Was there a way to measure the mass of a black hole or the level of gamma radiation released from it in 1589? Did black holes exist in 1589?
(1) Simply because science has no definitive means to describe a particular phenomenon does not disprove the whole of science, or any particular theory or hypothesis, nor represent evidence for a deity or set of deities. Nor does it mean science will forever not have a way to.
Never said it did. Anywhere. I love science.
(2) The older couple passing out DVDs are not trying to tell you what legally consenting adult you can or can't fuck, or that you should remain indoors on a particular day, or that you should devote any amount of time to praying in a particular direction every day, or whether or not you can eat meat on a particular day, or that the members of the other gender are less than you, etc. What they might push is a stay in school mentality. The horror.
So, you're equivocating relatively recent rules espoused by a man-made institution with some sort of evidence of the non-existence of the supernatural?
(3) Of course there are bad apples among atheists as with any group, but no soldier has ever killed a man, woman or child in the name of atheism. Aside from greed, God is the only other cause of war.
The title of my post is "hate comes in many forms", not "hate comes in identical forms."
(4) For all the intellectualism you would no doubt like ascribed to your post, from the undeserved rating to the overt "I'm above even he" mentality, you are owed none of it. For one thing, the nonsensical "atheists are just as bad" view you've adopted / espouse is the common neckbeard position on forums and imageboards the world over. For another, whoever originally came up with the view was clearly not aware of Dawkins' actual views or work. He freely admits his errors. He freely points to where science has gotten things wrong.
I start out by saying "I have no qualms against atheists nor people who believe in the supernatural. I do have an issue with those in these groups..." and end by saying "ignoring the veracity of the content of Dawkin's beliefs, simply recognize Dawkin's actions." I don't see where I ascribed all atheists as having a negative message, just Dawkins and his followers. That was the point. The irony that Richard Dawkins and his followers have the same negative message as the people he is so against.
Have a lovely day.
No intellectual touché or overt "I'm above even he" to be taken from that, is there?
The flaw in this statement makes the assumption that, "I am now going to believe in this because somebody said this."
Many, previously non-religious people - atheists and agnostics alike - have had religious or supernatural experiences that they lack the ability to explain. Just because our language is inadequate or that people inadequately apply language to describe an experience doesn't mean the experience wasn't genuine.
I have no qualms against atheists nor people who believe in the supernatural. It doesn't bother me that either group of people exists. I do have an issue with those in these groups that ascribe to a system of hate and exclusion in order to identify the who's with them and who's against them. Ironically, the most extreme members of these particular types of folks so often fail to see they are what they hate. They operate in the same ways - they identify themselves as part of an enlightened, exclusive group that is superior to the other and engages in spreading that belief to others.
I was recently at our local high school football game and an older couple was passing out Richard Dawkins DVDs to the crowd. How is that any different than a holy roller passing out Bible tracts at a football game? How is Richard Dawkins going off on a barnstorming tour to save the world from religion different than Billy Graham going on a world tour to save the souls of the lost?
Science tells me that its understand of the laws of physics stops at a black hole's singularity? Does that mean I disbelieve the singularity exists because science has no way of describing the singularity? Superstring theory tells me that 10 dimensions of spacetime exist and bosonic string theory 26. Is it then possible that, if true, we can't (yet? ever?) comprehend events or life that takes place beyond our 3 dimensions of existence or that events from these dimensions can affect the reality of ours? Why is it when we speak of entangled quantum particles separated by billions of miles affecting each other instantaneously as a valid theory yet the very real experiences a significant amount of humanity have had and can only explain that it was God (does it matter that they call that experience Buddha, Jesus, Marduk, or Zeus?) as ignorant ramblings? That is, why exactly hasn't religion gone away after all this time?
I guess all I'm saying is, ignoring the veracity of the content of Dawkin's beliefs, simply recognize Dawkin's actions for what it is: I'm better than those folks over there and if you're smart you'd join my side and liberate yourself from your current misguided life. Personally, I choose to keep a more open mind to possible explanations of reality than Dawkins and (insert religious fundamentalist figurehead here) choose to.
...up until that point in which it becomes advantageous to do evil.
Granted, there is a great wealth of information in Wikipedia. However, due to the Wikipedia requirements, many pages are being removed, deleted and censored. Most recently, JAMWiki was removed because "there are sources but these are not good enough, may be affiliated with the subject and do not cover this software in depth".
Wait, couldn't that be said for a lot of FOSS projects?
My favorite line in the "negotiations" to keep the information free were:
Keep. "If you want to delete JAMWiki, why not delete Mediawiki?"
Another debated item was The International Society for Condensed Matter Nuclear Science. The statement was "Lack of substantial coverage in reliable independent secondary sources." I guess that award to Professor Yoshiaki Arata from the Emperor of Japan just didn't cut it!
Other incidents of censorship were also noted by users' posts deleted by editors. With a history of vandalism, censorship, scandals such as EssJay and editors accused of being paid for editing, maybe it is time to just Fork it.
Let's keep information free."
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Mod up. Parent is spot-on.
I have an Xbox and my kids have an Xbox. I have to go through great pains to be able to get both of us to play DLC. The Steam DRM scheme would be quite welcome in our scenario. No DRM would be most welcome but that goes without saying. Sure, they would need to play on the same account so things like achievements would be meaningless but...meh, who cares.
Regarding always-on DRM, we have access to a vacation cabin in the mountains and the boys like to play Xbox at night after a day of fishing and hiking. So, the new scheme would make an Xbox a brick in that location? No thanks. I'm already soured that I can't relax playing my copy of Diablo III there.
This is why I won't be buying a next-gen console. The current DRM scheme has me at my limits. Adding more and you will lose a customer. I've spent thousands of dollars over the life of the 360. Now you will get $0 from me. Will your always-on DRM recoup that loss? Maybe. Seems awfully risky though.
It looks like Microsoft is taking a page from Apple and emphasizing design now - along with the warts that go with it. I've never used the wedge mouse but instinct tells me that using one will invoke carpal tunnel induced rage like Apple's Bondi iMac puck mouse and clit-scroll Mighty Mouse.
Well, Rush did claim that Bane, the main villain who has been a Batman character in the comics for at least a decade or more, was propaganda against Mitt Romney because Romney's venture capital firm is named Bain.
So, lets get back to the theory that some right-wing nutjobs that have undue influence over stupid people.
Forgot to mention, you can contact the local Public Utilities Commission and they made be able to help too.
Identify the public lands you're interested in and then go to the county government offices (recorder probably) and research easements on those properties. Many counties are starting to put that information up online. Not sure if easements on public lands would show up on tax maps but that would be a place to look as well.
Nope this is just another case of something the government is damned good at, and that is the appearance of doing SOMETHING even if that something actually is as useless as moving a rock from the left side of a field only to move it back to the right the next day.
Actually that would be good for some exercise. What the FBI is doing here seems like it would be better left not done.
I'm not sure where the constitution, bill of rights or anything else mentions tweeting. Care to enlighten us?
I believe the first amendment covers that.