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  1. falcone

    Am I An Atheist?

    I'm with Athelas - given the choice between agnostic and atheist, I think you are an agnostic.
  2. falcone

    Am I An Atheist?

    Regarding the accusations of game playing, dishonesty, and equivocation, I think these mostly stem from misunderstandings on both sides and are unnecessary, particularly whan I have made no attempt do do any of these. I'm sure conversations would be more fruitful and enjoyable without this sort of thing.
  3. falcone

    Am I An Atheist?

    I answered 'yes' to the question "I believe there is NO God" (my emphasis). I've had a thought on a possible source of misunderstanding (after I replied to Remnant). Is 'belief' necessarily an absolute to you? If someone says "I believe there are no God/gods", does that mean they are completely, 100% certain? if so, than scratch my answers and put me in the 'I don't know' camp. To me, there is a huge difference between saying: "There are no God/gods". This is an assertion with 100% conviction and "I believe there are no God/gods". This is a statement of one's level of conviction which may be up to, but not necessarily, 100%. In fact it is probaly less that 100%, otherwise one would have said "There are no God/gods" Or to put it another way: "My mother is visiting this weekend" leaves little room for doubt "I believe my mother is visiting this weekend" expresses a level of uncertainty I am not stating that my understanding of 'belief' is right, just noting that it might be different from yours. Edit. Something else occurs to me. You often hear someone say, 'I firmly believe such and such'. This would suggest that one could believe something, but not necessarily 'firmly'. Ie with less than 100% conviction. Just a thought. Let me know if i'm off the mark
  4. falcone

    Am I An Atheist?

    I see the distinction, but don't see that they are mutually exclusive. I believe there are no gods, but I will readily admit that I don't actually know. Hence 'yes' and 'yes'. Regarding absolutes, you're right. It is something in many cases which is more associated with a believer's wiring. I wouldn't be surprised if you were in general surer of your convictions than I. BTW, I used to be an atheist on this forum but I changed to agnostic as I think that better defines me when there is no sliding scale in which to position myself. That said, this is supposed to be about Buckaroo, not me
  5. falcone

    Am I An Atheist?

    I would honestly answer 'yes' to both of those questions
  6. falcone

    Am I An Atheist?

    Hi Buckaroo Are you absolutely certain there is no god?
  7. Why design a windpipe that gets dry at all? Why not have a self lubricating one? Why do you have to put something down there? If we weren't designed to drink through a straw, no-one would have invented the drinking straw Via a different design mechanism. If things were different, then things would be different All you're doing is taking an existing design, breaking it and then saying, "See? If it was any different it woundn't work!" Why not design the mouth to collect less bacteria? Or design the bacteria to be less smelly? Or design us to like the smell? Or design our noses to be less sensitive? Why should God need to economise? Why does a bigger neck have to be less flexible? Surely God could have create a neck which is bigger AND flexible?
  8. falcone

    Here's To Old Earth

    @Legion22... Many on this forum will have no truck with the notion that acceptance of evolution is in any way compatible with being a Christian. Catholics, who despite claiming to be Christian, are not accepted as such and viewed little differently from any other group with opposing beliefs. I understand why you did it, but referencing the position of what you or I may think of as other "Christian" groups is irrelevant.
  9. falcone

    A Few Questions For The Atheists

    Why only ‘probably’ no god? As with the famous Carlsberg ads (‘probably the best lager in the world’), the word ‘probably’ helps to ensure that our ads will not breach any advertising codes. The Committee of Advertising Practice advised the campaign that "the inclusion of the word 'probably' makes it less likely to cause offence, and therefore be in breach of the Advertising Code." Ariane Sherine has said: "There's another reason I'm keen on the "probably": it means the slogan is more accurate, as even though there's no scientific evidence at all for God's existence, it's also impossible to prove that God doesn't exist (or that anything doesn't). As Richard Dawkins states in The God Delusion, saying "there's no God" is taking a "faith" position. He writes: "Atheists do not have faith; and reason alone could not propel one to total conviction that anything definitely does not exist". His choice of words in the book is "almost certainly"; but while this is closer to what most atheists believe, "probably" is shorter and catchier, which is helpful for advertising. I also think the word is more lighthearted, and somehow makes the message more positive." Source: http://www.humanism.org.uk/bus-campaign
  10. falcone

    How Do You Feel About Christmas?

    Tim Minchin expresses very well how I feel about Christmas. I've posted this before and was surprised there were no comments. Perhaps no-one listened to it all the way through. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q
  11. falcone

    Nasa Finds A Planet Suitable For Life, Or Did They?

    To be fair to NASA, they can't be blamed for how the press publicises their discoveries. The Yahoo article you link to is, in my view, unnecessarily sensationalist. The picture is obviously a guess, but I feel you do a dis-service to the layperson who in general I believe would understand that an artist's impression is just that; an artist's impression.
  12. I can't speak for YECs or OEC, but in my opinion 'evolution' is not an appropriate term to apply to the universe. Your third point would read better to me along the lines of, "Non-creationists would say the universe is in a constant state of change according to the laws of physics, some of which are understood, some not".
  13. falcone

    Atheists And Christmas

    Tim Minchin says it all for this particular atheist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q
  14. falcone

    Star Formation

    T Tauri. You've already been told. Empiracally demonstrate why the wiki refrence you cite is wrong. Empiracally demonstrate why virtually the entire astonomical community is wrong. You, who had never heard of T Tauri until you googled it and then didn't read past the first result it returned
  15. falcone

    Good Morning From Liverpool!

    L-I-V...E-R-P...Double 'O' L...Liverpool FC etc, etc

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