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benjd25 replied to the Christian Fools board. 10:57 AM

Re: Morality: The is-ought distinction, etc

Is a black hole objective or subjective? An imaginary number, the square root of minus one? What about love?

A black hole is as observable as anything. You observe a table by seeing the effect it has on light, which reflects off of [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Christian Fools board. 9:29 PM

Re: Morality: The is-ought distinction, etc

After reading the whole thing a few times, the author makes morality 'objective' in the same way Sam Harris does - by assuming a particular subjective foundation and then building morality up from there.

When we identify this ultimate [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Christian Fools board. 7:01 PM

Re: Morality: The is-ought distinction, etc

A promising set of links, of which I've read the first, on the topic of whether atheists can have an objective morality. Or a natural law, perhaps?

Hmmmm....I sort of agree with the first sentence definition but definitely not with [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:30 PM

Re: half religious, half atheist

That's a good one. I can't remember if it was in Adam Lee's collection already or not.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism/essays/a-ghost-...

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:15 PM

Re: Larry King comes out

Oh for crying out loud, I can't even fathom that thinking. How do you accept God's existence (for some unfathomable reason) long enough to assume God is especially concerned with humanity (for some unfathomable reason) and then decide you were wrong [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 12:18 AM

Re: Giuliani: Real Americans are White

AJ - please tell me you didn't actually believe Obama actually said that. PLEASE.

He did believe it. He still believes it.

Sun Feb 22

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 4:32 PM

Re: Proof of Intelligent Design

Not exactly. It's an emergent property of specific types of matter. But "intelligence" is not something you can weigh on a scale or determine its mass due to gravitational attraction.

So? There are tons of things that we [more]

Thu Feb 19

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 6:56 PM

Re: Christians against dinosaurs

I was sure it was satire. Now I'm not so sure.

http://www.cnet.com/news/christian-group-to-schools-stop-fil...

Wed Feb 18

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 10:38 AM

Re: Islam & free speech

Are you referring to the Vatican's desire for its flunkies <cardinals/bishops/priests> to toe the party line?

No, to the Vatican's desire to see 'bad ideas' censored and people punished for spreading them or advocating them. [more]

Mon Feb 16

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 12:41 PM

Re: Islam & free speech

On a similar note, is there anything in other religions that supports free speech? Is it a concept that has to be forced upon a religion?

I know Catholicism is very anti-free speech.

Sun Feb 15

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 7:29 PM

Re: Religion(s) of peace

Therefore, you say simply "God is against behavior X and said so in Sura Y:Z where Allah says yada yada". Real straight, to the point, and not designed to be a full up dissertation defending a specific position.

People (the [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:30 PM

Re: NPR on 'Anti-Theism'

Jerry Coyne's impression:

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 2:06 PM

Re: Proof of Intelligent Design

If true, this is the sort of thing that would be pretty convincing evidence for ID.

I don't think it would be. The extraterrestrials wouldn't have designed anything other than (maybe) the initial life form. Their own origins would [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:24 PM

Re: Religion(s) of peace

What I've laid out is field tested already. It works.

If it's tested already, could you list what memes have been tested? I doubt I can emphasize any of them with sincerity. My expectation is that they are things like 'the true [more]

Tue Feb 10

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benjd25 replied to the The Theist/Atheist Dialogs board. 9:00 PM

Re: Try to convert AIs?

To some there seems to be a very bright line between the subjective (values based stuff) and the objective (using verifiable rules to sift for reality).

Yes...


> I can't imagine how any evidence can support any [more]

Sun Feb 8

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benjd25 replied to the The Theist/Atheist Dialogs board. 6:20 PM

Re: Try to convert AIs?

> 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Where is the evidence to support the absolute inclusiveness of the first law?

It's values based statement, treating [more]

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benjd25 posted to the The Theist/Atheist Dialogs board. 1:04 AM

Try to convert AIs?

Some faith-bound Americans want to make sure any superintelligence we create knows about God...

"I don't see Christ's redemption limited to human beings," Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek told me in a recent interview. Benek [more]

Tue Feb 3

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benjd25 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 6:55 PM

Re: Ahhh...nostalgic Catholicism...

The duo adopted the name Saw Doctors—travellers who earned money by sharpening saws in old Ireland—until they could think of something better. As the band grew, the opportunity to find a better name never arose.

Cool, I'm glad my [more]

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