• Why don’t atheists move to Sentinel Island if they love the Sentinelese so much?

    Best answer: I neither love nor hate the Sentinelese. I am indifferent toward them. They have no impact on me one way or another and I don't feel any compulsion to force them to change their way of life.
    Best answer: I neither love nor hate the Sentinelese. I am indifferent toward them. They have no impact on me one way or another and I don't feel any compulsion to force them to change their way of life.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • When ReynаIdо Weeks was in the army was he awarded the National Defense Service Medal?

    Best answer: I don't know if or when Reynaldo was in the army.... but anyone who served 9/11/2001 to Present is eligible to receive the medal. Previous eligible periods are: Korean War, from June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954 Vietnam War, from January 1, 1961 to August 14, 1974 Gulf War, from August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995 show more
    Best answer: I don't know if or when Reynaldo was in the army.... but anyone who served 9/11/2001 to Present is eligible to receive the medal. Previous eligible periods are: Korean War, from June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954 Vietnam War, from January 1, 1961 to August 14, 1974 Gulf War, from August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 months ago
  • Am I a had Christian for wanting to bang the bunny from Zootopia?

    Best answer: No, but you might be a Furry. Welcome to the club, pal. :-)
    Best answer: No, but you might be a Furry. Welcome to the club, pal. :-)
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Atheists, do you approve of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh?

    Best answer: Yes, he seems like he meets all the criteria for a Supreme Court justice. Unfortunately, even if the accusations against him are true, there is no actual evidence...and in the absence of evidence, I dismiss those claims outright. Intellectual honesty requires it whether it agrees with my personal political opinions or not. show more
    Best answer: Yes, he seems like he meets all the criteria for a Supreme Court justice. Unfortunately, even if the accusations against him are true, there is no actual evidence...and in the absence of evidence, I dismiss those claims outright. Intellectual honesty requires it whether it agrees with my personal political opinions or not.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • How come atheists are favoring the action of a tribe that doesn't care about them?

    Best answer: I don't. Killing the mentally ill might be understandable, but I don't support the idea.
    Best answer: I don't. Killing the mentally ill might be understandable, but I don't support the idea.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • What's MK-Ultra?

    Best answer: MK-Ultra was the CIA's attempt to develop a mind control protocol. It was officially sanctioned in 1953 and terminated in 1973 without producing any useful results. Conspiracy theorists claim the program was successful and continues to this day, however, if that was the case, it is more likely the government would have denied... show more
    Best answer: MK-Ultra was the CIA's attempt to develop a mind control protocol. It was officially sanctioned in 1953 and terminated in 1973 without producing any useful results. Conspiracy theorists claim the program was successful and continues to this day, however, if that was the case, it is more likely the government would have denied everything rather than expose a failed program which implicated numerous intelligence officials in crimes both in the US and allied countries. The rest of what you asked about is just paranoid and superstitious nonsense resulting from looking too hard for patterns in random events coupled with confirmation bias.
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Is it wrong that in my house i enforce a no chipmunk cheeks rule ?

    Best answer: I suppose it would depend on how you're defining "enforce". If you mean that you remind the kids not to do it, it's fine. Arbitrary, but not terrible. If you mean that you beat them repeatedly, then yes, it is wrong. Incidentally....is this really a big problem? I don't recall ever doing such a thing when I was... show more
    Best answer: I suppose it would depend on how you're defining "enforce". If you mean that you remind the kids not to do it, it's fine. Arbitrary, but not terrible. If you mean that you beat them repeatedly, then yes, it is wrong. Incidentally....is this really a big problem? I don't recall ever doing such a thing when I was a child. Stuffing your cheeks seems more like "playing with your food" than some legit eating technique.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Atheists, what is the scientific explanation for ghosts?

    Best answer: It depends on exactly what you mean. If you watch shows on TV like "A Haunting", "The Haunted" or "Most Haunted"... Most of the experiences can be easily explained. The nighttime occurrences -- faces over the bed, ghosts grabbing feet, unusual sounds and sights -- are classic sleep paralysis symptoms. ... show more
    Best answer: It depends on exactly what you mean. If you watch shows on TV like "A Haunting", "The Haunted" or "Most Haunted"... Most of the experiences can be easily explained. The nighttime occurrences -- faces over the bed, ghosts grabbing feet, unusual sounds and sights -- are classic sleep paralysis symptoms. Electrical and HVAC issues in older homes can explain flickering lights and cold spots. Feelings of dread are purely psychological. A hobby of mine is to watch such shows and point out the rational explanation for what is being described. If you're talking more about the ghost hunting type shows -- "Ghost Hunters", "Paranormal State", etc -- the audience never really sees anything. They purport to use devices like EMF detectors to find ghosts, but there is no reason to think EMF flux is caused by ghosts -- take an EMF meter around your own house sometime and be AMAZED at how many "ghosts" you find. The voice recordings are similarly problematic as they are taking consumer grade electronics and boosting the signals way out of the normal range for the device, then interpreting the results. It's bonkers. So if you drop all the obvious quackery and known problems with human perception, you're left with just a handful of "eyewitnesses" of unusual experiences... These are anecdotes and there's no way to really tell if they are true or not. I have personally had a number of such experiences, but I am far more likely to attribute such things to a failure in perception or memory than to make the jump that my odd experiences are real and some representation of actual dead people.
    32 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Is it true that the Ark in Kentucky would sink within minutes if they put it in water?

