• What cameras would you recommend?

    In no particular order, I need a camera that does well in low light, has a slow motion feature, decent sound, and at least 50x optical zoom. ("digital zoom" is not zoom). What is the least expensive camera that might work? How much should I expect to shell out for a decent camera? Are there brands that do some of these things better than... show more
    In no particular order, I need a camera that does well in low light, has a slow motion feature, decent sound, and at least 50x optical zoom. ("digital zoom" is not zoom). What is the least expensive camera that might work? How much should I expect to shell out for a decent camera? Are there brands that do some of these things better than others?
    Cameras · 7 hours ago
  • Are anti-gay cake-shops a freedom of religion issue, or a freedom of expression issue?

    The one thing it's not is an lgbt issue. Last I checked, businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone. No one is telling the owners or employees they can't be Christians, they're being told they can't express their religious values through their own business. The fact that they're religious values being expressed does... show more
    The one thing it's not is an lgbt issue. Last I checked, businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone. No one is telling the owners or employees they can't be Christians, they're being told they can't express their religious values through their own business. The fact that they're religious values being expressed does not make it a freedom of religion issue.
    Religion & Spirituality · 12 hours ago
  • With all the pedophiles in the world, don't you think maybe it's natural human behavior?

    Obviously that doesn't mean it should be accepted, only expected. Rape of all kinds, drug use, murder,it's all animalistic behavior, wouldn't you say? It should all be expected to happen in any society. We're literally animals and are not automatically "above" other animals just cuz we're smart. We have to strive to be... show more
    Obviously that doesn't mean it should be accepted, only expected. Rape of all kinds, drug use, murder,it's all animalistic behavior, wouldn't you say? It should all be expected to happen in any society. We're literally animals and are not automatically "above" other animals just cuz we're smart. We have to strive to be better than other animals, it's not an inherent gift of our species. That's why we have to have laws and police officers.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 12 hours ago
  • Religion- Did you know we've had to redefine what makes us uniquely human in recent years?

    Language, culture, inventions, altruism, even art, none of these are solely a human creation. Dolphins for example have an extremely complex language which rivals any human language, they even have names. Dolphins also rape and murder and bully and help each other and make friends and enemies and laugh and cry just like people do, and monkeys.... show more
    Language, culture, inventions, altruism, even art, none of these are solely a human creation. Dolphins for example have an extremely complex language which rivals any human language, they even have names. Dolphins also rape and murder and bully and help each other and make friends and enemies and laugh and cry just like people do, and monkeys. Monkeys famously can learn sign language. There is also plenty of evidence to show that parrots can associate meaning with word-sounds, meaning they can actually learn words like people do. Crows make and use tools. Is it time yet to re-examine ancient ideas about ourselves that come from the bronze age?
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • How does one ascend to heaven, if there's no such thing as "up"?

    If you could watch as a person's soul left their body and ascended to heaven, at what altitude would they stop? What altitude is heaven at? We're on a sphere. "Up" from any given location is actually "out". Either there's an altitude at which souls reach heaven and stop ascending, or they just keep going out into space. show more
    If you could watch as a person's soul left their body and ascended to heaven, at what altitude would they stop? What altitude is heaven at? We're on a sphere. "Up" from any given location is actually "out". Either there's an altitude at which souls reach heaven and stop ascending, or they just keep going out into space.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Why can't some animals live in captivity?

    What necessary conditions are we unable to re-create, even in a top of the line habitat?
    What necessary conditions are we unable to re-create, even in a top of the line habitat?
    4 answers · Zoology · 2 days ago
  • What does the constitution let you express at your home vs at your business?

    If I wanted to, I could put up a sign that says "no gays" or "no blacks" at my house. People just wouldn't go to my house. Maybe my house would be egged and TP-ed. Why can't I do that with a business i own? I'm gay myself, but if I owned a cake business and was a christian and did not want to serve gay weddings,... show more
    If I wanted to, I could put up a sign that says "no gays" or "no blacks" at my house. People just wouldn't go to my house. Maybe my house would be egged and TP-ed. Why can't I do that with a business i own? I'm gay myself, but if I owned a cake business and was a christian and did not want to serve gay weddings, that's my constitutional right, isn't it? I personally think they should just make the damn cake, but it's their business, and their religion. Don't they reserve the right to refuse service to anyone? you can't force people to be accepting of others. You have to let people hate in their own space, even if they're the only cake shop in town.
    2 answers · Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered · 2 days ago
  • Is it more spiritual to think that life is a fact of the universe, or that we beat the odds?

