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There Is No God

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman Oct 12, 2014. 36 Replies

Something has been bothering me for years - since I heard the news of a billboard proclaiming, "There is probably no god". "What's with this 'probably'?", I thought. "Of course there is no God. The…Continue

Tags: Philosophy, Certainty, Atheism, Theism

The Right to Discriminate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Mar 4, 2014. 76 Replies

I wrote a letter to the NY Times in reply to Gail Collins' piece on Arizona. It was published but, of course, even though the point of the letter was to ask for an explanation, there were no…Continue

Tags: law, Discrimination

The Right to Discriminate

Started Mar 2, 2014 0 Replies

I wrote a letter to the NY Times in reply to Gail Collins' piece on Arizona. It was published but, of course, even though the point of the letter was to ask for an explanation, there were no…Continue

Tags: law, Discrimination

Finally - An Economist Who Makes Sense

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg R Thomas Feb 4, 2014. 41 Replies

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MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"And another: my grand-daughter has an unusual name, but when I speak it into a txt through the app it gets it right and even capitalizes it (which I would never bother to do) because it got the name from my contacts and recognises it as a…"
Apr 24
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"Ooo I GOTTA disagree with you there. Google voice recognition (WAY better than SIRI, BTW) does an increasingly amazing job. I used to test such voice recognition keyboard apps with the phrase, "They're building their house over…"
Apr 24
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"I wish you all the best, Belle, truly; but, in my opinion, everything to do with the funeral business is a rip-off. They take advantage of people's grief to sell them something Nobody needs. I've left my body to science, but it may be that…"
Apr 23
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"The only detail that really matters is how you feel about the job and how it will make to feel at the end of each work day: Sounds like utter bullshit to me. Sure, all those things are "possible", but will they actually happen to…"
Apr 21
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'why do men rape women?'
"What I don't understand is why dominance and violence would EVER involve the sex act. Sex, to me, is the most mutual act imaginable. My objective in sex is to please my partner. Her objective is to please me. I'm a big strong guy.…"
Apr 4
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'why do men rape women?'
"Yes, but one can overpower and dominate a smaller person without having sex."
Apr 4
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'why do men rape women?'
"Conventional "wisdom" says that "it's not about sex - it's about power". I've never understood that perspective. It's a sexual encounter - it must have something to do with sex.Could it have something to…"
Apr 4
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'OK....I'm ready....'
"Not at all. Religion is the PRIME example of a world view that is useful but untrue. Religion promotes social cohesion (inter-community), provides a handle for the awe, and provides answers to questions we have evolved to ask (among other…"
Apr 4
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'OK....I'm ready....'
"And don't let him bullshit you. I used to hold him from behind on his bed, immobilizing his legs with mine and holding each arm with my hands. I exerted next to no pressure on his chest, and certainly NOTHING touching his neck or head.…"
Mar 30
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'OK....I'm ready....'
"He read your reaction when he shouted and is capitalizing on it. Not that he's devious - it's just that kids are WAY more astute than people give them credit for. Talk to your neighbor. Talk to CPS. Tell them about the technique. Convert…"
Mar 30
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'OK....I'm ready....'
"Belle, you're talking statistics. This quote does not mean that all believers have better mental health - just a plurality. Say, for instance, you wish you were taller. You read a statistic that says black men are taller. You can't…"
Mar 30
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'OK....I'm ready....'
"Yeah, use violence to teach kids not to be violent. Brilliant. The wisest of all child-rearing axioms: "kids do not do what you say, they do what you DO.""
Mar 29
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'OK....I'm ready....'
"Wow, that's exactly what I did with my habitually-violent 6-year-old boy. I took him to his room and wrapped myself around him holding his arms (with my hands) and legs (with my legs) until he promised to be reasonable. At first,…"
Mar 29
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'OK....I'm ready....'
"Well, Jake, this is clearly the "sacred presence" proved by "peer reviewed research" that convinced Belle. What more could you ask for? http://www.thinkatheist.com/forum/topics/science-proves-god "
Mar 27
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'OK....I'm ready....'
"Belle, Humankind is in its infancy. There is SO much that cannot be explained. I feel the same way about creativity. I feel the same way about music. I put creativity and music together and I get Mozart (maybe not your taste, pick you own creative…"
Mar 23
MikeLong replied to Unseen's discussion 'A challenge to our resident compatibilist'
"I've often been amazed at the speed with which hormones can leap through the system. The fright (fight or flight response - mostly adrenalin, I imagine) especially shows itself to be chemical because, once the threat is consciously identified…"
Mar 18

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Atheist
About Me:
Sincerely wondering how I EVER bought this supernatural nonsense.
Age
65-70
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In a Relationship
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To propagate the fact.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
Don't remember. It was gradual.
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At 5:05am on September 16, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

Thank you <3

At 10:13pm on March 20, 2013, Morgan Matthew said…

Hi MikeLong, you just have to have a popular topic. It will organically (Automatically) move it's way up or down the "Whats new today" side bar.

At 6:16pm on March 14, 2013, Real Life James Bond said…
Lol, I'm not perfect, sometimes it needs to be done. I don't hold grudges about stuff like that :)
At 8:58pm on May 31, 2011, Heather Spoonheim said…
Thanks, Mike - I've been called easy before, but never in that context.
At 6:58pm on May 31, 2011, Heather Spoonheim said…
Thank you for the well thought, and poignantly written, response to Sassafras.  He actually called another veteran an 'unpatriotic coward' even after knowing the man was a retired intelligence officer.  I do hope that he eventually takes the time to question his belief-set, if even only to doubt it for an instant.  In any event, I'm pleased to have your input on this site on all issues - although this one in particular is distinctly pleasing.
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