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  1. There is nothing in science that suggests that anything other than matter exists, yet there's nothing in science that dosen't. Science has a focus on a way of explaining things, it dosen't make a claim that things are always as science explains. It's not metaphysically naturalistic, it dosen't carry ideological baggages and doesn't suggest that there is no overarching meaning to existence, if you believe that there is. Your argument would be against a metaphysical naturalist who asserts that there is nothing beyond nature and your argument assumes that nihilism is the position that there is no objective meaning or purpose for the universe. Let me try and make this really clear - Science - no claim of the existence or non-existence of supernatural notions or overarching purpose to existence. Nihilism - claims that there is no overarching purpose to existence. Therefore, science is not nihilistic. Am I wrong? My discriptions off? I didn't say that nihilism is science, I was just thinking out loud that it is possible that it can be inferred from science.
  2. Nihilism could have roots in science. From a scientific standpoint, there is nothing to suggest that things other than matter exist. Since a universal, encompassing purpose to life cannot come from merely matter, then nihilism must be true. Thus one could argue the validity of nihilism from science.
  3. I agree, and don't forget that men watching it begin to think that it's normal and acceptable and treat women as seen; which only adds fuel to the fire.
  4. I'm pretty sure he would know his sister's situation and what would have had the greatest effect in them dropping out.
  5. My parents were married, and 'walked out' (divorced) when I was 7. They got their separate apartments as well. It's not like marriage actually makes a relationship more binding; If it did, so many people wouldn't divorce in the first place. The two people involved make it more binding, not a ceremony or a religion. For the sake of this discussion we have to assume that marriage is permanent. If we assume (for this discussion), that marriages can end then there's no difference between a marriage and any other relationship, rendering this entire thread pointless. I think we have to look at each side from a purely theoretical standpoint.
  6. I conjecture that growing up in a loving and committed household would have a positive effect on a child psychologically. A child can quite easily grow up in a loving and committed household positively with no marriage, psychologically speaking. Yep, all I'm saying is that it might be damaging knowing that there's absolutely nothing "official" to keep your parent walking out. There's no security there.
  7. I conjecture that growing up in a loving and committed household would have a positive effect on a child psychologically.
  8. I think it depends on where you get your treatment. It took me 3 days to get a MRI, and CAT scan done, and with the test where they measure your brainwaves, ECG or something? And there was no rush on these. I live in the southern Ontario area, and everything is fast down here? I also live in Southern Ontario and it took me over a month to get into a dermatologist. But yes, all the appointments with the dermatologist were free once I got in.
  9. Americans that live on the US-Canada border often have Canadian friends that let them use their health cards and get free care in Canada. What do you think about that?
  10. Let's say I'm in a wild party, OK? Both me and this girl that has a crush on me get too drunk, and have sex. The girl gets pregnant and drops out of school because the insults of her classmates and the economic burden a child is. Of course, the mother will unconsciously hate the child because of what he caused to her, etc. The child will have no responsible parent figures to look up to, he won't be loved as he ought to. That baby wouldn't be the affect of an act of love, would it? According to your argument, why shouldn't the girl get the chance to undergo abortion? Fortunately for your scenario, this isn't a "become a parent or abort" situation; there are other alternatives. Don't present false dilemmas as good arguments.
  11. Why don't you mock him some more, that's bound to solve the problem.
  12. Unless skepticsannoted has changed alot since I last visited, that place is a joke, and hardly objective.
  13. Zaun too? Damn. Some of those were already pretty much known...Didn't Glaus get some evidence against him some months ago? Same w/ McGwire and Sosa? And some you just had to know. There's a big poster of Giambi in the weight room at my old high school, and you can just sorta tell. I'm not sure whether this is a good day for baseball or a bad day. I was watching the video conference with Bud Selig and he said they are trying to get screenings for HGH cause a lot of guys are switching over to that. Blood tests can detect HGH, can't they? Also, the list can be found here
  14. insane


    I've owned an LCD and a Plasma, and the Plasma was MUCH better for games. The LCD was laggy for video games.
