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Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 09:38 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Absolutely. And not just against creationism,...

Absolutely. And not just against creationism, but all of his arguments.

That said, you do identify a valid lacuna, a valid shortcoming, in Dawkins's understanding, or at least in the repertoire...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 10:12 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Thatís a great point, dann. Iíd asked, what is...

Thatís a great point, dann. Iíd asked, what is lacking in how Dawkins discusses atheism? And you do point to one such lack, that had not occurred to me. His discussion, at least that subset of it...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3,252
Views: 143,648
Posted By Chanakya
heydarian, I'll make your job easier for you. ...

heydarian, I'll make your job easier for you.

What does 'Islam' start with? An 'I'. And the word 'evolution' contains an 'i' right there. As does the name 'Darwin'. Therefore, clearly, not...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 06:19 AM
Replies: 3,252
Views: 143,648
Posted By Chanakya
Fascinating, this process of reasoning. The...

Fascinating, this process of reasoning. The Koran cannot possibly be wrong; and also must encompass all of the wisdom of the world, and of all time. On the other hand, science is clearly not wrong...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 28th June 2022, 09:59 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
I'm afraid that does not sound very coherent. ...

I'm afraid that does not sound very coherent.

Unless I'm mixing up posters, I believe you'd done some time ghostbusting, and I think I've exchanged some interesting and meaningful posts with you...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 28th June 2022, 09:00 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
That sounds reasonable. Provided it is true. ...

That sounds reasonable. Provided it is true.

That is, provided it is true that the majority of Catholics, for instance, believes in some form of Catholicism that is substantially different than...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 28th June 2022, 07:23 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
:)

:)
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 28th June 2022, 07:22 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,290
Posted By Chanakya
What tests my patience to the limit, is when some...

What tests my patience to the limit, is when some bright spark, themselves unmasked obviously, that glories in knowing more about the wider world than is contained within the dark comorting confines...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 28th June 2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3,252
Views: 143,648
Posted By Chanakya
You miss the whole point of it. It's like...

You miss the whole point of it. It's like Wakanda. They choose to keep their Mo-powered futuristic tech safely hidden from the godless infidel world. They pretend to be a bunch of stupid ignorant...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 28th June 2022, 06:34 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Speaking for myself, I'm glad he turned his...

Speaking for myself, I'm glad he turned his attention to writing and speaking about atheism. Thanks to this thread, my views on the man are a bit more tempered now, esepecially as far as his...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 28th June 2022, 06:17 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Thanks for posting that. Nah, I'm quite sure I...

Thanks for posting that. Nah, I'm quite sure I haven't seen any of those cartoons. I suppose what I might have been half-remembering as maybe-perhaps-seen, are the Charlie Hebdo drawings, not the...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 27th June 2022, 06:24 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
All right, dann. Instead of going off into...

All right, dann. Instead of going off into another interminable round of chopping up your comments into a you-said-that-no-i-said-this exchange, let me just sum this up as follows:

(1) Clearly...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 26th June 2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 4,515
Posted By Chanakya
Petri dish effect. That's nicely formulated,...

Petri dish effect. That's nicely formulated, Leumas, and very aptly put to use in your argument. Cool.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th June 2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,290
Posted By Chanakya
Ha ha, no, absolutely not! To be frank, I've not...

Ha ha, no, absolutely not! To be frank, I've not been following the latest developments on the Covid front with anywhere close to the attention I would lavish on it in earlier times. It's my...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 26th June 2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Ah ok, got it. And translated it, and read it as...

Ah ok, got it. And translated it, and read it as well.





I had indeed read the excerpt from the article back there, but got lost here in looking for the article you asked me to look...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th June 2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,290
Posted By Chanakya
I continue masking, and mentally middle-finger...

I continue masking, and mentally middle-finger anyone who throws me funny looks.

Out in public and with strangers and merely-acquaintances it does not really matter; but it does get kind of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 26th June 2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Hi, dann. Okay, read your posts, finally. Sorry,...

