Glen D

  • Glen D replied to the topic A Better Place in the forum Atheism 10 hours, 59 minutes ago

    Even people who accept evolution believe in “heaven”.

    Yeah, and Elvis is a live and living in Tweed, Ontario. He performs twice a year. You should go check it out.

    Well yair, Evolution is officially accepted by Catholics. No conflict is seem with the Book Of  Genesis, which is not seen as literal.

    At the Catholic school I atte…

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  • Glen D replied to the topic A Better Place in the forum Atheism 12 hours, 43 minutes ago

    Want to know what death is? Anyone who’s been under general anesthesia knows what it’s like.

     

    Indeed. (I have)

    Also if you have ever experienced a dreamless sleep. (I have, and still do, regularly)

  • Not so much friends who converted, but a couple of Christians with whom I was friends.

    One, simply lost contact over the years. The other, I upset: I admit, I was friends with this girl mainly because I badly wanted to explore her person. Yes, shallow, I know. What can I say, I was very young and very horny—

    Anyway, she dragged me along to a…[Read more]

  • “And I don’t know where you got the idea that I’m an atheist.”

    Oh, I’m terribly sorry. What with being an atheist forum and all , I simply assumed.My bad.

    “And I find a lot of the arguments that are made against the existence of God pretty tiresome.”

    That’s fine. You have every right to feel so. Unfortunately,  that statement falls under the…[Read more]

  • I’ve been told that at age 3  I had an imaginary friend called Mr Bailey. Seems it was my practice to blame Mr bailey for anything I did wrong.

    At five, I went to the good nuns for instruction.   After a few weeks, if  I had done anything untoward,  I simply said  “the devil made me do it”. Mum had words with the head nun. The second time was w…[Read more]

  • Glen D replied to the topic A Better Place in the forum Atheism 3 days, 11 hours ago

    Yair, the idiocy of Pascal’s wager. Seems to be based on the assumption that God is especially stupid ,and overlooks basic Christian teaching that god can see into everyone’s heart. I mean really,  that anyone could get away with lying to god , as Christians describe him.

    Irrelevant to me. I read perhaps 40 years ago the honest atheist who has…[Read more]

  • Glen D replied to the topic A Better Place in the forum Atheism 3 days, 13 hours ago

    A better place?

    As far as I’m aware, when brain function ceases, you’r dead. IE no longer aware , of anything., so you will have no idea of where you are..

    There are two choices; into the ground or into the furnace.

    Harder to argue any kind of consciousness once one is reduced to a small box of fine ash. The skull often doesn’t burn to ash, so…[Read more]

  • @Ivy

    Apologies, I didn’t mean to mislead. What I mean is my position is based on the LACK of objective proof.

    I suspect we may actually agree. I accept that because of the apparent impossibility of objective proof, all that is left is subjective experience . That of course IS evidence, but not proof.  OK?

     

  • @Ivy

    “Yawn

    And around and around we go….”

    That’s most unhelpful, and a little patronising..

    I would really like to learn of the evidence of which you speak.

    I need always to learn. An important part of being a skeptic for me is to always question, especially my own strongly held positions.

    I’ve learnt that the more sure I am of being right t…[Read more]

  • @Ivy

    “There’s way more evidence that God does exist than evidence that he doesn’t.’

    Absolutely!

    The bible is evidence, as is 2000 years of written testimony, personal accounts, tradition and even historical evidence (written after the fact)

    What there is not is proof. There is no objective proof for the existence  of God. If there were, ther…[Read more]

  • @Ivy

    Just so.

    Simply put, the existence of god is an unfalsifiable claim. God cannot be argued into or out of existence.

    For that reason, I don’t get involved in arguments  of  a definition or  qualities of a putative god.

    Instead, I will post a favourite quote; Epicurus on god and the existence of evil:
    “Is God willing to prevent evil, but n…[Read more]

  • Glen D replied to the topic JOKES!! in the forum Small Talk 5 days, 11 hours ago

    The one Reg told the rabbit and  toasties reminded me of this one;

    Surgeon George Abernathy stops by his favourite bar on his way home every night. The bar is owned and run by his friend Richard Thomas.

    Each night, the surgeon has his favourite cocktail, an almond daiquiri.

    This particular night, Richard is out of almonds, so he substitutes…[Read more]

  • @daughterofkarl

    I don’t expect you or anyone else to be easy on me. It’s patronising and unhelpful. When I make a mistake in fact or in logic, I hope to be pulled up on it, so I can continue learning. That  is something I intend to do until I die or until the men with the butterfly nets come for me.

    I’m not a strong philosopher, having had only…[Read more]

  • @daughterof karl

    I was responding to this:

    “To be fair, the same could be said to be true of almost every civilization that ever achieved ascendancy on the world stage, whether it’s the French slaughtering the Huguenots, or the English starving the Irish. Genocide and slavery were not unique to America, nor did genocide and slavery not occur i…[Read more]

  • “I love to hear variations on the “Hey, everybody was doing it” kind of excuse. Mom and Dad didn’t buy it.”

     

    Nor should they; the argument is  based on a Tu qouque (you too) logical fallacy.

    If the USA was founded on theft, murder and genocide, the charges must be answered by themselves.  What other countries did is irrelevant.

    The fallacy…[Read more]

  • Reading all this stuff caused a couple of  I’m sure unhelpful aphorisms to pop into my head;

    “The best argument against democracy is to spend 1o minutes speaking with the average voter” (Winston Churchill)

    “A nation gets the government it deserves” (anon)

    I’m not convinced that’s necessarily true of say China and North Korea. However, it…[Read more]

  • @ivy

    “I’m sure lots of people might laugh at that, but you know this is how dictators get started”

    I’m not sure that’s true as a broad principle. Seems more like a slippery slope fallacy.

    So far, I’ve not interpreted  the US situation  the same way. However, that’s not to say  you’re wrong. You may well be right on the money. I truly hope not,…[Read more]

  • @Ivy

    My perception is that no one has ever had a democracy within the commonly accepted notion of “rule by the majority”.

    Athenian democracy was actually  rule by referendum. IE all eligible voters voted on all important issues. Voters did not include women or slaves, approx. 2/3 of the population.

     

    Not entirely convinced that  a claim of d…[Read more]

  • Glen D replied to the topic Beautiful Women in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 1 day ago

    @_Robert_

    British cousins?  No, no, I said English which is NOT the same.

    The UK includes the previously separate kingdoms of Scotland, Wales and a chunk of Ireland.

    MY people are 100% Irish Celt, on both sides. NO English interlopers in MY genes.

     

    PS: I’m only taking the piss. I believe the Americans use the fragrant expression “breaking…[Read more]

  • Glen D replied to the topic JOKES!! in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 2 days ago

    I really like smart, clever  TV ads. Below are some favourite beer commercials.

     

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