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Go to: A Fault Is Not a Sin

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If you are religious then Pat Robertson could be right. Here's my thoughts. Haiti's earthquake, even under insurance policies, is considered an Act of God. So, if it's an Act of God and he did it purposefully, then he's cruel. If He didn't do it but ignored it, then He's cruel. If He didn't do it and couldn't intervene, then He's incompetent. Or, there is no Acts of God because there is no God. So you are left believing in either a cruel God or an incompetent God, or you are left unbelieving.

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:24:00 UTC | #433061

Go to: Richard Dawkins at American Atheists 09

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This was quite enjoyable! Interestingly, I feel life is rather common in the universe for one's tough. Where life in habitats that are rarified, life tends to be fragile (Tundra for example) and could easily become extinct. That it has the capacity to bounce back after extremes (and within extremes) implies a long universal history and laws that are as strong as those found in physics and chemistry. Convergent evolution also supports commonality. And, I think convergent evolution favors development of intelligence whatever that may appear to be. Also, life tends to be rather wasteful..not something I'd think you'd find if it were rare.
As to aliens creating and running least that's plausible within the framework of doesn't break any scientific "rules"...but it is unlikely to be true. However, "aliens" means just that. Our human constructs simply do not allow for our imaginations to travel beyond them...would we even recognize them if we met them? Did the Aztecs recognise Spanish Galleons on the horizon (no)? What we percieve and how we perceive is influenced by culture and biology. Species that are several million years ahead of us may be barely, if at all, recognized as biological organism. They may be artificial and very small..for example. And already here. There;s the old Gary Larsen cartoon of a hunter shooting a tin can off a fence post and the caption reading somewhat like "the first contact with an alien species unfortunately ended tragically..."
There is quite a difference between speculation and belief...and to speculate that aliens are here is quite different to believing they are...or that speculating "god" maybe be aliens is different from believing that they are so. That's how you keep you mind open to the possibilities rather than absolutely closed to them. Like religion does.

Thu, 07 May 2009 07:26:00 UTC | #357155

Go to: Gods and earthlings

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God is a very bad explanation for anything....and more so now that we know a few more things. That being said, we don't know very much about the universe (or universes), quantum mechanics, branes and perhaps a million things not even thought of. Arguing about aliens and alien life is pretty much in that category...who knows how far intelligence can evolve and what will define our reality a million years from now if we are even still here? Certainly in the 12th century, jumbo jets were not a part of human consciousness.
I am sure there's much more that isn't in ours at present...we can't even lift ourselves out primitive warfare yet, an attribute the sponge evolved millions of years ago and we, like the sponge, can't yet shake off. Science is the best we have because it doesn't claim to have the truth so much as it continues to search for it.....only religion claims to know it all and by closer examination, ends up knowing very little. I hope science doesn't fall into the same trap filling in the so-called gaps with pseudoscience..prentending to know something, using scienific jargon to explain it and NOT having the evidence (at least non-biased evidence) to support it. As to the future? Well, there's evidence that the butterfly remembers being a caterpillar but no evidence that a caterpillar knows it's going to be a butterfly. We can't "know" until we do "know". By the way, if one thinks that life is "fuzzy", consciousness is even more so.....even caterpillar consciousness!

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 09:18:00 UTC | #158347

Go to: Christopher Hitchens and Bill Donohue on Mother Teresa

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Bill Donahue wants evidence? References? Tell me, where can I get those things in the Bible?

Sat, 01 Sep 2007 10:11:00 UTC | #63622

Go to: Open letter to Michael Shermer in response to his letter...

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We do not respect fascism or communism because of the millions of dead people left in their wakes. Yet, we are asked to respect religion that has left millions of people dead in its wake? Sorry. Not me.

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 11:59:00 UTC | #61920

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