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  1. I just recounted this on our podcast, but I wanted to tell it here. My college roommate and I had just left a women-only Bible study and were walking back to our dorm. All the girls at the Bible study were talking about how they want to get closer to God...so they will be ready to meet their future husbands. In evangelical terms, the saying about you have to work on yourself before you are ready for a relationship is painted over with cherry-picked Bible lingo. I actually was upset on my walk back to the dorm. I was getting fed up with everything having to do with guys,
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  2. Thank-you all for your support, you have helped me to stay strong for my kids. I still haven’t filed a police report, I will be keeping that up my sleeve until the inevitable custody battle and division of assets. I have a lawyer, psychologist and lots of support from friends. I no longer consider my husband a threat physically, he is very apologetic and has agreed to an 18 week anger management course. In the meantime I am not letting him see our son. My son doesn’t want to see him either. He has high-functioning autism and is seeing a psychologist to help him deal with the trauma
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  3. The point in the wiki entry about black swans is just a point about logical induction in general, and also of abduction (inference to the best explanation). Inductive conclusions do not have the same logical force of necessity that deductive proofs (e.g. in math). This is an inescapable fact of epistemology that one just has to accept. Theories are not facts in some simple sense. But, it may be helpful to think in terms of probability. The better tested a theory is, that is the more opportunities there have been for empirical falsification, and the wider the range of phenomena for
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  4. Here's what it comes down to. And that the believer doesn't try to put their beliefs onto other people. I think what most atheists object to is proselytizing. And, unfortunately, this sometimes goes beyond just persuasion to forcing a religion onto others through extreme social pressure or even legislation. We see that happening here in America regularly.
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  5. The reason for the paragraphs is to point out that you're probably asking the wrong question to begin with Like I said, the labeling has more to do with the use of scientific methods than anything else. It would still be called a theory if it were proven false. It would just no longer be used in the same way. For example, you could refer to the idea of the "aether" as a scientific theory, it's just one that's been disproven.
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  6. God needed 10 and you did it with one. Brilliance. Shear, unadulterated brilliance!
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  7. Not bullshit at all. You treating me respectfully and kindly is much more likely to result in me reciprocating that behaviour. However if you are an arsehole to me, depending what context and how arseholey you are I will go out of my way to 'get even'. Simple human nature. A simple bit of personal experience should help demonstrate the concept. My neighbour and I recently had a.... misunderstanding. That's being kind, the neighbour was being a jerk. Looking at my text I thought shall I rain down on this moron or shall I handle this responsibly and see if I can talk sens
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  8. That is precisely the problem. Sex feels good, it’s pleasurable. Anything that feels good and gives pleasure must be sinful. I thought everyone knew that. The sight of a beautiful naked woman incites a man to lust for her. Therefore, beautiful naked woman are sinful. That implies the human body is sinful and thus sex is sinful. A basic truth of life. If it’s fun then it’s sinful or illegal and probably both. Religion is all about being miserable and feeling guilty all of the time.
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  9. The definition of a scientific theory varies somewhat by discipline, but there are definite commonalities. The essence, I think, is that a scientific theory must meet three criteria: it must be descriptive, predictive, and falsifiable. That is to say, a scientific theory must accurately describe our observations about some aspect of the universe, it must make definite predictions about what we should observe under certain conditions, and it must able to be shown to be false, at least in principle. Usually, the falsifiability follows from the predictions; if the predictions turn out to be false
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  10. All good. I guess I get peeved off because I get statements like yours from Christians who are not having fun. They really mean it. Then I have to explain it. Then they say scientists just want to destroy God.... and yeah. So when I come here I like to have a decent discussion. Possibly BO's interactions in the science forum has also made me inclined to get peeved easily.
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  11. Another thing I like to think about, regarding knowledge in general: One of the classical definitions of knowledge is "justified, true belief". That is, we can say we "know that P" if and only if we believe that P, we are justified to believe that P, and P is true. There are some interesting issues with that definition (cf. Gettier problems), but I think that really all of epistemology boils down to just that one element: justification. Putting aside technical terminology for a second, what makes science valuable as an approach to knowledge is just the effort to justif
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  12. I concur that you do not have to explain why "some" prayers go unanswered. But, you do have to explain why all valid scientific statistical studies of the impact of prayer, outside of the placebo effect, show zero correlation between prayer and desired prayer outcomes before you can rationally claim prayer, and not some effective ramdomness, caused some positive result.
