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by Dubious
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Gustav's farewell
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Gustav's farewell

Walker wrote:
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:34 am
The Streets of Paris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Js8wntdk4
Interesting! It looks slum-like. Noticed a couple of Parisians! Any others living there who aren't from out of town? But what's it got to do with Gustav?
by Dubious
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: a surprising situation?
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: a surprising situation?

Chance, coincidence is the collusion of events in proximity likely to have begun in the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang event. Without such would there even be a universe or most of what the universe itself created in spite of those "events" being further apart due to inflation, that is, an expa...
by Dubious
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 5
Views: 70

Re: Enlightenment

Enlightenment seems most ordinarily to occur during sexual activity, when Kundalini cleans the mirrors on her fiery rise in the spinal cord. If that's the case, how come most of us are still in the doldrums where enlightenment is concerned. If it's contingent on sex we should have been enlightened ...
by Dubious
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: To kill one or to kill many - a dilemma
Replies: 27
Views: 365

Re: To kill one or to kill many - a dilemma

Ethics, as I understand the findings and conclusions of the new science, by definition and observation, Ethics informs us that each individual is an uncountable bundle of value; not to be defiled. If you want to be ethical you will not kill another member of your species. ...by what criteria is " e...
by Dubious
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How do atheists find meaning in a purposeless universe?
Replies: 88
Views: 2796

Re: How do atheists find meaning in a purposeless universe?

For indeed, the atheists’ closed-minded refusal to entertain the possibility that our ultimate purpose could be transcendent in nature (as in “above and outside” of this universe) is what severely limits their options for any alternative explanations for the valid issues you have raised______ Somet...
by Dubious
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 278
Views: 6436

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

The short answer, then, is that we're here because God is love, and because He wants to bring us into a relationship with Him. We're not cosmic accidents or the detritus of an indifferent universe; we are here by God's deliberate intention, and are precious and valuable, and loved. I remember that'...
by Dubious
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 278
Views: 6436

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

The short answer, then, is that we're here because God is love, and because He wants to bring us into a relationship with Him. We're not cosmic accidents or the detritus of an indifferent universe; we are here by God's deliberate intention, and are precious and valuable, and loved. I remember that'...
by Dubious
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 278
Views: 6436

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

Science, which includes the theory of natural selection, is of immediate importance to individuals, societies, nations, etc. and there isn't time to wait for some sort of osmosis through time to get rid of false beliefs. Yes, it would be best to dispense with the whole god caboodle asap, especially...
by Dubious
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Music
Replies: 2595
Views: 226004

Re: Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6BJu-ITV6U I don't think this is as bad as it looks. They're just kids, they'll probably just grow out of it. I find them at least interesting, if not worth the first prize at the competition, but consider how these other kids totally destroyed a good song: https://...
by Dubious
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 278
Views: 6436

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

But god is a concept measured in millenniums; it cannot be bombed out of existence, à la Dawkins, but eroded from the psyche until it defaults to an inactive entity thoroughly divested of any function that may once have given it validity. The concept still seems to be awfully prevalent and remarkab...
by Dubious
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Great Works of Art
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: Great Works of Art

This is a masterpiece? "If you want to describe why, even better". Philosophy had something to do with it... Alberto Giacometti is best known for his elongated, withered representations of the human form, including his 1960 sculpture Walking Man I, which in 2010 broke the record for a work of art a...
by Dubious
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 278
Views: 6436

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

Dubious wrote: The ONLY thing interesting about god(s) is how humans have created them in their countless variations...a subject of persistent study being one of history's specialties. As for Dawkins, I think he takes theism, especially the biblical kind, far too seriously. The best way to erode an...
by Dubious
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 278
Views: 6436

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

If God does exist, perhaps he doesn't mind whether or not we believe in him as long as we behave properly, perhaps that's what is most important to him. That may be good enough for god but not for Immanuel for whom being good is not good enough as far as his god is concerned. It demands our belief ...
by Dubious
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 278
Views: 6436

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

If God exists, then I think Mr. Dawkins is in a whole heap of trouble. That presupposes that god is as vulgar and mundane as any easily pissed-off mortal. But there's no doubt that Dawkins is indeed in deep doo-doo if your god were in charge. There's really no need for anyone to worry about it thou...
by Dubious
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How do atheists find meaning in a purposeless universe?
Replies: 88
Views: 2796

Re: How do atheists find meaning in a purposeless universe?

Forgoing any idea of Purpose, the Meaning takes care of itself...or at best becomes a mere contrivance of the imagination as required by theists.