Who designed the designer?

Discussion in 'Religion' started by Xelasnave.1947, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    And yet they have Jan.
    All reference to God comes from humans.
    And look how many they have created made up invented designed.

    Thousands .
    Various models each invented without recourse to reality.

    Invented by humans for humans.

    This time the dog didn't do it or the cat humans created God in their own image.

    Humans invented God just like they invented Santa, peter pan, the easter bunny, goblins, dragons, fairies, big foot and the rest of the made up characters...all fictional, all invented, all designed to fill the hole in some folks existence.

    Have you studied religion Jan, and looked at how it was invented and evolved.

    Side step that question or answer it but my money is another side step coming up.
    I ask simply to guide the discussion to something that could raise us out of the mud to discuss religion as how it evolved through history, its roll in society and conflict. The roll it played in justifying slavery in the early US.
    You know meaty stuff, sensible analysis and well considered conclusions.
    Given the enormity of the available evidence where should I start.
    Hang on its you who bought your imaginary friend along why don't you show us all why he is nothing more than made up.
    Anything, anything at all, a face on a potato chip and recent miracle.
    You should realise Jan that I am always right and that all I say is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
    Yes more imaginary stuff.
    Why don't you boiler plate your evidence so you can cut and paste it each time you are put on the spot.
    All of them.
    There goes Alex the crusher.

    You do tend to focus on something and irrespective of any assurance simply stick with it.

    I am not going to crush you or has your imaginary friend convinced you otherwise.
    Again you insist on thinking your imagination dictates reality even though I clearly rejected the earlier request to teach you a lesson.
    You may not get it but the audience certainly gets it.
    I even think your attempt to raise this non issue borders on not being truthful, with the forum and sadly with yourself.
    Fortunately my words are on record for all to see.
    You are showing your weakness ... Imaginative invention.
    Sure it is Jan pity you are so imaginative.
    By your definition only.
    In your view only.
    I shall not drive home my point BT calling upon the readers to comment but say I did ask form all to put their hands up, yes or nay, to the assertion you make...let me frame the question.
    "Do you think Jan offers sensible discussion" yes or nay.
    My guess, which you have every reason to trust, is
    The Nays have it.
    Let's see if anyone quotes me and offers a nay.

    So what do you think about a historical discussion on the evolution of religions, creation of Gods and generally raise the bar.

    Exchemist is on the right track and I should be engaging in the stimulating discussing his observation but Jan I like you and sincerely would like to keep you entertained and provide you with a platform to perform.

    So in closing I am not out to crush you, but I think I have said that, and not out to teach you a lesson and I have also covered that so its up to you to decide if you will dwell on your delusions and caller me crusher, teacher or your all time fall back favorite atheist which title I accept but know this its not important bordering on irrelevant.

    I hope you are having fun and wish you a happy and interesting day.

    Alex
     
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  3. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Here is an interesting video

    Alex
     
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  5. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    Does that mean god just IS and IS and IS and Is and IS.........?

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  7. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    I think it is interesting because it is.

    Should be viewed by anyone with an interest in religion, astronomy and astrology.
    Real answers, real people but for me life changing because I found God.
    Alex
     
  8. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    It isn't my argument; it's the design proponent's argument. Or more broadly, it's the theist's argument: Everything must have a creator.

    Ergo, the creator must have a creator and THAT creator must have a creator and THAT creator must have a creator and THAT creator.....

    Of course it's a nonsensical argument. That's what I'm pointing out. If the creator doesn't need a creator, then neither does the "creation".
     
  9. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Hang on, I don't think that's right.

    Surely the essence of the Cosmological Argument (for God or something equivalent) is that of the "uncaused cause", isn't it?

    Although I argue in post 33 this is something of a truism.
     
  10. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, and "uncaused cause" is a nonsensical concept.
     
  11. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Is it? The reason I thought it was a truism is that I thought it was a statement of the logically obvious, rather than nonsensical. I mean, given that the Big Bang started, and there was nothing before it, that start had to be an uncaused cause, didn't it? Or do some people think the Big Bang had a cause?
     
  12. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    The Big Bang wasn't the beginning. The beginning hasn't been explained. That's why the Big Bang starts some fraction of a second later.

