So how do you explain existence ?

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posted on Nov, 2 2012 @ 04:33 PM
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Originally posted by randyvs
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And this isn't even close to true.
No, people of antiquity I believe were highly intelligent and didn't just believe what someone told them.


Our ancestors were certainly no dummies, but intelligence doesn't mean (unfortunately) that people wouldn't believe something because somebody just says so. The Greeks, very smart indeed, believed that the Gods live on Mt. Olympus, the Heaven's Gate sect believed a UFO will come and pick them up and they committed suicide, people believed in witchcraft and women were burnt alive at the stake. The Mormons believe that Jesus came to America because a convicted con-artist named Mr. Smith said he found some ancient gold tablets and God dictated him the translation. Now, about 50% of Americans think somebody who truly believes such nonsense would be a good fit to be President. So, no, unfortunately, intelligence is not proof for reasonable beliefs. "The individual is smart, the masses are dumb"


Everything thing they did took great knowledge and effort. So no, if they did something, like copy manuscripts of great importance ? Or believed something they felt should be immortalized by gigantic, symmetrically perfect, stone monuments ? I don't think they were to interested in lies or fairy tales.


Do the Pyramids then proof that the Egyptians were right to believe in the Sun god Ra? The temples of the Maya proof that God is a feathered snake? Will in a thousand years people believe in Superman, because the comic books were copied millions of times?

Neither impressive buildings nor the painstaking and costly copying of manuscripts proofs that the underlying belief system ist true...... It only proofs that it was of great importance to them.




posted on Nov, 2 2012 @ 08:24 PM
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Thanks nv.

Let me at least try to help alleviate your feelings of irony.

The phrase was brought to prominence by Descartes, yet it seems the sentiment pre-dates him. I also doubt he owns the only possible further truth that could be derived from it.

Obviously such a philosophical statement can and has been used since in western philosophy in a way that is not necessarily even relevant to the subject of theism (in the purely psychological sense, for instance). From my experience, this would in fact be the more popular modern usage of it. In no way can it or does it infer a god (IMO) on it's own, or anything else, other than what it infers directly. Many would disagree even with this much.

So it would seem "non sequitur" to assume a following endorsement of the entirety of someone's work and philosophy based on this, if this is what you are inferring. I could change it, there are others from various philosophies that I like, one particular "truism" that I heard from a delusional and insane christian cult leader I find holds a great truth. It wouldn't logically follow that I endorse the entirety of resulting beliefs and philosophy of the one who proposed it.

Or are you just saying you find irony, without inferring this? If so, where is the irony? Perhaps the irony assumes I am ignorant of Descartes? If so, have fun.

I wonder if your "fellow atheist" observation is not also an "it does not logically follow" assumption (whether correct or otherwise). I certainly have never claimed to be an atheist. Dismissing one particular deity (the christian one proposed in the bible, in this instance) doesn't make anyone an atheist by default.

Also, just sayin'.....


edit on 2-11-2012 by Cogito, Ergo Sum because: for the heck of it.



posted on Nov, 2 2012 @ 10:06 PM
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You're right, my inferences were probably unfounded, as they say...never assume anything.

As for cogito, ergo sum, I'll quote another philosopher: :-)

“Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.”
― Martin Heidegger



posted on Nov, 3 2012 @ 02:13 AM
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Originally posted by nv4711

Originally posted by slugger9787
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CONSCIOUSNESS
EXPLAINS
EXISTENCE


No, it doesn't - unless you can show that animals and plants are also conscious of their existence.


I doubt that would even do it. It would only show that animals and plants were conscious of their existence, giving us more knowledge about animals and plants. Not necessarily explaining existence itself, possibly making it even more mysterious. Consciousness is one of the more mysterious aspects of it all IMO.

Though I can see the possibility that once we understand what consciousness really is, it could help our understanding of how it all came to be (doesn't have to though). Even if there were some universal underlying principle, I doubt it would be god. No more than say, gravity, would be considered god (just IMO).



posted on Nov, 3 2012 @ 02:15 AM
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Originally posted by nv4711


“Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.”
― Martin Heidegger





Hard to disagree with that.



posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 11:23 PM
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Okay, now I am trolling after you told me to "shut the f___ up" in a different thread, I thought I would check out what other intelligence you have to offer. Here I find your request for civility. Anyhow,

To your post: I am in complete agreement. Though I don't believe that genesis is a literal account of how we came into existence, I do believe their is a creator behind it all. Like you, I also, do not believe it is an alien presence. Beyond that, I have nothing intelligent to offer.

This time I will exit stage right! Salve!



posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 11:59 AM
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Originally posted by DondeEsta?
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Okay, now I am trolling after you told me to "shut the f___ up" in a different thread, I thought I would check out what other intelligence you have to offer. Here I find your request for civility. Anyhow,

To your post: I am in complete agreement. Though I don't believe that genesis is a literal account of how we came into existence, I do believe their is a creator behind it all. Like you, I also, do not believe it is an alien presence. Beyond that, I have nothing intelligent to offer.

This time I will exit stage right! Salve!


Alright it is tough to take the account in Genesis literally I'll admit. Seeing how The Author even describes his word as being corrupted thru the ages.
BTW
Don't be to butt hurt, my post wasn't of any great importance that's for sure.
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posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 12:46 PM
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Are we still yapping on about genesis, it wasn't even a good theory in the Middle Ages. It's not worth even describing it as theory these days, it is a fairy tale.

