“$51 billion price tag for Olympics.
Or you can build a fusion reactor for $20 billion that would power your country for all time off of deuterium and tritium which are renewable isotopes. Or you could give every single person free education including college. Or you could give everybody free healthcare for their whole lives. Or we could do sports...”
May 23, 2014 at 12:33:15
HuffPost Live 321
“I did heroin and I didn't care if it was legal or not, the truth is the law doesn't prevent people from doing drugs. When I bought the heroin the government didn't make any money from that sale, in fact they lost money every time I bought heroin because they were spending money to try to stop me even though I never did any other crimes.”
“Science is the opposite of religion.
Science uses empirical data.
Religion uses faith.
Science uses evidence.
Religion uses emotion.
Science tries to figure out.
Religion has everything figured out.
Science constantly updates.
Religion never updates.”
This other guy on May 11, 2014 at 20:24:29
“Religion and science have different purposes.
Science asks "how?"
Religion asks "why?"”
Joe Michaels on May 8, 2014 at 14:06:19
“I don't disagree. But I also don't link "faith" or "spirituality" with "religion."”
CharlesVer on May 8, 2014 at 13:50:36
“Science and religion are human concepts which can be whatever we want them to be. Science can be a valuable exploration of reality, and science can be quackery.
Religion can be a means to control and harm people, or a philosophy that motivates loving and kind action.
Humans use empirical data.
Humans use faith.
Humans use evidence.
Humans use emotion.
Humans try to figure out.
Humans have everything figured out.
Humans constantly update.
Humans never update.
Science and religion are abstract concepts.
They can't do anything without humans.”
CharlesVer on May 8, 2014 at 13:45:54
“Your micro-bio starts with "Tolerance."
Tolerance... but only for atheists? For myself, I embrace atheists, but I also embrace Buddhists and Hindus and Jews and Muslims and Christians and Wiccans and on and on. I oppose evil action, of course, but anyone can commit evil action.
There's a neat bumper sticker that says "Coexist," and it has a lot of symbols on it, that's what tolerance is all about, accepting people even if you don't see things exactly the same way they do.”
zooropa111 on May 8, 2014 at 13:42:51
“Science and Religion are the same.
Science and Religion both us empirical data (observation).
Science and Religion are based on faith (belief).
Science and Religion both use evidence.
Science and Religion both use emotion (based on the partiality of the observer).
Both Science and Religion try to figure it out.
Science and Religion both evolve, because they are one and the same.”
Patrick Lewis on May 8, 2014 at 12:28:13
“Science is not the opposite of religion. Atheism I suppose is the opposite of religion. . .assuming religion presupposes belief in the divine. . .which I'm not sure it does. Anyway. . .religious people and religious institutions have been engaged in and have promoted science since the beginnings of civilization. You are free to despise religion. . .but to claim that it is the opposite of science is patently unfactual. . .and that's downright unscientific.”
CharlesVer on May 8, 2014 at 10:47:11
“Science and religion are two different things.
They are not opposites any more than Math is the opposite of Love.”
hensteeth on May 8, 2014 at 07:14:35
“Well done, Samantha!”
CDrew889 on May 8, 2014 at 06:18:57
“Religion constantly adapts, that's why it is still around. Science should never be compared to religion because that obsession with trying to disprove religion would hinder real progress. Exploration in the name of science will discover far more than trying to prove something to people who wont believe you when you do. It's annoying and abrasive. It's no better than the people throwing bibles at you crying that the end is nigh and you'll burn if you don't repent.
In short, if you like science and detest religion then focus on science and ignore religion. Why give so much attention to something you dislike and can't change? It will achieve nothing but frustration for you.”
TheSarge on May 8, 2014 at 02:34:12
“Shhhh! The space wizard will become angry!”
LRSFirefighter on May 7, 2014 at 22:09:23
“Well said Samantha... so when Al Gore, and Pres Obama tell us the "science is settled" on global warming.... THAT is Religion, and NOT Science.”
