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Yes, we're all godless over here, but we're not commies!

 

Is what the description says.

 

It is a joke because of the number of people who consider atheists to automatically be communists. As a joke, I would not take it very serious as characterizing or propaganda or anything. It is just a joke.

 

Atheism only has killed a bunch of people if you consider statism to not be another religion- worship of the state.

 

Finally, theism has killed many, many millions. The true atheists who also are anarchists as they do not worship the state- at least I do not know of any murders. I am sure there are a few, but it is much more rare at least.


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Mike Fleming

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Atheism doesn't have any doctrines nor any authority so therefore it can't specifically be used to kill people.  There is no atheism bible.  There are no atheist leaders.  It is not in any way shape or form a belief.

 

If you are going to go the classic Hitler and Stalin route, the beliefs that killed those people were not "atheism", they were, respectively, democracy and communism.  Two entirely irrational belief systems where people claim to have authority over others.


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Kevin Beal

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If we are to be fair here, if truth and fairness are truly the maxims of this place, why is it somehow relevant that atheism be a first page forum space?

 

"yes we are all atheists in here"

No "we" are not.

 

And this is not really an argument for atheism, rather sounding as peer pressure, as yet another attempt of "us" against "them".

 

If we are all to be held accountable as anarchists, how can someone blatantly slip this piece of propaganda for this belief (because atheism is a belief) above all others?

 

I am not going to ask for a "It is so cool to be a theist" on the first page for fairness because this will just serve as divisionism, nor I would ever wish to see "yes we are all theists in here" (sounds ridiculous, does it not?) because I think personally (not on the "we" sense) that INDIVIDUALS in here shoud be focused on more relevant matters.

 

And serious: from all possible beliefs, atheism is the most agressive and mass murdering from them all, how can someone who claim to be about "non agression" and yet, defend such a position?

 

Propaganda:

"chiefly information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view"

 

divisive:

"tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people"

 

psychological projection:

"a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously rejects his or her own unacceptable attributes by ascribing them to objects or persons in the outside world"


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Welcome to the internet, we're all godless on here.

 

... this belief (because atheism is a belief) above all others?...

How is atheism a belief exactly?


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How odd.

 

Because just trying to twist what I wrote will release you from considering your personal beliefs, right?

It seems that he just defined words. I do not believe that he was twisting anything that you said.


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By classifying what I am saying instead of focusing on a proper reply to what I am saying, he is twisting my words.

 

I am sure that if I did the same I would be called for it.

I feel like almost every debate, at some point, is helped along by putting out definitions of terms. Defining terms is not equal to twisting your words or classifying what you are saying. It is defining terms to make sure everyone is on the same page as to what is being discussed.


What annoys me personally (and now I speak personally if I may) is the level of militancy I see in atheism, when it just shoud be what it is: a (very) personal belief.

 

I have seen attempts to paint it as something other than just a belief: "it is a non belief" some say and such attempts of cheap sophistry, but everything seems to be always a gordian knot with such atheists.

 

What other suggestions do you have other than it being just a belief that there is only material conscience to be found?

Hmmm other terms... Fact? Science? I could keep going.

 

You make statements about reality as in "God exists" then it is no longer a personal belief, but is open to criticism with reality as the measuring stick. A personal belief is something this is in your person and you do not state as a fact of reality.

 

Also, I do not have a belief that there are no leprechauns. There just are none. Same thing with gods.


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I have seen attempts to paint it as something other than just a belief: "it is a non belief" some say and such attempts of cheap sophistry, but everything seems to be always a gordian knot with such atheists.

 

Can you explain how this is sophistry? I can understand how it might be argued to be rhetoric, but I'm having a difficult time understanding how it can be said to be sophistry.


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How is atheism relevant as a first page topic, and above philosophy?

It is a major show topic.

 

Either they didn't focus much on the order or it is of more interest to the forum users than philosophy or it was some order in which the topics were added from older board software that wasn't changed upon importing it.

 

I think it is very valuable. I realized God didn't exists largely thanks to Stef's arguments.


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In a way I agree with the original post. Why isn't Atheism just a sub-forum of Philosophy?


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In a way I agree with the original post. Why isn't Atheism just a sub-forum of Philosophy?

 

My guess would be that Stefan uses atheism as a hook for many people. In earlier podcasts, he talks about putting ads up for FDR on atheist websites.


