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I was told that: 1. You don’t do back ups at the Apple Store, and my data would be lost if you fixed my hardware that was defective — in that it would lose my data. I was advised to buy a hard drive at my own expense and back up my data myself at the store. The ludicrous excuse was that it’s for “data protection”. I guess you never heard of waivers. 2. It would take 14 days to replace a simple hard drive at a Apple store. It didn’t need to go anywhere, only upstairs. An operation that takes 15 minutes at most, since you don’t restore my data, takes your “geniuses” 14 days?
Is Apple grown worse after Job's demise?"
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Consider Christian charities that give without quid pro quo. There are Islamic charities that do similar work. There are Jewish and Buddhist and Hindu charities which similarly give help merely because helping others is good.
Consider non-religious charities that give without quid pro quo. They similarly give help merely because helping others is good.
If you are going to damn every religion because of fanatics, you can choose to damn every human endeavor, no matter how good, for those who would pervert it. You have no depth of perception, and in fact, are no better than the those who you would damn.
I do not damn Christianity because of pedophile priest. I damn it because of their active cover-up of such individuals. I do not damn Muslims because of the Taliban — on the other hand, I am not aware of an active interest in condemning such practices by a large part of Muslim authorities, and actually they seem at least tolerated, and in some Muslims environment, supported if not sponsored.
Saying that religion is "bad" for humanity is an overall kind of argument, i.e. the bad is more than the good. If it were all bad, there would be no religions.
This world is here for a reason. You are here for a reason. You are not an accident. The implication: Your life has a point. There is something you, and no other, are meant to do. Find it, and live up to it.
Erm, it does not say that, not even by a long shot. The hypothesis that the universe has been created does not imply that it has a purpose. Also, if God created the universe who created God?
From this you deduce that we all have a fate or a point? Sorry, but I think you are deluded. It's called wishful thinking.
Could this simple message, only casually hidden, have helped people you've known in your life?
No, because delusions don't help them. The truth does.
As I side note: what do I think is the truth? I don't know, however — I think it's probably better not to assume that there is a predefined purpose unless there is some firm evidence of the contrary. I am quite happy thinking and defining my own purpose. It's called philosophy.
I have never ever met an atheist that stated that they didn't believe in god as an act of faith. I am not sure what atheists you have met, but this sounds more like a theist's crap straw man rendition of an atheist than the real life people i know.
You are totally off track. I use Santa because I feel exactly the same way with God -- a childish, superstitious belief.
Mock? I used the proper "great" ablative!
Well that's the definition of the Catholic church...
God - "the inexpressible, the incomprehensible, the invisible, the ungraspable"
I did not say that people made that call and were right... Just that they made the call.
Uhm, that is called an assumption based on evidence, but if you want to call it faith...
Fantastic, then I am ignostic too! Thanks for the nice article.
For clarity of speech I call myself atheist...
- Although it's totally true that god is meaningless etc... I think that people have a generic "god idea" related to their religion. In that context I am atheist. I don't believe in the old dude with the beard.
- A meaningless, non falsifiable concept can simply be defined to be false, until properly defined (see Russell, for example). In this context I could call myself atheist too.
There is no proof that Extraterrestrials do not exist -- does this make them believable? Clearly not
If by this you mean UFOs, then they are not believeable. If by this you mean life outside of our planet, then there is no definite proof but good hints (like the fact that we are alive)...
I totally agree with you... but faith is NOT rational. Faith is believing IN SPITE OF rationality. I do not have a Faith, therefore I am an atheist. Also, do you really think that an agnostic thinks that the answer is 50/50? I guess that is not true for the vast majority of people.
The truth is that nobody knows whether god exists. That said, the atheists think it's hogwash.
"Who knows, maybe the Law of Conservation of Mass Energy will be disproven in the future. In the meanwhile let's give the perpetual motion lunatics the benefit of doubt..."
That doesn't work: s/God/Santa/
1) An agnostic does not state that Santa exists.
2) An agnostic also does not state that Santa does not exist.
Therefore: An agnostic does not "believe" either position.
Remark: we all know that Santa doesn't exist, even if it cannot be disproven. (sorry if it's a spoiler!)
Yep you are right.