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Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 332

Have you seen any sign that the Roman Catholics don't believe in birth control? They may consider it a sin to practice it, but they believe in it as a fact.

You need to distinguish between what someone believes to be a fact and what they consider to be a moral or ethical good (or evil). The two can be nearly orthogonal. If the church didn't believe in birth control, they would probably be less active in arguing against it.

Thus, the Roman Catholic church not having the attitude towards the practice of birth control that you believe proper is not a sign that they have an unscientific disbelief in it. Until Ethics, Psychology, and Sociology become real sciences the church's current attitude is not unscientific. If they do, perhaps it will be able to adapt to them, also.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 332

IIUC, there was a group in Egypt that used that as an act of worship, so this is a decree against that group. Is this the reason? That's hard to determine. Certainly the early Exodusees were reported to be willing to follow Apis, the golden calf god. Most of the other gods were less strictly suppressed, and in fact the rule against having an image of the god is probably to allow various sects that worshiped different gods to merge their beliefs.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 332

Speaking as a statistician, that's not logic and certainly not statistics. It also doesn't fit elementary probability theory. You might be able to craft a plausible argument that had that as an element, but it would need to be encircled by rules of deduction that aren't validiateable. There's no valid rule of deduction that says "a lot of people believe this, therefore it's probably true". It's easy to come up with historical counter examples.

Comment Re:Well, that's a start. (Score 1) 85

Of your three cases, the officer in the first is facing criminal charges with up to 20 years in jail. Obviously the system works.

The second two were running around in public with realistic looking guns, and didn't quickly do what the officers ordered... Are you suggesting that people should be able to point fake guns at cops with no repercussions? Too many officers get killed on the job, already. Requiring psychic abilities in use of force decisions will make that number sky rocket.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 332

Having reread much of the series recently, I don't think it is truer than the Bible. You need to read them both as a certain metaphysical argument on which truth isn't even present. The problem with the Bible is that even as a metaphysical argument it's incoherent, much more so than the Dune series, even though in the Dune series the nature of the argument changes with each book.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 332

You overstate your case. They may have been "ignorant, desert-dwelling sheep herders 20 centuries ago", but they knew a lot of practical biology, some botany, some meteorology and climatology, a bit of hydrodynamics, and a small amount of hygenics. O, and some geology. They may not have been academics, but their life required a lot of applied science knowledge. They theories may have been a combination of unintelligible and ludicrous, but they had a lot of practical matters down cold.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score -1, Troll) 332

"Tuesday" is a religious issue for people like that. It doesn't help make your case. The fact remains that the Climate Change Alarmism has morphed into something with all the trappings of a zealous religious cult filled with people who would otherwise never ever let themselves be found inside a church, and it is hysterical to watch.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 0, Troll) 332

>> promote the notion that they are up against a global conspiracy of scientists.

No. The scientists are just the dupes, the pawns needed to lend credibility to the scheme. The global conspiracy consists of the powers that want to siphon off the wealth from 1st world nations and redistribute it elsewhere, while lining their own pockets during the shell game.

>>global warming denial is almost identical to that of evolution denial

You should not conflate the two in any way. A fraction of Evangelicals, who themselves are a tiny fraction of Christianity, believes in Evolution, while a huge -- and growing, weekly -- percentage of the overall population believes that "climate change" is not the immediate dire threat the Alarmists make it out to be.

>> rhetoric

Careful here. This whole thread arose from the clear and comical similarity between the angry threats, chastisements, indignation, etc. routinely expressed by the Alarmists and the fire-and-brimstone rhetoric of certain Baptist preachers. It's quite striking and humorous.

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 0) 250

Online Forum Pro-Tip: When you write "'Murrica," you betray your classist prejudice, weaken your argument, and reveal yourself as a hipster lightweight. Always remember that the little bits that gain you guffaws around the high school cafeteria with other members of the AV Club table don't always translate well to adult discussions with strangers .

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