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Go to: New RDFRS website info

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how exciting.

Sun, 02 May 2010 16:47:00 UTC | #464983

Go to: An Apology

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"History is full of people who out of fear, or ignorance, or lust for power have destroyed knowledge of immeasurable value which truly belongs to us all. We must not let it happen again." - Carl Sagan

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 22:26:00 UTC | #446042

Go to: An Apology

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I am not so sure about all this. Slap around 85000 people and backstab the staff that keeps it all running is not a bellringer for trust. That about sums it up for me. I no longer trust the RDF.

I too, have learned tons here. Though a fraction of the contributions of many, I've got a lot of hours of thought and work left on RDF.

I just searched for some of the people whose accounts have been summarily deleted. Tens of thousands of posts. Millions of words. All never happened now. Are you going to strike my contributions next, Josh?

I can't abide that, and won't operate under such a sword of Damocles.

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:07:00 UTC | #445036

Go to: Official Confirmation that the United States is NOT a Nation Founded on Christianity

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@mattincini:

It's here at the Library of Congress:

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsp&fileName=002/llsp002.db&recNum=23

Not easy to find, I assure you.

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 19:57:00 UTC | #382410

Go to: A universe that follows 'laws' implies a 'law giver'

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This assertion seems to be a sort of anthropomorphizing of human language to the universe.

It is clear to me that laws that govern men, such as a speed limit for example, certainly have law givers. It is the government that enacts the laws with the authority given it by the governed that is the "law giver".

In the context of laws of nature, laws are concepts which describe a property of the universe that applies in all cases, for which there are no exceptions.

The mistake in anthropomorphizing the universe is that these laws of nature exist because our universe exists. There is no need for authority.

An illustration of the difference is this: I can, at will, disobey a law prohibiting speeding with my automobile. I may or may not have made the decision consciously, but by speeding, I am no longer recognizing the authority of the law giver. For my purposes as a speeder, there is no law.

On the other hand, I may not, under any conceivable circumstance, violate the second law of thermodynamics. It is not a question of whether or not I am allowed to do so, but it is a simple fact that I am not able to do so.

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 06:35:00 UTC | #382174

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