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Re: The evil that men do ...

Ok - if context does not matter, then God abominates homosexuality and it is right an proper for true Christians to hound homosexuals out of existence: after all, it is for their own good. I can only make that case if I am allowed to ignore context. perhaps it is because I have no truck for that cas...
by Bill
Mon May 29, 2017 11:24 am
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: The evil that men do ...
Replies: 7
Views: 35

Re: Consciousness

A husband and wife can lift a weight greater than either could lift by them-self. A community can build infrastructure than a single person would not achieve in a life time. Added complexity is all that it takes for consciousness to emerge, otherwise an amoeba would have as much consciousnesses as a...
by Bill
Mon May 29, 2017 11:17 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Consciousness
Replies: 195
Views: 3315

Re: Consciousness

Yes, indeed, it could be sheer coincidence that the more complex animals have traits not seen in less complex ones. Whatever free will, self awareness, intelligence and other mental abilities may not be, they are far more abundant in human beings than any other critters. And the experiments establis...
by Bill
Sat May 27, 2017 9:02 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Consciousness
Replies: 195
Views: 3315

Re: Consciousness

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . That we see ourselves as somehow special in this universe is understandable. Why? We are the most complex collection of atoms that we have ever come across. On the most updated chart listing collections of atoms in order of complexity, humans hold the numbe...
by Bill
Fri May 26, 2017 8:22 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Consciousness
Replies: 195
Views: 3315

Re: The evil that men do ...

Quoting things out of context certainly makes it simpler to show others as being beneath contempt. Sura 47.4 is part of instruction on the proper manner of conduct in war when attacked by armies sent on a crusade against Islam. When put into context, the Muslims are beubg told to kill their attacker...
by Bill
Thu May 25, 2017 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: The evil that men do ...
Replies: 7
Views: 35

Re: Consciousness

I try to relate the concept of an unfolding universe with the mulitude of mental attributes we posses and, it is said, not one of them is what it appears to be. Perhaps we have some non-sequitur logic going on here, Maybe: The universe appears to us to be in a state consistent with it being in a pro...
by Bill
Thu May 25, 2017 10:43 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Consciousness
Replies: 195
Views: 3315

The evil that men do ...

I was born and raised in Stockport, a town that shares a common border with Manchester. And for some reason, that made last night's outrage more personal to me than any of the other in the list of inhuman barbarianism. If the only way an organization can justify its existence is by murdering 8 year ...
by Bill
Tue May 23, 2017 7:02 am
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: The evil that men do ...
Replies: 7
Views: 35

Re: Take Me to Church

I suspect - but have no solid evidence - that cause and effect may be getting confused. I think the similarity of different primitives experiencing transformative states led them to create an underlying theory that created embryonic religions, and that they evolved by natural means into later versio...
by Bill
Wed May 03, 2017 10:08 am
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Take Me to Church
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: Is Agnostics International Forum on the way to extinctio

We also have a facebook page that has nearly 700 likes and a similar number of followers - all members of this forum have the ability and are invited to post items there if they want a wider audience for their ideas and notions. (The same rules of netiquette apply there in pretty much they do here: ...
by Bill
Tue May 02, 2017 11:40 am
 
Forum: Forum Business
Topic: Is Agnostics International Forum on the way to extinction?
Replies: 8
Views: 121

Re: The Theory of Everything

As Neil deGrasse once opined, the universe has no duty to make itself comprehensible to us. It is what it is. No more, no less. And with the now admitted abject failure of String Theory to advance our understanding of how it all fits together, perhaps it did take something greater than us to constru...
by Bill
Tue May 02, 2017 11:03 am
 
Forum: Physical Sciences
Topic: The Theory of Everything
Replies: 8
Views: 434
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