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Politics / Re: Lone Wolf False Flag Operation
« Last post by Mr. Blackwell on Today at 09:25:15 PM »
WHOAH WHOAH WHoah mean to tell me that the Donald's and Bannons's hateful racist antisemetic rhetoric and tacit endorsement of all things xenophobic wasn't responsible for this dudes actions?

Tis a very strange counter narrative in my humble opinion.
Religion / Re: Christopher Hitchens does not wipe the floor ........
« Last post by davdi on Today at 09:25:06 PM »
Hitchens iterates what makes me wonder about the intelligence of atheists.  In this I find myself supporting Al Sharpton for once.   

I don't want you to look at me and decide whether God exists or not.   That gives me a whole ocean of credit I don't deserve.   The moderator accuses Hitchens of looking at scripture the way that fundamentalists do.   

He has no response for that either.  For this i miss Maggie the Opinionated.   

Yes he does, none, although he says it in the context of Washington, Jefferson, Darwin et al.  It could be, none, that he has made up his mind and no matter how intellectual he sounds on just about everything else, he has a huge intellectual blind spot on the subject of religion.  It would kind of like saying that since ghengis khan rode horses, all horses should be corralled and not let out. 

And yeS IM, He did claim that since his mother was Jewish and Jewry is matrilineal, he claim Jewish heritage. 
Other / Re: Debunked YouTube videos
« Last post by eyeshaveit on Today at 09:05:40 PM »
Amended rule.. eyeshaveit cannot complain

A tip of the Starbucks' cup; debunk at your pleasure, the right to complain is gladly forfeit by myself.
Politics / Re: Lone Wolf False Flag Operation
« Last post by Inertialmass on Today at 08:32:02 PM »
Yikes, what a headline.  Religion and the twisted tribalism it engenders really suck.

US Jews wrestle with arrest of Jew in bomb threats case

By RACHEL ZOLL  -  The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Jewish groups had pointed to scores of bomb threats against their communities as the most dramatic example of what they considered a surge in anti-Semitism. Some blamed a far-right emboldened by President Donald Trump. Now, that picture has been complicated by the arrest of an Israeli Jewish hacker who authorities say is responsible for the harassment...

Okay.  Whatever, Rachel.  I thought they were blaming Muslims.  What a silly world.

Other / Re: Debunked YouTube videos
« Last post by none on Today at 08:02:31 PM »
Amended rule.. eyeshaveit cannot complain
Religion / Re: Christopher Hitchens does not wipe the floor ........
« Last post by none on Today at 07:57:10 PM »
Isn't this the one where Hitchens say deism isn't particularly offensive?
davdi what point is that
Wasn't Hitch Jewish?
Sexuality / Re: Flirting 101.
« Last post by FGOH on Today at 07:08:31 PM »
I don't think flirting is exclusively sexual or a sign of availability. Sometimes it is done purely for fun. Sometimes it is done to serve a purpose; for example flirting with the bar tender or waiter to ensure more attentive service.
Science / Re: Science thrives when its mistakes are pointed out
« Last post by Inertialmass on Today at 06:47:50 PM »
Of course it's easy to magnanimously and very publicly admit to a trivial calibration error.  A set of positive empirical data points went through numerical conversion to accidentally start at -1 instead of 0.

I very much worry that theoretical physics has allowed the intrusion of a whole lot of religious thinking, with its reliance on precedent, the Word of Authority, hero worship and historical revisionism.

No one is ever gonna declare the heretofore much ballyhooed String "Theory" a dead science because it never was a science.  And yet it's still always lumped in with science.  Why?  We only weaken the position of strong empiricism, like we do see in the mountains of evidence behind a real science such as the Theory of Evolution, when the demarcation borders are allowed to become so fuzzy.

Every pop account of relativity continues to talk about the successes of  "Einstein's theory..." even as we've moved long past that silly old 20th Century era of Great Man hero worship with Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh, Sigmund Freud, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Einstein and yada yada.  It's a matter of transparent public record that the observational, philosophical and mathematical principles of relativity theory were first introduced and published by Poincare and Lorentz, later polished and presented without attribution by Einstein.  Weird little world we inhabit.

We've been looking for "Dark Matter" for 75 years to explain misbehaving galaxy rotations and thus force those anomalous rotations into conforming with our theoretical physics.  For how long do we do this?

Now I'm gonna go out on a limb.  Notice that a pair of LIGO gravitational wave "sightings" from a year-and-a-half ago, spaced months apart, were flamboyantly announced just after Advanced LIGO startup.  Statistically it seems there should have been about a half dozen or a dozen similar findings since then.  So were those first two announcements based on genuine events whose causation is properly attributed in science?  Or answered prayers?
Religion / Christopher Hitchens does not wipe the floor ........
« Last post by davdi on Today at 06:46:00 PM »
Here is a video where as intelligent as Christopher (Robin) Hitchens misses the point made to him.  But he has no belief structure to recognize it, and I find Al Sharpton to be very reasonable!

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