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Does "I don't believe there is" equal " I do believe there isn't"?


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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2013 22:11:35 GMT
TomC says:
Indeed. Eratosthenes was the gentleman in question.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2013 21:24:07 GMT
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Garscadden says:
Didn't the greeks calculate the circumference of the earth - through experimentation (shadow if a pole, of memory serves). They were pretty darn close too, which is pretty good, considering they weren't at the equator, and didn't exactly have precise instrumentation.

Posted on 21 Mar 2013 12:39:21 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 11:42:56 GMT
Dan Fante says:
No they aren't!
(Oh yes they are!)
etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 11:41:16 GMT
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Posted on 21 Mar 2013 11:40:03 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 11:09:15 GMT
richard says:
my vote goes for the small head as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 11:09:00 GMT
C. A. Small says:
Keith- you are not allowed to promote this tedious drivel. Go away or I will review your turgid tome for you- and you will not like the review.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 10:24:40 GMT
TomC says:
Expecting £8 for 100 pages of witless self-indulgent drivel ... I'll vote for the small head.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 09:57:24 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Are those over-sized comedy spectacles or do you have a really small head?

Posted on 21 Mar 2013 09:55:35 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 09:23:40 GMT
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Dan Fante says:
That's a bit of a myth (the flat earth fallacy). It was certainly dead and buried long before the days of Columbus, despite how it is often portrayed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_earth
Also, I would suggest that a lot of opposition to religion is relatively recent in much the same way as (and in response to) aggressive teaching of creationist theory in schools etc.

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Posted on 19 Mar 2013 22:16:57 GMT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2013 22:12:16 GMT
Bellatori says:
"which was a simple statement of obvious fact? " Your use of the word 'obvious' usurps any argument. Everyone has a choice. You may chose to believe that which is founded on 'belief' and speculation or you may chose to route your choices through fact. Now you may say that such information is transmitted through retelling... so far we agree... but the significant difference is that when you get to the endo of the chain of hearsay you have nothing but for science there is experiment (reproducible) and evidence. Yes, had I several billion I could build a large Hadron Collider of my own and repeat the Higgs Bosun determination experiment as is happening at the Tevatron... independant vverification...

That is the fundamental difference. Euqting the two systems is not simple epistemological limitations it is a ludicrous juxtaposition... or to use another term ... idiotic.

Posted on 19 Mar 2013 21:49:43 GMT
Spin says:
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Posted on 19 Mar 2013 21:36:00 GMT
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Posted on 19 Mar 2013 21:19:16 GMT
Bellatori says:
Spin says: "Bellatori: Consider this:..."

Its an hypothetical nonsense. I might as well say that i knew this guys psychotherapist who said he was deeply conflicted but that his manic good side dominated his depressive evil one...

Try the following in a court of law... the mass murderer Harold Shipman, though no one could access his inner feelings was a devout, thoughtful caring and loving man who would not hurt a fly.

It is not a fact and a court of law would dismiss your argument without looking back.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2013 21:11:51 GMT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2013 21:09:07 GMT
Bellatori says:
In one way or another, absolutely. What you seem to not understand is that the testimony that I accept is only on the strength that I or someone independent could go out and repeat and obtain the same view/results as the testimony. What theists want me to accept is hearsay. Can you go on and repeat the experiment independently... of course not!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2013 21:04:42 GMT
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