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Old 01-18-2013, 22:00   #201
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I'd rather get there by only asking questions, and not making any statements.
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I think Ben Stein is an awesome economist. Honestly, I don't know much about him other than that. Except in his role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off..... My first date with Ms. Cavalry Doc, but that's a whole different story.



The first KNOWN life is what we are looking for. The first one with knowledge of itself, regardless of location.

No, even if it didn't happen on Earth first.... I cannot tell you if it happened on it's own by accident, and was brought here by an intelligence, which happened by chance somewhere else. I cannot tell you how old the earth is, or how old life is in the universe. Assuming it all started and ended here is about as infantile as assuming the universe revolved around the earth. A lot of the earth-centric atheist beliefs that are common probably need to be rethought. Which kind of makes the old vs new earth argument a little lame. It's as old as it is.
I'm not completely sure how to respond. I'm not sure if we disagree here.


I think it likely that life started on earth on it's own.
I think it likely that there is other life out there.
I think it likely that if any sign of life is found in our solar system, that it is contamination and we are related.
I think it likely that there is life farther away that is not related, and also started on it's own.

I am interested in the beginning of life that we are related to. When it changed from chemistry to biology.



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A lot of the earth-centric atheist beliefs that are common probably need to be rethought.
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Can you explain what you mean here? This is not a point I want to argue with you, but this is a fundamental misunderstanding of the word atheist. There are no atheist beliefs. It is a lack of belief. Anyway, what earth centric beliefs do you think atheists have, in general?
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I think Ben Stein is an awesome economist. Honestly, I don't know much about him other than that. Except in his role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off..... My first date with Ms. Cavalry Doc, but that's a whole different story.



The first KNOWN life is what we are looking for. The first one with knowledge of itself, regardless of location.

No, even if it didn't happen on Earth first.... I cannot tell you if it happened on it's own by accident, and was brought here by an intelligence, which happened by chance somewhere else. I cannot tell you how old the earth is, or how old life is in the universe. Assuming it all started and ended here is about as infantile as assuming the universe revolved around the earth. A lot of the earth-centric atheist beliefs that are common probably need to be rethought. Which kind of makes the old vs new earth argument a little lame. It's as old as it is.
So earth centric atheist beliefs are common?

1) Please define earth centric atheism in comparison to non earth centric atheism.

2) After you do that please explain how you have arrived at the conclusion that earth centric atheism is common in comparison to non earth centric atheism.

3) Please explain why you believe that curiosity about the age of the earth to be lame? Personally I believe that geology, paleontology and other science disciplines that calculate and/or use such information are valid and reasonable courses of study.

If you want me to rethink my atheist point of view, which I have never defined as earth centric or universe wide, you will have to give me a good reason. Offhand an agnostic defining an atheist's POV as needing to be rethought seems about as obnoxious to me as busybody G36 desiring to define for christians why they should not get tattoos because he is a disapproving judgmental busybody.
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No offense meant. But a lot of the arguments I've seen here tend to revolve around the age of the earth, the fact that Jonah was not swallowed by a whale, the ark is not supported by genetic or fossil records.

So? None of that proves there was not a deity.
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No offense meant. But a lot of the arguments I've seen here tend to revolve around the age of the earth, the fact that Jonah was not swallowed by a whale, the ark is not supported by genetic or fossil records.

So? None of that proves there was not a deity.
I don't know of anyone claiming it does.

What it can do is prove the Bible is not infallible.
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No offense meant. But a lot of the arguments I've seen here tend to revolve around the age of the earth, the fact that Jonah was not swallowed by a whale, the ark is not supported by genetic or fossil records.

So? None of that proves there was not a deity.
What would prove that there was not, or is not or never has been, a deity to your satisfaction?
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No offense meant. But a lot of the arguments I've seen here tend to revolve around the age of the earth, the fact that Jonah was not swallowed by a whale, the ark is not supported by genetic or fossil records.

So? None of that proves there was not a deity.
Debunking the Bible is not debunking theism.




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And when they keep practicing medicine and don't pay the fine?


I'm sure you see where I'm going.
From that point they couldn't practice medicine legally without breaking existing laws. It would be no different if I decided tomorrow to start practicing medicine. I'm not an attorney but I'm sure there are already laws that deal with individuals who practice medicine without a license.

As far as the fine... you freeze their accounts and shut down their credit. You seize accounts, investments and property until the debt is satisfied. You garnish any reportable wages. You turn them into an under the table day laborer until they make good on their penalty.

Do you think anyone that wants too should be allowed to practice medicine? License or not?
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I want to know about the first life. Not just the first life on earth. If an older form of life started us, which is possible, it still doesn't answer the question if life started on it's own.
It's possible that that missing element road in on a comet. Earth went through a period called the Heavy Bombardment if I'm not mistaken. When it was pelted with objects from space. Including a large one that later formed the moon. It's possible that any of that could have contained the missing key to life or early life itself. So that leaves us wondering where we came from if we didn't originate here.
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I do, but that is completely unrelated to what I'm trying to show you.