  15. What about a wedding ring makes a couple more ready? Yes, it does signify a couple's commitment to each other (and nine times out of ten I would definitely bet on the married couple raising their child better), but talking in absolutes like that is generally not a good idea when making a point. Making a point requires you talk in generalities. What kind of a point is a point that only applies to a specific person in a specific situation? The entire point of a point is that it applies in general. So, in general, premarital sex happens between people that are less committed to each other than marital sex. Oh no, did I just make a blanket statement?
  16. You missed some names. Gregg Zaun was also on the list.
  17. I think alot of suicide happens during a time of extreme, temporal suffering. Judgment can be clouded by emotion.
  18. Tom Brady is only average. You give any NFL quarterback 6 seconds in the pocket every play and they'll throw 50 touchdowns too.
  19. Paul Bernardo lived in my neighbourhood :S
  20. Yeah, I understand that. I'm just saying that I think universal meaning is better :P. (because it isn't subject to change at will). Lol, nice one. I guess my response would be that a creator of all life on earth would be even more authoritative on your life than you, given the God I believe in. But why do you revel in that fact, other than the freedom of it? Your ideals and standards for your life and wont to change at your every beck and call! You can devote your life to feeding the hungry, but as soon as that first fat paycheck comes in, you can just change the purpose of your life to accumulating as many material goods as possible. Don't you think that's kind of lame? :P Oh and thanks for the good response. And sorry about overreacting in my prev. post, it was 1:30am and I had a lot of adrenaline pumping yet from a hockey game I just played :P.
  21. I'm just saying, if God exists, then universal meaning and purpose exists. I didn't say that I would be 100% sure that I know what it is. What kind of a response is this? Fine; you, in assigning meaning to your life, are just like the art critics who are trying to assign meaning to something they did not create. You knew exactly what I was getting at (I hope).
  22. Because God is a source of absolute truth and meaning. Nothing in your atheistic viewpoint can give an absolute purpose to things. Of course. That you can envisage and have faith in something as a source of absolute truth and meaning is uncompelling to me, but IÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ã¢ââ¬Å¾Ã¢m happy for you nonetheless. Furthermore, I donÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ã¢ââ¬Å¾Ã¢t need absolutes to see meaning or purpose in my life. As Satenza has said, meaning comes to each of us individually. Whether you think itÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ã¢ââ¬Å¾Ã¢s absolute is irrelevant to the fact that itÃÆââââ¬Å¡Ã¬Ã¢ââ¬Å¾Ã¢s you who garners faith in this concept for your own personal meaning, including the notion of it being absolute making it more meaningful in your eyes. Meaning "comes" to you? How does meaning "come" to you? No, you "come" to your meaning. You choose it. Making it completely pointless because your "purpose" and "meaning" in life are as fleeting as your hunger or emotion. As soon as something is subjective, it becomes temporary, because opinions and feelings are fickle things. I find an encompassing purpose that is wont to change at any time "uncompelling". Exactly! The two year old's picture is meaningful because the creator of the picture gives it the meaning. Just like the creator of the universe would give it meaning, if there's no creator, there's no one to give it meaning! That is EXACTLY my point. In you assigning meaning to the universe, you are taking the position of the art critics trying to assign meaning to something they did not create.
  23. This isn't true, and it's a very cynical view on life. You don't need to be a significant historical figure to affect others. Chances are you will affect a lot of people in your lifetime. Even if it's something as minor as donating to charity, loving your friends and family, or working hard at a job, you can still affect others. But what's the point of affecting others? It still sounds to me like it's all circular. You want to affect others for the sake of affecting others... have meaning and purpose for the sake of having meaning and purpose, etc.
  24. Because God is a source of absolute truth and meaning. Nothing in your atheistic viewpoint can give an absolute purpose to things.
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