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  2. No one chooses what they believe

    Darwin, speaking for himself. From On The Origin of Species. I believe, as was remarked in the last chapter, in no law of necessary development. As the variability of each species is an independent property, and will be taken advantage of by natural selection, only so far as it profits the individual in its complex struggle for life, so the degree of modification in different species will be no uniform quantity. Besides, if we want to get technical about it, there is such a thing as a "population of 1 individual". http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20180129-welcome-to-monowi-nebraska-population-1
  3. Faith?

    With all respect, a Neurologist would not be qualified to judge that, they are more concerned with the functions of the nervous system, rather than psychological matters.
  4. Faith?

    Faith is a belief and a choice, one you prefer. I have thrived just fine with trust. On this and how the brain works, the neurological basis for empathy etc. I will be consulting and concluding on the authority of the Neurologist I work for, not you. I say do what works for you, I am going to continue living my awesome life. All the best.
  5. Faith?

    I will listen later - but thanks for the link in advance.
  6. Iran tries to hijack vessel British Heritage

    No amount of allied shipping is gonna make that stretch of sea safe. Air and missile strikes are the only way.
  7. Is God Real

    Your copy is well-thumbed !
  8. Slightly OT, but I have always interpreted the 1st commandment as meaning YHWH should be the primary, most important god, top of the pantheon, but you can have other, lesser, gods.
  9. Captain Risky

    Moving and cleaning house tomorrow. God I hate it. 

    1. Manwon Lender

      Manwon Lender

      Well good luck with your new home, but I also hate moving so better you than me:D

  10. No one chooses what they believe

    Take a deep breath. Cormac will address any points you have questions about, I am no longer interested in the topic. All the best.
  11. Will trump win 2020?

    Kinda depends on what our overseas investors want. Russia may be tired of him, China certainly doesn't need him, North Korea may have a luke-warm friendship now, Saudi Arabia sure likes him though, and Israel. Israel at least is a heavy weight in the hacking department. They can hold their own pretty well. Bibi likes Donald, the Crown Prince likes his son-in-law. Depends on whose hackers are best, and how much time and money they want to invest on the candidate of their choice. Should I have counted Google, Facebook, and Amazon as major investors? Jeff Bezos may not like the flack he got from Donald.
  12. Faith?

    Absolutely. My Dad is from Kerry and my Mom is from Donegal. We had to (well not really had to but it was the fastest route) travel through the North to get to Donegal. So yeah I see that some places are more difficult. Also I'm from Leixlip so I see some of the places that you would not leave if you tried to walk past. You know the places. But yeah Ireland kept Christianity alive and the Book of Armagh is a great source. Have you ever listened to this?; It's the Irish history podcast. It's brilliant.
  13. Faith?

    Oh dear I was really not going to say anything about this anymore but you see this statement typifies your error NO NO NO it has nothing to do with the "superiority" of faith. ALL humans have faith (with a small f ) just as we all have fingers (well most of us do) faith is an evolved cognitive construct like logical thinking. it is not a matter of superiority. Humans use ALL the tools in their cognitive tool box for particular purposes. Faith evolved as a psychological requirement for dealing with a growing awareness of things like the nature of life and death, empathy, love, pain and suffering. It also gave us ways to cope with not knowing the future No you cannot do well without faith it is just that you deny the nature of your faith and try to use other words for your faith in yourself, in others and in your future. But it is FAITH, that ancient evolved cognitive/psychological construct which gets you through the day You are a self aware animal, not one acting on instinct, so you NEED faith to compensate for that awareness of life A monkey doesn't fear that the y might die, so the y dont need a construct to overcome that fear. It doesn't fear loss or abandonment or grief, so it doesn't need faith that all will be well.
  14. Faith?

    depending on time and place of course - it could be harder in some than others but relative to some other countries - yes I agree with you. As the title of this is faith (something that passes me by admittedly) but a comment made me to in passing by a colleague the other day seems relevant to a discussion of faith. Ireland doesn't get the credit it should for 'protecting / saving' Christianity in the first millennium.
  15. No one chooses what they believe

    Hi Pettytalk Not sure what you're inferring here, do you mean a group here in the forum or as some of us are discussing archaic humans and how they adapted? jmccr8
  16. Will trump win 2020?

    Trump will win. Not because he is any good but just because its what Americans do - Bush Junior twice - really? However possible obstacles that may or may not appear- A Trump slump (falling GDP etc) late 2019 early 2020 A Trump war - pick a date near you.
  17. Faith?

