• Question for athiests?

    Well, in the sense that every molecule in my body will be part of some new lifeform in the future, sure. But that holds no religious or spiritual connotations. It doesn't matter if you're a good or bad person, either. Heck, every single molecule in your body will be replaced over the span of a decade or so anyway. If you're old... show more
    Well, in the sense that every molecule in my body will be part of some new lifeform in the future, sure. But that holds no religious or spiritual connotations. It doesn't matter if you're a good or bad person, either. Heck, every single molecule in your body will be replaced over the span of a decade or so anyway. If you're old enough to use this site, there's already probably nothing left of your "original" body. "You" is just a pattern of brain activity. It will be gone when my brain dies or if it is severely damaged in some way. I don't need to think beyond that and any consciousness that arises from my remains is not "me" in any meaningful way.
    20 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Why do conservatives love giving billions of dollars in WELFARE to large companies (GM, Exxon, Apple, etc), but?

    I don't. Cut them all off.
    I don't. Cut them all off.
    22 answers · Politics · 3 months ago
  • How to ease the anxiety about death and possibility of hell/torture?

    I like to think about it in terms of math. Suppose you're looking at a spot on the other side of the room. X....................................X Now, each time you move, you cover half the remaining distance. .................X...................X ..........................X..........X ................................X....X Now, to any... show more
    I like to think about it in terms of math. Suppose you're looking at a spot on the other side of the room. X....................................X Now, each time you move, you cover half the remaining distance. .................X...................X ..........................X..........X ................................X....X Now, to any outside observer, you're going to get to the other side of the room, but the math tells you that you can never actually get there. This is like death. You're going to be sitting there, splitting that infinitely small distance, never actually getting there....while the rest of the world sees you get there and moves past you. So you will never reach that point. Since you can't get there....there really isn't any reason to be afraid of something that can never happen.
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Why in the hell are taxpayers subsidizing General Motors?

    Because politicians like the tax revenue from auto sales and votes from employed workers.
    Because politicians like the tax revenue from auto sales and votes from employed workers.
    11 answers · Politics · 3 months ago
  • Why Can’t everyone be Rich? Why is America systematically set up to have you in some kind of debt? Why isn’t healthcare free?

    Best answer: Because there are limited resources. When resources are limited, they have to be distributed somehow and not everyone can have everything, or at least, they might not get as much as they want. In 2015, there were 1.1 million doctors in the US. It works out to about 350 people per doctor. Assuming the doctor spends 1 hour per patient... show more
    Best answer: Because there are limited resources. When resources are limited, they have to be distributed somehow and not everyone can have everything, or at least, they might not get as much as they want. In 2015, there were 1.1 million doctors in the US. It works out to about 350 people per doctor. Assuming the doctor spends 1 hour per patient and works an 8 hour day, 40 hours a week... That means each doctor could have 2,080 appointment slots a year. That's about 6 appointments per person per year. Sounds pretty good if you're young and healthy. But what about the old and the sick? Sorry Grandma, you've used up all your appointments for kidney dialysis and cancer treatment in the first 2 weeks... Good luck living until next year, we hope to see you back! No problem, you say, take some appointments that the young and healthy don't need and give them to the old any sick. Fine, but are you sure that there ARE enough appointments to actually do this? And how many should we take? Just 5 and leave them with 1 for their physical? What happens if they get sick after we've used the appointments up? Now, doctors aren't going to be slaves (and really, if you did enslave a doctor, would you be sure they were actually trying to help and not trying to kill you off quicker as revenge?)... So how are they going to get paid? And what's a reasonable rate to pay them? In most places where there is "free" healthcare, it is the government paying through taxes. Sounds ok, except that the government then gets to decide what treatments are allowed, since they are paying. Again, no big deal UNLESS you have a rare or hard to treat problem. So if you want control, you have to be the one paying. But if you're paying, then it can't be free. This is FAR more complicated than just declaring a right to healthcare or passing a bill to make it free and there are unintended negative consequences for some people no matter what you do. The problem that needs to be solved is scarcity. But if scarcity went away, most of our problems as a species would go away and the world would look like Star Trek. Now, there is a possible solution coming in the form of advanced medical AI and robotics. In the coming decades, it may become feasible for everyone to have doctor AI on their phone and a robot capable of most minor treatments and even some simple surgeries in their own home for a reasonable price and people will only see a doctor for severe or life-threatening issues, but we aren't there yet and even that won't be "free", just low cost... Maybe even subsidized by your insurance because you'll cost less to keep healthy by buying you a $30,000 robot than having you rack up a million or two in lifetime insurance claims.
    10 answers · Politics · 3 months ago
  • What happens to Trump if he is impeached (besides obvious line of succession)? *His business, his family, etc etc *Articulate people answer?

