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  1. Love me enough to allow me freedom and in return I'll grant you yours In this fine way we may grow together Our talk will be music, not chores
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  2. I read a really great quote from the German neurophilosopher Thomas Metzinger: "One way---out of countless others---to look at biological evolution on our planet is as a process that has created an expanding ocean of suffering and confusion where there previously was none. As not only the simple number of individual conscious subjects, but also the dimensionality of their phenomenal state-spaces is continuously increasing, this ocean is also deepening." The thrust of the quote is that as evolution produces life in ever increasing numbers and varieties, it also produces ever increasing suffering individuals and new forms and colors of suffering. Of course, an optimist could easily reply that evolution also produces new and varied forms of pleasure, but I suppose I would see it the same was as I've argued for the antinatalist position: A dimension of pleasure never experienced isn't a loss, as no one would know what they are missing, but every real experience of pain is an experience that it would have been actually better never to have experienced. If the universe had never evolved life, nothing would have been missed, but the real evolution of life has resulted in much suffering that it would have been better to do without. I know that next to no one will agree with me, but it certainly does tingle the brain a bit to try and imagine evolution as a bad thing.....such a different take. Very interesting.
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  3. I will never get tired of posting this:
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  4. I recommend withholding sex until he stops believing in God.
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  5. It would be hilarious if the atheists got taken up because they figured out the BS and refused to buy into the nonsense. I'd love to sit in a pew the following Sunday and witness the reaction to that one.
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  6. Now your talking! Now that your thinking clearly, figure out what's the next best step! Dance to the music! Saner
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  7. I have not read through the thread, so my sentiments were probably already stated by someone else. I did my sociology paper on religious fundamentalism and education, and as part of that subject I briefly covered homeschooling. Yes, in compitent hands a child can do very well in homeschool but it is the fact that it is so underregulated that presents the most worrisome problem. New York has the most strict laws regarding homeschooling (treating it like any other public or private school) but there are other states that have nearly no laws concerning the education of a child; meaning, a child can be homeschooled and not learn shit. Here is the segment of the paper that I dedicated to homeschooling:
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  8. Honestly i think it's more like it has power in bolstering your confidence or making you focus on the thing you are thinking about. That is, we all have 'filters' for our life experiences. We have a bunch of sensory information which we subconsciously sift through. For example you learn something new, like a word, all of a sudden you hear about it everywhere. It's not necessarily that it hasn't been there, only that you are now 'attuned' to it. I also believe in self fulfilling prophecy. If you believe or don't believe something will happen or you'll be able to do something, then that will effect the way you act and make you gravitate towards fulfilling your own predictions or concerns. Like you subconsciously guide yourself in the direction your thoughts are heading/predicting. I do believe in the power of the mind, such as when a women really believe she's pregnant and so she exhibits all the symptoms. Also like the placebo effect, if you believe something will happen as a result of you doing something or taking something (like a pill) it is more likely to happen because of self-fulfilling prophecy. As far as attracting those that are like minded, i think it's likely, not because of the power of the energy of your thoughts, but because you are more likely to do things or participate in activities that will have people that have the same kinds of interests and ways of thinking. Like if you take a chemistry class, you are likely to find people who think about things in a more scientific fashion. Much like prayer, if you focus on it, you will notice things more, like an acquisition of more money. Our brains are very selective in their attention, we focus on things, and don't notice others. This is a good example (sorry if i misunderstood your post)
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