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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    The reason Alan Watts brings up the decadent antics of Nero and his absurdly extravagant games was because it horrified contemporary Romans.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOZqGUCrje8&t=465s
    "....the next minute they would release wild lions into the arena to eat up all the slave girls. They [the crowds?] got a big sadistic kick out of that because you see pursuing pleasure beyond a certain place takes you in to what are the Buddhists call the Naraka world - that is to say the hells - when you have explored pleasure to its ultimate limit the only thing you can get a kick out of is pain...."

    It seems like the crowds got a sadistic kick out of it - they weren't just horrified....

    And Alan Watts is saying it is normal for people who have explored pleasure to its ultimate limit to look to pain... (other's pain?)

    ....I agree with both Allan Watts and the Roman people. Feeding slave girls to lions isn't cool.
    I got the impression that the crowd were entertained seeing the slave girls being eaten. And I might too in an uncomfortable sort of way - if I had been pursuing pleasure and power to its limit and was getting bored... after all, this is what some people do in the Sims: (though in that simulation the people can't really feel the pain)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
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    I don't think I'm alone but on the other hand it isn't clear what the intelligent force wants of me.
    If you don't know what the intelligent force wants of you, you're in the same position as if there was no intelligent force. In practice you're in the same boat as atheists.
    Well sometimes I think I know what it wants...
    e.g.
    https://talkfreethought.org/showthre...t-force-exists
    When I was gassing myself in my car and turned the radio on, the two songs that played gave me the impression that I should not kill myself.

    Due to experiences like that I get the impression that the intelligent force is there and cares about me but sometimes I think it can involve "tough love" and it doesn't like the hubris I have from time to time (that I could become rich or famous, etc).

    But when I've been an atheist I often am suicidal - especially at the age of 29 and earlier when I had never really had a girl that I had been mutually attracted to. I had been looking for super attractive girls. Then at the age of 29 I met the woman I ended up marrying. We are extremely compatible and I think God might have helped that happen.

    My current girlfriend is Christian. One day when she was going to church I joined her. Now I go to church on Sundays. I'm an atheist. I can follow any religion. I'm cool with it. To me God is just a metaphor.
    A few years ago a relative of a friend invited me to church - the first two services were Q&A about hell and Q&A about science and the Bible. I was an atheist and asked them tough questions. (about why bad dogs get put down while torturing them for years would be seen as cruel - and Psalm 104:5 saying that the earth can't be moved). Now I usually go to church on Sundays - with my wife and her brother.
    ....The good news is that there's no way to fuck it up. With "it" I mean life. No matter what you do you'll fail or succeed at the same rate
    Well I think it is different for me... at the start of 2019 I was very psychotic and after six treatments of ECT and more anti-psychotics I have severe memory problems and ended up doing trolley pushing instead of PHP programming. I think hubris was a central issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post
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    Just curious -- and obviously, you have no burden to respond -- but have you read such works as (the online title) God Is Imaginary...or Paine's Age of Reason...or Dawkins' The God Delusion...or any of the many Ingersoll collections? Did they make compelling arguments? When you weigh such writers against Ken Ham, who seems more substantial and who speaks more powerfully to your experience?
    Well I don't believe that most of the Bible is historical or scientific and a lot isn't moral - I see it as a kind of test:
    https://www.lifesplayer.com/bible.php
    Some readers of the Bible would think that "God is perfectly just and loving, even if most people are going to hell, perhaps forever".
    I believe in an intelligent force so I disagree with that aspect of atheist books.
    All books are atheists. None of them believe in god(s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post
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    Ken Ham influences a lot of Christians and can get them to believe in creation science due to talks like the 1980s "Genesis solution" one in the OP.
    I don't think he convinces anyone to change their mind to creationism. He's one of a bunch or charlatans that convince already-believing Theists that their views are correct and science doesn't disprove them.
    As mentioned above, his arguments are isolated ones, and only deal with one claim at a time, so as a whole the creationist model doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
    If he never converts Christians to YEC then I wonder why he is now the CEO of Answers in Genesis and helped create the multi-million dollar Creation Museum and Ark Encounter... he also published many volumes of The Answers Book which has answers for common answers/objections...
    People who already believe give him money because he SAYS what they want to hear. Just like Trump.
    He founded AIG... not a big mystery how they picked him to be CEO.
    The Answer book tends to have problems like cites and footnotes that are not academic articles but books by other creationists that Ham agrees with.
    It looks sciencey, and convincing, and loving Christains buy them as gifts for relatives that they want to convince.
    But the arguments are dismal PRATTS. That's okay by Ham, he's already made his sale.

    It is a scam. Don't forget the Ark Encounter was given big tax breaks by the county on the promise it would be a big tourist draw...this has not borne out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith&Co. View Post
    People who already believe give him money because he SAYS what they want to hear.....
    Ken Ham also helps raise children to be YECs with books and videos, etc, see post #488
    https://talkfreethought.org/showthre...l=1#post919477

    This singer was discovered by Ken Ham and here he is teaching kids that dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible...



