Intelligent people have 'unnatural' preferences and values that are novel in human evolution

Feb 24, 2010

More intelligent people are significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds.

The study, published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Quarterly, advances a new theory to explain why people form particular preferences and values. The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values, but intelligence does not correlate with preferences and values that are old enough to have been shaped by evolution over millions of years."

"Evolutionarily novel" preferences and values are those that humans are not biologically designed to have and our probably did not possess. In contrast, those that our ancestors had for millions of years are "evolutionarily familiar."

"General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions," says Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science. "As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles."

An earlier study by Kanazawa found that more intelligent individuals were more nocturnal, waking up and staying up later than less intelligent individuals. Because our ancestors lacked artificial light, they tended to wake up shortly before dawn and go to sleep shortly after dusk. Being nocturnal is evolutionarily novel.

In the current study, Kanazawa argues that humans are evolutionarily designed to be conservative, caring mostly about their family and friends, and being liberal, caring about an indefinite number of genetically unrelated strangers they never meet or interact with, is evolutionarily novel. So more intelligent children may be more likely to grow up to be liberals.

Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) support Kanazawa's hypothesis. Young adults who subjectively identify themselves as "very liberal" have an average IQ of 106 during adolescence while those who identify themselves as "very conservative" have an average IQ of 95 during adolescence.

Similarly, religion is a byproduct of humans' tendency to perceive agency and intention as causes of events, to see "the hands of God" at work behind otherwise natural phenomena. "Humans are evolutionarily designed to be paranoid, and they believe in God because they are paranoid," says Kanazawa. This innate bias toward paranoia served humans well when self-preservation and protection of their families and clans depended on extreme vigilance to all potential dangers. "So, more intelligent children are more likely to grow up to go against their natural evolutionary tendency to believe in God, and they become atheists."

Young adults who identify themselves as "not at all religious" have an average IQ of 103 during adolescence, while those who identify themselves as "very religious" have an average IQ of 97 during adolescence.

In addition, humans have always been mildly polygynous in . Men in polygynous marriages were not expected to be sexually exclusive to one mate, whereas men in monogamous marriages were. In sharp contrast, whether they are in a monogamous or polygynous marriage, women were always expected to be sexually exclusive to one mate. So being sexually exclusive is evolutionarily novel for men, but not for women. And the theory predicts that more intelligent men are more likely to value sexual exclusivity than less intelligent men, but general intelligence makes no difference for women's value on sexual exclusivity. Kanazawa's analysis of Add Health data supports these sex-specific predictions as well.

One intriguing but theoretically predicted finding of the study is that more intelligent people are no more or no less likely to value such evolutionarily familiar entities as marriage, family, children, and friends.

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More information: The article "Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent" will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.

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LKD
2.1 / 5 (22) Feb 24, 2010
Uhuh... I have heard of forum trolls, but actual news article trolls? This is unexpected.
El_Nose
3.1 / 5 (14) Feb 24, 2010
I beg to differ --- start making celebrities of intelligent people the way NBA players are and add in the salary and my friend you will see the super smart will be a little more promiscuous when 10 girls are hiting on them at every bar and coffe shop it town.

These statistics may be true -- but it is a result of social behaviour -- inteligence is rewarded in middle adulthood (late 20's forward) and the social norm is that fame follows the media attention.

When Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Brian Kernighan, Douglas McIlroy, and Joe Ossanna (the programmers who wrote UNIX ) become household names then noone will want to be a football player cause the cheerleaders are at the ACM conference.
Roach
3 / 5 (9) Feb 24, 2010
with regards to social versus family protection, look at any herd animal, their behavior evolved towards protecting the herd often at the cost of the weak, slow, young, regardless of genetic link. So intelligent liberals are evolving toward cows? I think this is a pretty clear case of someone who wants to fit a curve to prove his preconceived notion. besides I thought the average IQ was renormalized to 110 some years ago which would make the bigger story not that one side or the other is smarter, but that either end of the spectrum falls significantly below the curve making moderate views across the board an indication of a higher intelligence to bring the overall average back up.
ralph_wiggum
3.9 / 5 (19) Feb 24, 2010
That's a pretty strong title there: "Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent". At least tone it down to something like "Liberalism and Atheism Correlate with Higher IQ" or else ALMIGHTY LORD WILL SMITE THEE!

I'm liberal and atheist and all that progressive stuff but this is going over the top for an academic publication. It's just asking for a flame war.
marjon
2.7 / 5 (24) Feb 24, 2010
Intelligence used to imply common sense.
We now have institutions which reward 'intelligent' individuals who have no common sense.
Nature used to weed these people out quite early. Now they are voted into high public office to control the lives of others.
Skepticus
2.4 / 5 (14) Feb 24, 2010
"Young adults who identify themselves as "not at all religious" have an average IQ of 103 during adolescence, while those who identify themselves as "very religious" have an average IQ of 97 during adolescence."

ROFL I expect a army Bible-toting gonna crash this site's comment box!
freethinking
2.3 / 5 (26) Feb 24, 2010
My guess is that the author is a leftist progressive atheist and the problem with leftist progressives is that they need affirmation that they are smarter than everyone else.

I dont buy into either side conservative or leftist being smarter than the other.

Royale
2.2 / 5 (6) Feb 24, 2010
I never thought i could type this but... I agree with Ralph Wiggum. (I guess it's ok since it's clear he's not THE Ralph Wiggum). Honestly though, that title, is asking for a fight. As if the political fights aren't bad enough already... jeez...
I do enjoy the fact that according to a nationally published scientific study, I am, in fact, more intelligent. Hah. You already can't get republicans to budge from their beliefs, do you think this will really help ANYTHING? Perhaps the writers are republican and trying on a little reverse psychology.
marjon
2.2 / 5 (24) Feb 24, 2010
My guess is that the author is a leftist progressive atheist and the problem with leftist progressives is that they need affirmation that they are smarter than everyone else.

I dont buy into either side conservative or leftist being smarter than the other.


I can understand why 'progressives' need such affirmation because none of their ideas succeed in creating a more prosperous society.
VOR
2.8 / 5 (16) Feb 24, 2010
some of these posts just prove the article. ralph
stfu. title is dead on. you twisted it. article is appropriate. It sums up the experience and inclinations of those of us who are a little above average intelligence. Get the fk over it you all you who aren't. It's just the way it works. The dichotomy between preference of exclusivity between the sexes with respect to intelligence is interesting. Liberalism has nothing to do with cows or herd behavior. Its the inclination to foster concern for all of society instead of just your clan, and to a small degree, ahead of your clan, especially ahead of the short term benifits of your clan if they contradict long term planning. Progressives are just that and are Utilitarian. If you dont understand how it works, stop posting against it.
Royale
3.8 / 5 (9) Feb 24, 2010
I actually think it's great that for once physorg has a BETTER TITLE than authors of a paper. Everyone always rags on this site for poorly worded headings, but in this case I think the choice was right!
Royale
3.6 / 5 (12) Feb 24, 2010
Marjon, that's a little idiotic. People like Martin Luther King Jr. are leftist progressives (forget about the atheism that's too new). So you're saying they never got anything done? HAH.
and VOR, while I agree with you I think you're missing that ralph was quoting the ACTUAL ARTICLE as given after the "More Information:" section. You two are on the same team here.
freethinking
1.9 / 5 (33) Feb 24, 2010
Interesting that most doctors, engineers, and hard science people are conservative and religious.

Interesting that most criminals, journalists, humanities professors, people on welfare, bums on the street, are leftist progressives.

Mind you after considering the fact that a lot of progressive leftists cant hold down a real job in the real world, and need to conservative religious people to support them, maybe they are smarter.
freethinking
2.1 / 5 (18) Feb 24, 2010
Royale, I dont know too much acout MLK jr. but didnt he say dont judge a man by the color of his skin, but by his character. That is a conservative belief, not a progressive leftist belief.
Royale
3.2 / 5 (17) Feb 24, 2010
hmm.. since welfare was created through "progressive leftists" it's interesting for you to say they can't hold down a job since they obviously were in that position to CREATE welfare in the first place..

Don't just say most doctors, engineers, blah blah blah are conservative and religious. You can't just make up "facts" because you think they're so.

Let's not be silly here. You should be a little more freethinking with your ideas. :)
VOR
2.4 / 5 (9) Feb 24, 2010
thanks royale. sorry ralph, my bad. (your name didnt help lol) I see that now, dont always read the more info part. We progressives tend to be more measured so our voice gets drowned by the ignorant absolutist noise, but sometimes I lose that restraint. yeah it's a stupid, backwards title. We are of course instead Liberal and Atheist because we're more intelligent. And that alone is obviously enough to start that flame war. Sadly there seems to be a relationship between one's intelligence and one's tendency to recognize and appreciate those even more intelligent. Maybe there's a threshold range.
Royale
2.8 / 5 (17) Feb 24, 2010
That's a conservative belief? Not to judge by color of skin? Are you insane?
So lemme guess, next you're going to say that slave owners were progressive and leftist.
We're talking about moving away from the norm... thus PROGRESSING... think man.
Javinator
4.1 / 5 (13) Feb 24, 2010
It's not so much saying that it's stupid to believe in God. It's more saying that critical thinkers are more likely to challenge their parents'/society's beliefs/ideas while non-critical thinkers are less likely.

Less critical thinkers brought up in aetheist/liberal households, by this article's logic, are more likely to remain as such than be convinced otherwise.

Article should have left religion and politics out of it.
VOR
2.4 / 5 (17) Feb 24, 2010
Royale, I dont know too much acout MLK jr. but didnt he say dont judge a man by the color of his skin, but by his character. That is a conservative belief, not a progressive leftist belief.

free u r without question the dumbest troll that regularly posts on this site. Of course racism is conservative trait. what u said is verifiably factually false. You stated the exact opposite of things. I pretty much think u just post to cause trouble and know how crazy you are posting. If you really believe what you post you need to go back for some more edumacation.
Javinator
3.3 / 5 (7) Feb 24, 2010
I know it's the internet and everything, but you should really try typing properly if you want anyone to take anything you say seriously.
freethinking
2.6 / 5 (26) Feb 24, 2010
Conservative, fundamentalist Religious Christians did fight slavery. A republican freed the slaves. etc. etc. However many high level democrats in the 1920-1970s were memebers of the KKK.(the numbers will suprise you) Racism is a leftist trait. Hitler was a socialist (read leftist). Stalin (again a socialst) was also a racist. Obamas rev. wright is also a racist socialist.

Come on now, please read history.
deafgirl01
3.4 / 5 (12) Feb 24, 2010
So is this one of those thing where people believe that if you don't think the way they think, you have a lower IQ? Like if you are taught lessons that have been shaped by liberals and they test you, and think you have lower IQ...Well, I think they will fail my faith IQ test too (not bible lesson. Just faith).

Anyway, it hardly ever easy for intelligent, highly educated, and wealthy people to have faith in God and even the bible mentioned this.
JayK
2.2 / 5 (10) Feb 24, 2010
Revisionist history and anti-intellectual idiocy. That must be freethinking himself. Now if you guys can just get him to start in on bashing homosexuals, you'll have the trifecta!
Royale
2.5 / 5 (8) Feb 24, 2010
Hahahaha. I know JayK, right, he says "please read history" like in the 10 minutes between posts he somehow educated himself on the topic. Once again free as in another post you had today, you can't just state something as true. That's great that you think that way, and you may truly believe it. Still doesn't make it fact.
RJB26
2.6 / 5 (15) Feb 24, 2010
liberals smart? theres never been a group of people more willing to be led around by the nose in the history of mankind. i guess if your idea of smart is being highly susceptible to every form of groupthink and letting other people run every aspect of your lives, jayk must be the smartest person in the world. freethinking is correct when he says racism is historically speaking the purview of democrats. the kkk was the terrorist wing of the southern democrats. Abraham Lincoln was a republican. i know your a good little leftist, zombie, parrot, jayk and rewriting history is generally what you automatons do. i guess we cant really hold you accountable for your worldview since you've been programmed to think that way. just like you shouldnt be held responsible for any aspect of your life. no the taxpayers and the government should provide you with health care, pension,union job,a house and car. now thats smart.
Gammakozy
2.4 / 5 (15) Feb 24, 2010
Another piece of liberal propoganda skewed to achieve the pre-determined result that confirms their biases. How convenient is it that the study stops at "young adults". It is well established that individuals become increasingly conservative as they age. So does the IQ of all the liberal converts to conservativism drop with age? Have these liberal progrssives not learned anything from the exposure of the fraud and perversion of science by the man made Global Warming zealots? Guess not. I have no doubt that a close examination of the instruments used, subject sampling and statistacle devices will expose many irregularities and selective bias.
Simonsez
3.2 / 5 (9) Feb 24, 2010
I didn't realize they moved All Fools' Day to the 24th of February.
JayK
3.1 / 5 (9) Feb 24, 2010
Just to have some fun:

Does East Germany's Democratic Republic discredit the theory of Democracy because of the name? Or maybe you've read and understood Germany's "Charter of Labor" and you still believe that Hitler was a socialist? Are you aware of the Dixiecrat revolution in America?
freethinking
2.2 / 5 (13) Feb 24, 2010
John Newton, slave owner, slave trader, After conversion to Christianity joined forces with Abolionist Willian wilberforce (another Christian) and fought for the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. - common knowledge -
George Wallace Jr. KKK member ran for president 3 times as a Democrat -common knowlege-

Democrats and the KKK all common knowlege for anyone who has studied history. Look it up.

JayK et al, Hitler was a socialist. Stalin was a communist. KKK were the progressives of the 1920s. Look it up.
kasen
3.3 / 5 (7) Feb 24, 2010
OK, so, politically speaking, if I believe there should be concentration camps for sociologists, what would that make me?

On the one hand, its a form of discrimination, so extreme right-wing stuff. On the other hand, it would eliminate any sources of discrimination and generally speaking people won't be given any "scientific" reason to think they're unequal, so pretty hardcore left-wing.

Honestly, what is the utility of this sort of research? All I see is a constant feedback loop. An actual scientific article usually requires prior knowledge and education. "Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent" only requires literacy to get the gist of it and form an opinion, which will become the data of a subsequent study. This is not science...
Skeptic_Heretic
3.5 / 5 (10) Feb 24, 2010
I've never read a more transparent piece of garbage in my life, except maybe that one time I dripped grease on the Boston Globe. That was fairly transparent as well, transparent enough where I could read something of substance through it in any event.

The only interesting pieces I could discern from this article are that societal pressures are now shaping evolution as greatly as natural pressures.

Social Darwinists around the word unite with me in saying "Duh."

And just an FYI: The KKK has at least one officer in the senate currently. Senator Byrd (Democrat) is a former high officer of the KKK, or as he refers to them a Knight of the Golden Circle.
Simonsez
2.1 / 5 (7) Feb 24, 2010
And so JayK gives me a 1 rating on my light-hearted jibe at the obvious leftist bias of this article, then follows up with another rating of 1 on my suggestion that the Obamites' methods of punishing the poor/who can only afford cheaper foods, could be instead revised with tax credit or subsidies for healthier foods.

Seems like someone is butthurt that liberalism is unpopular in this forum.

My opinion of this article is that there may be some research of scientific merit regarding the correlation of higher IQ score to "progressive" thinking, but that the author of the article is very obviously biased against those who do not fall in line with their -isms of choice. Poor journalism, that's all.
Loodt
2.3 / 5 (15) Feb 24, 2010
This article is incomplete without a comment on the size of testicles and length of penis. Very sloppy, shoddy, and slack research!
RJB26
1.6 / 5 (8) Feb 24, 2010
what are you babbling about? nazi is short for national socialist. it wasnt germanys charter of labor it was italys charter of labor genius. the charter of labor was a vehicle designed to garner the support of rich industialists to hop on mussolinis fascist bandwagon. it did nothing but consolidate his power. oh and democracy isnt a theory smart liberal athiest guy it is a form of government. and not the form we live under in america. usually when you hear leftists talking about "democracy" what theyre talking about is socialism. orwellian style. like your heroes chavez and castro.
cattiva
3.7 / 5 (7) Feb 24, 2010
monogamist, male liberal atheists are more intelligent .... hmmmmm ...Science? ????!!!!
Royale
3 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2010
That's a good point Loodt. They definitely should have added that.
marjon
2.7 / 5 (14) Feb 24, 2010
Interesting that most doctors, engineers, and hard science people are conservative and religious.

Interesting that most criminals, journalists, humanities professors, people on welfare, bums on the street, are leftist progressives.

Mind you after considering the fact that a lot of progressive leftists cant hold down a real job in the real world, and need to conservative religious people to support them, maybe they are smarter.

An ET observes humans feeding dogs, walking dogs and picking up their crap. Humans work all day while the dogs sleep and play all day.
The ETs must conclude dogs rule the world (at least in the USA).
JayK
3.4 / 5 (8) Feb 24, 2010
Many countries have had a "Charter of Labor". In this case, I specifically referred to East Germany's, which may have been difficult, as the post had over 2 lines, which can be very difficult for conservatives with a low IQ. Democracy is very much a theory on forms of government, and is most likely an unachievable perfection.

Since you think that Nazi = "National Socialist" means that socialism was the leading economical model for Germany, maybe you can then explain the German Democratic Republic and how "democratic" Germany was at the time of the German Democratic Republic. You can't say that the name defines the practice for one and not the other.

And for those that think this study is worthless, can you please point to the methodologies that were flawed or perhaps a parallel study that shows a completely different conclusion?
JayK
3 / 5 (8) Feb 24, 2010
"While Hitler's attitude towards liberalism was one of contempt, towards Marxism he showed an implacable hostility... Ignoring the profound differences between Communism and Social Democracy in practice and the bitter hostility between the rival working class parties, he saw in their common ideology the embodiment of all that he detested - mass democracy and a leveling egalitarianism as opposed to the authoritarian state and the rule of an elite; equality and friendship among peoples as opposed to racial inequality and the domination of the strong; class solidarity versus national unity; internationalism versus nationalism."

-- Alan Bullock, Hitler: A Study in Tyranny
marjon
1.6 / 5 (10) Feb 24, 2010
Marjon, that's a little idiotic. People like Martin Luther King Jr. are leftist progressives (forget about the atheism that's too new). So you're saying they never got anything done? HAH.
and VOR, while I agree with you I think you're missing that ralph was quoting the ACTUAL ARTICLE as given after the "More Information:" section. You two are on the same team here.

MLK was a Christian minister who believed all people should be treated equally. Without conservatives and Christians in the Congress, the Civil Rights Act would not have passed.
It was the Kennedy's who used federal powers to enforce civil rights. It was JFK who cut taxes to revive the economy.
JFK believed people should keep more of their money. Teddy Roosevelt, a 'progressive' gave speeches condemning those who made too much money.
JayK
2.3 / 5 (6) Feb 24, 2010
History without context, next on marjonLive!
Caliban
3.6 / 5 (8) Feb 24, 2010
Come on in y'all- we're havin' us a Hootenanny!!!

Free- look again, my man- it was the Republican-Democrats. The Democrat Party wasn't formed until circa 1830- very near the end of the Slavery Era in America:

http://en.wikiped..._States)

Another Inaccuracy(this in the article itself).Female monogamy has not always been the norm, even in historical times.

I agree that this is some total Flame Bait as written. But I disagree with the central premise of the research that we can pinpoint traits as abstract as these and with any authority say that they have been evolutionarily selected either "for" OR "against" this is some crackpot hogwash.
JayK
2.6 / 5 (7) Feb 24, 2010
@Caliban: I think you might have misread something:
In sharp contrast, whether they are in a monogamous or polygynous marriage, women were always expected to be sexually exclusive to one mate. So being sexually exclusive is evolutionarily novel for men, but not for women.

The article above does not say that women were monogamous. It says it is novel for men to be exclusive, but for women it was kinda indeterminate. The section that says "women were always expected to be sexually exclusive to one mate." is actually poorly worded and may be what you have an issue with. I read it as the "social" expectation that women would be sexually exclusive.
frenchie
3.8 / 5 (13) Feb 24, 2010
Interesting that most doctors, engineers, and hard science people are conservative and religious.

Interesting that most criminals, journalists, humanities professors, people on welfare, bums on the street, are leftist progressives.


What...the....F***
Wake up from whatever dream you've been living in and stop saying absolutely retarded comments like these. You're only proving either that:
A) you're an extremist on the right
or
B) your IQ is in single digit numbers.

Your statements are insulting and without any statistical references, proof or foundation. Please try again.
marjon
1 / 5 (6) Feb 24, 2010
History without context, next on marjonLive!

Yep, you are right, King was a 'progressive'.

http://www.lewroc...in9.html
Caliban
2.2 / 5 (5) Feb 24, 2010
@JayK,
I did misread that. Vive La Difference! As our French brothers(and sisters) would say.
JayK
2.6 / 5 (5) Feb 24, 2010
@Caliban:
I had to read it 3 or 4 times to make sure I understood it, it was incredibly poorly written. I wish I had access to that journal in order to actually try to clarify, for myself at the least, if they are talking about social pressures or evolutionary ones.
freethinking
2 / 5 (14) Feb 24, 2010
religious servey of doctors

http://chronicle....--.shtml

real easy to find if you look

I'll try and find the engineer study....

BTW I had my IQ taken several times...
at 15 my IQ was 131
at 17 my IQ was 125
at 25 my IQ was 129

But I dont hold much stock in IQ, If you ever see a mensa get together, they dont seem all that smart :)

Frenchie It does seem to go without saying, people who use foul language us it because theyre not smart enough to live without it.

I worked with a kid who was in grade one whose foul language was embarasing the teacher. I said to the kid I know your smart and I want others to know your smart so use smart words...He promised to use smart words.... been over a year now and hes proving to be a smart kid...
RJB26
2 / 5 (8) Feb 24, 2010
this is what leftists always do. change the subject, muddy the waters. but just for fun- the german "democratic" republic was ruled by the socialist unity party(SED). the SED was a marriage between the SOCIAL democratic party and the communist party. east germany was centrally planned from top to bottom, nothing democratic about it. did they have elections? yes. were the candidates hand picked by the communists and socialists ruling the country? yes. the economic model was called the "planned construction of socialism". complete with 5 year plans, industrial quotas,etc. this economic model evolved to the "new economic system" which led to some decentralization but not much. the next iteration was called the "economic system of socialism" which reinforced central planning but geared it toward higher technology. then the "main task" came along which refocused on marxism/leninism. all this came after hitler and the nazis so im not even sure what the point your trying to make is.
JayK
1.4 / 5 (9) Feb 24, 2010
so im not even sure what the point your trying to make is

Yeah, I know you don't.
RJB26
1 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2010
enlighten me o wise one. babble on a little more for me maybe you could open my eyes. my suspicion is you have no idea what your talking about so you substitute snark for cogent argument, which is fine with me. im definitely amused. at you not with you.
bottomlesssoul
3.5 / 5 (6) Feb 24, 2010
@Caliban:
I wish I had access to that journal in order to actually try to clarify, for myself at the least, if they are talking about social pressures or evolutionary ones.


They are one and the same. Social constructs should be free to evolve and the more active the brain the faster they evolve. I think it's a bit more complicated than the author suggested. For example it's hard to be openly gay in an environment where one face "fag dragging" by predators. There are more environmental pressures to evolving social constructs than simply how efficient an individual's brain is.

We are primed for paranoia, there is an enormous body of evidence to support this. So imagined social violence to behavior change is enough stop many people from acting out. As Stalin said It's cheaper to put a policeman in everyones head than to put one on every corner".

What's not mentioned is sample size so all claims for or against are meaningless. It's just noise.
PinkElephant
4.4 / 5 (8) Feb 24, 2010
@freethinking, from your link:
Physicians are 26 times more likely to be Hindu than the overall U.S. population (5.3 percent of doctors vs. 0.2 percent of nonphysicians). Doctors are seven times more likely to be Jewish (14.1 percent vs. 1.9 percent), six times more likely to be Buddhist (1.2 percent vs. 0.2 percent) and five times more likely to be Muslim (2.7 percent vs. 0.5 percent).
It seems, doctors rather more frequently eschew Christianity for OTHER religions. It also seems to hint that U.S. doctor population is biased toward immigrant sources. These two observations out to tickle you some, no? Here's a bit more to ponder:
The finding also differs radically from 90 years of studies showing that only a minority of scientists (excluding physicians) believes in God or an afterlife. ... We suspect that people who combine an aptitude for science with an interest in religion and an affinity for public service are particularly attracted to medicine.
PinkElephant
4.3 / 5 (11) Feb 24, 2010
@RJB26, affiliations and definitions change over time. You can't use Stalin's definition of "socialism", to describe modern western socialists as somehow Stalinist. Here's an example from U.S. history: the so-called "party of Lincoln" today is dominated by people who resent Lincoln, still haven't recovered from the civil war, and still haven't forgiven the depredations of the Yankees. Similarly, the Democrats of the early 20th century aren't the same ideologically as the ones from late 20th century (in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, the so-called yellow-dogs defected, and joined the Republicans in opposition.)

Every modern Progressive would've stood beside MLK, would've marched for women's suffrage, would've protested the Vietnam war, would've fought for desegregation of the South, would've cheered Teddy Roosevelt's trust-busting, would've supported FDR's New Deal, and would've been thoroughly disgusted by the destructive hypocrisies of Reaganites and Reaganomics.
marjon
2.2 / 5 (10) Feb 24, 2010
BTW I had my IQ taken several times...
at 15 my IQ was 131
at 17 my IQ was 125
at 25 my IQ was 129

Why? Feeling insecure?
maxcypher
2.7 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2010
I think @Javinator's first comment had an actually scientific response for this extremely ambiguous (and apparently, inflammatory) article. I just wish that politics was a system of thought (oxymoron?) having enough internal rigor to actually determine which answers are true or false. Of course, it doesn't. This means that politicos will be forever shouting (i.e., 'wars') at each other, ad nauseum.
otto1923
4 / 5 (5) Feb 24, 2010
Some people are actually born without IQs at all... (don't mean you wiggins)
I'm liberal and atheist and all that progressive stuff but this is going over the top
I am 'conservative' and athiest and I think all those who tag themselves on either side are posturers and dupes. You're all saying "I'm free I'm free" but none of us are. Not even Lieberman. You're all bound by your ideology. Oh and animals are uniformly paranoid (except the domesticated ones) and they don't invoke god for protection or blame. God is for Pudels with tags around their necks.
marjon
2.1 / 5 (8) Feb 24, 2010
which answers are true or false

It all depends upon the observer.
In economics, the buyer and seller determine the value of the product sold. There is no true or false.
Politics is all about having power to control others for certain goals. What are the goals? Individual liberty? Individuals must be sacrificed for the collective?
It is obvious not everyone has the same economic or political objectives.
otto1923
1 / 5 (2) Feb 24, 2010
It seems, doctors rather more frequently eschew Christianity for OTHER religions
What, you mean convert? That don't make sense.
otto1923
1 / 5 (2) Feb 24, 2010
They are one and the same.
No they're not. One is inextricably sociopolitical.
Social constructs should be free to evolve and the more active the brain the faster they evolve
You contradict yourself. 'Social' constructs involve more than one brain. And being openly gay- or any such lascivious or intrusive behavior- naturally annoys most people. But you don't care... Or maybe you do?
PinkElephant
4.5 / 5 (2) Feb 24, 2010
It seems, doctors rather more frequently eschew Christianity for OTHER religions
What, you mean convert? That don't make sense.
Unlikely (though may be true in a few cases.) Rather, they do not convert. Those that come from immigrant families, simply retain whatever religion they were raised with (be it Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, or Islam.) Which is an observation that ought to make some rabid Christians on here wonder: what if they weren't indoctrinated with their faith from childhood, but with some other faith instead (or lack of faith altogether) -- would they still be Christians right now?
JayK
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2010
I think you might have had a better point if you had stuck to the statistics that say that American medical doctors are not symbolic of the general religious makeup of America, which is an interesting discussion, and while it may not have generated the amount of Christian vitriol as this wonderful thread.
Frink
4.1 / 5 (11) Feb 24, 2010
"Freethinking."

You clearly have no clue what you're talking about.

1) First off, Hitler was a fascist, not a socialist. Hardly anything about his regime is "socialist." This is something you could learn in a 100-level political science class.

Yes, I realize the Nazi's were "Nationalist Socialists," but that doesn't make them socialist any more than North Korea calling itself the "Democratic People's Republic of North Korea" makes it a democracy. Sorry bub.

2) Communism and Socialism are kindred ideologies (with a caveat being that one does not necessarily entail the other). Read Marx if you want to see why. Hitler's Germany was fascist. Communism (Stalin) and Fascism (Hitler) are mutually-exclusive ideologies. In fact, Mr. History, they even fought each other in World War 2. Fascism is a right-wing ideology. Communism is a left-wing ideology. Wishing it otherwise does not make it so.
Frink
4.5 / 5 (11) Feb 24, 2010
3) Sure, some Democrats were KKK members. However, that was predominantly in the South--the conservative South. You simply cannot lay the misdeeds of the Democratic Party at the feet of modern liberalism. First off, the polarization of the parties is a relatively new phenomenon that did not solidify until the 1960's, when the Democratic Party's policy forever parted them from the South. Looking at a modern electoral map reflects the ongoing divide.

In short, the Democratic Party was not always associated with liberalism (again, read history). What racism has always been associated with, however, is conservatism. Even today there is a consistency between what I've just said and the common presence of conservative, blue-dog democrats in the South. Y'know, the red state south; the one dominated by conservatives.

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Please, get an education, THEN have an opinion. Pretending to know what you're talking about does not impress those of us who actually do.
Bloodoflamb
3.7 / 5 (6) Feb 24, 2010
with regards to social versus family protection, look at any herd animal, their behavior evolved towards protecting the herd often at the cost of the weak, slow, young, regardless of genetic link. So intelligent liberals are evolving toward cows? I think this is a pretty clear case of someone who wants to fit a curve to prove his preconceived notion. besides I thought the average IQ was renormalized to 110 some years ago which would make the bigger story not that one side or the other is smarter, but that either end of the spectrum falls significantly below the curve making moderate views across the board an indication of a higher intelligence to bring the overall average back up.

The average IQ is DEFINED to be 100.
marjon
1.7 / 5 (12) Feb 24, 2010
"Freethinking."

You clearly have no clue what you're talking about.

1) First off, Hitler was a fascist, not a socialist. Hardly anything about his regime is "socialist." This is something you could learn in a 100-level political science class.


That's what a modern 'liberal arts' education gets you today, propaganda.

"It is important to realize that Fascism and Nazism were socialist dictatorships. The communists, both the registered members of the communist parties and the fellow-travellers, stigmatize Fascism and Nazism as the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism. "
http://www.econli...Epilogue
Are you a fellow traveler?
marjon
1.7 / 5 (11) Feb 24, 2010
"Equally significant, Communist Party official Jarvis Tyner has written an article, "The persecution of Van Jones and the struggle for democracy," defending Jones against the "racist and red baiting attack" that he blames on those to whom capitalism is a "cult-like religion." "

"Despite the forced resignation of Jones, Tyner is more determined than ever to support Obama. "It's time for action," Tyner went on to say. "Contact your representative and let them know what you think. Support the local demarcations candle light vigils, demonstrations and house gatherings being sponsored by Move on and Organizing for America."

MoveOn.org is another Soros-funded organization, while Organizing for America is the official successor to the Obama for President campaign and continues to organize people to support the Obama agenda."

http://www.aim.or...n-jones/

Why are all those 'smart' people in DC pursuing economic policies that have failed?
Frink
4.3 / 5 (7) Feb 24, 2010
Education first, then opinion

That's what a modern 'liberal arts' education gets you today, propaganda.

"It is important to realize that Fascism and Nazism were socialist dictatorships. The communists, both the registered members of the communist parties and the fellow-travellers, stigmatize Fascism and Nazism as the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism. "
http://www.econli...Epilogue
Are you a fellow traveler?


Says the guy who quotes someone who also has no clue what he's talking about.

1) Fascism is not "the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism." Fascism rejects capitalism as does communism. Having a "laissez faire" style of economy does not provide the kind of control totalitarian forms of government require.

2) Fascists had a more feudalism-styled economic system. Whoever you're quoting managed to misrepresent both totalitarian ideologies in a single sentence. Wow.

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What was that about propaganda?
Mc3lnosher
3.2 / 5 (5) Feb 24, 2010
Like Frink and PinkElephant said the names change and allegiances waiver. Parties only hold certain views until they stop getting them votes. Right and left tendencies can be found in the stances of both parties currently. And to try to equate the status of a party today to when Lincoln was around is pretty meaningless.

All in all left still means left. Right still means right. Progressive and conservative still describe stances. Socialism, facism, communism, democracy, anarchy, monarchy, totalitarianism, and republics all describe systems of government. I believe that all of these systems can work and can be the best for a society. It just depends on the circumstances in that country at that time. Democracy wasn't some golden egg laid by god that should replace every other social contract ever made. It is a specific solution for governing. It works great for some groups. Others, no.
Ronan
4.3 / 5 (6) Feb 24, 2010
...Sigh. I know that everyone is, understandably, far more interested in the whole issue of whether or not this research is hideously flawed and biased or not. It strikes close to values, religion, and politics, and all three grab into emotions like grappling hooks. However, I can't help but wonder; SUPPOSING that this study is valid (whether you agree or not, please, just bear with me), then it has some very interesting evolutionary implications. If higher intelligence is associated with what are, basically, maladaptive traits (monogamy yields fewer offspring, a non-kin-centered world view hampers kin selection, and atheism...well, considering how prevalent religion is, I should be very surprised if atheism were adaptive), then...would that act as a ceiling on human intelligence? Perhaps it's not actually possible for us to evolve to be much smarter than we are now, because if our intelligence increases too much, we start resisting our own instincts
PinkElephant
4.8 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2010
@Frink,
Fascism is not "the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism."
I think you misunderstand that thesis. The idea is that Fascism is an ultimate blending of government and mega-business. In a Laissez Faire system, lacking regulation, mega-monopolies eventually emerge through M&A and formation of Trusts -- this is basically the corporate form of organized crime (like Mafia), which is very stable and virulent; with their superior resources they eventually capture the press and the government (the latter through bribes, revolving doors, campaign financing, tailored legislation, etc.); the endgame is Fascism -- which, as you've put it, is similar to high-tech Feudalism, and can also be described as Plutocracy. Ironically, the process results in draconian curtailment of freedoms and competition, despite the fact that it begins with an ideally free and 100% competitive state.
Ronan
4.3 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2010
(Continued from my earlier post): and select out that greater intelligence. Full disclosure; I'm very biased towards that idea, because in some of my fiction writing, I use a very similar idea of intelligence being, if carried too far, maladaptive--and of course, I'd be glad to see my science fiction held up by actual science.

...Alright, I know, compared to the other implications of this study and the arguments over its validity that's probably of little general interest. Just thought I'd throw it out there.
Frink
5 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2010
Ronan - What's curious to me is whether or not these maladaptive traits are actually artifacts of living in a post-industrial society; in that these traits, even if they correlate with a higher intelligence, are expressed only through living in such a society, where otherwise they would not.
marjon
1.4 / 5 (10) Feb 24, 2010
@Frink,
Fascism is not "the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism."
I think you misunderstand that thesis. The idea is that Fascism is an ultimate blending of government and mega-business. In a Laissez Faire system, lacking regulation, mega-monopolies eventually emerge through M&A and formation of Trusts -- this is basically the corporate form of organized crime (like Mafia), which is very stable and virulent; with their superior resources they eventually capture the press and the government (the latter through bribes, revolving doors, campaign financing, tailored legislation, etc.); the endgame is Fascism -- which, as you've put it, is similar to high-tech Feudalism, and can also be described as Plutocracy. Ironically, the process results in draconian curtailment of freedoms and competition, despite the fact that it begins with an ideally free and 100% competitive state.

