“I read the book, I haven't seen the movie. It was a while ago, and I already believed in God so it didn't do that. It just made me think about people and survival and whatnot. I personally prefer the version recounted in most of the book (sans the ending... trying not to give out spoilers :) )! It kind of frightened me in a sense of what we may be capable of you know? Plus animals are cool! :)”
“Correlation does not equal causation. I would argue that people who are on anti-depressants might be more likely to commit murder, but that also means they are depressed. How can you say that it is the anti-depressants and not the depression itself that cause a person to commit an act of violence? You can't. Correlation does not equal causation. For example, as ice cream sales increase, so does the number of drownings. But ice cream sales increase in summer, when the number of swimmers increases also. I don't see anyone going around blaming ice cream sales for an increase in drownings, even though the two are correlated. First thing you learn in any statistics or psychology class ever.”
sandyjohn5221948 on Aug 30, 2013 at 14:38:39
“Great point! I'd like to know how many people have the same brain abnormalities that never became mass murders.”
“I'm not sure if you have a Dicks Sporting Goods store near where you live, but I'm sure I'm not the only one to have fallen into the "dicks.com" trap as a child looking to put new soccer cleats on her birthday list.”
James Goodwyn on Jul 24, 2013 at 09:24:28
“I'm sure she won't be scarred for life. And it sure won't make her any less innocent.”
Darlene1964 on Jul 24, 2013 at 06:30:01
“Here in Canada I was searching for vintage,antique, bedroom furniture what I got was older women and very very young men (looked like boys) in bed. I had to call the RNC who took my laptop for a week. I just bought a new bedroom set instead, I was a little nervous about what the search results would bring up.We also have an office supply store called Dicks , I finally stuck them in favorites because the search results were scary.”
Bob Calvin on Jul 23, 2013 at 20:27:35
“Sign on an empty store front: "Dicks is coming". For real.”
“He was in his apartment. If the FBI agent(s) frisked him when they first got there, maybe he went for a glass of water during the interrogation and came back with a knife. Just a possibility.”
rodrat12 on May 23, 2013 at 11:52:25
“If you suspect someone of being a terrorist, You put that sucker in a sack and you take them back to your place where it is secure and controlled. FBI supposedly they are trained allowed the situation to get out of hand because of being sloppy. ”
“Trance, it's not becoming of you to generalize. It sounds as though you are harboring more hatred than love towards Christians. Many Christians, including myself, love everyone (no matter color, sexual orientation, religion, etc.). Unfortunately there is a vocal minority who spews hate. We should pity them, not hate them, because they have misery and hatred in their lives.”
“The existence of aliens is an extraordinary claim, yet scientists are going out of their way (literally, light years away) to try to see whether or not it exists. The universe being infinite can never be proven either, it also seems to be an extraordinary claim, since our minds can't even comprehend infinity, and yet I don't see people rising up in arms against either of those statements - in fact, most educated people believe them, including myself.
And you can definitely prove Santa doesn't exist... I believe all you would have to do is search the North Pole :) ”
SmarterThanTheAverageBea on May 13, 2013 at 10:42:31
“Yes they are.. we exist, so we have reason to think other life forms exist. We have hypotheses built upon studied observation that indicate life may form elsewhere in the universe.
But until it is proven, aliens do not exist.
And no you cannot prove Santa Doesn't exist.
You can search the north pole, but Santa has a magic carrot that makes his village invisible.
And that's the same kind of argument people use about god and his "mysterious ways"”
“If you had read the post, you would notice that I also included the atom. I didn't specify which I believe in (though now I will, and it is not Adam and Eve). However there are millions of people who do believe in them, whether you do or not, therefore they are included. ”
mahnistanah on May 13, 2013 at 10:33:41
“everything in your post besides those two fictional characters that could not possibly have existed is agreeable”
“Has God ever been proven to not exist? Just wondering... because gravity wasn't proven to exist until relatively recently in human history (even now, since all science is all "theory," technically it has not been "proven".) Many species weren't discovered until recently. Does that mean that these species, or that gravity didn't exist until we discovered or "proved" them? I would gather that a scientist, or anyone with half of a brain, would say no.
