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    I'm actually reading Lolita for the first time,...

    I'm actually reading Lolita for the first time, and I'm very near the end. I'm really enjoying it, but no, I don't think it's an erotic novel. I'm with a couple other people here, it's about...
  2. Poll: I read through, so I can check it off. I'm a...

    I read through, so I can check it off. I'm a completionist, and I just want to be able to say "I've read X" without any deceit.
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    That's the word I thought it was.

    That's the word I thought it was.
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    I didn't mean to imply it was always easy to...

    I didn't mean to imply it was always easy to figure out what's moral in a given situation. I only meant to say that what's good or evil has nothing to do with what any god thinks. Some moral...
  5. Isn't the US a republic?

    Isn't the US a republic?
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    I do consider some aspects of religion to be...

    I do consider some aspects of religion to be child abuse. In particular I find teaching the belief in hell to be child abuse. I've known people who are atheists, and have been for some time, who...
  7. I'm an atheist, but.. Your way of putting it...

    I'm an atheist, but.. Your way of putting it might be one of the most attractive views of Jesus I've heard.
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    I am an atheist, and an anti-theist. I love to...

    I am an atheist, and an anti-theist. I love to argue about religion. I don't believe there are any gods, and I also do believe that there are no gods. I will try to convince somebody of my...
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    Can you explain what you mean by myths of...

    Can you explain what you mean by myths of consciousness and myths of non-consciousness?
  10. Thread: Going to Pot

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    You know, there are a lot of things you bring up...

    You know, there are a lot of things you bring up that I've never thought about before. I can't think of satisfactory answers to your objections. I'm going to have to think about it, definitely.
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    I actually don't think you have to quote mine, or...

    I actually don't think you have to quote mine, or purposely ignore good while focusing on the negative, in order to see god as a bizarre and evil character. God consistently does bizarre and evil...
  12. Thread: Going to Pot

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    I am strongly in favor of marijuana legalization....

    I am strongly in favor of marijuana legalization. I agree with pretty much every pro-legalization argument given, particularly the bit about it not being the government's place to tell us what we...
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    Hah! You're the one who decided to bring the...

    Hah! You're the one who decided to bring the entirely irrelevant fact of how often mal4mac mentioned Dawkins. As far as searching for mal4mac mentioning dawkins I'm talking about when you click on...
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    Well, I don't know about that, but we were...

    Well, I don't know about that, but we were talking about evolution and mal4mac suggested a book by a more or less well respected biologist. Seems perfectly on point to me.

    Just out of curiosity I...
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    In what other post was Dawkins mentioned?

    In what other post was Dawkins mentioned?
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    Well like I said, even though they are rarely...

    Well like I said, even though they are rarely beneficial if there are 1000 harmful mutations, and 1 beneficial mutation, that one will be selected by the environment. In what way can this not...
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    You understand natural selection, right? There...

    You understand natural selection, right? There can be 1000 harmful mutations in a population, but if just one of them is beneficial, that one might help the organism survive and therefore the...
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    Yes, reality does run quite contrary to our...

    Yes, reality does run quite contrary to our intuitions. That doesn't mean you should believe things without evidence.
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    Never did in my example did I say anything about...

    Never did in my example did I say anything about there being "no earth". I said the person on the other side of the moon would be rationally justified in disbelieving a claim that there is an earth....
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    I would only have a problem if the morality you...

    I would only have a problem if the morality you teach comes from a holy book, and is taught as unarguable truth. I'm not sure your sect does this, so maybe I don't have a problem with it. It seems...
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    I don't understand at all the concept of trying...

    I don't understand at all the concept of trying to convince yourself of something. It makes no sense to me. Your beliefs are something you can't control, and the only thing one should be trying to...
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    The point is that you shouldn't believe in...

    The point is that you shouldn't believe in something unless you have a reason to. This isn't just about seeing, but evidence in any form, be it scientific, visual, auditory, or whatever. The person...
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    The wikipedia page on Christian Gnosticism...

    The wikipedia page on Christian Gnosticism doesn't mention the things you're talking about here. Regardless, if your version of Christian Gnosticism doesn't make any single supernatural,...
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    Agree with Iain. The important thing for me is...

    Agree with Iain. The important thing for me is whether or not I actually think the claims that Gnostic Christianity makes are true. How moral or immoral a religion is may affect whether a person...
  25. I like a lot of what you said. I really liked...

    I like a lot of what you said. I really liked your phrase "progress of canon exhaustion". That's something I've started to work on in the last year, which is why I ever found this forum in the...
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