It is you completely misunderstand Fascism and free markets.
JayK
2.9 / 5 (7) Feb 24, 2010
Ronan, looking at the haphazard way in which the brain has evolved, by layers upon layers of kludge like "enhancements" over the hundreds of thousands of years, it is amazing we're still able to tie our own shoes.
PinkElephant
3.4 / 5 (5) Feb 24, 2010
@Ronan,
monogamy yields fewer offspring
Not necessarily; look at Catholics... Also, as the world becomes overpopulated, the cost of offspring goes up dramatically, meaning the quality of their upbringing (and their chances in life) goes down.
a non-kin-centered world view hampers kin selection
Modern civilization does the same. Relatives no longer live in closely knit communities; estrangement is common.
and atheism...well, considering how prevalent religion is, I should be very surprised if atheism were adaptive
This can also change over time, as science continues to progress, and as scientific literacy rises, as it must, due to an increasingly technological culture and environment. Science literacy positively correlates with atheism.
If our intelligence increases too much, we start resisting our own instincts
Would that really be an intelligent thing to do?
Frink
4.8 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2010
@PinkElephant - I have no problem with that chain of events. What should be noted though is that Fascism, in the context we're discussing, did not (nor has ever, as far as I can tell) arise in that manner. It arose in a reactionary movement among the countries who lost World War 1; and, in violation of the Congress of Vienna, the winners placed further burdens upon the already physically, economically and psychologically-devastated countries. Here, with exceptions, things such as capitalism and the industrial revolution came late, which further wrecked their system, making it utterly impossible for the chain of events you've described to take place.

Mises was speaking from a McCarthyist point of view at the time and had no quantitative data to back up his claims. The rise of fascism did not culminate in the highest and most depraved stage of capitalism, but in a state of reactionary desperation. I think the forementioned sequence of events is plausible, but still theoretical.
marjon
1.5 / 5 (10) Feb 24, 2010
Pinkie builds the straw man that free markets have no regulation. Free markets are regulated by the participants.
When governments intervene with coercive regulations, all the bad things he blames upon free markets emerge.
Fascism, as Mussolini, its inventor, wrote is socialism and has its origins in government coercion, not in free market persuasion.
Ronan
3.5 / 5 (2) Feb 24, 2010
Frink: You mean, take a highly intelligent human from today who is an atheist, progressive, monogamous feller, and plunk him down in, say, a Clovis village thirteen thousand years ago (that's, um, within the correct time frame for the Clovis culture, correct?), and he (or however many multiples of him you need to get a good representative sample size) wouldn't exhibit any of these modern maladaptive traits? I'm sure that's so, to some extent. The trouble, I'd imagine, is figuring out to what extent.
marjon
1.4 / 5 (11) Feb 24, 2010
Mises was speaking from a McCarthyist point of view at the time and had no quantitative data to back up his claims. The rise of fascism did not culminate in the highest and most depraved stage of capitalism, but in a state of reactionary desperation. I think the forementioned sequence of events is plausible, but still theoretical.

1. Vanona Intercepts have proven McCarthy was right.
2. From Mises' Socialism his critiques of socialism are being born out today around the world, including the USA.
Frink
4.3 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2010
@Ronan

I'm reminded of conditions such as Stockholm syndrome which, for those unaware, is a condition through which an unwilling prisoner (of war or a hostage/kidnapping scenario) becomes sympathetic to his or her captors, and may decide to aid them.

The interesting thing about Stockholm syndrome is that it is VERY conducive to survival in these types of dangerous situations. Despite the hostage's otherwise independent nature prior to the abduction, psychologically, their brains overcompensate to increase chances of survival. Consider, for instance, the Patty Hearst incident in the 1970's.

What I'm suggesting is that the culture shock experienced by our hypothetical subject would be similar in many ways to the shock experienced by one who immediately goes from having freedom to not having freedom. The parallels between being held hostage and not being restricted in our behavior and the restrictions associated with being plucked up and put in an alien culture are worth considering
Ronan
4 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2010
Pink Elephand

All good points, but nonetheless, I think a few of my original suppositions might still stand. Monogamy can produce a lot of offspring given the right cultural environment, true, but polygamy in general ought still to be able to beat it without too much trouble. Modern civilization, also, is...well, modern. It's probably had a very slight influence on our genes, but not much, and the forces that shaped us (favoring kin-selection, family-centered goals, etc.) could still be expected to be very much in effect. I may be misunderstanding your point there, though, so if so I apologize. I don't know enough about the history of atheism over time, and how common/uncommon it was in different cultures in the past, to really be able to defend my position there, I guess. And as for the last...Our instincts are there to fulfill evolution's goals, not our own, and they can act as both carrots and sticks. Resisting some of the sticks might lead to a maladaptive but happier life.
Frink
3.3 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2010
Marjon, honestly? We're aligning ourselves with McCarthy's authoritarian policies now? Son, let your credibility take a rest. It's suffered enough for one night.
Ronan
5 / 5 (2) Feb 24, 2010
"Pink Elephant," I meant; sorry, typo.
And that wasn't quite what I had in mind, Frink (I was angling more for the effect of raising a very bright person in modern culture versus raising a very bright person in, say, a hunter-gatherer culture, with no culture shock involved), but that's an interesting thing to consider too. You're pondering the effect of a sort of cultural equivalent of Stockholm syndrome on the intelligent/"intelligent" maladaptive traits, correct? The Connecticut Yankee ends up becoming just another serf, rather than taking on the role of Merlin's rival...Hm.
Caliban
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2010
@Frink,
Fascism is not "the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism."


Whether you agree with that particular definition or not, there are definite signs that we might soon be experiencing the fact:

http://www.global...Id=17736

Food for thought.
PinkElephant
4.8 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2010
@Ronan,

Regarding atheism over time, I would imagine it's an emergent phenomenon. Prior to the advent of modern science, and even prior to Enlightenment, there were too many mysterious and unexplainable things in the world, and it would have been very hard for anyone to get by without believing in some sort of spirits or magic. Superstition is the natural state of mind among the ignorant, and from superstition to full-blown religion it's a rather small and easy leap.

Concerning polygamy (and infidelity), consider also STDs. With growing population density, these become a real scourge; in such an environment monogamy gains extra advantages.

With respect to the last point, what I mean is that going against one's natural urges (such as socialization and procreation) is not an intelligent thing to do -- it leads to unhappiness and even depression. An intelligent person would aim to avoid such unfavorable outcomes...
Frink
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2010
The Connecticut Yankee ends up becoming just another serf, rather than taking on the role of Merlin's rival...Hm.


Bingo. It's better to be a serf than to be burned at the stake. No amount of progressive morality or scientific understanding is going to stop a sword from chopping your limbs. Add a few years and the brain begins a process of synaptic pruning, then poof! It's as if our modern knowledge and sensibilities never existed.
Caliban
2.3 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2010
Quote function didn't execute properly on my last post(3rd up from here.CHECK IT OUT.) Then delay for flood control. Sorry.
PinkElephant
4 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2010
Quote function didn't execute properlyon my last post. Then delay for flood control. Sorry.
Use the "edit" function. The flood control prevents you from making another post within 3 minutes of a preceding post you've made. That's also the exact interval over which you're allowed to edit your last post once you've submitted it.

By the way, nice article.
Frink
5 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2010
@Caliban

Current trends in int'l relations suggest a consolidation of power of non-governmental organizations (NGO's), among them in particular are multi-national corporations (MNC's). There has been a continual trend since the Industrial Revolution in which MNC's and IGO's (Intergovernmental Organizations) have been ever-increasing in influence.

Being that the very idea of the State is one which is relatively new (400-ish years old) in human history, it is not expected that the State will exist in any form comparable to what we now have. What is expected are more conglomerations such as the European Union (EU). Smart money is on the Arab League eventually consolidating, despite their historic differences. With this, too, comes the increased prominence of MNC's. What I find most interesting are the projections of when this will happen--some estimates as early as 50 years!

Unfortunately, it's hard to talk about this without New World Order nuts polluting it with conspiracy theories
Ronan
5 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2010
Pink Elephant: I hadn't considered the disease angle to polygamy; however, as you note, that would be more significant in denser populations, so perhaps its effects might only arise in cities, and not in less centralized cultures.

And oddly enough, your last point is my point, as well; that recognizing how one's instincts (or emotions, etc.; they don't have to be thought of as instincts by the person in question for the idea to hold) might be an intelligent course of action, in that one could recognize that indulging certain instincts just led to unhappiness (evolution's stick when you miss the carrot), and might therefore resolve to just avoid both carrot and stick, and find happiness in milder, less sternly-mandated behaviors. The strongest emotions, whether they be positive or negative, are tough to deal with, and can bring a lot of grief along with any joy. It might be intelligent to just steer clear of them and aim for less violent emotional waters.
Ronan
4 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2010
But then again, I'm really being hideously conceited with that last point. I consider myself (like, I imagine, most people do) to be pretty intelligent, and that "tug against evolution's puppet-strings" philosophy is, well, my philosophy. The dots do not take much connecting, there. Perhaps that just boils down to personal preference: plenty of people, maybe most, certainly DO like a little or a lot of emotional spice in their life.
Frink
5 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
(continued) Anyway, it is conceivable that MNC's, which are asserting themselves in the process of globalization far faster than regulation is globalizing, could initiate the type of process PinkElephant describes. But, again, this is all highly theoretical.

Fortunately, we do have some facts on our side. Since the I.R., corporate entities have rarely willingly self-regulated. If they did, there would be no need for government regulation.

Second, it's a fact that businesses, during the post-civil war reconstruction period, were more powerful than the government. In cases such as the infamous Railroad Strikes, or the Pullman Strike, or the tumultuous 1890's, the national guard was actually used at the whim of private enterprise, at times with deadly results. What will their behavior resemble when the power balance between governments and MNC's shifts in favor of MNC's? Will precedent apply?

These are the types of things that come to my mind when broaching the topic.
Caliban
1.7 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
@Frink.
The linked article takes a considerably different, and much more portentious view of developing Fascism. Have a read at some point. It's fairly lengthy, but well worth it.
Aeiluindae
3.5 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
Since when did IQ become a useful method for determining intelligence? I was under the impression that it tended to be quite culturally biased, as well as failing to recognize certain types of intelligence. I happen to be liberal in most aspects, religious, and smarter than the average (that sounds arrogant, but...). I'm a statistical anomaly, according to this study. Yay for me!
Frink
3 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
@Caliban - I'll give it a look, but I'm already skeptical at the sight of 9/11 Truthers and climate change denialist entries on the front page of the site.

I'll try to give it a fair shake and analyze it from the position of a political scientist.
Caliban
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
Ronan, Pink Elephant-
You can just as easily say these "anti evolutionary traits" are the push, or purpose of evolution. They are an expression of variability, and could thus be selected for both now and in the future, as conditions change.

I would further suggest that this is what is actually happening, as these traits would tend to facilitate the process of acting collectively/cooperatively as a species to overcome the lethal variability of the natural world, which we are unlikely to do as individuals or even small groups(remember those human evolutionary bottlenecks).

Forward together!

And I mean that in an apolitical sense, and say it without a trace of sarcasm or irony.
Caliban
2 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
@Frink-
Interested to hear your opinion- I'm sure that you are familiar with at least some elements of the case presented.
poopiehead
1 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
The debate should include whether this supposed higher intelligence is of any redeeming value to a society or simply an example of how a little knowledge can be dangerous. Hitler victimized an entire continent and killed millions in his search for a master race. But this idea originated in the USA and gained roots in California. Too much info for this post so just google "Roots of Nazi eugenics" But basically the smart elites decided to set the plan in motion.
actually the faked and twisted science they used to advance their theories are eerily similar to the recent global warming scandal involving "Fake Science"
TheBigYin
5 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2010
poopiehead, as if this flame war wasn't heated enough without introducing AGW too :)
bottomlesssoul
5 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2010
Social constructs should be free to evolve and the more active the brain the faster they evolve
You contradict yourself. 'Social' constructs involve more than one brain. And being openly gay- or any such lascivious or intrusive behavior- naturally annoys most people. But you don't care... Or maybe you do?

Species occupy more than one individual but they evolve. Social constructs evolve.

BTW, I don't care if people are openly heterosexual or otherwise.
MotleyBlue
2 / 5 (4) Feb 25, 2010
Young adults who identify themselves as "not at all religious" have an average IQ of 103 during adolescence, while those who identify themselves as "very religious" have an average IQ of 97 during adolescence.


I am disappointed! Only 6 points? It should have been at least 25! Well, I assume that if the wording was a little bit different the IQ difference would have been huge. For example if the first one was 'I don't believe in any supernatural beings' instead of 'not at all religious' which might include deists as well as atheists, then it would filter only the atheists. If the second option was 'I believe the world is ~6000 years old' then it would get only the "elite" of the very religious people.

Then yeah, that would have been amusing! :)
Objectivist
3.5 / 5 (8) Feb 25, 2010
I don't understand why so many people here want to censor the article. It's not taking a stance on religion or anything really, it's merely presenting a conclusion drawn from statistical data. You can disagree with the conclusion but you cannot disagree with the statistical data.

To tell you the truth I'm as surprised as anybody here, not about the conclusion and not about the data which it was based upon, but the way you people react to it. I'm going to go ahead and consider this paper factual, now you can choose to do whatever you want -- as long as you're not pushing to censor it, in which case you're actually fighting against liberalism and freedom.
Birger
4.8 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
In a paleolithic society, the scarcity of resources and high mortality would make "conservative" values make sense; do not deviate from the well-known and tested, or you might eat something toxic or thirst to death as you walk into a stretch of desert without a water hole.

In a more affluent society, we can afford to plan much longer ahead and maybe be more altruistic (I do not deny that "conservative" individuals have showed both consideration and generosity even in the impoverished old days). In regard to religion, if your situation is difficult, it will seem like a good investment to sacrifice to the spirits as a form of celestial insurance. When people feel secure and are affluent religious interest goes down -as can be seen in the Scandinavian countries.

Since we no longer live in a zero-sum society, "Evolutionarily novel" preferences and values have become possible on a large scale which I personally welcome (although we of the older generation will get irritated sometimes
kawasakibiker
5 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
I see by the comments we are all racing to protect our status as 'intelligent'. I must admit, I too was hoping for the best as I read Kanazawa's article....until my 5 year old boy told me it was a beautiful day outside and I should come out to play.
fourthrocker
4.4 / 5 (5) Feb 25, 2010
Last I heard, the more intelligent you are the LESS likely you are to be religious. Religion is the opiate of the masses, even our forefathers believed that. Some paid lip service to religion to appease the masses because they know it is a cheap form of control, they even put 'in god we trust' on our money. BUT you will notice that they were careful to put in a clause to separate church and state in our government, guess they didn't trust god TOO much.
Skeptic_Heretic
4 / 5 (4) Feb 25, 2010
can you please point to the methodologies that were flawed or perhaps a parallel study that shows a completely different conclusion?

Seeing as you started with statements about Nazism I figured you'd be able to taste and see the idiocy of the article.

Liberal Monogamous White Atheists are no more superior than Blonde Blue Eyed Germans.

Every one cannot be judged by a statistical average of intellect, especially when the only marker was IQ, which has little to do with actual intellect.

The reason why the hypothesis is false is two fold:
1) limited sample size from an overly diverse population.
2) The concept that what humans are doing is evolutionarily new is wrong.

Atheism- fairly sure all animals practice atheism
Nocturnalism- Seriously? Every teenager alive is partially nocturnal and has been for a LOOOOONG time.

This is an ad hominem projection of what the researchers find to be ideal in man. Junk science at its worst.
Thiebs
3.8 / 5 (4) Feb 25, 2010
Seriously, people. Stop arguing over who's liberal, what's conservative, how socialists act, and especially stop defining yourselves by these labels. We're people. Most people on this site (I would hope) are intelligent by some or all measures. So think it out yourselves, don't just sign on with the closest label. Next time someone asks me what I am, I'm going to say "I'm a human being. Why, what are you, a fish?"
Frink
1 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
Thiebs - We're not talking about labels. We're talking about political ideologies and governing systems. Do keep up.
marjon
1.6 / 5 (10) Feb 25, 2010
Seriously, people. Stop arguing over who's liberal, what's conservative, how socialists act, and especially stop defining yourselves by these labels. We're people. Most people on this site (I would hope) are intelligent by some or all measures. So think it out yourselves, don't just sign on with the closest label. Next time someone asks me what I am, I'm going to say "I'm a human being. Why, what are you, a fish?"

What do you want to do to other people to get what you want? Are willing to gang up on others and take their stuff? Do you believe all individual human beings have the same inherent right to their lives and property?
It is amazing what other humans will do to other humans if they have the power, opportunity and desire to do so.
marjon
1.6 / 5 (11) Feb 25, 2010
Fortunately, we do have some facts on our side. Since the I.R., corporate entities have rarely willingly self-regulated. If they did, there would be no need for government regulation.


In a free market, corporations are regulated by their customers and competition.
Today, governments protect corporations (now they own a few) from competition and from bad news. Recent issues with Toyota are similar to what happened with Ford and Firestone a few years ago.
The simple solution to these issues is a free press and if a victim sues in a government court, all settlements must be made public. Toyota couldn't pay off one victim and demand silence, for example.
Customers have real power and are the best regulators.
marjon
1.3 / 5 (12) Feb 25, 2010
Marjon, honestly? We're aligning ourselves with McCarthy's authoritarian policies now? Son, let your credibility take a rest. It's suffered enough for one night.

No, many here are aligned with those McCarthy was trying find.
It is sad that 'intelligent' people are so stupid to believe socialism leads to a more prosperous society. Unless, they do know what they are doing. If so, the arrogance and hubris of the 'intelligent' are showing on this board.
Royale
5 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
@fourthrocker, you have an insanely good point there. I think intelligent people have known this for awhile, and as you point out our forefathers did seem to realize what religion was. It's just like a band heading up on stage and saying, "this is the best crowd ever." You feed people what they want, and it's easier to get your way.
Objectivist
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
Marjon, honestly? We're aligning ourselves with McCarthy's authoritarian policies now? Son, let your credibility take a rest. It's suffered enough for one night.

No, many here are aligned with those McCarthy was trying find.
It is sad that 'intelligent' people are so stupid to believe socialism leads to a more prosperous society. Unless, they do know what they are doing. If so, the arrogance and hubris of the 'intelligent' are showing on this board.

Since when did liberalism become socialism? Last I heard liberalism was the exact opposite of socialism.

I'm not referring to what political parties like to call themselves. I'm referring to the actual meaning of the words "liberalism" and "socialism", since this article was referring to "liberals" and not "republicans" or "democrats".
Gojira_the_Great
3 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
Why is everyone here discussing what liberalism, socialism and every other "ism" is? That isn't the point of the article. It was pointing out the correlation between how intelligence sways us as humans further from the path evolution has taken to bring us here. IE: Staying up at night, helping others outside our family unit (Liberalism), not believing in a god (Athiesm), etc. This article is not trolling, it is pointing out a fact that most of society doesn't see initially. How is this junk science? What proof do you have that "teenagers stay up, blah blah blah"? This is an article taking excerpts from a scientific journal. Because you disagree doesn't make it junk science, what proof is there to dispute the validity of intelligence counteracting the evolutionary process? I can postulate that the abundance of energy(oil, etc), modern medicine, and other technology is also counteracting evolution.
Skeptic_Heretic
4 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
Since when did liberalism become socialism? Last I heard liberalism was the exact opposite of socialism.
Liberalism and socialism have no bond. You can be both, one or the other, or neither. You can be a conservative socialist or a liberal socialist, etc.

The statement above is in regards to fiscal or social liberalism? I'm a fiscal conservative and a social liberalist. What does that say about my intellect? Am I dumber than most because I like saving money or am I smarter than most because I recognize all humans as humans? Again, a very silly vague article speaking to a junk science point of evolutionary preference for a minority group.

Effectively non-populist propaganda.
Gojira_the_Great
2.3 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
You have missed the point of the article entirely.

Stuck in the clouds of your ego.

What minority group are you referring?
Skeptic_Heretic
1.7 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
You have missed the point of the article entirely.

Stuck in the clouds of your ego.

What minority group are you referring?
No the point was that the "research" indicates that Liberalism, Monogamy, and Atheism are novel evolutionary traits in humans and are an indicator of superior intellect. Neither of which is true on the whole or on average.

Clouds of my ego, ha.

The minority group would be liberalists. In the 3 major thought processes of social responsibility there is Liberalism, Conservatism, and Isolationism.

Liberalism- spend the resources of society liberally
Conservatism- spend the resources of society conservatively
Isolationism- withdraw from society and maintain locally controlled resources

The majority in the world is conservatism followed by liberalism followed by isolationism. Prior to the internet apparently isolationism was the majority,Evidenced by several UN social polls taken between 2001 and 2008 by the Integrated Social Policies group
marjon
1.4 / 5 (9) Feb 25, 2010
Liberalism- spend the resources of society liberally

That is not what 'liberal' used to mean.

I think the change occurred around the time of Teddy Roosevelt.
The success of classical liberal politics and economics created great wealth in the USA.
TR advocated from a more 'progressive' government approach injecting the power of the federal government into promoting the USA as an imperial power. There was the Spanish War with US becoming a mini-empire. The crash of 1907, saved by JP Morgan, inspired more gov intervention with the creation of the Fed and the income tax (only a very small percentage applied to only the very rich).
After the brief depression in the 20s, 'progressive' had a bad rep so they called themselves 'liberal'.
'Liberal' has earned a bad rep, now they call themselves 'progressive' again. But their failed policies haven't changed.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
Marjon,

Your idea of what liberal and progressive means in the context of the US is completely incorrect.

The "progressive" movement never had a bad name, nor was it ever considered liberal until after the 30's when the civil rights movements started.

Contrary to popular belief, MLK Jr. was a republican, and at the time the Republican party was considered the Progressive party partly due to the policies of TR but more due to the statements of "Societal Progress" and the expansion of rights.
Gandlaf
2.7 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
That was interesting. Although, I don't think it has much validity. I mean, it just shows that our society, right now, is more liberal, atheistic, and promiscuous. Maybe such people are simply adapting to their current surroundings, which would make them "evolutionary familiar," since self preservation is always the instinctive goal. It could also be an effect of what society sees, most news stations are liberal, most sitcoms advance promiscuity, and God has been denied discussion in schools and has become “politically incorrect.” So, if intelligence just means “doing that which is unfamiliar,” wouldn’t monogamous, religious, Conservatives be more intelligent?
kasen
3 / 5 (4) Feb 25, 2010
How is this junk science?


Failures of method: Questionnaires and interviews with loaded questions which appeal to common stereotypes. Presumably small sample size, also culturally biased. Reference to IQ tests as infallible and complete measuring tools. Gross statistical data being used in rudimentary models relying on unquantifiable variables.

Failure of purpose: Think quantum observer effect. The act of measuring behaviour, especially by direct interaction, modifies it. This makes things hard with inanimate particles with limited degrees of freedom, how about something as volatile as human thought?

Real science offers virtual certainty and useful information. Social science is epistemologically futile and offers little to no practical benefit. Seriously, someone try to refute this last bit. Something good for society that came from sociology.
JayK
2.2 / 5 (5) Feb 25, 2010
I think logic just jumped out the window, set itself on fire and then stabbed itself with a blunt stick as a political statement. How about you, Gandlaf?
JayK
3.6 / 5 (7) Feb 25, 2010
You know, kasen, you had some good points until your conclusion.
JayK
3 / 5 (4) Feb 25, 2010
Kasen modified his post after I had posed originally concerning his "conclusions" to ask the question what is something good that came from sociology. Despite it's tone and vagueness, I'll attempt to answer:

Advanced business practices, such as evolving program and project management. Understanding of class in societies and the psychological effects of class on economies. User interface design in regards to advanced technology and improvements on existing technology. Etc etc etc etc.

How many examples would you like, how granular and would you define "good for society" if you don't think my examples are enough.
Frink
2.3 / 5 (4) Feb 25, 2010
@Marjon

In a free market, corporations are regulated by their customers and competition.


Only in theory. In practice, as you would be aware if you had any concept of American history, not so much. We essentially had a free market economy up until Teddy Roosevelt. Regulation was necessary because of the actions of private enterprise. Again, education.

It is sad that 'intelligent' people are so stupid to believe socialism leads to a more prosperous society.


I'll refute this in a single word: Sweden. I'll send flowers to your argument's funeral.

@Objectivist

Since when did liberalism become socialism? Last I heard liberalism was the exact opposite of socialism.


They share certain things in common, but are by no means identical. They are two distinct ideologies, but not opposites at all.
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
Only in theory. In practice, as you would be aware if you had any concept of American history, not so much. We essentially had a free market economy up until Teddy Roosevelt. Regulation was necessary because of the actions of private enterprise. Again, education.

Frink,

As you hastily dispatched Marjon's argument I can do the same for your argument against Capitalism: Hong Kong.

Ok, it wasn't one word, but still, give my regards at your argument's funeral.
Frink
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
@Skeptic Heretic

Liberalism and socialism have no bond. You can be both, one or the other, or neither. You can be a conservative socialist or a liberal socialist, etc.


1) Right, one does not entail the other. 2) You can only be a liberal or conservative socialist within the context of socialism, the same way you can be a Marxist socialist or a democratic socialist. Marxism, liberalism, conservatism and socialism are, otherwise, distinct ideologies.

"The minority group would be liberalists. In the 3 major thought processes of social responsibility there is Liberalism, Conservatism, and Isolationism.

Liberalism- spend the resources of society liberally
Conservatism- spend the resources of society conservatively
Isolationism- withdraw from society and maintain locally controlled resources"

Wrong context. We were talking about political philosophies, not economic dispositions. As political philosophies, their preferred economic systems do not reflect what you said.
Frink
3 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
@Skeptic Heretic

As you hastily dispatched Marjon's argument I can do the same for your argument against Capitalism: Hong Kong.


Only if you ignore the government intervention to A) get the ball rolling, B) keep it rolling and C) give it a push when it stops rolling. Nice try, though.
marjon
1 / 5 (7) Feb 25, 2010

Yes, education is important.
Regulation was not necessary. It was a way for political entrepreneurs to control their competition.
'A pure market entrepreneur, or capitalist, succeeds financially by selling a newer, better, or less expensive product on the free market without any government subsidies, direct or indirect. The key to his success as a capitalist is his ability to please the consumer, '
'Leland Stanford, a former governor and US senator from California, used his political connections to have the state pass laws prohibiting competition for his Central Pacific railroad,"
'The Interstate Commerce Commission soon created a bureaucratic monstrosity that attempted to micromanage all aspects of the railroad business, hampering its efficiency even further."
'The Interstate Commerce Commission soon created a bureaucratic monstrosity that attempted to micromanage all aspects of the railroad business, hampering its efficiency even further."
http://mises.org/story/2317
Do educate self
marjon
1 / 5 (5) Feb 25, 2010
'the great steamship entrepreneur Cornelius Vanderbilt competed with government-subsidized political entrepreneurs for much of his career. In fact, he got his start in business by competing — illegally — against a state-sanctioned steamship monopoly operated by Robert Fulton.'
'In 1817, however, a young Cornelius Vanderbilt was hired by New Jersey businessman Thomas Gibbons to defy the monopoly and run steamboats in New York. Vanderbilt worked in direct competition with Fulton, charging lower rates as his boats raced from Elizabeth, New Jersey, to New York City'
'As the cost of steamboat traffic plummeted because of deregulation, the volume of traffic increased significantly and the industry took off. '
'The lesson here is that most historians are hopelessly confused about the rise of capitalism in America. '
http://mises.org/story/2317
JayK
2.7 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
Looks like marjon is putting that GED in copyNpaste technology to good use. Much like an ITT education, however, no understanding is needed in performing the actions.
marjon
1 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
Someone suggested the Mises theories were not quantified.
Economic systems have been quantified and rated by Heritage and can be found here:http://www.heritage.org/index/

Hong Kong tops the list followed by Singapore, Australia, NZ, ...USA is #8.

Economic freedom defined:
'Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. '

Such data tends to support Mises theories.
marjon
1.9 / 5 (9) Feb 25, 2010
Looks like marjon is putting that GED in copyNpaste technology to good use. Much like an ITT education, however, no understanding is needed in performing the actions.

It is apparent your education was lacking and that you choose to remain ignorant. I define stupidity is choosing to remain ignorant.
I have also noticed that instead of discussing the issue at hand, such 'intelligent' people like JK and Auto, insult instead of discuss.
alinator
5 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2010
What about male libertarians (believe that common interests are served by everyone serving their own self-interests) who are atheists and who are promiscuous? I fit all categories. Does that make me sort-of-smarter-than-average?
JayK
3 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
I define stupidity is choosing to remain ignorant.

If you are going to try to attack someone else's intelligence and then get the basic English incredibly wrong, you really make yourself look bad.

Yes, we all know you're a free-market whackjob with no education except for your ability to use google and copyNpaste. Did you actually have a point with all that nonsense, or were you just going for the new spam angle?
marjon
1.4 / 5 (9) Feb 25, 2010
Looks like marjon is putting that GED in copyNpaste technology to good use. Much like an ITT education, however, no understanding is needed in performing the actions.

Why do such 'intelligent' people feel the need to insult? I know a very intelligent individual who dropped out of public high school because he was bored. He earned a GED and is now a manger repairing sophisticated air-to-air missiles. He holds a patent for Si JT cooler.
An ITT grad keeps our department computers running for PhDs from Cornell and MIT who don't know how to fix their PCs.
Another ITT grad I know designs electronics for an air-to-air missile.
marjon
1.4 / 5 (9) Feb 25, 2010
I define stupidity is choosing to remain ignorant.

If you are going to try to attack someone else's intelligence and then get the basic English incredibly wrong, you really make yourself look bad.

Yes, we all know you're a free-market whackjob with no education except for your ability to use google and copyNpaste. Did you actually have a point with all that nonsense, or were you just going for the new spam angle?

I am providing data to support free market principles.
I know you have no data to attack free market principles so you get emotional and lash out with insults.

I define stupidity AS choosing to remain ignorant.
Skeptic_Heretic
1.7 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
@Skeptic Heretic

As you hastily dispatched Marjon's argument I can do the same for your argument against Capitalism: Hong Kong.


Only if you ignore the government intervention to A) get the ball rolling, B) keep it rolling and C) give it a push when it stops rolling. Nice try, though.


And Sweden arose as a socialist republic with no government right? Wrong.

Capitalism doesn't concern itself with the government or the State.
peteone1
2 / 5 (10) Feb 25, 2010
Secular Leftwing Christophobes are literally looking for ways to demonize all of us who don't bow at the altar of Freud, Marx, Lenin & Nietzsche. What a better way to say that all of us who bow our knees to the Lord Jesus Christ are somehow "genetically/mentally inferior". This smacks of Darwinian racist attitudes of the 19th & early 20h centuries & laid the philosophical justification for both the Nazi & Communist Holocausts which collectively murdered more than 150,000,000 people!
DarkestMidnight
5 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
Speaking as someone who is significantly beyond all of the mentioned scores (all of which are within normal range, actually - meaning none of them are even close to a standard distribution from the mean [statistical word for average] IQ of 100 {the first standard distribution is marked 15 point either direction from the mean}) who is BOTH conservative and a Deist, I suspect a particular level of what we in psychology call "confirmation bias." I'd like to have been able to peer review his research publication. Not necessarily that I doubt the stats, per say - considering these are all "normal" people. Simply that I suspect his conclusions are highly invalid and suggestive of his own bias. At 106 you may be just a bit more dimly aware enough than the average to have some issues, but no where near bright enough to come up with answers beyond the norm. (again, the norm, in terms of an abstract average, is 100, but "normal" is 85-115.)
peteone1
1.6 / 5 (7) Feb 25, 2010
peteone1
1.6 / 5 (7) Feb 25, 2010
in other words Red = dumb Blue = smart

that bout sums it up for you fucktards lawl


You are an Leftwing elitist swine. I believe in God and am a conservative/liberatarian with a bacheolor of science in mechanical engineering & a measured IQ of 160. So what's your IQ?!
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
So what's your IQ?!
So who cares.

As I said above IQ is not an indicator of intellect.
peteone1
2 / 5 (6) Feb 25, 2010
We who would become the victims of a Leftwing Secularist Christophobic witchhunt care...we care about our liberties and constitution, which is being hijacked by socialistic morons who churn out pseudoscientific rubbish like this article with the experssed intent of demonizing all of us who "dare" to disagree.
coffeedude
2 / 5 (4) Feb 25, 2010
@ Frink
"Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." proverbs 17:28
The Bible is a wise book indeed, paraphrasing of course.

So i wasn't going to post on this thread. Just reading, enjoying riding the flame train, but darn it if Frink's illiteracy didn't kindle my Grammar Nazi(Socialist) rage. Frink if you can't understand words and the inherit connotations therein, don't spout off like a liberal puppet. Look up "stigmatize", or what a stigma is for that matter, and then realize how asinine your comment was toward marjon. Honestly I could care less about what your point is, politics is a game for the obsequious and weak. Killing babies is wrong (yes I mean fetuses, I was born one), having better more strong and more equally distributed economic policies that favor the middle class and poor rather than the grotesquely opulent rich is right. Call me a Neo-conservative. Half liberal, half conservative. The best parts of both worlds.
coffeedude
2.2 / 5 (5) Feb 25, 2010
Here is what got me so riled up.

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Education first, then opinion.

That's what a modern 'liberal arts' education gets you today, propaganda.

"It is important to realize that Fascism and Nazism were socialist dictatorships. The communists, both the registered members of the communist parties and the fellow-travellers, stigmatize Fascism and Nazism as the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism. "
http://www.econli...Epilogue
Are you a fellow traveler?

Says the guy who quotes someone who also has no clue what he's talking about.

1) Fascism is not "the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism." Fascism rejects capitalism as does communism. Having a "laissez faire" style of economy does not provide the kind of control totalitarian forms of government require.

2) Fascists had a more feudalism-styled economic system. Whoever you're quoting managed to misrepresent both totalitarian ideologies in a single sentence. Wow.

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kasen
3 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
Advanced business practices


Not to sound too hippie, but how does that help the 80% of people who don't own stock portfolios? That is, assuming there is an actual increase in efficiency from these "advanced" techniques. Sturdier trade empires have been built w/o fancy buzzwords and corporate subculture.

Understanding of class in societies and the psychological effects of class on economies.


I've already argued why that understanding would be shoddy. And, again, even if it were scientifically sound, how would it help anyone other than those with the resources to act on such knowledge?

User interface design in regards to advanced technology


How does that pertain to sociology, or even psychology for that matter? Like all things aesthetic, it's entirely subjective and prone to trend. Are saying that fashion is a science, too, now?

Statistics alone a science doesn't make. Look up the word pareidolia.
Frink
3 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
Dear coffeedude,

Take your medication before hitting the "Submit" button.

Love,
The Internet.
Frink
3.3 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2010
@Skeptic Heretic.

And Sweden arose as a socialist republic with no government right? Wrong.

Capitalism doesn't concern itself with the government or the State.


Hello, non sequitur. This doesn't make sense in any context. What were you getting at?

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@Marjon

Economic systems have been quantified and rated by Heritage and can be found here:http://www.heritage.org/index/


The Heritage Foundation is not a credible source. This is the equivalent of asking Sean Hannity whether Sarah Palin has better policies than Barack Obama. His answer is a forgone conclusion.

Regulation was not necessary. It was a way for political entrepreneurs to control their competition.


Now it's conspiracy theories? Honestly?

I've lost interest. You obviously have no idea what you're talking about and cannot attempt to continue this discussion without the crutch of Google. Come back when you've gotten a basic grasp of reconstruction to pre-cold war history, thanks.
marjon
1.5 / 5 (8) Feb 25, 2010
The Heritage Foundation is not a credible source.

Why not?
Their process, procedures and data sources are well defined and documented. Which is more than can be said of the IPCC report on climate.
Al3
3 / 5 (2) Feb 25, 2010
In the experience of this Mensa level IQ, most low IQ people think they are alot smarter than they are, and most higher IQ people realize that there is alot that they don't know. I suspect the author of this article is in the former category, and not the latter.
freethinking
2.1 / 5 (14) Feb 25, 2010
I left the board to do some work and look what the crazy hateful left put on the board.

Anyone here who thinks this article and research was well done, is a hard wing leftist nut job with a very low IQ which no amount of facts can convince them otherwise.

Leftists are like spoiled children, they think they are the center of the world and need to be told they are the center of the world, they have an innate desire to bully, they have to show how smart they are by using foul language.

The major problem with the left is that they believe everyone one is like them, they think everyone is corrupt, lazy, and ignorant. (smart people can be all of these)

The major problem with conservatives is that they generally believe people are like them, honest, hardworking, etc. Conservatives want to be liked and they have a tendency to back down to bullies as they want to be liked.

Generalization I know, but seeing the reaction on this board and in my life, very true.
Frink
5 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2010
Stop feeding the troll.


