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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

Triklyn Re:No. Just no. (191 comments)

gordon freeman approves.

44 minutes ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Triklyn Re:Haleluja ... (596 comments)

the time scales involved are staggering. and corruption would always be suspect.

I don't have that kind of time booboo.

yesterday
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Triklyn Re:Saw the debate (408 comments)

... so he was employed :)

yesterday
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Triklyn Re:Half Hope The Park Still Gets Built (408 comments)

throw some wicked rides, i'd definitely stop by. It would be interesting to see.

2 days ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Triklyn Re:Saw the debate (408 comments)

... I don't think the bar is set especially high for bill nye. I mean, he's not really an expert on anything.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

well, world creation is easy... you start out with a nearly uniform plane of existence filled with hydrogen. enough for a couple hundred billion galaxies worth of stuff. then set your universe on fast forward. voila. worlds and some of them will have chemical scum crawling around on the surface. :)

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

:) then i guess there really aren't that many religious people i respect the stances of. Either your religious texts are sacrosanct, or you're playing a guessing game with your dogma. aren't there those jews that take leviticus really really seriously? and how about islam. they've got some crazy oppression over there.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

don't get me wrong. We'll maybe eventually be able to do it digitally. massive undertaking and expense and all. I believe in us... you know as a species. and an omnipotent omniscient diety could probably do it... you know because of magic... but really, these types of things are way more complicated than most people imagine :)

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

we've had no evidence of a non-material reality. And as they say, a deistic god does not a theistic one make. Even if god were to exist, knowledge of him would not immediately follow. I cannot argue against a deistic god. But evidence for one isn't available. If we allow that all things lacking evidence to the contrary are plausible, where does that leave us in cataloging the truth?

Why is a deity more likely than orcs? It's also possible to conceive of scenarios where orcs happened. Or where we descended from dinosaurs. Evidence to the contrary can easily be reversed with enough intervening highly unlikely steps.

it would be equally difficult to refute that we all spontaneously generated from star stuff 3 seconds ago, memories, fossil evidence and radioactive isotopes included.

The only assumptions that are made in science for the most part are that the universe is knowable, and that it lacks agency and isn't out to play a massive joke on us.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re: It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

yes, it can say, please don't trespass unless student of faculty. general enough. though it probably wouldn't cuz that costs money to enforce. It can't say, please be feel free to rent out our for your conferences... unless you're a christian group.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re: It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

michigan state can deny them access. but it'd have to give a reason... and a good enough one to not get sued for religious discrimination. which it would lose... because it's religious discrimination.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re: It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

i actually didn't make a first amendment case. It's the whole restricting access to publicly available services based on religion thing.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

Baby, i really don't have the time for that :) The alternative to science being wrong on evolution... is that the cosmos is playing the biggest joke on humanity and we're just not getting the joke. The preponderance of evidence.

What the hell do you think MRSA is except the giant downside to natural selection?

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re: It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

also public place in this context covers restaurants stores... etc. things that are open to the public and do business with the public.

basically, if you want to advertise and do business in our country, it's not ok to say no black people and no women and no gays and no muslims.

Unless it's a non-profit? think gender discrimination is ok for things like boyscouts and girlscouts. still can't discriminate based on race, sexual orientation or religion.... and i think the gender thing is only skating by because nobody cares that much.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

unmeasurable doesn't mean unobservable. It's not happened since we've been keeping you know... good records. Also the bible says the sun stopped in the sky... which would be a great place for an XKCD link, but it was only in the book. Anyway, to sum it up... if the earth stopped rotating, the wind would scour everything south of norway clean down to bedrock. Also, the chinese didn't notice the moon sticking around for 72 hours. :)

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re: It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

section 2 of the civil rights act says differently.

they have the right to access the same services that michigan state offers to any other group... or michigan state has the right to get sued for religious discrimination. A suit that they would lose.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

:) you might want to look into rhetorical questions. I was asking the parent whether he'd asked himself the fundamental questions regarding his own beliefs.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

all christians, and i may be wrong, believe in the divinity of christ. this is largely based on his works, the primary one being his resurrection. A literal resurrection doesn't mesh with the laws of the physical world that we've observed you know since we've been observing them. my point was that moderate christians who say that science is correct, and then claim that christ is a miracle worker are engaging in cognitive dissonance.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

apathiests are agnostic because "atheist" leaves a bad taste in your mouth. :) very political. If you take a position, people can argue it, if you're just "not right" it's much harder to engage you :)

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Triklyn Re:Why at a place of learning? (972 comments)

not to do with agnosticism, that's the example for moderate christianity. For agnosticism I use the simple example of... zeus. every argument one can make for the any diety can be made for zeus... thor, loki, ra, the spaghetti monster... my left nut. The only difference is the number of people who believe in each, and in consequence the number of people who can blindly mock the others.

Is mohommed any less credible than Xenu?

intellectual honesty says that the agnostic must also be on the fence for Xenu and my left nut, as much as he's on the fence for Zeus as much as he's on the fence for Jehovah. If that's your position, I find it ridiculous, but I respect it. That's balls out indecisiveness... if that's not, your position, then what makes the predominant religions so special?

2 days ago

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