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by NDR-113
2011-01-27 05:28pm
Forum: Debating Help
Topic: Bible credibility
Replies: 6
Views: 5770

Re: Bible credibility

Your basic lines of argument should be: - The bible contradicts itself, which already makes it unreliable. Oh, I should have mentioned, I'm asking for things about the Bible's credibility BESIDES the book's obvious flaws and inconsistencies--religious people are too good at figuring out ways to try...
by NDR-113
2011-01-27 03:37pm
Forum: Debating Help
Topic: Bible credibility
Replies: 6
Views: 5770

Bible credibility

Sorry, but I need more help again. I'm still arguing with this crazy Christian guy, who's still claiming that "all things have causes, therefore the universe must have a Cause," which I think I can debate effectively, but now we're moving into Bible credibility and I have to admit I don't know much ...
by NDR-113
2011-01-11 12:51pm
Forum: Debating Help
Topic: burden of proof for belief in God
Replies: 5
Views: 6012

Re: burden of proof for belief in God

Also, there's always the belief (supported by Carl Sagan and many other scientists) that the universe may be infinitely old, so no creator is necessary. It may even be in an expanding-contracting state, which is closer to what the Hindu believe, but it depends how much matter is in the universe, whi...
by NDR-113
2011-01-10 08:02pm
Forum: Debating Help
Topic: Evolution micro debate
Replies: 36
Views: 17093

Re: Evolution micro debate

I would suggest exposing him to some of the works of Carl Sagan if you can do so - at the very least you'll be able to find some good clips on YouTube. Carl Sagan is awesome--no doubt about it--but if you really want some of the fundamental facts and evidence for evolution, you should try Richard D...
by NDR-113
2011-01-10 03:13pm
Forum: Debating Help
Topic: Help with a debate on universal origins
Replies: 5
Views: 5206

Re: Help with a debate on universal origins

If anything must have a cause, what caused god? What caused the cause of god, and what caused that one, etc. pp. Well, he claims that since God is outside of any physical laws (convenient, isn't it?) he doesn't need a creator. By definition, God was the first, and only, thing. Before the creation o...
by NDR-113
2011-01-10 03:02pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gunman attacks political event in Tucson, 12 wounded.
Replies: 282
Views: 16691

Re: Gunman attacks political event in Tucson, 12 wounded.

I was impressed that a woman, Patricia Maisch, grabbed at the gunman's magazine as he attempted to reload. Although the people who wrestled him to the ground were men, it goes to show you that physical strength is not the only measure of heroism.
by NDR-113
2011-01-10 02:44pm
Forum: Debating Help
Topic: Help with a debate on universal origins
Replies: 5
Views: 5206

Help with a debate on universal origins

Hi, everyone. I'm not a big important scientist or quantum physicist, so I was hoping someone like that could help me out here. I'm in a debate with someone (a Christian) about the origins of the universe. He claims that since effects always follow causes, something must have initiated time and matt...
by NDR-113
2010-05-18 05:57pm
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Back to the Street (UPDATED) [NF56K]
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: Back to the Street (Photography) [NF56K]

These pictures are really neat! I love the one of the guy with the bike. And the haughty cat.
In that first picture, forgive my ignorance, but what is that big stick the guy has? Is it his staff?
by NDR-113
2010-05-15 08:38pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Most Minimalist Science Fiction
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

Re: Most Minimalist Science Fiction

I would have to say Isaac Asimov's Foundation series is the most minimalist one I've come across. Trantor, a planet-spanning city is said to have only forty billion people and it is mentioned that less than ten ships of the line were needed by Cleon II's father to conquer much of the Galaxy from hi...
by NDR-113
2010-03-28 07:59pm
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Tel Aviv Streets & Graffitti [NF56K]
Replies: 7
Views: 1213

Re: Tel Aviv Streets & Graffitti [NF56K]

I like the drips on the fox picture. Is that the baby's beer? That's a lot of... you know what, I don't even know what kind of dogs those are. Look like big fluffy Pekingeses, perhaps. Cute! Ambush photography! That picture of the sweeping guy reminds me of the snapshot taken of J.D. Salinger while ...
by NDR-113
2010-03-27 09:05pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Game music, do you listen?
Replies: 32
Views: 1996

Re: Game music, do you listen?

If done well, game music can be an integral part of a great game. Kind of like movie music, I think. Visual effects are foremost, but the music can inspire emotions--certain kinds of music have certain kinds of associations. For instance, in Zelda 64: Ocarina of Time (one of my favorite game scores)...
by NDR-113
2010-03-18 08:26pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: A Divine Conundrum
Replies: 34
Views: 2647

Re: A Divine Conundrum

The notion that science must provide a fundamental understanding of reality is a claim reminiscent of the ancient atomists and most thoroughly pronounced in Renaissance mechanism. I just want to take a quick jump in here and say that this is wrong. Science is based on reality, which is the world as...
by NDR-113
2010-03-16 09:13pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: John McCain campaigns together with Palin
Replies: 12
Views: 1498