Hi, dann. Okay, read your posts, finally. Sorry, I'd been a bit busy, and didn't want to respond to your very thoughtfully composed posts without first carefully reading through them.

Now look,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th June 2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 3,252
Views: 143,648
Posted By Chanakya
And the senseless gibbering starts all over again.

And the senseless gibbering starts all over again.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 24th June 2022, 08:41 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Sorry, am posting from my phone, and in a rush. ...

Sorry, am posting from my phone, and in a rush. So just a short post. I find this discussion interesting, and instructive as well; and I'm enjoying it, dann, inspite of our apparent differences. ...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 24th June 2022, 11:30 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Sure, dann, whenever convenient. ...

Sure, dann, whenever convenient.





I woudn't know, really, if this is coincidence. But if Islam is attacked more than other religions are, might that be because Islam is a more malevolent...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 24th June 2022, 07:14 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
I'm afraid I on the other hand have not actually...

I'm afraid I on the other hand have not actually read Dawkins write about his actual specialization at all. A situation I must remedy, one of these days.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 24th June 2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Agreed, most don't do that. It's mostly that...

Agreed, most don't do that. It's mostly that they've been brought up in theism, and don't question that; or if they do, then they don't question it thoroughly enough. It isn't so much a question of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 24th June 2022, 06:18 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Ha ha, I'd missed that one. "Aspiring atheist...

Ha ha, I'd missed that one. "Aspiring atheist apologists", that's a good one! :thumbsup:
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 11:05 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Like arthwollipot says. The thread title was...

Like arthwollipot says. The thread title was unfortunately phrased, and not really what I was going for.

This thread is basically about any flaws you might see in how Dawkins addresses atheism. ...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 10:43 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
I know you did, dann. I said as much myself. ...

I know you did, dann. I said as much myself. I'm not disagreeing with you, at all, as far as that much.

But I hope you see that, in that case, your particular argument, essentially that atheism...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 09:28 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
The irrationality of it all. It simply stopped...

The irrationality of it all. It simply stopped making sense.

I remember my first "doubt", back when I was a child, younger than 10 certainly, was, even given everything one is taught about...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Agreed, actually. Like I said upthread, that...

Agreed, actually. Like I said upthread, that phrasing, in the thread title, was unfortunate. Not quite what I was going for, even.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Okay, I understand that POV. And I suppose that...

Okay, I understand that POV. And I suppose that criticism is perfectly valid, from where you stand.

However, I suppose you do realize that where you stand isn't where everyone stands. For from...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Agreed, that phrasing was unfortunate. As Darat...

Agreed, that phrasing was unfortunate. As Darat points out, and I actually agree with him, that it's silly to see someone as a model somthing. Nor was that what I was actually going for, what I...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
About the highlighted: Not so much on atheism per...

About the highlighted: Not so much on atheism per se, broadly speaking, but on how he writes and talks about it. No doubt because of his background, a great deal of what I've seen him write and say...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
shuttit, thanks for very clearly spelling out...

shuttit, thanks for very clearly spelling out Dawkins's politics here. (He's from the UK, as are you, and no doubt his politics is something many/most are familiar with over there.) I'm thinking,...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 07:30 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Oh really? I had no idea. While I disagree...

Oh really? I had no idea.

While I disagree in the strongest possible terms with that view (at an admittedly superficial level, because I haven't after all heard his actual arguments as far as...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Agreed, I think. Not really? ...

Agreed, I think.





Not really? That is, the former leads to the latter, sure, if you follow through on it; but not many do, do they? Many like to think of themselves are rational,...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 07:14 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Ha ha, that was a new one, had to look that up:...

Ha ha, that was a new one, had to look that up: "tall poppy syndrome"!

Agreed, though, that making "heroes" and "models" of people is not a great idea. Maybe I should have worded the title of the...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 07:10 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Sorry, what? Are you saying Dawkins take that...

Sorry, what? Are you saying Dawkins take that stance? Would you like to expand on that?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Hadn't seen that tweet before this. Can't really...

