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by Greta
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 23
Views: 251

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Here's the thing: Crom doesn't care if you think He's necessary or not, real or not. Crom is quite content (in a brooding sort of way) to let you go about your business, thinking what you like, doing what you like, letting you sink or swim. In fact: goin' about your business is what He expects from...
by Greta
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

A valid observation! Put another way a god of one is a god of none which depletes to no god at all. Certainly not a monotheistic one. Consider prayer, an attempt to get in touch with ... subjectively God, objectively deeper layers of one's psyche, and many would posit that it's the same thing. Back...
by Greta
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Man on earth identified with and functioning as a part of society collects what provides meaning symbolized as pearls. For some reason a person becomes inwardly aware that in the process of adjusting to society the person is sacrificing what is really important to them by their attachment to these ...
by Greta
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

The Great Beast offers its attractions to satisfy the need for meaning. All it asks is the sacrifice of our attraction to the pearl of great price. For some the sacrifice isn't worth it as they strive to experience objective meaning. If you are going to speak poetry without being specific, then you...
by Greta
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

The Great Beast offers its attractions to satisfy the need for meaning. All it asks is the sacrifice of our attraction to the pearl of great price. For some the sacrifice isn't worth it as they strive to experience objective meaning. If you are going to speak poetry without being specific, then you...
by Greta
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Beauty and Brains in Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 234

Re: Beauty and Brains in Chess

Leaving a bit of cleavage uncovered could distract many male opponents :lol: Some of the women look as though they are simply dressing for comfort, and at least one other appears to have been the a glamour studio for a makeover for the occasion, which suits the tone of the article. It's not as thoug...
by Greta
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Of course the concept of God is real. God is meaning. Whatever satisfies your need for meaning is your God. The Great Beast offers many possibilitres for providing meaning. Money, fame, sex, power etc all provide meaning. They are your gods. Why call them "gods", superimposing ancient concepts over...
by Greta
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: The state in between sleep and consciousness
Replies: 13
Views: 1420

Re: The state in between sleep and consciousness

I know some people have like a favorite dream that they really like to think back on, but I can't relate to ever getting much euphoria or pleasure from a dream. I don't usually wake up from one super happy or glad I dreamed about something. Sometimes I'll get some good writing material from one. I ...
by Greta
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Yes, there's no reason to assume that a meta-mind is true, but that would appear to be the most naturalistic approach to the idea of deities. I am not sure that if a universe- or Earth-sized mind existed whether it would notice the suffering of animals/humans. It's not as though we ourselves agonise...
by Greta
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 23
Views: 251

Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

This thread has been inspired by, firstly, chats with others about agnosticism and, secondly, by reading the over-sure statements of believers on this forum. Dubious had previously aired this thread's idea but I did not understand what he was trying to get across at the time. The penny has now dropp...
by Greta
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does intelligent alien life exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 103

Re: Does intelligent alien life exist?

Some possible reasons for the Fermi Paradox: Are there any more? The question I've heard most often is "Where are the Aliens?" but more important is "Why would an Alien come here?" Don't they have enough problems of their own? Personally, I think #4, 5 & 6 are most likely. Imagine if we/our AI foun...
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Born Again?
Replies: 17
Views: 619

Re: Born Again?

Isn't one birth enough? :) AtariKo, I'm wondering what it was about Hume's theory of causation that attracted you.
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 70
Views: 486

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

The tribe Greta is a part of sustains itself through fragmentation; through the separation of thought and feeling. Nick, you have done some reading and have a broad vocabulary, but you seem to be incapable of comprehending the written word. So, in lieu of understanding, you waste the forum's bandwi...
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does intelligent alien life exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 103

Re: Does intelligent alien life exist?

Some possible reasons for the Fermi Paradox: 1. The rare Earth hypothesis - we are the only ones, ever. 2. The Great Filter - we are the only surviving semi-advanced civilisation at present due to inevitable sustainability issues around our point of development. 3. Related to the Great Filter, where...
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The Status of Ethics Today
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: The Status of Ethics Today

On a national and international level the stakes are rising as the Earth has ever less to give us and competitions for what's left intensifies. As with Golding's Lord of the Flies, ethics and morality is revealed to be a luxury item largely only available in good times. Also note the oft-observed tr...