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Objections to incest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Feb 6, 2013. 39 Replies

Hi All,    I allow my mind to wander sometimes (particularly on the bus) and somehow wound up thinking about incest. I get that it's wrong, The thought of being sexual with my brother is definitely…Continue

Tags: objections, incest

Minimum standard of humane living (discussion about welfare)

Started Feb 12, 2012 0 Replies

In Australia, our welfare payments for the unemployed are very low. A little over $400 per fortnight, about $16 per day after rent has been payed. A lot of Australians receiving this payment are…Continue

Tags: standard, living, welfare

Using religion to sanctify acts

Started Jan 5, 2012 0 Replies

While browsing for my morning news, I found the following link: …Continue

Tags: copyright, kopimi, FSM, religion, new

Interesting Math problem for Christians and Atheists alike

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lewal Sep 22, 2011. 63 Replies

According to the bible, God created Adam and Eve about 6000 years ago...Lets think about some maths:Two people multiplying to 6.5 billion in 6000 years. Ignoring the whole flood thing, how many…Continue

Tags: math, creation

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matt.clerke replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"Fixed link: Google it"
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matt.clerke replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Actually the famous double slit experiment shows wave/particle duality. I reproduced this experiment in year 10 or 11."
11 hours ago
matt.clerke replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Funny, I don't recall learning about Newton's "theory of action-at-a-distance gravitation is totally wrong" The Bible requires a better understanding of mathematics than a freshman?"
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matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Show us your funny atheist visuals, cartoons, memes, etc.'
"omfg the look on their faces after getting booted out. I can't stop chuckling at it."
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matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'The impossibility of AI'
"Not necessarily. If we provide it with realistic inputs, there's no way it could tell it is a simulation. Just as we can't tell if we are really a simulation. All we can do is go on taking in inputs and producing our outputs as if our…"
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"Given that they have two wikipedia articles, I would suggest they are two different things. From what I read, it seems that ethics is the philosophical process/thought which determines morals. But to be fair, I'm less qualified than you are to…"
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'The impossibility of AI'
"What about if we can produce an accurate model of someones brain in a simulation? If we allow it to run, it will take inputs, and produce the same outputs as the original brain would of produced. Is this intelligence? Is it conscious?"
matt.clerke replied to Bouncy Edhel's discussion 'I Think I'm Dead... Advice?'
"First of all, your not dead, nor dying. There are a couple of ways to handle a situation like yours (as far as I can see, anyway). First: reject the notion of pretending to be someone different to who you really are. Your aunt is (presumably) a…"
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Wicca'
"No Cheese? sounds suspiciously vegan to me."
Apr 19
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Wicca'
"Harmless(er) in and of itself than other woo/religions. The harm comes from its support of other woo (as you said: pyramids, crystals, crystal pyramids, etc)"
Apr 19
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'A discussion about rape - being forced to marry after violence'
"Yes, but I have a hard time believing that is a common practice in any social groups. I guess the psychology of it just does not compute for me."
Apr 15
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'A discussion about rape - being forced to marry after violence'
"I think for the most part, this is their fight to have. All we can really do to help is be here, ready to support them with education and aid. "
Apr 14
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Last Man - A debate about environmental ethics'
"Is the tree able to reproduce asexually or at least without cross pollination? If not, then the species, much like our own, is doomed to extinction anyway. The man is just speeding up the timeline. This is an interesting question though. Part of me…"
Apr 12
matt.clerke replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Good point Dr Bob. I think we identify ourselves as Atheists because religion seems so important to the religious. You are right, identifying ourselves first as something with more meaning than "doesn't believe in gods" would go a…"
Apr 8
matt.clerke replied to Dante's discussion 'Is WBC an elaborate prank?'
"Hi Dante, That is an interesting point. Poe's law comes to mind: To be honest, at least the WBC is preaching about their book more honestly than most other churches.... Yahweh really does appear to hate homosexuals (and eating shellfish, and…"
Mar 31
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Bitcoin, Threat or Menace?'
"You monster! using click-bait to gather people to your discussion! "
Mar 26

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Catholic church offends and disgusts me (news article response)

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 7:13pm 4 Comments

Hi All,

    I checked the news on this morning and found this article. In which the catholic church both offends and disgusts me.

I will start by explaining the latter. It makes the assumption that a woman needs a husband to be complete, and urges young women in Australia to marry quickly or they will miss out. Why, as a man,…


Another reason religion is a bad, bad, thing (like we needed another one)

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:21pm 3 Comments

Image being 15 years old, your parents have just sent you and your siblings to your aunt's house for christmas. Upon arrival, you are accused of being a sorcerer and tortured as such, and by christmas day, you have begged for the release and peace of death and are finally drowned.

I found the following link while browsing for my morning news: …


Grid computing

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 10:56pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

    I wanted to put up a post about grid or distributed computing. If there is a problem which can be solved by a computer, that's great. What happens when it would take a single computer a thousand years to compute the solution? The answer is to break the problem down into as many small pieces as possible and to compute them all at the same time! Now the problem for someone with a large problem set is no longer a lack of time to compute their final result, but a lack of…


Political compass

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:23pm 10 Comments

Hi all,

My (future) uncle-in-law showed me the other day and I thought it would be interesting to compare my place on the compass to that of other atheists. We might even be able to show, once and for all, that atheists really do have different views.


I took the test and ended up in the lower left region, somewhere near Ghandi and the Dalai Lama. Apparently this means I would prefer a somewhat economically communistic society with liberal social…


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