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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    My response was not meant as an ad hom, it wasn't about your intellectual ability, I'm sorry if that is how it came across.



    Rather, it was an observation on your response, not what I...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    Why not? You defined them as "fantastic" as a reason to reject them as explanations. How is that not an appeal to your emotional reaction to the claim? Or, at least, an appeal to our own biases? ...
  3. Re: Mind trapped By: a series of unfortunate events

    Wow, that is terrible. At least they were (comparably) minor events.
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    You mean it doesn't specifically justify a Christian belief?

    So?

    Again, this thread isn't about Christianity. Nor have I claimed anywhere on the site that that argument, by itself, is a...
  5. Re: Protected Classes: Expand, Reduce or Maintain?

    This is a valid correction, thank you.





    If you like. Any claim of the sort made above would need to be supported in that thread as well.
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    I want to point out that we will not tolerate personal attacks here. While I understand that debating can be frustrating, especially when you feel you've reached an impasse, venting that frustration...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    Two points

    First, I'm ok with you putting that forward as a rebuttal to premise 2. It would need to be defended as feasible with evidence and argumentation at that point.


    Second, it...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    That is one variant of a multi-verse hypothesis, but it isn't really one that physicists put forward. Virtually all models put forward have a finite set of 'branes' (sub-universes) that occur in the...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    Which is certainy fair, I haven't detailed my defense after all ;-)

    Kidding aside, even if we all agreed that there was no convincing explanation of why, we all, to a man were completely...
  10. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    This is related to an aspect of the harm minimum wage laws cause that I dealt with in the OP and later. I was specifically addressing the MW increase in SEATAC (Seattle-Tacoma, which is not the same...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    This is broadly called the anthropic principle. It is true as far as it goes, but I don't think it really address the explanation of why. If I dropped the plunger on a stick of TNT underneath our...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    Hmm, I'm not sure this is the case. The argument is always about that specific use of the term. That isn't to say that theists don't use the term in other ways (and often incorrectly), but that...
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    Re: How do you pay for Universal Basic Income?

    Yeah, I see what you were saying now, sorry. Totally agree with you on these effects. The other major factor, imo, would be the creation of new labor categories as labor changes. I, of course,...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    When a physicist uses the term "fine tuned in relation to life" he isn't saying that the universe was optimized for life such that it should be abundant. IE, he isn't arguing that these are the...
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    Re: The Cliff: a thought experiment on abortion

    I want to remind everyone that is participating in this thread to keep it civil. No personal attacks, no baiting, just debate the issues. Consider this an official warning. Further flaming or...
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    Re: How do you pay for Universal Basic Income?

    Assuming that they will actually do all the labor (try telling that to the luddites), it would result in pretty signficant deflation since goods would become so readily available.




    In...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    Well it depends on the particular physical constant, initial condition, physical law, etc. That is why each value I offered was accompanied by a link that cited peer-reviewed papers by physicists...
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    Re: How do you pay for Universal Basic Income?

    That would certainly work to cover $10,000 or $12,000 or whatever in nominal terms. But printing is inflation, and generally is followed by price inflation. It would be a UBI, but it would just...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    Certainly. Fine-tuning is a well used term within physics. Its definition generally revolves around the margin a physical constant can deviate before the universe we live in would no longer permit...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    I'm sorry if you felt that it was snide. Looking back on the wording I definitely see how you could read it that way. I apologize, I only meant to imply that that is usual structure of our...
  21. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    It certainly isn't applicable to all markets (economies is a bit overbroad for what you mean). Markets with monopsony power would not have these findings. That is, quite literally, the only time...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    Iíve seen you make this statement on a half dozen occasions in this this thread, but you never explain why it is incoherent. Why does something not being contained within a specific set of spatial...
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    Re: How do you pay for Universal Basic Income?

    Overall, the UBI is a good solution when compared to the monstrosity of welfare programs we currently run that are both expensive and ineffective. The UBI has a lot going from it from an incentive...
  24. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    What you are describing here is not a tautology. Asking a question, then answering it with data doesn't make something a tautology.

    What you seem to be describing is a misaprehension on your...
  25. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    Just an evidence based side note, it looks as if US wage rates are increasing over the last two quarters in low income sectors. This undercuts the idea that employers are keeping wages down with...
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    I don't think you are using tautology correctly in that sentence. A tautology is a statement that is self-referentially true. Something like "all bachelors are not married." Did you mean something...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    I think this is a fine definition. If I were to quibble it would be with the word "strong" which is somewhat subjective. I might substitute the word "valid" in there or something to link the...
  28. Re: Increasing the Minimum Wage hurts those most vulnerable in our society.

    Even if that were true (rather than it is simply a method of you ignoring scientific evidence), who cares? That debate wouldn't be about this thread. It is an entirely new debate, not referencing...
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    Re: Theistic beliefs are not rationally justified

    I donít think youíve asked me specifically to define that term until now, perhaps I missed it. My understanding is that youíve maintained your own definition (ďeverything that has objective reality...
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    Re: Gun Control and your stance

    I don't think Mican made that argument. Nor do I see how this claim is laughable. (Certainly the Afghans didn't find it laughable). Can you elaborate?
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