The debating skills of evolutionists

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Carico, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    The problem is that cranks/trolls like Carico can never be brought to reason, even if we did get him to admits to the evidence there is still the deny reality stance: "All evidence was placed by god/satan/etc to test the faithful" There is not way around this stance, once you can deny reality no evidence or logic can be mustered, all of it is fake, a conspiracy, the true reality becomes one of faith. I've debated evolution on other forums and when this point comes there is nothing I can do, at best I have been able to pit two different faithfuls against each other, in which one believes reality is a test made by their god and not the other, even in this case it's still a dead lock as neither can convince the other, because it all just testing their faith, which is unfalsifiable, untestable, and personal.
     
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  3. NGM Registered Member

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    In pure argument, there aren't any absolutes. For example, there is really no way for me to say that everything I experience that I consider "reality" is actually real. It could be a very intense dream I'm having while in a coma that has lasted for 30 years.

    Another form of the same argument is the "God" method. When an entity is given full omnipresent powers in a persons mind, then anything is possible. Time can be reversed, memories erased, events changed.

    To a person who doesn't believe in that omnipresent capability, those arguments are worthless. To a person who does believe in the capability, his argument is as true as can be.

    There is no compromise possible.

    In post number 12, I'm trying to determine if this is the case with the person I'm addressing. So far, he hasn't replied.
     
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  5. EntropyAlwaysWins TANSTAAFL. Registered Senior Member

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    You ignored his post and therefore your argument is not refuted?.....:bugeye:

    Please explain this logic. (genuine question)
     
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  7. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Shouldn't that be telling you something?

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  8. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Exactly my point if you can't believe in reality than you can believe in anything else. It begs the question, who and what is the omnipresent power? How are we who are incapable of living beyond empirical evidence suppose to know that this power exists?
     
  9. NGM Registered Member

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    That question is answered by the "God" people by "Trusting all things in God's name". Those parts of life that they choose to not understand, or do not like the explanation presented are categorized into that bucket.

    With that type of person, it's pointless to argue. Any argument presented that disagrees with theirs will immediately be placed into the the "God can do anything" phase of their thinking. The type of logic that you and I apply isn't a factor in their thinking. In our minds, they will forever be wrong. In their minds, you and I will forever be wrong. In absolute logic of the argument, neither side can be proven, ever. Contradiction is the only valid method of losing this type of argument. Find a direct contradiction in what this person says they believe and you've won, for what it's worth.

    It's much like the outcome of explaining what "blue" looks like to a person who has been blind since birth. There simply is no way for that person to comprehend what it is you're seeing.
     
  10. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Its worse than that, its like a blind man saying the sky is red, or better yet a color capable man (not color blind) saying the sky is red, saying "the sky is red, any evidence the shy is blue is simply god testing my faith!" how do we argue against that???
     
  11. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    That's the way religious indoctrination works. Remove the ability to reason and rationalize from childhood and replace it with religious absolutism and dogma, repeating it over and over during one's upbringing, accepting it without question and critical review.

    These minds are unable to think form childhood. Pity them, for it's not their fault, or their parents fault, or their parents fault, and so on, it is the fault of religious indoctrination.
     
  12. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah but kids get over Santa, why can't they get over god?
     
  13. NGM Registered Member

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    Why bother arguing against it? What would be the value? If a person has convinced themselves that a grain of rice is their reincarnated child, why bother arguing with them? Their belief makes them feel better for some reason. If that persons belief isn't causing harm to your life, why not just leave them be?
     
  14. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    This is an internet forum, arguing is what we do.
     
  15. NGM Registered Member

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    Some person in India believes that a cow is a reincarnated person. Their belief doesn't injure my life in any way. I simply don't care what that person believes. I don't pity them. Their belief may make them enjoy their life more. Great. Why would that bother me?
     
  16. NGM Registered Member

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    I understand that. I'm expressing my viewpoint on an Internet forum. It's what I do.
     
  17. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    surely you are but that not helping the issue, lets assume that we do argue with trolls and cranks, lets not question if we should, of course we shouldn't, but lets say we do, what then?
     
  18. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    What about the theists in your neighborhood, your town or city? Their churches and temples litter the landscape, tax free. It is you who are paying their taxes.

    That doesn't bother you?
     
  19. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Could it be the lack of Santa Churches and Santa Temples one must visit every week to re-affirm Santa's existence?

    :shrug:
     
  20. NGM Registered Member

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    Now you speak of the material results of their legal status. Yes, it bothers me. Their beliefs don't. I believe that all of the laws that grant exception to entities due to nothing but the fact that they are a recognised religion, should be terminated. Religions have turned "Separation of Church and State" into a money making venture. It wasn't intended as such and should now be eliminated as an unfair financial practice.

    However, regardless of the legal status I disagree with, I feel no animosity towards anyone as a result of their personal beliefs.
     
  21. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps, but do they have to visit those temples and churches, most religions are not cults, they are not forced to go for weekly brainwashings are they?
     
  22. NGM Registered Member

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    It makes no difference to me. I was merely stating my point of view that to do so is what I would consider a waste of my time. I don't expect anyone to agree with me.
     
  23. NGM Registered Member

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    In one sense they are forced to attend. Peer pressure is applied by the other members of their group. Shunning in various degrees is practiced. Though subtle, it's a form of force.
     

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