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  1. Philosophy

    I've started this thread dedicated to philosophy, as opposed to religion. Requesting a mod to sticky it please. Academically my research interests lie in experimental philosophy, where cognitive science meets philosophy of mind. But I like to think about other areas, especially areas that...
  2. Why does the universe exist at all?

    When we ask why something exists, we point to its causal antecedents. For instance, we exist because of our parents. But why does the universe exist at all? Couldn't it have been nothing at all that existed? If it's possible that nothing should exist, how come there's a universe? Religious...
  3. The Knowledge Argument Thought Experiment

    This isn't particular to religion, but oh well. The thought experiment was developed by philosopher Frank Jackson, and subsequently made a serious impact on contemporary analytical philosophy of mind: "Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason, forced to investigate the world...
  4. Islam and the West: An Outsider's Perspective

    Recently, someone live-tweeting local reports of a terror attack in Bangladesh. It was yet another tragedy, one of many. It has no doubt raised the usual questions: about ISIS, extremism, and the role of Islam. The role of Islam is difficult to talk about for at least two reasons: 1) Many...
  5. The Righteous Mind: Why People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

    Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at NYU. His book (here), based on copious and interesting research, examines the bases of our political and religious sensibilities. His conclusions are provocative. His central thesis: We are all frauds. We think of ourselves as rational, enlightened...
  6. Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule

    This is pretty much the only show worth watching now, unless you're into Game of Thrones.
  7. The US is becoming Europe (and maybe that's a bad thing)

    Lately the US has started to look a lot like Europe. I refer to: increased racial tension, a shift to the left, the rise of the far left and far right, aggressive pursuit of third political parties and candidates, a tendency to protest at the drop of a hat, a rise in secularism, drop in...
  8. Hey guys

    I'm old here, but I don't know any of you guys. So that makes me new here. I'm from way back when Martin Matusiak used to run the place with an iron fist. Well, not so much iron as some sort of latex-rubber mixture. Does John Ali still post? Ian? Snoop? Salihah? Greg? Incubo? So many...
  9. Buffon Online

    I was going back over some emails and decided to visit Maybe people know/don't know, but it was (and maybe still is?) something like a sister-forum to Juventuz. When I googled buffononline, what I found shocked me beyond belief. I crapped in my pants a little. Google reports...
  10. Quick question on accounts

    I'd like to merge/combine all my old accounts into this one. Please let me know if this is possible, and if so, what is the procedure. Thanks for reading. Josh.
  11. Hi

    Hey there. Just stopped by to check up on all of you. How are we all?
  12. Lets paint!

    1. Open up paint. Draw anything. Link it here. Next person says something about it. 2. Rinse. Repeat.
  13. Nano

    A while back someone was educating me on the wonders of Nanotechnology. I kicked him in the nuts. The idea at the time seemed far fetched. I thought he was pulling my leg. Turns out he was right. Turns out thats not enough to get his balls to produce sperm. Sorry. Maybe Nanotechnology can fix...
  14. Heroes in a half-shell!

    If you had a childhood you know what Im talkin about.
  15. Art.

    Anyone for art? Ive been interested in more digital forms of art of late, especially pixel art. I did some googling: Sexy, no?
  16. Corned Beef

    Alright here's the deal. I found a can of "corned beef" in my pantry. I want to make something nice out of it. What do I do?
  17. white chamber
  18. Rap slash Hip Hop

    I dont typically listen to hip-hop but Bazooka Joe did an album remix (Jay Z vs RJD2) that someone recommended to me. I didnt listen to it until just now. I am impressed. Any hip-hop fans in here know any other albums that are anything like "the black album"?
  19. Christmas sucks!

    Thats what some people think. What do people think? :coffee:
  20. The Dave Chappelle Theory This account of Dave Chappelle's fall from grace has been pieced together by me, a retired public relations executive who wishes to remain anonymous. my contacts, many of whom were closely related to the individuals involved, enabled me to fairly...