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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Clouse yesterday. 16 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'
"I only follow maps of lower Manhattan which conform with my attitude, opinion and belief that they must help me reach my destination in the best possible manner. If the map does not help, or if opinions differ on what is the best possible route--…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"How can any system claim to serve pudding on Wednesdays, pay the mortgage, and groom the prettiest ponies in the world when they need it most? Please. Ethical realism evaluates objective features for accuracy using objective standards.…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"I think we agree in principle on this point, except that it's more precise-- at least based on the fact-based ethical system you're citing-- to describe some of what the ancient Greeks did as ethically harmful. "
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"Unseen claims that an ethical judgement must be subjective, not that it merely can be subjective. The latter describes my rebuttal (which Unseen says is nonsense). So let's get a little more specific. Consider a fact-based system of ethics…"
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Gary Clouse replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"This is not so much a case of predicting the future as one of life imitating art. In the documentary "How William Shatner Changed the World" , various inventors explain how the imaginary gadgets on the show inspired actual inventions.…"
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Gary Clouse replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Remembering Leonard Nimoy ('Mr. Spock' on Star Trek)'
"Nimoy, explaining the origin of the Vulccan salute In an earlier interview, noted the Jewish origins of the geeting "Live long and prosper". The cast and crew of the original series were encouraged to add their inpout  into making…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist'
"It's you. Unseen: An atheist has to be a moral/ethical relativist.GM: Atheists do not have to be moral/ethical relativists. That is not a "disagreement" any more than if Unseen had declared that the Earth has to be shaped like a…"
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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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I'm an atheist. That tells you nothing about what I believe. It tells you exactly one thing I do not believe.

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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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