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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Miracles
« on: December 03, 2010, 05:07:04 AM »
Do you think miracles occur? I often talk to creationists and it seems like every one of them has had a miracle experience. Of course it's always something which could occur within the bounds of reality as we know it. No one ever talks about how their house turned into gold when they were tight on money.

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Of course none of this should be believed since NASA is a conspiracy.

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Arts & Entertainment / Why do people listen to metal?
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:11:05 PM »
I don't understand it. Can someone explain the appeal?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Violations of Freedom
« on: November 15, 2010, 04:35:14 PM »
If you consider things like the Patriot Act to be atrocities, it's a testament to how far we have come.

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This is of course the exception, not the rule. Statistics show that there is a correlation between education and belief in God. It appears that as education level rises, belief in God decreases.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Black Ops
« on: November 15, 2010, 03:51:26 AM »
My roommate got it and I think MW2 is a lot more fun and polished. The thing I liked about Black Ops was the wager match thing. But it's probably not worth $60. Also the graphics are atrocious. It looks like a Wii game.

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It actually does, since two parallel timelines exist simultaneously.

Evidence? It seems to me that you'd go back in time and simply change the outcome of your timeline.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Ethics - I'm Stuck in Limbo
« on: November 15, 2010, 03:43:17 AM »
I agree that the moral relativist and law giver origins of morality are both way too extreme, but they do both hold some ground. Moral relativism applies to some extent. For example, some people paint their bodies with tribal tattoos. This concept is not morally wrong, it's just a way of life for certain people. Or, some people think it's wrong to eat pork. I love pork and I eat it all the time, so I don't think that it is morally wrong to do so, but someone else might. In this sense moral relativism is probably a good route to take. But when we get to weightier matters like murder, stealing or rape or things which physically harm people I think the law giver concept is what we should go with. Most societies would agree that murder and rape are wrong, therefore I think it's reasonable to say that they are both evil acts across the board.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Warrdog's Avatar
« on: November 15, 2010, 03:29:03 AM »
They're more than stories. God tells people to do stuff like murder people. What's so different between that and the Quran?

Since those laws do not apply to christianity, a lot.

The bible is the common denominator among all sects of Christianity. The fundamentalists interpret it as the literal word of God while some view the various scriptures as metaphors. However, all Christians view the bible as a holy book from which morality is derived. The ten commandments for example are moral laws which apply to both Christians and Jews. I think you're definitely wrong when you say that the Old Testament is somehow exempt or does not apply to Christianity because it really does.

But I'd agree that the teachings of Jesus are much more peaceful than Islamic teachings. Still, I'm not sure how many Christians actually subscribe 100% to the teachings of Jesus. They're pretty hard to be faithful to with such concepts as "loving your enemy" or "doing good to those who persecute you". While they're noble endeavors they're just not very realistic.

My point is the bible is not christianity, while it is held as sacred, the stories contained within are not always representative of christianity, and the new testament even says that most of the old testament should be interpreted differently. Jesus flat out tells people to turn the other cheek when attacked and won't let them kill a woman that the old testament claims should be killed. The teachings of jesus are the essence of christianity, judaism is just the tribal religion that it sprung from.

The Jewish, Christian and Islamic god are all the same. The thing about Christianity is that Jesus coming to Earth was supposedly a "new covenant" between god and man. However, Christians still believe that scripture from the Old Testament is the word of god. Whether you want to classify it as Christianity or not, there's still the issue of there being a jealous, violent and tyrannical being in the universe.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Warrdog's Avatar
« on: November 15, 2010, 01:38:09 AM »
They're more than stories. God tells people to do stuff like murder people. What's so different between that and the Quran?

Since those laws do not apply to christianity, a lot.

The bible is the common denominator among all sects of Christianity. The fundamentalists interpret it as the literal word of God while some view the various scriptures as metaphors. However, all Christians view the bible as a holy book from which morality is derived. The ten commandments for example are moral laws which apply to both Christians and Jews. I think you're definitely wrong when you say that the Old Testament is somehow exempt or does not apply to Christianity because it really does.

But I'd agree that the teachings of Jesus are much more peaceful than Islamic teachings. Still, I'm not sure how many Christians actually subscribe 100% to the teachings of Jesus. They're pretty hard to be faithful to with such concepts as "loving your enemy" or "doing good to those who persecute you". While they're noble endeavors they're just not very realistic.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Knowing when you're wrong
« on: November 13, 2010, 04:20:23 AM »
This idea scares me sometimes; the possibility that I might be wrong about a certain world view or concept that I have which seems to me to be completely valid. In the past I've held views about certain topics and I felt that I had an unshakable position only to find out that I was in fact wrong about it.

So the topic of this thread is to figure out how to know whether we are right about something. There is another problem which arises and that is perception. We might be completely valid in making a judgment about something because our perception of it is a certain way. But if you look at it from a different perspective, you might draw a very different conclusion.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: THE JAPANESE HAVE INVENTED THE HOLODECK
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:07:08 PM »
16 year old school girl > Elvis

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J.J.'s Star Trek is a blight on all that is Star Trek. Do not mention it again. It never happened.