Acknowledged.
marjon
1 / 5 (9) Feb 25, 2010
most higher IQ people realize that there is alot that they don't know

Really? If true, you are the first I have heard to admit to this.
freethinking
1 / 5 (8) Feb 25, 2010
AI3, how about we say most smart people realize that there is a lot they dont know, and dumb people dont know how much they dont know.
marjon
1.7 / 5 (11) Feb 25, 2010
Now it's conspiracy theories? Honestly?

I've lost interest

'the Big Four began to lobby for state inspections in order to assure foreign buyers of the healthiness of the meat, and by the 1890s much of the meat in the U.S. was being inspected. Sinclair's book, then, provided a public impetus to a process already underway at the behest of Big Four packers and being used as a way for them to eliminate smaller competitors by enacting regulatory codes that were costly to implement for marginal businesses.'
http://vi.uh.edu/...ton.html

This practice continues today.
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2010
I am clapping for everyone who can pass tests and has designed all sorts of smart sounding stuff. I too have taken the magic potion that allows me to pass tests and use large words. That being said a school system may call me smart, however I have done many stupid things. There are tons of things that other people who are "dumb" just know way more about than me. For instance you can tell by my posts I suck at writing.

Everyone is interested in something and that is where most people's knowledge lies. Some people are interested on what celebrity's ex is doing what. They aren't really "stupid". They just spent their time reading about gossip. I think space is awesome. I read about it a lot. We both did the same thing but because the topic I was interested in is considered "smart" so am I.

And people I said it earlier but i'll say it again. NO STYLE OF GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST. They are all what you make of them. You may have a preference but it is just that.
Somechic
not rated yet Feb 26, 2010
Well lets consider this. On a previous post, it was stated doctors engineers scientists etc. were mainly conservative and religious, and another that Atheism was a new concept. The following people were atheists/agnostics. Confucius, Diagoras (500 bc approx), so not new.
Benjamin Franklin, Marquis de Sade, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Poe, Susan Anthony, Plato, Samuel Clemens, Thomas Edison, Sigmund Freud, Frank Wright, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway all atheists or agnostics! So not all docs, engineers, scientist are over intelligent, nor are they conservative/religious. Most studied very hard for what they know and will never be exceptional as those listed. But there are those that stand out very notably from the crowd and all of them had one thing in common besides their brains. They all went against normal beliefs and gained notoriety in what they did. (and some were killed by religious leaders that most would now call outdated or primitive beliefs)
TheBigYin
not rated yet Feb 26, 2010
What on earth makes you think those people listed were atheist or agnostic?
Objectivist
2.3 / 5 (4) Feb 26, 2010
@Frink

Socialism and liberalism are almost exact opposites (anarchy would be the exact opposite). This is not up for discussion, this is the very definition of the two ideologies. While the socialist wants a totalitarian government that governs all organs of society the liberal wants the government to be almost nonexistent and to only cover law enforcement, judicial system and national defenses and according to the liberal everything else should be controlled by market demands in a completely capitalistic system.

You're probably confusing liberalism with libertarianism or social liberalism. These are compromised forms of liberalism and are absolutely not to be counted as liberalism, because they fatally try to mix planned economy with market economy -- causing private entities to undermine governmental entities and vice versa -- back and forth, until the model breaks and one of the markets is finally dominant.
marjon
1.5 / 5 (8) Feb 26, 2010
And people I said it earlier but i'll say it again. NO STYLE OF GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST. They are all what you make of them. You may have a preference but it is just that.

All forms of government are morally equivalent? North Korea's totalitarian state is the same as South Korea?
So like Candide, we must make the best of the circumstance we are stuck in?
And we in the USA have no obligation to express our displeasure at governments that subjugate their people and keep them poor and starving?
freethinking
1.5 / 5 (8) Feb 26, 2010
Only leftist can say NO Style of Government is the best. Therefore we cant say Hitlers government was bad, Stalins government was bad, Maos government was bad. Who cares if their government killed hundreds of millions.
marjon
1.9 / 5 (9) Feb 26, 2010
Who cares if their government killed hundreds of millions.


. NO STYLE OF GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST. They are all what you make of them.


I agree with a PhD from Berkley who said (modern) liberalism is a mental disorder.
JayK
2.6 / 5 (5) Feb 26, 2010
The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

http://www.youtub...HJa5Vj5Y
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Feb 26, 2010
The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

http://www.youtub...HJa5Vj5Y

Dr. Weiner's diagnosis is confirmed.
corticalchaos
2.5 / 5 (2) Feb 26, 2010
Stop feeding the troll.


Acknowledged.

jews did 911
stopsign68
5 / 5 (1) Feb 26, 2010
What a load of crap! This "study" stinks of "research" that is insultingly biased and based on an insecure personal agenda.
stopsign68
4.3 / 5 (3) Feb 26, 2010
What a load of crap! This "study" stinks of "research" that is insultingly biased and based on an insecure personal agenda.
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Feb 26, 2010
What a load of crap! This "study" stinks of "research" that is insultingly biased and based on an insecure personal agenda.

"Is Peer Review Broken?
Submissions are up, reviewers are overtaxed, and authors are lodging complaint after complaint about the process at top-tier journals. What's wrong with peer review?

Read more: Is Peer Review Broken? - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences http://www.the-sc...ggVPxN8Z
"
If you can't access this article, one complaint is the number of 'scientific' journals has increased making more space available for less significant work. And more journals, more articles means less time to conduct a rigorous 'peer' review.

Maybe phys.org should offer this BB for such services.
otto1923
not rated yet Feb 26, 2010
And people I said it earlier but i'll say it again. NO STYLE OF GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST. They are all what you make of them. You may have a preference but it is just that
Posturing- you're acting the naive anarchist because you think it's cool. Pudel. Or maybe you are clueless? Hey, too bad about sid and Nancy eh? And bob Marley? When the police state collapses me and 3 carloads of my buds are gonna invade your house. While you're sleeping. (we ain't stupid) And we all gots full-auto so...
And then we're gonna hit up corticalchaos because we don't think he smell right.
otto1923
not rated yet Feb 26, 2010
1) Fascism is not "the highest and last and most depraved stage of capitalism." Fascism rejects capitalism as does communism
Not so. Read a book, then go look up Nazis, Krupp steel, I G Farben et al, and Prescott Bush. NSDAP courted industrialists because they had (our) money and knew how best to run their businesses. Nazis were pragmatists. Speer and Org Todt only oversaw everything. They couldn't have saved over half of Germany from stalinism without help from many sources, which they did.
otto1923
2 / 5 (1) Feb 26, 2010
@Ronin
interesting evolutionary implications. If higher intelligence is associated with what are, basically, maladaptive traits (monogamy yields fewer offspring, a non-kin-centered world view hampers kin selection, and atheism.
Like I (and Nietszche) have been saying, human natural evolution ended 1000s of yrs ago. We are no longer evolving- we're being domesticated. Our most contentious Psouls die in prison and on the battlefield. Our brightest are being removed from their cultures to breed. Religious cultures which seek to expand by overpopulating are being systematically destroyed. The weak and defective are being tempted as never before to self-destruct. Those traits which are most natural and normal to the human animal are being bred out of us because they directly threaten our civilization.
otto1923
not rated yet Feb 26, 2010
Marjon, honestly? We're aligning ourselves with McCarthy's authoritarian policies now? Son, let your credibility take a rest. It's suffered enough for one night.
3 things: #1 McCarthy was right for the wrong reasons perhaps- govt and Hollywood did have signifcant communist infiltrators and sympathizers back then. His job was however to spread PR hysteria for the Korean war. #2 marjoe is a woman. #3 marjoe is a troll who has seriously gummed up many threads with inanities, including this one. Don't scratch it and it will dry up (maybe).
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Feb 26, 2010
McCarthy was right for the wrong reasons

National security is a 'wrong reason'?
And we still have 'fellow travellers' in the government.
trekgeek1
2.5 / 5 (2) Feb 26, 2010
Take a breather everybody. These statistics show the case for the average person. If you are conservative and religious but are cruising physorg, you are probably smarter than the average person. This is not an attack on any one individual. The study shows that generally Atheistic liberals are smarter, GENERALLY, NOT ALWAYS.
marjon
2.3 / 5 (9) Feb 26, 2010
The study shows that generally Atheistic liberals are smarter,

Whatever makes liberals feel better. That is most important to liberals, feelings.
At least that is what the liberals tried to elicit at Thursday's health care summit.
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Feb 27, 2010
...people who subscribe to non-traditional ideas probably have above-average intellects, but that does not mean other smart people will like those ideas...This is a point often lost on liberals who work in universities or in the news media. They observe, usually correctly, that friends and acquaintances in their social circle are smarter than the average (and likely more conservative) people they encounter on the street. But too many elites see this correlation between smartness and liberalism as somehow a validation of their political views. They seem unaware that the wider world features plenty of intelligent people who are not professors or movie critics or government bureaucrats. ...Even among the nation’s smartest people, liberal elites could easily be in the minority politically, but different social circles keep them insulated from finding that out.
http://www.americ...rvatives

MatthiasF
5 / 5 (4) Feb 27, 2010
Young adults who identify themselves as "not at all religious" have an average IQ of 103 during adolescence, while those who identify themselves as "very religious" have an average IQ of 97 during adolescence.


Wow, a whole six points difference. What's the margin of error on IQ tests again? More than six points? Well, I'll be damned.
Mc3lnosher
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 27, 2010
@Marjon & Freethinking

Last time I checked Hitler's government, Stalin's government, Mao's government, North Korea, and South Korea are not types of government. They are specific examples of governments that are indeed a specific type of government. Coming up with an example of a government of a certain type which did bad things does not make the type as a whole bad. Its not like the U.S. hasn't done anything immoral EVER. Immoral people can get into positions of power and do immoral things. Even a pure democracy could vote to slaughter some children for fun.

So here it is again "They are all what you make of them." I guess there is also the possibility that you just can't Imagine a "good" government that isnt a republic or democratic.

@otto1923

A failed state can be dangerous. But it doesn't really matter what government was in place before it failed. I don't imagine I will want to be in the US when it collapses under its evergrowing debt and trade deficit.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Feb 27, 2010
Take a breather everybody. These statistics show the case for the average person. If you are conservative and religious but are cruising physorg, you are probably smarter than the average person. This is not an attack on any one individual. The study shows that generally Atheistic liberals are smarter, GENERALLY, NOT ALWAYS.

Dunning-Kruger.

Thanks JayK, that vid was great.
fuzz54
5 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
After reading most of the comments I've come to the conclusion that humans in general have a low IQ with a few outliers that make up an exception to the rule.
marjon
2.3 / 5 (6) Feb 27, 2010
Last time I checked Hitler's government, Stalin's government, Mao's government, North Korea, and South Korea are not types of government.

They are called socialist governments. Socialist governments have the philosophy that the government grants rights to its victims. The only opportunity they have to 'make of them' is to try and survive.
'The Lives of Other People' is a great movie to see what this type of government can do.
How do you make a socialist government system moral? It is systemically immoral.
Embriette
3 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
Interesting that most doctors, engineers, and hard science people are conservative and religious.

Interesting that most criminals, journalists, humanities professors, people on welfare, bums on the street, are leftist progressives.

What...the....F***
Wake up from whatever dream you've been living in and stop saying absolutely retarded comments like these. You're only proving either that:
A) you're an extremist on the right
or
B) your IQ is in single digit numbers.

Your statements are insulting and without any statistical references, proof or foundation. Please try again.

Interesting how you say this individual has no statistical references, proof, or foundation, yet you show no statistical references, proof, or foundation to show he is wrong and to make your case stronger.

Embriette
5 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
I was raised in a Christian, conservative home, yet throughout middle school and high school I participated in accelerated programs and gained college credits before entering any University. I got a 33 on my ACT and scored above the 80th percentile on my GRE. I am attending Baylor College of Medicine this fall to pursue my PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.
It must be the fact that I'm a conservative Christian that kept me from that 36 on my ACT, the 100th percentile on my GRE, and from attending Harvard or UCSD.
Damn. If only I'd known.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
I was raised in a Christian, conservative home, yet throughout middle school and high school I participated in accelerated programs and gained college credits before entering any University. I got a 33 on my ACT and scored above the 80th percentile on my GRE. I am attending Baylor College of Medicine this fall to pursue my PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.
Before I say BFD I should like to ask you: does god exist or not? And since I am also very freaking smart (but also flawed like you), and thus can anticipate your answer, my only comment would be that many people have far more brains than they can handle, that is know how to use effectively, despite their innate terror of the future and their own inevitable decline and conclusion. Grow up.
otto1923
not rated yet Feb 27, 2010
PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.
It must be the fact that I'm a conservative Christian that kept me from that 36 on my ACT, the 100th percentile on my GRE, and from attending Harvard or UCSD.
Damn. If only I'd known.
Uh, you're not gonna go into a staff meeting and shoot up a bunch of people are ya, 'cause I'd wanna call somebody then.
Embriette
not rated yet Feb 27, 2010
PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.
It must be the fact that I'm a conservative Christian that kept me from that 36 on my ACT, the 100th percentile on my GRE, and from attending Harvard or UCSD.
Damn. If only I'd known.
Uh, you're not gonna go into a staff meeting and shoot up a bunch of people are ya, 'cause I'd wanna call somebody then.


Uh yeah, thats exactly what I planned on doing. You called it.
Where did such a stupid comment come from?
Embriette
5 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
Before I say BFD I should like to ask you: does god exist or not? And since I am also very freaking smart (but also flawed like you), and thus can anticipate your answer, my only comment would be that many people have far more brains than they can handle, that is know how to use effectively, despite their innate terror of the future and their own inevitable decline and conclusion. Grow up.


Just because I believe in God means I need to grow up? I don't insult you for your beliefs (or lack thereof). Whether or not God exists is not a question for me to answer-each individual must answer that. To me he does, do you he doesn't. The point of my comment was not to "spread my faith," but rather to show that even "Christian conservatives" can have high IQs and be just as intelligent as liberal atheists. Religion and political beliefs have nothing to do with it. Lets get back to the science-could genetics play an important role? Gee...I don't know. Crazy thought, huh?
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.
It must be the fact that I'm a conservative Christian that kept me from that 36 on my ACT, the 100th percentile on my GRE, and from attending Harvard or UCSD.
Damn. If only I'd known.
Uh, you're not gonna go into a staff meeting and shoot up a bunch of people are ya, 'cause I'd wanna call somebody then.


Uh yeah, thats exactly what I planned on doing. You called it.
Where did such a stupid comment come from?

Look up Amy Bishop.
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
Data suggests Amy Bishop, PhD, who murdered three professors and killed her brother, was a socialist.
What intelligence!
Embriette
not rated yet Feb 27, 2010
Data suggests Amy Bishop, PhD, who murdered three professors and killed her brother, was a socialist.
What intelligence!


My apologies for the ignorance.
All I can say is, good thing I'm not a socialist, whew!
BetterByDesign
3 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
"Humans are evolutionarily designed to be paranoid, and they believe in God because they are paranoid,"
--
This article fails to mention that there were many people who didn't believe in GOD throughout history as well.

I think the matter involves more of thinking of what Economists call "externalities," the HIDDEN cost of something ("lurking variables" by a Statistician's verbiage).

Also, IQ cannot measure all types of intelligences (it is based on culture, religion, sex, creed, etc). IQ tries to quantify the unquantifiable; there will be lurking variables. IQ is a western standard used for western purposes; to claim that it does measure intelligence is a truth dependent on the CONTEXT of the environment.

Perhaps science and technology hasn't caught up to God's knowledge:
http://www.scient...ave.html
http://www.dailym...ist.html
shadfurman
3 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
First let me say that its almost impossible for one group of people to be exactly equal to another group of people in anything. One is going to be larger than the other. In this article, we aren't given much information on what the samples were or how they were taken, (if there was I didn't see it). Given that, an IQ test doesn't do a very good job of measuring all forms of intelligence, the can be easily seen in most of our greatest minds in history. Very few were without significant quirks. Each person has a fairly limited amount of neurons in their brain and limited time to reinforce their connections. Just because they don't devote their intelligence to something that would show up on an IQ test does not make them less intelligent. I score just below average on IQ tests, but score tremendously high on "visual IQ". So a person watching me do a 3d puzzle may think I have a high IQ simply because I have a high ability to visualize 3d space.
shadfurman
2.5 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
My views on God:
On an infinite timeline I can only see two probably outcomes for humanity.

1. We become extinct (by a large astroid, our sun going super nova, or the collapse of the universe, it doesn't matter) at which point (if there is no god) all our beliefs and decisions and morals will have had little if any influence on the universe and will eventually be completely forgotten. Meaning... there are no wrong decisions and the propagation of our species and our evolutionary chemical drive to continue will have been pointless.

2. We somehow manage to escape all catastrophes and continue to evolve over billions of billions of years to into beings that have near absolute knowledge and control of ourselves and our surroundings and thereby becoming god-like. Were this to happen it would indicate a fairly high probability of another being doing the same thing.

Summery: Morals are pointless or the existence of a "god" is probable. Regardless I hope for the latter.
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
Putting IQ in terms of a computer, what does it measure?
Memory? Processing speed? Algorithms?
Paradox
not rated yet Feb 27, 2010
"Intelligent people have 'unnatural' preferences and values"

Does that mean that unnatural people have intelligent preferences and values?
(Grins!)
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
@Embriette,
The point of my comment was not to "spread my faith," but rather to show that even "Christian conservatives" can have high IQs and be just as intelligent as liberal atheists.
So you're studying for a PhD? I hope somewhere along the line your department forces you to take basic statistics, whereupon you will learn the distinction between individual sample vs. population mean.

The study under discussion talked about average scores. Nowhere in the article did they claim that all samples within either population (religious or atheist) had identical values.

According to that study, in statistical parlance, you're an outlier. Whooptie doo.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
@shadfurman,
Morals are pointless or the existence of a "god" is probable.
Some flaws in your analysis:

(1) Regardless of your two scenarios, your individual life is finite and will soon be over. To you as an individual, and even to your offspring, it doesn't matter what happens on an infinite timeline. To your actual life in the here and now, morals are very much important, because they help keep you alive and well amid a society of other humans.

(2) The ostensibly highly-developed beings you project don't meet the typical definition of "God" -- that being an entity which pre-existed the universe, created the universe, possibly planned everything out in advance, and gives the universe as a whole and all of its inhabitants an a priori anthropomorphic purpose.

(3) What do we know about what existed before the Big Bang, and what do we know about the ultimate destiny of the universe? Any infinite-timeline projections from such ignorance would be premature and pointless.
Ronan
5 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
Shadfurman: Just pointing out, as well; a highly-developed, ridiculously intelligent, near-omnipotent being could end up being benign, but it could also end up being, basically, Cthulhu. So, if the option is being able to live out our lives and eventually allowed to lapse into quiet oblivion, or one day having to deal with/being messily obliterated by a Great Old One...I don't argue that that would happen, mind, I'm just pointing out that your thought experiment has alternate, and far less pleasant, interpretations.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
Putting IQ in terms of a computer, what does it measure?
Memory? Processing speed? Algorithms?
Mostly algorithms, and to some extent processing speed.

IQ measures pattern recognition, logical thinking, cognitive inertia, and creativity.

IQ does not measure:

- interpersonal/communication skills
- rote memory
- coordination/agility/gracefulness/reflexes
- practical knowledge (how to fix a car, how to raise a chicken)
- artistic proclivity (the degree to which you are inspired, uninhibited, and expressive in any form of art)
- orientation/navigation
- leadership/organizational/mentoring abilities
- etc?

It can be argued that the things IQ does measure, play important roles in virtually any facet of human activity. But IQ is not by any means a complete assessment of a person's cognitive repertoire.
Husky
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 27, 2010
I am a nonreligious liberal, But I would be the last person to gloat over an ultrareligious congress about the Logistics of Noahs Ark, while interrupting their keynote speaker with an annoying "told you so".

Instead I fight my uncontrollable liberal urge to apply our open-source Very Loose Interpretation wich, by looking at melting icecubes in a glass of whisky and depending on rate of ingestion, not only finds evidence for global warming and global cooling but also allows to grossly extrapolate any study findings well beyond the scope of: Evolution --> New Thoughts in New Brains, DUH! Who would have thought that?? These new thoughts might include but certainly not be limeted to the seemingly cherry picked examples of liberalism/atheism as if the author invites liberals to inflate their ego powered by the belief of being smarter (and therefor more knowledgeable about the truth/right/wrong) aiming to stir furious debate and hype among the sensitive political divide.
Bloodoflamb
5 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
Wow, a whole six points difference. What's the margin of error on IQ tests again? More than six points? Well, I'll be damned.

That's the margin of error for a single evaluation of a single person's IQ. Averaged over many people, this particular error will get washed out. Statistics is your friend if you understand it, and will make you look silly if you don't and try to use it incorrectly.
Embriette
1 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
@ Pink Elephant

As a matter of fact, my program is "forcing" me to take a statistics course, and I have taken a statistic course in my undergrad. First of all, I never said I was anything other than an outlier. I never said I wasn't-but I also never said that Christians, in general, were more intelligent than non-Christians. I was just using myself as an example of the "other side"-simply because many people reading this article seem to take it out of context and use it as an absolute to justify their religious or political beliefs.
Second of all, if you want to talk statistics and the statistical basis of this article, can you tell me if the sample size was large enough and varied enough to be applied to the general population in any dependable way? How many people were sampled? Of what race were they? What parts of the world were they from? What types of societies were they from? Unless you sample peoples of every kind, nation, and background, the statistics mean nothing.
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
The article "Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent" will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.


Sounds more like the title of a blog than a scientific study.
Al3
1 / 5 (2) Feb 27, 2010
most higher IQ people realize that there is alot that they don't know

Really? If true, you are the first I have heard to admit to this.


I guess I'm speaking more of people who do research. Why would they continue to do research if they know it all? At the same time, I'm reminded of Dr. Phil Jones and computer models you can feed junk data into and get hockey sticks... so maybe you're right.
Al3
1 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
AI3, how about we say most smart people realize that there is a lot they dont know, and dumb people dont know how much they dont know.


Works for me.
maunas
1 / 5 (3) Feb 27, 2010
'Attribute'of existence is the only essential and permanent religion for all entities.It is the tendency of free energy in a given environment to get fettered to a unique location,&/or structure,&/or behaviour.'Human Religions' arose when the mind tumbled in to'choas'essential for freewill,and reacted to get located,&/or behaved, &/or structured predictably.So every entity is religious.
maunas
1 / 5 (3) Feb 27, 2010
'Attribute'of existence is the only essential and permanent religion for all entities.It is the tendency of free energy in a given environment to get fettered to a unique location,&/or structure,&/or behaviour.'Human Religions' arose when the mind tumbled in to'choas'essential for freewill,and reacted to get located,&/or behaved, &/or structured predictably.So every entity is religious.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Feb 27, 2010
@Embriette,
First of all, I never said I was anything other than an outlier.
Your tone, if not your exact words, suggested you were using yourself as an example to dispute the findings -- as if that were a valid argument.
Unless you sample peoples of every kind, nation, and background, the statistics mean nothing
You forgot every planet, and every galaxy. Here's a hint:
Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) support Kanazawa's hypothesis.
Which, after a simple web search, yields the following information:

http://www.cpc.un...#samples
xponen
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
I don't understand this article, What about me? I have an IQ of 130 and I recognize the possible existence of God. -I also exhibit all the unnatural tendency mentioned by the author.

I wish to add to the article; -the tendency to recognize the extra-phenomenal concept of God depends on cultural influence. If someone lives in cultural environment where religious dogma is used to ->rationalize irrational behaviour
antialias
3 / 5 (2) Feb 28, 2010
@xponen: You are a prime example that IQ doesn't equal to "smart".

This is a study. It computes averages and variances (i.e. it uses _statistics_ ). You cannot use statistics to firmly predict what should happen in a singular case. One case that does not conform to the averages does not invalidate a study

(I guess this is what the anti-global warming guys don't understand when they say "but outside my door it was cold this morning - so global warming must be a hoax" )
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

"How do you make a socialist government system moral? It is systemically immoral."

The idea behind socialism is that all members of a society receive equal treatment. If the government is responsible for healthcare, everyone gets it. So remind me again how it is immoral for everyone to have access to the same service, protection, and status? I just don't see it. And If you bring up another communist dictator that did his job poorly that is not proof that socialism is immoral. Sweden is a democracy but it has socialized health care. Everyone in that country has it. Sounds fair to me. Go ahead complpain about how the healthcare would suck. Still everyone is treated equally therefore morally. Get this, I have private health insurance here in the states. I made an appointment with my doctor for Monday. I made this appointment Wednesday. In Sweden you are required to be seen by a primary care physician in 3 days. My appointment would be Saturday.
Mc3lnosher
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
@ Marjon

"Socialist governments have the philosophy that the government grants rights to its victims. The only opportunity they have to 'make of them' is to try and survive."

What does this mean? I don't get what you are saying.
xponen
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
@antialias

Sometimes one case-studies can invalidate the whole statistical studies. Certain hypothesis; such as: cultural environment effect perception of god, is stronger if you focus on small group of people. For example; Galileo's free-fall experiment is not statistical, it use one special case to invalidate all Aristorelian statistical perceptions. (try to wiki "case-studies")

I believe in global-warming, you're commiting a logical fallacy by associating me with other fallacious logics.
xponen
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
I wish to add to the article; -the tendency to recognize the extra-phenomenal concept of God depends on cultural influence. If someone lives in cultural environment where religious dogma is used to rationalize irrational behaviour, then no wonder people disbelieve god. The author must also check places where religious moral is in synchronicity with rational behaviour.
antialias
5 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
I believe in global-warming, you're commiting a logical fallacy by associating me with other fallacious logics.
I was just pointing out that you were making the same mistake as the anti-global-warming-crowd, not that you were one of them.

Statistics are not ironhard predictions for every case. Outliers are possible and not all distributions are normal ones.

You cannot invalidate a statistical analysis with a 'counterexample' (only if the analysis is of the type "100% of all X are Y") - but this is not the case here.

All you could do is perform a census and show that your results deviate from the one presented AND that your census has a greater statistical power (or show some bias was present in the original study that isn't in yours).
ReeseJ2
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
@xponen: I'm constrained to agree with antialias on one point: the exception to a statistical rule does not defeat it. For example, the second law of thermodynamics is a _statistical_ law that is broken by billions of particles per second.

On the other hand, @antialias: your claim that IQ does not equate with intelligence undermines this case study, which does indeed equate IQ and intelligence. Though I do agree that the IQ of a person has surprising little to do with their intelligence.

My concern with this study is the margin of error. Most of these differences are on the order of 3%, which is not a lot. Depending on their sample size, that could be well within the error. Also, what backgrounds are people coming from? Religous/nonreligous families? Democratic/republican states? Etc.
antialias
5 / 5 (2) Feb 28, 2010
Oh I'm not saying that IQ isn't somehow related to intelligence. It just doesn't mean that high IQ people will always make logical statements (or understand what they talk about) on any given subject.

E.g.: There are plenty of intelligent people who just don't know what statistics are, what they can tell you (and what they cannot tell you).

It all comes down how you do the tests (and sometimes even to what cultural background you administer the test. E.g. chinese people think more in terms of pictures than sound and will therefore score lower on phoneme related question while scoring consistently higher on picture related ones)

Overall intelligence is such a broad property that tests only ever evaluate a part of it.
Embriette
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
@ Pink Elephant

You said my tone implied that I was using myself as an example. Isn't that exactly what I went on to say I was doing? Thanks for pointing that out for me again. You seem to keep missing the fact that I wasn't using myself as proof that the article is wrong, just as an example of the 'other side." Once again, I am not saying that all conservative Christians are smarter than all liberal non-Christians (I feel like a broken record).
As for your link to the statistics, remind me again why I was looking at that? All I found was info on adolescent whites and blacks in America. Certainly not a representation of the whole world.
And it would be hard to sample beings from other galaxies, when we don't even know if they exist, and even if they did, we haven't figured out how to communicate with them yet. Wasn't this a study of humans anyway?
Maybe we should have God take an IQ test, and see how He comes out?
Dan_K
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 28, 2010
Maybe, just maybe, the more intelligent people are liberal because more intelligent people go to college, and colleges are overwhelmingly liberal. Even if you're conservative it's difficult to get out of school without being converted. Even in highschool it becomes obvious that the teachers are almost all liberal and the pressure on a student to identify with the teachers is enormous. Ditto with atheism.

I say this as an athiest with liberal values on equality and human rights but who hates the "liberal party" because it's full of loud mouthed individuals that try to shove thier ideals down your throat... like... like the author of this article.
Dan_K
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
"I believe in global-warming"

Heh, I read this and expected to see god but got global warming.

The bloggers are entirely correct. AGW has become a religion.
Bloodoflamb
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
I believe in:

General Relativity
Quantum Mechanics
Approximations of the above in the limit of the conditions on the surface of the Earth.

Is physics a religion? We make no claims to factual mathematical descriptions of reality, yet use them to make predictions ABOUT reality. Reality has the final claim on the production of true or untrue statements: "There is no car in a particular intersection I can see outside of my window." This is a statement with truth value equal to one where one means a statement is true.

Theories in physics have non-unity truth values. But we assume that they do when we use them to make predictions because we HAVE TO if we want them to have some sort of predictive power. What does it mean to say:

"E=gamma*mc^2=[(pc)^2+(mc^2)^2]^(1/2) SOMETIMES?"

What do you do with such a statement? Well, yes, it's true! I've seen interactions that can be described by such a statement. We're done! No! Get rid of the sometimes. Assume it's true and test it!
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
The idea behind socialism is that all members of a society receive equal treatment

The US Constitution is designed to provide equal treatment under the law and equal opportunity.
Socialism is designed to provide equal outcomes regardless of the efforts of individuals. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need is the socialist motto.

. In Sweden you are required to be seen by a primary care physician in 3 days.
Are doctors state employees? If not seen is 3 days are doctors punished? What if there are not enough doctors? Will the state force people to become doctors?
MA mandates everyone must buy health insurance or be punished. There is a shortage of primary care doctors in MA as there is no economic incentive for such a specialty. Is it moral for the state to enslave doctors to see patients?
Socialism is immoral because it must coerce an individual's private property for the benefit of another individual.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
I also recall a time in Sweden when tax rates were so high, nearly 100%, that formerly wealthy people had to go on welfare.
When I was in Scandinavia for a few months I noticed that most drank alcohol quite heavily even though heavily taxed. My Norwegian cousin made his own using an illegal still.
I suspect some motivation for such drinking is the demotivating effects of being treated the same. There is no incentive for anyone to work hard to 'get ahead' because the government punishes such efforts.
Sweden and other Scandinavian countries have slowly backed away from pure socialism and support some free market ideas. Why? Because they would be bankrupt if they did not.
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

"The US Constitution is designed to provide equal treatment under the law and equal opportunity."

So then why can't gays get married? It is unconstitutional that they are treated differently, yet the vast majority of states do so. This flaw does not make democracy inherently bad.

"What if there are not enough doctors? Will the state force people to become doctors?"

You are still missing the point. Sweden is a democracy with socialized medicine. If there were not enough doctors they would HIRE more. Lets just imagine though that Sweden was communist. There are many ways that a communist state could get the amount of doctors that they need some more desirable for people than others. Many of these systems could be designed fairly though, meaning that everyone goes through the same process. It could possibly be done similar to the US military where aptitude tests are taken and one must qualify for a job. It can be done morally even if you can't imagine it.
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

This is exactly where I was waiting for you to go.

"There is no incentive for anyone to work hard to 'get ahead' because the government punishes such efforts."

First of all the government would not necessarily punish someone for working hard. In fact the best system would still encourage it somehow.

This is the part that all of the greedy Americans miss. It is entirely possible that everyone gets paid the same yet the majority still tries to do their job well. You may be right that in a population the size of a major country it would be tough. However there are income sharing communities inside the US and elsewhere that cooperatively grow their own food, build their own houses, and live together. It works there. You say there is no incentive to work hard. What about making your country or community great and functional. That is a noble goal. Dollar signs are the most important thing in the US. That doesn't mean they have to be. That is just our culture.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
"So then why can't gays get married? It is unconstitutional that they are treated differently, yet the vast majority of states do so. This flaw does not make democracy inherently bad. "
The US Constitution leaves that decision to states. Homosexuals have the same right to marry someone of the opposite sex as do heterosexuals.
My personal opinion is the the government should not recognize marriage at all. However if it does choose to recognize marriage, the citizens should vote to decide its definition. Such democratic votes have not been allowed or enforced in some states.

If there were not enough doctors they would HIRE more.

Where would they hire such doctors to work under such restrictions if they could choose to work in a less restrictive environment?
Socialism must be forced on all or it will fail.
From Churchill: The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
First of all the government would not necessarily punish someone for working hard. In fact the best system would still encourage it somehow.

SOMEHOW?
How?
Political operatives who work hard with low pay are rewarded with cushy jobs whether they are qualified or not. Is that the type of system you want?
I prefer rewards based upon merit. Those that decide such merit are the customer, not the government.
The converse in government is they do not punish those who fail to do their jobs. So failure is rewarded in government.
AIG, Goldman Sachs, GM, Chrysler, Freddie, Fannie, all failed yet were rewarded by the government.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
However there are income sharing communities inside the US and elsewhere that cooperatively grow their own food, build their own houses, and live together.

That is their choice.
In the USA, with equal opportunity, people have the choice to decide what they value. If they choose to make a lot of money, they can do so. If they choose to not to, they can do so. The government should not reward or punish either choice.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
It could possibly be done similar to the US military where aptitude tests are taken and one must qualify for a job.

The military recruits doctors just like any hospital or clinic. The military doesn't give aptitude tests and force a new recruit to medical school for 8 years.
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

It doesn't really matter how the government decides who can get married. If some people can and others can't thats immoral. Saying that homosexuals have the right to marry someone of the opposite sex is like saying that all men in the untied states have the right to get a pap smear. Heterosexual marriage is useless to homosexuals. Pointing to this is more of a slap in the face than an expression of equality. We are getting away from the argument that socialism can be moral. I was just pointing out that there are immoral expressions in democracies too. Again this specific case of immorality doesnt mean that democracy is immoral just like it wouldnt mean socialism was.

"Where would they hire such doctors to work under such restrictions if they could choose to work in a less restrictive environment?"

I don't really know where they were hired. They apparently hired them somewhere, because Sweden does have doctors, and ranks highly in many health categories.
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

You are absolutley right

"The military recruits doctors just like any hospital or clinic. The military doesn't give aptitude tests and force a new recruit to medical school for 8 years."

A well set up socialist country also would not force anyone to go to 8 years of medical school. Believe it or not some people choose to be doctors for reasons other than money. Some people genuinely like to help others. Being a doctor is a great way to do this. Many doctors in ERs could make more money in a private practice yet stay in hospitals. Why? Because money isn't why they became a doctor. People can be motivated by other things than money. Doctors in a socialist country would be people who wanted to help and also academically qualify. In a well set up system they would get recognition and honor for their effort, while recieving the same pay as everyone else. Recognition and honor are useless in the US culture where money drives most things.
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

"I prefer rewards based upon merit."

I know you prefer more money with jobs of "merit."
Thats why you are arguing with me. So socialism isn't your preference.

I do remember saying this,

"And people I said it earlier but i'll say it again. NO STYLE OF GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST. They are all what you make of them. You may have a preference but it is just that."

Liking democracy more or prefering it still doesn't make socialism immoral. I'll even grant that it is easier to have a moral democracy than a moral socialist country. Still doesn't mean either is impossible.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
In a well set up system they would get recognition and honor for their effort, while recieving the same pay as everyone else. Recognition and honor are useless in the US culture where money drives most things.

What kind of recognition and honor? Government medals? Special titles? Three letters after their name like PhD?
In a free market system, people have the opportunity to seek the recognition they need. Not all want money. As we have seen lately, too many want to be famous on TV.
Most who seek wealth, do not seek fame or societal recognition.
I grew up with too many martyrs who wanted recognition for their 'self-sacrifice'. That is not a society I care to live in. It is dishonest.
That society was comprised of Scandinavian immigrants.
brainiac125
3 / 5 (4) Feb 28, 2010
Anyone else shocked when they loaded this article and saw how long the trolling comments go on for? I'm gonna leave my mark too :)

"All thinking men are atheists."
-Ernest Hemingway
Mc3lnosher
3 / 5 (2) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

"What kind of recognition and honor? Government medals? Special titles? Three letters after their name like PhD?"

