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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » Why Atheism is Stupid, Redux
    at least if somebody asked me what my religious beliefs were that s what I would answer When you said that atheists who claim without a shadow of a doubt that god doesn t exist are stupid then I would have to completely agree with My reason for being an atheist is that I see no reason why there should 100 be a god I feel that the burden of proof relies on the person with faith in whatever god Yahweh Allah Thor Zeus etc to prove that a god exists You ve also said that everything in our universe has a first cause that something outside of it has to cause it to exist and I would agree with you If you say that god is the one who caused everything to happen then what caused god to exist When you say that the force that created the known universe had to exist outside of it why do you jump to something that is supernatural Why can it not just be other natural dimension 20 February 2009 07 30 am Man 03 The problem with Atheism is that if there is a god then punishment is obvious Another problem is that Atheists do not understand all religions but only understand the one they left Those born into Atheism never study another religion and do not understand any of them This way stereotypes of religions are born and religious people are persecuted for being idiots and conservatives Here is my religion analysis Eastern religions must be wrong because the universe did have a beginning due to scientific observation Trinaritary Christianity must be wrong because older Bibles never even reference it an explicit statement implicit statement and older Christians believed 1 in 1 God Avant garde religions are also false for obvious reasons just look at doctrine Pastafarianism Scientology Therefore this is how I see it Judaism Unitary Christianity Islam Zoroastrianism or Atheism must be true Or of course there is a different deity who never contacted us earthlings I believed in Christianity my entire life then converted to Judaism then Buddhism then Hinduism then Zoroastrianism then Atheism and finally Islam When I go into a religion I try to LEARN everything about it 20 February 2009 07 30 am kalli 04 Atheism is stupid its an excuse for people to be lazy and disregaurd the higher power God that their mind cant comprehend 20 February 2009 07 30 am jontsai 05 Only 2 options are possible 1 There does not exist any true god Where did we come from No answer 2 There is only one true God If this God created the entire universe then God sets the rules Option 3 which some people would like there to be there are multiple true gods is not possible god A says only god A is true all other gods are false god B says only god B is true all other gods are false Can t have god A and god B 20 February 2009 07 30 am Mark 06 I lost what little faith I had in a higher power many years ago Not necessarily because of any disbelief or lack of proof but simply because if there is a God I willfully choose to turn my back on Him as a show of disappointment with the job he s doing 20 February 2009 07 30 am Julian 07 It seems to me then that the first action must have a first cause and that first cause would have to be outside of the nature of reality because that would be the only way to escape the principle of first causes Nate this argument must equally apply to the supernatural realm you postulate By your logic the god s of this supernatural realm must ask themselves how it is they can rule out that an undetectable super supernatural realm exists which in fact caused their supernatural realm to be Of course this goes ad infinitum and the so the argument that there must be some unperceivable realm external to whatever current realm a being finds themselves in explains nothing Put a slightly different way if you re suspicious of mere earthly atheism what possible justification is there for your god to be an atheist and assume He She It does not have meta gods It simply won t do to plead outside of time as a special property of some particular supernatural realm if you re then going to claim that beings in this supernatural realm interact with reality not only through the event of creating it but through various other interactions and monitorings as pretty much every religion claims I might just as well claim the super supernatural realm is a fabric outside of and above the timelessness of the supernatural and yet designed and caused it It is not logically valid to claim that an event triggering supernatural realm doesn t require a cause yet the natural one does It s a non solution to the question of but what happened before that and it certainly doesn t answer the question of how a vast calculating intelligence can arise whereas back in reality we can and do begin to understand how biological and machine intelligences arise from non intelligent beginnings 20 February 2009 07 30 am Lisa 08 I realize this is an old thread I didn t read it all just hoping to give Nate something more to think about My mother had Alzheimer s and it was my job and honor to take care of her I knew that I would most likely see the day she would pass and I felt unprepared so I used the situation in my college writing class as the subject of my semester research paper that year I titled my paper Can I Help You Die During my scholarly research I discovered an extremely involved dissertation or at least I think it was a dissertation Although its subject is

