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Is public education the problem rather than the solution? How about home schooling?

Started this discussion. Last reply by SteveInCO yesterday. 6 Replies

From the preface of Paul Goodman's classic sociological work, Compulsory Miseducation…Continue

Should we stop pursuing scientific investitations while we still can?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strega Apr 29. 22 Replies

Any major discovery almost instantly gets turned into a whole new and more deadly generation of weapons. Aren't weapons scary enough as it is?Continue

Trump or Cruz? Cruz or Trump?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Headley Apr 22. 14 Replies

Imagine you're a Republican atheist and you have to choose between The Donald or Ted Cruz.Now, were it me, I'd have to hold my nose and throw up in my throat as I voted for Trump.I don't think…Continue

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Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"Davis, here you go again with another one of your abusive posts... I don't have to defend my claim that physical law rules everything and makes everything that happens, including your misanthropic  and hysterical posts, inevitable.…"
1 hour ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"You can dish out snarky lines but you can't take it. That's primadoona behaviour. You have written the best of the snark here...but then cry foul when you're being called out on your intellectual games. Ketle black...pot black. Why…"
1 hour ago
Unseen replied to proudAthiest's discussion 'personal question'
"The way you torture a masochist is by not torturing them."
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Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"Davis, here you go again with another one of your abusive posts where all the evidence you have that the other party hasn't done their homework is that they simply continue to disagree with you.  I'm better informed than you imply,…"
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Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"Unfortunately, we need no tests regarding free will. The logic of the situation is sufficient to prove conclusively that free will (defined in terms of what people want from it: the distinguishing of evil/sinful people from virtuous/saintly people)…"
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Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"Unless it's correct."
4 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"These kinds of tests have been critiqued widely by researchers on the topic but this test is a lot more promising. I don't think many people are surprised by this. Its well known that much of our mental activity goes on behind the scenes while…"
8 hours ago
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"Next Sunday School will have this link. How determined are we to read about the illusion of Free Will."
13 hours ago
Gregg RThomas replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"@Jake: "oh how i hate to agree with Unseen" Then stop doing that. :)"
14 hours ago
Gregg RThomas replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
""...seems to show..." There's the hole in your logic."
14 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"Your ability to generate endlessly creative excuses to not engage and not to do your homework is legendary. All my students combined could not come up with such lazy petiness. I've offered to send you a 10 page PDF of an article and you refused…"
15 hours ago
Gregg RThomas replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"@Jake: "Although reluctantly I concede that i hate to not finish a book even when i realize it is crap." Sounds like a great waste of your time."
15 hours ago
Gregg RThomas replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
""antecedent events"  The Sam Harris argument ignores that antecedent events can be the thoughts and/or mind of the agent of the 'I/Me'. The uttering of the words "antecedent events" does not remove the Agency of…"
15 hours ago
Gregg RThomas replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"@Unseen: "You're being silly...and desperate." Argumentum ad hominem."
16 hours ago
Pope Beanie replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"I think some concept similar to free will is useful for some people to feel they are not held back by fate, or (say) what other people tell them. One can feel responsible, proud of their achievements, and encouraged to learn more and be more than…"
17 hours ago
Pope Beanie replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"You're right. In fact just now, I was stroking my beard while reading that."
18 hours ago

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MA in Philosophy. I call myself an atheistic agnostic. In other words, I'm atheist until someone proves I'm wrong.
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Why you left your religion.
Strangely, you don't include the most obvious answer: God doesn't appear to exist, even as a possibility.
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Scientists are now admitting that nuclear power is greener than other alternatives

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 12:29pm 36 Comments

The full read from which the following quote is taken is here.

Nuclear power is one of the least damaging sources of energy for the environment, and the green movement must accept its expansion if the world is to…

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A great number of paradoxes, starting with Scroedinger's cat

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

I'm sorry, but I had to stop listening to this bit at about the fourth paradox due to being out of breath from laughing. How long can you last?

Famous last words. No...really!

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

I found a website where Texas lists every capital execution from 1982 on. One of the more interesting things about it is that it includes any last statements the prisoners made. Interesting reading. Lots of "foxhole converts" among them, I note.

OBAMACARE Is Better Than You Think

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 11:40am 1 Comment

In just one week the main part of Obamacare will begin to kick in. This is the state level exchanges that will allow the uninsured to be covered. Beginning on October 1, people will be able to sign up to get insurance in their state regardless of their health.

Most people signing up on the exchanges will qualify for subsidies based on their income and family size. This means that the cost of insurance will be less than the advertised price.

