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    • Radical Islam (Last post by Gisteron)
    • About the tribalism thing, let's not forget that Islamic scriptures and other canonical and scholarly sources go quite a long way to reinforce the line between the in-group and the outsiders, painting them as mutual enemies most of the time and dehumanizing the non-Muslims at other times. They also prohibit various dealings and relations with outsiders on numerous occasions "lest they lead the faithful astray". It is very openly cult-like in this sense. Now wait for a few generations to absorb that everybody else are swine, throw in a bunch of explicit commands to violence against them and a situation like we have now is inevitable. Islam is by no means the only contributor here, and as any other cult it feeds on natural human tendencies, but it is still a rather major factor, albeit perhaps far from the only one.
    • Science discovers God (Last post by Gisteron)
    • The chart is actually for purposes of public understanding. Theoretical physicists do not operate on pretty pictures but on mathematical models extrapolated from observations. That means for one that their accuracy is of course limited, which, for instance, is why the "quantum fluctuation" thing at the beginning point of the chart is pretty much a speculation (albeit for what we know not a completely unreasonable one) as we cannot observe beyond the Planck time. As another note on the absence of evidence thing, I feel like it needs pointing out that nobody argued that there was actually no thinking agent kicking off the universe based only on a lack of evidence indicating so. A much more present argument was that the Biblical God is a far more fleshed out character, with far more specific attributes than mere timelessness and externality to and power over nature. While we are at it, we do not actually know that any of those apply to what Dr. Schroeder calls the "laws of nature" either. It is things like these that make me question his credibility despite his credentials. MIT is not a place of sub-par education, so at some point he must have been made to understand what is false about the things he says about his field of science, be it in this video or in his lectures and books (that no doubt sell well). It stands to reason that either he forgot them because he hasn't been working in science for a while, or that he rejects things he was taught on religious grounds, or that he is knowingly lying about them now. I would as well dispute that there is no evidence one way or the other, proof being an undefined thing when it comes to synthetic propositions. The Biblical God is not described as a mere prime mover in either the text nor in the minds of most believers. Rather it is an intelligent agent who allegedly interacts with the natural world in detectable ways. So we are in the "there is a bomb under my seat in theatre" scenario where we would expect to see evidence if it were the case, rendering the absence of evidence an indicator of the contrary. The absence of evidence argument would still stand if we were talking about something abstract or fundamentally unfalsifiable. In that case Occam's Razor would have to chime in, I'm just not all that positive that we are dealing with such purely deistic notions here. Now, of course that doesn't mean either position is necessarily correct in this, and any one individual can of course either believe in The Force (which, by the way, is not the same thing as the Biblical God either in the fiction or in the minds of most real world Jedi, AFAIK) without evidence or not. One can of course likewise believe that there is no such thing on what I think is inconclusive evidence, or not. Whether either belief is justified or which one is more justified than the other would of course remain up for debate and whether either proposition is correct may ultimately be a matter of definition more than discovery. I would like to stress that it is not necessary to believe either and not unreasonable to reject both until either is backed by a convincing argument. And finally, Quote: Wait...someone thinks it is not okay to believe something without empirical evidence? Can't recall anyone saying so, no... Quote: We require faith just to function... It depends on what you mean by faith. If every position that is not met with full certainty is a faith position, then we believe pretty much everything on faith and the term becomes meaningless as a discriminator to the same extent. If faith is what comes in when ever otherwise we have no justification to believe something, then please speak for yourself, since I never do need any such thing.
    • Doing that thing from that one brochure (Last post by Connor L.)
    • Awesome! I found this really helpful when I was struggling (at the end of my rope...) to quit sugar binging. Perhaps you might too. It is the opposite of a "12 step" course, which I found really attractive.
