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Everything posted by Astreja

  1. (Passes Midniterider a copy of Holst's First Suite in E Flat for Military Band and picks up her own clarinet) Let's rock!
  2. That kind of relay is fascinating in itself. What compels them to come this far north?
  3. Ah. Craniorectal impaction. Difficult condition to treat.
  4. Weezer, it's entirely possible that a lot of trolls do have psychiatric conditions. However, in the aggregate we are not mental health professionals and aren't in a position to provide help with any such conditions. All we can do is tailor our responses according to our perceptions, and get the mods involved if things escalate. Personally, I suspect that SV is having us on -- and that he's also the reincarnation of a user banned from Ex-C four or five years ago (although the user name doesn't spring to mind). There's something in the writing style that sounds oddly familiar to my ears.
  5. Generally when someone gets that particular icon, they're on borrowed time. Either they cross a line that brings out the banhammer, or they flounce out of here because they don't like the icon.
  6. Butterflies are the means by which caterpillars can transport themselves over great distances. This enables, for example, monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico but come to my garden in Manitoba in June and July to eat from milkweed plants. And the butterflies just have to live long enough to lay eggs. That's it. That's all.
  7. Science draws closer to the truth by admitting its mistakes and adopting new theories. Religion claims to already have the truth and refuses to admit its errors.
  8. Ah, but if SV actually thought about his beliefs he might start doubting them, and forfeit the eternal life that he never had in the first place.
  9. What purpose? I clearly said that there isn't a purpose. There is only an effect. (adds reading comprehension to the growing list of things SV needs to learn)
  10. Evolution has no predetermined "purpose" at all. It is an observation and explanation of something that happens naturally: If an organism has even a slight advantage over others in the same environment, it out-competes them for food, reproductive mates and other resources, and goes on to produce more offspring. This repeats with every generation: Slight advantages eventually dominate, because the organisms with that advantage have better survival prospects. And there is literally nothing you can do about this, other than put your fingers in your ears and yell "La la la la I don't hear you!"
  11. (looks around) Who said that?
  12. is trying to figure out (for the nth time) how meditation works.

    1. Edgarcito


      If you concentrate on one spot diligently with your eyes closed....before you know it, you wake up from

      a good nap.  Sleep helps everything. 

  13. Meaningless? No. Meaning is a personal value and is subjective, not objective. There is no one meaning to life; each is unique to an individual. And quite frankly, I can't conceive of anything more meaningless than being condemned to eternal existence (heaven, hell, insert mythology of choice) by a super-powerful being, rather than simply dying and staying dead.
  14. You're not capable of "helping" us in a way that we would actually want to be helped. Cut your losses and shake the dust off your sandals.
  15. So, SV, come back in a few million years with your preliminary results to demonstrate that the amino acids have indeed degenerated. We'll wait. In the meantime, I'm going to work out the probability that an eternal being more advanced than humans could spontaneously appear from nothingness, and create matter/energy without using {already existing} energy to work its magic. My physics is a bit rusty, but IIRC there are no papers reporting gods being created from quantum fluctuations, and it's rude to claim credit for inventing something that was already there (in this case, matter/energy).
  16. I think that free will is technically possible. For instance, there could be an element of chaos and uncertainty that only gets resolved into a specific path after a possibility is selected.
  17. Similarly, just because I helped moderate a domestic violence forum at one time, it doesn't mean I have training equivalent to a registered psychologist or social worker.
  18. Well, that's rather presumptuous of you. Do you have any evidence -- hard, testable scientifically rigorous evidence -- that this "devil" even exists? I say again: I have no religious faith. I cannot, and will not "give it a shot."
  19. I work in healthcare in a behind-the-scenes capacity (no contact with patients) and am still going to the office. Got fed up with the bus schedules being cut back, so for the past couple of weeks I've been walking to work and back again. My usual after-work activities have all been disrupted. No band rehearsals, no in-person astronomy gatherings or clarinet lessons or writer's group -- but we've managed to set up Zoom or Discord meetings to keep everyone in touch. (Alas, there isn't enough Internet speed or bandwidth to allow for virtual band practice. The lag time for forty people playing simultaneously would just result in cacophony.) Spending a lot less money because most stores are closed and restaurants are all take-out/delivery rather than eat-in. I do miss not being able to hang out in coffee shops, though.
  20. Be careful what you ask for, Edgarcito. (imagines the troll in the exact same straits as she experienced twenty years ago)
  21. I mean it in a literal sense -- I am neurologically and psychologically unable to suspend disbelief in order to see gods as real beings. (It doesn't matter which god, either.) I can't love them, hate them or otherwise care about them in any way. If I try to talk to them, it is indistinguishable from my imagination in all respects. I cannot profess faith in something when my own brain is muttering "Yeah, right..." under its breath. My amount of religious faith is zero, and has been this way for as long as I can remember. I also can't have any relationship with "the father," as it simply isn't real to me. It doesn't matter what is "required" of me. It isn't going to happen, and I have no good reason to try to make it happen.
  22. Neither does it mean that it *is* true. There is no credible evidence for life after death, nor is there any evidence for heaven or hell. From my point of view, it's all delusion and psychological manipulation that has been foisted upon society for thousands of years, and can simply be ignored. I live in Canada. We abolished the death penalty decades ago. There is nothing whatsoever that justifies a god reviving someone in order to kill them again. That is obscene.
  23. The vow was broken long before I made my move -- adultery, financial abuse, verbal abuse. Kindly refrain from judging people when you don't know the first fucking thing about their personal experiences.
  24. Oh, I assure you that I am familiar with the notion of faith. I'm just not able to feel it in a religious sense. I see those stories as fictional, not historical. Encountering a god-like being in the real world, not in events or thoughts or stories but the actual being itself. Anything else can be misconstrued, imagined, or faked.
  25. No, the concept of hell is definitely worse. Once we're dead, brain science strongly suggests that we simply don't experience any of the things happening to our bodies. In order for us to experience hell, your god would have to deliberately reconstruct the neural networks that existed in our physical bodies and that died with us. That is utterly inexcusable -- reviving someone specifically to torture them.
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