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Atheism is a main topic because it's a main topic. There are literally hundreds of episodes of the podcast that touch on the subject of atheism / religion. It's not as big a topic as anarchism / economics or self knowledge, but it's probably the 3rd most common topic.

 

Philosophy covers political theory, self knowledge and every other topic on the show. If atheism is a sub topic of philosophy, then so is anarchism.


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You are being divisive. Therefore all your criticisms of divisiveness fall on account of hypocrisy.


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You are being divisive. Therefore all your criticisms of divisiveness fall on account of hypocrisy.

I enjoyed your earlier definitions. They were very useful.


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You are deriving once again from the topic trying to make it personal.

 

Voting my reputation down for merely enquiring about why is atheism figures as a first topic, and now openly caling me names does not really make your case, just saying.

But since you wish to make it about peer pressure, tell me, what superpowers does buying yourself a "philosopher king" tag gives you?

Because it does not give you the right to try to insult me, just saying.

I believe you just called someone a moron and two other people bigots less than 20 minutes ago.

 

Hypocrite much?


I enjoyed your earlier definitions. They were very useful.

Thank you :)

 

 

As for what the PK badge gives me:


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I believe you just called someone a moron and two other people bigots less than 20 minutes ago.

 

Hypocrite much?


Thank you :)

 

 

As for what the PK badge gives me:

Dang, I'm going to need to upgrade my donation level soon...


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You can always leave the talk if you do not like it. I am not forcing you here. Anyone forcing you here?

Because I love flaming so do not get me started, and you have so much material I can pick on.

So be civil and keep to the topic, will you?

You are threatening me with a flame war while telling me that I need to be more civil. Have you no sense of irony?


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Thinking a little more about the reason for it being on the front page, atheism is a rather important topic given the religiousness of world. It is a little difficult coming at it from my point of view since it is something I really only think about when it gets brought up, and outside of the internet it doesn't get brought all that much.

 

It is also a great starter topic for philosophy as it is completely abstract, and with the arguments you get a pretty good feel for philosophical thinking. The book Against the Gods in a way is in a way an introduction to argumentation, logic, and empiricism. 


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hypocrisy:

"the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do : behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel"

 

irony:

"the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect."


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psychological projection:

"a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously rejects his or her own unacceptable attributes by ascribing them to objects or persons in the outside world"

In case it was forgotten...


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You are deriving once again from the topic trying to make it personal.

 

Voting my reputation down for merely enquiring about why is atheism figures as a first topic, and now openly caling me names does not really make your case, just saying.

But since you wish to make it about peer pressure, tell me, what superpowers does buying yourself a "philosopher king" tag gives you?

Because it does not give you the right to try to insult me, just saying.

 

 

The "Philosopher King" tag means he has subscribed to FDR at $50/month, or has donated $500 or more in the past year. In other words, he's put his money where his mouth is. Which by the way, you have not. Yet you want to strut in here with 20 posts and start complaining how the board needs to be changed. 

 

I recommend podcast 0 for you, sir.

http://cdn.media.fre...odcast_zero.mp3


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The "Philosopher King" tag means he has subscribed to FDR at $50/month, or has donated $500 or more in the past year. In other words, he's put his money where his mouth is. Which by the way, you have not. Yet you want to strut in here with 20 posts and start complaining how the board needs to be changed.

 

Some corporatists do the same with leviathan, but that doesn't qualify them to be good or right or a monetary support is somehow superior to other forms. He brought an argument forward. 


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Some corporatists do the same with leviathan, but that doesn't qualify them to be good or right or a monetary support is somehow superior to other forms. He brought an argument forward. 

Of course a non-donator would say that! Just kidding ;)

 

He didn't say it was superior to other types of support. All he was arguing was that you gain credibility by putting your money where your mouth is and that demanding changes after not donating and just barely arriving in the community is unreasonable, and I think that he's right.

 

I'm curious though, who brought forward what argument? You didn't complete that thought...


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You do realize that Stefan might not be right on what he is saying, right?

to state that there is no God is your belief. not a fact.

 

 

There may be a creator or creators of the universe, who knows?  Although it seems unlikely to me considering what I know of science, I can't rule it out completely.

 

But if such a creator did exist, it would not be God.  God is self-contradictory.  God was created by ancient, primitive, superstitious man.  God is nonsense.  


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I know the people under the bridge are hungry, but that doesn't mean we have to feed them...


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Yan, why don't you call Stefan and ask him, or better yet dismantle his "belief" in atheism?


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