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    Yep. A pretty good rule of thumb is that if...

    Yep. A pretty good rule of thumb is that if you've never read any books by the world leaders on any given subject, or even know who any of those people are, you very likely don't understand the...
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    This is a larger conversation but I don't think...

    This is a larger conversation but I don't think it's ipso facto - evolved to be religious - it's a lack of a certain degree of skepticism, which manifests itself in religious thought among some...
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    I'm on board with everything you say here, no...

    Consider that the "emotional thinking" that's been criticized doesn't mean "in tune with one's long-evolved being" and thus relating well with one's self and the rest of nature. It means the thing...
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    If I'm understanding you correctly I believe...

    That's fair, and I see your point.

    I think one of the interesting implications of evolution is that there is no direction to it, no progress. This is something most scientifically literate people...
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    That's fair, and I see your point. I think...

    That's fair but I think there is still a framing issue. The underlying assumption is that non-belief is the 'right' way to be, and that belief is the 'wrong' way to be. There is too much focus on...
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    At this point I don't see a lot of intention at...

    It is unhealthy and it is default but it is hardly worship or even genuine gratitude. I try to think of it as an overcompensation for the disrespect and dishonor heaped upon young men returning from...
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    That's fair but I think there is still a framing...

    A scientifically curious and literate person wouldn't write 90% of the human population off as being impaired, they'd recognize that a cognitive make-up that encourages belief is a natural part of...
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    This is a good post, and I've hinted at my...

    Too often people confuse the value of a razor of doubt with the not-value of simply not believing in god. Belief or no belief in god gets you nowhere. I've been around that horn a couple times now,...
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    Thankfully I didn't have to have our son baptized...

    You are a new Dad. Congrats, and I mean that sincerely. I'm sure you are a great Dad. I'm curious if you had your child baptized and how you felt about it. The reservation I had was that you are...
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    A scientifically curious and literate person...

    A scientifically curious and literate person will naturally think that belief in such an absurd claim is evidence of impairment. But a scientifically curious and literate individual will also...
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    I can accept that this is true, but it's a...

    It is one thing to debate whether religion provides certain benefits to society, and another matter entirely as to whether religious beliefs are based on evidence and reason.

    For the first...
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    Sure, I don't dispute that what you describe is...

    "Human nature" is a lot of things. Being scientifically curious and developing a very broad-minded awareness of the human condition is as much human nature as being superstitious and writing letters...
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    I would also add - this idea that 'irrationality'...

    I've thought about this a lot over the past few years and I think, fundamentally, it comes down to the mechanics of evolution among our species. The sexually successful person isn't the intelligent...
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    I've thought about this a lot over the past few...

    I've thought about this a lot over the past few years and I think, fundamentally, it comes down to the mechanics of evolution among our species. The sexually successful person isn't the intelligent...
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    If more people are religious or superstitious...

    That question assumes that our brains are all equally rational and scientifically curious, that we all engage equally in critical thinking, are god observers, and can spot inconsistencies in our...
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    I think it's one of those situations where the...

    Well actually I just looked up the i7 chip that's included and it's the latest one, and not that far off the i9 they offer, so I'm inclined to agree with you. I guess I'll save my money and put it...
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    32 GB of RAM is overkill unless you're doing some...

    32 GB of RAM is overkill unless you're doing some heavy processing on it. A few years ago 16gb RAM and an i7 processor would be considered top of the line, and in my opinion it still is. No real need...
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    So what's the degree of confidence that this...

    So what's the degree of confidence that this finding is correct?

    I'll likely go through your posts but haven't had time to give them proper focus yet.
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    For my part I've always just assumed - more...

    For my part I've always just assumed - more generally - that it was a chemical process where molecules began reproducing themselves, and tacking on 'features' that promoted more efficient...
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    Thanks for the tips. We're aware that it's a...

    Thanks for the tips. We're aware that it's a pretty wide age gap, just trying to think ahead a bit (2 seems to be a good upper limit to plan ahead for).

    We have tons of books already and have been...
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    Another point that's worth mentioning - is that...

    I don't think dire is the right word here. The reality is that the body breaks down, and cancer is one of the mechanisms of this happening. People die, and I think it's more realistic to accept that...
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    I don't think dire is the right word here. The...

    It isn't really that dire... there is hope. Cancer researchers are studying several animals that do not develop cancer.
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    I don't think dire is the right word here. The reality is that...
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    You can't have a world without cancer, no. Cancer...

    You can't have a world without cancer, no. Cancer isn't a disease as much as it's a process that happens when the body starts breaking down. It's inseparable from life.

    A world where no one...
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    Starting to reflect as I consider self-publishing...

    Starting to reflect as I consider self-publishing the book I just produced - I know maybe one or two people interested in poetry. I know this is the reality, and have no qualms with it, but it does...
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    Made a garlic/basil tomato sauce tonight and...

    Made a garlic/basil tomato sauce tonight and served it over whole wheat spaghetti. I thought I had a longer cooking time for the sauce so didn't get around to adding meat, but it was still satisfying.
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