"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…"
"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…"
"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),…"
"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…"
"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."
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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."