completely new species, completely unrecognizable, were its ancestors to reappear. As Ingersoll recognized it, "Every new religion has a little less superstition than the old, so the the religion of Science is but a question of time."
Do Seventh Day Adventists Usually Date Outside the Faith?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Adventist behavior should always be distinguished from doctrine (or articles of faith), and doctrine from the counsel and advice of their prophetess, Ellen G. White. Sister White, as she has been called, did not condone premarital sex, and wrote that marriage to a nonbeliever, which in the case of Adventists is anyone who does not accept the truth of their unique message, is to be discouraged. In my admittedly biased experience, some of the nicest people I know are former Adventists.
Richard Burton - the Greatest Poem in the English Language.mpg []
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 20, 2018:
Interesting. Burton was a force of nature. Personally, I've long felt that 'Do not go gentle into that good night' by Dylan Thomas is one of the greatest poems written, here read by the author.
I read Ezekiel once and I thought how can anyone read this and not wonder WTF was this guy on?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 20, 2018:
Beyond twisted, Ezekiel seems to have had access to some serious hallucinogens. Eating the scroll is an appetizer for the following passage, one of my personal favorites. ;-) “Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister. She too lusted after the Assyrians—governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men. I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way. “But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall, figures of Chaldeans portrayed in red, with belts around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea. As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea. Then the Babylonians came to her, to the bed of love, and in their lust they defiled her. After she had been defiled by them, she turned away from them in disgust. When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her naked body, I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister. Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled. Ezekiel 23:11-21 (NIV)
I think all the recent news of pedophile priests proves once and for all that atheists do in fact ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 20, 2018:
Prove? As in, beyond reasonable doubt? No. What this incident and so many others like it tend to demonstrate is that religious membership, or in this case leadership, does not confer enhanced standards of ethical behavior above that of a nonbeliever. I don't blame the Catholic church, *per se,* for the actions of these predators. Rather, I blame the church for creating the circumstances that not only allowed predatory behavior, but encouraged it, by covering it up and relocating predators.
Holy shit Batman! This is what taking Christianity to Uganda looks like.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 20, 2018:
Madness, pure madness. This man doesn't appear to need religion to fuel his hatred, bigotry and belligerence. He may also suffer from mental illness, or early onset dementia.
Camping: The process in which rich people spend thousands of dollars to live like homeless ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 20, 2018:
If you're talking about RVs and trailers and such, perhaps. But when I was a dirt poor college student, my girlfriend and I backpacked for 10 days in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. No tent, slept under the stars, and loved every bit of it. Perhaps more of us should experience sleeping without a roof over our heads?
'We Are Climbing Rapidly Out of Humankind's Safe Zone': New Report Warns Dire Climate Warnings Not ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 20, 2018:
I remember seeing this video on YouTube before it was popular to watch videos on YouTube ... before Google bought it. Anyway, scientists have been concerned for a very long time that CO2 release would alter the climate. The public seems bored by all of it, unfortunately.
Anyone else getting just a little anxious about this? []
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 20, 2018:
Not anxious, but glad it's lasted this long ... Opportunity's surpassed its anticipated mission life by what, 14 years or so?
Faith is believing what you know ain't so. Mark Twain
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 16, 2018:
How is it that faith is even deemed a virtue? Evidence of religion's sway.
Astronomers Have Detected an Intense And Mysteriously Low Frequency Radio Signal Coming From Space ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 16, 2018:
This 'mysteriously low frequency radio signal' is measured at 580 MHz, or in the UHF (ultra high frequency) range, in other words, TV signals ... mmmh.
Naughty Jesus
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 16, 2018:
"Come Lord Jesus, come."
