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Re: Re: Is there a possibility of a creator?

over 6 years ago

The idea that one can state with any logical certainty that a creator does or does not exist is a oxymoron. Assume on the one hand that any one of the monotheistic religions are correct. Due to the necessity of faith described in the holy texts which describe these regilions, faith is a defining ...

Re: What do we do in Heaven?

over 6 years ago

The very notion of Heaven and Hell are an antiquated motivation and deterrent, respectively, for moral or ethical behavior. When a reasonable human being realizes that their behavior and actions are limited by what it is reasonable to do - based on the consequences to those around that individual ...

Re: Re: Does time exist?

over 6 years ago

1)If in fact, objects and motion are required for us to perceive time, then did the big bang start objecta in motion and create the need for time? -Objects and motion are required for a human to perceive anything, as if a light wave or sound wave (or other physicaly vibration) did not occur, our ...

Re: Pessimism is better than Optimissm

almost 7 years ago

Let me start of by saying that I do not necessarily think optimism is better than pessimism or vica versa. However, your statement falls short of being effective. You state that one is better than the other without giving it a context. For what purpose are you saying pessimism is better? Basing it ...

Free Will - Does it Exist?

almost 7 years ago

Def'n : Free Will - The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will. So does Free Will exist? That is to say, do human beings indeed have the power of making choices free of any agency similar to fate or divine will? To ...