Random question

Generally no one takes offence when they are called tall. A few short people, and here I am not talking about Inspired1, but those with short tempers( you see what I did there), seem to take offence at being reminded of their vertical challenges.

Why do some people find it offensive to say someone is horizontally endowed? Or is facing horizontal challenges? That is, polite speak for fat.

But while we are here, what’s the threshold for fat? Do we use the medical descriptors of obese and overweight?

On truth

You by now know what happens when yours truly is feeling lazy, he asks a question or several of them.

In the bybill, when Jeebus Hubris Christ is asked by Pilate what is truth, he doesn’t answer the question. We can assume that either he didn’t know the answer or he didn’t think we should know the truth. Any mention of Jeebus Hubris Christ made on this blog refers not to a real person but the narrative construct in the New Testament of the good book.

  1. What is truth?
  2. How can we get to truth?
  3. Why is truth necessary?

Some questions to ponder

 1.      Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?

Depends on what it is.

2.       If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?

I will think about it, there are many things I would like to see changed.

3.       To what extent do you shape your own destiny, and how much is down to fate?

Very little extent if any

4.       Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture?

We had an interesting discussion here about it.

5.       Should people care more about doing the right thing, or doing things right?

Who decides the right way to do a thing? Depends on what is to be done too I guess.

6.       What one piece of advice would you offer to a newborn infant?

How do I know the infant is interested in my advice?

7.       Where is the line between insanity and creativity?

I have met some insane fellows who think the rest of us are insane. I think the answer depends on who is drawing the line

8.       What is true happiness?

Is there false happiness?

9.       What things hold you back from doing the things that you really want to?

Let me think about it.

10.   What makes you, you?

I don’t know.

11.   What is the truth?

No one knows the answer.

12.   What is reality?

That which is

13.   Do you make your own decisions, or let others make them for you?

This reads like a trick question

14.   What makes a good friend?

An honest friend who will lie to you on occasion to not hurt your feelings 😉

15.   Why do people fear losing things that they do not even have yet?

I have no fear of losing things I don’t have. It would be irrational.

16.   Who defines good and evil?

Mostly the priest or Imam.

17.   What is the difference between living and being alive?

It would be a contradiction of terms to be alive and not living.

18.   Is a “wrong” act okay if nobody ever knows about it?

Who knows.

19.   Who decides what morality is?

Again, I think it is the priest, the imam or the strongest in the group.

20.   How do you know that your experience of consciousness is the same as other people’s experience of consciousness?

I have no way of knowing.

21.   What is true strength?

Is there false strength?

22.   What is true love? (My experience of what I believed was “true” love)

I find all this questions of what is true difficult to answer. We are yet to agree on what is truth. Whatever love is, I don’t know if there is a false one

23.   Is a family still relevant in the modern world?

Why would it not be?

24.   What role does honor play in today’s society?

The same it has played in all human societies where talk of honour has been a feature.

25.   If money cannot buy happiness, can you ever be truly happy with no money?

You need money, if anyone tells you you don’t need it, they are probably lying to you.

26.       How do you know your perceptions are real?

I can only know they are false after repeated observations or corroboration by others.

27.       How much control do you have over your life?

In as much as I wouldn’t want to admit it, many things happen to me that I have nothing I can do about them.

28.       What is freedom?

To live as one wishes to do

29.       Isn’t one person’s terrorist another person’s freedom fighter?

Who decides who the terrorist is? The colonial government labelled the freedom fighters terrorists while they raped lands, killed men and women, for what?

30.       What happens after we die?

Life goes on without us.

31.       What defines you?

Depends on who is watching

32.       What do people strive for after enlightenment?

I can’t talk about others, for me, it is knowledge for its own sake.

Source

Questions for atheists

I love questions, especially those I can answer I don’t know.

Below are a set found at CARM. Some atheist has already offered his answers here.

  • How would you define atheism?

A lack of belief in god[s]/ deities

  • Do you act according to what you believe (there is no God) in or what you don’t believe in (lack belief in God)?

The question of whether god is or is not little affects how I wake up in the morning or cross the street.

  • Do you think it is inconsistent for someone who “lacks belief” in God to work against God’s existence by attempting to show that God doesn’t exist?

How would I even do that?

  • How sure are you that your atheism properly represents reality?

I wouldn’t be one if it didn’t represent reality for me.

  • How sure are you that your atheism is correct?

I could be wrong. Am open to persuasion.

  • How would you define what truth is?

There are no truths and this statement is false.

  • Why do you believe your atheism is a justifiable position to hold?

It is falsifiable. You only need to present god and I will change my mind even am convicted that what you have presented me with is a god.

Am a naturalist

  • Do you affirm or deny that atheism is a worldview?  Why or why not?

Atheism is not a worldview. It is a lack of belief

  • Not all atheists are antagonistic to Christianity but for those of you who are, why the antagonism?

Not just Christianity, but all religions that think they have a right to impose their beliefs in the public square. Religion is a private matter and it should remain so.