    It's a "cop out" of sorts but it's an honest statement of what we know or have an explanation for and what we don't know. With a multi-verse explanation (for example) one universe could have just ended setting up the conditions for another to begin.
     
  13. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    We consider it nonsensical when it's expressed as "turtles all the way down", don't we?
     
  14. Michael 345 Next mythical choc bunnies for mystic who died Valued Senior Member

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    I think I pointed out somewhere about going down the path of Infinite Regression
    You finish up like early cartographers
    When they came to the edges of the maps they were drawing, and did not know what lay beyond they would put "Here there be Monsters"
    You might as well do the same when trying to map out anything beyond the Big Bang
    Or applicable to both "Unknown" and go and have coffee
    I would but it's close to 3am and I am to lazy to go downstairs to make it

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  15. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes and rightly so, but "turtles all the way down" is exactly what the Cosmological Argument is not, surely? The idea of an uncaused first cause suggests the first something -whatever it may have been - just arose without cause, i.e. without another turtle to give rise to it.
     
  16. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes that's obviously true from the strict evidence-based perspective of science. I don't see it as a cop-out, but merely a recognition of the limits to scientific enquiry. But self-evidently the Cosmological Argument does not purport to be a scientific argument.

    I had thought there was a speculation of a zero energy state that was initially disturbed randomly, giving rise to a balancing amount of +ve mass-energy and a corresponding -ve amount of gravitational potential energy (adopting the common convention that gravitational potential is zero when objects are at infinite separation and any lesser separation is -ve relative to that zero level). But I may have got this wrong: I don't generally go in much for speculations of this nature. Hence my comment about a random - i.e. uncaused - first cause.
     
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  17. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Some people do. The cause could be another universe collapsing, or quantum tunneling, or uncaused.
     
  18. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes that's right of course. There is the Big Bounce hypothesis, though I understand it is not particularly fashionable.
     
  19. Jan Ardena Valued Senior Member

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    Alex's Big Crusher arguments.

    Failure no1

    No s**t Sherlock!
    All reference of gravity comes from humans.
    All reference of atomic particles, and quantum mechanics come from humans.
    How to make, and drive motor cars come from humans.
    The term 'all references comes from humans' comes from humans.

    So far we have...

    All references of God come from humans (let's pretend no other references come from humans, to give you a chance). Humans created the easter bunny, goblins, dragons, fairies, big foot etc.

    When did humans make these characters up? I assume you know, or wouldn't make such a claim. Note I've missed out Peter Pan, because we have evidence of who made up this character, and when. So I will give you that one.

    I think I'm a bit psychic, because I just get an overwhelming feeling you're not going to be able to come up with an answer. So, are simply stating these character as being made up, because they don't exist for you, or do you just think because you say it, it must be right?

    Somehow, I think we have a different understanding of religion.
    Does you understanding of the evolution of religion, go along these lines?..

    The emergence of religious behavior by the Neolithic period has been discussed in terms of evolutionary psychology, the origin of language and mythology, cross-cultural comparison of the anthropology of religion, as well as evidence for spirituality or cultic behavior in the Upper Paleolithic, and similarities in great ape behavior.

    Just for future reference.

    I'm not an atheist, Alex. I can only imagine what you term as God, even religion.
    Explain yourself, if you want me to go down that road. Otherwise, it is simply a futile exercise, given the point of the thread.

    I don't mind, as long as you take it somewhere.
    Start the ball rolling if you can.

    Start with the evidence that supports your claim. Do you have a problem with that?

    Yes, I am aware of narcissism.

    You asked for evidence of my imaginary friend, I provide, and you throw it back in my face? And here's me thinking you're a nice guy.

    So you'd like to think.

    Ahhh! I was counting on it.

    Seriously though, this is you trying to crush.
    I know this tactic. Of course you will deny it, until you think you have it in the bag.

    Not only are you always right, you only speak the truth. Hey Alex.
    I hear you man.

    A narcissist who plays up to his audience. Nothing new there.

    Imagine a black human being, wandering into a gang of really pissed of, red-necked, explicit, racists. Do you think his audience will get the fact that he is a human being, as much as any white person?

    You're words are thus far, worthless. You're simply skirting round the sides, trying to find a way in, to crush, teach a lesson, blah blah blah.