Evolution is a proven fact, where's the problem with accepting it? Oh yeah it helps prove there is no god.



posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 01:01 PM
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Evolution is a proven fact, where's the problem with accepting it? Oh yeah it helps prove there is no god.


No doubt this will be your reality. To remain lost.



posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 02:37 PM
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How can I be lost? I know exactly where I am.

Would you rather I was like you? Weak and terrified of my own mortality.



posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 03:01 PM
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Would you rather I was like you? Weak and terrified of my own mortality


If you knew the person you were communicating with, you wouldn't make such a misguided assumption.

The unknown is yours to fear not mine.


Now is there some sort of explanation for existence you can relay or are you just here to do some unruly spouting off ?
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posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 03:36 PM
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Unknown? I know exactly what will happen when I die, I'll be dead and unaware of
it like before I was born, I won't exist any longer.

Existence? Well the only credible explanations are the Big Bang and evolution. No religious theories hold water. God does not exist.
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posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 04:51 PM
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Saying God doesn't exist is weak Atheism. Seeing that you can't possibly know such a thing. Unless you have full knowledge of the universe. Which would make you God posting on ATS denying your own existence.

So you're just being ridiculous pal. You should learn to embrace your fears.
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posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 05:30 PM
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Originally posted by randyvs
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Saying God doesn't exist is weak Atheism. Seeing that you can't possibly know such a thing. Unless you have full knowledge of the universe. Which would make you God posting on ATS denying your own existence.

So you're just being ridiculous pal. You should learn to embrace your fears.
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Randy saying God does exist is weak minded since you cannot possibly know such a thing, unless you have full knowledge of the Universe. Which would make you God and feel it necessary to affirm your own existence on ATS.

So with that out of the way. Why not accept that you have a belief, a belief in which you place faith.
Others have differing beliefs, or none whatsoever, all with at least as much validity as your own.

Aspects of your faith have been shown to be, let's say, improbable and maybe it is time to reexamine those aspects.

Man is mortal, man is fallible and the book you revere is certainly sketchy on the details. Understanding that we "do not know" is hardly contra to your faith, after all what mortal could claim to know the mind of your (alleged) deity ?

Is it not claimed that he/she/it works in mysterious ways?



posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 05:53 PM
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Randy saying God does exist



Your point is as funny as it is moot and ignorant to the fact that nowhere in this thread have I made such a claim. I believe in Jesus Christ and I have faith in God. No way does that make any such claim. Care to try again my inexperienced member ?
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posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 08:19 PM
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Originally posted by randyvs
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Randy saying God does exist



Your point is as funny as it is moot and ignorant to the fact that nowhere in this thread have I made such a claim. I believe in Jesus Christ and I have faith in God. No way does that make any such claim. Care to try again my inexperienced member ?
edit on 20-11-2012 by randyvs because: (no reason given)


If this is seriously how you view your commentary and declarations, then there is in fact no point attempting rational discourse with you.
Incidentally, smugness is ugly and awfully hurtfu....oh wait no it isn't it's simply amusing.
Have fun.

P.S. Try to quote people in full context from now on though, that way you will at least give the appearance of wishing to engage in a discussion.



posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 09:00 PM
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You haven't presented anything to discuss but your lop sided view.

At least come at me with something that's true.

What a joke. If you wanted to discuss anything you would first admit you were wrong to put words in my mouth.
Oh and the rest of reply doesn't mean anything after what I did quote.

So you're just wrong.

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posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 11:58 PM
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Here's how I explain it:




0^0 = 0!




(For those not following the above the solution is 1 = 1)
edit on 21-11-2012 by GreenGlassDoor because: 'plaining the math



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 01:56 AM
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I was born in 1965. When I went to school we were taught that "Brontosauruses" lived in swamps and in water to support their immense weight.

Religion: Nothing about dinosaurs. But God created the Earth in 7 days, and there was a talking snake.....

Later on, further fossils were found where Sauropods had elongated vertebrae, could support their weight, and were land dwelling.

Religion: The Earth is 6000 years old, and God created the Earth in 7 days......with magic. Nothing at all about dinosaurs.

MUCH later on, raptors were found. Carnivorous hunters, apparently.

Religion: No dinosaurs, just clean and unclean animals. 60000 years. God did it. Magic.

Raptors developed feathers. Not sure if they used them to make quick turns.....

Religion: Nope. No dinosaurs. Just magic. Nothing to see here. Move along.

The evolution of birds may have come from the development of the feather.

Religion: No. It's magic. Dammit.

So on, and so forth.

Science keeps moving on and trying to find ways to fit the evidence into the general scheme of things.

Religion: Dammit. I told you what happened (with no actual proof), so why don't you believe me?

Because a guy in a dress read the same book as you, why do you hold his version so much higher than your own?

Read the bible PROPERLY, It's the quickest route to atheism.

Science adapts to the latest evidence. Religion sticks to its story - despite contrary evidence.
Religion sticks to Bronze age teachings, and dogma.

Evidence of god = 0
Evidence of evolution = tons



posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 06:45 AM
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What are these fears you claim that I have? must I live in fear to be an atheist.

I strongly believe it is you that lives in fear, fear that when you die you will merely stop existing, this is why religion was invented by man, a way to alleviate the fear of death.





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