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1) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615340)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile John Neale
Let's agree to Respectfully disagree, and return to the original Topic.

Agreed, on both points! ;)
2) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615327)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile John Neale
I dunno, the fact that in certain places Atheists rank just above sex offenders of people who parents trust to look after their child doesn't say a lot of good about your public image.

Source for this statement? (And, if true, what does it say about those who have that view?)

The point is that the church gets criticized if it sticks to the old outdated social norms on those norms but just as much gets criticized by the same people if the church admits that parts of it were outdated and updates its views. People criticize religion because the bible contains some really messed up parts in the old testament but when the church says 'look, we know thats outdated thats why we no longer advocate parents stoning their disobedient children' those same people say 'but now you are just picking and choosing what parts of your holy book you take literally'.

Science updates itself based on evidence that suggests the previous idea was wrong and gets applauded for it, religion updates itself based on evidence that suggests their previous idea was wrong but it gets criticized for it. Oh yeah sure, it keeps believing in a supernatural entity. But is that wrong? No, no that is not wrong. Its something that falls outside the realm of science, but that doesn't make it wrong to keep believing in it.

This argument provides strong support for the atheistic view that religions and their gods are man-made constructs.
3) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615322)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile John Neale
Just a thought, is every one in here agreed that the universe needs a God?

No.
4) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615243)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile John Neale
And is it bad that the church is hypocritical in what parts of the bible it takes seriously and what parts it ignores? No, I don't think its bad to update your believes to fit with modern standards of what is acceptable. You guys say science is great because of its ability to recognize when it was wrong or outdated, so why is the church suddenly evil when it recognizes that parts of its doctrine are wrong or outdated? Why must the church confirm to some medieval standard in order to not be evil (only to then be condemned as evil for being so outdated).

The problem with your argument is that the advancement of science is evidence-based, whereas religion requires a belief in the supernatural, no matter how many times, or for whatever reasons, the particular religion reinvents or updates itself. (The reasons, I suspect, are usually based on public opinion and a fear of losing followers, which will have, shall we say, negative economic consequences.)
5) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1615238)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile John Neale
Which says a lot about Atheists, given how Atheists for the most part believe that science and religion are indeed mutually exclusive, and argue that true Christians take their bibles literally.

What is your basis for stating this?

Dawkins himself. Read his book, at pretty much no point does he even acknowledge that what he's tearing into are essentially the views of a tiny minority of Christians. In reality, and research supports this, most people simply accept the theory of evolution regardless of religion.

And every single time I meet an Atheist on the internet and we get this discussion about religion, their arguments are always the same and they are always geared towards people who take the bible literally. There is an example of that right here in this thread just a few posts back where someone pretty much states that you can't really be a Christian if you don't take the bible literally. Excuse me? I can't be a member of the Catholic church according to some dude on the internet because I have the sense to recognize that the Bible is not a historical account?

(To be fair, I don't subscribe to Christianity, but that is so because I have decided that I've got not enough with Christianity in common to be a Christian and not because some Atheist says I can't be a Christian because I don't fit in his dogmatic view of what Christians are. Technically I'm probably still a member of the Catholic church).

So you concede that your opinion of atheists is based upon the words written by one person, and because of "some dude(s) on the internet" that you have interacted with. With respect, I don't think that's an authoritative set of sources.

I'm an atheist, but in my family and social circles, it's something I keep to myself, because of the risk of ridicule and stigmatisation by believers of all descriptions. I find the "dogmatic views" you mention to characterise many of the believers I know of or interact with. I think that having a few very intelligent but blunt spokespersons for atheism is a good thing; among other benefits, it provides a very necessary refutation of the volume of dogmatic propaganda that is spewed forth endlessly by all the religions of the world.
6) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1615230)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile John Neale
I'm a white male, and where I live, I'm decidedly in the minority. How, do you think, does that change things?
7) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1614718)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile John Neale
Which says a lot about Atheists, given how Atheists for the most part believe that science and religion are indeed mutually exclusive, and argue that true Christians take their bibles literally.

What is your basis for stating this?
8) Message boards : Politics : Oh Aussies, I Feel Your Pain. GOoD Luck with This. (Message 1614217)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile John Neale
Watched the gunfight live as the Aussie police stormed the cafe an hour ago. Reports say several injured, and two fatalities.
9) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1612239)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile John Neale
Now there's a thought! Any "good" chemists amongst our lot?

