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  1. Of course, it isn't the case currently, that's...

    Then the species would be doomed (do the math!)
    That's obviously not the case. Even if only a small percentage of the current (over)population survives, it will be conferred a degree of immunity...
  2. If you severe the pleasure experience itself from...

    When I watch the movie Avatar it is complete and utter fantasy, yet I enjoy it. I believe this is the same satisfying emotional experience a person has who believes in crystals or a christ. It's...
  3. Sadly, all the churches are not closed. Many are...

    Sadly, all the churches are not closed. Many are holding services, some with hundreds of people. Some are doing it against the government orders, some with full consent of their state governments who...
  4. A welcome, rational, level-headed response that...

    to be completely fair...
    1. being a capitalist country, society and culture and civilization itself as we know it in the US is tied to its economy - there is nothing in place to sustain human...
  5. I am curious what you base that on. Most atheists...

    I am curious what you base that on. Most atheists I know are moral subjectivists. They view all moral positions as stemming from subjective human desires, feelings, preferences about how things ought...
  6. Others have done a good job pointing out the...

    Others have done a good job pointing out the important distinction between "objective" and "real" morals, and that only that latter are required for moral philosophy to serve a useful function.

    I...
  7. Agreed. In fact, using fiction as a temporary...

    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.[/QUOTE]

    Agreed. In...
  8. How is France enforcing their measures? How can...

    How is France enforcing their measures? How can the police know whether a person is going to get groceries? How can they prevent people from going to Friends homes? I wonder whether its more of a...
  9. "Tolerance" has definitely increased, despite...

    "Tolerance" has definitely increased, despite those that are intolerant (mostly Christians) getting louder, angrier and more political.

    Advances in LGBTQ rights, trans rights, women's equality,...
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    Poll: Do you know anyone with the virus?

    I am curious how many people here personally know someone whose been diagnosed with the disease, limiting it only to people you had actually previously met and interacted with (not just a friend of a...
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    The initial reference to it as a "Chinese virus"...

    The initial reference to it as a "Chinese virus" was not necessarily racist. However, continued deliberate efforts to keep using the term rather the scientific and less misleading names for it have...
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    When an evil piece of shit who spends his days...

    When an evil piece of shit who spends his days causing harm to millions gets harmed, it benefits those they harm. Thus, it's neither selfish nor immoral to view that as a positive development.

    In...
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    You didn't just describe your own observations....

    Well, I certainly wasn't doing science when I commented on and characterized my own observations on the topic. I'm just one data point.[/quote]


    You didn't just describe your own observations....
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    I don't hope people like this who help to spread...

    I don't hope people like this who help to spread the virus get the virus. I hope they die a much more immediate and certain death.

    Although, if there was a way for them to get the virus without...
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    Italy's population density is almost 7 times...

    I have been seeing this kind of comparison a lot lately. People ignore that the population of Italy is more than five times smaller. So the blue bar would have to be shrunk by a factor of five for it...
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    Yeah, I have many friends in that situation. ...

    Yeah, I have many friends in that situation.

    How do you deal with assessment and testing to determine grades when there is no control over their use of textbooks, internet, friends, classmates,...
  17. That's a ridiculous statement. Imagine 1000...

    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.
    .[/QUOTE]

    That's a...
  18. Yes it is. I'm guessing you think you're being...

    Yes it is. I'm guessing you think you're being clever by implying that the actual planet is not threatened. But "The world" doesn't merely refer to the literal physical planet. It has ontological and...
  19. That doesn't follow from what he said, but it...

    That doesn't follow from what he said, but it does illustrate the kind of basic inability to reason that is a threat to civilized society.

    Steve said that Trump being elected is a symptom of the...
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    I like it. Awesome song, and that would be one of...

    I'm going with

    Set the Controls for rhe Heart of the Sun [/QUOTE]

    I like it. Awesome song, and that would be one of the more subtle ones. Given that Another Brick in the Wall is there, that...
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    Here's the 22 I feel most confident about : ...

    Here's the 22 I feel most confident about :

    Man in the Mirror (can't figure out the song for that man fighting the cop)
    Knocking on Heavan's Door
    Stairway to Heaven
    Burning down the House...
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    Trying to figure out the clocks, but I can't...

    Trying to figure out the clocks, but I can't think of anything specific to those times, just Pink Floyd's Time.
  23. If anything, religious leaders have helped the...

    If anything, religious leaders have helped the virus spread by promoting the general anti-science attitudes, and disposition to make up nonsense to dismiss facts that is inherent to the faith...
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    Here is an relevant interesting PEW survey ...

    Here is an relevant interesting PEW survey on how people view male and female leaders. Below is just one interesting result that contradicts Gun Nut's claim that most women have a bigger problem with...
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    It's highly probable that some of this result is...

    It's highly probable that some of this result is from deep-seeded centuries of sexism and subjugation of females. However, some of it may be tied to something as simple as physical size and...
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