    • sith/jedi (Last post by Zenchi)
    • Quote: Quote: Quote: Sith (mythological) in general tend to be very close-minded And fictional Jedi tend to be equanimous, compassionate and thoughtful. Sadly (speaking especially of my own behaviour), we tend to fall short of that. Some of us don't even aspire toward those lofty goals. Can't imagine why "real life" Sith should be expected to be anything like the fictional ones. Honestly, I feel like that's kind of the whole point of this site. At least for those that start the IP and become "Jedi" rather than just guests who are here for discussion purposes (nothing wrong with that, of course). We (the non-guests and those who have applied to be non-guests) aspire to those ideals, even if we do fall short of them. But the idea of a person aspiring to the ideals of a Sith as I described makes me a little nervous. Like, if I want to be more equanimous, compassionate, and thoughtful, most people would say that's a noble goal. But if I were to say that I want to be more close-minded, backstabbing, and power-hungry, most people might decide to keep their distance and wonder about my lifestyle choices. Personally, I don't know anyone irl who aspires to the Sith values I described (though I know plenty that live up to them...they just deny it, because whether they're aware or not, they're definitely not proud of the values they're exhibiting). Some old fart once said "Jedi ain't saints, and Sith ain't sinners," or something to that effect...
    • Yoga Camp (Last post by Edan)
    • Yoga Camp - Day 19 - 'I Respect'
    • Jedi do not smoke. (Last post by Jestor)
    • Den and I are still talking... He has decided to just take a sabbatical, and has not left for good, if I understand right... Time will tell... [attachment]
    • If you are not able to live it I feel there is som... (Last post by carlos.martinez3)
    • Quote: I have wondered about this very thing many times. It's cool and all, but what does it really change. No matter how many times I tell myself that there is no spoon I still can't just bend it with my mind. So does the idea that there is no spoon really matter? When in action everything to me matters.I never live in hypotheticals, waist of good thinking time to me...jk. But when we have an idea at least when I do or a thought, and I try it... everything matters. Did it work? Why why not. I break things down, it's my nature some times which CAN be disciplined. We can memorize creeds, wills, ways, words, but if they stay in the...realm of our minds and never happen... well then they never really happened . No exp points no credits no log in no nothing. Doesn't exist. That being said it is a scary thing. Action and change scare every one. No one is immune . How we react... there is the gravy!! Keep seeking friends, keep finding what you look for. Keep acting what you learn, it's called learning. If they don't work... think... use your bright light! Figure it out. Some times its just as easy as meditation then your like, we'll that s obvious now that I have taken time to stop n thing. That's one of many ideas here....TRY!
    • A Man is Known by Many Names. (Last post by Sproule)
    • To me it means that who we are is never the destination in the journey. Who I am right now can be fundamentally altered by life events. The recent birth of my son has changed me. I look at things differently so in being a father has in a way created a new person. Also in being different people in different situations allows us to deal with trauma/stress while safeguarding our mental health. We learn, we change. Who I am now is not who I am destined to be. Who I am destined to be will be dictated by the trials I face, the joys I will feel, and the knowledge I will take on.
    • Team C - 100 days of discipline (Last post by MartaLina)
    • Ow hi , its me again Day 1 sunday 21 aug: I went to my trainer in the gym , i told him how hard it was to keep up my shedule and that i wanted to lose weight in my stomach but not in my butt and boobs loll , he looked at me and started laughing , he said that as a woman in my menopause i should be realistic about my progress in the gym and that i cannot have it both, i did not know what he meant so he explained , he said , you cannot have the cookies and the food and the fat ...and the body that you want , you can have a healthier one than you have now , but you have to be realistic . He changed my schedule with the emphasis on the points that i want to approve and i have to go to the gym every other day ...but at least 3 times a week , in order to lose weight , when i am at a lower fat percentage , i can start working on my : problem areas I love the new diet by the way, still pasta , potatoes and chicken , but very little red meat and the obvious sweet crap i fill myself with. Day 2 monday , res Day 3 tuesday . very good workout and good cardio , foodwise good !
    • The Imperishable Gem (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead, And there of the Last Harvest sow'd the Seed: And the first Morning of Creation wrote What the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall read. Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare; To-morrow's Silence, Triumph, or Despair: Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where. ~ Omar Khayyâm

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