Gordon M Doherty on May 7, 2014 at 20:47:13
“I think maybe not so,
People often come to faith via a scientific method i.e. Alistair McGrath http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alister_McGrath
Faith is not arrived at until by empirical inquiry, one thinks there is reasonable substance to express faith.
Emotion is a by product of discovery, It is not the means by which we are invited to inquire. See 1John 1ff
Faith does not have everything figured out or it would not be faith.
There are literally 100s of thousands of bible texts still untranslated or dated. As they are dated and translated, the empirical texts are updated accordingly.”
UnkBob on May 7, 2014 at 19:46:20
“Religion uses falsehoods
newddle on May 7, 2014 at 18:26:51
“And that's the short list.”
CassidyK on May 7, 2014 at 17:00:42
“The laity is the same with each.
Blindly accepting what you are told is just as stupid whether it pertains to religion or science.”
mercuryhermes 01 on May 7, 2014 at 16:02:01
“I'm sorry, as an observer of the struggle over the Sphinx's age - I have some reservations about that. My partner is backing the geologists - who say it is much older (as a group, the American Geophysical Association or whatever the name is) than the Archaeologists. As far as I can tell as an outsider (my discipline relates to high tech not human origins) - the Archeologists are not willing to admit to even a possibility that it could be other than as they imagined, and they simply are not interested in evidence - I understand politics play a role (Egyptian Antiquities and so forth) but it still bothers me, and I think to some degree, unless you limit science to Chemistry, Physics and maybe Biology, most "specialists" are no more willing to change than most religious leaders.”
Dr JohnS on May 7, 2014 at 14:57:48
“Samantha, your decision to like or dislike any religion is your business, but must you spend so much time, energy and space to try to get others to change. Keep in mind that some of us are open minded, we are still searching, we keep listening and studying. To be honest with you Samantha I do not have all the answers you seem to profess.”
Martin Koolstra on May 7, 2014 at 13:33:01
“May I add: when a scientist or a body of scientists find an error in their research they disclose it immediately whereas religious leaders NEVER admit their delusions of grandeur. .”
Overd0g2 on May 7, 2014 at 13:32:06
“Religion updates, but only because of pressure due to loss of customers. Like most human endeavor, it is all about the will to power.”
2borknot2b on May 7, 2014 at 13:29:48
“Science shouldn't just use empirical data, that line of thinking is partially why we have missed out on A LOT! L.”
Professor Wagstaff on May 7, 2014 at 13:18:58
“RE: Religion never updates.
Soooo..... Why is there a "New Testament"?”
Makos62 on May 7, 2014 at 13:02:54
“You in one swoop, contradicted all this brilliant man stated, starting with impartiality. I am sure that Dyson would look at it with an open mind, and see if there is science in religion.”
FredFrederson on May 7, 2014 at 12:58:50
“Eh, you're really not all the way there. Religion was science, but the empirical data, recording and observation of phenomena and cross disciplinary overlap was limited. Religion is some very basic human interaction study which was locked in dogma hundreds or thousands of years ago.
Also, religion updates like a flash when the parishioners and donations stop coming. Religion updates just as quickly as anything when the one empirical piece of data they recognize, $$$, appears or disappears.”
mamasilverhair on May 7, 2014 at 12:53:54
“Psst... religion and science are NOT comparable... it is like comparing death to life...”
sophie on May 7, 2014 at 12:27:54
“Don't forget, religion scares people into believing. If this god is so powerful to them, why isn't he powerful enough to rid the earth of satan or evil altogether? Because scaring people works, so satan works out great for them!”
lewtag on May 7, 2014 at 12:15:55
“and the opposites must exist by the will of God or it would be different...as for updates to religion try theofatalism...it is a combo of Hindu Triumurti overlaid with belief in theism and sprinkled with evidence for fatalism and bingo...www.theofatalism.org try it and see.”
Rafi Simcha on May 7, 2014 at 12:09:10
“Right Brain, Left Brain.”