Landlord Squirrels ! Life is kinda like the Matrix isnt it , we're plugged in to the fantasy factory...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Squirrels are basically rats with pretty tails, but not nearly as intimidating as Orwell's pigs. One thing I do no about squirrels is this, our German friends sometimes have a hell of a time saying the word! ;-)
Organized religion is organized hindrance to self discovery.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 16, 2018:
I could not agree more. Religion seeks to wedge our minds into a single mold. But we now know that in nature there can be found no two of anything that are exactly alike. Infinite diversity is the law! The arrogant impudence of a church is in asserting that it speaks for the Almighty, a being which, if it exists at all, no one has ever seen, heard or met, and cannot be accurately described and geolocated. In the absence of a fundamental understanding of what this God consists of, there are as many unique concepts of the deity as there are, and have been, persons who care to consider the matter.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 16, 2018:
I'm a southpaw who (no offense) can't stand reading those slide show articles on some web pages, designed to bombard you with ads. Sorry, but I only got to the 2nd page before I gave up. Peace.
Breaking News, scientists discover that the Earth is flat after all.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 16, 2018:
I may be wrong, but that appears to be a sea turtle! Whatever is it swimming in?
Greatest invention of all times?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 16, 2018:
The scientific method.
Religion is poison. Exhibit A: []
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Crime 1: Establishing the system of celibacy Many centuries after the Catholic Church was established, it was determined that priests should not marry. The church, after all, was losing out on enormous wealth. If gifts (including real estate) could be given by members of a congregation to a priest, they could also be passed on to his heirs, and the opportunity lost on the church! Celibacy is not a pious position, and never has been. Crime 2: Creating the conditions that allowed wolves into the fold In addition to celibacy (thereby limiting a large number of prospective clerics), the Catholic Church created a unique system for allowing predators maximal exposure to potential prey. Under a system of assumed trust, potential victims—the young and defenseless—endured hours of unmonitored exposure each week. What better opportunity could one devise, after all, for a sexually frustrated predator? Crime 3: Covering it all up Perhaps the greatest crime of all is the cover up. In an organization as hierarchical and patriarchal as the Catholic Church, there is no possible way that the leadership, from bishops to cardinals to popes, could remain ignorant of the crimes of sexual abuse of children. But rather than creating systems of oversight to protect future victims, the Church chose to hide these crimes by relocating priests (to fresh hunting grounds), failing to report these crimes to law enforcement or child protective services, making settlement deals with victims and their families and generally operating in a state of willful denial about the entire problem. One cannot find the words to express the anger and frustration with this organization, and there are no punishments harsh enough to fit this series of crimes.
Why luck might be subjective and not part of the world | Aeon Essays
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 15, 2018:
There is no such thing as luck, period. End of discussion.
Faith over Reason
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 15, 2018:
When discussing religious faith, as a nullifidian not only do I agree with Hitch, but I am also in agreement with Peter Boghossian, who defines faith as 'pretending to know things you don't know.' As the great 19th century orator, Robert Green Ingersoll (known then as the *Great Agnostic*) said: "The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason, observation and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance, called 'faith.'” "There is nothing left but faith in what we know could not and did not happen. Religion and science are enemies. One is a superstition; the other is a fact. One rests upon the false, the other upon the true. One is the result of fear and faith, the other of investigation and reason."
Don't you agree?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 15, 2018:
When we are called to the witness stand--something I've actually experienced--we agree to tell the truth. The great problem here is that, no matter how forthright we hope to be, our testimony is subject to our flawed memories, incomplete picture, misperceptions, inexact vocabulary and subjective biases. Truth is supposed to be synonymous with fact, but as we all know, each of us has our own set of filters--the biproducts of our experience and genetic constraints--which predispose each one of us to unique impressions, judgments, abridgments, edits and even revisions. As a result, it would seem a fool's errand to attempt to place the article 'the' in front of truth, for there could, in theory, be 7 billion truths.
