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  1. I haven't mentioned God. I have a huge number of...

    I haven't mentioned God. I have a huge number of places to bring the argument, the mere fact that this portion of it involves gaps is not terribly significant. I am attempting to paint a coherent...
  2. But people don't return from dreams with a...

    But people don't return from dreams with a lenghty and extensive set of memories of what transpired. In the subjective time of the NDE, it may last for quite a long time, in which quite a lot...
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    It would imply that God has time - that events...

    It would imply that God has time - that events transpire - not that his time is our time. Our time very much appears to be woven into the fabric of space-time, from which all matter and energy in our...
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    The key word here is "will" - it will grow - it...

    The key word here is "will" - it will grow - it has not done so yet. Why is blocking that potential, that capability, from being reached a bad thing?
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    A convincing argument will change my mind. It has...

    A convincing argument will change my mind. It has happened before.





    The research necessary to support each other's side, as well as the debate in presenting the points, is good for our...
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    There is a difference - We helped prop Saddam...

    There is a difference - We helped prop Saddam Hussein up - so we have responsibility to bring him down.
  7. People come back with many days worth of memories...

    People come back with many days worth of memories - during a time when their brain should not have been creating clear memories at all. Yet another reason to speculate about multiple dimensions of...
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    It seems to me that Christianity (and Islam too -...

    It seems to me that Christianity (and Islam too - but there are no Muslims on this board to argue with) pursues the classic carrot and stick approach to winning converts.

    It offers eternal...
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    Why are Christians Christian?

    Assuming you believe in the cosmology of Christianity - why do you choose to accept Christ into your heart?
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    Christians can never agree on what Hell is. No -...

    Christians can never agree on what Hell is. No - of course I think rejection and eternal death sucks - better than torture, though. Still not the work of a kind and loving God.
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    yeah - but in the OT God still did all those...

    yeah - but in the OT God still did all those awful things - right? Killing the babies of the enemy is evil business, whether it occurred 3,000 years ago or today. The NT completing the OT does not...
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    sorry - Apok's gonna whup my butt for that... ...

    sorry - Apok's gonna whup my butt for that...

    There was a connection, but it diverged ages ago. I will continue this in the Ritilin thread.

    So, back to Jesus...

    Did he die as an example of...
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    So... That would mean you believe long-term...

    So...

    That would mean you believe long-term use is <b>never</b> appropriate for ADD or depression, right?
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    Have you looked on medline? It is too bad...

    Have you looked on medline?

    It is too bad psychlit is not publicly available - it would have more on this topic.

    If you have books on this topic, they will presumably have references - if you...
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    Ok... Then you are essentially saying there is...

    Ok...

    Then you are essentially saying there is evidence to show that long term use of medications is never appropriate, because there are better alternatives - I would like to read this evidence....
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    Depression is a very different example from other...

    Depression is a very different example from other mental illnesses...

    Short term medication therapy is often quite appropriate, because it seems to somehow teach the individual a different state...
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    No, no, no... no reasonableness - Fundies...

    No, no, no...

    no reasonableness - Fundies believe the Old Testament is divinely inspired, and all that. The OT and NT are both truth, remember?

    I don't actually attribute such attrocities to...
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    What pill, when used for neurological treatment,...

    What pill, when used for neurological treatment, makes a person feel all better?



    I think you assume that what works best for you, in your spiritual pursuits, is what works best for others.
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    But... Fundamentalist Christians and Muslims...

    But...

    Fundamentalist Christians and Muslims support the practice of condemning people to eternal damnation. That seems evil to me.

    The mere fact that someone might have an evil belief does not...
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    But - which interpretation of God ought you to...

    But - which interpretation of God ought you to follow?

    God, as depicted in the Bible, is an evil bastard. Killing babies, ordering the assassination of homosexuals and sunday laborers, condemning...
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    Someone, somewhere, must have painted a close up...

    Someone, somewhere, must have painted a close up of an elvish face - maybe a cool looking drow or something. You could put an elvish eye on there.
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    Tough question... Self destructive tendencies...

    Tough question...

    Self destructive tendencies like this sound like a mental illness that needs treatment to me - but I would need to really examine the issue to form a solid opinion.




    What...
  23. Cool - then yes we agree... but I will move on to...

    Cool - then yes we agree... but I will move on to topics you won't agree with.

    If there is a hyperspace/multiverse - whatever. We really have no details, so we can just call it an outer reality -...
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    Cool! Now I won't have to keep going down to the...

    Cool! Now I won't have to keep going down to the corner Alien Probing store to pay for it!
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    Happy Lady... Would say that it is acceptable...

    Happy Lady...

    Would say that it is acceptable to eliminate a given source of suffering if that is an option. If you have blindness - to seek treatment to remove cataracts, for example - rather...
  26. Thread: Eyes

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    The other is more ominous, this one looks sort of...

    The other is more ominous, this one looks sort of surprised - like a chick on her first... uh, I mean - I think I like the other one better. But really - you should go with whichever one you like.
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    Now, now, Withnail - don't knock it 'til you've...

    Now, now, Withnail - don't knock it 'til you've tried it. If you need to prepare for your Alien Probing, I might know a few folks that could help you out! You can come out of the Alien Probing closet...
  28. Thread: Eyes

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    Um... Very nice - very masculine...

    Um...

    Very nice - very masculine (ahemtotallygayahem) - now nobody will think you're a chick.
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    That would be one form of maximizing happiness -...

    That would be one form of maximizing happiness - the long term must be included as well as the short term.



    I agree that there is value in struggling. However, I do not agree that we must limit...
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    I thought the following article might be good...

    I thought the following article might be good fodder for Sam in this debate:

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    Thu May 13, 2004 15:01 EDT
    *National Survey Shows Women in Their 20s Compromising Sexual Health
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