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    Why do we exist?

    The very concept of right and wrong that are at the heart of morals are indeed inherently religious. For instance, murder is morally wrong, and according to your defenition it is because most people think it is wrong. However, that is not all there is to it, because people think murder is wrong...
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    Why do we exist?

    Come on, let's not turn this into the childish game of "I asked first", "no I did!". I'll rise to you challenge, but I should first of all note that you can't make a claim and then put the burden of proof on your opponent. Both of us bear that burden of proof, and both need to accept it. Your...
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    Why do we exist?

    Vallidity isn't given to a statement just because lots of people agree with it. Sure, nearly everyone condemns murder as immoral, but if all morals are is their opinion, that doesn't make murder wrong, it just means people think it's wrong. I don't know of a way to make my position clearer...
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    Why do we exist?

    I would say that this is a perfectly acceptable defenition of morals. However, I would also say that if this defenition is indeed true, then morals are worthless. If they are nothing more than a collection of what people assume is right or wrong, then I needn't pay any more attention to them...
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    Why do we exist?

    I do not hold with the idea that fear of anarchy is reason to believe in god, I simply said that I think many people do believe in god because they can't stand to live without morals. It certainly is not a position I agree with, and I think I should make that clear. Secondly, your two...
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    Why do we exist?

    There is no doubt that even without a divine being you can enjoy life to its utmost. The presence or absence of a God does nothing to negate the enjoyment of physical life, so there really is no dissparity there. However, it is another matter entirely to live morally with no god. I think...
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    Why do we exist?

    If you're looking at life from a purely scientific aspect of matter in motion, then I would contend there is no perpose in life besides your own personal enjoyment. That is one of the main reasons I'm so much in favor of religions, because if you contend that we are nothing but a giant cosmic...
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    Stolen Los Alamos Papers

    Is security really that bad at Los Alamos, or is this just media hype? I don't know if there is anyone here who works there, or has worked there, but from the way CBS wrote this article it sounded like this type of security problem is ongoing and uncorrected. I certainly hope that isn't the...
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    News US congress approves interrogation techniques

    Please don't assume that the enemies in Iraq are fighting just to free themselves. Even they don't say that. Most of the orginizations are under the auspices of larger networks, such as Al-Qauida, and they claim they fight for the glory of Allah and to kill the foreign infidels. All you have to...
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    News US congress approves interrogation techniques

    Let's not get off topic with another Iraq discussion. Our position in Iraq is almost irrelevant to this discussion, since the issue is the general war against terror, and the methods we should or should not use to conduct that war. If someone is threatening to kill me, and I kill him first...
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    News It is an irony they were told this would happen.

    Just like the expanse of radical Islam a thousand years ago was our fault too. I suppose we should all apologize to the terrorists who blow up children, murdered three thousand innocent people on 9/11, bombed Madrid and London, who cut the heads off "infidels and Jews", and who lined up school...
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    News US congress approves interrogation techniques

    Why can't they be equated? The soldier is just doing his job, he or she signed up to defend their country. If you don't think that's what they're doing in Iraq, then take the issue to the people who sent them there. The soldiers on the ground did nothing wrong, and therefore they are just as...
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    News US congress approves interrogation techniques

    If you believe that American soldiers/contractors aren't innocent, than there is no common ground on which we can meet to discuss. How can you possibly suggest that the soldiers are deserving of the bombs, spiner attacks, etc.? Whether you agree you should be in Iraq or not, never suggest that...
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    News US congress approves interrogation techniques

    In a case such as Maher Arar, they suspected him of having terrorist connections. In such a case like that, I would most certainly not condone any actions of torture or harsh interregation. The times when torture would be justifiable, in my opinion, would be times when people are captured...
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    News US congress approves interrogation techniques

    With all the talk about torture, I have not seen a detail of the techniques in this bill. I've looked through the various news sources, commentators, etc., but all I see is rhetoric about torture and the war on terror. What types of interregation techniques are allowed? I doubt that it would be...
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    News Pressure on Pope to apologize to Muslims

    It is an interesting irony that some Muslims want to prove they aren't violent, so they burn down churches. Like the cartoons in the Denmark newspaper, I think that this subject shows a deeper problem, and that is the ability that certain people in the Middle East have to stir others into...
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    News The limits to freedom of speech

    The number of people listening has nothing to do with your freedom to say things. If you got into an auditorium filled with one hundred thousand people you are free to say the same things that you could say to one close friend. It makes no difference whatsoever: the only difference in numbers is...
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    Book report

    You had a far more stringent teacher then I did. My teacher seemed just to give us the simplest things to do, and didn't make us do any more then summaries.
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    Horizon of view

    Thanks Garth, that's great answer, I apreciate it!
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    Book report

    One of the best sci-fi books I've ever read is The Carpet Makers, and it'd be easy to write a report about it. As to writing them, when I had to do them they were all summaries of the book, usually at least four paragraphs long, followed by a simple conclusion. If you really want to write...
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    Horizon of view

    Let me preface this by saying that I know very little about astronomy, but this is a question that has been bugging me for quite a while. I've tried looking it up online and in books, but I can't find it directly addressed anwhere. My question is that if the universe began with a single...
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    Death Sentence Vs Life Imprisonment

    In responce to the original question and poll, I think there should be both the death penalty and life imprisonment. My position is based on two simple factors: deterance and abrigation. The first one is self-explanatory. I want people to be afraid of punishments. I want them to stop and...
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    Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    That's me! :wink: I read it, but I would be lying if I said that I enjoyed it.
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    Proving absolute morals exist

    Let me sum up my statement. I have never said I could prove absolute morals. I have lost count of how many times I've said that I could not. There is no wishful thinking, since I haven't tried to prove the existence of absolute morals. I can't, nor have I ever said I could. Right, we have that...
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    Why value life?

    In other words, there is only value if we make it so. But humanity doesn't think as a collective being. The "we" cannot think. The "I" thinks, and therefore life is only given value if every "I" believes it. But for those that don't, for those that have no value for life, are you saying that...
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    Proving absolute morals exist

    I never claimed that anything was to dreadful to contemplate, so please don't put words in my mouth. I speak pragmaticly, that for a coherent society to exist there have to be rules about right and wrong. As for the second statement, surely you know that a belief cannot be vilified by the...
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    Proving absolute morals exist

    Logically, this does not offer any proof of anything. Just because we can't agree on what they are, does not mean that they, being absolute morals, do not exist. You might contend this implies, but it offers no proof or evidance, and is therefore invalid as an argument. If morals are but a...
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    Proving absolute morals exist

    Yes, it should. The same thing happened with another thread about morals, and the same off topic result is now here. The purpose that this thread was made for is not being served by the present discussion.
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    Proving absolute morals exist

    How come? I would contest that absolute morals are possible, even if the world is rife with corruption and evil. The nature of morals has nothing to do with their practice in the world.
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    Stupid question (TOE)

    Coming from someone who knows nothing about advanced physics, what's a TOE and why would it be such a big deal?
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