Re: John McCain campaigns together with Palin

I don't understand. I thought it was already established that Sarah Palin is a fool. Why are people still talking about her and putting her in the spotlight so much?
by NDR-113
2010-03-16 09:03pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Reprehensible Movies
Replies: 310
Views: 30264

Re: Reprehensible Movies

A lot of people may disagree with me on this one, but I've always thought Grease was somewhat reprehensible. Its message seems to be, "Don't be shy and a good student; go wild in high school and drink and do drugs. Conform to everyone else, and you will be happy." At least, it seems to me that this ...
by NDR-113
2010-03-06 04:53pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: New Fundy school opens in Britain
Replies: 26
Views: 1762

Re: New Fundy school opens in Britain

This means that, as a fundamentalist growing up, I was always very afraid that I hadn't meant the prayer. I prayed it again and again over the years, always afraid that I might not actually have faith, even as I did believe in it wholeheartedly and never doubted that it was true. I think almost all...
by NDR-113
2010-03-05 08:37pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: New Fundy school opens in Britain
Replies: 26
Views: 1762

Re: New Fundy school opens in Britain

On sex education, he said: "A lot of people want basic good morality taught and marriage being the bedrock of society, but not in any indoctrinating way." If you teach what you consider "good" morality and "good" marriage constantly to young students, then it is indoctrination. I would be intereste...
by NDR-113
2010-02-28 08:21pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Every teacher fired at Central Falls High School
Replies: 67
Views: 4593

Re: Every teacher fired at Central Falls High School

I don't know how old these teachers are, but they may be untrained when it comes to dealing with ELLs. I think that's only recently been added to the Education curriculum (I'm actually taking it now). Still, to fire all the teachers just because some were demanding high pay? It seems too drastic to ...
by NDR-113
2010-02-10 09:04pm
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Sci-Fi / Fantasy Landscapes 2048x1152
Replies: 8
Views: 7516

Re: Sci-Fi / Fantasy Landscapes 2048x1152

Well, I don't have a lot of smart things to say like Simplicius, but I would like to say that I think these pictures are intricate and beautiful! Would it be okay if I used one on my desktop? Or is that some kind of copyright infringement? I think I like "The Hive" the best. Something about the play...
by NDR-113
2010-01-31 09:12pm
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: People's Music Playlists
Replies: 20
Views: 2587

Re: People's Music Playlists

Blayne, where on earth did you find the Elfen Lied opening? I've looked everywhere for that! I'm also impressed that you found "Hare Hare Yukai" in Russian. I have a lot of songs, but my current favorite playing list looks like this: "April is in my Mistress' Face"--Sir Thomas Morley "Billy the Kid"...
by NDR-113
2010-01-31 05:46pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: "How to loose a guy in 10 days" or Why I HATE Chick Flicks!
Replies: 31
Views: 2522

Re: "How to loose a guy in 10 days" or Why I HATE Chick Flicks!

I really, hope, that was sarcasm. Given that this is about an experience where I felt angered, and he felt bad afterwards, the fact that your initial response is that I immediately turn around and then subject him to similar treatment is simply staggering. Again, I hope that was sarcasm, because if...
by NDR-113
2010-01-26 06:05pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: French Commission Wants Ban On Full-Face Veils
Replies: 47
Views: 2301

Re: French Commission Wants Ban On Full-Face Veils

"It's a symbol of the subjugation of women and the banner of extremist fundamentalism." I'm not sure I understand. How do veils subjugate women? Are all Muslim women extremists (or rather, their husbands)? If they want to pass a law against Muslim men physically abusing their wives, I'm fine with i...
by NDR-113
2010-01-12 06:29pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Underappreciated geniuses
Replies: 45
Views: 3359

Re: Underappreciated geniuses

Then you do not really go to many concerts, at least six or eight times a year one of the orchestras I frequent play modern music. And Clara Schumann at least is very well known and well played in germany, even on classical radio. Well, in any case, my point was that I think most of these musical g...
by NDR-113
2010-01-11 06:50pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Underappreciated geniuses
Replies: 45
Views: 3359

Re: Underappreciated geniuses

Older composers are far more obscure than these guys. If you are a regular concert goer, you often hear music from them. However, how often have you heard of Boccherini, though his music is fantastic? Well, there are a lot of prolific and unknown Baroque composers, I will admit, but at least many o...
by NDR-113
2010-01-10 08:03pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Underappreciated geniuses
Replies: 45
Views: 3359

Re: Underappreciated geniuses

Forget older composers, how about modern composers? I have no appreciation for twelve-tone music, I'm afraid, but surely composers such as Gunther Schuller (composer/conductor/French hornist/writer), David Bruce, Aaron Copland, Morten Lauridsen... there are a whole bunch of contemporary composers th...
by NDR-113
2009-12-30 06:39pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: A letter from Jesus
Replies: 18
Views: 1980

Re: A letter from Jesus

I'm not sure "does not bear fruit" is equivalent to lazy. I think the purpose of that metaphor would be that if you don't produce good works, you won't be saved. Of course, since the relationship of good works and salvation is one of the longest-running debates in all of Christianity, many Christia...