    If he is just impeached? Nothing, same as what happened when Bill Clinton was impeached. Following impeachment, he can be removed from office following a trial in the Senate. Should that happen, he can be referred for criminal prosecution. It is likely that President Pence would pardon him, same as Ford did with Nixon...because it would only... show more
    If he is just impeached? Nothing, same as what happened when Bill Clinton was impeached. Following impeachment, he can be removed from office following a trial in the Senate. Should that happen, he can be referred for criminal prosecution. It is likely that President Pence would pardon him, same as Ford did with Nixon...because it would only further divide the nation to allow a criminal prosecution to move forward. But let's assume we do that anyway. Should Trump be convicted, his businesses and personal property might be sold to recover funds to pay any fines or court costs in addition to any potential prison time. His family members might also be subject to prosecution. It is likely that Trump has taken legal steps to protect both his family and his businesses by structuring his business in a way that he has very little personal property to take.
    15 answers · Politics · 3 months ago
  • Which enemy of the United States will be providing arms for the Gun Crazies' Second Amendment Revolution?

    There are more than 300 million privately owned firearms in the US. Do we really need any more? Any revolution/civil war will quickly become a massive bloodbath. Same with any attempt at gun confiscation.
    There are more than 300 million privately owned firearms in the US. Do we really need any more? Any revolution/civil war will quickly become a massive bloodbath. Same with any attempt at gun confiscation.
    13 answers · Politics · 3 months ago
  • What part, if any, of Jehovah Witness teaching upsets you the most?

    The part where they shun family who aren't interested in sharing their beliefs.
    The part where they shun family who aren't interested in sharing their beliefs.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Guys, when I see this amazing world I know God is real and he is in control. Your opinion?

    When I look at the world, I don't see your god at all. I see mindless natural forces acting predictably on matter and energy. See, I studied physics in college. While there remain unknowns, there really aren't any completely unexplained mysteries that require anything like a god to explain. This is the BIG one that theists miss all the... show more
    When I look at the world, I don't see your god at all. I see mindless natural forces acting predictably on matter and energy. See, I studied physics in college. While there remain unknowns, there really aren't any completely unexplained mysteries that require anything like a god to explain. This is the BIG one that theists miss all the time -- In order to EVEN constitute evidence for a god, whatever you are presenting must not have ANY other possible or plausible explanation. And therein lies the rub... There is nothing for which their god is the one and only explanation.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Christians, why MUST there be a controlling intelligence behind the formation of our universe?

    It's a lot more comforting to think that there is some person and some reason behind everything. The universe is a cold, harsh, unforgiving place otherwise and lots of people can't or won't deal with that. It's actually a result of a malfunction in our agency detection system. Our brains assume agency because it was beneficial to... show more
    It's a lot more comforting to think that there is some person and some reason behind everything. The universe is a cold, harsh, unforgiving place otherwise and lots of people can't or won't deal with that. It's actually a result of a malfunction in our agency detection system. Our brains assume agency because it was beneficial to our survival to overestimate the amount of agency -- that is, the number of minds acting intentionally to cause the things we witness. Suppose you're on the plains of Africa. The grass rustles behind you. Now, there's very little time to make a choice -- was it the wind? Or a hungry predator? Now let's look at the possible outcomes... 1. It was just the wind. You don't react, nothing happens. 2. It was just the wind, but you ran away and nothing happened. 3. It was a lion, but you ran and nothing happened. 4. It was a lion, but you didn't react and you're lunch. Assuming a lion every time will give you a 25% greater chance of surviving in this basic setup. Similarly, we assume higher amounts of agency for all unknowns. This time, assume you're a primitive human on the plains of Africa and there's an earthquake, but you don't know what an earthquake is or how it works. If you assume agency, then someone had to cause it. But humans are the most powerful species you know and they can't do it. So it must be something....superhuman. Now, you know from dealing with other humans that when they do things, they usually have reasons. But what reason would a superhuman have for causing an earthquake? Maybe you upset it somehow...and maybe you could find a way to please it...that might stop the earthquakes. But maybe, if you made it really happy, it might help you when you need help! Presto. You just invented gods and religion, all from assuming agency.
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Do you have to be a little sadistic to work on a line on the killimg floor of an industrial slaughter house?

    It might help you with guilt at first, but I imagine that after your first couple of weeks, you either get used to it or you quit and go do something else. Incidentally, I've seen the automation for some such places. You barely see anything and there aren't many humans needed except to fix the line if it gets stuck.
    It might help you with guilt at first, but I imagine that after your first couple of weeks, you either get used to it or you quit and go do something else. Incidentally, I've seen the automation for some such places. You barely see anything and there aren't many humans needed except to fix the line if it gets stuck.
    9 answers · Politics · 3 months ago
  • Explain this ATHEISTS?

    It's called The Anthropic Principle. It looks like it was made for us... Therefore it must have been made for us! No. False. Just because the water precisely fills the puddle doesn't mean the puddle was created for the purpose of precisely holding that amount of water. If the properties of the physical universe were different, then the... show more
    It's called The Anthropic Principle. It looks like it was made for us... Therefore it must have been made for us! No. False. Just because the water precisely fills the puddle doesn't mean the puddle was created for the purpose of precisely holding that amount of water. If the properties of the physical universe were different, then the outcome of interactions in the universe would be different. Perhaps those new conditions might be suitable for another kind of life that can't exist here because physics doesn't work that way here. As for the sun's distance... You know that's only a temporary thing, right? As the sun ages and heats up, the habitable zone will move further and further out. I've heard estimates of 800 million to 1.2 billion years until the Earth is too hot for liquid water any more. Eventually, when the sun becomes a red giant, it will expand to roughly the size of Earth's orbit. It is inevitable as the sun switches from fusing hydrogen to helium. Some people say that the fact that the moon covers the face of the sun for eclipses is more evidence of design... But the moon is receding, so it was inevitable that there would be a time when the moon was the right distance to do this... we just happen to be living at that time.
    84 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Would you kill certain people or individuals because of racial hatred?

