Why respect religion?It is often said that we must respect the religious beliefs of others. Simply put, I don't. That is not to say that I see religious people as less deserving of equal protection, but I do not see their beliefs as fundamentally reasonable and worthy of respect, and I think that this claim that we must respect the rights of others undermines our ability to have substantive debates on moral and political issues, by treating certain ideas as immune from debate and criticism. Why, as an atheist, should I respect those who believe, on religious conviction, that atheists should be put to death? Should I not show them the same amount of respect they show me?Why respect religion?4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The evidence in favor of most religions is weak or nonexistent. I focus on the religions I am most familiar with, but I have reason to believe that other religions have the same general flaws, as these flaws appear to be intrinsic to religion and not simply features of a few specific religions. One key flaw in religion is reliance on faith.
dArama - ISSUE ONE - Love.dArama - ISSUE ONE - Love.7 years ago in Editorial More Like This
The dynamic between core staff, volunteer staff, and the community can at times be pure quality dArama.
It's worth noting that for years I've worked pretty hard to remain neutral on community politics. Today, I'm going to shatter that concept.
Needless to say, I am extremely politically aware of the inner workings of the deviantART community. I read *a lot* of journals, comments, forums, chat rooms. I have fake accounts. I spy.
But I don't spend my time talking politics, instead I focus internally at deviantART designing technologies and implementing understandings with core staff to address the issues I see pop up.
It's time to take a moment to be a bit more petty.
In the inner workings of our politics exists the soul of deviantART. What is this place? What was it meant to do? What does it do? What could we do better? And it's the politics that give insight into how well the greater plan is running.
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In Defense of SolipsismYou claim that you know "the truth". You lie. You can never know the truth unless you are there, and still your mind sculpts what to imagine as the truth. Facial twitching, laughing, shaking of the limbs; you believe you know what these mean, but there are truly countless possibilities. The world is within your mind, this is truth, this is solipsism, this is the phenomena. I am a liar. To declare that I know the truth is to submit to hypocrisy.In Defense of Solipsism5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I would say that textbooks hold the truth, but this would be a lie as well. These books show the bias of history, thus they are solidified lies; nothing more. DO not declare knowledge of the truth, it will never be true. As the observer you see a situation different from the instigator. This is what I declare as my opinion, for there is no truth but solipsism.
Atheism and EvolutionWhen browsing through quotes from ridiculous fundamentalists, one argument you constantly hear is that "Atheism is a religion, because it requires a belief in evolution."Atheism and Evolution6 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Atheism does not require a belief in the Theory of Evolution. It never did. Atheism has existed since before Evolution had even been proposed, so how could this logically be?
Atheism is a lack of belief. For the most part, Atheism is not 100% certainty in the falsity of the existence of god, but rather a doubt. Doubt is good, when used in a rational manner. Just because many Atheists believe in Evolution does not mean that it is required. Not all fundies believe in the rapture.
On a related note, one always hears "Evolution is just a theory; science doesn't know everything." This is the type of thing that causes one to slap their forehead in embarrassment. In scientific circles, the word "Theory" generally means that the idea has been proven through testing.
Science does not know everything; n
WindowsThe only thing that seems to work on Windows, is the error messages.Windows6 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
no freedom no peacebeing an american i have heard all my life "land of the free home of the brave".no freedom no peace9 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
however i don't see how one can make that assement when we are no
more free than any other.
ill be it we are not slaves in the sense of being the possesion of another man.
nor are we captives in the sense that we are not able to leave our homes
when we choose to do so.
but is that the only definition of free wikpedia defines free as
"without cost" or 'unrestrained".
however when a man faced with a debilitating illness is forced to make a choice between
living out a horrible existance and a painfull death or to shorten his sentence his choices
are restarained by the which will tell you that assisting a man in his death is a crime...
no matter the case or situation.
likewise you will be told that even though the marijuana crop could be able to assist
in limiting the destruction of the rainforest with its replenshible yeild to grow such
a usefull plant will no come without cost.
these are not the o