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  1. alt10

    War In Syria: The Real Reason

    just a question, not an argument https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2018/0415.html#3 <sarcasm>Why is a secular Syria so important for the Islamisation of Europe?</sarcasm>
  2. alt10

    The morality of luck

    John works hard and become rich Winston works hard and remain poor Which one has the strongest work ethic?
  3. alt10

    Gay pride

    Assuming that the state does not reduce its spending, tax reliefs for all translate into no tax reliefs for anyone. I would be voting (1) against having to pay more taxes and (2) against watering down the tax reliefs given to people that have a chance to produce babies.
  4. I like the way Ramit Sethi gets technical on those issues; this YT video is on a different subject, but it may help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWpMxuVAd3I
  5. Granted. My intention was to point out that people may agree more about the faith thing if the game is to be played with real shekels
  6. Ok, plan B By tentatively translate the words once spoken by Rafail Noica, the axiomatic definition might be: The thing to which you would give your only son, that is your god.
  7. God may be axiomatic, but it has no characteristics. The axiomatic definition of a straight line still does not imply that a straight line has a beard. [edit]I would also say that the axiomatic definition of a straight line is not a proof that a straight line do exist; it is only a working concept that is true only in limited cases. For example, the definition assumes that infinity is a clear concept. However, the paradoxes derived from the concept of infinity (ie. the Ramanujan’s summation 1+2+3+…=-1/12, or the paradox where you can still fit additional guests within a hotel with infinitely many rooms where all rooms are occupied) prove the concept of infinity to be at least problematic
  8. I find the principle of abrogation from islam particularly odd; there is a common myth in many religions, where the hero is put to a test by his deity; if the hero passes the test then the hero is good and dandy, otherwise he is an anti-hero. In the verses that support abrogation, the deity acts as a liar and the hero accepts the truth of that claim. In other words, the hero accepts as a fact that his deity is immoral. Within religious bounds, I see only two possible conclusions: either the deity is actually immoral, or the hero has failed the test miserably. As far as I know, because the islamic deity first claimed to be the Judeo-Christian god, muhammad has to be a false prophet. On the other hand, muslims believe that the life of muhammad is the model for a perfect life. Another point is that all muslims are expected to go to Mecca. To me, the only way to have some consistency is to look at the life of muhammad in reverse chronological order (ie. the part from Medina represents the state of the fallen man, while the part from Mecca represents what the man has to become). That POV doesn't strike me as something original, so my question would be on why this hasn't already become the mainstream interpretation of the islamic texts. My best interpretation is that the political leaders, when confronted with this POV, preferred to repress it as a choice between having an army with no cohesion because everybody is expected to be a liar vs. having an army with no desire to fight against non-muslim neighbors. This interpretation would be consistent with the endless fights for the leading position within muslims. Maybe i'm just over-generalizing here, but for many people the religious experience is the deepest form of self they are ever going to experience. If there is something that rejects universal ethics right at the core of a human soul, the tension should be pretty high and a unifying POV should spread quite easily.

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