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6 minutes ago, AlanF said:

I'm perfectly well aware that your writing and thinking are horrendously sloppy

self-absorbed blustering wanna-be Darrow donkey” has made amends and has paid up my membership for at least a year. Note the fine alliteration of Darrow donkey at the end.

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This helped me to see the source of Alan’s enmity towards me. It is pure envy.

I'm making a catch-all place for the discussions on these topics that were currently under different topics/subjects. As I move old posts into this new topic, the oldest ones will appear to identify the starter/owner of this topic, even though that person didn't create this topic.

For the life of me, I cannot take this fellow seriously. With a level of abuse (granted, I provoked it here, but it is just so much fun. And this is not really an example of it) that is off the charts, it is virtually the only thing about him worth mentioning. I can’t imagine why the Librarian (that old hen) puts up with him, when she has dropped the abuse hammer on others. Poor CC suffers it every time you turn around—not necessarily unjustly, but certainly no worse than this fellow. Even

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13 minutes ago, TrueTomHarley said:

If you ran Twitter, banning JWI for his unforgivable sin of implying you do not know everything would hold priority over banning Trump.

Lamer and lamer and lamer. Next you'll be insulting me with "Your mother wears Army shoes!"

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10 minutes ago, TrueTomHarley said:

self-absorbed blustering wanna-be Darrow donkey” has made amends and has paid up my membership for at least a year. Note the fine alliteration of Darrow donkey at the end.

Lamer yet. And this moron thinks he's clever.

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Shermer’s coverage of the four-battle war between creationists and evolutionists was worth the price of admission alone, and since the price was free—his Great Courses lecture series was a library checkout—it was doubly worth it. I don’t want my writing to be lame, so I will refrain from application of the Huck Finn enthusiasm for a certain traveling circus, “It didn’t cost nothing and it was worth it, too!” But in this case, it really was worth something, even though I paid nothing. 

Most of the participants of the Scopes trial had ulterior motives, and the outcome of the trial was not what evolution advocates had hoped for. They had wanted Scopes to lose, so as to appeal the case all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Scopes did lose, in the overwhelmingly religious state of Tennessee, inclined towards fundamentalism then and hotbed of it even now, but that state employed a “legal loophole” (Shermer’s term) so that the case went no further. In light of the guilty verdict, other states enacted anti-evolution laws for their schools, and textbook writers were so intimidated that they didn’t touch the subject for 25 years. It took the shock of Sputnik in 1958 to galvanize evolutionists around sudden fears that the U. S. was falling behind in science. 

The fledgling ACLU, rallying to the defense, initially saw the case as a test of free speech, rather than squabbling over religion or science. Dayton Tennessee hoped the case would put their economically distressed town on the map. John Scopes, an out-of-town substitute teacher, thought the publicity might help his cause in a local love interest, says Shermer. He wasn’t even sure that he had taught evolution, but he agreed to be used as a test case for the evolutionist cause. Alan’s grandfather covered the trial for the Baltimore Sun and repeatedly “mocked the town's inhabitants as "yokels" and "morons.” (actually, it was H. L. Mencken)

Lead prosecuting attorney William Jennings Bryan was not the narrow minded “buffoon” that Alan’s grandfather made him out to be. Shermer points out that he was in most respects liberal-minded. However, in the aftermath of WWI, he became alarmed at the human cost of teaching evolution. Aghast at Germany’s embrace of the “pseudoscience” of social Darwinism, channeled into eugenics, he decided that the best way to stamp out that aftereffect was to stamp out the original effect. His distrust of science can be seen in his statement released to reporters after the trial:

“Science is a magnificent force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm-tossed human vessel.” He next devotes a few lines to the horrific advances of war that science had enabled, then concludes with: “If civilization is to be saved from the wreckage threatened by intelligence not consecrated by love, it must be saved by the moral code of the meek and lowly Nazarene. His teachings, and His teachings alone, can solve the problems that vex the heart and perplex the world.” That statement will resonate with many today, not just Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Michael Shermer strives mightily to separate the science of Darwin from the “pseudoscience” of social Darwinism. I am willing to let that separation stand in the scientific sense, but it certainly does not stand in the sense that matters—that of common sense and human motivation. Newly minted atheists such as H. G. Wells acknowledged the corrosive effect of evolution. In his Outline of History, he states: “A real de-moralization ensued...a real loss of faith after 1859 [publication of Darwin’s Origin of the Species]. Prevalent peoples at the close of the nineteenth century believed that they prevailed by virtue of the Struggle for Existence, in which the strong and cunning get the better of the weak and confiding....Man, they decided, is a social animal like the Indian hunting dog....It seemed right to them that the big dogs of the human pack should bully and subdue.”

