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The Religious, Spiritual, Humanist Worldview And Inspiring Legacy Of Nelson Mandela

The Religious, Spiritual, Humanist Worldview And Inspiring Legacy Of Nelson Mandela

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 16:47:29 in Religion

“Again, I resort to the dictionary - forgive me, I am a wordsmith.  What you are describing is an agnostic, which is different from an atheist.  Open-mindedness is good.
Your statement "religions believe without reason and would not change that belief for any reason." is not accurate.  I can cite hundreds, even thousands, of "religious" people who have changed their belief system, including myself.”

ivsciguy on Dec 9, 2013 at 09:19:58

“Most atheists are agnostic atheists. Theism vs. atheism tells whether you think it is more than likely that there is a deity. Agnosticism decides whether you think there is any chance you could be wrong.

Even Dawkins says that on a scale of 1 (Absolutely sure there is God) to 10 (Absolutely sure that there is no God) he would rank himself at a 9.

Also, I will amend my statement to say that religions believe without any physical or historical evidence.”
The Religious, Spiritual, Humanist Worldview And Inspiring Legacy Of Nelson Mandela

The Religious, Spiritual, Humanist Worldview And Inspiring Legacy Of Nelson Mandela

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 16:05:04 in Religion

“Belef is confidence in something or someone without proof.  You can count your books.  You can measure the ice and take its temperature. 
 
As for "belief" in an economic system, that is borderline.  If your "belief" is based on solid evidence, then it is not a belief but an opinion.  If it is not, then, yes, it becomes like a religion.  For example, Communism under Stalin and Mao Tse Tung.  Democracy among some extremists on the left and the right can be compared to a religion.  So can patriotism.
 
A belief in God or no-God cannot be proved one way or the other.
 
 
 
 
 
 ”

ivsciguy on Dec 7, 2013 at 16:10:43

“Atheist don't actively believe that there is no God. They are skeptical and ample evidence that a deity exists has never been found and properly documented. The big difference is that the religious just believe without reason and would not change that belief for any reason. Atheists constantly look at the evidence and weigh the arguments and have thus far been unconvinced, but continue to consider.”

GregCampNC on Dec 7, 2013 at 16:08:13

“But atheism, by itself, is not a religion. It is not organized into a set of practices and doctrines. By contrast, communism acted like a religion. Atheism can be a philosophical position and thus in the same species as religion, but you're stretching the word beyond its bounds.”
The Religious, Spiritual, Humanist Worldview And Inspiring Legacy Of Nelson Mandela

The Religious, Spiritual, Humanist Worldview And Inspiring Legacy Of Nelson Mandela

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 14:01:19 in Religion

“Atheism is a belief system. The dictionary definition of religion is a "set of beliefs." So, yes, it is a religion.”

troutster on Dec 7, 2013 at 20:37:46

“Like bald is a hair color.”

O Possum on Dec 7, 2013 at 20:19:10

“By that logic, meatloaf is bread.”

Hirnlego II on Dec 7, 2013 at 19:52:32

“It's a lack of beliefs in god(s), that doesn't make it a set of beliefs.
Buddhism however does have a set of beliefs.”

GregCampNC on Dec 7, 2013 at 14:57:10

“Beliefs regarding specific things. I believe that I have X number of books. I believe that the roads around here are icy right now. I believe that the free market is a better economic system than communism. Do you call those religions?”
10 Finalists Announced In The AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest

10 Finalists Announced In The AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 16:13:57 in Fifty

“I wondered that, too.”
Stop-And-Frisk Innovator William Bratton Will Take Over NYPD

Stop-And-Frisk Innovator William Bratton Will Take Over NYPD

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 23:35:55 in New York

“My thoughts exactly. Bratton is a good man and was an excellent Police Commissioner, but is there such a dearth of talent that we have to keep recyling?”
William Rockefeller, Engineer Driving During Deadly New York Train Crash, May Have Nodded Off

William Rockefeller, Engineer Driving During Deadly New York Train Crash, May Have Nodded Off

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 00:09:53 in Healthy Living

“I agree. His will be a troubled life for a long time to come.”

