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Re: Capital Punishment

I think the reason for excluding past behavior is sound. The police may have simply arrested a suspect because of past record, with no real proof, knowing that a jury would very easily convict a repeat offender. Excluding the prior criminal record means that the burden of proof has to be satisfied f...
by Bill
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:56 am
 
Forum: Ethics, Morality, & Laws
Topic: Capital Punishment
Replies: 96
Views: 4413

Re: Burden of proof ?

Nope, it's not for me! Gee, what does this have to do with burden of proof? In my experience, the Ignostic is an atheist who simply refuses to defend his position. When talking to a theist, the ignostic, like the agnostic and atheist, is entitled to ask the theist to present support for the view th...
by Bill
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:46 am
 
Forum: Agnosticism
Topic: Definition of Agnosticism
Replies: 129
Views: 5471

Re: Free Will

On a very pragmatic level, I suppose that since the legal system is based on the assumption that we have free will, if we do not wish to run foul of the legal system, we should lead our lives as though we have free will. That will keep us out of all sorts of problems. I suppose then that free will s...
by Bill
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:38 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Free will
Replies: 2274
Views: 60938

Re: Capital Punishment

how bad do you thing some one has to be to be executed like a terrorist bad There is the rub. We have seen that identical acts can range from justifiable homicide to first degree murder: it depends on the circumstances and what was going on in the mind of the offender. If a person has a mental illn...
by Bill
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:31 am
 
Forum: Ethics, Morality, & Laws
Topic: Capital Punishment
Replies: 96
Views: 4413

Re: We made it

Chapabel wrote:Here's the irony...Dudley Do-Right Rip Saw Falls is a log flume ride. A water ride that caught fire. Actually it was the structure surrounding the ride that lit up.

Gosh.

I hate to think what Google -> Wiki would have revealed .... :)
by Bill
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:20 am
 
Forum: Water Cooler
Topic: We made it
Replies: 11
Views: 673

Re: Blackbirds Croaking in the Dead of Night

When new phenomena occur, it often takes science some time to catch up. And in so doing, may formulate may different, perhaps contradictory hypothesis to explain them. In the mean time, theism can often offer a quick and simplistic reason, easily taken on by those who cannot, or do not want to, tack...
by Bill
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:18 am
 
Forum: Water Cooler
Topic: Blackbirds Croaking in the Dead of Night
Replies: 25
Views: 1440

Re: The Bible

Tell me what is wrong with the Ten Commandments. What is wrong with treating others the way you would like to be treated? What is wrong with loving others the way God loves us? We appear to be confusing the Ten Commandments with The Golden Rule - the latter not being the exclusive right of scriptur...
by Bill
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:08 am
 
Forum: Deism, Theism & Atheism: God Talk
Topic: The Bible
Replies: 95
Views: 3988

Re: If its not Jesus than who will kill us?!

Life on earth will come to an end. If we avoid man made disasters, and all other natural disasters such as a collision with interstellar objects, the sun will eventually die. Our sun is a medium mass star and it currently generates its heat by nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium. In about 5 billi...
by Bill
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:48 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: If its not Jesus than who will kill us?!
Replies: 22
Views: 1285

Re: Capital Punishment

When really pushed, we Americans can always get around inconvenient restrictions on how we deal with those we think might not have our best interests at heart. For example, if prisoners are being unresponsive to our question, we call them suspected terrorists and ship them to friendly countries that...
by Bill
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:15 pm
 
Forum: Ethics, Morality, & Laws
Topic: Capital Punishment
Replies: 96
Views: 4413

Re: Free Will

...that you have never relied on the lack of free will as a defence is also neither here nor there. Even those absolutely disbelieve in free will are not suggesting you should. Wherever did you get such an idea? From a string of prisoners at the bar who say words to the effect of "Honest Guv, ...
by Bill
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:08 pm
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Free will
Replies: 2274
Views: 60938
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