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Is it possible to have a civil discussion of ideas with believers?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Hoke Jun 4. 6 Replies

“I'll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their…Continue

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Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"The only thing religious about the term free will is the idea there's another possibility."
9 minutes ago
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'How much government openness is too much?'
"What's too much? Troop deployments, access codes, names of covert operatives (hello Bush). Other than stuff like that, I want to know."
17 minutes ago
Erock68la replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Where in your life is reason absent?'
" If we as atheists accept evolution as a fact and evolution is all about survival of the fit why would we want to work against evolution by supporting those who clearly are not fit?  Why subsidize poverty and make it possible for those in…"
2 hours ago
Erock68la replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Where in your life is reason absent?'
"How many smokers based their "risk assessment" on outright lies the tobacco industry told for decades, the tobacco industry that views the cigarette as nothing more than a mechanism for delivering nicotine, the most addictive substance in…"
8 hours ago
Erock68la replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Where in your life is reason absent?'
"Maybe not deluded, but definitely in denial, and maybe a little confirmation bias. When it comes to smoking, I hear lots of people who refer to someone they know who smoked everyday and lived to be 99. They tend to ignore the 400k people that die…"
Thursday
Erock68la replied to K_R's discussion 'Punishment as a parenting strategy'
"Strawman.  I didn't say never hit.  I didn't say all hitting is equal.  I'm simply saying that the punishment should be appropriate to the behavior, and hitting the child to teach them not to hit is…"
Wednesday
Erock68la replied to K_R's discussion 'Punishment as a parenting strategy'
"Do you think hitting the child is the best way to teach them not to hit?"
Wednesday
Erock68la replied to K_R's discussion 'Punishment as a parenting strategy'
"I'd still call it a positive punishment since you were adding a physical indicator of father's disapproval, as opposed to a simple painful aversive stimulus. I would not recommend the style of punishment Virgil described from his parents.…"
Wednesday
Erock68la commented on _Robert_'s blog post 'PI = 4'
"Mathematical proof - Girls Are Evil Girls require time and money. Girls = Time × Money Time is money. Time = Money Therefore: Girls = Money × Money = (Money)2 Money is the root of all evil Money = √Evil Therefore: Girls =…"
Wednesday
Erock68la replied to K_R's discussion 'Punishment as a parenting strategy'
"In this context, positive just means adding something and negative means taking something away.  It's nothing to do with good or bad. If you want a behavior repeated (reinforced) you can, as a reward, take away (negative) something the…"
Tuesday
Erock68la replied to K_R's discussion 'Punishment as a parenting strategy'
"Negative reinforcement would be removing some unpleasant chore from his responsibilities. If he does well on the quiz he doesn't have to take out the trash for a week, for example, to encourage continued good grades. Positive reinforcement is a…"
Tuesday
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"There's a broken link in the post that possibly went to something about MRIs or fMRIs of the brains of psychopaths compared to "normal" brains.  Some studies about that came out a couple years ago.  There do appear to be…"
Monday
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"That's a bit strong, isn't it?  Lobotomies should do the trick.  The transorbital kind are very economical, too; all you need is an ice pick and a band-aid."
Monday
Erock68la replied to K_R's discussion 'Punishment as a parenting strategy'
"First of all, in psychology the definition of punishment is a consequence that DEcreases the frequency of a behavior; reinforcement is when the consequence INcreases the frequency of a behavior. So I question the wording of the assignment. Using…"
Sep 13
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"Wouldn't whatever steps that are taken to deal with potential criminal psychopaths also adversely affect the potential doctors, athletes, business leaders, etc who have the same brain anomaly?  We may eliminate some great…"
Sep 12
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'Resolved: Business doesn't create jobs, consumers do. Discuss...'
"Yes they do. I seem to recall Kmart having a boom, overextension, and bust some years back; too many stores, a lot of 'em closed. I keep waiting for Walmart to hit their critical mass, but they appear to be very good at projecting consumer…"
Sep 12

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Atheist
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41-46
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Married
Why are you here?
So I don't feel so isolated.
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
Duh.
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Aftermath

Posted by Belle Rose on September 20, 2014 at 2:42am 1 Comment

PI = 4

Posted by _Robert_ on September 16, 2014 at 8:53pm 5 Comments

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