WHY THE SOUL CAN'T BE REAL - This has always been a thing with me, the claim that in the ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 15, 2018:
If one accepts evolution while adhering to the notion of a soul (as the Catholic Church has done), one must ask, at what point in our evolutionary development did this so-called ‘eternal soul’ evolve? Did earlier hominids have souls? Are the souls of *Australopithecus afarensis* (Lucy) still wandering the African plains, 3 million years after their deaths? Or, if souls were evolved, did earlier attempts fail and fall short, only living a few moments after the death of the host? If human beings were to have souls, they most certainly would be a natural (as opposed to miraculous) phenomenon. That is, unless one believes in supernatural interference. If souls are natural, then they would necessarily be composed of matter and/or energy, and thus measurable. To date, I have yet to see any data on the composition, structure, mass, weight, newtons or joules of a soul.
At school today the teacher said no one was perfect.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 15, 2018:
If one takes the time to read the Bible, one finds numerous 'divine' imperfections. The word perfect is like the word infinity--easy to say, and even to contemplate, but impossible to demonstrate.
One of the most powerful and empowering realizations I have ever had: life is meaningless.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Nihilism, the final frontier?
So, let me get this straight. Satan incites God to act without reason?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 14, 2018:
There can be no book that is more absurd, immoral and ridiculous than that of Job! The almighty and his nemesis engage in a wager over Job’s loyalty, and the pawns are Job’s children, servants and livestock, all of which are destroyed as part of the ‘test.’ And then come chapters upon chapters of pointless conversation, culminating in the Lord’s boasting about his creation, including the fire-breathing Leviathan! (Newsflash, God: Fire breathing dragons never existed!) And so as a reward for not being critical of God during his misfortune, Job’s boils are healed and he gets a lot richer than he was before, including being blessed with another 7 sons and 3 daughters! Would the faithful followers of the so-called 'Good Book' have us believe that our children are replaceable? The ones we love and raise are, as it were, interchangeable? But the most absurd part of all is this: The almighty is said to be omniscient, and so he knew how Job would react to the loss of his family, servants and livestock long before he allowed (even dared) Satan (who is also quite aware of God’s omniscience) to have at it! Is there any passage of the Bible more sublimely evil than this? And yet, we are told by the religionist that the Bible, including this book, is the inspired word of God! Some even believe that this event—the fable of Job—actually happened! The most just outcome here would be for God and Satan to get their just reward. They should be punished like the characters Mortimer and Randolph Duke, who made a $1 bet in a game of ‘fuckery,’ in the movie Trading Places!
Another chapter on, "being embarrassed to be an American lately ..."
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Donald Trump as Jesus Christ? No wonder I'm an atheist!
If a machine is programmed to have thoughts, emotion and critical thinking, plus self awareness, ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot (Sofia) last year. Soon, AI will be designing its own neural networks to meet requirements it has established. The singularity is coming whether we want it to or not. There will come a time, probably in our lifetimes, when AI, having already surpassed human beings in processing capacity, becomes self aware. Try getting the nations of the world to consider agreeing to hold back. It's a global competition, and if it's not the US, it's China or Russia or Singapore or Japan or Korea or Germany or Finland, etc.
An acquaintance of mine who is aware I am not a believer, keeps inviting me church functions like ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 13, 2018:
There's always a 'more diplomatic way' but here you have someone who you've identified as 'an acquaintance' as opposed to a friend, who knows your belief system, but continues to ask you to join her, and when you reach your limit of having to decline, are accused of 'insulting' her belief system. It seems to me that most believers, of whom I was once a member, never once consider how 'insulting' that their repeated solicitations and even proselytizing very often is to the uninterested nonbeliever.
Can someone please explain/confirm?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Misleading indeed! This is what it actually looked like (2nd image):
Atheist Business Owner in The Bible Belt
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Are you a monopoly? Without customers you don't have a business, and if there's one way to lose customers, it's taking a political stance, which in your case, would be seen as anti-religious, if made public. There's really nothing about selling or fixing computers that requires a religious litmus test, in theory, of course.
