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Forum: General Discussion Today, 18:39
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Posted By droogiefret
S'easy Inasmuch as science is observational or...

S'easy

Inasmuch as science is observational or perceptual in nature, the goal of providing a scientific model and mechanism for the evolution of complex systems ultimately requires a supporting...
Forum: General Discussion Today, 00:25
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Posted By droogiefret
Well said - I don't agree with every single thing...

Well said - I don't agree with every single thing you said but I'm not going to nitpick - well said.

I particularly like what you say about brainwashing. We tend to forget that we all brainwash our...
Forum: Big Brother Yesterday, 23:36
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Posted By droogiefret
Exactly - it was a pathetic nomination attempt -...

Exactly - it was a pathetic nomination attempt - just pipped by Joel who managed to get away with nominating Sam for no reason at all!
Forum: General Discussion 03-07-2015, 09:58
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Posted By droogiefret
It's interesting that not many, if any, atheists...

It's interesting that not many, if any, atheists have said they are atheists because they just don't like the idea of there being a God. I'd always kind of assumed that was the main thing.

I'm not...
Forum: General Discussion 27-06-2015, 20:03
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Posted By droogiefret
Well I didn't express myself well - which I felt...

Well I didn't express myself well - which I felt just needed explanation in the context of the original thread - but definitely looks worse in this thread. :(
Forum: General Discussion 27-06-2015, 18:27
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Posted By droogiefret
It's not how I'd see it either if I called myself...

It's not how I'd see it either if I called myself an atheist. And I know it's not how all atheists see it - in fact I wasn't intending to imply anything about anybody other than myself!

But it's...
Forum: General Discussion 27-06-2015, 10:45
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Posted By droogiefret
I think you are reading a bit more into what I...

I think you are reading a bit more into what I posted than I intended. This thread is about why posters are not atheists - I'm making no grand statements about what atheism is or means to anyone else...
Forum: General Discussion 27-06-2015, 02:46
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Posted By droogiefret
For me atheism was a just a stage I went through....

For me atheism was a just a stage I went through.

I was taken to Church and taught to pray to God and Jesus as a child - and soon came to the conclusion that God couldn't exist in any physical...
Forum: General Discussion 26-06-2015, 22:05
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Posted By droogiefret
That happens to me too - never in a good way....

That happens to me too - never in a good way. :(

When I was at Uni we tested our psychic capability by guessing which suit a card was ...apparently I got a significant number wrong.

That's probably...
Forum: General Discussion 26-06-2015, 20:10
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Posted By droogiefret
That's a good challenge and I need to reflect on...

That's a good challenge and I need to reflect on the implications of it.

The superficial answer would just be that I don't know whether any animals reflect on determinism v freedom of action or...
Forum: General Discussion 26-06-2015, 17:36
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Posted By droogiefret
There is an interesting discussion to be had...

There is an interesting discussion to be had about how random events occur in a largely deterministic universe.

I believe the track of the rain drop down my window can be broadly determined but,...
Forum: General Discussion 25-06-2015, 01:13
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Posted By droogiefret
Was there? Thanks for the link. I'll confess my...

Was there? Thanks for the link. I'll confess my first reaction is that his body language and intonation conveyed more than a hypothetical dislike. But .... in light of a 60 page thread let's not go...
Forum: General Discussion 24-06-2015, 23:44
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Posted By droogiefret
Yes - and although I know it's kind of...

Yes - and although I know it's kind of understandable at an emotional level there is something worryingly irrational about hating something you don't even believe in.

I guess the subplot is that he...
Forum: General Discussion 24-06-2015, 23:32
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Posted By droogiefret
Then my opinion would be that you have...

Then my opinion would be that you have overestimated Stephen Roberts' eloquence and underestimated your own. :p
Forum: General Discussion 24-06-2015, 23:18
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Posted By droogiefret
It's a terribly patronising thing to say though...

It's a terribly patronising thing to say though

'when you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods'

it's a bit like saying 'when you develop a brain cell'.

:(
Forum: General Discussion 24-06-2015, 22:39
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Posted By droogiefret
I'm just trying not to lose sight of the norm. In...

I'm just trying not to lose sight of the norm. In a thread that invites atheists to say why they are atheist I think it's understandable that the starting point would be a dissatisfaction with...
Forum: General Discussion 24-06-2015, 16:40
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Posted By droogiefret
And to be honest that's fair enough. That is the...

And to be honest that's fair enough. That is the orthodox belief and the one held by the vast majority of practicing Christians. I just like to stick my oar in occasionally because it's of such great...
Forum: General Discussion 23-06-2015, 23:21
Replies: 3,793
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Posted By droogiefret
Hi Belly. I do see the attraction of trying to...

Hi Belly. I do see the attraction of trying to make some equation between the great science unknown and the great spiritual unknown. And we regularly have discussions about the implicate order and...
Forum: General Discussion 23-06-2015, 20:25
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Posted By droogiefret
Ha ha - fair enough. :) Well, I suspect if my...

Ha ha - fair enough. :)



Well, I suspect if my life depended on it my belief muscle might become very flexible indeed.

But certainly I know people kid themselves. There are vicars who kid...
Forum: General Discussion 23-06-2015, 14:57
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Posted By droogiefret
Ah I understood you - I wasn't trying to say you...

Ah I understood you - I wasn't trying to say you thought as I do. :D You can disagree with someone yet still be open to different ideas.

And we all have our own limits to what we can or can't...
Forum: General Discussion 23-06-2015, 13:38
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Posted By droogiefret
You've just reminded me of one of my favourite...

You've just reminded me of one of my favourite songs.



For me, life as a human has to go beyond an understanding of ourselves in purely physical terms. There are different modes of thinking:...
Forum: General Discussion 23-06-2015, 02:34
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Posted By droogiefret
You really can you know. A person can choose...

You really can you know. A person can choose what to believe in - and then choose to believe in something else. And belief creates reality - non-physical reality but reality nevertheless.

But, hey,...
Forum: General Discussion 23-06-2015, 00:38
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Posted By droogiefret
'Pointless' speculation gives the game away....

'Pointless' speculation gives the game away. You've already made your mind up. Fair enough - but effectively then all you are saying is that views that differ from yours are ridiculous.

You can, as...
Forum: General Discussion 23-06-2015, 00:22
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Posted By droogiefret
Believe in fairies - give it a try - it can't...

Believe in fairies - give it a try - it can't hurt, and who knows where it might take you. :)

Also, next Christmas, give believing in Santa a whirl - it makes the whole thing a lot more magical and...
Forum: General Discussion 22-06-2015, 16:10
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Posted By droogiefret
Not ridiculous. You may not agree and you may...

Not ridiculous. You may not agree and you may wish to discuss - but not ridiculous.

It's not ridiculous to suggest that scientists need a good visual imagination. You may wish to argue that it's...
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