Well, I'm a chemical engineer. Not the same, but I do have second-year chemistry behind me. My country might profit from a good leader with a chemistry background. Our current one has no formal schooling at all. And it shows!
10) Message boards : Politics : Are you a psychopath? (Message 1611668)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile John Neale
27%.
11) Message boards : Politics : China. (Message 1610819)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile John Neale
Perhaps they do:)
Actually I was asked some days ago if we should have some for Christmas.
I told her yes!
But here in Scandinavia we have a more powerful tool.
SURSTRÖMMING!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surstr%C3%B6mming

Oh dear god! I tried some of that once, still have nightmares!

I vividly remember tasting (and worse, smelling) surströmming when I spent some time in Skellefteå in 2008! It's ... not for the faint-hearted!
12) Message boards : Number crunching : remaining AP v6s (Message 1605325)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile John Neale
Losing faith in my prediction that it will run out by my birthday.

MB Enhanced v6 took 2½ months to go from 180 to 0.
13) Message boards : Politics : Cricket (Message 1605324)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile John Neale
I wish Phil Hughes all the best. He's a gritty and determined cricketer; he'll need lots of those qualities in the months ahead.

I played cricket (very badly, mainly in the lower leagues) in the pre-helmet era. I was a specialist no. 11 batsman, and sometimes had to face some hostile and erratic fast bowling on pitches of dubious quality when the opposition was trying to win the match by getting rid of the tail. I also often faced very fast first-team bowlers in the practice nets. I got hit on the chest, forearm, shoulder, fingers and foot, but I never got "sconed". I think that, although helmets are an essential facet of cricket, they can create a false sense of security in batsmen. I knew how to keep my head out of the way when the balls were flying about above shoulder height.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (92) Server Problems? (Message 1605230)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile John Neale
This is why we need a second seti project from a different source unattached to Berkeley looking for different signals/signs of intelligence.

Then why dont you see if the Seti institue has any to send? Oh waite they dont have any funds to operate either.


James, I was referring to SKA, ASKAP or UKSRN which would all appear to be capable of doing such. As to the liquidity of the Seti Institute, that is a different issue. BTW, no need to be snotty.

L.

It'll be a while before the SKA project produces anything for us, or anyone else, to process.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (92) Server Problems? (Message 1600575)
Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Profile John Neale
I will say though.. at least for me, since the maintenance this week, all of the pages on this site have been very snappy and responsive. They're done loading practically before I'm done clicking.

This is a new feature of BOINC, the BOINC Anticipatory Browsing Experience, or BABE. All BOINC users now have a BABE.

And before I get into trouble, might I add this: ;)
16) Message boards : Number crunching : No uploads in 7 days (Message 1600433)
Posted 13 Nov 2014 by Profile John Neale
The stats have been updated, and should reflect on the external stats sites shortly.
17) Message boards : Politics : ECONOMICS!! (Message 1574710)
Posted 19 Sep 2014 by Profile John Neale
Got TEA? I DO.

Here's a cuppa, just for you, our resident, but rather dull, once-upon-a-time worm. ;)



(Definitely better than the Kool-Aid!)
18) Message boards : Politics : ECONOMICS!! (Message 1574385)
Posted 19 Sep 2014 by Profile John Neale
The Liberal White 'Racist Thinking' is that Black people are Inferior, and therefore MUST be considered Children. Who cannot be held responsible for their failure's, and do not expect any success's. They NEED Assistance from their 'Superior's'. AKA 'White Man's Burden'.

That is a straw man argument. And for context, I speak as a 51-year-old white male liberal, who's lived his entire life in South Africa.

Stating that those who believe that Black People can't 'Make it' on their own, as other Races have, are themselves Racist, is a 'straw man' argument. Why?

Looks like I hit the 'nail on the head'.

Because "white liberals" don't think that.
19) Message boards : Politics : ECONOMICS!! (Message 1574259)
Posted 19 Sep 2014 by Profile John Neale
The Liberal White 'Racist Thinking' is that Black people are Inferior, and therefore MUST be considered Children. Who cannot be held responsible for their failure's, and do not expect any success's. They NEED Assistance from their 'Superior's'. AKA 'White Man's Burden'.

That is a straw man argument. And for context, I speak as a 51-year-old white male liberal, who's lived his entire life in South Africa.
20) Message boards : Politics : Cricket (Message 1569397)
Posted 8 Sep 2014 by Profile John Neale
Bit sneaky using a ground that our boys had not played on and did not know what to expect . Not that i'm saying you cheated or anything but cricket is suppose to be a gentleman's sport and that tactics is not gentlemanly


If you check the results, you will find that the Aussies played SA on the 2nd at the same ground & won by 62 runs, so your comment is totally off target :-)

Glenn, all seven matches in the Zimbabwe Triangular Series were played at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe (which is a neutral venue)! Australia has now played ten ODIs at that ground.


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