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The Purpose of Life
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This cropped up in another discussion about death down below, but I think it's worth addressing. The question at hand is "What's the purpose of life?" or perhaps more extremely, "Does life have a…Continue

Tags: significant, important, universe, philosophy, silly

Started this discussion. Last reply by boko Aug 5, 2011.

Do we owe anything to the dead ... ?
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I just watched John's last video, and something he said but didn't really talk about was "What, if anything, do we owe the dead?"I'm curious to know what everybody thinks about this because I, for…Continue

Tags: afterlife, existence, heaven, will, life

Started this discussion. Last reply by CD May 9, 2012.

The Accidental Guerrilla

Has anybody else read this book by David Kilcullen?Does anybody else like to read non-fiction books about counterinsurgency, or sociology in general?I think this book offers an extremely insightful…Continue

Started Nov 23, 2010

Is religion a force for good in the world?
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Excluding the existence of any supernatural powers, or any comment whatsoever on the fallacy or truth of religious belief, and based only what we have seen [i]as a direct result of religion in this…Continue

Tags: murder, charity, atrocity, generosity, bad

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] Mar 18.

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Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"What about those who follow a deity with their eyes open?"
Mar 18
Allyson Chumley replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"Religion blinds people to what's important. I speak from experience, once you stop blindly following some deity you really begin to question your personal beliefs. Once I gave up my faith, I realized I could think , and act for my self. I began…"
Mar 17
LoCAtek MexiCali replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"Religion (sometimes through Dogma) is the human expression of Spirituality, in the manner the human individual sees fit at the time.      Dogma can become culturally outdated; Spirituality never does     …"
Feb 3
Kat replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"Is religion a force for good in the world? Not anymore. I think that the ideas purveyed by religions were originally intended to provide order, stability and morality to the population and that by and large they succeeded. The problem with 2000 year…"
Jan 10
LoCAtek MexiCali replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"In fact, war predates religion by a couple of species: Primates like chimpanzees, fight with other troops over non essential things; sometimes young males will form posses, in order to seek out and attack other chimps for no other reason than to…"
Jan 7
Danno replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"seconded"
Jan 7
Aravis the Tarkheena replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"I wish there was a like button here so I could like this comment"
Jan 5
Matthew replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"I think that religion is a basically good thing. People do things that are in the name of religion that are actually for their self gain and that is why people think religion is bad. Not because of the religon but of the corrupt people within it. If…"
Jan 5
CD replied to Simon's discussion Do we owe anything to the dead ... ?
"There's what we personally value, what we need as a community for practical reasons, and whether or not this happens to be the same as other people (living and dead).   Perhaps we're asking the wrong questions, or need to clarify…"
May 9, 2012
Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"True, but that doesn't change the fact that most people fail to see such a difference. Religion puts destructive ideas in place all the time, and once they've taken root, people cling to them. I disagree. People have destructive ideas and…"
Mar 2, 2012
Abreo replied to Simon's discussion Do we owe anything to the dead ... ?
"Even in death, the will of a person matters a great deal. Maybe not to you, but it did to them, before they died. Even if my beliefs are wrong, and there is nothing after this world for us, the will and wishes is amazingly important. It is that last…"
Feb 28, 2012
Rachael Kerr replied to Simon's discussion Do we owe anything to the dead ... ?
"I have to disagree with your second point (about owing absolutely nothing to the dead). A society that does not recognize the respect they owe to the dead (in terms of knowledge gained, financial resources acquired) is a society that does not move…"
Feb 28, 2012
Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] replied to Simon's discussion Do we owe anything to the dead ... ?
"People that will come after us, the next generations. We need to remember that the world doesn't end with us, and so we need to live our lives with that in mind. Partially, this is about things like resources (consuming natural ones) but also…"
Feb 25, 2012
Jackson Frankfurt replied to Simon's discussion Do we owe anything to the dead ... ?
"I watched that video and didn't understand what he meant be "and the not yet living"."
Feb 24, 2012
Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"It started off with human sacrifices and went on to be the cause of wars, genocide, murder, sexism, slavery, homophobia, etc. etc. There is a fundamental difference between religion being used and abused. To this day, it is still a huge source of…"
Feb 23, 2012
Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] replied to Simon's discussion Is religion a force for good in the world?
"Well, if we don't follow them, we're going to get punished. In this life, or the next. If he didn't desire to punish us, and didn't want; he'd not do so much of it. Or he'd not create people he knowingly…"
Feb 22, 2012

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Anglo-Australian.
Bit of a loner.
And I like V for Vendetta.
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See above :D
and..
The Three Musketeers
The Count of Monte Cristo
+ many others.
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Headphones.
If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?
A carbon copy of myself.
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December, 2008
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At 5:43pm on December 18, 2010, Lizabet-B said…

I thought that the topic about religion that you posted was really, really, interesting.  Religion is such a fascinating and complex subject that is so engrossing to talk about because there are so many perspectives.  Good job!

 
 
 

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