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    Re: A new definition of free will

    Your alternate definition, while interesting, has the distinct flaw of being equally useless for the purposes of a legal system. If you define free will such that it can never be had, is there much...
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    Re: SC What is the point in debating?

    In my experience, the aim of the best debaters is not to win, but to better themselves. Consider:

    If you win, you've made a convert, and the world is a little closer to the way you'd prefer it,...
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    Re: Ron Paul vs. Hillary Clinton: Paul Wins?

    Much as I'd like to believe that the American public would look at the subtle variations between candidates, I suspect that the statistically significant majority would react with "Ew, Republicans"...
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    Hello and Goodbye

    I've never really posted a complete biography of myself here, so I thought on my way out might be a good time to do so.

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    My name is Iluvatar, some people call me Kevin. I'm 19, I live in...
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    Re: Windows v.s. Mac

    I do feel obligated to have at least one comment like this in here:
    "Winduhs are teh suxorz. Get a real system, n00b!" :cool:

    That said...
    You'd be surprised; there are a fair amount of...
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    Re: Windows v.s. Mac

    Rog, way to be open minded. I've found that the higher up you go on the tree of technical professionals, the more you get views like yours (ie, prefer one or another for a few reasons, but not...
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    Re: Windows v.s. Mac

    I feel bad, but there are a few things I should point out to the other mac-friendly here:

    As I understand it, there are Windows equivalents of Quicksilver popping up.

    Not so. The Windows...
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    Re: Windows v.s. Mac

    Mac market share is at ~5% last I checked. So, Mac's should have 5% the number of viruses for windows, approximately. Last I checked, the number of viruses for Mac OSX are in the single digits,...
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    Re: obesity it's wrong

    So then, where is the line drawn for what's self destruction? Does the benefit matter?

    What about the guy that works 80 hours a week in construction to feed his family? That's physically...
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    Re: obesity it's wrong

    Why is it necessarily wrong? It seems to me a simple trade off: Is being thin worth the sacrifices (not eating what you want, taking time out of your day to exercise, etc) you'd have to make? I...
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    Re: A world void of emotion....

    I would argue that if more people would use logic on that first question, we could seriously improve the state of the welfare system. If more people had used their mind instead of their emotion on...
  12. Re: What if someone found out we're, well... meat?

    I thought it was somewhat amusing. However, using the term "meat" to describe us is kind of meaningless, unless you want to define meat. Do you mean "flesh to be eaten"? If so, it only makes sense...
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    Re: Where does it stop?

    Of course, it's not the case that 1/7th of the population emits dangerous radiation on their own.
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    Re: Where does it stop?

    There are hazardous jobs all around. You do realize that we no longer condone slavery, and employment is voluntary, right? No one will force you to take a dangerous job.
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    Re: Where does it stop?

    To be honest, I could see more justification for anti-parent-smoking laws than for anit-bar/resteraunt smoking laws. I personally can't stand the smell of smoke. However, I can't see any reason to...
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    Poll: Re: Downloading Music

    You are using a strange definition of theft. If I were to lose something to you and I did not receive the expect compensation, that would be theft. But if neither of us loose anything, and I gain...
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    Poll: Re: Downloading Music

    If not receiving payment for something is a crime, then every time you choose not to buy something (not downloading, just choosing not to buy it), then you are committing a crime.

    To be fair, I...
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    Poll: Re: Downloading Music

    The problem with the theft of information is that it's inherently unlike the theft of physical property.

    For example, let's say you grow a watermelon and attempt to sell it. I come up and steal...
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    Re: A defense of Atheism.

    As Zhav said, a good essay. I would think, though, that this is a defense of Atheists, rather than a defense of Atheism. Atheism is simple a belief that there is no god. You seem to take it as a...
  20. Thread: I Tunes

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    Re: I Tunes

    That's definitely a possibility. I would think that it would require huge amounts of resource hogging to do that, though. I mean, it comes up when I try to play music while dumping a 70gb file to...
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    Poll: Re: Required License to Procreate

    I'd love to see a practical way to screen parents. Unfortunately, every proposal I've seen or can think of has flaws.

    The idea of paying $500 a year for high-risk women not to have sex has a...
  22. Thread: I Tunes

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    Re: I Tunes

    So it didn't skip on other players? If that's the case, then it's definitely your copy of iTunes. It could be an incompatibility with your new computer. I would suggest making sure that you have...
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    Re: What crimes should be punishable by death?

    Ignoring practicalities, I would argue that the death penalty could be justified in cases of:

    Premeditated Rape, Premeditated Serious Assault, Premeditated Murder, Child Rape.

    I'm hesitant to...
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    Re: Genetic Engineering

    If this is done on a per-person basis, by their own choice, then I have no beef with it. I was interpreting the OP as releasing a virus that causes these genetic enhancements on the population as a...
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    Re: Genetic Engineering

    Chase, you're argument that Christians are close-minded and fanatical is not very supported when you're the one who jumps at the Christians before they even posted.

    That said, I would be wary of...
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    Re: why is "god" masochist?

    Chase, it sounds like you are using "Creationism is a lie" to justify "Creationism is a lie". Not exactly sound argumentation.
  27. Thread: I Tunes

    by Iluvatar
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    Re: I Tunes

    It skips? As in old-cd-player skipping? It does sound like the files themselves. Have you tried using a different player? Quicktime and VLC come to mind. If they play the songs fine, then it's...
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    Re: Floating Ice Farms

    I hate to say it, but you all sound like creationists. "Sure the vast majority of the scientific community agrees that it's an indisputable fact, but a couple people disagree, and it's easier to...
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    Re: Half Dead Beat Dad

    I'm not much for giving advice, since I've found that most people who tell their stories don't really want it anyways. :) But, I am who I am, so I'll give my analysis.

    I've found that, when...
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    Re: "I think, therefore I am" is flawed

    As I said, this is a debate that deals with the realm of absolutes. I cannot prove with absolute George W Bush exists, for example. There are numerous situations, as ridiculously unlikely that they...
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