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    Why don't you answer that? Explain what it...

    Why don't you answer that?

    Explain what it would mean if the person isn't a Trump supporter. Would it mean he's not a racist that associates the virus with Chinese people?
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    Why use it at all? I bought a bidet attachment...

    A lot of us might be using newspaper soon. I finally have an excuse not to throw out that old pile of newspapers.[/QUOTE]

    Why use it at all? I bought a bidet attachment for the toilet seat 7...
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    man on the moon lucy in the sky with diamonds...

    man on the moon
    lucy in the sky with diamonds
    knocking on heavens door
    sign in the sky (by China?)
    burning down the house
    here comes the sun
    stairway to heaven
    another brick in the wall...
  4. I agree with the "science isn't our savior"...

    I agree with the "science isn't our savior" theme.

    What matters here is values. If you're worried about climate change (and hopefully the other ecological issues also), everyone knowing the...
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    Yeah, it's kinda this except in reverse. You...

    Yeah, it's kinda this except in reverse. You expect lies from Trump so if he said a truth it'd upset your belief about Trump. Trumpers do the opposite.
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    There's a difference between opinion and belief....

    There's a difference between opinion and belief. Trumpism and creationism are sets of beliefs. But the change from one lie to another is opinion. The one has to stay stable, the other can change...
  7. I don't know why atheists do this. It's like...

    I don't know why atheists do this. It's like trying to rationally analyze a dream -- 'but, if it were me, I would have made the dream go like this instead". You either think like the dream thinks (at...
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    Humans don't compare well against fantasy beings....

    Humans don't compare well against fantasy beings. Food for thought, if you want to kill time on nothing.
  9. "Eight Ways That Gratitude Boosts Happiness" ...

    "Eight Ways That Gratitude Boosts Happiness"

    from The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

    "... the research clearly demonstrates that you would be happier if you cultivated an “attitude of...
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    Descartes' abstraction into a dualism was him...

    Descartes' abstraction into a dualism was him extrapolating too far away from his basic experience. But his experiment to find what's not illusory was 100% on the right track. He looked to experience...
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    The experience of a card wouldn't be in doubt....

    The experience of a card wouldn't be in doubt. Only the nature of the experience of the card would be in doubt.

    Descartes tried to find what, in his experience, that he can't doubt. He decided "we...
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    Is it a sense of stability or an actual...

    Is it a sense of stability or an actual stability?

    Also, the "where" question matters. No, there's no physical homunculus in the head but instead the sense of an immaterial one, which has some...
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    You're right, in so far as there is no "me"...

    You're right, in so far as there is no "me" saying "I'm not here in this experience" at the time of the experience. When during such an experience, I go "I think that's beautiful!" then I realize...
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    Me too. I think that's a useful point in...

    Me too. I think that's a useful point in recognizing the illusory nature of a solitary/unitary/atomistic self that's inside the head and peering out through the eyeballs at the world and using the...
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    I think you overstate your case in the second...

    I think you overstate your case in the second half of that sentence. Some meditators and psychedelics users report experiences of having no sense of self. Awareness is there but the feeling of being...
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    Which is that it's a unitary self -- an entity...

    Which is that it's a unitary self -- an entity which receives sensory perceptions and controls thought and makes choices. The illusion is there's a charioteer steering the body (the horses) around....
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    Yes. Superfluous and unparsimonious. It's not...

    Yes. Superfluous and unparsimonious. It's not dogmatic adherence to naturalism and unjustified prejudice against supernaturalism to find that God as the first cause (assuming, for whatever reason,...
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    Cuz humans can't conceive nothing but yet pretend...

    Cuz humans can't conceive nothing but yet pretend they do and therefore presume there's even a conceptual "nothingness" anyone can "reasonably" talk about as a possible (really? how do you know?)...
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    Suzuki was looking at western religion to find...

    I don't think I've ever read anything about "the divine" in any of the Zen books I've read. Can I ask where you got that?[/QUOTE]

    It's been a number of months since I went through Suzuki's...
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    I don't think I've ever read anything about "the...

    I don't think I've ever read anything about "the divine" in any of the Zen books I've read. Can I ask where you got that?
  21. I value non-ordinary experiences as alternative...

    I value non-ordinary experiences as alternative lenses through which to observe consciousness and what's in it -- like my relationship with my own experience and how attention shapes that experience...
  22. Maybe they see atheists as overly optimistic or...

    Maybe they see atheists as overly optimistic or filled with hubris. Christian monotheism has a pessimistic view of the natural world. Nature's never enough from this POV... it can't explain its...
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    Did Jesus believe there are people who don't have...

    I think the idea is that we're often quick to condemn others without looking at ourselves first - morally a principle could look like 'if we seek retribution for wrongs done, we should look at the...
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    Accusation isn't the point. Skepticism is the...

    Accusation isn't the point. Skepticism is the point.

    If someone claims x then not-x is a result of this. That's simply descriptive of what happens.

    The burden of proof is on the people who...
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    I think a theist's answer to that would have to...

    I think a theist's answer to that would have to be "no". They're seeing past your stance of skepticism, thinking "but you have a whole materialist worldview that makes being 'NOT a theist' seem...
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