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Forum: Religion and Philosophy Today, 04:21 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
I cannot make any sense of this. It is not a...

I cannot make any sense of this. It is not a response to anything I wrote.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Today, 03:46 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
There is one very good reason for why it was, and...

There is one very good reason for why it was, and still is, the correct and sane approach, which is that the authors of the Qu'ran had no knowledge of future scientific discoveries. If we want to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 12:46 PM
Replies: 534
Views: 23,110
Posted By Pixel42
Another one for the "Things Childlike Empress was...

Another one for the "Things Childlike Empress was 100% wrong about" list.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy Yesterday, 12:39 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
You just described yourself. And yes, I do feel...

You just described yourself. And yes, I do feel sorry for you. But not very sorry, because your ignorance is willful. You could easily educate yourself about what science actually tells us about the...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 27th June 2022, 11:29 PM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
That is what we are doing, and you are very...

That is what we are doing, and you are very obviously not doing. You are twisting and misinterpreting what you read in a doomed attempt to justify believing things which you desperately want to...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 27th June 2022, 04:28 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
https://www.thefreedictionary.com/magic ...

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/magic



You are talking about what is usually called stage magic, which is the second definition. I was using the word in its original, primary, meaning.

The...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 26th June 2022, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
It is an accurate description of what you are...

It is an accurate description of what you are actually doing, whether you realise it or not. The only arguably inaccurate word in it is 'deliberately', because it is entirely possible that you do not...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 26th June 2022, 04:42 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
Fixed that for you.

Fixed that for you.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th June 2022, 10:58 PM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
No. There is always a possibility, however...

No. There is always a possibility, however unlikely, that new evidence will be found that will require a rethink.

More importantly, the things you are claiming are proven and definite are neither...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th June 2022, 10:35 PM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
Doubt and scepticism are fundamental to science....

Doubt and scepticism are fundamental to science. If you reject them, you reject science.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th June 2022, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
No it hasn't. The people who told you it has were...

No it hasn't. The people who told you it has were either deliberately lying to you, or were as determined to justify their irrational and unsupportable beliefs by willfully misinterpreting science as...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th June 2022, 03:39 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
There's your mistake. There is no knowledge in...

There's your mistake. There is no knowledge in the Qu'ran.


Hardly anything you've said is supported by science. The religious apologists you get it from are not scientists. Sometimes you/they...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th June 2022, 03:25 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
You believe in god and the soul, both of which...

You believe in god and the soul, both of which are superstitious beliefs. There is no evidence for them, and no good reason to postulate their existence. There was no need for a god to "blow a soul"...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th June 2022, 01:55 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
This is an absurd argument, heydarian. For...

This is an absurd argument, heydarian.

For thousands of years, people who lived near a volcano believed that the reason it rumbled was because there was a volcano god living inside it who...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd June 2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,044
Posted By Pixel42
We know they evolved by natural selection, which...

We know they evolved by natural selection, which is actually quite a lot to have in common with us.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd June 2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
You have consistently done the exact opposite of...

You have consistently done the exact opposite of all these steps since you started this thread. My realistic opinion is that you have no intention of changing your approach.

In your very next post...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 22nd June 2022, 04:45 AM
Replies: 2,516
Views: 167,505
Posted By Pixel42
Let's see if I can clarify what I'm asking with a...

Let's see if I can clarify what I'm asking with a couple of examples.

Suppose I buy a painting by a struggling artist for 5000 and some time later, after the artist becomes fashionable, sell it...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 22nd June 2022, 04:15 AM
Replies: 2,516
Views: 167,505
Posted By Pixel42
I buy x amount of Bitcoin, which costs me 5000. ...

I buy x amount of Bitcoin, which costs me 5000.

Some time later I sell it and, because the price has rocketed, I now have 1,000,000.

Where did that 995,000 come from?

I want to know what...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 22nd June 2022, 03:52 AM
Replies: 2,516
Views: 167,505
Posted By Pixel42
Still waiting for an answer to my question.

