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by Paolo
August 20th, 2010, 8:15 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: atheism versus agnosticism
Replies: 180
Views: 12783

Re: atheism versus agnosticism

... my main point is that it is up to the believer to prove their existence. Unfortunately, there are still philosophers who don't accept this. Ah, but with proof there is no need for Faith. I think the PIPO (Prove It or Piss Off) response is very satisfying, but it is weakened by our reliance on u...
by Paolo
August 10th, 2010, 1:43 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: a new argument against the cosmological proof for God?
Replies: 15
Views: 1705

Re: a new argument against the cosmological proof for God?

If every event ( the universe included) has a cause, there is no first cause, since it would have to be an event without a cause. There is the assumption here that the cause and the event could not be the same thing. If the event is the cause of itself then there's no problem. I vaguely believe tha...
by Paolo
August 10th, 2010, 12:28 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: objective morality
Replies: 15
Views: 1723

Re: objective morality

If you are saying that standards of behaviour may change, then there is nothing to disagree over. However, if you are saying that tomorrow's standards are right simply because tomorrow's people accept them, then there is rather a lot to disagree over. If there is no objective morality then tomorrow...
by Paolo
August 10th, 2010, 8:25 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: atheism versus agnosticism
Replies: 180
Views: 12783

Re: atheism versus agnosticism

To my mind Atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist (without theism) Whereas Agnosticism means without knowledge (you don't know). This is a point I often make in discussion. It is possible to be an atheistic agnostic or a theistic agnostic (or to waver between the two). Howev...
by Paolo
August 7th, 2010, 9:06 am
Forum: Education
Topic: "Educated" men
Replies: 19
Views: 3962

Re: "Educated" men

jaywhat wrote:Education should not regarded as 'stuffing in', but rather as 'leading out' - which is what the word means.

This puts me in mind of the motto of my old University "Vim promovet insitam" which translates to "[Learning] promotes one's innate power1"
by Paolo
August 6th, 2010, 8:18 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: atheism versus agnosticism
Replies: 180
Views: 12783

Re: atheism versus agnosticism

To my mind Atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist (without theism) Whereas Agnosticism means without knowledge (you don't know). This is a point I often make in discussion. It is possible to be an atheistic agnostic or a theistic agnostic (or to waver between the two). Howev...
by Paolo
July 21st, 2010, 12:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Stupid scientology
Replies: 21
Views: 2114

Re: Stupid scientology

You'll like this from the Daily Mash.
by Paolo
July 19th, 2010, 8:33 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Is Jewish an ethnic group?
Replies: 37
Views: 4107

Re: Is Jewish an ethnic group?

My question Paolo is , is Jewish genetical? Remember my friend said she no culture, religion or politics based in Judaism now. She was just gentically Jewish. She got illnesses no one else other than a jew could get. Dave B previously mentioned about the Africans who had Jewish links. The point my ...
by Paolo
July 14th, 2010, 7:57 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Is Jewish an ethnic group?
Replies: 37
Views: 4107

Re: Is Jewish an ethnic group?

Yes, Jewish is an ethnic group: An ethnic group is a group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage that is real or assumed. It's on a list and everything. Ethnicity isn't related to genetics unless relatedness is considered an important part of the shared common h...
by Paolo
July 14th, 2010, 7:30 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3128

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

Paolo, please don't try to show that you are right, I am wrong, or I am right, you are wrong. Why not just understand each others' perspectives and let them be. Why get defensive? (I thought u were but if you weren't then my apologies for mentioning it) Dude, I think I do understand your perspectiv...
by Paolo
July 13th, 2010, 5:33 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3128

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

If you imagine time to be a not necessarily linear entity then all happens at the same time and yet each point in time is unique. See these are all very esoteric stuff and I know there is way too much resistance to it here. I am fully aware that time is not linear – that is demonstrable with two at...
by Paolo
July 13th, 2010, 1:09 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3128

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

The top-level, the middle-level, the bottom-level are all happening at the same time...that is the dichotomy. That would be a trichotomy. Except of course we know that these levels do not all happen at the same time, when something develops it starts at a basic state and becomes more complex. When ...
by Paolo
July 13th, 2010, 11:53 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does intelligence work?
Replies: 40
Views: 2489

Re: How does intelligence work?

Obviously I don't know (and I'm pretty sure neuroscientists haven't figured it out yet - you'd be better off asking neuroscientists btw), but I believe you're talking about consciousness, which as far as I know from conversations in the pub with various neuroscientist and psychologist friends (isn'...
by Paolo
July 13th, 2010, 10:22 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?
Replies: 84
Views: 12048

Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

Some alternative Myers-Briggs interpretations . Love it - very accurate too, here's mine: ENTJ: The Evil Overlord The ENTJ is best characterized by his charisma, his ability to grasp complex situations and to think flexibly and creatively, his keen and active intelligence, and his overwhelming desi...
by Paolo
July 13th, 2010, 7:49 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3128

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

Sorry Nirvanam, but I fail to see any reason for planning to be invoked. There is no evidence for planning and no need to invoke it. Structure need not be planned and I think you are conflating planning with emergent properties of stable systems - but they are not the same thing (stable systems may...
by Paolo
July 12th, 2010, 9:59 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3128

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

Paolo, the dark matter in space I think adds a little intrigue to the chance theory. Maybe, just maybe, if I theorize thus: all other combinations of the 4 lead actors makes them such that they cannot transmit/reflect light. And the one that we are experiencing is the actual freak in the main schem...
by Paolo
July 11th, 2010, 9:38 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3128

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

N.B. This was slightly tipsy hypothesising based on a very poor understanding of string theory and quantum physics, so don't take it as being in any way authoritative, it is only meant to be illustrative of a possibility. Think of the vast amount of undetectable "dark matter" in the univer...
by Paolo
July 10th, 2010, 11:25 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3128

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

It depends on which step we are in the process. If we are closer to the end then it may hold good. I see why you are not quite getting what I'm saying from this. Every step in the process is an end step of sorts if it results in something stable. There is no future being planned. Future development...
by Paolo
July 9th, 2010, 3:49 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3128

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

Think of it another way, there is a kid in Germany who was hit by a meteorite. What are the chances of that particular kid being hit by that particular piece of space rock? Of all the infinite pieces of space debris in the Universe, of all the places that bit of space debris could travel, of all the...