    Honestly, the odds were never against us. all life is made of six elements from the periodic table, and all six are extremely common in the universe. Everywhere you look, the stuff is combining differently. When you have more rolls of the die than it has sides, you're bound to get the number you're looking for. Life was bound to happen, and... show more
    Honestly, the odds were never against us. all life is made of six elements from the periodic table, and all six are extremely common in the universe. Everywhere you look, the stuff is combining differently. When you have more rolls of the die than it has sides, you're bound to get the number you're looking for. Life was bound to happen, and mathematically should fill the cosmos. the fact that it doesn't seem to even though it mathematically should, is called the Fermi paradox.
    Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Which is more remarkable, a dead universe where god put some life, or a dead universe that gave itself life by nature?

    Which speaks more to the human condition and the struggle for survival? I'm aware of the universe, but the universe made me. In me, the universe is aware of itself. Nature is so beautiful, and science so spiritual.
    Which speaks more to the human condition and the struggle for survival? I'm aware of the universe, but the universe made me. In me, the universe is aware of itself. Nature is so beautiful, and science so spiritual.
    Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • What good is it to just assume that the afterlife is there?

    With something as important as an afterlife, I want to be absolutely sure.
    With something as important as an afterlife, I want to be absolutely sure.
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • What happened to my yahoo account?

    I tried to log in and it said email not recognized. I tried recovery and same thing, but I can't make a new account with the same name, they tel me to sign in, which doesn't work. Is it or is it not closed?
    I tried to log in and it said email not recognized. I tried recovery and same thing, but I can't make a new account with the same name, they tel me to sign in, which doesn't work. Is it or is it not closed?
    Password and Sign In · 2 days ago
  • Are all "vegans" pretentious?

    Vegetarianism is already a thing. Just because you're a super-contrarian I mean vegetarian, doesn't mean you get your own word like you're distinct. And pescatarians, don't act like fish isn't meat. A fish has a brain and a nervous system. They can feel fear and pain just like a cow or a dog or a pig, which is smarter than a dog. show more
    Vegetarianism is already a thing. Just because you're a super-contrarian I mean vegetarian, doesn't mean you get your own word like you're distinct. And pescatarians, don't act like fish isn't meat. A fish has a brain and a nervous system. They can feel fear and pain just like a cow or a dog or a pig, which is smarter than a dog.
    2 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 3 days ago
  • Religious people- Did you know we're made of stardust left over from the formation of the sun?

    What you may not know is that stars will die and be reborn in the same spot multiple times. This builds up dust and gas, which gravity combines and condenses into other things. It'll take hydrogen and oxygen, two of the most common elements in the universe, and make water, an extremely common compound. Water is the medium.on which our kind of... show more
    What you may not know is that stars will die and be reborn in the same spot multiple times. This builds up dust and gas, which gravity combines and condenses into other things. It'll take hydrogen and oxygen, two of the most common elements in the universe, and make water, an extremely common compound. Water is the medium.on which our kind of life is based. We are literally made of stardust. you are physically a part of the universe. In you, the universe is aware of itself.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Do the religious ever think about space?

    Throughout history and across the planet when you ask someone where we come from or where god is, they point up to the sky. We used to think that the sky was the edge of the universe, which is why heaven is always depicted in the clouds. But shouldn't it really be in space? If god were a physical being, he'd live in space. Amino acids, one... show more
    Throughout history and across the planet when you ask someone where we come from or where god is, they point up to the sky. We used to think that the sky was the edge of the universe, which is why heaven is always depicted in the clouds. But shouldn't it really be in space? If god were a physical being, he'd live in space. Amino acids, one of the basic building blocks of life, have been found inside of a comet. It's entirely possible that this planet was seeded with life or it's ingredients, instead of everything happening on earth. It's easier for complex molecules to form in zero-g than it is under earth's gravity.
    19 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Being infinite, isn't sacrifice an alien concept to god?

