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Fun and games, Guccifer 2 posts some teasers...

Started Jun 19 0 Replies

The hacker that got the DNC server is getting ready to put a bunch of stuff on Wikileaks. A few documents were posted as teasers.Security consultant Cloudstrike recent announced they were called in…Continue


Started Jun 18 0 Replies

I put this in science, but it's also kind of political.For the past 4 months or so an anonymous Twitter account (Real_PeerReview) featured links actual papers in the social "sciences". The postings…Continue

Retraction watch: Papers originally claiming Conservatism associated with psychotic traits had their data wrong

Started Jun 12 0 Replies

Widely quoted for a while until some researchers called them on statistical errors.Now the conclusions are reversed ...…Continue

Psychology behind ISIS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 26. 8 Replies

This article is about a year old,but still very current. Probably the deepest analysis of this group I've seen recently. It seems that the Western politicians are missing the point.…Continue

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jay H replied to James's discussion Paradox of Free Speech
""Freedom of speech and freedom should be interpreted in their correct intended context, which is to dispel the infusion of irrationality, dogma, and the supernatural from our lives," Free speech is necessarily open. The moment you start…"
jay H replied to Daniel W's discussion NPR on Tim Kaine
"He's got some other baggage too. He chose Muslim American Society (MAS--which the US government declared in 2008 to be a front for the Muslim Brotherhood) President Esam Omeish to the state’s Immigration Commission. Even some moderate…"
jay H commented on Čenek Sekavec's blog post To the anti-carbons
"People do not realize how MUCH of their lives, their jobs, their cost of living, their food, medicine, science etc is driven by energy. The switch over from animal power to machine power wasn't just an incremental change, it changed…"
Jul 10
jay H replied to tom sarbeck's discussion How-to Books Paved the Way for Science and Secularism -- An Essay by William Eamon at Aeon
"Good article. While he dismisses the Reformation as a major contributor to secularism, I would argue that Wycliffe (and later people like Luther) turned European religion upside down, translating the Bible into common tongue (often illegally)…"
Jul 10
jay H replied to Atheists read the bible.'s discussion Is the reason people are religious because they can get away with anything they want?
"Funny because religious people often say that atheists 'feel they can do anything they want' because we have no fear of hell or fear that God is watching. People can be ethical, people can be criminal whether they are religious or atheists."
Jul 10
jay H commented on Jennifer W's blog post DJ who has a great point about police officers in the USA.
"I'm surely not a defender of cops but I'm also skeptical of the stories that insist that these things happen entirely because of race. --"Crucial quotes, from Peter Rosenberg excoriating a police officer on the phone who refused to…"
Jul 10
jay H replied to Atheists read the bible.'s discussion I found the secret to being a Christian.
"I think this sweeps too many broad generalizations. It's not fair to make too many assumptions about people's motivations: 1) Most do not ignore all science, A good many Christians accept evolution. There are Christians (even creationist…"
Jul 4
jay H commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Book Review--Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
"Much of what we consider subconscious (or instinctive) is quite likely our older 'animal' brain doing much of the work for us. Logical thinking was a powerful tool, but slow, and inaccurate in times of limited information. As usual,…"
Jul 3
jay H replied to tom sarbeck's discussion July 4th, A Good Time to See Nationalism as Religion.
"There are superficial similarities, though as atheists frequently need to point out (when people claim atheism is religion), the definition of religion generally requires some form of supernatural belief which is not part of nationalism. I hate to…"
Jul 3
jay H replied to eric stone's discussion I was just following Holy Orders
"Meanwhile, it appears the editors of Wikipedia have decided that there is 'not enough evidence' to classify Orlando as an Islamist terrorist attack.…"
Jun 30
jay H replied to eric stone's discussion I was just following Holy Orders
"Jonathan Haidt discusses the fact that basic human nature has these values, and they tend to be tuned differently in different people. But certainly all have their place; without a sense of loyalty and some reasonable sense of authority society…"
Jun 30
jay H replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Five people hospitalized after firewalking at Tony Robbins event in Dallas
"Personally the thought of extended deterioration is much more frightening than the thought of death."
Jun 26
jay H replied to Atheists read the bible.'s discussion Should I come out to my girlfriend as a nonbeliever?
"definitely. It's a matter of being as honest with her as you would want her to be with you. It may not be a disaster. But it will provide a time for both of you to discuss one another's feelings, and understand ones own feelings. The…"
Jun 26
tom sarbeck replied to jay H's discussion Philosopher: Logic is racist
"Rationality sufficed for me until, during four years (1972-76) in Arizona politics, the published economic rationalizations for the Central Arizona Project failed to explain the behavior of Arizona's political leaders. Emotionality (the fear of…"
Jun 26
tom sarbeck replied to jay H's discussion Philosopher: Logic is racist
"We simply rely on what survives from what is written. Reliance on what is written, I read decades ago, was the method of Scholasticism (Aquinas et al) Did a reliance on writing lead Deconstructionists (Derrida, principally) to value speech over…"
Jun 26
Michael Penn replied to jay H's discussion Philosopher: Logic is racist
"Truth may be socially constructed but real truth will exist in a separate way without being tied to any culture. Rationality is best studied as we look backwards in time because we have no other view, but we can assign things to culture only in so…"
Jun 25

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About Me:
I'm an old coot, raised JW, became sceptical then outrightly disbelieving many years ago.

Politically (after years of wandering through philosophies-du-jour), I'm strongly pro-individual freedom, pro-market, to the discomfort of both my liberal and conservative friends.

Day job is computer administration for a large corporation. Off hours I like anything with machines and tools.

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At 6:34am on September 18, 2013, AgeOfAtheists14 said…

hey jersey! do me a flavor and send me all the mural pics from streets ther.. if any peace

At 7:19am on May 24, 2013, Randall Smith said…

We live in a society of generalities: not all cyclists are rednecks and vice versa. No offense intended.

At 7:42am on April 12, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Nice looking dog you have! "Securing" a dog is a concern. Previous dogs have stayed outdoors ALL the time, never running away . But I live out in the country. Free roaming is my preference, but the H.S. doesn't like to hear that. I'm losing sleep trying to come up with an alternative.

At 7:19am on December 16, 2012, Randall Smith said…

Will do. I hate messing with all this car business.

At 10:46am on May 3, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 3:39am on May 3, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Jay 
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know well because of your long time atheism.  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with nearly 700 discussion topics and over 3400 members.
At 11:18pm on May 2, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, jay! Glad you could join us. :D

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