I am not saying whether I believe in God or not, I am merely trying to present you with a counterargument in a respectful way.”
SmarterThanTheAverageBea on May 13, 2013 at 10:24:46
“one can never prove a negative. You cannot prove that Santa Claus doesn't exist. You can't prove Unicorns don't exist. It's not even lack of belief... it is lack of reason to even bother investigating the belief.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. There is none here.”
“Also, since the western portion of the Roman Empire fell in 476 AD and this article is discussing a plague that occurred from the 6th to 8th centuries, (500-700 AD) I think that we can safely assume that the "Roman Empire" referred to in this article is, in fact, what we now call the Byzantine Empire, ruled from Constantinople. Therefore, your "Eurocentric" idea really doesn't even make sense in this context.”
ZenSufi on May 13, 2013 at 12:26:45
“Hard to see how an 8th-century plague could be singled out as a major factor in a 15th-century collapse.
The "Byzantine" terminology is itself a "Western European" invention. The "Byzantines", so called, called themselves "Roman".”
“Ironically for most of it's history, the Roman empire worshipped pagan gods. It wasn't until Emperor Constantinople that Christianity even stopped being persecuted. The Roman Catholic Church is thusly named because it it headquartered in Rome. Nice try though.”
Zappas Aunt on May 13, 2013 at 10:17:55
“Don't you mean Constantine?”
agvadb on May 13, 2013 at 10:12:35
“Sorry, Emperor Constantine. Too many "Constant-" names running through my head at the moment :)”
“It always gets me, how lucky we all are to be here. All of our ancestors, from Adam and Eve or from the first atom, depending on what you believe, had to survive every war, epidemic, famine, natural disaster, siege, and more, then meet one another, then "come together" at the exact right day in the exact right month for you to be here. We could all so easily have been someone completely different, or no one at all.”
mahnistanah on May 13, 2013 at 10:15:23
“you do realize that adam and eve are fictional characters, right?”
“"America was here long before 1492" implies that I stated that it was not here before then. And I'm not talking about the people who walked across the land bridge. I am talking about the Europeans who discovered the continent in the Middle Ages.”
“This could be a dumb question, but what do their sexual escapades have to do with the murder?”
Iam HerMom on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:23:51
“Most of her testimony has been irrelevant. But the DA has decided not to keep objecting and just let her carry on with her soliloquy.
She's trying to paint herself as an innocent victim of a controlling man. We'll see how that works on cross-examination.”
My Red Pony on Feb 6, 2013 at 09:12:08
“I think they are trying to show that Travis sexually abused her. But I don't think that giving all the history of all the men she's been with is going to help, although I really don't understand why dating a vampire hunter is helpful to her case.”
warrenmueller on Feb 6, 2013 at 09:02:24
“Probably nothing with whether or not she was the perpetrator but maybe something with regard to motivation, which is always an integral part of a murder charge . . .”
“1) I never said that America was created in 1492
2) I'm am also aware that Columbus didn't originally discover America, but those who did originally discover it did not realize what they had found and so it wasn't discovered by the majority of Europe until 1492.
3) That was not the point of my post at all.”
Hummingbird2012 on Feb 5, 2013 at 14:09:00
“I didn't say that you said America was 'created' in 1492.
Obviously, those who did originally 'discover' it, apparently, did realize what they found because they either establised a place to live there or kept coming back - for whatever reason.
The point of your post is quite clear. I said: “You need to re-read history. America was here long before 1492 and it wasn't Columbus that discovered it.””
“America wasn't discovered until 1492... after Richard had died... and since it was discovered and claimed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, I'm going to assume that the Brits were not handing out land.”
Hummingbird2012 on Feb 4, 2013 at 18:39:04
“You need to re-read history. America was here long before 1492 and it wasn't Columbus that discovered it.”
“Who is "y'all" in this scenario? I'm not a Republican if that's what you meant, and I'm not on food stamps nor rich nor employed. I'm a member of the younger generation and I am pro-gay rights and pro-choice. So I don't believe I fit into whatever stereotype you pictured in your mind.”
FDRliberal on Dec 10, 2012 at 20:24:57
“Sure junior. In the real world Obama is a moderate and you are a rube and a right_wing extrem1st n u t case.”