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  1. Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

    I promised that I'd cross post my final post on this topic here, so here it goes (paste HTML and hope it doesn't get chewed up--eh, looks good enough in preview):

    <p>It's been a couple weeks, but...
  2. Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

    I'm preparing to write a third blog post on the topic (I'll repost it in this thread), but while I was looking over the data, another technique for comparing the religious categories came to me. Pew...
  3. Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

    True, but the trend is stronger for evangelicals, as well as for Black Protestants (who I didn't include in the chart for other reasons). Hispanic Catholics, even with their low performance across...
  4. Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

    I'm not going to actually delve too deeply into the debate on what one should know, except to comment on how Apokalupsis' approach to the topic seems to be mirrored in the survey results for white...
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    Poll: Re: New Style added: Forge

    So in drafting that last post, I spent a bit more time using forge and while the bulk of my criticisms still stand (overly large header, red too bright, etc.), I would like to retract 1c. I still...
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    Poll: Re: New Style added: Forge

    I prefer Green SEO and that's based upon two main considerations

    1) The header in Green SEO is more polished and takes up less space than in Forge. This is because:

    a. The logo looks more...
  7. Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

    Since I've taken a bit more time to read the thread, I'll address what I'll call the "Trendem-CliveStaples position" on this topic, which as the name suggests, refers to the broad position...
  8. Re: Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

    I might as well add in the colorized table I made last night:


    http://mengbomin.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/pewsummary1.png

    I linked it to the blog post I made that gives a short explanation...
  9. Re: Atheophobia being used to keep atheists from public service?

    This is a little off-topic for this thread and I'm not familiar with the original discussion concerned with these points, but I would say that saying grace with a member served at a government-funded...
  10. Re: Atheism and Christianity: Equally Dangerous?

    First, it should be pointed out that the 2009 Parliament of World's Religions was held in Melbourne, Australia. Australia happens to be a mostly Christian, with a significant population of atheists,...
  11. Poll: Re: Knowledge and belief poll regarding religion

    Hmm, seems that the ratios have shifted quite a bit since I was last an active member. On the upside, I think that this means that we can easily form a government. The question is, do we the...
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    Political gender quotas

    After the recent British election, Gordon Brown resigned as the head of the Labour Party (and as Prime Minister) as his party went into opposition. As the party's election process for a new leader...
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    Re: Is this racist?

    OK, this is becoming a very bad semantics debate. I think that there should be some acknowledgment that the map is not the territory and thus whether or not this falls under the word "racism" is a...
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    Re: Is this racist?

    Well, this is an example of prejudice based on race, which is a pretty mainstream definition of racism, so I'd say that her attitudes in this case qualify as racist.

    Now, I suspect that the reason...
  15. Re: How many countries can you name in 12 minutes?

    Upon retaking it, I was able to get them all. Does this entitle me to a job at the UN?
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    Re: Los Angeles council is breaking the law.

    The fact that it was in present tense should make it pretty clear that it is my view. Now from the case manise cited:

    Insofar as the city expended only its own funds in entering into construction...
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    Re: Los Angeles council is breaking the law.

    I'm not side-stepping the question, I'm claiming that its irrelevant.


    No. You are fundamentally mischaracterizing the role of government as representatives. The S.C. approved of a city...
  18. Re: How many countries can you name in 12 minutes?

    160/195

    Here's what I missed:
    Europe: Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta

    Asia: East Timor, Kuwait, Singapore

    Africa: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau,...
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    Poll: Re: Do Aliens exist?

    Huh? I think technology will get better, but that's not to say that interstellar travel will be anything close to easy.

    Furthermore, I'm not giving planet detection a free pass. I'm just saying...
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    Re: Los Angeles council is breaking the law.

    No, I'm claiming that Los Angeles is merely acting as a market participant. The interests of its clients are irrelevant. As a market participant and not a regulator, it is not covered by the...
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    Re: Los Angeles council is breaking the law.

    Well, from the article:

    The resolution is expected to be signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It bars the nation's second-largest city from conducting business or reaching new contracts with...
  22. Re: Atheophobia being used to keep atheists from public service?

    Likely a lack of enforcement. The linked post talked about an atheistic council member in North Carolina. If any of these laws were enforced, I suspect that the case would end up at the Supreme...
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    Poll: Re: Do Aliens exist?

    Sampling bias will go in the other direction later on in the discussion, but in this case, our sample is clearly biased in favor of large planets close to their stars for a very simple reason:...
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    Poll: Re: Do Aliens exist?

    That depends upon how you define "aliens". Two issues with that:

    (1) Looking at the word etymologically, it refers to a foreigner outside his home. Basically the analogy is that were a...
  25. Thread: Reps counts

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    Re: Reps counts

    The last time that I cared about Rep points, we didn't need any of these funky stars over the colored blocks to indicate our ridiculous awesomeness. Heck, we didn't even have the gold blocks. The...
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    Re: Los Angeles council is breaking the law.

    That is fair, and no, I am not familiar enough with the literature, so I won't be able to provide a strong legal case that Los Angeles is not violating the Commerce Clause. However, if there is...
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    Re: Los Angeles council is breaking the law.

    The case only dealt with interstate commerce, but that's irrelevant to this discussion.

    It's difficult to see a one-to-one correspondence between the two cases. It may be that the court would...
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    Re: Los Angeles council is breaking the law.

    It seems to be a governmental boycott, rather than a ban on commerce between businesses within Los Angeles and those in Arizona. I suspect that city governments have wide discretion in their...
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    Faith: Re: Theism is a properly basic belief

    This is a strange framing of the issue and one that I'm not sure is relevant in any way to anything. For clarity's sake, I want to point out that "a priori statements" and "a posteriori statements"...
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    Re: The Claimed Biblical Contradictions.

    To reiterate, I would currently characterize my beliefs as both atheist and agnostic, and do not remember a time where that was not the case, though I did fine tune things, including how I...
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