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Flat Earth Debate / Something for RE believers to try to explain...
« on: March 12, 2009, 12:36:05 PM »
According to RE theory, the entire universe started from the Big Bang, and in the initial microseconds all the matter in the universe was compressed into a tiny volume.

However, this would violate the Heisenberg uncertainly principle, since with a constrained volume like that it would be possible to know an individual particle's position and velocity quite precisely.

Therefore, either modern quantum mechanics is severely flawed, or the universe was never that small to begin with.

I'm an atheist, but let's assume for the sake of argument that a single God exists and that early religions for the most part reflected what God wants from the human race, no matter how heavily distorted the message. A few hundred years after Christ, the status quo would have been threatened and things would have been going badly for the devil...

The religious movements up to that point were fragmented and thus allowed for a good amount of strife and hedonism. The "peaceful" ones like Hinduism and Buddhism weren't really players on a global level, and were contained well because they did not stress proselytism. However, now you have a new player on the court after Christ. Christianity believes in peace as much as they do in rabid proselytism. This new religion has the potential to suffocate the violence and other assorted fun on a global scale. Even worse, it's spreading like wildfire WITHOUT the good part - violence.

What's the prince of darkness to do?

Can't really run a campaign promoting Satanism - no one goes for that even nowadays. How about creating a new fake religion, which will take the most effective points of Christianity and ensue strife for two thousand more years? Let's see, what can we throw in? How about:

1. Proselytism, proselytism, proselytism. You have to convert others no matter what it takes.
2. If you leave the religion, you are sentenced to death. Talk about a good retention plan.
3. An "us and them" mentality - kill the heathens before the heathens kill us.
4. Allow multiple wives for the wealthy, which means a shortage of women for the poor. A young man who can't find a mate is a wonderful candidate for anger and violence.
5. Codify that questioning the religion means death.
6. Constant reinforcement - you must pray 5 times a day so you don't let your mind drift for more than a few hours at a time.
7. Make sure women are considered close to property, that ensures a constant source of contention.

Before anyone accuses me of being anti-Islam, let me cheerfully point out that I am. I hate all religions so I'm an equal opportunity kind of militant...  :)

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Comparison shopping for the best religion?
« on: September 08, 2008, 02:21:35 PM »
Consider this for a moment:

Muslims agree that Christians and Jews get into heaven. Jews agree that Christians and Muslims get into heaven. Same all the way around. Current thinking is that everyone goes to heaven regardless of specific religious rituals.

So if any of these religions will get you into heaven, wouldn't it make sense to be a member of the religion that is easiest to follow? If you follow Christian teachings you don't have to avoid McRib sandwiches or pray 5 times a day. And you wind up in heaven along with all the Muslims who have no idea what a good beer tastes like.

Is staying with the religion you were assigned at birth the same as not calling Geico to compare your insurance rates? Inquiring minds want to know...

Flat Earth Q&A / Any RE people care to explain view of the moon?
« on: August 17, 2008, 09:38:04 AM »
As anyone can easily observe, we always see the same features on the moon. If the moon were a sphere, you would imagine there would be some small rotation relative to the Earth, so that the side we see would slowly change. Especially if all these bodies were created in massive astronomical collisions and by random cohesion of smaller objects.

How could the system be in perfect balance so that the moon always presents the same face to the Earth, but not vice versa? Clearly this indicates that they are different shapes.

And please don't invoke intelligent design. As a FE advocate I believe that's completely unscientific.

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