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by superiority
Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: At what ages have you experienced changes of faith?
Replies: 160
Views: 11671

Re: At what ages have you experienced changes of faith?

My mum is a filthy hippy neo-pagan, but she didn't try to bring me up as one. I was only ever exposed to Christianity through when I stayed with my dad and the Bible in Schools program. Back then, my dad was pretty hardcore, and refused to watch television, saying it was the work of Satan. That kind...
by superiority
Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: VOTING
Replies: 46
Views: 5225

Re: VOTING

I feel that voting is the most important of civic duties, short only of buying a shotgun and heading to the white house to kill the president I was with you up till here... if he should ever refuse to give up the office of the presidency or otherwise attempt to pull a coup but you lost me. You don'...
by superiority
Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Names of Nations
Replies: 101
Views: 13530

Re: Names of Nations

I don't understand why people don't like American as a demonym for people from the USA. It's the name of the country. It is, in fact, the only country with the word America in its name, IIRC. An American is a person from (the United States of) America, just like a Mexican is a person from (the Unite...
by superiority
Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 67969

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

1337geek wrote:If he's not an xkcd fan, I wish I could see the look on his face.

Not likely. Read the description.
Scholar604, in the description, wrote:Guaranteed to make the world a weirder place.

And from the buyer's feedback page:
The Seller wrote:Fast payment, in for a great surprise!
by superiority
Sat May 19, 2007 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No war, no hunger, no poverty, no pollution. Then what?
Replies: 78
Views: 12353

Because some of us desire to be people of consequence. Be a person of consequence = change the world, I presume? Find some aliens, change their lives. Or, as Belial said, royally screw it all up. Genetically engineer a species of squid to be ultra-intelligent. Create some work of art that touches p...
by superiority
Sat May 19, 2007 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0263: "Certainty"
Replies: 149
Views: 53620

Just sounds like she thinks nothing is provable, did she actively deny 0.999... = 1 or did she just say you were following dogma when you quoted proofs for 0.999... = 1 from off the net? Well, actually, the first two I showed her (the completeness of the real numbers, and the algebraic proof) I cam...
by superiority
Sat May 19, 2007 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No war, no hunger, no poverty, no pollution. Then what?
Replies: 78
Views: 12353

I don't know the answer, but I do this makes a damn good sf short story (starts typing furiously). Sorry, David Brin beat you to the punch . I'm with Belial on this. Why can't we all sit around having future-sex, reading future-books, doing future-math, and playing future-Xbox? That would be sweet.
by superiority
Sat May 19, 2007 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I support the simpul spelling movement.
Replies: 221
Views: 40873

True, but not always. Lots of nifty things can be done with our written language, and if we standardize our spelling that will become much more difficult. As an example, I'd point to E.E. Cummings' poem " ygUDuh " which absolutely depends on the existence of a formal and non-phonetic alph...
by superiority
Sat May 19, 2007 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0263: "Certainty"
Replies: 149
Views: 53620

A teacher at my school takes the position that maths is a form of philosophy and inherently ambiguous. I've attempted to convince her that 0.(9) is equal to 1, using various proofs and exhortations to reason. She tells me that my conviction is evidence that I'm adhering to a sort of mathematical dog...
by superiority
Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Embarrassing stories of youth.
Replies: 91
Views: 12635

When I was about 2 or 3, the house we lived in had a big plum tree out in the back section. Really good for climbing. So one day, at about the time I was outgrowing the need for constant adult supervision, I wandered out back to play with my brothers. They were several years older than me, and, to m...
by superiority
Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

SpitValve wrote:A lazy copy & paste said there are over 18 000 words on this page. That's a significant portion of a thesis.


Many of them don't count: a great deal are quotes. I don't think its standard practice to quote the work you're writing, though I could be mistaken.
by superiority
Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

Tell me, does pure mathematics defy all logic? Because 2 is prime, 2 is even and even is not prime. Huh-what?! Even numbers are not prime, except for two. No source will ever tell you, except in error, that "all even numbers are not prime". RM writes a webcomic under the alias of 'xkcd'. ...
by superiority
Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 74582

lani wrote:Also, thank you thank you thank you for using the correct plural form of "cactus". I hate hearing "cactuses".


