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Old 02-21-2016   #51
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Re: Believing in God makes you a better person

Come on, T. America needs a magician to get us out of the mess created by Bush and Obama.
Bush dug the pit; Obama dug it deeper and let the sides cave in. Good ole Hill thought it was a good idea to destroy the strongmen of the mid East.
Save us, Penn! Only your mighty magic can save us now!
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A magician is too direct a correspondence to a politician for me to be comfortable, Druidic.

“The real reason why so few men believe in God is that they have ceased to believe that even a God can love them.”
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True, there are distinct similariteies. But i'll risk it, I'll risk even an egomaniac. This time, it can't be business as usual.
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His hatred of wealth redistribution would no doubt destroy us commie red rats--that'd be sorta different

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This is for you FP, my old friend. From one psycho to another.

New Study: Religious People Are Less Smart but Atheists Are Psychopaths | Big Think
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Re: Believing in God makes you a better person

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This is for you FP, my old friend. From one psycho to another.

New Study: Religious People Are Less Smart but Atheists Are Psychopaths | Big Think
Just one data point: I am an atheist. A couple of years ago I took an "Are you a psychopath?" quiz and scored well below average -- not even close to average -- which means that the average person is considerably more psychopathic than I am. This worries me, as I look at everyone else around me.
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They are coming to get us all, gveranon. That's why I've built my moat and hoarded my ammo. Psychos are everywhere, my friend!
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The best way to handle a psychopathic atheist is the same way you'd handle a lethal rattlesnake in your path.

Whack it once with a stick, throw it into the woods and hope it crawls away.
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The best way to handle a psychopathic atheist is the same way you'd handle a lethal rattlesnake in your path.

Whack it once with a stick, throw it into the woods and hope it crawls away.
It will return to you with fruit from a certain tree.
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Re: Believing in God makes you a better person

The idea of intelligence reminds me of an analogy in Guns, Germs, and Steel, i.e., about the jungle dweller facing difficulties in the city and the city dweller likely not surviving for long in the jungle. Thus, what is considered highly intelligent in one circumstance might not apply in another.


Similarly, a characteristic of empathy will be helpful as small communities are formed, and pragmatism if such communities are overwhelmed by combinations of crises. The implication, then, is that the human condition involves a combination of theism and atheism.
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