Tom Margolis
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  • Boulder, CO
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Tom Margolis replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Problem of Omniscience'
"I agree with Simon:  We can posit that god can see all possible futures for all possible choices, and simply makes a choice.  Just as when you might decide to put an egg in the fridge instead of dropping it, knowing the future consequences…"
Monday
Tom Margolis replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Problem of Omniscience'
"Maybe I can be clearer:  I know if a drop an egg, it will break. I know if I put the egg in the fridge, it will get cold.  I know the future results of my actions.  I decide either to drop the egg or to put it in the fridge.  I…"
Monday
Tom Margolis replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"This kind of debate is specious because it's non-falsifiable:  You can't logically assess the proposition of God's existence through the "problem of evil", because a believer can simply resolve any apparent…"
Sunday
Tom Margolis replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Judge to Tsarnaev: Allah does not reward deliberate killing'
"In the Koran, as in the Bible, one can find God encouraging followers to exercise kindness and spread peace and love, *and* exhorting followers to engage in brutally inhuman acts. These books are compiled over time from multiple sources, so of…"
Sunday
Tom Margolis replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Problem of Omniscience'
"This isn't a problem, actually.  God could know the future based on the current state of the Universe, exercise free will to make a decision which changes that future, and then know that new future.  Like me knowing that if I pull the…"
Sunday
Tom Margolis replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"Some morality is based on evolutionary and neurological development. Simple, most fundamental example: The development of empathy at around 1 year old in humans is universal and can be traced directly to development of certain structures and…"
Saturday
Tom Margolis replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"Well stated, Mike! "
Saturday
Tom Margolis replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"Actually, there are emergent properties in human neurology and psychology that are not directly rooted in evolutionary pressures.  On the simplest level, the fact that we see afterimages after staring at a light source is an emergent property…"
Saturday
Tom Margolis replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Human brains did not evolve to be perfect analytical machines - we are fuzzy, emotional, symbolic, magical thinkers by default.  The argument that babies are not born atheists, and therefore atheism is an invalid perspective, holds as much…"
Jun 25
Tom Margolis replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"However, there are perceptual/cognitive patterns, emotional triggers, and so forth, encoded in the human brain through evolution.  Empathy is a hard-coded development (happens around 1 year of age, when a child starts to grasp that there is an…"
Jun 25
Tom Margolis replied to David Vogel's discussion 'A Christian on the problem of evil'
"This discussion is founded on the premise that there is an objective, eternally-defined "evil", which is like saying there is an objective. externally-defined "beauty" or "crudeness".  These concepts are…"
Jun 24
Tom Margolis replied to Dronepiper's discussion 'Cognitive dissonance and terror management.'
"Most people need externally-defined Purpose, Plan, and Meaning to feel safe.  Atheism threatens that feeling of security."
Jun 24
Tom Margolis replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"The foundation of morality is various hard-wired patterns in the brain, set there through evolutionary biology (with some arbitrary emergent properties mixed in).  For instance: empathy - the Golden Rule - starts to develop around one year of…"
Jun 24
Tom Margolis replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"Depends what forms the gods take.  Thor? Jesus? Cthulhu?  Each of these gods would spur different behaviors."
Jun 24
Tom Margolis commented on Pakistani Murtad (Atheist)'s blog post 'Can we prove Aristotle’s “Prime Mover”:Everything that happens is caused by something else?Then what caused the first cause?'
"There's no reason to believe that the Universe "began to exist" in the first place, nor that, if it did, a cause was necessary. Those assumptions apply observed pattern *within* the Universe to the Universe itself. The idea of…"
Jun 24
Tom Margolis replied to Unseen's discussion 'Gadzooks! We may be hardwired to believe in a creator!!!'
"Tell those theists: We're also hard-wired to dream; but that doesn't make dreams real."
Jun 24

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
Age
47-52
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
Magic and the supernatural never made sense to me. I may be a member of that small part of the human population that doesn't have a natural affinity for magical thinking.

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