I am an atheist and I have another question
Posted: 03 October 2008 06:58 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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Stop laughing Jefe.grin

Why do you think it is that almost 80% of the members of the National Academy of Scientists…...are Atheists?

Do you think that maybe these brilliant and enlightened people just may know more about the universe than we common folk and Hockey Moms?

Now, I must admit, it makes me wonder about that other 20% but….who was it that said that there is a sucker born every minute? PT Barnum or Mark Twain?

FWIW, from what I have read and what I have been able to understand…..I’ll go with the 80%, thank you very much.

Now, about that damned global warming issue… wink

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Posted: 03 October 2008 07:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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McCreason - 03 October 2008 10:58 PM

Stop laughing Jefe.grin

Why do you think it is that almost 80% of the members of the National Academy of Scientists…...are Atheists?

Idiot savants. Very good at counting toothpicks.

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Posted: 03 October 2008 08:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Bruce Burleson - 03 October 2008 11:52 PM
McCreason - 03 October 2008 10:58 PM

Stop laughing Jefe.grin

Why do you think it is that almost 80% of the members of the National Academy of Scientists…...are Atheists?

Idiot savants. Very good at counting toothpicks.

Bruce, your apparent disgust of autistic people is now a problem to be solved. Get the idea?

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Posted: 04 October 2008 05:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Posted: 13 October 2008 02:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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People who use rigorous critical thinking aren’t deceived by simple inductive fallacies? This is a great surprise, I must go now and spread the word!

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Posted: 13 October 2008 10:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Why do you think it is that almost 80% of the members of the National Academy of Scientists…...are Atheists?

Not because they have one shred of evidence for God’s non-existence, that’s for sure.

It’s probably because the God they worship on Sunday seems so anthropomorphic and concerned primarily if not entirely with human beings.

The God revealed to scientists studing the natural world in is immeasurably vast and complex. In contrast, the God of the Church seems phony and downright childlike.

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...it has to put into the equation: the possibility that there is no God and nothing works for the best. I don’t necessarily subscribe to that view, but I don’t know what I do subscribe to. Why do I have to have a world view? I mean, when I wrote Cujo, I wasn’t even old enough to be president. Maybe when I’m frty or forty-five, but I don’t now. I’m just trying on all these hats.
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Posted: 13 October 2008 10:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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Nod - 13 October 2008 06:29 PM

People who use rigorous critical thinking aren’t deceived by simple inductive fallacies? This is a great surprise, I must go now and spread the word!

Actually, the evidence from many experiments in psychology is that they are.

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Posted: 13 October 2008 10:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Why do you think it is that almost 80% of the members of the National Academy of Scientists…...are Atheists?

Come on people.  Everyone knows it’s because they hate god and love sin and think they are gods themselves.

I thought this was known by now.

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Posted: 14 October 2008 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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Why do you think it is that almost 80% of the members of the National Academy of Scientists…...are Atheists?

Do you think that maybe these brilliant and enlightened people just may know more about the universe than we common folk and Hockey Moms?

I think you’re on to something. But I also think that perhaps a high degree of objectivity allows some to see religion and all the woo it entails as the huge farce that it is.  It’s religious people themselves that conveniently provide the strongest argument against the validity of any religion.

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Posted: 14 October 2008 10:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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Nod - 13 October 2008 06:29 PM

People who use rigorous critical thinking aren’t deceived by simple inductive fallacies? This is a great surprise, I must go now and spread the word!

Are you trying to suggest all are equally prone to as well as subject to logical and perceptual errors?

Byron

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