    Best answer: The Ark as described in the Bible is impossible. Wood simply cannot support the necessary weight on calm seas, let alone a torrential flood. ...hilariously, when building the Ark in Kentucky, they had to use steel reinforced concrete to hold the thing up... Proving the atheists correct in the process. They don't, won't and... show more
    Best answer: The Ark as described in the Bible is impossible. Wood simply cannot support the necessary weight on calm seas, let alone a torrential flood. ...hilariously, when building the Ark in Kentucky, they had to use steel reinforced concrete to hold the thing up... Proving the atheists correct in the process. They don't, won't and can't build an actual replica because the thing would collapse long before it was finished... And they couldn't hide that.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • As to the existence of god, can we all agree to the following premises? If not, can you explain why the premise is incorrect?

    Best answer: I think that, in order to be universally applicable, you should change "a god" to "one or more gods" in each premise, but it's fine otherwise.
    Best answer: I think that, in order to be universally applicable, you should change "a god" to "one or more gods" in each premise, but it's fine otherwise.
    20 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Why do people lie even when they know their wrong?

    Best answer: Sometimes the lie means more to them than the truth.
    Best answer: Sometimes the lie means more to them than the truth.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • If God exists he is responsible for everything so why is there more than one category on this site? It should all be religion?

    Best answer: Whether there is a god or not, grouping by category is more for us, the users, so we can find things more easily.
    Best answer: Whether there is a god or not, grouping by category is more for us, the users, so we can find things more easily.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Why do atheists and liberals want socialism when Jesus hated it?

    Best answer: One can be an atheist or a liberal without being a socialist. And I'd really like someone to show me where Jesus even discussed who should own the means of production. Without such a discussion, I don't see how anyone would know Jesus' opinion on socialism... One way or another. Helping the poor isn't socialism, nor... show more
    Best answer: One can be an atheist or a liberal without being a socialist. And I'd really like someone to show me where Jesus even discussed who should own the means of production. Without such a discussion, I don't see how anyone would know Jesus' opinion on socialism... One way or another. Helping the poor isn't socialism, nor is pushing back against greedy merchants.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Atheists. Did this preacher prove that bible doesn't support rape?

    Best answer: No, I don't see how any tortured explanation can ever override a plain reading of the text. Even if this WAS correct, that would only demonstrate that God is incompetent by being unable to present a clear message that would be misinterpreted for thousands of years until society changed their morals on their own and went looking for... show more
    Best answer: No, I don't see how any tortured explanation can ever override a plain reading of the text. Even if this WAS correct, that would only demonstrate that God is incompetent by being unable to present a clear message that would be misinterpreted for thousands of years until society changed their morals on their own and went looking for another meaning in the text. A more parsimonious explanation is that there is no god and the morals in the Bible preserve ancient barbarism, yet we are better than that, so we look for better ways to justify both our belief in gods and our current moral framework.
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Atheists? assuming there is god( not conventional gods) what kind of proof are you expecting? what would make you believe?

    Best answer: In order for something to even qualify as evidence, you would need some repeatedly observable, objective documentation that would rule out any other possible explanation than your alleged god. I studied astrophysics in college. I would suggest having your god rearrange the stars in the night sky to spell out verses from its preferred... show more
    Best answer: In order for something to even qualify as evidence, you would need some repeatedly observable, objective documentation that would rule out any other possible explanation than your alleged god. I studied astrophysics in college. I would suggest having your god rearrange the stars in the night sky to spell out verses from its preferred holy text while maintaining stellar paralax.
    26 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • When Christians say they have loads of evidence for God and creation, why don't they ever present any?

    Best answer: The answer is that they think that they are presenting evidence. They are not aware that the old stories, personal anecdotes and rhetorical nonsense they present doesn't actually constitute evidence. In order to be evidence for their alleged god, by definition, it must be repeatedly observable by skeptics and rule out any other... show more
    Best answer: The answer is that they think that they are presenting evidence. They are not aware that the old stories, personal anecdotes and rhetorical nonsense they present doesn't actually constitute evidence. In order to be evidence for their alleged god, by definition, it must be repeatedly observable by skeptics and rule out any other possible explanations. None of them seem to be aware of this. Maybe they're just liars, but I trend to lean toward most of them simply being undereducated and just ignorant to their foolishness.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • I m not a christian, so the movie THE NUN felt like a joke, i watched it midnight? atheists who were born christians, do you get scared?

    Best answer: The jump-scares of such movies get me sometimes, but in general, they do not frighten me. The scariest movies to me as an atheist are those that are actually possible -- The original Psycho (1960) with Anthony Perkins remains one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. Just a normal looking guy, seemingly nice and affable...suddenly... show more
    Best answer: The jump-scares of such movies get me sometimes, but in general, they do not frighten me. The scariest movies to me as an atheist are those that are actually possible -- The original Psycho (1960) with Anthony Perkins remains one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. Just a normal looking guy, seemingly nice and affable...suddenly violently murders people. A close second is Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal... A doctor who is completely unhinged and uses his medical skills to torture and murder people? No thanks. Too much. Check please! But supernatural horrors don't frighten me since they do not exist in reality.
    2 answers · Movies · 2 months ago