Oxford Educated, world traveler: I have lived in four different countries and worked in more. For the past ten years I have been living in Boston. I work as an expert witness in a very narrow field. Jobs are very few and far between. But the hourly rate is very high. So I make about the same working one week a month as I used to work full time. Chat room etiquette: I have been on the Web almost two decades and on the Internet longer. In the old days it was considered impolite to proposition someone in the first ten minutes. So if I don't immediately proposition you, ask to go private or suggest we get matching tattoos, please do not take that as a lack of interest ladies. I don't get offended and I know some women do not, but most seem to find it tiresome. I spend a lot of time online, but I also spend a lot of time in my workshop on arts projects. I have more tools than Norm Abrams. No seriously. I have tools that he does not, trust me. I started working in wood, but these days I am more into metal and plastic. I also do work with electronics and robotics. So if I am logged in but not responsive, I may have gone down to one of my workshops to tinker with something. Don't be offended if I don't respond.
Now that Healthcare.gov is working and people are starting to sign up, a sizable number of people are discovering that they won't be covered because their governor opted out of the Medicare expansion that covers the working poor that make too much to qualify under the old rules but too little to buy insurance even with subsidies.There will be about 5 million people in this group and they all live in the swing states or Republican states. The ACA requires states to extend Medicare to this group but the partisan Supreme court decided that democracy was too good for poor people to benefit from. That was trumpeted as a victory at the time but it could hurt the GOP badly in 2014.I can see the attack ads now. A picture of a Republican who opposed the expansion, a picture of someone who was unable to buy healthcare, their grave and weeping kids. Times about 100,000 which is about the number of people the GOP will manage to kill with this policy. The message will be very loud and very clear: The GOP healthcare plan is that if you a poor and get sick, you die. Another group of about 10 million in those same states is the people who will only have health insurance because of Obamacare. Some of those might well have preferred to continue to free ride but the overwhelming number of people who are getting access seem to approve.All of this might well result in a rather different outcome for the mid terms than the GOP was banking on.
http://i.imgur.com/87Ybt.jpg While Homer's response is apposite, Pascal's original contention was that he would lose nothing through a belief in God.I find the claim false because belief is not a voluntary process, it is not a choice. To claim the existence of a deity that can create a Universe as large as ours and then spend time tormenting souls over some egotistical issue like that seems completely illogical.But the bigger problem is that the consequence of such a belief is to spend one's life bowing and scraping to priests and/or other self appointed intermediaries of said deity which seems equally ridiculous. Why would God set up a git like L Ron Hubbard as his sole representative on earth? Does the length of time for which claims of that kind have been made make them any more credible? Not to me.
He shows time and time again to be surprised what his words bring about. I find it more reasonable to think that he was unpleasantly surprised by the response he got and the direction the debate was heading that he decided to refrain from any more comments. I can even imagine that some people close to him advised him no to respond anymore.But even if he knew what the outcome would be then still he would be only responsible for his own actions, right? Not for the rape and death threats made by others. Really? If I knew someone in that situation my strong recommendation would be to clear up any misunderstanding and retract immediately and condemn the people threatening violence. It is not as if his 'Dear Muslima' post was particularly insightful and the anti-muslim sentiments he expresses are borderline racist in any case.He is certainly guilty of an act of omission here if not outright commission. I find his behavior inexcusable. More to the point, so does much of the atheist community at this point.
I don't know where you got your information from, but Evolutionary Psychology is nothing more than the study of behaviors and mental faculties from an evolutionary perspective. Just like evolutionary theories in general study why and how species adapt, evolutionary psychology studies why and how such faculties develop through evolution.It doesn't support eugenics more than evolutionary theories in general do.Also the term 'Freudians' is quite dated. Few psychologists today rely only on the ideas of Freud ; most in fact reject them. That was the point, people reject Freud and eugenics because it is pseudo science.When skeptics are talking about Evo Psych they are referring to one particular school which tries to 'explain' results of modern day psychology experiments in exclusively evolutionary terms. So they ignore all the social and cultural factors that might have led to the result and instead make up a 'just so' story on the African Savannah.The studies are junk because there is no way to separate out biological and cultural effects rigorously and there is no way to test the purported evolutionary cause. Moreover the claim that adaptation effectively ended 100,000 years ago has been repeatedly debunked. There are some very broad evolutionary adaptations that are generally accepted as valid but none that are unique to Homo Sapiens. So parental investment theory that supposes a female mammal has a greater interest in mate selection than a male seems sound but that theory applies to rats, mice, cats, dogs, etc. not just humans. Every powerful theory attracts cranks and charlatans. They are just easier to dismiss in physics than biology.
