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@MMAtheist @Joshua & others

As James said, the only thing that she possibly implied is that all atheists are condescending. Is it really worth taking offence as something as trivial as that?

I also love how many people think that because they are not face to face with Sparkly they can be as rude or as aggressive as they like in their comments. Would you be like that in person? Seriously? I would suggest some of you learn a few social skills then.

MODERATORS - Please can you close my account? Many thanks.

Sun, 01 May 2011 09:05:56 UTC | #621459

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Well you just go to prove her point. You can have an angry exchange or a pleasant exchange with Sparky1. The outcome will be the same - you won't be happy with whatever answer she gives. Yes, from a logical standpoint you are right, but that doesn't mean you have to approach her aggressively. Is there even a point in asking any more? I think she has been more than good enough to put out her beliefs like that. There is no reasoning with faith. Have you not figured that out yet Mr. Agressive??!!

Consider yourself handcuffed...

I'm out of this one. If even atheists can't be civil, I question my coming here. Is there a flower arranging forum out there I wonder?

Comment 109 by Joshua Slocum :

No, you may not tone-police me.

This is the website of the world's most prominent atheist and one of the world's leading scientific expositors. No one -including Sparkly - should expect to be let off of justifying their metaphysical claims. Are you serious? She came in here with an attitude about atheists, then proceeded to make unsupported claims about "god" and "energy," yet you think she was being gracious and doing us a favor? And you're more concerned that I'm "hostile"?

Sparkly1 has been good enough to give us her beliefs when she didn't really have to. You and I know that she isn't going to be able to answer your questions in a matter that suits some of the people on this forum. Leave it at that, or you are in danger of becoming hostile. See your comment below as an example ;)

Sun, 01 May 2011 00:14:17 UTC | #621296

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Sparkly1 has been good enough to give us her beliefs when she didn't really have to. You and I know that she isn't going to be able to answer your questions in a matter that suits some of the people on this forum. Leave it at that, or you are in danger of becoming hostile. See your comment below as an example ;)

Comment 104 by Joshua Slocum :

Frankly, that's just insulting, and it's typical of people who wear their spirituality as a badge of pride. You may not even know you're doing that, but you are.

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 23:17:34 UTC | #621275

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@Jameshogg

Thankfully a nice post!

I agree that even the name atheist means nothing. It doesn't make any sense to have names for not believing in something illogical. Where do you stop? Aleprechaunist, Ateapotist, etcetera...

Your belief that we don't have freewill is interesting. It certainly has been proven that we have far less than we think. For instance, fMRI scanners can be used to predict what decision someone is going to make, sometimes several seconds before the experimentee consciously knows what they have decided! This is usually done giving the subject a choice between two different things. For me, I don't know either way. Some people are horrified at the thought of not having freewill. The illusion is good enough for me if we don't.

I also love the idea that we are in a computer simulation. But that's a different topic! It's not as ludicrous as it sounds though. If we can develop computers that can model sentient beings (in the future obviously) - then it makes it possible that we ourselves could be in a simulation...

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 22:56:01 UTC | #621270

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I know. I realised too late! Someone posted before I had a chance to edit it.

It's "you're" btw.

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 22:22:13 UTC | #621261

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