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by setzer777
Mon May 11, 2009 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Free will/problem of evil/human sinfulness in Christianity:
Replies: 29
Views: 3500

Re: Free will/problem of evil/human sinfulness in Christianity:

Going back to original topic (assuming the truth of Christianity) - I was raised as a Lutheran in a system very close to Calvinism (with a few differences). Under this system humans do not have free will, no human has had free will since Adam and Eve because we "inherited" their fall from ...
by setzer777
Sun May 10, 2009 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Borg vs. Zerg
Replies: 308
Views: 50929

Re: Borg vs. Zerg

To go with the whole "come up with the most plausible explanation" thing in terms of Zerg strength. Since the Zerg can take out Protoss shields, and as pointed out above weapons depending on chemical reactions would be useless against energy shields, I think an easy solution is to hypothes...
by setzer777
Sat May 09, 2009 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413010

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Singular Threat UUWWRR2 Sorcery Target player removes all creatures under their control from the game and puts a token into play that is all creature types. Its strength is equal to the combined strength of all creatures removed by this card. Its toughness is equal to the combined toughness of all c...
by setzer777
Fri May 08, 2009 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sour Grapes at the Pageant
Replies: 166
Views: 12508

Re: Sour Grapes at the Pageant

I cannot. Assuming you believe anti-gay marriage is violation of civil rights, If a person wants to marry two people, how are their civil rights not being violated? I believe a culture has the right to restrict certain social behaviors. I would argue that incestuous marriages would be unhealthy due...
by setzer777
Thu May 07, 2009 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Borg vs. Zerg
Replies: 308
Views: 50929

Re: Borg vs. Zerg

L0l, I love the brain bug site you linked to. While it certainly makes valid points, if applied to this discussion it would totally destroy it. The Borg would be entirely different, and the Zerg would have been an insignificant threat in their *own* universe... Just as you have to suspend a ton of d...
by setzer777
Thu May 07, 2009 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413010

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Ludicrous Speed
WWWWWW
Enchantment

All creatures in play and in each player's hand have haste, flash, double strike, and vigilance.

At extremely high velocities, the normal laws of physics do not apply.


Next card: Writhing Mass of Primal Chaos
by setzer777
Thu May 07, 2009 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Borg vs. Zerg
Replies: 308
Views: 50929

Re: Borg vs. Zerg

1000 humans waaaaaay is too small for civilization. Make it 100 million humans vs 10 billion Neanderthals. My guess? Humans. Even without specialized weapons they still have durable cars and various explosives. They can wield metal plates on a tractor and make a flamethrower. Fried Neaderthals! Rea...
by setzer777
Wed May 06, 2009 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Borg vs. Zerg
Replies: 308
Views: 50929

Re: Borg vs. Zerg

Why is it so hard? Modern humans are vastly more advanced than Neanderthals, but I think of plausible situations where a group of them could wipe out a group of us. Being advanced doesn't necessarily mean constantly walking around with armor or shields or something. You might think so but you don't...
by setzer777
Wed May 06, 2009 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: HOWTO: Convert a Christian to Atheism?
Replies: 91
Views: 7338

Re: HOWTO: Convert a Christian to Atheism?

Full circle? I don't think so. The original question was as to the best method of convincing someone else that a given belief set (atheism in this case) is true. What I am saying is that you can't be brainwashed into a conversion - it has to be conscious, which has been said before. Right. As soon ...
by setzer777
Wed May 06, 2009 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Borg vs. Zerg
Replies: 308
Views: 50929

Re: Borg vs. Zerg

The only way I can think of that allows a highly advanced species (everyone says the Xel'Naga are more highly advanced than the borg) to be wiped out by the zerg is if every Xel'Naga decided to keep a zergling as a pet and then get mass slaughtered.Which is pretty stupid but I bet you can't come up...
by setzer777
Tue May 05, 2009 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sour Grapes at the Pageant
Replies: 166
Views: 12508

Re: Sour Grapes at the Pageant

Polygamy, Incest I worry that by gay marriage becoming legal through the courts, it opens the door to basically any relationship status. Can someone provide me a legal argument as to why gay marriage should be a legal right, but polygamy and incest cannot? I fundamentally believe that certain socia...
by setzer777
Tue May 05, 2009 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: HOWTO: Convert a Christian to Atheism?
Replies: 91
Views: 7338

Re: HOWTO: Convert a Christian to Atheism?