He made a stupid remark indeed (or two I believe), but to suggest that he did it to encourage his supporters to post extremely nasty attacks on his behalf seems rather far fetched. The explosion of misogynist crap was already unfolding when he posted his comments. Can you backup your claim that his intentions went beyond the comments themselves? Actually the death and rape threats only started after he intervened but it was already nasty. He knows what his words incited and he hasn't said a thing since. So he is responsible regardless of what his original intentions might have been.
When we think about what it is that offends us about people's belief systems, or what bothers us about how others define our own, it's never the beliefs themselves, it's always the baggage that comes with it. The essence of a belief in a God, or an adherence to atheism- those are personal and benign. The judgmental brushes we tend to paint with are based more on an abusive, coercive Catholic education, fundamentalist authoritarian parents, haughty know-it-alls peddling Hitchens and Dawkins talking points, theocratic regimes that crack down on citizens or sponsor terror, etc. Dawkins is boycotted by the younger part of the Atheist movement at this point. The crux of the matter is that Dawkins is a prima donna who can't bear to share a stage with anyone who might one day outrank him. So he refuses to speak at conferences if certain other people are on the agenda.There is also a pretty ugly form of eugenics style ideology that he supports called Evolutionary Psychology he peddles. It is not real science, it is a pseudo science but they have their own journals and pass it off as science. Their behavior is very similar to the Freudians who also insisted on being called scientists. What they do is take a small scale psychology study and then interpret the results as being caused by entirely speculative guesses about evolutionary processes.Unlike the Freduians, the Evo Psych people do have falsifiable theories, but the fact is that they have been falsified. But the reason that people like Evo Psych is that they can come to any racist of sexist conclusion that they like and call it 'science'. The atheist scene attracts some rather unpleasant Libertarian types who fancy themselves as Nietzschean supermen but frankly don't have the intellectual chops to make the argument.Dawkins got into a rather unpleasant fight with Rebecca Watson a couple of years ago after Watson politely suggested that it was not a good idea to proposition women in an elevator at 4am in the morning. His response was pretty despicable and seems to have been calculated to encourage his supporters to post extremely nasty attacks on his behalf.So while Dawkins is the public face of Atheism, he is persona non grata in much of the atheist movement.
Stalin was an atheist too. This is a classic example of ad hominem reasoning however, a logical fallacy. Only back in the day it was lack of faith in the pagan Gods that was evidence of whatever.Marxism was pretty much a religion. It certainly had all the worst elements of religion. Even Karl Marx himself couldn't stand them. "All I know is I am not a Marxist"
I don't think anyone has a problem with their taxes helping the poor... I think it is the fact that there are no good checks and balances to stop the abuse of the program... The scary thing right now is that 46% of the US pays taxes... 47% collects some kind of Government assistance? Does that math work? Of that 47%, the vast majority are either children or seniors who have retired. The way the Republicans complain about that situation makes me wonder if they want to send children down the mines to work or let old people starve by stealing their social security pensions or both.Of the rest, a staggering 860,000 members of the working poor all work for Walmart earning less than $25K/year. Walmart is the biggest welfare scrounger in the country which has found a way to get the taxpayer to subsidize its employees by paying them starvation wages and telling them how to sign up for food stamps.Here is an idea, how about the government tax companies that have more than 5000 employees on food stamps to recoup the cost of the government benefits. 860K workers and a surcharge of $5K a head would be over $4 billion/yr in extra federal taxes from Walmart alone. Or how about raising the minimum wage so that corporate scroungers like Walmart have to pay a living wage in the first place? $15 sounds like a good level to me.
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