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Re: The evil that men do ...

It was never my intention to suggest you are personally promoting bigotry. But take Exodus 22-18 "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Which was the justification for murdering senile women in the Middle Ages. We can point out that it is a mistranslation of the original words. Or we can...
by Bill
Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:03 am
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: The evil that men do ...
Replies: 17
Views: 493

Re: The evil that men do ...

No - i have no fear that denying religious doctrine may incur the wrath of a god that may possibly exist and damn me to an eternity of hell fire screaming for being so wilfully disobedient. I have always stood on the side of eliminating hate speech from all scripture, no matter where it might be. Bu...
by Bill
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: The evil that men do ...
Replies: 17
Views: 493

Re: Is Agnostics International Forum on the way to extinctio

We have nearly 700 followers of our Facebook page and all members of this Forum are invited to post talking points to that page.

I have no idea why they follow us on FB but do not come in here to join our discussions,
by Bill
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:30 am
 
Forum: Forum Business
Topic: Is Agnostics International Forum on the way to extinction?
Replies: 13
Views: 589

Re: optical illusion

More of an eye test than a set of optical illusions: but then optical illusions are more about pattern recognition than deluding the senses.
by Bill
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:27 am
 
Forum: Water Cooler
Topic: optical illusion
Replies: 18
Views: 1606

Re: Consciousness

And you accuse ME of making straw man arguments. Sheesh. (Just out of curiosity: when researchers measure "consciousness" in various critters and then compile ranking charts to show where various creatures stand on a ranking table, what do you think they are actually measuring? Lists that ...
by Bill
Wed May 31, 2017 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Consciousness
Replies: 204
Views: 4005

Re: Free will

The incompatibilist believes that if determinism turned out to be true, it would also be true that we don't have, and have never had, free will Which seems to give those (who do not accept the position that free will has been shown to be non-existent) the choice of thinking that either incompatibil...
by Bill
Wed May 31, 2017 9:06 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Free will
Replies: 2302
Views: 61724

Re: The evil that men do ...

I suppose if the Christians and Jews stripped out all the hate speech in their texts, we could ask them to get the Muslims to do the same. But I think it would be a bit much for Islam to take such action if atheists and agnostics led the charge. Theist or secular, all of us have the luxury of believ...
by Bill
Wed May 31, 2017 8:05 am
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: The evil that men do ...
Replies: 17
Views: 493

Re: Consciousness

There is no emergent "super-mind" independent of them And we know this how? Touche. I shall correct myself. As far as I know, no credible evidence has yet been produced to show that super-minds are created by the interaction of individual brains. Indeed, there is no evidence that super-mi...
by Bill
Tue May 30, 2017 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Consciousness
Replies: 204
Views: 4005

Re: Philosophical Fallacies

Who, precisely, has the authority to define free will as being able to do stuff without prior cause? I have never held that if free will exists that it may be defined by such words. If the future is really probabilistic, and there is much evidence to support such a view, then free will might be the ...
by Bill
Tue May 30, 2017 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Philosophical Fallacies
Replies: 13
Views: 421

Re: Philosophical Fallacies

Rom and I seem to agree on one point. No case has been made that links unfolding universes with lack of mental acumen. Well, not lack, just that whatever it may be it is not what we think it is. And if I had opined that one of our members had argued that wild turkeys wear scarves, I would have been ...
by Bill
Tue May 30, 2017 9:11 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Philosophical Fallacies
Replies: 13
Views: 421
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