    "I don't believe in evolution": (sing-along)

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    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    The reason Alan Watts brings up the decadent antics of Nero and his absurdly extravagant games was because it horrified contemporary Romans.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOZqGUCrje8&t=465s
    "....the next minute they would release wild lions into the arena to eat up all the slave girls. They [the crowds?] got a big sadistic kick out of that because you see pursuing pleasure beyond a certain place takes you in to what are the Buddhists call the Naraka world - that is to say the hells - when you have explored pleasure to its ultimate limit the only thing you can get a kick out of is pain...."

    It seems like the crowds got a sadistic kick out of it - they weren't just horrified....

    And Alan Watts is saying it is normal for people who have explored pleasure to its ultimate limit to look to pain... (other's pain?)

    ....I agree with both Allan Watts and the Roman people. Feeding slave girls to lions isn't cool.
    I got the impression that the crowd were entertained seeing the slave girls being eaten. And I might too in an uncomfortable sort of way - if I had been pursuing pleasure and power to its limit and was getting bored... after all, this is what some people do in the Sims: (though in that simulation the people can't really feel the pain)
    The Roman empire was a dictatorship where the emperor was sitting in the audience. Roman power was all about where you were in that hierarchy. It was at games Romans showed how important they were. The retired general Vespasian was famously taken out of retirement and sent to put down an uprising in the outskirts of the empire because he fell asleep during a show put on by Nero.

    Not applauding extaticly wasn't exactly an option. For most people getting a seat at the games was a rare privilege and they wouldn't want to insult the guy who invited them.

    Tickets to the games weren't purchased. The games were always free. You got in depending on where you were in the Roman hierarchy. The higher up the more tickets you got, and they could distribute them to their underlings.

    We know people were horrified because they wrote about it and later they deposed Nero for this kind of behaviour.

    We love to tell the story of the sadism and depravity of the Roman empire. But it's just a story. They were for the most part quite similar to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    ......We know people were horrified because they wrote about it and later they deposed Nero for this kind of behaviour.

    We love to tell the story of the sadism and depravity of the Roman empire. But it's just a story.
    Yes many of the people would be horrified but I suspect Alan Watts was right that some of the crowd got a sadistic kick from watching slave girls being eaten... I think that kind of sadism occurs in the public now - like in Postal 2 you can kill innocent bystanders in cruel ways. Or the thrill I guess some would experience with cock fighting.
    They were for the most part quite similar to us.
    Yes that's the point I'm trying to make.... then there are "snuff films" that certain people would want to watch.... and some people would like porn involving (simulated?) rape - though it would be outlawed.

    This part of the music video for Pearl Jam's "Do the Evolution" is relevant:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDaOgu2CQtI&t=194s
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    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    ......We know people were horrified because they wrote about it and later they deposed Nero for this kind of behaviour.

    We love to tell the story of the sadism and depravity of the Roman empire. But it's just a story.
    Yes many of the people would be horrified but I suspect Alan Watts was right that some of the crowd got a sadistic kick from watching slave girls being eaten... I think that kind of sadism occurs in the public now - like in Postal 2 you can kill innocent bystanders in cruel ways. Or the thrill I guess some would experience with cock fighting.
    They were for the most part quite similar to us.
    Yes that's the point I'm trying to make.... then there are "snuff films" that certain people would want to watch.... and some people would like porn involving (simulated?) rape - though it would be outlawed.


    I think you've misunderstood the point of watching horror (or the Postal/violent video games). Everybody thinks they're horrible and depraved. Even the people who play them. Sadistic pleasure can be fun. But we all feel a conflicted sense of guilt afterwards. That's the fun part. It makes us feel alive. And most importantly, they're not real people.

    In the gladiatorial arena the people sacrificed were convicted criminals guilty of the most horrendous crimes. The gladiators were professional athletes who did so willingly, hoping to win big. As far as the crowd was concerned no innocent victims died in the arena. That was important for them. When Nero tried accusing the Christians for setting fire to Rome, something everybody understood was a lie, the crowds had had enough of his nonsense and they deposed him.

    The thing we love about horror is that we know it's not real. It allows us to test our humanity.

    Snuff also isn't real. In the snuff trend of the early 90'ies the films we watched later turned out to all be fake. And they were pretty obvious fakes to. I remember the school yard conversations about snuff. When we watched them together the ONLY thing we talked about was weather they were fake or not. It was an exercise in spotting the trickery. I doubt any of us took any pleasure from watching the cruelty.

    Simulated rape is a common porn category. But something watched alone in shameful silence. It's not a thing we go to festivals and cheer for. A culture like that has never existed on this planet.