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From that point they couldn't practice medicine legally without breaking existing laws. It would be no different if I decided tomorrow to start practicing medicine. I'm not an attorney but I'm sure there are already laws that deal with individuals who practice medicine without a license.

As far as the fine... you freeze their accounts and shut down their credit. You seize accounts, investments and property until the debt is satisfied. You garnish any reportable wages. You turn them into an under the table day laborer until they make good on their penalty.
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What if they practice medicine out of their house for cash only. They display the license that you have revoked, because they still have the piece of paper. They pay all taxes owed, but are extremely careful not to pay any extra so you can't get the money that way. They withdrew all their money before you froze their accounts, have cash on hand and do not need to borrow any. What do you do next?
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No offense meant. But a lot of the arguments I've seen here tend to revolve around the age of the earth, the fact that Jonah was not swallowed by a whale, the ark is not supported by genetic or fossil records.

So? None of that proves there was not a deity.
A deity does not need to be disproven to be disbelieved. In fact if someone wants me to believe there is such a thing as a deity empirical evidence would go much further with me than a tale of a donkey communicating using human language.

A belief system is only as credible as the suppositions and assumptions that it is based on. Therefore the individual component stories that together with other stories are the bible SHOULD be open to examination and comparison to observed reality to determine how much credibility such stories should have attached to them IMO. If you believe otherwise please state why.

Jonah being swallowed by a huge fish and living inside it for 3 days does not sound credible to me. The fact that I do not find it credible makes it a realistic point of discussion in disputing a bible believer's version of history. Again, if you believe otherwise please state why.


You may consider the 6 day creation +66 generations from Adam to Jesus + an intervening ~ 2000 years to provide a reasonable SWAG* about the age of the earth but I do not. Why should I disregard apparent discrepancies in Biblical accounts that point to a young earth that clash with conclusions of geological and paleontological research? Do you believe that such claims should be considered off limits to critical examination?

I actually use such claims to determine how much weight to attach to other claims made in the same body of literature as well as figuring the likely hood of other such claims like Noah living to be 804 years against known documentation of the age of long lived (116 years recently) humans.

I don't find such claims credible. If you do than please explain why 969 years for Methuselah's age sounds like a reasonably credible claim to you. Because if that claim is not credible to you than why would it not cause you to reconsider the veracity of the rest of that body of literature?

It is not just the Bible either. The creation accounts of the Enumu Elish and Hindu mythology are equally unlikely.

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I'm sure you see where I'm going.
By Golly, do you mean to say that all laws ultimately result in compliance or death?
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I don't know of anyone claiming it does.

What it can do is prove the Bible is not infallible.
Neither are many scholarly texts. Have you read a high school history or government book recently. Talk about slanted.

One thing I'm pretty sure if is that humans have a very hard time reaching perfection.
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More accurately, finding even quite a few innacuracies in a text that was compiled by many men doesn't even prove the Christian god does not exist, let alone rule out theism.
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A deity does not need to be disproven to be disbelieved. In fact if someone wants me to believe there is such a thing as a deity empirical evidence would go much further with me than a tale of a donkey communicating using human language.

A belief system is only as credible as the suppositions and assumptions that it is based on. Therefore the individual component stories that together with other stories are the bible SHOULD be open to examination and comparison to observed reality to determine how much credibility such stories should have attached to them IMO. If you believe otherwise please state why.

Jonah being swallowed by a huge fish and living inside it for 3 days does not sound credible to me. The fact that I do not find it credible makes it a realistic point of discussion in disputing a bible believer's version of history. Again, if you believe otherwise please state why.


You may consider the 6 day creation +66 generations from Adam to Jesus + an intervening ~ 2000 years to provide a reasonable SWAG* about the age of the earth but I do not. Why should I disregard apparent discrepancies in Biblical accounts that point to a young earth that clash with conclusions of geological and paleontological research? Do you believe that such claims should be considered off limits to critical examination?

I actually use such claims to determine how much weight to attach to other claims made in the same body of literature as well as figuring the likely hood of other such claims like Noah living to be 804 years against known documentation of the age of long lived (116 years recently) humans.

I don't find such claims credible. If you do than please explain why 969 years for Methuselah's age sounds like a reasonably credible claim to you. Because if that claim is not credible to you than why would it not cause you to reconsider the veracity of the rest of that body of literature?

It is not just the Bible either. The creation accounts of the Enumu Elish and Hindu mythology are equally unlikely.

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Let's not get hung up on this, but "disbelief" is a conscious act, while lacking belief is not.

Back to the point. Have you noticed how often people use analogies, metaphors and stories (real, hypothetical and fictional) to get a point across or to teach a lesson. I've never looked at any old texts and expected them to be completely accurate. Not to mention that word of mouth generational story telling and translation issues were bound to change things over time. Even people that speak the same language from the same area have miscommunication. Add a little distance and it can even get funny. If a British lady asks you to come by her hotel room in the morning to knock her up, it might not mean what you first might think.
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