I'm mostly live and let live in regards to religion. I'm athiest because it is what makes sense to me. The only time I have any trouble with religious groups is when they use their influence to try to diminish the rights of others. If a religion doesn't try to curtail the rights of individuals due ...
by setzer777
Tue May 05, 2009 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Borg vs. Zerg
Replies: 308
Views: 50929

Re: Borg vs. Zerg

Here my thoughts: 1. It's not fair to have Zerg fight post-overmind death, but allow the Borg to be in their TNG prime. Either both should be in their current form (as lame as that is for the Borg), or both should be in their prime. Also, to be more fair (and interesting), how about the Borg are all...
by setzer777
Tue May 05, 2009 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: X-Men: Origins (Wolverine)
Replies: 64
Views: 6378

Re: X-Men: Origins (Wolverine)

Yeah, definitely not a great movie...they tried to rely on constant action scenes - not only is it a prequel so you know everyone important survives, but even the gut-level suspense is somewhat lessened by the fact that the main character heals from *everything* in about 10 seconds. If your main cha...
by setzer777
Mon May 04, 2009 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: HOWTO: Convert a Christian to Atheism?
Replies: 91
Views: 7338

Re: HOWTO: Convert a Christian to Atheism?

I agree that trying to convert someone to atheism is usually fruitless. I am more interested in converting people to a "live and let live" attitude and to not try to enforce their religious beliefs on others. As previously mentioned, this is easier to do by focusing on creating certain fee...
by setzer777
Mon May 04, 2009 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Violating Your Own Core Values
Replies: 32
Views: 2339

Re: Violating Your Own Core Values

2. If two important values can possibly come into contradiction to each other, it is impossible for both of them to be core values. Though they could be semi-core values, in that they are extremely important determinants of your behavior and are only violated when they come into direct opposition o...
by setzer777
Sun May 03, 2009 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sour Grapes at the Pageant
Replies: 166
Views: 12508

Re: Sour Grapes at the Pageant

Some may see it as splitting hairs, but I don't think so. I think we're all on the same page that our culture and laws discriminate against homosexuality like it does polygamy and many other practices. But I'm arguing that legally the same rules are being applied to everyone even if the discriminat...
by setzer777
Sat May 02, 2009 7:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Violating Your Own Core Values
Replies: 32
Views: 2339

Re: Violating Your Own Core Values

Hmm...interesting discussion, your definition of core values vs. ideals gives me a few thoughts: 1. There is no true way of identifying core values before somebody dies - there is no way to know that somebody (even yourself, I would argue) would *never* intentionally go against a value (unless it wa...
by setzer777
Fri May 01, 2009 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sour Grapes at the Pageant
Replies: 166
Views: 12508

Re: Sour Grapes at the Pageant

As much as we'd like to be, atheists aren't the majority. The majority acknowledge marriage as a civil and legal institution. Telling them that it isn't one - that it's just a label, and 'civil unions' are the real institution - isn't going to work. We'll create a two-tiered system, with 'real marr...
by setzer777
Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Terry Eagleton v. Atheists
Replies: 35
Views: 4084

Re: Terry Eagleton v. Atheists

Why is the discussion always focused on the fundamentalists, though? Well, check that; the fundamentalists (in America, at least) are making a lot of noise and a lot of trouble for all of us, so I can understand why the conversation tends to focus on them. But - why is it always about the fundament...
by setzer777
Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Violating Your Own Core Values
Replies: 32
Views: 2339

Re: Violating Your Own Core Values

Sure you can; It ends in either re-evaluating your core values due to a period of personal or emotional changes or Self-Loathing... The former is by far the more popular. I agree with this. In the case of your friend's infidelity, I think it depends on the effect it is having on her. If it is not c...
by setzer777
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I see society very differently than most of you appear to. I see society as inherently coercive and extremely powerful. I think that society has invented and enforced a huge variety of ideas, and I see no reason why it would be powerless to enforce this system. Society has invented and enforced gen...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I think Izawwlgood has a good point - problems will arise if you try to implement your system while allowing for private business. For one thing, you couldn't really expect to get much money at all from would-be inheritance money going to the state - rich people typically want to have some element o...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I'm assuming that people will choose to reproduce later, and those who are most successful at reproducing later will have more children. You are correct, if women continue to choose to have babies early, that won't put any evolutionary pressure towards lengthening the fertility period for women. Ho...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