Again, when was it explained that it was a different universe in the movie, as was claimed.

If I remember right they said it was different timeline in the same universe.

I'm pretty sure old Spock explained that he was from an alternate universe.
Young Spock does actually.  He talks about how the jump through time would have created an alternate timeline where the events of their lives would have been different.
Then Kirk tells him that there's no time wondering about what our lives would have been, they have to focus on now.



Alternate universe =/= alternate timeline

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J.J.'s Star Trek is a blight on all that is Star Trek. Do not mention it again. It never happened.

Again, when was it explained that it was a different universe in the movie, as was claimed.

If I remember right they said it was different timeline in the same universe.

I'm pretty sure old Spock explained that he was from an alternate universe.

No, watch it again.

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Are YOU addicted?
« on: November 12, 2010, 02:04:16 AM »
I am guilty of many of those, however I see it as merely a means to an end. If I was born in the 70s I would probably be addicted to drugs instead.

It's like attributing violent video games to violent behavior in adolescents. Those who are predisposed to violence due to genetics are going to be attracted to violent things, whether that is street fighting, violent video games or enlisting in the military with the intent to kill people. Similarly, those who are predisposed to shyness or social phobia are going to pursue activities which remove them from real life social situations.

However, I am going to try an experiment in which I remove all online social interaction for an amount of time and see how I fare. I want to see if it makes me pursue real life relationships more actively or causes me to withdraw and become even less social due to that crutch being gone.

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The Lounge / Re: I had a job interview today
« on: November 12, 2010, 01:32:08 AM »
I applied to Victoria's Secret simply because it would be a good experience with all of the interactivity I would get with women. Also I want to challenge discrimination since it is illegal to not hire someone based on gender, race or sexual orientation. I'm not a girl or a gay guy so I'm probably not the type that would apply there generally. I am doing research on lingerie so they cannot argue that I'm not knowledgeable of it.

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J.J.'s Star Trek is a blight on all that is Star Trek. Do not mention it again. It never happened.

Again, when was it explained that it was a different universe in the movie, as was claimed.

If I remember right they said it was different timeline in the same universe.

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The Lounge / Re: I had a job interview today
« on: November 11, 2010, 10:10:37 PM »
I want to be a Jedi Knight.

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J.J.'s Star Trek is a blight on all that is Star Trek. Do not mention it again. It never happened.

It was more interesting to watch than any other Star Trek put on screen. I think that's due to the fact that they tried to mimic Star Wars. On the flipside it was missing the really good writing and lovable characters of previous Star Trek movies.

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So you get one planet out of thousands or millions.

Even one planet would have consequence on the time line.

You're right. You might end up making one particular faction even stronger, or you might create an entirely different faction in the process. However, this would not prevent force sensitive beings from coming into existence. The force is a universal property in the Star Wars universe similar to gravity.

So find a history book.

And realistically, you have a mother-f-ing time machine. You have all the time in the world to do whatever you want. Just keep trying.

"Do whatever you want"

What do you mean by that? Humans are limited in what they can do.

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So you get one planet out of thousands or millions.

Even one planet would have consequence on the time line.

You're right. You might end up making one particular faction even stronger, or you might create an entirely different faction in the process. However, this would not prevent force sensitive beings from coming into existence. The force is a universal property in the Star Wars universe similar to gravity.

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So you get one planet out of thousands or millions.

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I don't see how time travel could possibly affect the Star Wars universe. Star Trek would still need to deal with threats. The farther back in time they go, the more Jedi/Sith there would be to resist them. There isn't really anything in the Star Trek universe that they could send through time that would be able to take on the jedi. And once they arrived, any jedi in the area would be aware of hostile intent.

They go back in time before those jedi even existed, before, the galaxy they exist in even formed.

It would be like going back in time here on earth to try and stop the evolutionary process.

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I don't see how time travel could possibly affect the Star Wars universe. Star Trek would still need to deal with threats. The farther back in time they go, the more Jedi/Sith there would be to resist them. There isn't really anything in the Star Trek universe that they could send through time that would be able to take on the jedi. And once they arrived, any jedi in the area would be aware of hostile intent.

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Which Universe do you like more, EG?
Star Trek, since it is more realistic

There is something seriously wrong with this statement.

Than Star Wars? I think so.

No. Star Trek essentially makes up bullshit that's supposed to sound like science.

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Which Universe do you like more, EG?
Star Trek, since it is more realistic

There is something seriously wrong with this statement.

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He is scrambling now. He knows that Star Wars would lose due to time travel, and that is why he isn't addressing anyone that is bringing it up.

The Federation and the Galactic Alliance would have no reason to go to war.

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I would love to see a small, one manned fighter penetrate the outer defenses of the Q Continuum.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Warrdog's Avatar
« on: November 09, 2010, 02:50:48 PM »
However, this is not limited to Islam, so trying to claim that Islam = violence is ludicrous, especially when the comparison doesn't even hold since not all Muslims are violent.

Fundamentally, both Christianity and Islam are violent religions. This is mainly due to the fact that they were invented by humans and humans are naturally inclined to do violent acts.

I think it is right to criticize Islam as a religion, but not necessarily right to criticize all those who follow it.  

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