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    IMO, good, evil and sin is a simplistic way of...

    IMO, good, evil and sin is a simplistic way of looking at our behavior. Mostly it just gives us justification to 'other' people who aren't in our tribe, and punish those who break the rules. Like a...
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    Records of the Grand Historian - Qian Sima,...

    Records of the Grand Historian - Qian Sima, translated by Burton Watson

    I went to the library for this one, a translation of historical records from the Han Dynasty in China, in and around the 1st...
  3. Thread: Soccer

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    I agree. It's surprising to me how poor the...

    It depends on what European league you are talking about and specifically what MLS team(s). They would probably do very well in some leagues, be ok in others and not so good in others. The MLS...
  4. That's an interesting thought. I speak my mind...

    That's an interesting thought. I speak my mind less too, partly due to vulnerability, but it's also equal parts 'maybe this is a waste of energy'. I tend to only initiate conversation if I'm going to...
  5. Why are both the left and right terrible at accepting opposing viewpoints?

    These days I consider myself a bit of a centrist politically, maybe left of center, but for the most part a centrist. For the most part I hope for the human condition to be improved, but at the same...
  6. I've felt like my life's been a continuous...

    I've felt like my life's been a continuous evolution in attitude. If I really thought about it I could likely distinguish a bunch of different periods where, fundamentally, I was the same person, but...
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    At this rate it's hard to imagine them being beat...

    At this rate it's hard to imagine them being beat over two legs by anyone, and they've got a hell of a lot of inertia and motivation given the win last year. And given what seems to be a weaker La...
  8. Thread: NFL

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    I didn't follow San Francisco or KC too closely...

    I didn't follow San Francisco or KC too closely this year, but caught KC's game last weekend, and a bit of the 49ers game last night. Based on that it looks like it's going to be an exciting Super...
  9. I wouldn't call people idiots, but my cynicism is...

    Yes. "Object" is maybe a social construct that wouldn't quite translate into an animist worldview. But I agree with the general point. I think they had their way of explaining why nature's phenomena...
  10. What's also interesting is that it took thousands...

    What's also interesting is that it took thousands of years and the rise of science before any world cultures accepted materialism. Very few of us had the wherewithal to deny our religious perceptions...
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    Pure domination of Man U by Liverpool. Manchester...

    Pure domination of Man U by Liverpool. Manchester is lucky it's not 4 - nil.
  12. I suspect it can be reduced to how we've evolved...

    I suspect it can be reduced to how we've evolved to perceive biological life. In evolutionary terms our perception of other living organisms is central to our well-being - you can see this, for...
  13. Animism is inclusive of non-living entities, but...

    Not sure I have any type of moral or punchline to draw from this, but it's interesting to note that animism is considered the original pre-cursor to religion - basically the notion that living beings...
  14. Hunter-Gatherers and the Origins of Religion

    In the past few years, among other things, I've studied the North American Indigenous, African Indigenous, as well as Ancient Chinese. One commonality I noticed between the spiritual life of all...
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    I don't care what other people eat, but I do...

    Well, some foods certainly have more nutritional value than others. I do think some of us have gone way overboard worrying about every morsel we put into our mouths. Life is to be enjoyed as much as...
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    Welcome to talkfreethought.org. If you wait...

    Welcome to talkfreethought.org.

    If you wait long enough even the threads repeat themselves.
  17. Thanks for the post. Know of any reading material...

    Thanks for the post. Know of any reading material related to the bolded?

    I'd think the inclusiveness you mention would go hand-in-hand with tool-making, but yea maybe inclusiveness is the horse,...
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    This is one of the more difficult concepts to...

    It seeming like the sun goes around the earth does not make it true. At best, all you are saying is that it may be pragmatic to believe something because it seems to be the case.

    That might be a...
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    ^^^^ That. Even if the universe can be...

    Lots of observable and very real phenomena only exist in aggregate. A hydrogen atom doesn't exhibit entropy, but a large number of them does. The atmosphere in your house doesn't exhibit weather, but...
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    Great, so you agree. If we work toward removing...

    Great, so you agree. If we work toward removing guns from the U.S., fewer people will die.
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    So let's do a thought experiment: Guns, a tool...

    Guns save more lives than are lost in all the mass shootings.[/QUOTE]

    So let's do a thought experiment:

    Guns, a tool used to kill people, no longer exist in the U.S.

    Do more or less people...
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    I've had a fun time reading the bible lately, and...

    I've had a fun time reading the bible lately, and my reading of it leads me to believe that Christian theology isn't an external construction independent of human nature, but rather a reflection of...
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    With all of the school shootings that happen in...

    With all of the school shootings that happen in the U.S., including Newtown, I can't imagine what would cause a reasonable person to defend your gun laws.

    Twenty 6 year olds were murdered, nope,...
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    So the U.S. has a lot of guns and a lot of gun...

    So the U.S. has a lot of guns and a lot of gun deaths. Countries without guns don't have a lot of gun deaths. This isn't that complicated.
  25. Dinosaurs developed intelligence (mainly in...

    I’m not so sure of that. Human intelligence strikes me as something of an evolutionary fluke. After all, the dinosaurs lasted a couple of hundred million years without developing a civilization. ...
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