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IntellectVsSpirit5000
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12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
What do you as an individual think about?

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?

*What would a perfect world look like to you?

*What do you wish were true if anything?

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?

*Are there other universes?

*Are there other realities?
Skepticalone
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12/28/2015 4:40:52 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

Family, friends, camping, billiards, work, etc.

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?

I think it is probable.

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?

Unknown.

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?

Yes, but probably not while I'm alive.

*What would a perfect world look like to you?

A world where we know the difference between knowledge and ignorance and seek to eliminate the latter.

*What do you wish were true if anything?

We live in a perfect world as defined above.

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?

Yes.

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?

No.

*Are there other universes?

Unknown.

*Are there other realities?

Unknown.
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TheGreatAndPowerful
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12/28/2015 5:49:53 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?

Yes. It may be unrecognizable to us, but I think the balance of probabilities leans towards some form of intelligence being out there.

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?

No.

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?

Yes. Eventually we will all be dead and there will be a world without belief in anything.

*What would a perfect world look like to you?

I don't know. I don't know that a world more perfect than all others in all ways can exist.

*What do you wish were true if anything?

That I didn't have to die.

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?

No.

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?

No.

*Are there other universes?

*Are there other realities?

No and no.
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12/28/2015 8:16:20 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?
the universe

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?
no

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?
no

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?
no

*What would a perfect world look like to you?
everyone getting along

*What do you wish were true if anything?
that I never had any religious experiences

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?
yes

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?
yes

*Are there other universes?
no

*Are there other realities?
I hope not
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12/28/2015 8:26:05 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 8:16:20 PM, janesix wrote:
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?
the universe

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?
no

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?
no

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?
no

*What would a perfect world look like to you?
everyone getting along

*What do you wish were true if anything?
that I never had any religious experiences

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?
yes

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?
yes

*Are there other universes?
no

*Are there other realities?
I hope not

oops, I just realized these questions were for atheists. My bad.
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12/28/2015 9:34:25 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?
Yes. It is very likely. We may never detect it, but it is very likely.

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?
No. Soon is ambiguous, but I see no reason or ability for mankind to destroy itself completely.

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?
Yes. Unknown when it would be possible, but it is very possible.

*What would a perfect world look like to you?
That is a bit to big a question for this thread.

*What do you wish were true if anything?
Nothing is coming to mind to wish for, not to wish were true.

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?
Nope

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?
No.

*Are there other universes?
Possible

*Are there other realities?
Don't know exactly where you are going on this one.
FaustianJustice
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12/28/2015 10:40:22 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?

No immediate reason not to think so.

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?

We do already, we just breed faster than we destroy. XD

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?

Yes, but that leads back to the intelligence on other planets thing. God of the gaps requires an intellect to create the God to fit the gap.

*What would a perfect world look like to you?

Much like this one with out the violence caused by greed/ambition. I think in a perfect world, everyone would see the immediate and secondary consequences of their actions ahead of time, just to see how well people are helped or harmed by it.

*What do you wish were true if anything?

"All you need is love".

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?

Yes.

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?

Not "back and forth". The steady slide to none.

*Are there other universes?

Possibly.

*Are there other realities?

Sure, but if there are other realities, what exactly would separate them?
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12/29/2015 12:32:50 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?
Probably
*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?
"soon" relatively, maybe, it's likely we'll be wiped out by a major natural catastrophe so if we make it to the space age, we'll kill each other some time after that.
*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?
People inevitably surround themselves with dogma so even if the concept of 'god' fades we'll still have some incarnation of religion.
*What would a perfect world look like to you?
An expansive time of peace and exploration into deep space that allows us to realise our potential as a species.
*What do you wish were true if anything?
Clarification, please.
*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?
"Gave up" doesn't really describe it, I rent myself from a phase of my childhood.
*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?
Nope.
*Are there other universes?
Impossible to know.
*Are there other realities?
I guess everyone's perceptions are considered an individual reality.
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12/29/2015 12:38:43 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?

Yes, most likely

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?

Nope, the biggest threat is drawing attention to ourselves from interstellar species of creating a super AI, that will wipe us out, but those threats seem relatively small at the moment.

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?

No, I don't. Nor do I think it's even neccesarily ideal

*What would a perfect world look like to you?

I won't go into Libertarian ideology right now

*What do you wish were true if anything?

That the Kurzwelian Merger was imminent

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?

Yes, though gave up isn't the proper word. It presupposes a loss of faith, as opposed to just acquiring new information, and better reasobibg skills

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?

Yes, until I became an atheist. I assume every theist was like me.

*Are there other universes?

Yes

*Are there other realities?

Most likely.
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12/29/2015 12:39:58 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 4:40:52 PM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

Family, friends, camping, billiards, work, etc.

I love billiards

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?

I think it is probable.

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?

Unknown.

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?

Yes, but probably not while I'm alive.

*What would a perfect world look like to you?

A world where we know the difference between knowledge and ignorance and seek to eliminate the latter.

*What do you wish were true if anything?

We live in a perfect world as defined above.

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?

Yes.

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?

No.

*Are there other universes?

Unknown.

*Are there other realities?

Unknown.
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12/29/2015 1:01:59 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 12:39:58 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 12/28/2015 4:40:52 PM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

Family, friends, camping, billiards, work, etc.

I love billiards

I knew that about you. ;-) How often do you play?

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?

I think it is probable.

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?

Unknown.

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?

Yes, but probably not while I'm alive.

*What would a perfect world look like to you?

A world where we know the difference between knowledge and ignorance and seek to eliminate the latter.

*What do you wish were true if anything?

We live in a perfect world as defined above.

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?

Yes.

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?

No.

*Are there other universes?

Unknown.

*Are there other realities?

