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Comment: The Great Porn Experiment (Score 1) 211

by jtw78 (#47148779) Attached to: Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region
This TEDx talk discusses other issues with porn use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... Among them are depression and erectile dysfunction. One thing of note is that they differentiate between Internet porn and things like Playboy for the rapidity with which users can access new stimuli. Internet porn tends to have greater negative impact due to the rapid-fire movement between new stimuli that isn't sustainable in flesh-and-blood relationships.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

by jtw78 (#46698833) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
My best thought on the conundrum of God creating Adam and Eve to fail is this: God can do anything at all (if we suppose that God exists and created the world). So that begs the question of why would God create people? We cannot do anything for God that he could not do himself other than engage in a voluntary relationship. The only thing an omnipotent God could not do would be to coerce such a relationship and have it continue to be voluntary. If we hold that to be true, then the problem of sin is due to God wanting to have a relationship with humanity and being unwilling to take volition away from people. The tree in the garden existed, in part, so that humanity could have a choice. I also think the tree was given so that humanity would eventually know good and evil (i.e. God wants us to know stuff, not be stupid). But the prohibition against eating from the tree was a temporal one (i.e. don't eat this yet, you're not quite ready). That's my $0.02 (and my $50,000 in student loans) talking.

Comment: The key issue for me is integrity (Score 1) 409

by jtw78 (#41876337) Attached to: Ralph Nader Moderates One Last 3rd-Party Debate for 2012
I voted (by mail in Oregon) for Johnson (LIB). Though there are some things he's for that I don't agree with, he's consistent with his beliefs and actions. I can't say the same for either Romney or Obama. I can't, in good conscience, vote for someone who lies, goes back on their word, and doesn't feel like it's a big deal. I realize that I'm basically saying I don't want to participate in the American political system since so many of the politicians are without integrity. I'm not quite ready to give up on the whole thing, but it's getting close.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928