Hadn't seen that tweet before this. Can't really comment on this, because I'm not even sure --- that is, I don't even know --- what that book was about, or even that it is "right wing" stuff.
...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd June 2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 3,252
Views: 143,648
Posted By Chanakya
I agree. Can't speak for others,...

I agree.

Can't speak for others, obviously, but I'm happy to step forward, if you'd like me to.



ETA: To be clear, I wasn't picking on heydarian for the heck of it. This was specifically...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 06:42 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Not sure why you think that. Sure, he's making...

Not sure why you think that. Sure, he's making his views on and arguments about atheism very public, via his books as well as his talks. In the process he's helping make atheism more visible, and...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd June 2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 863
Views: 32,736
Posted By Chanakya
Whoops, should have gone in that other thread. ...

Whoops, should have gone in that other thread. That was the whole point of that thread after all. Deleted from here, and copied there instead.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd June 2022, 06:36 AM
Replies: 863
Views: 32,736
Posted By Chanakya
dann, dudalb, lomiller, and anyone else who might...

dann, dudalb, lomiller, and anyone else who might like to weigh in on Dawkins, as far as his views on athiesm and how he articulates them in public:

Here's the link to a new thread I've started...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,595
Posted By Chanakya
Richard Dawkins: Less than the model atheist some think he is?

Here in this place, not so much for the "Paranormal" part, obviously, as the "General Skepticism" part. Hope I've got that right.

This OP is mostly some posts I've copied from the thread about...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd June 2022, 06:13 AM
Replies: 3,252
Views: 143,648
Posted By Chanakya
Your past conduct does not inspire confidence in...

Your past conduct does not inspire confidence in your honesty, heydarian. You have shown yourself, time and time again, to be so utterly lacking in intellectual integrity, and so given to outright...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 21st June 2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 863
Views: 32,736
Posted By Chanakya
Oh really? Why not? (I realize Amber's...

Oh really? Why not?

(I realize Amber's atheism is itself a tangent, and our views about Dawkins an out-and-out off-topic diversion. If you like you could start a separate thread; nor do I mind...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 21st June 2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 863
Views: 32,736
Posted By Chanakya
In that case, while I'm no longer half as...

In that case, while I'm no longer half as impressed by that as I originally had been, but still, it's a fact that AH did not do herself any favors with that interview in purely practical terms as far...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th June 2022, 09:39 AM
Replies: 863
Views: 32,736
Posted By Chanakya
dann, theprestige, Neither of you have...

dann, theprestige,

Neither of you have directly quoted me, so it could be you were merely referencing the video I’d linked, and not so much my own comments; so that this clarification, in that...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th June 2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 863
Views: 32,736
Posted By Chanakya
I take that back. Often enough I've watched full...

I take that back. Often enough I've watched full talks of Dawkins, even long ones; and often enough I've left midway, having other thngs to do; but for the first time I left a Dawkins talk in...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 17th June 2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 863
Views: 32,736
Posted By Chanakya
I'm going to say something nice about Amber Heard

At this time there's nothing nice, absolutely nothing at all, that can be said about Amber Heard. The one thing she's still going for her is that, although older than she used to be, but she's still...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 15th June 2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 4,808
Posted By Chanakya
I wish psion10 would finally, after all of these...

I wish psion10 would finally, after all of these words spilled on paper/screen here, end up realizing the same and saying the same. We'd then round off the thread with a properly celebratory chorus...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th June 2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 309
Views: 4,351
Posted By Chanakya
On second thoughts, deleted. Kind of personal,...

On second thoughts, deleted. Kind of personal, what I'd asked OP just now.



(OP's himself made this at least partly about himself, right from the get-go. So that speaking about him directly,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 13th June 2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 4,808
Posted By Chanakya
What utter nonsense. Does religion so addle the...

What utter nonsense. Does religion so addle the brains of otherwise well educated, intelligent and articulate folks that everything they think and say about religion ends up sounding utterly...
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