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by John Jones
November 5th, 2010, 3:38 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Make a Proud Stand for your Beliefs
Replies: 3
Views: 2379

Make a Proud Stand for your Beliefs

Our modern world offers us (that's you and me) many strange superstitions, ideas and beliefs: We believe that giving birth is better lying on your back. We believe that genes can survive death by replicating. We believe that there are parallel universes created by quantum events. We believe, with a ...
by John Jones
October 31st, 2010, 2:51 am
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Itchy
Replies: 84
Views: 16656

Itchy

Should we scratch our ass when we are At One with Ourselves? Should we, when we are expounding the Humanist position, fart? Should we, when practicing altruism, buy a round of beer for all the lads? If you know the answer to these, or similar questions, I defy you. I defy you here and now, and may y...
by John Jones
October 31st, 2010, 2:44 am
Forum: John Jones
Topic: What does Halloween celebrate?
Replies: 55
Views: 11590

Re: What does Halloween celebrate?

Wht a dull lot you are. And make no mistake, you are a lot, or some sort of weird collection. Let me put my question again so that you cannot deliberately fall dead. What does a person celebrate who celebrates halloween? If you cannot answer that without pretending that we are all celebrating All Sa...
by John Jones
October 29th, 2010, 2:36 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: What does Halloween celebrate?
Replies: 55
Views: 11590

Re: What does Halloween celebrate?

I have a close family member who's birthday is November 1st, and she (so she tells us :wink: ) is a saint, Nov 1st being All Saints' or All Hallow's Day. Halloween is merely the evening before. Your guarantee is busted, Jonesey. Can I have my money back, please? Just awful. Are you saying that your...
by John Jones
October 29th, 2010, 2:32 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: What does Halloween celebrate?
Replies: 55
Views: 11590

Re: What does Halloween celebrate?

What do we think that we are celebrating when we put our masks on and "celebrate" Halloween? I've asked so many people. No-one knows why or what we are celebrating so I think I can guarantee that no-one will know here. Samhain, wrong again Jonesey. THat's the stupid answer I expected. Mos...
by John Jones
October 29th, 2010, 2:17 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Why Time may not be possible
Replies: 18
Views: 4768

Re: Why Time may not be possible

Paolo wrote:Come on John Jones, I asked you to demonstrate the truth of your opening assertion.


This isn't the sort of place to maintain a discussion. There are too many flippant people making threats who are in with the moderator. No offense.
by John Jones
October 29th, 2010, 2:08 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: What does Halloween celebrate?
Replies: 55
Views: 11590

What does Halloween celebrate?

What do we think that we are celebrating when we put our masks on and "celebrate" Halloween? I've asked so many people. No-one knows why or what we are celebrating so I think I can guarantee that no-one will know here.
by John Jones
October 28th, 2010, 2:30 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The pre-pubescent wonders of science
Replies: 18
Views: 5693

Re: The pre-pubescent wonders of science

Hello, John. I'm not sure that I entirely understand your question, but here goes. Does there have to be a choice between stillness and noise, between the ineffable and the ... ahem ... effable? Surely, most people are impressed by all sorts of things, all sorts of attributes. If something impresse...
by John Jones
October 28th, 2010, 2:19 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The making of the Perfect Humanist
Replies: 22
Views: 6588

Re: The making of the Perfect Humanist

I suggest there is no such thing as a wrong thought. Some actions are certainly wrong, (IMO) but the only wrong thought is thoughtlessness. Here's a wrong thought: I said to myself "man was made whole". And then something else, a non-physical autonomous agent in the corner of the room sai...
by John Jones
October 28th, 2010, 2:13 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The making of the Perfect Humanist
Replies: 22
Views: 6588

Re: The making of the Perfect Humanist

getreal wrote:*I really, really want another piece of chocolate cake*

Help! I've had a wrong thought. What should I do?



You should get out of here. Isn't that what happens to everyone else who has wrong thoughts here?
by John Jones
October 28th, 2010, 2:07 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The Psychological gaze
Replies: 16
Views: 5057

Re: The Psychological gaze

Maybe these scientology people have something. Don't they have machines that can read your mind? That'd come in handy! Fanatics who feel their position is threatened will accuse others of being what they are not. It's easier with group support. I think that describes the situation pretty well. What...
by John Jones
October 26th, 2010, 10:25 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The making of the Perfect Humanist
Replies: 22
Views: 6588

Re: The making of the Perfect Humanist

There is no such thing as 'true human nature'. We evolve as we evolve. This is where we have got to so far. We don't evolve. Nothing evolves. When animals evolve they die out and new ones take their place. When animals become extinct they die out and new ones do not take their place. With the givin...
by John Jones
October 26th, 2010, 3:53 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The making of the Perfect Humanist
Replies: 22
Views: 6588

The making of the Perfect Humanist

Irrational experiences seem to stubbornly persist among certain individuals. Only by genetic engineering and chemical interventions can such experiences be permanantly eliminated from the human genome and psyche. Brain surgery might be too drastic, too limited, but would be called for in severe case...
by John Jones
October 26th, 2010, 3:42 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The Psychological gaze
Replies: 16
Views: 5057

Re: The Psychological gaze

Fia wrote:Are you a scientologist, John?



Like you, I am a black socialist.
by John Jones
October 25th, 2010, 2:23 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The Psychological gaze
Replies: 16
Views: 5057

The Psychological gaze

Does psychology have some uses in modern society? not in any technical sense: Modern Psychology teaches us that "thinking" is a measurable psychological energy that some materials give off. This idea doesn't have any use or reality. But psychology DOES have a use in that it can be used as ...
by John Jones
October 24th, 2010, 2:34 am
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Humanism and Superstition
Replies: 20
Views: 6589

Re: Humanism and Superstition

Maria wrote:
Alan H wrote:Here endeth today's lesson.

That's a bit unfair. The word 'lesson' implies there is something to be learned in it.



God help us all if we are looking for facts.
by John Jones
October 24th, 2010, 2:31 am
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Humanism and Superstition
Replies: 20
Views: 6589

Re: Humanism and Superstition

"Attribution of physical causes to something that is not physical"? I think of it more as not attributing causes at all, or attributing supernatural, magical causes -- effect without cause. Your reference to "supernatural" presented the odd idea that non-physical events are wron...
by John Jones
October 23rd, 2010, 7:33 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Humanism and Superstition
Replies: 20
Views: 6589

Humanism and Superstition

Only the scientist believes in superstition. No-one else gives the idea any credence. Superstition is an odd term. It makes fun of the person who uses it against others. For example, to say that "religion is superstitious" mocks the person who says it. Why is this? Superstition is the odd,...
by John Jones
October 20th, 2010, 8:42 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The pre-pubescent wonders of science
Replies: 18
Views: 5693

Re: The pre-pubescent wonders of science

What a curious post, but welcome to the forum anyway :D We have a nice place for introductions. :) Many scientists, and of course Richard Dawkins, implore us to leave the fantasies of religion behind and instead observe the extent and beauty of this awesome universe, a universe that only science ca...
by John Jones
October 20th, 2010, 8:34 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Why Time may not be possible
Replies: 18
Views: 4768

Re: Why Time may not be possible

jaywhat wrote:you mean there would be no ever rolling streams?


An ever rolling stream is a single event.

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