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  1. Why is it so difficult to invent or develop scalable technology to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere?

    Probably a stupid question (I'm not an inventor, technologist, or engineer by any means), but here we go:

    In addition to getting off our collective addiction to fossil fuels, we would ideally need...
  2. NOMA only holds if religion makes no factual...

    NOMA only holds if religion makes no factual claims. Is there any major religion that does not make factual claims?
  3. I don't think religion is harmless at all. I'm at...

    I don't think religion is harmless at all. I'm at a loss as to how someone can come to that conclusion.
  4. Why has Facebook started to request that I change my password when signing in?

    For Facebook, I have two-step verification activated, and whenever I have been signed in and then sign out, I clear the Facebook cookies. I sign into Facebook proper (i.e not counting the Messenger...
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    Hopefully secularization will ease, or even end,...

    Hopefully secularization will ease, or even end, many of the conflicts in the region.
  6. My views haven't changed much I think. I am...

    My views haven't changed much I think. I am passionate about what is true, and religion falls more than a little short there. Religion is quite often a repository of cruel practices. But some...
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    I agree with that! I would simply say that I take...

    I agree with that! I would simply say that I take a piecemeal approach to politics. I evaluate each issue independently, or at least I try to. I have no allegiance to any political faction. Sometimes...
  8. What I would like to see is a democratic world...

    What I would like to see is a democratic world federation. Colonies on the Moon and Mars and elsewhere could also join once they are created.:)

    What I have read is that in the late 20th and early...
  9. That is a rather circular definition, and not the...

    It must be true that nothing unnatural exists. If it's real it's natural. Period. If gods and demons and spirits and souls were real they must be natural.

    Things "supernatural" are clearly not...
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    I am pretty sure I remember that Sweden...

    I am pretty sure I remember that Sweden eventually lowered it to 50.

    The Swedish outlier approach has been getting quite a bit of attention in the foreign media. Has Denmark shifted views...
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    "The Alternative to Ideology"

    Jerry Taylor explains why he abandoned libertarian ideology:



    I really like this essay.

    I have noticed two things about ideologically passionate people:

    1. They are rarely pragmatic. They...
  12. The term "naturalism" is vague and bordering on being meaningless

    Among atheists, skeptics, humanists, freethinkers, etc, the term "naturalism" , or more formally "metaphysical naturalism" or "philosophical naturalism", is quite a popular term. For example,...
  13. Was Deng Xiaoping a nationalist rather than a communist?

    According to Wikipedia:



    Might well be true. At the very least Deng Xiaoping was enough of a pragmatist and too little of a doctrinaire communist or Marxist to reform the Chinese economy away...
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    Thanks for writing this. I completely agree. The...

    Thanks for writing this. I completely agree. The American political terminology is completely off the rails. Europe socialist? It's like the Cold War never happened, and the Berlin Wall never...
  15. It might be so in everyday life. But if we try to...

    It might be so in everyday life. But if we try to carefully construct a moral system, then I think more deliberation is called for.
  16. Thanks for all the replies. I unfortunately can't...

    Thanks for all the replies. I unfortunately can't respond to all of you individually.

    Some people I like have written about this subject. I was thinking about including them in the OP, but in the...
  17. If moral realism is false, what is the job of moral philosophy?

    I think most people who are atheists, skeptics, or similar but distinct groupings, are of the view that moral realism (objective morality) is not true, that is, that there aren't any moral facts out...
  18. I disagree. I think they are very different....

    I disagree. I think they are very different. Being immersed in a fictional setting that you know is not real is not at all the same thing as believing in crystals, spirits, etc.
  19. Without science, lots of people would die as...

    Completely on point. It's funny how many people are convinced that science is going to be our savior, when in practice it's done far more long-term damage than good.

    On the other hand, one could...
  20. No. Where did you get that idea from?

    Are you suggesting that we ban all liberal arts and only teach the sciences?[/QUOTE]

    No. Where did you get that idea from?
  21. We have an election in November? That's news to...

    We have an election in November? That's news to me.
  22. How do we fix the scientific illiteracy that threatens the world?

    I don't really know where to put this thread, but it is kinda political, so let's give it a try here.

    “We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on...
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    "Supposedly"? Are you some sort of historical...

    "Supposedly"? Are you some sort of historical revisionist?

    I assume you mean Russia/USSR. I think it was because communism is a kind of purist ideology that wants to totally remake society, and...
  24. Those European allies of Canada are also allies...

    But Canada has lots of strong allies. Like all of Europe. Some of those European allies have nukes and could stand up to us. I think that makes a difference.[/QUOTE]

    Those European allies of...
  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqK1FrO3BdM ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqK1FrO3BdM

    Gotta be the most true song ever made.
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