I'm afraid you're going to keep hearing it: it's a correct form.
by superiority
Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

I personally think that it's not clear how to interpret blasphemy. It could mean what the challenge states, but it could also be a more specific sin. Your appeals to the meaning of the word in the Greek and in English aren't relevant, as all words are interpreted contextually. The context may not c...
by superiority
Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

It seems your standards of evidence are lacking. For claims as important as this one is (according to some—I myself am an Ignostic), I use those standards of evidence accepted among the general scientific community. The ones which led humanity to have sufficient knowledge to create the comput...
by superiority
Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

True, but to get the video you have to deny god. You have to take the strong atheist position and this is being held out as reasonable and rational. Its neither of those things. The weak atheist position, or the agnostic position, seem entirely rational to me. My point was that the strong atheist p...
by superiority
Fri Jan 05, 2007 2:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

It occurs to me that this is as much an exhortation to reject atheism as it is to reject a theistic position. There is neither convincing objective evidence or argument supporting the existence of god, nor evidence or argument supporting the nonexistence of god. How many times must I tell people th...
by superiority
Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

Er, did you actually read that definition? Did you? "disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings"; disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods". Wow, that seems pretty consistent with the idea that atheism includes all belief systems that do not affirm the exis...
by superiority
Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

Atheism is specifically believing that there is no god. It takes as much faith as any religioun. I repeat: Dictionary.com disagrees . First off, it's not entirely clear that an atheist can even commit the unpardonable sin, much less that one can do so by saying "I deny the Holy Spirit". T...
by superiority
Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your favorite element?
Replies: 111
Views: 20485

MULLET. That one! Or maybe antimony. Because that was the name of one of the Magnetic Men in the not-terribly-well-written-but-very-fun-nonetheless Amalgam Comics series, in which Marvel and DC comic books and characters were fused for a month, two years running. Antimony was Platinum (Metal Men) +...
by superiority
Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

Let's play the "piss off a large majority of people cause they think differently" game! Wait. No. Let's not. I hate stunts like this. Not merely because they "think differently". Because they think differently in a manner that is directly harmful to the whole of humanity. As Wil...
by superiority
Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blasphemy Challenge
Replies: 83
Views: 16052

It'd be more interesting if the reward for declaring yourself as non-Christian would be something other than non-Christian propaganda. I suppose it would be interesting, but Christian propaganda is far more a waste of anyone's time than non-Christian. I'm not religious, but that seems disrespectful...
by superiority
Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerdy Pet Peeves
Replies: 445
Views: 112451

I remember seeing Timesplitters: Future Perfect in a store for the first time, and thinking, "Hmmm...if I buy that game, then I will have bought it! Bwahahahaha!"

Seriously.


Yeah, I know. Me = !life
by superiority
Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Popular Communism (Split from Nerdy Pet Peeves)
Replies: 17
Views: 4551

I am not sure how or why this has happened Because capitalism is incredibly ductile, and will change to incorporate anything in order to perpetuate its own existence. It's common for teenagers to go through a "rebellious phase" thing, and they will attempt to seek out or create one counte...
by superiority
Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerdy Pet Peeves
Replies: 445
Views: 112451

warriorness wrote:the subjunctive tense


Subjunctive mood, I think you'll find.
by superiority
Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1821
Views: 477243

Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain. Brilliant, Voltaire-esque satire of religion.
by superiority
Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: New Year's Eve...
Replies: 81
Views: 13678

I know there's a few NZ'ers around here: anybody else headed to the Mount (Manganui, that is)? I know it's hardly original (and a friend of mine criticised me for just that: "Ha, you're a cliche!"), but it wasn't my idea.
by superiority
Mon Dec 25, 2006 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerdy Pet Peeves
Replies: 445
Views: 112451

* use the word "addicting" as an adjective. You have no idea how many times my friends do this. Next time, I will whack them with whatever book I happen to have with me. It's a reasonable mistake. The present participle is identical to the progressive present tense for lots of words after...
by superiority
Mon Dec 25, 2006 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Timezones and stuff! [Split]
Replies: 71
Views: 13298

Aoeniac wrote:Elevin.

That's ridiculous. It's not even funny.


LE4dGOLEM wrote:civil war (which, May I add, we have lasted more then 900 years without, If you count invasion as a civil war)

Assuming you're talking about England (since you mentioned 'Brits'), I have to ask: how fast, exactly, are you moving?

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