JP boi on Dec 4, 2013 at 00:31:28

“I know, I hope he is able to somehow come to terms with it. It'll be difficult and he'll need a strong support system, including from the public.”
William Rockefeller, Metro-North Engineer, Fell Asleep Before Fatal Train Derailment: Report

William Rockefeller, Metro-North Engineer, Fell Asleep Before Fatal Train Derailment: Report

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 12:52:18 in New York

“Yes, of course there should be a safety system. They are operational on other railroads and on the NYC subway system. But they cost a lot of money. And the public are the first to scream bloody murder if there is a fare increase or an increase in taxes to subsidize public transportation. This is what you get.”
'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 22:11:27 in Gay Voices

“I can't imagine for the life of me why your response to my comment on this article was deleted. I got it on my e-mail, and enjoyed it, and IMO it was completely innocuous.”
'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 22:09:06 in Gay Voices

“Sorry not to be more understanding about what you are going though.  owever, I am not referring to spelling or punctuation so much as usage.  For example, "jest" instead of "jist" and "down" instead of "don."  Changes the meaning entirely.”
'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 18:52:47 in Gay Voices

“Having lived in Greenwich Village for more then thirty years and watched almost as many Haloween parades, the fact that anyone finds cross-dressing somehow "shocking" is shocking. Are they really that naive in the boonies?”
'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

'Kinky Boots' Performance At Macy's Day Parade Provokes Outrage

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 18:50:34 in Gay Voices

“Cassie, I like your thoughts, but the life expectancy in the Elizabethean age was mor elike 35-40 years. In addition, your post is full of grammar, usage and spelling errors.

You seem like an educated person, so this is baffling.”

CASSIE60 on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:39:19

“The average age was 30. For the "upper crust". The poor were not so fortunate. Since I am in the middle of caring for my handicapped brother who may at any giving time require my assistance in between typing, and I am not teaching at the University level any longer ( retired History Prof). I have not put too much emphasis on the punctuation, spelling or grammar as long as people get the jest of what I am trying to convey or render to the discourse......Try, changing a diaper in the middle of your thought sometime and get back to me.....I do this NOT for a "grade" or "living" but a release to have an interaction with the outside world.
I can and have on the rare occasion taken the time to be  scholarly in my presentation, especially, with the pusillanimous readers. Today is not one of them, Pardon the errors!”
CBS News' Lara Logan Taking Leave Of Absence Over Discredited '60 Minutes' Benghazi Report

CBS News' Lara Logan Taking Leave Of Absence Over Discredited '60 Minutes' Benghazi Report

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 15:35:20 in Media

“It doesn't say if it's paid or unpaid leave. If it's paid, that's a vacation. Like suspending a kid from school - not a punishment.

Having said that, the Executive Producer is making them take the fall, even though he claims responsibility.”

Cantinflas on Nov 26, 2013 at 15:48:09

“They were the ones most immediately responsible.”

KittyKittyKatKat on Nov 26, 2013 at 15:38:40

“I think this is CBS's way of quietly "easing her out the door" permanently.”
CBS News' Lara Logan Taking Leave Of Absence Over Discredited '60 Minutes' Benghazi Report

CBS News' Lara Logan Taking Leave Of Absence Over Discredited '60 Minutes' Benghazi Report

Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 15:33:40 in Media

“I agree. They took the fall, and that's not fair.”
Pope Francis Offers Prayer, Rosary As Spiritual Medicine That's Good For The Heart

Pope Francis Offers Prayer, Rosary As Spiritual Medicine That's Good For The Heart

Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 19:44:47 in Religion

“Me, too, and I'm not even RC.”

Locksley on Nov 19, 2013 at 05:10:45

“So, if you LOVE this pope so much, perhaps what he teaches and the Church he leads makes more sense than whatever form of spirituality you have now.”
Ask Healthy Living: Why Do We Get Muscle Cramps?

Ask Healthy Living: Why Do We Get Muscle Cramps?

Commented Nov 16, 2013 at 00:26:21 in Healthy Living

“So the answer to the headline question "Why do we get muscle cramps?" is "we don't really know."

