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    Carbon dating, dinosaurs and the shroud of Turin

    Yes everybody knows that it is pointless to carbon date something that is older than 50k years. You seem tonbe missing the point I am making which is it is assumed that dinosaurs lives 65+ million years ago. It was never demonstrated. Yet scientists dont find it odd to find soft tissue...
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    How can Alex be so firm in his stance? Objectivity has gone out the window

    I am reading the wikipage and I still cannot understand how people would liken even remotely information integration to consciousness. To learn and acquire information even to re-use that information for other purposes is not a proof of consciousness at all. I am conscious that I am typing on a...
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    Carbon dating, dinosaurs and the shroud of Turin

    Ok time to revive this thread. It appears that they found blood cells again in a dinosaur bone, one that was supposed to have lived 75 million years ago. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/10/tech/dinosaur-preserved-cells/ now to my knowledge blood cells are organic materials aren't they? Why do...
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    Pascal's wager refuted... or not

    I am not implying anything, I am asking you where it is mentioned that it applies to the christian God only. Now to be able to answer your question one has to wonder what god Jesus was worshipping? Some christians say that he's God incarnate, some of them say that he was the son of God? All I...
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    Pascal's wager refuted... or not

    ICan you please quote the extract in which Pascal says that it is only about the Christian god?
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    Who cares about the saints?

    A while back I was researching on Bernadette Soubirou when I stumbled upon a video about her made by a jesuit father. I found out that it's part of a series of short documentaries/video clips. Rather interesting if you want to learn more about some icons that are key in the catholic culture...
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    Pascal's wager refuted... or not

    I have been reading here and there that Pascal's wager has been refutted and I spent a bit of time looking at the arguments... I was hoping to find some good arguments to chew on and I felt like I wasted a bit of my time. All the rebuttals made are based on the understanding of "religion" of a...
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    Mod+ 269. DR. MICHAEL SHERMER, SKEPTICAL SCIENCE REPORTING

    Why try to change people's stance? Are you 100% confident in yours? If you consider yourself a true skeptic then you need to question your opinion as well as others'. If you just come here for a good wrestle you'll get nowhere. You have to engage with other people's material. I am a theist and...
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    Mod+ 269. DR. MICHAEL SHERMER, SKEPTICAL SCIENCE REPORTING

    or one could have said "I actually read your post here, and about 10 seconds in I realized you were trolling" :D
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    Mod+ 269. DR. MICHAEL SHERMER, SKEPTICAL SCIENCE REPORTING

    I am afraid that the statement in bold is applicable to modern-day society. The financial crisis, the 1% of the population holding almost 50% of earthly wealth is the symptom of a world that has drifted away from God. I fear that the worst is yet to come for I do not see people changing their...
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    Mod+ 269. DR. MICHAEL SHERMER, SKEPTICAL SCIENCE REPORTING

    Clearly an argument from ignorance. Again, western civilization is based on the judeo christian model. For the benefits of organized religion please read also Emile Durkheim's essay regarding suicide. As for NDEs, there is no such thing as believing in an NDE. It's as dumb as saying believing...
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    Mod+ 269. DR. MICHAEL SHERMER, SKEPTICAL SCIENCE REPORTING

    I haven't had the chance to listen to the podcast but I thought I'd throw some comments in... Shermer, just like lots of people out there, seems to be kicking a dead horse. Instinutionalized religion is bad; reality, however, is far more complex than that. Western civilization is a derivative...
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    Mark 11:12-14 and the rice experiment

    The other day I was reading Killing Jesus by O'Reilly (not really impressed by the way though it did refresh some memories) and I stumbled upon that little episde in the life of Jesus Right after this episode, Jesus and his disciples leave the place. When they come back the next day, the fig...
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    Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory

    Sounds awfully like dualism to me... Btw love your quote Jim ;)
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    Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory

    There may be a good reason behind that. Rudolph Tanzi who's a leading researcher on Alzheimer has also teamed up with Chopra. Chopra gets the publicity and, though to me he doesn't know what he's talking about or appears like a charlatan to some, you can be sure that if you are with him you're...
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    Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory

    Also, does this discovery support more or less the brain as a filter model??
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    Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory

    It seems though that dualism may be the closest to their stance doesn't it?
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    Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' inside brain neurons supports controversial theory

    Hi folks, Apologies if this has been posted here already.... I appreciate the age of the article (1 yo+) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140116085105.htm Can anyone shed some light here? There is something going on at the microtubule level. What theory does this support? The...
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    The way to end human suffering??

    I don't know where this guy stands from a metaphysical standpoint (idealist, physicalist, etc.) but man that video was insightful... Enjoy BTW, he made people do the voice in my head experiment :)
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    Is Atheism trendy?

    Are we within our right to request moderate atheists to speak out against the murders that occured in Chapel Hill? Just wondering... Apart from that I'd like to share an anecdote... I had a brief exchange with some guy whom I assume was an atheist on Twitter. It all started with me replying...
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