  • If you were at one time a believer in the Christian God, what caused you to deny his existence?

I became too clever to continue buying the BS.

  • Do you believe the world would be better off without religion?

IS this a trick question?

  • Do you believe the world would be better off without Christianity?

To an extent yes. We would have Apollo, Zeus and other deities fighting amongst themselves for our adoration and not the Inquisition and witch hunts among others.

  • Do you believe that faith in a God or gods is a mental disorder?

I just know it is a failure to apply oneself rationally and critically to what they believe.

What other way is there of acquiring knowledge? Maybe you could suggest.

You commit a mistake in your question. You claim to know there is a god and that it is immaterial. How do you know this?

  • Do we have any purpose as human beings?

No.

  • If we do have purpose, can you as an atheist please explain how that purpose is determined?

It has nothing to do with my atheism.

  • Where does morality come from?

What do you think?

  • Are there moral absolutes?

Do you know of any?

  • If there are moral absolutes, could you list a few of them?

I didn’t say there were any.

  • Do you believe there is such a thing as evil?  If so, what is it?

Yes. Anything that I don’t like being done to me.

  • If you believe that the God of the Old Testament is morally bad, by what standard do you judge that he is bad?

By the standards of a reasonable person.

  • What would it take for you to believe in God?

Please tell me what god is so I can know it. Belief will not be necessary when I know.

  • What would constitute sufficient evidence for God’s existence?

We must first agree on what god is to know whether god is

  • Must this evidence be rationally based, archaeological, testable in a lab, etc., or what?

Of course it must be rational. Why would you want it any other way?

  • Do you think that a society that is run by Christians or atheists would be safer?  Why?

A society run by reasonable people is a safer one.

  • Do you believe in free will?  (free will being the ability to make choices without coersion). 

If that is your decision, yes.

  • If you believe in free will, do you see any problem with defending the idea that the physical brain, which is limited and subject to the neuro-chemical laws of the brain, can still produce free will choices?

This is not what you defined above. But to say more, our choices are not free.

  • If you affirm evolution and that the universe will continue to expand forever, then do you think it is probable that given enough time, brains would evolve to the point of exceeding mere physical limitations and become free of the physical and temporal and thereby become “deity” and not be restricted by space and time?  If not, why not?

I understand evolution and what the theory explains. I don’t think it has an aim like the one you suggest. If that were to happen, those beings will not be Homo sapiens. You seem to be obsessed with deities. Do you have some knowledge the rest of us don’t.

  • If you answered the previous question in the affirmative, then aren’t you saying that it is probable that some sort of God exists?

No.

Questions for theists

Reader consoledreader asked yours truly to prepare a set of questions like the one in the previous post addressed to theists. We promised to do so and while we don’t think, as the author of the questions I have mentioned wrote, that these questions cannot be honestly answered, we believe it would be a great discussion to have.

The questions that I am going to post below are a joint effort by the followers of this blog. They are collated from a post we did a year ago.

I apologize in advance that most of the questions are not as brief as those meant to stump the atheists. This is because we want the questions to be as clear as possible.

1.  Why was eating a forbidden fruit such a great sin? Why and how does a human sacrifice make up for this sin?

2. If the bible/koran/ torah is the word of god as you claim, why so many interpretations as there are believers? Was it impossible for your god to be clear?

3. If your god is spirit, incorporeal, was Jesus born with only his mother’s 23 chromosomes?

4. If there is a creator god that knows all, that he would have to kick Adam out of the garden, that he would have to destroy the Earth with flood, that he would have to sacrifice himself to himself to redeem anyone at all… why did he create the universe full of failures? Was he unable to stop himself?

5. if there is a creator god that knows all, and Adam & Eve screwed up, why not immediately send Jeebus to clear things up right then and not wait some thousands of years with many failed “covenants”, changing languages, “laws”, etc?

6. When we see today a man walking down the street with a long beard, saying we have to repent because God is watching/coming to Earth/will punish us if we don’t, etc, we call them loonies. Some 2,000 ago they called them prophets (or Jesus). If these guys were indeed prophets – as they claim – who is to say the ones standing outside the metro today aren’t prophets too? What’s the difference between them? And if a guy called Jesus appeared today and said the exact same things he said back then, would anyone believe him?

7. If you are Muslim, do you believe the heavenly language is Arabic?

8. Each of you claim your religious text is the right one, does it occur to you that not all of you can be right, so how do we tell who is right?

9. Why aren’t Catholics born to Muslim parents if we are born religious?

10. If your god is self sufficient, immutable and unchanging, what happened at the point it decided to create the universe or it became unchanging after that?

11. If free will is cherished by your god, that it created us with it so we can love him, wasn’t the free will of pharaoh important? Why harden his heart?

12. What god kills the children of slave girls to free his ‘chosen’ people?

And a bonus question.

Classical theists define god as possessing omni-capabilities, is there a thing that god could will and not actualize? How do you know this? Could your god have willed there to be no evil on earth but it didn’t materialize.