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Comment: You have to get your facts right... (Score 1) 755

by pikine (#48705325) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Galileo ridiculed the Pope, so he was put under house arrest until his death. The church actually funded Copernicus' research as a clerk; his work lead to calendar reform. Many prominent figures of the Science Revolution received education and conducted research in an academic institution with church roots; some of the figures were theologians themselves. The Christian missionaries translated the Bible to many languages, many of which are the only written form of a minority language or regional dialect that would have been extinct as an oral language.

You're right about anti-semitism. It is not the attitude that Christians should have towards Jews, for it is written:

17If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. (Romans 11:17-21)

You're also right about birth control. It's God's blessing to "be fruitful and multiply." (Genesus 1:28, 9:7)

Comment: Layperson makes false assertions about God. (Score 2) 755

by pikine (#48704963) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Here's your problem. God never said that "without faith I am nothing." In fact, even in a world where nobody will praise his glory, "the stones will cry out." (Luke 19:40). God also never said that "I refuse to prove that exist" either:

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c] (Acts 17:24-28)

Your problem is that you don't understand how logic works. You can follow all the modus ponens; that's purely mechanical and nothing intelligent about it. What you need to be careful is which axioms you introduce to your reasoning. If you introduce a false axiom, your logic becomes inconsistent, and it allows you to prove falsehood.

Comment: Atlantic Standard Time (Score 1) 613

by pikine (#48289739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

For a saner alternative to Eastern Daylight Time, I use Atlantic Standard Time. AST is the same as EDT year around, and many countries (e.g. Dominican Republic) don't observe Atlantic Daylight Time.


Although I use AST at home, my schedule is still heavily influenced by everyone else outside. Go figure.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 553

by pikine (#48231269) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

It's not my job to bear your yoke. Jesus the Son of God did it. However, it's my job to tell you that He did it, so you may put down your yoke now and give it to Him. You think that your suffering is real, and God is imaginary. Have you considered the possibility that you got it backwards? That maybe your imaginary suffering is blinding you from seeing God who is real?

Anyway, I don't intend this discussion to drag on forever. I'm sure you're tired of my idiotic rants.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 553

by pikine (#48229935) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Friend, I can tell you are in a lot of grief, but you can't possibly harm God by putting a bullet through His head. You can shoot at the sky, but it's only His footstool. However, I want to make sure you're not going out of your mind to harm the good people who do good work in God's name. I'm slightly worried because you're not very articulate in what charges you are accusing God for, and you might mistakenly apply vigilante to innocent people thinking that you could harm God this way. You just end up harming a lot of good people.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 553

by pikine (#48228863) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

First of all, you're not smitten yet. And God didn't just say "fuck this guy." Instead, as I was reading this thread while leisurely crapping on the toilet Saturday morning, He told me to finish my business early and sent me to write a friendly post to you.

As a critical thinker, I'm sure you'll agree that assumptions can be wrong, but assumptions aren't limited to simple statements. An "X implies Y" kind of statement can also be an assumption that needs to be examined closely. In your case, "If you made me in your image, then you made me capable of understanding your reasons" is unfortunately a faulty assumption.

Being made in God's image means that you do enjoy certain birth rights, such as if someone kills you, God will punish them. Nobody has the right to kill others who are made in his image, for He says "vengeance is mine, I will repay." God also commands us to "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" and "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" exactly because people are made in God's image regardless of their status or wealth. If you love people, you love God. (It is true there are Christians who don't understand this. If you know anyone like that, please tell them what I just said.)

Being made in God's image doesn't mean you acquire the ability to think like God. In Genesis, Eve and Adam ate the fruit from the tree of "knowledge of good and evil" which gave them the knowledge but not the ability to cope with them. That's why the mankind ancestor fell.

If anything, I wish that you will come humbly to God and pray that he will grant you the critical thinking ability. It is exactly critical thinking that brought me to Him.

Comment: Helvetica is the type face for tomorrow? (Score 1) 370

by pikine (#48181759) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday
The fine article is right about Mac OS X Yosemite being hit by an ugly stick, but he's dead wrong arguing that Helvetica is the type face of choice designed for tomorrow's high resolution display. Helvetica was the default system font of Windows 3.0. That's how far the Mac OS X look and feel has regressed before a time when designers developed an aesthetic sense from lessons in calligraphy.

Comment: Re:Big Bang is RELIGION (Score 1) 109

by pikine (#47687349) Attached to: Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

It's kind of useless arguing with me since I shouldn't be putting words in the mouth of Ethan Siegel, and arguing on whether it is appropriate to call dark matter tiny really has no bearing on what I'm telling you about God and the Universe. But just in case you find it a pleasure to discuss these fine points with me, the very notion of mass distributed over volume involves statistics, and as you know, you can make statistics tell any story.

Consider this figure that I just randomly found so I don't have to draw one myself. You can see that the two clouds of green dots span about the same space. But the cloud on the right is more concentrated than the cloud on the left. You can imagine a third figure where there are several clumps of dots and still has the same overall space and density. Do you count the space between the dots as occupancy? Do you impose some form of density threshold to eliminate spaces that are simply too sparse? Not to mention that an atom consisting of a dense nucleus and a cloud of electrons is really more than 99.999% of space.

I'm not saying your Wikipedia references are wrong; they want to paint a picture illustrating the pervasiveness of dark matter, but Ethan Siegel is also entitled to say the amount is tiny. Tininess is really in the eyes of the beholder.

Comment: Re:Big Bang is RELIGION (Score 1) 109

by pikine (#47684569) Attached to: Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole
Sure, in an imaginary world where the graceful and faithful elephant works freakishly hard to make the ants live happy lives even though the ants are so tiny to imagine what this great elephant looks like or means to them. The ants who hate the elephant drown themselves in puddles of water, and we the outsider look at these drowning ants in this imaginary world and think "these ungratefully stupid ants deserve to be eliminated by natural selection." And the elephant looks at us and say "if we can save one more ant from drowning, then why don't we?"

Comment: Re:Big Bang is RELIGION (Score 0) 109

by pikine (#47684441) Attached to: Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

From TFA, "As it turns out, we live almost in the Goldilocks case, with just a tiny bit of dark energy thrown in the mix ... What’s remarkable is that the amount of fine-tuning that needed to occur so that the Universe’s expansion rate and matter-and-energy density matched so well so that we didn’t either recollapse immediately or fail to form."

Even if not religion in disguise, you can call it religion in searching at least. From Acts 17:27, "God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us."

Comment: This AC fails the Turing test (Score 1) 502

This AC shows the strangest lack of reading comprehension ever. I made no statements about tangibility of audio quality difference between semi-pro and pro equipments. I also made no claims comparing on-board audio and semi-pro gear. Chat bots are known to be able to spew out sentences that make sense on their own, but their responses do not show any comprehension of the context. Is Slashdot infested by chat bots these days?

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