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by lati0s
Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 3 girls, 1 waiter
Replies: 5
Views: 2979

Re: 3 girls, 1 waiter

$72 represents the total amount paid, including what was paid to the waiter. $2 represents the amount paid to the waiter. $75 represents the amount paid before the discount. There is no reason at all to think that the first to should add to third one.
by lati0s
Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 53307

Re: Monty Hall Problem

However, the failure of some people to grasp the importance of random selection (or lack thereof) reminds me of the probability mistakes that Marilyn Idiot-Savant routinely makes. I'll illustrate: "A woman has 4 boys. She is pregnant again. What are the odds that the baby is a boy?" Maril...
by lati0s
Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27732

Re: Thought-Expermient that (dis)proves Free Will?

Philosophish wrote:But causality implies they could.

how so?
by lati0s
Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Numbers and Squares
Replies: 16
Views: 4449

Re: Numbers and Squares

call the numbers a, b, c, and d counting clockwise from the top left. Then, center= (3/10)(2d-a)(b-c) works and gives -3.6 for the missing number.
by lati0s
Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27732

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

It may be true that your internal states are the result of deterministic processes but I don't see this as defeating the concept of free will, to me free will me that who you are affects what you choose, this is true in a deterministic universe even if who you are and consequently what you choose is...
by lati0s
Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27732

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

Even if the universe is deterministic I think free will can exist. I think that many people see determinism as the opposite of free will because they too easily make the connection between something being determined and something being determined by outside influences. Suppose that we lived in a det...
by lati0s
Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Tricky Box Problem
Replies: 26
Views: 5752

Re: Tricky Box Problem

@skeptical scientist, that was the solution I heard when I originally came across this problem
by lati0s
Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Tricky Box Problem
Replies: 26
Views: 5752

Tricky Box Problem

Determine with proof whether it is ever possible to fit an a by b box inside of an x by y by z box where a+b+c>x+y+z?
by lati0s
Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and Women's Rights
Replies: 479
Views: 42282

Re: Abortion and Women's Rights

That's not what was said, though. As you quoted, Izawwlgood only unconditionally elevated bodily autonomy over the rights of the fetus. That does not include the consideration of a billion combusting innocents. It was the tone of "and this isn't even up for discussion" that made me think ...
by lati0s
Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and Women's Rights
Replies: 479
Views: 42282

Re: Abortion and Women's Rights

And as for this hypothetical people exploding if woman has an abortion, all I can say is 'Seriously?'. If you can't have a debate without the decency to consider your position in the real world, then I'm not sure we can have one. I was not trying to make an argument about abortion, I was responding...
by lati0s
Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 28545

Re: Freewill [Philosophy]

I'm a compatibilist, I believe that free will and determinism can coexist. I think the reason that many people disagree with this idea is that reductionism causes dissociation. When someone says every single bit of your life is determined by the interactions of fundamental particles, people hear it ...
by lati0s
Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and Women's Rights
Replies: 479
Views: 42282

Re: Abortion and Women's Rights

, but ultimately, a woman's right to bodily autonomy trumps a fetuses right to anything. Period. I think that placing the right to autonomy above everything else is a bit short sighted, what if there was a woman for whom it was known that if she had an abortion that a billion people would spontaneo...
by lati0s
Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Problems that seem difficult but aren't
Replies: 75
Views: 9064

Re: Problems that seem difficult but aren't

How about this one. Take any three circles A,B&C in the plane. Draw the two common tangents to A and B and mark the intersection point of these lines. Do the same thing for A and C then for B and C. Show that the three marked points are always on a line. If it's hard to see what I mean, I'll ad...
by lati0s
Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

When I say 'X is bad' what I mean is 'People doing X does not further the goals that I personally value and thus I would prefer that it was not done' choosing the goals that are important to me is entirely a personal subjective judgment unlike say 'god exists'
by lati0s
Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

How is "God exists" any less subjective than "Murder is evil"? because existence is an objectively defined word, something can't exist for one person and not exist for another person whereas right and wrong simply designate preferences and thus can differ from person to person. ...
by lati0s
Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Christian Bashing
Replies: 253
Views: 24834

Re: Christian Bashing

pe - Biased threshold: When a N&A article comes up where a Muslim says or does something stupid, there's generally an effort to protect Islam as a whole from the attacks. Someone will say something like "All religious extremists are the problem", or even "Christians fundies are j...
by lati0s
Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Such as? All moral structures contain at their root an irrational, unempirical assumption ("Human prosperity is good" - "Humans deserve their rights to be respected" - "Suffering is evil"). There are also very useful lies--treating alcoholism as a disease 1 , for insta...
by lati0s
Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

There is no evidence that unicorns from space won't attack the world tomorrow but it is still foolish to believe so. A claim that complicates the system but is not supported by evidence is foolish to believe. Just because something is empirically wrong does not make it foolish to believe. There are...
by lati0s
Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

However, there is no amount of historical evidence that can be mounted to prove that God Exists. Nor is there any amount of evidence that can be mounted to prove that Jesus indeed was a Miracle Worker. then how is it anything other than foolishness to believe these things Because people relate empi...
by lati0s
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Jonolith wrote: However, there is no amount of historical evidence that can be mounted to prove that God Exists. Nor is there any amount of evidence that can be mounted to prove that Jesus indeed was a Miracle Worker.

then how is it anything other than foolishness to believe these things
by lati0s
Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Christian Bashing
Replies: 253
Views: 24834

Re: Christian Bashing

As for the claim that atheism "leads to" selfish hedonism, fuck you. ... Now who's doing the bashing? So it's OK to say that religiosity will lead to an incompetent school board, but not OK to say that atheism leads to selfish hedonism? [Note: I am not claiming you specifically made the s...
by lati0s
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

By that logic, anything disproven by science can be said to be possible on an "extended" basis. Any experiment has limitations, Scientific experiments don't prove things absolutely but merely in a specific context. The experiments that disproved spontaneous generation disproved it as a hy...
by lati0s
Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I believe it's impossible given physics and our current biology (in heaven we get new bodies and God can presumably do whatever he wants with physics). Why would a loving god create beings whose biology made it impossible for them to have a society without misery and suffering instead of beings tha...
by lati0s
Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

You seem to have missed my point. You point out free will and growth through hardship as reasons that suffering is not minimized but never did I say that I would expect god to create a world that minimized suffering at the cost of these things. I said I would expect a world without gratuitous suffe...
by lati0s
Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Perhaps not an entitlement per say but if god was loving he would not want people to suffer and since god is capable of anything he would be able to create a world where not only does every bit of suffering accomplish good but every bit of suffering accomplishes good that could not have been accomp...
by lati0s
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

It may be perfectly justifiably for god to not care about people but if that is the case then it contradicts the oft held ideal that god is all loving. I agree. The Bible talks about about a God that wants to know us intimately, not one who can't be bothered by such tiny creatures. But just because...
by lati0s
Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

It may be perfectly justifiably for god to not care about people but if that is the case then it contradicts the oft held ideal that god is all loving and makes it questionable why someone would want to worship him.

The bible claims that god will send non-believers to hell, that is indeed punishment.
by lati0s
Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600490

Re: Religion: The Deuce

On the flip side, many people dis-agree with Christianity, either due to crappy parents or reading up on Charles Darwin, etc. Please tell me you mean Richard Dawkins. Personally, I was raised with Christianity, read the bible, saw a perspective that was different from what I was taught, and now am ...

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