I just heard the term apatheist.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Apatheism? Sounds like some Unitarian Universalists I know. As a nullifidian I prefer not to get stuck on the debate over the existence or attributes of a god or gods (any of them, past or present), but rather the rejection of religion and faith.
Sometimes two seemingly contradictory views could still be true, or at least more context is needed.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Six or nine? It's all a matter of orientation, indeed! ;-)
The Parker Solar probe.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 10, 2018:
And as it slingshots around the sun, its chronometer will start counting backwards. ;-)
Where do your facts come from? How do you discuss politics if you can't trust sources?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 10, 2018:
The disciplines of math and science are agnostic and apolitical. Likewise, facts are statements that reflect reality. As Senator Patrick Moynihan so famously noted, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts." If a person with whom we seek a conversation subscribes to their own reality or 'alternative facts,' they cannot be reasoned with. Those who reject the authority of the consensus of experts in favor of pet theories or their favorite talk show host have, in essence, abandoned reason. And as my avatar wisely observed when addressing General Sir William Howe, "To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture." Thomas Paine 1778 There may come a time when engagement is no longer productive, particularly if one's counterpart appears unwilling to empathize or consider alternatives. And we all know what comes after negotiations fail.
I'm looking for thoughts, opinions, and commentary on the following statement made by a believer: ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 10, 2018:
The problem of evil is unsolvable, and it is what first led me to my eventual unbelief. It has nothing to do with me, but I couldn't (and still can't) fathom how an omnipotent and benevolent entity could allow the merciless and unwarranted suffering of small children, whether at the hand of nature or other human beings. After hours of conversation with my pastor, it came down to the tired alibi, 'God works in mysterious ways.' Fuck that shit!
Is chivalry SEXIST???
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Having been raised by my mother (my father took off when I was 4) and with two sisters and an involved grandmother, my training in the treatment of the opposite sex was female-centric, and included what might be called 'chivalric' traditions. And at the risk of appearing boastful, my upbringing of putting women first appears to have influenced my romantic life, when it comes to instigation and satisfaction.
Tokyo medical school admits changing results to exclude women
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Consider this: In Japan and the US, as well as many other democratic nations, women outnumber men. With a single vote, they have the power to change the status quo, and yet women in these two countries and elsewhere continue to endure discrimination! This is nothing less than male apartheid! For decades I have supported and voted for women’s rights—in college I even campaigned for the ERA. But we need the majority to step up and vote for their self-interest. We need more women voters to turn the tide. I can’t imagine men tolerating this treatment for very long!
I believe in fluid truth.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Truth is, in fact, fluid. When I was younger, it was accepted as scientific fact that Pluto was our 9th planet. We may fancy the notion that ‘absolute truths’ exist, with or without humankind’s awareness of them, and this may be the case. But as we have no other means to observe and describe the universe and the phenomena by which we are surrounded, we simply have to concede that our factual knowledge is forever subject to new information, and thus, may very well change. The philosopher of science, Karl Popper, noted that "all knowledge is provisional, temporary, capable of transition at any moment." This would, by necessity, include that which we call 'facts.'
Has anyone ever noticed that most atheist and agnostics know more about the Bible than most ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
It was my last and final reading of the Bible that convinced me that the entire narrative was concocted. I was brought up in a religious (school / church / social) community, where we memorized Bible verses and entire chapters, and could rattle off the names of the 66 books of the (Protestant) Bible by the 2nd grade. And yet, what a relief it was to finally arrive at the logical conclusion that the entire thing is a crock of shit—works of fiction nowhere near as good as Homer.
Ghosts do you believe or not? Have you had any ghostly, spiritual experiences?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
If there were ghosts, they would necessarily have physical properties and descriptions. In other words, they are a natural phenomenon, not 'beyond' nature or supernatural, whatever that is supposed to mean. In the absence of descriptive evidence, I remain a skeptic.
Space, Time, and Matter.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
"Space, Time, and Matter. Are all one." According to whom?
