Profile overview for JManSenior918.
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6 submissions to AskVoat

2 submissions to PipeTobacco

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This user has so far shared a total of 2 links, started a total of 11 discussions and submitted a total of 173 comments.

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Submissions: This user has upvoted 79 and downvoted 1 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 524 and downvoted 12 comments.

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5 highest rated submissions:

Should allowing children to be morbidly obese be considered a form of neglect?, submitted: 8/17/2015 11:00:19 PM, 156 points (+170|-14)

Would you rather live under a fair dictator or in an unfair democracy?, submitted: 8/2/2015 6:22:00 AM, 60 points (+63|-3)

Why are two dollar bills not used more commonly in America?, submitted: 7/20/2015 3:45:20 AM, 12 points (+12|-0)

What's your favorite blend from each major category?, submitted: 7/20/2015 5:02:19 AM, 6 points (+6|-0)

What was your worst experience buying something online?, submitted: 8/5/2015 4:48:37 PM, 5 points (+5|-0)

5 lowest rated submissions:

Favorite DOOM lines?, submitted: 7/20/2015 3:20:10 AM, 2 points (+2|-0)

What makes "bad beer" bad?, submitted: 9/3/2015 10:01:00 PM, 2 points (+6|-4)

Was Orochimaru a closet alcoholic?, submitted: 8/20/2015 6:16:43 AM, 3 points (+3|-0)

Chucks 40 Favorite Documentaries of All Time: 40-21, submitted: 7/20/2015 2:47:13 AM, 3 points (+3|-0)

What mod or combination of mods do you use for your ideal graphics setup?, submitted: 7/28/2015 5:22:03 PM, 3 points (+3|-0)

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3 highest rated comments:

Millennials that are thriving in this economy are those with links to rich parents: The vast majority of other Millennials are mired in debt and unable to purchase homes. submitted by doctorshady to news

JManSenior918 3 points 207 points (+210|-3) ago

Maybe, just maybe, not everyone should go to college. Believe it or not you can actually make a lot of money in particular trades, which of course don't require you to drive yourself into the ground in terms of debt.

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Millennials that are thriving in this economy are those with links to rich parents: The vast majority of other Millennials are mired in debt and unable to purchase homes. submitted by doctorshady to news

JManSenior918 0 points 59 points (+59|-0) ago

As do plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics, and many others. You're not going to make a million a year, but you probably won't with that English degree from a state school that cost you $200k or more either.

Police kill a white teen, and the silence raises questions submitted by bitshifter to news

JManSenior918 1 points 49 points (+50|-1) ago

This is becoming a serious problem. We're being divided along racial lines and division within society cannot be a good thing for that society.

3 lowest rated comments:

West Point Professor Calls for Military Strikes on Journalists Critical of War on Terror submitted by axolotl__peyotl to news

JManSenior918 9 points -9 points (+0|-9) ago

They're not eliminating the freedom of the press, they're just not comying with something they don't agree with. Despite the fact that I'm against the "war on terror" myself, I see no problem with the military's logic here.

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JManSenior918 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

That comment was intended to display my immediate reaction after reading the title, I don't see why that's such a problem. After reading the article it is still a ridiculous statement, the child was not "banished" he was disciplined.

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JManSenior918 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Let's return to Dawkins then. The man has been quoted as saying:

I have a (you might say fanatical) desire for people to use their own minds and make their own choices, based upon publicly available evidence. Religious fanatics want people to switch off their own minds, ignore the evidence, and blindly follow a holy book based upon private ‘revelation’. Full Quote

Now despite his seemingly receptive rhetoric, there's two statements in particular that strike me. He claims he wants people to use their own minds and make their own choices, however what he actually advocates is that he wants people to make the same choices and come to the same conclusions as he has. How is this any different from a fundamentalist who preaches acceptance but demands that all join their particular sect? Secondly, he claims that religious fanatics want people to switch off their brain and blindly follow a holy book. While this may certainly be true in some cases, it is a sweeping generalization that is clearly an attempt to discredit all religious beliefs. Many believe in living a moral life and doing what is right in the name of a spiritual entity without any guidance from anything other than their own conscience. No holy book involved at all.

Furthermore, I understand how philosophy works at a fundamental level. While I have not received more than a fundamental level of education in the subject, I also know that one thing that separates it from religious/spiritual beliefs is the attempt to prove to others that your thought is the correct one. Now, I know that there are many religious people who feel it is their life's work to bring others into their own religion, but that it not universally true. Therefore, since I am in no way implicating or attempting to prove that my (or anyone else's) thought process is the one and only correct one, what need is there for a burden of proof? I am not saying that my view is true, let alone that you must believe me.

I also watched that video that you linked in another comment. Quite frankly it was difficult for me to watch because it was clearly designed to give atheists a sense of superiority. However at roughly the 2:33 mark I lost my ability to credit the creator because he said:

Religion, on the other hand, is in the business of asserting facts about existence. That does implicate me irretrievably, and it requires my response.

Thought these claims are made, they are not universally true and therefore cannot be applied to the argument. Some religions are in the business of asserting facts, not all, in fact nearly every religious leader I personally have ever come in contact with has admitted to me that they either would be open to other belief systems or that they believe that many other lifestyles can lead to the same end-goal without using the same path as their own religion. Secondly, it what was does it implicate you? You are only implicated if you choose to be, meaning you are only implicated if you are a believer. Finally, it in no way requires your response. You have free will and can choose not to respond at all.

Throughout the rest of the video the points are valid when they are applied to the groups being described, however that is a very small portion of religious people throughout the world. I would not argue if you told me that WBC or extreme Islam was inherently in the wrong and was dehumanizing. However that is not at all how the overwhelming majority of people who have non-secular beliefs behave or respond to problems in their lives. Again, the creator of that video was clearly attempting to give atheists a sense of righteousness and superiority by implicating some of the most extreme examples of religious oppression and completely ignoring the logic and rationale behind the other side.