See you immediately dismissed the fact that being a hero to the state is worthless. In your mind if it isn't beneficial to only yourself it is worthless. But again thats your preference. I get it, you don't want to live in a socialist country. Some people do.
otto1923
5 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
"All thinking men are atheists."
-Ernest Hemingway
"Hemingway is dead. By his own hand." -God
@mcinerney
You're arguing with a doorstop
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

"What kind of recognition and honor? Government medals? Special titles? Three letters after their name like PhD?"

See you immediately dismissed the fact that being a hero to the state is worthless. In your mind if it isn't beneficial to only yourself it is worthless. But again thats your preference. I get it, you don't want to live in a socialist country. Some people do.

I don't understand people who desire the power to control others. I would think anyone who wants to live in a socialist state must desire that power.

I would submit that not many would choose to live in a socialist state if they had the opportunity to move to states that provide opportunity. That is the great experiment called the USA. People flee socialist states like CA and MI for NV, TX, TN, etc.
As Thatcher said, 'Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money.' That is the immorality of state enforced socialism.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

"What kind of recognition and honor? Government medals? Special titles? Three letters after their name like PhD?"

See you immediately dismissed the fact that being a hero to the state is worthless. In your mind if it isn't beneficial to only yourself it is worthless. But again thats your preference. I get it, you don't want to live in a socialist country. Some people do.

I don't understand people who desire the power to control others. I would think anyone who wants to live in a socialist state must desire that power.

I would submit that not many would choose to live in a socialist state if they had the opportunity to move to states that provide opportunity. That is the great experiment called the USA. People flee socialist states like CA and MI for NV, TX, TN, etc.
As Thatcher said, 'Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money.' That is the immorality of state enforced socialism.
Submit?
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 28, 2010
'Some 4.0 million (70 percent of adult population) are in productive activity rate, while 1.2 million (20 percent of adult population) are living of welfare and Health or Unemployment insurance alone. The remaining 10 percent of adult population are supported by the state by other means (such as parents leave and absence from work due to care of sick children).'
'Full employment is a pipe dream when you give people incentives not to work, and disincentives to work. '
'used to know somebody, who was very big on the Scandanavian way of doing things. I quoted to him a statistic I heard, that the absentee rate at Volvo was about 50% each day. His reaction: "So?""
http://discardedl...ent_rate

Sweden looks like a nice place to live if you don't want to work. Smart.
otto1923
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology.
It must be the fact that I'm a conservative Christian that kept me from that 36 on my ACT, the 100th percentile on my GRE, and from attending Harvard or UCSD.
Damn. If only I'd known.
Uh, you're not gonna go into a staff meeting and shoot up a bunch of people are ya, 'cause I'd wanna call somebody then.


Uh yeah, thats exactly what I planned on doing. You called it.
Where did such a stupid comment come from?
You have a very pretentious nick. Unless that's your real name? In which case you have a very pretentious name.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Feb 28, 2010
@Marjon

"What kind of recognition and honor? Government medals? Special titles? Three letters after their name like PhD?"

See you immediately dismissed the fact that being a hero to the state is worthless. In your mind if it isn't beneficial to only yourself it is worthless. But again thats your preference. I get it, you don't want to live in a socialist country. Some people do.

I don't understand people who desire the power to control others. I would think anyone who wants to live in a socialist state must desire that power.

I would submit that not many would choose to live in a socialist state if they had the opportunity to move to states that provide opportunity. That is the great experiment called the USA. People flee socialist states like CA and MI for NV, TX, TN, etc.
As Thatcher said, 'Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money.' That is the immorality of state enforced socialism.
Submit?
Point?
otto1923
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
The article "Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent" will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.


Sounds more like the title of a blog than a scientific study.
Soft Science Social Sychology is a blog. One of their trolls is cross-posting.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
Just because I believe in God means I need to grow up?
Yes
I don't insult you for your beliefs (or lack thereof).
Well yeah, that's what you people are for isn't it??
Whether or not God exists is not a question for me to answer-each individual must answer that.
bellonie. You're a member of an exclusivist group which holds their beliefs as the definition of truth and salvation for everyone including yourself and your loved ones. It's a question you have already answeredin a very narrow and constrained way.
FYI- If I were you I wouldn't believe anything marjon says. Also, I wouldn't believe anything Otto has to say Unless It Makes Sense. Or is funny.
Bloodoflamb
not rated yet Feb 28, 2010
The US Constitution leaves that decision to states. Homosexuals have the same right to marry someone of the opposite sex as do heterosexuals.

Do men and women have the same rights? Or does having a vagina give you different rights than if you were to have a penis?

Do men have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman? Do women have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman?
marjon
2.3 / 5 (6) Feb 28, 2010
Do men have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman? Do women have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman?

Marriage is not an unrestricted right in each state. Age restrictions apply and a marriage is between two people.
Muslim men have a religious right to have four wives. Do you deny their rights to practice their religion? Based on the first amendment, polygamists have a better Constitutional argument.
Bloodoflamb
3 / 5 (2) Feb 28, 2010
Do men have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman? Do women have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman?

Marriage is not an unrestricted right in each state. Age restrictions apply and a marriage is between two people.
Muslim men have a religious right to have four wives. Do you deny their rights to practice their religion? Based on the first amendment, polygamists have a better Constitutional argument.

If you're going to address my questions at all, then actually answer them or keep your mouth shut.
RJB26
3 / 5 (4) Feb 28, 2010
socialism is the preferred form of gov't for leaches who cant or wont fend for themselves and power hungry leftist douchebags who want to control the leaches who cant or wont fend for themselves.
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Feb 28, 2010
Do women have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman?

NO.
Bloodoflamb
1 / 5 (1) Feb 28, 2010
Do women have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman?

NO.

Do men?
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Feb 28, 2010
Do women have the right to enter a contractual marriage recognized by the federal government with a woman?

NO.

Do men?

Do Muslim men have the right to have their four wives recognized by the federal government?
Bloodoflamb
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 28, 2010
If you're going to address my questions at all, then actually answer them or keep your mouth shut.
Mc3lnosher
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
@ RJB26

"socialism is the preferred form of gov't for leaches who cant or wont fend for themselves and power hungry leftist douchebags who want to control the leaches who cant or wont fend for themselves."

Thanks for your constructive comment. You have added a lot of class legitimacy to our discussion.
DocM
4 / 5 (4) Mar 01, 2010
@Marjon

Doctors in a socialist country would be people who wanted to help and also academically qualify.

Hate to burst your bubble, but a large percentage of physicians in socialized medicine nations leave for places like the US where they can make a buck instead of working for mechanics wages.

Also, socialized medicine can't be all that good given how many come to the US from Europe and especially Canada for treatment. Hospitals in Detroit, including Henry Ford Hospital, have so many of them they've opened entire clinics just to treat them. Seems if you're over 50 or have a disease that's expensive to treat (esp. colon cancer) you get put on a waiting list that all too often waits until you're dead before your turn comes up.

Don't say it doesn't happen ... I spent 30 years in health care and saw it all too often once Canada instituted their system.
jabailo
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
First you say that intelligent people like "novel" ideologies and then you say their ideology is "liberal" -- currently the most pervasive in the United States.

Which is it?

Even a dummy like me can see polemic disguised as science!!
xponen
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
Intelligent people can make rare-association better than average people, in other word, they're creative (this doesn't mean they're more logical). This is because; general intelligence is physically related to number of neurons and interconnections [1], but, generally, higher IQ adolescent loss more neurons than average people [forgot] hence their intelligence could based upon more interconnection. -Intelligent adolescence also like to disagree [2], which is probably because they DON'T find the obvious reasons[x]... to be convincing.

1- http://www.scienc...2117.htm
2- http://www.scienc...2500.htm
3- one paper says; adolescent do shed neurons, but hi-IQ do more, but thicker white matter (if my memory is right).
x- average people often try to convince dis-believer using obviously shallow reasoning, this make them sound idiot... (maybe they just lack communication skills?)
xponen
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
ops... I found this comment box to be too claustrophobic. Very confusing...

My point was; the dis-agreeable nature of intelligent people is caused by creative mind [1]. Because (imo) rare association were often made to explain one's experience rather than using the obvious "god did it" reasoning. -For example, one believer may find the evidence of god to be self-evident, whilst, intelligent people find it too ignorant.

1- http://en.wikiped...hibition
Otto1882
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
Ethinicity wasn't factored so the results are skewed. With that said, I personally suspect strongly the correlations are correct.
ArtflDgr
3 / 5 (4) Mar 01, 2010
anyone miss that this was CHILDREN studied, and all they did was measure that children who test to be mo re intelligent are more willing to blindly accept what their biased teachers drum into them
Skeptic_Heretic
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 01, 2010
All they had to do was change one aspect of this study for it to have merit.

Remove the politics.

If they said smarter people tend to innovate within society and personal activities I think we'd all agree.
Bloodoflamb
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 01, 2010
All they had to do was change one aspect of this study for it to have merit.

Remove the politics.

If they said smarter people tend to innovate within society and personal activities I think we'd all agree.

Then it wouldn't be a study. They asked people to describe their political ideologies, then did statistical analyses comparing their SELF ASCRIBED political positions to their INDEPENDENTLY DETERMINED IQs. The results are shown above. If you want to complain about something, why not complain to the SELF DESCRIBED conservatives who got below average IQ scores?
otto1923
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
Do men and women have the same rights? Or does having a vagina give you different rights than if you were to have a penis?
Genitals are irrelevent unless you have a pathological fixation. Wow 260 comments, w/o the troll and her dupes about a hundred?
Yellowdart
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 01, 2010
I think that physorg was just down on its comment flame war traffic lately and decided to write such a poorly constructed article.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 01, 2010
"liberal" -- currently the most pervasive in the United States.

If you define 'liberal' as more democrat-socialist liberal instead of classical liberal, like Jefferson, you are wrong about pervasiveness.
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
@DocM

"Hate to burst your bubble, but a large percentage of physicians in socialized medicine nations leave for places like the US where they can make a buck instead of working for mechanics wage"

You didn't burst my bubble at all. I don't care where anyone wants to practice medicine or what kind of government they want to have. All I'm saying is that Socialism can be moral. You said that a high percentage of doctors leave countries with socialized medicine, well that's not 100% is it? Obviously Sweden would not be the ideal money making place for a doctor, you are right. I kinda like money myself, all I'm talking about is that not everyone is as obsessed with it as US citizens. You guys can keep saying how terrible you think it would be allllllllll day but you are not affecting my argument or my bubble.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 01, 2010
All I'm saying is that Socialism can be moral.

You say it. Demonstrate it.
The only moral socialism is one with 100% volunteers. Some examples exist: monasteries, colony farms in the USA. The key point is its members must be free to not participate.
Socialism practiced on the nation-state level must use coercion, taking from those that work and 'giving' to those that do not.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
Then it wouldn't be a study. They asked people to describe their political ideologies, then did statistical analyses comparing their SELF ASCRIBED political positions to their INDEPENDENTLY DETERMINED IQs. The results are shown above. If you want to complain about something, why not complain to the SELF DESCRIBED conservatives who got below average IQ scores?

How about we repeat the study on someone of voting age and see where the stats stand?
Embriette
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
You have a very pretentious nick. Unless that's your real name? In which case you have a very pretentious name.


Haha, nice comment. That is my real name. I guess my parents are pretentious people.
Embriette
1 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
@ otto1923

I'm sorry that your experiences with Christians have left you so bitter-which is why I don't like Christians. They are too pushy and they shove their beliefs down other peoples' throats. That is not what true Christianity is all about, and that is not what I am all about. I guess before I say I am a "Christian" I should define what "Christian" is to me. To me its not someone who sees themselves as a member of "an exclusivist group." To me a Christian is someone who believes in the existence of God and the gift of His son for salvation from sin. It is not my place, or any other Christian's place to judge those who don't believe. It says it right in the Bible. Christians are only to judge other Christians. So a Christian who judges a non-believer isn't following their own God (its in the book of James).
The problem with Christianity today is that it follows rules and traditions founded by men, not by God.
I guess that once again, I'm an outlier.
marjon
2 / 5 (8) Mar 01, 2010
They are too pushy and they shove their beliefs down other peoples' throats.


How do they do that?

Governments have the power to force you to do what they want.
Christians can only persuade. If their words make you feel bad, don't listen.
If people don't like what I write, ignore it. Apparently I hit a nerve or two with some as they can only respond with insults.
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
How do they do that?
Infecting the laws of society with abstract morality and social preference instilled in the race through 2 thousand years of indoctrination of the ignorant for one.
Governments have the power to force you to do what they want.
No, the people when attacked by their government have physical recourse.

Christians can only persuade. If their words make you feel bad, don't listen.
If only that would make them stop.

If people don't like what I write, ignore it. Apparently I hit a nerve or two with some as they can only respond with insults.
If you consider our directions into discovering what actually represents a hypothesis, theory, and construct bothers you, feel free to ignore it.
Bloodoflamb
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
How about we repeat the study on someone of voting age and see where the stats stand?

The study specified that they looked at young adults (i.e. people who are at least 18) who had taken IQ tests as adolescents.
JayK
2.1 / 5 (7) Mar 01, 2010
Seems to be a bunch of secular socialists writing laws in Uganda to slaughter homosexuals. Also a bunch of socialists writing new laws in a certain southern US state to rewrite science and history in order to support a religion and its uneducated lackeys.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010

The study specified that they looked at young adults (i.e. people who are at least 18) who had taken IQ tests as adolescents.

Young adult is from age 14-21 by most standards. IQ tests in adolescence do not equate to the results from contemporary IQ tests.

So what you're saying is either there's NO correlation or there's absurdly weak correlation.

freethinking
1 / 5 (5) Mar 01, 2010
I cant believe such a dumb study is causing such a fuss at physorg. Ive been thinking about this study and come up with a solution that should make everyone happy. This study facts are right but its conculsions are wrong.
Why?
Only the smartest liberal progressives who have mental disorders go into Psyscology, the rest either become congressmen, ACORN activists, inmates, or just go on welfare.

Only the dumbest christian or religious people, go into psychology as it is well known that Psychology professors are crazy leftwing progressives who hate christians, the USA, freedom and equality and will flunk anyone who disagree with their beliefs.

So in this study they took the brightest progressives who are just marginally smarter than average and compared them to the dumbest christians who are just marginally dumber than average.

If they would have studied the real sciences and engineering depts. where the intelligent christians hang out conculsion would have been different.
Yellowdart
3 / 5 (2) Mar 01, 2010
Intelligence although it should be, is not often an indicator of wisdom...
JayK
3 / 5 (4) Mar 01, 2010
freethinking fails statistics, just like he fails at everything else that doesn't involve hating homosexuals.
otto1923
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
@otto1923
I'm sorry that your experiences with Christians have left you so bitter-which is why I don't like Christians.
I'm sorry your knowledge of the real origins and content of your religion is lacking. If you knew more youd feel differently.
They are too pushy and they shove their beliefs down other peoples' throats.
All state religions do, by Design.
It is not my place, or any other Christian's place to judge those who don't believe...(its in the book of James).
James was written by Roman intellectuals keen on managing roman subjects and spreading order throughout Europe.
The problem with Christianity today is that it follows rules and traditions founded by men, not by God.
Thats what it was conceived to do. When things get dicey Xians are the first to suggest pogrom. To reinstate the will of god on earth and their chances at enticing him to return. My experiences w/ religious teachings were not as shocking as the discovery that they were fabrications.
otto1923
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
You have a very pretentious nick. Unless that's your real name? In which case you have a very pretentious name.

Haha, nice comment. That is my real name. I guess my parents are pretentious people. oop- Well, my full name ist Otto von Deutlich aus Himmel geKommen. And its not pretentious.
freethinking
1.6 / 5 (7) Mar 01, 2010
JayK proves the point that crazy leftwing progressives project their hate and ignorance onto others. He hates homosexuals so he assumes conservatives hate homosexuals. He is ignorant so he assumes conservatives are ignorant.

If I as a conservative would do the same for JayK, I would consider him a nice honest, loving guy, who cared for his fellow man (person).
JayK
2 / 5 (4) Mar 01, 2010
Yeah, good thing I'm unable to find your comments from previous threads, huh?

http://www.physor...975.html
http://www.physor...458.html

and the best one ever!

http://www.physor...459.html

go troll somewhere else, freethinking.
Mc3lnosher
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
@ Marjon

"The only moral socialism is one with 100% volunteers."

Now you are thinking. No government can be moral UNLESS its citizens choose to participate. If they are forced to live there, that would be immoral.

"Demonstrate it."

How exactly do you propose I do that. I don't really have time to create my own sovereign nation to validate my argument. Although I do seem to have copious amounts of time, as I have been trying to champion the mere possibility of something for days now.

"Socialism practiced on the nation-state level must use coercion, taking from those that work and 'giving' to those that do not."

Willing participants of a governmental system would not feel very "coerced" when they followed the rules. By doing a job like being an engineer (one that you consider "real work") they are performing a necessary niche in that society. The man that collects the trash (apparently not working) also gets that stuff away from your house that rots.
freethinking
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 01, 2010
Otto1923,
James was written most likely around A.D. 45. If history serves me, Rome was still purcecuting Christians at that time.

I agree with you that teaching the origins of Christianity is lacking in the schools. Either it is ignored or taught by professors who hate christianity. My kids have been taught more about the Muslim religion (none of the negative stuff), Buhdism, than Christianity. What little they have been taught about Christianity is laughably wrong.
Mc3lnosher
5 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
Continued:

Just because you associate some jobs with small dollar amounts does not mean that they don't need to be done for society to function correctly and if you wanted to live in a socialist state you would understand this. You say this is a society that is for leaches but it is for a society much more ambitious than ours because if everyone does not work to perform their job the society can collapse. The people must have a sense of community and working towards a common goal. Much too hard for Americans. If they have to share with someone else, well there is absolutely no reason to try.
freethinking
1 / 5 (2) Mar 01, 2010
Jayk,
again you inner hate and homophobia is coming out. Just because I dont approve of smoking doesnt mean I hate smokers. Just because I dont hate smokers doesnt mean I will tell people smoking is good for them so not to hurt the feelings of smokers. Smoking like Homosexual behaviour is bad for you, and I disagree with. I have friends who smoke, and who are practicing homosexuals. They know I dont approve of either behaviour, but we still get along because unlike you, they understand disagreement doesnt equate to hate, unless your a radical progressive such as yourself.

Again, you and a lot of progressives take disagreement of opinions as hate. I believe you take disagreement as hate because you have such a low self esteem and confidence in your ideas.
Mc3lnosher
5 / 5 (2) Mar 01, 2010
You know I just got to thinking about it and trash men, sewer people, water treatment plant workers, food packagers, disinfectant manufacturers and bottlers, as well as many other non physician jobs probably PREVENT more sickness and disease than all of the doctors CURE or TREAT. Kinda strange to think about huh.
etiennem
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 01, 2010
Innovation is probably the one trait that defined human development through the ages. A lack of it gave us the period popularly called the 'Dark Ages', for example.

If you are a conservative traditionalist, you would have to admit that originality of thought is not one of your strongest traits. You would most probaly spurn new thinking. You would cling to known ideas. Would the cream of scientists and thinkers be found in your grouping? Most likely not.

It does not make you redundant, just average. As the article stated.
freethinking
1 / 5 (4) Mar 01, 2010
etiennem,
Dark ages was caused by the collapse of the Roman empire, desease, and war. Not by the lack of new thinking.

Etiennem, if you actually looked into it you would realize that christians have been the leaders in Medicine, education, engineering, music, art, archetecture, exploration etc for the last 2000 years.

But if all you learned about christianity was in public schools, you can be forgiven for your ignorance.

otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
James was written most likely around A.D. 45. If history serves me, Rome was still purcecuting Christians at that time.
Exactly. They were beginning, at some point (who knows when the fiction was really written?) to tailor this emerging religion by culling all those whose beliefs didnt correspond to roman ideas of useful doctrine. It was field-tested, debated among the philos and church doctors, weeded of superfluous or indefensible details and turned into a relatively flawless force which could absorb euro paganism, and counter jewish proselytism which was a real danger to Rome at the time. It was meant to be a catchall religion, on the one hand easy to grasp (one god) and perversely convoluted on the other (trinity, mother of god/virgin birth, purgatory, eucharist, torture symbol as most holy sign)

Xianity is an obvious extension of earlier religions- hercules/heracles as jesus, virgin mother, egyptian ankh and akhenaten parallels in OT, obelisks in front of basilicas.
etiennem
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
@freethinking

I said nothing of religion. But, since you mentioned it, do you think of Leonardo da Vinci as a Christian? Just because the predominant religion of a certain society was Christianity, does not mean that the leading innovaters were followers of the Christian dogma, at all. You can use Galileo Galilei as an example, as well.
JayK
2 / 5 (4) Mar 01, 2010
No really, everyone, just ignore that religious persecution and anti-intellectualism is readily apparent and easily verified, just trust freethinking, the great homosexual obsessed trolltastic wonder.

The Inquisition? That was just a frat prank that got a little out of hand. The constant religious persecution of scientists? Well that wasn't really because of religion, it was just the fault of liberals. Ugandan homosexual purge? It only looks bad if you think about it, so those nice xtians would prefer you just not think about it.
etiennem
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
In fact, I struggle to think of any major historical scientist/artist/engineer/achitect (fill in the blank space) who was regarded as an extremely devout soul. I may stand corrected.
etiennem
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
If you think really freely, you would see a correlation between the conversion to Christianity by Rome(321 AD) and the collapse of the Roman Empire(about 400 AD), resulting in the Dark Ages (exclusively Christian).

Just a thought.
freethinking
1 / 5 (2) Mar 01, 2010
Etiennem, you don't seem to be another JayK so I made a bit of a list for you. Its not nearly complete... but it gives you some idea.

John Philoponus, Bede, the Venerable, Pope Sylverst II, Hermann of Reichenau, Robert Grosseteste, Pope John XXI, Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Theodoric of Freiberg, Thomas Bradwardine, Jean Buridan, Nicole Oresme, Micholas of Cusa, Otto Brunfels, Nicolas Copernicus, Bartholomaeus Pitisus, John Napier, Johannes Kepler, Laurentius Gothus, Galileo Galilei, Marin Mesenne, Anton Maria Schyrleus, Blaise Pascal, Issac Barrow, Robert Boyle, John Wallis, John Ray, Issac Newton, Colin Maclaurin, Stephen Hales, Thomas Bayes, Firmin Abauzit, Carolus Linnaeus, Leonhard Euler, Augustin Louis Cauchy, Lars Levi Laestadius, Edward Hitchock, William Whewell, Temple Chevallier, John Bachman, Arnold Henry Guyot, Gregor Mendel, Asa Gray, James Dwight Dana, Louis Pasteur, Freeman Dyson, Allan Sandage...

Many.... Many... Many more...
Mc3lnosher
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
@ Freethinking

"Etiennem, if you actually looked into it you would realize that christians have been the leaders in Medicine, education, engineering, music, art, archetecture, exploration etc for the last 2000 years."

You don't think that is just a little exagerated?
Mc3lnosher
not rated yet Mar 01, 2010
@ otto1923

"All state religions do, by Design."

You mean by INTELLIGENT design! Ahahahahahaha
hohohohohohohohohoho!

Sorry guys just had to. Not really knocking on that if its your belief.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 01, 2010
If you think really freely, you would see a correlation between the conversion to Christianity by Rome(321 AD) and the collapse of the Roman Empire(about 400 AD), resulting in the Dark Ages (exclusively Christian).

As keep telling AGW'ites, correlation is not causation. Rome was collapsing just fine all by itself with its corrupt welfare state.
One probable cause of the 'dark ages' was spat of cold weather caused by Krakatoa. http://www.hbci.c...35ad.htm
'Throughout the Dark Ages and Medieval period the monasteries were practically the only repository of scholarship and learning. '
http://www.britai...tery.htm
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 01, 2010
In fact, I struggle to think of any major historical scientist/artist/engineer/achitect (fill in the blank space) who was regarded as an extremely devout soul. I may stand corrected.

Max Planck.
Astronaut John Glenn.
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 01, 2010
'Throughout the Dark Ages and Medieval period the monasteries were practically the only repository of scholarship and learning...'
To complete the thought:

... as literacy and knowledge in general were deemed too dangerous in the hands of the rabble at large, and so were both actively repressed and strenuously persecuted.

It's funny to see the selfsame people rail against totalitarianism, then extol the virtues of Christian theocracy in medieval Europe.

Ah, there truly is nothing quite like accusing someone of Herecy. The poor substitute of Communist Sympathizer in the McCarthy days just didn't have the same lethal elegance...

Though Stalin certainly got the fear factor right with in his purges; but when Stalin does it, it's evil. When the Church does it, it's God's Work.
otto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 01, 2010
@ otto1923

"All state religions do, by Design."

You mean by INTELLIGENT design! Ahahahahahaha
hohohohohohohohohoho!

Sorry guys just had to. Not really knocking on that if its your belief.

Uh, just in case you weren't trying to make a joke- no I didn't. People shouldn't really post here when drunk or stoned or marjon.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 01, 2010
If you think really freely, you would see a correlation between the conversion to Christianity by Rome(321 AD) and the collapse of the Roman Empire(about 400 AD), resulting in the Dark Ages (exclusively Christian).

Just a thought.
Nothing collapsed, nothing ended. The Empire moved on. What you have been led to believe was an empire in itself was actually only a campaign, a phase in the spread and consolidation of a much more significant Entity. The peninsula was worn out, the next great strategic moves would be north; and then West. An entire hemisphere needed to be conquered. The Dark Ages was a prelude to, and preparation for, that. The Americas would not be engaged in trade until Europe was ready to conquer and destroy the Rabid southern cultures which existed there. The Mediterranean had to be secured first, then Europe.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 02, 2010
as literacy and knowledge in general were deemed too dangerous in the hands of the rabble at large, and so were both actively repressed and strenuously persecuted.

Sounds like the modern AGW movement.
"They revealed scientists plotting how to avoid responding to Freedom of Information requests from climate change sceptics.

Read more: http://www.dailym...h1Afq5NM
"
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 02, 2010
Nothing collapsed, nothing ended. The Empire moved on.

'The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' was a fantasy story?
Ethelred
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 02, 2010
I like this thread. It keeps all the nutcases too busy to pollute the other threads as much as usual.

Ethelred
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 02, 2010
Nothing collapsed, nothing ended. The Empire moved on.

'The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' was a fantasy story?
Yes like your bible. But fantasy with a Purpose.
Ethelred I thought you had dropped off the edge of the flat earth.
This thread is seriously taxing my iPhone.
otto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 02, 2010
@ Freethinking

"Etiennem, if you actually looked into it you would realize that christians have been the leaders in Medicine, education, engineering, music, art, archetecture, exploration etc for the last 2000 years."

You don't think that is just a little exagerated?
Plus flat-out wrong. Ottomans and Islam assumed the role during the middle ages of preserving and furthering True knowledge. Hey marjoke walk to a library some great distance from where you live and look up 'spat'. Your ignorance is entertaining. You were a technical writer? Grocery lists don't count for that you know.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
In fact, I struggle to think of any major historical scientist/artist/engineer/achitect (fill in the blank space) who was regarded as an extremely devout soul. I may stand corrected.

Max Planck.
Astronaut John Glenn.
Glenn was never regarded as particularly devout.
anonyfront
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
In fact, I struggle to think of any major historical scientist/artist/engineer/achitect (fill in the blank space) who was regarded as an extremely devout soul. I may stand corrected.

If we change that to any major modern scientist, I think that would be pretty accurate. Otherwise, Newton, Laplace, Mendel, and Planck (already mentioned by marjon) come to mind.
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 02, 2010
Ottomans and Islam assumed the role during the middle ages of preserving and furthering True knowledge.

What is true knowledge?
You have no problem with how Islam expanded, by the sword?
Saudis wanted SwissAir to remove the white cross from their planes as it offended Islam. The Swiss replied they would if Saudia removed the sword from their planes as the Swiss were offended by violence.
The Christian cross represents pain, suffering and degradation. A sword is a common symbol of Islam. Fitting as Islam means 'submission'.
jjurbanus
5 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
I would have to say that from what we can ascertain about him, Jesus appears to be one of the most anti-religious figures in human history.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 02, 2010
You have no problem with how Islam expanded, by the sword
ha ha Jesus said 'i come not to bring peace but a sword (so family manners could kill each other with clear conscience). Constantine saw his vision on the way to battle. Marjoke knows all this but is fishing for attention (like an apostle)
Saudis wanted SwissAir to remove the white cross from their planes as it offended Islam
many wanted the troll marjoe removed from physork because she offended reason.
A sword is a common symbol of Islam
At least mohammud fought his own battles while the Nazarene has others fight for him. Onward xian soldiers marching as to war. Hobnails on cobblestone.
Mc3lnosher
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
@ everyone

"You mean by INTELLIGENT design! Ahahahahahaha
hohohohohohohohohoho!"

You guys really didn't think that was funny at all?
Meh.
yunck05
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
Wasn't every ivy league school founded very religious and to today standards right groups ever(Calvinism,puritanism). In Deo Speramus
(In God We Hope)Browns University,Dei sub numine viget
(Under God's power she flourishes)Princeton University,In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen
(In Thy light shall we see the light)Columbia Univerisy,Lux et veritas
(Light and truth)Yale. Don't forget about the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. How were the Best University founded by such unintelligent people
freethinking
1 / 5 (4) Mar 02, 2010
Modern Christian scientists,
Allan Sandage, Antonino Zichichi, John Polkinghorn, Owen Gingerich, r.j. berry, Michal Heller, Ghillean Prance, Donald Knuth, Eric Priest, Henry Schaefer, Robert Baker, Kenneth Miller, Francis collins, Simon Morris, John Barrow, Denis Alexander, Christopher Isham, John Lennox.

Is that a big enough lis for anonyfornt?

Are there ignorant Christians? Of course. Are there ignorant Athiests? Of course. As I said many times, IQ is independant of faith. You have smart christians you have dumb christians. This study is a dumb study and only dumb athiests or progressives think it is relevant.

Christians and Jews are exhorted to prove all things and hold fast to that which is true. Sadly too many Christians, Athiests and Progressives dont follow that advise.
freethinking
1.6 / 5 (7) Mar 02, 2010
otto1923, I think you are smart enough to know you are distorting scripture and even history.

From these posts what have we learned children?
We have learned from JayK that progressives hate, like to call names, and like to slur people by calling them homosexuals.
We have learned form Otto1923 that leftist either like to distort scripture and are completely ignorant of history.
We have learned from Etiennem and Mc3inosher that because of liberal activist progressive teachers and professors the true contribution to science and engineering from christians is being ignored.
We learned from the activist progressive scientists who wrote the study, the more prgressive and liberal the scientist, the less reliable their science.
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 02, 2010
Wasn't every ivy league school founded very religious and to today standards right groups ever(Calvinism,puritanism). In Deo Speramus
(In God We Hope)Browns University,Dei sub numine viget
(Under God's power she flourishes)Princeton University,In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen
(In Thy light shall we see the light)Columbia Univerisy,Lux et veritas
(Light and truth)Yale. Don't forget about the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. How were the Best University founded by such unintelligent people

Harvard: An early brochure, published in 1643, justified the College's existence: "To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches."
http://www.news.h...dex.html
How far it has fallen!
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 02, 2010
Modern Christian scientists,
Allan Sandage, Antonino Zichichi, John Polkinghorn, Owen Gingerich, r.j. berry, Michal Heller, Ghillean Prance, Donald Knuth, Eric Priest, Henry Schaefer, Robert Baker, Kenneth Miller, Francis collins, Simon Morris, John Barrow, Denis Alexander, Christopher Isham, John Lennox.

Is that a big enough lis for anonyfornt?

Are there ignorant Christians? Of course. Are there ignorant Athiests? Of course. As I said many times, IQ is independant of faith. You have smart christians you have dumb christians. This study is a dumb study and only dumb athiests or progressives think it is relevant.

Christians and Jews are exhorted to prove all things and hold fast to that which is true. Sadly too many Christians, Athiests and Progressives dont follow that advise.

Atheist progressives seem to have no standards to live by except how they feel today.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
Modern Christian scientists,
Allan Sandage, Antonino Zichichi, John Polkinghorn, Owen Gingerich, r.j. berry, Michal Heller, Ghillean Prance, Donald Knuth, Eric Priest, Henry Schaefer, Robert Baker, Kenneth Miller, Francis collins, Simon Morris, John Barrow, Denis Alexander, Christopher Isham, John Lennox.

Is that a big enough lis for anonyfornt?

Are there ignorant Christians? Of course. Are there ignorant Athiests? Of course. As I said many times, IQ is independant of faith. You have smart christians you have dumb christians. This study is a dumb study and only dumb athiests or progressives think it is relevant.

Christians and Jews are exhorted to prove all things and hold fast to that which is true. Sadly too many Christians, Athiests and Progressives dont follow that advise.

Atheist progressives seem to have no standards to live by except how they feel today.
Live?
JayK
1.5 / 5 (4) Mar 02, 2010
What about atheist conservatives? How about atheist libertarians? I know I'm really interested in the moral relativity of atheist cavemen.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 02, 2010
Otto is far more smarter even than that. According to each sect, every other sect distorts the true teachings of god and his little lap dog. As to institutions, YOU KNOW religion was the only game in town. Where'd the money come from? What was the main message they were all sewing? 'god is on OUR side, the side of good and right.' Stop em-bare-assing yourselves.

Mc3intosh is on a bender I think.
freethinking
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 02, 2010
I have more in common and can have a civil debate with an conservative atheist than with a progressive agnostic.

Conservatism = logic and facts and truth
Progressivism = feelings and hate and lies

The end justifies the means is a progressive belief
Prove all things, hold fast to that which is true is a conservative belief
freethinking
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 02, 2010
I have conservative atheist, Mormon, homosexual friends with whom I had debates about heaven and hell. Even though we disagreed with each other we were strong enough in our beliefs that we allowed the other to be wrong and not be upset by it. I also have friends in the Catholic and other Christian denomination and had debates on what we consider minor points of baptism, communion, Mary, Saints and such. We may disagree but we are strong enough in our faith and our beliefs to let the other be wrong and not be upset by the other errors.
But when talking to progressives and leftists, if I discussed and debated with them on their beliefs, they started to call names, insult intelligence, etc.
So the difference between a true conservative and a leftist progressive is that a conservative will allow the other to be wrong and not be upset. A Leftist progressive must make the other think right.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 02, 2010
But when talking to progressives and leftists, if I discussed and debated with them on their beliefs, they started to call names, insult intelligence, etc.

That is my experience here and elsewhere.
I've wondered why they jump to accusations of hate so quickly. Are they projecting their own emotions upon others?
jjurbanus
1 / 5 (1) Mar 02, 2010
Otto1923 wrote:
… YOU KNOW religion was the only game in town. Where'd the money come from? What was the main message they were all sewing? 'God is on OUR side, the side of good and right.' Stop em-bare-assing yourselves.


Otto, in my opinion there is something strange and genuine that can happen in a sincere venture into christianity. But to keep the venture pure, the true spirit of Jesus should be sought. Jesus embodied a religion of action, not a religion of satisfying yet ineffectual words. Paul was a force to recon with who relayed Jesus to the world, but must the writings of any scholar necessarily either be taken in uncritical totality or total disregard? No matter how inspired, in my opinion Paul at times ventured into a religion of words (such as focus on faith) rather than actions and establishing enriching environments (which can interact well with faith, yet faith may not be necessary). The book of James makes this clear...
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
Jesus seemed to embody a constructive anarchist, and brought to light the stench within institutions claiming a monopoly on all the truth that could and should ever be known. Do you really think he’d overlook the stinking christian institutionalism and tribalism of today that he fought against in his day?
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
we allowed the other to be wrong
Hehehee you have exposed your true method of reasoning: first and last freethinking is right.
Otto, in my opinion there is something strange and genuine that can happen in a sincere venture into christianity.
Been there. Have hauled out much booty.
Paul was a force to recon with
PAUL, if he existed at all, was a roman and a jewish turncoat priest who was instrumental in romanizing that 'strange and genuine' apocalyptic/messianic sect centered around yet one more wandering soothsayer and magician. His mission was to infiltrate and commandeer, which he did brilliantly. Your little evangelist would be appalled at what PAUL and Rome did with his musings. From the gist of biblical accounts it is a good bet he never declared himself god, and that the arrians had it right (and were slaughtered for it). Your bible resembles this thread more than the pristine word of any god.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
the true spirit of Jesus should be sought.
Yes... In order to do this one must first close his bible (dont toss it, lots of good info on sociopolitics and human gullibility in there)(and clues to world conquest); and open one's history books and see what was done in the NAME of jesus and not by his words. Were souls saved? Who knows? Doesnt matter. Were lives lost? Well yeah you bet, in very orderly and dependable ways, and according to Plan not random chaos.

