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Forum: Politics 12-20-2005, 10:09 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By purnell
Re: A Loyal Citizens Contract with the Bush Government

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If you aren't a terrorist, you have nothing to worry about /images/graemlins/wink.gif

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It occurred to me that this sounds like something Joseph McCarthy might say if he...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-20-2005, 09:15 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5
Posted By purnell
Re: Good Question For Catholics and Others

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there would be no christian or catholic religon without God

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Correct, but this doesn't mean they are the same.

If you believe God exists:

1) God is... well, God.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-20-2005, 09:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5
Posted By purnell
Re: Religion willl be illegal in the future......

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People like you amuse me.

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The feeling is mutual, I'm sure.

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Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-20-2005, 07:59 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5
Posted By purnell
Re: Good Question For Catholics and Others

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if the big bang theory could be proved by experiment in a laboratory setting. that would be the artificial creation of life. only of God is supposed to be able to create life. so your...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-20-2005, 07:51 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5
Posted By purnell
Re: Good Question For Catholics and Others

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"There is no discernible difference between that and "nothing", is there?"

There is material nothingness and immaterial nothingness. That there was no material before a Big Bang can be...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-20-2005, 10:55 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5
Posted By purnell
Re: Good Question For Catholics and Others

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Even so, that would do nothing to deter the uncaused cause. It just adds links in the chain.

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As far as I can tell, there is no inherent contradiction between the big...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-20-2005, 09:35 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 41
Posted By purnell
Re: This Ought To Get Some Replies

It has nothing to do with "race", whatever that is, and everything to do with poverty and substandard basic education. I know the anarchist types here don't feel like they have any responsibility in...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-18-2005, 12:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4
Posted By purnell
Re: How do you view astrology?

My magic 8-Ball says astrology is bunk.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-17-2005, 02:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4
Posted By purnell
Re: Is Acey Duecy a +EV game

Are you talking about "In Between"?
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-16-2005, 06:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 13
Posted By purnell
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

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What determinism says is that the whole cannot be larger than the sum of its parts. If you're made up of atoms, you follow the same physical laws atoms follow. Since the atoms...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-16-2005, 06:11 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5
Posted By purnell
Re: Good Question For Catholics and Others

E.

But I am skeptical by nature. I am anticipating Bigdaddy's response. He seems to have alot of faith in the pope.
Forum: Politics 12-15-2005, 03:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 20
Posted By purnell
Re: Recycling vs Garbage

http://www.perc.org/perc.php?id=179

"Eight Great Myths of Recycling" from PERC.org

It's a quick read, and quite enlightening.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 10:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6
Posted By purnell
Re: Why Compassion?

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Poker is like driving. Tight aggresive and all those small gains add up.

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It's funny watching a car weaving in and out of traffic trying to get ahead (I'm in...
Forum: Politics 12-15-2005, 10:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 20
Posted By purnell
Re: Recycling vs Garbage

My city has implemented a pretty successful recycling program. Every houshold is provided with three refuse containers that are collected weekly. One for garbage, which goes to the landfill, one...
Forum: Psychology 12-15-2005, 03:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12
Posted By purnell
Re: I know this is bad, but right now i\'m doing it. Flame me.

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Really [censored] dumb. I suggest you check your pants to make sure your genitalia are still intact. <font color="white">Hope that was enough... </font>

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I can assure...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 02:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5
Posted By purnell
Re: What is it to have knowledge?

I don't have a solution, I just accept that actually knowing anything is beyond my abilities. It's fun to pretend, though. /images/graemlins/laugh.gif
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 02:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 13
Posted By purnell
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

Lestat, I (and probably everyone else here) understand your difficulty with accepting determinism. Don't let it worry you- it's merely the logical result of refusing to believe in supernatural...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 01:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4
Posted By purnell
Re: More or less pleasurable?

Much better. /images/graemlins/wink.gif

If God is as described (essentially an omniscient human), then I suppose he would rather the Earth in a state of paradise.

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...either God...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 12:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11
Posted By purnell
Re: atheists-- what is your source of hope?

When you understand the fundamental absurdity of existence, you understand that hope does not require an external source. You hope, or you don't.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 12:30 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 18
Posted By purnell
Re: Four Kinds of Atheists.

As I have stated here before, IMO whether or not one is taken seriously is irrelevant.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 12:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4
Posted By purnell
Re: Easier or Harder?

I didn't want to be the first to say it, but yeah, the post is unintelligible. Please clarify if you want to discuss whatever it is you're talking about.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-13-2005, 03:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4
Posted By purnell
Re: Extraterrestrial Intent

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IMO the most likely scenario is that the ET's would send machines ahead with instructions to exterminate any inconvenient pre-existing life forms and prepare the planet for...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-13-2005, 01:17 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 16
Posted By purnell
Re: Two personal beliefs and their consequences

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Unless you were privy to the demon's prediction and that would influence your behavior, then yes.

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Why would that matter if my action was already determined...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-13-2005, 12:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4
Posted By purnell
Re: A Refutation of Determinism

OK, then, I will. Perhaps I used the word in too narrow a sense.

Refute:
1. To prove to be false or erroneous; overthrow by argument or proof: refute testimony.
2. To deny the accuracy...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-13-2005, 11:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4
Posted By purnell
Re: A Refutation of Determinism

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you have a much too broad understanding of what the term refutation means

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Please elaborate.
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