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Re: I think my relatives are trying to get a rise out of me for Christmas...
« Reply #30 on: November 22, 2009, 04:43:08 pm »
Oops... Sorry, that was kind of just the last thing I heard, and I tend to spout things off when I really shouldn't.  :oops:

If someone does the “Fine, you’re right, I’m clearly a terrible person, I’m Satan, I’m the worst person alive, I should just die” thing in response to criticism of their harmful behavior, they are trying to manipulate people and flip the situation around so that they look like a victim.

As a neuroscientist I have to disagree with the perception that anyone is doing mathematical modeling of cognitive intelligence, yet; intelligence as an economist defines it, yes, but economists are worlds away from actual cognition.


Although it is outside the purview of this organization to offer personal advice, we can say -- without assuming any liability -- that previous experience indicates (and recent market studies corroborate) that given the present condition of the marketplace, continuing with your present course of action is likely to result in substantial in

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Re: I think my relatives are trying to get a rise out of me for Christmas...
« Reply #31 on: November 22, 2009, 04:59:40 pm »
what if I'm an atheist that doesn't believe in belief systems either?
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Re: I think my relatives are trying to get a rise out of me for Christmas...
« Reply #32 on: November 23, 2009, 02:47:05 am »
In fact, the US has religious belief levels more in common with certain theocracies than most other industrial democracies.  I have no doubt if it wasn't for inter-Christian factionalism, it probably would be a theocracy by now, or at very least a theocratic constitutional republic a la Iran.
This is what scares the hell out of me. I know that many people around me would change our government into a theocracy if it wasn't for that pesky First Amendment.

Then again, that First Amendment might have been what got us here in the first place. Complete freedom of religion means that we have no quick and easy way of moderating the weirdos. Just look at all of the freaky religions that popped up during The Great Awakenings. We couldn't do anything about the Apocalyptic Millerites or the Later-Day Saints' sex cult. We had to pretty much let them do whatever they wanted to (until the Mormons started shooting Indians). If we had an official church the country might have been more moderate, like the Anglicans.

Or the Baptists could have gotten in control anyways and we'd be executing homosexuals just like Iran.
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Re: I think my relatives are trying to get a rise out of me for Christmas...
« Reply #33 on: November 23, 2009, 03:23:07 am »
People who argue over definitions like theist, atheist and agnostic are silly.

Of course, it allows me to co-opt whichever of these definitions I want at will whenever I wish and I am thankful for that. :)
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Re: I think my relatives are trying to get a rise out of me for Christmas...
« Reply #34 on: November 23, 2009, 07:24:04 am »
what if I'm an atheist that doesn't believe in belief systems either?

today I'm an atheist that doesnt believe I really wrote that.

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