It is just psychology Wells references. There is no scientific linkage, certainly no “proof.” But anyone who has seen 2001–a Space Odyssey instantly makes the connection. The starving hominid does not advance by loving his neighbor. He does not advance by displaying morality and decency. He responds by picking up a Darwin and beating his rival to death with it, and then all his buddies close in to make sure the kill is complete.

The only ones blind to this obvious connection are atheistic evolutionists, who wish to spotlight human advancement, not human regression. But my wife came across a young man in her ministry just today who opined that many of his generation were “returning to God and the Bible,” since “nothing else has worked out too well, has it?” Only atheist evolutionists are blind to the societally corrosive effects of their beloved theory. Hence, my hilarious joke that 93% of such evolutionists play drums, but the only song they will perform is Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Suffer through the latest innovation of “evolutionary psychologists” explaining how moral qualities evolved, pure storytelling enhanced by mostly irrelevant or ambiguous modern studies. See if you can hold it together as they explain how man’s preference for curvy women evolved because the straighter type didn’t have those convenient shelves for balancing lots of babies, presumably dropping them all to be gobbled up by hungry predators—all just a typical day in the life of our “struggle for survival.” Standby for their explanation on the evolution of religious devotion itself, that God is a superhuman cop to enforce, though threats of a hot afterlife, the do’s and don’t of evolving society, infinitely preferable to a human cop of whom you can pop one in the jaw. 

Phillip Johnson, University of California law professor, founding father of the intelligent design movement, according to Shermer, “accuses scientists of unfairly defining God out of the picture by limiting the search for causes to only natural causes. He complains scientists who postulate that there are supernatural forces or interventions at work in the natural world are being pushed out of the scientific arena on the basis of nothing more than a fundamental rule of the game.” Of course. The “rules of the [science] game” are written so that he will lose. He should accept it, as Jehovah’s Witnesses do, instead taking his shots that science is not the all-powerful tool of discovery that it pretends to be, but instead he urges “that the rules be changed to allow methodologigical supernaturalism.” 

“Okay,” Shermer says, “but what would that look like? How would that work? Since science is based on natural causes, what are we supposed to do with a supernatural explanation?” His words appear to indicate that he doesn’t really disagree that the game is rigged—he just doesn’t know how to fix it. His words reveal the fundamental weakness of science; it is not equipped to analyze things that are “examined spiritually.” In theory, scientists acknowledge their inadequacy on such things and pass on judgement upon them. In practice, many of them come to feel that their discipline has the lock upon discovery as they seek to run their “competition” off the road. 

It spills over into other fields.

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to biblical criticism, “the historian cannot take up anything having to do with the transcendent, or the supernatural, the historian cannot talk about the miraculous birth of Jesus, his miracles, his walking on the water, his transfiguration, his resurrection from the dead, and so forth. Well, fair enough. The historian can’t talk about those things, but that methodological restraint ... very quickly becomes implicitly an epistemological denial, that is ‘the historian cannot talk about these things, therefore they are not real.’” This quote taken from a review contrasting biblical interpretation models of Johnson and Bart Ehrman. I disagree with the historical-critical method of Ehrman, though I applaud him for one very clever aside that if you know a Latin phrase and also a perfectly fine English phrase meaning the same thing, you should always use the Latin so that people will know you are educated.

I once had a long discussion at the door of a committed evolutionist. At length he said, “What difference does it make, anyway? Either way, we’re here.” I replied that if there was a Creator, just possibly he had intentions for the earth and might not tolerate its ruination. But if there was no God, then any hope for the earth would come from human efforts alone, “and they’re not doing so well.” The man’s wife, who up to this point had not said a word, responded with “That’s a good point.”

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3 hours ago, TrueTomHarley said:

Science is a magnificent force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm-tossed human vessel.” He next devotes a few lines to the horrific advances of war that science had enabled, then concludes with: “If civilization is to be saved from the wreckage threatened by intelligence not consecrated by love, it must be saved by the moral code of the meek and lowly Nazarene. His teachings, and His teachings alone, can solve the problems that vex the heart and perplex the world.” That statement will resonate with many today, not just Jehovah’s Witnesses.

One cannot put it better.   

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4 hours ago, TrueTomHarley said:

I replied that if there was a Creator, just possibly he had intentions for the earth and might not tolerate its ruination. But if there was no God, then any hope for the earth would come from human efforts alone, “and they’re not doing so well.” The man’s wife, who up to this point had not said a word, responded with “That’s a good point.”

Yes - at the height of human discovery they will be using technology to dominate others.  Terrible inequality and atrocities coming. Not this alone - they are now engineering birth defects to mix humans with animals i.e humanoid mice etc. Many of these scientists have no consciences.  They playing with DNA to re-invent the specie.... crossing inbuilt natural barriers with synthetic DNA and animal DNA. China is at the forefront of this and both Bezos and Elon Musk says we will live forever in a computer - what they call the "internet of things" the 'singularity'.  Trans-humanism and scientism is the new religion. What will happen if Jehovah decides to switch off that computer because of their playing god and doing unthinkable things?

