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Atheism vs Agnosticism Part 2 (God’s God)

I’m not always a big fan of DarkMatter2525’s videos. They are usually good, but something about them doesn’t usually grab me to make me want to watch. Maybe it’s the cursing or not the right blend of humor with the point he is trying to make.

Anyway, his point at the end of this new video is directly on the mark and reminded me of my last post.

We know where these Gods came from… Us! I don’t need to be Agnostic about it. Time to move on.

Atheism vs Agnosticism

Hop around the internet a bit and you will find a pissing match between these two groups to see who is right about God and if he is around. Before I get into which one I think is right (which shouldn’t be hard to guess given the name of this blog) let’s define what they mean:

• Agnosticism – Knowledge about the existence or non-existence of God(s) is unknown.
• Atheism – Belief that God(s) do not exist.

You can play with these definitions, but I’m going to go with these. Let’s talk about Agnosticism first.

First Claim: Non-Existence of God is unknown.

Well, Duh! You really can’t prove that something doesn’t exist (outside of say Mathematics). Prove to me that a T-Rex doesn’t exist. You can’t look everywhere at once. Maybe they are on an island or in an underground cave. We can agree the odds are very low that one is alive today, but not zero. So telling me that I can’t prove that something doesn’t exist is not new to me.

That said, if I said that the T-Rex is extinct, you likely wouldn’t argue the point like some Agnostics do for God.

Second Claim: Existence of God is unknown.

Well, we would need to define God here. If you are talking about someone who say created the universe and then stopped messing around with it, you might be right, but there’s the problem…

Why I call myself an Atheist!

The thing is, when people ask if you believe in God, 99% of the time they mean their God: Be it the Christian God, Allah, take your pick of the standard God(s) still talked about today and that’s the God I’m talking about. The deal is, I can tell you those Gods really don’t exist in the same sense as the T-Rex doesn’t exist. We know the stories behind your God and how the myth grew into what it is today. I can’t prove 100% your God doesn’t exist like any other non-existence claim, but I can tell you given everything we know, it’s very unlikely.

For some theists, that sounds like I’m leaving myself a way out. A glimmer of hope for their God and that I might believe someday. All I can say to that is: Whenever I’m outside, crossing the street, etc. I’m never looking for T-Rexs waiting to eat me.

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Review: Star Trek: Fleet Captains – Romulan Empire

Romulan WarBird

Finally played with the Romulans. 🙂

I’ve talked quite a bit about Fleet Captains. It is a nice two player game that is playable for 4. So what does the Romulans add?

Simply put, it adds a 3rd (or a 6th player if you follow the rules of two players running each faction) player to the game. The Romulan ships are very nice and didn’t come broken like some of the ships in the orginal game.

BGG Photo

On top of the ships, the main thing the game adds is a new set of Mission Cards just mostly for the Romulan player: Espionage I must say that the Missions really capture the spirit of the Romulans who are always sneaking around.

Everything else is two tons of chips and cards to support the new player. 🙂

From a rules point of view, there was very little the game added. The Romulans have the ability to add saboteurs to the crew of ships, which can mess up the other player(s). Also those ships, that are able, can cloak by giving up 5 movement points instead of an action if they wish and that is a plus. It was a very seamless addition.

Down side: The game does give some more tiles (10) to make a bigger board, but you really need more for a 6 player game. The recommended board for 3 players is a little too small. You have enough tiles to make this a little bigger board, but my feel is for 6 players you need more.

Long story short: If you like the game, get it! Can we have the Borg next please???

The Dangers of Religion

February 8, 2013 1 comment

The ‘Made Easy‘ Series is really an excellent series. This is related to a small degree. It talks more to the dangers of Religion and Climate Change.

What is it with Old People

Clearly if you read my blog you see that I’m middle aged. What I don’t get is the generation after me when it comes to health. Am I really going to be this way in 20 years? Let me tell you briefly about some folks in my parents generation:

  • Male ‘Alpha’: Smoked all his life until he needed part of his lungs removed due to cancer.  He’s diabetic but eats candy all the time.  Doesn’t listen to what his doctor says.  He won’t last the year.
  • Male ‘Beta’:  Dibetic and overweight.  He drinks beer and eats ice cream whenever no one is home.  Doesn’t listen to what his doctor says.  He’s living month to month.
  • Male ‘Gamma’: Dibetic and overweight.  Eats about 5 meals per day.  Does zero excerise.  Retaining fluids in his legs because his heart is not strong enough to pump it out.  Doesn’t listen to what his doctor says.

???

What is with these folks? Do they have a death wish? I understand smoking (never started) and drinking to a degree. All of these men likely could have lived another 10 years. Two won’t last the year. The 3rd it’s not too late for yet, but is doing little to help his health.

It’s sad, but I wonder if I will be that way in 20 years time or will I listen and try to live as long as possible. I hope so and it is not just we all get that stupid when we get older.

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Win Money!

OK, life is letting me get back to my blog. To start, why don’t you win some money…