Michigan father's jaw drops in court as he learns he could face life in prison for starvation death ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
If the story in the NY Daily News can be taken as accurate (which is always a precarious position for this publication), to call this person a 'father' is a complement the man appears not to deserve.
This is what I think!
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Indeed! As my avatar so beautifully stated: "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church." "The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." Thomas Paine
Here's what happens when religious teachings become immoral
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
"Religions often treat faith or even religious certitude as a virtue." Not merely religions, but society as a whole seems to accept, if not promote, religious faith. Even Wolf Blitzer needed to be reminded that surviving a tornado is not the result of faith in a higher power!
Don’t know exactly what’s going on here.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
"Don’t know exactly what’s going on here." What do you suspect is going on?
The creation of life Because Earth had a gaseous atmosphere.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Too much flatulence here...
Ever notice something funny about the First Commandment?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
That the Old Testament recognized the existence of other gods there can be no doubt. The story of Elijah's 'cook off' against the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18 is but one example.
Christianity is the religion of family values?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Similarly, this 'family-first' gem from the so-called 'prince of peace' is found in Matthew: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." Matthew 10:34-37 (NIV) Better that he never existed, than to be credited with such a heinous, vile and egotistical statement. What sane person would insist on forcing the abandonment of family in this manner? Of such values are the most evil of dictators made! ’Gentle Jesus meek and mild’ my ass!
I don't understand the metaphor.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
What metaphor?
Howdy from a guy who got his first college degree from a Lutheran college.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
Howdy back from a guy who spent 16 years (elementary-secondary-college) in the same Christian educational system. Which Bible passage disturbs you the most? Personally, I was galled by the notion of a divine manipulator and the ramifications for predestination as found in Paul's philosophy. "It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?" Romans 9:16-21 (NIV) It seems we're just lumps of clay to be used and abused by the almighty potter! What a crock of shit!
God but not man's religion?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 9, 2018:
"I get "god shots" at times in my life that anyone else would explain them supernatural but I blow it off as coincidence." Can you explain what you mean here? You've lost me on this one. Thanks.
I'm new here and really enjoying it.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 8, 2018:
The problem of overpopulation is, in my opinion, overblown. The population is certain to level off. I tend to agree with Hans Rosling's research on the topic.
Why are Jews and Moslems granted much more deference (given a free pass) than Xtians in the U.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 8, 2018:
I believe it's safe to say that the critics of Sam Harris would disagree with your premise. In any case, the focus should be on the belief, not the believer. I would rephrase the question, using Judaism, Islam and Christianity in place of the personalized approach you've chosen to take. That having been said, the negative impact of Christianity on our courts, laws and even school curriculums warrants highly focused fire, in my opinion.
Do you think most church goers are really "believers"?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 8, 2018:
Depends on the church. The mega churches and participatory congregations with their obligatory 'Amens!' seem more 'committed' than the laodicean mainstream.
Love this guy. He is spot on.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 8, 2018:
Sadly, the effects that Neil is referring to are felt regionally as, alas, the United States is not one nation, but 50 nation states, each with their own government and set of priorities.
Who's into debating with religious people?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 7, 2018:
These people are exceedingly disingenuous and irrational. They are not really apologists, as they believe they don’t need to appeal to reason or defend the faith. It is, after all, self-evident that God (as described in the Bible) exists. God is the judge and jury, so there’s really no need to prove anything. This is not apologetics! The followers of Cornelius Van Til—people like Sye Ten Bruggencate and Eric Hovind, to name two—always like to fall back on the question, ‘well how do you know you’re not a brain in a vat?’ At this point, it’s probably better to stop, and back away slowly, and never try to argue with them again.
Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 7, 2018:
When I toured Prague, a few years back, I was surprised to learn that the practice, as named, began there.
SAPIOSEXUAL: sa-pi-o-sex-u-al.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 7, 2018:
I wasn't aware of this term until a few years ago. But I've always been drawn to members of the opposite sex who are educated, well-read and can whip me in word puzzles and games of strategy, beginning with chess. Without meaningful dialogue and intelligent conversation, what have we got to build on?
