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Forum: Religion and Philosophy Today, 01:02 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
For the same reason you continue, I suppose. But...

For the same reason you continue, I suppose. But we know which of us will be banging on that report button to get it excised, don't we?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Today, 12:52 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
WTF? You add the hilited edit in twenty minutes...

WTF? You add the hilited edit in twenty minutes after I asked if we could return to topic, and 40 minutes after you made this post?

You are seriously trying to rewrite history now. Dude, the...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Today, 12:06 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
No. I am familiar with the basic principles. I...

No. I am familiar with the basic principles. I have not read the specific works because I associate with people farther to the right on the evolutionary scale, so such techniques are of little value....
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 11:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,191
Posted By Thermal
Ye did Naz-Ye that coming.

Ye did Naz-Ye that coming.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 11:32 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Oh for god's sake... [OT mode] Pro tip:...

Oh for god's sake...

[OT mode] Pro tip: those The Secret of Success and How to Win an Argument and the other Dale Carnegie bull **** things are intentionally geared to manipulating stupid people....
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 11:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 642
Posted By Thermal
Oh god it's over here too.

Oh god it's over here too.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 11:06 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Yes Leumas. I got it. I got it the first time....

Yes Leumas. I got it. I got it the first time. EVERYBODY GOT IT THE FIRST TIME. Some of us maybe smirked a little. If you like, we will all give you some brief polite applause for your clever little...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 10:01 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Right. External events like humidity conditions...

Right. External events like humidity conditions and locust breeding are unrelated to the experience of a human having free will. And?
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 09:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,191
Posted By Thermal
I just know there's some genius little weasel of...

I just know there's some genius little weasel of a campaign manager running around saying "look, I got Donald flipping Trump into the Oval Office. Trust me Kanye, if you just say this it will work....
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 08:55 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,191
Posted By Thermal
I feel.like the title is from the King James...

I feel.like the title is from the King James Version of Mein Kampf
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 08:38 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Jesus Christ, are you going to start reposting...

Jesus Christ, are you going to start reposting and linking the same thing over and over again? Have we not been through this on multiple other threads?

I read it. Please understand that reposting...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 08:22 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Leumas, you are so close to the penny drop by...

Leumas, you are so close to the penny drop by quoting those two together. Just edge a little more...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 08:17 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
My apologies. I often forget that you consider...

My apologies. I often forget that you consider your postings both brilliant and unimpeachable. I sometimes confuse them with being [content preemptively moderated] with a chainsaw.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 08:02 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Imma go out on a locust-gnawed limb here and...

Imma go out on a locust-gnawed limb here and assert that no one, anywhere, thinks that free will means having control over all their environmental variables.
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 02:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,191
Posted By Thermal
Or piss everybody off.

Or piss everybody off.
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 02:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,191
Posted By Thermal
Kanyolf Hitwest.

Kanyolf Hitwest.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 02:32 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Because his brain was physically prevented from...

Because his brain was physically prevented from accessing the area that deals with TRUTH. That's a killer important piece, right there. Would you expect a reality-based answer from the part of the...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 01:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,191
Posted By Thermal
Yeitler?

Yeitler?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 11:15 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
You can, it's just often not easy. But I'm not...

You can, it's just often not easy. But I'm not asking you to prove a negative; I'm asking you to prove your assertive, that we are entirely pre-determined. Free will not existing flows independently...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 10:23 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,298
Posted By Thermal
Yeah, I get all that, but yours truly is not a...

Yeah, I get all that, but yours truly is not a huge fan of the Dale Carnegie approach.

As we see here, even amongst a group who is cognizant of the fallacies, we can't even come up with a round...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 09:25 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Ok, this is your strong evidence? Let's stay with...

Ok, this is your strong evidence? Let's stay with it for a bit. No changing the subject, if you please.

The PubMed article you cite does not draw any conclusions regarding free will, or even...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 11:33 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Well, yeah, I think we all choose to live as...

Well, yeah, I think we all choose to live as though it were true. Not sure if it would be possible to live any other way, really. Which is exactly why I am fascinated by the No Free Will advocates....
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 10:35 PM
Replies: 447
Views: 16,224
Posted By Thermal
That 1 in 9 number is pretty sensationalistic....

That 1 in 9 number is pretty sensationalistic. The article flubs it, calling it 1 in 8, which you rightly corrected, but most sources (who cite their work) peg it as more like 1 in 25. Still...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Cogito suffices. I can think of no reason to test...

Cogito suffices. I can think of no reason to test if 'thinking' is real, nor what it would prove if it was in any way possible.

Both propositions are unfalsifiable, based on our current state of...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
You make some very strange assumptions and bald...

You make some very strange assumptions and bald assertions. Very little in the way of answering the questions or providing evidence for your claims, though. Oh, and your claimed mind-reading honks on...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 09:02 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
You seem pretty convinced that making bald...

You seem pretty convinced that making bald assertions over and over with great confidence and declaring that you have won is an effective argument. Pigeons and chessboards spring to mind.


...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
There are many different processes within the...

There are many different processes within the brain. surely you are aware that they are not all identical?



None of the above had the slightest relevance to what you quoted.

