Are you saying that the more people believe in something, the truer it becomes? Do you not see that truth has nothing to do with the number of people who believe in it?
There was a time when most people believed the Earth was flat. Mathematicians were the early ones who figured otherwise through geometry. Now, through astronomy and space travel, we can physically prove it by getting into a rocket and venture outside the atmosphere. read more
If you say you "enjoy the spectacle of annihilating the human race", I think that makes you (your hypothetical character) some sort of a blood thirsty psychopath. A psychologist who have dealt with many psychopaths would probably be most qualified to deal with that type of mind. I don't think the rest of us - Atheists or believers alike would know how to effectively reason with a psychopath like that without prior training or experience. read more
Yes of course. Most conflicts in the world is made worse by people's differences in whether a god exists and what form this god is, as well as what he wants and desires from you, from me and from everyone else.
From a more personal viewpoint, would it not make a difference how you live your life, if you believe in an afterlife or if you don't? Of course it does. read more
If you believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and that he is God, and God created everything then you are a Christian. That's what differentiates Christians from the rest.
The fact that you do not read your Bible would, in my eyes, make you a lazy Christian, but you're still a Christian.read more
Qualifications is probably not a good term. Its a word that more or less belongs to academia, job - seeking, etc type-of-thinking.
To start a business, you don't need one set of "qualifications" as such because you can always compensate for your weaknesses.
But if there are a few traits that I think would be important to do business, it would be the following:
"Living a life worth remembering is a path to immortality". I think that was from Bruce Lee.
Think of people who lived in the past. We know them because they have done something extra-ordinary, something that propels humanity forward! For me, I think of people like Charles Darwin, Einstein and Galileo, Neil Armstrong...read more
Believing that things do have the chance of getting better is probably an initial step to wanting to do anything to improve things in the first place. If you do not believe that there is any hope that things will get better, it can have a demotivating effect. Why even bother? why even try? why even do anything? why even live... it can be a miserable outcome.read more
As far as I know in Australia, a disabled person can start a business similarly to any able-bodied person. Unless the disability affects someone's mental and reasoning capacity, s/he is free to register business name, Australian business number, register with the tax office for GST, etc... And operate a business. read more
I believe most people don't believe it because they do not understand it. It was true for me and when I continue to listen to those who do not believe it, their line of questioning tells me that they don't know how it works really.
For me personally, I grew up in the Philippines in the 80s and went to a private school run of an Episcopalian Church. They did not touch on evolution in primary /elementary school (grade 1-6). This was in the 80s.read more
The term 'pinnacle' is problematic. What do you mean by it?
I think this question suggests a misunderstanding of the evolutionary process because it assumes that there is some sort of a design, a thinking process that culminated to us. As though something - a book - has been written and we are at its final chapter. It is a question that I expect coming from a religious perspective. read more
Just broadly, if you are to create a website, these are the steps:
Step 1: Answer these questions
1. Know what type of website is it? How does it make money?
2. What features does it need?
3. What will the user experience and information flow be like?
4. Who is your target market / audience?
5. How are you different to your competitors? What are you offering your audience? read more
It's not really clever. Not really. If you were talking to a person from centuries ago, where everyone was pretty much ignorant about the things we know today, he or she was likely to gamble with their lives with that logic.
Today though, with everything we know, sacrificing 100% of my life, praising and fearing a being, that has no chance of being true, while hurting and discriminating against other people in the process, is a sad, sad waste of a life. read more
There is not one evidence you can use to convince deniers. There are many that put together, they back up the theory.
Richard Dawkins had tackled this very question in his book The Greatest Show On Earth. I have summarised my understanding in my book The Tyranny of God: Liberating Ourselves... read more
For me, being comfortable with being an atheist happened in two stages of learning. The first stage of learning is that stage where I have learnt enough to no longer believe. The second stage was when I learnt enough to be comfortable with no longer believing that there is a god. read more
Hospitals ask this because certain religious beliefs require doctors to, or not to, consider forms of treatment that go against their beliefs. So yes, I answer I am Atheist because I want doctors and nurses to consider all possible ways to help me.read more
Mmm The term Mother Nature personalises nature, which I don't like to use because it pre-loads nature with consciousness. It is a biased term, and a Christian friend of mine uses it to actually refer to her god.
In this context therefore, there is no mother nature. Just nature or the universe,which are not conscious in the way that we define consciousness. read more
You will need hosting, domain and Web Development costs. Hosting for small sites can be anywhere from $10 to $20 per month. This should provide you with unlimited professional email addresses within your domain name as well. Domain could be around $10 - $15 a year. Development is the one that's got a lot of variation which I will discuss below. read more
Haha! Yes indeed, people will definitely lose their minds trying to accept all that.
We should first be accurate however. Evolutionary theory does not say we came from monkeys and monkeys came from plants. Rather, we shared a common ancestor with monkeys who like us, share a common ancestor with plants.
Monkeys are our cousins. Monkeys and plants are cousins. For us humans, plants are more distant cousins than Monkeys.read more
Religious people do this all the time. They love gods they never see. But I think this question is referring to another concept of the word love and i think that is what this boils down to: what is your definition of love?
If I am talking to someone or messaging and developed a feeling for that person even though I haven't seen them and i haven't been with them in person, I would call it attraction or attachment. I would not call it love. read more
Yes you're right, the answer depends on the idea. However, we can make certain assumptions. Let's say, we need to build a product or a service.
I think the steps then are:
1. Create/Develop the product or Service
2. Sell it.
These are two seemingly simple steps, but to accomplish them require you to think, do and have what you need to make an idea happen. read more