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22-10-2017, 07:49 PM
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"Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody--not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms--had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as comfort, reassurance, and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would think--though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one--that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell." (Christopher Hitchens) Consider
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23-10-2017, 02:14 PM
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Been reading The Devil in Dover, about the Intelligent Design trial, and thought this summed up religious animosity well:
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In Dover at least, the pieces didn't fit together. "Darwinism"-spouting teachers were preacher's kids; the "atheist" plaintiffs taught Sunday School; the "activist" judge was a Bush-appointed-Republican; and the journalists labelled "liars" were willing to go to jail for the truth.

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23-10-2017, 07:14 PM
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"It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man." (Thomas Paine) Consider
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23-10-2017, 09:16 PM
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"Nothing exists; all is a dream──man, God, the world──the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars──a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space──and you!" (Mark Twain) Consider
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26-10-2017, 07:43 AM
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(24-10-2017 04:51 AM)Mathilda Wrote:  Self organization. Both intelligence and life have developed because it enables more entropy to be created over time than otherwise. Life is thermodynamically far from equilibrium yet self organised by minimising free energy. By reproducing life can continue to reduce a thermodynamic gradient even after it dies. Intelligence has come about for the same reason. An intelligent agent that can more effectively act over time, and thereby reproduce, can increase global entropy more than a stimulus / response agent. Memory, consciousness, temporal sequence learning etc all aid in this.
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26-10-2017, 11:41 PM
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"If this is your God, he's not very impressive. He has so many psychological problems; he's so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He's a pretty poor excuse for a Supreme Being." (Gene Roddenberry) Consider
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27-10-2017, 08:45 AM
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A Bechuana (=Botswana) chief to Dr Livingstone:-

When copious showers have descended in the night, and all the earth and leaves and cattle are washed clean, and the sun rising shows a drop of dew on every blade of grass, and the air breathes fresh; that is holiness...
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27-10-2017, 08:56 AM
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"A dream to meat. How strangely appropriate that we should become meat's dream."

Terry Bisson

Don't let those gnomes and their illusions get you down. They're just gnomes and illusions.

--Jake the Dog, Adventure Time

Alouette, je te plumerai.
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27-10-2017, 11:07 PM
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"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him." (Arthur C. Clarke) Consider
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28-10-2017, 07:55 AM
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