Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

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    See Stanislav Lem's short story "The Riddle" ("Zagadka")....
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    Was Marx right? Did capitalism die several times, only to be rebuilt and resurrected, newer and better, with a story of continuity from its beginning? Yes and no. He was right that capital accumulates and that this causes problems...
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    You don't have to disagree with me! :-)...
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    So capitalism is justified by bringing the golden age to a small group of privileged western academics? I don't think so....
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    -- we've had a capitalist economy for centuries now, and those centuries have seen consistently, rapidly growing economic output. That would appear to be abundant evidence. This is the golden age and the promised land. Things are, compared to any...
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    God is Nature. That's a renaming, not a definition. Also note, if god is nature, modern man is killing god (or at least severely defacing it). I'd rather see that happen to other definitions of god....
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    --consciousness is immortal Splutter. My consciousness dies regularly, at least once a day. What's more, I'm not even sure I get the same consciousness back as yesterday. About quantum physical explanations I'd like to refer you to xkcd....
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    That's one of the good lessons of an exercise like this: there are a lot of definitions of the divine, even within Christianity. If you do a broader survey of things called religions, there's an enormous diversity of religions in...
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    I rather liked Dirks' idea that consciousness is God or a manifestation of God. Are there any civilian applications of this definition?...
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    "With regards to atheists vs agnostics I have never met an atheost who who claims to have proven there is not God." In this forum I've seen only Outeast and Greg Tingey, and I may have misunderstood both of...
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    There is no scientific evidence whatsoever that souls exist -- there's even no reason to think we would know how to measure a soul if there was one. I agree that there's probably no such thing as a "soul". It's...
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    So your definition of god is "the cause that gives us consciousness"? Anything else we need to know about this "god"? Why can't consciousness develop by accident?...
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    An atheist knows for sure there is no black cat in the dark room. Not because he looked and didn't find one. Because first, there is no reason for anybody to think there is a black cat there in the...
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    Then we have the entirety of subjective experience, none of which is amenable to scientific testing. And no, fMRI will not tell you anything about the subjective experience of the taste of a strawberry. Not quite. Subjective experience might not...
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    A philosopher looks for a black cat in a dark room. A spiritualist looks for a black cat in a dark room which doesn't contain any cats. A theist is the first one who cries "I've found it!"...
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    The awkward thing about religion, spirituality, and science is that, in all three cases, someone can study under a qualified teacher, in a proper environment with the right tools, and with a bit of luck, they can learn and practice...
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    I'd point out one other problem with science: the idea of repeatability. In my former field (ecology) there was so little money for experiments that it was considered bad form to merely repeat someone else's experiment. After all, the money...
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    +1 for continuing on DARK STATE If people want to read high fantasy about gods in a secular world they can read American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Brian McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn or Terry Pratchett's Diskworld books...
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    You mean there is an almighty god but he can not communicate clearly and unambiguously with his subjects? I dunno. What would you accept? If he got somebody to write it down and tell you it came from him? Obviously...
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    Maybe better, the last sample chapters this author posted here ended in a huge cliff hanger and I had to purchase the whole trilogy! ;-)...
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    But if there is in fact a god who communicates with you, but you reject the communication, that is entirely your responsibility. If there is a god communicating with me he/she/it is hiding that fact very thoroughly. I just hate...
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    Wouldn't have taken you for a nihilist....
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    And also we would have to listen. You want me to believe in a God that can't even make me listen?...
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    You can have capitalism without democracy, but you can't have democracy without capitalism. This is obvious from Charlie's own list, some parts of which are quite right. The alternative to private actors controlling the allocation of capital is for the...
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    "The first is pretty much demanded by logic" Why? What evidence demands that God not exist? How are the statements "God exists" or "God does not exist" in an way falsifiable? Not being falsifiable, how is either a meaningful statement?...
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    I guess this is why I criticize hardcore atheists; because compared to all the religious and occult weirdos out there, they're just *so boring*. With *so boring* you mean "hard to make fun of"?...
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    Oh, I remember the good old times when you could talk about the definition of a sphere without bothering about flat space, Euclidean space or the dimensionality of it. I wonder where it's all going to end; in the future...
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    Or ill-defined. Is it even possible to separate one object's quantum states from the rest of the world?...
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    But do Aardvarks believe in You? What Aardvarks?...
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    I like the Argument for the Existence of God about how God is the Greatest Being, and there must by definition (definitions vary quite violently) be a greatest being, and therefore there must be a God. If you had experience...
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