Spoonerism: my other favorite word, and means, "a verbal error in which a speaker accidentally ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 7, 2018:
My grandfather brought me up on spoonerisms, and so my children, hess their blearts, were likewise 'favored.' Problem was, my grandfather sometimes failed to recognize his 'reversals' which could be embarrassing. Like the time he was giving a talk in his church about his WWII service when he was stationed in Gew Nuinea. Reminds me of the namesake, the Rev. Spooner, who also failed to recognize his slip ups, as in, "our Lord is a shoving leopard" (or at least, that's what the congregation heard).
I never gave tithe when I was little.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Malachi 3:10 and the story of the widow's mite were always used as pressure tactics.
Anybody previously religious? Which book or idea broke the camels back for you?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 7, 2018:
No single book, but I began doubting and reading around the age of 50. Robert Green Ingersoll's lectures had a profound influence. I recommend listening to Mike Earl's readings of a sampling of Ingersoll's lectures (, beginning with *Individuality*, my personal favorite. The critical idea that I could never move past was the problem of evil. I went back and forth with my pastor on this one, and he finally admitted that 'one cannot fully understand God's plan, but one just has to have faith.' Well, that was a deal breaker for me, as I was beginning to understand that faith was not only a poor strategy, but is, in fact, a flaw in our reasoning that society has elevated to a virtue.
I'm heading out to Joshua Tree National Park on Friday, August 10th, with my son (13 yrs old) to ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 7, 2018:
Alas, I'm too far north, but an acquaintance has a sweet set up out there ... check out his awesome astrophotography! @gibsonpics
Paleo-Economics Shaped Us Morally - Evonomics
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Thank you for sharing this bulletized, easily followed article, with which I tend to agree. Peace.
Trinidad and Tobago's religious leaders call on government to uphold anti-LGBT laws - Religion News ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Inclusion of a minority by a majority has always been viewed as ‘threatening.’ It is in the nature of an imperialist to marginalize diverse and contrasting cultures, groups and persons. Religion is an imperialist organization. Thus, much like the frog who learned the fatal lesson when choosing to carry the scorpion on its back when crossing the river, the people must recognize that the church cannot change its true nature. The church, like the scorpion, would prefer to drown with the frog, than to allow both to make it to the other side. Inclusion is akin to surrender, and leads to eventual oblivion.
Love Is creative forgiving and caring slow to give up, quick to come to the aid of a lost soul.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 6, 2018:
After 37 years of marriage, with the inevitable highs and lows, I most certainly agree. She's more incredible than ever, and the only one I lock eyes with, in that unique way, whether at a party or dinner alone. Love muscles are all about improvements in connection, conversation and attention.
This is an interesting ensemble:
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 6, 2018:
Billiard balls, following the break shot. ;-)
I've said many times that the conspiracy nut jobs need a beating.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 6, 2018:
I feel exactly the same as Buzz Aldrin. I couldn't believe the lunacy of the flat Earther that I got into it with on this very site! After spending much of my career in satellite operations and space launch, to have someone attack the science behind my career was, well, beyond the pale. These misguided people evidently need to be recognized. They are not content to keep their idiotic notions to themselves, and they long for attention. So let those of us who remain grounded give them the attention they deserve, by ignoring them. And let us justifiably classify them as deranged, or, at the very least, mentally impaired.
May i ask you all something why is elon musk getting hate from the left i am a liberal myself and i ...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 6, 2018:
When has a billionaire NOT been criticized by the left?
What decade do you think put out the best music? You can break it up genre if you want
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 2, 2018:
As an avid fan of Prog Rock, definitely the 70's ... Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Genesis, Rush, Focus, Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Supertramp, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Kansas, Yes, Camel, Triumvirat, Styx, Starcastle, Alan Parsons Project, etc.