You held up an...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,298
Posted By Thermal
I'm sure you do, and being Infinitely prolonged,...

I'm sure you do, and being Infinitely prolonged, I'm for sure not going to fight with you. My endurance sucks compared to that.

What I mean is that virtually every time I've heard someone argue...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 08:22 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,276
Posted By Thermal
Wiki sums up neatly what has been my...

Wiki sums up neatly what has been my understanding since I was a teen regarding carry of handguns or long guns:



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_New_Jersey

I get that things are in...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,276
Posted By Thermal
How it reads online, again, is deceptive. You...

How it reads online, again, is deceptive. You don't technically need a permit to buy a long gun, but you do need a State firearms purchaser ID, which is a permit by any other name. It does not...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,276
Posted By Thermal
Conversely, it's odd to me to hear these tales of...

Conversely, it's odd to me to hear these tales of open carry. All over my State, and in my haunts out to Philly and NYC, and visiting other cities or resorts, I never see them.

Eta: we have...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,276
Posted By Thermal
While I get your point, what if the Dollar Store...

While I get your point, what if the Dollar Store workers were not the keen eyed detectives they seem to be? What if they were wrong, and unloaded a can of whoop ass with their improvised weapons on...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,276
Posted By Thermal
Just a note, here: that chart is deceptive. In my...

Just a note, here: that chart is deceptive. In my beloved NJ, it is basically theoretical that a regular person (non-cop, etc) is carrying any type of firearm. While it is technically a 'may issue'...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 03:20 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,276
Posted By Thermal
Shopping at Blind Bob's Gun Emporium?

Shopping at Blind Bob's Gun Emporium?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,276
Posted By Thermal
Or the stuff wasn't important to him at all and...

Or the stuff wasn't important to him at all and he just liked to steal stuff. Also a dose of not liking being told he has to own that **** when caught. This shoplifter need not be some Dickensian...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,276
Posted By Thermal
Guys guys guys...the shooter is a black man....

Guys guys guys...the shooter is a black man. Anyone care to reassess their shock over why he has been arrested and charged?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Through reasoning, that handy byproduct of a...

Through reasoning, that handy byproduct of a running consciousness. Said reasoning may be Mr Spock rational, or I may be feeling aggressive and choose a sledgehammer approach. My choice may be based...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 11:34 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Which are not entirely out of your control,...

Which are not entirely out of your control, within practical limits. Sure, I can't choose to have cocktails this evening on Mars. but my choices of refreshments and where to enjoy them are not much...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Holup: a purpose to reality sounds like a meaning...

Holup: a purpose to reality sounds like a meaning of life gig. That's not where I am going.

It just 'is', agreed. What I am thinking is that we can exist independently through reason. 'Thinking'...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,285
Posted By Thermal
I make a pretty hard distinction with the Age of...

I make a pretty hard distinction with the Age of the Internet. I expect much suddenly changes, perhaps more abruptly than any other time in civilization.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Pick anything you like. Eating, say. The point is...

Pick anything you like. Eating, say. The point is to nourish the body, satiate hunger, and/or derive pleasure from the sensations.

Should we be endeavoring in activities that are entirely random...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
Your assessment is factually untrue. My starting...

Your assessment is factually untrue. My starting point is Cogito Ergo Sum, baby. The very words 'to think' carry free will. I await some evidence that this most fundamental foundation of existence is...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 10:19 AM
Replies: 447
Views: 16,224
Posted By Thermal
It's a somewhat tangental argument, but court...

It's a somewhat tangental argument, but court costs and time are not extreme. It's the lawyers, experts etc who jack them both into oblivion, and force people to forfeit their rights because they...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 30th November 2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 1,949
Posted By Thermal
The squares you are so convinced are...

The squares you are so convinced are demonstrating something can easily be shown to be the same color. Just block out the surrounding elements with your hands till the two blocks are in view, with a...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 447
Views: 16,224
Posted By Thermal
Not addressed to me, but how about public tax...

Not addressed to me, but how about public tax savings in the upkeep of a citizen who has basically no rights and is treated like an unloved pet? There is a school of thought that thinks that is...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,285
Posted By Thermal
Across that twenty year span in the chart just...

Across that twenty year span in the chart just upthread, it seems that 2001 roughly coincides with the rise of the Net. I'm thinking along the lines of it being more socially palatable to say 'no...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,285
Posted By Thermal
Not if popular perceptions have changed across...

Not if popular perceptions have changed across the years. People get older and consider their behavior in a different light. Younger people report what they grew up with, which they would have...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 30th November 2022, 08:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 653
Posted By Thermal
Put this in the file next to how close we are to...

Put this in the file next to how close we are to cold fusion.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 08:42 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,285
Posted By Thermal
OK, but 'no religion' doesn't mean a whole lot,...

OK, but 'no religion' doesn't mean a whole lot, as other commentators have pointed out. The same person, accross that census span, could report Christian on one and no religion on another, with no...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th November 2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,285
Posted By Thermal
Lots of dicey data interpretation going on here. ...

Lots of dicey data interpretation going on here.

These are census results. How seriously are respondents even taking the question in this context? If a standard was enforced, I wonder what the...
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