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Topic: Serious Discussion / What's the last book you've read?

Haven’t really read anything voluntarily in a long time. I will start reading in a couple of weeks.

Currently reading (for fun):

  • The WikiBook on IB Economics (here)
  • The WikiBook on IB Biology (here)
  • Cyclopedia of Philosophy by Sam Vaknin
  • The Earth and Its Peoples by Richard Bulliet, Pamela Kyle Crossley, et. al.
  • The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
  • A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
  • The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene
  • On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • The Holy Qur’an (I am not a Muslim)
  • Once and for all, The Holy Bible (I am not a Christian or a Jew)
  • All of the Vedas (Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and the Atharavaveda)

Long list. Wish me luck.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / A Question, for those familiar with the Cell Theory

A. The first bacteria existed because of abiogenesis.

B. That is fission, not abiogenesis.

C. This is true.

D. Huh?

E. Wha?

F. Oh. Good.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Fourteenth

Sigh.


1. I think it’s better to post the first section 14th amendment (the germane section) rather than simply supplying a URL. So, here it is:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

If you were born or naturalized here, you are a citizen here. No one can deny you equal rights as a citizen without a really good reason.


Generally speaking, the United States cannot pass ex post facto laws, unless they are administrative laws. I could see the government pulling an emergency law, but no sane person would tamper with the woven cloth that is the American constitution. This particular patch is not torn, so I see no reason to reweave it. What does this mean? No matter what happens, the law only affects people AFTER it is passed.


I think that there should be no tampering with the Citizenship, Due Process or Equal Protection clause of §1 of the 14th Amendment of the United States constitution.


And anyone who is worrying about “those damn Mexicans coming and taking over,” that’s exactly how I’d feel if I were an 18th century Native American.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Freedom of Speech and the Westboro Baptist Church.

Freedom of speech should be changed to freedom of spiteless speech.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 99% vs 53%

I have some comments to make:

  • Blurting out the first demand you think of, instead of thinking things through (which shows you’re actually dedicated to the cause), is one of the downfalls of protesters. However, the public expects a speedy draft of demands, which is the reason why many protests like OWS last for less than one day.
  • Many protesters are employed. In fact, there are lawyers, computer programmers, doctors, etc.; I remember hearing about a professor, but that may be mixing of thoughts.
  • It’s not just a stand-in anymore. Zuccotti Park is a quasi-municipality.
  • If I were in New York, I’d spend my evenings with the protesters.
 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Pledge of Allegiance

One day, after my first class, I asked many of the students if they wholeheartedly recited the pledge. The majority of the minority who claimed that they recited it with passion were lying. I did this for every following class. I can only pull the numbers out of my ass. However, by the end of the day, I realized that the vast majority of students did not mean what they were told to say. Furthermore, some did not understand the Pledge, despite saying it every morning.

I’m in a private school now, and luckily, students don’t say the Pledge often (I can only remember one instance). However, I did ask many, “Would you rather there be no pledge at all?” Many students told me to get rid of it altogether.


Do you really think there should be a pledge? If you still think so, do the same poll.

It’s a time-tested realization. The more you’re forced to do something, the less meaning it has.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / does u.s.a have a right to do this?

So, if I take off the fence around my home, nothing will happen?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Troy Davis

I see absolutely no reason for the death penalty to exist. It’s expensive, too ineffective and unfair, and Hammurabi-esque law isn’t just.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

Yes, but as both you and I know, the news does not always present the total truth and the news broadcasting company can show which stories to show. IE: “Should we show the US bombing and Iraqi town or should we show their troops giving handouts to the starving civilians?” Plus, if someone lives in a country, it always give that person a bit more of an insight as to how that nation works as compared to someone who lives on the outside.

Did you know that five year old kids can drink in British homes? How do I know? I looked it up.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

If he is not from a country the US has directly influenced then his point about “Fourth, I’ll leave the US alone when they start leaving others alone” is basically invalid as the US has really not done anything to him (and if he’s from a country that was occupied during the Nazi invasion, then the US has actually helped him). He’s just making assumptions about the US based on what he watches in the news.

Isn’t the news supposed to tell us the truth? For example, I don’t need to go to the UK to know that there is a socioeconomic problem in London.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Suggestions

Please, tell me how.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Suggestions

Originally posted by Senekis93:

This post has been removed by an administrator or moderator

Suggestion: Totally remove the post instead of wasting space (on screen and disk) with that message.

They do this instead of removing the post because they hate dead links. Furthermore, I’d like an option where you can actually see the questionable content of the post.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Sorting Out Users In Chat

What would be the advantage of this? Also, post this in the suggestions thread.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

Wait a second. You’re saying that USD 4 to the gallon is going to be catastrophic?

Tell that to the UK. Tell that to South Korea and Japan. Tell that to South Africa. Tell that to Australia. See what response you get. Some people in those places are paying USD 4 to the liter.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Proof that God is real without proof...

What happens if we do? What happens if it neighs, rears its head back, and gallops out of the room – and makes it completely out of the doorway and off-camera before its servos jam? Are unicorns real then, according to your senses?

Then we have evidence for its existence. We saw it. Plain and simple. However, until we get that visual evidence to convince others, there will remain more counter-evidence.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Proof that God is real without proof...

