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Cerebral_Narcissist
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8/18/2011 2:10:29 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
This is to the atheists...

Your young child (pre-puberty) asks you, "what happens when we die?". How do you respond?
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8/18/2011 2:29:59 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Be careful not to die,it's like being grounded forever. Nothing happens.
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8/18/2011 2:41:45 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Most children actually don't care, they're too busy playing call of Duty.
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8/18/2011 2:58:39 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
"According Prajnaparamita, 'All things have characteristics of voidness. They neither arise nor perish.' In Samsara, the world of illusions, your body will be cremated and the stream of consciousness continues on. You will not reincarnate, for you have been already reborn repeatedly every moment of your life for all things are transient. That is what happens when you die."
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Ore_Ele
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8/18/2011 3:01:31 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 2:10:29 PM, Cerebral_Narcissist wrote:
This is to the atheists...

Your young child (pre-puberty) asks you, "what happens when we die?". How do you respond?

"Our spouses collect life insurance and the cops do a quick investigation for any foul play."
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vbaculum
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8/18/2011 3:06:49 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Sam Harris was just talking about this (I hope I got the right vid; I'm at work).
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vbaculum
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8/18/2011 3:10:17 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I would just be honest: We don't know. Most likely you become unconscious for eternity which would be no different than what it was like before you were born

There may be some value in honesty, even if it is brutal.
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000ike
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8/18/2011 3:11:54 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:06:49 PM, vbaculum wrote:

Sam Harris was just talking about this (I hope I got the right vid; I'm at work).

I wonder what gives him the credentials to answer any question people give him.
"A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
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8/18/2011 3:20:46 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:11:54 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 8/18/2011 3:06:49 PM, vbaculum wrote:

Sam Harris was just talking about this (I hope I got the right vid; I'm at work).

I wonder what gives him the credentials to answer any question people give him.

His Wikipedia page lists his credentials. If you read it you could stop wondering.
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SuperRobotWars
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8/18/2011 3:22:56 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Parent responds, "Your body rots in a casket and eventually the casket rots a few years later then insects plants and other organisms use your body to grow, and if you meant your mind then you will go into an abyss of nothingness, just imagine not existing, you cannot think eat sleep or anything else for that matter!"

Parent smiles at child.

Child responds [1], "Screw that I'm Converting to [insert religion with an afterlife here]"
[2], "Screw that I'm going to live forever!"
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: At 12/6/2011 2:21:41 PM, badger wrote:
: ugly people should beat beautiful people ugly. simple! you'd be killing two birds with the one stone... women like violent men and you're making yourself more attractive, relatively. i met a blonde dude who was prettier than me not so long ago. he's not so pretty now! ha!
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: ...and well, he wasn't really prettier than me. he just had nice hair.
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8/18/2011 3:23:03 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:20:46 PM, vbaculum wrote:
At 8/18/2011 3:11:54 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 8/18/2011 3:06:49 PM, vbaculum wrote:

Sam Harris was just talking about this (I hope I got the right vid; I'm at work).

I wonder what gives him the credentials to answer any question people give him.

His Wikipedia page lists his credentials. If you read it you could stop wondering.

My wikapeadia page says I have 7 master degrees and was directly involved in the Apollo space program as a technical advisor.
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000ike
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8/18/2011 3:31:56 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:29:32 PM, Danielle wrote:
"There is only one God, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: not today."

says who?
"A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
Ore_Ele
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8/18/2011 3:33:00 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:29:32 PM, Danielle wrote:
"There is only one God, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: not today."

Actually we say to death, "Sorry, Ore_Ele moved a few years ago to Europe, not sure where though."
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Ore_Ele
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8/18/2011 3:33:57 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:22:56 PM, SuperRobotWars wrote:
Parent responds, "Your body rots in a casket and eventually the casket rots a few years later then insects plants and other organisms use your body to grow, and if you meant your mind then you will go into an abyss of nothingness, just imagine not existing, you cannot think eat sleep or anything else for that matter!"

Parent smiles at child.

Child responds [1], "Screw that I'm Converting to [insert religion with an afterlife here]"
[2], "Screw that I'm going to live forever!"

Or [3] Child spends the rest of their life as a depressed nilihist that doesn't see any point in doing anything with life.
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popculturepooka
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8/18/2011 3:34:11 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:29:32 PM, Danielle wrote:
"There is only one God, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: not today."

A game of thrones. You watch/read that? That's my one of my favorite fantasy series.

/derail
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vbaculum
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8/18/2011 3:36:41 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:23:03 PM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 8/18/2011 3:20:46 PM, vbaculum wrote:
At 8/18/2011 3:11:54 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 8/18/2011 3:06:49 PM, vbaculum wrote:

Sam Harris was just talking about this (I hope I got the right vid; I'm at work).

I wonder what gives him the credentials to answer any question people give him.

His Wikipedia page lists his credentials. If you read it you could stop wondering.

My wikapeadia page says I have 7 master degrees and was directly involved in the Apollo space program as a technical advisor.

How authoratative are its citation? Does it still exists?
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SuperRobotWars
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8/18/2011 3:36:47 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:33:57 PM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 8/18/2011 3:22:56 PM, SuperRobotWars wrote:
Parent responds, "Your body rots in a casket and eventually the casket rots a few years later then insects plants and other organisms use your body to grow, and if you meant your mind then you will go into an abyss of nothingness, just imagine not existing, you cannot think eat sleep or anything else for that matter!"

Parent smiles at child.

Child responds [1], "Screw that I'm Converting to [insert religion with an afterlife here]"
[2], "Screw that I'm going to live forever!"

Or [3] Child spends the rest of their life as a depressed nilihist that doesn't see any point in doing anything with life.

I sure hope it doesn't come to that.
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: At 12/6/2011 2:21:41 PM, badger wrote:
: ugly people should beat beautiful people ugly. simple! you'd be killing two birds with the one stone... women like violent men and you're making yourself more attractive, relatively. i met a blonde dude who was prettier than me not so long ago. he's not so pretty now! ha!
:
: ...and well, he wasn't really prettier than me. he just had nice hair.
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8/18/2011 3:37:43 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I'd say that no one really knows--that some people think you go to a great place, others think that you come back as something/someone else, and others think that nothing happens when you die--kind of like sleep.

I wouldn't state MY view (unless they asked me what I think), because honestly, I don't want to influence TOO much how they'll end up, spiritually speaking.
Think'st thou heaven is such a glorious thing?
I tell thee, 'tis not half so fair as thou
Or any man that breathes on earth.

- Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
Wnope
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8/18/2011 4:38:00 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 8/18/2011 3:22:56 PM, SuperRobotWars wrote:
Parent responds, "Your body rots in a casket and eventually the casket rots a few years later then insects plants and other organisms use your body to grow, and if you meant your mind then you will go into an abyss of nothingness, just imagine not existing, you cannot think eat sleep or anything else for that matter!"

Parent smiles at child.

Child responds [1], "Screw that I'm Converting to [insert religion with an afterlife here]"
[2], "Screw that I'm going to live forever!"

As a parent, you may want to work on your presentation.