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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:read some actual philosophy (885 comments)

From the NPR article:

Noe received his PhD from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley,
where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media.
He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has recently begun a
performative-lecture collaboration with Deborah Hay.
Noà is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Which illustrates the pathetic state of academic philosophy.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:atheism has nothing to do with science (885 comments)

You can be religious and an atheist: there are many atheistic religions.

Religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

That is exactly what atheism isn't.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Poor understanding (885 comments)

Atheism is a belief that there are no supernatural deities.

Wrong!
Atheism isn't a belief at all. Atheism is the acceptance that these is no evidence that any supernatural deity exists.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (885 comments)

If you tell me something that's true, but you can't be bothered to try persuading me of it, shall I flatly refuse to believe it?

Yes, but not believing that the assertion is true, does not mean that you believe it to be false.
It just means that, for the moment, you must reserve judgement.

Regardless of the idea's underlying merit?

Who says the idea has any underlying merit? And why?

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Fallacy (885 comments)

it's just a common thing philosophers do when they like being right.

FTFY.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (885 comments)

I meet so many people claiming to be atheist who say god doesn't exist and then attempt to impress that belief onto you by citing where they think science proves religion unnecessary because they found natural ways to understand nature without the need of a creator or God.

FTFY
Once again, there has never been a more apt username than yours.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:illogical captain (885 comments)

You have to ignore a ton of evidence about what you cannot explain, to actively deny that there is a God.

Only if you define "evidence" as "anything that makes me feel that I am right".

2 days ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

RespekMyAthorati Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

Nonsense. Entropy affects the physical properties of everything in the universe.

In a closed system, entropy will always rise, while in an open system, entropy may rise or it may fall.
Which is the case is determined by the net flow of energy into or out of a system. If the net flow of energy is out of a system (i.e. "cooling") then its overall entropy will go down.
On the other hand, if the net flow of energy is into a system (i.e. "warming") then its overall entropy will go up over time.

That being the case, the example of the sun bombarding the earth with radiant energy will cause the entropy of the sun
to go down over time, while the entropy of the earth and everything on it to go up.
How life manages to overcome this tendency is one of the most fascinating problems in science,
one where information theory / complexity theory may offer important insights.

about a week ago
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Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

RespekMyAthorati Re:Decline Effect (74 comments)

Except you can't "prove" a fantasy.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

RespekMyAthorati Re:COBOL (381 comments)

You repeatedly misspelled "steel" as "steal".

about a week ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

RespekMyAthorati Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (485 comments)

Fine. The very latest technology-laden freighters are a lot better. That only leaves the 10's of thousands of older ships that are indeed producing a large share of the world's air pollution.

about a week ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

RespekMyAthorati Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (485 comments)

or unless the US wants to ban gross-polluting ships from its waters and ports

And that is exactly what needs to be done.

about a week ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

RespekMyAthorati Re:Agree 100% (253 comments)

This article is foolish. I could write the same diatribe for any object under warranty.

What do you expect from that halfwit blowhard Haselton?

about two weeks ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

RespekMyAthorati Re:Why Bennett is more annoying than he has to be. (291 comments)

Because Rob "Samzenpus" Rozeboom gets a boner whenever this douchebag idiot opens his mouth.
Nothing Haselton says ever makes any sense except to say
"I'm an asshole, and you have to listen to my rants because /. moderators want to suck my cock".

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

RespekMyAthorati Re:Who are these idiot futurists? (564 comments)

we'd need a massive conspiracy of megalomaniac genius experts in artifcial intelligence who intentionally develop malware to infect military robots that go around shooting people

That's right.
And that mysterious organization would have a James Bond-like name, say "Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency".

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

RespekMyAthorati Re:Transcendence (564 comments)

Exactly.
We will have killer robots because most robot research is funded by the military: hence the "D" of DARPA.
A bunch of killer robots is exactly what they want.

Of course, after they kill all the enemies, they will just lay down their arms and serve us. Wouldn't they?

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

RespekMyAthorati Re:AHHHHHH!!!!! (564 comments)

I shall run screaming from the oncoming robot overlord killing machines! Ahhhh! Ahhhhh! - Gahhk!

Well then, you clearly need Old Glory Insurance.

about 2 months ago

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