Now and then I come across this notion of the angry atheist. The atheist with axes to grind, who only disbelieves because X happened to them. The underlying theme is that only negative personal…Continue
"This is why I hate white lies. I was told any number of things when I was young that turned out to be, if not outright shit, then at least far more nuanced than I thought. Most of my young life was wracked with cynicism and self hate…"
"I guess it depends on your relationship with the person. If you like them, maybe just say "I can't keep this up. I like you, but if we continue this conversation this way, at some point I am going to get angry. I don't want that, so…"
"On facebook and wherever online I generally ignore things like this. I tend to respond only when someone comments on something I wrote. Stuff like this doesn't really mean anything, at least to me. It's bumper sticker stuff, not…"
"My wife got a new one and gave me her old one. It is very nice. It has a few drawback for the clumsy like me - it slips sometimes, and the buttons get inadvertently pushed. I never figured out how to relocate my place when I accidentally lose it.…"
"I think the original beverages were mildly alcoholic, probably not any more bitter than other foods people ate. The effects of this were pleasant and lead to inventing ways to up the alcohol content and the drunk. After a certain point the…"
"I agree that respect is earned. Common courtesy is deserved. And you can undeserve it quickfast by making broad, inaccurate assumptions or preaching, whichever side of an argument you take. Disrespect is earned, as well. But the real issue is that…"
"Public debates are beauty pageants. The superficial and the con has the edge at all times. If the debate were instead a moderated conversation with no audience, that might be worth a look. Otherwise, it's nonsense to bother. If that makes…"
"Can I suggest that any news source is fine. The problem is the inability of many people to think critically about what they see, read or hear. If the point of news is to inform you of an event, all newscasts are equal. If you are looking…"
"It depends on the person asking. If it's a belligerent prick, I generally mock them until I get bored. If it's an honest question by someone with a fundamental misunderstanding of evolution, then I will take however much time I…"
"You really don't have to grasp the concept of nothingness. You don't, in fact, have to worry about it at all. In my case, that is what happened. I started out with the same sense of incompleteness when I thought about it, but eventually I…"
"The urge to be socially positive is generally very well developed in most social animals. There is no reason to suppose humans are much different. Also, what exactly is it I am going to be doing "when no one is looking" that is so evil and…"