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Go to: The Moral Equivalent of the Parallel Postulate

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> that you can’t derive ought from is.
No, Hume was actually wrong. Do you exist?
If so, then you are an is. You derive, dream up or otherwise think of an ought.

Basically, it is impossible to get to an ought without having an is first.

Now I understand the important word here might be 'derive'. So this deepity can be understood as 'you might need an is before you construct an ought, but this construction cannot be done by derivation'.

Now, you cannot prove a negative, but you can disprove a negative. My ought is: 'You ought to eat'. I derive that from is statements like 'to live you need to eat' and 'you want to live'.

I always wondered why that quote from Hume was considered such a truism...

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:47:00 UTC | #452133

Go to: The real debate about atheism is here already

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Fewer than 20 per cent of Britons know what is celebrated at Easter


I wonder where she got this stat from, and if the source also lists this percentage for different groups.
I'd like to bet that the atheist group has a higher percentage than the christian group!

Tue, 07 Apr 2009 06:36:00 UTC | #345117

Go to: The Elfish Gene

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One thing to remember about D&D is that there are a lot of religions in the game, none of them being christianity. So probably lots of D&D players got their first real experience with different religions from this game. And guess what? In this game religion works!

So what is the (D&D) world like in this game with working religions? Well, people go to a priest, pay some gold pieces and get a 'cure light wounds' spell that actually, really cures them of wounds.
In this game god really does cure amputees!

Remember this disconnect. Just as you can 'believe' evolution and be religious; you can be religious and play D&D. But every time you play you imagine a world that is very different from this world. It is a world with working religions!

So I think it is not just correlation, but real causation. And I havn't even talked about the fundie response to the game, which drove many people away from religion. (Jeff Dee for instance, of atheist experience fame) http://www.atheist-experience.com/people/jeff_dee/

And yes, I do know some woo people that play this game, some being a couple of my friends. I can really bother them by wondering why their 'cure light wounds' doesn't seem to work.
The disconnect is less pronounced, but it is still there. It is ready to be pounded on by evangelical atheists ;-)

So about the book. None of the reviews seem to get the link to Dawkins book, and I think the resemblance might have been a fluke, or perhaps a brainstorming editor. I also get the impression of someone who regrets his experiences with playing the game, whereas I credit it with improving my social skills. Or at least a range of really, really good friends.

I'm not interested enough in reading the book, really. But I will check this space for reviews from atheistically inclined people I guess.

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 02:48:00 UTC | #334506

Go to: Anger as Pope names controversial bishop

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Perhaps the church is trying to connect to the base of people that actually contributes to the church?
Lots of people here in Europe say they're catholic, but they do not attend church and I wonder if any money flows into the chest.
Of course, I don't know anything about the people who do give this evil empire money...

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 09:49:00 UTC | #317234

Go to: Origins - The BIG Questions: 2008 Skeptics Society Conference

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Darwin's Teapot:


Our names are way too similar. I feel very unoriginal and threatened.


Relish the feeling! It will give you great empathy with apologists, creationists and others like them.

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 01:23:00 UTC | #230165

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