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by Compassionist
July 24th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: 15 issues with Christianity
Replies: 0
Views: 712

15 issues with Christianity

If you want to, you can consider my 15 issues with Christianity. It's ok if you don't want to. Thank you. I am not trying to get you to leave Christianity or cause you suffering or offend you. I respect all of the Human Rights of all humans. One of these rights is to have any religion or no religion...
by Compassionist
July 2nd, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Unless Humanist uk values meets human needs, nobody give a shit
Replies: 37
Views: 2291

Re: Unless Humanist uk values meets human needs, nobody give a shit

I don't think humans need to have a shared doctrine in order to have solidarity. I believe that we can all share my motto: "Live and help live, live and love. Help all, harm none."
by Compassionist
May 6th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

Quantum mechanics is one of the fundamental laws of nature and is the queerest one. According to it, in the extremely small sizes, (quanta) all sorts of qeer things can happen, like schroedinger's cat can be alive and dead at the same time! Einstein hated it and said: “God doesn't roll dice!" ...
by Compassionist
April 16th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

free will, whatever it is, is a pretty strange and elusive thing. The following speculation is not about determinism in relation to free will, but I think it sort of relates to our decision making and how "free" decisions are conventionally viewed - in the context of a currently popular T...
by Compassionist
April 7th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

no, that is a misleading use of "mere experiencers" when applied to words and actions; even over the rest we can have some degree of control Yes, but the degree of control we have is limited. For example, I have been struggling with my mood disorder since 1997. If I could cure myself, I w...
by Compassionist
April 6th, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

probably true, Compo. Anyway, you obviously do your best, and you have the best of intentions, so well done and please try not to worry about doing the impossible :smile: Thank you animist. If all our choices are determined by our genes, environments, nutrients and experiences, do we really deserve...
by Compassionist
April 6th, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

OK, I understand. I would argue that it was you who chose to do such things, based on your personality, and it wasn't in any way predestined. It's true you can't do everything that you might want to, and if that distresses you I sympathize with you. Thank you ever so much for your sympathy. The fun...
by Compassionist
April 6th, 2018, 10:03 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

OK, I understand. I would argue that it was you who chose to do such things, based on your personality, and it wasn't in any way predestined. It's true you can't do everything that you might want to, and if that distresses you I sympathize with you. Thank you ever so much for your sympathy. The fun...
by Compassionist
April 5th, 2018, 10:44 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

I am glad that you are enjoying the ride. Perhaps I am much more distressed by the presence of suffering and injustice than you are. Is there something I can do about it? Then I can do it. If there isn't anything I can do about, then why should I be distressed? Surely there are things that can be d...
by Compassionist
April 5th, 2018, 10:38 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Petition to abolish apostasy laws
Replies: 26
Views: 3204

Re: Petition to abolish apostasy laws

Islam cannot be reformed by the infidels, the Muslims have to do it themselves.. When an infidel knocks their religion it just makes them firmer in their beliefs. Take a look at the Reformation of the Christian Church. It was entirely a revolution from inside the Church. It began in 1517 when the G...
by Compassionist
April 5th, 2018, 10:36 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Petition to abolish apostasy laws
Replies: 26
Views: 3204

Re: Petition to abolish apostasy laws

I notice there's a number of these petitions.. https://www.change.org/p/abolish-blasphemy-laws As usual, humanist, atheist, secular, Skeptic-in-the-Pub, Brights and other groups of freethinkers aren't coordinating our efforts. The Christians have their own petition too, apparently. It would help if...
by Compassionist
April 5th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

I think that everything is proceeding inevitably and we really are prisoners of causality who are doomed to be conceived without consent, doomed to be doing all we do and don't do, doomed to suffer and doomed to die. I know it's not a cheerful thought but I think it's true. It could be. It doesn't ...
by Compassionist
April 5th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Petition to abolish apostasy laws
Replies: 26
Views: 3204

Re: Petition to abolish apostasy laws

I signed the petition under my real name. As for religions fighting each other, tribalism is required for human conflict. Nationalism, Ideology &/or religion provide the basis. Religion is superstition and the easiest to undermine. Muslims may be most influenced by fellow Muslims, as with any t...
by Compassionist
April 3rd, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Petition to abolish apostasy laws
Replies: 26
Views: 3204

Re: Petition to abolish apostasy laws

Dear Compassionist, Like the Bible, there are many versions of the Quran and Sharia. Try to get hold of a version not taqiyya-ed (white-washed to fool the infidels). According to Sharia, a man can marry an infant of any age. Muhammed married Aisha at 6! You can have all sorts of sex with her such a...
by Compassionist
April 3rd, 2018, 2:49 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Petition to abolish apostasy laws
Replies: 26
Views: 3204

Re: Petition to abolish apostasy laws

Dear Compassionist, Like the Bible, there are many versions of the Quran and Sharia. Try to get hold of a version not taqiyya-ed (white-washed to fool the infidels). According to Sharia, a man can marry an infant of any age. Muhammed married Aisha at 6! You can have all sorts of sex with her such a...
by Compassionist
April 3rd, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

ugh, that loaded word which Compassionist uses so much, "prisoners" (maybe it was "slaves", Compo, sorry if I am misremembering you). Causation, if it is anything (and brilliant thinkers like David Hume and Bertrand Russell have rejected the whole concept of causation) is not so...
by Compassionist
April 2nd, 2018, 8:06 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

Obviously, I am disappointed that I can't prevent all suffering, etc. I never thought about it, but it would be pretty cool. If all human choices are inevitable according to deterministic interactions of variables we don't choose e.g. genes, environments, nutrients and experiences, are we truly cul...
by Compassionist
April 2nd, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Tell Easter egg manufacturers to go plastic free-Petition
Replies: 4
Views: 1147

Re: Tell Easter egg manufacturers to go plastic free-Petition

Tell Easter egg manufacturers to go plastic free- Please sign this Petition https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/act/tell-easter-egg-manufacturers-go-plastic-free?utm_source=Friends+of+the+Earth+Communications&utm_campaign=add2c765fa-LM1803047&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_383af65c6b-add2c765...
by Compassionist
April 2nd, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Petition to abolish apostasy laws
Replies: 26
Views: 3204

Re: Petition to abolish apostasy laws

Dear Compassionist, Your petition to end blasphemy law is like scratching an itch when you are wearing an overcoat and padded gloves! Have you ever seen the original non/doctored Shariah Laws? Here are some of the "crimes" punishable by death: 1-criticizing the Quran 2-criticizing Muhamme...
by Compassionist
April 2nd, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 3785

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

glad you mentioned the famous teapot. Russell's point was that it could not be disproved, just as the existence of God could not be disproved. He wanted to show how ridiculous the latter belief was. The onus is always on the believers in some entity to show that it exists, not on those who dispute ...

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