Artificial Intelligence is a phrase that often promotes a strong reaction in a lot of people who hear it. There are the gloom and doom prognosticators who tell us that 'Judgement Day', the day the intelligent machines take over and decide we are more trouble than we are worth and wipe us out is near. There are also the overly optimistic prognosticators which tell us that the day AI will take over and we will enter a golden age of humanity beyond our wildest dreams is near. Kasparov charts a… Continue
Added by Richard Lawrence on March 19, 2018 at 5:53pm —
I know the impact of criticism, I've known it all my life. It begins with my family who expects me to fit in, to think as they do, to do the things that they do, to remain silent because I say things they don't want to hear or read.
Sometimes the criticism is constructive, offering me a new frame of reference, pointing out a contradiction, exposing my biases and these are all valuable and important in my creative processes.
There is another kind of criticism that is less… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2014 at 11:30am —
In the current era: Intelligence Quotient or IQ is no longer considered as a measure of Intelligence.
IQ is hereditary and an Indoctrinated high IQ individual religious devotee, can be just as hooked and Irrational as any normal to low IQ devotee.
The difference is that high IQ devotees can be more clever in creating their Apologies (Porkies) for their belief system. Thomas Aquinas is an excellent example here, very high IQ, very indoctrinated into… Continue
Added by Dyslexic's DOG on September 23, 2013 at 8:00am —
The Internet is amazing. It hosts media of all kinds. Anybody can communicate with anybody. And you can find out anything you want to know. It's huge and complex but we don't need to understand how it works to know that it does. In the same way, we don't need to understand how the brain works to know that it does. Its electro-chemical machinations, while interesting, aren't necessary to understand in order to know that the brain deliberates. That's what it does.
Neuroscience can't yet… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on December 12, 2011 at 1:00am —
Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps
Free will, in the form of self-determinism, is only a big mystery if you allow your thinking to be governed by the centuries of philosophers who have never managed to figure it out. They've been arguing in circles because they've defined "free will" to fit their premises. This is because they… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on December 9, 2011 at 6:02am —
If God provided proof that he exists, then it would be logical to believe in him. The absence of proof leaves only faith for belief. You do not need faith if you have proof and vice versa. By God’s own choice, he can only be known by faith. Continue
But why have faith in this particular God? If God won’t give us proof, what’s to stop us from believing in Allah or Zeus? To have faith is to deny logic. What alternative is there to logic? How do we think? Mindlessness is the absence…
Added by Atheist Exile on August 24, 2011 at 6:17pm —
Many great minds, through the centuries, have tried, without success, to solve the free will versus determinism controversy. I believe this controversy has persisted because it is a false dichotomy stemming from the assumption that free will must be independent of, or opposed to, causality. As I'll try to explain, free will is produced when human intelligence interacts with the world around us (causality). There is no conflict between free will and causality/determinism. No dualism. It's… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on October 1, 2010 at 1:00pm —
When ET finally arrives, he'll carry the fruits of an advanced civilization with him. What will he think of our primitive superstitions? How should we approach first contact with him? I've wrestled with this question in writing Dead Astronauts
. Faced with first contact, the protagonists disagree. Air Force Colonel and true believer Rex Stone debates the issue with NASA scientist and nonbeliever Dawn Thomas. Here's how they… Continue
Added by Woodrow Wilson on August 31, 2010 at 4:06pm —
The atheist community is abuzz about the new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science. After correlating the data from the study, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa claims that atheists have a higher IQ than people who claim to be “very religious.”
The study claims to have used a “large sample” of adolescents from grades 7 through 12 during the 1994-1995 school year and then interviewed them again in 2001 and 2002. According to the study, those who claimed… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on March 1, 2010 at 10:00pm —
Added by John Guerra on January 13, 2010 at 10:19pm —
Considering that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, consciousness and intelligence are relatively new phenomena in the universe. The seeds of these phenomena were planted when life first arose, some 3.7 billion years ago. Life introduced animate beings
into a universe that had previously had only inanimate objects
Life also introduced motility to the universe. Motility is the ability to move in a self-directed way. Motility is probably the root cause of… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on May 27, 2009 at 2:30am —
... that intelligent life needed a creator, I've got one thing to say. MYH16
Added by Greg F. on February 4, 2009 at 12:01am —
In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm —
Today I wrote about 20 reasons I am godless
. I'm sure there are lots more than 20, but it was a good start. Suggestions and refinements to my list are most welcome. :)
Added by Neece on January 4, 2009 at 12:12am —
(Originally posted on my personal blog, BrainlessGeorge.com
I stand firm with my thoughts on Darwinian Natural Selection. I’m quite sure that it has happened in humans in even recorded history. I think that the technological advances, and forms of entertainment, all have implications of evoluation. Since the dawn of man we’ve been evolving and furthering our thinking.
To better survive in an ever changing… Continue
Added by George S. on December 13, 2008 at 11:00am —
I have been following the comment thread over at http://de-conversion.com/2008/07/22/i-never-wanted-to-be-an-atheist/ - and ran across the following exchange (names have been deleted to protect the guilty):
commenter 1 (a Christian)
Wow, the tone here is so interesting. Such great anger and pompousness, against God himself, even. Hmmm. He is not going to accept any of your excuses on Judgment Day. He is going to show you all of the ways he revealed himself to you quite… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 12:30pm —