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  • I would say a thought experiment is “valid” when it produces a model that appears to be correct. A thought experiment could maybe sometimes be thought of as a hypothesis: “if the world was like [hypothesis] X, what would happen?”. If “what happens” matches up with observable reality, then it’s good supporting evidence that…

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  • Why do humans have their particular social norms regarding sexuality and gender?

    There is no social norms rearding sexuality and gender for humans. They vary greatly from place to place and over time. Even within the same country there are enormous differences per culture, class, education, profession etc. In some parts of the world women…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic No other comment in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Thanks all for the supportive comments. I’ve spent the last day listening to otherwise rational and compassionate friends and acquaintances trying to justify the violence. “We have to sustain public order”. “Yeah…but the referendum was illegal”. Egad. Nationalism is a horrid sickness. Turns cool headed reasonable people into sociopathic imbeciles.

  • Davis replied to the topic No other comment in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    The national spanish press is muting the abuse and NOT showing the most disturbing videos of police violence. Only the international press is doing so. Instead they focus on a small counter protest, show a few radicals throwing things at the police and one or two minor scuffles and lament that three policemen were hurt.

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  • Davis replied to the topic No other comment in the forum Politics 3 weeks ago

    Where do they go from here?

    Violence. Thats what happens in places that are not given the right to vote (Chechnya, Kashmir, Kosovo, East Timor, Dagestan, Basque country).

    It will escalate by the day. The shadows of Basque terrorism may even pop up again. Places that were given the vote (Quebec, Scotland, Montenegro, Slovakia) were given the…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic No other comment in the forum Politics 3 weeks ago

    Belle…most of these were today. The Catalonians have been wanting a referendum for decades and the national government never budged. They called their own referendum which the government says violates the constitution. So while Catalonians were voting for possible independence…heavily armed national police were sent in the thousands to…[Read more]

  • Davis started the topic No other comment in the forum Politics 3 weeks ago

    Spain is an extremely peaceful country, one of the safest in Europe and in general, a kind, inclusive society with broad support for universal social care and welfare. This is a catastrophic failure by the National Government and stupidity from the Catalonian tactics. I have nothing else to say about this…the images speak for themselves.

  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    @davis

    I’m not sure why you’re trying to pass judgement on these things as “good or bad.

    Because not all traits we have that came from evolution are beneficial or good. And we have evolved some features for no good reason. And some of the features we have evolved were useful in the past but now they are not. And some featu…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    @davis:

    RE: We are asking for ANYTHING that can be scrutinized.

    There is plenty to to be scrutinized. We are BETTER OFF mentally with some sort of belief http://www.apa.org/monitor/2010/12/believe.aspx Or is the APA wrong? Why would we evolve to believe in a God if there wasn’t one?

    That is NOT EVIDENCE! Being happy or not has n…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    @davis – how do you politely tell someone they’re arrogant?

    Perhaps you can just tell the person directly instead of a cheap-shot in a snarky message?

  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    @davis We have evolved to believe in Gods. Why? Can you answer why?

    I have already answered your question here twice (just like with your “what evidence would you need for God”) and other users here have answered this question at length to no avail. It is infuriating retyping the same thought-out explanation again and again.…[Read more]

  • Wow. Only 500 million years. Time for the planet to cool down and spark up life! Also…autotrophic. I had never heard of chemoautotrophs before, creating their own energy without light!

  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    There’s simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion.

    ~Dan Dennett~

    Arrogance. Total arrogance. Especially considering he simultaneously says we will probably never know the origins of the universe….

    So how do you politely tell someone their world view is a delusion?

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  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 4 weeks ago

    .those things have a PURPOSE.

    Some of those things HAD a purpose. Now some of them are a nuisance, a waste of body resources, open to possible breakage or infection and in some cases (appendix) quite deadly. That’s not to mention redundant pain ailments which utterly cripple people for no reason. If we evolved intelligently,…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    What the fuck are you looking for? Please. Be specific.

    One single falsifiable claim. One single shred of reliable and re-testable evidence. Just one of either.

  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    RE: We aren’t asking for a claim about God that finishes in two sentences, you are misrepresenting what we are asking for.

    (banging my head against the wall) that is what I have been trying to clarify for MONTHS and YOU called me a liar claiming it was all spelled out for me. I told you you were wrong. I still don’t und…

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  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    There is not a way to sum up all of God into one small succinct explanation.

    Of course not…say anything testable about God and it won’t survive scrutiny. We aren’t asking for a claim about God that finishes in two sentences, you are misrepresenting what we are asking for. Your claim is documented in a book with thousands of little claims, and…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    To me it makes a difference because it is often asked to “define God.” and “provide evidence.” The implication is it should be something presented in peer reviewed research or it’s not valid. I disagree. Even with peer reviewed research, just because someone manages to get published doesn’t mean there paper then holds a “ne…

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  • Davis replied to the topic This is war in the forum Politics 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    @davis RE: Show me mobilization of troops and defense strategy briefings and specific threats from a political leader US Bombers are in action off the course of NK right now. Seismic activity was detected this morning at a NK nuclear site….

    Sigh. That is not mobilization. The US has been flying planes close to North Korea for d…[Read more]

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