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General / Re: Obama's ring says "No God But Allah"
« on: October 16, 2012, 05:05:43 PM »
Then "lo" a few billion years later there were some inanimate lifeless particles on the ground, and "behold" they assembled themselves into chains to make copies of themselves so they could divide and give themselves life.

Talk about magic.  :)

General / Re: What is Money?
« on: October 16, 2012, 05:03:41 PM »

I'm sure it's an excellent education about the Federal Reserve, fractional reserve banking, etc. I was trying to talk about money in the broader sense of the word.

Yes, they do talk about money in the broader sense, as well. Essentially starting with barter, then into the necessity for a medium of exchange, which is really what money is. Of course, as the article you posted explains, today debt is money.

General / Re: Obama's ring says "No God But Allah"
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:34:24 PM »
In the beginning, there was nothing. And then it exploded...

General / Re: Netflix suggestions
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:41:51 PM »

General / Re: What is Money?
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:08:53 PM »

General / Re: Outing myself
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:58:21 PM »
According to our constitution, a state and the people living in it can do whatever they want that isn't specifically enumerated in the document as having been delegated to the federal government. Regardless of whether you recognize its authority or not, I would expect that you do recognize that power behind it. There is a difference between power and authority. In any event, if Mark and Ian don't like the laws of whatever state it is that you teach they can move to New Hampshire or something, and it's really none of their business what you do. If people like the entitlements that a particular state might steal from them and dole out to others, they are free to move there. As far as I'm concerned, it's the Federal government imposing it's will on the states where it has no recognized and delegated authority that's the problem. That's what makes it arbitrary law. Would it really matter if you lived in the freest state of China? The only difference being the temperament of the current local greater state regulator's willingness, at the risk of his own neck, to look the other way from transgressions from the transient dictates of the central planners.

General / Re: Combating Cliches
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:16:22 PM »
Yes, and the clock has been correct more often than you.

General / Re: How much would a government internet suck?
« on: January 11, 2011, 10:01:51 AM »
It would probably look something like this:


General / Re: 9.4% unemployment
« on: January 09, 2011, 08:36:19 PM »
The insiders bought before releasing the numbers, then they'll sell right before they release the revised up numbers. They continually float B.S. out there and let the clueless media and "analysts" do the rest of their bidding.

General / Re: Excellent breasts.
« on: December 31, 2010, 11:37:27 PM »

The Show / Re: Scott the Bigot's Prediction
« on: December 31, 2010, 10:54:15 PM »
Yeah marmenthol, I thought the other pic was too big.

The Show / Scott the Bigot's Prediction
« on: December 31, 2010, 01:51:29 PM »
Scott left out of his prediction who's side Jesus would be on. He said that Judaism isn't a religion, but a race. And that it would be a race war between Christians vs. Jews and blacks. I'd be curious to know if Scott would be on the side of Christians, or on the side of that Jew named Jesus.

General / Re: Why Don't Christians Kill Their Kids?
« on: December 30, 2010, 06:44:32 PM »
I suppose a fundamentalist Christian could give a response along the lines of the part in the bible where Satan tells Jesus to throw himself off the cliff and his father will save him. Jesus replies something to the effect that, "thou shall not temp your god," or some such thing. I can't say that I know why the author said that but it would be my guess that it implies that god gave people a life and will and they should be used to the best of their ability to live life to the fullest that they can.

For a more practical and less religious thought on the subject...

I guess I don't really see it as a thought experiment. To say that it is a thought experiment is assuming that fundamentalist Christians don't value or have a sense of purpose in the life that they believe God gave them. Without that understanding it probably seems like a paradoxical thought experiment. Since an atheist believes that there is no spirit in the living and that there was nothing before or after their existence, why not just check in now? If this were economics, it could be explained that things have value not only at a particular place under current circumstance, but also a particular time in the future.


I'm not a fundamentalist Christian, and the only times I've ever been to church was when girlfriend asked me to attend with her. However, I have read the bible, as well as the Bhagavhad Gita, Tao Te Ching, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, among others, and found that I interpret it very differently than the ministers of organized religion do. Is your experiment is presented from a standpoint of a challenge or as a means of trying to learn something? What bothers me more than what somebody else believes, is when somebody else is bothered by what somebody else believes. That has always lead to oppression.

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