I suffer a lot from leg crams, probably genetic, exacerbated by who knows what, maybe meds, maybe dehydration, maybe lack of potassium, maybe this, maybe that.”
Cereal's Future Is In Jeopardy

Cereal's Future Is In Jeopardy

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 15:13:39 in Business

“There is nothing in this article that suggests that "cereal is in jeopardy." Okay, Kellogg's s sales are down, and maybe other major manufacturers' as well. But when 90% of American households (per the article) are buying cereal, this is a pretty big market share. Not likely the product will disappear.

I see new brands appearing almost daily. And many (or most) of them are far more nutritious than what Kelloggs and the other big ones produce. No, I don't think cereal will disappear from the shelves, in spite of all the other breakfast options.”
14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of Control

14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of Control

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 16:36:23 in Healthy Living

“An interesting list, and I plead guilty of perfectionism. It has served me well professionally, not so well personally. The worst effect for me is that of either avoiding the things I know that I will not excel at, or doing them and not really enjoying them because I will never get an A+.

But her advice - to "practice authenticity" and "just let go" of the perfectionism is kind of glib, unless HP abbreviated something that was more profound. (Would they do that?)”
13 Photos Of An Abandoned Psych Ward Will Make Your Stomach Turn

13 Photos Of An Abandoned Psych Ward Will Make Your Stomach Turn

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 19:26:31 in Arts

“So true.  And if the sufferer refuses treatment (so often the case) and/or has no insurance to pay (also often the case), you don't even get the drugs.”
13 Photos Of An Abandoned Psych Ward Will Make Your Stomach Turn

13 Photos Of An Abandoned Psych Ward Will Make Your Stomach Turn

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 01:52:21 in Arts

“You are right. The plan was supposed to be that the money saved from closing the institutions was to go to outpatient care and, where needed, appropriate housing facilities. It never happened.

I have a mentally ill family member who is currently homeless. All attempts to find care for her have failed.”

straightuptalker on Nov 5, 2013 at 06:04:40

“Shameful set of circumstances...Homeless and mentally ill at the same time. It clearly demonstrates we dont know how to treat them, and haven't progressed at all since patients were kept locked up in those chambers of horrors. So the focus now is for physicians to prescribe mind-altering drugs to induce a false sense of calm to their befuddled minds where they simply cannot cope.”
13 Photos Of An Abandoned Psych Ward Will Make Your Stomach Turn

13 Photos Of An Abandoned Psych Ward Will Make Your Stomach Turn

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 01:50:36 in Arts

“Yes, these institutions ("insane asylums") were horrendous. But, when they were emptied out, the money did not go into outpatient care. There are tens of thousands of mentally ill walking the streets, sometimes living on the streets, and there is little care available for them. And, if they refuse treatment, nothing can be done, no matter how bad their situation gets, until and unless they harm themselves or someone else.”

The Taxman on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:06:08

“That might require government spending, and there are a whole bunch of people in Washington and state capitals all over this country that have a deep aversion to doing anything that might help people if it costs money.”
The Amazing Powers Of Just One Extra Hour Of Sleep

The Amazing Powers Of Just One Extra Hour Of Sleep

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 23:25:00 in Healthy Living

“It's one of the good things about retirement. I have always been a night owl; now I can go with my body clock. But there are still a lot of things that are scheduled too early for my taste.”
Schadenfreude: Rejoicing In Rivals' Misfortune May Be Biological, Study Suggests

Schadenfreude: Rejoicing In Rivals' Misfortune May Be Biological, Study Suggests

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 17:04:15 in Healthy Living

“No, the study did not show that the roots are biological. It showed that people were more inclined to rejoice in the suffering of those they disliked or envied, and that the emotions were reflected in the brain. Cause and effect are not shown, nor can they be. It is almost certain that competition and envy have largely social origins, but we can't know that. Repeat after me: "correlation does not imply causation."”
29 Photos That Put All Of Our Struggles In Perspective

29 Photos That Put All Of Our Struggles In Perspective

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 16:32:59 in World

“Sarita, that is a wonderful question. IMO, it is morally wrong for so few to have so much and for so many to have so little.”
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