    What those outraged about videogame violence and violence in movies (and porn) is that they don't understand that people are fully capable of figuring out what is fake and not. People are fully capable of holding parallel thoughts in their heads.

    What makes violent video games fun is the fact that we are empathic creatures and it hurts a little inside every time somebody dies. That makes it exciting.

    And just to be super clear. I'm talking about sadism and violence as popular entertainment for the masses.

    Human beings are fully capable of the most dreadful acts of violence and depravity. But we don't admire it, or hold it up as a great achievement. Not even the Nazis did that.

    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post
    This part of the music video for Pearl Jam's "Do the Evolution" is relevant:
    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post
    No bribes, (or any amount of threats and violence) can make me willingly watch a Perl Jam video. I'm sorry. It just hurts too much inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    I think you've misunderstood the point of watching horror (or the Postal/violent video games). Everybody thinks they're horrible and depraved. Even the people who play them. Sadistic pleasure can be fun. But we all feel a conflicted sense of guilt afterwards. That's the fun part. It makes us feel alive. And most importantly, they're not real people.
    Though an Australian judge considered Simpsons child porn to count as actual child porn:
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-12-...e-rules/233562
    In the gladiatorial arena the people sacrificed were convicted criminals guilty of the most horrendous crimes. The gladiators were professional athletes who did so willingly, hoping to win big. As far as the crowd was concerned no innocent victims died in the arena. That was important for them. When Nero tried accusing the Christians for setting fire to Rome, something everybody understood was a lie, the crowds had had enough of his nonsense and they deposed him.
    Though the part about all of the slave girls being eaten would involve some or complete innocence...
    ....Snuff also isn't real....
    I think a lot of stuff on rotten.com was real though....
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotten.com

    What makes violent video games fun is the fact that we are empathic creatures and it hurts a little inside every time somebody dies. That makes it exciting.
    Though in the future it would be possible to put conscious beings in the games like in episodes of Black Mirror.... and then make them suffer....

    And just to be super clear. I'm talking about sadism and violence as popular entertainment for the masses.

    Human beings are fully capable of the most dreadful acts of violence and depravity. But we don't admire it, or hold it up as a great achievement. Not even the Nazis did that.
    Good because my biggest fear is that one day I'd be tortured by a professional (and hopefully hell isn't real either)
    No bribes, (or any amount of threats and violence) can make me willingly watch a Perl Jam video. I'm sorry. It just hurts too much inside.
    It is a good cartoon though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post
    Well sometimes I think I know what it wants...
    e.g.
    https://talkfreethought.org/showthre...t-force-exists
    When I was gassing myself in my car and turned the radio on, the two songs that played gave me the impression that I should not kill myself.

    Due to experiences like that I get the impression that the intelligent force is there and cares about me but sometimes I think it can involve "tough love" and it doesn't like the hubris I have from time to time (that I could become rich or famous, etc).

    But when I've been an atheist I often am suicidal - especially at the age of 29 and earlier when I had never really had a girl that I had been mutually attracted to. I had been looking for super attractive girls. Then at the age of 29 I met the woman I ended up marrying. We are extremely compatible and I think God might have helped that happen.
    If you become suicidal from being an atheist I suggest you stay a Christian.

    But here's my two cents, all the Christians are just guessing what God wants. They don't really know. Nobody does.

    So you can stop worrying about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post

    My current girlfriend is Christian. One day when she was going to church I joined her. Now I go to church on Sundays. I'm an atheist. I can follow any religion. I'm cool with it. To me God is just a metaphor.
    A few years ago a relative of a friend invited me to church - the first two services were Q&A about hell and Q&A about science and the Bible. I was an atheist and asked them tough questions. (about why bad dogs get put down while torturing them for years would be seen as cruel - and Psalm 104:5 saying that the earth can't be moved). Now I usually go to church on Sundays - with my wife and her brother.
    ....The good news is that there's no way to fuck it up. With "it" I mean life. No matter what you do you'll fail or succeed at the same rate
    Well I think it is different for me... at the start of 2019 I was very psychotic and after six treatments of ECT and more anti-psychotics I have severe memory problems and ended up doing trolley pushing instead of PHP programming. I think hubris was a central issue.
    No, offence but if you have a tendency towards psychosis you know you can't trust yourself. I have a friend of mine who is very intelligent but has also a tendency towards psychosis. I'm sorry to hear it. But I think people like you need to have somebody you trust to ask if you're spinning out of control. Preferably somebody who doesn't have any extreme ideology or weird religious faith and is just very down to earth. My friend is very intelligent. But speculating on the big picture and the supernatural, due to his cerebral makeup isn't healthy for him. So he tries not to. After all, none of these big picture things really matter. Not really. Most of us are just trying to get on with life as well as we can and enjoy the small things of life.

    I'm just relaying what my friend has says works for him.

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