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Comment: Grassroots currencies still need rules. (Score 1) 537

by fieldstone (#45549925) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes
A while ago, a friend of mine came up with his own currency called Aeoni. The original version was the best: One Aeon was equal to one hour of whatever kind of work you like to do. You could trade them with friends as a formalized barter system, on a one for one basis, which avoids the legality problems that supply and demand can create. Later on, he decided that people could charge however many Aeoni they wanted per hour, and that was when the system fell apart.

Comment: They listened. (Score 1) 249

by fieldstone (#45398113) Attached to: Netflix, Youtube Surpass 50% Mark of Internet Traffic
We said we wanted digital distribution. Granted, a lot of us said it by using illegal digital distribution, but now there are legal options to rent nearly any popular movie online and I think it's great. But I doubt that Bittorrent or services like it will ever go away unless obscure films become available for streaming as well. Netflix has some, but with older and weirder cinema there are a lot of holes.

Comment: Re: Sin and Jesus (Score 1) 1293

by fieldstone (#44909109) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
The problem here is that you've in essence created a straw man argument. You're saying, "All Christians must believe X" and then asserting that Christianity is a problem because X is false. In reality, a great many liberal Christians do in fact believe in evolution and that's perfectly as it should be. You do not get to dictate what other people are allowed to believe.

Comment: Re: Sin and Jesus (Score 1) 1293

by fieldstone (#44908271) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
That statistic is terrifying, but I would want to see their methodology before assuming it's correct. Nice of you to tell me what I have to believe, but the concept of original sin is entirely absent from the Jewish reading of the garden of Eden story. It is a Christian concept developed later to convince people they "need" Jesus. More importantly, the bible isn't one book or even two... it's 66 booksfif you're looking at a Christian bible or 39 with a Jewish bible. Most of the books have different authors and come from different time periods, so to speak of it as one book is ludicrous. Some of the authors were pro war and others were not; some were misogynistic and others were not. Some of the prophets openly disagree with each other, and there are plenty of other internal contradictions as well, especially if you're ignoring historical context. Yes, the book is violent and sanctions many things we think of as immoral today. However, it also forbids human sacrifice, which was a common practice in ancient times. That makes it revolutionary if you're reading it in context. And it contains plenty of commandments that are just a good idea - treating others with kindness, not lying about people, not stealing or murdering. Our society gets its mores against these things from the Bible. So to say it's worthless is completely missing the point. It contains things that no longer apply to modern life, and also things that do. I find it really interesting that your article doesn't mention interviewing any Jews. From my perspective, the way Christians (and atheists only familiar with Christian doctrine) look at the Bible makes no sense. For someone who sends to be an atheist, you show remarkably little inclination to apply critical thinking to religion. It seems you prefer to resort to generalizations about things you don't know very much about. I'm sorry if you're prejudiced against all religious people because you don't like Christian doctrine, but let me set the record straight on something. You didn't have the right to tell anyone what they should believe it how they should read the bible. Neither does a rabbi. No more than I get to tell you what scientific theories you should prefer. There is more than just one way to interpret scripture, and ultimately as many different ones as there are people willing to engage the text and analyze it for historical, cultural, mystical, religious, psychological or act other level if meaning. It is by no means perfect, but neither is it worthlesss or evil like you so ignorantly suggest. It is a collection of many books, all written by fallible humans who were trying to express what they thought was right. It's also a work of literature that forms one of the most basic foundations of western culture. have you even read it all?

Comment: Re:Sin and Jesus (Score 1) 1293

by fieldstone (#44904339) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
Only if you believe the bible is literally true. Which most believers do not. The bible can still be a holy document with important lessons if it's "only" a myth and not literal history. Which anyone with the most basic critical thinking skills can see that it is, whether they're religious or not.

Comment: Re:Faith is Fragile? (Score 1) 1293

by fieldstone (#44904231) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
Faith is only fragile if your faith is founded on a five-year-old's understanding of what the bible says. In other words, if you're a literalist (i.e., a fundamentalist). Biblical literalism is a relatively new phenomenon, appearing mainly in America in the last 100 years. Because most Americans are bloody fools. (I'm an American myself, just always been partial to the Britishisms.)

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