Have you ever seen a movie so bad, it was laughable and pure comedy?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Irwin Allen's 'The Swarm.'
I know that a lot of people don't care about celebrities, some people do.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 2, 2018:
There is a universe of difference between being 'celebrated' for one's unique, or at least rare, talents or skills, and being famous for nothing other than being famous. I think most of us could recognize the difference between celebrity that is earned and celebrity that is conferred without merit. The Hall of Fame athlete, the award winning actor, writer or musician and the Nobel laureate do not occupy the same plane as people such as Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian or even Donald Trump, prior to his election. Either way, regardless of their celebrity status, their shit stinks and, when wearing them, they put their pants on one leg at time.
Virginia State Senator in Rare Support by Politician for Assange [consortiumnews.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 2, 2018:
That a Republican politician would support Assange and WikiLeaks, whose publication of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails and other documents contributed to Hillary Clinton's failed election bid, comes as no surprise. What really should be the man's career ender is not his public support of Assange, but his unhinged conspiratorial outlook, in his own somewhat ironic words: "Before Assange, those who 'broke the code' and detected the Deep State’s patterns of misbehavior were labeled 'conspiracy theorists' or worse. But with the advent of WikiLeaks, original, unchallenged source documents have proven our arguments, and revealed the truth to citizens." Yet another Alex Jones / Rush Limbaugh / Sean Hannity / Michael Savage / Edward Snowden apostle--a believer in the 'Deep State.' The ultimate conspiracy! The people of Virginia deserve better ... throw him out on his keister!
Are you smarter than a Christian?
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 2, 2018:
One's lack of belief does not, on its own, make one smarter. However, there is a clear association between educational level, which is one measurement of intellectual aptitude, and a commitment to secular, nonreligious values. In other words, in addition to personal freedoms, economic security, and an appreciation of diversity, education is one of the most important factors predicting, on a societal level, unbelief.
I am concerned about the future of artificial intelligence elon musk is concerned too so was stephen...
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Recent examples of AI conversations are potentially troubling. Even if taken as humor, the subject matter has been, on occasion, quite dark.
I would like to apologize to everyone.
p-nullifidian comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Been angry myself ... didn't see what you're referring to, but respect your integrity. Peace.
Religion is so peaceful, Amen, Tudor Execution - Burnt at the stake, []
p-nullifidian comments on Jul 31, 2018:
When when considers the frequency with which such executions were conducted, not to mention other forms of torture, in the name of the Lord, one wonders on what moral authority a church--any church--claims to make pronouncements today.
Christian Zionism: The New Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace – Middle East Monitor
p-nullifidian comments on Jul 31, 2018:
This is ancient news. I've been hearing this all my life. Many Christians believe in a kinship of sorts with Israel, and (the New) Jerusalem is going to be their capital at the Second Coming of Christ.
I just read that I have Trump Derangement Syndrome.
p-nullifidian comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Knew what he was about since the '80's, never watched the Apprentice and considered him a pompous, vulgar and egotistical charlatan. But that was just me... I guess.
If you could ask someone a question from the year 3000, what would you ask ?
p-nullifidian comments on Jul 31, 2018:
In the interest of proving that they were from the future, I'd ask what the winning numbers for tonight's lottery are. First things first, after all ... one can never be too safe. ;-)
Once you throw religion into the mix, it's easy to lose sight of reality.
p-nullifidian comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Much like the Talosians from Star Trek, or Steve Jobs, religion employs a reality distortion field.
Jeff Sessions announces new religious liberty task force to combat “dangerous” secularism - Vox
p-nullifidian comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Sessions, just like his boss, is a tool of Christian extremism, and this is part of a greater agenda. As Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, himself a Baptist minister noted: "In reality, these arguments boil down to one thing: discrimination. It is not enough for Christian nationalists to freely exercise their vision of a good life. In the name of 'liberty,' they want the right to discriminate against those with whom they disagree."
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