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Debates


What happens when two of the most respected intellectuals in America ... collide?

Noam Chomsky

VS.                     Sam Harris



Only one came out unscathed

I don't plan to summarize the points over which they were arguing.
But I will point out that one of them
displayed a disturbing level of intellectual dishonesty and emotional immaturity.

Why Chomsky agreed to allow Harris to publish that exchange ...
I'll never know


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Classic Emails (4 pages)

FatFist fights back; or at least ... he tries to




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Classic Emails (3 pages)

Roger Pearse tries to come to the defense of R. Joseph Hoffmann.

That turned out to be a big mistake


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Logic


Critical Thinking - Shifting the Burden of Proof

Tracie Harris of the "Atheist Experience" explains
that the rejection of a claim does not constitute a counterclaim (14:23)


In debates over the existence of God,
Theists often attempt to shift the burden of proof because ...
it is a burden they cannot meet.

Their strategy relies on convincing the audience
that the Atheist's rejection of God is, in itself, a claim ...

it is not


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We've all heard the phrase "Correlation doesn't imply causation."

But that depends on which definition of "imply" one is using.
From Dictionary.com, imply:
1. to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated:
"His words implied a lack of faith."
3. to involve as a necessary circumstance:
"Speech implies a speaker."

Definition #3 is the one used in logic.
The statement "Correlation doesn't imply causation" is true
when this definition of imply is used.
But the statement is not necessarily true if definition #1 is applied.
In that case, correlation often does imply (indicate or suggest) causation.
If it didn't, humans would have almost nothing to go on,
as to where to focus their scientific efforts.


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CSICOP sent a petition to journalists
requesting that journalists restrict their use of the word "skeptic"
only to those in the skeptical community (as defined by csicop)

My email to CSICOP (1 page)

On a similar note, chiropractors are demanding
that journalists stop referring to gynecologists as "doctors."


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Psychology


4/23/17

What the Hell is going on in America anyway?



Why do delusional people spread false stories?

They use them as a litmus test, to determine friend from foe,
which makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint,
because having social support and knowing whom they can trust
is more important to them than knowing the truth.


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Jamy Ian Swiss explains how villians can look at themselves in the mirror (8:08)




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Kathryn Schulz speaks at T.E.D. on "Being Wrong" (17:52)




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3/19/17

Why people refuse to admit they are wrong (2 pages)



Either we fix them, and soon, or they will fix us ...

permanently


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1/25/17

Psychologists are joining in the battle
to confront the insanity now gripping humanity.

The attack on enlightenment values

Whenever you are searching for an answer
the surest way to find the correct solution is to follow the money.

The masses are being manipulated,
and by the same group that has manipulated them
since the beginning of modern civilization 10,000 years ago ... the Plutocrats.

Plutocrats use well-understood techniques of brainwashing and mind control
to achieve the transfer of as much wealth as possible
from the masses, into their offshore bank accounts.

And science, logic, facts, and scientists ... are not good for business


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Here is an example of just how powerful
political brainwashing cults like Fox News can be ...

(2 pages)

If you ever need an example of "cognitive dissonance"
you will never find anything better than the story you just read.


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Have climate change deniers already won?

It's too soon to make that pronouncement.
However, the damage Conservatives are doing is incalculable.

To me, the most interesting part of the story
was the explanation of the psychology behind climate change denial.
In fact, I think that explanation applies to most issues defended by Conservatives.
That is why they seem impervious to facts and logic.
They will go to any lengths to avoid admitting they are wrong.
For them, truth is nothing more than a game; and the principal rule is:
Never, Ever, under ANY circumstances ...

admit that you are wrong


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Quotes by neo


"I am neo
I cannot be bargained with. I cannot be reasoned with.
I never feel remorse. I never feel fear.

And I absolutely ... will not stop, ever ...

until every single Plutocrat has been wiped
from the face of the Earth."

neo, 2017


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"Overcoming ideological thinking,
whether Liberal or Conservative,
is equivalent to giving your brain an enema."

neo, 2016


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The amazing crap you can find on comment threads (3 pages)

One Determinist bitch-slapping another Determinist

This was like watching Protestants and Catholics
banging each other over the head with Bible verses.

Hence, my old saying:

"A Determinist is nothing more than a Calvinist ... without a Bible."

neo, 2015


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"Science ...
Creationists and Conservatives can't live with it ...
and the rest of us can't live without it."

neo, 2014


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"As long as there remain two armies on Earth ...
they must inevitably meet."

neo, 2013


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"Why has history been filled with so many bad leaders?
Why do so many incompetent sycophants surpass you at work?

Rarely does any society choose to promote 'leaders'.
Most often, leaders are chosen from among ... the most loyal followers."

neo, 2012


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"The value of your life is directly proportional
to the value you place, upon the lives of others."

neo, 2011


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Ignorance vs. Stupidity

"There is little shame in ignorance because ignorance is simply 'not knowing'.
All humans are guilty of that. Ignorance can be reduced by education.

