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by Lacewing
Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Atheists are smarter , but it seems also more creative.
Replies: 216
Views: 15270

Re: Atheists are smarter , but it seems also more creative.

I can't even understand why anybody would WANT to believe in god. Why would anybody rush so thoughtlessly to define their own existence as meaningless? I think people might be drawn to the religion before they're drawn to the god? The religion offers many solutions: social support, guidance, securi...
by Lacewing
Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How to be good without god.
Replies: 78
Views: 5680

Re: How to be good without god.

Obvious Leo wrote:I go to other people's funerals just to obligate them to come to mine.
How can they come to yours if they're dead?
by Lacewing
Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How to be good without god.
Replies: 78
Views: 5680

Re: How to be good without god.

I think it's highly likely thought that humans came up with the idea of an afterlife as a way of trying to cope with the awful feeling of grief. Yes... it seems that humans have come up with all kinds of ideas to attempt to cope with whatever they don't know how to cope with otherwise. If we don't ...
by Lacewing
Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How to be good without god.
Replies: 78
Views: 5680

Re: How to be good without god.

Do religious people grieve to a lesser degree than non-believers? It seems to me that would logically be the case, given that they believe their loved ones are still around, forever, and that they will eventually see them again. Although religion may be something that people can redirect their focu...
by Lacewing
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Atheists are smarter , but it seems also more creative.
Replies: 216
Views: 15270

Re: Atheists are smarter , but it seems also more creative.

"God couldn't care less what you believe, Leo, he only cares about how you live your life". Beautiful. Makes perfect sense! My devout Christian mom had a lot of trouble with anger throughout her life. I used to try to calm her down and help her see the other person's perspective... which she hadn't...
by Lacewing
Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Atheists are smarter , but it seems also more creative.
Replies: 216
Views: 15270

Re: Atheists are smarter , but it seems also more creative.

Ultimately, I'm guessing, it doesn't matter what we choose, as it's probably way different and more vast than any human concept can define or contain. On the other hand it might just be what it appears to be. Could be! I've wondered many times if there's a group of higher intelligence beings just w...
by Lacewing
Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Atheists are smarter , but it seems also more creative.
Replies: 216
Views: 15270

Re: Atheists are smarter , but it seems also more creative.

Atheists as philosophers are less intelligent... Ignoring an entire philosophical point of view as to the big question, what is the true nature of reality? ...is not love of wisdom, its constrained placing oneself at the mercy of the masses. Only appreciating what can be scientifically accepted by ...
by Lacewing
Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?
Replies: 27
Views: 3007

Re: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?

I know rhetorical emptiness masquerading as questions. I saw no reason to answer them, nor did I think you could take the answers Oh please, you're not just rude, you're ridiculous. I don't ask questions just for the heck of it. I was courteous enough to respond to your question in the first place ...
by Lacewing
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How To Tell Right From Wrong
Replies: 622
Views: 40495

Re: How To Tell Right From Wrong

I think from a theist perspective, one must ultimately think upon one's actions here in this life that could affect where one ends up in one's next life. Yes. It's an integral part of the belief system it seems. I wonder... without an ultimate purpose, could theists continue being theists? Could th...
by Lacewing
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:43 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How To Tell Right From Wrong
Replies: 622
Views: 40495

Re: How To Tell Right From Wrong

Lacewing. I like your point about "ultimate purpose". To a theist this is a valid construct with universal applicability but one strewn with logical fallacies. /... Over the millennia this notion of god's purpose has been very much a movable feast as various societies have evolved, so in what sense...
by Lacewing
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?
Replies: 27
Views: 3007

Re: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?

Hobbes' Choice wrote: You posed questions?
Yep... you must not be receiving. :wink:
by Lacewing
Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?
Replies: 27
Views: 3007

Re: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?

You are not receiving. You think you are part of something bigger than yourself, but your reflections seem to be nothing more than the inner working of your wishful mind. I don't think you want to know more. Your stuff. Instead of analyzing what you think I think, and who you think I am, why don't ...
by Lacewing
Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How To Tell Right From Wrong
Replies: 622
Views: 40495

Re: How To Tell Right From Wrong

The Christian has a mechanism and an authority -- he/she has a "how." Atheists or agnostics have no mechanism and no authority...nada. :shock: How about this: It doesn't matter what the framework is -- what matters is how it's built and used. You seem to be arguing for a certain framework that you ...
by Lacewing
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How To Tell Right From Wrong
Replies: 622
Views: 40495

Re: How To Tell Right From Wrong

The real question is "Why do they HAVE to be good?" That is, what moral compulsion does any morality have, given any worldview premised on Atheism. Okay, so it sounds like (from other posts) this has been discussed at length, so I don't want to bore anyone with my (perhaps repetitive) response. But...
by Lacewing
Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?
Replies: 27
Views: 3007

Re: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?

Hobbes' Choice, I think you are projecting your ideas onto me. You've read what I wrote, and assigned limits you think I have, or what you think I don't know. So its really all about you,eh? Well it is and it isn't. Both are at work. Do you see it any differently for yourself? Just one more logic st...