I have not investigated it yet but they are building new facilities (many of them) that are about 6 football fields big and they only contain servers to contain all the information of all people on earth. In the last 2 months more than 1000 satellites have gone in orbit around earth...

(Funny how they want to ration our food and water and energy in future but they use so much energy to keep all these computers running and need to cool all of them as well......... These scientists who grew up on star wars are nutcases. Pity they now have so much control on the earth with their technology.....but Jehovah will step in and stop them.

But we knew it was going that way - their AI can spawn killer machines because it was originally programmed by humans with a flaw.  Now the AI entities are already writing their own programs.  The drone war recently proved stronger than the Russian weapons. Azerbaijan received drones from Turkey and Armenia received Russian weapons.  Conventional weapons lost against the drones...... new technology for the good of man?

All human thinking is linked to emotion and displays conscience with morals or not and free will to change a situation but they want to turn us into cyborgs.  We cannot live forever in a computer. it will be dead information.

genesis 11:6   Jehovah then said: “Look! They are one people with one language, and this is what they have started to do. Now there is nothing that they may have in mind to do that will be impossible for them. 

Yes there is nothing they cannot do now BUT because they do it without Jehovah it will be evil - without morals.  Rom 6: 16

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 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 

Satan is their father and Ann o maly and Alan F will soon witness that...... we cannot live without the good and bad (the morals) given us by Jehovah.

 

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7 hours ago, Arauna said:

Yes - at the height of human discovery they will be using technology to dominate others.  Terrible inequality and atrocities coming. Not this alone - they are now engineering birth defects to mix humans with animals i.e humanoid mice etc. Many of these scientists have no consciences.  They playing with DNA to re-invent the specie.... crossing inbuilt natural barriers with synthetic DNA and animal DNA. China is at the forefront of this and both Bezos and Elon Musk says we will live forever in a computer - what they call the "internet of things" the 'singularity'.  Trans-humanism and scientism is the new religion. What will happen if Jehovah decides to switch off that computer because of their playing god and doing unthinkable things?

I have not investigated it yet but they are building new facilities (many of them) that are about 6 football fields big and they only contain servers to contain all the information of all people on earth. In the last 2 months more than 1000 satellites have gone in orbit around earth...

(Funny how they want to ration our food and water and energy in future but they use so much energy to keep all these computers running and need to cool all of them as well......... These scientists who grew up on star wars are nutcases. Pity they now have so much control on the earth with their technology.....but Jehovah will step in and stop them.

But we knew it was going that way - their AI can spawn killer machines because it was originally programmed by humans with a flaw.  Now the AI entities are already writing their own programs.  The drone war recently proved stronger than the Russian weapons. Azerbaijan received drones from Turkey and Armenia received Russian weapons.  Conventional weapons lost against the drones...... new technology for the good of man?

All human thinking is linked to emotion and displays conscience with morals or not and free will to change a situation but they want to turn us into cyborgs.  We cannot live forever in a computer. it will be dead information.

genesis 11:6   Jehovah then said: “Look! They are one people with one language, and this is what they have started to do. Now there is nothing that they may have in mind to do that will be impossible for them. 

Yes there is nothing they cannot do now BUT because they do it without Jehovah it will be evil - without morals.  Rom 6: 16

    Hello guest!
 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 

Satan is their father and Ann o maly and Alan F will soon witness that...... we cannot live without the good and bad (the morals) given us by Jehovah.

 

Hard to get any goofier than this.

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1 hour ago, AlanF said:

Hard to get any goofier than this.

And the reality is: you  think this is goofy....... but this is what scientists are talking about and doing the research for. What do you think the company " neurolink" is about?  Just about wiring the brain to be able to walk again after an accident or .........some goal which is much more darker than this?  When the WeF talks openly about everlasting life in a machine?  I agree, it sound just as goofy as Dawkins talking about alliens seeding our planet with life.  

But this is the level of science these days..... the good things they discover is being wasted on stupid and unattainable goals because scientists now think they are gods to themselves. 

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14 hours ago, Arauna said:

But we knew it was going that way - their AI can spawn killer machines because it was originally programmed by humans with a flaw.  Now the AI entities are already writing their own programs.  The drone war recently proved stronger than the Russian weapons. Azerbaijan received drones from Turkey and Armenia received Russian weapons.  Conventional weapons lost against the drones...... new technology for the good of man?

I heard about this! This is something tech giant Cyberdyne Systems has been working on for a while now. They have developed a network of AI-controlled supercomputers called Skynet and the goal is to replace human civilian and military airplane pilots with machines. There was concern that Skynet would become self-aware and kick-start a global nuclear war! I saw it on TV. It's like something out of science fiction!

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