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Political Threads / Re: Serious Voter Fraud is Alleged
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:32:32 pm »
Yesterday was a disgrace and IMO, textbook sedition which we can see was a long time in the planning.

I'll be blunt and say Trump needs to go now. Not in two weeks, not at Biden's inauguration. Now. He is not having a functioning relationship with reality and people are dead due to conspiracy theories and lies. He couldn't care less as long as he thinks this affords him a pitiful last grab at the furthest of straws.

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Backwards, Ignorant, Irrational, and Dumb?
« on: December 27, 2020, 01:43:32 am »
Absolutely not. Christian theism and theology, if anything, is the exemplification of the mutual co-harmony of rigorous scientific development and a spiritual worldview and belief in angels, spirits, demons and immaterial realities.

It is precisely such a Christian worldview which fostered the necessary noetic soil for science to flourish in.

If anything, what would betray ignorance is somebody perpetuating late 19th century secularist propaganda like the myth of disenchantment and the conflict thesis and the sciennce-secularization thesis.

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Belief Without Evidence
« on: December 23, 2020, 03:32:09 am »
I think it's pivotal to understand properly basic belief is not belief in spite of evidence. That would be manifestly irrational, like believing the sun is square, or the sky is green.

Rather, a properly basic belief is not only one that forms naturally and non-inferentially in the context of experience, but one that would be considered fundamental to a proper noetic structure; or rather, a belief one must have implicitly as a precondition for even sensibly assessing anything we would regard as "empirical evidence".

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: The KCA one more time
« on: December 21, 2020, 03:46:15 am »
If God does not exist, the big bang singularity is self sufficient as defined.  It requires nothing to bring it into being or arrange it.  And folk are already conflating "brute fact" with ontological dependency (if that were sufficient for being a brute fact, God would be a brute fact by definition).  Something non-dependent is not a brute fact just because it is non-dependent.  It must also be the case that it could have never been.  It is reasonable to investigate an explanation for something iff ...

1. It came into being.
2. It could have never been.

In the absence of God, it cannot be assumed that either is true of the big bang and thus, asserting that the big bang requires an explanation is question begging.

But why bring ontological import into the notion of a singularity? I think thats unjust; the singularity is just a mathematical idealisation that is never reached and never actual.

Political Threads / Re: Serious Voter Fraud is Alleged
« on: December 21, 2020, 03:43:21 am »
I totally agree GR, which is why we ought to be concerned with how to help people and not should we help people. "How" under capitalism is far different than "how" under socialism.

If Dems were serious about helping people without testing how close we can get to a Socialist totalitarian government without dismantling our capitalist system, then they would stop trying to follow the same courses of action taken by socialist governments (e.g., universal health care, paid college debt, etc).

I don't agree with socialism either since I think it runs contrary to solid Christian and Natural Law values; it denigrates the nuclear family as the fundamental unit of society, for example. It reifies the state into a quasi-God like figure.

But in the case of Trump a two steps forward, one step back was a small price to pay.

Most of his tweets are about election fraud and conspiracy theories.

COVID is no longer a political cudgel he may or may not swing in his favour; it's not an entity with which he might pragmatically employ in the interests of his own self-aggrandisement.

Tony Schwartz said the deaths from COVID simply don't matter to Trump. He was right. He couldn't care less about it if can't be used to further his own re-election chances. But he would have infected all of us in an instant if it meant his reelection.

Political Threads / Re: What is at the bottom of the slipperly slope?
« on: December 03, 2020, 05:34:45 am »
No, this aspect of conservatism is reactionary fear of a complex world. It substitutes a single clandestine entity to blame for the worlds problems for the actually real, hypercomplex and pluralistic world. The world is complex and non-linear and its problems are complex and non-linear and conservatism blame and Qanon etc. are a conspiratorial effort to simplify a complex world and lay the blame at the feet of a single entity. Wrapped up in this is the teleological view of history where if only this mysterious cabal were eliminated everything would be on course again and we just need to "trust the plan".

But that is just fascism by any other name.

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Two Dozen or So Arguments for atheism
« on: November 28, 2020, 07:29:03 am »
The best argument for atheism is that there is no space for the assumption of the reality of God. If the universe could have got started under its own steam, as science now has models for, if there is no innate purpose or point to life, I fail to see where God fits into the Universe.

