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ArtificialSat 16-Nov-13 10:18 AM
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#2218, "Ah...Mr. Pascal, I missed you."


  

          

Just listen to this very short clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlIymF6Fx6c

I'll transcribe the 2 most relevant points as well if you're not going to.

"It makes the claim that worshiping, believing, cost you -nothing- when that's not true. If this is the one and only life you have, then every minute you've spent believing, worshiping, every dime you've spent in deference to a god is WASTED. So there is not a no-loss situation at all."

"It presumes that belief is subject to the will, and that by determining that you're in a safe-bet situation you can go ahead and choose to believe."

As I go through my life I want to believe as many true things as possible and as few false things as possible, so that the choices I make are unfettered by nonsense beliefs that might lead me the wrong way.

I have no respect for those who ignore reason and logic for the "hope" that religion offers. If I'm in debt can I choose to believe I have a million dollar bank account, because it offers me hope? If I did choose to believe that, wouldn't I make some REALLY bad decisions as a result?

I can conceive in this huge universe of a superior being, a space walrus, that requires that we undergo as much body modification as possible to become more like a walrus. He will not interfere with our lives in any way, but once we're dead, you don't want to know what kind of punishment he has in store for the people who didn't make an effort to look like a walrus.

The bottom line is that the benefit to not accepting claims without evidence is that you aren't bogged down by nonsense. Skepticism is floss for your brain.

Love is not without evidence, or a better statement is "love without evidence is stalking." Think about things before saying them because you've heard them before or they sound nice.

  

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HOT TopicIs this simple or complicated to you.... [View all] , Moligant, Thu 24-Oct-13 02:40 PM
Reply A REAL miracle would be..., Lyristeon, 25-Oct-13 03:05 PM, #3
Reply Done it., Tsunami, 25-Oct-13 03:25 PM, #4
     Reply +1 nt, Artificial, 26-Oct-13 04:15 AM, #5
Reply "I'm agnostic", Artificial, 24-Oct-13 10:38 PM, #2
Reply Part of the problem is "defining God". , Eskelian, 07-Nov-13 02:19 AM, #6
     Reply Real Agnosticism, 1D_rookie, 16-Nov-13 12:04 AM, #7
     Reply Truly Without Knowledge, Artificial, 16-Nov-13 02:39 AM, #8
     Reply RE: Truly Without Knowledge, 1D_rookie, 17-Nov-13 09:01 AM, #12
     Reply It's been shown, incognito, 01-May-14 03:55 PM, #27
     Reply And until evidence arrives, Artificial, 16-Nov-13 02:42 AM, #9
          Reply Why?, Eskelian, 16-Nov-13 04:10 AM, #10
               Reply Ah...Mr. Pascal, I missed you., Artificial, 16-Nov-13 10:18 AM #11
                    Reply RE: Ah...Mr. Pascal, I missed you., Eskelian, 17-Nov-13 11:23 AM, #13
                         Reply Montessori., Tsunami, 17-Nov-13 03:34 PM, #14
                         Reply RE: Montessori., Eskelian, 17-Nov-13 09:57 PM, #15
                         Reply RE: Ah...Mr. Pascal, I missed you., Daevryn, 01-Dec-13 09:51 AM, #16
                         Reply RE: Ah...Mr. Pascal, I missed you., Eskelian, 09-Dec-13 02:40 AM, #18
                              Reply I'll also point out..., Eskelian, 09-Dec-13 11:34 AM, #22
                                   Reply RE: I'll also point out..., Moligant, 09-Dec-13 01:54 PM, #23
                                        Reply RE: I'll also point out..., Eskelian, 10-Dec-13 04:42 AM, #24
                         Reply The more invested you are in this, the harder it is for..., Vortex Magus, 08-Dec-13 07:15 PM, #17
                         Reply RE: The more invested you are in this, the harder it is..., Eskelian, 09-Dec-13 02:43 AM, #19
                              Reply You think lack of religion causes depression?, Homard, 09-Dec-13 09:12 AM, #20
                                   Reply RE: You think lack of religion causes depression?, Eskelian, 09-Dec-13 11:09 AM, #21
                                        Reply I'm not going off the deep end., Homard, 10-Dec-13 08:11 AM, #25
                         Reply You can be communal without religion too., DurNominator, 13-Dec-13 10:31 AM, #26
Reply I think it's in what you termed a "miracle"., Straklaw, 24-Oct-13 04:35 PM, #1
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