Unknown.
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12/29/2015 1:03:50 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
I knew that about you. ;-) How often do you play?

Not often enough. Atleast 2 days a week, for about 5 or 6 hours each time.
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12/29/2015 1:09:04 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 1:03:50 AM, Wylted wrote:
I knew that about you. ;-) How often do you play?

Not often enough. Atleast 2 days a week, for about 5 or 6 hours each time.

Nice! I used to play four days a week, but have cut back to two a week. Do you play in a league or tourneys?
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12/29/2015 1:10:39 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 1:09:04 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:03:50 AM, Wylted wrote:
I knew that about you. ;-) How often do you play?

Not often enough. Atleast 2 days a week, for about 5 or 6 hours each time.

Nice! I used to play four days a week, but have cut back to two a week. Do you play in a league or tourneys?

Both, but just had the kid and an dramatically cutting back. It interferes with enough of my goals at the moment, I may have to consider if I want to continue playing.
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12/29/2015 1:11:59 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 1:10:39 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:09:04 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:03:50 AM, Wylted wrote:
I knew that about you. ;-) How often do you play?

Not often enough. Atleast 2 days a week, for about 5 or 6 hours each time.

Nice! I used to play four days a week, but have cut back to two a week. Do you play in a league or tourneys?

Both, but just had the kid and an dramatically cutting back. It interferes with enough of my goals at the moment, I may have to consider if I want to continue playing.

I understand. My wife and I quit playing for a few years after my first son was born.
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12/29/2015 1:15:40 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 1:11:59 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:10:39 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:09:04 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:03:50 AM, Wylted wrote:
I knew that about you. ;-) How often do you play?

Not often enough. Atleast 2 days a week, for about 5 or 6 hours each time.

Nice! I used to play four days a week, but have cut back to two a week. Do you play in a league or tourneys?

Both, but just had the kid and an dramatically cutting back. It interferes with enough of my goals at the moment, I may have to consider if I want to continue playing.

I understand. My wife and I quit playing for a few years after my first son was born.

If I could somehow get a table at home, I might be able to spend less time out, while simultaneously improving. However, the Fiance likes having a dining room.
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12/29/2015 1:23:59 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

Christian Theist here

- Friends, family, work, chores

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?


Probably not. (Just no evidence yet, not an emotional attachment to being unique.

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?


No

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?


No - if people are free they will believe all kinds of things

*What would a perfect world look like to you?


Less war, less conflict, more helping one another.

*What do you wish were true if anything?


?? I haven't thought about it.

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?


Once a lame believer, then strongly focused on science fact, now a believer with strong faith.

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?


Not in the last 30 years

*Are there other universes?


Depends on your definition
They seem to be a mathematical construct rather than testable by experiment.

*Are there other realities?

Again, depends on your definition.

I would say 1 reality (by definition) with many cool aspects.
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12/29/2015 1:28:08 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 1:15:40 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:11:59 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:10:39 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:09:04 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:03:50 AM, Wylted wrote:
I knew that about you. ;-) How often do you play?

Not often enough. Atleast 2 days a week, for about 5 or 6 hours each time.

Nice! I used to play four days a week, but have cut back to two a week. Do you play in a league or tourneys?

Both, but just had the kid and an dramatically cutting back. It interferes with enough of my goals at the moment, I may have to consider if I want to continue playing.

I understand. My wife and I quit playing for a few years after my first son was born.

If I could somehow get a table at home, I might be able to spend less time out, while simultaneously improving. However, the Fiance likes having a dining room.

http://homedsgn.co...

You're welcome. ;-)
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12/29/2015 1:31:38 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 1:28:08 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:15:40 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:11:59 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:10:39 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:09:04 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 12/29/2015 1:03:50 AM, Wylted wrote:
I knew that about you. ;-) How often do you play?

Not often enough. Atleast 2 days a week, for about 5 or 6 hours each time.

Nice! I used to play four days a week, but have cut back to two a week. Do you play in a league or tourneys?

Both, but just had the kid and an dramatically cutting back. It interferes with enough of my goals at the moment, I may have to consider if I want to continue playing.

I understand. My wife and I quit playing for a few years after my first son was born.

If I could somehow get a table at home, I might be able to spend less time out, while simultaneously improving. However, the Fiance likes having a dining room.

http://homedsgn.co...

You're welcome. ;-)

OMG! I'm going to get on this problem now. Thanks
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12/29/2015 2:53:26 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/28/2015 3:55:49 PM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
What do you as an individual think about?

*Do you think intelligent life exists somewhere out there?

I find it highly unlikely that we are the only intelligent life in this vast universe (that's a yes)

*Do you think mankind will destroy each other soon?

It's very possible given our technology, but I believe that our will to live will keep us from allowing the individuals who would cause such catastrophe from doing so.

*Do you think a world without belief in a god/gods will or can ever exist?

Entirely? No. I do however believe that within the next few hundred years theism will be largely be viewed alongside witches and demons.

*What would a perfect world look like to you?

No such thing, but one where no child dies of hunger or diseases that could be cured for the cost of a pair of shoes if only they lived in a civilized society would be a great start.

*What do you wish were true if anything?

I would wish that I am going to heaven when I die where I will enjoy eternal bliss surrounded by everyone I have ever loved. It's a nice fantasy.

If not, can the Knicks finally win an NBA finals?

*Were you once a believer, but gave up on belief?

Yes. I gave up on belief once I realized that I could no longer cling to it after watching every rational argument in support of it get torn to shreds.

*Have you bounced back and forth on belief?

Nope. I believed till I found that I could no longer believe. Since then my confidence in my position being the correct one has only grown.

*Are there other universes?

I tend to think so, but as far as I can tell it is all speculative.

*Are there other realities?

I don't know what that means. I define reality as all that exists, so by definition there is only one reality.