The problem of your argument is that it only actually works with a being that is phisically present, and interact with us. God is neither phisically present, nor interact with us( Well, at least, not 99% of the time, anyway ).

No. There’s no problem. If the magnitude of evidence for the existence of God is negative, that means that there is evidence that he doesn’t exist. Furthermore, if you perceive God, you have physical evidence.

Even in that case, this argument is hardly universal. I never saw Cleopatra, matter not how much I looked for her. Thus, the logical assumption is that she never existed.

We have accepted, peer-reviewed written records (that are read, thus, seen) that are evidence for the existence of Cleopatra. So, as I said before, we have more compelling evidence for her existence than against her existence.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Proof that God is real without proof...

You are twisting the meaning of the word ‘faith’ in this context. You mean to say wishing or believing. Faith is something else.

No. Faith means trust, hope or belief.

No matter how much trust you have in unicorns or leprechauns, we now have the capability to disprove your belief with counter-evidence.

No matter how much hope you have in the existence of unicorns or leprechauns, we now have the capability to disprove that with counter-evidence.

No matter how much belief you have in unicorns or leprechauns, we now have the capability to disprove your belief with counter-evidence.

All three, especially the third, prove even further that faith = belief, and that belief in something can be countered by opposing evidence.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Proof that God is real without proof...

I’d like to address a point that I’m sure will come up in future pages.

Someone is going to say, “Well, what if you don’t see unicorns and leprechauns?”

Here’s what you tell them:

Evidence is processed through the senses. If you can’t see a unicorn or leprechaun, no matter how many eyes you hire, or how long you look, you have evidence that it doesn’t exist.

Furthermore, if I have a fever, and I’m hallucinating, and see Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron juggling bananas and Coke cans with each other, I have evidence that they are doing it. However, unless they are actually performing the juggling act in front of me, the two, and other people, can provide counter-evidence to classify my proclamations as hogwash.

By the way, this disproves Donald Rumsfeld’s most attributed quote:

The absence of evidence [of weapons of mass destruction] is not the evidence of absence [of them].

This is because if you can’t find WMDs, you have evidence that they don’t exist. And if no one can find counter-evidence, your evidence still stands.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Proof that God is real without proof...

Think about it. How is it that humanity is surviving with such small chances?

Um… we’re… adaptable?

Planet Earth is just so perfect.

No it’s not. If it were, it would be 23 degrees Celsius all day, everyday, everywhere, and it would be drizzling all night, every night, everywhere, so that plants can be watered. It would be sunny, there would be no allergens, no predators, etc. But, in real life:

You have to put on a jacket a third your mass when you’re in the North Pole. You must take medicine for your pollen allergy. Instead of drizzling frequently, it pours once in a while. Sometimes, hurricanes and tornadoes whip you and your property off the ground. Other times, you get burnt, drowned, shaken, or impacted.

Yes, it’s great that Earth can support life, and there aren’t many planets “near” us that seem to be able to support life. However, there are too many solar systems, galaxies, and possibly, universes, like ours for you to say that we are alone.

if, say, we evolved through monkeys, then why isn’t there half-monkeys and half-humans in the world?

Evolution doesn’t involve blending. Neither does the majority of meiotic processes. It involves the cutting out of genes that are unsuitable for life in your habitat, and the retention of genes suitable for life in your habitat. (Note: that explanation is extremely oversimplified.)

And, think about this. God exists because there is no physical evidence of him (other than the bible). Of course, someone argue that the other way. But what is the point of God if we already have evidence of him and already have 100% proof he is alive? Where is faith in that, which, is the entire basis of why we are on this Earth and the basis of this world and God itself.

No matter how much faith you have in a pot circling around Mars, we can disprove your belief with counter-evidence. No matter how much faith you have in unicorns or leprechauns, we now have the capability to disprove your belief with counter-evidence.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

If you’re willing to make big claims like a big man, you must make the effort to find those big citations.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

Scoop. Bad move on your response in point 6. I never said that we should have let the Japanese continue. I said that hypothetically, if the Japanese were left alone, probably not much more would have been done to the United States.

Furthermore, in your response to Winnabago’s response to… your response to… my response to… whatever, here:

STOP USING GASOLINE, THEN CRITICIZE AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY.

you assume that petroleum has everything to do with America’s foreign policy. Furthermore, you assume that all gasoline sold in America is distributed by American petrol corporations. Currently, I use Shell whenever I can. So, according to that post, I can talk about how FUBAR some parts of our foreign policy are while zipping on my moped.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

They haven’t done that since WWII

Sorry for my misinformation. However, doesn’t a member or group in the government declare war?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

Hold your horses, fella.

You do realize that it is the legislative branch of the United States that collectively agrees to a declaration of war which is created by members of the executive branch (namely, President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, etc.), right?

Furthermore, you know nothing about me nor my travels; thus you would not know whether I have contributed to cause the famine or to help those who are suffering from it. However, I digress. “You’re doing [horse manure] to help people in the famine in the Horn of Africa,” is fallacious because I didn’t cause the famine, and whether I’m helping does not pertain to the argument.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

It still applies to the government. Why? They’re doing [horse manure] to stop the innocent killings (whether they are accidental or no).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans are no different

I never said that the United States had the goal of firing at everyone. I said that the military is bad at not doing so.