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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:16 AM

Re: party is dying...

He has at least *tried* to close Gitmo, he has made torture illegal

He has not made torture illegal. No torturers have been charged or tried.

Tue Apr 19

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 5:37 AM

Re: a more empirical thread

How do you know suffering ends at death regardless of your world view.

Because I know the basics of how life works and how emotions happen.

Tue Apr 12

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 8:12 AM

Re: Things are getting better and better

You copied the shortened version of the link instead of the whole link.

Thu Apr 7

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:13 AM

Re: Scouts and UU, now official

And the Boy Scouts also compromised their purely theistic tradition.

No, they haven't. They are still banning atheist and agnostic members. One of the reasons they allowed gay people full membership was so that they could avoid [more]

Wed Apr 6

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 11:37 PM

Re: Scouts and UU, now official

It is bad. There is even less pressure on the BSA to admit atheists & agnostics.

The UUA just told its nontheist members they don't count as much as their theist members.

Sun Mar 27

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 10:00 PM

Re: More on Mother Teresa

To suggest that this behavior meets the very highest standard of Catholicism is just an unspeakable abomination.

Why? It's just Catholicism demonstrating its values. Those values are the abomination. The Catholics themselves are the [more]

Sun Mar 13

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:42 PM

Re: Vehicular arms race

A person clearly has a right to have a larger vehicle to promote their own safety, but should we also consider the greater risks that such large vehicles pose to other motorists?


We should also consider the greater risks that [more]

Mon Feb 29

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 10:09 AM

Re: Libet revisited

Libet's experiments and those subsequent ones confirming the existence of the "readiness potential" was the single best empirical evidence against the notion of free will.

Not to me. I've never used the argument.

Fri Feb 26

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benjd25 posted to the Atheist Fools board. 12:50 AM

Nones as the swing vote

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/02/25/none...

The growth in the Nones population has been astronomical [more]

Thu Feb 25

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benjd25 replied to the Political Asylum board. 11:28 PM

Re: DEMs Better Pray Hillary is Indicted

You lost me at "Dems better pray."

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 9:13 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

Put it in a more practical context. Suppose you were asked to empirically determine whether some real world event is chaotic. You can demonstrate it to be a nonlinear dynamic process.

Googling to see what a 'nonlinear dynamic [more]

Wed Feb 24

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 9:47 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

Empirically chaos will always be unpredictable at some level. The only way out I think is to assume that mathematics is reality. In this case one can then legitimately use the rules of mathematics as a substitute for empiricism. But other than [more]

Tue Feb 23

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 9:57 AM

Re: a more empirical thread

>We predict the weather in the short term future.

That prediction is probabilisitic. We do the same at the quantum level and call that quantum indeterminacy.

Read the part that I already quoted about differentiating from [more]

Mon Feb 22

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 11:40 AM

Re: a more empirical thread

Newton gave us the “principle” of a deterministic universe

No. The principle of a deterministic universe preceded Newton. You can't even have the idea of finding physical laws unless you already think the universe is at least partly [more]

Sat Feb 20

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 4:12 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

This notion that consciousness has causal influence alters the way neurobiologists look at determinism in behavior, why Brembs argues that determinism/indeterminacy is a false dichotomy. Consciousness as a causal influence adds indeterminacy. As [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 8:45 AM

Re: a more empirical thread

I'm not fully up on non-locality (I know what it is, but never really studied it to any extent), but I'm not sure that helps with the indeterminancy. In the EPR experiment, for example, you still don't know which particle has which spin until [more]

Fri Feb 19

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 5:37 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

And I can be convinced something macroscopic is indeterminate. Just give me an example that can't be accounted for by knowing the preconditions...Only in the quantum does it appear to be the case that something truly can be indeterminate. But I [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 3:07 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

I'll draw a four sided triangle:

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Why are you rejecting this empirical evidence for four sided triangles? Here, I'll draw you a slightly different four sided triangle:

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In the edit window this [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 2:57 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

You have incessantly brought up the scenario of: "Given all of the components of an invertebrate being in a particular state at a particular moment, the invertebrate cannot have done otherwise than it did unless some component were [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 10:41 AM

Re: a more empirical thread

Even today, as I understand it, it could be that QM is deterministic with hidden non-local variables.

Multiple worlds interpretation also makes QM deterministic. I forgot about that one.

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