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Poll for Atheists and Agnostics... in General
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Religion only provides a basis for morality if you assume that the fact that a being is omnipotent and created the universe gives it unquestionable moral authority. To me, this does not seem a self-evident assumption even if such a being exists.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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Poll for Atheists and Agnostics... in General
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Asking why Newton believed in God is like asking why John Dalton didn't know about the existence of electrons. Until quite recently, it was difficult to support atheism on scientific grounds.

And I'm pretty sure that Einstein's "God does not play dice" comment (which, by the way, is something of a liberal translation of what he actually said) was just his way of saying that he found quantum mechanics disturbing. It's hard to blame him for that.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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Hi in General
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Clearly, he's been lurking for a while.

Or he's an old member in disguise.

Or he's psychic.

One of the above, anyway.
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Poll for Atheists and Agnostics... in General
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As for cloning and DNA, my point was: Theoratically, "same DNA" = "identical individual" and "Change DNA" = "modify organism." which is at least "similar" :) to evolution.
Holding the opinion that species arose by evolution doesn't mean that one has to believe genetics are responsible for everything, you know. That would just be silly.

Your argument about the difficulties involved in abiogenesis has some validity. One hypothesis that has gained credibility is that life originally developed from RNA, which unlike DNA is capable of replicating itself without the need for complex proteins.

Of course, just because we can't do something, doesn't mean it can't happen. We haven't developed working nanotechnology yet either, but if complex structures existing on a molecular scale were theoretically impossible we wouldn't be here.

As far as your point on the "benefits" of religion goes, I'm surprised that sincere believers can find the idea of Pascal's wager anything other than morally abhorrent. I intend no offence: I certainly don't think you believe in your religion because you're expecting to gain some benefit by doing so. I just don't think that anyone else does either.

Oh, and in answer to your question, as far as I know I am not being and have never been haunted by evil spirits.

[ Sunday, May 25, 2003 19:50: Message edited by: I See No Gravitas Here ]

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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The "Scorpius Reloaded" picture in General
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IMAGE(http://www.sf-radio.de/farscape/charaktere/bilder/scorpius.jpg)

Sorry. Couldn't resist.
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Fantasoft? in General
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I was quite fond of Realmz at first, but as I recall it started going downhill around the time it started to include those ridiculous pseudo-3-D dungeons.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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Drakefyre in General
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And Joseph Grand started writing a novel.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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What do you think I should do? in General
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quote:
Originally posted by FireDrakeofIce and Necromancy:
I have a job, and i'm still broke (waste to much money on mainly pointless things, girlfriend, bad betts, and going to see movies).
Y'know, I liked you a lot more when I thought you were 12 years old.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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changing names in General
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Is it just me or has this topic sparked an epidemic of name-changing? The first two people to reply have both changed their names.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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Post Count (no, it's not a topic about titles) in General
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Originally posted by Alorael:
And Thuryl's title probably has dubious origens, but it's mainly bizarre.
11011110101011011011111011101111 = 1011101011011111000000001101

*smiles enigmatically*

:P

[ Tuesday, May 20, 2003 23:25: Message edited by: Thuryl ]
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Home of the Free in General
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Frankly, if they weren't so generally necessary in everyday life, I'd support a ban on knives and similar cutting implements too. It's already illegal to carry them in public over here.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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Quotation in General
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It doesn't, actually. The mods have just been uncommonly lax lately.
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Hey man, I need some advice in General
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Yes. Version 1.0 has different graphics from version 2.0.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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Mapping in Blades of Avernum
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In BoE, you can't leave town except by moving to the edge of town. You can, however, have a Move Party node in the middle of town that transports the party just beyond the edge of town, where taking a step in any direction will cause them to leave.

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The Empire Always Loses: This Time For Sure!
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RIP to the fallen in General
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Originally posted by Lone Flame:
People are stupid on the other is so messed up I can't even find an adjective to describe it. I have no idea what in the hell I was thinking when I made that. There is no excuse for that complete and total piece of (censored do to extensive use of profanity)
Doing something objectionable and then apologising for it is not as good as not doing it. Repeatedly doing something objectionable and apologising each time makes us question your sincerity.