    If I had infinite playdough, then I took some for a project, the infinite pile wouldn't loose any amount of dough, it'd still be infinite. That's how infinity works, there's no end to it. Nothing lost, nothing gained.
    If I had infinite playdough, then I took some for a project, the infinite pile wouldn't loose any amount of dough, it'd still be infinite. That's how infinity works, there's no end to it. Nothing lost, nothing gained.
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • If "the lord giveth and the lord taketh away", even human life, doesn't that mean he's treating us like his property?

    God treats us like property, expecting us to obey him like robots, to be grateful for every little thing, to thank him when we're the ones who worked hard to put food on the table. All he did is snap his fingers to make everything with his infinite magic. If I have infinite playdough and take some for a project, the pile is still infinite and... show more
    God treats us like property, expecting us to obey him like robots, to be grateful for every little thing, to thank him when we're the ones who worked hard to put food on the table. All he did is snap his fingers to make everything with his infinite magic. If I have infinite playdough and take some for a project, the pile is still infinite and did not loose any amount. Being infinite, sacrifice is alien to god. Is that why he has such unrealistic expectations of us? He doesn't know what it's like to sacrifice anything. Poor god, I feel bad for him. If god can't experience loss, then he can't experience gain, either.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • How is being dead different from being unborn?

    Either way, there's no mind to generate perceptions, thoughts, emotions, or consciousness. When you die, your "experience" will be the same as if you never existed. Death may seem weird to us, but considering that the rest of the universe is dead except for this speck we call Earth, life is the odd man out and so we're bound to... show more
    Either way, there's no mind to generate perceptions, thoughts, emotions, or consciousness. When you die, your "experience" will be the same as if you never existed. Death may seem weird to us, but considering that the rest of the universe is dead except for this speck we call Earth, life is the odd man out and so we're bound to die. Your life is a chemical reaction, a burning flame that is spending fuel. Once that fuel is gone, there's no more life. The afterlife is an epilogue that some of us hope is there, but there's no reason it has to exist other than we want it to.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Being infinite, isn't sacrifice an alien concept to god?

    If I had infinite playdough, then I took some for a project, the infinite pile wouldn't loose any amount of dough, it'd still be infinite.
    If I had infinite playdough, then I took some for a project, the infinite pile wouldn't loose any amount of dough, it'd still be infinite.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • If "the lord giveth and the lord taketh away", even human life, doesn't that mean he's treating us like property?

    My mother's dad treated her like property, with the same "I made you, I can do what I want" attitude as god. He controlled my grandma with drugs, and had my mom for the express purpose of f*cking her. When she was two months old, she died and turned blue because he ejaculated in her mouth and she choked. He went to prison, where the... show more
    My mother's dad treated her like property, with the same "I made you, I can do what I want" attitude as god. He controlled my grandma with drugs, and had my mom for the express purpose of f*cking her. When she was two months old, she died and turned blue because he ejaculated in her mouth and she choked. He went to prison, where the other inmates ripped off a nut with a fork. After that, he was released as if he learned his lesson. My mother was molested by her pedophile father from birth to 15, when she could run away. God is not a pedophile, but he is abusive as he does treat us like property, expecting us to obey him like robots, expecting us to be grateful for every little thing, expecting us to thank him when we're the ones who worked hard to put food on the table. All he did is snap his fingers to make everything with his infinite magic. Being infinite, sacrifice is alien to god.
    Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Atheists- What are some of your favorite arguments to counter?

    I like countering arguments from complexity, morality, beauty, ignorance, fine-tuning, and incredulity. Except for incredulity and ignorance, those are all things which people say "god MUST exist, cuz this exists!", which are very easy arguments to dispute.
    I like countering arguments from complexity, morality, beauty, ignorance, fine-tuning, and incredulity. Except for incredulity and ignorance, those are all things which people say "god MUST exist, cuz this exists!", which are very easy arguments to dispute.
    Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago