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  2. Yeah I dont know you , maybe you make the same argument for all mass killings, so this is more of a general statement than one pointed directly at you but.....I find it very interesting that from the right wing perspective evil disappears from the world when discussing mass shootings. Are mental health issues involved? Of course. Are they the cause or the primary factor? IDK but I think shifting the narrative in that direction and painting these events as unavoidable acts of nature will only do more harm to the nation and the 2nd amendment in the long run. Yeah dude im pro second amendment. Im also willing to call a spade a spade and our gun culture is ****ed up to the point of mockability and needs to be fixed desperately. If its not, from within, eventually our society will simply vote it away. Just last year there were 4 legitimate school shooting threats at my kids school and each kid had access to an AR-15 (wait maybe it was 3 out of 4). Telling me its just a few bad apples makes me want to punch you in the gut. Now take a second and put yourself in the shoes of someone who has actually lost a loved one. Do you think your rant above will be persuasive? I grew up using guns was in fact an NRA member for years and your argument is absurdly shallow to me . How do you think it looks to the hundreds of millions of Americans who havent spent their entire lives around firearms? Throwing a tantrum and pointing fingers at everything as the culprit except the easy availability of high capacity weapons is simply creating the future you are trying to prevent.
  3. onlookerofmayhem

    The mummy overlord is back

    All the best with your recovery.
  4. You sound like a CNN reporter
  5. Impedancer

    Trump wants the US to buy Greenland

    i'll take two :-D
  6. XenoFish

    Defining God/s.

    God is an idea. So god is whatever people wish it to be.
  7. Kinda like with ghosts.... You do believe in ghosts dont you?!
  8. Harte

    The mummy overlord is back

    It's a magnificent piece of modern literature that took me months to pen. Hope it's not too long and too dry for you: link. Harte
  9. So for extra credit, why do these people exhibiting no brain activity generally have OoBEs? LINK It all seems weirdly specific, for a brain that has stopped working and should be dead.
  10. We're talking about eternity. If you can conceptualize it, you can reason it. If you can't think about questions from a reasonable, rational, and logical perspective then you might as well not think or question anything. The only thing left for those who can't/won't question is a fantasy world.
  11. Alchopwn

    The mummy overlord is back

    We rejoice at the return of our Pharaoh of old.
  12. And? Wouldn't it be reasonably to think that a memory would have formed as the brain is shutting down, and being brought back would simply "reboot" the brain? Like turning off a computer. Unless there is brain damage of course.
  13. Think about what rational thought involves, it deals in the relationships between elements within a system, and is ultimately mute regarding the existence of the overall system. The etymology of the word is clear, but somewhere a long the line, people have come to imagine that rational thinking, is right thinking, and universally so. Not so, not for this question,
  14. Some actual facts: https://fee.org/articles/mass-shootings-arent-becoming-more-common-and-evidence-contradicts-stereotypes-about-the-shooters/ https://fee.org/articles/the-myth-that-the-us-leads-the-world-in-mass-shootings/
  15. I like to drink. I even like Glenfiddich Whiskey. However even on epic benders where I have wound up in unincorporated trailer parks 2 days later I have never been so drunk that I have hallucinated. I find this disappointing. Where are my alotment of pink elephants?
  16. Captain Risky

    Captain Risky

    Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled a trip to Ghana in order to fight brexit. Ghana has responded with a diplomatic note informing the UK that it will now declare a public holiday to commemorate Corbyn not coming. 

  17. Dumbledore the Awesome

    Trump wants the US to buy Greenland

    This does though have a serious point; this kind of petulant outburst does make very clear what he'd do to any country that didn't go along with his demands in any more serious foreign policy issue; such as, for instance, over Iran or Israel. If any country refused to do what America ordered it to, then America wouldn't be its friend any more (and might wield the weapon of Sanctions at worst). That's the corner that Borish Johnson has backed himself into; by treating Europe with disdain he's more or less obliged himself to be the sycophantic yes-man to a man who believes that he was sent by God to be the saviour of the world.
  18. The committee that developed the system did the calculations using relativity methods, and then with Newtonian methods. They got exactly the same results, but decided it was not politically expedient to announce that at that time. https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2013/11/29/common-misconception-9-who-disproved-einstein/
  19. Saru

    I know I'm not alone.....

    This sounds to me like what is generally known as "old hag" - a type of hallucination that can occur during sleep paralysis. You can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis While "old hag" references the tendency to see an old woman, it is also not uncommon to see/feel something else. This famous painting, for instance, depicts someone experiencing a 'demon' during a sleep paralysis episode: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis#/media/File:John_Henry_Fuseli_-_The_Nightmare.JPG It doesn't mean that an actual, literal 'demon' is responsible, it is simply the way your mind is manifesting the episode. It is certainly worth discussing this with your doctor if the problem persists, however.
  20. A reasonable statement, except for the fact that you can put an EEG on my head while I'm dreaming, whereas these people had the selfsame EEG on their head and they weren't producing signals.
  21. Do you remember your dreams? I'd think the same principle would apply.
  22. You have not answered the questions. If space is distorted, there is a restoring force. that force is not being investigated. And if time is distorted there is a speed of the effect, and that requires time to exist in at least two dimensions. The point of both questions is that no such effect has ever been observed. The first step in the scientific method is "Observe something," so they are not science; they are fiction.
  23. The fact is that around the world there are a great many religions, and many of them include a belief in vague, but allegedly powerful and beneficial supernatural entities that are often rendered in English by the term "god" or "goddess". Many people claim that these entities have a superficially human appearance in mant cases, but had more animal appearances in the past when humanity was closer to the natural world. Gods are supposed to exercise power over the natural world and humanity's various fortunes, and according to the High Priest Anebo of Ancient Egypt, we also call them "divinities" because their oracles are most accurate at predicting the future, i.e. divination. I would also point out that Anebo also talked about Daimons, which have powers similar to deities, but lacked their oracular ability, and some of whom were moral and some were dangerous to humans. Of course this has nothing to do with contemporary religions. Or does it? Now it has also been said that you cannot define God as it is impossible to speak of something infinite, and yet mathematicians have a very interesting and abstruse philosophy around infinity LINK and other philosopher have also grappled with the issue reasonably effectively LINK. So, however limited words may be, humanity remains resilient in their use on such topics, and we should persevere in that spirit, should the matter arise. So, beyond the preamble, I put the question to any interested party, when we talk about a god or many gods, what exactly are we talking about? I would ask atheists to refrain from merely restating their skepticism ad nauseum, as it will not be conducive to coming to any sort of understanding of what believers are experiencing. This is conducted in a spirit of inquiry, to gain an understanding of this phenomenon that is so central in so many people's lives, and how it is experienced by them.
  24. Yeah, thinking is apparently not a strong point for some people. And forget rational thinking, I mean who would dare to every challenge their own thoughts and beliefs. It's better to just move the goal post when the other team has covered more ground.
  25. RabidMongoose

    Trump wants the US to buy Greenland

    Last year the US economy grew by 3.1% which is a minor boom. This year has been going well so far but due to the US trade war with China growth is now expected to come in at 2.25 to 2.5%. Thats not a recession, its normal economic growth. There is no evidence at all for a coming recession just media articles claiming one is on the way with nothing to back up their stance. Its desperation, its clutching at straws, its the hope somehow a negative economic miracle will happen to stop him being re-elected. As someone outside the US it really is quite sad to watch. Its so bad I think the US media should be banned from reporting on politics. Whether we are talking about a pro-Democrat or a pro-Republican media outlet things over there are so unbelievably biased its making a mockery of Democracy.
  26. Gotta be honest here. It is the believers who do this. A skeptic questions and looks for the real answers or the most reasonable one at least.
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