"My system" was just a fun thought experiment, and I've abandoned it for a reason I put in the OP that no-one here focused on: the evolution problem. Right now women's fertility ends earlier than men's (and, interestingly, women live longer than men), but just as "my" system wou...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413010

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Dream of the Endless UUUUUUUUUU Sorcery You may only play this card if the player whose turn came before yours is you. Take another turn after this one. Buyback UUUU Better options definitely exist, but none of those are a time walk with buyback... Next card: Hadokun Hmmm, seems overpriced consider...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413010

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Don Giovanni of Jersey
BW1
Creature - Human
2/2

When Don Giovanni of Jersey comes into play, put a number of 1/1 assassin tokens with first strike into play equal to the number of rebels and archers currently in play.

Next Card: Dream of the Endless
by setzer777
Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1496849

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread

I'm somewhat familiar with the blood donation thing (my father works for a blood bank), I remember hearing about the mad cow thing. The HIV test is extremely accurate, I believe the only risk is if someone has contracted it very recently before giving blood (making it more likely to slip past a test...
by setzer777
Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What if we could control All of ourselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 3397

Re: What if we could control All of ourselves?

Yeah, but following this line of thinking gets into determinism, which isn't all that valid. At some point in chemical consequences there is a certain amount of uncertainty, especially in the quantum level, and I think it makes a good point against determinism, in that at the smallest level things ...
by setzer777
Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What if we could control All of ourselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 3397

Re: What if we could control All of ourselves?

I'd take full control, but I'd want full control. As in, the ability to override my body on a cellular (or preferably, even chemical) level, to be able to reconstruct my metabolism to become immune to toxins, to be able to store energy in my body in various ways depending on how I need it, etc. If ...
by setzer777
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I might even support pauper's prisons in my system as long as you could get out of them by getting a job. Wow...this kind of solidifies the impression I've been getting that individual autonomy and personal liberty are not very high on your scale of values when imagining an ideal society. A pauper'...
by setzer777
Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]
Replies: 132
Views: 13202

Re: Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]

For the identity issue: clearly as humans we create distinct objects as causes instead of thinking of everything as a chain of events with only one cause at the beginning. Most people believe in tornadoes as following completely materialistic causes. But few would say: "That tornado didn't cau...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I think the biggest issue would be: Women wanting to have children but not raise them. Women wanting to raise children but not have them. these two groups always being the small minority. Although I think culture has a huge influence on people, I do think that genetics does determine some of our beh...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality [Philosophy]
Replies: 38
Views: 3253

Re: Questioning (all) morality [Philosophy]

I would turn the question around and ask why you think murder is worthwhile. I will not allow you to murder someone if I can stop you, because I want my species to survive. I will save a person who is dying, because I want humans to continue existing. This is a base instinct and does not answer to ...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I think that my system will prevent economic privilege to children by convincing rich people stop having rich kids. In the past and currently, having children is one way to continue your empire. Getting rid of that "advantage" of having children will get rid of the reason that rich people...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

Honestly, even with this in place, the children of the rich are still at a massive unfair advantage due to being able to take advantage of the parents' wealth while they're alive. And the resources you have at your disposal when you're growing up tend to matter a lot more than how much money you su...
by setzer777
Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nonduality
Replies: 12
Views: 2933

Re: Nonduality

I found this link: http://www.theopensecret.com/ From what I read there it sounds like your typical overly-vague, "these truths are so deep they can only be expressed in a bad attempt at poetic language!", metaphysical nonsense. That's referring to Tony Parson. In terms of nonduality in ge...
by setzer777
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

Oh, ok, I didn't realize your speculations were about a hypothetical time that far into the future. In that case I agree that some form of communal child rearing might become more prominent, depending on how things progress economically, technologically, etc. I still don't think inheritance will be ...
by setzer777
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I don't know what the phrase "entering the system verses having the system" means - do you mean that you don't want to consider the issue of getting people to willingly subscribe to your system? I can get that to an extent, but it seems like you are totally divorcing the discussion from a...
by setzer777
Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3984

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

setzer777, are you really worried about the human race dying out? I just don't see how getting enough children is a problem. My discussion above about entering the system versus having the system was great in part about the whole "but I want to raise my old children issue." I don't have a...

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