The ultimate disguise and justification: a saintly man-god who (softly) tells you you still have enemies (which still must die) but you will actually go to heaven for treating them as such, as long as you love them in your heart. Free Jerusalem from the heathen! Kill them all, god knows his own! Praise the lord and pass the ammunition!

Xians are dupes for all the right reasons. God did indeed love the world so much as to divide the people upon it and set them against one another to Great Effect. It Lives.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
Point of Order- how do you pronounce xtian- 'ex-tian'? We dont even have to use the roman standard 'chris', cross, christ; rather xian = zion, the militaristic, aggressive spread of doctrine, and both Created by the same People for the same Purpose. Call them what you want but I just like the way it looks and sounds: xian. xianist. xianism. X as in cross out, a runic display of rejection, twin slashes on an oak. A return to true pagan respect for the earth and ALL the inhabitants thereof.
freethinking
1 / 5 (3) Mar 02, 2010
Otto, Im sure your smart enough to know what I mean by allowing others to be wrong. We all know smoking is bad for you. A conservative will tell you that. A progressive will prevent you from smoking. Its all about respect for the person.

Also for your venture into christianity you didnt go very far if all you hauled out was booty. Also you seem much to smart to believe what you are saying. No credable person doubts that Jesus, Paul, or James existed or that the things that happened in the new testament happened. The only resonable questions is how, not if, certain things occured.

otto1923
not rated yet Mar 02, 2010
And, a correction: Arianism is the theological teaching of Arius AD250-336 -wiki
-Arrian was an alexandrian historian-
Jesus seemed to embody a constructive anarchist
Yes well he did teach us the value of martyrdom to any serious revolution, didnt he? OT = conquest; NT = insurrection. All about conflict and war.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
A conservative will tell you that. A progressive will prevent you from smoking.
Religionism is also a disease of addiction. Soon both will be legislated, taxed, and premiumed into oblivion.
No credable person doubts that Jesus, Paul, or James existed
Ha! No really, snap out of it! Its a disease not a disgrace. You think youre talking to an islamist or something? To them your god is blasphemy. No reasonable person accepts that ANY of the bible (or the Quran) is real or literal or factual in any dependable way. Youre a dupe, and I'm being polite. Probably youre whole life is based on this fabrication and all I can say is... too bad. Now threaten me with eternal damnation- youll feel better.
otto1923
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 02, 2010
Don't you see man, Satan wouldn't go around telling people he was evil and foul. He would convince people he was the epitomy of good. He would say so in magnificent buildings and reverent books, which are thr trappings of man and not some god. And he would promise you magnificent gifts such as eternal life for you and loved ones, if only you will do the little things his minions ask you to. The god of reality on the other hand would give you only the cold hard truths- souls don't exist, this life is all you got, there is no special dispensation FOR ANYONE. Only cold hard truths and comiseration, and empathy I suppose.

Jesus is the Evil One. If you serve him you serve the Devil.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
tee heee

Let's see if freehating has the wherewithal to follow his own political theogony, and just let otto "be wrong". Or perhaps he'll insist on making otto "think right"?

Thanks to you both; I am genuinely amused.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
@freehating,
We all know smoking is bad for you. A conservative will tell you that. A progressive will prevent you from smoking. Its all about respect for the person.
So, as a self-anointed "conservative", what's your position on Heroin? Cocaine? LSD? Pot? Ecstasy? Meth?

Shall we respect the person-hood of addicts and pushers, and legalize all drugs regardless of how addictive and destructive they might be?

Personally, as a hated "atheist progressive", I happen to think that all drugs ought to be legalized and regulated, just like tobacco and alcohol. I happen to believe that the "war on drugs" is just as much of an abysmal failure as the "war on terrorism".

Will you join me in my progressive stance, or will you retreat into hypocrisy?

(By the way, WRT smoking, I'm fine if you do it -- just as long as you do it away from where I and my family dwell, sleep, eat, and play. I just don't want to have YOUR smoke in MY lungs. As a "conservative", can you understand that??)
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 02, 2010
If the Bible is fiction, it is historical fiction in that the places in the Bible do or did exist. Pontius Pilate existed. Rome existed. Jerusalem exists.
One of the major problems in the Middle East is their memories. Families have been living their for thousands of years and have passed down accounts from their ancestors.
Atheists will claim this is convenience, but the theme of the Bible is faith, not proof. Why should any significant contemporary of Jesus have much to say about Him? He was teacher who had a following. He was accused of political crimes, tortured and executed like many others. Big deal. Those that claimed He was more than a man were 'little' people. Part of the unwashed, uneducated masses so ridiculed then and ridiculed today by the 'intelligent elite'.
God did not intend for Jesus to be a famous personality know throughout the known world while he was alive.
Considering His humble beginnings and word of mouth advertising, Jesus has quite a reputation.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 02, 2010
Personally, as a hated "atheist progressive", I happen to think that all drugs ought to be legalized and regulated, just like tobacco and alcohol. I happen to believe that the "war on drugs" is just as much of an abysmal failure as the "war on terrorism".


Join me in decriminalizing such drugs including alcohol and tobacco. Government should not tax anything they believe is harmful as this creates a conflict of interest for the state. The state becomes addicted to the money and can't be taken seriously in any claims such drugs are dangerous.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
If the Bible is fiction, it is historical fiction in that the places in the Bible do or did exist.
Then what's your opinion regarding the Odyssey? How about Mahabharata? Are magic, monsters, spirits, gods, demons, witches, and miracles an objective historical fact?
Considering His humble beginnings and word of mouth advertising, Jesus has quite a reputation.
Word of mouth, edict of Rome, despotism of kings, torch of the Inquisition, and sword of colonial conquest. Yes, Jesus has quite a reputation. Just try to see it through otto's eyes...
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 02, 2010
@freehating,

How predictable! Name calling and accusing someone of hate in one word.
You must be a real smart 'progressive'.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 02, 2010
Then what's your opinion regarding the Odyssey?

How is it doing on Amazon?
How many people have a copy or two at home?
When did Gutenberg print it for the masses?
'Progressives' claim support for democracy, majority rule, popular opinion yet ridicule that majority for their religious beliefs. Great way to win friends and influence people.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
The state becomes addicted to the money and can't be taken seriously in any claims such drugs are dangerous.
What? You'd rather trust the claims of the state, than some mere objective scientific facts? I'm SHOCKED at you, marjon. SHOCKED.

Those drugs SHOULD be taxed though, because they do produce a cost that society at large must bear. They make people ill, and they make people accident-prone. Both of which impacts emergency rooms, mortality rates, and general costs of care -- which ultimately you and I must pay out of pocket in the form of insurance premiums and taxes. So, either you charge yourself and everyone indirectly for someone else's transgressions, or you make the transgressor pay up on the spot in the form of tax. IMHO, tax is a much simpler, fairer, and neater solution.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
From these posts what have we learned children?
We have learned that freethinking is a much darker and lower godder than he would lead us to believe.

The way to judge the goodness or efficacy of a godi think is if he requires worship in return for miracles and outlandish promises. A 'god' as in reality or the natural forces who acts exactly the same whether you worship it or not has to be preferable. It is DEPENDABLE. It is the only one honest enough to let you learn from it. It enables you to take better care of yourself, to enhance your chances for survival on your own. A god that requires worship is only waiting for you to surrender enough free will in order to deceive you with impunity. Like Satan.

Deceivers will also complement you on your wit or intelligence. Innocent or not they require down-putting.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
Then what's your opinion regarding the Odyssey?
How is it doing on Amazon?
How many people have a copy or two at home?
When did Gutenberg print it for the masses?
Don't play the village idiot, lest we all start to believe you. You know perfectly well what I meant. Namely, with regard to the Odyssey (or the Mahabharata, or pick your favorite ancient epic), does the following statement of your own authorship apply:
If the [name of book] is fiction, it is historical fiction in that the places in the [name of book] do or did exist.

marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 02, 2010
The state becomes addicted to the money and can't be taken seriously in any claims such drugs are dangerous.
What? You'd rather trust the claims of the state, than some mere objective scientific facts? I'm SHOCKED at you, marjon. SHOCKED.

Those drugs SHOULD be taxed though, because they do produce a cost that society at large must bear. They make people ill, and they make people accident-prone. Both of which impacts emergency rooms, mortality rates, and general costs of care -- which ultimately you and I must pay out of pocket in the form of insurance premiums and taxes. So, either you charge yourself and everyone indirectly for someone else's transgressions, or you make the transgressor pay up on the spot in the form of tax. IMHO, tax is a much simpler, fairer, and neater solution.

Great reason to end government subsidy for health care and hold people accountable for their actions.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
@freehating,

How predictable! Name calling and accusing someone of hate in one word.
You must be a real smart 'progressive'.
See, freehating imagines he can insult progressives by calling them hateful, irrational, emotional liars. He actually seems to think that we'd care for his considered opinion, or that we'd derive our self-worth from such. Well, I thought I'd gratify him by living up to his own preconceptions. He ought to be extremely pleased in so being confirmed. As such, I'm paying him a compliment, don't you see? Just like he does for me with nearly every post.

After all, the world's what we make of it, innit?
JayK
1 / 5 (3) Mar 02, 2010
I'd like to see one quote where I have ever called anyone a homosexual. An idiot, maybe, but unless they are a homosexual, I'm not going to call them one, especially unfreethinking, I respect homosexuals too much to do that.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 02, 2010
If the Bible is fiction, it is historical fiction in that the places in the Bible do or did exist. Pontius Pilate existed. Rome existed. Jerusalem exists.
One of the major problems in the Middle East is their memories. Families have been living their for thousands of years and have passed down accounts from their ancestors.
Atheists will claim this is convenience, but the theme of the Bible is faith, not proof. Why should any significant contemporary of Jesus have much to say about Him? He was teacher who had a following. He was accused of political crimes, tortured and executed like many others. Big deal. Those that claimed He was more than a man were 'little' people. Part of the unwashed, uneducated masses so ridiculed then and ridiculed today by the 'intelligent elite'.
God did not intend for Jesus to be a famous personality know throughout the known world while he was alive.
Considering His humble beginnings and word of mouth advertising, Jesus has quite a reputation.
Reputat
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2010
Great reason to end government subsidy for health care and hold people accountable for their actions.
How shall marjon reconcile "personal accountability" with the tale of the Good Samaritan? Shall we send a gravely ill stranger for emergency care at our own expense, or let him die on the side of the road? Shall we police our own neighborhoods lest drug-induced crime shoots the moon and makes our neighborhoods uninhabitable? Shall we fund rehab clinics, drug treatment research, drug education, and recovery support programs, to minimize relapse and crime? Shall we abandon the children of drug addicts to their doom?

Well, you don't really need to answer. I already know what you think, and I already know you've managed to reconcile Randian ideology with your religion. Hypocrisy is a wonderfully universal glue that can hold just about anything together. Remember though, don't think too hard...
Mc3lnosher
1 / 5 (1) Mar 02, 2010
You are totally right Pink Elephant. Jesus wouldn't want us to help anyone else unless they work hard and deserve it because everyone should be able to do that!
jjurbanus
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 02, 2010
A 'god' as in reality or the natural forces who acts exactly the same whether you worship it or not has to be preferable. It is DEPENDABLE. It is the only one honest enough to let you learn from it. It enables you to take better care of yourself, to enhance your chances for survival on your own.


Point well taken Otto. And to add to that, a person that is able in social dynamics to put other’s interest above their own may help other people learn and grow. The influence Jesus had in advancing this idea in the ancient world is large. And of course besides the efficacy of one’s “god” in their life, the unrelenting, ever self examining, never accepting givens, quest of truth for truth itself is also nice.
jjurbanus
3 / 5 (2) Mar 03, 2010
What would you say if I told you a sentient God loved you, regardless of anything you did, even if your actions have repercussions far beyond anything we can see and imagine? Where do you think love and concern for others come from (you don’t have to answer that). I don’t worship God because this author of all asks of it, but because God must be something really special, in overcoming the utter impossibility for God and everything, energy, matter, information, to exist. Who am I to question the source of everything, without which I would not be here at this moment or any other. I question everything, but the sovereignty of God. And peace at you Pinkelephant, many have overcome their cycle of pink elephant trips, finally saying enough is enough. But many others could not muster the will to overcome their trips of life, until undeniable supernatural providence intervened.
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2010
@jjurbanus,
What would you say if I told you a sentient God loved you, regardless of anything you did, even if your actions have repercussions far beyond anything we can see and imagine?
I'd say this: why should I take you seriously, regarding something about which you're no more knowledgeable than I, for which you have no evidence, which is laughably childish and incredibly improbable, and of which you'd be ignorant yourself had you not already taken someone else's word on equally nonexistent grounds? Or perhaps I'd simplify, and simply say you're a gullible fool and a victim of happenstance: were you born into a Hindu culture and/or family, you'd be Hindu and the number of gods you extoll would greatly exceed just the one.
But many others could not muster the will to overcome their trips of life, until undeniable supernatural providence intervened.
From where I stand, superstition and mysticism are traps avoided by only a lucky few.
jjurbanus
3 / 5 (2) Mar 03, 2010
You're addressing a fundamental problem of existence, that of belief in a higher power interrupting further thought and experimental inquiry. Thus thunder is thor's hammer, not heated gas expansion, or celestial formation directly by the hand of God. However I would venture that what has moved us along is insatiable curiosity, not exclusively of atheists, but anyone who is easily captivated, and uninhibited and/or willing to ask and pursue the question: Why? Such a quest, although enjoyable and satisfying, at full bore is one of struggle. Many struggles have been won and implemented and published, yet other struggles are more fundamental and inherently subjective and personal but may lead to a deeper understanding of deducing the necessity, from our immediate probe-able reality, of God--nothing more and nothing less.
jjurbanus
3 / 5 (2) Mar 03, 2010
And Jesus, although in a separate undeducable category with all other religious establishments, did say (supposedly) it best regarding this ultimate quest, truly pursued ceaselessly by few, and full of pitfalls: I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
jjurbanus
5 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
Now I admit that does sound corny and may not make sense to you, but it is the endless open mindedness and curiosity and potential of a child, that often gets shaded over by anything else, including that unending drive to get to the bottom of something, to map out all the possibilities. A child does this instinctively in marinating in native language, and can be an annoyance to us adults with the question why. Thankfully they often quickly grow out of such childish ways.
peteone1
2 / 5 (2) Mar 03, 2010
Then what's your opinion regarding the Odyssey? How about Mahabharata? Are magic, monsters, spirits, gods, demons, witches, and miracles an objective historical fact?

The indisputable fact of history among all reputable scholars (those that aren't Christophobic Leftwing Secular Fundamentalists with a theological ax to grind)is that Jesus of Nazareth was a real rabbi who lived & taught in 1st Century AD Judea. His miracles and all resurrection are a matter of faith for those of us who are Christians and are out of the realm of empirical science.

Word of mouth, edict of Rome, despotism of kings, torch of the Inquisition, and sword of colonial conquest. Yes, Jesus has quite a reputation.
Let's see, feeding the poor, freeing the captives, healing the sick...the followers of Christ certainly have a reputation to follow...the one laid on Matthew 25:34-40. ;-)
peteone1
1 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
Then what's your opinion regarding the Odyssey? ((How about Mahabharata? Are magic, monsters, spirits, gods, demons, witches, and miracles an objective historical fact?))
The indisputable fact of history among all reputable scholars (those that aren't Christophobic Leftwing Secular Fundamentalists with a theological ax to grind)is that Jesus of Nazareth was a real rabbi who lived & taught in 1st Century AD Judea. His miracles and all resurrection are a matter of faith for those of us who are Christians and are out of the realm of empirical science.

((Word of mouth, edict of Rome, despotism of kings, torch of the Inquisition, and sword of colonial conquest. Yes, Jesus has quite a reputation))
Let's see, feeding the poor, freeing the captives, healing the sick...the followers of Christ certainly have a reputation to follow...the one laid on Matthew 25:34-40. ;-)
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 03, 2010
The Good Samaritan volunteered. He wasn't forced to provide aid and the local government didn't take his money to pay for drug rehab clinics.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
No credable person doubts that Jesus, Paul, or James existed or that the things that happened in the new testament happened.

Hi,

Skeptic Heretic here. I have serious doubts about Jesus actually existing, and I have a strong doubt that Paul actually was Paul and not a group of people including Paul, that all the writings were ascribed to.

And there are many credible writing style experts who agree with me on the latter, and credible historians who agree with me on the former.
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2010
How shall marjon reconcile "personal accountability" with the tale of the Good Samaritan?

The Good Samaritan is fiction. How do you justify injecting such fantasies into a rational discussion?
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 03, 2010
No credable person doubts that Jesus, Paul, or James existed or that the things that happened in the new testament happened.

Hi,

Skeptic Heretic here. I have serious doubts about Jesus actually existing, and I have a strong doubt that Paul actually was Paul and not a group of people including Paul, that all the writings were ascribed to.

And there are many credible writing style experts who agree with me on the latter, and credible historians who agree with me on the former.

Troy was once thought to be a legend.
JayK
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 03, 2010
And global warming is just God hugging the world too tight.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 03, 2010
test- somebody screweed up the thread- im getting an error. Will praying help?
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 03, 2010
Another wishdreamer:
And to add to that, a person that is able in social dynamics to put other’s interest above their own may help other people learn and grow.
Learn what, grow how?
The influence Jesus had in advancing this idea in the ancient world is large. And of course besides the efficacy of one’s “god” in their life, the unrelenting, ever self examining, never accepting givens, quest of truth for truth itself is also nice.
The lapdog is whatever you want him to be. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you right into hell though if you dont do as youre told. Does god feel schadenfreude? My 'god' wouldnt care if you screwed up or not, whether you jaywalked and got runned over or not. But he would warn you by showing you what trucks can do.
You're addressing a fundamental problem of existence, that of belief in a higher power interrupting further thought and experimental inquiry.Thats fundamental(ist). God would be too big to care, if he was real, which he is not.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 03, 2010
Almost worked. My response to the deluded godman's post was: "Thats fundamental(ist). God would be too big to care, if he was real, which he is not."
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
Troy was once thought to be a legend.
Mardunk knows that most of the Illiad is fiction.
undeducable
Look it up phoney. you want to be inventive or sloppy but it dont work here.
If the Bible is fiction, it is historical fiction in that the places in the Bible do or did exist. Pontius Pilate existed. Rome existed. Jerusalem exists.
Mardunk knows that archeology has shown us Jerusalem was a little village during david and solomons reigns. But they didnt exist anyways- no evidence whatsoever. Thinking people know good fiction and deception is rooted in fact.
One of the major problems in the Middle East is their memories.
WTF do you think you are talking about???
freethinking
2 / 5 (4) Mar 03, 2010
When leftist radical prgressives stated that religious people have low IQ are proved wrong, they insult and lie and misstate badly christian beliefs.

Sorry Otto, Jayk, and others. You lost badly on this point.

The truth is, Athiests and Religious people average out to have the same intelligence (IQ if you want to use that).

Also the truth is that religious people by in large(christians if you want to be specific) are more curious and generally are into hard sciences more so than leftist progressives for many reasons.

The truth is I can find ignorant hateful conservative christians, just as I can find ignorant hateful progressive Athiests. (JayK and Otto come to mind)

The truth is that those that are conservatives genernally are more compasionate and need less prompting by government to do the right thing and care for their neighbor.

The truth is that leftist progressives are by in large more hateful and need to be forced by their government to do the right thing.
otto1923
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2010
-You know, I'm beginning to realize that self-deception begins in the church. Xians lie to themselves, they lie to each other, and they expect to be lied to from the pulpit. They come here and lie, dodge, ignore, and 'forget', expecting us to respond the same way as their deluded bretheren do. They think its ok to repost the same old discounted and disproven lies in thread after thread because they hear them in their church, read them in their bible and teach them in their sunday schools. And after all, the patience of Job is a virtue, and they are doing gods work you know.

You godders expose the true nature of your institution every time you post: The church is based uopn lies, subsists by theft, and exists by bribing weak minds with outrageous promises and the threat of eternal damnation if one of you dares to ask 'why?' and entertain any answer which is not part of Official Doctrine.

This is also more proof that you serve Darkness and not Light.
JayK
2 / 5 (4) Mar 03, 2010
The most hilarious thing about this thread? There are some that have posted impugning the intelligence of others while their posts contain horrible misspellings and multiple errors in English grammar. If you're going to attempt to call someone unintelligent, wouldn't you want your post to look intelligent?

As for religious vs. atheists on an intelligence scale? I'll bet there is a graph for that:
http://lifelovean...gion.png
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
misstate badly christian beliefs
Naw, our Mission is to point out how your 'beliefs' are all based on contemporary interpretation and outright deception. Recovery is a long process and requires much work- do you have what it takes to face the Light?
impugning the intelligence of others while their posts contain horrible misspellings and multiple errors in English grammar.
Personally I does mangle the language because im not trying to be pretentious to begin with. Otto does not take hisself seriously- aber Du? Otto does not try to deceive with pretence like godders. See the difference?
otto1923
5 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
ignorant hateful progressive Athiests. (JayK and Otto come to mind)
I am certainly not progressive.
JayK
2.6 / 5 (5) Mar 03, 2010
Otto, I'm not saying that I'm perfect, or that all of my posts are perfect, only that when someone is going to directly assault the intelligence of another person or persons, that the post itself would benefit greatly from a little extra attention to details, like spelling and grammar, in order for it not to just be laughed off as an uneducated lout attempting to play testosterone fueled games. unfreethinking nor marjoke probably won't get the humor in it, but the rest of us can have some enjoyment at their expense.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 03, 2010
Otto, I'm not saying that I'm perfect, or that all of my posts are perfect, only that when someone is going to directly assault the intelligence of another person or persons, that the post itself would benefit greatly from a little extra attention to details, like spelling and grammar, in order for it not to just be laughed off as an uneducated lout attempting to play testosterone fueled games. unfreethinking nor marjoke probably won't get the humor in it, but the rest of us can have some enjoyment at their expense.

You have not been to government public schools lately. Grammar and spelling are not often graded and are considered less import than content.
I note that, like an petulant adolescent, you prefer to call people names and fling insults instead of engaging in any discussion that challenges your belief system.
JayK
2.3 / 5 (6) Mar 03, 2010
Oh marjoke, I'm not here for a debate or to discuss the merits of this article, at least not anymore. I'm just here to watch unfreethinking and yourself make continuous fools of yourselves trying to act like you know what you're talking about. The science left this thread a long time ago, now it is just about entertainment at your expense.

But please, do continue, I love watching you flail wildly. By the way, you might want to watch the hypocrisy about name-calling and flinging insults. You've done a lot more than anyone else, other than unfreethinking.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 03, 2010
By the way, you might want to watch the hypocrisy about name-calling and flinging insults. You've done a lot more than anyone else, other than unfreethinking.

I hope that made you feel better and more intellectually superior.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
By the way, you might want to watch the hypocrisy about name-calling and flinging insults. You've done a lot more than anyone else, other than unfreethinking.

I hope that made you feel better and more intellectually superior.
Twit
that the post itself would benefit greatly from a little extra attention to details, like spelling and grammar, in order for it not to just be laughed off as an uneducated lout
uh, ok

"When I hear the word Culture I reach for my gun." -Josef Goebbels
freethinking
1.5 / 5 (8) Mar 03, 2010
Hey JayK and I agree... the debate on the sciece of this article is long over. It was poor science.

Im not sure, but I have the make a living between these posts so I dont have a lot of time. JayK unless you own your own business you must be stealing your employers times, or you are unemployed.

BTW, the great thinkers and orininators of the modern Porgressive movement are:
Margaret Sanger - a proponent of eugentics
Vladimir Lenin
Benito Mussolini
Karl Marx
Joseph Stalin
Hitler
Mao Zedong

Great bunch of guys you have for your movement. Between them your great thinkers have killed over 100 million people. I wouldnt dare consider these people dumb. They were smart enough to rise to power, fool a lot of people, and destroy a lot of nations.
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
I only say this because you made special note of it.

Eugenics has little to nothing to do with progressivism. I'm a proponent of eugenics and far from progressive in thought or political inclination. That being said, I am against forced eugenics and breeding programs, however, at some point in time genetic manipulation will make eugenics the social norm and make natural births the stigmatized "barbaric" practice.
JayK
2 / 5 (4) Mar 03, 2010
@unfreethinking:

do you type with your face or the stump of a hand that you lost to a moon-shining accident?
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (2) Mar 03, 2010
@marjon

Troy was once thought to be a legend.

And it was once thought that the world sat atop a great turtle.

It's amazing what happens when you add perspective to a discussion. Perhaps you need to open yours up a little bit.
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 03, 2010
@marjon

Troy was once thought to be a legend.

And it was once thought that the world sat atop a great turtle.

It's amazing what happens when you add perspective to a discussion. Perhaps you need to open yours up a little bit.

The point is many legends are based upon facts.
It is arrogant to assume something did not exist in the past just because it cannot be found today.
I know of some individuals that have evidence that the Mt. Sinai described in Exodus matches a region in NW Saudi Arabia. The Saudi's are not eager to allow archeological expeditions to confirm Jewish history.
PinkElephant
4 / 5 (4) Mar 03, 2010
The point is many legends are based upon facts.
True!

Take the chronicles of Harry Potter, for example. There is indeed such a place as England, and even such a city as London. Moreover, the city of London has a King's Cross station in it.

So who dares dispute the existence of Hogwarts, and the reality of Magic? If you do, marjon, you're nothing but an ignorant little Muggle...
etiennem
not rated yet Mar 03, 2010
What about Ron Wyatt? By the time of his death in August 4, 1999, his claimed discoveries included:

Noah's Ark (the Durupınar site, located 18.25 miles south of Mount Ararat)
Anchor stones (or drogue stones) used by Noah on the Ark
The post-flood house, grave markers and tombs of Noah and his wife
The location of Sodom and Gomorrah
Sulfur/brimstone balls from the ashen remains of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Tower of Babel site (in southern Turkey)
The site of the Israelites' crossing of the Red Sea
Chariot wheels and other relics of the army of Pharaoh at the bottom of the Red Sea
The site of the biblical Mt. Sinai
The rock at Mt. Horeb from which water flowed when struck by Moses
A chamber at the end of a maze of tunnels under Jerusalem containing artifacts from Solomon's Temple

And many more...
And was the pinup-boy for fundamentalist Biblical archaeology.
And was proved to be a total fraud.
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2010
Another revelation, hot off the press:

The amazing and magical creature, to which we refer as a Phoenix, and heretofore assumed nothing but a myth, had in fact been repeatedly and reliably documented by many ancient historians, including some of the founders of the Christian religion:

http://en.wikiped...#History

Indeed, there are many more historical references to the Phoenix, than there are to Jesus.

Phoenixes are real, folks!
freethinking
1 / 5 (4) Mar 03, 2010
skeptic H- Eugentics is based on the believe certain people are worth more than others, which is a part of progressivism. For a conservative a downs sysdrom person is just as valuable as a normal person, who is just as valuble as a athiest, who is just as valuable as a Christian.

As for a person who stated he found x or y, if he is wrong and he is proven wrong good. Prove all things...hold fast to that which is true.
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2010
Eugentics is based on the believe certain people are worth more than others, which is a part of progressivism.
...
hold fast to that which is true.
Noted. I shall hold fast to the conclusion that freehating doesn't know what he's hating on, when he's hating on "progressives".
breadhead
1 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2010
Please explain to me how chemicals came together to make life, then it advanced to have the ability to reason, and become intelligent.

So intelligence comes by natural processes in nature? Is it survival of the fittest, or survival of the most intelligent?

Does an article qualify for the Evolution section of this website by just using the word "Evolution", and "millions of years" over and over again?

Do people actually get paid to write this nonsense? There is no proof for anything in this article, it is all conjecture. You are welcome to believe it. But it is not science. Can you perform and observe case studies of our ancestors behaviors? Can you prove they even lived millions of years ago? So let's study people from today, and say they "probably" did such and such
millions of years ago. Nothing like rock solid science like this, to convince me.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2010
@marjon

Troy was once thought to be a legend.

And it was once thought that the world sat atop a great turtle.

It's amazing what happens when you add perspective to a discussion. Perhaps you need to open yours up a little bit.

The point is many legends are based upon facts.
It is arrogant to assume something did not exist in the past just because it cannot be found today.
I know of some individuals that have evidence that the Mt. Sinai described in Exodus matches a region in NW Saudi Arabia. The Saudi's are not eager to allow archeological expeditions to confirm Jewish history.
You mean the region which as you know was full of Egyptian troops and outposts at the time. Your omission again proves xians lie to prove a point.
otto1923
5 / 5 (1) Mar 04, 2010
The link that i've posted before as evidence:
http://www.youtub...be_gdata
shlomo sand, respected tel aviv university prof and here lecturing at Columbia, will explain why so many of his colleagues now accept that the exodus was a fabrication. And so much more. Gabriel and the heavenly hosts grab the camera at one point but Beelzebub restores order once again.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
Please explain to me how chemicals came together to make life, then it advanced to have the ability to reason, and become intelligent
You wouldn't be able to understand it if they did. You lack the faculties. Does that bother you? I couldn't transplant a liver and that doesn't bother me. You have an excellent chance here to address rthe limits of your intellect. 'A mans got to know his limitations.'
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
Many legends are based upon facts

A great many more are based upon superstition and control. The story of Troy didn't result in multiple genocides throughout history.
skeptic H- Eugentics is based on the believe certain people are worth more than others, which is a part of progressivism.


Negative. I've never had a conservative tell me I have to pay for someone else because they're mentally retarded or sick. Only the progressives think we're all unique snowflakes. Second, eugenics is the belief that particular traits are preferential and as such should be more widely introduced into the human gene pool. Eugenics is a fancy term for objectively defined evolution. The reason why it's such a dirty word is because the "eugenecists" of the past were subjective, not objective. They went for appearance, not environmental merit.
Mc3lnosher
3 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
"Is it survival of the fittest, or survival of the most intelligent?"

Neither it is survival of the best reproducing. Ultimately anything that goes extinct did not reproduce well enough.
Skeptic_Heretic
3.5 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
Neither it is survival of the best reproducing. Ultimately anything that goes extinct did not reproduce well enough.

And then a single disease wipes out the entire genetically similar population...

It's survival of the most well adapted to their current environment.
freethinking
2.3 / 5 (6) Mar 04, 2010
Skeptic, I didnt say you have to pay for someone else because they're mentally retarded or sick. Just that the mentally retarded and sick have the same rights as you have, and are just as valuable.

When certain groups are deemed less valuable, eugentics leads to the final solution. The final solution in germany, started as the eugentics.
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
Just that the mentally retarded and sick have the same rights as you have, and are just as valuable.
Then why are they prohibited from owning and operating handguns? There's just one of many rights that I have and they do not because they are incapable of exercising those rights due to their conditions.

The final solution in Germany was subjective or appearance based genetics based on racial profiling. Eugenics can be ethical.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 04, 2010
"Is it survival of the fittest, or survival of the most intelligent?"

Neither it is survival of the best reproducing. Ultimately anything that goes extinct did not reproduce well enough.
An outmoded formula... If we overrun you and take your females you will have been just a pleasant memory. 'ALL of war is deception.' But it pretty much means perpetual war. Better still to destroy the cultures which seek to perpetuate themselves thru agressive overpopulation. Culture in this case means religionism.
freethinking
2 / 5 (4) Mar 04, 2010
Skeptic, children are prohibited from owning and operating handguns, children are prohibited from driving a car. Blind people are prohibited from driving a car (or at least I hope so). But, they are still fully human and just as valuable as you are. The right to exercise some rights doesnt reduce their value. Eugenics is never ethical.

If a couple decide not to have children because of the threat of disease passed on to their children. Thats their choice, and is not eugenics. Government telling them they cant have children, or killing those deemed inferior is eugenics and is never ethical and always leads to final solution.

Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (1) Mar 04, 2010
Thats their choice, and is not eugenics. Government telling them they cant have children, or killing those deemed inferior is eugenics and is never ethical and always leads to final solution.

Freethinking, your application of the term eugenics is based only upon WW2. You need to greatly re-examine what eugenics means and the multiple ways in which eugenics can be applied without killing or preventing the breeding of anyone.

GMO crops are an example of eugenics. Would you say that is an evil?

JayK
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 04, 2010
Skeptic: Huh?

http://en.wikiped...Eugenics

Eugenics is selective breeding of humans with various goals, mainly to improve the future gene pool. Nothing anywhere about eugenics for corn, or anything else.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
The definition is from Galton:
"the study of all agencies under human control which can improve or impair the racial quality of future generations"
JayK
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 04, 2010
From Galton's "Hereditary Genius":
I propose to show in this book that a man's natural abilities are derived by inheritance, under exactly the same limitations as are the form and physical features of the whole organic world. Consequently, as it is easy, notwithstanding those limitations, to obtain by careful selection a permanent breed of dogs or horses gifted with peculiar powers of running, or of doing anything else, so it would be quite practicable to produce a highly-gifted race of men by judicious marriages during several consecutive generations.

I think your definition is more of an out-of-context quote.
Skeptic_Heretic
4 / 5 (3) Mar 04, 2010
No, JayK, I'm not being clear.

The view of Eugenics as a breeding program or racial science is inaccurate. I was stating that your definition is in line with Galton.

We've since proven Galton's statement of the races as being incorrect and based on scientific racism. This has stained the idea and promoted eugenics as an evil.

Eugenics includes pre-natal gene therapy, food crop manipulation in order to address digestive disorders, manipulation of the human genome in all forms is a subset of eugenics. Most of which we can all agree on being beneficial and not morally or immorally motivated.
otto1923
3 / 5 (4) Mar 04, 2010
@freethinking
If a couple decide not to have children because of the threat of disease passed on to their children. Thats their choice, and is not eugenics. Government telling them they cant have children, or killing those deemed inferior is eugenics and is never ethical and always leads to final solution.
like SH says above there are many more variations than infanticide and genocide which you should be aware of, many of which are a blessing. Your failure to acknowledge them is either a lie of omission or commission. If you rely on church sources you should also know that they are most definitely doctrine and not unbiased information, ie lies of the same sort. You are therefore guilty of spreading or fabricating lies yourself. Hell would be glad to have you sir if it existed, which it does not.

You are a credit to your denomination.
otto1923
3 / 5 (4) Mar 04, 2010
Your heart is a little charcoal briquet of darkness, waiting to burn.
freethinking
1 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
Skeptic, eugenics applied to people is evil when it means killing, aborting, preventing people from having kids. Manipulating the human genome is something that should be left alone for now. But depending on what is being done and why there may not be a problem. (ie. curing blindness in an unborn child no moral issues here)

For animal and crops, if you want to apply the term eugenics be my guest, but I dont think it is the best term to use as eugenics is typically applied to humans. BTW I would have no problems with it if applied to crops and animals other than general safety issues.

Otto, again you show yourself a progressive. Skeptic a conservative stated his definition and it appears we agree for the most part once the definition was cleared up.
otto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 04, 2010
Otto, again you show yourself a progressive
Naw, I want things to RETURN to the way they were before religion dumped it's load upon the earth. A time of simple, honest Truths. We don't need RELIGION anymore. It is a ruinous pathological anachronism. I want it gone. It doesn't fit anymore. It's not needed. The world has outgrown the need to believe in fairy tales. My buzzword would be 'regeneration' or even 'born again'. The earth is still in a dark age or active and residual subliminal superstition and it needs to be swept clean.

Open Qins Tomb! We will discover the true Source of world religions when we do. So do it. Now.
otto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 04, 2010
Skeptic:  Huh?

http://en.wikiped...Eugenics

Eugenics is selective breeding of humans with various goals, mainly to improve the future gene pool.  Nothing anywhere about eugenics for corn, or anything else.

-Thats why I like to use the term husbandry instead of eugenics- it does not discriminate, and encompasses a wider range of method and influence. Me and Nietzsche that is. 'God tests usso that we may see we are like the animals.' Towards the end of his life Aristotle went to Rhodes to pursue the study of animals in the school there. Why?  Because he wanted to learn more about Humans.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
honest Truths

What are those?
freethinking
1 / 5 (4) Mar 04, 2010
Poor otto, religion has always been with us, and always will be with us. Athiests will always be a minority. Communist (Progressive) Athiests in the Soviet Union with all its power couldn't wipe Christianity out. Neither could the Communist (progressive) athiests China. Even in the middle east, where bibles are banned, where conversion leads to death sentences, people still convert.