Actually, that is God of the Gaps and that is not a good argument for God.

Science does not have models for an causal universe or one which comes into being out of absolutely nothing; this is a textbook Lawrence Krauss equivocation and it needs to be called out.

Which models were you thinking of?

Political Threads / Re: Trump is sinking his 2024 chances
« on: November 28, 2020, 07:25:43 am »
Trump sank his 2o24 chances when he committed tax fraud, obstruction of justice and campaign finance violations.

Choose Your Own Topic / Re: Two Dozen or So Arguments for atheism
« on: November 25, 2020, 02:55:08 am »
I can think of a few possible arguments. Some exist, some do not exist and are just my own ideas for possibilities:

1)Argument from evil, logical or evidential or probabilistic.

2)Divine hiddenness.

3)Incoherence of divine attributes.

4) Argument from anti-objective and anti-foundational nature of Being.

5)Argument from brute contingency of Being.

The 4th and 5th do not currently exist as actual arguments but these are where atheology should direct its focus. FYI; Nietzsche's thought developed no. 4.

How exactly is belief in God like belief in other minds?  I'm not getting a clear explanation of that from reading the OP.

IMO the beliefs are non-inferential and non-evidential, but rather are just basic and sensible to any worldview.

Political Threads / Re: The Simple Reason Why Trump Lost
« on: November 19, 2020, 01:08:13 am »
I despise those who want a fake "presidential" president.

These are the same people who don't embrace the doctrine of total depravity.

Of course they are foreordained to be despicable as much as I was foreordained to despise them.


We want someone who behaves like an adult, is well-educated, respectable, polite, gentlemanly, erudite and articulate and is actually remembered for his  beautiful and memorable oration.

There are many things I despise about Trump. What is close to top of the list is just how primitive his way of communicating is; it simply isn't mature or adult. He never uses complex or interesting vocabulary; he doesn't give his rhetoric the sheen of erudition; the only adjective he ever uses to connote significance is "tremendous" which is just downright irritating. What mature adult splatters his speech with kid-tier superlatives like a child writing his first essay?

It's just not presidential and not even mature or adult or respectable. I've never heard him say a beautiful or memorable speech or quote before.

Political Threads / Re: what Trump's final days in office will look like
« on: November 19, 2020, 12:37:12 am »
You are correct, but remember Trump is a criminal. He is a tax fraud and cheat and an obstructer of justice. The DOJ prevents a sitting President from being charged with a crime and he loses this immunity without the clout of the POTUS chair.

He was not running for President so much as he was running to avoid prison. It's obvious Trump is trapped in a catch-22; he is in a job hes overwhelmed by and cannot handle the sheer scrutiny of the chair and public exposure, but he must remain there to avoid charges and prison.

What absolutely does not motivate his behaviour is a respect for democracy, his countrymen or any sense of patriotism.

Political Threads / Re: Serious Voter Fraud is Alleged
« on: November 19, 2020, 12:30:50 am »
Harvey I have a lot of respect for you as a philosopher and commentator on science but it's starting to sound a little ridiculous.

I think anyone can see Trump is filing frivolous lawsuits that will go nowhere because of his malignant narcissism, and the fact his entire sense of self is bound up with the notion of being a "winner".

DHS said the election is the most secure in history. There has never been any evidence of mass voter fraud. Trump's own lawyers are abandoning him because they realize they can be disbarred if they lie to a federal judge. Trump's lawsuits are being laughed out of court.

I'm disappointed in that conservative thinkers I otherwise respect are falling prey to this. This narrative is retrofitting the facts to it and not the other way around. The narrative was pre-prepared ahead of time; everyone knew Trump would squeal about the election being stolen long before election day.

The narrative was created without any evidence and even in spite of the evidence. It's still being peddled despite the world moving on, and the motivation is not respecting democracy but anger and butthurt and narcissism.

Like Mammal said, this is an assault on democracy and fracturing national security and it can't be tolerated. Did you know the 9/11 commission found that the delayed transition between the Bush/Clinton administration left the country vulnerable to the worst terror attack in its history?

Anyone who cared about the country would realize the country comes first; the Presidency is a position of public servitude, you sit your allotted period and you leave peacefully. Does Trump seem like he cares about the country now?

This didnt age well.

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