• Dew u no de wey?

    I kno de wey, my brudder.
    I kno de wey, my brudder.
    2 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 42 mins ago
  • Does prayer work?

    Every time prayer has been studied under controlled conditions, it has been found to have no effect greater than chance... Except for one amusing study where they found chance MORE effective than prayer... You are literally more likely to get the outcome you want doing nothing instead of praying.
    Every time prayer has been studied under controlled conditions, it has been found to have no effect greater than chance... Except for one amusing study where they found chance MORE effective than prayer... You are literally more likely to get the outcome you want doing nothing instead of praying.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 hour ago
  • Why is Superman demonstrably more moral than Yahweh? Superman wouldn't sit back while a high school student took an AR-15 to school, and...?

    Forget Superman... I'm demonstrably more moral than Yahweh because I will categorical denounce slavery. It is ALWAYS wrong. Yahweh endorses it by giving rules for slavery.
    Forget Superman... I'm demonstrably more moral than Yahweh because I will categorical denounce slavery. It is ALWAYS wrong. Yahweh endorses it by giving rules for slavery.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 hours ago
  • Why do republicans think that prayer in school wouldn’t cause violence?

    Because they don't accept the scientific evidence that prayer is completely ineffective. They genuinely think they are helping. They're just wrong.
    Because they don't accept the scientific evidence that prayer is completely ineffective. They genuinely think they are helping. They're just wrong.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 9 hours ago
  • Atheists: Why is "natural" life the only kind of life in the entirety of ALL existence EVERYWHERE in this or any other universe or realm?

    I'm not sure how you know that there isn't artificial life elsewhere in the universe. Humans are close to this feat, so one can imagine that any other civilizations with similar or greater technology can do it too.
    I'm not sure how you know that there isn't artificial life elsewhere in the universe. Humans are close to this feat, so one can imagine that any other civilizations with similar or greater technology can do it too.
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 9 hours ago
  • Is it humanly possible to love all women of the world , all men of the world and all birds and animals and other living creatures?

    Perhaps if one's brain is malfunctioning, but outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, virtually all humans are indifferent to everything and everyone else. If you really loved everyone, you'd cry yourself to sleep every night due to massive suffering beyond your control. No one would ever be productive. show more
    Perhaps if one's brain is malfunctioning, but outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, virtually all humans are indifferent to everything and everyone else. If you really loved everyone, you'd cry yourself to sleep every night due to massive suffering beyond your control. No one would ever be productive.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 10 hours ago
  • Friends, I m asking for the final time, Is God real or not, your answers?

    It sure would be nice if this was the last time, but I'm skeptical. There is no reason to think that God exists. When asked for evidence of their God, theists: 1. Point to an old book (which wouldn't be evidence even if it wasn't OBVIOUS fiction to anyone with 5th grade reading skills). 2. Wave their hand and say everything just... show more
    It sure would be nice if this was the last time, but I'm skeptical. There is no reason to think that God exists. When asked for evidence of their God, theists: 1. Point to an old book (which wouldn't be evidence even if it wasn't OBVIOUS fiction to anyone with 5th grade reading skills). 2. Wave their hand and say everything just couldn't happen by accident (yes, it can -- given enough time, what we observe is inevitable consequences of natural laws) 3. Talk about their subjective personal experiences (people are known to lie and human memory is notoriously unreliable, so this is useless as evidence too). 4. Go to poor rhetorical arguments that attempt to make the existence of God seem necessary (but you can cross out God and write in any other deity and they are just the same, but somehow no one finds them compelling when you do that). That's all they have. None of it even begins to form a basis for any kind of objective evidence.
    45 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 11 hours ago
  • Why do people always film aliens with really crappy low resolution cameras?

    Professional camera operators with high-end cameras aren't exceptionally common and so-called alien sightings are pretty rare. Besides, professionals will often be able to tell if the alien spaceship is a natural phenomena like a sun dog or the planet Venus. In general... Consumers are using consumer-grade optics. While they have improved... show more
    Professional camera operators with high-end cameras aren't exceptionally common and so-called alien sightings are pretty rare. Besides, professionals will often be able to tell if the alien spaceship is a natural phenomena like a sun dog or the planet Venus. In general... Consumers are using consumer-grade optics. While they have improved substantially, you can't make up for training and better equipment you'd have with a professional. Besides, in virtually every instance, clear photos and videos would make it easier to identify the natural phenomena the person has misinterpreted as aliens.
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 20 hours ago
  • Agree or Disagree? If the public schools would be allowed to teach religion there would be a LOT LESS SHOOTINGS in USA schools. Since?

    Disagree. Per capita rates of crime and violence were much higher in the past than today and religious instruction was mandatory then. There is no correlation between levels of religious teaching and rates of violence. The problem that we have is with isolated, ostracized, mentally ill young men with access to firearms. Fix that and you'd... show more
    Disagree. Per capita rates of crime and violence were much higher in the past than today and religious instruction was mandatory then. There is no correlation between levels of religious teaching and rates of violence. The problem that we have is with isolated, ostracized, mentally ill young men with access to firearms. Fix that and you'd get a much bigger decrease in school shootings than mandatory prayer and Bible study.
    55 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 21 hours ago
  • Don't believe it till you see it?

