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Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mai yesterday. 14 Replies

Star Trek actor and director Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83. Are you a fan of Star Trek? Did Star Trek or the Mr. Spock character have any influence on your life? If so, in what way? Please…Continue

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Pope Francis condemns Charlie Hebdo killers, then adds a 'but'

Started this discussion. Last reply by _Robert_ Feb 16. 1 Reply

Pope Francis, speaking about the recent terror attacks in France, defended free speech but said there are limits and people should not make fun of other people's faith.Is the Pope making the right…Continue

New: Richard Dawkins reads his hate mail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gallup's Mirror Feb 15. 6 Replies

Did you laugh when you watched this video? I did.I think partly it's because of Dawkins' deadpan delivery but mostly it's because the comments are so sincere in their animus, stupidity and impotence.…Continue

Should 'personal belief' vaccine exemptions be allowed?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Humphrey Feb 13. 25 Replies

"Responding to an outbreak of measles that has infected more than 100 people, two California lawmakers said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation to end the right of parents in the state to…Continue

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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"I surely do. To date, I've offered explanations of moral realism, Maslow's hierarchy of needs (some of which are arguably universal), a link to a Wikipedia entry describing moral realism, a link to a survey showing that most philosophers…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"We've covered this already. Ethics describes the best ways for humans to live. It is absolute that humans need air, food and water, therefore a moral based on that premise is true for one and all, no matter what culture or eon they live in."
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"The Aztecs believed the gods required the tears of tortured young children to make crops grow. That does not mean it's true anywhere outside of the imagination that ripping out a toddler's fingernails is a moral act because it prevents…"
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Mai replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"It was quite clever though, there are sayings that emotions are bad habits or slaves to your thoughts....another one is 'the sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason'. But yes I found…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"I understand and agree. Morals throughout human history are often (perhaps overwhelmingly) based on subjective points of view. That said, our positions are not so far apart. You're suggesting ethics must always be based on the subjective.…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"+1 Add phasers to the list as well!"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"That was a powerful scene, where Spock is somehow violent and emotional despite that Nimoy plays it non-violently and displays no emotion at all. "
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"I think they fixed it by reversing the polarity. Before that, Star Trek was a future where seat belts and airbags were lost technologies (for the sake of entertainment value). Carl Sagan offered one example in "Contact" where being…"
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Erock68la replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"I seem to recall Captain Picard fastening his seat belt on the captain's chair during a bumpy scene. I don't remember details; probably some problem with the inertial dampeners."
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_Robert_ replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"That's great Belle! The one thing they missed back in the 60's...Seat Belts. The poor Captain Kirk and his crew were always getting tossed around all over the bridge with every photon torpedo hit, LOL. "
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Noel replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
""... You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.""Amok Time," Season 2, Episode 1 One of my favorite episodes in that the Mr. Spock character exhibited…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"It's ironic given the terminology but Maslow himself never suggested his "hierarchy" is based on dependency. Maslow only suggested that basic needs must be met before individuals strongly focus on the higher level needs (as opposed to…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"Ethical subjectivism is not the only possible position (for atheists or anyone else). Moral realism is ethics based on the non-subjective. This is the prevailing position among philosophers and prominent atheist Sam Harris, as described in…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"Fixed it. Thanks."
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Ed replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"Mr. Spock's logical analysis of events and circumstances actually set in motion changes in my own thought processes. I believe his character caused me to be more analytically inclined. I did find his lack of emotional understanding somewhat…"
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I'm an atheist. That tells you nothing about what I believe. It tells you exactly one thing I do not believe.

I'm a Humanist. If you'd care to know what that means, read the Humanist Manifesto III:
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Why you left your religion.
This describes my atheism: God is unproved, not disproved.

Crackpot: God exists!
Me: Evidence, please.
Crackpot: There is none.
Me: I don't believe you.

That's it. That's all it is. The rest is just the crackpot employing some bit of dishonesty to obfuscate or deny it.

He'll shift the burden of evidence onto me. ("Prove God doesn't exist!").
He'll claim to have evidence when he does not. ("Lookee here! Purely abstract mathematics! That's evidence!").
He'll say he doesn't need evidence. ("God is too big for evidence!")
He'll completely ignore the request for evidence and won't respond at all. (This is very popular.)
He'll restate the request for evidence as an accusation or insult. ("You hate God!" "How dare you question my faith!")
He'll pin God to ignorance. ("You can't explain X so God is the only explanation!")
And on and on and on. Anything but evidence.

There is no case to be made for the existence of God. There is nothing to debate, nothing to consider: no evidence, no data, not a shred of the scientific whatsoever. The rest is just the outraged caterwauling of the crackpot, desperately insisting that any such "debate" over God exists at all.

That is why I am an atheist.
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2016 Presidential Election: Who do you think will run?

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:30pm 18 Comments

The New York Times published the results of a poll today in which 64% of all American adults said they would like to see Hillary Clinton run for President in 2016. Among independent voters, 52% would like to see Clinton run. These percentages are nearly double those for the most-preferred Republicans; Ron Paul, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie. Clinton…

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Happy March Equinox

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 12:00am 2 Comments

Today, March 20, 2013, the day and night will be of equal length, an event which is the Vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere and the Autumnal Equinox in the southern hemisphere. For some reason, Christians like to celebrate this as the time Jesus rose from the dead, hungering for the flesh of the living, and longing to paint chicken eggs with vinegar dye. Or something like that. Anyway, enjoy it. It only happens twice every year. The equinox I mean, not the zombie…

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Happy 204th Birthday Charles Darwin

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 3:34am 2 Comments

Charles Darwin 

12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882

FFRF Attorney Andrew Seidel destroys Bill O'Reilly on Fox "News"

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 10:15am 3 Comments

I enjoyed watching Freedom From Religion Foundation Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel go on Fox "News" and destroy goon Bill O'Reilly on January 18, 2013.

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At 10:22am on September 11, 2014, Diedre Woolgar said…

Thank you Gallup - it was wonderful to be able to come to terms with my views on religion after a life time of questioning and doubt.   I look forward to exploring this site as I get the time.  

At 1:51am on June 19, 2014, Belle Rose said…
Thank you Gallup! I can't stay away! Lol
At 4:06am on February 28, 2014, Jamie Maclean said…

Thank you.

At 3:15am on February 28, 2014, Jane Sandler said…

Why thank you!

At 8:47pm on February 26, 2014, Tod Randall Bothom said…

I am very glad to be here and hopefully contribute something.

At 10:09pm on December 7, 2013, Diane said…

Hi there. I don't think we've interacted much, but I read a lot of things you've written.  Never a dull moment!

At 3:40pm on June 26, 2013, kris feenstra said…

Hi Gallup's Mirror,

I am following up on an issue reported to me as a moderator regarding the 'Fawn in a field on Summer Solstice' image. A user reported that their computer crashed and started back up while viewing that image -- oddly enough -- around the time you posted the following comment: "Hmmm. Joke crash. Joke reboot required."

I am double checking to see if your comment was strictly a reference to a joke not being received properly, or if you also experienced computer issues while viewing the image.

It seems highly unlikely that the image is relevant to that user's computer crashing, but I am compelled to check if it wasn't an isolated case.

Thanks,

Kris

At 10:16pm on February 19, 2013, Jen said…

Thank you... My loved one is in Rehab getting help they are Christian and Im obviously am not. I want the help in copeing with his alcoholism

At 4:58pm on January 2, 2013, Heather Spoonheim said…

But it always comes down to step 3, ha ha ha!

At 10:43am on December 28, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

Hey!  This cracker tastes like....people!!!

 
 
 

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