Filippo A. Salustri
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Filippo A. Salustri liked Skycomet the Fallen Angel's group Evolution Defenders
Nov 17, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri commented on Carol Foley's blog post 'I feel myself...'
"I'm pissed too. Xians will often accuse me of being hateful. Yes, I agree. I hate the hate those miserable fundies feel. I hate the Orwellian power-mongers who use the twisted logic of their fairy tale gods to cause suffering and death. Of…"
Oct 24, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri commented on Carol Foley's blog post 'Getting Excummunicated with the help of She-ra'
"Have you considered the process described in http://atheism.about.com/od/ideasforatheistactivism/a/Excommunication.htm ? I also remember another webpage somewhere that described an alternative to excommunication that was easier to achieve.…"
Sep 24, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"I'm a strong believer in language evolution; that's why I prefer the approach of the OED, which is to describe the living language, as opposed to, say, the French model of prescribing their language. Different dictionaries have different…"
Sep 19, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"I suggest you read Wilkins's posts on the issue, which I linked in here somewhere.  He covers all this in precise detail."
Sep 19, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"Actually, disbelief is the default and requires no evidence.  I tell you I've seen a pink unicorn.  You might be tempted to believe me if you know me and have never known me to lie (this constitutes some, but not very good, evidence),…"
Sep 19, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"Some of it comes from the philosophy literature and arises because of the need to cover a broader range of beliefs than what is allowed by the dictionary definitions, yet remain logically consistent. John Wilkins's posts, which I linked to…"
Sep 19, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"That's the English way.  The OED, ostensibly the best reference on english, is based on deriving meanings from instances of use.  See Winchester's book, The meaning of everything…"
Sep 19, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"And yet, dictionaries are the baseline from which any discussions of terms that the general public may use should start.  I have no problem with going beyond the dictionary.  I do have a problem with ignoring it.  That's all."
Sep 19, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"Two features of this discussion are apparent: 1. some take very specific senses of words, and seem unaware that even in the dictionary, broader definitions are possible - or, at least, they seem perfectly happy to say their sense is correct without…"
Sep 18, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"John Wilkins also wrote a lot about this at EvolvingThoughts. http://evolvingthoughts.net/2011/07/atheism-agnosticism-and-theism-6-conclusion/ is the last of those posts, with links to the previous ones.  Worth reading."
Sep 18, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Atheism Semantics'
"It can be confusing, but it's important to be consistent. (My doctorate involved using a lot of logic, so this is something I'm rather accustomed to.) Atheism implies either "disbelief" or "lack of belief" depending on…"
Sep 18, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri commented on Ethan Levy's blog post 'Abandoning Atheism'
"Some would call that kind of abdication of beliefs "selling out."  I'm not accusing you of that. As Harry Callahan said "A man's got to know his limitations."  You shouldn't ruin your personal happiness…"
Aug 31, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri commented on Ethan Levy's blog post 'Abandoning Atheism'
"Statistically, you're right. But categorically you're wrong. Not everyone is as bad as you suggest. It is, in my experience (I turn 50 this year) well-worth keeping up the "good fight" for the sake of the minority of people who…"
Aug 30, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri replied to David S.'s discussion 'Your favorite atheist/"agnostic"/freethinking thinker, writer or orator?'
"It's a tie: Stephen Fry on the European front, and Sam Harris in America."
Aug 29, 2011
Filippo A. Salustri commented on Doubting Thomas's blog post 'Roman Catholics in Ontario show some courage'
"Well, at least you have goodness in you: you gave them the benefit of the doubt.  It may be depressing to find that you may have wasted your time, but it's important to keep an open mind, even with respect to them."
Aug 27, 2011

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Atheist
About Me:
Engineering prof specializing in design.
Age
47-52
Why are you here?
I want to help make religion obsolete.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
God is unnecessary, thanks to science.
Think Atheist Travel Network Couch Availability - Are you able to host anyone now?
No
Twitter
twitter.com/FilSalustri
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RTs on twitter

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At 11:17am on August 26, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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At 8:20am on August 26, 2011, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Filippo!

 
 
 

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