    In general, agree, but it depends on the nature of and the extent of the claim being made. For example, if you said you had ham and eggs for breakfast, I'm probably going to believe you. That's something normal to have for breakfast and I have nothing to lose or gain by accepting this mundane claim. If, however, you said that you were... show more
    In general, agree, but it depends on the nature of and the extent of the claim being made. For example, if you said you had ham and eggs for breakfast, I'm probably going to believe you. That's something normal to have for breakfast and I have nothing to lose or gain by accepting this mundane claim. If, however, you said that you were served ham and eggs by Martians who want you to join their on-going war against the Venusians... I'm going to want evidence. And something like seeing a photo of you on Mars just isn't going to cut it in terms of evidence -- I'm aware of what a talented photoshopper can do. As for your alleged god... It is literally the least likely thing imaginable by prior probability. You're going to need FAR more evidence to convince me such a thing is even plausible than you would to convince me to join the Mars-Venus War.
    25 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 23 hours ago
  • Is there anything too hard for the Lord?

    Healing an amputee. I've never even heard it *CLAIMED* to have happened. (If someone has an example of this claim, please let me know -- it would at least be something I hadn't heard before)
    Healing an amputee. I've never even heard it *CLAIMED* to have happened. (If someone has an example of this claim, please let me know -- it would at least be something I hadn't heard before)
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 24 hours ago
  • Name something that you believe science is wrong about?

    Some scientists put peer review on a pedestal as if it can never be wrong. Sure, it's a good way to check information, but there are loads of papers which have passed peer review but whose results cannot be replicated. Some scientists are pretty adamant that peer review is the final word on anything and that claim is just plain wrong. show more
    Some scientists put peer review on a pedestal as if it can never be wrong. Sure, it's a good way to check information, but there are loads of papers which have passed peer review but whose results cannot be replicated. Some scientists are pretty adamant that peer review is the final word on anything and that claim is just plain wrong.
    64 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Do you plan to use your midterm vote to replace Republicans with Democrats to disempower Trump in November?

    I typically decline to participate in the farce of voting, but I might have to vote party line Republican to help make the Trump haters as apoplectic as possible.
    I typically decline to participate in the farce of voting, but I might have to vote party line Republican to help make the Trump haters as apoplectic as possible.
    35 answers · Elections · 2 days ago
  • Are you in karmic debt, breaking even or have a surplus of good karma?

    I don't believe in silly superstitions like karma. Good things and bad things happen at random.
    I don't believe in silly superstitions like karma. Good things and bad things happen at random.
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Where do you believe all the materials and information for the universe came from and why?

    I don't know. And I don't feel compelled to make up an answer to try to cover the fact that I don't know. An unknown is a chance to learn and discover. You can't learn anything if you think you already have all the answers.
    I don't know. And I don't feel compelled to make up an answer to try to cover the fact that I don't know. An unknown is a chance to learn and discover. You can't learn anything if you think you already have all the answers.
    23 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • If christians want me to buy into the 'Original Sin' concept, why don't they provide evidence for this assertion?

    Well, the Christians have a serious interpretation problem with Genesis. The Garden of Eden story is an obvious metaphor for the transition from hunter-gatherer society to settled agriculture. So Jesus... Had to die... To fix a metaphor. It doesn't make sense. The Original Sin therefore has to be that we took control of the natural world... show more
    Well, the Christians have a serious interpretation problem with Genesis. The Garden of Eden story is an obvious metaphor for the transition from hunter-gatherer society to settled agriculture. So Jesus... Had to die... To fix a metaphor. It doesn't make sense. The Original Sin therefore has to be that we took control of the natural world and bent it to our will instead of adapting to nature and remaining isolated tribes. But you don't see any Christians, not even the Amish, want to return to being hunter-gatherers. Without our technology, the planet would only sustain at most a few hundred thousand of us. The rest would simply starve to death.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Atheist feminists, you ever hear of a thing called "Hitchen's Razor"?

    Best answer: I'm not a feminist (I'm an egalitarian), but Hitchen's Razor can and should be applied to every argument. Make an assertion without evidence and I'll dismiss it without evidence. It doesn't matter what your claim is.
    Best answer: I'm not a feminist (I'm an egalitarian), but Hitchen's Razor can and should be applied to every argument. Make an assertion without evidence and I'll dismiss it without evidence. It doesn't matter what your claim is.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Is it obvious to you that colored people aren't equal?

    In the only way that matters -- legal equality -- yes, they are. All of us as individuals and groups have inherent skills and talents, but those things don't provide any justification to be a jerk to other people.
    In the only way that matters -- legal equality -- yes, they are. All of us as individuals and groups have inherent skills and talents, but those things don't provide any justification to be a jerk to other people.
    14 answers · Other - Yahoo Widgets · 3 days ago
  • Why do antipsychotic medications also make people less religious? What is the connection?

    Best answer: Because religious belief has all the same symptoms of delusion. The only reason it is not considered a delusion is because the DSM-IV includes a specific exclusion to the diagnostic criteria for religious delusions. Since there is ZERO difference between religious delusions and other delusions to an outside observer, why would anyone... show more
    Best answer: Because religious belief has all the same symptoms of delusion. The only reason it is not considered a delusion is because the DSM-IV includes a specific exclusion to the diagnostic criteria for religious delusions. Since there is ZERO difference between religious delusions and other delusions to an outside observer, why would anyone be surprised that drugs developed to treat delusions in general would treat religious delusions as well, even though we choose not to define them as such, presumably for social and political reasons.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Hypothetical question. Would you shoot the Florida shooter (see details)?

    Yes, I would try to stop him. My limited civilian training might mean I wasn't especially effective, but I would have to try. Also, law enforcement would warn against both warning shots and shots intended to wound -- if you're not ready, willing and able to kill DO NOT pull the trigger.
    Yes, I would try to stop him. My limited civilian training might mean I wasn't especially effective, but I would have to try. Also, law enforcement would warn against both warning shots and shots intended to wound -- if you're not ready, willing and able to kill DO NOT pull the trigger.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago