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What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox 2 hours ago. 9 Replies

Let me name the ways. (I will limit myself to three.)With any intelligence would he/she/it have designed:1) Tooth decay?2) An amygdala that when squeezed by cancer results in a young man's becoming a…Continue

Tags: design, evolution

Quitting An Authoritarian Religion Was Part Easy and Part Not Easy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jun 1. 2 Replies

First, what I found necessary.The ability to say "I like" and feel okay.The ability to say "I don't like" and feel okay.The ability to set limits and feel okay.I now find these abilities helpful…Continue

Tags: assertiveness, passive-aggressive, catholicism

Many Americans Want the Under (Submissive) Place in Over/Under" (Dominant/Submissive) Relationships.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 26. 2 Replies

In WW1 and WW2, the words Gott Mit Uns (God [is] With Us) were on German soldiers' belt buckles.In a recent (2008) book, Masters and Commanders; How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945,…Continue

Tags: church and state, pledge of allegiance, under god

As Women Grow Their Economic and Political Power, How Will Morality Change?

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In the mid-1970s Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) out to the states for ratification and a political battle ensued. Due to my then-deceased mother's influence in my life, I was active…Continue

Tags: rights, pay, equal, matriarchy, women

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James Cox replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Panda's thumb. "
2 hours ago
Unseen replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"One word: sex. It had to have developed through blind and unintelligent evolutionary process because any genius could have thought of a better way (if not an equally enjoyable one)."
7 hours ago
Noel replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"I got too much shit going on in my life to go about the task of converting theist to be non theist by debating with them about my non belief in their deities. I tend to passively walk away because nine times out of ten they are, just like Simone…"
14 hours ago
Erock68la replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Probably not the best idea that our food, water, and air have to pass through the same narrow opening we speak from."
22 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Hi Tom, Sorry for taking your reply so seriously but perhaps I'm on my own little crusade at the moment. The reason I say this is a while ago I became a bit disillusioned with the standard atheist/theist debates as they seemed to me to quickly…"
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to dragotron's discussion 'Atheist definition... semantics...'
"Check Stuart Firestein's book Ignorance: How It Drives Science. He says his emphasizing the lack of knowledge enthuses the kids in his high school classes."
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"Simon, I heard chronic (lower) back pain attributed to bipedalism. If true, it's another "designer" screw up. On your other point, you took me seriously. Have you used the poor design case, perhaps to a professional theologian, and…"
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"I heard Tyson's remark and figured he was giving a verbal finger to Catholicism and its Jerome, who I understand disliked women more than the other Church fathers. Did you think Tyson's humor/satire was best in the early weeks of his show.…"
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Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"And what comedian configured the region between our legs—an entertainment complex built around a sewage system? Neil deGrasse Tyson."
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Simon Mathews replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.'
"The problem with presenting arguments like this to Intelligent Design proponents is that they claim that the intelligence they are postulating is just that required to create the complexity of life. The three arguments above make a great case for…"
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What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.

Let me name the ways. (I will limit myself to three.)With any intelligence would he/she/it have designed:1) Tooth decay?2) An amygdala that when squeezed by cancer results in a young man's becoming a serial murderer - Chas. Whitman in Austin in 1966 according to Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Neuroscience at Stanford University?3) A prostate that with age expands and shuts down the flow of urine?See More
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Tom Sarbeck replied to Roy Plisko's discussion 'What is "Rational thinking"?'
"Gregg, I stopped after several p'graphs persuaded that sci-fi writers are more imaginative than scientists, and this guy is a scientist. Was there some humor I missed? "
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Roy Plisko's discussion 'What is "Rational thinking"?'
"Until Davis identifies Taleb's evidence?"
Monday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Roy Plisko's discussion 'What is "Rational thinking"?'
"That from a guy who'd said he's not a physicist and his math talent stopped at plane geometry and topology? "
Sunday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Roy Plisko's discussion 'What is "Rational thinking"?'
"Until Taleb provides evidence, consider him a non-economist or non-mathematician, and maybe disgruntled."
Sunday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Roy Plisko's discussion 'What is "Rational thinking"?'
"Roy, if you want more than thought experiments to wrap your mind around dig up some info on ionized gases--the stuff in fluorescent and neon lamps, in the blinding light of arc welding, in the lightning bolts no gods will hurl at anyone, and in the…"
Sunday

