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by qubital
Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

one can easily infer that Im referring to "atheism" as the means of an atheist activist. I also threw in the keyword "advocating" in case it wasn't clear. It's not that I'm trying to redefine things, it's just that I honestly believed it was reasonably clear what I was referring...
by qubital
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2035668

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I honestly want to know though - what makes you think Perl is better than Ruby or Python? Perl is the only one that can do arithmetic right: $ python Python 2.7.2+ (default, Oct 4 2011, 20:06:09) [GCC 4.6.1] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "licens...
by qubital
Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

Are you an atheist who believes that god doesn't exist, rather than just lacking belief in god? For the record, that's "Are you an atheist or an agnostic?" The division in atheism is typically considered "believe" vs "know" that god does not exist. Are there people who...
by qubital
Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

TIL not all atheists are assholes. Only those of the true faith are not assholes? How in the world did you draw that conclusion from what I wrote? If so-called "atheists" had any sort of merit then their focus would be solely on advocating the scientific method, logic, and ethics. :? Elab...
by qubital
Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

TIL not all atheists are assholes.
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 192214

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: xkcd hacking project

can I suggest that we change the-xkcd-community to be an organisation and then add active people to it, this would allow for easier pushing to the main branch as multiple people would be able to do it without re-logging in as the user. You can change the user into an organisation at https://github....
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 192214

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: xkcd hacking project

can I suggest that we change the-xkcd-community to be an organisation and then add active people to it, this would allow for easier pushing to the main branch as multiple people would be able to do it without re-logging in as the user. You can change the user into an organisation at https://github....
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

Also: I am real. I am an atheist. I am not trying to convince you that god does not exist. I am not being disingenuous. I disagree. In the context of this discussion I would not consider you an atheist. You're just a normal, rational, skeptic. ... holy shit. I do not believe in god. I am an atheist...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

Azrael wrote:Also: I am real. I am an atheist. I am not trying to convince you that god does not exist. I am not being disingenuous.

I disagree. In the context of this discussion I would not consider you an atheist. You're just a normal, rational, skeptic.
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

When I used the term "stance" in the title, I was hoping to invoke the sense of aggression, such as in fencing. I'm not quarrelling with the term itself. I think that this statement is a bit disingenuous and does not hold in reality. Anyone who has ever browsed Reddit, or attended an athe...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

When I used the term "stance" in the title, I was hoping to invoke the sense of aggression, such as in fencing. I'm not quarrelling with the term itself. Understand that 'atheist' and 'one who publicly challenges the existence of god to those who believe' are not interchangeable. I think t...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

If a claim is made on anything, the default position is not to believe it unless evidence can be provided. I don't understand how it is absurd to take a stance of "I don't have enough evidence to believe in X" for any given value of X. I see, however if atheism is diluted to the point whe...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

If an individual truly believes that something is imaginary then why discuss it? More importantly, why oppose it? Because it's a false belief. Many people find it worthwhile to challenge such beliefs, even when there's nothing further to be gained by doing so. Fermat triples are imaginary, and I do...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

While I do admit to using rhetoric to pry, I feel you've misunderstood most of what I said. I suppose it's because a group of individuals that do carry such a belief wield power that affects you in a negative way. The reason being that by singling out a particular intangible you inevitably lend cred...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

If you were to attend the Reason Rally held recently, and ask an atheist whether God existed or not, I'm skeptical as to whether his response would be that "there is insufficient evidence to believe in any God or gods." It would likely be a direct denial. That's because capital-'G' God as...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

Well first, as a semantic point, I would say that most, if not all atheists do not make the claim that "God does not exist". Most make the claim that "There is insufficient evidence to believe in any God or gods". Note that I was addressing Bharrata's comment directly here: ...g...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

You would have to first prove that the belief you believe (herein lies the problem already) to be wrong, is actually just a belief and not true. Opposition would come from the opinion that it is either harming yourself or others in some way. Just to be clear, when I said "a group of individual...
by qubital
Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56463

Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

If an individual truly believes that something is imaginary then why discuss it? More importantly, why oppose it? I suppose it's because a group of individuals that do carry such a belief wield power that affects you in a negative way. However, since the only way to neutralize a belief is to sway a ...
by qubital
Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 192214

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: xkcd hacking project

I've changed the name to "the-xkcd-community" to help ease your fears: https://github.com/the-xkcd-community
if anyone would like to make further changes, append a 1 to the password found in the "password strength" comic to login.
by qubital
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 192214

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: xkcd hacking project

Updated the name of the repo. Although this is going to be a "heterogenous" project, it still needs to be coherent. We definitely need a real plan and timetable moving forward, as Mat suggested. +1 to these ideas: ⋅ A text stream processor that takes TeX formulas as input and out...
by qubital
Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 192214

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: xkcd hacking project

Thanks qubital! Made that clickable for you. Thanks. Since the project is still quite vague, I thought I'd offer a suggestion: I was thinking we could make a 2d game using the xkcd characters with comics serving as a backdrop or storyline. The levels could be puzzles or a fight between characters, ...
by qubital
Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 192214

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: xkcd hacking project

I've made a git repo: https://github.com/xkcd/hacking-project (not allowed to post urls yet).

If anyone wants to take over, change things, etc.., just let me know.
by qubital
Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Red Spider Project
Replies: 246
Views: 192214

Re: Idea for a fun joint effort: xkcd hacking project

Fortunately it doesn't have to spoil the fun for you. When you feel you're done working on something, you can just leave your branch and tell the other participants "please test this". When it has been confirmed to work on the supported platforms, you or somebody else can merge it into th...
by qubital
Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2035668

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Coding, is it worth mastering Perl? I'm currently reading Mastering Regular Expressions and the author is kinda pushing Perl but I'm not sure, seems kinda antiquated. Oh-oh! This could turn into a Religious War. What languages do you know? If you don't like the look of Perl you're in good company. ...
by qubital
Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2035668

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Coding, is it worth mastering Perl?
I'm currently reading Mastering Regular Expressions and the author is kinda pushing Perl but I'm not sure, seems kinda antiquated.

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