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Religion & Society / Re: Has Christianity screwed us?
« Last post by JackWhitehead1 on February 10, 2016, 12:04:35 PM »
An aside; how have ideologies, cultures and mindsets historically evolved to combat systematic oppression? It's an expression of our evolutionary tribal psychology that our position becomes more extreme when our Hierarchy of Needs gets fiddled with. During the Islamic Golden Age, humanity oversaw possibly the greatest rate of scientific enlightenment until those guys in France made the metric system. Below: Afghan women in the 1950s and in 2013. I hope the relation to my post is obvious. Ideologies tend to war rhetoric, extremist culture and literal interpretations of their creed when they are pushed against.





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Religion & Society / Re: Has Christianity screwed us?
« Last post by JackWhitehead1 on February 10, 2016, 11:52:55 AM »
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To make a secular state work, we need to at least have billboard and TV adverts around the place, saying "Your religion is false. You can't prove any of it. At least be humble about it, and try to fit in."

Well this sounds entirely horrifying.



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Science / Re: Zika Virus
« Last post by nogodsforme on February 10, 2016, 11:45:34 AM »
This is a public forum. Nobody should assume that all remarks written in response to a post are solely directed to one person. I imagine that there are other people besides OAA who think that Zika is nothing to worry about. I was suggesting that there are lots of reasons for people to be worried.

Women in many Latin American countries have a lot of trouble getting contraception, sometimes due to poverty, but thanks in large part to the Catholic Church and patriarchal cultures. Abortion is available, but ILLEGAL and punishable by law. And, news flash, it is not always up to the woman whether she has sex or gets pregnant. I know women there who have had 14 children. Not always by choice. So to say, just don't have sex and don't have a baby seems cavalier and ignorant of the reality these women face.

I hope that people besides OAA think about the stuff I wrote. Maybe they have some comments as well.
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Science / Re: Less Dark Matter
« Last post by jaimehlers on February 10, 2016, 10:11:25 AM »
The problem, of course, is that there's a lot more ways to go wrong than there are to go right.  So while it's true that knowing the missteps will help, they won't really help that much.  Unfortunately.
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General Religious Discussion / Re: They Say They Can PROVE Divine Inspiration
« Last post by Jag on February 10, 2016, 10:02:44 AM »
There's a profit in there somewhere. Not a prophet, a profit.

I see stuff like this and for just a moment, I'm tempted to throw morals to the wind and exploit the gullible.
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Chatter / Re: militarized police state
« Last post by jaimehlers on February 10, 2016, 10:01:29 AM »
And, naturally, he doesn't want to face the social stigma of admitting that he was wrong in the first place, which just means that it'll continue to haunt him.  Easy trap to fall into, but it's also easy to escape provided you're willing to pay the cost.
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Science / Re: Rationality trap
« Last post by jaimehlers on February 10, 2016, 09:56:14 AM »
That would seem to be fairly easy, all things considered, since you're gaining benefit from having seen it, and you're not dealing with it yourself.

It's much more challenging to be rational, even partly rational, about a decision you're in the process of making when you can't accurately predict the outcome.
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General Religious Discussion / Re: They Say They Can PROVE Divine Inspiration
« Last post by jdawg70 on February 10, 2016, 09:54:08 AM »
What is meant by "Divine Inspiration"?

Been trying to figure that one out for ages.  The best I've got is that it means "stop asking questions."
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Chatter / Re: militarized police state
« Last post by screwtape on February 10, 2016, 09:29:04 AM »
A rare – very rare – case of justice in our criminal justice system.  Prosecutor disbarred for sending a man he knew was innocent to death row.
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/09/texas-prosecutor-charles-sebesta-disbarred-anthony-graves-innocent-death-row

“but why would he do that?” you ask.  Political self interest.  Hopefully he will also be held civilly and criminally liable.

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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did YHWH create A&E in a state of sin?
« Last post by jdawg70 on February 10, 2016, 09:18:29 AM »
Can't god make it so that heaven is exactly what each person wants
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