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16 hours ago @ Bitch Spot - Shallow Consumers: The... · 0 replies · +1 points

So people who have different tastes, preferences, or are looking for something other than what you are looking for in their cars are "shallow idiots" and "over-emotional morons," huh? It is great that all you care about is getting from point A to point B. You'll save a ton of money on cars. Some of us are looking for something different, and I don't think that necessarily means that we are living through our belongings or have "serious psychological problems."

If I felt like you say you do, I'd buy a new Prius and not be bothered that I'd never have any fun driving it. That sure would make things simple. The thing is, I'd like to have a car that is exciting, a car I wanted to drive because driving it was an enjoyable experience. Give me a powerful engine with lots of torque, a manual transmission, responsive steering, a suspension that doesn't beat me up on a daily commute, and as few gadgets as possible to detract from the driving experience.

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2 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - A Tale of Two Hospitals · 1 reply · +2 points

Love it! I bet they had an interesting conversation after you left.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - A Tale of Two Hospitals · 5 replies · +2 points

Yes, that would be a good question too. But still, I guess I'm not sure why prayer isn't enough. Why mess with doctors at all when they have Jesus?

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Dealing With Bad Ideas... · 0 replies · +1 points

That makes sense. The thing is, I see it all as interconnected. The online feuding is one example of how we are choosing to deal with bad ideas. At this point, I am honestly not sure whether I see it as being more than people expressing ideas we do not like. But yes, I think it might be better to stick to the general principles for now and get to some specific applications later. When I started the series, I was thinking primarily of things like Holocaust denial, racism, sexism, creationism, and that sort of thing. I'm thinking a bit more broadly now, but you are probably right that mixing PZ into it at this point is unwise.

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1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Dealing With Bad Ideas... · 4 replies · +2 points

This series was never intended to be about PZ. I may get back to him eventually, but that is not why I decided to write this series.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Do Humans Need Religion? · 1 reply · +2 points

What sort of operating system do you personally have?

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - No, We Shouldn\'t Shun... · 0 replies · +1 points

Agreed. It should not be about attempting to persuade others to shun him.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - No, We Shouldn\'t Shun... · 2 replies · +2 points

Speaking at a conference is definitely not a right. It is an honor. And who do you suppose gets to decide who deserves to be invited for such an honor? Might it be those who organize the conference? At no point have I said that conference organizers selecting one speaker over another involves shunning. I'm not talking about the conference organizers; I am talking about those protesting the invitation. Again, the outraged students demanding that Ali not be allowed to speak.

You seem determined to distort what I have said here. I do not consider shunning to be one person deciding who they wish to associate with. That is not shunning. I have gone out of my way to say that shunning is a social act involving multiple people trying to marginalize someone. The post seems quite clear on this point.
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1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - No, We Shouldn\'t Shun... · 0 replies · +2 points

Can you think of any ways I can "help to reverse the harmful impact of his behavior" without shunning him? I can.

As I said below, I did not read the statement as a call for shunning. If it was a call for shunning, then I am wrong. And if it was a call for shunning, I think it was a mistake.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - No, We Shouldn\'t Shun... · 0 replies · +1 points

Good old guilt by association! Tough to outgrow that one I suppose.