    I understand that you are trying to make a case that faith is superior, you haven’t succeeded in convincing me, yet it is your preference. I accept this works for you. I am adding that one can do just fine with trust or without faith. I know people who are motivated by people not believing in them, they love a challenge.
  18. No one chooses what they believe

    Pathetic. If you believe this rubbish you are deluded. Misinterpretation is a subjective process. IMO mcormac is legitimately misinterpreting the nature of evolution due to some past lessons or teaching which was in error. You on the other hand are simply ignorant on this topic and i doubt you have ever studied or read much on the subject a t all You have, as usual, simply chosen to argue with me for your own reasons and with no facts to support your pov I am always amused by your puerile attempts at psychological manipulation Do you really find the y work with people you know? or are the y not intentionally manipulative, but genuine ignorance eg For your part, it wasn’t the worst thing that you are in error, you provided a fertile real life example of the common misconceptions. You can think whatever you want, we all know better. A i am not in error B I never quoted any misconceptions only science It is your mind which incorrectly interpreted what i wrote due to personal bias. (There are many misconceptions about evolution and some are mentioned in the sources i provided. None of my points are wrong or misconceptions) C "All" is a big claim. As it happens, of the specific comments and posters a t least 3 indicated support for my pov, while the rest really didnt contribute Only you and cormac actually pursued this deabte. I suspect because a t first he misunderstood what i was saying and then both of you became too entrenched and invested in your pov to give an inch. So far you have failed to factually refute even ONE of the points i have made about evolution. which i think says it all
  19. No one chooses what they believe

    Hi, there, jmccr8, It seems that in this small close related group, our group, there is, apparently, quite a lot of variation. And therefore it negates you assertion.
  20. No one chooses what they believe

    Of course, I stand corrected, I am speaking for myself only.
  21. Faith?

    If that is your own experience so be it, but then i suspect no one showed much faith in you a s a child, and you try your best to avoid using the word. Maybe you really dont understand the nature of faith in another person You CANNOT know in advance if a person will succeed at anything. Thus you either have faith or you do not. So tell me, the first time you went WATER skiing did you manage to get up and stay up Snow skiing is a bit easier, although also more difficult. With water skiing you use the power of the boat and physics, and the hardest part is holding onto the grip while your body is being dragged a t high speed through the water. The faster you can get up on the skis the easier it becomes Then you just have to lean back and let physics do the rest However in snow skiing gravity provides momentum While you can water ski a long distance in a straight line; (at least in Australia) snow ski runs require you to manoeuvre more, making it more difficult.
  22. No one chooses what they believe

    You need to go back then, we all provided the links that you have been copying and pasting and misinterpreting from. But this is neither here nor there the topic is squashed. Cormac is the correct one, he is versed in the subject and he has done an incredible job of helping advance an understanding of the subject. For your part, it wasn’t the worst thing that you are in error, you provided a fertile real life example of the common misconceptions. You can think whatever you want. Don't bother responding; I am done with the topic. All the best.
  23. Is God Real

    What was your choice then? God approves of slavery, it's in the Bible.
  24. No one chooses what they believe

    God only knows, and s/he/it won't tell us. If s/he/it even is interested in us or exists in the first place. If s/he/it doesn't exist then nobody knows the truth.
  25. Iran tries to hijack vessel British Heritage

    I was thinking in terms of British warships escorting British flagged ships through the straits. If Iran where to launch anti-shipping missiles against ships in international waters, then that would change the dynamic of the situation entirely. It would attract international condemnation, and possibly even an international military response. It would certainly isolate Iran diplomatically, and scupper any chance of having the sanctions against it lifted. Indeed, it would become something of a pariah state, comparable with North Korea. I agree with @and then; it's all about having the nerve - and will - to stand up to aggression. A half-dozen Frigates or so could act as an effective convoy escort, PROVIDING they are allowed to shoot at Iranian attack craft behaving aggressively in international waters.
  26. Iran tries to hijack vessel British Heritage

    * In other news, the Government is hldting a meeting of the top secret Cobra emergency committee about the unfolding crisis. I hear they're even instructed Q to be there. They're hoping to be able to get hold of Bond somewhere, but I believe he's currently on holiday in the Maldives. The Government is rushing to get him back to London as quickly as possible, but it's proving not as easy as they hoped, since Easyjet doesn't fly that far and they're not sure their budget can run to a short-notice economy class ticket on British Airways.
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