The most ruinous pathological anachronism we have had in 100 years has been progresivism. Wipe that out you will be free to enjoy your athiesm, and I my religion in peace.
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (1) Mar 04, 2010
freethinking,

The term Eugenics arose when we didn't know what DNA was. We thought by killing unwanted children and breeding "perfect" people we'd have a more perfect race. We now know a lot more about human reproduction and the things that make a person's trait beneficial or detrimental.

Of course the popular definition of eugenics is garbage, similar to the popular definition of socialism.

The meaning is in the interpretation. If the interpreter is ethical, the interpretation will most likely be a reflection of those morals.

@marjon:
honest Truths


What are those?

The ones that aren't in the bible.
JayK
3.7 / 5 (6) Mar 04, 2010
Trading one deity for another, that isn't progressive or conservative, that's just a continuation of stupidity.
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
otto wrote:

You godders expose the true nature of your institution every time you post: The church is based uopn lies, subsists by theft, and exists by bribing weak minds with outrageous promises and the threat of eternal damnation if one of you dares to ask 'why?' and entertain any answer which is not part of Official Doctrine.

This is also more proof that you serve Darkness and not Light.


i like to think of myself more as a do gooder.

I used to take a similar hard line on religion and christianity (but not on God), but have since lightened my stance on positive/constructive christianity, and i hope you do the same.

since we're all so gung ho, we should have a real "discussion" somewhere, preferably multimedia based.

Hang loose brodos
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 04, 2010
@freehating,

The correct spelling is "atheist", not "athiest". The word originates from Greek "a-theos", meaning "without gods".

Progressivism has nothing to do with Communism. "Progressive" is the evolution of "Liberal", with a regulated market platform and fiscal conservatism thrown in.
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
I meant a real discussion, but if locality prevents, multimedia baby. Honestly your guy's slung insults lack efficacy (booya, spelled that sucker right) without visualization impact.
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 04, 2010
Progressivism has nothing to do with Communistm. "Progressive" is the evolution of "Liberal", with a regulated market platform and fiscal conservatism thrown in.

'Communism' has no 't'.

"With the end of World War I came the end of the Progressive Era. What didn't end was the movement's premise: the substitution of collectivism for individualism, statism for laissez faire. "
http://abcdunlimi...ism.html
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
honest Truths

What are those?
Well who guessed you wouldn't know the answer to that question?
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 04, 2010
honest Truths

What are those?
Well who guessed you wouldn't know the answer to that question?

One of the first steps in having a rational discussion is to agree to definition of words.
Obviously you have no such interest as you continue to refuse to define terms like 'honest Truths' and 'FOAD'
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
Comown guys, try something different, out of your norm.
otto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 04, 2010
i like to think of myself more as a do gooder.

I used to take a similar hard line on religion and christianity (but not on God), but have since lightened my stance on positive/constructive christianity, and i hope you do the same.
Sorry, irresolvable oxymoron. You want fellowship or want to do good, I suggest you join a ski club or the Rotary. I suggest you not assist in the perpetuation of an insidious and destructive organization. Plenty of groups out there that don't require you to worship thin air and swallow lies and fantasy.
So uh marjon, freethinking, did you watch the video perhaps? Have faith in the strength of your belief to protect you from heresy! Gawann watch it.
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
ski clubs not a bad idea. However what we have here is a failure to find a find the earplugs at a rock concert, or the superconductivity in the lead, the gold under the oxide.

so what time will showdown, uh, I mean hoedown be?
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
Bah, forget you guys forever. I just knew i was among the pansies
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
See, I proved my own preconception. LOOK AT ME MAW!!!
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 04, 2010
@jjurbanus,

Intelligent people fight with words and ideas, not fists and weapons. Unnatural? Yeah, probably....

;)
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
I'll tell you what's unnatural. First the number of comments that have to load every frggen time I refresh. Second fighting words, literally, fighting words. Like all that's going on here is a bunch of words, no, symbols, fighting on a screen. ain't that cool?

Not really. I much prefer fleshly bodies fighting. with words and ideas.
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
BuuuuuT you know, in these here modern times, fleshly bods can fight, virtual styl like. YEEEEHAW!!!!!!!!! We get to see one another via electrons, and photons, and phonons shootn' themselves around the world. YEAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
That's right, examine thyselves biteches.

"Oh my spaghetti, we've been sitting petrified like wood wasting our lives"

"Let's go start a circus. For the quadriplegic. Hamsters!"
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 04, 2010
All of which leaves only one unresolved question:

jjurbanus, what are you on?

Whatever it is, you should STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER. Seriously.

Making dumb posts on physorg is one thing, but you might end up sending some email or posting something elsewhere, that you might REALLY regret in the morning...
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 04, 2010
Lessee, can't be quaaludes, only get those in south africa. Jj, you in south Africa? Must be some kind of hooch.

So uh marjon, freethinking, jj, lurking xianese, did you watch the video perhaps? Have faith in the strength of your belief to protect you from heresy! Gawann watch it. You'll learn how there was no kingdom of Saul/solomon/David, there was no Moses, no exodus, no Joshua certainly, no diaspora, and thus no miracles associated therewith. You'll learn how today's Palestinians are far more Hebrew than Ashkenazi juden (kazar that is). You'll see how Jewish proselytism was a huge threat to Rome and why the emergence of roman xianity, as a backfire against this, is more plausible in this light. Come on what have you got to lose but your eternal souls?
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 04, 2010
Thanks for your considerable perspective from a wide body of information and experience. I will be most certain to watch the video and learn, for I am young and green.

--gentlemen i bid farewell
JayK
1 / 5 (3) Mar 04, 2010
Oh look, another link from marjoke that is full of anti-intellectualism. How sweet and wonderful it must be to hate those you envy.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 05, 2010
Perhaps jj's religionist carapace is beginning to crack? Much emotional stress involved in deprogramming. Let go and let god... go. Your real Higher Power will not give you more than you can handle in a day. Admit your powerlessness over god and whatever other demons may be plaguing you, and turn your life and will over to the care of a Power which can truly restore you to Sanity: the Power of Reality. You too Freidenken. Marduk-FOAD
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 05, 2010
Oh look, another link from marjoke that is full of anti-intellectualism. How sweet and wonderful it must be to hate those you envy.

It is very revealing how quickly 'illiberals' begin accusing others of 'hate' and flinging insults.
JayK
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 05, 2010
@marjoke: It was your link, I offered my opinion. In general, that link was very anti-intellectual and in general, useless. But you know what it is like to be useless, don't you, troll?
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (2) Mar 05, 2010
It is very revealing how quickly 'illiberals' begin accusing others of 'hate' and flinging insults.

I'm certainly not a liberal and I think your link was garbage as well.

In science we call this independent peer review. Jayk has submitted a hypothesis based on his observations "Your link is anti-intellectual".

I've reviewed his statement and the link and I think that JayK has proven his hypothesis. Would you care for further evidence to the uselessness of your statement and link or would you prefer to offer a counter hypothesis?
JayK
2.1 / 5 (7) Mar 05, 2010
Hypocrisy thy name is marjon. If you want to whine about people calling you names then call them names in the same instance, then you are a hypocrite by the very definition of the word.
marjon
2.2 / 5 (6) Mar 05, 2010
It is very revealing how quickly 'illiberals' begin accusing others of 'hate' and flinging insults.

I'm certainly not a liberal and I think your link was garbage as well.

In science we call this independent peer review. Jayk has submitted a hypothesis based on his observations "Your link is anti-intellectual".

I've reviewed his statement and the link and I think that JayK has proven his hypothesis. Would you care for further evidence to the uselessness of your statement and link or would you prefer to offer a counter hypothesis?

How is "The Meaning of "Progressive" Politics" anti-intellectual?
Is it anti-intellectual to oppose a government system that crushes intellectual liberty?

Is it normal in a 'peer' review to accuse the author of hate or to intentionally mis-spell the name?
Is that how 'science' works today?
freethinking
1 / 5 (4) Mar 05, 2010
I want to apologize to JayK and Otto. Unlike JayK and Otto, who it seems are either unemplyed, stealing time from their employers, or working for the government, I'm a business owner who needs to deal with government officials, customers, and generally need to make money between making posts, so at times, I have made posts without checking my spelling or grammar.

I can assure everyone, that when I apply for patents, write grant proposals, or write reports; I check spelling and have people proof my work.
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (1) Mar 05, 2010
How is "The Meaning of "Progressive" Politics" anti-intellectual?
The title is not, the content is. Seriously, please up your game here, it's not even entertaining to debate with you.

Is it anti-intellectual to oppose a government system that crushes intellectual liberty?
You'd have to prove intellectual liberty is being crushed. Which this link does not, hence the call of anti-intellectualism.

Is it normal in a 'peer' review to accuse the author of hate or to intentionally mis-spell the name?
I don't see where I did that in my review.
Is that how 'science' works today?

Well you do seem to be stuck on opinion rather than fact, which is not how science works, unless we're talking psychology.
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Mar 05, 2010
How is "The Meaning of "Progressive" Politics" anti-intellectual?
The title is not, the content is. Seriously, please up your game here, it's not even entertaining to debate with you.

Is it anti-intellectual to oppose a government system that crushes intellectual liberty?
You'd have to prove intellectual liberty is being crushed. Which this link does not, hence the call of anti-intellectualism.

Is it normal in a 'peer' review to accuse the author of hate or to intentionally mis-spell the name?
I don't see where I did that in my review.
Is that how 'science' works today?

Well you do seem to be stuck on opinion rather than fact, which is not how science works, unless we're talking psychology.

In your opinion, why was the entire article content anti-intellectual? Define 'anti-intellectual'.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 05, 2010
I want to apologize to JayK and Otto. Unlike JayK and Otto, who it seems are either unemplyed, stealing time from their employers, or working for the government, I'm a business owner who needs to deal with government officials, customers, and generally need to make money between making posts, so at times, I have made posts without checking my spelling or grammar.

I can assure everyone, that when I apply for patents, write grant proposals, or write reports; I check spelling and have people proof my work.
Yah me too.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 05, 2010
How is "The Meaning of "Progressive" Politics" anti-intellectual?
The title is not, the content is. Seriously, please up your game here, it's not even entertaining to debate with you.

Is it anti-intellectual to oppose a government system that crushes intellectual liberty?
You'd have to prove intellectual liberty is being crushed. Which this link does not, hence the call of anti-intellectualism.

Is it normal in a 'peer' review to accuse the author of hate or to intentionally mis-spell the name?
I don't see where I did that in my review.
Is that how 'science' works today?

Well you do seem to be stuck on opinion rather than fact, which is not how science works, unless we're talking psychology.

In your opinion, why was the entire article content anti-intellectual? Define 'anti-intellectual'.
Anti-intellectual = Marduk ahoohoo
otto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 05, 2010
Marduk doncha see, if ya didn't act like an imbecile people wouldn't treat you like one. So stop saying stupid things, posting stupid links, and acting like an idiot and slowly, gradually you will begin to regain peoples respect. Yes it's that easy! Or go somewhere where your opinions can garner some respect like church where everybody thinks and acts that way.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 05, 2010
Marduk doncha see, if ya didn't act like an imbecile people wouldn't treat you like one. So stop saying stupid things, posting stupid links, and acting like an idiot and slowly, gradually you will begin to regain peoples respect. Yes it's that easy! Or go somewhere where your opinions can garner some respect like church where everybody thinks and acts that way.

Auto, if you can't make an 'intellectual' reply, why bother?
otto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 05, 2010
Margaret Sanger would describe Marduk as 'one who got away'. In private of course.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 05, 2010
Margaret Sanger would describe Marduk as 'one who got away'. In private of course.

Is this how 'real' intellectuals act? As bullies?
What makes real science great is that peer pressure, insults are immaterial to reproducible data that supports theory.
So please, keep up the insults and bully tactics as that data continues to support my theory.
jjurbanus
not rated yet Mar 05, 2010
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Mar 05, 2010
Go whine somewhere else, troll.

One more data point. Thanks.
Caliban
1 / 5 (2) Mar 05, 2010
I was away from this thread for awhile, but am happy to say that it certainly hasn't lost any entertainment value in the interim.
Otto- not familiar with Qin's Tomb- gotta link?
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 06, 2010
http://www.physor...807.html
-See comments. Also:
http://www.physor...447.html
-A 12 story Bldg inside a tomb!! It's got to be the greatest repository of historical knowledge ever known, and there are no plans to open it. WHY NOT? It's like they found the library at Alexandria but don't want to go in because there might be some dead fish in there. This is a travesty. Open it for gods sake. Google Qin wiki. They also tend to spell his name differently in news releases. Even if I wasn't a conspiracy nut I'd still be perplexed.
Caliban
2 / 5 (4) Mar 06, 2010
Dig it!
Thanks Otto,
I remember, now. Gotta say that I would be very surprised, indeed if the joint hasn't already been tapped, and all very hush-hush like, too.
Why would the Chinese offer up a goldmine like this to prying, imperialistic western subhumans, without first availing themselves of the very best of the booty first? Or to perform the ritual to release the Demon Of The East and secure total World Domination...
I can understand it, even if I don't agree with it.
You are absolutely right though- there is bound to be much of importance-paramount importance- to be learned. These ancient empires were aware of each other's existence, and there was trade and cultural exchange between them. This will be the only known and untouched intact example. Too bad it hadda be in China...
If you hear of any opportunities to brave the mechanical defenses and rivers of mercury to get at it, please let me know- I'll be on it!!!
Caliban
2 / 5 (4) Mar 06, 2010
The only other news anywhere near as momentous as this that I've crossed paths with lately are the recent discovery of a prehistoric megalithic tomb complex(Curiously, also multi-storey), 12-14k years old, completely buried and with some peculiar acoustic properties in Malta, and the discovery by a petro-exploration rig of extensive, many square mile rectilinear structures at about 100 meters depth on the seafloor off Cuba. Still waiting for more details on those. I didn't save any links, but you can google them, as well or search 'em at The Daily Grail website.
Happy Hunting!
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 06, 2010
In your opinion, why was the entire article content anti-intellectual? Define 'anti-intellectual'.

We can't play the definition everytime you're out of evidence for your stance.

Anti-intellectual: Anti-intellectualism is the hostility towards and mistrust of intellect, intellectuals, and intellectual pursuits, usually expressed as the derision of education, philosophy, literature, art, and science, as impractical and contemptible.

The article supports
If Big Business was the devil of Progressive rhetoric, it was nonetheless the beneficiary of Progressive policy.
Please. This is nothing more than a flowery and uneducated blog post, dummied up to look like a factual piece.

"Published in FrontPage Magazine" is synonymous with "Militiamen Weekly Centerfold". I'm very conservative and that publication makes me ill. If you believe anything in that rag you're just a right wing version of a HuffPo reading leftist.
otto1923
1 / 5 (2) Mar 06, 2010
Six story Bldg anyways. The most revealing clues to the existance of Empire lay right before our faces. They're big, huge! Too big to regard in the proper perspective. Like Planned wars. Or the Church. Like the idea that we swallowed for so long that humans were not animals. Blinded by the Light.
otto1923
1 / 5 (2) Mar 06, 2010
Its right there. You can walk up it like the Cheops or the Cahokia mound. This is bigger than either:
http://faculty.co...tomb.jpg
This is bigger than either:
http://faculty.co...site.jpg
We know who he was, we know what he did. When Alexander established his parallel empire in the West one of the first things he did was found Alexandria at the nexus of trade and travel among the continents. He required that all who passed through relinquish any documents and information for copying and adding to his great library there. That library was burned over 200 years later, after its goal had been accomplished. It was burned after this knowledge was itself copied and sent elsewhere for safekeeping.

If these empires were indeed mirrors of each other, and established for the same purpose, then the Eastern Repository may still stand, waiting to be revealed. OPEN IT.
otto1923
1 / 5 (2) Mar 06, 2010
Topic? What topic?
I would be very surprised, indeed if the joint hasn't already been tapped, and all very hush-hush like, too.
Well of course youre right about the possibility. But we have seen many revelations in recent generations of the true nature of the species and its trappings. Incontrovertable evidence for instance that the Grand Fabrication that is the Church and its eastern mirror, Islam, are based on what archeologists call 'bullshit'. But crap with a very noble and essential Purpose, of leading the species through this period of pacification, domestication, husbandry, civilization.

There are more revelations yet to come. What better way of revealing them, than from out of an ancient Tomb of the greatest Organizer that ever (actually) existed? Even Genghis Khan may have stood on the shoulders of the first man in the east to unravel the secrets of Empire... Qin.
otto1923
1 / 5 (2) Mar 06, 2010
Why would the Chinese offer up a goldmine like this to prying, imperialistic western subhumans, without first availing themselves of the very best of the booty first?
Oh, uh, because we're both on the Same Side? Because there is only One Side left in the world? The people are the Emeny. Divide them and set one half against the other. East vs West. Xian vs islamite. Cain vs Abel. Two sides- one coin. "For god so loved the WORLD..." and so the World wins.

Why does otto give up this stuff freely when it would make a perfectly good book? Why is Qin's tomb not yet opened? Why, why?
Caliban
1 / 5 (3) Mar 06, 2010
My feeling is that the concept of money must be discarded first. When everyone has to depend on mutual, cooperative effort to sustain themselves, the barriers to free exchange of knowledge and technology imposed by "material value" and the perceived advantage derived therefrom will be largely eradicated. When any one person's success depends upon everone else's, we'll then be able to realize the potential of Humankind, and understand our relation as a species with the World, and everything in or upon it. I suspect it won't be much longer, if we manage to make it through the next 100 years or so...
Caliban
1 / 5 (3) Mar 06, 2010
Or not "discard"- poor choice of words- more like revaluate, and put it on a real basis, as opposed to fiat currency. Perhaps base it on a unit of one hour unskilled labor, for instance.
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 06, 2010
My feeling is that the concept of money must be discarded first. When everyone has to depend on mutual, cooperative effort to sustain themselves, the barriers to free exchange of knowledge and technology imposed by "material value" and the perceived advantage derived therefrom will be largely eradicated. When any one person's success depends upon everone else's, we'll then be able to realize the potential of Humankind, and understand our relation as a species with the World, and everything in or upon it. I suspect it won't be much longer, if we manage to make it through the next 100 years or so...

How do you plan to measure "mutual, cooperative effort to sustain themselves"?
Socialists demand fairness in an economy. How is it fair when some can live at the expense of others?
The Pilgrims thought they should live communally, but they discovered people would work harder, raising more food for all if they were appropriately compensated.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 06, 2010
@Caliban, check this out:

http://www.swarmusa.com/vb4/

I hope something like this can really take off and gain momentum. Though I'm not betting the farm: this country is stuffed to the gills with apathetic, anesthetized, brainwashed human vegetables with a raging case of the Stockholm syndrome.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (2) Mar 06, 2010
Socialists demand fairness in an economy. How is it fair when some can live at the expense of others?
Such as, for example, CEOs who earn 1000x the average wage of a worker in their own company? Or the average American who enjoys a Walmart stuffed to bursting with cheap crap made by slave labor in the poisoned hinterlands overseas?
The Pilgrims thought they should live communally, but they discovered people would work harder, raising more food for all if they were appropriately compensated.
Nobody argues with that. However, children and the infirm either can't, or shouldn't, work -- either lazily, or "harder". Then there's a question of what constitutes "appropriate" compensation. People like you condemn labor unions, precisely because unions demand a fair wage structure...

Merit-based compensation is not mutually exclusive with fair compensation, nor with social dues, which you ought to consider analogous to "association fees": want to live in a nice community? Pay up
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 06, 2010
CEOs who earn 1000x the average wage of a worker in their own company

CEOs do not own the company.
When you own a company, you can decide what to pay your CEO.
I would think that socialists would be big supporters of publicly owned companies. Nearly anyone can own shares. Shareholders vote to decide corporate issues.
If you don't like what a company pays their CEO, sell your shares and stop buying their products. Putting the company out of business will surely help their workers.
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 06, 2010
If Big Business was the devil of Progressive rhetoric, it was nonetheless the beneficiary of Progressive policy.

This is true. Big business has the money to lobby legislators and to absorb and influence regulations to control their competition. If the government was less 'progressive' government would have much limited authority to regulate.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 06, 2010
Nearly anyone can own shares.
Spoken like a pampered dandy who's never known privation. Yeah, people on minimum wage have lots of left-over money for purchasing shares.

Never mind that most stocks don't pay dividends, have over-inflated and highly manipulated prices, and are majority-owned by a few large companies that render everyone else's vote meaningless. Retail investing has worked out real well over the last couple of decades. Just ask the average investor... I mean, sucker... out there.
Putting the company out of business will surely help their workers.
That's why all workers are in such strong support of free trade.
This is true. Big business has the money to lobby legislators and to absorb and influence regulations to control their competition.
How do you know when marjon's lying? His mouth moves.

Most lobbying is geared toward scuttling or weakening regulation, not expanding or creating new regulation. But that was just an innocent mistake of marjon's.
Caliban
1 / 5 (2) Mar 06, 2010
@Caliban, check this out:

http://www.swarmusa.com/vb4/

I hope something like this can really take off and gain momentum. Though I'm not betting the farm: this country is stuffed to the gills with apathetic, anesthetized, brainwashed human vegetables with a raging case of the Stockholm syndrome.


Thanks for that, PE!
I've been trying, with limited success, to put together a very similar concept for my own illumination, at least initially. Full of gaping holes, though.
This goes a long way towards a sustainable, stable, citizen-owned system we can all live with and in. I'll be spending some time getting involved, for certain. Stay with it, man!

I recommend that other visitors to Physorg have a look at PE's link, quoted above. Could save us all.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 06, 2010
Retail investing has worked out real well over the last couple of decades

Let's try government ownership of all corporations.
Maybe THIS time it won't result in food shortages and deprivation as it has done every time it was tried before.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 06, 2010
Retail investing has worked out real well over the last couple of decades

Let's try government ownership of all corporations.
Maybe THIS time it won't result in food shortages and deprivation as it has done every time it was tried before.
Great idea. You go ahead and try it; let us know how it goes.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 06, 2010
they produce the money, not our government.

It is fair and it is just. http://www.swarmusa.com/vb4/

This is called socialism.
I would support free market money.
"Government monopoly and control over money has been an economic and social disaster."
"Contrary to government-created myth, money is not the creation of the State."

"Free Market Money - Instead of Political Manipulation" http://www.fff.or...290b.asp
If you want real prosperity you must support individual liberty, not more goverment control
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 06, 2010
"It’s a great myth that businesses, especially big prominent corporations, want less government intervention in the economy. On the contrary, they love government power because it provides things they can’t achieve in a freely competitive marketplace where force and fraud are barred. Corporations support and lobby for interventions that benefit themselves by hampering their competitors, both foreign and domestic. "
"Businesses, despite public impression, routinely support regulations imposing product standards and other requirements. Why? Burdens from government rules don’t fall uniformly on all firms."
"Often big companies and unions are on the same side of regulatory issues, as when the heads of Walmart and the Service Employees International Union stood shoulder to shoulder to support Obamacare. But even when they disagree, it is usually over how government should manipulate the economic system. "
http://www.fff.or...001i.asp
frajo
5 / 5 (2) Mar 07, 2010
How is it fair when some can live at the expense of others?
You want the needy, the children, the handicapped, the sick to die of hunger?
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 07, 2010
No, he wants them to beg, hustle, and prostitute on street corners and in dark alleys, hoping that every once in a blue moon a charitable private individual or NGO comes along and helps out for a day or two, and that the aid isn't hijacked by the local pimp or crime boss.

A far greater horror in marjon's mind, is the distasteful concept of being FORCED to help others. Real, actual poverty, exploitation, disease, and death pale in comparison...

marjon's utopia is constructed on a foundation of greed and antisocial egotism. But at the same time, it heavily relies on private altruism and charity. There are no intractable contradictions there. Not at all.
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 07, 2010
How is it fair when some can live at the expense of others?
You want the needy, the children, the handicapped, the sick to die of hunger?

Before the welfare state, the needy, the children, the handicapped and the sick were taken care of by volunteers in the community. These volunteers belonged to churches, mutual aid societies, etc.
Volunteers and those who donated to their charities obtained personal satisfaction for helping those in need. Recipients hopefully had a sense gratitude for the help and if possible, would try to emulate the charity or work their way out.
Government welfare takes, inspiring resentment, wastes much on its bureaucracy, and then 'gives' inspiring only entitlement and dependency in the recipients.
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 07, 2010
marjon's utopia is constructed on a foundation of greed and antisocial egotism. But at the same time, it heavily relies on private altruism and charity. There are no intractable contradictions there. Not at all.

The foundation is constructed upon a faith in God. A God which commands individuals to help those in need. This is the same foundation you and many others keep trying to tear down.
Is that why you attack religion? That way you can advocate for more government control?
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 07, 2010
Recipients hopefully had a sense gratitude for the help...
But not a sense of dependency. Cuz that only happens with government welfare.
These volunteers belonged to churches, mutual aid societies, etc.
Which, unlike the government, have no bureaucracies, and waste no resources, because they're supernatural and superhuman, respectively. Oh, and they also don't need any accountability, and never defraud their benefactors.
Government welfare takes, inspiring resentment...
Unlike church tithes, which aren't at all like the government's tax.
and then 'gives' inspiring only entitlement and dependency in the recipients.
ONLY. How wonderfully and amusingly categorical.

Hey marjon, what happens to charitable contributions during times of economic distress?
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 07, 2010

Hey marjon, what happens to charitable contributions during times of economic distress?

They tend to donate more, time, talent and money.

"liberal families earned an average of 6 percent more per year than conservative families, and conservative families gave more than liberal families within every income class, from poor to middle class to rich."
http://www.arthur...rpt.html

"The sector that maintained and even grew, was religion...up by 1.6%"
http://nonprofit....-now.htm
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 07, 2010
" The noble poor have been supplanted by folk who are poor because they lack the skills to be self—sufficient, and most vexing, expectant that others will fill in the gaps between what they need and what they have. "
"The brutal truth is that a wide swath of the modern poor are to varying degrees lazy and actively dull, poisoned with the notion that their comfort and survival is at least partially the responsibility of strangers. Worse, they lack the prick of conscience that there is something undignified about accepting charity that exceeds whatever minimum you need. In my experience, charity isn't really seen as charity by today's 'disadvantaged community,' it is somehow something owed and they are satisfied to sit idle until it arrives. It's as if the culture among the poor has been stripped of any duty to do for oneself and one's kith and kin."
"How do we teach them to desire the respect of the Protestant/Midwesterner over the sickening pity of the Left Coast Secularist? "
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 07, 2010
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 08, 2010
The foundation is constructed upon a faith in God.
In other words, a foundation of fraud.
Is that why you attack religion? That way you can advocate for more government control?
No marjon, it's why you attack the government. You're afraid that the government will successfully compete with organized religion, and make the latter obsolete. After all, if government services are both spiritually and materially inferior, why should the needy flock to government when they can still frequent religion's trough instead?

The last two of your posts above are particularly telling. Cherry-picking exemplified in the first, rank prejudice in the second. "The brutal truth", marjon, is that you're a clueless twit whose head is, sadly, filled with a great tangle of delusions.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2010
Before the welfare state, the needy, the children, the handicapped and the sick were taken care of by volunteers in the community.
No.
Anthropologist Laila Williamson notes that "Infanticide has been practiced on every continent and by people on every level of cultural complexity, from hunter gatherers to high civilizations, including our own ancestors. Rather than being an exception, then, it has been the rule."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infanticide
http://www.infant...tory.htm
frajo
3 / 5 (2) Mar 08, 2010
A God which commands individuals to help those in need.
I don't claim to know what that "god" commands. But I do know that his believers very often kill and humiliate those in need instead of helping them.
Do you want the freedom to kill and humiliate the needy ones for you and your kind?
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (2) Mar 08, 2010
Marjon,

When will you realize that religion is simply another method of governance?
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 08, 2010
Marjon,

When will you realize that religion is simply another method of governance?

Religion is used to organize people with similar faith.
Like any organization, it can and has been used to acquire power.
Religion and faith are not the same. I can have faith in God and the Bible without joining or participating in any religion. I can have a belief that individual liberty and private property rights are essential for human prosperity without belong to any political party.
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 08, 2010
A God which commands individuals to help those in need.
I don't claim to know what that "god" commands. But I do know that his believers very often kill and humiliate those in need instead of helping them.
Do you want the freedom to kill and humiliate the needy ones for you and your kind?

His believers provide aid to the poor on a scale orders of magnitude greater than any abuse that occurs.
Too bad you are not as critical of socialism. A belief in 'helping' the poor that has resulted in the murder of millions of people last century.

You're afraid that the government will successfully compete with organized religion, and make the latter obsolete

Please provide any evidence to support such a claim. I have zero fear that any coercive government can ever compete with a philosophy of persuasion.
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 08, 2010
Anthropologist Laila Williamson notes that "Infanticide has been practiced on every continent and by people on every level of cultural complexity, from hunter gatherers to high civilizations, including our own ancestors. Rather than being an exception, then, it has been the rule."

How many were Christian?
It is a Christian society that opposes the murder of babies before they are born.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 08, 2010
How is it fair when some can live at the expense of others?
You want the needy, the children, the handicapped, the sick to die of hunger?
No, she wants you to respond to her inanities because she craves the attention and apparently cant get anywhere else? Why is it that I have to keep pointing this out to seemingly intelligent people who choose to fall for this trap time and again?

DON'T FEED THE TROLL.

Is your desire to debate really strong enough to compel you to argue with this drone? Review your posts. Youre being dragged in circles by pathology. All this does is make it impossible for those of us who like to participate with PDAs to do so. And make you all look silly.
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (2) Mar 08, 2010

How many were Christian?
It is a Christian society that opposes the murder of babies before they are born.

Only if the babies are going to be Christian. Infanticide was widely practiced in the inquisition and the crusades. Both Christian initiatives. Within Christian societies.
I can have faith in God and the Bible without joining or participating in any religion.
Not according to the Bible you can't. Again, more self-contradiction. Your point is equally invalid here.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2010
http://www.abc.ne...n=justin
This is what your stinking religions are good for. This is why they were created, and this is the most substantial thing theyre capable of. These were reprisals. People were caught in fishing nets and animal traps as they fled, and hacked to death. You people keep lying to yourselves and to each other about how good and holy you all are- certainly better than THEM as you point; and the slaughter and starvation will go on. You CAUSE this.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2010
Anthropologist Laila Williamson notes that "Infanticide has been practiced on every continent and by people on every level of cultural complexity, from hunter gatherers to high civilizations, including our own ancestors. Rather than being an exception, then, it has been the rule."

How many were Christian?
It is a Christian society that opposes the murder of babies before they are born.

In 1646 the General Court of Massachusetts Bay had enacted a law where "a stubborn or rebellious son, of sufficient years and understanding, " would be brought before the Magistrates in court and "such a son shall be put to death." "Stubborn child laws" were also enacted in Connecticut in 1650, Rhode Island in 1668, and New Hampshire in 1679.
Wikipedia:
In 2009, Texas state representative Jessica Farrar proposed legislation that would define infanticide as a distinct and lesser crime than homicide
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2010
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/09/2840125.htm?section=justin
This is what your stinking religions are good for. This is why they were created, and this is the most substantial thing theyre capable of. These were reprisals. People were caught in fishing nets and animal traps as they fled, and hacked to death. You people keep lying to yourselves and to each other about how good and holy you all are- certainly better than THEM as you point; and the slaughter and starvation will go on. You CAUSE this.

Don't forget the millions murdered by Stalin, Mao and Hitler in the name of the state.
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2010
How is it fair when some can live at the expense of others?
You want the needy, the children, the handicapped, the sick to die of hunger?
No, she wants you to respond to her inanities because she craves the attention and apparently cant get anywhere else? Why is it that I have to keep pointing this out to seemingly intelligent people who choose to fall for this trap time and again?

DON'T FEED THE TROLL.

Is your desire to debate really strong enough to compel you to argue with this drone? Review your posts. Youre being dragged in circles by pathology. All this does is make it impossible for those of us who like to participate with PDAs to do so. And make you all look silly.

You keep replying. Why?
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2010
Too bad you are not as critical of socialism.
How do you know?
Didn't you notice that I'm critical of unsubstantiated claims of believers as well as of those of non-believers?
There are good people and there are evil people on both sides of the fence. I know because I've been living on either side.
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2010
There are good people and there are evil people on both sides of the fence.

Really! It is big of you to admit that.
JayK
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 08, 2010
Yeah, the troll would never admit it. How many times in this single thread has it been pointed out that marjoke is wrong, yet how many times did the troll admit the mistake or learn from it?

You know what would be hilarious? Marjoke going to another country, such as Australia, where the people are happy socialists, concerned with the well being of their communities and general populace more than material goods and personal monetary wealth. The troll's head would assplode.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 08, 2010
@freethinking
While you were hard at work this is what was going on not too far away in the name of your religion:
http://www.timeso...4630.ece
http://www.google...7ADRA_en
YOUR religion.
freethinking
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 08, 2010
Dozens of bodies lined the dusty streets of three Christian Villages in northern Nigeria yesterday. Other victims of Sunday mornings Muslim rampage were jammed into a local morgue, the limbs of slaughtered children tangled in a grotesque mess.

Sounds like the peaceful religion is at it again. Im very suprised this is actually making it in the news. Things like this happen all to time to Christians in Africa and around the world. If you look to the Koran this is what Muslims should be doing to all non-muslims.

Now when Christian (actually they are an ethnic group not actual religious group for the most part in Africa) do the same thing, even though it goes agaist the bible and the teaching of the founder of Christianity, it makes headlines.

When a christian murders children (even none christians), they are going against the teachings and beliefs of the founder. Muslims if they kill non muslim children do not go against their founder.
freethinking
2.3 / 5 (6) Mar 08, 2010
So since otto your an athiest, could we accuse you of being guilty of all the murders (totalling now over 100 million) caused by athiests in the name of communism?

People who are evil do evil and they make all the excuses in the world, whether they are Christian (in which case they cant say God wants them to kill, all that love they enemy stuff), to Athiests (there are good athiests who know killing is wrong), to Muslims (who know murder is wrong even if it is called for by the Koran).
freethinking
1.8 / 5 (6) Mar 08, 2010
I just got the following today, I think it fits in good here. If you think the heros of the bible are portrayed in a positive light, just read the stories, Noah was a drunk, Abraham a coward, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Sampson was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, David was a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Peter denied Christ, Disciples fell asleep while on watch, the Samaritan woman was divorced more than once, Paul was too religious.

Otto, I think you want a religion full of perfect people, I'm sorry that Christianity is full of losers. But when you realize you are not perfect, Christianity will take you in.

The main reason Christianity is hated is because to become a Christian you need to realize and accept how imperfect you are.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 08, 2010
Australia, where the people are happy socialists,

Any Aussies agree with this?
Based on this Australian socialist are not happy.
http://www.social...page=670
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 08, 2010
Australia has the third freest economy in the world.
http://www.herita...ustralia
USA is #8.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2010
Sounds like the peaceful religion is at it again. Im very suprised this is actually making it in the news. Things like this happen all to time to Christians in Africa and around the world. If you look to the Koran this is what Muslims should be doing to all non-muslims.
yeah you only read what yu wanted to godder. These were REPRISALS. Eye for an eye. But yours is the good, the peaceful religion eh? Butchers. You'll note how quick your friend jj considered violence when I pointed out a few facts to y'all. They make it so EASY for you godders to erupt don't they? Nigeria, lebanon, Bosnia, Ireland... am I getting warmer?
frajo
not rated yet Mar 09, 2010
There are good people and there are evil people on both sides of the fence.

Really! It is big of you to admit that.
You don't understand. It's an observation, not an admission.
It's you who is party to one side, not me.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2010
Australia has the third freest economy in the world.
http://www.herita...ustralia
USA is #8.
How do you define freedom?
How do you measure freedom?
Which country is freer:
The country which allows to sell one's children/organs or the country that makes doing so illegal?
frajo
not rated yet Mar 09, 2010
How is it fair when some can live at the expense of others?
You want the needy, the children, the handicapped, the sick to die of hunger?
No, she wants you to respond to her inanities because she craves the attention and apparently cant get anywhere else? Why is it that I have to keep pointing this out to seemingly intelligent people who choose to fall for this trap time and again?

DON'T FEED THE TROLL.