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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » Microsoft’s Salvation
    it Serve the users not the ego 2 Support multiple backgrounds on an element If they don t drop Trident which I very highly doubt they will they could add one feature one small CSS addition that will make people love them Let developers add more than one background to an element This feature alone will make the world of web devs rejoice By proactively going after this functionality MS will definitely benefit Think about how often we want rounded corners think about how many lines of code in HTML Javascript and CSS have been written to address one problem that there is already a fix for All IE has to do is support it I could deal with the operation aborted errors the stupid random bugs if I don t have to add in 15 pounds of code just to have a semantic and easily styled box Just a thought Posted in miscellaneous css 3 comments to Microsoft s Salvation 02 July 2007 06 30 am Matthew Sanders 01 As a web developer it would be a dream come true for Microsoft to switch to a gecko based browser I ve spent an extra 6 7 hours this week alone getting a nav for one site and a header positioned on another All because of IE6 still being in the picture Shoot I could have broke out a design two days ago in under 2 hours if IE would behave 02 July 2007 06 30 am Matthew Sanders 02 As a web developer it would be a dream come true for Microsoft to switch to a gecko based browser I ve spent an extra 6 7 hours this week alone getting a nav for one site and a header positioned on another All because of IE6 still being in

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  • Alterform » css
    Gecko Long term this makes the most sense for Microsoft They could very seriously profit from the open source communities hard work if they would drop the More Posted in miscellaneous css Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on the site design for 3 years I ve decided I m going to ship with what I got There are areas that aren t as polished and if you spot any shoot me an email How would you do that You would write and email to joe shift22 com but since my name is Nate you would replace joe with nate Or if that bit of spam aversion is too complicated for you you can reach me at one of the approved network locations listed below Get all social y Twitter Facebook Search this site Strap on the feed bag Entries RSS and Comments RSS Topic artwork 56 digital 25 etcetera

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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » Wealth is not theft
    Leviticus 23 22 When you reap the harvest of your land do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest Leave them for the poor and the alien I am the LORD your God This is actually a wonderful piece of brilliance when you truly sit down to think about it God provided a way for the poor to take care of themselves while still maintaining their dignity by commanding them to work for their food meaning that they had the satisfaction of work while also being provided for But God never said equally split up the harvest or make sure everything is equal Point 4 We ve made so many exceptions to the Golden Rule that a Carnegie can put scores of people on the street and pay his own employees pittances then get a pat on the back for building a museum none of these people can go to This is out of the order in which is was stated but it was such a frivolous point that I saved it for the end The simple fact is for every case of greed and evil in capitalism I can show at least one for the evils and abuses of socialism We re not talking about specific examples here We can sit here and throw back and forth historic examples of each ideologies rotten apples but that proves nothing That would be like a white person and a black person constantly saying Well Hitler did this and Oh yeah Idi Amin did that So now that I ve dealt with the specific points I would like to discuss some core basic principles Capitalism and socialism at their core are simply just means of resource aggregation and dispersal Both systems say To get resources do X to give resources do Y Both are just constructs that dictate the trade of resources within a society And in the end I think each system taken to an extreme is evil and leads to evil Capitalism without regard for the poor the sick and those unable to care for themselves is not a system that I endorse nor does the Bible and nor do most people on the right Socialism which uses coercion and force to distribute goods taken to it s extreme leads to mediocrity discontent and in fact creates more poverty And I think what we currently have in America is a bit too far towards socialism but still I believe now within the realm of where it should be And I ll explain I think we all agree that there are those things which are better when they re shared The Internet is an example of this If a private party owned the Internet it would be a much worse off place with much less innovation Ideas are best developed when they are shared Now that doesn t mean that we should use the force of law and government to force people

