"I do not see what point you are trying to make.
I think we agree that we do not really know whether or not we have freewill, and I am arguing that unless we can conclusively prove that we do not have any freewill whatsoever, we should live as…"
"You are saying that when you 'choose' something, it is already determined by forces beyond your mind. Which means there is only one candidate, one consideration, and one outcome. There might be an illusion of choice, but there is no choice."
"Choice must be between multiple possible outcomes, by definition.
And yes, you will do the thing you will do. But that doesn't mean that what you will do tomorrow is determined today. Are there multiple ways that the future can unfold?…"
"the Skeptic's Annotated Bible is my favorite. I don't know if it is available in other formats though. It is still a great place to go to drop piles of quotes that violate science, are inconsistent, or are unjust."
"I never doubted the existence of God while I was a Christian. I took it quite seriously, and tried to pray on my own every night, but I never liked the church services, Sunday school, or family prayers. I was quite dedicated to my on personal…"
" Well, when the choice is between one religious nut-job and another, it does feel kind of futile. I just voted in a local election, and the candidates policies and positions were pretty much the same. It was hardly worth the…"
"This is how FSM got started. But it wouldn't be a good idea. Science should be taught in science classrooms.
I wouldn't mind at all if a comparative religion or comparative philosophy taught the basics of the major religions, and it…"
"This is a reply to Kris, it seems we have run out of space to reply under one comment.
A choice means that there are more than one way for the chooser to act. Determinism and choice are mutually exclusive.
Cell doors and humans…"
"gnosticism isn't the same as knowledge, it is the belief that you have knowledge.
And yes, there are agnostic theists, but I think its a bit silly to believe in something without good reason, especially if you acknowledge that you…"
"We would be punishing them in the same way the cell door does, if even that.
For any action to occur, there must be a decision, otherwise it is just a process beyond any control.
Punishment is an action, so it is one of us deciding to…"
"I find that atheism is not at all contrary to happiness. In fact, it has freed me to understand the universe as it really is, which makes me feel absolutely awesome.
We manage to scratch out an existence on a tiny world in a universe…"
"Would said lab grown meat be delicious? If so, yes.
I don't have a problem with killing animals for food, provided we try to do it as humanely as possible. So I wouldn't go out of my way to get lab grown meat. I wouldn't go out…"
I am a guy who generally doesn't know what the best thing to write in an about me section is. There isn't enough space to go into detail on anything, and it doesn't seem like people often read them. If you are reading this and think I should put more time into writing this, let me know.
Why are you here?
It is a mistake to assume that there is a reason.
In a slightly less cosmic sense, I am here because I saw the place linked on Friendly Atheist, and it looked interesting I looked at the forums and there were a few discussions I just couldn't resist.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
At first I was a Christian who just didn't like church. It was boring and I felt no real connection. I did feel a connection out in nature, which is what lead me away from Christianity. I thought nature was so cool, god must be there. Then I learned that we have perfectly good explanations for nature that do not require a god. I clung to a first cause argument for a while before realizing that a god was completely necessary.
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