Is your desire to debate really strong enough to compel you to argue with this drone?
I don't argue. I'm exposing the fundamental deficiencies of the "freedom" ideology by raising questions that can't be answered honestly within that ideology.
Without resorting to (verbal) violence.
Qdove
3 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
You should be a responsible writer ..writing only about facts.I firmly disagree with the IQ that you have mention in this article.who conduct that research btw?
Your totally discriminating religious people here don't be bias..You must always deal issues in an objective and honest manner.
Skeptic_Heretic
2.8 / 5 (4) Mar 09, 2010
So since otto your an athiest, could we accuse you of being guilty of all the murders (totalling now over 100 million) caused by athiests in the name of communism?
He isn't preaching communism. You are preaching christianity.
frajo
not rated yet Mar 09, 2010
He isn't preaching communism. You are preaching christianity.
It's easy to misuse any value in the name of that value. Like killing for peace, f***g for virginity, suppressing for freedom.
Demonizing a group of people for the evil done by some usurper is evil.
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 09, 2010
He isn't preaching communism. You are preaching christianity.
It's easy to misuse any value in the name of that value. Like killing for peace, f***g for virginity, suppressing for freedom.
Demonizing a group of people for the evil done by some usurper is evil.

All those who are condemning religion for the evil done by a few are evil?
marjon
2 / 5 (4) Mar 09, 2010
I don't argue. I'm exposing the fundamental deficiencies of the "freedom" ideology by raising questions that can't be answered honestly within that ideology.
Without resorting to (verbal) violence.


" Personal responsibility cannot exist without liberty, and liberty will not endure without responsibility. "
http://www.thefre...-ideals/
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 09, 2010
So since otto your an athiest, could we accuse you of being guilty of all the murders (totalling now over 100 million) caused by athiests in the name of communism?
He isn't preaching communism. You are preaching christianity.

Yes, he is preaching communism.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
Yes, he is preaching communism.
If that's what you think he's saying, then you haven't read a word of what he's written.
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 09, 2010
Yes, he is preaching communism.
If that's what you think he's saying, then you haven't read a word of what he's written.

When someone continuously attacks a philosophy that has led to the liberation of millions of people over several hundred years, what else should I assume except he prefers state tyranny.
otto1923
1 / 5 (3) Mar 09, 2010
Yes, he is preaching communism.
If that's what you think he's saying, then you haven't read a word of what he's written.
The troll has a social sickness. Like a stalker, trolls perceive any response at all as affection. Of course they don't care what you write as long as they provoke it. You're being used like Gummischwanzen.

-And how does one respond to the veiled verbal violence of religionists frajo? Softly, condescendingly they threaten my 'soul' with eternal agony. I threaten to take theirs away. Auge zur Auge. You reason with them but don't get reason in return. You get smugness from people who are sure you're going to burn and they are not. Do you dispute that religionists are directly responsible for the atmosphere which makes sectarian slaughter inevitable? Anywhere? Tell them how you feel not what you think. To them atheist is a dirty word. Time for polite civility is past.
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
When someone continuously attacks a philosophy that has led to the liberation of millions of people over several hundred years, what else should I assume except he prefers state tyranny.


At what point in time did otto say anything derogatory about capitalism?
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 09, 2010
To them atheist is a dirty word. Time for polite civility is past.

When were you ever civil?
The Judea-Christian philosophy has made significant positive contributions to liberty and prosperity.
Evangelical atheist attacks against such faiths using science are incongruous as faith is a belief without proof. It is the same as atheists using science to justify their belief.
Active ignorance of the tremendous positive contributions made by Judeao-Christian philosophy imply Auto does not desire such positive contributions such as liberty and free markets.
otto1923
3.8 / 5 (4) Mar 09, 2010
The main reason Christianity is hated is because to become a Christian you need to realize and accept how imperfect you are.
Make no mistake All religions can and will end, which is what I want. The main reason xianity is hated is because xianists hate other religionists (including other xians) who in turn hate them. And if you disagree then it is only one of the more insidious forms of Xian self-deception. And when conflict inevitably arises the veil quickly drops and godders show themselves for what they are, and what their religions are really for, in places like Nigeria.

And this is exactly why people like me know that all religions must and will end. Your pleasant fantasies are not worth all the horrors they inevitably cause. In His name amen.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (3) Mar 09, 2010
Active ignorance of the tremendous positive contributions made by Judeao-Christian philosophy imply Auto does not desire such positive contributions such as liberty and free markets.

The only way Christianity contributed to the ideology of Liberty was by being an adversary to the people and creating an environment where Liberty would be considered a value rather than the status quo.

Free markets are a natural order that arises whenever supply and demand are unchalleneged by regulation.

If you want to argue that the Devil is what makes God great, you've done a good job. Otherwise you've simply made yourself the fool, again.
freethinking
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 09, 2010
Otto the Athiest logic: Since some evil people call themselves christian, then all christians are evil and will do evil if given the chance. Using that logic, which I dont agree with, since communist are by in large athiest, then all athiests are guilty of all the murders caused by communists.

Skeptic Im suprised you are following Otto. Christian theology is about liberty and freedom. Liberty without self control leads to distruction. Christians teach self control. Freedom from bondage is key to christian theology. Exceeding the requirements placed on by government. The building of schools, the abolision movement being started mainly by christian.

It seems to me Skeptic and Otto ignorance of Christian influence, if unintentional, of Liberty and freedom could be because they have been educated in a outcome based educational system.

You may not agree with Christian theology, but at least be honest and give credit where credit is due.
freethinking
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 09, 2010
Otto, your hope that Christianity will end is not logical. If the might of the Roman empire (lions, crusifixions, torture, etc) could not wipe out the preaching of Christianity, and the current might of Isam cannot prevent the conversions of muslims (who face death, lose of jobs, lose of family), nor the might of the old Soviet Union Athiests (slave camps, torture, burning of churches, not allowing children to be taught christianity, etc), or even communist athiest China (again murder, torture, distruction of churches, jail, etc) and which now has one of the larges Christian population in the world, cant wipe out Christianity, what do you base your hope on?
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 09, 2010
The only way Christianity contributed to the ideology of Liberty was by being an adversary to the people and creating an environment where Liberty would be considered a value rather than the status quo.


Christ liberated the Jews from The Law.
Most of the work in the past 500 years regarding liberty and capitalism was written and advocated by Christians. The Acton Institute has much on the subject of Christianity, liberty and free markets.
Are you actively ignoring all this history or, like Auto, you are an anti-religious bigot?
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2010
Skeptic Im suprised you are following Otto. Christian theology is about liberty and freedom.
Any religion that demands servitude to an almighty god is far from preaching liberty and freedom. Christians teach submission, not self control or liberty.

Christ liberated the Jews from The Law.
And OJ liberated his ex-wife from her life. Saddam liberated the wealth of the Iraqis from the Iraqis, etc...

If you would like to think I'm an anti-religious you're wrong. I most certainly am anti-western religion.

Would you like to compare historical notes?

Crusades, inquisition, romanic purge, helenic conquest, manifest destiny, rape of south america, corpus connubi and the HIV AIDS epidemic, the muslim slaughters in Somalia, apartheid, I can go on and on about Christianity's liberating and freedom filled past...
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 09, 2010
Where I say I'm anti western religion, that's not entirely true.

I'm anti-western religious organizations, with one exception. Fundamental Baptists have it right. If you've never had a conversation with one, I'd certainly recommend it. If there was a Jesus, he'd be a Fundamental Baptist.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
Skeptic Im suprised you are following Otto. Christian theology is about liberty and freedom.
Any religion that demands servitude to an almighty god is far from preaching liberty and freedom. Christians teach submission, not self control or liberty.

Christ liberated the Jews from The Law.
And OJ liberated his ex-wife from her life. Saddam liberated the wealth of the Iraqis from the Iraqis, etc...

If you would like to think I'm an anti-religious you're wrong. I most certainly am anti-western religion.

Would you like to compare historical notes?

Crusades, inquisition, romanic purge, helenic conquest, manifest destiny, rape of south america, corpus connubi and the HIV AIDS epidemic, the muslim slaughters in Somalia, apartheid, I can go on and on about Christianity's liberating and freedom filled past...

As I thought, a bigot.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
@freehating,
The building of schools, the abolision movement being started mainly by christian.
But Christians were also OPPOSED to building of public schools, as well as OPPOSED to abolition. How come you only notice Christians who are progressive, while ignoring all the reactionary/conservative ones?

@marjon,
Most of the work in the past 500 years regarding liberty and capitalism was written and advocated by Christians.
Sorry, but some of the most prominent advocates of such work were either atheists or Deists, and many despised Christianity in particular and organized religion in general. Consider also, who advocated AGAINST liberaty and capitalism: what religion were THEY?

Like freehating, you only give selective credit to the progressives, while ignoring the conservatives, even though at any given time prior to reforms, conservatives are in the majority and solidly behind the status quo.
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 09, 2010
Considering that at any given time in recent history, most Westerners were Christian... And that prior to any significant change in law or economic or social order, the majority was behind the status quo...

Then one can AT BEST conclude that progress was made not because of Christianity, but DESPITE Christianity.

Of course, if one were perfectly objective, one wouldn't give the Christian religion EITHER credit, OR blame. The religion was not rewritten at any point during the last 2000 years; yet all sorts of changes occurred, both anterograde and retrograde.

Objective historians credit such changes not to any religion, but to factors ranging from technological developments, to climate, to economic factors, to population growth, to interaction between cultures.

So, objectively speaking, all those who credit or blame religion for the progress or regress of history, are delusional. Religion has been very useful both to despots and to liberators, in equal measure.
Skeptic_Heretic
2 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
As I thought, a bigot.

A bigot would be against Christians. I'm against christianity. I care not what religion you hold dear as long as you tell me not of it.

"Christian Tolerance" if you will.
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
in the same thread! Accusing others of name calling and turning right around and doing it yourself. Nicely done sir. Thanks for the entertaining read.

Standard fare for one who doesn't have a strong argument.
freethinking
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 09, 2010
Skeptic - again you do not (or do not want to) understand Christian theology. In Christian theology you are a slave to the world doing what the world wants to you to do, or you freely choose to follow God. As you know going with the flow is easy (being a slave is easy, just do what the master tells you to do, when he/she tell you to do it, no thinking involved), choosing to do/following something is hard (you have to make decisions, choose to follow).

Freedom is hard, it carries responsiblities, duties, etc. Thats why unless freedom is worked at and tended too, it fails and we become slaves.

Again you missed my point, evil is evil no matter if its done by athiests, or people who say they are religious. So comparing historical notes is useless, unless you tell me athiests are more moral then I can prove you wrong.

I judge people by their actions. If you treat me nice and you think I am going to hell, I dont care. If you think I am going to heaven yet treat me horribly, I care.
freethinking
1 / 5 (3) Mar 09, 2010
Pink -- so you agree a progressive is for big government and a conservative is for small government?

I find it interesting that we the people are told we need to trust government, yet government employees are mainly unionized. If the employees of the government cant trust that the government will treat them fairly, why should we the people?
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 09, 2010
Pinkie, Puritan Christians escaped Europe for America to practice their religion free of the state.
"Creating the Commonwealth" describes the progress they made because of their faith, not in spite of it.
These Christians valued work, even for the wealthy. They valued education establishing Harvard and required children learn to read.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
@freehating,
Pink -- so you agree a progressive is for big government and a conservative is for small government?
Progressive is for reform, conservative is for status quo. It has always been like that.

"Big government" vs. "small government" is a useless red herring fed to partisan lemmings. Show me a single "conservative" administration that ever reduced the size of government...
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
@marjon,
Pinkie, Puritan Christians escaped Europe for America to practice their religion free of the state.
Who were they escaping FROM? What religion does the Church of England ascribe to? What religion does the Vatican represent? Which religion was persecuting the Protestants of Europe?

And lest you get carried away with the glorification of Puritanism, please remind us all who was responsible for the Salem witch trials.

Arguably, today the closest surviving adherents to the Puritan philosophy, are the Amish. How far have they progressed along the scales of technology, freedom, and capitalism?
danman5000
5 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2010
Wow admins removed my comment for being "off topic" LOL
Better delete this whole thread then. It went off topic about 500 comments ago. Would you prefer I emulate the others here?
{Progressive,Liberal} {atheists,Christians} are {good,evil} because {they killed people in the past,advocate big government,convert people}. Pick your favorite combination.
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 09, 2010
in the same thread! Accusing others of name calling and turning right around and doing it yourself. Nicely done sir. Thanks for the entertaining read.

Standard fare for one who doesn't have a strong argument.

I am learning how to be 'progressive'.
freethinking
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 09, 2010
Otto, Skeptic, Pink -- If I get what you are saying, you demand tolerance for athiests and their views, athiests are smarter than Christians, blame christians for all the evils in the world, think christianity should be banned, that christians should not be allowed to express their views in public.

It sounds to me you are advocating an evil system of dictatorship, where only the elite speak and rule, something like the democratic party here in the USA.

Your ignorace of history is beyond belief if it is unintensional. Anytime someone hates someone or something, there is danger. I dont hate athiests, muslims, catholics, jews. I dont even hate my enemies. I may not agree with them, I may think they believe wrong, or do wrong things, but I want the best for them.
PinkElephant
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 09, 2010
@freehating,
...blame christians for all the evils in the world, think christianity should be banned, that christians should not be allowed to express their views in public.
None of us has stated anything of the sort. Your hatred has blinded you, and made you deaf.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2010
@otto,
And when conflict inevitably arises the veil quickly drops and godders show themselves for what they are, and what their religions are really for, in places like Nigeria.
I think you give religion too much credit there, Otto. Genocides can be given religious justification or even religious impetus, but at their root they are not driven by religion. The underlying force of genocides, pogroms, hate, wars is not religion or lack thereof: it is tribalism.

Sure, religion is a very convenient and powerful contrast agent, which can catalyze the formation of tribal mentality (US against THEM.) However, even in the absence of religion, tribalism will prevail. For example, Communist dictatorships routinely pit "us" (the revolutionary freedom fighters) against "them" (the imperialist capitalist oppressors.) Republicans sic their lemmings on the Liberals. Democrats wage wars against right-wing radio talk show hosts. If we really must have an enemy, one can always be found.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 09, 2010
@freethinking: Nothing of the sort. You have your beliefs and I have mine. Don't force yours on me and you'll never hear a word of mine.

As for your statement on atheism vs christianity on the morality front, I'll never say one belief system is more or less moral than another. Only the tendency of the individuals within that belief system and then only on a case by case basis. There is no ethical mold, nor are ethics a tangible or measurable item.

I simply find it intriguing that as a man dedicated to freedom and the values of liberty you choose to draw lots with a proto-governmental institution that is rife with abuse of the masses for personal and institutional gain.

@marjon: I'm as far from progressive as one can get.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 09, 2010
@freethinking: Nothing of the sort. You have your beliefs and I have mine. Don't force yours on me and you'll never hear a word of mine.



How is expressing one's beliefs forcing them upon anyone?
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2010
How is expressing one's beliefs forcing them upon anyone?

Let's look at some of your "expression":
Christians can only persuade. If their words make you feel bad, don't listen.
If people don't like what I write, ignore it.

The Christian cross represents pain, suffering and degradation. A sword is a common symbol of Islam. Fitting as Islam means 'submission'.

Atheist progressives seem to have no standards to live by except how they feel today.

"How do we teach them to desire the respect of the Protestant/Midwesterner over the sickening pity of the Left Coast Secularist? "

It is a Christian society that opposes the murder of babies before they are born.

Are you actively ignoring all this history or, like Auto, you are an anti-religious bigot?

As I thought, a bigot.


Shall I go on to your other threads?
marjon
1.7 / 5 (6) Mar 09, 2010
How is expressing one's beliefs forcing them upon anyone?

Let's look at some of your "expression":
Christians can only persuade. If their words make you feel bad, don't listen.
If people don't like what I write, ignore it.

The Christian cross represents pain, suffering and degradation. A sword is a common symbol of Islam. Fitting as Islam means 'submission'.

Atheist progressives seem to have no standards to live by except how they feel today.

"How do we teach them to desire the respect of the Protestant/Midwesterner over the sickening pity of the Left Coast Secularist? "

It is a Christian society that opposes the murder of babies before they are born.

Are you actively ignoring all this history or, like Auto, you are an anti-religious bigot?

As I thought, a bigot.


Shall I go on to your other threads?

How am I forcing my beliefs upon you?
otto1923
2.5 / 5 (4) Mar 09, 2010
@freithinking
god has been dead for some time now, we need only bury the corpse. You all can go cold turkey or find something more meaningful to fantasize about. This life is all you GOT - are you making the best of it?
otto1923
3.3 / 5 (3) Mar 09, 2010
I think you give religion too much credit there, Otto. Genocides can be given religious justification or even religious impetus, but at their root they are not driven by religion. The underlying force of genocides, pogroms, hate, wars is not religion or lack thereof: it is tribalism.
I don't think you appreciate how devilish the state religions are. They are tribalism with direction and intensity. Think stickball in a field vs Big Ten college football rivalry. Tribalism is being successfully bred out of westerners. The main impediment to this process is religious lethargia which cannot let go of past dogma based on lies. Religions demand overpopulation to survive. They are like a doomsday machine in today's world. Tribalism cannot be effectively mitigated unless those religions which give it name and purpose are ended. Technology and education cannot overcome it if dogma says these things are evil.
otto1923
3.4 / 5 (5) Mar 09, 2010
Little Pudels think rating losers with stars is a way of winning arguments. They should go scratch themselves for self-gratification.
marjon
2.1 / 5 (7) Mar 09, 2010
Tribalism is being successfully bred out of westerners.

The 'progressives' in the US are doing their best to expand tribalism by promoting race based quotas, by promoting illegal immigration, by attacking institutions like Christianity, and attempting to bully their opposition.
Call me more names Auto.
otto1923
3.9 / 5 (7) Mar 09, 2010
One more Thing before my iPhone essplodes; i personally detest religions because they are based on lies, they don't seem to care about that obvious fact.

It's been pointed out before- of the 1000s of sects and denominations around the world, at most only ONE of them can be right. Religionists are the only kind of people who could believe that theirs was the one without question.

Religionists are exclusivist- Sikhs uber alles so to speak- which shows how pervasive tribalism is in the human psyche. Any god or guru which these religions worship would not BE exclusivist; and therefore the basic concept of religion itself is WRONG. If he existed god would not condone or tolerate religion. The fact that they exist is a very good indication that he does not.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
@otto,

I'll grant you all of the above.

Yet look here:
...which shows how pervasive tribalism is in the human psyche.
That is the point you glossed over previously:
Tribalism is being successfully bred out of westerners.
I don't think the latter is right.

It would be wonderful if tribalism could be bred out of humans, but as long as there exist nations, ethnicity, cultures, languages, cliques, classes (social-economic), parties (political), clubs, associations, competitive team sports, family clans, and so on and so forth -- I see no evidence of tribalism either losing its appeal, or its selective advantages (in the sense of natural and kin selection.)

Erudition and cosmopolitanism do tilt the scales against religion in the long run. But there will always be myopic xenophobes. There will always be intellectually lazy ninnies. Odds even are, such people might forever remain in the majority despite anyone's best efforts.

And tribalism yet has a long future ahead...
Cherri
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 10, 2010
The article had some interesting information in it. It was definitely written poorly.

See guys...It IS possible to comment on an article or even have a discussion without being nasty to people who's opinions differ to your own.
otto1923
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
The brightest removed from their incipient cultures to college and professions

professionals shuffled arround the countryfor work

best and brightest encouraged to emigrateto west

religious barriers to intermix mitigated by exposure to western culture

dregs left back home to attrition

the species is being rehomogenized, babel undone
otto1923
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
One language

one culture

one govt

one world- sustainability

No reason to outgrow your enemies. Everybody just like everybody else hallelujah.

And NO religion. There can never be just ONE religion.
frajo
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
Demonizing a group of people for the evil done by some usurper is evil.

All those who are condemning religion for the evil done by a few are evil?
You are speaking of evil people. I was speaking of an evil deed. No, it's not the same.
That's something which your party
(no, not the party of believers, but the party of hostile believers)
as well as the party of your adversaries
(no, not the party of non-believers, but the party of hostile non-believers)
stubbornly refuse to tell apart.
And no, I don't claim your party or the party of your adversaries is evil. I just humbly think either hostility is stupid.
Unfortunately, stupidity is more dangerous than evil.
frajo
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
how does one respond to the veiled verbal violence of religionists?
There are people who respond by entering the same low level of communication. And there are people who prefer not to stain their high level.
Softly, condescendingly they threaten my 'soul' with eternal agony. I threaten to take theirs away.
You claim not to be religious. How then can threatening your soul affect you?
Auge zur Auge.
Se parakalo - it's "Auge um Auge"/"Ed dem b'ed dem".
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
@otto,
The brightest removed from their incipient cultures to college and professions
In college, many stay within their cliques. And their professions take them back to their cultures.
professionals shuffled arround the country for work
Telepresence might alleviate that soon enough (with sufficient universal bandwidth.) Also, by far not all or even most professionals are so itinerant.
best and brightest encouraged to emigrate to west
Only a transient phase, which shall pass as the world continues to equalize economically. Within a century, it'll be over.
religious barriers to intermix mitigated by exposure to western culture
I'll give you that, but religion thrives in America more than most other countries on the planet.
dregs left back home to attrition
Not so. Once China modernizes, the wave will continue onward to other 3rd-world nations.
the species is being rehomogenized, babel undone
But most religions are insensitive to "racial" traits.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
One language
That'll take some doing. Unicode isn't helping...
one culture
Only to an extent. Even within the "United" States, going from state to state you encounter distinct cultures. Once they have congealed, they tend to be quite resilient. Another example: Great Britain and its many distinct regions. And that's on just one relatively tiny island, which has been there for millennia... Still hasn't homogenized, has it?
one govt
Oh, I *really* doubt that. A loose confederation of independent states, at best. The larger the governed bloc, the more impossible it is to govern either efficiently or effectively.
one world- sustainability
One world, yes. Sustainability? Remains to be seen... And then, we colonize Mars =P

No reason to outgrow your enemies
OK, maybe long-term world peace. Maybe...
And NO religion. There can never be just ONE religion.
Possible in the remote future (as in, centuries from now.) But not any time soon...
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
Of course, one must also be mindful of Kurzweil's singularity...

It may be that Homo Sapiens itself is approaching the apex of its evolutionary career, soon to begin spawning a population of cyborgs, then eventually flat-out droids: "Intelligent Design", at last =)

It would be interesting to speculate on the tension between that progression, and the grip of old religions and traditionalist humanism. Many a gifted sci-fi writer have pondered the possibilities... But to paraphrase Haldane, the future is probably far stranger than we can imagine.
frajo
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
best and brightest encouraged to emigrate to west
Only a transient phase, which shall pass as the world continues to equalize economically. Within a century, it'll be over.

From PhysOrg:
China has signed up more than 120 overseas experts for a new project aimed at spurring innovation by offering thousands of academics one million yuan (146,000 dollars) to move to China, state media reported Thursday.
http://www.physorg.com/news159080527.html
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 10, 2010
i personally detest religions because they are based on lies,

Then you must detest politics for their lies and you must detest economics since there are so many versions. Most must be based upon lies as all economic systems cannot be correct.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
There are people who respond by entering the same low level of communication. And there are people who prefer not to stain their high level.
Poop.
You claim not to be religious. How then can threatening your soul affect you?
I was being sarcastic. Hence the ' around 'soul'.
Se parakalo - it's "Auge um Auge"/"Ed dem b'ed dem".
watch literality; Auge zur Auge, Zahn zum Zahn (idiomatische Wendung?)Otto ist nevertheless im Recht.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
Uh, Otto liegt im Dreck aber der hasst Recht. Echt?
But most religions are insensitive to "racial" traits.
not normally, for instance Islam was originally for Arabs. Another indication the state-sponsored religions were fabricated, commandeered, tailoredto counteract naturally occuring social forces.
And their professions take them back to their cultures
? I've moved many times in pursuit of my profession. Few people return to their home towns after college Thats what it's for. 'The Bell Curve' describes this whole husbandry process pretty well. In so many words.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
religion thrives in America more than most other countries on the planet.
Parts of america still need 'filling up'. Religions are the great demographic tools they were created to be.
dregs left back home to attrition
Not so. Once China modernizes, the wave will continue onward to other 3rd-world nations.
Yeah thats the Plan. But it will be very very messy. A few recalcitrant religions are in the way.

"No matter what the public sentiment, it can be quickly and thoroughly changed by Events of sufficient magnitude." -otto von Deutlich

The people will cry out for the end of religion when Events make it impossible to tolerate it any longer.
Great Britain and its many distinct regions. And that's on just one relatively tiny island, which has been there for millennia... Still hasn't homogenized, has it?
It makes a nice disneyland in itself though doesnt it? They didnt really need eurodisney, just put up some rides around the City of London.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
You claim not to be religious. How then can threatening your soul affect you?
It doesnt. But a threat is a threat and xians and all religionists offer them freely. With smiles on their faces.
cyborgs and robots
Yah and people will look like teenagers until they are 200yrs old. Those that are left anyways. Theres no telling what those people will want or need but probably they will look back on us as we look back on the 1800s and say 'thank god we're not like them.' -otto makes joke.
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
one govt
Oh, I *really* doubt that. A loose confederation of independent states, at best.
We've been under One Government for the last 2-3-4000yrs. Muss ich deutlicher werden??? Who do you think Planned the world wars??? :-)
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Mar 10, 2010
Another indication the state-sponsored religions were fabricated,

No state sponsored Jesus. The states of Rome and Judea had him executed.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
"No matter what the public sentiment, it can be quickly and thoroughly changed by Events of sufficient magnitude." -otto von Deutlich

The people will cry out for the end of religion when Events make it impossible to tolerate it any longer.
These Events could happen tomorrow, and the few who remain would demand the end of life-or-death fantasy soon after. Theyre already burning churches in scandinavia and the southern US which themselves were built atop the burned ruins of sacred pagan structures and burial grounds. As one goes so go them all. Wennschon dennschon.
frajo
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
Se parakalo - it's "Auge um Auge"/"Ed dem b'ed dem".
watch literality; Auge zur Auge, Zahn zum Zahn (idiomatische Wendung?)
I see, you love the German language. Unfortunately it doesn't love you.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
Se parakalo - it's "Auge um Auge"/"Ed dem b'ed dem".
watch literality; Auge zur Auge, Zahn zum Zahn (idiomatische Wendung?)
I see, you love the German language. Unfortunately it doesn't love you.

I don't see a problem with it.

Then again, it's a southwestern dialectic he's using, along with a bit of google translate.

What are your disagreements with it? Too harsh? Word order incorrect?

It's still quite understandable.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
Marjon,

you often state that Jesus was love and that he wanted all mankind to be free.

Care to explain Luke 19:27 to me?
But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
I don't see a problem with it.
If you don't know German you certainly don't have a problem with otto1923's wrong German grammar.
Then again, it's a southwestern dialectic he's using, along with a bit of google translate.
No, it's plain wrong grammar. Because "Auge" is of neuter gender ("das Auge") which never can be preceded by a feminine form of a preposition like "zur".
What are your disagreements with it?
I don't disagree with using wrong language. I'm just wondering why somebody would show off with a language he has no good command of.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
I don't see a problem with it.
If you don't know German you certainly don't have a problem with otto1923's wrong German grammar.
Then again, it's a southwestern dialectic he's using, along with a bit of google translate.
No, it's plain wrong grammar. Because "Auge" is of neuter gender ("das Auge") which never can be preceded by a feminine form of a preposition like "zur".
What are your disagreements with it?
I don't disagree with using wrong language. I'm just wondering why somebody would show off with a language he has no good command of.

You don't spend much time in the Saarland.
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
You don't spend much time in the Saarland.
Doesn't matter. Do you have any evidence for your implicit claim that there is any German speaking region in the world where people use idiomatically "Auge zur Auge"? Google? Publication? Book? Any public source?
freethinking
1 / 5 (3) Mar 10, 2010
Skeptic, your taking things out of context with Luke 27, please be fair and honest and don't do that. The full quote:
The Parable of the Ten Minas
While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas Put this money to work, he said, until I come back.
But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, We don't want this man to be our king. He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. The first one came and said, Sir, your mina has earned ten more. Well done, my good servant! his master replied. Because you have been trusttrustworthy in a very small matter, take charge
freethinking
1 / 5 (3) Mar 10, 2010
of ten cities. The second came and said, Sir, your mina has earned five more. His master answered, You take charge of five cities. Then another servant came and said, Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow. His master replied, I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest? Then he said to those standing by, Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas. Sir,they said, he already has ten! He replied, I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
You don't spend much time in the Saarland
neither does Otto, leider so. Halt die Klappe! Otto is no pull-toy.
I don't disagree with using wrong language. I'm just wondering why somebody would show off with a language he has no good command of.
Uh because it's funny? Frajo look up schtick, Benny Hill, and Sinn für Humor.
freethinking
1 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
them - bring them here and kill them in front of me.

This is a Parable. There really wasnt a king who gave ten Minas, he didnt give 10 cities away, etc.
2000 years ago what would happen to you if you were enemies of any king?

If you want an explanation of this parable let me know and I can give it to you, but even for an athiest to say this proves Jesus was violent is stretching the truth to the breaking point.

A funny statement for Otto: If you claim God is dead, then youve admitted that God existed, God by definition cant die, so you are admitting that since God existed, He must be alive.
JayK
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 10, 2010
I still think they should have stoned the whale.

Jonah too, he was unclean.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
@freethinking,
but even for an athiest to say this proves Jesus was violent is stretching the truth to the breaking point.
Skeptic_Heretic fits the pattern of a recovering ex-Christian. For my part, I never had any religion, as neither did my parents. I don't bother debating the attributes of Jesus with Christians, any more than I'd bother debating the attributes of Vishnu with Hindus, or Buddha with Buddhists, or Baphomet with Wiccans, etc. and so forth. We might as well be discussing the character traits of Sherlock Holmes. But none of that gets us anywhere.
A funny statement for Otto: If you claim God is dead, then youve admitted that God existed...
He means the concept is dead. Analogous, for example, to a concept that Earth is a half-sphere that sits on top of a giant turtle floating in an endless ocean, or, alternatively, being held up by Atlas lest it fall into the void... All these concepts still exist, but they aren't exactly viable in light of modernity.
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
If you want an explanation of this parable let me know and I can give it to you, but even for an athiest to say this proves Jesus was violent is stretching the truth to the breaking point.
Yes Jesus was indeed very violent in the books the church chose to exclude from the canon, more evidence that your religion was tailored to suit reality and not the other way around. They did let him kill a fig tree though, that's something?
A funny statement for Otto: If you claim God is dead, then youve admitted that God existed, God by definition cant die, so you are admitting that since God existed, He must be alive.
I was alluding to Nietzsche who also knew your god was made-up. When he said 'and we've killed him' he was saying people invented him to begin with. Like a character in a fairy tale. Or santy claus.
freethinking
1 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
Otto, you fit the pattern Pink was talking about. Please research why books were excluded from the cannon.

BTW Pink, I knew what otto was getting at with God is Dead, I was just being picky for the fun of it...

Otto, if killing a fig tree is violent, then Im guilty of mass murder for all the trees Ive cut down.
otto1923
5 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
You do know that even the images of Jesus and his mother were chosen for very pragmatic demographic purposes? Long-haired, soft-spoken peace and love preacher whose mother gave birth without being sullied by the touch of a man? Who best to fill up the monasteries and nunneries but those individuals who could not be expected to participate in filling up the earth or fighting with any enthusiasm in wars to come?

The Jesus of reality was certainly Semitic-looking and married as were all Jews. I submit that the church found a way to both remove a problematic subset from the general pop and gain a loyal cadre of monks and nuns who were very comfortable with the lifestyle. Charlemagne had to issue an edict condemning the debauchery in these institutions. Homosexuality was just as real back then as it is now. I would think this gravitation was the norm from the beginning of priesthoods and vestal virgins.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
Otto, if killing a fig tree is violent, then Im guilty of mass murder for all the trees Ive cut down.
But did you cut down any trees in anger and retribution, because they've personally insulted you? I wager otto finds this tale rather hilarious; so do I... Heck, for all you know the Second Coming already happened a while ago, but the poor dude rotted away in some insane asylum for attacking daffodils...
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
Please research why books were excluded from the cannon
Lessee I am picturing one of those smug little xian half-smiles on your face as you wrote that and misspelled canon... I am well aware of DOCTRINE concerning pseudepigrapha and apocrypha, and assume you may be too. I also know the TRUTH of why and how the church and it's holy book were tailored to make them sociopolitically useful to Rome, and I know you don't. My fav is the Book of Enoch. In his trip to heaven was he really describing the pagan shrine at Newgrange?
otto1923
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
Enoch was certainly describing the secret of saving the earth from the mob upon it: how the Nephelim were able to divide the people up, give them very good weapons, and set them against one another to great effect in the name of RELIGION. A little too revealing, even in the KJV cypher.
freethinking
1 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
Otto images of Jesus you are showing your ignornace. Please quote from the bible how Jesus looked? Was he 5 10, white, blond hair blue eyes, with a nicely trimmed beard? There is no specific description of Jesus.

The fig tree didnt insult Jesus, look up what really happened and why Jesus did as he did.

Again, Athiests speaking in ignorance and taking things out of context. Doing this is beneith those who argue against chritiantiy in an intellectually honest way. Pink and Skeptic you are way to smart to resort to those tactics. Otto, well your Otto, your facts are plain garbage in either english or german.
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
Again, Athiests speaking in ignorance and taking things out of context.
Jesus Ever-Effin' Christ...

It's AthEIsts. Not "AthIEsts". Do you also write "nukular" instead of "nuclear"?
Pink and Skeptic you are way to smart to resort to those tactics.
What tactics? We're just having fun. Well, at least I am...

Seriously speaking though, I also find it rather upsetting when I'm hungry, yet the local plant life refuses to cooperate. Curses upon it all...
PinkElephant
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
Hmm, speaking of hunger, I just had a rather interesting tangential thought, if I do say so myself.

You know how, in many Christian sects -- Catholics in particular -- as well as in many other non-Judaic religions the world over, people value "holy relics": anything that was once part of a body, or was purportedly touched or owned by a "holy person"?

Well, this Jesus character -- having been a real man and all that, and having eaten at least on occasion -- would've squatted in quite a number of places along his trajectory, wouldn't he?

Which only begs the implication: much of Judea must be therefore covered with, literally and I don't exaggerate -- Holy Shit!

(maybe some of it even still survives to this day, particularly considering the miraculous self-preserving powers typically ascribed to relics...)

Which then leads me to wonder: what are the odds that any of the Disciples had gone souvenir-hunting behind Jesus' back? Inquiring minds want to know! *snicker*
otto1923
4 / 5 (4) Mar 10, 2010
Otto images of Jesus you are showing your ignornace. Please quote from the bible how Jesus looked? Was he 5 10, white, blond hair blue eyes, with a nicely trimmed beard? There is no specific description of Jesus.
Yes but there are in every church in western xiandom. There is also no call for celibacy, no description of the magdalene as a whore, and no description of the hell you all want us to go to. These were all added by pope -Gregory was it?- a dandy in his own right. Not to mention the Trinity (Horus Isis Osiris). Why even maintain these popish lies? Because once you start to cleanse in earnest you will eventually be left with nothing.
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2010
Again, Athiests speaking in ignorance and taking things out of context.
Jesus Ever-Effin' Christ...

It's AthEIsts. Not "AthIEsts". Do you also write "nukular" instead of "nuclear"?
Pink and Skeptic you are way to smart to resort to those tactics.
What tactics? We're just having fun. Well, at least I am...

Seriously speaking though, I also find it rather upsetting when I'm hungry, yet the local plant life refuses to cooperate. Curses upon it all...

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
otto1923
3 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
Jesus shit was ice cream -vanilla- and would have melted or sublimated up to heaven amen(hotep). I do have some corprolite though which proves dinosaurs were mortal like us.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 10, 2010
Jesus shit was ice cream -vanilla- and would have melted or sublimates up to heaven amen(hotep). I do have some corprolite though which proves dinosaurs were mortal like us.

What intellectual comments! How do you do it?
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Mar 11, 2010
@freethinking,
Please quote from the bible how Jesus looked? Was he 5 10, white, blond hair blue eyes, with a nicely trimmed beard? There is no specific description of Jesus.
You might be interested in reviewing the following:

http://www.popula...186.html
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 11, 2010
You don't spend much time in the Saarland.
Doesn't matter. Do you have any evidence for your implicit claim that there is any German speaking region in the world where people use idiomatically "Auge zur Auge"? Google? Publication? Book? Any public source?