Frankie Callaway on May 7, 2014 at 11:45:07
“has anyone ever posted anything so completely and totally wrong...? is this a joke post...?”
Chris Bowers on May 7, 2014 at 11:20:48
“Religion does update, but not without a fight, and usually a century or two late.”
MilesToGo on May 7, 2014 at 10:55:03
“These polemics are wrong and not helpful. There's a solid nexus between religion and science which rational scientists and theologians understand and appreciate. Science and religion just deal in different aspects of human realities & metaphysics, different aspects of human consciousness and the brain. True perceptions of religion do not deny the importance of empirical knowledge. That said, modernity has caused many fearful and "religious" people (fundamentalists, literalists, etc.) to imagine countless false perspectives of their beliefs and faith.”
Peter Risen on May 7, 2014 at 10:29:16
“What does this article have to do with religion? Got issues?”
Chris1962 on May 7, 2014 at 10:27:29
“And yet the majority of scientists believe in a diety or higher power. Go figure.
“nice poem. is it the one on the back of one of them bubble gum wrappers...?”
Tigerland on May 7, 2014 at 09:26:31
“Hey genius explain this
1) "for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." faith my as. Rightesouness or RIGHT ACTION is not fath, it is behavior
2) "37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."
3) "12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
4) "9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Gordon Hill on May 7, 2014 at 09:08:13
“Absolutely wrong. Neither Science nor Religion have been characterized with certainty... science is based on evidence and rational extensions thereof, religion being undefined, except by conventional wisdom(?) is the result of speculation beyond evidence, meaning religion is whatever you choose it to be.”
Creationgardener on May 7, 2014 at 08:25:12
“Simplistic and intolerant toward religion. No peace.”
KBM1 on May 7, 2014 at 07:46:42
“The One who created a reason for religion also created science. Some of the greatest scientist ever were believers in God.”
EricReagan on May 7, 2014 at 07:00:36
“A certain amount of people simply substitute science as a religion. They support it with great fervor and accept things they admit they can't understand. They don't know if what they say is true or not -- but, they believe it is because it's "science" (that fits the definition of faith).
Yet, many are spiritual or practice a religion while being scientists. Doing that doesn't mean you are deluded about the nature of physical reality. Here's a viewpoint you probably haven't come across before: Fundamentalists who want to debate creationism vs. evolution (as if creationism was science) LACK faith in spirit -- because they are trying to use the physical (which they refuse to understand) to prove the spiritual (which you can't). They think they are demonstrating their faith -- they are revealing that they internally doubt it and need to prove it in a way that you can't.”
the81kid on May 7, 2014 at 06:28:31
“Each point is wrong.
"Science is the opposite of religion" - both have dogma, faith (as much as you think it doesn't).
"Science uses empirical data" - lots of science branches do NOT use empirical data. And what is empirical data? That's a qualitative judgement right there.
"Religion uses faith" - maybe, yes. Or maybe it's not faith, but an interpretation of partial views of reality, using other parts of the mind and brain, not only the logic centers. Science also uses faith. You are using faith right now, believing scientists are telling the truth, but you can't and won't go out and verify every single experiment.
"Religion uses emotion" - really? There are lots of religions that suppress emotion. Science uses, and studies, emotion. We wouldn't have scientists without emotion - interest is an emotion. And since when is emotion bad Mr. Spock? We need emotion.
"Science tries to figure out" - so does spirituality.
In fact I'm just going to end there. Logic is the beginning of wisdom, NOT the end. If that is how you think of science, you are putting all of reality, and the great beyond, into a box. That is not what there is. Even logic will come to a finite end.”
cods on May 7, 2014 at 05:50:08
“You nailed it, Samantha!”
Moosie9124 on May 7, 2014 at 01:32:50
“"Religion has everything figured out."
As in "The science is settled?"”
htrae on May 6, 2014 at 23:58:31
“You don't know religion.”
steamboathunter on May 6, 2014 at 22:56:37
“With all those fans, you must be cool.”
James F Barry on May 6, 2014 at 22:40:37
“"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich".