[ Friday, May 16, 2003 15:04: Message edited by: Thuryl ]

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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The Age of Chaos(the book) in General
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Pro tip: writing the ending first is a really good way to never finish your story.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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The Flawless Proof in General
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Someone has issues.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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1000 For Me! in General
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TGM, your sense of humour would benefit greatly from not trying quite so hard to be funny.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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Crossfire in General
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Originally posted by Alorael:
?Alorael, who would also say that a society that forces people to be at loose ends has failed. While America is workaholic, it is better to have something to occupy your time, especially if you enjoy it, than to just have a lifetime to kill. This can be replaced by model building or mountain climbing in some cases, but many people genuinely want to have a job.
I'm not so sure. Look at the South Sea Islanders - they changed from a warrior culture into a culture with large amounts of leisure time and no real concept of "work" as we think of it, and they seemed happy enough about it.

Not that I'm advocating some sort of noble-savage lifestyle; I'm just saying that the idea of employment is a relatively new one in human history. I agree that people need to feel useful, but in the long run, isn't the most useful thing to be happy and bring happiness to others? Seems a lot better than producing things nobody really wants and trying to convince people they need them by making them feel insecure about themselves.

[ Monday, May 12, 2003 14:26: Message edited by: Thuryl ]

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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USA = USSR in General
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It still worries me that our dear friend Afkpuz is putting into writing words I have only heard used by Adam Sandler.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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'Wut do u look like?" in General
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Originally posted by HawkGirl:
Wow. Where does Artic find his pictures? That's the only picture of Sailor Senshi I've ever seen on the internet that doesn't involve...more use of the hands and mouth. The one in blue, by the way, is Sailor Mercury, and the green one Sailor Jupiter. Merc and Jupiter both are big tomboys, or at least as much as a tomboy you can be while being stylish superheroes. The bows and such are of course required to make girly eight-year-olds scream with delight. (What, me, girly? No, never...certainly not as an eight-year-old...)
Well, I'd hardly call Ami-chan a tomboy just because she's smart and a little introverted--

Oh my god. Did I just call her "Ami-chan"? While defending her from a comment made about her on a forum? ... This will surely haunt me until the day that I die.

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Hey, since we're on the topic of things Sir David would declare us all sinnahs about and send us to hell, where has he been?
Good point. I haven't seen him around since Arctic posted that picture. It's hard to type with one hand, I suppose.

[ Monday, May 12, 2003 14:13: Message edited by: Thuryl ]

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I'd be tender, I'd be gentle
And awful sentimental
Regarding love and art
I'd be friends with the sparrows
And the boy who shoots the arrows,
If I only had a heart.
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Buddy in General
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The female equivalent of yaoi is yuri, or shoujo-ai. And "hentai" literally means "weird" or "perverted". I believe in Japan it can be used to describe pornography in general; over here, of course, it's used specifically to describe pornographic anime.

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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CoL F in General
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Originally posted by Chibi-Arctic:
Evil is good!
Evil is the job.
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Crossfire in General
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Originally posted by Rantallion:
If a scoiety can get by with fewer jobs but still pay a living wage to those who don't work, I don't see a problem with that.
*applauds*

The one problem that just about every economic system has in common is that it expects everyone to work. Keeping everyone employed by reducing the average worker's hours was fine back when most labour was unskilled or semi-skilled, but now it takes years of training to become competent in many fields, during which time one is essentially unproductive - and let's not forget the endless retraining needed to keep up with advancing technology. Expecting everyone to be able and willing to work is a wasteful strategy.

[ Monday, May 12, 2003 00:43: Message edited by: Thuryl ]

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I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 105 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe, and the same number of electrons. -- Sir Arthur Eddington
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'Wut do u look like?" in General
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quote:
Originally posted by el presidente:
I'm still pretty sure that it's transliterated "shounen" in english by convention.
The explanation for this is the fact that in the standard method of transliteration, the long-vowel mark is transliterated as "u" by convention. There is, as far as I know, no good reason for this.

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I'd be tender, I'd be gentle
And awful sentimental
Regarding love and art
I'd be friends with the sparrows
And the boy who shoots the arrows,
If I only had a heart.
Posts: 9973 | Registered: Saturday, March 30 2002 08:00

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