Still waiting for an answer to my question.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st June 2022, 10:49 PM
Replies: 3,237
Views: 143,460
Posted By Pixel42
The solution to having been indoctrinated from...

The solution to having been indoctrinated from birth with false beliefs is:

1. Open your mind to the possibility that your beliefs are false

2. Educate yourself using mainstream, verifiable...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 21st June 2022, 10:15 PM
Replies: 2,516
Views: 167,505
Posted By Pixel42
Indeed, which is why many people (including me)...

Indeed, which is why many people (including me) look for the most ethical investments, avoid buying products from companies known to exploit their workers or pollute the environment etc. My very...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 21st June 2022, 04:24 AM
Replies: 2,516
Views: 167,505
Posted By Pixel42
Before I do that, can you please explain to me...

Before I do that, can you please explain to me where those "few million" would have come from? Did they just materialise out of thin air, did they use to belong to other people who are now a little...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 19th June 2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 3,854
Posted By Pixel42
I wonder if the fundamental problem is that there...

I wonder if the fundamental problem is that there is an evolutionary advantage to the species of cooperative behaviour, but once natural selection has produced a cooperating group there is an...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th June 2022, 10:47 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 4,479
Posted By Pixel42
There's certainly evidence that animals...

There's certainly evidence that animals understand the concept of fairness. There's an hilarious video of a chimp getting a lesser reward for a task than the chimp in the next cage, and expressing...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th June 2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,233
Posted By Pixel42
I've sometimes wondered if it's due to so many of...

I've sometimes wondered if it's due to so many of the original colonists being "religious migrants" of some kind. Fleeing persecution, wanting to establish a community solely of people with their...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 09:49 PM
Replies: 502
Views: 95,573
Posted By Pixel42
The article doesn't say how close the mine is to...

The article doesn't say how close the mine is to being played out. Is a lot of coal going to be left in the ground, or has most of it already been taken?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 07:51 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 3,922
Posted By Pixel42
The only way to make it look like there might be...

The only way to make it look like there might be a problem with relativity is to make your thought experiment as confusing as possible.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 14th June 2022, 10:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 636
Posted By Pixel42
Science and reason have already made the world a...

Science and reason have already made the world a better place.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th June 2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 774
Views: 79,247
Posted By Pixel42
Sounds like he's making the classic mistake of...

Sounds like he's making the classic mistake of assuming he knows the size and/or distance of what he's looking at, and then estimating speed accordingly. This is how insects a few feet away and the...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 12th June 2022, 11:39 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,428
Posted By Pixel42
CANE = Claims Are Not Evidence

CANE = Claims Are Not Evidence
Forum: USA Politics 11th June 2022, 12:52 AM
Replies: 3,068
Views: 160,456
Posted By Pixel42
No, a claim of partisanship is not innocuous,...

No, a claim of partisanship is not innocuous, because it implies bias. It suggests that the hearing will be prejudiced, and its findings can therefore be dismissed out of hand. It's disingenuous to...
Forum: USA Politics 11th June 2022, 12:30 AM
Replies: 3,068
Views: 160,456
Posted By Pixel42
Whereas I find you predictable and laughable to...

Whereas I find you predictable and laughable to watch. The way you steadfastly ignore the "what's the problem?" responses to your repeated assertion of partisanship in particular has had me...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th June 2022, 11:26 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 3,854
Posted By Pixel42
Roger Penrose is hardly a woo woo artist, neither...

Roger Penrose is hardly a woo woo artist, neither is Jim Al-Khalili. I was first made aware of this stuff at a lecture by the latter at the Cheltenham Science Festival, he'd co-written a book with...
Forum: USA Politics 9th June 2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3,068
Views: 160,456
Posted By Pixel42
It is not partisan to establish the facts of an...

It is not partisan to establish the facts of an incident, even if most of those obliged to do so are of one political party and most of the perpetrators of the incident are of another.

