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  1. Can you give an example?

    Can you give an example?
  2. Ah, my mistake.

    Ah, my mistake.
  3. I think there is more than one way to approach...

    I think there is more than one way to approach the issue. As you suggest, another approach can be to trace different types or strands of atheism through intellectual history. It is a matter of...
  4. The study had two parts: a qualitative interview...

    The study had two parts: a qualitative interview part with 50+ and then a quantitative part where they gave 1153 atheists (much larger sample) the six typologies with descriptions and asked them to...
  5. I was thinking more along the lines of this...

    I was thinking more along the lines of this typology and personality research. In the typology studied in which they first interviewed 50+ nonbelievers and then had someone code for similarities and...
  6. While we're on a forum and topics do drift, the...

    While we're on a forum and topics do drift, the original claim was that Hypatia was murdered due to her scientific contributions being an offense to Christians (while he doesn't directly state this,...
  7. So atheist amateur historian Tim O'Niell wrote a...

    So atheist amateur historian Tim O'Niell wrote a whole post about this topic and the film Agora that many of you might find interesting: link.
  8. Except atheism isn't a religion.

    Except atheism isn't a religion.
  9. You wouldn't read the American History work that...

    You wouldn't read the American History work that way, assuming we're talking about a secondary source, because it is meant to be read as a secular presentation of historical events and facts. Works...
  10. And there is nothing wrong with lacking those...

    And there is nothing wrong with lacking those credentials.



    I can't relate as I think most literary texts lend themselves to multiple interpretations (not just the Bible) and while I think...
  11. I employed close-reading, which was a part of the...

    I employed close-reading, which was a part of the training I received in graduate school earning my Masters in English and is a technique all literary critic use to carefully analyze and understand a...
  12. I am going to respond to this with the assumption...

    I am going to respond to this with the assumption that you want help figuring out what is occurring in these passages and that you're reading this as a work of literature (as we're on a literature...
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    It doesn't?

    It doesn't?
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    Take such lists for what they are . . . reading...

    Take such lists for what they are . . . reading recommendations based on an expert's opinion and experience reading some of the great works of literature. As long as a person doesn't mistake it for...
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    He implied it would be impractical and...

    He implied it would be impractical and unnecessary to learn other languages since English is the de facto national language in America. His argument comes down to practicality. This is evident when...
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    Hmm, you do realize this is a Strawman. He said...

    Hmm, you do realize this is a Strawman. He said nothing about the government legislating people's speech and requiring them to learn English in the quote you responded to, nor did he say English is...
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    I agree there are a lot of great older fantasy...

    I agree there are a lot of great older fantasy works. However, I understood the point the OP was trying to make was why isn't some of the newer fantasy considered literature. I think people who don't...
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    I want to point out that many of those books are...

    I want to point out that many of those books are being taught at the university level. I have a friend who teaches a class on Martin's work. Likewise, I've been to universities where Philip K. Dick's...
  19. Can you point to a specific list that does this?...

    Can you point to a specific list that does this? Most of the time the 100 Greatest Books lists are really just 100 greatest novels list and sometimes 100 greatest 20th century novels mislabeled,...
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    Nah. There are twitter zines that exist, which...

    Nah. There are twitter zines that exist, which includes tons of stories much shorter. Such as this one.
  21. Thanks for sharing all that great information,...

    Thanks for sharing all that great information, Mortal. I agree there are biases in all sorts of fields. While I think your ideas would make for a worthwhile discussion, I am hesitant to explore that...
  22. Studies...

    Studies have found that reading fiction over nonfiction predicted better social ability and increased levels of empathy. In a different study that appeared in the prestigious Science Magazine, the...
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    My issue with literary theory comes back to how...

    My issue with literary theory comes back to how it is practiced. Literary Theory should be the study of the theoretical assumptions and ideas behind reading and experiencing literature. In my...
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    Ah, the golden days of litnet!

    Ah, the golden days of litnet!
  25. I dislike the term "universal truths" in...

    I dislike the term "universal truths" in describing any literature because it carries a large burden (i.e. it must be universal, therefore its idea must be true for EVERYONE!). However, what I think...
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