Stupidity, on the other hand, is deserving of ridicule
because it is an arrogant refusal to remedy ignorance;
and because of the amazing depths of dishonesty
to which stupid people are willing to descend
in an attempt to justify their beliefs."

neo, 2010


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"If a biological weapon were dispersed in the atmosphere
that rendered the entire human race incapable of telling a lie,
within minutes the entire world would become so quiet ...

you could hear an ant fart"

neo, 2009


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"One of the great insanities of war is that,
such huge numbers of humans are made to kill each other
based on the desires of so few."

neo, 2008


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Science


3/23/17

As America, and the world, descend into fascism and possibly war ...

this is the only real answer to ending this vicious cycle


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2/19/17

If you are in the mood to enjoy one of the worst ass-whoopins in history,
see what happens when some dude tried to tangle with Isaac Asimov ...

The relativity of wrong


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Scientific failure can sometimes contribute as much as success,
to the advancement of human knowledge.

Scientific failures plant big red flags at the front of tunnels
warning people that this tunnel leads nowhere,
and that their time and effort would be better spent elsewhere.
One example would be the great scientist, Isaac Newton,
who explored the alchemy tunnel so we don't have to.

Lesson: Honest scientific endeavor is never in vain ... even in failure.


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Stupidity


The state of American education is dismal.

Here is one example

If nearly 10% of recent college grads believe
that Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court,
I would hate to find out how high the percentage is
among the rest of the population.

This one is even more depressing

If 10% believe Judge Judy sits on the Supreme Court
and 25% believe the Sun circles the Earth,
then we need to desperately hope ...
that these two groups include the same people


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Scientists say that the Earth is being endangered
by a new strain of fact-resistant humans
By Andy Borowitz

A sobering new study reports that ...
"Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans
who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota,
identifies a virulent strain of humans
who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge,
leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.
"

Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said ...
"These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary
to receive and process information, and yet, somehow,
they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes,
have rendered those faculties totally inactive.
More worryingly, as facts have multiplied,
their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.
"

My Reply to Andy Borowitz:

Unfortunately Mr. Borowitz, it seems as though nearly every one of them ...

has been given my email address


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So just how stupid are Americans when it comes to science?

Embarrassingly stupid

But the stupidity of some scientists, who should know better ...
is even more embarrassing


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The War Against Reason


"Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude
as a means of overcoming destructive emotions;
the philosophy holds that becoming a clear and unbiased thinker
allows one to understand the universal reason.
A primary aspect of Stoicism involves improving
the individual's ethical and moral well-being:
'Virtue consists in a will that is in agreement with Nature.'
This principle also applies to the realm of interpersonal relationships;
'to be free from anger, envy, and jealousy,'
and to accept even slaves as equals of other men,
because all men alike are products of nature."

From its founding, Stoic doctrine was popular
with a following in Greece and throughout the Roman Empire —
including the Emperor Marcus Aurelius ...


Now, here is the pertinent part:

"until the closing of all philosophy schools in 529 AD
by order of the Emperor Justinian I,
who perceived their pagan character
as being at odds with the Christian faith.
"

Yep, those ideals were certainly at odds with Christian teaching all right.

The result?

The period that followed was known as "The Dark Ages"
and lasted more than 1,000 years.
It was an era of horrible oppression and unspeakable terror.

Since "The Enlightenment," religion has been viciously enforcing
its control over society in an attempt to cling to power.
With the advent of the internet,
the Enlightenment now has the most powerful weapon, it has ever had.

Stay tuned ... things are just starting to get interesting.

Read more about Stoicism

So how did such a vile worldview like Christianity, overtake and destroy Stoicism?

By combining violence, terrorism, and murder with the threat of eternal torture
against any who dared to challenge them.

They got their first big break when Emperor Constantine elevated the cult
to the status of the offical religion of the Roman Empire.
Then, as pointed out in the article above,
200 years later they cemented their power by destroying their enemies.
Rational thinking was forced into hiding for over a thousand years.
And ever since Rationalism resurfaced,
it has faced a constant battle for survival.

Human history is a shameful disgrace.
We have brought animal extinction
and human destruction wherever we have gone.
The evil religions (omitting Buddhism, for example)
have controlled the Earth for millennia.
But Stoicism lives on through the Rationalists.
The internet is the weapon we have waited for, for over 2,300 years.
We cannot afford to fail humanity again.
We cannot lose again because ...

we may not get another chance


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Essay by Guy Harrison makes important points

Confronting the World’s Great Unrecognized Crisis

In the comments that followed the article,
a displeased Commenter named "Kenii" enlightened the readers.
Here are Kenii's comments on Harrison's essay ...

followed by my replies (6 pages)


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Terrence McKenna on Relativism (5:43)

Relativism


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