Refusing to...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th June 2022, 01:38 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 3,854
Posted By Pixel42
It's a pretty significant exception, though. The...

It's a pretty significant exception, though. The fact that the laws of quantum mechanics are entirely statistical in nature does mean that cause and effect breaks down on that scale. For example the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd June 2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,132
Posted By Pixel42
I did actually check to make sure I'd put it in...

I did actually check to make sure I'd put it in the right place.

Definition and Examples of the Greengrocer's Apostrophe (https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-a-greengrocers-apostrophe-1690826)

:p
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd June 2022, 04:20 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,132
Posted By Pixel42
Nice use of the greengrocer's apostrophe there. ;)

Nice use of the greengrocer's apostrophe there. ;)
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd June 2022, 11:08 PM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,685
Posted By Pixel42
Why would any country object to its neighbours...

Why would any country object to its neighbours joining a mutual defence pact? It's of no interest whatsoever to that country - unless it was planning to invade one of them. So its objection would...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 2nd June 2022, 06:37 AM
Replies: 929
Views: 59,464
Posted By Pixel42
So the original estimate of six months from...

So the original estimate of six months from launch to being ready to do science was pretty accurate then.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st June 2022, 10:22 PM
Replies: 3,133
Views: 216,057
Posted By Pixel42
It annoys me when Leave voters say this isn't the...

It annoys me when Leave voters say this isn't the Brexit they voted for, because it's exactly the Brexit I voted against.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st June 2022, 10:09 PM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,685
Posted By Pixel42
To be fair to Putin (not a phrase I ever thought...

To be fair to Putin (not a phrase I ever thought I'd type) it has been the chosen option on plenty of previous occasions.
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 31st May 2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 807
Views: 13,850
Posted By Pixel42
Maybe the entirety of homo sapiens should "go...

Maybe the entirety of homo sapiens should "go back where they came from", which it appears is the Rift Valley in Africa. I'm sure every other species on the planet would be grateful.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 31st May 2022, 02:44 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 7,277
Posted By Pixel42
Her name was Cassidy, her thread is here: ...

Her name was Cassidy, her thread is here:

http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259768

Continued here:
...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th May 2022, 11:36 PM
Replies: 1,283
Views: 39,685
Posted By Pixel42
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61638860 ...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61638860



Better than nothing.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 30th May 2022, 04:22 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,132
Posted By Pixel42
During the referendum campaign there was an...

During the referendum campaign there was an article on the BBC website called something like "a guide to the best Euromyths", from which I learned that there were two different versions of this...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th May 2022, 02:46 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 64,132
Posted By Pixel42
I live in a solid Tory seat, and belong to the...

I live in a solid Tory seat, and belong to the local U3A. I usually avoid discussing politics with my fellow members, but at a stop for tea during a walk yesterday the subject of Johnson came up. Two...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th May 2022, 06:09 AM
Replies: 840
Views: 15,977
Posted By Pixel42
The subject of this discussion AIUI is the ethnic...

The subject of this discussion AIUI is the ethnic diversity of the immigration, not the number of immigrants. You can limit the number if it's deemed necessary without discriminating on the basis of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th May 2022, 05:34 AM
Replies: 840
Views: 15,977
Posted By Pixel42
The underlying trend continues to be from...

The underlying trend continues to be from barbarism to civilisation, despite the occasional setback. That doesn't mean we'll ever reach a point when there are no more barbarians.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th May 2022, 05:16 AM
Replies: 840
Views: 15,977
Posted By Pixel42
It may not be possible to "teach them away" but...

It may not be possible to "teach them away" but it's certainly possible to teach that they are unacceptable ways for a civilised person to behave, so they have repercussions.


But nobody is...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th May 2022, 12:59 AM
Replies: 840
Views: 15,977
Posted By Pixel42
We certainly shouldn't ignore them, teaching...

We certainly shouldn't ignore them, teaching children where they come from, and why they should no longer be tolerated, is essential for peaceful multicultural societies.

We have laws against...
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