    The only people I would kill would be people trying to harm me or my family. It wouldn't matter what race they were, but I would no doubt be crucified in the media as a terrible racist if they were anything but white.
    The only people I would kill would be people trying to harm me or my family. It wouldn't matter what race they were, but I would no doubt be crucified in the media as a terrible racist if they were anything but white.
    12 answers · Politics · 3 months ago
  • Sometimes I wonder what would happen if my parents never met?

    "You", that voice in your head that you identify with, is a product of all of your experiences as well as the sun total of all of your ancestors' experiences. That particular pattern of brain activity can only exist if all those exact events happened as they did. Even small changes might have huge effects that radically alter or... show more
    "You", that voice in your head that you identify with, is a product of all of your experiences as well as the sun total of all of your ancestors' experiences. That particular pattern of brain activity can only exist if all those exact events happened as they did. Even small changes might have huge effects that radically alter or eliminate that pattern. The fact is that you would simply not exist. That pattern of brain activity that constitutes "you" could not have formed.
    8 answers · Sociology · 3 months ago
  • Pinky! Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

    Wuh, I think so, Brain, but how will we get three pink flamingos into one pair of Capri pants?
    Wuh, I think so, Brain, but how will we get three pink flamingos into one pair of Capri pants?
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Atheists, what would you say to Christian if say this?

    Say? What's to say? I'd probably just laugh at how they still don't understand the most basic bits of evolution.
    Say? What's to say? I'd probably just laugh at how they still don't understand the most basic bits of evolution.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • When will Trump finally be impeached and removed from the office he stole?

    Best answer: Trump will be impeached and removed from office if and only if his accusers can come up with sufficient evidence that even his own party can no longer defend him. Given the paucity of the publicly available evidence, I don't think there is any chance of this happening. So, for this to go anywhere, some of that private, confidential... show more
    Best answer: Trump will be impeached and removed from office if and only if his accusers can come up with sufficient evidence that even his own party can no longer defend him. Given the paucity of the publicly available evidence, I don't think there is any chance of this happening. So, for this to go anywhere, some of that private, confidential and classified evidence that is claimed to exist is going to have to see the light of day... But is there even any movement afoot to do that?
    10 answers · Politics · 3 months ago
  • Jesus came to redeem the Jews and the non-Jews or Gentiles, as the passage below shows. Do Muslims know this truth?

    This might come as a surprise... But Muslims care as much about what Christian scriptures say as Christians care about what the Quran says.
    This might come as a surprise... But Muslims care as much about what Christian scriptures say as Christians care about what the Quran says.
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • What is Gods True name? “Jehovah”? Yahweh? Or something else?

    Best answer: Jehovah is the Latin transliteration of Yahweh. Other names used include El, El-Elyon, Adonai and Hashem... Though the latter two aren't actually names, but Hebrew placeholders because pronouncing the name of Yahweh is a form of blasphemy. Other users here claim Elohim is another name, but this is a plural noun meaning "the... show more
    Best answer: Jehovah is the Latin transliteration of Yahweh. Other names used include El, El-Elyon, Adonai and Hashem... Though the latter two aren't actually names, but Hebrew placeholders because pronouncing the name of Yahweh is a form of blasphemy. Other users here claim Elohim is another name, but this is a plural noun meaning "the sons of El", so it isn't a name at all. And Yahweh isn't the complete name anyway, it's Yahweh Sabbaoth. He was the Canaanite god of war (that's why he's such a warmongering, genocidal jerk in much of the Old Testament). All these names are translated into English as "God" or "Lord", which hides the evidence of polytheism because of the fact that the names referred to different gods from different cultures pantheons. Their individual stories and traits have been combined to try to make a single... Sort of coherent narrative. What's hilarious is that this is all evident in the text, but few religious people bother to read it or understand it.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 months ago
  • Should Americans withhold our taxes until the gov't removes all 35 million illegal aliens with kids in tow ?

    Well, my taxes are taken out of my paycheck before I even get the money in my hands. While I would like to see a general tax revolt of this kind to cover a variety of issues, the problem you're going to run into is that, like me, most people don't really have the option to join this revolt and those who do would probably chicken out to... show more
    Well, my taxes are taken out of my paycheck before I even get the money in my hands. While I would like to see a general tax revolt of this kind to cover a variety of issues, the problem you're going to run into is that, like me, most people don't really have the option to join this revolt and those who do would probably chicken out to avoid prison.
    10 answers · Politics · 3 months ago