    Like you'd know.
    Stop evading, and come with the goods.
    I'm not going to offer this opportunity again.

    And here we reach rock bottom. An appeal to a rigged audience, to determine truth, or falsity. Pathetic!

    Personally, I don't think you're capable of discussing anything, to do with God, religion, theism, in any meaningful way. So far you just come across as an ignorant atheist. More ignorant than normal.

    I'm having loads of fun Alex.
    Can't wait for 'Failure no2'

    jan.
     
  20. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    The Cosmological Argument is the "one unsupported turtle" argument. How is one unsupported turtle less nonsensical than an infinite stack of turtles?
     
  21. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    You are not losing your cool Jan shouting like that.
    Your focus on crushing on crushing is starting to worry me.
    Maybe I should assure you that I have no intention to crush you...oh wait I already have.
    How do visualise me crushing you Jan not physically I hope you know me on top you under.
    That would be sinful Jan.
    You seem to be preoccupied with fictional characters Jan can't you do something about your condition?
    Funny about that and you still can't see the difference between fiction and fact. Interesting.
    How did you arrived at the obvious Jan?
    Hang on you are joking.
    Very cute you are really nice trying to cheer me up.
    My grand mother died I guess you knew somehow.
    I do to but you have spelt it wrong Jan.
    That's great Jan you have taken a big step to enlightenment.
    Jan that is such a nice trap I am compelled to jump in and let you catch me , so yes it must be right because I say so.
    Now don't dislike me just because I am always right.
    Wiki is our friend, perhaps not as good as the bible because it mainly deals in fact.
    Your not??? Jan I already knew that..something you said earlier gave it away.
    I don't know how to put it without it coming as a shock Jan but I will try to sum up my position. God is made up. Religion is a machinery to refine Sun worship and exploit the gullibility of poor folk who think the Sun places a variety of sons on the planet that have mystical but unused powers.
    I did try Jan by posting a utube video that sort to explain the delusions about Sun worship.
    You could do some astronomy and see if "the three kings" in Orion line up with where the Sun "dies" and is reborn in after three days...I hope you looked at the video it gives you an idea of what to observe.
    It would be fun to see if there is anything in the claim made in the video rather than just accept that the presenter is right and not making stuff up.
    Folk make a lot of stuff up Jan so you always have to be on the lookout for being told lies.
    Again?
    First couple of lines in the bible, no witness could be present at creation so it's made up.
    But you make no comment when I present that fact and so I feel there is little point in going on as sometimes I get the impression you have closed your mind to anything I present in support of the proposition that it is all made up.
    Who was there to observe God creating the Universe is all I want to know but without that witness I can only believe it was made up just like all the other fairy tales.
    Good but what does narcissism mean..is it sortta like wise and infallible.. Thanks Jan you are going to make me blush. You are real nice to me that is real cute.
    Damn I missed it Jan, oh well my loss. How will I tell my friends...it was before me evidence of God and I missed it...yes that's what I will tell them.
    When you are right you are right Jan.
    I am going to put it on a t shirt.
    Sorry to disappoint you Jan I don't even know your star sign. Let's just be friends.
    I don't crush on the first date Jan.
    I have given up on trying to deny anything Jan if you day it then it must be true in your mind.
    The way you state the obvious is well very nice.
    I have no idea Jan.
    You can quote me on that.
    Are you getting focused on crushing Jan ..no its me just imaging things.
    I did not touch the goods they were gone when I got here.
    Is that a promise?
    We never left it.
    Well in your favour no one came forward with a nay so that's nice.
    I think you are holding back to protect my feelings, that is nice Jan.
    I am to Jan and I mean that sincerely.
    You are very very nice.
    Be patient Jan although it is probably not nice to look forward to failure and I do hope that you have more to look forward to in life than failure.
    You are an intelligent person, witty, well read, great conversationalist there is no reason to think you will fail. Think positive you to can be a winner.

    Now no more talk about crushing and try and think wholesome thoughts.

    Have a great day Jan.

    Alex
     
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  22. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Priceless.

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  23. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Well, let me ask you, do you think the Big Bang was caused or uncaused? If caused, then caused by what?

    If it, or whatever caused it, arose randomly, that would be uncaused.
     

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