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    I finished this a few days ago (fantastic book),...

    I finished this a few days ago (fantastic book), and now I'm reading Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel (also a good book).
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    It's worth noting that there is a conflict...

    It's worth noting that there is a conflict between science and stupid versions of religion (e.g., young-earth creationism).
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    An Objectivist would say that the reluctant...

    An Objectivist would say that the reluctant defense witness is abetting the violation of rights by not testifying, which morally warrants the use of force.
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    You can probably get away with characterizing the...

    You can probably get away with characterizing the causal principle as "everything has a cause" (and thus contradicts an uncaused God) on an atheist board like this, but if you presented that...
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    A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester. ...

    A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester.

    It's basically a book about how awful the Middle Ages were and how we got out of them.
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    Why is God fine tuned for life? There is...

    Why is God fine tuned for life? There is literally no reason, a priori, that a disembodied omnipotent consciousness would prefer to create life.

    The solution is: God is, in a sense, fine tuned for...
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    C1 appears to follow from p1 and p2.

    C1 appears to follow from p1 and p2.
  8. Not having thought about an issue is less...

    Not having thought about an issue is less intellectually dishonest than deliberately accepting and defending the wrong answer.
  9. Important for what? It's important for judging...

    You're right that there's a difference, I just don't think it's an important difference. It's a bit of an argument from popularity or convenience.

    I think that if you asked 99% of catholics if...
  10. There are no excuses now. They could always...

    There are no excuses now.

    They could always say there were fisheye lenses over the windows or something. They are nothing if not creative.
  11. In my opinion that would not settle the issue....

    In my opinion that would not settle the issue. Some flat earthers are trolls, and some are so heavily invested in the earth being flat that abandoning that position would cause them terrible...
  12. Given the current culture, there's likely to be a...

    Given the current culture, there's likely to be a major difference between the psychology of a typical Catholic and the psychology of a typical flat earther. A Catholic, typically, is simply...
  13. Stormfront?

    Stormfront?
  14. To clarify, is this about actual white...

    To clarify, is this about actual white supremacism or the "everyone I don't like is a white supremacist" version that some leftists use the term to mean?
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    Hitler: A Study in Tyranny by Bullock. I got...

    Hitler: A Study in Tyranny by Bullock.

    I got to the "good" part where he acquires power and starts having people murdered a week or so ago, and now he has his eye on the Sudetenland. There's also...
  16. Good to know, thanks.

    Actually, we do. All new applicants to the board have their email, IP, and username run through a spam/bot detector. It doesn't work to catch all of them but it's pretty good. Presently, about 99% of...
  17. I don't think we have a special bot detector...

    My question is mostly about the investigate part. How would that happen?[/QUOTE]
    I don't think we have a special bot detector tool, we would just look for signs that they were a bot (like you would)...
  18. You should report the posters you think are bots....

    You should report the posters you think are bots. The moderators will investigate, and if they do turn out to be bots then presumably they will be banned immediately.
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    The claim is that the existence of consciousness...

    The claim is that the existence of consciousness is certain, but the existence of the external world is not. But the concept of consciousness includes the idea that it is conscious of something...
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    What do you think of this approach?

    We all arrive at adulthood with two classes of beliefs:

    1. Knowledge
    2. "Stuff we've heard"

    Knowledge is something we can show to be certain beyond a reasonable doubt. That is, we have...
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    I thought Clinton would win the last presidential...

    I thought Clinton would win the last presidential election.
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    If nothing is objectively true, then the claim...

    If nothing is objectively true, then the claim that nothing is objectively true isn't objectively true. It's just your opinion, which anyone is free to dismiss or deny.
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    The weird thing is... if the resurrection would...

    The weird thing is... if the resurrection would violate physics, why isn't Christianity already disproven?

    We can deduce from the laws of physics that there was no resurrection. That's what...
  24. David Hume came up with a speculative and...

    David Hume came up with a speculative and primitive version of the theory of evolution almost a priori in the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. So, in my view, the reasonable position for a...
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    Okay, admittedly I made a bit of an assumption...

    I don't think he does. Lumpy doesn't care that much about the politics, or the observing, or altering his behavior.
    His goal is the smallest amount of belief necessary to NOT DISAPPEAR at the end...
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