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
Korean War veteran, was an electrician aboard a US Navy destroyer. BA in math and economics from the University of Florida. Married for 6 years to a freethinker, and for reasons too complicated to tell here we chose to remain childless. Retired from computer manufacturing. Running for election to Arizona Legislature was another education; I learned a lot but happily the incumbent won. Now living in SF Bay Area's Napa County and loving it.
Age
77-82
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
For 16 years I've been one of a very few out atheists at a home for retired veterans. Most here are xians, some of them extremely conservative. Most here are Dems and they give me no flak. They all accept my refusing to pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth; I told them I will discuss the issue when they pledge allegiance to the Constitution. I enjoy the mental exercise I get in conversations on atheist websites.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
When my parents told me I was going to college because I was too lazy to get a job, I threw them and their god out of my life. Several years later I made a peace of sorts with my parents. In April of 2012, in a Toastmasters Club here, I told of my leaving Catholicism for agnosticism and 50 years later leaving agnosticism for atheism. There are many out xians here. Very few try to recruit me; I tell them that but for 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe one or more gods exist. To the very few who try to recruit me, I say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. They stop trying.
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No
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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At 8:51am on August 4, 2014, Ed said…

Ah yes, we've come a long way since the Prohibitionists marched down the streets garbed in black and carrying placards bemoaning the evils of spirits

At 10:15am on August 3, 2014, Ari E. S. said…

Hey there, thanks for being my friend! :) I start school on the 27th and I really don't know what to do. I'm just going for computer science because I know it'll be useful but don't know if I'd enjoy it. I hope I do so I don't have to change my major, but it's a big risk. It's pretty stressful and scary thinking about it because of the expenses. :/

At 11:34pm on August 1, 2014, Ed said…

Tom,

Napa County huh? Wine country if I'm correct. I have a small vineyard here in Arkansas. En vino veritas.

At 2:35pm on June 17, 2014, Abdulrahman Aliyu said…
That's right friend, if we can really rely on the unseenism we will be free from internet's brain damage.
At 9:22pm on May 12, 2014, Ari E. S. said…

I'm sorry that you and your brothers had to go through that.

At first I was thinking along the lines of a huge steal. Sorry, that I misunderstood. :(

At 1:27am on May 12, 2014, Ari E. S. said…

Wait a second. I compared the message you've sent here to the initial one I received by mail about my discussion and I find it funny but scary at the same time. You stole things in the past? I appreciate your advice but what was left on the e-mail is very questionable. I would find it very scary to come back to see my home a mess and I'd feel very violated. I really don't know what to think about to this. I guess what is done is done, but I wouldn't see stealing as necessary unless your life of yourself or someone you love is at high risk. :s

At 8:28pm on July 16, 2013, archaeopteryx said…

RE: "arch, your posts have shown me that you are a worthy debater" - only because I'm out of vodka.

As for Google, you seem to be more popular than I - try, http://in-his-own-image.com/2010/01/24/-in-his-own-image-.aspx

At 2:25am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Hi Tom!  Just joined so I only have said hello!  Hello!

At 2:32pm on June 9, 2013, Simon Paynton said…

Thanks Tom.  I'm glad to hear it.  Yes I am. 

At 11:05am on December 16, 2012, Denise M. Purtell said…

Dude, all I was saying is that religion, or the lack there of, rather - has nothing to do with some nutcase and killing children. Holy rollers have been seemingly blaming the fact of "no religion in school" is the cause. It is an observation I've made. So all I was doing was trying to make a point that it is nothing to do with that and it has everything to do with the individual idiot just being a crazy bastard. 

That is all I was saying. 

 
 
 

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