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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 Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Right out of the capitalist playbook. :-) This is the stuff we were fed in 6th-grade Civics class. I wonder who wrote the textbooks? :-( We need to get a few things straight. Cooperation works better, and with better results all around, than…"
Thursday
MikeLong replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Back to the Top-level. @TJ Amen. "
Thursday
MikeLong replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"I'd be more inclined to view "desire" as a negative because it represents something you DON'T have. One is better off being happy and thankful for what one DOES have."
Thursday
MikeLong replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Wouldn't the burden of proof lie with those who contend he DID exist? The Jesus composite hypothesis makes sense to me."
Monday
MikeLong replied to Unseen's discussion 'If it would save just one life'
"As an only atheist, family members used to say, for instance in discussions about capital punishment or abortion, "life is sacred". "Where does it say that in the Bible", I'd ask. It does say that we're…"
Jan 25
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'State of the Union'
"Not entirely sure about that. Sanders is telling some uncomfortable truths and getting away with it to an extent I wouldn't have guessed. "
Jan 17
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'State of the Union'
"Disagree. The US RWNJs are, in fact, certifiably evil. In order to protect their corporate masters, they deliberately lie (for instance about science), they cheat (by gerrymandering voting districts and by disenfranchising millions of voters), and…"
Jan 17
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'State of the Union'
"Most surprising. I think that means that New Zealand's Prime Minister Key has now acceded to the coveted position of America's lap dog."
Jan 17
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Do you ever wish you were religious?'
"Sounds to me like you're a member of a community. I'm a member of the local folk music club though I am not a huge folk music fan. (I like all kinds of music.) I go along mostly because I like to "meet with like-minded people for…"
Jan 12
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Do you ever wish you were religious?'
"The sense of community is one aspect of my religious upbringing which I truly miss. However this sense of community should not have to emanate from religion. Harvest celebration (Thanksgiving) for instance can be, and of course should be, divorced…"
Jan 12
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Do you ever wish you were religious?'
"I don't think we have to abandon imagination for the sake of truth. Nursery Rhymes (etc.) can stimulate the imagination without children having to accept them as real. Parents can play games with imagination and for fun or they that tell the…"
Jan 12
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Do you ever wish you were religious?'
"Be careful now. Rosary-making is probably followed, at some point, by rosary-saying. Don't know if your family did that but on occasion my whole family would have to kneel and recite "Our Father"s and "Hail Mary"s for every…"
Jan 11
MikeLong replied to Helena Rivka Suwalski's discussion 'Who else thinks the numerology advertisements on this site are really ironic?'
"Speak of amusing, this is one of the funnier ads I've seen here: "
Jan 6
MikeLong replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Ethics of Pets'
"Actually it was YOU that conflated his use of a universally accepted word with the atrocity in question. His use of Auschwitz was purely in defense against your attack. Also you might have some difficulty finding a reputable…"
Jan 6
MikeLong replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Ethics of Pets'
"He's not disregarding anything. He's using a word in one of its accepted senses (without an upper-case "H"). Are you saying that a word which has been in use for 300 years is now unilaterally co-opted by only one of its usages?…"
Jan 6
MikeLong replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"Very Nice, Helena. Almost saved me from replying. But: Nothing to do with religious persuasion or otherwise, but, if you see life that way, I'd advise a cold hard look at your value system. What makes you happy? Do that. For my part I see my…"
Jan 5

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Sincerely wondering how I EVER bought this supernatural nonsense.
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65-70
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To propagate the fact.
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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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