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    • Father knocks out sons abuser. (Last post by tzb)
    • Quote: Your culture is not followed or loved by the majority of people on this planet. That's why it's our culture, or culture at all as opposed to just human nature. Sure, it's not human nature not to be a paedophile... but that doesn't mean a certain culture can't legitimately agree it's deviant behaviour and therefore make it illegal. Similarly cultures can disagree and come into conflict about other elements. I take issue with cultures which criminalise or execute people for being homosexual for example because it is my belief that's unacceptable, expressive of zero compassion and zero understanding of human nature. Why do most of these cultures believe they're right to demonise gay people? Religious dogma. And as is currently happening in the West, I believe as time goes on the power of religious dogma will fall in light of empirical psychological insight, but of course this reaches less developed nations later. If there were still cultures which encouraged paedophilia I would feel the same... just as they would be entitled to take issue with our culture deeming that deviant behaviour. However over time they may come to understand our reasons, see our evidence, and eventually adopt our belief in the sanctity of a human person in this situation. See also the abolition of slavery. Our culture has, as have others. I believe that is human nature.
    • Still Around (Last post by scott777ab)
    • Quote: Quote: . I now try to keep most of my opinions to myself. Please don't. Your presence helps make this a better place. See my post above. Quote: Quote: For now I am going to go hide in my secret place. LOL. Please don't. Your presence helps make this a better place. By secret place I mean that place which is within. If you don't understand sorry. Those who do know what I am talking about.
    • Everything is Made of Energy Stuff (Last post by Khaos)
    • Quote: Let go of your: logic, reason and evidence and soar in the sky once in a while. You'll get a different view of things from up there. People "fly" just fine with logic reason and evidence. There is no lack of wonder, and awe, for those who choose such a path. People with there "head in the couds" ( as opposed to feet on the ground I guess) have a different view, but just as a guy who has a view from the edge of a cliff from a person jumping off, well, it might help to have a healthy, logical, reasonable, understanding of gravity and that different isnt necessarily the point. Because you actually wont fly. I could easily reverse it, and tell you to let go of your nonsense, and get a different view, but that is not the point. I dont want to change views, nor change your view. I am seeking clarification on your view, and understanding,so is Gisteron. ' Ideas should compete, be tested, some weeded out if they dont hold up,etc. Then, they should change accordingly. I am less interested in to having my own singular, individual, different view, then I am about having the view that has been tested, peer reviewed, and applicable on a scale wider than my own little world. For which, in all you have presented, thats all it is. Things you choose to believe for no good reason other than it "makes you feel warm and fuzzy." If I do not proceed from reason, logic, and evidence, then I am simply taking your word for it, and that is preffered ignorance, which isnt flying. Kind of like planes. If people did not proceed from logic, reason, and evidence, we wouldnt have flown at all. To post your OP is fine, but most people, when offered anything are going to attempt to look deeper, and I cant see how thats not a good thing. Ideas should be discussed, tested, dissected, etc,because that is how we, as a species, have always surpassed our limits and "flown".
    • What are your opinions about euthanasia? (Last post by Jamie Stick)
    • Quote: If you have the correct conviction to end your own life you don't need to be so cruel as to ask someone else to do it unless extreme circumstances prevent you from acting on your own. Most everywhere in the US it is illegal to attempt to commit suicide and doctor or nurse who knowingly allows a patient to kill themself is considered complicit. So if you happen to fail to actually kill yourself, you can be in serious legal trouble (to say nothing of the psychiatric crap they'll put you through). I'm in favor of legalizing compassionate release. Life can be difficult when you're a relatively healthy, but if you've got some kind of progressively worsening condition, I can't imagine life is something you really want to cling to.
    • Words Mean Things. (Last post by ren)
    • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_spelling_reform#History I think I'll forgive Jestor this one time :P
    • invitation to totjo (Last post by Connor L.)
    • Actually, I can probably be there. I'll be back in the states next week, and I'll have the "right" time zone. I can't make any guarantees right now. But, if nobody cares, I can give a fair representation of what it's like to study the IP, work through part of an Apprenticeship, and go through the Clerical Training, even holding a minor staff position.
    • Live Service - Saturday 26th July at 2000 UTC (Last post by MCSH)
    • I'll be conducting a live service on Saturday 26th July at 2000 UTC. The sermon part of this live service would be available as a normal sermon for everyone to read. To find out what this time would be on your timezone click here.
    • Cognitive Dissonance - Your Thoughts (Last post by Rickie The Grey)
    • Well it seems to me knowing yourself: likes, dislikes, desires and expectations would be helpfull? Then knowing your limits while working to expand them would keep dissonance to a minimum? I think it's all about: living, learning and becoming a better person. Don't get hung up on your flaws and keep on keeping on.
    • Another XKCD- Answers (Last post by Vusuki)
    • Not sure where to put this- so thought I'd just add it here. Just a bit of a fun poke at star wars www.xkcd.com/1397/ Don't turn it on.
    • Unacceptable Casualties of War (Last post by Deepseablue)
    • Quote: Czech Airlines were not flying from Seoul to Prague above Ukraine. Only above Russia. We have arrived safely in Prague. Good for you! I wouldn't have wanted to be anyone anywhere near Ukraine in the days after the "crash."

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