This is good…

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At 9:58pm on April 17, 2016, W1NT3R5 said…
Max Headroom's interview on David Letterman is hilarious, and available on YouTube.

I suggest buying the DVD if you haven't. Unfortunately Frewer isn't involved in any of the documentary features in the set, but there is plenty of that material available online. The DVD set contains the show from the 1987-88 American run, omitted is the Talking Headroom show and the 20 Minutes Into The Future (which is also available in its entirety on YouTube).
At 10:56pm on April 16, 2016, W1NT3R5 said…
So we don't always get along. However, I had no idea who Max Headroom was but your photo reminded me of a person I used to be acquainted with, and I searched it on Google and discovered him. I have now purchased the DVD set and watched everything available on YouTube, and while it was not your intention, you have created a fan of that show simply by choosing an avatar. Whatever it's worth, I appreciate it. Hopefully your ribs are healing well.
At 3:22am on April 3, 2016, JadeBlackOlive said…

Glad to hear that!

At 1:53am on April 3, 2016, JadeBlackOlive said…

How are you feeling, Unseen?

At 4:38am on December 26, 2015, Royce Earnest Rasmussen said…

Thank you!

At 3:26pm on December 14, 2014, Virgil said…

You and I got off to a bad start and I almost gave up on AT cuz of it.  I'm glad I didn't.  Amazing how much you and I agree on besides views on how jobs are created, the meaning of wealth and what produces it. All of that I believe about those things are from my personal experience in the past 5 years since becoming a civilian. I believe in them more today than ever before but all that is teeny minor crap compared to my core convictions.  The main reason I argued with you about that was the wrong reason to to argue.  I was offended on a personal level by things you said and I gave into that & put my anger ahead of reason. 

Interrogation.  Please point out any errors in you see in my reasoning.... (why ask, you'll do it even if I don't ask hahahaha!)

my last tour 2009 in Afgh I was a E4, a corporal, just one tiny small guy the big picture. When I heard this report was coming out I thought "oh shit!  This is going to get nasty!"  But wait... "nasty" is a relative term. As a war vet, my idea of nasty in regards to what could have been in that report  is waaaaaaaaay different from Joe Civilian's definition of nasty.  In fact my definition of nasty info on EIT would be impossible for him to wrap his head around and not break out in a chicken little dance. 

There's no damned way Feinstein & the others with that report know less about EIT than I do unless the CIA and armed forces have been totally lying to them.  That's just not possible. 

I've read all I can find for details, watched TV for the hot talking points and I have come to the conclusion that whole report just about has to be a psyop to cover ALLLLLLLLL the shit guys like me know and all the shit guys like me don't know.  For me there hasn't been ONE DETAIL in that report that was newsy or nasty.  I really feel what's going on is a well planned magician's trick that starts  off with him saying, "watch me cut off my right hand" to distract everyone IN THE WORLD while they sneak a 60 ton plaid elephant across the stage. 

This isn't a conspiracy theory about some secret plot from the Obama white house.  This is a theory about possibly pulling off a great Intel move to benefit the very people and programs that it's supposed to be making the focus of world wide outrage. 

But wait.  There's more.

There were things in that report that were totally ridiculous and almost funny when you thin about them.  ONLY  dummasses would fall for some of the shit AND the media and none of the "experts" have even tried to point the silly shit out. 

Think. The report says next to no vital intel has been obtained through EIT.  It says most of the intel obtained is lies told under torture.  I don't recall ONE time in my whole 22 months in Afgh when we were told, "get your guns and let's go find some bad guys to shoot." Every time we did anything se went out to specific places looking at specific times, to look for specific people, specific things and act like we were just dumb gyrines who didn't know what we were looking for. One time we did a four hour search on a small 6 house village before "noticing" the exact item we'd been shown satellite images of sitting right in our way the whole time.   Sooooo where did that intel come from?  The pentagon must be using psychics and have consult fortune tellers.  ...........  That's just one example.  One time we were rushed out to set up a  fake road check, told what car to look for, who would be in it and make sure its 4 tires were blown out 1 km before the road block so the occupants would have to get out and walk after all traffic on the road was stopped to prevent them from hitching rides.  When we go the guys back to base there were interesting guys there. After a staged accidental explosion the 3

At 9:06pm on September 19, 2014, Davis Goodman said…

Can't believe we weren't official friends here all this time!!!!

At 3:34am on September 2, 2014, Demetrius Alcala said…

You stole CBS

At 7:51am on August 10, 2014, Brandon Bissell said…

Yeah thanks. I was hoping to talk to you about something so I'll send a message soon.

At 10:30pm on March 25, 2014, Justin said…

ah yes Im new to it, thank u

 
 
 

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