Mondayboy on May 6, 2014 at 22:38:33
“Science does not always use empirical evidence.....you don't know much about science
Science does not always update....you have no knowledge about the history of bayesian analysis.”
fiddler3346 on May 6, 2014 at 21:04:43
“Science is a religion”
Carol Elkins on May 6, 2014 at 20:45:52
“Religion is concerned with ethical and moral behavior.
Science is not concerned with ethical and moral behavior.”
jwashmon on May 6, 2014 at 20:14:08
“Wrong, they finally admitted the Earth is not the center of everything.
However, some still profess a whole Ark full of crap is real.
Only Evolution is slower than Religion.”
“I think if we knew for sure that he was guilty like if he admitted it then why should we spend money to keep him alive?”
BreakingGlass on May 5, 2014 at 04:15:06
“Read "The Dreams of Ada" by John Grisham. It's a compelling account of overzealous prosecutors and false confessions in small-town Oklahoma.”
donquijoterocket on May 3, 2014 at 19:49:02
“Generally speaking studies have shown that it's much more expensive to execute someone than to keep them imprisoned. Comes to tht why should a cent of my money go towards war in any form I don't believe in it, from personal experience.”
AdamWest1313 on May 3, 2014 at 14:29:48
“And how do you deal with false confessions?”
timberdoodle on May 3, 2014 at 14:13:54
“It's far more costly to execute people than to imprison them for life. Google it.”
Caymus77 on May 3, 2014 at 14:12:41
“Simple problem:False confessions are often made under pressure. Admitting it is not enough.”
May 3, 2014 at 12:01:10
HuffPost Live 321
“Its the potential fear, robbers create more potential fear. Anybody working at a store thinks they will get robbed, a person investing isn't going to fear that they will lose everything unless they are investing wrong. Violent criminals should get the worst punishments.”
May 2, 2014 at 23:21:28
“Yes they do but they ban all of the ones that prove to be harmful just like Rotenone mentioned in the article. Notice that Rotenone was found to be harmful and then banned. So many synthetic pesticides are found to be harmful yet still used.”
carmenalex on May 4, 2014 at 16:08:20
“Thats not true Samantha. pesticide residue testing on Organics only begn for the first time last year..there was never ny testing before it.
Why Doesn't the PDP Test For Copper, Bt, Biologicals Etc?
I contacted the USDA scientists who run the PDP to ask why they don't test for things like Copper fungicides, Bts or other biologicals. The answer was quite practical. They use something called multi-residues methods (MRMs) with which it is possible to simultaneously test for 2-300 different synthetic pesticides in a single analysis run. However, because of solubility issues and detection technology differences, many organic-approved pesticides cannot be extracted or measured by the same protocol. To do the testing for these individual categories of pesticides would be far too expensive for the budget of that agency. The random sampling method of PDP is also not well suited to getting enough organic samples for comparison. http://appliedmythology.blogspot.com/2012/12/pesticide-residues-on-organic-what-do.html”
May 1, 2014 at 20:02:24
HuffPost Live 321
“Robbers create a sense of fear. Walstreeters create a sense of corruption. Fear is a worse emotion to dispel onto its victims.”
Critical Thnker on May 2, 2014 at 01:35:03
“A justice system that punishes based on emotion is reactionary. The LAST thing you want in a free society is a reactionary legal system. On top of that, I'd rather have a few muggers in society than a few 'corrupt' bankers. Losing my life savings would create plenty of 'fear.'”
Apr 28, 2014 at 19:23:54
HuffPost Live 321
“I think violent criminals should be in solitary, that's it.”
Critical Thnker on Apr 28, 2014 at 23:56:15
“The definition of 'violent' is a moving target. As is the idea of different levels of cruelty for different crimes. How shall we treat the wall street thief who bilks millions? Gently, because he wasn't 'violent' in ruining people's lives? And the guy who holds up the liquor store for 50 bucks with a toy gun gets a decade in the hole, because of 'violence?' I say, let the impact of the crime determine the punishment.”