You of all people should know the difference between spoken and written language.

Especially since you've allowed Otto to state other silly dialectics without debate from you. ie: Gummischwantzen.
frajo
not rated yet Mar 11, 2010
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Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 11, 2010
Again, Athiests speaking in ignorance and taking things out of context. Doing this is beneith those who argue against chritiantiy in an intellectually honest way. Pink and Skeptic you are way to smart to resort to those tactics.

What tactics are you referring to?

The Bible is rife with violence. That parable is a statement made by Jesus according to one of his apostles. That is a secondary quote of a will to murder. Effectively a tale of Jesus sinning.

So the next verse I'll ask you to explain is Matthew 10:34-39
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father...


Jesus would command his people to carry two swords, akin to the common place Jewish "dagger men" of historical note. It appears Jesus was not afraid of utilizing assassination against the "gentiles."
otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Mar 11, 2010
For further research and exploration into some very useful and practical German, I recommend 'Scheiße!' by Gertrude Besserwisser; wichtige Satzteile, idiomatiche Wendungen, und uh, etwa Güte Scheiße-
http://www.amazon...52272211
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 12, 2010
Gummischwanz = dildo no dialectic there sir.

You're missing the "en" from your statment. It isn't "rubbers dick" when plural as you stated when you initially brought it to the plate so to speak.
Royale
3 / 5 (4) Mar 12, 2010
I don't think I've ever read anyone who's more deluded than freethinking. That was the WORST possible name he could have picked for himself. He is SO STUCK in his beliefs and it's just sitting there GLARING to me as I read. freethinking... you are not freethinking. you sir, have been brainwashed by some sort of religion. Even if you think you've decided for yourself, you haven't, you were just too young to realize that ideas were being pounded into you. Hmm, young boy, pounding? Reminds me again of the church. This whole thing is full circle.
And for the record, I won't classify myself as anything. Feel free to rant how I'm (fill in the blank). But this is what I believe: No ONE RELIGION is in any way more likely to be right than any other, and who am I to say which one is right. I choose not to guess. When presented with proof, I'd be willing to change my mind. Sorta like science! Hey, how weird, science really sounds neat! No magic or anything!
anonyfront
not rated yet Mar 15, 2010
@freethinking
If you had done your homework, you'd have found, that over half of the names on your list are scientists of small repute or not particularly religious. There was no need to be snide, and now you just look like an idiot; congratulations. Are there examples of great scientists who are Christian? Yes. But they are a disproportionately low number.
frajo
not rated yet Mar 15, 2010
Are there examples of great scientists who are Christian? Yes. But they are a disproportionately low number.
Maybe - if you forget history before 1900.
marjon
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 15, 2010
@freethinking
If you had done your homework, you'd have found, that over half of the names on your list are scientists of small repute or not particularly religious. There was no need to be snide, and now you just look like an idiot; congratulations. Are there examples of great scientists who are Christian? Yes. But they are a disproportionately low number.

When examples are provided to prove scientists can be Christian and practice science at the same time, we get 'but they were of no great repute'. Most scientists are 'of no great repute'. But two Christian scientists that come to mind are Max Planck and William D. Phillips, '97 Nobel prize, physics.
The fact that scientists can be great and be Christian has been established.
Royale
5 / 5 (2) Mar 17, 2010
@marjon
You're right. That fact has been established. But, once again, it's a disproportionately low number currently; and it's pretty safe to say the number will get lower.
@frajo
That's a point there, but before 1900 there was much more pressure to be religious. As that slowly evaporates, the need to follow mommy and daddy's belief system is becoming less important; and with that scientists are worrying less about religion in general. I think that's the main point here and anonyfront put it well.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 17, 2010
@marjon
You're right. That fact has been established. But, once again, it's a disproportionately low number currently; and it's pretty safe to say the number will get lower.
@frajo
That's a point there, but before 1900 there was much more pressure to be religious. As that slowly evaporates, the need to follow mommy and daddy's belief system is becoming less important; and with that scientists are worrying less about religion in general. I think that's the main point here and anonyfront put it well.

Scientists are not worrying less about religion. They are pressured to be anti-religious to do their job.
As Jastrow commented, the Big Bang theory worried many scientists as it supported Genesis. That does not sound like an objective POV.
Do you trust a scientist today to publish data that supported anything in the Bible? A real scientist would not care if it did or did not.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Mar 17, 2010
I think that's the main point here and anonyfront put it well.
Wrong generalizations are never put well. They only help the other side.
Royale
5 / 5 (1) Mar 17, 2010
I've never heard of anyone being pressured to be "anti-religious". And you're right, a real scientist would not care whether findings supported bible passages. Nor would it matter if they supported a popular Michael Crichton novel. Findings are findings.
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 17, 2010
I've never heard of anyone being pressured to be "anti-religious".
I happen to know several people who grew up in the former GDR. They were pressured by the institutions of the GDR to take part in Marxist education if they wanted to make a career.
Some of them have been raised in hardcore catholic families. They were pressured by their families not to socialize with non-catholics.
Now they live in western countries where they are pressured not to engage in anti-capitalist movements if they want to keep their jobs.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 17, 2010

When examples are provided to prove scientists can be Christian and practice science at the same time, we get 'but they were of no great repute'. Most scientists are 'of no great repute'. But two Christian scientists that come to mind are Max Planck and William D. Phillips, '97 Nobel prize, physics.
The fact that scientists can be great and be Christian has been established.

No one said otherwise. Most likely when you say scientist he will have undoubted be some religous background to their fellow.

But are they truly Christian in your eyes if they question the tenets of their faith through their research?
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 17, 2010
A comment from Philips:
http://docs.googl...YrNxW2Yw
"Scientists may still be setting themselves up for peer-group sneers by joining in the conference, says former religion professor Bill Grassie, who founded the Philadelphia Center for Science and Religion.
"This is a risky thing professionally," he said. "Participants are usually in their mid to late careers. They're looking for something more meaningful.""
http://74.125.93....irefox-a
JayK
2.6 / 5 (5) Mar 17, 2010
Oh lookie, a link from Templeton Foundation. Nothing untoward there, nosiree, just the little ol' Templeton Foundation where religion and science go to mix, mingle, have a few drinks and then things go bad and science is left with a gaping wound in the bathtub and some missing kidneys.

Nice link.
Caliban
3 / 5 (4) Mar 17, 2010
Good call, JayK.
there's a difference between trying to deduce causes and principles, and _imposing_ them to fit a preconcieved notion.
JayK
3 / 5 (4) Mar 17, 2010
It might just be best to note that the Templeton Foundation, of which Philips is a diety, also put $1.1 million towards the Yes to Prop 8 campaign in California.

According to William Dembski, the Templeton Foundation gave him $100 million after his first Intelligent Design book as a grant. They have since backed away from anything Intelligent Design or creationism oriented.

But maybe their worst offense, recently? They gave a grant to Chris Mooney.

frajo
2 / 5 (2) Mar 17, 2010
But are they truly Christian in your eyes if they question the tenets of their faith through their research?
As Catholicism is to be considered one of the Christian denominations and AFAIK there is nothing in modern Catholicism which contradicts scientific theories I can only assume that you are not well informed.
marjon
1 / 5 (4) Mar 17, 2010
JK: People can't support causes they believe in?
What is amusing about prop 8 is that those minorities the the liberals claim to adore voted overwhelming to oppose homosexual marriage.
MA denied citizens the right to define marriage. If the MA homosexual mafia ever allowed a vote in MA, homosexual marriage in MA would end.
JayK
3 / 5 (4) Mar 17, 2010
Where does the merger of science and religion cross the line into supporting a civil rights debate? Perhaps the $1.1million was needed to promote science in the anti-gay community in California?

And since when did civil rights come down to a majority vote in this country?

Don't bother answering. You made your position perfectly clear in this thread:
http://www.physor...812.html

Maybe you should take some time to learn the difference between respiratory diseases and HIV, to start with.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (2) Mar 17, 2010
@frajo,
AFAIK there is nothing in modern Catholicism which contradicts scientific theories
Really? Here's a short list that I can quickly assemble, yet I'm far from an expert on Catholicism:

1) Souls
2) Afterlife
3) Heaven and Hell
4) Miracles and Holy Relics
5) Divine origin of the Bible, and preferential truth of Christianity over all other religions
6) Exorcism
7) Original Sin
8) Sexuality is a "choice" and a "lifestyle"
9) Individual conception is the union of sperm and egg
10) Doctrine of Transubstantiation

So much for "modern" Catholicism. Yet, of course, Catholicism claims to be the original, unchanging and unchanged, true version of the faith. So what excuses "modern" Catholicism from all the "God-inspired" superstitions and falsehoods it used to claim and ENFORCE in the past? Burning of "witches"? Evolution? Age of the Earth? Origins of man? Alchemy? Geocentrism?
JayK
2.6 / 5 (5) Mar 17, 2010
11) Virgin Birth (Jonah Goldberg proves it could happen)
12) Condoms increase the spread of HIV
13) That priest was only ministering to that boy
14) etc etc
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Mar 17, 2010
And since when did civil rights come down to a majority vote in this country?

When did marriage become a civil right?
If courts are to be left to define marriage, then all definitions cannot excluded: polygamy, polyandry, polyamory, etc.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (3) Mar 17, 2010
polygamy, polyandry, polyamory, etc.
None of these are physiologically compelled.

The difference with homosexual marriage, is that sexual orientation is physiologically fixed. It is not a matter of choice, ideology, preference, or lifestyle.

So with the homosexuals, we have a population that is fundamentally incapable of heterosexual bonding, and thus prohibited by their own physiology and by statute from having any sort of formally recognized marriage whatsoever: even a monogamous one.

Now, as long as the state chooses to bestow selective rights and benefits upon the married couples, it is therefore institutionalized discrimination when the homosexual sub-population is barred by law from gaining such rights and benefits.

Either grant them the right to monogamous marriage, or take away the special rights and privileges granted by the state to heterosexual married couples. Either of the two alternatives would be just and fair. What we have now, is neither just nor fair.
JayK
2.6 / 5 (5) Mar 17, 2010
I only said civil rights, I didn't say what is a civil right and what isn't. If left to the majority most civil rights would have been left behind long ago, and the majority never has the rights of the minority in mind when it votes. Tyranny of the majority, possibly you've heard about that?
frajo
not rated yet Mar 18, 2010
@frajo,
AFAIK there is nothing in modern Catholicism which contradicts scientific theories
Really? Here's a short list that I can quickly assemble, yet I'm far from an expert on Catholicism:
Thanks. I'm considering to answer those statements in another forum (a link will be provided later) as the 1000 words limit is way too low. And yes, you are no expert on Catholicism :)
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 18, 2010
11) Virgin Birth (Jonah Goldberg proves it could happen)
We don't even know whether that Mary (or her son) was ever existing. Therefore there is no falsifiable (i.e. scientific) content in the statement "I believe there was one single historic virgin birth". The pink dragon in my garage is no scientific statement, too.
12) Condoms increase the spread of HIV
Do you have an authentic link that shows this is an official statement of the RCC?
13) That priest was only ministering to that boy
Crimes are contradicting science?
14) etc etc
Is "etc" contradicting science?
Si tacuisses, philosophos mansisses.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 18, 2010
The difference with homosexual marriage, is that sexual orientation is physiologically fixed. It is not a matter of choice, ideology, preference, or lifestyle.

Polygamy is a religious rights issue. In the USA, the Constitution guarantees religious freedom. Anti polygamy laws limit the rights of Muslims and Mormons.
I support ending any government recognition or privilege for marriage OR the people, not courts, have the right and obligation to define marriage.
Royale
5 / 5 (2) Mar 18, 2010
@frajo
11) Not a falsifiable statement? It's already been proven it could happen, we just need to see a case of proof and bam that statement is falsified. (Hell, even the TV show House covered the topic).
12) He's mocking what people are being taught. Obviously this is a false statement.
13) No, crimes are not contradicting science. Religion is contradicting itself. And JayK pointed that out very well.
So sorry it hurt your feelings, but he's right.
JayK
3 / 5 (4) Mar 18, 2010
12) Pope Benedict the XXX says that condoms are increasing the problem of HIV:
http://news.bbc.c...7460.stm

And get a sense of humor, that is why I added the part about Jonah Goldberg. No one would claim to have birthed that thing.
marjon
1 / 5 (4) Mar 18, 2010
What are the failure rates for condoms?
The only sure way NOT to contract HIV is to: NOT have sex, NOT use dirty needles and NOT have blood transfusions.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (3) Mar 18, 2010
What are the failure rates for condoms?
The only sure way NOT to contract HIV is to: NOT have sex, NOT use dirty needles and NOT have blood transfusions.
You forgot one: NOT to remain alive.

Sorry bud, but the message of abstinence is a proven and abject failure. Even the priests evangelizing it can't help molesting choir boys when out of the public's sight.

People will continue to have sex, just as surely as people continue to eat, sleep, and breathe. It is, after all, one of the main physiological drives of the human body, and for good reason.

Given that perennial and IMMUTABLE reality, the only sane approach is to impede the spread of HIV (and other STDs) as much as possible.

And for that, condoms are the best bet bar none, failure rates and all.
marjon
1 / 5 (4) Mar 18, 2010
Abstinence CANNOT fail.
People may fail to abstain, but that is their fault.
What is the failure rate of condoms?
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (3) Mar 18, 2010
People may fail to abstain, but that is their fault.
What is the failure rate of condoms?
A lot lower than the failure rate of people.
JayK
3 / 5 (4) Mar 18, 2010
Ignorance of reality seems to plague a lot of christianists. They also seem to blame a lot of problems on others instead of taking responsibility or helping. That story of the Jesus dude and the lepers? That just makes christianists mad.
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Mar 18, 2010
People may fail to abstain, but that is their fault.
What is the failure rate of condoms?
A lot lower than the failure rate of people.

That is the problem, false positives. Condom users believe they are 100% safe. Especially since governments promote their use so heavily.
There is only one ONE guarantee, abstinence. But that is completely ignored by irresponsible people like yourself.
PinkElephant
4.3 / 5 (4) Mar 18, 2010
Condom users believe they are 100% safe.
That would apply only to ignorant idiots. Of which, marjon, I think you're the only representative on this board...

Here's a straightforward analogy: seat belts in cars. Will they guarantee 100% that you'll survive a crash? No, and nobody's stupid enough to think that (except perhaps for you...) But as long as you fail to abstain from driving, wearing a seat belt still makes you a lot safer just in case a crash does occur, than not wearing one.

Similarly, wearing a condom will save you from infection 95% of the time that you'd have gotten infected (and passed it on to your other partners, if any) otherwise.

Even for married couples, using condoms is a great idea, because the "no cheating" advocacy is about just as practical as the "abstinence" one.

People do what people do. But as long as they continue to play Russian Roulette, I'd rather they used a 9999-round chamber, instead of a 6-round one...
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Mar 18, 2010
Ignorance of reality seems to plague a lot of christianists. They also seem to blame a lot of problems on others instead of taking responsibility or helping. That story of the Jesus dude and the lepers? That just makes christianists mad.

Advocating abstinence is promoting individual responsibility.
It is people like you that blame others for limiting your behaviour. Reminds me of the whining of grounded teenagers.
JayK
3 / 5 (4) Mar 18, 2010
Ignorance of reality seems to plague a lot of christianists. They also seem to blame a lot of problems on others instead of taking responsibility or helping. That story of the Jesus dude and the lepers? That just makes christianists mad.

Advocating abstinence is promoting individual responsibility.
It is people like you that blame others for limiting your behaviour. Reminds me of the whining of grounded teenagers.


That didn't even make sense. Are you high?
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Mar 18, 2010
Ignorance of reality seems to plague a lot of christianists. They also seem to blame a lot of problems on others instead of taking responsibility or helping. That story of the Jesus dude and the lepers? That just makes christianists mad.

Advocating abstinence is promoting individual responsibility.
It is people like you that blame others for limiting your behaviour. Reminds me of the whining of grounded teenagers.


That didn't even make sense. Are you high?

What part?
Your complaints about society limiting (your presumed) behaviour, remind me of teenage whining.
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 19, 2010
AFAIK there is nothing in modern Catholicism which contradicts scientific theories
Really? Here's a short list that I can quickly assemble, yet I'm far from an expert on Catholicism:

You'll find my answer on http://rolofs.net...sg-43192 .
It's a bit more than 1000 characters.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (2) Mar 19, 2010
Advocating abstinence is promoting individual responsibility.
It is people like you that blame others for limiting your behaviour. Reminds me of the whining of grounded teenagers.

Advocating abstinence without correlary education is instilling temptation, not personal responsibility.

Education of abstinence WITH education in contraception is personal accountability.

@Frajo,

There is one thing I can say is starkly against the views of the RCC and one that you got wrong.

1) the RCC holds that belief in evolution is an affront to god as it contradicts the theory of creation.

2) The RCC holds that the Bible is the Divine word of God. Hence being the only Universal Truth, which you alluded to and stated incorrectly that the church does not hold the Bible to be divine. They certainly do.
Royale
3 / 5 (2) Mar 19, 2010
Ding! We have a winner. Skeptic, you're absolutely correct. And as JayK points out, sex is hardwired into our brains at a primal level. It WILL happen. Even priests can't abstain. Let's say there are a few examples of priests who are abiding by the rules and totally abstaining. They're having wet dreams instead, because unless you castrate them the sperm need to get out after a certain period of time. So preaching only abstinence is ridiculous.
frajo
1 / 5 (2) Mar 19, 2010
1) the RCC holds that belief in evolution is an affront to god as it contradicts the theory of creation.
You are completely wrong on this point. Just try to find any authentic RCC link that underlines your urban legend.

2)The RCC holds that the Bible is the Divine word of God.
Again wrong. Please, stick to physics and don't just cite without any scepticism the hearsay of your local circles on other topics.
JayK
2 / 5 (4) Mar 19, 2010
The only thing frajo did in his offsite posting is say:
'it is religion and religion is outside of science, so there.'

There is nothing new in his excuses, just repetition of all the points in this and other threads, excusing the church and his own spirituality from ever being criticized. On top of it all, it is incredibly anti-science/anti-intellectual. His section on miracles says that the human mind "can't" know certain things, which he may as well just say "so stop asking questions".

Religion is the mind-killer.
frajo
2 / 5 (2) Mar 19, 2010
1) the RCC holds that belief in evolution is an affront to god as it contradicts the theory of creation.

http://www.newsci...cre.html
Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture:
Darwin's theory of evolution is compatible with Christian faith.
...
Darwin's theories had never formally been condemned by the Roman Catholic church

Pope Puis XII said in 1950 that evolution was a valid scientific approach to the development of humans. John Paul II said in 1996 that it was "more than a hypothesis".

I'm always impressed of the laziness of some people who don't even care to consult google.
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Mar 19, 2010
Education of abstinence WITH education in contraception is personal accountability.


The law can't hold children accountable until 18.
How rational are teenagers? Especially after being shown how to use condoms on bananas or cucumbers by adults winking and nodding?
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 19, 2010
The only thing frajo did in his offsite posting is say:
'it is religion and religion is outside of science, so there.'
People can read for themselves. Or shouldn't they?
There is nothing new in his excuses,
I'm not excusing anything. You seem to be a little bit upset.
just repetition of all the points in this and other threads,
Obviously you didn't read my remarks on theodicy and teleology. Or you don't understand them.
excusing the church
Where?
and his own spirituality
My spirituality? What's that? Maybe my lust for languages you don't understand?
from ever being criticized.
Nobody on PhysOrg has criticised monotheism more than I did. Of course, superficial non-believers can't understand this.
On top of it all, it is incredibly anti-science/anti-intellectual.
How can you tell an intellectual from a conditioned member of a social group? Where have I been "anti-science"?
Royale
4.3 / 5 (3) Mar 19, 2010
I don't know marjon, how rational are teenagers? I for one, wore a condom with every single partner throughout my teenage years; with the exception of one STD tested girl who was on a birth control pill (Yes! I learned about that contraception as well.) Currently, I'm back to using condoms. (Less side effects on the girl I'm with.) So it would seem to me that contraception based learning, (up through 8th grade, and due to Catholic High School abstinence based AND contraception based learning worked amazingly well for me!
STD free, and no babies.
Either I'm an outstanding example to the rule, OR that type of education works well.
PinkElephant
not rated yet Mar 19, 2010
@frajo,

See my reply on that site where you posted your long answer.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 19, 2010
"Consistent and correct use of male latex condoms can reduce (though not eliminate) the risk of STD transmission."
" Inconsistent use can lead to STD acquisition because transmission can occur with a single act of intercourse with an infected partner. Similarly, if condoms are not used correctly, the protective effect may be diminished even when they are used consistently. The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. However, many infected persons may be unaware of their infections because STDs are often asymptomatic or unrecognized."
http://www.cdc.go...atex.htm
Science and religion agree! Hallelujah!
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (1) Mar 20, 2010
JK: People can't support causes they believe in?
What is amusing about prop 8 is that those minorities the the liberals claim to adore voted overwhelming to oppose homosexual marriage.
MA denied citizens the right to define marriage. If the MA homosexual mafia ever allowed a vote in MA, homosexual marriage in MA would end.

There were two public votes on gay marriage in massachusetts. How do you think they were able to alter the constitution of the state to allow for gay marriage?
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 20, 2010

There were two public votes on gay marriage in massachusetts. How do you think they were able to alter the constitution of the state to allow for gay marriage?

MA has NEVER VOTED for homosexual marriage. It was imposed by the state court. The legislature blocked a legitimate petition to place the issue on the ballot.
"At issue is an initiative in Massachusetts signed by 170,000 people seeking to have a question placed on the 2008 ballot that would allow voters to decide how marriage should be defined. Massachusetts currently "authorizes" same-sex couples to be married based on an opinion from the state court system, and rules that have been implemented by officials in the state. " The legislature refused to allow the people to vote. What were they afraid of?
PinkElephant
4.7 / 5 (3) Mar 20, 2010
The legislature refused to allow the people to vote. What were they afraid of?
Oh I don't know, maybe something along the lines of Jim Crow? Ah, if only the people of the South were allowed to VOTE on miscegenation and segregation... Then we wouldn't have had to impose those draconian Federal measures, and everything would've been hunky-dory.

Now, as it is, MA is coming to an end. Its social fabric is unraveling. Dogs are copulating with cats, the sun spews darkness, and the Devil is ruling the land. All because of homosexual marriage. Such horror...
PinkElephant
4.7 / 5 (3) Mar 20, 2010
What is amusing about prop 8 is that those minorities the the liberals claim to adore voted overwhelming to oppose homosexual marriage.
Yet another victory of religion and out-of-state special interests over justice, fairness, and rational reality. Hallelujah!
marjon
1 / 5 (3) Mar 20, 2010
MA is coming to an end

Its economy is not far behind CA.

It is amusing how those who claim to be 'for the people' cheer when unaccountable state officials make laws without advice and consent of the people.

Neither your or JK make any comment about how it was minority blacks and Hispanics that voted against homosexual marriage in CA.

BTW, homosexual marriage is weakening the family in Norway and, as I posted earlier, most of you atheists believe the world has too many people so why have children? You can spend our money and time enjoying yourselves while those 'ignorant poor' people of faith out breed you. Survival of the fittest. And they won't be liberal atheists. Maybe you should study what happened to the Shakers.

When a Muslim or Mormon sues for this religious right to multiple wives, you must support that if you support judicial fiat. That will accelerate the number of believers, accelerating an atheist demise. Killed by your own petard.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (3) Mar 20, 2010
Its economy is not far behind CA.
Because of homosexual marriage, no doubt.
...those who claim to be 'for the people' cheer when unaccountable state officials make laws...
I always cheer for justice. Even when it's against the will of the majority.
minority blacks and Hispanics that voted against homosexual marriage in CA
You must've missed my immediately preceding comment above.
homosexual marriage is weakening the family in Norway
ROFLMAO
And they won't be liberal atheists
One more time, for the especially dim-witted: liberalism and atheism are not genetic.
When a Muslim or Mormon sues for this religious right to multiple wives, you must support that if you support judicial fiat.
And you know what? I'll probably support it. In my view, the state shouldn't be messing with issues of marriage in the first place. Barring that, it has to be impartial.
That will accelerate the number of believers
You afraid of a little more freedom, marjon?
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 20, 2010
You afraid of a little more freedom, marjon?


The people who are afraid of liberty are those who depend upon liberal judges to force their 'values' upon others.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 20, 2010
"The separation of marriage from parenthood was increasing; gay marriage has widened the separation. Out-of-wedlock birthrates were rising; gay marriage has added to the factors pushing those rates higher. Instead of encouraging a society-wide return to marriage, Scandinavian gay marriage has driven home the message that marriage itself is outdated, and that virtually any family form, including out-of-wedlock parenthood, is acceptable."
"By guaranteeing jobs and income to every citizen (even children), the welfare state renders each individual independent."
"Secular social scientists (most of them quite radical) have largely replaced clerics as arbiters of public morality. Swedes themselves link the decline of marriage to secularism. And many studies confirm that, throughout the West, religiosity is associated with institutionally strong marriage, while heightened secularism is correlated with a weakening of marriage."
(continued)
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Mar 20, 2010
"This suggests that gay marriage is both an effect and a cause of the increasing separation between marriage and parenthood. As rising out-of-wedlock birthrates disassociate heterosexual marriage from parenting, gay marriage becomes conceivable. If marriage is only about a relationship between two people, and is not intrinsically connected to parenthood, why shouldn't same-sex couples be allowed to marry? "
"She argued that Norwegian gay marriage was a sign of marriage's growing emptiness, not its strength. Although Moxnes spoke in favor of gay marriage, she treated its creation as a (welcome) death knell for marriage itself. Moxnes identified homosexuals--with their experience in forging relationships unencumbered by children--as social pioneers in the separation of marriage from parenthood. "
http://www.weekly...p?page=6
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (4) Mar 20, 2010
Wow, that was deep. First, gay marriage is responsible for lack of heterosexual marriage. Next, homosexual marriage is both a symptom and a cause (eat that, ouroboros!). But actually, it's all a consequence of increasing secularization. But really, it's all because of dissociation of marriage from parenthood. At the same time, infertile heterosexuals shouldn't be allowed to marry, and single parents should be outlawed. Lastly, it's all down to homosexual marriage.

Kudos to marjon's umpteenth demented propaganda outlet: I haven't seen mental diarrhea with such a finely nauseating texture in quite a long time.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 21, 2010
You afraid of a little more freedom, marjon?


The people who are afraid of liberty are those who depend upon liberal judges to force their 'values' upon others.

I'm sorry, who is the one against universal marriage rights?
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 21, 2010
1. I support the end of special government privilege or recognition of marriage.
2. If voters decide that the government has valid reasons to recognize and sanction marriage, then the people in that government have the right and obligation to define 'marriage'.

The current methodology of using court orders to force people to recognize homosexual marriage can and should be applied to recognize and sanction polygamy and any other definition of 'marriage' a minority of people want to use. This path essentially makes the definition of 'marriage' whatever anyone wants it to be. This is what happened in Scandinavia as described above.
Homosexuals may obtain some satisfaction that they have legal recognition of marriage, but they have a long way to go to obtain social acceptance.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (3) Mar 21, 2010
1. I support the end of special government privilege or recognition of marriage.
Wow! I agree with marjon... The end of the world has arrived, people.
2. If voters decide that the government has valid reasons to recognize and sanction marriage, then the people in that government have the right and obligation to define 'marriage'.
But, this right is circumscribed (at least in U.S.) by Constitutional guarantees of nondiscrimination and equal protection. IOW, fairness.
This path essentially makes the definition of 'marriage' whatever anyone wants it to be.
But that's what it SHOULD be. At least, that's what it should be in a country with freedom of religion. The key word being FREEDOM.
they have a long way to go to obtain social acceptance.
Every road, no matter how long or winding, has a beginning. And by the way, younger generations are much more accepting of homosexual rights. Progress is inevitable, if for no other reason, than the old bigots dieing off...
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 21, 2010
But, this right is circumscribed (at least in U.S.) by Constitutional guarantees of nondiscrimination and equal protection. IOW, fairness.

Is it fair to limit people to one spouse or limit by age. Was it fair for the WA teacher who had an affair and eventually married a student to go to jail for rape? Your argument is specious.

If marriage has no definition, then it ceases to exist as a concept.
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (2) Mar 21, 2010
Was it fair for the WA teacher who had an affair and eventually married a student to go to jail for rape? Your argument is specious.
No, YOUR argument is specious. With respect to marriage, we're always talking about:

1) ADULTS
2) CONSENTING adults

Sure, you can bring up arranged marriages and child brides, but that falls under the general category of child abuse. Not remotely the same ballpark, or even the same planet.
If marriage has no definition, then it ceases to exist as a concept.
BS. Marriage has many definitions. Polygamy is definitely among them.

As a broad generalization, you can define marriage as long-term sexual bonding. That doesn't preclude it from being a bonding between more than two people. Nor does it preclude it from being a bonding between homosexuals. Reproduction might, or might not be, a side-effect of marriage (depending on fertility of the people in question), though it so happens that many people want the experience of raising children.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (1) Mar 21, 2010
Homosexuals may obtain some satisfaction that they have legal recognition of marriage, but they have a long way to go to obtain social acceptance

Maybe where you're from. In my neck of the woods we could care less who people are sleeping with as long as they are of age and consenting.

I find it interesting how someone so religious could be so heretical and still endorse christian dogma.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 21, 2010
Homosexuals may obtain some satisfaction that they have legal recognition of marriage, but they have a long way to go to obtain social acceptance

Maybe where you're from. In my neck of the woods we could care less who people are sleeping with as long as they are of age and consenting.

I find it interesting how someone so religious could be so heretical and still endorse christian dogma.

When was 'marriage' required for consenting adults to sleep together?
I wonder why no one ever returns to first principles in the discussion of marriage? What value does or did it add to society and why should it be discarded?
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (3) Mar 21, 2010
When was 'marriage' required for consenting adults to sleep together?
When fathers were considered owners of their daughters, and as such were only willing to trade such property for a proper dowry.
What value does or did it add to society and why should it be discarded?
You poor, confused thing.

Who's talking about discarding anything? Nobody's being prohibited from marrying, if they so choose. On the contrary, more people desiring marriage, are being allowed to be officially recognized. That's an expansion of marriage, not a "discarding".
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 21, 2010
When was 'marriage' required for consenting adults to sleep together?
When fathers were considered owners of their daughters, and as such were only willing to trade such property for a proper dowry.
What value does or did it add to society and why should it be discarded?
You poor, confused thing.

Who's talking about discarding anything? Nobody's being prohibited from marrying, if they so choose. On the contrary, more people desiring marriage, are being allowed to be officially recognized. That's an expansion of marriage, not a "discarding".

Why is official recognition so important?
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (3) Mar 21, 2010
Why is official recognition so important?
Because of the economic benefits and legal rights conferred by the state, that come with the official recognition.

But why keep asking stupid questions you already know the answer to?

Haven't we already arrived at a mutual agreement that the state shouldn't be in the business of subsidizing marriage in the first place?
Royale
not rated yet Mar 25, 2010
Aww... this was the longest thread I have ever seen (and kept up in my browser day after day) I'm sad to see it stopped a few days ago. It's really quite fun watching marjon crap his pants, then get crapped on.. It's also quite fun rating down his ignorance.. Remeber everyone, it's the little things in life that keep us going. =)
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 25, 2010
Why is official recognition so important?

Taxes, health insurance, hospital visitation, estate benefit, support agreements, loans, credit default, car insurance, home owners insurance, next of kin notification, state distribution law, and on and on and on.

Why is it so important to you that they be barred from having these rights?
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 25, 2010
this was the longest thread I have ever seen (and kept up in my browser day after day) I'm sad to see it stopped a few days ago.
Did you notice the thread's branch on http://rolofs.net...sg-43191 ? There are some comments which are just too long to fit here.
Royale
not rated yet Mar 25, 2010
If that site requires another signup to post to i'd prefer not to. Although, if JayK is signed up for it too, it may just be worth it.
JayK
1 / 5 (2) Mar 25, 2010
Nope I read a little bit and then gave up. That just looks like someone could dump a lot of time into something for absolutely no gain.
frajo
3 / 5 (2) Mar 25, 2010
That just looks like someone could dump a lot of time into something for absolutely no gain.
A discussion with intelligent sparring partners is always a gain for me.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 25, 2010
That just looks like someone could dump a lot of time into something for absolutely no gain.
A discussion with intelligent sparring partners is always a gain for me.

Agreed, unfortunately this site is sorely lacking as of late, the 4 unique screen-named posters above me excluded, and a few others, excluded.
JayK
1 / 5 (2) Mar 25, 2010
I feel like small groups become insular and it becomes a tug of war between equally adamant positions. Without the injection of new interests and concepts, I don't feel like any progress can be made.

It's personal, probably, and has to do more with my preference for the anonymity that larger groups enables.
marjon
1 / 5 (1) Mar 25, 2010
Why is official recognition so important?

Taxes, health insurance, hospital visitation, estate benefit, support agreements, loans, credit default, car insurance, home owners insurance, next of kin notification, state distribution law, and on and on and on.

Why is it so important to you that they be barred from having these rights?

Ever hear of civil unions?
I support the end of state recognition of marriage. Why should the state care about marriage?
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (2) Mar 25, 2010
Ever hear of civil unions?

Ever heard of "seperate but equal"?

Though so. It was bullshit then, and it's bullshit now. I agree with your stance that the State should be out of the marriage business.

I also think Churches should be subject to tax just as all other for profit organizations are.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 25, 2010
Ever heard of "seperate but equal"?

Defining marriage as one adult male and one adult female discriminates against no one, except, maybe, hermaphrodites.
If the state believes it should recognize marriage, the state, via a vote of the people, should define marriage. Not a few judges.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (2) Mar 26, 2010
Send me your address I want to get you a dictionary.
marjon
1 / 5 (2) Mar 26, 2010
Send me your address I want to get you a dictionary.

Why?
Royale
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 26, 2010
Yea marjon, you can't say defining and then give us your definition. It doesn't work that way. That's why there are dictionaries in the first place. I'm glad to see that this post is a bit alive again!
Although, you're right JayK. You've already won several times over. It's still fun to watch though. =)
JayK
3.4 / 5 (5) Mar 26, 2010
Skeptic said the key phrase: "Separate but equal". The courts have solidly ruled that Separate but equal is not constitutionally valid, and can be challenged. Either marriage gives absolutely no rights and privileges or it gives them equally to all, irregardless of the specific situation.

I might also point out, once again, that marjon believes that those with HIV deserve to be locked away from society:
http://www.physor...812.html
marjon
1 / 5 (4) Mar 26, 2010
Either marriage gives absolutely no rights and privileges or it gives them equally to all, irregardless of the specific situation.

If marriage is an absolute right, then it cannot be denied for any reason. Including age and current marital status. Meaning children can be married to adults and people can have multiple spouses.
As I keep saying, if the government is going to grant privilege to marriage, the government must define marriage. If one believes in the democratic process, then the people in that government have the right and obligation to define the term.
'irregardless': "A word used by uneducated people intending to sound intelligent."
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (3) Mar 26, 2010
If marriage is an absolute right, then it cannot be denied for any reason. Including age and current marital status.
Except where children don't have the same rights that adults do.

PLEASE READ THE DOCUMENTS YOU'RE TRYING TO USE AS A PROOF FOR YOUR STANCE. Last time I'm going to give you the benefit of saying it.
JayK
3.4 / 5 (5) Mar 26, 2010
That's the ticket, marjon, go for the whole tyranny of the majority over the minority angle again. That certainly was a winner for you before!

Civil rights are not to be left to the whim of the majority, or else you do not have a representative form of government. We are not a Democracy, we are a Representative form of government. Marjon obviously doesn't know the difference, or does and willfully ignores the reality.
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (1) Mar 26, 2010
It's the former, not the latter.
frajo
4 / 5 (4) Mar 26, 2010
'irregardless': "A word used by uneducated people intending to sound intelligent."
You are jumping to conclusions. A lapsus linguae like this can easily happen if you didn't take lessons in Latin. A lack of Latin is not a sufficient criterion for a lack of education.
But the perpetual avoidance of answering questions in concomitance with the non-consensual, idiosyncratic usage of key words in a discussion is IMHO a reliable indicator of a lack of education.

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