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  13. Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Silver Rule: Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. Brazen (Brass) Rule: Do unto others as they do unto you. Iron Rule: Do unto others as you like, before they do it unto you. Nepotism Rule: Give precedence in all things to close relatives, and do as you like to others. Tin Rule: Suck up to those above you, and abuse those below. Tit-for-Tat Rule: Cooperate with others first, then do unto them as they do unto you. - C
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  14. That's right. Maybe I want to be bitchslapped while wearing a latex suit and a ball gag. (Not that I've really thought about it much)
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  15. I'm sure you can. It's the landing that would be the hard part.
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  16. Whatever works for you is the important thing. I think if you're going to have a belief in God it really needs to be on your own terms, not someone elses. And not from some bible.
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  17. Thank you, but I'm a bit confused. I was under the silly impression that the bunny was to watch over my virility. (for the record I have no children. What's up with that Doc? Just sayin'! )
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  18. You know, @midniterider, having a heater for Jehovah's Witnesses home invaders is not so off-putting. Mrs. MOHO on the other hand... "OH MY GOOOOOOOD! An atheist! Quick! Where's my street sweeper!
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  19. Yes, dear. I think you're right. We need guns. I'd like a .500 S&W magnum. Maybe a 12 Gauge. And a 9mm for a backup. Who needs to fight Satan off more than an atheist? You could end up with some nice toys out this.
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  20. One of the busybodies in my old church was one of those people who liked to whip up the fear of Satan with the church members. One day during the sermon the pastor reminded us all that Satan was just a fallen angel and not all powerful like Jesus. Jesus and Satan were not equals locked in a mighty battle for the fate of the world. Now I see the same bullshit by noob Christian friends on facebook talking about fighting against the Enemy... Of course it turns out that neither Jesus nor Satan do any speaking on the matter. Only people.
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  21. Wow (once again) LostinParis how quickly things have changed for you! Good for you with your quick recognition of a potentially dangerous situation and making the appropriate response. Sadly so many women here in the US are unable to recognize or tragically underestimate the threat that domestic violence poses. " From nonprofit Violence Policy Center (FBI reports): in 2016 there were 1,809 women killed by men and of those 962 were wives, ex-wives, or current domestic partners. On average almost 3 women in the US are killed every day by their male partner." I doubt that the situation is very mu
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  22. So glad you are out and hiding. In case you need this, or someone else reading this thread does, here is the contact info for the National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/help/ 1-800-799-7233 Calling from a secure phone is the best, or using a computer at a library. Remember that home computers can be checked for activity.
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  23. You did the right thing in leaving. Stay strong. And get the authorities involved if necessary. Mental health issues in particular can make people do utterly crazy things.
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  24. Sorry to hear this @LostinParis Have you called the police? That might be something to consider. Glad you've managed to get out of there.
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  25. That is simply terrifying, I'm so sorry you're in this situation. Again, I'm glad you're safe though.
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  26. It's kind of humorous to me, even when I was a believer how there is such fear surrounding the Satan character. Spoiler Alert!...according to their own story...he loses! I mean seriously, it clearly is a fear tactic to keep people in line. However, if they read their own book, they should know that the believer has the Holy Ghost within them once born-again, so they literally have the presence of God in them, so why the fuss over some loser with an inferiority complex?
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  27. It depends what he was yelling about, was he just venting frustration over the issue? Or was he yelling at you that you're going to hell, in a dominating way? I'm curious, because domination is all part of the patriarchy thing, ie "you're my wife, you should be listening to ME, because MY opinion matters." First off the bat, if yelling starts, I would wait until he's finished, calmly tell him you both need a time out and you should return to the discussion when you've both calmed down. But before you do that acknowledge each others frustration etc. Geez I'm starting to sound like a counse
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  28. Mrs. MOHO is reading two xtian study booklets designed to reinforce the fear of Satan. Yes, I've read them. The cover of the book, the Strategy of Satan by Warren Wiersbe, is dominated by the word SATAN with the second A an obvious copy of the generally recognized atheist symbol. There is an effort in the xtian community to link atheists with Satan and potentially cause them to fear atheists like they are to fear a mythical monster from generations ago. This could bode very badly for the aforementioned innocent party. Just bringing attention to this.
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