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by bockedy
Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: The Grandfather Paradox isn't a problem for determinists
Replies: 39
Views: 7379

Re: The Grandfather Paradox isn't a problem for determinists

I thought the following was particularly unfair given you ringfence it with a glib "this is rhetorical": Not sure what you thought was going to provoke me to withdraw the accusation of straw mannery. Was it your second straw man argument or your patronising tone? I think your response does you a mas...
by bockedy
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: The Grandfather Paradox isn't a problem for determinists
Replies: 39
Views: 7379

Re: The Grandfather Paradox isn't a problem for determinists

I think that's a pretty dismissive attitude towards string theory - for what reason, I cannot fathom, maybe you could elucidate. It's an unfinished line of investigation. You'd throw out any unfinished scientific investigation by this standard. BTW your analogy can be tested by measuring the effect...
by bockedy
Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: The Grandfather Paradox isn't a problem for determinists
Replies: 39
Views: 7379

Re: The Grandfather Paradox isn't a problem for determinists

I think that's a pretty dismissive attitude towards string theory - for what reason, I cannot fathom, maybe you could elucidate. It's an unfinished line of investigation. You'd throw out any unfinished scientific investigation by this standard. BTW your analogy can be tested by measuring the effect ...
by bockedy
Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: The Grandfather Paradox isn't a problem for determinists
Replies: 39
Views: 7379

Re: The Grandfather Paradox isn't a problem for determinists

I would expect any grand unified theory of physics to be able to explain the Grandfather Paradox, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it. Who knows, maybe time is a type of illusion rather than a real dimension, or maybe there is more than one time dimension, or maybe something different entir...
by bockedy
Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: Science and Scepticism
Topic: Homeopathy explained at last
Replies: 4
Views: 2064

Homeopathy explained at last

I genuinely wasn't sure whether to post this video here or in the Jokes section. Warning: your IQ will probably drop by a good 10 points watching this travesty.

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0c5yClip4o
by bockedy
Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: What if I'm wrong?
Replies: 40
Views: 8871

Re: What if I'm wrong?

Irelandisbeautiful, why all the uppercase text? Makes your posts look very odd, and dare I say it, preachy, even though you're not here to preach supposedly. Your extraordinary claim that your god-yoke-magig exists requires some sort of proper proof from yourself. Personal anecdotes and experiences ...
by bockedy
Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:40 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: What argument against Atheism do you hate the most?
Replies: 32
Views: 8236

Re: What argument against Atheism do you hate the most?

I encountered a similar "fallback position" before. It was "thats because its religion and not science". I couldn't reply because I didn't know where to start. My blood is warming just thinking about it. There must be as many arguments against Atheism as there are believers. My approach is to be fa...
by bockedy
Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:59 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: What if I'm wrong?
Replies: 40
Views: 8871

Re: What if I'm wrong?

This has been one of the best threads here recently, thanks for starting it davef. Putting questions like this to ourselves keeps us intellectually honest and helps stop us falling into some sort of fundamentalist or irrational stance. It's a well known psychological result that if a person "declare...
by bockedy
Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: Off Topic, everything else.
Topic: Are we alone in the Universe?
Replies: 4
Views: 2462

Re: Are we alone in the Universe?

I'd be very surprised if there weren't other intelligent beings in the universe ... it's a big, old place after all. Current estimates to the Drake equation estimate 2.31 civilisations with which we could potentially communicate in our galaxy. We're 1, so I guess that means 1.31 other ... I happen t...
by bockedy
Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Virgin Mary appears in Rathkeale Co. Limerick!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 4986

Re: Virgin Mary appears in Rathkeale!!!

Here's the antidote to that rubbish from last week's Mitchell and Webb Look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfqht0LEOWQ