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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » A thought
    a system of rule based around a violation of the rule It would be akin to legalizing perjury to save someone from imprisonment Sorry I am used to battling myself this way Posted in miscellaneous 1 comment to A thought 01 June 2007 10 24 am Ryan Miglavs 01 Ha ha Thanks for responding for me Things got really crazy over in my part of life and blogging is the first thing that falls to the wayside for me You ve looked at a tidy little contradiction but you look at the thieving in the wrong direction Economic wealth is theft We ve made so many exceptions to the Golden Rule that a Carnegie can put scores of people on the street and pay his own employees pittances then get a pat on the back for building a museum none of these people can go to Food for example belongs to everyone not just those who have accumulated pieces of paper and plastic When you re huddled in a doorway trying to sleep in the rain at night and you can t eat while some people expand their garages to accommodate their 7 Hummers you can t help but wonder whether it s really the people at the bottom who should get in trouble for theft Yeah not really a full response here I might get around to blogging an actual argument but I may not In the meantime peace and love ryan Comments are closed Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke

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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » Liferay Wallpaper 2
    cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on the site design for 3 years I ve decided I m going to ship with what I got There are areas that aren t as polished and if you spot any shoot me an email How would you do that You would write and email to joe shift22 com but since my name is Nate you would replace joe with nate Or if that bit of spam aversion is too complicated for you you can reach me at one of the approved network locations listed below Get all social y Twitter Facebook Search this site Strap on the feed bag Entries RSS and Comments RSS Topic artwork 56 digital 25 etcetera 9 illustration 10 photography 12 css 1 miscellaneous 115 thoughts 7 morality 1 politics 6 religion 4 ui 1 Latest UI Phone Home Why s the site so stale Liferay Wallpaper 2 Valentine s Day Redux Liferay

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  • Alterform » artwork
    modification and I got the idea from this from a fellow artist who sent me a picture of a church sign that read Body piercing saved my life So I wanted to represent that visually and changed the phrasing up a bit This is one of those pieces that is always turning the topic back More Posted in artwork digital Openform Addicted 0 comments 27 October 2008 Very personal to me and probably the one that without fail gets the most reaction I wish it wasnt almost 8 years old More Posted in artwork digital Aetherium 0 comments 20 October 2008 A bit of an older piece but I still enjoyed making it and I still like it By the way its a flower not a jelly fish More Posted in artwork digital CD Cover 0 comments 20 October 2008 Done for a Christian band under a major ish Christian label More Posted in artwork digital Cookies for Adrian 0 comments 06 September 2008 Only a few people can even tell that this is Redondo Beach but its a bit of a collage of one Its also a bit of an homage to Adrian Luna who has been a huge inspiration to me for quite a long time with his use of light and color More Posted in artwork digital Enslaved to Freedom 0 comments 27 October 2007 More Posted in artwork etcetera Older Entries Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on the site design for 3 years I ve

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    sent me a picture of a church sign that read Body piercing saved my life So I wanted to represent that visually and changed the phrasing up a bit This is one of those pieces that is always turning the topic back More Posted in artwork digital Openform Addicted 0 comments 27 October 2008 Very personal to me and probably the one that without fail gets the most reaction I wish it wasnt almost 8 years old More Posted in artwork digital Aetherium 0 comments 20 October 2008 A bit of an older piece but I still enjoyed making it and I still like it By the way its a flower not a jelly fish More Posted in artwork digital CD Cover 0 comments 20 October 2008 Done for a Christian band under a major ish Christian label More Posted in artwork digital Cookies for Adrian 0 comments 06 September 2008 Only a few people can even tell that this is Redondo Beach but its a bit of a collage of one Its also a bit of an homage to Adrian Luna who has been a huge inspiration to me for quite a long time with his use of light and color More Posted in artwork digital Transfiguration 0 comments 27 October 2007 A visual representation of my spiritual walk I dont want to stay the same something better in me is yearning to break free and yet I rebel More Posted in artwork digital Older Entries Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a

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