“Lets be clear here, the study is about atheists and RELIGIOUS people, not atheists and deists, or atheists an people who believe in a "higher power" (whatever the heck that is), or even people who believe in a god of some sort,....but RELIGIOUS people.
heck i know a few theists that are as philosophically anti-religion as I am. The problem to me isn't about believing in a god, it's about being religious, and to me at least, anything you can be "religious" about whether a religion or political philosophy or even a tv show, is no good. to easy to be consumed by it, then it start leading you.”
Aug 22, 2013 at 10:12:23
“This shouldn't be surprising, she's said quite clearly in interviews that her main goal is being a superstar, not a musician that lets the music speak for itself. So she's gaming the system to make sure the excel spread sheets have the right numbers.”
“Creationists like this are a perfect illustration that we are only slightly more evolved primates. If there are human beings in the 21st century that can actually believe what this man says, think of the things people thousands of years ago were capable of believing.
The bible to me is incredibly important, it's our first realization of the power of story telling.”
Dan Cheshire on Aug 19, 2013 at 16:31:34
“They believe their people think it's cute but they do not realize that the educated believers jump ship every time someone in charge makes a stupid public statement like this. They serve all Americans well. I hope they keep it up. I am quite sure somewhere they can find evidence that Atlantis and Big Foot are real.”
“Well of course. Look the one thing religion MUST do above all things, is survive, because it's not based on anything verifiable, it's all belief and faith, it works just like the monster under your bed, it only exists within your belief of it's existence. So religion MUST mold itself to how human culture changes or it gets smaller and smaller until it's gone. Which is why fundamentalism looks so extreme today, because it's being juxtaposed by the changing social culture.
We change religion, not the other way around.”
chendri887 on Aug 13, 2013 at 13:38:08
“Well put; religion is completely culture-bound and that is why it is so conflict-ridden/promoting. Yet, it has such a powerful emotional draw for many because it answers deep human existential longings, to the point of blinding people to this obvious fact.”
“Why not just plug your computer directly into your TV? As well, my 3 yr old HDTV does this already, don't all newer tvs come with internet and streaming capabilities?”
Uber S on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:59:50
“My PC is in my office. Way too far from the TV to plug it in. So, six years ago, I built a special home theater PC just for this. Back then, that was the only option.
Let me tell you, it's not all fun. The wireless keyboard and mouse and finicky and clunky to have in the living room. The HTPC is big and uses a lot of electricity. It crashes from time to time like any other PC. It's not ideal by any means.
Now I can just plug this tiny device and stream and control the TV from my Nexus tablet instead. It will really de-clutter my living room. I'm glad.”
sltiedeman on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:55:09
“Because it is easier to not have to leave your couch or bed to watch what you want.”
sakitrek on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:20:46
“This will let you start the streaming from your own device (desktop, phone, tablet) seamlessly and does NOT occupy that device while youre using it, with no cables.”
“I'm singling out the bible because it's part of the topic, but the issue I'm speaking about is not exclusive to the bible.
When I first started my undergrad in history I was amazed at just how little we can confirm about ancient history, the reason that is, is in part, we don't know who's telling the truth, bull*hitting, out right lying, or crafting history to make history the way they want it to read.
For a long time people thought the Iliad was history.
The bible is particularly suspect, in part because it's religious in nature, contradictory, metaphorical, historical, oral tradition, in most places completely anonymous, written in different languages, during different times, by different cultures, warring cultures, then taken up by the Roman empire who was notorious for crafting propaganda.
If we're skeptical of 21st century news, why in the world would be hold such conviction over bronze age stories?”
“It's because god can't get it right in one shot, he's gotta work out the kinks over billions of years, and at various points wiping all life out to start all over again; because god got his plans from ikea.
Honestly this doesn't surprise me at all, I recently watched a segment on 60 minutes, about these people who had no experience with western civilization and it's progress, and they were coming to america, they found out that people had landed on the moon, and after watching an episode of Mr. Ed asked if horses could talk there, they aren't dumb, it's just that the idea of human flying to and landing on the moon, is just as crazy and impossible as a talking horse.”
Arville Edgeworth on Jul 24, 2013 at 13:07:19
“God created a perfect world, it was people that messed it up. What are you trying to blame Him for? An ancestor of a chimp can now talk, why not an ancestor of a horse? Some of the chimp-like creatures ancestors now teach in universities do they not? If you say "no," then you really don't believe in evolution as you claim.”
“Mark is not a person, you understand that right? That Mark is just a name given to an anonymously written piece? That there was no actual guy named "Mark", which is a roman name, that wrote anything.
That IS the evidence, that the work is anonymous, and there is no possible way to attribute it to any actual person or it's validity.
As someone who spent years studying history for my undergrad degree and masters, I can tell you it's INCREDIBLY difficult to be sure about much of ancient history, not just the bible, but anything else, because it's really REALLY tough to tell which histories are true and which are crafted by the victors.”